Real Estate

A Longtime Renter Gets a Lesson in Bidding

“The whole buying scene was new to me,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect.” Last winter, he found an apartment he liked in a building near Bryant Park. A large studio, it had an open bookshelf that separated the living and sleeping areas. It was listed at $455,000, with monthly maintenance of $725. Continue reading the main story ...

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Inside the Estate that Inspired ‘The Philadelphia Story’

Photo The Montgomerys in September 1935 at the Bryn Mawr Horse Show in Pennsylvania, where they won second prize in the Family Class. From right, Colonel Montgomery on Handspring; Mrs. Montgomery, sidesaddle on Outbound; Ives on Lady Godiva; Edgar on Percy; Helen Hope on Grey Thistle; and Edgar Jr. on Red Thistle. Credit Montgomery–Scott–Wheeler collection In 1911, Robert Montgomery, a ...

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Renovating a Rental with the Future in Mind

But it turned out that just as Mr. McMahon was contemplating his future, Mr. Farrar and Ms. Chapman were thinking about theirs. Ms. Chapman mused about how the couple might eventually need to move into the parlor-level apartment, if the day came when they were no longer comfortable climbing stairs. “Somehow, it became a conversation,” Ms. Chapman said, and she ...

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Creating a Home in a Harlem Townhouse Share

A number of brokers hung up when he told them what he was looking for and that he had 13 or 14 potential roommates but no absolute “yeses.” He also learned that actors’ reputation for being flaky partners on a lease was not totally undeserved. Four or five people dropped out of the search after being offered jobs on touring ...

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Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?

Getting everything done will be difficult. Doing it while preserving the neighborhood’s patchwork charms — the artist studios and craft-makers, the surviving heavy industry, the hypnotic, sulfur-scented quiet of the canal on a Sunday morning — might be impossible. “There’s something compelling happening in this place, the mix is interesting and creative and we want to preserve it,” said Brad ...

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How Would That Couch Look at Home? Check Your Phone

The second design, which was bolder with richer blue and white tones, flipped the bed to the other side of the room — a layout I had never considered but now would consider trying — replaced the desk with a dresser, reading nook and added a Dowel mirror (from West Elm). The few hiccups I encountered were easily resolved by ...

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In the West Village, a Search for Fewer Stairs

So they began looking, in Greenwich Village and nearby areas. “Even though I had big space and amenities, I wanted a neighborhood feel, with local spots,” Mr. Milot said. “In the Financial District, I lived across from Burger King.” On Spring Street in NoLIta, a one-bedroom for $2,250 had slanted floors, and Ms. Ratliff and Mr. Milot feared the sofa ...

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Where Can You Park a Tiny Home?

Mr. Bray’s situation highlights one of the biggest challenges of tiny-house living: finding a place to park. HGTV programs like “Tiny House, Big Living,” which have helped popularize the movement, often gloss over this not-so-tiny detail. But the many Facebook pages and websites devoted to tiny-house culture are obsessed with it: Online discussions are dominated by requests, if not outright ...

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A Tour of Alan Faena’s Living Room in Miami Beach

Alan Faena Age 52 Occupation Founder of Faena Group; real estate developer Location Miami Beach His Favorite Room Mr. Faena lives in a Mediterranean-style house once owned by Robert Grey, the late Washington power player and adviser to four Republican presidents. In one of the villa’s three living areas he has densely layered the space with hundreds of crystals, a ...

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A BFF Takes On a DIYer (LOL)

Typically, they decorate clients’ second homes in the Hamptons, and apartments in co-ops with doormen. “It’s not our wheelhouse or area of expertise,” Julie said of an apartment like mine. “But if you have the time to really look around, you can find so many great things.” Continue reading the main story They trolled Etsy, eBay, CB2 and Ikea. But ...

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