About Susan

Combining a distinguished sales background with a lifelong passion for New York City, Susan offers her clients a commitment to delivering unparalleled service and support, tailored to each client's individual needs. Susan came to residential sales after running a family property management company for 14 years. With her expertise, approachable, energetic personality, and personal passion for real estate, she was able to take the company from operating at a loss to a 200% profit, in 1 year. She developed loyal, trustful relationships with her clients, which also helped to make her management business a success. Susan has taken this unwavering entrepreneurial spirit to help energize her thriving real estate career. Her ability to think outside the box has served her clients well and resulted in repeated success when innovation and perseverance were required.

Susan focuses on assessing each client's unique needs and requirements in a practical way in order to match ideal properties to their lifestyle and budget requirements. Constantly educating herself on the changing market and different neighborhoods, Susan offers a unique insight, which she shares with her clients, guiding them to the best value possible.

Besides her experience in New York City real estate, Susan also understands construction, design and envisioning the potential of space, having built two homes and currently renovating an older home on the North Fork of Long Island. Her keen attention to detail, diligent work ethic and outgoing personality are sure to make the real estate process an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

For the last few years, Susan has played a successful role in securing residential properties for corporate clients relocating to New York. Loyal to her clients, trustworthy and steadfast, Susan does not give up, continually looking for the perfect home for her clients.

Originally from Surrey, England, Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and History. She began her career in the buyer's trainee program at Bloomingdales. A resident of Sutton Place for over 20 years, Susan is a certified neighborhood expert in Chelsea and the Upper West Side. She is a volunteer Parent Tour guide at her son's school and a member of the Oysterponds Historical Society on the North Fork.


Own A Piece of History on the Italian Riviera - An Apartment located in a Majestic Castle Overlooking the Ligurian Sea

Located on the ritzy Italian Riviera, in the coastal resort town of Zoagli, in the region of Liguria, the Sem Benilli Castle sits majestically on a rocky cliff, overlooking the beautiful, turquoise sea of Liguria and the Tigullio Gulf. The scenic Via Aurelia Coastal road, winds its way past the castle, linking the resort towns of Portofino, Remo, Santa Margherita, Rapallo.

The castle was built in 1914 by Italian poet and playwriter, Sem Benilli, who commissioned his friend, Gian Giseppe Mancini, to design the castle. Mancini, a set designer, designed the castle to reflect the playwrights multi-faceted personality with the use of diverse materials, such as marble, majolica, bricks and natural stone. The result is a whimsical, theatre-like effect with the castle taking on a Medieval/Gothic style.

Enter through a majestic arch, with a grand front door, into the lobby area of the castle, graced with high ceilings and a geometric tile patterned floor. From the lobby, the apartment can be reached by either taking the sweeping hall staircase up or a short elevator ride.

The apartment, located on the second floor, is uniquely designed. On the first level (2nd floor) is an open living room with stairs down to an additional living area. This living area has three dramatically, stone-framed, arched glass doors that open to a balcony with unobstructed, sweeping views of the sparkling sea looking towards Portofino. Imagine sitting on this wonderful balcony, with these sweeping views, sipping a cold glass of wine or a limoncello with a bowl of hand-picked olives.

Also, on this floor of the apartment, is the kitchen with custom cabinetry and furniture, stainless steel appliances, and loft area. Two bedrooms each with private bathroom, and a storage area, complete this main floor. Located within the tower of the castle, an ornamental spiral staircase leads to the third bedroom and bathroom, and the terrace at the top of the tower. The private terrace has open views of the Gulf of Tigullio, the park, and Portofino.

Adjoining the castle, is 2.47 acres of private grounds with a centuries-old park, stone pathways leading down through the cliff, and 2 private parking spots.

3 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
Approx: 2,088 sq ft
Private Terrace: approx: 344 sq ft
2 Parking Spaces
Private residents only park
Price: 1,250,000 Euros (US $1,408,875 price in US dollars will fluctuate, depending on exchange rate).

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