Who I Am
My name is David Lubell. My passions for prewar architecture and design, coupled with my love of history find expression on this site, and through my work in the residential real estate industry of New York.
I have bought and sold numerous NYC prewar apartments, as well as 1920’s homes in the nearby suburbs, and renovated them as a labor of love, and with an eye towards maintaining their innate character (see My Stuff > My Projects).
My passion for buildings presented itself when I was very young — I started drawing buildings and floorplans at age 5 and this is still something I do today (see My Stuff > My Drawings). I’m a self-taught architect, drafts-person, and interior designer. I’ve consulted on numerous renovation and interior design projects over the past two decades.
Before joining Prudential Douglas Elliman in 2011, I spent years working in finance in various capacities. My last position was as a Partner in a privately held institutional asset management firm where I was responsible for sales and client service. I am grateful for the learning opportunities my career has provided, and to the people who helped me along the way. My financial services background has proven to be valuable in the real estate world and something my clients appreciate.
I was born and raised in the New York City suburbs and I have lived on Manhattan Island most of my adult life. I attended Tufts University, and majored in Economics, receiving my BA in 1988. I, also, attended Columbia Business School, receiving an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing in 1993.
As significant as my studies in economics were while at Tufts, my other academic pursuits were equally important. These included studying architectural history with Professor Margaret Floyd, French literature with Professor Seymour Simches, and Greek Drama with Professor Peter Arnott. These academic endeavors have had a profound effect on me and I am grateful to those professors, all now gone, who helped me on my journey.