Showing posts with label apartment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apartment. Show all posts

Mar 7, 2014

Barbara Corcoran's Park Avenue Home

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Barbara Corcoran's home buying advice:

"Buy with your heart, not your head. You can look at all the aspects that make a purchase practical, but that kind of thinking makes it an investment rather than a home." 


Feb 26, 2014

Tips for Selling Your Manhattan Home

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Did you know that within 15 seconds a buyer has already developed an opinion of your property? This is why establishing the right first impression is critical to achieving a successful sale.

Decide on what types of renovations and staging you would like to complete on your home. Remove and repair all signs of damage and other deterioration, e.g. holes and cracks in ceilings and walls. Restore hardware and bathroom/lighting fixtures as needed.

Staging Matters -  Main Rule of Apartment Staging:

Remember, the key to staging a home is to “Neutralize” the environment. You want it to be free of personal photos, waste cans, tissues, cosmetics etc.  

The potential buyer should walk in and feel as if it is a model home, devoid of clutter. When they leave they should wonder whether anyone lives in the apartment.

For showings: Owners should leave while your home is being shown so that buyers will feel more comfortable to move around and discuss your property with the real estate professional.

Home Enhancement Guide


Sep 12, 2011

Renting an Apartment in Manhattan, NYC

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Renting an Apartment in Manhattan, NYC

Everyone wants their first New York City rental experience to be a positive one. As a current or future Manhattanite, you should familiarize yourself with the rules of renting in order to make your experience as hassle and worry free as possible. 

Carefully read any documentation presented to you by your future landlord before entering into any contract. Although many leases contain predominantly boilerplate language, in many instances clauses may be added to the lease contract that supersede or alter the lease agreement in some way. Such additions are called riders.

Also, the type of lease may vary. A Standard Form of Lease, for instance, may differ greatly from a Rent Stabilized Lease Agreement or a Cooperative Sublease Agreement. Take the time to read and digest the language of any documentation presented to you, and always ask questions should it contain something you don't fully understand.

Make a check list of information to bring with you in order to finalize your lease agreement. You will almost certainly need all of the following:
1.     A letter of employment and salary verification
2.     Bank account numbers (checking and savings), as well as any credit card numbers
3.     Current bank statements
4.     Contact information (names, addresses, phone numbers) of previous landlords
5.     Contact information of your personal accountant or attorney, if applicable
6.     Contact information of any personal or professional references
7.     Tax returns from the last two years
8.     Recent (current) pay stubs, typically from the last two pay periods
9.     Two forms of personal identification (driver’s license, passport, etc)
10.    40-45x the monthly rent in annual income is required.

If you are relocating from outside of New York, prepare your funds ahead of time. Landlords will not accept personal out-of-state checks. Bring traveler’s checks or certified bank checks in amounts sufficient to cover two months rent, any brokerage fees, a credit check fee, and any additional fees such as a move-in/move-out fee or building application fee.

The Corner - 72nd & Broadway
Once your personal and financial documentation is in order, you will then be prepared to view and select prospective apartments. Remember, your agent can provide you with a wealth of information to assist you in making an informed decision. Ask plenty of questions about neighborhoods, building types, public transportation access, or anything else that might be of interest to you.

When you have selected a suitable apartment, you must then fill out a rental application, or other applicable documents. Once you or your agent has negotiated agreeable lease terms, a credit report and reference check will be done.

Upon final confirmation, you will be asked to sign a lease and settle any outstanding applicable fees.

In Manhattan, residential real estate is made up of rental buildings, condos, condops, coops and townhouses. All can make fine homes and all are available for rent.

Please contact me to rent your Manhattan Apartment.

courtesy of:
Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group
REBNY member


     

May 17, 2011

Manhattan Residential Architecture

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Brownstones to Glass Mansions in the Sky
Manhattan Residential Architecture from the 19th Century to the 21st Century

19th Century
New Yorkers lived in townhouses during the 19th Century. Single Family Townhouses and Mansions were made of Brownstone and Limestone. The Townhouse Market today is very desirable as single family homes and multi-family income producing rental buildings for investors.

Upper West Side Townhouses made of Brownstone and Limestone

The luxury apartment house was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century. Upper-class New Yorkers lived in townhouses and single-family mansions during the 19th century. To lure potential tenants, developers borrowed the word "apartment" from the French to make the new buildings sound more fashionable. The word and the lifestyle stuck.

In 1890 The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan.
It's Beaux Art Chateau style architecture was popular in the late 19th century. It was named The Dakota because at the time it was considered so far uptown (West 72nd Street and Central Park West) it might as well have been in Dakota Territory.

The Dakota
Dakota Architect: Henry Hardenburgh

20th Century 
In 1904 The Ansonia was called the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world.
When it opened in 1904, this extraordinary, eighteen story Beaux Arts building provided tenants with such luxuries as electric stoves, hot and cold filtered water, freezers, a pneumatic -tube system to deliver messages, and even an early form of central air conditioning.

Architect: Grave and Duboy built (1899-1904)

Apartment house living spread from New York to the rest of the country. By the 1930's 90% of Manhattanites were living in apartments.

1930 Art Deco Buildings
 
The San Remo Apartments and The Beresford. Two Emery Roth Architectural Masterpieces.
An ad for the San Remo in the NY Times in April 1930 called it:

As modern as a flying boat, as luxurious as the Ile de France and designed for people who are at home on both. Birds in the sky are your only neighbors.





<--The San Remo Apartments  

The Beresford -->






After World War II the New York apartment buildings became flat panels of brick and glass, lacking shape, color, texture, and ornaments.


1950's 

 Brick Buildings



11 Riverside Drive - The Schwab House





The Schwab House built 1951 is considered one of the best Upper West Side Coops. 

The 17-story, 654-unit apartment building is on the site of the former Charles Schwab mansion. It recently converted to"green"energy.



1960's
 Buildings were white brick - Wedding cake style - Large buildings with many setbacks with terraces.



Fairmont- UES built in 1964 - coop in 1984      
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  Dorchester Towers  
 Broadway at 68th Street
built in 1964 with Lincoln Center Development converted to condo 1984 --->





1970's


Buildings made of concrete have set back vertical rectangles and cylinders, many with balconies.






Yorkville Towers, Rupert Towers Complex  built in 1975 converted to condos in 2003

<---Yorkville Towers

Rupert Towers --->







1980's

Brick facade with glass oversized windows - post modern, construction boom in 1980's.




The Boulevard 1988 - Upper West Side Condop   
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The Bromley 1987 - Upper West Side condo --->


 





1990's

Distinctive Brick facade of the 90's. Mixed facade limestone panels of the new century.




The Alexandria built 1991 
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Seven buildings (condos and rentals) Trump Place 1998- 2003

21st Century
Glass Towers of the New Millenium - Glass Mansions in the sky






The Ariel East and West at West 99th Street and Broadway -
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The Aldyn 60 Riverside Boulevard
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Oct 14, 2006

The Dakota - 1 West 72nd Street

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The Dakota - 1 W 72nd Street at Central Park West 
  
The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan.

In 1884, the New York Daily Graphic called it:

 "one of the most perfect apartment houses in the world"


The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan. It's Beaux Art Chateau style architecture was popular in the late 19th century.

It was named The Dakota because at the time it was considered so far uptown (West 72nd Street and Central Park West) it might as well have been in Dakota Territory.

Today more than 100 years later, the Dakota still has fabulous apartments and magnificent park views. Some of The Dakota's most famous former and current residents are Lauren Bacall, Judy Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Gilda Radner and Barlis Karloff.

The Dakota is filled with stories about it's famous residents. The most famous is John Lennon's murder outside the Dakota in December 1980. A section of Central Park opposite the Dakota has been named strawberry fields.

At the time of the murder, many Americans were already familiar with the Dakota because of the famous film, Rosemary's Baby which had been shot there 12 years earlier.

The Dakota became a co-op in 1961. It has 10 floors and 103 apartments. The building only allows 50% financing, requires board approval and has a transfer fee paid by buyers of 2% of the sale price.

Yoko Ono is a board member. Yoko owns a couple of apartments on two floors. Her office is also in The Dakota.

For available listings in the Dakota click here
 
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