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A Look Inside the 46th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Kips Bay Designer Show House

The 46th annual Decorator Show House is underway, showcasing work from top interior designers. The Upper East Side townhouse at 110 East 76th Street has been completely transformed, and all for a good cause, namely the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. All proceeds from the events will go to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which provides after school enrichment programs to more than 10,000 youth in the Bronx. 

Kips Bay 110 Easy 76th Street

About the Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The Upper East Side is known for its historic and grandiose townhomes, and the Lenox Hill neighborhood, the site of this year’s show house, is no exception. The row of townhomes at 110-120 East 76th Street was originally built by Augustus Hatfield in 1883-85 and are unique in that they are 36’ feet, must larger than the standard townhouse width in New York. This year’s show house, at 110 East 76th Street, has been completely reworked by Robert Couturier. Renovations on the home began in 2010. Couturier is most known for his work for billionaire financier, Sir James Goldsmith which jumpstarted his career.

His vision for this year’s show house took inspiration from past projects he completed around the globe with an emphasis on the fact that the spaces in the house are meant to live in and move about, they are not simply “stages.” The expansive townhome provided the perfect backdrop for top interior designers to showcase their work.

110 East 76th Street spans 15,000 square feet across 7 floors. Part of the renovations included incorporating modern luxuries such as an elevator, which is accessible from each of the 7 floors. The home includes 8 bedrooms and 10 baths. It is a unique opportunity to own a wide townhouse on the Upper East Side. The Master Suit of the home alone spans 1,500 square feet and includes a separate sitting room, fireplace, and double baths.

It is currently offered at $51,000,000.

Decorator Show House

The expansive townhouse residence has become a showcase of work from renowned interior designers that have donated their time and skill to create the beautiful spaces. The interior features 7 floors of living space which have been transformed into sumptuous space from a attention grabbing, statement staircase to an elegant sitting room and Clive Christian kitchen.

Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club

The interior designers have spared no attention to detail throughout the home, sourcing their decor from the likes of Hermes, Sotheby's, Bergdorf Goodman, and Roche Bobois to name a few.

Take a look at a few of the beautifully curated rooms in this year's Decorator Show House:

The Show House will be running Until May 31st 2018.

110 East 76th Street
Monday-Saturday: 11-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 11-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

Tickets can purchased online in advance by visting Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Remember, all ticket proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

Guide: Celebrate Mother's Day in New York City

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th. Whether you plan to spend the day with Mom, or you plan to send a gift because she is not in town, we have you covered with ideas for ways to make Mom feel special. From Brunch to gifts, check out our guide to Mother's Day in New York City. 

Wave Hill House Brunch & Gardens

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Wave Hill House, a 28 Acre estate in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, hosts an annual Mother’s Day brunch that garners a lot of attention. In fact, it often sells out! Feel like you escaped the city a bit on the 28 acres, and enjoy a brunch with Mom consisting of Belgian waffles, poached eggs, polenta, and zucchini bread. At least check, 10:30am and 1pm seating times were available.

After brunch, stroll through the beautiful gardens on the property. Birding is a very popular activity at Wave Hill House.

$50 per guest or $45 for Members // 675 West 252nd Street

Afternoon Tea at Bergdorf Goodman

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BG at Bergdorf Goodman hosts afternoon tea daily from 3-5pm. If a full brunch isn’t your thing, this is a great way to pass the afternoon at a place that all women love, the famed Bergdorf Goodman department store.

Tea service comes with an assortment of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, fruit preserves, Devonshire cream, and a variety of petite sweets. We recommend getting the option paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. After tea, take mom downstairs to pick out a luxurious gift.

$45 per person or $62 with glass of Veuve // 58th Street at 5th Avenue

Queens Botanical Garden Mother’s Day Brunch

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The blossoming Queens Botanical Garden will be hosting a farm-to-table brunch to celebrate Mom this year. Enjoy a selection from local caterers including omelets, bacon, muffins, scones, coffee, teas, and a complimentary glass of wine at the landmark setting.

After enjoying a delicious brunch, be sure to stroll throughout the gardens and take in the lush arrangement of greenery and plants.

Prices Range from $28 for children to $60 for adults // 43-50 Main Street, Flushings

New York Botanical Garden’s Annual Weekend Garden Party

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 njoy the beautiful spring blooms at the weekend-long garden party at the New York Botanical Garden. Stroll through the newly opened Lilac collection and enjoy live music and dancers on the garden’s main stage. There are a bunch activities planned throughout the whole day, making it a great family event. Activities include putting on the green, croquet, and guided walking tours throughout the gardens. Brunch, by reservation, will be served picnic-style.

All garden pass $28, $12 children // 2900 Southern Boulevard

Dinner at Majorelle

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 Majorelle is the newest restaurant on the Upper East Side located within the Lowell HoteCharles Masson, formerly from La Grenouille is running the restaurant in conjunction with four-star chef Christian Delouvrier. Similar to La Grenouille, Majorelle is decorated with fresh flowers throughout. The renovations in the Lowell to create Majorelle include a dining room designed by Michael S. Smith. Details include engaged columns and egg-and-dart moldings. The restaurant has approximately 75 seats with about 20 in a skylight garden. There is also a plush bar, Jacques, and a cozy library lounge with a fireplace adjacent to the dining room. The Chef has created a menu that mixes traditional French cuisine with Mediterranean and Moroccan influences. Highlights from the menu include a rich onion tart, warm sausage with potatoes, risotto of wild mushrooms, bass with Champagne and caviar, and steak au poivre.

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Gift Ideas:

Fragrance: Hermes latest fragrance, name after the thin, silk scarves many women tie around the handle of their bags, has been receiving rave reviews. The maison crafted the new scent with Hermes girl in mind, a young, carefree one at that. Twilly has floral and spices with notes of ginger and sensual tuberose.

$130 – Hermes

Dress: Want to treat mom to a lavish dress that she will cherish season after season? The latest Dolce & Gabbana collection has striking floral prints that are sure to turn heads whether you are wearing it around the city or in the Almalfi Coast. We recommend the classic silhouette of the Sheath Cocktail Dress in the Rose print.

Elbow-Sleeve Scoop-Neck Rose-Print Sheath Cocktail Dress - $2,295 Neiman Marcus

Flowers: What goes better with Mother’s Day than flowers? Head to the New York Flower Market for the best selection. The district, which spans a full city block on 28th street between 6th and 7th Avenues, offers virtually any flower your heart can desire. Pick out Mom’s favorites and make a beautiful bouquet.

28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues

6 Condos Designed by Luxury Brands in New York & Miami

Major luxury brands from around the world are leaving their market (and branding) on the luxury real estate market. There is a growing number of projects where major designers are doing interiors of luxury buildings, especially in Miami. 

These collaborations increase the appeal and attract buyers in a competitive new development market where prospective buyers have many projects from which to choose. Both sides stand to benefit from bringing on a global luxury brand as the development gets increased publicity because of the collaboration and the luxury brand gets to reach a potentially new audience that may not have previously been immersed in the brand. 

In today's market a brand is everything. Young, wealthy buyers especially love luxury brands, and many of these collaborations are familiar in that they most like have pieces from them in their home already. These powerful brands give the building an identity immediately rather than the building trying to have to establish itself as brand on its own.

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Baccarat Hotel and Residences

The Baccarat Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has a boutique collection of 60 residences with interiors by AD100 designer Tony Ingrao T.he apartments are luxurious as one would expect, yet in a sophisticated way. The major appeal of these residences is the plush amenities and services available from the Baccarat Hotel. Baccarat brand is more subtle within the residences while it is very prominent in the renowned Grand Salon and Bar where guests enjoy beverages out of Baccarat crystal glasses

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 60 Residences ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedroom currently on the market
  • Homes features luxurious finishes including Siematic kitchens custome designed by Tony Ingrao and entrance doors made of Zircote Wood with Baccarat crystal handles
    • Residents enjoy exclusive perks at Baccarat Hotels around the world as well as perks such as private shopping and priority custom design and production at Baccarat

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While Peter Marino is not a luxury brand or label himself, he is worthy of being included on this list as he has worked for some of the top fashion houses and artists around the world with his designs. Marino's work include flagship stores around the world for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bvlgari, Dior, and Giorgio Armani. His building along the High Line in West Chelsea has attracted much attention because of its boutique nature and the recent sale of a penthouse for $59 Million. 

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 12 story building consisting of only 6 bespoke homes designed by Peter Marino
  • Base will be a museum and gallery holding the private collection of J. Tomilson Hill worth $800 million     
  • All floorplans different and decked out in 80 various kinds of stone, marble, and wood finishes
  • Penthouse will have a private, rooftop pool 

20 Pine - The Collection

Renovated in 2009 at a historic downtown building, 20 Pine was at the forefront of the downtown revolution and was truly a first for the area with its Armani/Casa designed residences. Sleek kitchens, spa like bathrooms in the residences, and lofty ceiling heights have attracted buyers and investors to this building.

20 Pine The Collection

QUICK FACTS:

  • 408 Residences with 38 floors
  • Unrivaled amenity collection including the Collection Club & Spa including pool and Hamman Steam room, 25th Floor Sun Terrace, and Library Lounge
  • Designed by Armani/Casa

Miami

Fendi Chateau

Fendi Chataeu may not rise as tall as some of the new developments in Miami, standing at just 12 stories, but its 58 residences will pack a punch with their exceptional design and amenities. Chateau Group has teamed up with Italian Fashion Label Fendi to design residences that come with top of the line finishes, unparalleled amenities, and white-glove service

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 3,400 square feet to over 7,000 square feet of living space
  • Amenities include Library, Fitness Center, Private Cinema, 2 Swimming Pools surrounded by Tropical Garends Luxury Concierce by Fendi Chateau Attaché
  • 3 to 5 bedroom flow-through residences with the best finishes including Italian kitchen cabinets by Fendi with Mother of Pearl finish

The Residences by Armani/Casa

The Residences by Armani/Casa is a new development rising 60 stories on Sunny Isles beach with interiors designed by Giorgio Armani and Armani/Casa with each unit having a touch of Giorgio Armani himself. The building is set to finish in late 2018 and has already attracted buyers from around the world. 

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 6 different floorplan options with residences ranging in size from 1500 to 3000 square feet
  • Residences will include the finest in European-design cabinetry and designer finishes
  • 35,000 square feet of amenities all designed by Armani/Casa including an Armani Prive Lounge, fine dining restaurant, cigar room, fitness center, exclusive beach amenities on 300 feet of private shore

Missoni Baia

The Italian Fashion house is bringing their first branded building to the Edgewater area of Miami. The luxury condominium will rise 57 stories above Biscayne Bay and feature interiors designed by Paris Forino Design under the direction of Missoni. Slated to be complete in 2020, the building can be expected to feature the fashion house’s signature color palette throughout.

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 249 1-5 bedroom residences ranging in size from 776 square feet to 3,788 square feet
  • New York designerParis Forino envisioned the tower’s 249 elegantly crafted one- to five-bedroom residences and curated the Missoni fabrics, furnishings, and artworks that complement Asymptote’s modern architectural design.
  • Residence finishes include custom European cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, and floor to ceiling marble in masterbaths
  • Amenities include an Olympic-sized pool, spa, landscaped gardens by Enzo Enea, pet spa, game room, 2 poolside resident lounges

 

Want to learn more about the influence of luxury brands on real estate? Contact us to arrange a visit to these properties and more:

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A Look Inside 2 of Robert A.M. Stern's Crowning Penthouses

20 East End Avenue - Penthouse A

20 East End Avenue Penthouse A

20 East End Avenue designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects brings a new standard of luxury living and classic design to the Upper East Side. The building, complete in a limestone façade signature of Mr. Stern, blends seamlessly into the landscape of East End Avenue. The classic design suggests at had always been the hallmark of East End Avenue for years. 

The building, home to exquisite residences starting around $10M, unveiled its crowning penthouse, Penthouse A. This expansive home features design elements that are reminiscent of classic Upper East Side homes as well as modern finishes to provide a fresh perspective.

20 East End Avenue

The home, generous in size, is comprised of 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms across 6,5050 interior square feet as well as multiple outdoor terraces and a stunning, private rooftop terrace accessible via private staircase. Total outdoor square footage is 4,542 square feet. Upon entering the home, the proportions of this residence are immediately noticeable thanks to the gracious entrance gallery that has ceiling heights up to 12 feet with other details such as quartersawn Appalachian white oak flooring.

20 East End Avenue Penthouse
Robert AM Stern Penthouse

20 East End Facts:
•    Architect: Robert A.M. Stern
•    Building has a handset limestone base
•    Private motor court
•    Amenities include billiards and game room, luxurious library that has been hand curated, wine cellar, fitness center, and spa

20 East End Avenue Library

Penthouse A is currently offered at $39,000,000


30 Park Place – Penthouse 82

Four Seasons Private Residences Penthouse 82

30 Park Place, the first private residences by the Four Seasons in New York, has had an overwhelmingly positive reception since its launch. The building is positioned conveniently in the heart of downtown Manhattan, moments from The Oculus, TriBeCa, and SoHo. 

30 Park Place is a Silverstein Property designed by Robert A.M. Stern architects and is currently the tallest residential tower in lower Manhattan standing at 937 feet. Because this is the Four Seasons Private Residences, residents of 30 Park Place enjoy a suite of amenities and offerings that offer an unparalleled luxury living experience. Residents can enjoy access to hotel amenities such as the indoor lap pool, in-residence dining from Wolfgang Puck's CUT, and car service.

30 Park Place Penthouse 82
30 Park Place

Penthouse 82 was unveiled by 30 Park Place and is simply stunning. The full floor home features elegant finishes, gracious design, and signature Robert A.M. Stern touches. Penthouse 82 is comprised of 3 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms across 4,538 interior square feet. The home features north, east, south, and west exposures. Features such as a gas-burning St Tropez French limestone fireplace truly make this house feel like a home. Penthouse 82 also includes 732 exterior square feet across multiple terraces. These terraces are the highest private outdoor spaces in the city! As one can imagine, the views are simply stunning from the home on a clear day. 

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30 Park Place Facts:
•    Architect: Robert A.M. Stern
•    Collection of homes that are part of the Four Seasons Private Residences Program
•    Private Residential lobby at 30 Park Place
•    Amenities: complete Four Seasons residential concierge, 75 foot pool, 38th floor club including fitness,  private dining, and screening room.

30 Park Place- Penthouse 82 is currently on the market offered at $30,000,000. 

Interested in learning more about Robert A.M. Stern's iconic buildings around the city? Contact us to schedule a private tour.
 

Guide: The Best Observation Decks In NYC

In the real estate industry, you can get access to some of the best views. In fact, some of these views you can call home – 12 Instagram Worthy Views from Manhattan Real Estate. If you can’t get into the tallest apartment in the city with the best view, why not take advantage of some of the observation decks throughout the city? Instagram is waiting…

We've put together a few pointers about the most popular observation decks in New York City as well as what we know now about 2 observation decks coming to the city that will literally take things to new heights.

Empire State Building

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Quick Facts

  • Most popular observation deck
  • 86th and 102nd floors open to the public
  • Views of Midtown, the Park, and other iconic buildings that make up NYC skyline
  • 86th floor is not encased in glass or covered with a roof

 How: The Empire State building sells tour packages through its website. The price of admission will depend on the age of the visitor and which floor of the building they would like to go to. Guided tour packages are also available. Decks are open from 8am to 2am daily.

Top of the Rock

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Quick Facts

  • Actually get to view the Empire State Building because you are not on it!
  • Capture the iconic photo of it standing among the skyline
  • Also great views of the park – slightly altered because of the construction on 57th Street!
  • Timed Entry system makes it much less crowded
  • Originally opened in 1933 re opened 2005

How: Sold through the Top of the Rock website and work in a similar fashion in that tickets are priced according to age. There are special add ons available and note – a surcharge exists if you want to go at sunset! Open from 8am to midnight daily.

One World Observatory

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Quick Facts

  • Opened in May of 2015 and offers some of the best views of landmarks because you can even see the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island as you are located downtown
  • Highest observation area in the city at the moment
  • In addition to being able to simply take in the views, there are interactive elements along the way including videos depicting the construction of the tower

How: Prices vary according to age like the other options, and additionally, packages can be purchased. Special packages include options for entertainment and food as well as options to purchase expedited entry. Hours have varied, but spring/summer and the long days the seasons bring tend to have availability from morning until night.

Statue of Liberty

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Quick Facts

  • The Crown of the Statue of Liberty offers an observation deck, however, this is more about the experience itself rather than the views once you climb the 162 stairs to the top
  • Lines can be very long
  • Not that high and located a distance away from Manhattan so views are not as great as from atop the other decks
  • Looking to see the Statue? Consider a Boat Cruise or the Staten Island Ferry

How: Tickets are available through Statue Cruises and vary in price depending on whether it is for a child or adult.

Coming Soon

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30 Hudson Yards: The much talked about Hudson Yards Mega Project has another reason to be talked about – the sky-high observation deck that will be at 30 Hudson Yards. Upon completion, it will be the 5th highest observation deck in the world as it protrudes from the 100th floor of the building.

In addition to the outdoor deck, the Hudson Yards Observation Deck will offer a complete New York experience, offering the opportunity to have a cocktail or host a celebratory dinner. The deck is slated to open in March of 2019.

One Vanderbilt:

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The office building that is rising in Midtown East will have a publicly accessible observation deck similar to that of One World Trade and Empire State. Upon completion, the indoor/outdoor deck will stand 1,020 feet about the ground. Visitors will be able to access the observation deck through Grand Central. Construction on One Vanderbilt is slated to wrap up until 2020 so pricing for tickets has not yet been released.

Things to Do this Spring with your Family in New York City

If it’s variety you seek for spring activities with your family, look no further than New York City. New York is notorious for its countless museums, sightseeing opportunities and parks that are sure to keep the whole family entertained during all of April and May. And although these are offered year-round in the city that never sleeps, there is something extra special about New York in the Spring, when the city is just starting to shake off winter. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly spring activities in and around The Big Apple. 

What is spring without baseball?

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New York is home of the Yankees, one of baseball’s most decorated teams in Major League Baseball. The Yankees’ season is off and rolling already, and they’ll be playing all the way through a hopeful playoff run in October - knock on wood. There’s no better time than the spring to catch a ball game with your family. If you plan ahead of time, you can book a family tour of the stadium before the game and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 27-time World Champion team and their home turf. 

New York is also home base for the Mets and the team will have a handful of home games at their stadium through the spring as well. Both the Mets and the Yankees are some of the most successful franchises in baseball history. The Mets are off to their hottest start in quite a while and have a loaded batting lineup featuring All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. 

Central Park

Central Park Spring

Take the family on a relaxing walk through one of the most beautiful and famous parks in the world. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city, Central park can be a calm place to lounge. If you’re looking for a fast-paced activity, explore bike rentals near Central Park. 

An iconic American food restaurant, Tavern on the Green in Central Park, has attracted prominent people throughout the decades. This dining hot spot has even been mentioned in popular movies like Ghostbusters. Tavern on the Green was recently reopened in 2014 under new ownership.

The Central Park Zoo is open year-round and encourages visitors to get close with a variety of animals. There are viewing opportunities for penguin and sea lion feedings. This is a wonderful spot to take children while on a family spring break trip and makes for a fun, interactive day of entertainment.

Special Spring Events

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Depending on exactly when your family’s spring break is or when you have some time off, major parades and other events will be strolling through the city. For a flower-filled springtime themed day, go to the Orchid Festival, otherwise known as New York’s nod to the changing season. Spring is the season for garden parties, and it’s hard to think of a lush green space more perfect for a booze-filled afternoon than the New York Botanical Garden. The Botanical Gardens will be in full bloom with thousands of orchids through all of April. 

For a rainy spring day, take the kids to visit the Brooklyn Museum. Relive the glory days by stopping by the new David Bowie exhibit that portrays Bowie’s life through pop culture multimedia that includes audio, video and animations that coincide with various items on display. The exhibit features interactive attractions from his early teenage years all the way through his peak of superstardom. 

The land of witchcraft and wizardry returns next week as the popular theatrical play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts 1 & 2 hits the Broadway stage. Performances for the play began on April 7th and will last through May 13th. Browse online deals for tickets to this Harry Potter spectacle or theater shows around New York City. 

What to Eat

Eataly is a huge Italian marketplace with some of the best Italian cuisine downtown. It’s not exactly the most obscure attraction but it’s a neat little atmosphere with some incredible food and is home to authentic Italian groceries and dining. Eataly is still fairly new to the city, having opened in NY back in 2010, but there are locations all over the world.

Located on the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park City is Pier A Harbor House, a beautiful restaurant right on the water. With incredible views at this place, the Harbor House makes for a great family afternoon with tasty seafood and some neat surrounding parks to walk off the buttery lobster lunch.

One of the most popular outdoor restaurants downtown is the Hudson Clearwater in lower Manhattan. Folks dine here in the spring for the Southern Eggs Benedict and seasonal fresh fruit. Though known for its tasty brunch menu, this New American restaurant also offers creative cocktails and healthy vegetarian options. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Blog by Jeremy Alderman

Has the Second Avenue Subway Line Increased Real Estate Values?

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The Second Avenue Subway line was a long time in the making and captured the New York Metro Area’s media attention for much of 2016-2017. Prior to the opening of the Second Avenue line, the Upper East Side was mainly served by the 4/5/6 subway line on Lexington Avenue. That meant many people living to the east of Lexington Avenue and toward the river had not only a hike to the closest subway, but also it was the only subway option. For this reason, some people preferred to take their real estate search to other neighborhoods with more access to public transit.

Values have Risen

The Second Avenue line on the Upper East Side has been open for a little over a year now with January 2018 marking the 1-year anniversary. So the question begs – has the opening of the subway had a positive impact for real estate in the neighborhood?

Research published by Streeteasy shows that prices in the Yorkville area of the Upper East Side rose year over year. This increase in both rents and sales comes at a time when the Manhattan market is cooling off in some respects. Sales rose 2% in price while rent rose 4% in the 12-month period. For the latter, this increase in rent prices was second only to the Financial District was has very large access to public transit and has been experience and economic rebirth in the post 9/11 era.

Increased Interest

A noticeable increase in interest has been observed in properties on Second Avenue and East because of the subway access. Within the Upper East Side, Yorkville has seen the biggest increase interest thanks to its affordability relative to other sections of the Upper East Side as well as its proximity to the new transit line.

Resale is not the only area seeing positive impacts from the Second Avenue line. Developers also bet on the area, breaking ground on projects before the line was completed and opened. Luxury developments in the area include:

·         20 East End Avenue

·         The Kent at 200 East 95th Street

·         Citizens 360 at 360 East 89th Street

·         389 East 89th Street

Those that took the risk and bought before the subway got a discount and are now reaping the rewards! We expect that the Upper East Side will continue to have a robust market with increased interests.

Second Avenue is home to many great restaurants and bars and new additions keep opening from food to fitness. Some favorite and notable locations along Second Avenue include:

  • Quality Eats
  • A La Turka
  • Maison Kaiser
  • Two Little Red Hens
  • Ripped

The Victoria Shtainer Team’s Exclusive Upper East Side Opportunities:

408 East 79th Street, 17AB

Convertible 5 Bed | 5 Bath | $7,395,000

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5 of the Best Buildings Along the High Line

The High Line, a former rail line used to transport goods along the lower West Side, has transformed the West Chelsea area of Manhattan into one of the hottest neighborhoods for new development. Over the past years, developers having been racing to scoop up plots of land adjacent to the elevated park to construct luxury condos.

Today, the High Line is a popular destination for enjoying the warmer months in the city, strolling along and taking in the various skyline views. Additionally, some of the best names in architecture have built condos that are attracting high-end buyers. Below are 5 of the top buildings along the High Line in West Chelsea.

 

Soori

Situated at 522 West 29th Street, Soori High Line is most known for the inclusions of private pools into the modern design of 16 of the 31 residences.

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QUICK FACTS:

  • Greatest number of homes with private pools in the city
  • Designed by SCDA
  • Ceilings Up to 18 Feet
  • Verenna Poliform-designed Kitchens

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Peter Marino has designed an ultra boutique condo at 501 West 24th Street that only a few lucky individuals will get to call home.

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 12 story building consisting of only 6 bespoke homes designed by Peter Marino
  • Base will be a museum and gallery holding the private collection of J. Tomilson Hill worth $800 million     
  • All floorplans different and decked out in 80 various kinds of stone, marble, and wood finishes
  • Penthouse will have a private, rooftop pool 

Jardim

First residential project in New York City by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld that will incorporate many lush gardens and landscaping. Located at 527 West 27th Street.

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QUICK FACTS:   

  • Gardens/outdoor spaces will be central to the project with a lush, central garden that will connect the development’s 2 towers
  • Name is the Portuguese word for garden
  • 2, 11-story towers with 36 1-4 bedroom condos – both towers have duplex penthouses
  • Pricing expected to start just under $2 million
  • Amenities: pool, fitness center, massage & treatment rooms, kid’s playroom, and 38-car parking

520 W 28th Street

520 W 28th Street is the late Hadid's only project in New York, and thus, has an inherent special value to it as it brings her signature elements along the High Line. The design is based on graceful curves inspired by nature that are a contrast to the hard angles generally seen in residential architecture

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 39 Residences
  • Kitchens custom designed by Zaha Hadid in collaboration with Boffi
  • Amenities include: 75 ft sky lit pool, private iMax movie Theater, wellness level, lounge level, and entertainment suite on the High Line

515 High Line – 515 W 29th Street

Located at 515 West 29th Street, 515 High Line will be Soo Chan's, principal of SCDA, masterpiece in West Chelsea.

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QUICK FACTS:

  • 11 story condo with curved glass fin facade

  • 15 apartments, 5 of which will be penthouses

  • Designed by Soo Chan, Principal of SCDA

  • Each residence will have direct, keyed elevator access

  • Design features include  Bulthaup Kitchens with Gaggenau appliances, custom millwork, and Lutron HomeWorks QS System     

 

Interested in the buildings above or living in West Chelsea? Contact us to get info on these buildings and to arrange your appointment.

Why You Should Start Looking for your Summer Rental in The Hamptons Now

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Thinking about renting a house in The Hamptons this summer? Now may be a good time to begin your search, especially for the 2018 Summer Season. It may seem early, however, it is never too early to start scouting out properties and negotiating with owners to ensure you get the house you want for the summer. Remember, you will have the house for the summer so spend the time and effort to ensure you get what you want!

The Summer 2018 Hamptons Rental season is already off to a quick start thanks to the U.S. Open Golf tournament coming to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in June. This event is expected to draw a sizeable crowd and has already resulted in inquiries for rentals on the East End. Additionally, because some owners are now listing properties that they might not have otherwise given the opportunity, now is the optimal time as it relates to inventory selection.

We are expecting the number of transactions to be higher for the 2018 season as compared to 2017 because of a change to the Rental Permit Law enacted by the Town of Southampton. The law was revised to allow rentals shorter than the previous 2-week minimum. There is now a waiver for special occasions and large events which can put a squeeze on the limited hotel inventory in the area. With that said, wealthy individuals may turn to renting a home for their stay during something like that U.S. Open rather then turning to a hotel.

Additionally, we have talked a lot about the changes to the tax code and how it could impact real estate markets. We believe that the tax changes will impact the Hamptons Rental Market by increasing the size of prospective renters looking for property. Most people have now had an opportunity to see how the changes impacted their paychecks and have worked with their tax advisors to forecast their 2018 tax lability under the new guidelines. People are feeling wealthier and, generally, increased wealth leads to people being more likely to and willing to spend money.

Get ahead of the curve and begin your search for a summer rental in the East End now. Inventory is better earlier in the season as compared to later in the season (May/June).

Things to Consider When Looking for a Summer Rental:

  • Allow yourself time to find a rental and carefully review all the stipulations, etc. put in place by the land lord

  • Questions to consider: do they allow pets? are utilities included? are you, as the tenant, responsible for paying for pool maintenance, gardener, etc.? what is the security deposit? 

  • Owner may be more likely to negotiate the rate for the summer if you commit to locking in early (now).

  • A good summer rental can make or break the summer, so be sure to do your research before committing

  • Read the description thoroughly as well as the amenities. Try using services like GoogleEarth to scope out the property to see if it is located near any 'annoyances' (remember you will be spending the summer there!)

Opportunity to Rent in Southampton

82 Pheasant Close North, Southampton

82 Pheasant Close N Rental

First time offered on the rental market, this brand new magnificent home with 22' ceilings boasts 9 bedrooms, 8.5 baths and has all one could wish for in a summer retreat. The lower level has a 15 seat movie theatre, wine cellar, arcade, full gym, sauna and steam rooms and 2 bedrooms with 3 baths. Sited behind electric gates with a heated edgeless infinity saltwater pool, asphalt surface tennis court and hot tub, this location is prime as it is close to village shops and ocean beaches. Call for details as they are too numerous to mention. This will not last - contact us below for your private showing today!

Rental Terms:

June: $150,000

July: $350,000

Get Ready for Spring: Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

NYC Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating around NYC

Now that the warmer weather is right around the corner, you’ll notice that many more people are opting to dine at restaurants with outdoor seating. After all, there’s something nice about enjoying your meal outside, where you’re able to take in the views of the area around you while taking full advantage of the beautiful weather. If you’re in New York City or have ever visited the Big Apple, then you’re very familiar with the fact that NYC is an almost absurdly massive city. With approximately 304.6 million square-miles of this concrete jungle to explore, finding a place to settle down in for a simple meal can seem like a strenuous. Now, take the number of restaurants present in New York City and narrow it down to eating spots that have outside seating. The results will seem overwhelming to you, but rest assured: we have a few suggestions here. Here are the best restaurants with outdoor seating around New York City.

Industry Kitchen

Considering the fact that Industry Kitchen was named the winner of OpenTable’s 2016 Diners’ Choice, it comes as no surprise that this restaurant offers delectable dishes and stellar seating. Industry Kitchen provides diners with modern American cuisine that is based on seasonal ingredients. With stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River, there’s no way that you can have a bad seat at this restaurant.

Gemma At Bowery Hotel

It’s widely accepted that it isn’t truly springtime until outdoor seating is available at this fabulous Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Bowery Hotel. The outdoor seating at Gemma provide diners with views of the busy city scene, creating an atmosphere that is conducive of stylish downtown dining.

Le District

This French shopping district is also a huge food hall, where visitors can come experience the authentic taste of Paris. Le District market sits right outside of many New York’s popular family-friendly activities that include across-the-way views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. According to Le District’s website, they are dedicated to delivering the best French cuisine with the best quality and service. One restaurant that can be spotted in Le District is Beaubourg, a ritzy French spot perfect for a meal with your family, friends, and coworkers. In warmer months, Beaubourg is a fantastic place to go to for lunch, as they offer terrace seating. The outdoor seating provides picturesque views of the Hudson River, making Beaubourg a wonderful eating destination for those who like their meals with a view.

Barbuto

This Italian eatery serves up rich and flavorful cuisine and a dining experience truly unlike any other nearby. The garage-style doors, when opened, blur the lines between indoor and outdoor seating. Whenever you’re sitting in this restaurant, regardless of where you are, you will feel as if you are sitting directly outside, enjoying your food and the gorgeous weather.

Shake Shack

You probably weren’t expecting to find a burger chain on this list, but this isn’t just any Shake Shack. It’s the original Shake Shack, which is located inside Madison Square Park. This particular chain was first started in 2004 and was originally presented as a food cart. Today, you can still enjoy a burger and shake at the OG Shake Shack in Madison Square Park and take in the beauty of the park. There isn’t a culinary experience quite like a food cart, so if you’re around this one, definitely take the opportunity to try it out.

Seamore’s

This spot is the perfect place to hit up during the summer months, as its light and beachy atmosphere perfectly fits the gorgeous summer weather. With it’s hardy clam chowder, fresh poke, fish tacos and happy hour oysters, Seamore’s is fantastic for seafood lovers everywhere. The outdoor seating area suits the overall beach-themed vibe of the restaurant, as the colorful patio is embellished with striped beach umbrellas.

Rosie’s

If you’re ever in the mood for the robust flavors of Mexico, Rosie’s is the perfect fit for you. During the warmer months, tables are spread out from the restaurant’s garage-style doors onto Second Avenue. Rosie’s is a colorful and vibrant culinary experience with an impressive array of beloved Mexican dishes.

Cecconi’s Dumbo

This spot is a classic Italian restaurant that serves up lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Join them for a wood-fired pizza, pasta, and other delicious Italian dishes. Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, this upscale eatery only offers diners the best dining experience with quality Italian cuisine and service unlike any other restaurant in town. Cecconi’s Dumbo offers both indoor and outdoor seating; however, the place you’ll want to be enjoying your food is outside, as the restaurant provides waterfront views of the iconic Manhattan Skyline.

Grand Banks

Named “Best Outdoor Dining in NYC” by The Village Voice and the “Best Oyster Bar In NYC” by the New York Observer, Grand Banks is definitely the most ideal outdoor eating spot that you can visit in New York City. The seasonal oyster bar serves fresh seafood entrees and drinks aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker.

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For more information on local cuisine in your potential new neighborhood, contact your local real estate agent today!

 

 

Guest Blog by Jeremy Alderman