<![CDATA[NBC New York - Real Estate]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/the-scene/real-estate http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:55:26 -0400 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:55:26 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[On the Set of "30 Rock" with Tina Fey]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:17:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tina-fey-tour_P2.jpg Join "Open House" for a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the "30 Rock" set with show creator and star, Tina Fey, and set decorator Jennifer Greenberg.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: Inside Emeril Lagasse's Uptown Townhouse]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:16:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OHNAT5183ASQFTEmerilLagasse.jpg Bam! We're inside Emeril Lagasse's stunning Upper East Side townhouse. For more information on this property, please contact Samantha Kleier-Forbes and Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern of Gumley Haft Kleier at 212-371-2525 ext. 350. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from The Mark at 25 E 77th St. New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact Lydia Sussek of Corcoran at 212-893-1434 or 212-772-1600.

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<![CDATA[Designer Living: At Home with Christian Siriano]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OHNY1192CDLChristianSirianoWEB_STILL.jpg Fashion designer Christian Siriano takes us through his Chelsea apartment and shows us how he's inspired when it comes to home design.

This episode of Open House was hosted from 31 E 28th St., New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact of Brenda Vemich Stribling & Associates at 646-436-3074. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: Take a Tour of the Goodyear House]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:09:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/OHNY1191B5SettlersTrailDarien.jpg Check out the Goodyear House, a mid-century modern home in Darien, CT, designed by Harvard Five architect John Johansen. For more information on this property please contact Nancy Rawls Dauk of Halstead at 203-656-6501. View the listing.

.This episode of Open House NYC was hosted from 374 Broome St. For more information on this property, please contact Fredrik Eklund, John Gomes or Genifer Lancaster of Prudential Douglas Elliman at 212-727-6158, 212-727-6178 and 212-965-6046. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[The Hunt: House Hunting with a New York Jet]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:03:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/thehunt-jet.jpg New York Jet Aaron Maybin shows us his artistic side while house hunting for an NYC apartment. For more information on 25 Columbus Circle, please contact Tim Cass and Lauren Dietz of Corcoran at 212-500-7025 and 212-500-7020. For more information on 50 Central Park West, please contact Jill Raff of Keller Williams NYC at 646-737-9624. View the listing. ]]> <![CDATA[Brooklyn Home from "The Squid and the Whale" Sells ]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:41:51 -0400 The Brooklyn property featured in the 2005 drama "The Squid and the Whale" recently sold for $3.45 million. According to Curbed, the home was first listed for sale just this past June. With four stories, four working fireplaces, original hardwood floors, and arched doorways, this 138-year-old restored Park Slope spread is a sight to see. Click through to take a peek at this renovated masterpiece.]]> The Brooklyn property featured in the 2005 drama "The Squid and the Whale" recently sold for $3.45 million. According to Curbed, the home was first listed for sale just this past June. With four stories, four working fireplaces, original hardwood floors, and arched doorways, this 138-year-old restored Park Slope spread is a sight to see. Click through to take a peek at this renovated masterpiece.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*240/167-sixth-ave-brooklyn-1.jpeg The Brooklyn property featured in the 2005 drama "The Squid and the Whale" recently sold for $3.45 million. According to Curbed, the home was first listed for sale just this past June. With four stories, four working fireplaces, original hardwood floors, and arched doorways, this 138-year-old restored Park Slope spread is a sight to see. Click through to take a peek at this renovated masterpiece.

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<![CDATA[Inside Jay-Z and Beyonce's Summer Home ]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:44:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/jay-z-beyonce.jpg Jay-Z and Beyonce have found their summer Hamptons getaway. SFGate reports that the superstar couple is shelling out $400,000 for the month of August to stay at the luxurious Bridgehampton home called Sandcastle. For more information on the property, contact Gary DePersia of The Corcoran Group at 516-380-0538.

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<![CDATA[Live in Frank Sinatra's Home for $7.7M ]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:19:56 -0400 Frank Sinatra's former Upper East Side duplex penthouse, where he lived from 1961-1972, is now officially on the market for $7.7 million, reports Curbed. The lavish penthouse features a bevy of modern details that we imagine weren't in place when the late singer lived here, including amenities such as a glass spiral staircase (the exact same one used in the Apple stores), a putting green and solar panels. Take a tour of Ol' Blue Eyes' former digs, which he apparently even helped design. ]]> Frank Sinatra's former Upper East Side duplex penthouse, where he lived from 1961-1972, is now officially on the market for $7.7 million, reports Curbed. The lavish penthouse features a bevy of modern details that we imagine weren't in place when the late singer lived here, including amenities such as a glass spiral staircase (the exact same one used in the Apple stores), a putting green and solar panels. Take a tour of Ol' Blue Eyes' former digs, which he apparently even helped design. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/frank-sinatra-thumb.jpg Frank Sinatra's former Upper East Side duplex penthouse, where he lived from 1961-1972, is now officially on the market for $7.7 million, reports Curbed. The lavish penthouse features a bevy of modern details that we imagine weren't in place when the late singer lived here, including amenities such as a glass spiral staircase (the exact same one used in the Apple stores), a putting green and solar panels. Take a tour of Ol' Blue Eyes' former digs, which he apparently even helped design.

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<![CDATA[Inside Emeril's Uptown Townhouse]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:26:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/emeril-lagasse.jpg Bam! We're inside Emeril Lagasse's stunning Upper East Side townhouse. For more information on this property, please contact Samantha Kleier-Forbes and Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern of Gumley Haft Kleier at 212-371-2525 ext. 350. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from Central Village, New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact Chris Pomeroy and Richard Orenstein of Halstead Property at 212-381-2531 and 212-381-4248. View the listing.



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<![CDATA[This Weekend's Harlem Home Tour]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/harlem+home+tour.jpg We give you a sneak peak inside the 23rd annual Mount Morris Park Tour.]]> <![CDATA[Chloe Sevigny Lists in the East Village ]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:52:38 -0400 Former model slash actress Chloe Sevigny just listed her nautically decorated home for $1.7 million, reports Curbed. Sevigny's garden apartment, located in the East Village in New York, features one bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, and a totally sweet garden. The drawback? The steep $2,300 maintenance charge attached to unit. ]]> Former model slash actress Chloe Sevigny just listed her nautically decorated home for $1.7 million, reports Curbed. Sevigny's garden apartment, located in the East Village in New York, features one bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, and a totally sweet garden. The drawback? The steep $2,300 maintenance charge attached to unit. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chloe-sevigny-opening-ceremony-resort.jpg Former model slash actress Chloe Sevigny just listed her nautically decorated home for $1.7 million, reports Curbed. Sevigny's garden apartment, located in the East Village in New York, features one bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, and a totally sweet garden. The drawback? The steep $2,300 maintenance charge attached to unit.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: Inside "SVU's" Christopher Meloni's Pad]]> Wed, 23 May 2012 10:20:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OHNY1177AMeloniApartment_722x406_2234524609.jpg We're inside actor Christopher Meloni's midtown apartment with stunning views and a special bonus feature.]]> <![CDATA[J.Crew Honcho Sells Over the Asking Price in Brooklyn]]> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:10:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/jenna+lyons.jpg As the president and creative director of J.Crew, Jenna Lyons is no stranger to sleek, chic, and everything fashionable, and her Brooklyn home was certainly no exception. Lyons and her soon-to-be ex-hubby Vincent Mazeau listed their sweet digs for $3.75 million in November 2011, and about one speedy month later, the home went into contract. What's even more impressive than the amazing job Lyons did with the styling of her former home is that the J.Crew exec fetched $4 million for the pad, which is $250,000 over the asking price, reports Curbed.

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<![CDATA[Model Agyness Deyn Quickly Sells Quirky Loft ]]> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:24:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/agyness-deyn3.jpg It didn't take long for model slash actress slash singer Agyness Deyn to unload her Williamsburg apartment. According to Curbed, the unit, which was listed for $2.5 million, recently sold to a trust for $2.175 million. While some may think the quirky pad is whimsical and fun, others could easily interpret the design as totally hideous. Click through the photo gallery to decide for yourself. ]]> <![CDATA[Nick Jonas Leases NHL Player's Condo ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TX-Nick+Jonas.jpg

New York's Chelsea neighborhood better prepare itself for a bunch of screaming tweens because Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is moving into the downtown 'hood. According to The Wall Street Journal, the youngest of the three-brother boy band leased a $23,000-per-month (not bad for a nineteen-year-old) apartment that's owned by NHL player Scott Gomez and was once occupied by fashion designer Marc Jacobs. And, the celeb residents of this Chelsea spread doesn't stop there--Stephen Levinson, executive producer of Boardwalk Empire and Entourage, also rented the home, reports Curbed

What does a nineteen-year-old pop star with $23,000 to burn every month get? Well, for starters the home is fully furnished and comes with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The pad is equipped with six televisions and a lighting and entertainment system controlled by an iPad, as well as a 120-inch high-def movie screen that drops down from the ceiling in the living room. Judging by all the high-tech gadgets throughout the swanky pad, we're thinking this penthouse is pretty much any guy's dream home, especially that of a nineteen-year-old. 

Renting the downtown bachelor pad is fortuitous for Nick who reportedly ended his relationship with Aussie Delta Goodrem recently. We think this sweet crib will temper the blow of a broken heart (well, the six televisions sure can't hurt). 

 



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<![CDATA[Linsanity Heads to White Plains ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:57:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jeremy-lin-knicks.jpg

White Plains, New York is about to get a little more Lin-tastic. The Daily News reports that the NBA's newest Asian sensation Jeremy Lin is kicking it up a notch after decamping to a posh new bachelor pad in White Plains. 

The swanky bachelor pad, which Lin is subletting from former Knick David Lee, is sure a lot sweeter than crashing on his brother's couch (we can't imagine that was all that comfortable for the six-foot three-inch star). The Knicks phenom's upgraded digs is a two-bedroom apartment in the celeb-friendly Trump Tower, which features marble bathrooms, cherry wood floors, a built-in sound system and sweeping views of the New York City skyline in the distance. The pad sits on the 20th floor and Lin can look forward to building amenities that include an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, gym, and outdoor basketball courts. 

Lin is expected to shell out about $3,800 per month for his new pad, which is conveniently located just a ten-minute drive to the Knicks practice facility. The overnight superstar's new pad is the same unit that his teammate Amar'e Stoudemire reportedly rented before moving into his lavish Manhattan apartment. Oh, if walls could talk. 



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<![CDATA[George to the Rescue]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:45:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GTTR_SHOW_LINEUP_GFX.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Buy Jorge Posada's Condo for $11.5M ]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:52:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jorge-posada-retires.jpg

While all eyes were on A-Rod's successful flip of his swanky West Side penthouse, former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada flew under the real estate radar, and to very little fan fare, recently listed his full-floor condo on the Upper East Side. Well, judging by the steep $11.5 million list price, Posada and his wife Laura are hoping for a pay day just as lucrative as A-Rod's. 

Posada, who announced his retirement just a few days ago, is said to have combined two impressive condo units into one, buying the last portion of what is now his full-floor apartment for $3.6 million in 2007. The all-star catcher's digs boast 5,600 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and some very swanky walk-in closets. Unlike Jonathan Papelbon's Boston crib, which features an array of Red Sox memorabilia, Posada's home is totally on par with the posh Upper East Side without a trace of any Yankee collectibles.

While Posada's sweet crib certainly seems like it has it all, including an ideal location at The Seville, a 31-story, full-service condo tower, the one thing that is missing is the much coveted outdoor terrace. And, with an asking price of $11.5 million, we can only suspect that the list price may soon dwindle, just like his batting average did in his last season in the big leagues. 

 



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<![CDATA[A-Rod Slugs NYC Condo Onto Market]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:58:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/050909+Top+Sports+A-Rod.jpg

On the field Alex Rodriguez is known for his bat and glove, and off the field for his high-profile relationships with a bevy of Tinseltown A-listers, but A-Rod's real estate skills have largely gone unnoticed, until now. After owning a luxe condo at the highly desirable Rushmore Building at 80 Riverside Drive for less than a year, the Yankees slugger recently inked a deal to sell the full-floor penthouse at a huge profit, reports The Wall Street Journal

The third baseman paid $5.5 million for the 35th floor apartment, which features stunning glass walls and enviable 360-degree views. But last October, soon after the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention, Rodriguez quietly flipped the home back onto the market with a $8 million list price. 

The quick flip seemed to do the trick because A-Rod is set to score a massive pay day from the sale of his maybe-never-lived-in crib. The new owner of A-Rod's penthouse unit can expect Warhol prints of Marilyn Monroe in the foyer, white wood floors, white walls, and a 60-foot-long living room that overlooks the Hudson River. 

And what's even more impressive is that A-Rod seemed to do himself a favor last year during his epic Manhattan housing hunt. His well publicized interested in The Rushmore seemed to stimulate interest in the West Side condo building and increase prices. Whenever Rodriguez decides to retire from baseball, he has a real estate career just waiting in the wings. 

 



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<![CDATA["How I Met Your Mother" Star Cobie Smulders Meets Her New Apartment ]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:30:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/edt-Cobie-Smulders.jpg

Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother fame and her hubby Taran Killam of Saturday Night Live recently snatched up a Manhattan condo unit, according to the New York Observer. The funny duo bought a swanky apartment unit at 2 River Terrace in the Battery Park City, following in the A-lister footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tyra Banks who also own in the celeb-friendly building.

The unit, which set the couple back $2 million, spans 1,580 square feet and boasts three bedrooms and three baths, which is the perfect amount of space for Smulders, Killam, and their two-year-old daughter, Shaelyn Cado Killam. High-end amenities of this Battery Park City home include a 190-square-foot master suite, a master bath with radiant floor heating, and a soaking tub and separate shower. 

Killam and Smulders (she plays Robin Scherbatsky on the hit CBS sitcom) can enjoy luxury living at their new apartment and also know they're doing a bit to help out the environment. The high-end building is eco-friendly, meaning that the building is made of environmentally responsible materials. But just because the building is green doesn't mean that the couple will be missing out on all the luxuries expected when shelling out $2 million. The building includes a yoga studio, 50-foot lap pool, kids playroom, 24-hour concierge service, and free bike storage.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: Inside the Most Expensive Rental in NYC]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:17:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OHNY1156DSQFTThePlazaweb_722x406_2177498167.jpg An exclusive tour of NYC's most expensive rental. For more information on the Astor Suite at The Plaza, please contact Melanie Lazenby or Dina Lewis of Prudential Douglas Elliman at 212-727-6131 or 212-727-6129.]]> <![CDATA[To the Rescue: Park It Like It's Hot]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:18:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/GARAGE_640x480.jpg George is off to help one young couple in need. This is Brian and Karen’s first home and, unfortunately, they didn’t quite manage to fit all of their stuff inside. So, like so many of us, they put it in the garage. One problem--the car doesn’t fit! George gives them a hand. ]]> <![CDATA[For Sale: "The Big Lebowski" Bungalow]]> Thu, 03 May 2012 22:11:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/laboskithumbsub.jpg Live like "The Dude" in this Venice bungalow just blocks from Abbot Kinney for a cool $2.3 million. ]]> <![CDATA[Tony Danza Lists Long-Time Malibu Beach House]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:49:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tonydanzawhosthebosscrop2.jpg 2011 brought a lot of changes for Tony Danza of Taxi and Who's the Boss fame. In March, the actor filed for divorce from his wife of 24 years and now word comes that the Brooklyn native has listed his Malibu home, which he has owned for the last 25 years. On the market for $9.1 million, the property, located on a 50-foot stretch of prime Malibu oceanfront, is as luxurious as they come. View the listing.]]> <![CDATA[Bloomberg Inks $20M Deal for Sprawling Hamptons Manse]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:01:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bloomnbergmike.jpg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will shell out a pretty penny for some peace and quiet.

The billionaire mayor inked a $20 million contract for a sprawling, 22,000-square foot mansion that abuts an exclusive golf course in the Hamptons, according to The New York Post.

The 35-acre property houses a palatial manor that includes 11 bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, black-and-white marbled floors, a pool and a tennis court, reports the Post.

Annual property taxes on the listing, which Bloomberg has yet to formally close on, are $42,110.

A spokesman for the mayor, who owns luxurious homes in Bermuda, Vail, Colo., London and Florida in addition to his Upper East Side townhouse, declined the Post’s requests for comment.

The expansive estate, which is shrouded behind a tree-lined half-mile driveway, also includes stables and horse-riding trails, which benefits Bloomberg’s equestrian daughter, Georgina.

The mansion itself was constructed by renowned architect F. Burrall Hoffman, who erected the structure in 1910 for Charles Blair MacDonald, who built the nation’s first 18-hole golf course, reports the Post.



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<![CDATA[Tour Will & Kate's LA Digs]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:44:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kate-middleton-prince-william-gala.jpg Los Angelenos are gearing up for a royal good time (or a royal traffic jam-induced headache) this weekend when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Wills and Kate, arrive for an official visit. For their whirlwind 48 hours in Southern California, the newlyweds will shack up at this Wallace Neff-designed home that has belonged to the Brits since 1957. ]]> <![CDATA[Designer Living: Robert Passal]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 10:08:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/robertpassaldl_640x480.jpg Designer Robert Passal invites us to the Manhattan neighborhood of Murray Hill for a tour of his downtown apartment that he purchased in "estate condition," meaning its previous owner had barely touched it since it was built in 1924! So, Robert went to work wielding his distinct flare for combining classic aesthetics with modern finishes, making the space one gorgeous juxtaposition. He continues to use the space for self-exploration, as contemporary tastes--and his own--evolve.

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<![CDATA[Ultimate Luxury in This Downtown Duplex]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:50:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HORATIO_722x406.jpg This downtown prewar duplex is located in the heart of the West Village. Three bedrooms on the main floor and a massive master suite upstairs make this newly renovated apartment impossible to pass up. Plus, there's a wrap around terrace that's accessible from nearly every room and two large entertaining terraces. For more information on this property, please contact Melanie Lazenby or Dina Lewis of Prudential Douglas Elliman at 212-727-6131 or 212-727-6129. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from 146 West 57th Street, New York, NY. For more information on this property please contact Halstead Property broker Renee M. Fishman at 212-381-2392. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Fallon's New Digs]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:49:48 -0400 New York Daily News. The late night talk show host is said to be shelling out $5.7 million for the unpretentious Hamptons home that includes six bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and two barns, all on 2.2 acres of rustic country land. Click to see more of the Hamptons home.]]> New York Daily News. The late night talk show host is said to be shelling out $5.7 million for the unpretentious Hamptons home that includes six bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and two barns, all on 2.2 acres of rustic country land. Click to see more of the Hamptons home.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jimmy_001.jpg Jimmy Fallon is days away from closing on a charming farmhouse in Sagaponack, NY, according to the New York Daily News. The late night talk show host is said to be shelling out $5.7 million for the unpretentious Hamptons home that includes six bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and two barns, all on 2.2 acres of rustic country land. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Carmelo Anthony Loses $6M on Sale of Colorado Home ]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:37:48 -0400 View the listing.]]> View the listing.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/CarmeloAnthonyHome1.jpg It's a good thing Carmelo Anthony inked a three-year $65 million contract with the New York Knicks because he just took a massive hit on the sale of his Littleton, CO home. Melo originally purchased the eight bedroom home in 2007 for $12 million and recently sold it at a major loss for $6.18 million. It's no wonder why the new Knick was so apprehensive about buying in Manhattan. View the listing.]]> <![CDATA[America Ferrera Still Trying to Sell L.A. Crib ]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:49:50 -0400 Ugly Betty star America Ferrera's Hollywood Hills home is anything but ugly. The chic crib, which is listed for $1.395 million, boasts a bright and lofty interior, a gourmet granite kitchen, and stunning city views. However, the actress still can't find a buyer for the home, which has been on and off the market since 2009. Click to see more of the actress and her digs.]]> Ugly Betty star America Ferrera's Hollywood Hills home is anything but ugly. The chic crib, which is listed for $1.395 million, boasts a bright and lofty interior, a gourmet granite kitchen, and stunning city views. However, the actress still can't find a buyer for the home, which has been on and off the market since 2009. Click to see more of the actress and her digs.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/america_edt1.jpg Ugly Betty star America Ferrera's Hollywood Hills home is anything but ugly. The chic crib, which is listed for $1.395 million, boasts a bright and lofty interior, a gourmet granite kitchen, and stunning city views. Despite the home's impressive features, the Golden Globe winning actress still can't find a buyer for the digs, which has been on and off the market since 2009. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: 7 Floors of Exquisite Design in Chelsea]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 07:09:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SQFT1_722x406_1967150922.jpg Designer Eric Cohler takes us through his amazing design creation in lower Chelsea. This totally decked seven-floor townhouse is not something you want to miss. For more information on this property, please contact Julie Pham of Corcoran at 917-517-8123. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from 627 West End Avenue, New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact Karen Kelley of Corcoran at 212-875-2879. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: A Stunning English Manor in Montclair]]> Tue, 31 May 2011 07:15:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OHNYMONTCLAIRE_722x406_1953875372.jpg Elite interior designer Thomas Britt takes us through his client's Montclair, NJ home. This stunning mountaintop English Manor home has more than 20 rooms and is adjacent to the Eagle Rock Reservation, hundreds of acres of preserved land. For more information on this property, please contact Andree Bertsche of Stanton Company. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from West 69th Street, New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact Maria Torresy of Brown Harris Stevens at (212) 906-9317. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Square Feet: Pure Luxury on the Long Island Sound]]> Tue, 31 May 2011 07:13:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OHNYCHARMERS_722x406_1953883986.jpg Welcome to pure luxury on the Long Island Sound. Two hundred feet of private waterfront property, a deepwater dock, a swimming pool and a tennis court make this resort-like estate a must see. For more information on this property, please contact Michelle and Company at William Raveis Real Estate. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from West 69th Street, New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact Maria Torresy of Brown Harris Stevens at (212) 906-9317. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Perfect Hamptons Living in Watermill]]> Fri, 27 May 2011 07:44:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SQFT1_722x406_1940032131.jpg This 8-bedroom home has both indoor and outdoor pools, a Har-Tru tennis court and a pool house. The beach and the town are only a short bike ride away, but why would you ever leave? For more information on this property, please contact Gary Depersia of Corcoran at 631-899-0215. View the listing.

This episode of Open House was hosted from 124 Beach Lane, Wainscott, New York. For more information on this property, please contact Corcoran broker Gary DePersia at 631-899-0215. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Buys $1.7M Arizona Home: Report]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:37:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/83246617_edt.jpg Is Sarah Palin on the move to Scottsdale, AZ? You betcha! The Real Estalker reports that the house hunting savvy Palin clan recently scooped up this mansion for $1.695 million, which only serves to bolster rumors that the hockey mom will make a run for President in 2012. The estate features 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a 6-car garage and no, Russia is not visible from the front porch. View the listing.

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<![CDATA[Luxury Real Estate Sales on the Rise ]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:44:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/luxuryrealestate.jpg

Sales of apartments upwards of $10 million are on the rise in New York City, signaling a rebound in the real estate market, according to real estate professionals.

Pamela Liebman, CEO of the Corcoran Group, says the average price of a Manhattan apartment is around $1.4 million, a dramatic increase from 2009, when the average price dropped below $1 million for the first time in many years. 

"The worst is definitely over, and we've seen a big uptick here in New York City,” said Liebman.  “It's okay now to write that big check again. For a while, it wasn't seen as okay to go out and spend a lot of money," Liebman said.

Liebman says 2010 brought the biggest deal ever in terms of dollar per foot; a unit in 15 Central Park West in the Plaza sold for $48 million -- or more than $10,000 per square foot.

Dina Cohen, associate broker at CitiHabitats is also seeing more interest and activity from potential buyers.  She says she’s received multiple bids for certain properties, something that was rare post-2007. She hopes that a rebound in the luxury market will mean a rebound for the overall market.

“I have a two-bedroom listing in the East Village that has been on the market for nearly a year,” said Cohen.  “My other listings have been selling and everything I have is in contract right now, so I’m hoping for the same for this one very soon.”

Since mortgage rates are still low, brokers say this is a great time to buy, but act quickly because there are not as many deals as one would think.

“Property is discounted from the height.  It's still probably over 20 percent from where we were in the height of '07 and '08,” said Liebman. “But the fact the prices have bottomed out, and are now starting to trickle up a bit, sort of spells the end of a very strong buyer's market."

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<![CDATA[Farrah Fawcett's L.A. Condo Listed for $1.885M]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/farrahOHthumb1.jpg The two bedroom condo belonging to the late Farrah Fawcett is now for sale for $1.885 million. Located on the fourteenth floor of L.A.'s Wilshire Building, the unit the Charlie's Angels star shared with her long-term partner Ryan O'Neal is specifically named "The Farrah Fawcett Residence at the Wilshire" to honor the iconic actress who passed away in 2009. View the listing.]]> <![CDATA[Street Signs Confuse NYers Uptown]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:08:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/222*120/east83rd-sign.jpg

New York City can be a maze for even some of the most veteran New Yorkers.

So what happens when you have street signs along Fifth Avenue telling folks they're on both the Upper East and Westside of Manhattan?

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer wants to point the NYC Department of Transportation in the right direction.

"This is the east side of Manhattan," said Stringer. "So, we don't need signs telling us this is the west side of Manhattan."

Stringer calls the signs designated for MTA drivers at bus stops between 110th and 59th streets -"incorrect and misleading."

"Think about somebody having a heart attack. or a police emergency," said Stringer.

The signs were first brought to Stringer's attention by a confused tourist searching for his destination.

And as a result, the borough president is now calling on the DOT to remove the signs immediately.

"We've got to get this right," said Stringer.

The NYC Department of Transportation released a statement saying, "While Fifth Avenue is the dividing line between Manhattan's east and west addresses, we will inspect these signs and make any changes with a sticker overlay. These signs were installed in the mid 1990's and this is the first we've heard of this issue, which we will work to address." 

Some advice - if you're not too sure about the street signs - ask someone around you when in doubt. 
 
 

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<![CDATA[Bike Share Program Coming to Brooklyn]]> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:45:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/82663689.jpg

A bike share program is in the works for downtown Brooklyn.

The Boerum Hill Traffic Task Force met Tuesday night and announced that it will soon be requesting proposals for a vendor to run a bike share program, which allows riders to rent and return a bike at a series of pickup points.  The first program will operate around downtown Brooklyn and could expand to other parts of Kings County in the future.

Brooklyn is home to the most bikers in the city and some residents feel a bike share program is a natural fit for the borough.

"It will encourage people to see the benefits of biking, and it will be a low cost way for people to experiment using a bike as a form of transportation," Boerum Hill resident Louie Fleck told the Brooklyn Paper.

Bike share programs are already in place in cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Montreal, Washington D.C. and Denver. 

Manhattan will test a pilot bike share program beginning this summer.



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<![CDATA[A-Rod Scores Upper West Side Apartment: Reports ]]> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/alex-rodriguez-boras.jpg

Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez finally brought home one of the most talked about celebrity real estate hunts in recent history with his purchase of a four-bedroom apartment in a swanky new building on the Upper West Side, according to published reports.

The hunky Bronx Bomber reportedly made a deal to purchase a full-floor condo overlooking the Hudson River at the Rushmore –- a new development comprised of two hulking 41-story towers on Riverside Boulevard.

A-Rod has yet to ink a contract, but a source familiar with the deal says the third baseman agreed to pay between $5.5 million and $6 million for his new digs, reports The Wall Street Journal. 

The cost of the 3,600-square-foot apartment falls below the average market price for similar condos with equally stunning views, the paper says, citing Madonna's $32.5 million purchase of three adjoining townhouses on the Upper East Side.  

A-Rod's been on the real estate prowl in New York for nearly seven years and has earned a reputation among even the most luxurious developers as a "savvy real estate buyer," reports the Journal.

"I think he knows every building in the city," Gary Barnett, the developer of the Rushmore, told the paper. "He studies it the way he studies pitchers. He knocked it out of the park with this one."

Incidentally, A-Rod will also net an enviable view of Riverside South Park with his reported acquisition, but the new condo likely won't be his only home. The Yankee has also been spotted canvassing real estate in Miami Beach.

A-Rod last owned a four-bedroom unit at Trump Park Avenue on East 59th Street, a $7.4 million purchase he made in 2005 only to put on the market three years later amid allegations he cheated on his now ex-wife, Cynthia. That apartment sold for $9.9 million in 2009, according to the Journal.



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<![CDATA[Bushwick: Brooklyn's Newest Frontier]]> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/bushwick_640x480.jpg Senior Correspondent Gabe Pressman continues on his odyssey tonight. Visiting the neighborhoods of New York and reporting on their past, present and future.]]> <![CDATA[Elevated Park Planned for Chinatown]]> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:21:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/highline8.JPG

Chinatown will soon have its version of the High Line.

The city has approved a plan to create a 10,000-square-foot community plaza in an unoccupied area bordered by the Manhattan Bridge, Forsyth Street, and Canal Street. 

The city plans to create a two-tier park called Forsyth Plaza, with an upper plaza on a vacant portion of land adjacent to the bridge’s off-ramp.

According to Scott Gastel, a Department of Transportation spokesman, the upper level will allow residents and cyclists traveling off the bridge to "enjoy public open space that looks down upon Forsyth Street and the surrounding neighborhood.”

The lower portion of the park will provide additional sidewalk space along the western portion of Forsyth Street to enhance the street environment currently alongside and underneath the Manhattan Bridge, said Gastel.

Gastel says the existing budget is $1.6 million for the upper plaza. The lower part of the park will be created using "existing resources,” said Gastel.

The Department of Transportation says it hasn't finalized the design of the plaza, but plans will incorporate the daily produce market currently alongside the Manhattan Bridge.

“The community board supports it, we think it will improve the area and create more public space,” said Susan Stetzer, district manager of Community Board 3. “We think the process of community input is important.”

The Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, a not-for-profit development group, proposed the plaza plan as part of the NYC Plaza program, which works with nonprofits to create neighborhood plazas throughout the city.

“We think it’s a very vital area in Chinatown. We want to make sure the future use of the site will incorporate the need for the community to capture local vitality and draw in tourists and events,” said Kevin Kong, of Renaissance EDC. The organization is holding a meeting on March 10 to invite community members to contribute to plans for Forsyth Plaza.

After the construction of the plaza, Renaissance EDC will act as a community partner for the site and aid in the management of the park.

According to Gastel, the new Forsyth Plaza is “a key part of the city's effort to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of quality open space.”


 

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<![CDATA[Homes of Famed African-Americans Landmarked]]> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:22:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/232*120/coleman+house-present.jpg

Just in time for Black History month, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to approve landmark designations of several homes where some of the greatest African American figures of the 20th century once lived.

“I think it’s monumental in that artist and historical figures that we hold dear to our heart are being recognized on a grander scale,” said Latoya Henry of Harlem.

 The History and English major, who graduated from Spelman College, a historical black college founded in 1881, said preserving our history is extremely important.

Homes belonging to Jackie Robinson, WEB Dubois, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Joe Louis and Lena Horne among others are now apart of the city’s history. The commission also approved the Addisleigh Park Historic District in south Queens - 422 homes where some of the most influential Blacks grew up and raised their families.

“I love the idea that young people will be able to one day walk through the homes or even ride by and see that the powerful figures grew up near their homes right here in our community,” said the native New Yorker.

 The Rossville AME Zion Church along with two cottages and a home in the Sandy Ground section of Staten Island were also approved.

 “It’s an exciting time for African Americans!”

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<![CDATA[Sweet Home: 50 Cent's Estate for Almost 50 (Per)Cent Off]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:49:55 -0400 listing. ]]> listing. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/50CentFront2.jpg Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent is asking $9.9 million for his Connecticut home, down 46% from the asking price of $18.5 million in 2007. Take a look inside "Fitty's" 50,000-square-feet Farmington estate, complete with a night club, billiards room, conference room, home theater and even racquetball court. View the listing. ]]>