Real estate agents and brothers Tal and Oren Alexander, originally from Miami, have been involved in some of the country’s most expensive residential deals. In 2019, they sold a 24,000-square-foot penthouse at 220 Central Park South for $238 million to billionaire Ken Griffin. Earlier this year, the brothers, who founded the Alexander Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate a decade ago, used their successful track record and brand to launch their own ultra-luxury real estate company, Official Partners.
Although they work closely together, the brothers don’t often spend Sundays together. Tal (36) lives in Manhattan with his girlfriend, Arielle Kogut, a partner at a venture capital firm. Oren, 35, is in Miami for much of the year, where he lives with his fiancee, model Kamila Hansen, and runs the Florida side of the business, much of which revolves around clients from New York. When Oren is local, he stays at Tal’s place in Midtown, a somewhat infamous super-tall tower at 432 Park Avenue, in a 4,000-square-foot apartment. “There’s plenty of room,” Oren said. Tal is currently showing the building’s penthouse to qualified buyers for an undisclosed price. The current owner paid $90 million for the 8,000-square-foot residence, he said.
HURRY UP Tal Alexander: For most people, Sunday is a day to catch up or relax. For Oren and myself there are no days off. Sunday is an important day because many clients who are buyers want to see open houses. I start early, around 8am, and take a class at Barry’s Bootcamp or if the weather is nice, I run in Central Park. Oren Alexander: I also start my day with a workout, a kind of gym class, like at Barry’s, with my fiancé.
BROTHERS WHO BRUNCH PER: From there I will take a bite. Zero Bond is a members club on Bond Street. They do a great brunch, and it’s a great opportunity for me to meet a client before I start showing properties. It could be one of our clients shopping for property, or someone I’m meeting to talk about something I’m going to put on the market. I am quite healthy. I’ll eat egg whites with a side of wheat toast, maybe a tomato and cucumber salad. OA: On weekends I enjoy the brunch inside the building. That’s what’s great about staying at 432 Park. It really has all the amenities you can find in a hotel. On Sundays, the building’s private restaurant, led by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt, does a wonderful brunch. I like their chicken Milanese.
RUN, WALK PER: I finish brunch around 1, then I start showing. I run all over New York City. It could be downtown, it could be downtown. My new townhouse listing is on 17th Jane. I just put it on the market for $23.5 million. It comes with two parking spaces, and I am happy to show buyers how the garage functions. It is an underground garage with a self-parking system. It’s really rare to have that in the West Village, almost non-existent.
OA: When I’m in the city, I like to go out and visit anything new that’s opened. After brunch I walk. Recently I walked all the way from Midtown to the World Trade Center. The city is changing so fast, and I’m there to see where those changes are, where the growth is. I will look at architecture, what is the latest hotel that has opened and the new restaurant openings. We represent developers in the sales of new developments, and developers look to us to advise and consult. Many times this involves interior design, food and drink and even architecture. They appear to us as tastemakers.
A REST AND A HANG PER: From Jane Street I run to my other listing on Greenwich Lane, which is the penthouse. We sell it off-market, just as my client prefers. They don’t want pictures of the house floating around the internet. It has some of the best views in the West Village. OA: After walking I would probably meet some friends for a drink or a coffee. On Sundays, the Mercer Hotel lobby is a place where many of our friends are, so I will stop there. Some of the friends are customers. When they are with me in Miami, they see properties. At the Mercer, it’s a time for me to connect with them on a more social level. We are in a business of relationships. Sometimes you want to meet clients off the court.
THE LETTER PER: After Greenwich Lane I probably run to 432 Park to show the penthouse. Then on Sunday it was repaired at Remedy Place. This is a brand new social wellness club in the Flatiron District. I will do the infrared sauna. What’s nice about it is that Oren and I can go together, we can sit and talk and maybe take an ice bath together. We don’t just talk about our day. We start planning the week ahead. OA: The founder is a friend of ours. Tal and I catch up there. We have a great mutual respect for each other, where we can talk to each other in a way that we can’t in any other relationship. The fact that we are brothers allows us to give constructive criticism without emotions coming between us. This is an important part of the dynamic of our partnership.
PARK AVE. TOUCH PER: Then we usually go home and try to watch NFL football. We are both huge Dolphins fans. Around 7:30 or 8 we go out for dinner. I always make it a point to try to have a nice meal with my girlfriend. OA: We’ll probably both be sitting on our laptops watching football and sending emails. I like to go through all my emails from the past week and make sure I’ve covered everything.
PACK IT UP OA: I probably go to bed around midnight. PER: Same here.
Sunday Routine readers can follow the Alexander brothers on Instagram at @talalexander and @orenalexander.