Christine Miller Martin is relatively new to the Stribling family, but she’s been among New York’s top real estate professionals for more than 15 years. Her background as a Trusts and Estates attorney gives her unique insights into the real estate industry — a benefit to both her clients and colleagues. Her expertise and creativity are beautifully showcased in her standout newsletter, which is not only visually appealing but also highly informative, reaching over 10,000 high net worth individuals, private wealth professionals, art advisors, and trusts and estates attorneys. We caught up with Christine to chat about motherhood, her high school alma mater, and how a glass rosé may have eventually led her to Stribling:
When did you first get into residential real estate and why?
I got into real estate over fifteen years ago following my divorce. I had been a Trusts and Estates attorney but with a young child, I was looking for a career with more flexibility. I’ve always loved homes, architecture, interior design and people so it seemed like a good fit.
What is your favorite part about being a real estate agent?
I really enjoy the process of advising clients and helping them find — and get — their new home. It’s enormously rewarding; every deal is different and I often become great friends with my clients in the process.
Why did you choose Stribling & Associates?
I have always been drawn to Stribling’s sterling reputation and brand as the leading luxury real estate firm in the city. I didn’t want a cold corporate environment, preferring Stribling’s atmosphere where management treats its brokers, employees and clients like family. I have known Libba Stribling for years as we are both involved with the New York Landmarks Conservancy, so when I was looking to switch firms, the choice was an easy one. Although Libba still maintains that it was the glass of rosé in her house in the South of France that did the trick!
I came to Stribling with my colleague Deanna Lloyd and we couldn’t be happier with our choice.
Do you have a favorite neighborhood and why?
While I enjoy many of the city’s neighborhoods, I really love the Upper East Side. It’s beautiful, clean, safe, close to Central Park, some of the city’s best schools, cultural institutions, art galleries and shopping. People are elegant yet friendly. It feels like a small village in the middle of the world’s greatest city.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I devote a fair amount of my free time to supporting a number of organizations: I’m involved with the New York Landmarks Conservancy, El Museo del Barrio and Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.) as well as some private clubs I belong to. I enjoy spending time at our house on Shelter Island and having friends and family stay with us. I try to spend as much time as possible outside but also love time at home curling up with a stack of shelter magazines… heaven!
What is an achievement of which you are most proud?
I’m certainly proud of my career as real estate agent. This is a tough profession with a low barrier to entry but a high barrier to success. My proudest personal achievements are raising my daughter in New York as a single working mother and cultivating an incredible group of talented, accomplished, thoughtful, supportive and fun friends who add so much to my life. I am constantly inspired and energized by them and they add so much to my New York experience.
Pride and Prejudice.
I don’t have one but I can watch the BBC production of Pride & Prejudice ad infinitum.
Favorite travel destination?
The South of France is tough to beat. To relax, I enjoy going to Ireland and staying with family or at a lovely hotel, or to Colombia where my husband is from. Both countries are beautiful with terrific food and warm, friendly and fun people.
Seared foie gras with a glass of Sauternes to start; grilled baby lamb chops with new potatoes, fresh asparagus; homemade strawberry shortcake. A good red Bordeaux and an espresso to finish. Alternatively, a burger from JG Melon’s or a slice from John’s Pizza!
If you weren’t a real estate agent, what would you be?
I’m a licensed attorney, but I think I would have also enjoyed being either a historian or a school Headmistress.