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Enjoy photos from a recent commemorative event celebrating Halstead Property’s 5th Anniversary in Connecticut!

Halstead Property CEO, Diane Ramirez and President Jim Gricar joined Halstead Property’s many executives and agents from our 27 offices across the Tri-State area and gathered on the picturesque waterfront setting at Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton, CT to honor each and every current and former Connecticut agent for driving our record breaking success in the past five years that Halstead Property has served the real estate needs of Fairfield County residents and the surrounding areas. On behalf of the entire Halstead Property family, we continue to extend many thanks and congratulations to all of those who have helped make Halstead Property #1 in Fairfield County! 

Click here to view the entire photo album featured on our official Facebook Page, and watch a full recap on Halstead ProperTV highlighting the entire joyous evening.

Click here to learn more and connect with our local Connecticut agents, and visit us on Foursquare for hundreds of Fairfield County neighborhood tips. 


We’re ecstatic to share recent successes that have emerged from Halstead Property’s Hoboken, New Jersey office. This past spring we celebrated the opening of our new state-of-the-art office at 200 Washington Street in the heart of Hoboken. At 3,800 square feet, this beautiful new space is outfitted with innovative, storefront LED touchscreens that display our Metro New Jersey exclusive listings. 

Data from the 2014 MLS Sold Report shows that since 2010 our Hoboken office has owned 1/3 of the market share of home sales over $1 Million just in Hoboken. Halstead Property’s average sale prices for condos and townhomes in Metro New Jersey exceeded the MLS average, according to this year’s MLS Sold Report. Additionally, our Hoboken agents have contributed to most sales over $5 Million in New Jersey to date.

This year Tom Laurita achieved the highest sales price in three New Jersey counties, while Sharon Shahinian recently closed on the highest priced townhome in Hoboken history. Trulia/Real Trends recognized Matt Brown and Peter Cossio as Two of The Top Agents in the State of New Jersey for 2014. Thank you to all of our Hoboken agents for making Halstead Property a Market Leader in Metro New Jersey. 

Click here to connect with our Hoboken agents. Give us a call at 201-478-6700 or visit us at 200 Washington Street. 


To commemorate Halstead Property’s 5th Anniversary in Connecticut, Halstead’s agents and executives in Connecticut and top agents from the New York Metro Area came to celebrate at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton, Connecticut. Our record breaking success in Connecticut is a testament to the decision to partner with Country Living and Wheeler Real Estate in 2009. Our dearest thanks and congratulations to all the agents and staff who have helped make Halstead Property #1 in Fairfield County! 

Watch a highlight video of the event above or click here. 

To search all Fairfield County listings, click here. 

Interested in joining the Halstead Property family? Feel free to confidentially inquire by emailing careers@halstead.com


A picture is definitely worth a thousand words when it comes to this sophisticated custom built home with a handsome façade designed in traditional Tudor architectural style using a combination of stone, stucco, timber and brick. A pristine setting in Weston, Connecticut offers a bucolic backdrop to the rear deck and covered screened porch complete with an outdoor fireplace area perfect for enjoying the private two acre level gardens. Inside almost 5,000 square feet of living space boast a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and a stunning two story great room with free standing timber framing and beams.

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Pull up for a front row seat to classic New England design and elegance on display at this distinctive 1907 home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Romantic charm and sophistication are evident from the moment you pass through a set of stone pillars that lead down a private driveway to reveal a stunning clean, white façade with remarkable architectural details sprawled throughout over 3 acres of lush, wide-open landscaped land that receives an almost infinite amount of sunlight. We can’t help but to appreciate how more than 7,000 square feet of interior living space has been carefully renovated to successfully maintain a classic countryside ambiance among a home with more modern marvels than you’d need. A handful of thoughtfully designed nooks and sunny sitting areas can be found throughout the lower level,  and as your eyes wander up to the ceiling in the main living room, you’ll love those custom hardwood beams that add even more warmth to space. Outside boasts a massive in ground pool with sparkling blue waters surrounded by green grass and perfectly manicured lawns.

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By: Sheila Higgins, Licensed in Connecticut in our Wilton office

With the first touch of brisk fall weather, Connecticut comes alive with events for the whole family as well as for those who are not faint at heart.  Apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes pepper the Fairfield County area offering ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and Connecticut countryside. For apple picking head to Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard located at 278 Leavenworth Road in Shelton, or Silverman’s Farm at 451 Sport Hill Road in Easton. Take the family pumpkin picking at Jones Family Farm at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road in Shelton.  Here is a list of fall-themed events to enjoy in the coming weeks:

4th Annual Scarecrow Fest

When: October 17-31

Where: Wilton

Beginning on October 17th Wilton Town Center will be transformed, as all 75 lampposts in town prepare for Halloween, courtesy of Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Wilton will come alive with scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations and families. The contestants compete for five top spots which will be announced on Saturday, October 25th just prior to the start of the Pumpkin Parade and Trick or Treating event. This year the entries must depict a character from either television or film.  Stroll through town and pick out your favorite characters this fall.

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire

When: Through October 26 

Where: Norwich

The Renaissance Faire returns for five consecutive weekends and Columbus Day at 14 Stott Avenue in Norwich. Don’t miss one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations complete with knights in shining armor, fair maids, jousting, comedy, games, archery, rat circus, fire eaters, rope walkers, birds of prey demonstrations, etc. Feast like a king on turkey legs, bread bowl stews, cheesecake, and then wash it all down with an ice cold craft beer from Thimble Island Brewery. 

Scarecrow Festival

When: Sunday, October 12  

Where: Trumbull

The 16th Annual Scarecrow Festival will take place at Plasko’s Farm in Trumbull on Sunday, October 12th. The Scarecrow Festival features “Make your own Scarecrow,” horseback rides, games, a caricature artist and so on. Admission is free and does not include the corn maze. 

Harvest Festival Weekend

When: Saturday, October 18-Sunday, October 19; 11am-3pm 

Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Located on the grounds of the former estate of Henri Bendel, the original mansion now houses the Stamford Museum and the beautiful surrounding grounds comprise the Nature Center.  Here is what to expect during the Harvest Festival Weekend: hayrides, a scarecrow contest, apple cider demonstrations, pumpkin carving, crafts, face painting, storytelling and more. Those in costume are encouraged to join in a parade. Visit stamfordmuseum.org for ticket ordering and fees.

Check out my recommendations for the best corn mazes in Connecticut:

Lyman Orchards: Located in Middlefield, Lyman’s offers one of the most elaborate corn mazes around and this year gives a nod to the British legendary rock bands. $1 of every admission is donated to the American Cancer Society. Visit Lyman’s website for corn maze hours of operation and admission prices.

Bishop’s Orchards: Located in Guilford,Bishop’s corn maze is a bit more modest than Lyman Orchards but still a nice challenge.  There is usually a scavenger map to make the trip even more challenging. Besides the corn maze, Bishop’s offers apple picking, a cider mill and a farm produce store and bakery. 

Plasko’s Farm: Located in Trumbull,Plasko’s Farm originated in 1925 and was started by first generation immigrants from Czechoslovakia. The corn maze covers over one and half miles of trails and proceeds go to St. Vincent’s “SWIM Across the Sound.”

Connect with Sheila over email or visit her agent website.


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


Halstead Property’s CEO, Diane M. Ramirez, reveals the highlights of Serenity Pond (3 Star Farm Road) as she tours the majestic Harrison, New York estate in the first installment of Inside Our Collection—a new video series on Halstead ProperTV. In this series Diane and our top executives will regularly hand-pick and tour a Halstead exclusive property from our Luxury Portfolio Collection. She provides keen insight on Serenity Pond’s design and architectural wonders in this inaugural video tour:

Diane commends the home’s overall design by referencing the double-height ceilings and arched windows. As she notes, there was certainly an “incredible vision” behind the design.

She was also impressed by the serene master suite. The monotone color scheme and of course the massive his and her’s closets are among her favorite features in this space.

The wrought-iron staircase could be described in just one word: elegant. Diane points out how the staircase opens up to a gallery that overlooks the living room.

It is no surprise at all that Diane found herself in awe of the home’s grounds. She mentions the calming sights and sounds from the stunning pond to the meticulously planned rock formations.  “The outdoor space is something beyond anything I have ever seen in my life,” she says.

To wrap up her tour, Diane reflects that Serenity Pond is simply a “well thought-out” home. An asking price of just under $3 Million impresses as well.

Click here to learn more about this beautiful Westchester estate, and stay tuned for our next installment of Inside Our Collection.

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We’re back with a second season of our regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer. We bring you Webisode 1, Season 2 “Sellers: Should You Take the First Offer You Get?”

Right now we are experiencing a “strong seller’s market,” Barak says. This means that inventory is low and buyers will act fast to put in offers. Often times when this occurs the seller chooses to not accept the first offer and wait for higher offers. Barak suggests that the seller should consider the first offer because in most cases their property is exactly what the buyer has been searching for. 

“It is often true that your first offer is your best offer”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode “Pricing to Win – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words,” 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 for all your real estate needs.


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

Riviera at the Movies - Inside Look at Hollywood’s Affinity for 790 Riverside Drive

By: Vivian Ducat – Licensed Real Estate Salesperson of our Harlem Office.

790 Riverside Drive The Riviera, at 157th Street, its interiors, and the streets around it have been featured in numerous movies and television shows over the years, to the delight, and sometimes, the annoyance of local residents. The multiple points of entry into the building, the relative vastness of interior and exterior spaces and the ease of access to the location make it an attractive place for crews to work. This week it was an episode of Elementary that took over the 6th floor. Two weeks ago, crews from Orange is the New Black were seen roaming the halls.

Everyone in the building —or at least those who had moved in by 2009—- has a story about their experience during the the filming of the thriller Salt, which was released in July 2010 starring Angelina Jolie. For me, the strangest thing was that the story was set in Washington, D.C. The set designers put up a street sign at 157th and Riverside Drive calling it  “Indiana Ave. N.W.”

Salt was shot in Riviera apartment 4E, on the roof, and on the 156th Street exterior wall. Star Angelina Jolie was seen on the streets around 790 RSD wearing a blonde wig. Her presence caused the tabloids to speculate on whether she was moving to Washington Heights. Most exciting to those who know the building well is that she was shot hanging off the 11th floor of the building .We all knew the exact location because behind her brave body was the circled architectural trim that decorates only the space between the 10th and 11th floors. She was totally relaxed even if we weren’t. According to her stunt coordinator, Simon Crane, quoted in Entertainment Weekly. ‘We were talking about her kids when she was hanging off this building.’

More than twenty years before, the 1980 film Gloria, written and directed by Grinnell (800 Riverside Drive) resident John Cassavetes, was shot in the area in front of our building as was its 1999 remake, directed by Sidney Lumet with Gena Rowlands and John Adams.

Shaft (the 2000 sequel to the 1971 film by Gordon Parks) starring Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa Williams was shot in 790 RSD’s apt 1E –one floor above the lobby, done up as the headquarters of criminals, The same apartment was the set for the 1999 comedy Big Daddy, starring Adam Sandler, My neighbors who bought apartment 1E in 2001 inherited an upgraded electrical system apparently an investment by the landlord to create a mini-studio (in a nine-room apartment—so maybe not exactly “mini”) to increase their income possibilities from having the movie trade come to our the building.

Over time, as the neighborhood becomes more familiar to many more New Yorkers, it may be harder to disguise for the big and small screen. Meanwhile, film crews are drawn by the spacious and grand architecture and by the more plentiful parking spaces for crew cars, a luxury that they won’t find downtown.

If you are interested in the building or the neighborhood, feel free to connect with me via email or on my agent website.


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

Photo Credit: Screenshot from Big Daddy (1999, Columbia Pictures) and Salt (2009, Columbia Pictures)



With Ari Harkov and Warner Lewis, Licensed Assoc. R.E. brokers in our Village Office and partners in The Harkov-Lewis Team

Ari: In 2007 my wife and I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn. We absolutely love Williamsburg and have made Brooklyn our home ever since.

Warner: I’m a third generation Manhattanite who never thought to leave until I found a great apartment at The Edge—a condominium building on Williamsburg’s East River waterfront. Since then, I have never looked back. 

Here are our top 10 best kept secrets of Williamsburg:

1.  For your own European getaway in Brooklyn, dine in the magical outdoor garden at Aurora (70 Grand Street). This ivy-covered restaurant serves rustic Tuscan fare including handmade pastas and cheeses imported from Italy

2.  The Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue at N. 11th Street) is one of most buzzed about spots on this side of the river. The building was an abandoned factory built in 1901 before its transformation into a chic hotel and nightlife venue. The Ides Bar on the sixth floor offers unbeatable views of the neighborhood and the city skyline from its terrace. At the base of the hotel is a restaurant called Reynard—another incredible space with exposed brick walls and wooden beams on the ceiling.

3.  Pilgrim Surf + Supply is an unlikely neighborhood gem located at 68 N. 3rd Street. The shop sells surfboards and casual apparel that fits the Williamsburg aesthetic.

4.  Only in Williamsburg will you find Mexican cuisine at a former 1950’s diner. Café de La Esquina (225 Wythe Avenue) operates in a space previously occupied by the Wythe Diner, and also has a Taqueria next door with take-out service and a garden with outdoor seating.

5.  Dépanneur(242 Wythe Avenue at N. 3rd Street) is so much more than a deli. The shop makes great sandwiches and sells jarred goods, candies, kitchen accessories and more.

6.  Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue) is a very unique theater in Williamsburg where you can sip on cocktails and dine on quirky dishes (e.g. Frito pie, bangers & mash) while watching Indie films.

7.  For authentic Moroccan fare head to Café Mogador at 133 Wythe Avenue. The restaurant is an outpost of its East Village flagship, which has been around for 30+ years.

8.  Bakeri (150 Wythe Avenue) makes amazing breads and pastries, and also serves breakfast plates and sandwiches. Insider tip: Bakeri is cash only.

9.  Sprout Home is a home and garden shop located at 44 Grand Street. Aside from selling floral arrangements and gardening essentials, the shop also offers classes to inspire urban gardeners.

10.   Shameless plug:  grab a drink at Donna Cocktail Club—a bar that we co-own. Tucked away in the South side (27 Broadway), Donna has won many awards and slings the best cocktails in Williamsburg.

To connect with Ari and Warner and to view their Williamsburg listings visit their team website

Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Ari Harkov and Warner Lewis and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC. 


Farewell Captain

Here is a snapshot on West 34th and 7th Avenue tonight in Midtown Manhattan by Chad Rachman ahead of Derek Jeter’s last home game (weather permitting). To think, there will never be another #2 again in pinstripes playing at Yankee Stadium after tonight. Halstead Property salutes Derek Jeter!


Pull up a seat to this expansive granite counter top island in the middle of a wide open kitchen located inside the sun-flooded condominium home. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – meals will be infinitely more enjoyable when almost 2,000 square feet of interior space on the 11th floor present views of the Hudson River and Hoboken all around you through a seamless wall of windows outlining the kitchen, living and dining room areas. Throughout the corner unit you’ll find 2 bedrooms each with custom built-ins for easy storage solutions, and the master suite reveals a five-fixture limestone bathroom with all the necessary trappings to pamper yourself from a double vanity to a luxurious soaking tub and separate shower.

Located in one of Hoboken’s premier condominium buildings, Maxwell Place residents can enjoy a 24 hour concierge service, two rooftop pools, multiple BBQ areas and courtyards featuring priceless panoramic views of New York city, in addition to shuttle service both to and from the nearby Hoboken PATH.

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

The Financial District is not the first place you think of when you think retail, but that is about to change in a very big way. Three major shopping areas are coming to life in Lower Manhattan and the tip of Manhattan is predicted to become the premiere shopping area in NYC.

The farthest along right now is the Brookfield Place Mall, developed by Brookfield Office Properties (former Winter Garden location).  We’ll save the dining aspect for next time (it’s fabulous) and focus on the stores where you’ll want to shop ‘til you drop. 

Bonobos Guideshop, Burberry, Calypso, Cos Bar, Diane von Furstenberg, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ferragamo, Hérmes, J. Crew, Michael Kors accessories, Paul Smith, Saks Fifth Avenue, Scoop NYC, and Theory are some of the high-end names coming.

Westfield Group, the Australian developer of over 90 malls in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, is quickly filling 365,000 square feet of retail space at 4 WTC, 3 WTC and the new wildly-shaped Oculus building.  There will be 150 brands there and it will be a mix of designer and the more affordable. Already signed on are:  Armani, Apple, Aritzia, Asics, Aveda, Bebe, Bobbi Brown, Bose, Breitling, Canali, Charles Tyrwhitt, Cole Haan, Disney, Duane Reade, Dune, Epicerie Boulud, Godiva, Hugo Boss, The Kooples, J. Lindberg, John Varvatos, Kate Spade, Kiehl’s, Kusmi, L.K. Bennett, L’Occitane, Lacoste, Lego, Longines, Michael Kors, Moleskine, Montblanc, Nunu Chocolates, Organic Avenue, Pandora, Papyrus, Sephora, Solstice, Stuart Weitzman, Swarovski,  Tiffany and Co, Tom Ford, Tumi, Track & Field, Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Zadig & Voltaire. 

Lastly, with developer Howard Hughes beginning the transformation of the new South Street Seaport, a slew of more interesting stores and shops are on the way.  That will make the southern tip of our fair island a shopper’s paradise from East to West.  What an exciting time!

Coming next time – the incredible new dining options in FiDi.

Connect with me over email and visit my agent website to learn more, and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 


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


Time flies when you are having fun! Thank You to All of our Connecticut Agents for driving our Record Breaking Success in the five years Halstead Property has been in Connecticut! Here’s to the next five and beyond!

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This triplex penthouse with a private rooftop terrace combines old-world charm with modern elegance inside a house that is nearly two centuries old on a bucolic tree-lined street in the heart of Chelsea. The apartment has a total interior footprint of approximately 1,500 square feet, and its most prominent feature is a remarkable 300 square foot private and planted rooftop terrace joined with the indoors via a wall of sliding glass doors to create a virtually seamless 600 square foot indoor/outdoor space that offers unparalleled open views above Chelsea’s landmarked Historic District, and a sweeping panorama of Midtown and the New York City skyline. Three-floors of interior living space currently present 3 total baths and 2 bedrooms with configurations to add additional windowed-rooms, and the  bathroom on the top floor features large double doors and a skylight inviting you to take a bath in the oversized tub while enjoying the view out across your private terrace of the Empire State Building.

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