Category Archives: Ultra Luxury

Stylish Manhattan Retreats

Buying a condo on the Upper East Side?
What amenities are you looking for before you settle into your new condo?
Main residence or a metropolitan second home, everyone seems to be looking for the same things… convenience, class, and couture. Sometimes we want a penthouse with an interior that reminds us of our country homes, and other times we may be looking for a full floor residency that is the complete opposite of our Villa in St.Barts… Whatever the case somewhere in Manhattan is the perfect Condo or Co-op for everyone! …

Luxury Market Still Strong

The upscale real estate market in New York City has more than survived the financial downturn–it is thriving. According to a new article in The Wall Street Journal, prices in the luxury property market continue to rise thanks to a number of high-profile deals in the past year. Commenting on the story, The Real Deal notes that luxury properties in the city are being snapped up at such a fast rate that “the market has begun to perform as well as it did during the market’s peak”.
There are a number of reasons …

303 East 33rd Green and Luxurious

Things are getting green on the eastern boundary of Murray Hill. 303E33RD is one of the first green luxury buildings in arguably the most convenient neighborhood of Manhattan. Be it a night at the movies at Lowe’s Kip’s Bay, or everything needed for a gourmet meal at home from Todaro Brothers, the greenest residential building in Manhattan is steps from everything.

With a modern look with a neighborhood feel, residents don’t sacrifice any style or convenience for green living. A common roofdeck with spectacular views of the the …

First Day on the Market, 4BR in the Azure Sells

The Azure NYC Penthouse

Brokers have announced the sale of a four bedroom almost-penthouse in the Azure, a newish condo building on the northern end of the Upper East Side. This sale is of personal interest to me, because I live near the building and walk past it a few times a week.

The Azure was completed in 2008 at a very unfortunate time, and has since been slightly discounted to reflect the nationwide recession (okay–who are we kidding? Worldwide recession). Since Manhattan prices are starting to inch up, and the local economy has recovered …

Wall Street 2 Penthouse Sold for $15 Million

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The subprime lending crisis of 2008 changed everyone’s lives; arguably, it will be the greatest financial disaster of our lifetimes. The impact on the housing market, the job market, government solvency, international business sentiment, the stock market, and the financial industry has been greater than a nuclear fallout. So great and so dramatic was the disaster that Oliver Stone effortlessly resurrected his diabolical Gordon Gekko in a reprisal in a sequel to the original Wall Street.
I liked Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, even if it had the eminently annoying Shia …

The Changing Faces of 113 E. 90th Street


I have waxed lyrical about Upper East Side townhouses before. The area has preserved a number of classical, European-inspired homes from the pre-war and inter-war periods that have been cherished throughout the decades. It’s not unusual for these buildings to change shape and purpose over time, with each permutation being another chapter in the building’s history.
Developments at 113 E. 90th street have been particularly newsworthy, because the property had been the home of the Allan Stone Gallery for the past 16 years. The gallery had been a stunning space full of …

Another Downtown Development

While the WTC construction site is still ongoing, new projects around the area are being planned or constructed. The interest in downtown Manhattan is not surprising; for the past couple of decades, the center of the city has really moved from Midtown to Soho (for living), Chelsea (for playing), and the downtown area encompassing the southern tip of the island (for working). Smart developers have been taking advantage of the few vacant lots and buildings ready for demolition in southern Manhattan to offer the public more living options.
Downtown is a …

960 Fifth Avenue: “Probably the Finest”


Looming over the corner of 77th Street and Fifth Avenue, the limestone behemoth at 960 Fifth Avenue is an acknowledged masterpiece of twentieth-century luxury. Robert A. M. Stern, the designer of 15 Central Park West and numerous other elite Manhattan palaces, has acknowledged 960 Fifth Avenue as a source of inspiration. The building was designed by the great architect Rosario Candela, in collusion with the firm of Warren and Wetmore, and completed in 1929.
It remains, according to the New York Observer, “probably the finest apartment house in the country.” Denise LeFrak …

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