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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SLEEK ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE

Make yourself at home in this ultra modern main living space in an impeccably renovated duplex condominium. A mirrored wall and floor-to-ceiling windows gives the open-layout home a spacious feel and ample natural light. A sleek and sophisticated design aesthetic continues into the kitchen with its stainless steel appliances and countertops. The one-bedroom condo also comes with dark hardwood floors throughout and a powder room on the first floor. A wide staircase leads to the bedroom, which looks out to the below living room. Perfect as a pied-a-terre or full-time residence, this stylish duplex is conveniently located across the street from the Carlyle Hotel and two avenues away from Central Park. As an added plus, the building has a planted garden and roof terrace best for taking in views of the Upper East Side and beyond.

Click here to discover more about this to-die-for duplex condo.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MIDTOWN ELEGANCE 

This smartly designed dining room is perfect for hosting intimate gatherings at this Midtown West condominium. A sleek, built-in fireplace and an architectural light fixture balance a whimsical patchwork of Broadway posters. But, the real showstopper is the large balcony off of the living room complete with a sofa and enough space for outdoor dining. This 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is fitted with top-of-line appliances by Viking, Miele and Sub-Zero, and features solid oak floors throughout. The second bedroom-turned office also has balcony access. The building, itself, also includes luxe amenities such as a 24-hour doorman, fitness rooms, a rooftop garden and a concierge. It’s only fitting that life at Windsor Park resembles the white glove services at the city’s top hotels. The 1928 building was originally the Windsor Helmsley Hotel as designed by Rosario Candela, and converted into condominiums in 2005 as masterminded by architects Gwathmey & Siegel.

Click here to discover more about this Pre-War-meets-modern Midtown home.

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Tennis Anyone?

Your Guide to the Best Free (Or Low Cost) Outdoor Tennis Courts in New York

By Duncan Ashley Lonsdale, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - West Side Office

Today’s beginning of the US Open may signal the end of the “Grand Slam” season for professional tennis, but there are still a few more good months weather-wise for the rest of us to pick up a racquet on the many free (or close to free) outdoor courts in Manhattan and elsewhere in the city.

Brian Watkins Tennis Center

East River Park at Houston St. under the Williamsburg Bridge (walk east over FDR Drive)

# of Courts/surface: 12 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 529-7185

Comments: Free with a permit from Paragon Sports (867 Broadway between 17th and 18th Sts; 800-961-3030, paragonsports.com Applications can also be found at nycgovparks.org; a seasonal permit is $100; a day pass $7. Tranquil setting adjacent to the East River.

Central Park Tennis Center

93rd St. near West Drive

# of Courts/surface: 4 (Hard) & 26 (Fast Dry)

Contact: 212-316-0800 centralparktenniscenter.com

Hours:Daily 6:30am–8pm; free with permit. Reservations suggested. Permits available at nycgovparks.org season permit (good through late November) $200; single-play permit $15.

Comments: Because these are the most well known and offer the most amenities (bathrooms, lockers, showers, a snack bar, and pro shop), they are also the most difficult to secure at peak times. Lessons Offered.

Fort Washington Park

Located by the Hudson River at 170th St.

# of Courts/surface: 10 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 304-2322

Comments: These courts may be Manhattan’s best-kept secret until they aren’t. They are relatively difficult to access, even for those who live in the neighborhood. Perhaps the most efficient way to access these courts is along the west side path – by bike (about 20-25 minutes each way from the upper west side). It’s a beautiful setting under the GWB and near the beloved Little Red Lighthouse.

Frederick Johnson Playground

Located at 151st St., east of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

# of Courts/surface: 4 Hard Courts & 4 Rubberized Courts

Contact: (212) 234-9609

Hours:7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and until 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Comments: Affectionately known as “The Jungle” where Althea Gibson trained in her youth. Players must have either a permit or a single-play pass. “Easier to get court time here than many of the other outdoor courts in the city.” Lessons Offered.

Inwood Hill Park

Located at 207th St. and Seaman Ave.

# of Courts/surface: 9 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 304-2381

Riverside Park

Riverside Drive and W. 96th St. (West of the highway and adjacent to the river)

# of Courts/surface: 10 Clay Courts

Contact: (212) 978-0277 rcta.info

Hours:Daily 7am–8pm April to November. Free with permit.

Comments: Very popular! Be prepared to wait (as long as 2 hours on weekends), but beautiful setting along the river. Avoid the lines by playing on weekday afternoons. Lessons Offered.

Sportime

Located at Randall’s Island Park 

# of Courts/surface:: 20 Hard (Indoor) Courts

Contact: (212) 427-6150 www.sportimeny.com/Tennis

Comments: 5 indoor hard courts, 5 indoor/outdoor hard courts, and 10 indoor/outdoor clay courts. 10 of the 20 courts are available to permit holders during the outdoor permit season (May through the day before Columbus Day). Adult and junior instructional, competitive, and recreational tennis programs offered.

Washington Market Park

Greenwich St (between Chambers and Duane Sts)

# of Courts/surface: 1 Hard Court

Contact: chamberstreettennis.com

Hours:Daily 7am–midnight; free with permit.

Comments: Regulars typically arrive around 6:30am to get a good spot. Getting a spot is dicey since there is only one court. This single lighted court is open year-round.

Hudson River Park

Located at the river, between Canal and West Houston Street

# of Courts/surface: 3 Hard Courts

Contact: (212) 627-2020, hudsonriverpark.org

Hours:6 a.m. to midnight

Comments: Free! No permit required.1 hour limit if others are waiting. Beautifully situated along the Hudson and lights for evening play.

119th St. Tennis Association

Location is mid-promenade level of Riverside Park (above the path that runs by the river).

# of Courts/surface: 10 Hard Courts

Contact: www.119ta.net

Hours:8:00 a.m. until sundown

Comments: Annual membership dues: $40 per year. NYC Parks and Recreation Tennis Permits are required from Saturday, April 5 through Sunday, November 23, 2014. See the NYC Parks and Recreation website for further information and to renew online. Permits are sold at the Arsenal at 61st Street and 5th Avenue: Adults $200, Seniors $20, Juniors $10; Single Play passes $15 per person.

William H. Seward Park

Located at Essex and Hester Sts. in the lower east side.

# of Courts/surface: 3 hard courts

Comments: Not much information about these courts on the internet. Perhaps a well-kept secret?

Octagon Park Tennis Courts

Located on Roosevelt Island. Located at north end of Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

# of Courts/surface: 6 Plexicushion courts

Contact: (212) 832-4563, rioc.com.

Hours:6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Comments: Prime-time hours are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There are usually plenty of open courts on weekend afternoons. The rubberized surface plays fast, but the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is studying how to slow things down. The middle courts offer the best lighting at night. Bring water, as there’s no water fountain. A Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation permit is needed to get onto the courts.

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For additional tennis information in all five boroughs, visit the NYC Gov Parks Website.

To find a home with the fits all your niched demands and needs, contact Duncan today via email or his website.

BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON A PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS 

In the 7th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 7 “Pricing to Win –A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words” 

When selling your home the best strategy is to think like a buyer, Barak says. Practice by taking photos of a room followed by pointing out distractions and devising a list of needed changes. Share the photos with others (especially your broker) because they may spot distractions that you did not catch at first glance. If changes are too complicated, then your broker can access Halstead’s Virtual Staging marketing tool, in which the marketing team digitally remodels or furnishes a space. 

“We transform properties for our clients both physically and virtually every single day. Because our years of experience taught us that getting the highest price begins with great presentation.”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode 6 – “It’s Not Personal, It’s Business” 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.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PRETTY IN PARK SLOPE

Acquaint yourself with the perfect blend of contemporary and classic at this 2 bedroom condominium in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Designer touches can be found throughout starting in the kitchen built with a beautiful porcelain tile backsplash, and a stainless steel sink with a Nottingham faucet to hardwood floors and double-paned windows that offer a constant stream of natural light. Private outdoor space can be found just beyond the living area for even more sunlight, in addition to a private storage unit. Last but not least, the location cannot be beat with iconic landmarks such as Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum located just blocks away. 

Click here to learn more about this fine Brooklyn home.

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THIS SUMMER MAY BE ENDING, BUT FiDi IS SIZZLING!

By: Jenet Levy, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, SoHo Office. 

As a native New Yorker, I have seen many neighborhoods change, develop and transform in all sorts of ways over the years. I have to say, though, that the metamorphosis of the Financial District over the last 10 years has truly been formidable. 

After 9/11, the government was afraid New York City would become a ghost-town, particularly the area immediately surrounding the World Trade Center. They gave incentives to builders to produce residential developments. There was considerable inventory of obsolete office buildings in the Financial District. Builders took advantage of these tax abatements and renovated many of these structures, creating condos.  The new developments have modern, elegant finishes and are replete with a variety of upscale amenities. Many of these buildings opened in 2006 and 2007 and were well-received. The sponsors often sold most of the units pre-construction and before the buildings were finished. With each new wave of apartments released, the prices would escalate.

Then, in September of 2008, Lehman Brothers crashed and this progress came to a screeching halt. The buildings that sold well stayed afloat.  Some that were “late to the party” turned rental.  Prices plunged.  There was a standstill for some time, and then the uptrend returned. As our residential real estate market picked up, the Financial District saw the completion of the new World Trade Center and the notable Gehry building on Spruce Street, which became the tallest residential tower in NYC. A much-anticipate and well-rated school opened.  New parks were added. The new Fulton Center subway hub linking 11 subway lines in one location, and hosting retail, is being referred to as “a Downtown Grand Central” and is scheduled to open soon. More new condo, rental and hotel developments are breaking ground and starting construction. FiDi has truly become a destination of choice as a place to work, live, play, eat and shop. 

“Shop?” you say? 

Oh, yes – the retail renaissance will be discussed in my next post, so please come back and keep following my posts about FiDi’s finest!

Connect with me over email and visit my agent website to learn more, and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Jenet Levy and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

DO YOU KNOW THIS BUILDING? 

By: Deborah Zavon, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Park Avenue Office. 

Tortoise and the Hare at 1040 Park Avenue and 86th Street, Upper Eastside, Manhattan.

I have shared my enjoyment of the rats climbing the Graybar building, and here is other architectural fauna that I glance at whenever I pass, more appealing in theme, though not less frenetic.

Above the third floor windows at 1040 Park Avenue and 86th Street on Manhattan’s Upper Eastside, the tortoise and the hare have been chasing each other around the building’s façade for almost a century.

Design legends Delano & Aldrich are architects known for building upper-class town houses and clubs, were employed by developer Joseph L. B. Mayer in 1923 to design this residential building at a time when apartment development above 86th Street on Park avenue was just taking off. The architects gave it a chaste limestone base of three floors and they happily included some whimsy in the design with an amusing third-story frieze of tortoise-and-hare figures.

In 1991, former New York City Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern founded the American Association for the Advancement and Appreciation of Animals in Art & Architecture which conducts safaris to view the most beautiful local examples of animal sculpture in architecture, and have adopted the well-known frieze as their official logo.

There are many surprising architectural finds in the city that are intriguing and interesting to come across. Share your own “Do You Know This Building?” photo with me in the comments below, or over email.

Visit my agent website to learn more and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Deborah Zavon and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

TEN HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE WEST VILLAGE

with Brian Lewis, Licensed Associate R.E. Broker in our Westside Office 

My first place in Manhattan was on a sofa in someone’s apartment on Bank Street in the West Village. It was 1991, and I was on a straight-out-of-college budget. Eventually, I found a roommate and moved into an apartment on Horatio Street where my initial portion of rent was only $500 a month! The Horatio Street apartment was a true gem. It overlooked the High Line (where I would often hang out), which at the time was full of weeds prior to its current incarnation as a beautiful park. My last apartment in the West Village was on Charlton Street off of 6th Avenue. In 1998 I moved to the Upper West Side for more space, and have stayed ever since. However, my heart and soul remains in the West Village. Over the years I have done a lot of business in my old stomping ground, and I like to think that I sell with a little more love when my exclusives are located there. Here are my top 10 best kept secrets of the West Village:

1. The gardens at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields (487 Hudson St.) are my own secret getaway in the West Village. In fact, whenever I’m there I feel as though I’m back home in the South specifically in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The verdant, public gardens are home to a rare array of berries and American flora. Stop by the South Lawn in April to see the cherry trees in-bloom, or wander the pathways through lawns and gardens year-round.

2. Inside The Center (short for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th St.) is the fascinating Keith Haring Bathroom—a former men’s restroom whose walls are filled with a mural of black and white graffiti by the late artist. Haring completed “Once Upon a Time” in 1989 as part of an on-site art program.The mural was restored in 2012, and today the space is used as a conference room.

3. Hands down the best bar in the neighborhood is at an Italian restaurant called I Sodi(105 Christopher St.). As someone who judges a good Manhattan by the cherry, I Sodi’s Rye Manhattan is ridiculous. Aside from their cocktails, the restaurant makes an excellent cacio e pepe (cheese and black pepper) pasta dish.

4. Speaking of pasta, you’ll find classic dishes like spaghetti pomodoro and rigatoni Bolognese at an unlikely spot: a coffeehouse. Café Minerva (302 West 4th St.) has the vibe of an old-school luncheonette with its welcoming countertop service and bistro tables. Swing by in the morning for an espresso, or zone-in with your laptop and stay for lunch, dinner and a glass of wine.

5. HB Studio at 120 Bank St. is near and dear to my heart. I trained at the acting studio in my 20’s by the invitation of the late and great, Uta Hagen. For information on workshops and performances, go to HB Studio’s website.

6. I love the quirky barbed wire collection at West Village stalwart, Cowgirl(519 Hudson St.) The kitschy, Wild West restaurant was inspired by the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum in Hereford, Texas.

7.  The neighborhood has strong ties to the American Revolution and the early days of the Federal government. The Charlton-King-Vandam Historic Districtwas once the location of Richmond Hill—a colonial estate that George Washington used as his headquarters and later became the Vice President’s official home. The historic district boasts structures in the Federal, Queen Anne and Greek Revival styles within a four-block radius.

8. Whenever I’m at the White Horse Tavern (567 Hudson St.) I like to raise a pint to my fellow Welshman, Dylan Thomas, who was a regular (his portrait is also on display here). The famous tavern was a usual haunt for writers and sailors.

9. McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co.at 109 Christopher St. has been brewing blends since 1895. They often sell a coffee blend called the William & Mary, which contrary to my initial thought it was named after two people who worked there, not my alma mater. Don’t expect to leave with a piping hot cup of joe—McNaulty’s only sells bags of tea leaves and coffee beans.

10. Abingdon Square Parkat West 12th and Hudson Streets is reminiscent of the tiny, tranquil parks in Paris that I would frequent when I lived in there as an exchange student. 

To connect with Brian, visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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

HALSTEAD PRESIDENT JIM GRICAR DEBATES HOME AFFORDABILITY ON FOX BUSINESS NEWS 

Halstead Property President Jim Gricar recently sat down for a video segment with Fox Business to discuss a new report on home affordability. While numbers show that homes are becoming less affordable for families across the country, Halstead Property President Jim Gricar explains the context in which these numbers should be interpreted in is crucial. In New York City, for example, affordability is especially challenging due to unique variables such as shear infrastructure, and the acquisition of land which is a lengthy and time consuming process in Manhattan. In addition, Gricar touches on the fact that in New York City, developers are catering to a hyper-luxury product that is the average Manhattan buyer, which gives the impression that there is nothing affordable for family buyers, and in defense of New York City Mayor de Blasio’s new initiative, Gricar says that “adding housing units to our city is something that we desperately need, it’s a growing city.” He reminds us that the product of housing for middle income does exist in Manhattan, and Mayor De Blasio’s plan seeks a balance of middle income housing in Manhattan which is a priority that all in the real estate industry can agree on. 

Click here to watch the full video segment on Fox Business, and to learn more about Halstead Property President Jim Gricar, visit his webpage

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MODERN IN MIDHAMPTON

In the quaint Hamptons Village of Quogue is this five bedroom post modern home with beautifully landscaped grounds that feature an outdoor playground of epic proportions from the expansive deck, to an inground heated pool, hot tub, and outdoor shower. As you enter the spacious foyer you are greeted by a large great room with an impressive 18 ft. tall ceiling, fireplace and dining area adorned with glass sliders that leads onto a stunning deck as you perch over the backyard oasis pictured above.

This wonderful deck is also directly accessible through sliding doors in the first floor master bedroom complete with a fireplace and en-suite bath, while the home’s four additional bedrooms are located throughout both the first and second floors.

Click here to learn more about this fine Hamptons property.

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BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON IT’S NOT PERSONAL, IT’S BUSINESS

In the 6th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 6 “Pricing to Win – It’s Not Personal, It’s Business”

Barak discusses the importance of improving your home’s curb appeal as a means to attract potential buyers. No need to undergo a renovation, says Barak, but freshening up your space or rearranging furniture could make a dramatic difference. He insists that this is not a criticism of your taste and lifestyle.

“But, from years of experience and hundreds of homes sold, I’ve learned that in order to get the biggest bang for your buck it’s better to transform it from being your home to looking like the most marketable property.”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode 5 – “Selling is a Process, Not an Event” 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.

YOUR PROPERTV TOUR OF HARLEM 

Let Halstead Property’s Executive Directors of Sales Sandy Wilson along with Gus Perry guide you through the historic and cultural highlights of the Harlem section of Manhattan, a place seemingly fit for Mr. Rogers as Sandy professes it is “one of the only few neighborhoods in the city where people will graciously wish you a good morning, and a great day!” First we stop by Sylvan Terrace — a small street that is part of the Morris Jumel historic area and is currently featured in HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire.  Gus points out that it’s hard not to look up and notice the expansive wide open blue skies that can be seen from any vantage point in Harlem thanks to the areas unique architectural makeup of brownstone buildings that typically range no more than 4-5 stories high, versus the towering hi-rise structures that dot the skyline in Midtown Manhattan. Some impressive Pre-War structures in the area include The Grinnell and Graham Court with its notable arched Venetian entryway.  Aside from stunning architecture, the neighborhood has the most parks in Manhattan and boasts foodie-approved restaurants that represent a myriad of cultures, as evident in the annual Summer Sizzles Sidewalk Café Crawl along Lenox Avenue.

We hope you enjoyed the tour and invite you to visit our website to connect with Halstead Property’s Harlem Neighborhood Expert agents to learn more about this amazing section of New York City.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PENTHOUSE PERFECTION 

Experience luxury loft-living in Tribeca. Step inside this expansive living-dining space, which boasts oak floors and ample sunlight from an entire wall of windows. Have your pick from two seating areas. Lounge in front of the TV on the leather sectional or curl up with a book on the white loveseat. Aside from an impressive living-dining space, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse comes with a private rooftop garden complete with lounge chairs and outdoor sofas. To access the rooftop, climb a winding staircase in the art gallery-inspired entryway. Both bedrooms prove to be stylish sanctuaries—one with tree branches as accent pieces and the other with two-toned striped walls. Better yet, the loft is situated in a building with a 24-hour doorman on sought-after North Moore Street.

Click here to see more of this prime Tribeca penthouse. 

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LOUISE PHILLIPS FORBES FEATURED IN AVENUE MAGAZINE AS A TOP REAL ESTATE TEAM 

Only a select number of top agent teams were chosen for The Team Advantage spread in AVENUE magazine’s August 2014 issue. Our very own Louise Phillips Forbes Team deservingly made the cut. Based out of our Park Avenue office, Louise’s team is comprised of six other agents who come together to successfully meet clients’ real estate needs. As the driving force behind her team, Louise was named Halstead Property’s top listing broker of 2014 and graced the Top Real Estate Brokers in the US List as determined by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends. In the AVENUE interview, Louise shares how her team works together as a “well-oiled machine” and takes us inside a luxurious upcoming listing.

HALSTEAD PROPERTY – Louise Phillips Forbes Team 

How long have you had a team?

An entrepreneur at heart, I knew early on that I wanted to build a thriving business. Acting on instinct alone, I was one of the first brokers to formulate a team of real estate professionals. My team advantage began in the mid-90’s with just one additional sales associate, and today I’m proud to have a dynamic team of six. Each one is an extension of me within the industry, but they also bring to the table their own networks and relationships. Working with a team has made me both more productive and more profitable.

What experience does each of your team members bring with them?

My teammates possess extraordinary skills and talents from a variety of professional backgrounds at Fortune 500 companies and luxury firms. Their previous roles include public relations, marketing, accounting, and financial planning. Together we extend services far beyond those of a singular broker enabling us to better manage the diverse needs of our clients.

How do your collaborative efforts benefit your clients?

I call it the “Team Effect” – more people, more experience, and more service. Working in unison like a well-oiled machine, our combined experience enables me to have unparalleled knowledge and gives me the assurance that we are providing outstanding customer service. As a result, we have affectionately been compared to the likes of a “Home Concierge,” whereby we assist in all aspects of the real estate journey allowing our clients to enjoy a seamless transition. I think of us as a one-stop shop so my list of contacts is extensive. I connect people with personal chefs and art dealers, as well as architects, attorneys, designers, and everything in between.

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?

I have been credited with establishing residential neighborhoods where they previously did not exist. Madison Square Park is a perfect example. Although it was known primarily as a business destination, at my recommendation, Samson Management purchased 50 Madison Avenue and converted it to luxury full-floor condos where the residential market did not exist at all. When the property opened in September 2005, I broke records for that location obtaining $1,340/PPSF. As recently as December 2013, I negotiated a re-sale deal at $2,205/PPSF for the 4th floor apartment to the benefit and delight of the original purchaser who enjoyed a significant return on his investment. A second example of creating a development project which became an anchor for a neighborhood, is 240 East 10th Street, where I recently negotiated a deal for $1M over the asking price for an apartment I sold three separate times.

Detail for us an exciting new listing.

This fall, on behalf of Samson Management, I will begin selling a stunning condominium at 498 WEA, an elegant pre-war conversion with more than 37 large-scale units and asking prices ranging from $3M to $12M+. Some of the combination apartments will boast as much as 4,000 square feet. Designed by Cetra Ruddy Architecture as a “story of exceptionalism”, the luxurious apartments are beautifully appointed with special custom details and finishes that even the most selective buyers will appreciate. 

Connect with Louise on her website or find her on Twitter

BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON SELLING IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT 

In the 5th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 5 “Pricing to Win – Selling is a Process, Not an Event”

Barak addresses what to do when there is “no movement” on a property after weeks of being on the market. He recommends that the seller maintains communication with his or her broker about inquiries, open house traffic, new listings and feedback from buyers.

“If your property’s well marketed, well presented and there’s still no movement—it’s usually the price. So, do not be afraid to make adjustments if necessary.”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode 4 – “How to Use Comps to Your Advantage” 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.

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