Must see video of LUXURY home for sale

This company goes above and beyond — spending who knows how much — to craft award-worthy videos that look like those an Oscar-winning director would shoot. For this listing video of the lavish Hurlingham estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, the video marketing agency went the extra mile to showcase not just the home, which looks beyond pristine, but also the expansive property surrounding the house itself, which includes the best nature has to offer and a picturesque farm. There’s also insights from the estate manager and even nearby residents. Admittedly, this is a home that’s aimed at the super-millionaire, but the real estate video still shines brightly and does an astounding job of convincing any viewer the residence would be right for them. Enjoy! Chris 914-215-2025

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Open House Stamford CT-Sunday, Feb 14th

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 2PM-4PM
1111 HOPE STREET, STAMFORD CT.
JUST REDUCED $319,000.
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR RENT $2,200/MONTH.
This Springdale townhouse is conveniently located near shops, theater, restaurants and public transportation. The satin finished Australian Cypress Floor & wood burning fireplace in the oversized LR/DR is perfect for entertaining and for family life. Sliders to a private deck off the LR adds to the spendor of the home. The sun filled kitchen with skylight opens to the LR and is fitted with rich cherry cabinets & ceramic tile floor. The laundry room and 1/2 bath completes the main level. Upper level offers 2 bedrooms with new HWF each with an en-suite bath. Generous storage in the part finished lower level along with a one car garage plus one reserved lot space and a separate storage garage completes this lovely home.

5 Mountain Mansions Almost As Epic As Their Surroundings

Ski, snuggle, sleep, repeat.

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If your idea of paradise is coming home to a mountain-side mansion, curling up by the fire and pouring a glass of wine as the sun goes down, the below luxury homes will blow your mind.

Ski-in/ski-out access, stone fireplaces, miles and miles of snowy hills — these Zillowlistings are real-life winter wonderlands.

1. A 5,700-square-foot wintery dream in Whitefish, Montana, listed for $2.45 million.

This mountain-side beauty is a snow bunny’s dream inside and out. Ski-in/ski-out out access gives the winter sports’ lover the chance to hit the slopes. And after a long day in the cold, cozy up to a cup of tea in one of the home’s many light-filled nooks. Even more impressive is the property’s stone wine cellar carved out of a mountain side.

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2. A modern mansion in Truckee, California, listed for $7.5 million.

Vaulted ceilings, glass walls and fluid open spaces make this winter escape the perfect après ski destination. Great for entertaining a crowd or sitting by the fire all by your lonesome, the 6,162-square-foot pad proves it’s paradise for all. Kids will also get excited over the two rooms with woodsy-looking bunkbeds. Sleepover, anyone?

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3. A reimagined log cabin in Mountain Village, Colorado, listed for $8.15 million.

This Colorado home brings the log cabin into the 21st century without sacrificing the style’s charm. Despite the home’s impressive high ceilings and stone fireplace, the rooms still feel cozy and warm. And if curling up by the fire doesn’t do it for you, sip on a glass of wine in the outdoor hot tub while gazing at the glorious mountains.

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4. A charming estate in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, listed for $7.495 million.

Cozy in the winter and idyllic in the summer, this Lake Tahoe-adjacent property boasts nearly 3,000 square feet of luxury. The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a picture-perfect back patio overlooking the lake. With views of the water and the mountains, what’s not to love?

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5. A northeastern gem in Cambridge, Vermont, listed for $1.795 million.

This woodsy manor isn’t short on space. Sitting pretty on 49 acres, the Vermont escape is the ideal destination for a stressed city dweller looking to get away. As the photos below demonstrate, the home is absolutely stunning all year round. Cozy in the winter, vibrant in the summer, the big-windowed pad is ideal for bringing people together season after season.

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It’s a wrap: this week’s celebrity home swaps

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If any other billionaire bought themselves a house with a 56-foot long wine cellar, we would roll our eyes. But seeing as this particular billionaire is none other than Oprah Winfrey, America’s queen, we can only wish her all the mazel in the world! Winfrey just closed on this (slightly) absurd home in Mountain Village in Telluride for $13.75 million, after buying 60 acres of property nearby last year for $10.95 million.

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Cottages overlooking the ocean on this sprawling Long Island estate served as Andy Warhol’s favorite fishing escape. Nah, just kidding. A bunch of rich and famous people visited the artist here. And now the Warhol relic has again changed hands: Theartist’s former Montauk estate sold this week for $50 million.

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A penthouse formerly owned by actress Mary-Louise Parker – best known for her time on the Showtime series “Weeds” – just sold at a sizable loss. Parker sold the 3,000-square-foot Greenwich Village co-op, at 32 Washington Square West, to buyers Charles O’Kelley and Elizabeth Rovere for $7.45 million in 2013, though that was only after Parker had a difficult time offloading the property.

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Talk about boxing out. Former NBA player and current Columbia University sociology student Troy Murphy is looking to find a renter to take his funky Astor Place apartment. The 6-foot-11 ex-power forward has listed his sleek two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-opunit at Charles Gawthmey and Robert Siegel’s 445 Lafayette Street for $14,500 a month.

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Television court show star Judith “Judge Judy” Sheindlin and her husband paid $8.6 million for a mansion in Naples and listed a condo there for sale with an asking price of $11 million. Sheindlin, star of the “Judge Judy” reality TV show, and her husband, Jerry Sheindlin, listed for sale their 8,550-square-foot penthouse at a waterfront high-rise on the Gulf of Mexico. The couple bought the penthouse unit for $6.9 million in 2005.

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Remember when Anne Hathaway was dating convicted fraudster Raffaello Follieri? You can now rent the apartment the former couple lived in together for $59,500-a-month in midtown on Fifth Avenue.

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An apartment formerly owned by the notoriously reclusive model and it-girl Agyness Deyn has sold for $3.1 million. It is in Williamsburg (where else?) and has been significantly re-worked since the days when she had it decorated in a “Little Mermaid” style.

WHY IT’S SMART TO BUY A HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 13 December 2015 8:50 am

 

Spring is the start of the hot real estate season for a few obvious reasons, nice weather and the desire to move during the summer when kids are out of school at the top of the list. But embarking on a home search during the holidays can be advantageous to buyers. Thinking about taking the plunge? Here are a few reasons you should be looking for a new home now.

The potential for a great deal

There’s an assumption that anyone selling over the holidays, and thereby taking time away from family get-togethers and Christmas shopping and is selling because they have to, not because they want to. That assumption tends to be true. And it can payoff for buyers.

“Sellers tend to avoid the end of the year due to the short days, wintry weather and conventional wisdom that says buyers are otherwise occupied, says Tim Deihl, associate broker at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Boston,” said Bankrate. “But those who do choose to sell at year-end are often under pressure and highly motivated to cut a deal. And that’s why the year-end might be a smart time to buy: Determined house-hunters can take advantage of sellers’ urgency.”

Lower prices

Experts say that homes listed over the holidays may have a lower sales price. If you’re looking for a deal, braving weather conditions and skipping out during a football game to see a listing might make sense.

Less competition

A smaller buyer pool during this time of year means less competition for homes that are on the market. That can give you great negotiating power beyond the listed sales price. And, it can take some pressure off what is already a high-stress situation.

“Less competition from other buyers during the holiday season might mean you’ll be able to negotiate a favorable price for a home you want to purchase,” said Bankrate.

Added CBS News: “Holiday home sellers often have to adjust their price downward or make other concessions if they want to sell. Keep this in mind as you search for homes. Bargains may be available, and listed prices may be more open to negotiation.”

Lower interest rate

Rates going up at the end of the year can make mortgages more expensive and also spell doom for those who are already at the top of what they can qualify for. Getting preapproved now to lock in a lower rate can save you even more on your new home.

Faster closings

The time of the year may also play in your favor if you want to close on your home quickly.

“Generally, all parties involved have incentive to complete transactions toward the end of the year,” said CBS News. “Lenders want to close their books, real estate agents want to receive their commissions before the year closes, sellers want to move on to their new home and settle in for the holidays—and just like the sellers, you want to settle in as well. Since all parties are motivated and there are fewer transactions taking place during this time, it should be easier to put everything in place for a smooth and rapid closing.”

If you’re not able to close before the end of the year, rest assured that the real estate market doesn’t spring to life as soon as January hits. You should be able to have a clear path to homeownership for a few months before the spring thaw hits and the hot buying season begins.

More money for Christmas presents

If you’re selling an existing home and walking away with money, you’ll have more to spend on others—especially if you factor in the delayed first house payment on your new place.

Better deals on real estate-related items

Slow seasons for movers may get you a better deal. Be sure also to compare and contrast cable/satellite companies and utilities to see where the best deals are. Many companies have special offers for new customers and might also have specials running during the winter.

A no-sweat move

Nothing is worse than packing, moving, unpacking, painting, breaking down 700 boxes, and making 12 dozen trips to the trash in unbearable heat. And when you’re working that hard, anything over 80 degrees can be unbearable!

NEW LISTING-RIVER HAVEN-CO-OP

54 WEST NORTH STREET, APT 415 STAMFORD, CT.
$115,000.
1 BEDROOM/1 BATH 700 SQUARE FEET
Make this renovated, light filled co-op your next home. Like new parquet hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen recently renovated including granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, beautiful 42″ cabinetry, custom backsplash and ceramic tile flooring. The newly renovated bathroom is outfitted with ceramic tile flooring, glass shower doors, towel warmer and shining enamel fixtures. The master bedroom is spacious and complete with hardwood flooring and a double closet. Parking lot is steps from the building entrance. Lower level laundry facility. Common Charges include heat, hot water, gas, maintenance, insurance, and taxes. River Haven is walk-able to all downtown Stamford has to offer – including the train station.

The 8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements You Can Make

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

These budget-friendly home improvements will help you enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the most value tomorrow.

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely.

Here are eight affordable (under $5,000) home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.

1.  Add the Finishing Touch of Molding

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Decorative molding is a classic touch that’s been around since the ancient Greeks and Romans first installed it to add grandeur to their buildings.  Centuries later, molding is still one of the most dramatic ways to dress up a room. It’s a budget-friendly improvement that trims a room for a finished and expensive look.

Today’s wood moldings come in hundreds of options — from simple to ornate — that you can stain, paint, or leave natural. You can also find moldings in flexible materials, such as foam, that make installation a whole lot easier. Some moldings even include lighting that casts a soft, ambient glow.

Buyers consistently rank both crown molding and chair railing in their list of most desirable decorative features they seek in a home (#3 and #7 respectively), according to the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, “What Home Buyers Really Want.”

And at $1.50 per foot if you DIY it, or $8 per foot if you hire, it’s a no-brainer in terms of personalizing your home while adding value. (Although we don’t recommend DIY unless you’ve got above-par mitering skills.)

A few tips about molding:

  • Use crown molding to make a room seem bigger and taller. But be careful about proportions. If your ceiling height is 9 feet or less, go with simpler styles to avoid overwhelming the room.
  • Don’t forget entryways, doors, and windows: Bump up the trim around these areas to give rooms a completed and expensive feel.

2.  Install Quality Ceiling Fans

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If crown molding and chair railing were #3 and #7 on buyers’ decorative wish lists, what was #1?

Ceiling fans.

Over the years, ceiling fans have become quite the crowd pleaser. Once they were just a cheap solution to rising energy costs — ugly, wobbly, noisy eyesores endured because they were cheaper than air conditioning.

Today, ceiling fans have evolved into an essential component of American homes as energy prices continue to rise. And since designs have caught up with the times, they come in a variety of styles and colors to complement any room.  If your ceiling fans are old and outdated, new ones (coupled with a fresh paint job and crown molding) could give your rooms a refreshing update while saving money.

Some tips about ceiling fans:

  • Ceiling fans should hang 7 to 8 feet above the floor. If you’ve got a low ceiling, buy a hugger ceiling fan that’s flush-mounted.
  • Size matters more than the number of fan blades. Go for the biggest Energy Star-rated fan that will fit the space.
  • Choose quality. You’ll get better cooling results, less noise, and good looks at a digestible price point of $200 to $600.

3.  Plant Some Trees

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Say what? Adding trees doesn’t instantly pop into your head when you think of adding value to your home. But trees are moneymakers that get better with age.

A mature tree could be worth between $1,000 to $10,000, says the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. A 16-inch silver maple could be worth $2,562, according to a formula worked out by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

In urban areas, money really does grow on trees. A recent study of home sales by the Pacific Northwest Research Station of Portland showed that street trees growing in front of or near a house boosted its sale price by an average of $8,870 and shaved two days off its time on the market.

There’s more. Trees also:

  • Save $100 to $250 annually in energy costs
  • Lower stress
  • Prevent erosion from downpours and roof runoff
  • Protect your home from wind, rain, and sun

But don’t just run out and plant trees willy-nilly. Here are some tips:

  • Follow the sun. Plant shade trees on the south side of the house where the sun beats strongest and longest.
  • Follow the wind. Plant windbreak trees, which can lower winter energy costs by 30%, on the north and northwest sides of your property.
  • Don’t plant too close. If you do, branches can scrape roofs and siding, causing expensive damage. Rule of thumb: Don’t plant trees any closer than the tree’s mature height plus one-fourth of that height. So, for example, if a tree reaches 40 feet, it should be planted at least 50 feet from any other trees.

4.  Install a Patio

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Patios are a great cost-effective way to increase your home’s living space without actually adding on. Plus you’ll recover 30% to 60% of your investment. A $2,000 patio would return around $900 at resale.

But don’t go crazy and trick out your patio with high-end amenities, like an outdoor kitchen — especially if you’d be the only one on the block with one. When it’s time to sell, you won’t get back much — if any — of your investment on kitchens and other high-end amenities. Instead, keep it simple and functional. (And, really, how often would you use an outdoor kitchen?)

Some wise advice when planning a patio:

  • Check property for slope, sun, and shade patterns.
  • Remember ‘dig alerts’ that utilities provide free of charge.
  • Don’t skimp on patio lighting. It can make all the difference in functionality and beautification.

5.  Pump Up Your Home Security

The peace of mind that comes with installing a home security system is priceless.

In reality, price varies. You can buy and install it yourself for $50 to $300, or a security company can sell and install a system from $0 to $1,500. The “zero” is the hook companies use to lure you into signing a multi-year monitoring contract that ranges from $95 to $480 per year.

If a monitored system suits your needs, you’ll also get a break on your home insurance. Most companies will discount your annual rate 15% to 20% if you have a security service.

Home security systems also make your home more marketable: 50% of homebuyers (in the NAHB survey) say a home security system — particularly security cameras — tops their list of most-wanted technology features.

You can go over the top and install high-tech security gadgets, like smartphone-operated locks and a laser trip wire. Or you can keep it simple with a keypad that communicates with sensors and motion detectors throughout your house.

Tips:

  • If you do decide to go with a monitoring system, choose a company with a 10-year track record to ensure reliability.
  • Don’t rely on any system as your sole means of security. Locking doors and windows is still your best first-line of defense.

6.  Do Almost Any Energy-Efficient Upgrade

The value of energy-efficient houses just keeps going up and up. A UCLA study examined the sales prices of 1.6 million California homes from 2007 to 2012 and found that homes with Energy Star, LEED, or GreenPoint certification had, on average, a 9% higher price.

That finding is echoed in NAHB’s report that surveyed homebuyers across the nation: Nine out of 10 potential buyers would select an efficient home with lower utility bills over a less efficient home priced 2% to 3% less.

One energy-saving home improvement project that not only saves energy but gives you tons of enjoyment, too, is converting a wood-burning fireplace into a gas one. If you like to crunch energy numbers, gas fireplaces have energy-efficient ratings as high as 77%, compared with wood-burning fireplaces that convert only 15% of wood’s energy into useful heat.

In fact, 39% of homebuyers say a gas fireplace is an essential or desirable feature of the next home they purchase. So when it comes time to sell your home, more than one-third of potential buyers will be looking for a gas fireplace.

In the meantime, it’ll be paying for itself in reduced heating costs.

Some tips for converting to gas:

  • A direct-vent gas insert most closely replicates the wood-burning experience at a cost of about $3,000 to $4,000, installed.
  • If you don’t have an existing fireplace, you can install a direct-vent (vents directly outside so you don’t need a chimney) gas fireplace for about $5,000 (installed and finished).

7.  Add Some Creative Storage

We don’t have to sell you on the value of storage and built-in organization. Since when have you heard someone complain about too much storage? Never, we bet.

Adding storage is a no-brainer, but it does take a little brainpower to find your home’s hidden storage.

Here are a few ways to think outside of the toy box:

  • Open drywall to create storage cubbies between your wall’s studs. See how.
  • Install platform storage that hangs from your garage ceiling.
  • Even stairs can give you more storage. One clever mom repurposed an old chest of drawers and created storage within a basement staircase. See how she did it.

8.  Light Up the Outdoors

Exterior lighting makes your home shine in the evening, accents features you like most about your house, and helps keep burglars away. A hard-wired lighting fixture can cost $150 to $250 to install. On the plus side, you could get a 50% return on your investment, says Judith Patriski, a Cleveland appraiser and REALTOR®. Installing motion-detecting lights can even lower some homeowners’ insurance premiums. (Check with your agent.)

And with technological advances in solar lighting, it’s easier and more cost-effective than ever to boost your home’s nighttime curb appeal.

Plus, 90% of buyers say outdoor lighting is on their list of desired home features.

Tips:

  • Place accent lights under your favorite trees to show off your landscaping’s top earners.
  • If your lights are hard-wired, put them on a timer so you don’t waste energy running them during the day.
  • Choose a warm white light. It’ll make your home look and feel welcoming.

 

GREAT INVESTMENT! INCOME FROM TENANT! 329 GLENBROOK RD., STAMFORD, CT. $558,000

Great 2 family home for owner and tenant in the desirable Glenbrook area of Stamford. Super investment property. First Floor has a beautiful large living room with wood burning fireplace. Room off the living room is perfect for work at home office. Hallway leads to two bedrooms and updated bathroom. At the end of the hallway is a spacious kitchen with island, and plenty of cabinets and counter space. Off the kitchen is a private dining room. Second floor rental property includes: 2 bedrooms, full bathroom, living room and kitchen. There is also a full basement with walk out option. There is a two car detached garage. Separate utilities for each unit. There is a large grassy backyard. Close to shopping, movies, restaurants and train.

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BEAUTIFUL HOME IN EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD! 3 THE LOGGING ROAD, WACCABUC, NEW YORK $849,000

3 The Logging Rd. Waccabuc, New York
$849,000
Versatile 3700+ square foot 4 Bedrooms 4 1/2 Bathroom Colonial Complete with Impressive Structural Features. Gleaming Hardwood Floors thru out open Sun-Filled Rooms. The Wood-Paneled Cathedral Ceiling coupled with Glass Panes Elevates the Appeal & Sophistication of the Dining Room. The Wood Ceiling in the Family Room adds further pizzaz. Transition from Main Living Spaces to Stone Patio & manicured Lawn or future pool. New Kitchen Cabinets, Viking Stainless Steel Appliances & Sub Zero Fridgaire, Granite Center tops, 8 foot Peninsula & Farmer’s Sink. Accenting the Kitchen is a Stunning Mosaic Backsplash. This Commissioned Original Represents a 6 Months Work of Art. Truly Exceptional. Fully Equipped & Separately Metered In-Law Apt, Perfect for Work/Life Balance or AuPair apt. 15min to Katonah MTA, 11min to Golden’s Bridge MTA, 4 mins to Waccabuc Country Club. Come, Enjoy Waccabuc’s Hospitality, Its Natural Splendor, Its Quite, Upscale and Refined Lifestyle. You only Live Once, Locate Wisely.

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MUST SELL! 1111 HOPE STREET, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT $329,000

$329,000. 1111 Hope Street, Apt 11, Stamford, CT. 2 Bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
Welcome home to this Springdale townhouse conveniently located near shops, theater, restaurants and public transportation. The satin finished Australian Cypress Floor & wood burning fireplace in the oversized   living room/dining room is perfect for entertaining and for family life. Sliders to a private deck off the living room adds to the spender of the home. The sun filled kitchen with skylight opens to the LR and is fitted with rich cherry cabinets & ceramic tile floor. The laundry room and 1/2 bath completes the main level. Upper level offers 2 bedrooms with new HWF each with an en-suite bath. Generous storage in the part finished lower level along with a one car garage plus one reserved lot space and a separate storage garage completes this lovely home.

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