Welcome to JoAnne Kao NYC Real Estate

A defining moment in my life was in the early 1980's when my father took me to see the musical Annie on Broadway. After the show, we walked around and ended up at the Public Library on the corner of 42nd and Fifth. I looked up and down the avenue and knew that this was where I wanted to be. 

A few years later, I moved to my first apt slash dorm on the Upper West Side while attending college at Lincoln Center. Living in NYC wasn't an upward trajectory, there were roundabouts, wrong turns, crashes and detours ... which don't stop, btw, you just get older.  

I have lived in the Bronx, Yorkville, Upper East Side, Lenox Hill, Murray Hill, Midtown East, Upper West Side and FiDi with a hiatus San Francisco. 

I remember when my husband said "let's go home" after almost 4 years in San Francisco. We flew back to NY a few weeks later, signed a lease and moved back for good one month later. 

Home is belonging, knowing that this place is as much a part of you as you are a part of it. A sense of pride, a history, an understanding that we're all in this together. You know when you're home.

I'd love to hear your New York Story 


Take a visual tour of New York City

Scroll through our curated images as you gain a sense of our enormously diverse and ever changing neighborhoods. 

Walk down Stone Street in the Financial District, step into Vintry and enjoy a perfect Manhattan; then head east on Water Street to South Street Seaport where you're greeted with an array of outdoor restaurants ranging from Clinton Hall - a craft ale hall with the most outstanding burgers to other cuisines on Fulton St. 

Walk across any of our historic bridges. Walk down Kent Ave. in Williamsburg then stop by Brasserie Witkof; have a pastry at any one of the original Polish bakeries in Greenpoint then a Prosecco & Fish Tacos at Habitat.  

While you're in Midtown, head to the Bar Downstairs at the Andaz Hotel (across from the Public Library where the 2 Lions sit) for some great cocktails and bites.