All posts by Aisha Carter

Aisha Carter is a writer whose appreciation for real estate goes all the way back to her childhood days when her parents dragged her to their home’s constructions site on a daily basis. Coming from three generations of builders, a typical Sunday afternoon in her household involved driving through Atlanta, looking at houses, and listening to her parents talk about real estate. Dinner table talk wasn’t much different. It wasn’t long after she headed off to college before she found herself driving around to look at houses as a stress reliever. I guess we all become our parents at one point or another. When Aisha isn’t writing for 6sqft, she runs another blog that focuses on celebrity news and television reviews.

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Manhattan, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

Gorgeous Pre-War Upper East Side Apartment Sold

By Aisha Carter, Tue, May 6, 2014

911 Park Ave great room

Apartment 7C, a palatial apartment at 911 Park Avenue has been sold. Marsh CEO Peter Zaffino purchased the astounding pre-war pad for $6.75 million.

This Upper East Side beauty, represented by brokers Debra LaChance and Denise LaChance, has 10 rooms, with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and marble floors and hardwoods throughout. The high-rise also features a private landing, a library and a great room with a wood-burning fireplace for those cozy nights by the fire.

It also contains an enviably large eat-in kitchen and the increasingly elusive formal dining room. The library features wall-to-wall built-ins and the entire apartment boasts coffered ceilings.

Take a look inside this astonishing apartment here

Architecture, East Village, Recent Sales

The retractable facade of the East Village apartment

Oh, architects and their creativity. One such inventive architect Bill Peterson had a flash of “ahead of our time” genius when he decided to convert the front wall of his East Village apartment into a garage-style retractable facade after purchasing the pad in 2008. We suppose some people actually have too much privacy in New York City and would prefer to connect with the outside world (and terrify people with acrophobia simultaneously?).

Check out the inside of this unique beauty here

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architect Frederic Schwartz with outstretched arms

 

Cool Listings, Manhattan, Upper West Side 

the apartment's large windows

Wouldn’t it be nice to live on top of the world? Well, somebody is in luck because a spacious 3BR/3BA apartment just opened up at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental.

This luxurious Columbus Circle pad rests on the 71st floor, with gigantic windows that overlook Central Park, as well as both the East River and the Hudson. The 3,168-square-foot apartment has ebonized oak floors and black granite accents. It also features a large eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a sub-zero refrigerator, and a wine cave.

Whoever purchases this impressive, recently renovated home will not only have bragging rights, but access to all of the amenities of the Mandarin Hotel. So yeah, this person will basically be living in a hotel. Jealous yet?

See photos of the lavish pad here

Recent Sales, Upper East Side

staircase, Reed Krakoff, townhouse

It’s a great market for townhomes. 54 East 64th Street has been sold to designer Reed Krakoff and his wife Delphine for $28 million.

This news is especially remarkable considering the townhouse’s history. Formerly a Kips Bay Decorator Show House and a one-time home of the New York Observer, this Upper East Side gem was transformed into a luxurious home when it was purchased by real estate investor David Quinlan for $18.74 million back in 2005.

After failing to turn the hefty profit he was hoping for, Quinlan sold the townhouse for $20 million in 2011. Last year it was placed back on the market for $20 million; however, broker Dolly Lenz changed that, upping the asking price to $28 million. They don’t call her a superbroker for nothing.

Check out more photos of the townhouse here

Architecture, Financial District, Hotels, Manhattan

Coming Soon Summer 2015: The Beekman Hotel

By Aisha Carter, Fri, May 2, 2014

5 Beekman Street

After years of failed attempts by developers, GFI Capital Resources Group is accomplishing what some thought was impossible: They are converting 5 Beekman Street – along with its empty next-door neighbor 115 Nassau Street – into a hotel and condo.

The landmark building was one of New York’s original skyscrapers, once towering nine stories. Its distinctive architecture boasts the famous Temple Court, an interior atrium punctuated by a skylight in the shape of a pyramid. It is surrounding this very feature that 287 hotel rooms will be constructed.

Read on for more details here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Soho

A picture of Derek Lam's Soho loft

After a long stint on the market, designer Derek Lam and his partner Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann are officially parting ways with their Soho loft.

The pair put the two-story, 2,117 square-foot space on the market for $6 million last year, and they came in just a little short of their ask. The loft comes complete with a second story devoted entirely to the master suite, huge windows, and translucent panels that allow the home’s inhabitants to reconfigure the kitchen and living room spaces as need be. They purchased the 3 BR/3 BA Mercer Greene apartment back in 2011 for $4.65 million. Another fun fact: Rihanna also once lived in the building.

Take a look inside the loft here

Major Developments, Starchitecture, Urban Design

pritzker prize architect designed buildings nyc, Christian de Portzamparc, Riverside Center nyc, Extell

Famed French architect, and Pritzker Prize winner, Christian de Portzamparc is causing quite a stir. Take a glance at his website and you’ll be met with a rendering of the new Riverside Center that would inspire hope in the most pessimistic NIMBY.

After a disappointing official rendering of the first building cast some serious doubt on the fate of the much-anticipated development, de Portzamparc has unveiled a new vision, and fingers are crossed that it will be realized.

More on de Portzamparc’s design here

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