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BROOKLYN GOES GREEN

The Barclays Center has already made news as the home of the first professional sports team in Brooklyn since 1957 with the playoff bound Nets,  in addition to hosting record setting performances like Jay-Z’s 8 night stint of completely sold out shows when the venue first opened. Now, Forest City and Shop Architects are resurrecting an eco-friendly vision that will make the Barclays Center stand out even more when compared to arenas across the globe. 

Preliminary plans to cover the arena’s dome with greenery were abandoned, however Forest City Ratner just announced it plans to revisit that idea by covering an expansive part of the giant roof with an abundance of vegetation. Over 130,000 square feet of space will yield small plants and a “soil like cover” as part of a strategic plan to serve dual purposes. Of the many benefits that come with harvesting a massive “green” roof is the propensity for noise reduction, i.e. something the entire neighborhood has explicitly stated they will welcome with open arms. Congruent with a quieter neighborhood is property value, wherein the value of surrounding brownstones in Prospect Heights will only be enhanced provided by the beautiful view of a luscious oversized rooftop garden. 

Further details remind us that we haven’t seen the half of what Atlantic Yards is slated to become. Construction will continue to build 15 towers that boast a total of 6,400 apartments to the area, and a “sprawling white roof with an expanse of greenery” will make the new development much easier on the eyes, and potentially the

“largest and most impressive green roofs in the city and perhaps the country.” 

(Image Courtesy: Shop Architects

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Who Will Benefit Most From The Completion of the Second Avenue Subway Line?

By: Andrew FineLicensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Village Office. 

(Excerpts Taken from A Fine Blog by Andrew Fine) 

As the blasting on NYC’s Second Avenue Subway has subsided, the buzz is just starting to begin! The cavernous stations have been blasted, the tunnels dug, and residents of the area are relieved that the shaking has ceased. Yes, the sideshow continues on 2nd Avenue with the traffic disruption, platform streets, mini-sidewalks, cement trucks a plenty, and trailers stacked high. But, there is something other than dust and truck exhaust that people are smelling, and that is opportunity!

The Second Avenue Subway, by the MTA’s (ever moving) target is just 33 months away! Sure, that target is likely to move, but with the area relentlessly beaten over the past several years, there is light at the end of the, err, tunnel. Savvy New Yorkers, priced out of much of Manhattan, are finding pay dirt in the much-maligned but ultimately livable Upper East Side. I have been preaching it for the last couple of years, but the pain vs. gain equation has proven too much for many until recently. But now, with articles springing up in places like 
The New York Times, Crain’s, in the past few weeks, the trend seems to be set.

To aid my clients and friends (yeah, you too), I have devised a graphic that depicts which areas should benefit the most from the new Second Avenue Subway line. Each circle represents areas that are currently, or will be within the equivalent of a two avenue block walk from a train station. The green circles are for current 4, 5, and/or 6 train stations, and the blue circles represent the future Q train stops. You will notice that there are twice as many Q train circles, as the station entrances are staggered. For instance, the 72nd Street stop has entrances at 72nd, as well as 69th Street. The graphic is far from perfect, so use at your own discretion, and double check my info.

A Fine Double Bonus Zone!

As I developed the map, first by hand, and then by bribing an imperfect co-worker, one observation stood out to me. Yes, there is no doubt that much of the far East portion of the UES should benefit, but what about those areas where these coverage circles overlap (shaded red on the map)? If you lived on 85th and Third Avenue for instance, you will have something that the East Side hasn’t seen for generations- choice! How nice will it be to choose between the East Side line, and a line that circles through Midtown, Downtown, and into Brooklyn based on where you want to go, and vice-versa? Not to mention the choice when one of these venerable lines of transportation goes down! A Fine Double Bonus Zone, is what I’ll call it! Perhaps, in the future, a premium will be had not for living “West of Lex”, but “West of Second”, or perhaps “between the lines.” Well, that is the future, but if you are shopping with the benefit of the Second Avenue Subway in mind, it is something you should be considering now. 

Image Courtesy: A Fine Blog

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Content of this AFineBlog Post Excerpt are those of Andrew Fine and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

WHAT’S UP(TOWN) – Mount Morris Park

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green

Welcome to the latest What’s Uptown blog post about neighborhood happenings this week. 

This week’s architectural spotlight is on Mount Morris Park, a landmark section of Central Harlem with an unusually rich history, even by historic standards. It’s a history of contrast: Boss Tweed’s cronies and critics resided there, and long-term neglect was followed by infusion of (embezzled) cash and landfills that produced incredible beauty.

Designated in 1971, it was one of the first landmarked districts by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. According to the NYC Department of Planning, the proper boundaries are from West 118th Street to West 124th Street between Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd). Included in this area is West 122nd street, also known as Doctor’s Row.  (The father of Richard Rogers, of Rogers and Hammerstein fame, was one notable doctor.)  In 1839, it was given the name Mount Morris Square, and it served as a lookout point for Native Americans as well as nature retreat for early New Yorker’s through the 1870’s. The plans for what was then Mount Morris Square were completed in 1840, but the plans for landscaping languished until 1869.

The landscaping was directed by civil servant Ignatz A. Pilat, who also worked with Frederick Law Olmsted during the creation of Central Park.  City Hall’s role in the development of this particular part of the city wasn’t just routine—this area became home—and cash cow—to “Boss” Tweed’s cronies. The elegant rows of neo Grec, Romanesque Revival, and of course Queen Anne homes, owe more than a little to the tens of millions of dollars “appropriated” by Tammany Hallers, who transformed Mount Morris swampland into Fifth Avenue quality homes.

Fast forward to the 1970’s, when the area earned landmark status in 1971, the year after Richard Rogers donated the amphitheater to his old neighborhood. (He first lived at 3 West 120th before his father practiced on West 122nd.) 1973 saw the name of the park changed to Marcus Garvey Park,in honor of the the well known Pan African leader. The same year, the Park was placed on the Nation Register of Historic Places.

What: Coffee Grinder at Lenox Coffeea monthly Thursday night event for the LGBT community of Central Harlem.  Features Live DJ. Free

When: April 10th 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Where: Lenox Coffee, 60 West 129th Street, Harlem, NY 

What: Trial attorney and NBC news analyst, Lisa Bloom discusses her new book Suspicion Nation”.

When: April 11th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Pick of the Week:

What: The Cathedral in Context: Spotlight on Morningside Heights” This two hour event is an illustrated walking tour of the neighborhood and its historic architecture and institutions. The tour begins at Saint John’s Cathedral and ends at Riverside Church.

When:  April 12th, 10:00 AM - 12 PM 

Where: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

What: “Easter Eggstravaganza” The Church’s annual Easter egg workshop, recommended for children ages 4 and up.  The organizers ask that you bring two hard-boiled eggs per child and that you make reservations for this event by contacting them at 212-932-7314. Cost is $8.00 per child.

When: April 12th, 10:00 AM - 12 PM

Where: Visitor Center, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

What: “Choral Evensong” The Cathedral Choir performs traditional Anglican communion prayers.

When: April 13th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

What: ”Talks at the Schomburg: Motown + FashionMichael Dinwiddie, president of the Black Theater Network and associate professor at Gallatin School (NYU) will moderate a discussion, featuring designer Emilio Sosa, and fashionista Michaela Angela Davis on the impact of Motown on fashion trends : This is a free event but please click here to register in advance. 

When: April 17th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Where: Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New YorkNY 10030

What:In Her Skin: Celebrating Women: You are The Perfect Woman.”  Eight female artists share what it’s like to be in her skin and present the beauty, talent, flawlessness and lovely imperfections of women. Exhibiting Artists include: Amy Theard, Beatrice Lebreton, Brittani Sensabough, Capucine Bourcart, Kennedy Yanko, Makeba Rainey, Margaret Rose Vendryes, and Marthalicia Matarrita.  RSVP here

When: Through May 18th

Where:  La Maison d’Art Gallery 259 West 132nd  Street. 

Connect with us on Adrian’s agent website and on Shebrelle’s agent website to learn more about the neighborhood, and for all of your real estate needs.

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Thoughts of What’s Up (Town) are those of Adrian Thompkins and Shebrelle Hunter-Greene and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

DRY DAY IN PARIS THANKS TO HALSTEAD PROPERTY

Always nice to share how the Halstead Umbrellas we gift to our clients are being put to good use! We received this photo via twitter to @Halstead today from NYC based Director/Producer Ann Marie Duross who is travelling through Paris today and luckily we kept her dry in her travels!

Have fun, Ann Marie, enjoy your time in La Ville-Lumière!

ASK AMY - April 3rd, 2014

Dear Amy,

I’m in the market for a newish one-bedroom condo in Manhattan, but I don’t want to pay extra common charges every month for amenities that I don’t want. I’d like a doorman, but I’m not interested in a pool, gym or other fancy stuff. What are my options?

- Buy Curious

Amy Herman: The average price for a one-bedroom condo in Manhattan is $922,000, but doorman condos can range from $650,000 to $1.4 million, depending on location and age. Midtown East and Midtown West will be cheaper than the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and certain downtown areas (such as the Flatiron District, Chelsea, Noho, Gramercy Park and the Village). North of 96th Street used to be a more reasonable option, but these days, some Harlem units are selling for around $900 to $1,100 a square foot, making them comparable to Midtown options. Newer condos will almost always be more expensive than older ones except with a prime location off Central Park or a place with spectacular views. But before we get into finding a no-frills condo, consider this:

It’s true that amenity-rich full-service buildings often have higher fees (which go to the upkeep of said amenities), but they don’t necessarily translate to higher purchase prices. For example, many of the buildings built in the 1980’s have state-of-the-art health clubs with pools, yoga rooms and saunas, but the average price per square foot is less than the brand-new boutique condos that have only a doorman and a small gym. In many buildings, fitness center fees are actually separate from monthly common charges and an option for residents who want to use the facilities. 

Often buyers think they’ll never use the on-site Pilates studio or the 50-foot lap pool—until they see them. That could happen to you, too. Even if you don’t use the gym or pool, these types of offerings are attractive to many buyers and could prove a positive when it comes time to sell your home.

Bottom line: it’s a better strategy to view everything in your budget and see which place feels the most like home. That said, if you’re still set on a building sans extras, you might want to focus your search on buildings constructed in the 1940’s through 1960’s. Many of these older structures have had doormen for years, but few of them have taken the time to add other amenities like gyms. Smaller buildings could also work, since the annual cost of high-end amenities is so much steeper when split between fewer homeowners. Many newer condo buildings with fewer than 50 units don’t leave extra space for an amenity floor, while places with 20 units or less are often so bare bones that they have a virtual or part-time doorman.

If you’re set on a no-frills building:

Upper East Side one-bedroom/one-bathroom condo, $799,000: Recently renovated, this pet-friendly one-bedroom at 300 East 62nd Street at Second Avenue has a wall of closets, a wall of windows and a balcony with wood floors. The doorman building has a bike room, a laundry room and a live-in super. Monthly common charges are $689, while taxes are $668.

Want amenities after all?

Upper West Side one-bedroom/one-bathroom condo, $1.195 million: This Trump Place one-bedroom at 220 Riverside Boulevard between West 70th and West 71st streets has an open kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble bathroom and a brand-new washer/dryer. Building amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, a health club with an indoor pool, a children’s playroom, a billiards room and an attached garage. Monthlies are relatively low—common charges are $753 and taxes are $534—but a 421a tax abatement expires this year, so even if you act fast, you won’t be able to enjoy the low taxes for very long.

Upper East Side one-bedroom/one-bathroom condo, $875,000: Recently redone, this 35th-floor one-bedroom at 301 East 79th Street between First and Second avenues offers a stainless steel kitchen with granite countertops, a spacious foyer, hardwood floors, crown and baseboard moldings, deep closets, built-in shelves and central heat and air. Building amenities include a doorman, a concierge, a landscaped roof deck, a fitness center and storage. Monthlies are on the low side—you’ll pay $518 for common charges and $599 for taxes.

Excerpts taken from a recent Brick U Column titled “Buy Curious”

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Amy Herman is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson from Halstead Property’s Park Avenue Office.

Connect with her on her agent website or find her on twitter to ask her a question of your own.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: WAITIN’ ON A SUNNY DAY

In the words of The Boss, we’d love nothing more than to chase the clouds away and wait on a sunny day while laying on this rooftop. If you listen close enough you can hear a collective sigh of relief as residents of the Northeast rejoice that spring is finally here. Sunny and 75 isn’t just a lyric, it describes the perfect conditions for Al Fresco dinners that this well designed terrace is begging to host. Fully equipped with provisions for a full outdoor bar, and a gas hook-up in addition to cable TV under a covered roof area provide peace of mind that even when the sun dips behind the clouds, you’ll still be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of your Upper West Side Penthouse abode. 

Enjoy 3 full floors with your very own private elevator inside, and the chance to brag about a sun-soaked living room with 25’ high ceilings and a total of 4 panel skylights. Sunny and 75, indeed. 

A deeded storage unit, washer and dryer, media room, and enough closet space to justify an endless number of shopping sprees completes this full package. 

Click here to learn more details and see for yourself why it is a rare gem.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: DIAMOND IN THE SKY

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video tour of the dazzling New York City skyline from the 61st Floor home you see here must be worth a million dollars. New York’s iconic cityscape is one of those things like a beautiful sultry sunset, or snow covered mountain tops that you never get tired of looking at. 

There are very few vantage points where you can stand and look to the left, right, up and/or down that offer the same caliber of eye candy as this sought after Penthouse apartment. Located in the heart of Manhattan this home presents you with calming water views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge to the North; and an effortless glance to your East presents you with a view like you’ve never seen before as you peer down over the bright lights of Times Square and take in the flickering lights of both the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. This palatial apartment in the sky comes with two well-appointed bedrooms, and a state of the art kitchen that shines brighter than the lights outside your window with designer appliances and dreamy granite covered counter tops.

Below your penthouse unit are 3 entire floors of amenities that residents at The Orion have become accustomed to including valet, concierge, dry cleaning, and 8,200 square feet of gym space are all at your beck and call. When it’s time to unwind you can choose from multiple spa rooms, a pool, or a handful of sundecks to close your eyes and bask in the sights and sounds of Midtown West

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FROM THE DESK OF OUR CHIEF ECONOMIST

By Greg Heym, EVP and Chief Economist at Halstead Property

1st Quarter 2014 Manhattan Market Report Update

Luxury new development closings helped push the average Manhattan apartment price to a new record in the first quarter. At just over $1.7 million, this figure was 7% higher than the previous quarter, and 30% higher than a year ago. It’s important to remember that the first quarter of 2013 was a relatively weak quarter, due to the rush of high-end tax-related closings at the end of 2012.

The median price of $935,000 in the first quarter was also 7% higher than the previous quarter, and 18% higher than a year ago. Despite lower inventory, there were 25% more closings reported in the first quarter than a year ago.

The condominium average price of $2,368,077 in the first quarter was clearly elevated by a large number of closings at luxury new developments. These included Walker Tower, 737 Park Avenue, One Madison, 135 East 79th Street and One57. The average price for new development condominiums was $3,182,185, a figure that is 11% higher than the prior record, set during the fourth quarter of 2013. Cooperative prices were also strong in the first quarter, averaging $1,219,269. This was 6% above the prior quarter, and 23% more than during the first quarter of 2013.

Over the past 6 months we’ve seen a sharp increase in the average apartment price in Manhattan, due in large part to an uptick in high-end new development closings. This included 2 sales over $40 million in the first quarter, after having just 1 sale over $40 million for all of 2013. This trend should continue in the coming months as closings continue at these buildings and start in several more.

We shouldn’t overlook the strength of the resale market however, where the average price of $1,467,714 was 19% higher than a year ago. The low levels of inventory over the past few years combined with strong demand are finally beginning to translate into sharper price increases.

The full version of the 1st Quarter Manhattan Market Report can be found by clicking here. For the next Behind the Numbers Webshow, please check back on Halstead ProperTV in coming days for its release.

WHICH HALSTEAD EXCLUSIVE IS THE REAL DEAL’S PRICIEST HOME OF THE WEEK?

Rosemarie Deane’s 555 Park Avenue 1E of course. This beautiful Park Avenue triple mint duplex was renovated in magnificent European style and feels like a townhouse. The best features of the home is the Parquet de Versailles floors laid throughout and the original First Empire fireplaces imported from Italy. We also cannot forget to mention the three spacious reception rooms that offer 60 feet of palatial entertaining space, separated by columns. A gorgeous home for the most discerning buyer.

See the Real Deal Article Here.

See more about the listing here.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Cavernous Condo in Chelsea 

More often than not Manhattanites possess an unspoken understanding of forgone outdoor amenities, however Your Eye Candy of the Day featured home proves that is nothing but a myth. If you find yourself longing for summer nights spent grilling under the stars with the New York City skyline behind your back, then look no further as the sizeable property you see pictured above is fit to host unforgettable summer soiree’s on 675 square feet of private, outdoor space. Top of the line, state-of-the-art stainless steel outdoor grill, included. It’s the perfect remedy for when you’re stuck at the office a little too long on a summer evening and decide to postpone driving to the Hamptons until the weekend. A master suite is complimented by 2 additional large bedrooms on the second level, and the beautiful hardwood floors are found throughout the entire 1,825 square foot home. 

You can find the best of townhouse living inside one of Manhattan’s most sought after full-service condominium buildings, in the even more sought after neighborhood of Chelsea. Coveted outdoor space in a coveted downtown neighborhood sounds like the perfect summer in the city to us. 

Click here to learn more about this condominium home, and to discover all of the possibilities that living in Chelsea has to offer. 

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OPEN HOUSE ETIQUETTE 101

By:  Victoria Vinokur, Licensed Real Estate Broker – Halstead Property Park Avenue Office.

For most New Yorkers the beginning of spring is signaled by the first allergy sneeze, singing birds, longer days and blossoms on the trees. For anyone in the real estate business in Manhattan, the first sign of the season is an increasingly hot market with open houses that draw over forty people to an hour and a half event.

Open House visitation is somewhat of a ritual and as with any ritual, there are unspoken rules to follow. If you’re going to an open house any time soon, here are some simple rules based on my own observations:

Sign in legibly. The seller’s agent needs to follow up on the visit. It’s not an autograph they want—it’s a readable name.

If you are asked to take your shoes off, do.

Need to use the bathroom? Ask but don’t assume.

No iPhone FaceTime while you’re looking. Aunt Ida in Iowa doesn’t need to see what you’re up to.

No photographs, no videos; you’re there just to look .If you must use your cell, speak softly.

 - If you don’t like what you see, or even if you do, keep it to yourself.

If you forget the rules, just remember this slight variation on the golden rule:

“Act the way you’d want someone else to act when visiting your home.”

You can reach out and connect with me over email, or find me on Twitter and visit my agent website to learn more.

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Thoughts of Victoria Vinokur do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC 

The Queensway - “The Next Highline”

The Highline is the crown jewel of Chelsea and possibly even Manhattan, and now Queens is closer to getting it’s very own version of everyone’s favorite elevated park. Rumors have been circling for quite some time now that plans to emulate a 3.5 mile, 47 acre stretch  of abandoned train tracks in Queens into The Queensway were brewing. It will become the 2nd of its kind as NYC has pioneered the way for elevated public spaces as pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Runners, joggers, revelers, and everyone in between will be connected by an abandoned section of the Rockaway Rail Line along the Long Island Railroad  that will connect Queens from Rego Park, to Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park.

"The project will provide a new public green space, celebrating the cultural diversity of Queens with art, sculpture, and food from around the world” – Friends of the Queensway

Friends of the Queensway (akin to Friends of the Highline) along with the Trust for Public Land just released 2 design renderings as a preview of what the transformation might behold. With input from the public during community workshops that will be held on March 24th and March 26th, these 2 designs represent the future of Queens’ newest park. The renderings come at a perfect time as New Yorker’s welcome warm air and sunnier skies with open arms after a long and arduous winter, and Astoria is the newest “it” member on NYC’s foodie and shopping scene joining the ranks of Williamsburg, and Harlem. 

Stay tuned for more officials details from continued coverage on the Halstead Blog, and visit The Queensway on Facebook to learn how you can be a part of upcoming community workshops, and provide input to the future designs of New York City’s next elevated park. 

(Image Courtesy: The Queensway)

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10 REASONS I LOVE WHERE I LIVE - PROSPECT HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN 

By Christopher Kromer, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker from our Village Office & co-host of Beat the House on HGTV

I had called Manhattan home for 17 years, and never really gave a thought to moving to Brooklyn. A 6-month stretch in Williamsburg was fun, but I eventually found my way back across the river. Until about 2 1/2 years ago, when I fell in love with a woman. Stephanie lived in Prospect Heights, and as our relationship blossomed I found myself spending more and more time exploring her neighborhood. Of course, experiencing any neighborhood through the rose-tinted glasses of new love is fun, but as time passed, I moved in, we got married, had a baby, and here I am - a full-time Manhattan transplant that’s settled in and can’t imagine ever leaving Brooklyn.

As a result, I thought I would share my thoughts on my new home. Here are my top 10 reasons you should choose Prospect Heights, Brooklyn as your next destination:

1. Central location that is amazingly close to world-class facilities BAM, the Barclays Center (for concerts and sporting events), the new Shakespeare Center, Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect Park, and Fort Greene Park.

2. Fifteen minute bike ride down Bergen St to the newly developed piers and the ferry to Governors Island.

3. Nine subway lines at the Atlantic Terminal, plus the LIRR, so I can easily get to wherever I need to go.

4. Proximity to Park Slope, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill, and Historic Fulton Street.

5. Near Even More Amazing Brooklyn Attractions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Gardens, newly renovated Lakeside Park, and Brooklyn Public Library.

6. Best homemade ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery, along with the other great restaurants along Vanderbilt Avenue (‘Restaurant Row’). Although my favorite restaurant is James.

7. The Best Old Fashioned’s at my favorite bar, Weather Up - (its called the Revolver). 

8. The Farmer’s Market on Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza.

9. The Best Coffee Shop and my favorite cup in NYC, Hungry Ghost.

10. Strolling down the beautiful brownstone streets. 

Feel free to connect with Christopher on Twitter or his agent website

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Best of the Battery

In the days before we are fully entrenched in the dog days of summer, The New York Times came out with an article to remind us just how coveted outdoor space truly is, proving that it pays to have a slice of priceless outdoor square footage in New York City. Downtown luxury condominiums, including the palatial Battery Park condo home pictured above, garner more dollar per square foot than equally as luxe listings without a terrace. Which further implies the many advantages to owning a home with a private terrace that encompasses 300 square feet of outdoor space in arguably the most exclusive full-service building throughout all of Manhattan. 

You’ll find this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner unit home perched high on the 15th floor ideally situated to offer peace and quiet, and unbeatable views of the Hudson River. The list of amenities you’ll find here are never ending as you have the best of TriBeCaBattery Park City and the rest of Lower Manhattan at your fingertips. 

Click here to discover more details about this home and the award-winning Green building it is in. 

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SPRING AWAKENING

What else says “Spring” like a bright and beautiful blossoming garden like the one you see here? Nothing symbolizes a fresh start to a new season like the sight of flowers blooming right outside of your windows in your very own private garden and terrace. We couldn’t think of better property to mark the first official weekend of spring than this expansive triplex home located in a thriving section of Upper Manhattan.

Over 2,000 square feet of tranquility abounds inside the 4 bedroom condominium where inside and outside elements flow seamlessly into one another for maximum zen. You’ll attain further peace of mind thanks to a spacious loft-like living room with ceilings so high they appear never-ending. If that isn’t enchanting enough, the fireplace maintains a consistent earthy aesthetic as it opens to reveal a 600 square foot garden that’s visible from almost all 3 floors. The urban oasis also boasts a glass staircase to add a touch of minimalist design. 

Click here to discover more details.

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