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Deeds & Don'ts: Fantasy Island

Deeds & Don'ts: Fantasy Island

Regal homes, glamorous apartments and a vision for new possibilities are what's buzzing in New York real estate. Power couple Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller are hoping to build Pier 55, a 2.7-acre floating park in the middle of the Hudson River.The Dakota apartment of the late actress Lauren Bacall is listed for $26 million with Rebecca Edwardson of Warburg Realty. Park Avenue’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, on the market for $48 million, could be restored to a single-family home.

New York Cottages & Gardens
March 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Romantic Winterludes

Deeds & Don'ts: Romantic Winterludes

February is the month when we celebrate the great indoors. With the weather outside still frightful—some combination of snowy, sleety, gray and cold—few can resist the urge to nest for the next few weeks. So this column is dedicated to places and spaces for just that, whether the nesting’s done at the hearth, in a cozy kitchen or romantic master suite, or all around a home built to accommodate house parties and weekend guests.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
February 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Homes with Grand Kitchens

Deeds & Don'ts: Homes with Grand Kitchens

Realtors report that the heart of the home has to function as just that: a space to gather for family meals (sorry, dining room), entertain, do homework, watch movies, hang out and, oh yes, prepare food. The most common complaint about the kitchens in older homes is that they were designed as remote rooms for cooks and servants—a la Downton Abbey—with no connection to where family life is lived. So topping the “ideal kitchen” list is an easy flow into a family or great room, a formal dining room, preferably with a butler’s pantry, and doors that open onto a terrace for al fresco dining.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
January 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Transbay Ascendant

Deeds & Don'ts: Transbay Ascendant

San Francisco’s newest neighborhood is rapidly taking shape: The Transbay District and neighboring Rincon Hill, anchored by the $4.5 billion Transit Center, is speeding ahead with the promise of providing one of the greatest luxuries in the Bay Area—freedom from traffic—along with some of the best weather in the city and an easy stroll to the Embarcadero and waterfront. No fewer than 10 high-rise condominium projects are in the pipeline for the area, including several designed by globally recognized architecture firms.

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
February 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Seven Great Giftable Estates

Deeds & Don'ts: Seven Great Giftable Estates

This season, why not put a new spin on “home for the holidays” and consider the listings featured here as the ultimate gift? We’ve even organized them according to passion points and favorite pastimes with contact information for the Realtors who will guide you through a highly personalized “holiday house tour.” Our best to you this season!

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
December 2014
Deeds & Don'ts: $mart Celeb$

Deeds & Don'ts: $mart Celeb$

Stars: They’re just like us, right? (Oops, wrong magazine.) Unlike mere mortals, bold-faced names can really bolster their bank accounts simply by unloading a premier property. Julia Stiles recently did so, pocketing $2.7 million for her three-bedroom duplex with two wood-burning fireplaces at 310 East 15th Street (she purchased it a decade ago for $1.995 million). In SoHo, Jonah Hill’s full-floor Howard Street loft was recently listed for $12,000 a month; it boasts 13-foot ceilings and a fireplace, but no doorman expecting a holiday tip. A few blocks away, Kirsten Dunst’s Canal Street penthouse has just been snapped up by a new tenant.

New York Cottages & Gardens
December 2014
Deeds & Don'ts: Ghostly Abodes

Deeds & Don'ts: Ghostly Abodes

Ghoulish goings-on are not uncommon when it comes to real estate in the big, bad city. Predatory agents, surprise assessments, and untrustworthy superintendents can make urban dwelling a decidedly scary proposition. But nothing’s more frightening than the otherworldly spirits that some people believe live among us.

New York Cottages & Gardens
October 2014
Deeds & Don'ts: Artful Living

Deeds & Don'ts: Artful Living

With the opening of the new Anderson collection at Stanford in September, and the highly anticipated new SFMOMA and Berkeley Art Museum buildings set to open in 2016, arts development in the Bay Area is booming. Feeling the zeitgeist, arts districts are coalescing as well, making several Bay Area neighborhoods particularly worthy of the gaze.

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
October 2014
Deeds & Don'ts: Rennovated Properties

Deeds & Don'ts: Rennovated Properties

No matter their style, good architects design for the lives that are to be lived in the space. Put another way, a home is well designed only if it suits the lives of its owners—not the other way around. In keeping with the theme of this issue, here are places and spaces that have been beautifully designed or renovated by talented architects, designers or builders. But don’t take our word for it: With the fall real estate market underway, October is a great time to take advantage of weekends packed with open houses.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
October 2014
Deeds & Don'ts: Star-Struck Sales

Deeds & Don'ts: Star-Struck Sales

What’s jammed with celebrities and on the rise? The elevator at 155 Franklin Street in Tribeca, otherwise known as the Sugar Loaf Building. Dating from 1882 and located on a cobblestone block between Hudson and Varick streets, the condo is luring headliners left and right. Soon after Taylor Swift took up residence in the 8,300-square-foot penthouse (which she bought from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson for $19.95 million in March), Orlando Bloom reportedly scooped up a $4.875 million, 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom loft with wood-beamed ceilings on the fourth floor. Meanwhile, director Steven Soderbergh is hopping off for good, recently selling his 3,500-square-foot, third-floor apartment for $6 million.

New York Cottages & Gardens
September 2014
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