Gastiaburo + Stella
The Percent for Art Team
Passionate New Yorkers, Karen Gastiaburo and Leanne Stella commit a percent of their commissions to public visual and performing arts, investing in and giving back to the neighborhoods where they live, work, and play.
Karen Gastiaburo, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
For nearly four decades, Karen Gastiaburo has been making an indelible mark on the New York real estate industry. Since she first discovered her knack of matching people with properties, Karen has come to know the city’s marketplace inside and out. Drawing on her years of experience and the communication skills she developed as an actor, Karen ensures exceptional customer service for all of her clients. As a yoga and meditation teacher, she calmly guides her clients through the twists and turns of the sales process.
A longtime resident of the Upper West Side, Karen now lives in Harlem where she is a proud homeowner in a neighborhood she loves for its close-knit community, diverse restaurants, and lively art and music culture. She dedicates a generous amount of time to community initiatives in the arts and healthy living.
Karen has closed many residential sales in neighborhoods across the city and as a sales director managed the launch of two Tribeca real estate offices. She is a NYRS Designee, having received the Real Estate Board of New York’s premier professional residential real estate credential. She is an active member of REBNY and served on the committee for Deal of the Year, an annual REBNY Gala, and REBNY’s Ethics Committee, as well as several terms as Co-Chair of the Downtown Committee, where she was instrumental in facilitating harmonious relations among industry firms.
Leanne Stella, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Leanne Stella entered her career in real estate through her passion for art and architecture. Having come from an extensive career producing arts and cultural events across New York City, Leanne’s keen eye for beauty and design make her uniquely qualified to support clients in the process of buying or selling a home.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Leanne managed some of the largest art and antiques fairs on the East Coast as President of Stella Show Management Company. A common thread throughout her career has been her innate ability to bring distinct groups together for a common goal, an asset Leanne brings to negotiations and closings for her clients.
Leanne’s interest in real estate was piqued at age 19 when she bought, renovated, and flipped a series of restaurants and mixed-use buildings. Since then, she has bought and sold a number of properties throughout Manhattan, expanding her already impressive network of architects, designers, and real estate developers.
Having lived in a number of New York City neighborhoods including Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side, Leanne now calls Harlem home. Through her organization Art In FLUX, Leanne initiated public arts exhibitions and programs increasing access to uptown arts by reclaiming underutilized spaces for art. She is guided by the philosophy that by merging artistic, commercial, and community interests, a community in flux can thrive.
“Leanne is truly great, we spent a couple of days chatting via email, one day checking apartments and on the third we closed the lease and signed! We love our place. Apartment hunting in NYC can be a stressful experience and working with a good broker always pays out. Leanne is simply the best in Harlem.” – Ricardo O.“Leanne, I just wanted to thank you for all your help in selling my apartment at 17 West 64th St. Your follow-up on details and overall diligence were of great significance in getting this done!” – Diane S.“I have known Karen for over 15 years, having purchased at least half a dozen investment properties in Manhattan. On every single occasion we ended up buying either the first or second property that she had picked for me! She always knew what my needs were and took the time to listen and understand what I was looking for. When describing Karen, words that come to mind include: intuitive, knowledgeable, informed, dedicated, and above all, an amazing person. Karen’s skills and talents as a realtor are unparalleled.” –Indira K.“Karen is an amazing real estate broker -- warm, personal, patient, and accommodating. During the most stressful time of my life -- selling a home of 30+ years, Karen's mastery made this challenge to a rewarding experience. Karen has a thorough understanding of the real estate market, including the complexities of NYC co-ops, is thoughtful and responsive and listens to her clients' needs. All in all, Karen was a pleasure to work with, I recommend her wholeheartedly.” – Tina I."Karen and Leanne are the best. Smooth process from start to finish; I was lucky to find them." – Bruce B."Our recent move was easier than I ever imagined it could be, all thanks to Leanne and Karen. Every question was answered promptly and every concern put to ease. We love our new home!" – Amy J.
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