Home of the Week: State-of-the-Art Living on the Upper East Side

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from a Gentlemen’s Ranch just outside of Austin to a truly unique residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Listed for $10.5 million, this truly unique residence is absolutely stunning and impressive in every imaginable way. The state-of-the-art townhouse offers up a near unheard of 6,500 square feet of living space set on five expansive levels – each connected by a private elevator. The 6 bedroom and 7 bath home is dominated by its palatial proportions, high quality finishes and its inspiring versatile layout.

With its proximity to Central Park and its elite address on a picturesque tree lined street, this home works equally well as a quiet getaway in the middle of the city and as a wonderful place to entertain. You’ll be hard pressed to find a home in New York City with two sizable outdoor entertaining areas, but this home has just that, as it was recently completely renovated from top to bottom. Imagine enjoying breakfast or dinner with friends on the outdoor terraces as you soak in views of Central Park and the lovely NYC skyline!

No doubt our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ is impressive in size and space; but as the listing agent Marci Kahan puts it, “it also feels very warm and inviting too”. When you take into account the seriously impressive amount of space the home has and also consider its proximity to museums and world famous parks – you can’t help but be floored by how perfect this place is.

Click here if you’d like to see more of this home listed by Marci Kahan with Coldwell Banker Bellmarc

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Shady Canyon Community Info

Shady Canyon

Shady Canyon is a private, guard-gated residential and golf community located in Irvine, offering one of the most beautiful areas in Orange County where the living environment compliments the natural canyon surroundings.  Shady Canyon’s planners envisioned the prestigious look and rural feel of a luxurious enclave of custom residences into pristine coastal hills. The result is a residential and golf community whose design and amenities achieve the highest level of quality and harmony with their surroundings. This includes the breathtaking 310-acre Shady Canyon Golf Course, designed by the world renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio.

Tom Fazio holds a distinction among golf designers for creating the most harmonious designs of routing and natural terrain. He has three times been voted by his peers as Best Modern Day Golf Course Architect in Golf Digest polls. The private golf club is designed to pamper members with an immaculate 6,700-square-foot fitness and swim center and dining amenities in the way all great clubs should, including elegant formal dining, as well as casual dining. The 43,000-square-foot clubhouse is the center of golf and social life at Shady Canyon and offers impeccable accommodations and features. It sits on a crest of land overlooking the golf course with expansive views of the course and the Orange County hills beyond. The Clubhouse has been described as one of the most beautiful and comfortable clubs in the country.

Beyond the golf course you will find 175 acres of ethereal rural open space within the community. Outside the community is the nationally recognized Irvine Unified School District which includes Bonita Canyon Elementary, Rancho San Joaquin Middle and University High. The school district is known for exceptional student performance in academics, the arts and athletics.

Shady Canyon is only minutes from the Irvine Spectrum, University of California at Irvine, John Wayne Airport, Newport Center and Fashion Island, Newport Harbor and beautiful coastal beaches.

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6 Things You Need In Your Kitchen To Make Your Life Easier

Make life easier in the kitchen with these six affordable items.

Organize Your Pots & Pans with a “Pantree”

Now you can quickly find and use your pots, pans and lids. And even better, it’s easy to keep them this way so your cabinets will always be organized. More info here

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Fridgepad for iPad

If you like to use your iPad while you are cooking for music or recipes then this item is a must. This is a great way to protect your iPad from getting damaged from liquids/food while still keeping it accessible. Get it here.

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Can Cabinet Wall

Stop wasting that space between the wall and your fridge with this amazing space saving idea. Learn how to build one.

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No More Tupperware Avalanche

Win the battle against rowdy and unorganized Tupperware with this storage idea.

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Pull Out Cutting Board

A pull-out cutting board has a hole, which makes it easy to brush the scraps straight into the trash bin just below. See it here.

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Silicone Bowls

One of my favorite things to make is pancakes but making them is so time consuming. You have to measure out all the ingredients, pour them in a bowl, then pour them into something else so that you don’t make a mess once you pour them in a pan. These bowls make make the entire process so much easier. (Bakers: think about how much easier it would be to pour your ingredients into muffin tins!) Get it here.

Here is a look at the “prep” bowls but they come in all sizes!

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See more of the beautiful home featured above here.

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How to Get the Most out of Visiting an Open House

Open House season is almost upon us as soon many a home seller will open their doors for home shoppers to have their own private walk through. While many an open house sign will be seen on street corners across the country are they really worthwhile?

In this segment from NBC’s Open House, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent, Sandro Dazzan, talks about a few misconceptions of open houses and how to make the most out of your open house experience.

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Spring is Here. So What Do You Need to Know About Latest Housing Numbers?


The following is a guest post from Jessica Chen.

It’s officially spring and while the temperatures hesitantly begin climbing upward, I can without a doubt say that I’m ready to ditch the bitter cold and snow for sunshine and May flowers. With springtime, also comes a sense of renewal and beginning as we sweep out the old and look forward to the new. It’s no wonder so many people begin looking to buy homes during this time of year. The recently released February existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors reflects this trend as we head into spring.

With rising prices and the chilly weather, home sales declined 0.4 percent to an annual rate of 4.60 million in February compared to 4.62 million in January. The severe temperatures and snow contributed to February’s pace of sales – the lowest since July 2012.

On the bright side, total housing inventory at the end of February rose 6.4 percent up from January, and 5.3 percent above what it was just one year ago. With more homes on the market this spring, now is the perfect time to purchase, but homebuyers must act fast – the median time on market for homes in February was 62 days, down from 67 days in January.

Take a look at how home prices across the U.S. compare with one another:

  • Northeast: $237,800
  • Midwest: $140,900
  • South: $163,400
  • West: $279,400

As we bid farewell to the winter doldrums, check out the below home listings to celebrate the start of spring!

  1. Take a blast from the past in this Annapolis, MD colonial on the National Register of Historic Places
  2. Enjoy a stroll through the flower garden at 6 Twin Oaks Court in Spartanburg, SC
  3. Relax with a view of the river at this Mount Pleasant, MI retreat
  4. Start the spring anew at 120 Fox Street in Cary, IL
  5. Get lost in a good book at this Oregon City, OR home’s tucked-away garden oasis

Header image courtesy of Flickr user stella12

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1. Realtor Mag Agrees, Color is a Must in 2014!

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I don’t know about you but I am (figuratively) jumping for joy because Spring is finally upon us! If you are like me, you’ve already begun opening the windows at your house to air out all of winter’s remains. Spring is about rejuvenation so adding small details to your environment like a little bright paint, some new furniture, or fresh flowers is really the best way to waken your spirit.

If you’re looking for an idea on how to renew your space first consider how you can add some color. Even Realtor Mag agrees that in 2014, decor and design is all about eclectic color schemes.”After years of beige and whits grabbing all the attention as a way to appeal to potential buyers, many home owners now opting for more varied colors. Color forecasters agree that gray, especially a warmer hue, is the “it” gal in home design for 2014.” (Realtor Mag)

I understand that having a red or yellow accent wall could be overwhelming for some. If this is the case, as you’ll see referenced in the photos below, implementing small decor pieces like a bright frame or chair is a great start. For more incredible photos and design inspiration visit Coldwell Banker’s Instagram ig badge 16 Realtor Mag Agrees, Color is a Must in 2014! and Pinterest Coldwell Banker  pages.

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