Mark Blackwell came to real estate from the art world. While sourcing properties for his art business, which converts vacant storefronts and lofts into temporary art galleries, he realized he loved the city more than paintings and embarked on a career in real estate. His work transforming spaces sharpened his eye for seeing the potential of an apartment and has enabled him to find creative solutions for each client’s needs, whether a West Village brownstone or a live/work loft on the Bowery.
Mark is firmly committed to the philosophy “not quantity, but quality,” which he practices in both his personal and professional life. He takes on a project only when he can give it the full measure of his attention. Moreover, he works closely with his clients to identify the best options, not the most, in order to streamline their search process. With a background in client services at some of the city’s largest auction houses and museums, Mark possesses a keen ability to listen and respond to client needs.
Mark savors the history of New York and its buildings everyday: he cannot pass 57 Great Jones (now a Japanese butcher shop) without thinking of Basquiat in his studio, and enjoys a pint at Bua on St. Mark’s all the more knowing that Jeff Buckley made his name playing the bar’s basement.
Originally from Norfolk, VA, Mark holds a BA in Art History from the University of Virginia and an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art/University of Manchester. After college he bought a one-way bus ticket to New York and has never looked back.