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Celine Bocquet Gaya Thornton
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After developing stellar customer service skills in the demanding hospitality industry, Celine Thornton brought her considerable talents to the world of New York City real estate. Having gained the understanding that personalized customer care is highly effective in any business, she has made that approach her signature trait. "I like to bring a personal touch to every transaction and every client I come into contact with," she says. "I give each client the attention they deserve and always make them my top priority."

Specializing in Harlem and Upper Manhattan, Celine represents all manner of properties, both sales and rentals. For her, there's no greater thrill than helping her clients find a home they love, and she fully embraces the pleasure of entering a beautiful space and envisioning the home it might become. By interacting with an array of people in this way, she feels that she grows as both a professional and as a person.

Born and raised in France, Celine speaks fluent French. Celine caught the travel bug early in her life and has had the chance to discover different people, cultures and ways of life. Today, she lives in Harlem, where she appreciates the diversity, culture, food and the welcoming neighborly vibe. In her free time, she enjoys travel, going on culinary adventures and staying fit. 

Renter Reviews of Celine

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Melanie ****

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08/30/2016
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Celine Thornton was fabulous! Our initial phone call was thorough and informative. I had certain perceptions of renting in the NYC area and she was able to educate me on the facts and the reality. She listened to all of the most important things I was looking for and in our first few visits she showed me ideal apartments. She did not waste any of my time and I never felt pressured in any part of the process. She was flexible and understanding, and I always felt that she had my best interest in mind. I was able to make my final decision and within a weeks’ time the lease was signed. Thank you!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Madeline ****

review date
06/15/2016
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I worked with Celine Thornton to find an apartment in a very short time frame (about one month). She was absolutely amazing to work with. She listened to everything that I was looking for and found me a number of apartments in my initially price range. After looking at those apartments, I decided to raise my price range and she again found me a number of apartments with all of the elements I was looking for. Viewing apartments with her was always easy and she always made herself available to meet at times even with my hectic schedule. She was patient and understanding of all my needs. Really honest, which made me feel like I was making an educated decision on my final choice. I have lived at my apartment for over a year and couldn't be happier there and I owe it all to her. I highly recommend working with Celine, she really is the best!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Javier ****

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08/26/2015
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We worked with Celine Thornton to find an apartment in Harlem, an area of the city we didn't know well beforehand so her knowledgeable advise was essential to our decision-making process.

She started by listening to all our search criteria and wish list, and selecting a set of apartments to visit during a single day. That sample was not only composed of viable candidates but was also spread across the different areas and price points the neighborhood has to offer. This gave us great confidence when making our decision as we felt very informed on the state of the market.

During the visits she was always paying attention not just to our feedback but also to the reactions to the properties and made really good questions that helped us make our decision while never pushing us in any direction. I find that a rare skill to have not just on a broker but in any services industry professional.

Finally, when the time of placing an application and signing the leas came she was very efficient and very, very helpful making the process a breeze. Her attention to detail was a valuable asset at this stage.

I strongly recommend working with Celine and would hire here anytime.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Karim ****

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07/21/2015
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Celine must be the most pleasant broker i met in NYC. She is very dynamic, professional and always delivers! I ended up renting an exclusive apartment however i would recommend Celine to anyone moving to NYC.
Thanks again Celine.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Amy ****

review date
07/13/2015
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Celine responded immediately to our inquiry and showed us several great options that we hadn't previously seen with other brokers. We went with a wonderful apartment that we would definitely not have found without her help!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Celine Bocquet Gaya Thornton Responded:
Hi Amy,
Thank you for the kind words!
It was a pleasure to assist you and Sigal through the process :)

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Phil ****

review date
01/08/2015
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We had been looking for a place for a week and saw about 30 apartments before we contacted Celine. She was far and away the best agent we dealt with - and found us the perfect apartment. She is very genuine and we felt that she was truly working for us, and not for herself unlike many agents we had met previously.She listened to what we wanted. She researched all active rental properties including several that had just been listed/not even listed. She put a schedule together and we saw eight apartments with her, all very good specifications. She helped us through the application process and made every step of the process easier. Even after we moved in she has served us well, making sure we settled well and sending restaurant and bar recommendations for the area. We could not recommend her more highly. Thank you, Celine.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Blake ****

review date
01/08/2015
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Genuine. Client service oriented. Gets results fast.

After spending several full days searching with four brokers from other firms, we worked with Celine Thornton from I&I and were thrilled with both the experience and results. Working with Celine does not feel like working with a broker at all. She called me within half an hour of me emailing her, listened carefully to our criteria, and showed us 8+ apartments the next day (a Sunday) which were all spot on. I am highly particular, but was very impressed with all of the places she found. Celine is genuine and fantastic at client service. She showed us places under our max budget, new to the market, and even exclusive listings by other brokers (something few brokers will even tell you about, let alone show you as it results in them splitting the fee). The place we ended up with is like a dream come true in terms of NY apartments, and was over a hundred dollars under our max monthly budget. Celine took care of us throughout the decision process, signing the lease, moving in, and even provided a list of personal recommendations in our new neighborhood.

To top it off, she is one of the sweetest individuals I've ever met in New York. We couldn't be happier or recommend her more.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Miten ****

review date
09/04/2014
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I worked with Celine from I&I Real Estate this summer to find my NY apartment and I couldn’t have asked for a better broker. Given that I was moving from Philly, it took a while for the dismal reality of the NY rental scene to sink in. Nevertheless, Celine kept patient, listened to what I wanted, and did her best to find places that fit my bill. I managed to see an astonishing number of places in short amount of time thanks to Celine’s hard work and would recommend her to anyone looking for a place in NYC in a heartbeat!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Andrew ****

review date
07/15/2014
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Pasting this from the Yelp review I just wrote:

The last broker I worked with was from Citi-Habitats. The difference in experience was night and day.

More than anything, I & I provided a human experience. I worked with Celine Thorton, who was very personable, friendly, genuine, helpful, attentive and responsive--everything that makes a broker great at what she does. When you talk to Celine, you know that she is listening to everything you say, and she follows through to get the job done. On the lease I signed this morning, we were competing with applicants that were applying on the same day that we were. Celine knew everything we had to do to get accepted and helped us beat out our competitors.

I can't say enough good things about this experience. I also briefly met Celine's manager, Ronny, who was also friendly and helpful. I would (and will) recommend I & I, and Celine in particular, to anyone who needs a broker in NYC.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Whitney ****

review date
06/09/2014
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What can I say about my new Harlem Friend? She is absolutely amazing! Moving in New York is beyond stressful, in fact I was supposed to move last year but i changed my mind after the contact I had with sleazy owners and brokers. Due to the fact that I work full time and I was in school at the time I was looking for a new apartment I had a very limited time to look for an apartment. So Celine and I got into a weekly routine where we'd exhaust each other on the weekends by traipsing up and down Harlem in our apartment search. She always had a list of apartments she wanted to show me, and was always extremely organized in the order in which went to view them so that we wouldn't lose time going from one end of Harlem to the other. What was also great was, if I found anything online that I thought could be a lead I could send the link to her and she'd take the time to investigate the listing to see if it was real or fake or possibly already sold (which happens a lot in NYC). I was able to work, and prepare for my graduation while Celine worked tirelessly (literally) to find me my new home at the price I wanted to pay. Not only is she gorgeous but she's a very genuine and sincere person which can be difficult to find as far as brokers are concerned. After several searches (I'm a very picky person from the south and I've moved several times so I know what I like, and this takes time to find in NYC) we finally settled on a new apartment just in time and she's been in contact with me ever since I signed the lease to make sure everything went smoothly. She and I actually went to grab a bite to eat the other day- I missed my walking buddy ha ha! Seriously though, she's the best. I'm so happy that she and I happened to cross paths.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Michelle ****

review date
06/06/2014
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Celine was fabulous! She e-mailed me immediately about my inquiry on a specific apartment. When I contacted her I told her I was looking for a two-bedroom, my specific locations with a specific budget. She met me that evening with a number of great apartments to see. I immediately put in an application on one, and started the rental process. She kept me updated on the credit check and approval process and within 36 hours I was signing the lease for the apartment, right where I was hoping to live and under my budget. Celine is not only a great agent, she is also a really nice person!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Celine's Apartments

$3,9952BR, 1BA
5th Ave Union Square
Pets Allowed, Elevator, Laundry Room, Dishwasher, On-site super, Elevator/Laundry Building
4 Days since update
$5,4953BR, 1BA
Park Ave S Flatiron District
Pets Allowed, Elevator, Laundry Room, Dishwasher, On-site super, Loft Building
4 Days since update
$7,9953BR, 2BA
Madison Ave Flatiron District
1 month free
Pets Allowed, Doorman, Elevator, Laundry Room, Dishwasher, Backyard, Balcony, Duplex, Fireplace, On-site super, Outdoor Space, Terrace, Loft Building
4 Days since update
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Celine's Specialties

Manhattan

Chelsea, East Village, Financial District, Gramercy Park, Harlem, Tribeca, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, West Village