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THE VIRTUAL RENOVATION ADVANTAGE 

Our very own Director of Web Marketing & Social Media, Matt Leone, appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the advantages of Halstead’s Virtual Renovation. This innovative marketing solution involves digitally performing a gut renovation and redesign of a space by adding new flooring, paint, furniture, lighting, etc. This could be done to kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and even façades.  Essentially, we provide “before” and “after” shots of the home’s current state and its virtually remodeled renderings on halstead.com. 14 Leroy Street is an example of Virtual Renovation. In fact, CNBC filmed the segment on location at this West Village townhouse. Matt explains that virtually renovated images benefit buyers who struggle to see a home’s potential:

“There are a lot of clients out there that can see through that and have a vision and be able to buy property based on line-of-sight and see where it can be. But, there are others that can’t see through that.”

CNBC’s Diana Olick adds that this solution has proven beneficial to agents with international clients. Halstead.com also experienced 30% more traffic after unveiling these renderings. Virtual Renovation is similar to another marketing solution: Virtual Stager, which furnishes vacant rooms. At Halstead virtually anything is possible in marketing our exclusive properties.

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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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THE VALUE OF APPRECIATION

Episode 25 - By: Sara Rotter, Halstead Property Executive Director of Sales Downtown. 

During the day, have you ever thought - “Wow, I really appreciate that I don’t have an ear ache right now?” Huh?  You would if you had just gotten over one, wouldn’t you?

It’s normal that we do not appreciate things until they are taken away - comfort, emotion, health, something physical, or people in our lives.

Today I was given a beautiful antidote when I was challenged by a friend to write down 100 things that I appreciate in my life.

Sounds simple, right?  Not so simple after you get past the obvious - health, happiness, family, friends, loved ones, safety…etc.

By #78 I really started digging and something cool happened - the simple things came to mind that I often take so for granted or even get annoyed at when they are mixed with a negative experience – like the phone ringing off the hook, elevator not moving fast enough, or a shoe blistering my foot. Well, those are the very things I started feeling thankful for - the phone so I could call my loved ones; the elevator in my building that takes me up 24 floors day in and out; the ability to walk on the pavement with shoes. Simple. It hit me, and how timely- the day before September 11th, 2001- those very basic things were so cherished on that sad day.

The only silver lining to that day and every day is - appreciation for EVERYTHING- big and “small!”  How about - the ability to smile, living in a free society, diversity, love, music, phones, the sun, lights, flowers, books, photosynthesis, pets, clear skies, you name it!  And let’s not forget one of my favorites - our beloved, resilient, never sleepy New York City!

Offering all of the beloved souls & rescue heroes who departed too soon on 9/11 endless honor and appreciation as well as strength and love to their loved ones.

In their honor, I welcome you to take the 100 things I appreciate challenge. Please share your findings over email with me if you do!

Connect and network with Sara via email or on her executive profile page.

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Thoughts of Sales and The City are those of Sara Rotter and do not necessarily reflect official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

COMING SOON TO CARNEGIE HILL!

By: Liz Yu Chiang, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Park Avenue Office. 

Carnegie Hill has always been a desirable neighborhood because of its historic architecture, proximity to Central Park, easy access to Museum Mile, and its convenient location near elite Manhattan private schools.  As a Carnegie Hill resident for the last 10 years, I have seen the neighborhood slowly evolve and recently revamp many of its store fronts. The neighborhood continues to maintain its charm and intimacy while also adding many luxury conveniences.  Now, there are even more reasons to love this neighborhood! I am excited to share with you a list of the best new attractions to check out in Carnegie Hill: 

Via Quadranno - One of the best cappuccinos in the city can soon be found here on Madison Ave between 88th and 89th Street in the heart of Carnegie Hill. 

Maison Kayser - Paris has arrived in the Carnegie Hill area and brought the finest croissants! Located at 1294 Third Avenue. 

Whole Foods Market - Finally! The Upper East Side will get its own Whole Foods coming to the corner of Third Avenue and 87th Street in December 2014. 

Ristorante Morini - No need to head to Midtown Manhattan anymore to have Michael White’s delicious pasta dishes. Located at 1167 Madison Avenue. 

Blue Mercury - You can soon get all of your make up and skin care products right here in the neighborhood instead of making a trip to one of the midtown department stores. Located at Madison Ave and 88th Street.  

Juice Press - A great place to pick up a healthy, refreshing drink after running around the reservoir in Central Park. Located at Madison Avenue and 92nd Street.

Alice & Olivia - Pick out a fabulous outfit on your way home today! Located at Madison Ave and 87th Street. 

Eli Zabar - Soon, it’ll be even easier to bring home a loaf of Eli’s artisanal bread. Located at Madison Ave and 91st Street. 

Connect with me over email or visit my agent website to learn more about Carnegie Hill 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 Liz Yu Chiang and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

HIGH LINE GALLERY

Let your creative side run rampant with the possibilities offered by this superbly designed condominium home. It is located in a full-service building on one of New York City’s famed High Line Park blocks in the heart of Chelsea, the pulse of Manhattan’s thriving art scene where galleries and creative spaces dot every corner of the neighborhood. This two-bedroom condo boasts a lofty entry foyer with expansive double-glazed windows, and dynamic art-ready lighting to showcase all of your worldy collections. There’s no shortage of inspiration here either, as those massive picture windows frame the most priceless piece of art you will ever own - one of a kind views to one side of the Hudson River, and iconic views of Chelsea on the other. 

Click here to discover more details on this classic Chelsea 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.

 Click here to see more Eye Candy on this duplex condominium home. 

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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. 

Click here to learn more about cooperative home.

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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

US OPEN: CENTRE COURT SERIES ADVANTAGE: ROUTE 343

To mark the final day of the 2014 US Open, Halstead Property presents the Centre Court Series Advantage at Route 343 in Millbrook, NY. We found 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. 

Poised high in the hills of Millbrook, NY in the midst of 85 acres of luscious, gardens and landscaped terrain is the apropos green-clay sports court decorated with  multiple basketball hoops, thus it is perfectly equipped to fulfill all of your athletic dreams.  The Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home takes full advantage of stunning long range Berkshire Mountain views from all around with a main house that boasts multi-level terraces all with imported French stone natural pavers, stone walls, hand forged railings, sky lights, and countless glass windows and entrances to display the beauty of every season. Arrive by land and enter the gates, or arrive by air on your private heliport where a half mile drive to this secluded paradise takes you through three ponds, rolling green hills, two brooks, and many open trails that are just waiting to be explored. The immediate acres surrounding the main property are filled with fascinating gardens, fully lit sitting areas, two waterfalls, in addition to a secluded garden and gazebo behind the in-ground swimming pool and Jacuzzi that are enclosed by an electric ceiling for year round use which can be accessed from the main living level. Hidden near the main home is a private guest house with its own decking, gardens and parking to complete this enchanting athletic paradise. 

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Click here to learn additional details and see more eye candy on this stunning property with Centre Court Advantage, or contact Halstead Property local agents Nancy Felcetto over email, and Robin Horowitz over email.

THE CLIMATE OF CHANGE IN NYC

By: DeAnna Rieber, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Harlem Office.

The buzz on climate change is escalating into a loud roar in New York City and around the world. On September 21, 2014, NYC will host what promises to be one of the largest public marches in it’s history. The Peoples Climate March is scheduled to begin at 11:00am at Columbus Circle, go across to 6th Avenue and then down to 42nd Street and ending at the Jacob Javit’s Center on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  Marchers will be forming from 59th-86th Streets on Central Park West.  

Climate change, will no doubt continue to challenge homeowners around the world. New York City, as homeowners discovered during Hurricane Sandy is not immune to the ill effects of climate change. As a proactive measure, many developments have modified the way they run their buildings to accommodate rising sea water along the cities low lying areas and flood zones. In my travels to buildings across the city, I am seeing more green roofs, solar panels and other environmentally friendly solutions.  This is the future of real estate. 

“Green” buildings will no longer be a nice amenity but a requirement.

As home buyers and consumers, you may want to start asking the hard questions of the buildings you are looking at. The question that should be on every homebuyers list  is : “What measures is this building taking to reduce it’s carbon footprint?”  As homeowners and Shareholders, you have an opportunity and perhaps a responsibility to guide your buildings to a higher “environmentally conscious” standard. There is no time like the present!

Share your own perspective and connect over email, and visit my agent website for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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

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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Discover more from all of Halstead Property’s Neighborhood Expert agents and find Halstead Property on Foursquare for tips on the best dining, shopping, and neighborhood attractions in Greenwich Village. 

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. 

Click here to discover more about this coastal Connecticut wonderland.

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BRIAN LEWIS POST-HOLIDAY WEEKEND PREMIERE 

Presenting Video Tours of 316 West 79th Street 4E and 136 West 75th Street 3C

Naturally, the only way to close out the summer is with a premiere of not one, but two property video tours hosted by top broker, Brian Lewis. He shows off the two Upper West Side gems in true Lewis form: engaging, quirky and always informative.

 “Oh do I love a Pre-World War I building,” Brian says as he strolls up to the front door of 316 West 79th Street. Enter through yesteryear in the ornate, all-marble doorman lobby. He then whisks us away to present day on the newly renovated rooftop, which offers unbeatable Hudson River views. Step inside the airy living room of unit 4E that flows into a formal dining space fit for 8-12 guests. Brian jumps (yes, literally) into the adjacent kitchen complete with stainless steel countertops, washer/dryer and a large picture window. The final stops on the tour are the home’s three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. The master bedroom has two closets and enough space for a king-sized bed. The second bedroom is just as large as the master, Brian serenades (with the homeowner’s guitar), while a versatile third bedroom comes with a half-bathroom.

“What am I going to do? How am I going to make this place different?” Brian asks as he introduces 136 West 75th Street 3C. He proceeds to lead us down the tree-lined street to The Brick House building where he enters the home’s foyer and goes in for a close-up to the camera. Brian kicks back on a leather chair with the homeowner’s guitar in the smartly decorated living room. We’re sensing a theme here…The living room boasts an outdoor balcony with garden views and an opening to the kitchen (where he nonchalantly blows bubbles). He finds another guitar in the master bedroom and strums along to his own beat. Brian then introduces the bonus second bedroom-turned nursery with what else in hand? But, a toy guitar of course! Just to top off all of the wacky possibilities in presenting this home, we find Brian slowly pulling back the shower curtain as he reveals the marble bathroom.

We invite you to watch all of Brian’s 300+ videos by clicking here.

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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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