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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 Scott 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.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: HISTORIC MANOR HOME

Welcome to this historic manor home set on over 48 acres of beautiful parkland grounds overlooking Lake Mohawk and the Delaware Water Gap in Sussex County, New Jersey. Private gates reveal a handsome pair of stone pillars and a unique stone country style house with multiple patios and terraces that offers views as far as the eye can see for beautiful sunsets over the horizon. In addition to the obviously marvelous landscape, the 5 bedroom residence boasts 3 romantic woodburning fireplaces, a library, and an exercise room with your very own sauna. Last but not least, an in-ground pool completes this property to make it a private, luxurious retreat located within an hour of New York City.

Click here to learn more about this spectacular property.

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ROCKAWAY!

June 29 - September 1, 2014 

Rockaway Beach is loved for its scenic seaside beauty that was just one of the many areas left in devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and now we are excited for the official reopening just in time for summer!

From June 29th to September 1, 2014 the area will host a free public arts festival sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy in collaboration with MoMA PS1, the Rockaway Artist Alliance and the NYC National Park Service to celebrate the reopening of Fort Tilden and recognize the ongoing recovery and revitalization of the Rockaway peninsula. Conceived by MoMa Director, Klaus Biesenbach along with award-winning musician Patti Smith, the summer long festival will feature a large-scale installation and photography exhibition by Smith, in addition to solo projects by acclaimed artists Adrián Villar Rojas, and Janet Cardiff as well as an international group show. Rockaway! serves as an inspiring example of how New Yorker’s have united to rebuild the Rockaways. 

Actor James Franco will kick off the festivities with a poetry reading, followed by a spoken word performance from acclaimed artist, writer and musician, Patti Smith. 

Thank you to all those who helped in making the Rockaway Recovery efforts a huge success. Click here to learn more about the festival, and to learn more about the rebuilding of communities like Long Island, Upstate and New York City you can visit the official website for the Come See the Comeback Sandy Tourism Campaign.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SERENITY ON THE SOUND

With over 200 feet of direct waterfront property in Darien, CT the majesty of this elegant seaside estate is unrivaled. The residence sits at the water’s edge on more than 2 acres of land that includes a private beach and an expansive 3,500 square-foot beachside terrace with a pool and spa. A striking mahogany front door opens to a grand hall that reveals many original details from rich hardwood floors to 16’ barn doors. A brick and stone fireplace complement the state-of-the-art 21st century amenities that can be found throughout the home, and upstairs boasts 4 balconies that offer an even grander view of Long Island Sound, and the distant melody of waves lapping against the shore. 

Click here to learn more about incredible waterfront estate in Fairfield County, CT.

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CONNECTICUT MUST DO: ARTWALK IN STAMFORD DOWNTOWN

The streets of Stamford, CT will be crawling will creativity the weekend of June 27th and 28th for the annual ArtWalk in Stamford Downtown. Over 100 artists will converge and use public spaces such as Kiwanis Park between Atlantic and Summer Streets as a medium to display their interactive artwork, and create a cohesive outdoor art venue. The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is behind the 2nd annual event that will reflect a diverse selection of mediums, styles and trends in the contemporary art world. All weekend long attendees can enjoy live music in every genre ranging from blues, jazz, American Songbook, to rock Latin and pop.

Festivities kick off with an opening night celebration at The Palace Theater on Friday evening for a chance to mingle with participating artists, and enjoy live music performances by David Kaye and Emil Haas. Following the reception, Downtown galleries, stores, and restaurants will open their doors for a free art stroll where all of the art will be available for purchase. Among participating galleries are R Hollander Master Goldsmith, and the acclaimed Luis Alvarez Gallery.  Experience and appreciate all forms of artwork with events including:

1. A morning run hosted by Fleet Feet of Stamford on Saturday, followed by Zumba and yoga in Latham Park.  

2. Lorca (known as Stamford’s Best Coffee shop) will host an interactive seminar on the science, craft and culture of coffee.

3. Just for Kids – “KidsDrawFree” in Kiwanis Park on Saturday at 11 AM

4. Painting Class – Fun with Acrylics Conducted by Pinot’s Palette of Stamford. Click here for more details. 

3. Poetry reading of works by Diana Orbanowski – Saturday, 2 PM.

4. Featured Artist - Holly Danger will use Video as her art medium, and hopes to inspire a spontaneous street party through a”moving mural of collaged video” 

5. Bench Talks – Meet the artists behind the 21st Annual Street Seats exhibit that displays the 40 wooden benches that have dwhere 40 wooden benches throughout Stamford are decked in art designed by 33 local artists and puts them on display throughout Stamford’s downtown. 

It is guaranteed to be the premier neighborhood event of the summer, and Barbara Occhino, ARTWALK’s music curator expects it to be “a memorable experience for the families and visitors attending the popular event.”

See you on the streets of Stamford!

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: 50 FLOORS ABOVE BROOKLYN

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? If fairest is measured by height than 388 Bridge Luxury is indeed the fairest luxury condominium building of them all.  Standing proud in Downtown Brooklyn is a new era of high-rise living with 144 residences that reach the 56th floor as the tallest condominium building in Brooklyn. The 49th and 50th floor hosts this Penthouse home that spans more than 1,600 square feet of space just 6 floors  below the building’s highest point. Once you can manage to peel your eyes away from the movie-like vies of the beautiful New York City skyline you’ll be met with ceilings that are 11 feet high and floor-to-ceiling windows that surround a state-of-the-art kitchen with shiny, designer appliances. 

Three-bedrooms and three-bathrooms to match were carefully designed with white quartz walls, and Lagos Azul limestone floors in addition to a thermostatic shower that’s deeper than any walk-in closet we’ve ever seen. 

To learn more about the amazing amenities that come with living at 388 Bridge St. and to see more eye candy on this home, click here

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SUNRISES AND SUNSETS 

Fortunately for you, the sun rises in the East and sets in the west, which is perfect for the dual terrace set-up at this rambling Penthouse with a prime location in the Theater District.  Just recently a poll was released that shows more, and more people are saying yes to all of the lights and are succumbing to the lure of living in the heart of Times Square.  Now you can experience firsthand what it’s like to live in a deluxe apartment in the sky at this condominium home with an incredibly inviting 46 foot long living space and not one, but two of your own private terraces. Whether it’s a peaceful, awakening sunrise to start your day or a tranquil, and serene sunset to unwind – both can be enjoyed to the fullest potential from the terraces that come with this 2 bedroom, 4 and a half bathroom home that is complete with a cavernous-sized master suite. 

Views to the ends of the earth can be seen from any vantage point throughout the entire Penthouse, and to top it off this is in one of New York City’s premier full-service buildings with an almost 4-star hotel scroll of amenities from round-the-clock concierge to a full-time doorman.

Click here to learn more about this Penthouse.

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Neighborhood Spotlight- Carroll Gardens

Brought to you by Halstead Property expert agents Kris Sylvester and Beth Kugel with the Top 10 Things to See and Do in Carroll Gardens:

1. The Green Building – 4,000 square feet of space has been completely transformed into one of Brooklyn’s premier multi-use venues, and features original brick walls, soaring exposed beam ceilings and stunning chandeliers throughout.

2. Smith StreetThis renowned street is celebrated for maintaining a balance of old and new to offer 3 blocks worth of the best shopping and dining in New York City. Local favorites include By Brooklyn, Battersby and The Grocery.

3. Funday Sunday FestAn eight-block-long extravaganza that runs from Bergen to Union Streets along restaurant row to unite Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill for a day where thousands come out to experience live music, great food and one of a kind shopping. 

4. Court Street – From the fresh and bold flavors found at Bergen Hill to the comfort inspired plates at Buttermilk Channel, dining along Court Street is essentially unrivaled.

5. Royal Palms Shuffle Board Courts – Over 10 world-class shuffleboard courts await your friendly competition.

6. Dinosaur BBQ – Good Morning America deemed this Brooklyn hotspot the number one BBQ in the country, and it is no surprise why their homemade fare is nationally acclaimed.

7. Kayak around Carroll Gardens Columbia Street Waterfront District.

8. Carroll Gardens Farmers Market– Purveyors of all things fresh and delicious gather across the street from Carroll Park every spring and summer for pure, artisan bliss.

9. Four and Twenty BlackbirdsThe best handmade pies that are savory and sweet, and bursting with flavor from local fruit and market vegetables.

10. Carroll ParkBrooklyn’s third-oldest park that spans between Smith, Court, Carroll and President Streets.

You can visit Beth’s agent website or connect over email, and contact Kris over email and on his agent website to learn more.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Rooftop Relaxing on Riverside Drive

This slice of historic heaven along Riverside Drive on the Upper Westside in Manhattan claims some of the most impressive views of the New York City skyline that you will ever find. That includes the view from the rooftop terrace pictured above that’s perched atop a spacious penthouse apartment. 

It is located in one of the area’s most esteemed and historic prewar buildings with just 9 other units in this self-managed co-operative. Your serene escape comes with views to the north and the east from the Master-bedroom that overlooks iconic structures like the George Washington Bridge, and the Hudson River. 

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Resting Place in Rowayton

Get lost in the salty air from a sea breeze and wash all your worries away at this beautiful waterfront home in Rowayton, CT. Lucky for you  the sun rises to the east and sets to the west so you are facing the ideal direction with tranquil western views of the Long Island Sound and Five Mile River. Your summer sanctuary comes with almost 4,000 square feet of living space and boasts 2 intimate wood-burning fireplaces and 4 bedrooms to comfortably fit you and your guests. Plus access to Rowayton Beach Association’s two private beaches and private boathouse is at your leisurely disposal. 

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