Top NYC apartments, real estate listings and interior design inspiration
If you’ve ever considered living in the big apple or you already do and are thinking of upgrading from your current apartment, we’ve found some hot NYC real estate gems and paired them with vintage rugs for interior design inspiration!
Starting at $19M is 15 Central Park West (between 61st and 62nd) A modern two bedroom, two and a half bathroom condo with oversized windows for panoramic city, park and river views.
Less than 10 minutes walk you’ll find Columbus Circle, restaurants, bars and markets. This apartment is in the perfect location, it’s quiet yet central. To complete the space, add an extra touch of class with a vintage rug.
If you prefer something more classic traditional, you may be interested in this Neo-Georgian, five-story mansion. It has 11 master bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, high ceilings and the modern convenience of two elevators.
Listed at $59M, this building has a rich history. Designed by architecture firm, KcKim, Meade & White, who also designed the iconic New York Public library, for James J. Goodwin, cousin and business partner of banking magnate JP Morgan. See our more traditional pieces for this classic masterpiece.
For a downtown option, 30 Park Place in the Financial District is a magnificent 77th floor penthouse. The asking price is just under $19M and each room has stunning views of New York Habor.
It’s walking distance to the new luxury, waterfront shopping center, Brookfield place, where you can find high-end designer stores, restaurants, and bars.
The pièce de résistance is actress Demi Moore’s penthouse in the historical, San Remo towers on the upper west side. At $75M this triplex still has some of its original plaster rosette molding and bas-reliefs in the ceiling.
Included in the listing is a two-bedroom maisonette on the ground floor. The real selling points for this NYC property are the spectacular, park-facing views, large outdoor entertainment area and that Bono, of the band U2, would be your neighbor. Here are our rug suggestions to compliment this ‘South-western Mission’ style apartment.
New York City Apartments – The hunt is on in NYC!
New York City Apartments – Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the grueling and tiresome melodrama that undoubtedly coincides with the mere act of finding that perfect New York city apartment amidst luxury high-rises, intimidating doormen fully clad in crisp black suits, and having to dodge that five story walk-up.
(Let’s be serious, if a crazed chocolatier could create a glass elevator capable of 360 degree maneuvering, then there is no reason apartment buildings should not be equipped with elevators.)
The action of moving is no easy task and is fully equipped with moody movers showing off a little more skin than one would like to see, copious amounts of bubble wrap, packaging tape, and cardboard, and not to mention, those pesky realtors who will hound you far worse than an Amex debt collector.
All that being said, how does the New Yorker on the [high] rise locate that perfect abode?
Here are our NYC apartment hunting tips:
1. Economize (Know Your Manhattan NYC Apartment Essentials)
Firstly, we must remember that this is New York City and that the average room is the size of prison cell. However, there is no need to trade in that sleek black Hugo Boss suit for inmate orange. (Very few people can really pull off that color.) Instead, we New York’ers have learned to adapt our lives, our style, and our attitude.
We like things crisp, simple, and to the point. Compromising that living space is a notion of the past where today’s apartment hunter is in search of a place to rest his head, watch mindless reality TV, and have a pie delivered. In today’s market, it is all about economy and not in terms of dollar, dollar bills ya’ll.
Keeping your apartment full of the necessities and decor that ties the room together in a sleek and modern interior design provides ample room for that morning yoga session or Botox party.
2. Manhattan New York City Apartment Location
Location, location, location, for New York City apartments, it’s all about location. Whether you are joining the hipster brigade of Brooklyn’s industrial backdrop, rows of the Upper East side’s homey townhouses fully adorned with ivy coverings, or checking in to that chic apartment straight out of “Sex and the City” in the middle of Manhattan, location is key. Ask yourself these important questions: Where do you want to live/what’s your scene?
How convenient is this new locale to work or your favorite Friday night hot spot? How long do you plan on staying in this new fortress? (Like I said, moving is the bane of every New Yorker’s existence. Well, moving is at least one of the banes of New York life.)
Answering these questions will aid in narrowing that search down and save you multiple taxi fares going to and from viewings, which you will need once that broker’s fee and security deposit come into play.
3. Love Everything About Your New NYC Home
Your home is a sanctuary, an escape from the overly-crowded streets of pedestrians waiting to tackle you to the ground if you even think of crossing their path on the way to get their morning Starbucks, ambulances screaming worse than a child on an airplane whose mom forgot to bring the iPad equipped with hours of “Angry Birds”, and your home is a haven for some quality R and R.
Loving your home and everything about it is of the utmost importance. Whether it’s the natural foods bodega on the corner or a simple thing like awesome doorknobs on the kitchen cupboard, it’s important to remember that these are the things that will truly make you happy when finding a new place to hang your Burberry Trench.
So, call up that broker and put him to work, hire those movers (and a packing service if you don’t mind a complete stranger going through your unmentionables), and get out out there and hunt down that perfect place. Trust me, it will definitely be an adventure. (Indiana Jones lasso, fedora, and “Holy Grail” are totally optional. Oh, and remember to steer clear of “The Temple of Doom”, no good ever came of that place.) Happy hunting!
Transforming NYC Studio Apartments by Michael Chen and Kari Anderson
Transforming NYC Studio Apartments – Living in New York City sure comes with some serious obstacles whether you’re navigating your way through the stampede of people walking the streets, finding ways to combat the bitter cold of the winter months, or simply to make your living space a space indeed. Modern interior design in major cities all over the world are leaning towards a transformation trend. Interior designers, architects, and homeowners alike are banding together to get the biggest bang out of their buck through innovative design and multipurpose functions for living spaces.
The video below is a prime example of how one can transform their home when space is scarce to an ideal living situation. The average Mahattan apartments, especially the NYC studio apartments, are about the size of a shoe box. Eric Schneider, whose home is a whopping 450 square feet, which is actually larger on some standards in this city, teamed up with architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects to convert his hovel into a modern ever-changing abode full of multiple purpose modern furniture and storage units.
Schneider’s $250,000 condo with an added $70,000 renovation finalized into a fully calibrated and multi-functional space where a single room, a studio, is now transformed into four “separate” rooms. Modern architects and interior designers are finding ways to capitalize on such small space by hiding larger pieces of furniture into the confines of larger storage units. What makes these NYC apartments so special is their versatility and ability to add room dividers or click other aspects of a home’s need by a simple tug and shift.