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Recently Listed – A Luxurious 2-Bedroom Condo That Will Steal Your Heart

The Campiello Collection in Chelsea was developed by Elad. It was one of their first condos in New York in the early 2000’s when most people would head to the Upper East Side still when looking to buy, to find themselves a Classic 6 – as the traditional 2-bedroom coop homes were referred to with their closed kitchens and small maid rooms. While no one measures square footage in the same way, these ranged from 1,400 to 1,600 Square Feet.

By 1998 developers had started to convert former warehouses in lower Manhattan and Chelsea was about to undergo great change. Formerly the Barney’s parking lot (Barney’s is back – around the corner) this building was built ground up as a boutique full-service luxury condo. One of its key features that make it stand out today are the extra spacious living rooms and bedrooms. To attract buyers downtown back then, it was all about space. By the 2004 developers started chopping the apartment sizes down so many later New Developments in Chelsea and the area had small second bedrooms and tighter living / dining combinations.

This home was recently updated with the most beautiful of 5″ wide plank white oak floors which look and feel incredible under your feet. Peaceful beyond belief, this residence is a great escape from New York without having to leave. Enjoy this short clip. Price: $ 2,995,000

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Design Wednesdays – Why Hardwood Floors Are Worth It

DLY_8788_DLY_8790copy_Tony_Sargent_New_York_Real_EstateHaving sold everything from classic lofts to the most modern of ultra-luxury apartments and townhouses in New York City’s real estate market, one of the most asked questions I get as a listing broker or buyers is this: What kind of floors are these?”

If you are thinking of renovating your home or apartment, new kitchens and baths are definitely high on the list of items to transform, however travel with caution if you don’t replace your floors. In cities which have cold winters hardwood floors provide texture and warmth.

New floors make a huge visual impact on your home. Why? As you know, flooring covers your entire apartment. How it appears affects buyer’s impressions of your apartment and therefor its ultimate sale value. How many people skip spending money on their floors. Do. You’ll get it back multiples.

Over the years I’ve had several listings which had old floors. On one which lingered for 3 months on the market buyers could not get past the aged floors. We recommended the seller install new hard wood floors. She invested $15,000 in them – we received an offer to buy within days after it went back on the market, $120,000 above where the most recent offer had been.

I stage properties for my sellers. On a recent sale (and estate) we removed wall-to-wall carpets that had been down for over thirty years. The floor was dark and old. We sanded them, replaced old tiles and lightened them and used a matte polyurethane finish. Within ten days of listing the apartment went to multiple bids and into contract. The refinishing cost? $3,000.

Last week I listed this luxury 2-bedroom condo in Chelsea at 151 West 17th Street (see photo).

The owner spent money replacing the original maple composite floors installed by the original developer with custom wide-plank (5″) white oak, installed over a cushioning sub-floor. The floors look amazing which makes the apartment desirable and they feel like butter underfoot.

Thinking about selling your home and need some design tips for flooring? Feel free to contact me – or – check out this fantastic article from Elle Decor – “The Complete Guide to Hardwood Flooring Types and Costs“. It really breaks down the wood types, and what qualities they have which may make them more or less desirable for your intended use.

Last Tip: If you can afford it, spend the money for hardwood or top quality composite hardwood floors. In Manhattan at least, stay away from laminates that feel have a plastic look or feel to them. Buyers notice laminates immediately and most don’t respond well to them.

Photo Credit: Dooley Images

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Why Compass? Our Mission.

After 18+ years in New York luxury real estate – having worked at both one of the largest firms for my first 11 years and a boutique luxury firm for 7, I felt the need to grow and be inspired again. Looking forward to the future, I felt that as we move forward in the world, technology will be playing a bigger part in the real estate industry. Real estate is always going to be a person to person business, but how you search for your home and how we are able to put technology to work for you, in my mind will make all the difference in your success.

Here’s what Compass is all about…for you. If you have any questions, reach out. No obligations. I’m happy to answer any of your real estate questions. Connected from London to San Francisco, Hong Kong to Dubai, anywhere you go, I’m here to help advise you. – Tony Sargent, NYC

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New To Market – Renovated Chelsea 2-Bedroom Condo

New To Market – Renovated Chelsea 2-Bedroom Condo Photo: Dooley Images | 151 West 17th Street, Apt 7H, New York

It’s always a pleasure when as a New York luxury real estate agent I have the opportunity to work with a seller who’s beautifully renovated their home. I’m excited to have just listed for sale this 2 Bedroom luxurious condominium in prime Chelsea. Moments away from the Rubin Museum, Chelsea art galleries and Flatiron’s best restaurants including ABC Kitchen and Gramercy Tavern – this home offers more square footage than many in its class, an extra spacious Master Bedroom Suite with an en-suite Spa Bath and soaking tub. The perfect home for entertaining or lazy Sundays. Peaceful and sunny. Learn more by clicking on this link for pricing and upcoming Open Houses. – Tony Sargent –

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Off to the Races: 2016 Horse Racing Season Guide

Off to the Races: 2016 Horse Racing Season Guide Kentucky Derby - Photo: iStockphoto/ Jill Lang

Ready, set, hats!

May marks the beginning of horse racing season, and its attendant mint juleps and mojitos, bright sundresses, and huge statement hats. To prepare you for high racing season, my team and I have put together a primer of the most important races, what’s at stake at each this season, and how to answer the most pressing question – what to wear? Read more…

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Met Gala Preview 2016

Met Gala Preview 2016 Photo: iStockphoto/Samaro

Fashion’s hottest night is just days away. This coming Monday, May 2nd, the fashion world will convene on the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the museum’s annual Met Gala helmed by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Everyone from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to George and Amal Clooney to fashion world icons like Cara Delivigne and Stella McCartny clamor for invitations, Read more…

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New York Design Spotlight: Michael Aram

Michael Aram Home Brings Modern Energy and Timeless Tradition to NYC’s Luxury Real Estate Interiors

In Hindi, “aram” literally translates as “ease”. Hindi speakers use the word to connote gentle movement with peace, love and care. This is exactly the ethos award-winning artist Michael Aram evokes in his timeless metal-ware, home-ware and fine jewelry designs. Read more…

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