“Built From the Ground Up”


Wellington Real Estate’s most recent development, The Charles, is a 32-story luxury residential building located at 1355 First Avenue, between East 72nd and 73rd Streets, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Partnering with Bluerock Development, Wellington is creating one of the most lavish residential buildings in New York City. The Charles is being meticulously developed with superb design, quality workmanship and unparalled value.

The Charles offers residents full floor units of 3,100 to 3,600 square feet with panoramic views of New York City. Amenities at The Charles include 24-hour lobby service and concierge; on-site building mangers; private elevators; abundant natural light achieved through three windowed walls; acoustically engineered quiet window systems; spa-like Bianco Dolomiti marble master baths with soaking tubs and radiant heat; walk-in closets; large eat-in kitchens; state-of-the-art appliances; wine refrigerators; washer/dryers; a Technogym; children’s playroom and lounge; and pre-wired home automation. The Charles truly integrates European style and elegance with amenities essential to a contemporary lifestyle, creating a townhome in the sky.

The Charles was designed by renowned architect, Ismael Leyva, who is internationally recognized as a leading architect and interior designer. In addition, the development team commissioned British design company, David Collins Studio, to create ultra-luxe interiors that can be enjoyed throughout the entire building.

Along with its desirable Upper East Side address, The Charles offers close proximity to world-renowned museums, galleries, boutique shopping, exquisite restaurants and private schools. Central Park is within walking distance and is visible from many floors in The Charles.


Wellington Real Estate’s brand management division has partnered with Irvine California based DPPM Project Managers to assist Kia Motors Corporation in the rollout of 770 new and renovated dealership facilities throughout the United States. This $40 million rebranding program is geared to improve and modernize Kia showrooms, with the individual dealers investing over a half billion in construction dollars over a three-year period.

Some of Wellington’s responsibilities for Kia’s new rollout include brand management, project management and design documentation at locations along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Maine.


John Johnson began his career serving as leasing and asset manager at Park 80 West Plaza II in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. This 264,000-square-foot Class A office building is recognized as one of the most sought after corporate addresses in northern New Jersey. As the leasing manager, John focused his talents as an intermediary between his clients, the financiers of the project, the architect and subcontractors. As asset manager, John worked alongside tenants to facilitate interior office build-outs on-time and within budget.


While with Jos. L. Muscarelle, the Wellington team—in partnership with Met Life and Forest City Ratner—developed 1001 Liberty Avenue, a 529,000-square-foot Class A office building located in the downtown business center in Pittsburgh, Pa. With their proven track record, the Wellington team utilized their superb asset management skills in a liaison role with Muscarelle, Met Life and Forest City Ratner.


In the early 1990s, the team at Wellington Real Estate managed the construction and leasing process for the development of 300 Tice Boulevard, located within the Mack-Cali Corporate Center in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. The 230,000-square-foot three-story Class A office building is located within a 20-acre park-like corporate office campus setting.

As the lead project manager, John showcased his diverse skill set by managing the leasing and construction process.  He worked with the architects and contractors to ensure that this development was completed within a rigorous construction schedule and was desirable to both potential buyers and tenants alike. Some of the major corporate tenants that leased space at this facility included Chase Bank, Xerox and Merck & Co.