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Inside Holiday House NYC 2018

Holiday House has returned to New York City, and the 2018 rendition has transformed a townhouse on the Upper East Side. Located at 118 East 76th Street, this year’s Holiday House features the work of more than 20 interior designers including Interior Market Group, Melanie Roy, Timothy Brown Studio, and The Studio at One King’s Lane to name a few.

Holiday House was started in 2008 by interior designer and breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner. Holiday House has been raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for over a decade, allowing visitors to get inspiration from top interior designers and experiencing products first-hand from leading brands.

The project has expanded to The Hamptons, and even globally with Holiday House London. We are happy to see the return to NYC, and we went inside. Talk about serious inspiration!

Step Inside…

Holiday House NYC 2018

Kitchen - Designed by Melanie Roy

After 15 years in the television industry, Melanie Roy pivoted and began her career in interior design. She focusing on designing family-friendly residences.

Melanie Roy Kitchen Holiday House
Melanie Roy Kitchen
Holiday House NYC
Holiday House NYC 2018
New York Holiday House Showhouse

Master Bedroom - Designed by Natalie Kraiem Interiors

Natalie Kraiem Interiors is a Brooklyn based interior design firm that places emphasis on strategically incorporating different styles. She aims to create sophisticated, glamorous, and timeless spaces. For her Master Bedroom at the 2018 Holiday House, she transforms visitors to a “Getaway in Paris”

Holiday House Master Bedroom
Holiday House 2018 NYC Details
Holiday House Master Bath


This is simply a glimpse into the inside of the 2018 Holiday House. We highly encourage you pay a visit, and take in the myriad rooms and inspiration sources. The house is open to visitors through December 2nd, 2018. All ticket proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Hours:

Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Until 8:00pm on Thursdays

Tickets can be purchased online.

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.

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. 

30 Park Place

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.
 

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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1355 1st Avenue, 6th Floor

4 Bed | 4.5 Bath | $6,495,000

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Why Live on the Upper East Side?

Manhattan Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is known for its neighborhood feel and expensive Park Avenue apartments, steeped in rich history dating back to America’s most prominent families. The Carnegies, 

Rockefellers, and Kennedys have all called the Upper East Side Home. Today, the neighborhood attracts a variety of different demographics and has housing options that span many price ranges.

People are attracted to the Upper East Side and call it home for a myriad of reasons ranging from selection of schools to restaurants, shopping, and culture. It is a great neighborhood for first-time city dwellers as well as established families because of the diversity of properties available in the area. The neighborhood feel of the Upper East Side extends a welcoming hand to all.

Oscar De la Renta Madison Avenue

Some felt that the Upper East Side was somewhat out of reach because the 4/5/6 was the main artery in and out of the neighborhood, leaving people on the east side of the area having to walk to Lexington Avenue to get downtown. With the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, the neighborhood and all of its perks have become even more accessible, and properties on the far east side of felt a positive impact.

Whether you are looking for home close to great close, coffee shops, museums, or shopping, the Upper East Side offers it all! Download our Upper East Side neighborhood guide to learn more about the neighborhood and why we love it.

Some of our neighborhood favorites include:

Restaurants:

  • Mr Chow
  • Flex Mussels
  • Haru
  • Philippe
  • Elio's
  • Campagnola
  • Sushi by Gari
  • Jo Jo's
  • Cafe Boulud
  • Morini
  • The Mark Restaurant
  • La Goloue
  • Jade Sixty

Coffee:

  • Nespresso boutique on 74th and Madison
  • Joe's Coffee
  • Birch Coffee
  • Sant Ambroeus

Workouts:

  • Equinox
  • Soulcycle
  • Flywheel
  • Rumble
  • Hot Yoga
  • Ripped

Gourmet Grocery:

  • Citarella
  • Whole Foods
  • Fairway
  • Dean & Deluca

Salons:

  • Warren Tricomi
  • Drybar

Museums:

  • Metropolitan
  • Jewish Museum
  • Frick Collection
  • Met Breuer
  • Neue Galerie
  • Guggenheim

Schools:

  • Chapin
  • Brearley
  • Buckley
  • Spence
  • Dalton
  • Garden House School
  • Town
  • Lycee Francais

Parks:

  • Central Park
  • John Jay Park
  • Carl Schultz Park

Featured Upper East Side Listings:

 408 East 79th Street, 17AB

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

Apartment 17AB is a convertible five bedroom, five bathroom home with a private elevator landing in one of the Upper East Side's best condominium buildings. Meticulously designed by Weitzman Halpern, this 3,836 square foot home with 10 foot ceilings offers soaring views in every direction. Generously proportioned living and entertainment rooms make this home ideal for gatherings and entertainment. The Arcadia was designed by famed architectural firm Costas Kondylis and includes a private gym with beautiful skylight, stretching room and massage room, children's playroom, newly developed teen game room, bike room, storage, library and 24 hour doorman and concierge. 

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1355 First Avenue, 6th Floor

4 Bed | 4.5 Bath | $6,995,000

The 6th Floor at The Charles Condominium is a spectacular full-floor home with four bedrooms, four and half bathrooms, and complete luxury design work from Interior Design Aman Meeks. At 3,637 square feet, this is truly a special opportunity to own a gracious and pristine condo unit on the Upper East Side.

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The Kent is Coming to the Upper East Side

The Kent

The Kent, a collection of two-to-five-bedroom condo residences, is coming to the Upper East Side. The project is headed by Extell Development and will be located at 200 East 95th Street. Extell is developing the building in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud. 

The exterior of the building will consist of a limestone facade, granting residents a sophisticated entry. Speaking of the facade, Richard Metsky says, 

The Kent’s facade incorporates traditional materials of brick, limestone, and metal interwoven with contemporary details that are rich in materiality.
The Kent Rendering

The Residences

The residences at The Kent will offer a sophisticated living experience that will blend seamlessly into the Upper East Side lifestyle. The residences offer a degree of customization, allowing owners to personalize their space. Customization options include flooring and kitchen finishes. 

Details throughout the homes include custom millwork and hardware, 10-to-15-foot ceilings in living and bedroom areas, and a choice of ebonized or brushed oak flooring. In the kitchens, owners can select from 3 finishes including ivory, opal, or onyx which serve as the backdrop for integrated Miele appliances, sub-zero wine storage, and Dornbracht fittings. Bathrooms are done in Alexis Azul marble and outfitted with Kohler BubbleMassage Air Baths. 

The Kent Bathrooms

The building will also offer 3 signature penthouses. These homes will combine indoor and outdoor living with French doors integrating the large, private terraces with the indoor space. Other notable features include 12 foot windows in the great rooms, complete with a fireplace trimmed with a marble mantlepiece. 

The Kent Penthouse

Amenities

The Kent embraces its Upper East Side location, offering an amenities package that compliments the lifestyle and the neighborhood. An inviting parlour is a great space to greet guests and socialize as it is outfitted with a fireplace and bar. 

Other amenities include:
-indoor pool and sauna
-fitness center
-Camp Kent for children
-Garden Salon with billiards, library, and catering kitchen overlooking a beautiful courtyard

Interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud said of the space,

We approached this project by embracing the refined magnificence and unparalleled elegance that defines the Upper East Side
Kent Upper East Side

Availability (as of May 2016)

Two bedroom residences starting at $2.457M ranging up to 5 Bedroom residences starting at $8.362M

If you are interested in previewing The Kent and current availability, please contact us for an appointment.