square foot – FYJ 5 http://fyj5.net/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 05:19:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fyj5.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png square foot – FYJ 5 http://fyj5.net/ 32 32 East Midtown is New York’s most in-demand market, as proximity to Grand Central invites you https://fyj5.net/east-midtown-is-new-yorks-most-in-demand-market-as-proximity-to-grand-central-invites-you/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 20:24:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/east-midtown-is-new-yorks-most-in-demand-market-as-proximity-to-grand-central-invites-you/ East Midtown is once again Manhattan’s hottest office market. Deals are still going on in the Hudson Yards, Times Square, Midtown South and World Trade Center area, but brokers say the momentum has shifted to the 1940s and 1950s in the East, which seemed like it not so long ago have lost their luster. “Companies […]]]>

East Midtown is once again Manhattan’s hottest office market.

Deals are still going on in the Hudson Yards, Times Square, Midtown South and World Trade Center area, but brokers say the momentum has shifted to the 1940s and 1950s in the East, which seemed like it not so long ago have lost their luster.

“Companies with resources are drawn to the blocks around Grand Central Terminal,” an insider said. “They like the energy that came from One Vanderbilt and the recent rezoning of East Midtown. They like that the LIRR is coming to the terminal soon. And they love the reinvestment that renews old towers.

A major lease is reportedly underway for the Macquarie Group at 660 Fifth Avenue in Brookfield, the redesigned tower stripped of its former “satanic” 666 address. More deals are also set to happen in the unrecognizably transformed tower.

Meanwhile, sources said Ken Griffin’s Citadel, which is in the midst of hiring in the Big Apple, is in advanced talks with 550 Madison Ave. of Olayan America, the repositioned former Sony tower where Chubb Group recently signed on as anchor tenant. Citadel is already the largest tenant at 425 Park Ave. near L&L Holding Co.

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The former 666 Fifth Avenue — now rebranded as 660 Fifth Avenue — has a significant ongoing lease, sources told the Post.
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Separately, an unidentified tenant is reportedly occupying high-floor space at One Vanderbilt in SL Green for nearly $300 per square foot.

We recently reported renewed rental momentum at Mutual of America and 320 Park Ave. of Munich Re, which like many other avenue towers has undergone a major capital upgrade programme.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we will see even more activity in Midtown East,” one broker predicted, “as businesses undeterred by ‘work from home’ will continue to seek stability from what has always been the Manhattan’s #1 commercial heart – Grand Central.”

Ken Griffin’s Citadel is in advanced talks with Olayan America for space at 550 Madison Ave, sources tell The Post.
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550 Madison Avenue has seen renewed interest due to its proximity to Grand Central. The building, formerly known as the Sony Building, could see a big lease from Ken Griffin’s Citadel
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The area near Bloomie’s gets the ‘Blu’ lift

The struggling business scene immediately south of Bloomingdale’s is getting a much-needed boost. Modern furniture mecca Blu Dot just signed a 12,346 square foot lease on three levels – plus a 2,700 square foot rooftop terrace – at 715 Lexington Ave. at East 58 from Vornadoand Street.

It will be the second Blu Dot store in Manhattan, based in Minneapolis, following the success of its similarly sized department store at 79 Madison Ave. downtown.

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Furniture retailer Blu Dot signed a lease at 715 Lexington Avenue in Vornado
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Retail space at 715 Lexington Avenue will have a big new tenant with furniture retailer Blu Dot joining the neighborhood.
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The deal for most of the retail “glass boxes” was brokered by Sinvin’s Senior Managing Director, Sarah Shannon for Blue Dot, and Vornado’s Edward Hogan and Jason Morrison internally.

Blu Dot Co-Founder and CEO John Christakos said, “With the success of our flagship store in the Nomad Design District, we are thrilled to expand Blu Dot’s presence in Manhattan with this new store in the heart of the East Side design community.”

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Sinvin’s Senior Managing Director, Sarah Shannon, negotiated the lease for the Blu Dot space.
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Shannon of Sinvin said, “With over 120 feet of wraparound glass facade on the second and third floors, Blu Dot will have a powerful presence. The roof terrace will allow Blu Dot to present its range of outdoor furniture and to welcome customers and special events.

The low-rise building at 715 Lexington is one of two Vornado built years ago to add a chic retail environment to the south side of East 58andacross from the developer’s condo and office tower at 731 Lexington.

The space where Blu Dot will open – likely by the end of the year – has been vacant for some time. Terms were not available. A Santander bank branch which is also at the address will remain.

Extra, extra: A new Starbucks! (Really)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away — that is, pre-pandemic — a new Starbucks opening wouldn’t be worth a look.

But it’s been as long as can be remembered since the barista juggernaut launched a new outpost in the heart of Midtown, which mostly saw the closure and “consolidation” of Starbucks.

Now Starbucks has leased a prime corner at 444 Madison Ave. of Westbrook Partner. The asking rent on the former Florsheim space was $350 per square foot.

Steven Soutendijk and Sean Moran of Cushman & Wakefield replaced the owner while David Firestein replaced Starbucks.

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Grand Central Station is a draw for commercial buildings in the Midtown East neighborhood, a real estate industry watcher said.
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The deal is actually a move rather than an expansion, as the new store at 444 Madison will replace a nearby one. But it’s a welcome sign that Starbucks, long a symbol of Manhattan’s caffeine-rich energy, is back in the game.

Westbrook’s 444 Madison has also seen new energy on the office leasing front, having recently signed on with the non-profit Doris Duke Management Foundation and financial firm EOS Investors, as the Commercial Observer reported last month. .

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New Orleans meetings property undergoes complete renovation https://fyj5.net/new-orleans-meetings-property-undergoes-complete-renovation/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 21:11:21 +0000 https://fyj5.net/new-orleans-meetings-property-undergoes-complete-renovation/ Mid-February saw the unveiling of a complete renovation of all guest rooms, public areas and meeting space at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District. The 332-unit property sits across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which sits on the Mississippi River. The renovation transformed the hotel’s traditional lobby using Marriott’s “Greatroom concept,” which […]]]>

Mid-February saw the unveiling of a complete renovation of all guest rooms, public areas and meeting space at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District. The 332-unit property sits across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which sits on the Mississippi River.

The renovation transformed the hotel’s traditional lobby using Marriott’s “Greatroom concept,” which is more open and acts as a space for socializing, complete with decor reflecting the history of the warehouse district. Light-colored herringbone wood floors, dark wood beams, and accents of teal, navy, and gold go hand in hand with contemporary carvings, mixed paneling, and bold prints throughout the space. There are also clusters of lounge furniture and a central bar. (look at the picture)

Joseph Blanchek, the hotel’s general manager, said “the redesign preserves the historic personality of the neighborhood while featuring contemporary improvements.” In meeting space, this shows in updated toiletries, decor and carpeting in the 7,000-square-foot Gravel Ballroom (divisible by six) and the 2,800-foot Cypress Ballroom squares (divisible by two). Both are located in a 200-year-old warehouse adjacent to the hotel tower and originally stored goods brought in by riverboats. The exposed brick walls of these spaces contrast nicely with their large crystal chandeliers.

Screenshot 2022-02-25 at 12.59.19 PM.pngThe property has 13 other formal meeting spaces as well as a 1,000-square-foot third-floor courtyard that’s adjacent to a new Presidential Suite that groups can use for small gatherings. Pre-function spaces outside the ballrooms and large breakout rooms include communal tables for attendees to network between sessions while they charge their mobile devices.

In renovated Marriott rooms, platform beds, wider desks, and new furnishings and decor are complemented by redesigned bathrooms with marble vanities and large walk-in showers.

Restaurants ranging from the famed Emeril’s to the high-energy Rock-and-Sake Bar and Sushi, plus several other seafood, steak, and Cajun/Creole restaurants are within a half-mile of the hotel. The Howlin’ Wolf, Republic, and Generations Hall are nearby cocktail and music venues that host larger bands. And the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and World War II Museum are also in the neighborhood.

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Yardbird Furniture, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Russo’s New York Pizzeria open new locations https://fyj5.net/yardbird-furniture-van-leeuwen-ice-cream-russos-new-york-pizzeria-open-new-locations/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 13:05:52 +0000 https://fyj5.net/yardbird-furniture-van-leeuwen-ice-cream-russos-new-york-pizzeria-open-new-locations/ Marcel Boulevard, an outdoor-focused retail, restaurant and office development in the Grand Central Park community of Conroe, has announced a new round of tenants. The center, on Interstate 45 and Grand Central Parkway, is a project of Marcel, a commercial real estate development and property management company based in The Woodlands. The new tenants are […]]]>

Marcel Boulevard, an outdoor-focused retail, restaurant and office development in the Grand Central Park community of Conroe, has announced a new round of tenants. The center, on Interstate 45 and Grand Central Parkway, is a project of Marcel, a commercial real estate development and property management company based in The Woodlands. The new tenants are made up of Mezze#1 Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar, Camila’s Mexican Restaurant, F45 Training fitness and Malibu Nails & Spa. Previously announced tenants include Voodoo Grille, Perfect Round sports bar, Strategic Mind Games, Apex Executive Suites and Edward Jones. Several tenants should open in the spring, others will follow this year. Marcel Boulevard consists of 68,160 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 32,400 square feet of executive office space, and special events and entertainment spaces on the ground floor. Grand Central Park is a community planned by Johnson Development Corp.

Based in Houston Gulf Coast Commercial Group purchased Baybrook Passage Shopping Center, a 189,334 square foot center on 20.5 acres at 19425 Gulf Freeway in Webster. The seller, Passage Realty, was represented by CBRE. Danny Miller of Gulf Coast Commercial Group will oversee leasing of the center, which is nearly 80% occupied by tenants including Best Buy, Staples, Memorial Hermann Urgent Care, DXL Casual Male, Mia’s Table, Torchy’s Tacos, Pei Wei Asian Kitchen and The Joint. The new owner plans to upgrade and bring the first market tenants to the centre, which was developed in 2003 opposite the Baybrook Shopping Centre.

Yardbird furniture , a retailer of outdoor furniture made from recycled materials, has leased 4,722 square feet at 2433 University Blvd in Rice Village for its first store in Texas. Matthew Reed with Shop Cos. represented Yardbird. Ryan Neyland of Davis Commercial represented the owner, the Toomey-Guseman family.

Van Leeuwen ice cream opened its third Houston location at Montrose Collective, 888 Westheimer. Other stores are in Rice Village at 2565 Amherst and Uptown Park. New York-based Van Leeuwen teamed up with Christine Ha, chef/owner of Xin Chao and the Blind Goat, on a new flavor called “Bananas for Cheese” for the opener.

Telegram Co., a new venture from Houston chef Monica Pope and Henderson & Kane general store chef John Avila and Veronica Hernandez, signed a lease in the Houston-based Crossbell Ventures boutique development at 2601 and 2611 Baylor St. in the neighborhood of Sunset Heights. Crossbell Ventures brought in Philip Ewald Architecture and Corinthian Contracting to spearhead the redevelopment of the 1930s building. Moss Landscaping completed the landscape design and installation. Daniel Feigelson and Dan Zimmerman of Newform Real Estate represented the owner. The collaboration will include an all-day cafe/bakery, coffee, beer and wine, and bespoke groceries.

BCRN aestheticsa medical spa and skin care clinic, leased 2,997 square feet at 920 Westcott. Kim Bernick of Transwestern represented the owner, Greystar and Clarion Partners. Craig Appleby with Re/Max represented the tenant.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Food is now open at the Lakeland Village Center in the community of Bridgeland at 10615 Fry Road. Since chef Anthony Russo opened his first pizzeria in Galveston in 1985, the chain has grown to more than 50 locations across the United States. Marissa Moreau, leasing manager for The Howard Hughes Corp., represented the landlord.

Liquidation of Sheffield and Sheffield leased 40,000 square feet in Crosby Crossing, at 14039 FM 2100 in Crosby. Lauren Shepperd represented the owner, Williamsburg Enterprises.

Rosati’s pizza leased 1,951 square feet at Riverstone Place, a Wulfe & Co. development at 18802 University Blvd in Sugar Land. Bruce Frankel of Frankel Development Group represented the tenant. Kristen Barker of Wulfe & Co. represented the owner.

Mardi Gras leased 1,112 square feet at Gulf Freeway@Wayside, 2008 S. Wayside Drive. Andrew Alvis of NewQuest Properties represented the tenant. Campbell Anderson and Greg Lee of Orr Commercial represented the owner, Wayside Project Ltd.1.

Large lots renewed at North Oaks Shopping Center, 4701 FM 1960 W. Taki Dallis and Jim Thompson of Resolut RE represented the owner.

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The best Westport development projects to look out for in 2022 https://fyj5.net/the-best-westport-development-projects-to-look-out-for-in-2022/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:36:53 +0000 https://fyj5.net/the-best-westport-development-projects-to-look-out-for-in-2022/ WESTPORT – Over the past year, Westport has developed a host of commercial projects, including new restaurants and apartments, as well as renovating existing buildings to attract new business. While all the projects are in different stages of development, residents can anticipate a Westport that is constantly changing and evolving. Here are the main development […]]]>

WESTPORT – Over the past year, Westport has developed a host of commercial projects, including new restaurants and apartments, as well as renovating existing buildings to attract new business.

While all the projects are in different stages of development, residents can anticipate a Westport that is constantly changing and evolving.

Here are the main development projects proposed in 2021, currently underway and to come in 2022:

Development of 32 housing units completed

A new subdivision at 1480 Post Road East was recently completed following approval in July 2019.


The development application was filed by 1480 PRE Associates to establish a multi-family housing development on the former property of Roger’s Septic Tank.

In total the development consists of three apartment buildings with 32 combined apartments which are a mix of one and two bedroom units. It includes seven affordable units.

Residents noted the importance of affordable living and added that the development had repaired the previous “eye sore” before the buildings were constructed.

Amazon Fresh moves to Post Plaza

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Barnes & Noble’s former location at 1076 Post Road E could become an Amazon Fresh, although the proposed redevelopment has always been referred to as a “no name” supermarket.

In February 2021, Barnes & Noble moved to 76 Post Road E. downtown and opened a 10,000 square foot store. Before moving, the bookstore operated for 23 years in the Post Plaza shopping center.

Documents filed recently with the Architectural Review Board indicate that the proposal is for the Post Plaza location is indeed and the Amazon Fresh supermarket.

The documents show a request to install a sign at the store’s proposed location at 1076 Post Road East. The rendering of the sign is a green and white Amazon Fresh logo.

Townspeople called the project a worst-kept secret.

The historic mill in Richmondville should become condos

One of Westport’s most historic buildings, the Richmondville Avenue Mill, located at 41 Richmondville Avenue, is about to get a new look. The old red brick factory, currently occupied by offices, is being renovated into a condominium.

In June 2020, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved developer 41 LLC’s text change and site plan for 32 two- and three-bedroom units.

The proposal calls for reusing some historic parts of the structure built in the 1880s, removing some interior and exterior aspects of later additions and filling them in with new construction, according to city documents.

The design includes a swimming pool and a garage. The site is 2.41 acres.

new furniture store

An application has been submitted to the city for 44 Main St. on behalf of new tenant OKA, a luxury furniture store. The new tenant will occupy portions of the former Banana Republic and the nail spa tenant area overlooking Elm Street on the second floor.

Proposed works include illuminated street signs on Main Street and Elm Street. The company plans to paint portions of the Elm Street Brick facade, emphasizing the OKA brand.

The applicant, Frederick William Hoag, stated that he believed the proposed signage and facade finish would complement the building and the contextual environment.

Car storage at Auto Haus

Another ongoing project in Westport is a development for cars at 499 Post Rd E. Bespoke Auto Haus is looking to convert a building into a storage facility for automobiles.

Residents will be able to rent a space to store their vehicles.

It is estimated that 24 cars are stored there, but the building can accommodate 44 cars with elevators. The proposal also states that no sales, maintenance work or repairs will be carried out.

Proposal lists various renovations, including painting the building, installing new garage doors on the west side, updating the driveway, installing or removing awnings, extending the driveway, modification of sidewalks and adjustment or addition of landscaping.

The proposal was recommended for approval in October 2020, however, the project is not yet complete.

12-unit condominium building

A luxury condominium has been proposed for part of the Save the Children property.

In 2013, STC Green LLC purchased the Save the Children property for nearly $11.93 million. David Waldman, partner of Greenfield Partners, is co-developing the site.

Waldman said when the site was initially proposed in 2018, they were already under construction for the first stage of the project – a 26,000 foot office building, which is an adaptive reuse of former Save the Children property. .

The next stage of the proposal would be to demolish the remaining structure on Save the Children’s property to make way for the condominiums.

Hartford Health

Hartford Healthcare will become the new tenant at 1505 Post Road East. Jason Laabs of Sign Pro, the company creating the signage for the site, said the building was a former retail space that will become a medical building.

The medical facility will house primary care physicians and specialists from Hartford Healthcare and the building will be painted light gray.

The Architectural Review Board recently approved a proposal in December to place two Hartford Healthcare panels on the building.

Renovation of the Nyala Farms complex

Several projects are underway at 60 Nyala Farms Road, the address of Nyala Farms Corporate Center. Since purchasing the location in 2014, the owners have submitted several applications to renovate parts of the center, including a new cafeteria and patio, which were recently completed.

In June 2014, the center was sold for $130 million, the largest real estate transaction in the city’s history. The property was sold to 60 Nyala Farms Road LLC, an entity set up by Stamford-based developer Building and Land Technology. At the time, it was believed to be to prevent hedge fund Bridgewater Associates from moving its headquarters out of town.

Other developments

Other developments which are in various stages of development include renovations at 1111 Post Road East for its new tenant Westport National Bank. Major work at 2 Post Road West is also underway for tenants like Papa Johns. A new HVAC system is one of several renovations at Greens Farm Academy, 35 Beachside St. Removal and replacement of the right side of the building at the Volvo dealership at 556 Post Road E is also underway.

serenity.bishop@hearstmediact.com

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What $620,000 buys you in Connecticut, Virginia and Alabama https://fyj5.net/what-620000-buys-you-in-connecticut-virginia-and-alabama/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 23:49:44 +0000 https://fyj5.net/what-620000-buys-you-in-connecticut-virginia-and-alabama/ West Simsbury, Connecticut | $619,900 A 1788 home with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 1.4 acre lot In its early years this house was a stagecoach stop for travelers passing through this part of Connecticut, about 15 miles from Hartford and 30 miles from Springfield, Mass. The house is well […]]]>

In its early years this house was a stagecoach stop for travelers passing through this part of Connecticut, about 15 miles from Hartford and 30 miles from Springfield, Mass. The house is well preserved, with its original mantels and moldings in several of the main living areas. It is within walking distance of a small shopping centre, post office and the Tulmeadow Farm Store, a popular place to buy seasonal produce, pastries and freshly made ice cream. A number of schools are within a five-minute drive, including public elementary and secondary schools, a private school for K-12 students, and a school for girls in grades six through 12.

Cut: 4,419 square feet

Price per square foot: $140

Inside: From the street a driveway leads to the rear of the house and the attached three car garage.

The front door, located in the middle of the facade, opens into a foyer with wide plank hardwood floors and one of two staircases leading to the second level.

On the right, a sitting area with a fireplace and blue painted woodwork that could have been used in the late 18th century when the house was built. A door on one side of the room leads to a study with a built-in window bench. To the right of the office is a large family room with a fireplace, exposed beams and glass doors that open to the backyard, part of a 1985 addition.

To the left of the front door is a dining room with a fireplace and a custom cabinet designed to hold the vendor’s antique pewter collection. Across the dining room is the kitchen, which also connects to the office. A fireplace to one side of the kitchen is original, as are the exposed beams in the ceiling; the room is large enough to contain a dining table and a seating area. Next to the kitchen is an enclosed veranda with brick floors, as well as a powder room and several cupboards.

Stairs from the family room lead to the master suite on the second level, part of the 1985 addition. The spacious bedroom has a fireplace and overlooks the grounds; on the other side of the landing is the main bathroom.

Two hallways extend out of the master suite: one gives access to the second staircase and a guest bedroom; the other leads to another guest bedroom and a bathroom.

The fourth bedroom and its en-suite bathroom are at the end of the main hallway on the second level, just steps from the master suite.

The finished basement is accessible from the kitchen and could be used as a media room or games room.

Outdoor space: A brick patio off the family room faces the large backyard, landscaped with grass, manicured hedges and mature trees.

Taxes: $13,164 (estimated)

Contact: Geena Becker, Geena & Company, William Raveis Luxury Properties, 860-983-4446; raveis.com


The county seat of Loudoun, Leesburg has a downtown historic district that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Much of the scenic downtown area is within walking distance of this home, and Loudoun Street, a main thoroughfare with a brewery, several cafes and bakeries, well rated restaurants and the town hall are just a few blocks away.

Washington is about an hour away, and housing prices in Leesburg are considerably lower than in closer suburbs like Arlington and Alexandria, making the city attractive to those working in the nation’s capital.

Cut: 1,962 square feet

Price per square foot: $313

Inside: This home is one of many in a new development of brick townhouses designed to evoke traditional Federal-style homes.

The front door opens to a staircase that leads to the main living area on the second level. The sitting area at the front of the house has an elegant fireplace and windows facing the street, as well as an exposed brick wall and hardwood floors that extend to the rear of the living space on the other side of the house.

The open kitchen is fitted with new stainless steel appliances, white wood cabinets and space for a dining table next to doors that open to a balcony. Between the living room area and the kitchen is a half bathroom.

Two of the bedrooms are on the third floor. The master bedroom, which faces the rear of the property, has carpeting and a walk-in wardrobe; the en-suite bathroom has a double vanity and walk-in shower with gray tiling and black metal hardware. At the other end of the hallway is a guest bedroom with an adjoining bathroom that has a single vanity and a tub and shower combination.

On the fourth floor is a loft-style open space, with an exposed brick wall, a bar with a mini-fridge and a double-sided fireplace that also warms the terrace outside. The third bedroom is also on this level; next to it is a full bathroom.

Outdoor space: The kitchen balcony is large enough to hold a coffee table and chairs. The roof terrace with the fireplace on the upper level is large enough for a table and additional garden furniture, and offers easy access to the bar and the bathroom on the fourth floor. The attached garage at the rear of the entry level holds two cars.

Taxes: $6,111 (estimated), plus $85 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Vicky Noufal, Platinum Group Real Estate at Pearson Smith Realty, 703-402-5416; goplatinumgroup.com

Vestavia Hills, named after the estate of a former mayor of Birmingham, is home to around 40,000 residents, many of whom travel within 15 minutes of Birmingham city centre. Public schools in the suburbs are a huge draw for many families: one of the elementary schools is a Blue Ribbon school, and the local high school, about five miles away, is known for its debate team.

Several shopping centers are within a five minute drive, providing easy access to grocery stores, a movie theater, and a large hardware store. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is less than 10 minutes away by car.

Cut: 2,866 square feet

Price per square foot: $216

Inside: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the front porch; a driveway runs along it, from the street to the garage.

The green front door opens into a hall with hardwood floors and a staircase that has a simple iron railing. To the right is a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the front yard.

Hardwood floors continue from the hall, through the dining area, and into an open kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar that seats three, and a dining area by the windows overlooking the courtyard.

The kitchen is open to a living room with a fireplace and several windows overlooking the backyard. To one side is a door leading to a screened porch with a stone fireplace.

Also on this level is a dedicated home office, just off the entry, as well as a powder room between the dining room and the kitchen.

Three of the four bedrooms are on the second floor. The master suite, at one end of the hallway, has carpeted floors and a large en-suite bathroom with shower and deep soaking tub. The other two bedrooms, at the opposite end of the hallway, are connected by a full bathroom.

The top floor functions as a guest suite, with a full bathroom and windows overlooking the front and back yards. It could be converted into two bedrooms or one bedroom and a games room.

Outdoor space: A deck off the screened porch has a BBQ hookup, built-in sink, and plenty of space for a dining table. The backyard lawn slopes down to a low stone wall and an area that could be a garden. The attached garage can hold two cars and has an area that could be converted into a home gym.

Taxes: $3,108 (estimated)

Contact: Brian Boehm and Mimi Nolen, The Boehm Nolen Group, Realty South, 205-238-8154; www.superalabamamls.com

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KUKA HOME launches K-TRON mechanism division https://fyj5.net/kuka-home-launches-k-tron-mechanism-division/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 20:57:08 +0000 https://fyj5.net/kuka-home-launches-k-tron-mechanism-division/ KUKA HOME, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of upholstered furniture, has strengthened its vertically integrated business model with the launch of the K-TRON motion mechanism division. Capable of producing one million units per year, the 150,000 square foot K-TRON factory is based near KUKA HOME’s global headquarters in Hangzhou, China, and will exclusively supply […]]]>



KUKA HOME, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of upholstered furniture, has strengthened its vertically integrated business model with the launch of the K-TRON motion mechanism division.

Capable of producing one million units per year, the 150,000 square foot K-TRON factory is based near KUKA HOME’s global headquarters in Hangzhou, China, and will exclusively supply mechanisms for the KUKA motion upholstery line. HOME.

“Producing our own mechanisms creates a stronger vertically integrated structure that will have several benefits for retailers,” said Matt Harrison, president of KUKA HOME North America. “Benefits include faster lead times for our motion products, better quality control, since everything is handled by one company, and the ability to mitigate supplier price increases.”

“In 2019, our motion division invested heavily in research to start developing our own mechanisms. We started stamping mechanisms last year to improve the quality and competitiveness of KUKA HOME’s motion pads,” said Harrison. KUKA HOME offers one of the largest selections of stationary and movable upholstery products in the industry.

The name K-TRON is pronounced “Kaichuang” which translates to “innovate”.

Automated equipment in the mechanism factory helps improve production efficiency and increase manufacturing capacity, with 7 production lines producing more than 5,000 units per day. Smooth tilt mechanisms provide motion functionality for manual and power upholstery, including 6″ high leg mechanisms, full length metal rail mechanisms, and zero wall distance designs.


K-TRON Upholstery Mechanisms by KUKA HOME from Kuka Home North America on Vimeo.


About KULA

KUKA HOME is a world leader in the design, development and production of stylish, high quality and value-priced upholstered furniture sold in over 120 countries. Founded in 1982, KUKA HOME has global headquarters in Hangzhou, China and the United States, as well as a showroom in High Point. The company’s highly efficient vertically integrated supply chain includes more than 10 global furniture factories, a mattress and mechanism factory, and production and design research centers in China, Vietnam, Milan and High Point. For more information, visit kukahome.com.

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Instead of moving out, this Houston woman gave her River Oaks-area townhouse a chic upgrade https://fyj5.net/instead-of-moving-out-this-houston-woman-gave-her-river-oaks-area-townhouse-a-chic-upgrade/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 11:09:02 +0000 https://fyj5.net/instead-of-moving-out-this-houston-woman-gave-her-river-oaks-area-townhouse-a-chic-upgrade/ Claudia Kreisle was looking for a bigger house, but all she found were huge price tags with corresponding tax bills. Her 1,485 square foot townhouse on the edge of River Oaks, she decided, should be enough – she would do with this one exactly what she wanted. While she likes to entertain, Kreisle does not […]]]>

Claudia Kreisle was looking for a bigger house, but all she found were huge price tags with corresponding tax bills.

Her 1,485 square foot townhouse on the edge of River Oaks, she decided, should be enough – she would do with this one exactly what she wanted.

While she likes to entertain, Kreisle does not cook. It brought a different approach to remodeling her kitchen and imagining what “entertaining” would mean. Interior designer Mary Patton of Design by Mary Patton made sure she could accommodate many people in her living room and could seat at least eight at the dining table.

It also meant that the small office area in the kitchen — which Kreisle hadn’t used since she bought the place in 2010 — could become a bar.

A native of Austin who moved to Houston for work, Kreisle is responsible for Phillips 66’s social impact team, overseeing their work in philanthropy, volunteerism, corporate sponsorships, scholarships and relationships. community.

His family has deep roots in both Texas history and American history.

On one side of the family, his ancestors were among the first Europeans to arrive in America, including John Harwood, who was governor of Martin’s Hundred, a Virginia Company of London colony established in January 1619 east of Jamestown.

His Kreisle ancestors left Germany in 1845, when Texas was still a republic, and when they arrived three months later it had become the 28th US state. They lived briefly in Victoria and Goliad before moving to Austin in 1871, going into business with Joseph Hannig and his wife, Susanna Dickinson, one of the few Alamo survivors.

Work on the Kreisle townhouse began in October 2020 – before building materials and furniture became too hard to come by – and she hosted her first event, a wedding shower for a colleague, the following June .

While the kitchen and bar had some construction going on, much of the work involved refreshing the space with new furniture, paint, brass hardware, lighting, and some wallpaper.

Her kitchen used to be a regular space you’d see in any apartment — too small to have an island, and with white cabinets and a black granite countertop; a small stove and a microwave installed above.

Now the microwave is in an easily accessible cabinet, and a custom range hood fills the spot where it once stood.

When Patton urged Kreisle to buy a white range, Kreisle’s immediate reaction was that it might look like something her grandmother had or be so trendy that she would quickly regret the purchase.

When she looked at GE’s Cafe Collection, however, she was sold. Manufacturers of high-end appliances, such as the French Lacanche or La Cornue, have a five-figure price, while the very attractive GE range costs significantly less.

“When Mary showed me the photo of the stove, I was totally into it. It wasn’t the white appliances I thought she meant,” said Kreisle, who is 41. “It’s almost decorative, so I said, ‘Let’s do it and let’s do this, it’s a really pretty kitchen. Everyone comments on it. »

Its new bar is a sparkling gem, with a satellite-style light fixture and rejuvenating brass and glass shelves mounted on antique mirrored subway tiles that run along the wall. The mirrored tile was less expensive than buying an entire sheet of glass.

Since it’s a townhouse, its first floor is a garage, but they added gray and white cement tile to the floor, installed new carpet, and painted the stair railing black.

The second floor contains the main living space – kitchen and dining/living room – and saw most of the work. The walls are a brighter, crisper white, Farrow & Ball’s “All White”. New blinds and draperies have softened the whole room.

In the dining room, they kept Kreisle’s faux bamboo chairs and reupholstered the seats, then added a pair of custom-made hostess chairs upholstered in blue velvet. A new table from Vieux has an acrylic base and a white lacquered top.

Behind is the small sideboard that Kreisle already had, a piece made prettier with a new black lacquer finish. There’s Asian diptych art hanging above, and Patton added a pair of sconces either side.

“The art belonged to my grandmother and I loved it since I was a little girl,” Kreisle said. “It came with me and has always been one of my favorite pieces.”

Kreisle’s faithful companion, Scotch, an 11-year-old orange tabby, also loves the dining room, and most of the time he can be found hiding at the base of the table – because it’s acrylic and he can see through – or on one of the chairs.

He was a big factor in choosing colors and fabrics: his fur had to blend in so it didn’t look like there was cat hair on the floor or furniture all the time.

Before, the built-in entertainment center was the same color as the walls, and a single sofa and pair of chairs filled the room.

Now, a sofa with a finial that stretches out like a daybed shares the space with armchairs upholstered in a blue cheetah print, a pair of ottomans with a cheery lemon pattern in the upholstery, and a modern wooden coffee table and glass.

Beanbags covered in a lemon pattern weren’t part of the original plan, but when Patton bought some Kreisle fabric, Kreisle saw it and said, “I wish I had a bigger house so I could put it somewhere. .” Patton suggested ottomans, and they’re the perfect sunny accent in the room.

The entertainment center is painted pale blue to match the dining room chairs. Beneath it all is a custom cut antelope print rug.

The powder bath on this floor got a major boost with Schumacher’s “Queen of Spain” wallpaper in soft blue and white, a new mirror framed in green glass, lighting and brass hardware.

The upstairs master bedroom walls were painted Farrow & Ball’s “Parma Grey”, and Patton added new bedside tables, lamps and a sofa. Kreisle’s bathroom received new paint and hardware.

The guest bedroom, now with a fresh coat of white paint, has new bedding, artwork and a nice light fixture where a ceiling fan once stood. Round acrylic bases were added to a pair of lamps from Target, making them look like a designer find.

“I wanted it to be classy and unique and sophisticated,” Kreisle said. “I didn’t want anything trendy because I won’t be doing this again for a long time.”

diane.cowen@chron.com

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No more furniture price hikes, Sotheby’s faces lawsuit and more https://fyj5.net/no-more-furniture-price-hikes-sothebys-faces-lawsuit-and-more/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:23:31 +0000 https://fyj5.net/no-more-furniture-price-hikes-sothebys-faces-lawsuit-and-more/ With online real estate listing sites like Zillow, an Internet connection is all you need to view homes for sale around the world. former owners, with everything from indoor water slides to extensive taxidermy collections. Either way, stay up to date with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches and events, recommended reading and more. Economic […]]]>

With online real estate listing sites like Zillow, an Internet connection is all you need to view homes for sale around the world. former owners, with everything from indoor water slides to extensive taxidermy collections. Either way, stay up to date with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches and events, recommended reading and more.

Economic news

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a reprimand from his ethics counselor last week after failing to disclose some text messages related to an expensive renovation of the leader’s apartment in Downing Street, The New York Times reports. The renovation project, overseen by Johnson’s wife and executed by an interior designer Lulu lytle, put the UK leader in hot water after asking a prominent Conservative Party donor to organize funding for the overhaul – a process documented in previously undisclosed messages at Christophe geidt, who advises the Prime Minister on ethics. Lytle herself has described her own unhappiness at being caught up in the backlash of the project, particularly the media coverage that misinterpreted her Middle Eastern and African-inspired aesthetic as ‘colonial boho’ and overstated the cost. of its services. “I hated every minute,” Lytle told the Financial Time. “I found it incredibly disturbing to be caught in a political storm. “

Sotheby’s faces a class action lawsuit, The arts journal reports, such as a complaint filed last spring by Francois Fenwick, a former auction house accountant, alleges that she wrongly classified workers as independent contractors as opposed to full employees, denying them benefits and violating New York Freelance Isn’t Free law Act. Although Sotheby’s legal team filed a motion in November to dismiss the case, calling it “devoid of factual allegations,” the plaintiff’s attorney has now asked the court to decide whether Fenwick was an employee or a independent contractor – if they find that he was an employee, more than 40 additional people who work at the auction house may also be denied benefits. Counsel for Fenwick and Sotheby’s both declined multiple requests for comment from The arts journal, and a motion hearing for the lawsuit will be held Jan. 17 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Furniture and upholstered furniture importers and manufacturers are applying price hikes this month, which means retailers and customers will soon be paying more for products shipped on or after January 1, Home News Now reports. Companies like Martin Furniture, Manwah USA and Hooker Furnishings are instituting increased freight surcharges, while other companies are raising prices in response to double-digit increases on materials like fabric, metal and wood frames, as well as a higher rate of pay necessary to attract employees. . As shipping, material and labor costs continue to rise, some companies are still planning to further change their pricing structure in the coming months.

Former CEO of WeWork Adam neumann moved to the residential sector, reported the wall street journal, as the billionaire and entities related to him purchased stakes in more than 4,000 apartments across the United States. Although Neumann was ousted from coworking company WeWork in 2019, he explored residential space during his time there with the short-lived WeLive, which operated several communal apartments before being closed when the company shut down. faces financial problems.

The very first “MetaReal” mansion, combining a real-world house and a virtual counterpart in the Metaverse, will soon hit the market, Forbes reports. Created by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Voxel Architects, in collaboration with the general contractor and the collector NFT Gabe Sierra, the buyer of the NFT asset will receive both a virtual home in the Metaverse Sandbox as well as a physical home in Miami, scheduled for completion later this year. The 11,000-square-foot home will have seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms in its physical and virtual iterations, and will be auctioned off in 2022 for a reserve price that has not yet been disclosed.

In the latest supply chain news, the surge in home purchases last year coupled with a shortage of construction products has forced some new homeowners to move into unfinished homes. According to the Wall Street newspaperAs the flow of goods and materials needed to produce windows, garage doors, appliances and paint remains stalled, home builders are now limiting options for floor plans or design features . In Sacramento, Calif., City officials even established a tentative policy allowing builders to finish homes with temporary garage doors, while builder Epcon Communities was forced to install gutters and downspouts after buyers have already moved in.

The business-to-business procurement platform Geniemode, which offers home furnishings from India and neighboring countries, announced the completion of a $ 7 million financing round led by Info Edge Ventures, Home News Now reports. The company is currently partnering with more than 100 furniture and home decor suppliers, and with the new financing plans to expand its technology to engage more buyers and sellers and expand its offerings to more new geographic regions.

Launches and collaborations

Chairish now offers European products on its e-commerce marketplace, adding 200,000 products from the continent to its site. The expansion follows the company’s August 2021 acquisition of Pamono, Europe’s leading online marketplace for vintage and antique furniture and art, and means Chairish buyers can now access new furniture, art objects, rugs, lighting, decoration and more from places such as Barcelona, ​​Lisbon. , Copenhagen, Vienna and Rome.

Ecommerce Marketplace The Nopo has partnered with three designers to create pop-up stores on its site. To celebrate the launch of a new designer business program, called The Nopo Designer Society, the company brought in designers Kathy kuo, Ginger Curtis and Karen wolf it’s up to everyone to collect a unique selection of tableware, accessories and decorative items for the home.

Show houses

The designer lineup for the fifth annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach was announced on the organization’s Instagram account. This year’s cohort, which will reinvent an estate at 3001 Spruce Avenue in West Palm Beach, includes 25 designers, including Beth diana smith, Amanda reynal, Noz Nozawa, and Chris goddard.

recommended reading

Real estate sales occupy a unique place in the world of antiquity, prompting interior designers, high-level merchants and amateur treasure hunters to compete in fierce competition for the homes of the deceased. For The New Yorker, Lizzie feidelson delves deep into how the phenomenon was born and where it is heading in the age of the pandemic – while setting the scene, translating the lingo (‘wall pockets’, Hummels and Lladrós galore) and presenting the typical cast of characters who assist in sales.

In the world of the Animal Crossing video game series, users have the ability to customize their virtual home with a huge selection of furniture, including precisely 436 different options when the series debuted, a number that has soared to 1. 900 over multiple updates. In fact, a lot of the furniture looks a lot like iconic pieces in the design canon – blogger Nate pfeiffer selected a variety of examples from the game as well as their real-life counterparts, drawing parallels with Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Iasmi Noguchi.

Applause

The winners of the New York Product Design Award have been announced, honoring the efforts of product designers, design teams and manufacturers around the world whose designs have improved everyday lives. For the full list of winners, click here.

The Dallas Market Center announced the winners of the 32nd Annual ARTS Awards, selecting manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives and other regional professionals for their excellence in the industry. Among this year’s winners are January showers by Jan Showers & Associates, who won the only prize in the interior designer category, and Barry goralnick by Barry Goralnick Architecture and Design, who is the sole recipient of the Product Designer Award. For the full list of winners, click here.

Home page image: To celebrate the launch of The Nopo Designer Society, the platform has selected designers to organize pop-up stores on the site. | Courtesy of Nopo

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Zanotta’s stylish New York showroom lets you live with its products – Robb Report https://fyj5.net/zanottas-stylish-new-york-showroom-lets-you-live-with-its-products-robb-report/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 19:06:56 +0000 https://fyj5.net/zanottas-stylish-new-york-showroom-lets-you-live-with-its-products-robb-report/ [ad_1] Up-and-coming furniture brands and galleries, such as TRNK and Future Perfect, have ditched the old showroom formula in favor of more experiential offerings. Zanotta, a historic Italian brand with several pieces in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, takes this philosophy even further by opening a house almost entirely decorated with […]]]>


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Up-and-coming furniture brands and galleries, such as TRNK and Future Perfect, have ditched the old showroom formula in favor of more experiential offerings. Zanotta, a historic Italian brand with several pieces in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, takes this philosophy even further by opening a house almost entirely decorated with its furniture, both new and vintage. It’s not just for passing and testing a few chairs, either – ‘Friends of Zanotta’ can use the residence for events or meetings, and overnight stays by invitation are free.

The concept, dubbed Zanotta House, is located in New York’s Greenwich Village, in an iconic 5,500 square foot building dating from 1912, so it has a lot of charm. Tihany Design, the project’s interior design partner for its first iteration, paired pieces by Zanotta with wall rugs by CC-Carpets and colorful artwork by Mr. Brainwash.

Zanotta has taken into account all aspects of home life with the goal of making it feel less like a gallery with white walls and more like a space where interested parties can interact and live organically with. its furniture, including the Sacco ottoman or the Rider lounge chair. To complete the experience, the brand brings in glassware and ceramics from other Italian countries as well as pots, pans and other kitchen items from Alessi. Zanotta can also use the space as a kind of laboratory to experiment with new designs and see how they work in different residential settings.

The colorful interior of the “landmark” residence.

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That being said, of course, Zanotta House is first and foremost a place where interested people can stop and stay for a while. “The design community in New York is huge,” says Francesco Secchioroli, who oversees Zanotta’s US operations. “We wanted this community to come through the house and experience a moment of life. That was the goal when we first talked about this project. Guests can (and should) take a dip in the indoor pool or host an outdoor meeting on the rooftop terrace. The only downside? You might encounter unofficial paparazzi while you are there: Taylor Swift once lived here, and her fans still take photos outside and leave letters in the mailbox.

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This is the hottest villa in St John, USVI Caribbean Journal https://fyj5.net/this-is-the-hottest-villa-in-st-john-usvi-caribbean-journal/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 21:26:43 +0000 https://fyj5.net/this-is-the-hottest-villa-in-st-john-usvi-caribbean-journal/ [ad_1] The sun rises over the mountain and shines over Cinnamon Bay and Peter Bay, a fascinating and mystical moment in St John. But this is nothing unusual. It’s every sunrise at The Cliffhouse in St John. But the daily arrival of the sun isn’t the only reason Cliffhouse is one of the hottest villas […]]]>


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The sun rises over the mountain and shines over Cinnamon Bay and Peter Bay, a fascinating and mystical moment in St John.

But this is nothing unusual.

It’s every sunrise at The Cliffhouse in St John.

But the daily arrival of the sun isn’t the only reason Cliffhouse is one of the hottest villas in St John; Returning to the short-term rental market, the 12,000 square foot ultra-luxury villa is one of the most spectacular places to stay in the US Virgin Islands.

The newly renovated four bedroom retreat, accommodating groups of up to ten people, is located in the exclusive community of Peter Bay.

This includes access to the private Peter Bay Beach, home to some of the best snorkeling and swimming spots in all of St John, a corner of the island where you’re likely to encounter turtles and stingrays.

Amenities also include air-conditioning and TV with a range of Indonesian antiques, custom-designed furniture, exquisite linens, and a ubiquitous island chic aesthetic.

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The parental suite.

There’s even a well-equipped gym on site.

But the greatest convenience is the setting: you are standing 100 feet above sea level overlooking amazing landscapes: the beaches of St John, the green hills of the British Virgin Islands; the Virgin Islands National Park and the Sir Francis Drake Canal.

It’s an almost mesmerizing scene, whether you have a massage in the villa or a rum cocktail on the deck – and not just at sunrise.

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“This is one of the best villas in St John,” says Shanna Dickerson, owner of Blue Sky Luxury Travels, the property’s exclusive rental agent.

Reservations for the villa are now available from New Years Eve week, December 26 through January 2.

To learn more, visit Luxury travel blue sky.


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