413 West 21st Street Townhouse

An enormous Chelsea townhouse. That’s the dream. The building is steps away from the Highline and Chelsea Market. It’s a huge rental with a price tag to match, but when considering the location, the multiple terraces, huge master suite, and on-site parking – it’s a deal for any family looking to move into the area. Real estate photography and floor plans go hand in hand. I love working with Malcolm Beadle of Sotheby’s because he truly understands the value of the floor plan. When selling real estate in New York City, photography gets the…

May is House Tour Season!

Source: Nigel Spong and Ofer Wolberger for the Park Slope Civic Council While not everyone in New York can live in a stunning Greek Revival townhouse in Greenwich Village with outdoor space on every floor, we can at least all take a peek inside of one during house tour season, which will soon be upon us. This is that special time of year beginning in early May when neighborhood organizations around the city convince the lucky few to open up their lovely homes to the public for charity. Let’s take a look at this…

425 Fifth Avenue – 53B

Panoramic Views from Luxury Manhattan Apartment

Unit 53B at 425 Fifth Avenue has fantastic views all around. A truly beautiful unit with sun-drenched spaces and hardwood cherry floors throughout. The panoramic views show some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks from the Empire State Building to the Freedom Tower to the Statue of Liberty. Photographing real estate like this is what I am all about. Shooting for Sotheby’s Homes is always a treat. This is the first listing we have done for Linda Sierra but I’m sure it won’t be the last! Here is her description of the listing: The windowed kitchen features…

Micro Apartments: Living like (Fancy) Sardines

When it comes to living space in New York, there is a clear tradeoff between quality and quantity. Or at least this is the best that one can hope for when the only other alternative is not more low quality space, but living in a tiny dump. Developers and architects are latching onto the idea of high quality tiny living spaces as several micro apartment unit projects are being developed throughout the city. My Micro NY, a micro apartment development slated to open later this year at 335 East 27th Street, is getting the…

Don’t Look! Apartments You Could Afford if You Didn’t Live in New York

Searching for an apartment in New York can be a stressful ordeal, especially if you are on a limited budget. Sometimes if you’re feeling really down in the dumps about your apartment search and are mildly masochistic, it can be fun to look at your current budget for rent in New York and imagine what sort of apartment this much money would buy you elsewhere in the world. This is even more painful now given the strong dollar. For example, say you have about $700 a month to spend on rent in New York….

The Real Cost (and Uncertainty) of Public Schooling in New York City

There are a lot of things to consider when searching for an apartment to rent or buy in New York City: location, home or rental prices, amenities, and if you are a parent—the quality of local public schools. New York parents are notorious for going to what would seem like insane lengths anywhere else in the country to secure a spot for their offspring in the top schools, sometimes before their children are even born! Here we’ll discuss the best public schools, the “cost” of accessing them (which depends on what you’re willing to sacrifice…),…

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC

It’s almost that time again for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. In 2015, it takes place on Tuesday, March 17, and it’s an event that you definitely don’t want to miss. Did we mention it’s the largest parade in the world? It’s been going strong for over 250 years ever since March 17, 1762 when it first marched up Fifth Avenue. The parade is one that’s deep rooted in tradition. It’s completely run by volunteers, many of whom come from a line of family members who have also been a…

The Most Colorful Apartment in New York

Are you looking for a show stopper of an apartment with views of Central Park? Do you have a penchant for brocade, wallpaper, bright colors and $24 million in the bank? Then look no further than this Fifth Avenue co-op which laughs unabashedly in the face of modern minimalist décor. Beginning with the building itself, 1060 Fifth Avenue was designed by JER Carpenter, the architect behind many of New York’s most well-known luxury residential buildings. It’s a pre-war construction that finished in 1928 and was converted to a co-op in 1953. The façade is…

$539 Apartments Available in East Harlem

In a city where the average rental price is $3,129, looking for an apartment is enough to make you want to curl up and cry in a corner, and that’s before you even started actually doing walk-throughs of places, which can be a nightmare in and of itself. So what if you could get a place that’s less than $1,000 per month? No, that’s not the lack of coffee talking, there’s currently studio apartments up for grabs in Harlem that are just $539 a month. There’s no broker’s fee involved, and although prospective residents…

New York City’s Real Estate Market Heats Up

With a full week of 40 degree weather upon us, it’s about time for New York’s real estate market to heat up. Because finding the right apartment is hard enough without having to trudge through a foot of snow and subzero temperatures, the high season for buying and selling property in New York is mid-March through September, when the weather is warmer and families try to move before the start of the school year. Let’s take a look at what buyers and sellers can expect in the coming season. According to a fourth quarter…