Company News | TOWN Residential Expands Global Network Through Strategic Alliances With Alpine Homes And Towne Realty Group

The powerful network expands TOWN’s significant international presence into the prestigious markets of Switzerland and New Jersey.

From Left: Andrew Heiberger, Founder and CEO, TOWN; Luciane Serifovic, International Sales, Corporate and Relocation Services Director, TOWN; Samar Hamza, International Sales, Corporate and Relocation Services Manager, TOWN; Larry Levene, Owner, Alpine Homes; Karen Eastman Bigos, Founder, Towne Realty Group

TOWN Residential, New York’s leading luxury real estate services firm, has joined forces with two prestigious real estate firms in a dedicated effort to expand an ever-growing elite global network. We are pleased to welcome Alpine Homes, reigning from the faraway Swiss Alps as the most-sought after destination for ski homes, as well as Towne Realty Group, situated just across the river as the market-leading boutique firm in Millburn-Short Hills, New Jersey. 

Both Alpine Homes and Towne Realty Group align seamlessly with TOWN’s core values, which include an unyielding dedication to customer service and local neighborhood expertise. These incredible synergies among the firms will continue to bolster the alliance’s commitment to remaining the go-to source for every client’s domestic or international real estate needs. 

Founded in 2005, Alpine Homes specializes in the sale of off plan and resale properties in Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The firm offers a broad range of property services to developers and property owners alike, including development consultancy, valuation, sales, marketing and rental introductions. Owner Larry Levene and the firm’s qualified, multilingual staff are passionate about ski properties and The Alps, and always strive to offer the highest standard of client care.

TOWN’s association with the firm is focused within its highly acclaimed Switzerland market. The landlocked country at the center of Europe borders no less than five countries – Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Lichenstein. Switzerland contains some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, with rugged peaks, high mountain passes and deep lakes. Offering a warm, Mediterranean climate in the summer and some of the highest snow falls in The Alps during the winter, the locale offers an enormous diversity of activities. 

Based in Millburn, New Jersey, Towne Realty Group is the inside expert for residential homes in North Central, New Jersey, just 18 miles west of Manhattan. Founded in 2006, Broker Karen Eastman Bigos has been a top agent in the community for over 33 years. The firm surpassed $1.5 billion in sales in its first ten years and has grown its social media follower base to over 18,000 fans, tracking over $50 million in sales from Facebook alone. A prominent member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, Towne Realty Group proudly serves a dedicated clientele in Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, Berkeley Heights, The Chathams, Maplewood & South Orange, Springfield, New Providence and West Orange (all towns along and near the Midtown Direct train line). 

Raised in Millburn-Short Hills, Karen Eastman Bigos is actively involved in a wide array of local civic organizations and holds a true insider’s knowledge of the area, from its housing inventory and neighborhoods, to its schools, recreational programs, shopping opportunities and government functions. Her personal commitment translates into a company firmly rooted within its community, as witnessed by clients through every transaction.

These boutique firms are connected to markets that are undeniably prestigious. The new associations will prove integral toward TOWN’s commitment to providing the highest level of local service to its deserving clientele.

The addition of Alpine Homes and Towne Realty Group further expands TOWN Residential’s dynamic network to more than 3,200 professionals within more than 180 offices across five continents. Prioritizing genuine relationships with best-in-class local experts, Alpine Homes and Towne Realty Group join Fortune International Group, South Florida’s pre-eminent fully integrated real estate firm with a reach that extends into Latin America; Chestertons, one of the premier real estate firms in London and the Middle East; Gilmar, Spain’s largest real estate network headquartered in Madrid; Forest Hill Real Estate, Inc., Toronto’s leading real estate firm specializing in the sale of luxury homes and commercial properties; The Fite Group Luxury Homes, the market leading independent luxury real estate firm in Palm Beach, Florida; and AVENUE Residential, the leading Hoboken-based brokerage, serving Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken and surrounding areas. 

TOWN Residential has cemented its position as New York’s foremost luxury real estate services firm with seamless execution of best-in-class customer service by more than 500 local experts within ten prime Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens locations. Completing more than 21,550 transactions totaling over $12.4 billion since inception, the firm celebrates success in luxury residential sales; leasing; the marketing, sales and leasing of property developments; commercial and retail.

The firm’s endeavors are backed by TOWN Connect, a fully integrated real estate technology platform that exemplifies the firm’s commitment to providing its representatives, clients and customers with the most innovative and comprehensive applications to exceed all technology, listing and marketing needs. Most recently, the division launched a newly imagined website,, the online destination for exciting sale and rental listings both within New York City and around the world.