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East Village, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 14, 2014

A lucky new owner just nabbed a charming little oasis in the heart of the East Village for $1.9 million, according to city records. And while you might be thinking an “East Village oasis” is a blatant oxymoron, this quiet little condo begs to differ. The property is almost like a secret garden in the city; hidden in a bustling neighborhood as opposed to being among the grounds of a vast manor. In fact, take a look inside this cozy unit, and you might forget all about the throngs of college students frequenting the bars right around the corner. Now that’s pretty impressive.

Find out more of this condo’s secrets, here

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Features, Major Developments, New Developments, real estate trends, Starchitecture

  • By Lauren Price
  • , August 13, 2014

Great neighborhood? Check. Great apartment? Check. Curb appeal?

Killer first impressions can be long lasting — and whether it’s a newly advertised flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, an ad for Tory Burch’s latest shoe collection —or finding new digs, “love at first sight” spot-on marketing moments play a sizeable role in how we make our decisions.

Industry experts note that a large percentage of a house hunter’s decision to explore a property further than the curb is based the project’s “wow” factor. Truth is, it sets the “perception” stage of what’s to come beyond a grand entrance or swanky lobby that was designed to provide a sense of arrival and belonging. Obviously, at the end of the day, a building’s outside will only persuade potential buyers to see more, and first impressions can vary from one individual to the next, but the “I was meant to live here” moment is fairly universal.

How a building’s design tugs at your desire to ‘be someone’

Architecture, Getting Away, Starchitecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , August 13, 2014

Philip Johnson is best known for his use of glass, and his iconic Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, is without question his most famous work. But did you know that Johnson also dabbled in plywood construction? In fact, the architect designed several wood homes in the forestlands of Connecticut, including the Wiley Speculative House.

The home was the first (and ultimately, only) of Johnson’s “speculative houses” planned for a large scale residential development headed by the Wiley Development Corporation in 1954. Though built without a hitch, and despite Wiley’s willingness to replicate the home for anyone, anywhere in Connecticut’s Fairfield County, Wiley’s hope for a Johnson-designed development flopped as nobody wanted to pay $45,000 to live in one of the houses. As a result, the Wiley Speculative House saw a somewhat sad fate and remained under the ownership of Wiley’s trust until it was sold off a year later. Since then, the home has changed hands at least nine times, and now nearly 60 years later it’s for grabs again, this time for $1.575 million.

More on the lesser-known Johnson house here

Real Estate Wire

  • Tour the new Long Island City residential building that sits behind the Pepsi sign. [Curbed]
  • Extell is bringing a 52-story, 710,907-square-foot residential building to 41st Street and 5th Avenue. The company spent $16.46M on the development and to acquire the air rights from nearby St. Raphael’s Church. [CO]
  • Spending on NYC residential construction has jumped 50-percent, but the units yielded will be fewer than previous years. The reason? Dollars are being poured into building luxury properties designed for wealthy residents or investors. [Crain’s]
  • A profile of the six Chinese real estate titans snatching up properties in the city. [TRD]

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 13, 2014

Keeping the plan of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion in mind, New York-based architects Stamberg Aferiat created an eye-catching, colorful home. Built using industrially produced materials and current sustainable principles, the home features seemingly disjointed planes that create the overall geometry of the structure. Located in the island with the same name, the Shelter Island Pavilion is an experiment in color, shape, and sustainability.

Learn more about this striking sustainable home here

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Fort Greene, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 13, 2014

There’s a reason Forgotten New York toyed with the label “Brownstone Paradise” for Fort Greene’s South Portland Avenue and Time Out New York named it one of the “50 Best Blocks in NYC”: living here is like owning a little slice of heaven.

When you think of a classic brownstone, 21 South Portland Avenue is exactly what comes to mind – along with all of its similar-looking neighbors on both sides of the street. On closer inspection, the varying ornamentation becomes apparent, and each building exudes its own distinct personality, contributing to the street’s reputation as one of Brooklyn’s most coveted and gorgeous.

Check out what’s inside this beautiful brownstone

Daily Link Fix

  • Have A Picnic in Grand Central Station: Gothamist reports Starting next Monday in GCT’s Vanderbilt Hall,  you’ll be able to chow down on lunch or a snack from local food vendors like Zaro’s and Ciao Bella Gelato. Also consider this a dinner-theater because a couple of Broadway show casts will be doing a little song and dance show around 12 p.m.
  • Instagram Photos You Can Insta-Eat: Defeating the saying of “take a photo it’ll last longer,” Reuters explores Boomf, a London-based company that prints Instagram selfies photos on marshmallows.
  • DIY Turn A Broken Pot Into A Fairy Garden: This makes us want to break some pots just do we can do this DIY. Bored Panada features a new trend among gardeners (and some brown thumbs wanting to get in on the fun) of transforming broken flower pots into extravagant and lovely fairy gardens overflowing with ferns, succulents and moss.
  • Now There’s A Use For All Your Sweat: People who over-sweat can now be proud of those beads of water that drip down from their face and underarms! Phys.org looks at a new tattoo biobattery can detect lactate in the body, a natural ingredient in sweat, to recharge small electronics.

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

That’s right, $18 million. According to city records, Spanx founder and self-made billionaire Sara Blakely sold her apartment at 15 Central Park West for $30 million, almost triple the $12.11 million she paid for it in 2008.

The sale comes on the heels of CityRealty releasing its CityRealty 100 list of most expensive homes in the city, on which 15 Central Park West is listed first. The prestigious, Robert A.M. Stern-designed building has an average price per square foot of $6,288 (the Time Warner Center, which came in second has an average of $4,689) and it also holds the priciest condo sale through the second quarter of 2014 at $48 million.

More about Blakely’s highly profitable sale

Ditmas Park, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 13, 2014

We tend to feature a lot of historic townhouses, and while we love these brownstone beauties, it’s always a treat when we come across the less-common Victorian home. Not surprisingly, this charming, free-standing house is located in Ditmas Park West, part of what is known as Victorian Flatbush. Built in 1905, the home at 454 Rugby Road recently sold for $1,975,000 million according to city records, almost $100,000 above the asking price and not far behind another recent Rugby Road sale that was one of the most expensive in the neighborhood to date.

See why this painted lady is a deserving member of Victorian Flatbush’s Million-Dollar Club

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 13, 2014

Andrea Stern, daughter of real estate developer Leonard Stern, has just sold her ‘70s chic apartment in the Kenilworth for $8.575 million, according to city records. The new residents will not only be able to enjoy living in a home that looks like a pared down set for Behind the Candelabra; they’ll actually be able to call the made-for-TV movie’s star Michael Douglas, and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, neighbors. But, as impressive as that sounds, we’re pretty sure the eight-room, corner apartment on the Gold Coast of Central Park West speaks for itself.

Take a look inside this throwback chic pad…

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