Friday, March 23, 2018

Perfect Getaway for Spring Break

Looking for a spring break getaway that isn't over-run with college kids? We've got just the place: Tulum, Mexico. A quick 4 hour-flight from New York, this beach paradise has all the makings of a great spring break, minus the rowdy college crowd. This resort town has an abundance of fine-dining and upscale lodging, and we've outlined our must-see spots for you to check out. 

Our favorite places to stay: 

Villa Verde

This tropical retreat pays attention in every detail, giving you the ultimate sense of peace and tranquility. The beauty of the Mayan Riviera is at your finger tips. This home is close to beach and the town of Tulum. 

Colinbri Boutique Hotel

Framed by picturesque scenery composed of seagulls, fishing boats and the Caribbean Sea.This indulgent hideaway is a "Seaside Chic" boutique hotel has everything you need to feel pampered and serene. 

Some great spots to grab a bite at the beach: 
Le Pez
Want to sip cocktails on the beach without getting sand in your shorts? Le Pez is the perfect solution. The space has been carefully designed for an intimate setting, with vista of the sea. Local foods are prepared by chefs daily.  


Whether enjoying cocktails and sunsets on the rooftop, or taking in the 360 degree view of the Riviera Maya, Catch is a must-visit while in Tulum. 


If you're looking for open-air dining with more than a beach view, you have to try Arca. This restaurant is located in the tropical jungle of Tulum. Sip cocktails and nibble on tasty bites, while surrounded by lush greenery. 

Take in the beautiful views of Playa del Carmen, while grabbing a bite to eat, or having a drink at the swim-up pool bar. For ultimate pool day, Cindo is a must. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Brooklyn 2016 Townhouse Report

Brooklyn Townhouse Report Take Aways:

  • Sales activity is a little cooler. 2015 turned out to be a banner year for Brooklyn townhouse sales, so we were unsurprised that buyers were a little less busy in 2016.  The number of townhouse sales in 2016 was down 5%.
  • Strong prices. The median price for a Brooklyn townhouse in 2016 was $1.75M, up 9%, and the average price per square foot was $774, up 5%. Multi-residence townhouses were especially strong, with a 10% rise in median price and 6% in ppsf.
  • Investment opportunities. Speculative investment, restoration, and property flipping are playing a role in the Brooklyn townhouse segment in some neighborhoods, particularly in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
I am delighted to share with you our 2016 Brooklyn Townhouse Report.  Inside you will find a detailed analysis of single-family and multi-residence (four units or less) townhouse sales that closed in Brooklyn last year.

Click Here for the full report.

Spring - The Perfect Excuse for a Clean Start!

A word from Meryl Starr, Professional Organizer, Motivational Coach/Speaker, plus Author of “The Personal Organizing Workbook”

The following is a list of 10 easy ways to prepare of the season.

1. Scrub-a-dub-dub. There is a reason why we say it’s time for “spring cleaning” Dust bunnies, cobwebs, grime and dirt all have to go.
2. Glasswork. Wash your windows. Nothing brings in light like washing away that winter film.

3. Plant a Garden…Then, enjoy flowers, fresh herbs, and home-grown tomatoes this summer.

4. Research summer camps for your children

5. Make sure your air conditioner is cleaned and ready to go.

6. Cleaning Agents. Spring is the perfect time to get your carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned by professionals.

7. Curtain Call. Replace the shower-curtain liner in your bathroom. Mold and mildew can build up and exacerbate allergies and asthma.

8. Keep a picnic basket and a blanket handy, so you can make the most of a sunny afternoon at a moment’s notice.

9. Finish up those indoor projects you started and did not complete during the winter. Projects like painting your bedroom or organizing a box of photographs. Soon your attention will be outdoors and you will not revisit the indoor projects probably until winter.

10. Waste Not. Clean out your closets, drawers and cabinets. Mark two bins….”keep” and “get rid of”. Be bold, be heartless, be unforgiving, and don’t forget to get a receipt when you donate your stuff to local charities.

Hope this list helps you to get the Spring Season off to an Organized start.

If you need additional help or some motivation, please call Meryl Starr at (917)-902-9185


Friday, March 10, 2017

Selling in Chelsea

Conveniently located on West 23rd St., we recently welcomed a new resident from the sale of our quaint two bedroom, two bath home. With endless possibilities for customization, we successfully marketed and sold this "as is" opportunity. 

Our client was recently quoted saying, “Jeff was instrumental in the sale of our home. He was resourceful, trustworthy, and highly proactive.” They say when the going gets tough the tough get going. Jeff has the patience, perseverance, and motivation to handle the complex buying process."

To learn his secrets to selling your property at the highest value, call Jeff today.