Meet Phyllis Gottesman

Phyllis  Gottesman

Phyllis Gottesman

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Get to Know Me

After completing her studies at Skidmore (French), Yale (Medieval Studies), the Sorbonne, NYU (art and architecture) and New York Law, Phyllis pursued a career in law, where she honed her listening and negotiation skills.


Phyllis is now using those skills, as well as her architectural expertise, as a real estate salesperson. Phyllis’ love of real estate dates back to her childhood, which she spent living in an historic Hudson River home surrounded by late 19th Century mansions.


Having lived most of her life on the Upper West Side, both as a student in a studio and a mother of two in a three bedroom co-op, Phyllis knows and loves the neighborhood in all of its different permutations, from townhouses to pre-war renovations and new construction. Over the years she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the community, including schools, tutors, and after-school activities.


Phyllis’ expertise in architecture has endowed her with a unique sense of space and how it can best be used to accommodate the needs of her clients. In addition, Phyllis has traveled and studied throughout Europe, which has broadened her knowledge of different cultures and styles. Phyllis has owned and sold co-ops and homes throughout the New York City area and looks forward to sharing her extensive knowledge and advice with anyone interested in real estate.


As the mother of a devoted equestrian, Phyllis can be found at equestrian competitions and related events on Long Island. She can also be found at the opera or in museums (where she willingly gives private tours), or enjoying a walk with her Golden Doodle through Central or Riverside Park.

Work With JMA

A Boston native, James grew up acting and dancing in an entrepreneurial family. James ultimately realized that his love of interiors and knack for connecting with people were tailored-made for real estate. His ability to listen to his clients and truly hear what they want and need in a home cannot be taught.