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The Devil is in the Details!

No detail has been left unattended at this breathtaking estate on 188 Long Neck Point Road in Darien, CT. The 17 room residence lies on 3.7 marvelous acres of land on Long Island Sound with 380 feet of shoreline for remarkable views of the Sound, Norton Bay and the Manhattan skyline. When the current owners bought this spectacular waterfront property, they dreamed of creating an authentic French Manor House, and almost completely renovated the original mansion while maintaining key features special to the original structure that was built in 1895 by the railroad tycoon responsible for opening up the Gold Coast areas in Connecticut and Long Island. Moving forward to the new owners who spared no time, nor expense in researching and importing the finest materials available to create this modern day masterpiece it successfully demonstrates the result of exquisite detail and craftsmanship.

A myriad of careful design elements can be found throughout the entire 17,000 square foot residence beginning outdoors with an expansive granite terrace complete with intricate grillwork on the wrought iron balcony and railings from Vermont, to the applied Venetian plaster walls that were custom designed in Munroe, CT. Additional noteworthy details can be found in the dramatic entry hall that boasts a grand double elliptical staircase comprised of rich marble and limestone imported from France that overlooks a living room with 20’ high plaster ceilings designed by legendary Balco Construction who also did the ceiling in Grand Central Station. For added convenience, all of the dramatic floor-to-ceiling French doors in the living room and library are equipped with electronic pull down screens.

The gorgeous walnut parquet floors in the living room and antique chestnut floors in the kitchen/family room reflect the beauty and warmth of a true French country home, while the half moon shaped infinity pool and grotto/pool house that overlook the Sound, stone pier and floating dock offer water views that can’t be found anywhere else.  

Click here to learn more about this legendary Connecticut residence.

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Contact Halstead Property’s Janet Olmsted, Chris Merritt and Judi McCarty to inquire about this listing.  

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: GREEN WITH ENVY ON THE HIGHLINE

Welcome to the renowned HL23 condominium building situated directly on New York City’s famous highline in Chelsea. Designed by starchitect Neil Denali, it is recognized as one of the greenest condos in the neighborhood and is noted for its unique column-free interiors where a keyed elevator opens to reveal this full floor two-bedroom apartment with almost 2,000 square feet of space. Imagine living in a very sophisticated tree-house atop the most famous elevated park in the world with an open floor plan and 11’ floor-to-ceiling glass panels that give you unrivaled views of the Highline. The master bathroom is also complete with floor to ceiling glass, and when your inner exhibitionist is feeling shy, the windows are equipped with operable bottom up shades for maximum privacy.

Click here for more Eye Candy on this one-of-a-kind condominium.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Sittin’ on the dock of the bay…

You will love sitting on the dock of the bay and wasting time on a private dock at this beautiful waterfront home. The shingle style 5 bedroom colonial house is located in the scenic town of Westport, CT and has an amazing 103’ frontage on Bermuda lagoon with a boat ramp and putting green in addition to the private dock for a resort-style paradise. 6,949 square feet of interior living space is complete with a master suite and sitting room that offers a panoramic waterfront view through almost 360 degrees of windows. A banquet sized dining room and living room with vaulted ceilings remind you just how much space there is to enjoy the tranquil surroundings on the Saugatuck shore. 

Click here to learn more about this stunning Connecticut residence.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY - RICHARD GROSSMAN TO CHINA DAILY

A recent article by China Daily touched on how the Chinese are now the #1 International Buyers of US residential property according to new statistics released. To support that point, China Daily sat down with our Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Richard Grossman, to learn more about this growing trend. Richard summed it up perfectly with our Quote of the Day above that appeared in their recent article!

To network with Richard feel free to visit his webpage or email him directly. 

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 Dauk 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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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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