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US OPEN: CENTRE COURT SERIES ADVANTAGE: 18 CRANBERRY LANE

With the 2014 US Open in town, we found nearby homes that are equipped with all you need to perfect that grand slam-winning backhand serve, since before you become the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer, the world’s greatest tennis stars would not be here without an appropriate place to practice on. Halstead Property presents the Centre Court Series Advantage at 18 Cranberry Lane in the Hamptons.

On the grounds of the original Devon Colony in the Highlands of Amagansett, this exquisitely landscaped 5.2 acres of land includes a Har-Tru American Red Clay tennis court that  is oriented North-South to provide minimum sun glare during a match. These courts are irrigated and sit to the East of the Main House separated by mature plantings as to not disturb the easy living of family and friends in the main house, dining on the patio or relaxed enjoyment in the heated pool.

The residence is one of five original homes in a historic enclave, and is ripe with original architectural details from decorative columns, to French doors and a tiled fireplace in the main living room. Best of all, when it’s time to rest your weary muscles after a long day of tennis practice you can rest easy in the lofty en-suite master bedroom that boasts unparalleled views of the tranquil blue-green waters of Gardiners Bay. Imagine waking up to the aforementioned views, combined with the anticipation of sitting down to eat breakfast in a storied outdoor setting of your choice – from a uniquely proportioned parterre garden and an elevated brick patio with decorative fountain to any spot that suits you on the vast, and vibrant green lawn that seems to blend straight in to the ocean. In addition, the property includes a two bedroom, one bath guest cottage and a newly renovated studio to accommodate a healthy number of guests.

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Click here to learn more about this Amagansett property with Centre Court Advantage, or contact Halstead Property’s local Hamptons agents, Cornelia Dodge over email and John Scott over email

TOP 10 HIDDEN GEMS OF GRAMERCY

By: Ivana Tagliamonte, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Village Office.

Gramercy Park is one of New York’s most historic and unique neighborhoods. The area is centrally located on Manhattan’s East Side and extends from 14th to 24th Street between Fifth and First Avenues, and is filled with beautiful 19th century townhouses, Victorian brownstones, and prewar buildings. Gramercy Park gets its name from the only private keyed-park in the city. Known as the oldest residential neighborhood, Gramercy is also home to many fabulous restaurants, trendy nightspots and lots of great shopping including my Top 10 Hidden Neighborhood Gems listed below:

1. Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon – The perfect place for high tea and scrumptious treats, try one of their scones and you won’t regret it.  Located at 56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003.

2. Pure Food and Wine’s Back Terrace – A magical spot – the raw food menu is incredible, especially the lasagna! Located at 54 Irving Place (between 17th and 18th streets)New York NY, 10010.

3. Piccolo café – The coffee is divine, and the tarts and sweets are hard to resist. Located at 157 3rd Ave (between 15th and 16th Street) New York, NY 10003.

4. Stuyvesant Square Park – Featuring a beautiful selection of plants and flowers thanks to Mary the gardener, frequent community events like Tango and outdoor movies plus a fantastic dog run on the East Side. Located at Gramercy Park, New York, NY 10003.

5. Gramercy Park Hotel – The Rose Bar is an excellent place for an afternoon meeting, the roof top bar, Gramercy Terrace, is a  neighborhood hot spot, and the bar at Maialino’s is an excellent place for to linger over a frothy cappuccino and brioche in the mornings. Located at 2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

6. Bedford Cheese Shop (67 Irving Plaza) and Lamarca Cheese Shop (161 East 22nd Street) – Featuring imported cheeses as well as fresh breads.

7. Warshaw Hardware Store – A neighborhood institution, well organized and always helpful. Located at 248 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10010. 

8. Block Beautiful – East 19th Street between Irving and Third Avenue incorporate a beautiful mix of historic homes thanks in large part to Frederick Sterner. 

9. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site – Just a block from Gramercy Park South. Located at 28 East 20th Street, between Park Avenue South and Broadway.

10. Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon – Known for its excellent pilates and gyrotonics instructors. Located at 190 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003.

Share your Hidden Neighborhood Gems with me over email and visit my agent website to learn more about Gramercy Park, and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Ivana Tagliamonte and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC. 

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR EMPTY NESTERS

By: Team Hermann, Licensed Real Estate Salesteam at Halstead Property’s Washington Heights Office.

As Labor Day approaches, many parents are in the thick of getting their children ready for school, but there are some parents who are having a very different experience. Their status has changed, they are empty-nesters. All the kids are grown up and have moved out. 

What to do? DOWNSIZE! 

When empty-nesters come to us to begin the search for their new home, they are very excited to do so, but they all have the same question,

 What do we do with a lifetime’s accumulation of possessions?

George and I are well prepared to help because we did this ourselves. 

We had already embraced the well known saying that less is more. Our goal became to create the clean lines and calm we always felt upon stepping into a freshly made up, well-appointed hotel room, (within the parameters of real life!). 

Visualize yourselves in the space that would make you happy. Here are some real-life tips to help you start un-encumbering yourselves from your no doubt lovely, but excess of possessions: 

1. The good china you have packed away, up on that high shelf, do you love it? Make it your china, period. Use it daily and for company, but If it’s not dishwasher safe, replace it. Now, moving along to salad bowls and platters, do you really need enough to cater a State Dinner? Our children were very happy to take some of those, and you can donate the rest.

2. LOVE that big, brilliant red coat you last wore, once, December of 2012? Keep it, but be prepared to go through all of your clothes, and be scrupulous about your decision on every single item, whether to keep or donate. Local charitable organizations would be very happy recipients of your gently worn donations.

3. Not the books! I was adamant that I could not part with a single one of the 14-foot tall, floor-to-ceiling bookcase worth of books. That is, until I went through them. I survived, and some local libraries and community centers were very happy to receive wonderful selections to sell in their bookstores or put into their circulation.

4. Break the chain. Insisting that our children take things could be passing on the burden of owning too many possessions. Let them chose what they like, and that’s all! The fabulous carpet we couldn’t use remained rolled up until we got the message. 

5. Time to go shopping! This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s very necessary. Now is the time to go check out all the wonderful new designs and components that have been designed with city apartments in mind. Downsizing does not mean your family will not have a place to stay when they visit. We have 2 love seats that turn into twin size beds simply by removing the pillows and lowering the arms. As for that oversized credenza you walk passed all the time, the one that is full of things you rarely if ever use, it may not work in your new apartment. Measure it. If it does not fit on paper, it won’t fit. It is far easier to find a new and very appreciative home for it before you move. 

Happily, you will find that what you do keep instantaneously becomes much more special. You will be reminded of the value of all of your lovely, special, meaningful things. Moving is known to be stressful; Fulfilling a longtime plan to downsize and begin a new wonderful time in your life does not have to be. In fact, here is how we describe the experience,  it’s LIBERATING! 

Some of our favorite resources for interior furnishings that will look great, while providing the ease of living that you are aiming for include ISS Designs and Resource Furniture.

Visit Team Hermann’s website and connect with RoseAnn Hermann over email, and George Hermann over email to learn more.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of RoseAnn and George Hermann and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

US OPEN: CENTRE COURT SERIES ADVANTAGE: 260 SOUTH LAKE DRIVE

With the 2014 US Open in town, we found nearby homes that are equipped with all you need to perfect that grand slam-winning backhand serve, since before you become the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer, the world’s greatest tennis stars would not be here without an appropriate place to practice on. Halstead Property presents the Centre Court Series Advantage, starting with 260 South Lake Drive in Stamford, CT.

A world-class tennis court is yours for the taking whenever you need it at this sprawling gated estate on over 8.5 gorgeous acres of impeccably manicured land. The newly renovated court is built with post tension concrete and classic turf sport surface material that suits tennis, basketball and multi-sport courts, and the versatile high-tech cushioning system allows for less physical wear and tear on players, as it is 30% softer than asphalt or concrete. While we cannot guarantee your tennis-playing skill level, we can guarantee it is this kind of court that allows for customized speed of play, and provides 100% consistent ball bounce – thus increasing your chances to excel.

With grounds that boast the highest-quality, all weather sport court available, and is as attractive as Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open, this is an athlete’s paradise complete with a private, fully-equipped in-home fitness center that offers all the comforts a budding tennis pro needs to stay in good health including a sauna, steam shower and cabana kitchenette. The 2,500 square-foot lower level fitness area conveniently flows out onto the poolside tennis court, ideal for when you need to take a refreshing dip in the free-form pool after a long and sweaty practice session. Inside features more than 9,000 square-feet of interior living space with striking details found in every room. 10-foot high vaulted ceilings welcome you into a master bedroom that has its own fireplace, while 5 additional bedrooms are located throughout the remainder of the house. A brick colonial living room and a separate family room with vaulted ceilings each reveal their own fireplace, and last but not least, rich cherry-wood built-ins decorate the gracious library and home-office.

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Click here to learn more about this Stamford property with Centre Court Advantage, or contact Halstead Property’s local Stamford agent, Bill Olsen to inquire over email

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: ENCHANTING PARADISE

Poised high in the hills of Millbrook, NY in the midst of 85 acres of luscious, gardens and landscaped terrain, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home takes full advantage of stunning long range Berkshire Mountain views from all around. Arrive by land and enter the gates, or arrive by air on your private heliport where a half mile drive to this secluded paradise takes you through three ponds, rolling green hills, two brooks, and many open trails that are just waiting to be explored.The immediate acres surrounding the main property are filled with fascinating gardens, fully lit sitting areas, two waterfalls, and both a tennis and basketball court, in addition to a secluded garden and gazebo behind the in-ground swimming pool and Jacuzzi that are enclosed by an electric ceiling for year round use which can be accessed from the main living level.

The main house boasts multi-level terraces all with imported French stone natural pavers, stone walls, hand forged railings, sky lights, and countless glass windows and entrances to display the beauty of every season. On the second level lies 1 of 2 master suites with a private entrance and a 35 x 40 art and entertainment center, while the next level hosts the 2nd  master suite complete with a meditation room, and an incredible sky lit bath. Hidden near the main home is a private guest house with its own decking, gardens and parking.

Click here to discover so much more about this captivating New York estate.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Old World Charm

From the stone façade to multiple paned windows and mahogany front door, this 1932 old world style home has undeniable character. Its location on over an entire acre of land above the Goodwives River in Darien, CT allows for lush, and beautiful vegetation and landscaping in addition to plenty of privacy. The home boasts 5 bedrooms and a master suite with an incredible stone fireplace that mirrors the equally as impressive fireplace in the lower level family room, and we can picture ourselves spending many lazy afternoons relaxing on the wraparound patio and deck.

Click here to learn more about this inviting Connecticut property.

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TEN HIDDEN SECRETS OF DARIEN

with David K. Hawes and Holly Saunders Hawes, Licensed in Connecticut in our Darien office and partners in the Hawes Team at Halstead Property Connecticut, LLC

As life-long Darien residents we fully embody the “live, work, play” motto. We each left Darien during our college years then returned, met, married and raised two sons. We started our careers in Fairfield County real estate in 1988 with Darien as our homebase. In our downtime we love boating and fishing on the Long Island Sound—a favorite community pastime. We scoped out some of the best spots in town to enjoy the idyllic waterfront as well as other family-friendly destinations and eateries.

Here are our top 10 best kept secrets of Darien:

1. The Darien Boat Club (135 Pear Tree Point Rd) is a hidden gem for Darien residents to enjoy the nautical lifestyle with the ability to have a boat slip, mooring or kayak rack. Members gain access to a private launch service. There are waterside picnic tables and outdoor grills allowing member to spend the entire day on the club’s grounds and on the water.

2.  Beach bums should spend a day on the sands (and more) at Weed Beach(155 Waterlane Rd). There is a new pavilion with a fantastic concession stand and shaded picnic areas. Plus, an amazing playground with water features, six tennis courts and five paddle tennis courts. The best kept secret of all: there are movie screenings for all ages every Friday night in the summer.

3. Palmer’s Market (264 Heights Rd) has an exceptional in-house butcher and bakery. Plus, the family-run market is our go-to for party planning—they carry everything from candles to party favors.

 4. For the best workout break a sweat at CST50 (9 Old Kings Highway North). Classes are 50 minutes, and focus on safely strengthening the core while getting in much-needed cardio. Visit CST 50’s (short for Cardio Strength Transform) website for a class schedule.

5. We enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, outdoor dining and no-frills menu at Jimmy’s Southside Tavern. The restaurant is located right across the street from the Noroton Heights Train Station at 340 Heights Road—the perfect spot to grab dinner after a day in NYC.

6. We love that Darien is approximately an hour-long train ride away from NYC. Essentially, we can appreciate the best of both worlds: the convenience of residing on the outskirts of the metropolitan area and the luxury of living (working and playing) on Connecticut’s picturesque “Gold Coast.” Darien is located on Metro-North’s New Haven Line. Go to the MTA website for more information on train service and fares.

7. The  Darien Nature Center (120 Brookside Rd) is a great destination for a fun family outing. Aside from trails and an animal exhibit, the Nature Center offers afterschool programs and seasonal events like the upcoming Chili Challenge, in which local chefs will vie for the “Best Chili Title.” Check out programs and events on the Nature Center’s website

8. Grove Street Plaza is a great place to meet with friends and family. Grab a coffee at NEAT (20 Grove St) or take the kids to Gofer Ice Cream (1020 Boston Post Rd). Free outdoor concerts are held at the Plaza every Friday night in the summer as part of the Darien Summer Nights series.

9.  Darien Town Hall (2 Renshaw Rd) is truly at the heart of our town and provides excellent resources for residents. The town runs the new Senior Center, which offers exercise classes, lectures, activities and more. 2 Renshaw Road is also home to the Darien Arts Center, a non-profit organization that hosts dance, visual arts, music and theatre programs. Go to Darienarts.org for information on performances, classes for all ages and audition announcements.

10. Of course every New England town boasts a go-to seafood restaurant. The raw bar at Ten Twenty Post (1020 Boston Post Rd) serves fresh oysters from both east and west coast waters. The oyster bar-bistro also cooks up classics like clam chowder and lobster rolls. 

To connect with David K. Hawes and Holly Saunders Hawes visit their agent websites and team website.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of  David and Holly Hawes and do not reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC. 

Tennis Anyone?

Your Guide to the Best Free (Or Low Cost) Outdoor Tennis Courts in New York

By Duncan Ashley Lonsdale, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - West Side Office

Today’s beginning of the US Open may signal the end of the “Grand Slam” season for professional tennis, but there are still a few more good months weather-wise for the rest of us to pick up a racquet on the many free (or close to free) outdoor courts in Manhattan and elsewhere in the city.

Brian Watkins Tennis Center

East River Park at Houston St. under the Williamsburg Bridge (walk east over FDR Drive)

# of Courts/surface: 12 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 529-7185

Comments: Free with a permit from Paragon Sports (867 Broadway between 17th and 18th Sts; 800-961-3030, paragonsports.com Applications can also be found at nycgovparks.org; a seasonal permit is $100; a day pass $7. Tranquil setting adjacent to the East River.

Central Park Tennis Center

93rd St. near West Drive

# of Courts/surface: 4 (Hard) & 26 (Fast Dry)

Contact: 212-316-0800 centralparktenniscenter.com

Hours:Daily 6:30am–8pm; free with permit. Reservations suggested. Permits available at nycgovparks.org season permit (good through late November) $200; single-play permit $15.

Comments: Because these are the most well known and offer the most amenities (bathrooms, lockers, showers, a snack bar, and pro shop), they are also the most difficult to secure at peak times. Lessons Offered.

Fort Washington Park

Located by the Hudson River at 170th St.

# of Courts/surface: 10 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 304-2322

Comments: These courts may be Manhattan’s best-kept secret until they aren’t. They are relatively difficult to access, even for those who live in the neighborhood. Perhaps the most efficient way to access these courts is along the west side path – by bike (about 20-25 minutes each way from the upper west side). It’s a beautiful setting under the GWB and near the beloved Little Red Lighthouse.

Frederick Johnson Playground

Located at 151st St., east of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

# of Courts/surface: 4 Hard Courts & 4 Rubberized Courts

Contact: (212) 234-9609

Hours:7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and until 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Comments: Affectionately known as “The Jungle” where Althea Gibson trained in her youth. Players must have either a permit or a single-play pass. “Easier to get court time here than many of the other outdoor courts in the city.” Lessons Offered.

Inwood Hill Park

Located at 207th St. and Seaman Ave.

# of Courts/surface: 9 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 304-2381

Riverside Park

Riverside Drive and W. 96th St. (West of the highway and adjacent to the river)

# of Courts/surface: 10 Clay Courts

Contact: (212) 978-0277 rcta.info

Hours:Daily 7am–8pm April to November. Free with permit.

Comments: Very popular! Be prepared to wait (as long as 2 hours on weekends), but beautiful setting along the river. Avoid the lines by playing on weekday afternoons. Lessons Offered.

Sportime

Located at Randall’s Island Park 

# of Courts/surface:: 20 Hard (Indoor) Courts

Contact: (212) 427-6150 www.sportimeny.com/Tennis

Comments: 5 indoor hard courts, 5 indoor/outdoor hard courts, and 10 indoor/outdoor clay courts. 10 of the 20 courts are available to permit holders during the outdoor permit season (May through the day before Columbus Day). Adult and junior instructional, competitive, and recreational tennis programs offered.

Washington Market Park

Greenwich St (between Chambers and Duane Sts)

# of Courts/surface: 1 Hard Court

Contact: chamberstreettennis.com

Hours:Daily 7am–midnight; free with permit.

Comments: Regulars typically arrive around 6:30am to get a good spot. Getting a spot is dicey since there is only one court. This single lighted court is open year-round.

Hudson River Park

Located at the river, between Canal and West Houston Street

# of Courts/surface: 3 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 627-2020, hudsonriverpark.org

Hours:6 a.m. to midnight

Comments: Free! No permit required.1 hour limit if others are waiting. Beautifully situated along the Hudson and lights for evening play.

119th St. Tennis Association

Location is mid-promenade level of Riverside Park (above the path that runs by the river).

# of Courts/surface: 10 Hard Courts

Contact: www.119ta.net

Hours:8:00 a.m. until sundown

Comments: Annual membership dues: $40 per year. NYC Parks and Recreation Tennis Permits are required from Saturday, April 5 through Sunday, November 23, 2014. See the NYC Parks and Recreation website for further information and to renew online. Permits are sold at the Arsenal at 61st Street and 5th Avenue: Adults $200, Seniors $20, Juniors $10; Single Play passes $15 per person.

William H. Seward Park

Located at Essex and Hester Sts. in the lower east side.

# of Courts/surface: 3 hard courts

Comments: Not much information about these courts on the internet. Perhaps a well-kept secret?

Octagon Park Tennis Courts

Located on Roosevelt Island. Located at north end of Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

# of Courts/surface: 6 Plexicushion courts

Contact: (212) 832-4563, rioc.com.

Hours:6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Comments: Prime-time hours are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There are usually plenty of open courts on weekend afternoons. The rubberized surface plays fast, but the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is studying how to slow things down. The middle courts offer the best lighting at night. Bring water, as there’s no water fountain. A Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation permit is needed to get onto the courts.

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For additional tennis information in all five boroughs, visit the NYC Gov Parks Website.

To find a home with the fits all your niched demands and needs, contact Duncan today via email or his website.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: CHIC AND SECLUDED OASIS

Complete privacy abounds at this designer-owned 1950’s style cape house set on over 1.5 acres of lush, ivy-covered land in East Hampton. Style and character found inside the two-bedroom home can’t be denied, starting with striking floor to ceiling subway tiles in a custom eat-in kitchen that leads to a wood-burning fireplace in an inviting and open living area. Relax by the massive in-ground saltwater pool outback, and enjoy alfresco dining or sip on refreshing summer cocktails on the spacious, poolside cedar patio complete with an elegant outdoor seating area.

The best Hamptons attractions and amenities like pristine beaches in Amagansett are not far from this secluded paradise.

Click here to learn more about this East Hampton escape.

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Jim Gricar taking the waterfall of ice and water on top of the 499 Park Avenue Building in Midtown Manhattan. Our CEO Diane Ramirez reaction after the water and ice drips down her back!

REACTION SHOTS FROM OUR #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE AND MORE EXECUTIVES TAKE PART

We loved them so much, we just had to share these screenshots of our CEO Diane Ramirez and President Jim Gricar in the middle of their ice bucket challenge. 
We thank them again for their donation and for being such good sports! We are proud to announce for every agent, staffmember, and executive that takes the #IceBucketChallenge Halstead Property will donate $5 for each in the month of August.

To donate yourself, visit here.

To watch the video of Diane and Jim’s Ice Bucket Challenge, visit here.

Lastly, to watch our latest executives Gerry Makowski, Gus Perry and Susan Goldy take the plunge, visit here.

Nine Things You Need to Know About Hudson Square

By Janet WeinerLicensed Associate Real Estate Broker - Village Office

This unique micro neighborhood is bounded by the Hudson River (on the west), Morton Street (on the north), Canal Street (on the south) and Avenue of the Americas (on the east), Hudson Square is also known as West SoHo, the South Village, and occasionally, North Tribeca. However, this area I affectionately call Hudson Square as well as my home. Here are 9 Things You Must Know About Hudson Square for you to enjoy:

1. Classic Car Club

250 Hudson Street - New York, NY 10013 

A premier car club where members enjoy access to an array of classic, vintage and luxurious cars. Members also enjoy access to their exclusive clubhouse (open 24/7), which holds special events, scotch tastings, exhibitions for car enthusiasts and more. Should you become a member, I recommend a drive in a vintage automobile upstate to see the beautiful changing of the leafs for the perfect weekend getaway.

2. Miller’s Oath 

510 Greenwich Street - New York, NY 10013 

This new boutique custom men’s clothing store in the heart of Hudson Square is great for both casual everyday wear and dress clothing. This classy boutique features clothing tailored in the United States with cloth from the local area, France, Italy and England. Their professional stylists and tailors will truly customize the perfect outfit for any occasion using their unique embroidered gusset and shiny pearl buttons.

3. Hotel Hugo (and Il Principe Restaurant) 

525 Greenwich Street - New York, NY 10013

The Hotel Hugo is a boutique new luxurious hotel in the heart of Hudson Square, and just steps from SoHo. The hotel features a glass-enclosed rooftop bar with beautiful views of the city, and chic Italian/Mediterranean restaurant called Il Principe by renown chef Carlo Bigi. Accommodations range from double rooms for two, through their gorgeous loft-style suites.

4. Rick Owens

250 Hudson Street - New York, NY 10013

A high-end European boutique featuring both men and women’s clothing, as well as unique home furniture. Products and clothing primarily come from London, Brussels and other parts of Europe.

5. SoHo Play House/Huron Club

15 Vandam Street - New York, NY 10013 

The SoHo Play House is a historic off-Broadway venue serving the local community since 1920. Prominent regulars have included “Battery” Dan Finn and Jimmy “Beau James” Walker, also known as “The night Mayor”. The playhouse also includes the Huron Club, an intimate 55-seat cabaret and historic bar. The theater and box office are open every day except Tuesdays.

6. Dahesh Museum of Art

145 Sixth Avenue - New York, NY 10013

An art museum containing a collection of American and European academic artists. The museum hosts a number of exhibitions, as well as events for adults and free movies nights with popcorns and refreshments. 

7. City Winery 

155 Varick Street - New York, NY 10013

Described by founder Michael Dorf as a unique facility featuring a fully functioning winery, free concerts to the public, fine cuisine, private events and wine tastings. City Winery combines elegant cuisine with fine wines to create a truly unique dining experience. Although there’s never a bad time to check out City Winery, my family and I enjoy getting together here for their amazing Sunday brunches.

8. Children’s Museum 

103 Charlton St - New York, NY 10013

A true gem for local families, the Children’s Museum is a perfect Saturday afternoon activity for your little ones! The museum features exhibitions, art classes, music activities, after school programs and summer camps for children. They have space available for birthday parties and private functions, as well as events for parents of the local area.

9. NYC Fire Museum 

278 Spring Street - New York, NY 10013

An old firehouse converted into a museum with exhibitions on the FDNY, fire safety education, NYC history and a gift shop! Great for families and adults alike.

To learn more about this area or about finding a home here, feel free to connect with Janet on her webpage or via email.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Janet Weiner and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON A PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS 

In the 7th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 7 “Pricing to Win –A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words” 

When selling your home the best strategy is to think like a buyer, Barak says. Practice by taking photos of a room followed by pointing out distractions and devising a list of needed changes. Share the photos with others (especially your broker) because they may spot distractions that you did not catch at first glance. If changes are too complicated, then your broker can access Halstead’s Virtual Staging marketing tool, in which the marketing team digitally remodels or furnishes a space. 

“We transform properties for our clients both physically and virtually every single day. Because our years of experience taught us that getting the highest price begins with great presentation.”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode 6 – “It’s Not Personal, It’s Business” and for the entire collection of videos from Barak’s Thoughts series, click here.

Share your thoughts and connect with Barak on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website to learn more and for all of your real estate needs.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: HISTORIC FARMHOUSE 

Welcome to the historic George and Mary Smith House in Norwalk, Connecticut. Built in 1840, this three-bedroom, two-bath home is one of the first on Keeler Avenue.  The robin’s egg blue facade, wooden window shutters and inviting wraparound porch enhance the farmhouse’s vintage charm. The .59 acre property includes carnation, rose and vegetable gardens as well as original stone walls. Step inside to beautifully remodeled interiors complete with casual, country-inspired décor. A rear porch and stone patio are located off of the eat-in kitchen proving that 11 Keeler Avenue offers ample space to relax outdoors.

Click here to discover more of this historic property.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PRETTY IN PARK SLOPE

Acquaint yourself with the perfect blend of contemporary and classic at this 2 bedroom condominium in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Designer touches can be found throughout starting in the kitchen built with a beautiful porcelain tile backsplash, and a stainless steel sink with a Nottingham faucet to hardwood floors and double-paned windows that offer a constant stream of natural light. Private outdoor space can be found just beyond the living area for even more sunlight, in addition to a private storage unit. Last but not least, the location cannot be beat with iconic landmarks such as Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum located just blocks away. 

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THIS SUMMER MAY BE ENDING, BUT FiDi IS SIZZLING!

By: Jenet Levy, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, SoHo Office. 

As a native New Yorker, I have seen many neighborhoods change, develop and transform in all sorts of ways over the years. I have to say, though, that the metamorphosis of the Financial District over the last 10 years has truly been formidable. 

After 9/11, the government was afraid New York City would become a ghost-town, particularly the area immediately surrounding the World Trade Center. They gave incentives to builders to produce residential developments. There was considerable inventory of obsolete office buildings in the Financial District. Builders took advantage of these tax abatements and renovated many of these structures, creating condos.  The new developments have modern, elegant finishes and are replete with a variety of upscale amenities. Many of these buildings opened in 2006 and 2007 and were well-received. The sponsors often sold most of the units pre-construction and before the buildings were finished. With each new wave of apartments released, the prices would escalate.

Then, in September of 2008, Lehman Brothers crashed and this progress came to a screeching halt. The buildings that sold well stayed afloat.  Some that were “late to the party” turned rental.  Prices plunged.  There was a standstill for some time, and then the uptrend returned. As our residential real estate market picked up, the Financial District saw the completion of the new World Trade Center and the notable Gehry building on Spruce Street, which became the tallest residential tower in NYC. A much-anticipate and well-rated school opened.  New parks were added. The new Fulton Center subway hub linking 11 subway lines in one location, and hosting retail, is being referred to as “a Downtown Grand Central” and is scheduled to open soon. More new condo, rental and hotel developments are breaking ground and starting construction. FiDi has truly become a destination of choice as a place to work, live, play, eat and shop. 

“Shop?” you say? 

Oh, yes – the retail renaissance will be discussed in my next post, so please come back and keep following my posts about FiDi’s finest!

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Jenet Levy and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

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