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DIANE RAMIREZ SHARES WITH INC MAGAZINE THE BOOK SHE WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHER EXECS

Looking to bolster your management skills? Or are you in need of a smart summer read? Halstead Property CEO and co-founder, Diane Ramirez knows just the book for you: Leadership Isn’t For Cowards by Mike Staver, which offers tips on being a more effective, courageous leader in the workplace. Diane recently recommended the book for “A Summer Reading List for Entrepreneurs” compiled by Inc.com.

Throughout reading it, I would constantly dog ear pages as it would spur ideas on how to handle certain situations at work,” Ramirez said in her Inc.com interview. “It is so relevant to day-to-day management, which is key for anyone in business.”

 To connect with Diane, visit her website or follow her on Twitter

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWNSTONE BEAUTY 

This open-layout, 3,850+ square-foot brownstone in Hoboken exudes elegance and sophistication. Enter through the front door to the dining room, which seamlessly flows into a monochromatic kitchen and stylish living room. The main-level space impresses down to the details with features like a dramatic living room archway and a stunning gray Wainscot wall that spans from the entryway to the staircase. When you’re not busy entertaining on the main level, you can retreat to one of the five bedrooms. The nearly 700 square-foot backyard includes a bluestone patio, manicured garden and 48” DCS gas grill—perfect for extending gatherings to the outdoors.

Click here to discover more about this Hoboken dream home.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Brooklyn And Beyond

Floor-to-ceiling urban vistas are the backdrop to this airy living-dining space. At 833 square feet, this 2-bedroom/ 2-bath condominium in Park Slope,

features north and west-facing balconies perfect for gazing at Brooklyn’s low-rise landscape and the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. This ultra livable home  includes a chef’s kitchen and a master bedroom complete with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and an en-suite bathroom. When you’re not staring out at Brooklyn and beyond from your balconies, take in all that The Crest has to offer. From a fitness center, virtual doorman to on-site valet parking—these amenities and more make living just a bit easier.

Click here to discover more about this Park Slope condominium. 

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JEANNE BYERS INSTAGRAM SNAPSHOT OF THE WEEK

Friday, July 25th 2014

Thank you to Jeanne Byers from Halstead Property’s Downtown Office for once again sharing with us her an Instagram Snapshot of hers from this past Wednesday…

In a city with amazing new developments going up everywhere, I’m a sucker for the old ones. Could a New Yorker have a better address than 1 Fifth Avenue?

We invite you to Like and Comment on the photo here.

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Jeanne is a past Executive Creative Director of Arnold/New York Advertising Agency and brings her trained eye and quality orientation to her social media marketing as well as to her exclusive property marketing.  Follow all of Jeanne’s amazing instagram visuals here.

A REAL WEST SIDE STORY WITH CAROL LAWRENCE

Featuring Celebrity Owned 304 West 75th Street

Carol Lawrence knows a thing or two about living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side which provides a unique synergy of the performing and culinary arts. At just 16 years young the Missouri native landed what would go down in history as one of the most iconic roles to grace the stages of Broadway as Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story. Maria and the rest of the cast stole the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere, and has been doing so ever since. Fast forward to present day where the Tony Award winning actress and Hollywood golden girl-turned cookbook author has been living a real life West Side Story at her home on 304 West 75th Street that is now on the market.  Halstead Property’s Jeff Tannenbaum recalls that it was love at first sight for Ms. Lawrence  when she first purchased the home nearly 5 years ago after being immediately drawn to the endless sunlight and ideal size of the space located within a premier full-service cooperative building. As many of those in show business will attest to, the space and Upper West Side location offered all of the trappings needed for a place to call home whenever her busy schedule required her to be in New York City. The beautiful sunlit studio apartment is complete with a separate kitchen and coveted closet space, and is situated in the epicenter of the city’s art scene with Symphony Hall and Lincoln Center within close proximity, in addition to Citarella and Fairway nearby for necessary convenience. Budding Broadway hopefuls will appreciate the built-ins and shelving above the molding that Ms. Lawrence added where she displayed a well-deserved arsenal of trophies and Tony Awards. As Tannenbaum puts it, “this is the quintessential Broadway star loft.”

Click here to learn more about this residence, and contact Jeff Tannenbaum over email to make this the start of your very own West Side Story

TEN HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE

with Mark D. Friedman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in our West Side Office and partner in The Friedman-Rosenthal Team

I have lived and worked on the Upper West Side since 1993. What I love about the Upper West Side is the close-knit community. I can’t walk down the street without running into friends! Over the years I have sought out the neighborhood’s best spots and encountered some historic, quirky secrets along the way (hint hint: peacocks that roam public gardens). Here are my top 10 best kept secrets of the Upper West Side:

1.  At the entrance of The New York Buddhist Church (331-332 Riverside Drive) is a fascinating statue of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism founder, Shinran Shonin, which survived the atomic bombing at Hiroshima during World War II.

2. The West Side Community Garden at West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues was a littered vacant lot before it was converted into a garden in the late 1980s. Today, tulips brighten up the public Flower Park and community members tend to vegetable and herbs beds. For more information on the garden and how to become a member of this volunteer-run organization visit here. 

3. Town Shop (2270 Broadway at West 82nd Street) has been a neighborhood institution since 1936. The famous lingerie shop has been in existence since 1888 when it was first opened by Sam Koch. The Koch family still runs Town Shop and continues to personally fit customers.

4.  By far the best party spot on the Upper West Side is at Calle Ocho(45 West 81st Street at the Excelsior Hotel New York). The Latin restaurant has a private dining room for up to 50 people, and lounges for groups of 15, 25 or 30 guests.

5. For a more intimate outing, check out the best wine bar in the UWS—Barcibo Enotecaat 69th and Broadway, which serves tapas-style eats and obscure Italian wines. 

6.  One of the best kept secrets on the UWS is hidden at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine where three peacocks (named Jim, Harry and Phil) roam the grounds. The Cathedral’s 11.3 acres are known as The Close (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street), and include public gardens and a Peace Fountain. For further information on hours, events or mini bios of the resident peacocks check out here

7.  For the best lox in Manhattan go to Barney Greengrass at 541 Amsterdam Avenue (at 86th Street).  “The Sturgeon King” has been around for almost 100 years and has made appearances in movies like “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

8.  Just two blocks from our West Side Office is the dangerously good, Sushi of Gariat 370 Columbus Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets.

9.   It’s amazing that only Upper West Siders have kept this a secret, but the AMC 84th Street theater recently added recliner seats that…wait for it… you can reserve online

10.  There have been great new additions to the neighborhood, such as downtown favorites The Meatball Shop (447 Amsterdam Avenue) and Red Farm(2170 Broadway). However, good old standbys likeCaesar’s Palace Pizza (493 Amsterdam Avenue), Good Enough to Eat (502 Columbus Avenue) and Ocean Grill (384 Columbus Avenue) are not to be forgotten. 

To connect with Mark, visit his website or follow him on twitter and facebook.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Mark D. Friedman and do not reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC.

Halstead Property's Hamptons Agents outside the new 2 Newtown Lane East Hampton Office
Managing Director of the Hamptons Anthony DeVivio and CEO Diane M. Ramirez pose before the official ribbon cutting.
(L to R) Managing Director of the Hamptons Anthony DeVivio, CEO Diane M. Ramirez, Co-Chairman David Burris
Halstead Property Agents outside the new East Hampton Location
(L to R) Co-Chairman David Burris, CEO Diane M. Ramirez, Managing Director of the Hamptons Anthony DeVivio cutting the ribbon
Post Ribbon Cutting (L to R) Matthew J. Leone, Eugene Cordano, Diane M. Ramirez, Michael Goldenberg, Anthony DeVivio, Tammy Felenstein, Gus Perry, Sara Rotter, Cathy Hansen, David Burris Inside of the new East Hampton Office (L to R) David Burris, Stuart and Lynn Epstein, Diane M. Ramirez, Anthony DeVivio

EAST HAMPTON OFFICE OPENING PARTY

Halstead Property proudly unveiled their new state of the art East End Flagship office with yesterday’s official ribbon cutting ceremony.  The newest East Hampton location is situated on the highly visible corner of Main Street and Newtown Lane. 

Enjoy some of the party pictures above featuring the Hamptons Agents, Halstead Executives, and the ribbon cutting by our CEO Diane M. Ramirez accompanied by Co-Chairman David Burris, and the Managing Director of the Hamptons Anthony DeVivio.

Video Highlights of the Event and full synopsis will appear on the Halstead Blog early next week!

We invite you to stop by and say hello! 

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LOOK AROUND

This show-stopping terrace will leave you breathless with nearly 1,000 square feet of private outdoor space and almost 360 degree views atop a 4 bedroom Penthouse on the Upper West Side. Upon entering the home you are immediately greeted by soaring 10 foot tall ceilings and windows of epic proportions that offer towering city views, and plenty of sunshine that floods the 25 foot wide living room complete with a gas fireplace. Among 4 bedrooms in the more than 2,200 square feet of interior space is a master suite that is waiting for its fashionista partner in crime to fill its 4 closets with an endless supply of designer threads. From gleaming hardwood floors found throughout to abundant views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River, you will appreciate every detail as you look around the Penthouse located in a sought after Upper West Side condominium building with round the clock services from a 24 hour doorman and concierge, to a fitness center, and 2 additional landscaped rooftop terraces. 

Click here to discover more about this Upper West Side Penthouse.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LET THE LIGHT IN

Sprawling and sun-filled with South and West exposures and a sweet corner terrace that offers panoramic views of the dynamic New York City skyline, you will be captivated by this split two-bedroom cooperative home. Inside you’ll find a dramatic windowed kitchen adorned with rich cherry wood cabinets, and two master suites of equally as sizable proportions, the west-facing suite boasts beautiful crown moldings and custom built-ins for added convenience. It is amazing how much privacy this home offers when you consider the sheer scope of it all, from its current configuration with a portion of the living room walled off to create a separate home office or third bedroom, the possibilities are endless. 

Click here to see more of this stunning residence located in a sought after Upper East Cooperative building.

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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. 

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