Grab your skates kids, because the iconic ice rink at The Rockefeller Center is reopen for business today! This year The Rink at Rockefeller Center is celebrating its 80th year of operation (it opened on Christmas Day in 1936), and to mark the occasion the center held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning with figure skater and Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen. While this mid-60s sweater weather may not feel quite as festive as that Christmastime nip, hitting the ice now does have a number of advantages—namely not having to bundle up, and not having to fight the lines. More than a quarter-million skaters are anticipated to visit the rink this year.
General admission to the rink is on a first-come, first-serve basis and prices ranges from $25 to $32 depending on what day you go; a ticket grants you an hour and a half access to the ice. The rink is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m–midnight. If you’re not interested in queuing up, you can also make reservations to skate through the VIP Igloo or one of the center’s other prepaid packages.
This Williamsburg building has two big things going for it: lots of space and a central neighborhood location. The home is right around the corner from the Bedford Avenue L train, and it holds two apartments and a ground-floor commercial space. Out back, there’s an incredible private backyard that looks like the best part of the property, which is now on the market for almost $4.49 million.
Both apartments are large, with three bedrooms each. One is distinguished by lots of exposed brick and a fireplace in the living room.
The other apartment is a little more rustic looking with a stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the backyard.
What’s not to love about this outdoor space? The patio is massive and shaded by trees overhead. There’s enough room for a covered outdoor dining area, a firepit, and even a mini sculpture garden.
The building exterior is hardly charming, but does it matter when you’ve got such a great backyard hiding behind it? Not to mention your prime Williamsburg location? Be sure to go through the gallery to see more interior and outdoor shots.
This Williamsburg building has two big things going for it: lots of space and a central neighborhood location. The home ...
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Washington Heights is changing. New businesses are sprouting from Dominican roots that are catering to a diversified clientele—and introducing new objectives to entrepreneurs about surviving in New York City. The largely Dominican district has, for better or for worse, resisted gentrification for decades and relied on its traditions in foods, hair salons, and sidewalk merchants that cater to the culture. Yet a few savvy businessmen with roots in the neighborhood are hoping to evolve the area, while also fighting the threats gentrification poses to a community’s identity.
White House North, Dump Tower–call it what you will, but Trump Tower has been causing a major headache for the city ever since the President Elect announced that he hopes to spend weekends in his penthouse at the Midtown tower and that wife Melania and son Barron will continue to reside there during his presidency. Initial estimates put the cost of protecting the building at $1 million a day, but after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Dan Garodnick launched a petition last week demanding that the federal government cover these costs, Mayor de Blasio has officially asked for a total of “$35 million to cover the 73 days stretching from the election on Nov. 8 to Jan. 20, inauguration day,” reports the Post, a lesser amount of roughly $480,000 a day.
In addition to directly protecting Trump Tower, the cost will cover the armored vehicle to take Barron to school and the secret service’s daily sweep of his school building, providing 24/7 protection for Trump’s adult children and grandchildren (all of whom live in the city), and monitoring nearby high-rises that have views of the Tower.
De Blasio said in a statement, “We will be continuing very aggressively in the next few days — calls and meetings with members of the Obama administration and Congress — to nail down the reimbursements for the time between Nov. 8 and Jan 20. That will be the responsibility of the current administration.” In addition to sending a formal letter to President Obama, he said he called Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin.
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The last time a political outcome stunned the country with such a polarizing impact was in 1919, when the 18th amendment—prohibiting the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol—was ratified. After a 70-year campaign led by several groups known as The Drys, who insisted alcohol corrupted society, the ban on alcohol arrived in 1920 and was enforced by the Volstead Act.
But the Noble Experiment did little to keep people from drinking. Indeed, Prohibition led citizens to dream up creative ways to circumvent the law, turning the ban into a profitable black market where mobsters, rum-runners, moonshiners, speakeasies, the invention of cocktails, and innovative ways to market alcohol took the country by storm. Prohibition in many ways fueled the roaring twenties, and it made things especially exciting in New York City.
December 5th marks the 83rd anniversary of Repeal Day, when 13 long years of Prohibition finally came to a close.
Groups like the Anti-Saloon League of America and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union were steadfast in their campaign to ban on alcohol, arguing that its consumption was “America’s national curse” and that it was destroying the values of the country. They also believed a ban would improve the economy because people would spend money on commercial goods and entertainment, rather than intoxicating elixirs. They also contended that a ban would reduce crime and protect women and children. Alcohol getting poured into sewer in NYC, 1920 [All images from Library of Congress unless noted]
As soon as Prohibition began, saloons were closed and alcohol was confiscated and dumped into sewers and rivers. Barrels and bottles were smashed leaving shards of wood and glass in the liquid, rendering it useless while also preventing the containers from being used again.
But moonshine and bootlegged alcohol quickly became a lucrative business after breweries and distilleries were shut down. The ban sparked organized crime across the country, and mobsters like the Brooklyn-born Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Vito Genovese and Frank Costello took on transporting the product undercover. Trucks made with false exteriors were common, but unexpected bottle breakage would often lead to the discovery of the illegal libations. However, the risks of skirting the law came with a hefty profit margin; Al Capone made an estimated $60 million a year (or roughly $725M in 2016 dollars) from smuggling alcohol.
Truck with false exterior is confiscated for carrying alcohol
The invention of the mixed cocktail also emerged during this time as bootlegged liquor was of a lesser quality and often too harsh to drink straight. With that said, you can thank Prohibition for the Side Car, Bees Knees, Hanky Panky, South Side Fizz (a favorite of Al Capone), and the Corpse Reviver, which was intended to be a cure for hangovers.
Hollowed cane used to hide alcohol during Prohibition, 1924
That same year, the 19th amendment was also passed, granting women the right to vote. The feminist ideal of the “New Woman” heralded in an era of liberation and freedom that shifted how women interacted socially and politically. The term New Woman was used for women who were educated, independent, and working toward a career, but also rebellious in their attitude toward social norms. As such, New Women and Prohibition were intertwined.
Flappers became a symbol of this period, and these young women were recognized for the bob haircuts and short skirts, as well as their unencumbered desire to explore their freedom through smoking, drinking in public, clothing, and visiting speakeasies. They were rebelling against the notion of social inequality, and illicit alcohol in an underground club seemed like a perfect choice.
Flapper clothing was also ideal during Prohibition because the flowing fabrics and flamboyant fur coats could easily hide flasks of alcohol. Women also used accessories like hollowed out canes to hide alcohol.
Kosher wine. Alcohol could still be used for religious purposes.
There were exceptions made for the ban and they were for religious, medicinal, and industrial alcohol. These, however, provided malleable loopholes in the law that opened the door for other markets of deception. For example, section 6 of the Volstead Act allowed Jewish families 10 gallons of kosher wine a year for religious use (the Catholic Church received a similar allowance), and as a result, sales for kosher wine skyrocketed as more and more people started to claim Judaism as their religion.
During Prohibition, Schapiro’s at 126 Rivington was allowed to stay open as a sacramental wine shop. Owned by Sam Schapiro, it was one of the most well-known kosher wine shops in New York, noted also for its trademark motto “wine so thick you can almost cut it with a knife.” Schapiro’s, however, had a less legit business humming away underground. The shop hosted a network of subterranean wineries running under several buildings and bootlegging higher proof alcohol. According to a New York Times interview with his Sam’s grandson, Norman Schapiro, the bootlegged alcohol was sold out the back door of the shop.
But Schapiro’s operations were pretty small beans when compared to some of the other dealings going on in other parts of the country. An article by Forward tells the story of Sam Bronfman, a Jewish Canadian who was the proprietor of a vast smuggling empire along the border of the United States and Canada. Bronfman bought up Joseph Seagram’s distillery and ferried products across water. He became so successful that Lake Erie became known as “the Jewish Lake.” Similarly, rum-runners took their name from the illegal trade of alcohol across waters, where rum was being brought over illegally from the Caribbean.
Medicinal whiskey label
Whiskey enjoyed its own rebranding during this time and was designated for “medicinal purposes only.” Pharmacies vending the “medicine” began sprouting up everywhere, and bottles were adorned with instructional labels like “should be in every home for medicinal purposes” or “take this after every meal.” Some labels even directed its use with specific ailments like stomach aches or tooth pain. Similarly, hospitals were allowed to order cleaning alcohol, and despite the fact that it was in every practical sense rubbing alcohol, consumption was not uncommon if someone was hoping to get intoxicated.
Another way around Prohibition laws – a grape brick used to make wine by adding water
Grape growers, too, were reaping rewards from Prohibition after the grape brick was invented. The label stated “each brick dissolve in one gallon of water. To prevent fermentation, add 1-10% Benzoute of Soda,” more commonly known as sodium benzoate and used as a food preservative. The transparency of the label was obvious enough to direct people on how to make the instant wine, yet cautious enough to dodge Prohibition laws.
Beer Parade in NYC 1932
As Prohibition dragged on, it became clear the anticipated outcomes of the Noble Experiment were miscalculated. Crime increased during Prohibition because police officers often accepted bribes to look the other way. It also enticed law-abiding citizens with the possibility of financial prosperity through illegal sale or distribution. The Federal government lost and estimated $11 billion dollars in tax revenue from alcohol and ended up spending close to $300 million to enforce the ban.
Ultimately, Prohibition was bad for the economy because jobs were lost in breweries, distilleries, and saloons. Restaurants closed because the ban on serving alcohol drastically reduced profits, and Federal and local governments were spending massive amounts to maintain the law. Once home to the most breweries in the country, the brewing industry in Brooklyn never fully recovered after Prohibition was repealed. The New York Times reported that 70 breweries were operating in New York and produced 10 percent of the beer in the country before Prohibition, but only 23 remained by the time it was repealed. Although other economies (smuggling, speakeasy proprietors, bootlegging) developed during the 13-year dry spell, they could only exist during Prohibition and were not sustainable once it ended.
Innovation reappeared in protests against Prohibition and they were focused on a message that beer should be legal because the taxes would improve the economy. On December 5, 1933, the 18th amendment was repealed by the 21st amendment—the only time an amendment has been repealed through another amendment.
Repeal Day December 5, 1922
Today, speakeasy-themed bars are common around city, but they speak more to novelty than anything else—who can argue the appeal of passing through secret doors to reach a hidden back room bar few know about? These bars also let people believe for a few hours that life was more glamorous and exhilarating in the roaring twenties.
But we’ll leave you with this: Next time you hear last call for alcohol, be grateful it only means eight hours rather than 13 years.
Though One Vanderbilt’s deck is joining a growing list of observation platforms, it’s set apart by its proximity to Grand Central, the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. “Think of how beautiful that will be at night when the Chrysler is fully lit, to be up in the sky looking at its majestic facade,” said Rob Schiffer, a managing director at SL Green.
Schiffer won’t say how much a visit to the observatory will cost, nor will he disclose the anticipated revenue. By comparison, a visit to One World Observatory costs $32, and the Empire State Building charges $29 to visit the 86th floor main deck and $47 for both the deck and observatory. Similarly, One World Trade Center has estimated that tourism will account for one quarter, or $53 million, of its annual revenue by 2019.
Plans for the observation deck are currently being developed by Montreal-based GSM Project, who are also behind the decks at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and London’s Shard Tower. Though SL Green has released no information regarding the design, at a presentation last year, Jamie van Klemperer, president of Kohn Pedersen Fox (the project’s architect), referenced a “four-part contrapuntal structure will feature a transparent topper,” that was then envisioned as “a public event space and observatory.”
It’s been almost a year since 6sqft first heard inklings that One Vanderbilt–the city’s second tallest tower–would offer a sky-high ...
$1,000, as the Post notes, could pay for more than 600 meals for the homeless at the Bowery Mission, or 25 holiday gifts for in-need New Yorkers through the Winter Wishes program. It could also get you an “exotic” white fir Christmas tree off the street in Greenwich Village. Sixteen-year tree saleswoman Heather Neville, who runs a stand at Seventh Avenue and 11th Street, is charging $77 per foot for a 13-foot tree, which equals $750. Add to that a $200 stand, $25 delivery and setup fee, and $20 for the three men doing the job, and you’ve got yourself a four-figure Christmas tree.
Neville refers to herself as “the NYC Tree Lady,” and even has a website devoted to her tree delivery service. She has four other stands across the city and gets her trees from a secret source. Though she’s been referred to as “the Grinch,” she feels that her price tag is well justified. “They are not a traditional Christmas tree, so they are harder to get. Not many farmers grow them. To find a good one is difficult,” she explained to the Post. Her priciest sale to date was a recent 13-foot Nordmann fir that went for $500.
But over in Soho, salesman Scott Lechner has Nordmann firs that are priced at a whopping $950. Again, add to this delivery and you’re well into the thousand dollar range. He also feels his trees are well worth their cost. “It’s a 13.5-foot Noble from the North Pacific region of the U.S. and hand-sheared [by] specialists to open with symmetry. And between their actual weight of hundreds of pounds, shearing, and labor… they end up costing just a small fortune. Only one out of a thousand are so special.”
For comparison, typical five- to six-foot trees sell for around $100 depending on type and size. But prices overall have been rising in recent years due to a national tree shortage, and as the Post reported last year, tree vendors are paying astronomical prices to the city to lease sidewalk space. In fact, in 2015, Lechner’s rent for his stand at Sixth Avenue and Spring Street rose 19 percent due to “competitive bidding,” from $47,000 to $56,005.
There’s also the fact that as long as Christmas tree vendors aren’t blocking access to other businesses, they can sell trees for however much they like. 6sqft explained last year:
$1,000, as the Post notes, could pay for more than 600 meals for the homeless at the Bowery Mission, or ...
In October 6sqft reported that work on Thor Equities‘ 7.7-acre waterfront office and retail complex, architect Norman Foster‘s first Brooklyn commission, had begun. A recent meeting between the developers’ representatives and community members to discuss plans for the 818,000-square-foot two-building project on the former site of Red Hook’s Revere Sugar Refinery–known as Red Hoek Point–revealed concerns that the Red Hook community is being excluded from development plans.
An in-progress rendering of the courtyard between the two office buildings by Visualhouse New York
At a meeting of Community Board 6, community members, “had some positive things to say about the project,” according to Curbed, but felt there hasn’t been enough community engagement. Ethan Goodman from project planning firm Fox Rothschild and Catherine Dannenbring from Thor Equities offered an overview of the retail and amenity items planned for the project and discussed the allowances the developer is seeking from the city in order to realize the architects’ vision for the project.
Though the area’s current zoning would allow the development in its current scope, two variances will be required: The first would allow for fewer parking spaces than the 2,000 required by current zoning; Thor would like to build only about 1,100 spaces. “The people who work in these kinds of buildings don’t drive,” Goodman offered.
The thinking is that tech, arts, media, and internet company employees tend to be urban commuters who won’t be driving to work, prefering bike and public transportation. Thor is anticipating an office population of between 2,500 and 2,700, and a parking analysis commissioned by the developer determined that about 900 parking spaces would do. If the city grants the variance, plans will include below-grade valet parking that would include stacked parking in garages accessible via Beard Street.
The second variance the project would require from the city involves the bulkhead beneath it. Thor is rebuilding the bulkhead that will support the project and would like to cut back parts of the bulkhead “to work with the ebb and flow of the tide.”
An in-progress rendering of the public and private space at the far end of the development by Visualhouse New York
Thor purchased the vacant Red Hook site for $40 million in 2015. It juts 700 feet into the Erie Basin, between the IKEA parking lot and the Fairway. SCAPE/Landscape Architecture is designing new public waterfront esplanade areas that will be adjacent to the Brooklyn Greenway. These areas would include amenities like a kayak launch and a promenade with an amphitheater, food trucks, a dog run and a seating area.
Foster + Partner’s design for the project’s identical pair of 60-to-75-foot buildings and its inclusion of brick is in keeping with the vernacular of the surrounding area. According to representatives from the firm, the design is a “contemporary take on the warehouse.” The project would become the largest new heavy timber structure in North America according to the developers.
At the recent meeting community members said they felt “left out of the planning process,” citing the fact that, for example, both free kayaking and food trucks already exist and further concerns about the relevance of the planned esplanades, pointing to the privately-owned Erie Basin Park at neighboring IKEA that has been underutilized. Community activist Karen Blondel said, “We’re still looking for you to be a good neighbor and include us in our conversation.” Thor representative Goodman offered that it was still early in the development process; “We want to be good neighbors. We want to start the dialogue.”
The buildings will offer 795,000 square feet of creative office space and 23,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground level, 125,000-square-foot floor plates, undulating penthouses, a central open courtyard, 1.8-acre green roofs on each building, walking trails, underground parking, a bike valet, and a kayak launch. Leasing is currently underway.
In October 6sqft reported that work on Thor Equities‘ 7.7-acre waterfront office and retail complex, architect Norman Foster‘s first Brooklyn ...
After settling with New York state two weeks ago, Airbnb has now also dropped its case against the city, reports the Times. The company filed the lawsuits after Governor Cuomo passed a bill in October that would impose fines of up to $7,500 for illegal short-term rental listings–those rented out for fewer than 30 days without the lease holder present–on the site. The company agreed to settle on the grounds that the city only hold hosts responsible for the fines, not Airbnb. And they’re facing similar situations in cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, and London, who will likely look to the New York case as they move forward with their own regulations.
Outside of New York, other cities are also cracking down on room sharing. In Berlin, the city with what’s considered “the world’s toughest Airbnb laws,” landlords can only rent up to 50 percent of a home that they physically live in, and the number of properties granted these permits is small. Those who break the law are fined the equivalent of $106,000.
Just this past Thursday, Amsterdam imposed a 60-day-per-year cap on Airbnb listings for full apartment rentals (shared rooms fall under a different category). What’s interesting about this case is that the company is on board with the city’s plan. Airbnb will have day counters for hosts on the Amsterdam site, as well as warnings at 50 days. Though it should be noted that this move came after Amsterdam threatened in March to cease all operations with the company.
And finally, in London, which has the third largest number of Airbnb listings after New York and Paris respectively, apartments will be delisted after 90 days if they don’t comply with change-of-use permissions. As CityLab explains, “A report from Airbnb itself has nonetheless acknowledged that around a third of its London listings are rented for more than three months a year, after which landlords are required to seek a change-of-use permission (though they rarely apply for it).”
In terms of New York, as 6sqft previously explained, Airbnb felt the new law violated their First Amendment rights, as well as the Communications Decency Act, “a federal law that protects websites from being held accountable for content published by their users.” But the fines follow a 2010 law that says apartments can’t be rented for less than 30 days, as they then function as illegal hotels and remove valuable housing stock. Over the summer, Airbnb itself pulled 2,233 listings that fell under this category. The agreement was reached on Friday, and the settlement goes into effect today. The company’s ultimate decisions to oblige with all three cities’ regulations may signal a shift in their business model.
Every December, building staff across the city leave seasonal cards under residents’ doors. If you’re new to life in a full-service building, don’t be fooled—this card is not simply a chance for staff to extend holiday cheer to you and your family. These cards, which usually arrive in the first week of December and list the names and years of seniority of all building staff, are the first reminder that it is tipping season. While no one is obliged to tip, whether you’re a renter or owner, choosing not to tip is discouraged.
Ahead we go over everything you need to know about tipping, including the economics of it all, when to leave it, how much to give, protocols for renters versus owners, how to present your tip, and what not to give.
Doorman at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel. Image Steven Pisano/flickr Every December, building staff across the city leave seasonal cards under residents’ ...
Back in September 6sqft brought you news of the “unbridled luxury” in the works for a townhouse at 357 West 17th Street that designer Karim Rashid sold to Wonder Works Construction Corp., developer of Williamsburg‘s pricey Oosten condominium complex, for $9.35 million in 2014. Rashid had lived in–and occasionally rented out–a candy-colored, neon-furnished loft in the building. Wonder Works subsequently hired Architect Andres Escobar to transform the 25-foot-wide building into an 11,000-square-foot modern single-family mansion with five bedrooms, 11 baths, a private internal garage, a 400 bottle glass-enclosed wine room, a fully-stocked gym and spa with a pool, a screening room, decks, terraces and patios with city views. Though the renderings looked sufficiently swank, the finished home, now on the market for $38.6 million, more than delivers on the promise of luxe. From the smallest details (Swarovski crystal drawer pulls, faux croc finishes on kitchen cabinets, marble everything and a bathroom faucet that’s suspended from the ceiling) to the previously-mentioned lifestyle transformers, no expense was spared in the creation of this contemporary urban manse.
After the extensive renovation that resulted in the addition of a fifth floor, the home’s interior space measures 11,000 square feet and boasts five bedroom suites, 11 bathrooms and powder rooms, a professional-grade kitchen and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space
From the center of a chic and somewhat understated living room you’ll notice a DaVinci gas fireplace anchoring the interior and the good fortune of glassed-in terrace views from the mezzanine-level formal dining area.
The pared-down but luxurious interiors incorporate Italian brands and a general European contemporary aesthetic. In the kitchen, what the listing calls a “stunning showplace made for luxe entertaining,” offers a double-height mirror image kitchen with two massive islands, two ovens and two pairs of refrigerator-freezers (including a wine fridge); the Wall Street Journal tells of details like those faux croc-accented cabinets and crystal hardware.
For wine-lovers, a 400-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar keeps the best bottles always at the ready for celebration–and there’s certainly a lot to celebrate without even having to leave home.
Five bedrooms (four en-suite) await family and guests, while the master suite spans an entire floor and offers twin bathrooms plus a powder room, a kitchenette, two sitting rooms and wardrobes and chic custom cabinetry galore.
In the powder room, the faucet is suspended from the ceiling, controlled via a panel on the wall. Because it can.
There’s plenty of space for more bedrooms as mentioned, and we can’t even imagine what we’d do with 11 bathrooms.
In addition to the aforementioned glass-clad wine room, the home’s cellar level offers a swimming pool, a steam/sauna cabinet and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Perfect for a post-workout chillout, a soundproof home theater with stadium seating, 3D HD projection and THX Dolby surround sound is like having a movie theater in the privacy of your own home. The home’s electronic systems and other tech highlights are just as accommodating and include integrated sound, CCTV and intercom.
In case you’d look up from all of this luxury and crave the great outdoors, multiple private outside spaces include a small garden, two oversized rear terraces and a cruise ship-worthy roof deck with iconic New York City views in every direction.
And don’t forget the garage, which means your poor baby vehicle won’t have to freeze to death in the cold or be set upon by parking garage car thieves; glass walls mean you can gaze fondly at your whip whenever the mood hits.
This definitely less candy-colored version of 357 West 17th is surrounded by some of the city’s most innovative contemporary architecture, so while it would be a standout anywhere for its luxe factor, the building’s minimal-modern exterior fits right in as part of the neighborhood’s High Line-adjacent modern architecture showcase.
Back in September 6sqft brought you news of the “unbridled luxury” in the works for a townhouse at 357 West 17th Street that ...
If you’ve got Eichler dreams and Fallingwater fantasies, but don’t live in state that’s abundant with mid-century modern architectural gems, it helps to be on the lookout for homes like this one. The Rockland County house on over an acre of woods in Wesley Hills, NY, now on the market for $488,000, was built in 1965 by Versland Rhodes, a popular builder of contemporary upstate homes of the day. The four-bedroom home is beautifully preserved, with details like a sunken living room, cherry wood cabinetry and hardwood and stone floors joining conveniences like central A/C. Like many modern homes, every effort was made to minimalize the border between inside and outdoors, so you get to enjoy a wraparound deck, tons of windows and scenic views.
Throughout the interior of the home’s main level you’ll find vaulted ceilings, classic post-and-beam construction and stone and hardwood floors. Each room offers a scenic view of the property, connecting indoors and out.
Cherry wood cabinetry defines the look of the home’s large eat-in kitchen, and dining space is plentiful.
You’re never far from the outdoors: three sets of sliding doors lead to the home’s wrap-around deck.
The home’s master bedroom has a private balcony, and, like the other rooms, is wrapped with windows.
An oversized circular staircase to the walk-out lower level leads to a spacious media/family room with/built-in shelving, a generously sized den with a wood-burning fireplace and a sliding door for walking right out to the patio. Also on this level is a laundry room and a half-bath.
The property also has a two-car garage and lots of driveway parking.