July has been more active than past July’s, but like always, it's a steep drop off from May and June. We’ve been happy to be working with a few serious buyers who have been looking for some time and recently put in very reasonable bids on properties. While the stock market is strong and the economy seemingly doing well, our real estate market remains unsteady - primarily driven by uncertainty - and as such, the most successful sellers are the ones who recognize they must be patient, and at times, flexible. We have taken a few properties off the market for August and look forward to September when we will re-list those, plus bring on some new inventory.
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With many New Yorkers travelling to beach and country settings to escape the city's brutal summer heat, we thought we’d invite our readers to enjoy our curated collection of amazing outdoor spaces – adorned with fire pits, popcorn lights, rustic swings, comfy hammocks... you name it - we promise you won't want to leave!
The Cronut at Dominique Ansel 189 Spring St
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer 529 Broome St
A cookie dough sandwich at DŌ 550 Laguardia Pl
Cookie dough balls at DŌ!
A Line Around The Block!
N.Y.C. is the most visited destination in the United States, and with New York also having some of the most diverse and unique food offerings you can find, these hot spots can attract tourists and locals alike in droves, with often hours-long waits and lines for miles!
The food craze that started it all was the "Cronut," a unique creation by Chef Dominique Ansel, crossing the croissant with the doughnut. Every morning, Dominque Ansel bakery in SoHo offers freshly made Cronuts. Beware, the line can start outside as early as 1 hour prior to their 8AM opening. Best time to visit? Arrive before 7:30 AM, Monday through Thursday, and you have a great chance of getting one.
Just around the block is Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. While they serve delicious burgers and beers, they're really known for their dessert creations. Visitors line up for elaborately garnished milkshakes with varieties like cotton candy, "sweet 'n' salty," and Oreo. The big ones have somewhere in the ballpark of 1,600 calories! Best time to visit? Arrive after 11 PM, Monday through Thursday, and you'll find minimal to no wait.
The latest dessert craze is DŌ in Greenwich Village, a quasi-bakery that just opened this year and sells scoops of cookie dough in more than a dozen flavors, including gluten-free and vegan options. The dough is made with pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour, making it safe to eat raw! On weekends, visitors will line up before the store opens at 10 AM and wait for more than two hours! Best time to visit? Arrive before noon, Tuesday through Thursday, and you'll find minimal to no wait.
Icons of Design
Horace Gifford (1932–1992) was a celebrated beach-house architect of the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. Heralding the modernist transformation of New York's Fire Island, Gifford produced nearly one hundred homes across the thin eight-square-mile barrier island.
Growing up on the rustic beaches of Vero Beach, Florida, Horace forged a deep connection with coastal landscapes, and he never entirely assimilated into what he called “the cosmopolitan attitude of New York.” Pairing these two aspects of his personality, he created structures which were glamorous, yet unpretentious.
And the architect practiced sustainable design in the construction of his homes years before the trend became popular. While generally modest in size, Gifford's homes were artfully wedded to their natural landscapes, mostly constructed in now-weathered cedar and glass. Gifford never published a full list of addresses of his homes, so Island visitors often engage in a scavenger hunt to find all of his creations. We've done some of the work for you, and put together a photographic collection of Gifford's greatest hits.
High-Tech Home Gadgets
iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner
iRobot Roomba Vacuum
Beautiful weather is here, and no one wants to stay cooped up inside cleaning - cue Roomba. iRobot's Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner seamlessly navigates and cleans entire levels of your home, and you can even keep track of its location via Wi-Fi and recharge it as needed until the job is done. Using optical and acoustic sensors to detect high concentrations of dirt, dust, and pet hair, it efficiently targets areas where it's needed most, and can even clean under sofa and chairs, thanks to it's low-profile design. Available from iRobot for $699.99.
Off The Beaten Track
404 Ocean Road | Offered at $4,295,000 Mott & Chace | Sotheby's International Realty
In celebration of summer, we invite you to explore New England's seaside outposts Watch Hill and Newport, RI. These world-class resort destinations feature Victorian homes, elegant dining, and historic landmarks. Allow us to help you find the perfect home that encapsulates everything that coastal living has to offer.
With Sotheby's extensive international network of brokers and properties, we can help you find your dream home or vacation property in 63 countries. We have a strong network of colleagues and would love to connect you to an experienced broker.