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BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON PRICING TO WIN

In the 3rd installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 3 “Pricing to Win – How Buyers Behave in This Market 

Barak shares tips on how sellers can make the most out of a sale and advises them on how to think like a buyer. He admits that how you price a home makes all the difference, and alternatively cautions that,

“Today’s buyer is motivated, but not careless. ”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode 2 – “When is the best time to buy?”  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.

Marilyn Monroe swam here…

As did Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor and a host of other famous people who frequented the weekend retreat of Jon Whitcomb – not in Hollywood as you may think, but Marilyn Monroe once combed the waters and lounged poolside at 8 Circle Road in Darien, CT

Jon, a well known 1950’s magazine illustrator and raconteur had a unique ability to create “exquisite girls and handsome men.” That, along with his personal charm and charisma earned him his sizable income, a monthly feature in Cosmoplitan and a place on the New York social scene’s A List.  While he kept a three room apartment in NYC, most of his time was spent in his Darien studio that was part of a large, rambling contemporary tucked away on 10 acres of lushly landscaped property.  His life in the country was informal and many friends would drift in and out to take advantage of the bucolic serenity of the place.  Two Swedish maids staffed the residence to make sure guests were well fed and looked after when he was busy working. When he was free he liked to lavishly entertain with cocktail and dinner parties that typically ended up with him at the piano, and playing well enough, he claimed, that nobody laughed.  

Today, the house has been completely remodeled with every amenity to meet today’s modern lifestyle and entertaining must haves, while it still sits on almost 2 acres of the same magical property that once enchanted Marilyn Monroe. Included with nearly 6,000 square feet of interior living space is a private gym and a spacious master suite with a romantic woodburning fireplace. The residence promises the same caliber of rest and relaxation with an open floor plan that allows the living room to flow seamlessly onto the large terrace and pool area where Hollywood’s resident glamour-girl once frolicked.

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Click here to see more of this legendary Connecticut residence, and visit the agent websites of Halstead property’s Nancy Duak and Gwen Alexis to learn more. 

THE HISTORY OF 209 LONG NECK POINT

By Julianna Flamio with contributions from Eileen Hanford, Licensed Realtor - Darien Office

Before the spa-worthy pool and over 200 feet of private beachfront on the Long Island Sound, 209 Long Neck Point Road in Darien, CT came from humble beginnings.  The stately home was once a carriage house that was built in 1866. Horses and carriages were stored in the present main-floor “grand hall” (living area). Today, original hardwood floors and 16’ barn doors recall the home’s equestrian past. The second floor may have been the living quarters for servants and coachmen, according to past research on the property.

In 1872 Hugh W. Collender, an Irish immigrant-turned New York businessman, purchased land on Long Neck Point Road from Harrison Olmsted. He would go on to become involved in the redevelopment of roads on Long Neck Point.  John D. Crimmins moved to Long Neck Point in 1884 and established a Victorian-style summer home by 1890, according to a 1983 House & Garden article. Three more families from New York are credited as the founders of the Point: the Trowbridges, Stokeses and Zieglers. Research indicates that Crimmins and the Trowbridges purchased land from Collender. These families primarily spent time on the Point in the summertime. It wasn’t until after World War II that the area became populated with larger homes and full-time residents. As for 209 Long Neck Point Road, the home went through many owners and renovations. One such owner was actor Christopher Plummer, best known for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, who lived there in the mid 1970s. Today, its Tudor-style exterior is an ode to the home’s 19th century origins.

See more of this amazing Halstead Property listing here.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MASTERPIECE ON TOP OF THE WORLD

An immaculate historic hill top residence in a private valley overlooking the Berkshire mountains awaits you in beautiful Chatam, NY on 355 spectacular acres of land with nearly 125 acres of pasture and 36 acres of fenced in grounds. A 1/3 mile driveway leads to this 6 bedroom,  7,800 sq. ft. home that features a living room, dining room and library each with a wood burning fireplace and a light filled conservatory with floor to ceiling windows. 

Outside you’ll find a 4 car heated garage complete with enough storage options including a 50’ by 195’ RV storage facility with 12 heated bays, two 50’ by 160’ utility barns, two 50’ by 80’ equipment barns, two livestock barns, a 2 story heated post and beam hay barn with 4 garage bays, in addition to a 3-bedroom 4 stall horse barn apartment.

Click here to discover the endless possibilities that this one of a kind property beholds. 

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EYE ON FIDI - THE RETURN OF THE FIVE AND DIME 

By: Donald E. Sharpe, Lic. Real Estate Salesperson reporting on all things Financial District, Battery Park City and Seaport

As the old saying goes, “Everything that’s old is new again” and this has never been more evident than with the  continuing rebirth of the historic  Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway  in Lower Manhattan. Completed in 1913 and designed by architect Cass Gilbert,  it was actually the worlds tallest building at the time and remained so until 1930 when it was surpassed by 40 Wall Street.  And can you believe that even now it remains as one of the twenty tallest buildings in New York?! 

What retailer Frank Woolworth originally conceived of as a 20 story building  ultimately became a 60 story structure, built in a neo-gothic style. It’s common nickname at the time was “The Cathedral of Commerce” due to the it’s resemblance of European Gothic cathedrals.   In the years since, the majority of the time the building was continuously owned by the Woolworth Company and it’s successors  until it was ultimately sold in 1998 for what now seems an unbelievably low $155 million. 

Subsequently a majority of the building continues to be owned by the Witkoff Group; however the top 30 floors were recently  sold off separately to Alchemy Properties and are currently in the process of a conversion to residential condominiums, amid much fanfare. The penthouse unit is touted as being anywhere between 5 and 9 stories (!!)  and is potentially being  listed for a record-breaking $110,000,000 by itself.  The plan is to have a total of 34 units, designed by Thierry Despont, and in a general price range of upwards of $3000 per square foot. 

Regardless of the speculative nature of the pricing, one thing is for sure:  the Woolworth Building is again the focus of worldwide attention and whatever happens can only prove  to further boost values in an already rapidly booming area of Manhattan: The Financial District. 

Click here for archives of The Halstead Blog Eye on FiDI blog series.

To learn more about exciting opportunities to own a home in this rapidly evolving area, contact me directly at DSharpe@Halstead.com  

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Thoughts from EYE on FiDi are those of Donald E. Sharpe and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: DESIGNED TO SHINE 

A closet full of designer duds is a match made in style heaven for a uniquely chic living space like this two-bedroom cooperative nestled on a coveted stretch of Carnegie Hill in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A gracious entry foyer greets you into the light-filled designer renovated apartment with soaring ceilings and greenhouse windows for a living room full of open views that are like a breath of fresh air. What we most appreciate is the 16x11 Ft Master Suite that has an enormous walk-in closet perfect to house a growing arsenal of couture collectibles, and the 2nd bedroom is equally as spacious with well-proportioned closets and an en-suite bath. 

Click here to see more of the prewar cooperative home. 

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

This grand 1893 historic home in Riverside, Connecticut has been recently restored for today’s lifestyle. Impeccably maintained grounds are enhanced by an elegant wrap-around porch that lends itself to summer entertaining and relaxing while many architectural details that could not be replicated today are found throughout the entire home. Original features include beautiful over-sized windows, 10-foot ceilings and a sun-drenched first floor with original paneling that opens up to the outside. The master suite has not one, but two fireplaces in addition to the unique fireplace in each room of the house while the lower level boasts an in home gym with a luxury steam shower to circle back to the modern era. 

Click here to see more of this classic Connecticut residence. 

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: INVITING YOU TO DIVE IN

That pool looks so refreshing we can almost taste it. The sparkling blue waters await you at a newly completed Bridgehampton residence complete with a heated pool and adjacent pool house on 1.5 acres of land. A total of six bedrooms can be found inside 8,000 square feet of interior living space with lofty high ceilings and a screened in porch with a charming fireplace that is perfect for those cool summer nights.

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Barak’s Thoughts on When is the Best Time to Buy?

In the 2nd installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 2 titled “When is the Best Time to Buy?”

Barak shares his thoughts on knowing when the right time to buy is, while pointing out that buying early on is a smarter move than waiting for the market to drop, and reminds home buyers that, 

“Your first home may not be your dream home, but buying it will help you get there closer and faster

Click here to watch Webisode 1 – “I Can Find Anything Myself”  and stay tuned for the next installment of the 8 week series.

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.

On Cleveland (and LeBron)

By: Jim Gricar, Halstead Property President originally from Cleveland. 

I was born in a suburb of Cleveland  in 1966, two years after the Browns won the 1964 Championship.   That’s the the last time a Cleveland franchise won a title.  As a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I, like many of my brethren, have never experienced the collective joy of my hometown winning a sports championship.  It’s been 50 years (Which doesn’t seem right because I’m only….Oh, yeah:  I’ll be 50 in a couple years…) 

But back to Cleveland.   A city with storied sports franchises, all of which excelled before the ‘modern era’, Cleveland is a sports town.   I remember every other Sunday, piling into the car with my Dad and brothers and sister to drive downtown to the old Muni Stadium, with its  horseshoe opening onto Lake Erie, for Browns season home games.  The Browns were the ‘Winningest Team in Football’ (the bumper sticker on my Dad’s fake-wood paneled station wagon said so itself!) but all before the invention of the super bowl.   We didn’t care though:  we’d sit there and freeze, season after season, waiting for a division title (Hell, a wildcard!)  Even years later, after my family had moved to Columbus, we’d make the two and a half hour drive back ‘home to Cleveland’ every other week.  Sadly, we never had to make post season travel plans…. 

Which brings up a point:  Although I was born in Cleveland, I left when I was 6.  So for all intents and purposes, I grew up in central, not northeast Ohio.  But  all my cousins and Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents stayed in Cleveland.  And so driving up for Browns home games meant not only seeing the game, but seeing the rest of my family too.   For me, being from Cleveland is the same as being of Cleveland: the place where being a sports fan taught me about hard work and disappointment but also resilience and pride.  Good and bad, Cleveland is a great city, worthy of celebration, not scorn:  Its history, its art and music and culture, its friendly/slightly gruff citizenry and even it’s down-on-its-luck reputation formed me then and inform me to this day.  When people ask me where I’m from, I always say Cleveland.  Proudly.  (And get ready if you venture into the whole ‘mistake by the lake’ stuff…) 

Fast forward to today, when the possibility of a franchise championship seems theoretically real with the return of LeBron.  Sure we were all furious with ‘The Decision’ four years ago.  For me, mostly, the way he handled it, not the decisions itself.   Who can blame a kid who grew up in hardscrabble Akron and went pro straight out of high school for wanting to spend a few years on a contender team in good weather?  Cleveland’s attributes are many;  the winter weather ain’t one of em’.   But all is forgiven, as it is in every sports town, when the bum returns home to be a hero.  Cleveland’s joy isn’t just that a championship now seems possible, but that someone like LeBron has chosen us.  We needed it.  

In his announcement that he’s returning to Cleveland, which in both form and substance were just the tonic the city needed after the departure circus of four years ago, LeBron said that his relationship with Northeast Ohio means more to him than just basketball, and he hadn’t realized that four years ago.  I know what he means:  it took me awhile to realize what a special place I’m not only from, but of.  Thank you LeBron, for the reminder.  Welcome Home. 

And now a trophy please!

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Visit our website to learn more and connect with Halstead Property President, Jim Gricar.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PERFECTLY POLISHED PENTHOUSE

Privacy abounds at this palatial penthouse with 1,447 square feet of impeccably designed interior space and an outdoor balcony that offers an additional 60 square feet of private space. Located in the heart of SoHo in a premier boutique condominium building, this 2 bedroom home is a dream come true from the moment you exit the private key-locked elevator where soaring 11-foot high ceilings will sweep you away, while views of SoHo’s classic streetscape can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly every room. For more urban zen, head out to the private balcony and take in the beautiful scenery from the landscaped garden that bridges this collection of luxury buildings known as 139 Wooster Street. 

Click here to discover more about this perfectly polished SoHo Penthouse. 

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A RECORD 33 HALSTEAD AGENTS RECEIVE TOP AGENTS IN THEIR STATE HONORS FROM WALL STREET JOURNAL

We are so proud to see such a large number of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey Agents acknowledged in this year’s Wall Street Journal / Real Trends list of the Top Producing Agents by State. See below the full list of Halstead Property Agents Represented, the most we have had in the company’s 30-year history:

New York
Richard Orenstein (Also Named a Top Agent in the US) - SoHo Office
Brian Lewis 
(Also Named a Top Agent in the US) - West Side Office
Nora Ariffin & Christopher Kromer - Village Office
Eloise Johnson - Park Avenue Office
Dina Scheinman - West Side Office
Anna Shagalov - village Office
Jeffrey Tanenbaum - Park Avenue Office
Emma Kerins - West Side Office

Neal Young - Village Office

Jeremy Bolger - Village Office

Charles Homet - Village Office
Terrence LeRay - Brooklyn Office
Ivana Tagliamonte = Village Office
Jay K. Overbye - Village Office

Janet Weiner - Village Office
 
New York Teams
Louise Phillips Forbes Team 
(Also Named a Top Agent Team in the US) - Park Avenue
Harkov Lewis Team - Village Office
Gewirtz / Phillips Team - West Side Office
 
Connecticut
Eileen Hanford (Ranked #2 in the State) - Darien Office
Nancy Dauk - Darien Office
Jaime & Kendall Sneddon - New Canaan Office
Christopher B. Finlay - Greenwich Office
Suzanne Okie - Darien Office
Mary Higgins - New Canaan Office
 
Connecticut Teams
Hawes Team - Darien Office

New Jersey
Matt Brown - Hoboken Office
Peter Cossio - Hoboken Office
Thomas Laurita - Hoboken Office

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: WATERFRONT OASIS

The sparkling waters of Tokeneke Lagoon is a priceless view that we will never tire of on the shores of this majestic waterfront home in Darien, Connecticut. The 6,671 square foot, 5 bedroom residence is situated on almost 2 and a half acres of land, and you can see from above that you will find nothing but crystal clear reflections in the tranquil waterfront setting. Charming details form brick floor to antique wooden beams and cathedral ceilings make this a fairytale setting fit for the perfect ending. In addition to the serene and tranquil water views, outside boasts multiple patios and terraces perfect for entertaining, or relaxing in the warm summer sun.

Click here to discover more of this incredible Connecticut Property. 

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Louise Phillips Forbes Honored As Wall Street Journal’s Donor of the Day

Halstead Property is honored to share that Louise Philips Forbes from our flagship Park Avenue office has been featured as the Wall Street Journal Donor of the Day for her incredible charitable efforts that helped raise more than $400,000, including an amazing $65,000 over just last year to benefit underserved schools throughout the country. At the upcoming A Change for Kids fundraiser at SoulCycle Bridgehampton, Louise hopes to add to that total and stated to the Journal that “The event is expected to raise $20,000, “but my secret goal is $40,000

According to Forbes, the organization was founded by her now husband Ted Madara and friends over a round of drinks that cost more than the total amount of funds available for the average amount of school supplies per student, per year. A remarkable way to put things into perspective.

Louise told the WSJ that “students were using cut-up grocery bags, cotton swabs and watered-down tempera paint for art class. Mr. Madara went back to his trading desk, put out a jar and encouraged his co-workers to donate spare change to the school. With a few hundred dollars, Kids for Change began with a grant to cover art supplies for children at one school. [And] In 20 years, the organization has grown from that one school and the spare-change jar to five schools and an operating budget of nearly $1 million.” Funds go towards art and music programs, tutoring, a family reading program, museum trips, classroom supplies and school beautification.

What we are most humbled to share on behalf of Halstead Property is the overall inspiring message from Louise who was quoted as saying,

Her time spent fundraising and volunteering with Change for Kids isn’t a “change-the-world” moment. It’s “one school at a time, one child at a time,” to make a difference”

To learn more about Louise, visit her agent website and you can contact her over email to see how you can get involved with A Change for Kids.

10 REASONS TO LOVE RIVERSIDE BOULEVARD

With Nora Ariffin, Licensed Associated Real Estate Broker from our Village Office.

I’ve been living on the Upper West Side for over 20 years, happily calling Riverside Boulevard home for the last 3 ½ years. Before moving farther west, I would often go to Riverside Boulevard for showings or to bike along the Hudson in Riverside Park. In fact, the four-mile long park was one of the main reasons why I moved here. I like to think of this waterfront neighborhood as my own little getaway, and here are my top 10 reasons why you should consider Riverside Blvd (West 62nd- West 72nd Streets) for your next getaway:

1. A trip to Riverside Blvd would not be complete without spending time (and getting in a workout) in Riverside Park. You can often find me biking along the path that runs parallel to the Hudson River or running up and down the stairs at West 68th Street.

2. When I’m not working up a sweat in the park, I like to unwind at a café and take in the calming Hudson views. The Boat Basin Café located at West 79th is great, but I prefer Pier i Café (500 West 70th Street in Riverside Park South), which is practically just outside my front door. Be sure to check out Summer on the Hudson, a series of arts & entertainment events (many of them free!) in Riverside Park hosted by the Parks Department. Check out nycgovparks.org for the 2014 Summer on the Hudson schedule.

3. My ideal weekend morning would be to get tea and a chocolate croissant from BLUcafé (120 Riverside Blvd at Trump Place) and read the newspaper or a magazine on a bench in the park followed by a walk along the path.

4. Riverside Blvd is not far from Lincoln Center/Tucker Square where I often go to the Tucker Square Greenmarket (West 66th Street and Columbus Avenue) on Saturdays to pick up honey, fruit, vegetables, cheeses and bread from tri-state area farms and purveyors. For information on the 2014 schedule and times go to grownyc.org.

5. If venturing east for a market haul sounds a bit brutal, then check out Jubilee Market Place at 180 Riverside Blvd or gourmet grocer, Citarella (2135 Broadway at West 75th Street). Fairway Market’s flagship store is at 2127 Broadway.

6. Biscuits & Bath provides grooming, training, daycare and other great services for your dog (located at 160 Riverside Blvd). Dog lovers will also appreciate that nearby Riverside Park has three dog runs at West 72nd, West 87th and West 105th Streets.

7. Oenophiles in the Riverside Park South area should check out Renaissance Fine Wines & Spirits located at 161 Freedom Place. 

8. Hiro Sushi at Ollie’s (160 Freedom Place) is one of my favorite local eateries. Scallion pancakes and General Tso’s chicken are my regular orders. For finer dining, I prefer the bistro-style Cafe Luxembourg at 200 West 70th Street. Their yellowfin tuna burger is a must-try.

9. I travel farther uptown to play tennis at Riverside Drive and West 96th Street at city-run courts located in Riverside Park. You can go to nycgovparks.org for details on tennis permits, courts locations and reserving play-time. I find the $200 season permit to be a great investment as it allows me to play tennis at courts throughout the city.

10. Most buildings along the boulevard provide a shuttle bus service to and from the nearest subway station (express and local stop) in the mornings and evenings, which is a huge convenience. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Nora Ariffin and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

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