Real Estate

Where to Live? Ask an App

Photo Credit Steven Salerno Searching for an apartment online has long been limited to plugging in what you can afford and where you think you might want to live and then sifting through dozens of listings. But what if you don’t have a neighborhood in mind? In a city as large as New York, there are probably neighborhoods you’ve never ...

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What the White House Decorator Likes About His Study in Madrid

Photo Michael S. Smith lives part-time in Madrid, where his partner is the United States ambassador. Credit Gianfranco Tripodo for The New York Times Name Michael S. Smith Age 52 Occupation Interior designer, White House decorator for the Obamas. Location Residence of the United States ambassador in Madrid. His Favorite Room Mr. Smith’s partner, James Costos, is the ambassador to ...

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Katie Couric on Why House Hunting Is Like Dating

“I liked that it was spacious, but unpretentious. It looks like a cottage in front, but kind of grows in the back.” The house, which was built in 1995, needed only a few new doorknobs. The grounds, however, needed help. Enter Ms. Couric’s sister, Clara Couric Batchelor, a landscape architect in Cambridge, Mass. Among other things, Ms. Batchelor moved the ...

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Shopping Guide: Sconces – The New York Times

Photo Elizabeth Roberts, an architect, with the Knotty Bubbles Sconce, $2,700 to $4,800 at Roll & Hill. If you’re shopping for sconces, the architect Elizabeth Roberts has a word of warning: “Sconces can really be hit or miss,” she said. “And there are lots of misses.” Ms. Roberts, 47, has designed a number of Brooklyn townhouse renovations, as well as ...

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In Chelsea: Gas Station to Boutique Condo

Photo The Getty, at West 24th Street and 10th Avenue, near the elevated High Line, will have six condominium units and two galleries. Credit Rendering from Victor Group + SHVO As the area around the High Line park continues its transformation from industrial hub to upscale housing district, a gas station is giving way to a boutique condominium. The six-unit, ...

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Hearts Set on Montauk – The New York Times

Beach-lovers both, Amy and Bobby Reich knew they wanted to settle in Montauk, N.Y., for the long haul. Mr. Reich is a native of Montauk. Ms. Reich, formerly Amy McMahon, is from the Philadelphia suburbs but spent happy summers at Stone Harbor on the Jersey Shore. The two met through friends and moved to a rental in Bayside, Queens. But ...

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Tattered Brooklyn Mansion Has a Blueprint for Rebirth

For years afterward, the patched-up building decayed on the block as its previous owners waded through a series of battles with residents, zoning laws and other issues, until they sold it — and the accompanying legal morass — to Ms. Streicker Porres. She has spent the past six years straightening out its issues, slowed by the often thorny permitting process ...

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A Day Care Center Draws Noise Complaints

Photo Credit Michael Kolomatsky/The New York Times Loud Children Nearby Our backyard abuts a rowhouse that operates a day care center, which also has a yard. When the weather is nice, the children are outside — crying, shouting and screaming — most of the day. The noise is constant and intolerable. My wife works from home and would like to ...

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In Newark, a New Chapter Unfolding

With some 282,000 residents, Newark has an international airport, universities and one of the largest ports in the country. The approximately 15-mile trip from downtown Newark to Midtown Manhattan takes around 20 minutes by train. Getting to New York from other parts of the city can be less direct. Nevertheless, residents in neighborhoods like the Ironbound, a popular destination with ...

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When the Dog Decides Where You Live

“We talk about what we would do differently if we were dog-free, and one of the things we would do is have a smaller place in New York and travel more,” Dr. Floyd said. “It’s bigger because of Mick. We wanted to have more room for him to roam.” And after all, Mick does have six inner tube-size beds scattered ...

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