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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWSTONE BEAUTY

Just half a block from Central Park you will find this calming city oasis where the scent of crisp, cool autumn air and warm afternoon sun beckons you to sit down and relax. The beautifully landscaped south facing garden lies on the grounds of a stately landmarked townhouse with easy-access from a creatively designed four room duplex on the Upper West Side with an open layout and hardwood floors throughout. Enter the garden level great room that reveals an open kitchen with romantic recessed lighting, and make your way to a gracious sized bedroom on the same level that is currently used as a den, while a lower level boasts two bonus rooms with direct access to the picturesque private garden that is decked for ease of entertaining, and is landscaped with trees and a rainbow of colored flowers.

Click here to discover more about this landmark brownstone home.  

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MODERN MASTERPIECE AT 23 BEEKMAN PLACE

Tucked away along the East Side of Midtown Manhattan is an esteemed enclave of historically grand old townhouses and stately prewar residential apartment buildings known as Beekman Place. Spanning just  2 bucolic blocks between East 49th and East 51st Streets on an esteemed, idyllic bluff overlooking the East River - it is one of the shortest streets on the island of Manhattan where due to the unique and secluded character has attracted a continuously changing roster of prominent residents, including Paul Rudolph, one of the most celebrated and innovative American architects of the 20th century.

The influential modernist and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture purchased a neo-Georgian townhouse at 23 Beekman Place in 1976. The now internationally celebrated structure is recognized as the most important modernist living space in New York City with an unmistakable three-story steel-and-concrete penthouse jutting out above the street. The present day exterior of Rudolph’s nine-story townhouse has remained virtually unchanged over decades of undergoing transformations and renovations, and while Rudolph completed only six buildings in New York City - 23 Beekman Place stands out as one of the artists most personal and experimental designs throughout his prolific career.

The now-famous and remarkable cantilevered penthouse earned two awards from the American Institute of Architecture and was described by architect-critic Michael Sorkin as,

 “one of the most amazing pieces of modern urban domestic architecture produced in this country,”

A structure of four interconnected levels of the penthouse are encompassed by cantilevered floors, mezzanines, bridges, floating stairs, steel beams, and pergolas. Furthermore, Rudolph’s obsession with reflective surfaces can be seen throughout, as he wanted natural light to pour through top-to-bottom with wedged mirrors and Mylar everywhere. From the foyer, you can see up through various slits and peepholes to the roof, while many of the rooms boast levitating stairs with light deflecting from every angle.

Halstead Property is pleased to represent the the three-floor duplex gem where wondrous East River views can be found among all the famed characteristics of architecture royalty, Paul Rudolph.

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Click here to see more of this legendary Manhattan residence, and visit the agent websites of Halstead property’s Joanne Rockett and Jeffrey Peckage to learn more.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LOOK AROUND YOU

Live like the Jeffersons’ once said, “movin’ on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky…”  At thisstriking condominium in Murray Hill Kips Bay, you can see all around you from within the corner unit living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the entire New York City skyline. Couldn’t you get used to staring idly at iconic landmarks like both the Chrysler and MetLife buildings with tranquil views of the East River and Long Island City in your periphery? We sure could. It’s evident that the one-bedroom apartment has been meticulously maintained due to the shear beauty and noticeably quality of hardwood strip floors throughout, granite counter tops, maple cabinets and a luxurious marble bathroom.  A round the clock concierge and doorman are at your beck and call within this renowned full-service condominium building.  

Click here to discover more about this marvelous Manhattan condominium. 

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN

With two whole floors of impeccably decorated and designed living space – the beauty of this duplex condominium is relentless. You are immediately greeted by double-height ceilings and windows that expose a quintessential Upper East Side cityscape and fill the enormous living room with waves of sunshine. We love the contrast between the illuminated white walls and the dark, smooth hardwood floors that are found throughout the entire one bedroom apartment. Location is everything, too, as this is situated directly across the street from the renowned Carlyle Hotel within a premier full-service condominium that offers round the clock luxury.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SITTING ABOVE THE PARK

Imagine sitting on any one of your 3 private balconies that look directly over Fifth Avenue and the treetops in Central Park?  While most would be elated with just one of the highly coveted private balconies, this incredible Fifth Avenue home features a total of 3 outdoor balconies offering almost 600 square feet of exterior space accessible through unique sliding glass walls. In addition, almost 2,500 square feet inside provides the beautiful, sunny living and dining room area pictured above, two bedrooms, your own washer and dryer (another highly coveted New York City amenity) and a state-of-the-art hi-tech kitchen wrapped up in one of the Upper East Side’s most sought after full-service cooperative buildings. 

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US OPEN: CENTRE COURT SERIES ADVANTAGE: 492 ROUTE 114

To mark the final day of the 2014 US Open, Halstead Property presents the Centre Court Series Advantage at 492 Route 114, in Wainscott, NY.  We bring you nearby homes that are equipped with all you need to perfect that grand slam-winning backhand serve, since before you can get to championship level, the world’s greatest tennis stars would not where they are without an appropriate place to practice on.

It won’t be hard to keep your eye on the ball with the razor sharp focus that this all weather Har Tru tennis court affords, proving that all you need is the bare essentials. Almost 1.5 acres of land are nestled down a private drive in Wainsctott with completely landscaped grounds that include expansive decking, a heated pool and a Jacuzzi for an environment conducive to achieving ultimate relaxation after a rousing round of tennis. The 5 bedroom Post Modern home boats nearly 5,000 square feet of interior space and features a sunny, expansive gourmet kitchen and a jaw-dropping two-story foyer that leads into a warm, and inviting family room adorned with an elegant fireplace.

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Click here to learn more about this Hamptons property with Centre Court Advantage, or contact Halstead Property’s local Hamptons agents, Richard Baris over email  and Nola Baris over email

HIGH LINE PARK: PART III – MISSION COMPLETE

Lights, camera, action for the grand finale to what is arguably one of the most unique elements of New York City – The High Line. Since its 2009 debut, and after nearly 5 whole years of waiting with bated breath, the third, and final section of Manhattan’s premiere elevated park in West Chelsea  is complete. The High Line at the Rail Yards which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets will be unveiled in all its glory for the public to see on September 21st, 2014. Until now – a walk along the historic freight-rail-line-turned-public-park sadly lands you at the end on West 30th Street, but alas the gates will soon open to reveal the completed remaining section of  railroad tracks to bridge wandering pedestrians all the way to West 34th Street for a unique, and unparalleled look into the fabric of the Meatpacking District. The Rail Yards section is only accessible by crossing the 11th Avenue Bridge for a rare vantage point to take in the beauty of Manhattan’s grids as traffic zooms by underneath, along with an unobstructed view of rows of commuter trains at Hudson Yards.

Opening week festivities to celebrate the $75 million northern most section will feature a culmination of everything we love about the park from live music performances, art and design exhibits and more – all for free. You can wake up with a morning yoga session on the 14th Street passage, followed by a tranquil guided meditation class held on the 22nd Street Steps, or take in a Tai Chi class on the famous 23rd Street lawn. In addition to various health and wellness events, High Line art curator Cecilia Alemani has added newcomers like Ed Ruscha’s large-scale mural Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today sprawled across West 22nd Street, and it will be hard to resist taking an outdoor lunch break with a week of midday hour-long live music performances from world renowned acts like Haitian music sensation Melanie Charles, and NYC’s first and only all-female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache. Existing art installations.

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KATZ’S DELI TAKES A BITE OUT OF GREENWICH VILLAGE

2013 marked the 125th Anniversary for Katz’s Delicatessen, the very spot When Harry Met Sally, and in 2014, owner of the legendary pastrami sandwich curator and New York City’s oldest reigning delicatessen took a bite out of prime downtown real estate. With the help of Halstead Property’s Laurie Silverman, third-generation co-owner of Katz’s Deli landed the crown jewel of Greenwich Village pads in one of the city’s most sought after cooperative buildings designed by renowned starchitect, James Renwick, Jr. The gracious six-room co-op apartment boasts views of Union Square and the East Village from a sought-after vantage point on the epic-sized private balcony situated off of the lofty 28x12 West facing living room that leads directly into an open chef’s kitchen, perfect for sandwich royalty, while the Master Suite offers an unexpected dose of peace and quiet . 

Click here for Curbed NY’s coverage of this story, and connect with Laurie Silverman over email or visit her agent website to learn more, and for all of your New York City real estate needs.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BELL ISLAND BEAUTY

As the saying goes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, as there is more than meets the eye to this stunning Bell Island waterfront home situated on the Long Island Sound in Rowayton, CT with a 180-degree panoramic view spanning sea to skyline, and an intricately designed flagstone terrace and beautifully landscaped gardens pictured above. More than 4,900 square feet of space inside the stately six-bedroom colonial lies a master-suite adorned with a 42 foot balcony that overlooks the tranquil Long Island Sound waters, in addition to a second 20 foot balcony off of the upper level sitting room with even more dramatic views of the beautiful, sparkling blue ocean. While on most occasions two is company, and three is a crowd – we don’t mind if a third balcony joins the arsenal of vantage points off of a monumental oversized great room complete with a striking fireplace and wet bar. 

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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 S. Thomas over email

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

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: ISLAND ESCAPE

Who hasn’t dreamed of living on a private island? With a serene sandy beach, dock and deep water channel - this crown jewel Victorian home is situated on almost 2 acres of land on Pot Island, Connecticut and is considered the “Queen of the Thimble Islands.” The entire residence offers breathtaking views from its unrivaled location atop a picturesque bluff with rolling green hills all the way down the lawn straight to the water’s edge, and a total of 11 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths spread throughout 6,300 square feet of interior living space offers maximum comfort for any, and all of your guests. A dreamy chef’s kitchen with cathedral ceilings and a dining hall with a separate breakfast and sunset porch combine to complete this incredible home.

Click here to discover more of this stunning Connecticut property.

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Jeff Tanenbaum on Arise Xchange News

Halstead Property West side agent and respected housing and mortgage expert, Jeffrey Tanenbaum, sits down in an exclusive video interview for Arise Xchange to discuss recent news that Bank of America has agreed to pay a $16-17 Billion settlement over stale mortgages, and what that means for consumers. 

A seasoned financial contributor and expert, Tanenbaum reminds us that it is first and foremost important to note the government previously penalized institutions like JP Morgan and CitiBank for a markedly less amount of money with the intent that [they] should be required to share a brunt of the financial crisis and real estate crash of 2008. Arise Xchange Host, Akhtar Khan proposes in response what a lot of others might be thinking, which is why should Bank of America have to pick up the debt for Merrill [Lynch]? Jeff’s rebuttal explains that BofA is part of Merrill’s conglomerate thus some accountability remains, and further states that both contributed significantly to the overfunding, and says “there was never a real control on loans before the crisis, you could get a loan on 150% of the property, and the appraisers were sent out by the banks; Now, consumers who want a loan are required to call a clearing house that arranges for an independent appraisal on the property.” According to Jeff, 

“This creates a check and balance on the mortgage situation, as does the credit.There is certain levels of credit that have to be met for a purchaser to afford to get a loan, [and] these were never in place before the crisis, which left many in a foreclosure or short sale situation, or more importantly - their credit was adversely effected and they wound up with nothing – no home, bad credit, and they can’t do anything now.”

What is surely on every consumers mind is exactly how the money is going to be funded, and while it is still too soon to declare with certainty, Tanenbaum forges ahead hopeful that the settlement deal is in fact the end of the road, and will remain confident so long as the money is used to repair the credit situation and is allocated properly to those who lost their homes. He goes on to say that “eventually like everything else, there is a component to that funding that will impact consumers of today and our society as  a whole” and perhaps a resolve lies in allocation of fees that will no longer go to the bank, but toward the general population of those who were adversely effected demonstrating the significant uniqueness of the current state of the economy, wherein “one population of consumers will be paying for another population of consumers who unfortunately have gone through the worst situation of their lives - which is losing their home.” 

Click here to watch more interviews containing Jeff’s expert insight on the state of the market, and find more featured videos on Halstead ProperTV

Share your thoughts and connect with Jeff 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 are those of Jeffrey Tanenbaum and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

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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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.

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