Bluestone Trumps Brownstone at Newly Unveiled Tribeca Condo

In Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca and to be more specific on 12 Warren Street there is something interesting to see. If you look around in New York City you see a lot of huge glass façades being used whether it be for residential buildings or commercial buildings. It’s hip and trendy.

But now, even hippier then the glass walls is the use of hand-cut and roughly-hewn stones. Just imagine that every brick or stone is cut out by hand by a craftsman into a real masterpiece and then hand-laid to build the façade of this new building. In the old days it was widely used for luxury buildings as you can see them in historic districts.

They used Bluestone for this building and developer-designer DDG’s 12 Warren is responsible for this remarkable choice. Bluestone is known for its raw beauty and uneven stacking and the DDG’s design team used it intentionally this way as opposed for the perfectly polished variation of it.

They even opted to use the “push and pull” variation of layering the stones to create its “carved from stone” appearance. Just beautiful!

The elegant lobby door, made of Austrian white oak completes the façade and a fine artisanal note was made by using board-form concrete on the marquee connecting back to lobby ceiling.

All in all it makes a very interesting and design- sophisticated building in New York City as shown below in the picture gallery. Click on the image to see the larger size.

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The Harrison Urby, luxury renting with an interesting touch.

So once in a while something exceptional comes along, something unique, something special. For luxury rentals that almost never happens. But it happens and the Harrison Urby is proof of that.

Designed inside and out by Concrete, the design rebels from Amsterdam, the complex mixes modern architecture and landscape design with a solid events calendar. They re-thought the rental apartments concept and Harrison Urby is design driven with collective spaces that are thoughtfully programmed to connect residents with one another.

The good news that they celebrated their grand opening recently and you can be part of it.

Collective spaces

So now, what is that all about collective spaces that are thoughtfully programmed to connect? Well, these collective spaces are designed to foster natural opportunities for residents to meet and interact. So you there is the two-story Coperaco Café in the lobby, featuring a 30-foot tree house library and a Steinway baby piano for performances. Also there is an onsite recording studio named Urby Blues servicing as a practice space for Urby’s jazz musician-in-residence, Davell Crawford. And that is in the lobby only.


And of course there are other amenities where you can do your thing and meet others if you are into the social thing: DIY workshops, cooking classes in the Urby Kitchen, which is a communal chef’s kitchen for hosting culinary classes, wine tastings, pop-up diners and workshops for residents. You will also find many other amenities like a Heated Saltwater Swimming Pool, Two-story Gym/Yoga Room, Outdoor Garden, Urby Lawn & Games, Outdoor BBQ & Fire Pits, Waterstation, Post & Parcel Room, Woofgarden and Wi-Fi.

The Coperaco Café


The Urby Kitchen


Fitness Room

The Complex

In the complex, which exist of 4-story building wrapped around a central communal garden, are 409 rental units available in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts. These apartments all have huge windows so they are light and bright, have built-in closets with drawers for storage, are outfitted with a full washer/dryer, have bamboo flooring which is very durable and dimmable LED lights. Prices start at $1,800 for a studio to $3,200 for a two-bedroom / two-bathroom apartment.

We mentioned there is a saltwater swimming pool and want to add that it is located in the courtyard together with a patio, fire pits and a nice lawn with gardens, path and lawn games like bocce ball and table tennis.

Saltwater Swimming Pool

The complex also has a Woofgarden, that is a special garden for letting the dog out, a car parking and a bicycle storage so you don’t have to hang your bike on the wall in your apartment.

In case you like to rent one we give you the address:
777 South Third Street, Harrison, NJ 07029
That is close to the PATH System so your in Manhattan in no time.

Urby is a creation of Ironstate Development—the real estate firm behind the development of the Standard East Village, Chiltern Firehouse in London and W Hotel in Hoboken—and Concrete Architects, the Amsterdam-based architecture and interiors firm known for the designs of CitizenM Hotels around the world and W Hotels in London and Switzerland.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ryan Koopmans



Luxury residence inside look in 70 Charlton, West Soho, NYC

We would like to give you an inside look in a 2,300 sqft luxury residence in the 70 Charlton building in West Soho, New York City, an area which has evolved from industrial to a vibrant residential neighborhood abundant with restaurants, clubs and shops.

Entrance at 70 Charlton

The Luxury Residence

This luxury residence has 4 bedrooms and 4,5 bathrooms and it opens to a luxurious entry foyer leading to a north facing living/diningroom. Here you have tremendous views of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.

Gourmet Kitchen

We always say “No luxury living without a gourmet kitchen” and this luxury home is no exception. The kitchen features Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, a lovely breakfast bar and Caesarstone Blizzard slab counter tops so it will be really nice to cook for your family and guests in this nicely outfitted kitchen.

The Bedrooms

The bedrooms are spacious and the master bedroom features a large walk-in closet for your wardrobe and shoe collection and an en-suite bathroom. And of course all bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Master Bedroom
Bath in the bathroom

In the building are 92 luxury residences and is designed by award-winning Beyer Blinder Belle architects firm and the interior design is the responsibility of Workshop/APD which guarantees a luxury living experience in optima forma.

Luxury Amenities

Amenities make or brake the living experience in a luxury building so Extell, the developers reached in their pockets so there is no shortage of luxury amenities in this building.

Entering the building you will find the doorman/concierge on your path. Outside is a landscaped courtyard with unique features like a green wall, birch tree arbor, staggered boxwood garden, a water feature and integrated seating to name a few. Also outdoor is a sport court for keeping you in shape. Swimming is healthy too so they created a 60’ indoor salt-water swimming pool and if that is not enough to keep you in good shape you can go to the fully-equipped fitness center for some exercising. Meanwhile you can drop off your sibblings in the children’s playroom so they have some fun too. After doing all of that you can relax in the steamroom and yes, they have separate men’s and women’s locker rooms. Or go to the residents’ lounge with catering kitchen for some new energy intake. Bicycle and private storage is also available, very convenient that is.

Concierge at your disposal
Salt-water lap pool

Prices starting at around $1,7 million for a 1 bed /1 bath up to $10,500,000 for a 5,343 sqft penthouse.

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Credit: Evan Joseph and Gieves Anderson



Luxury Rental Tower in New York City

Luxury Residence in New York City

Finding a luxury residence nowadays in New York City always has been a though quest. Rentals here always have been either very small or extremely expensive. Well, there might be a change or maybe just an exception. In Midtown’s Hell’s Kitchen there is something spectacular on the rental menu in the 555TEN building at 555 Tenth Avenue.

On the top floors 44 through 55, Extell Development Company has unveiled their most luxurious residences to date: The 555X Collection.

Being so high in the sky there are unobstructed views to be enjoyed from every side of the building. Imagine having a view on New York City’s Empire State Building, the Hudson River, the East River and the Statue of Liberty. It’s simply amazing how beautiful that can be.

555TEN The Building


What kind of residence is available for rent for a young urban resident in the 555TEN 555X Collection? You will find loft studios and 1- 2- and 3 bedroom residences with beautiful layouts. Paris Forino, the well-known designer for high-end residential projects is responsible for the exquisite luxury design touches in these luxury apartments which feature elevated kitchen appliances by Miele and custo made light fixtures designed by aforementioned designer Paris Forino. Residents have a selection of custom paint palettes to choose from to customize their homes. Other premium assets are luxury finishings, built-out closets, in-unit washers and dryers and an Urmet intercom. Did we mention that the interiors were designed by McGinley Design? They know how to nail luxury!!

Luxury Amenities

Luxury living without luxury amenities is impossible and 555TEN is taking the luxury lifestyle to the next level. We mention Rooftop Swimming Pool with Private Cabanas and Chaise Lounges, Lounge with Intimate Bar warmed by an indoor/outdoor Fireplace, an entire floor dedicated to health and wellness including an attended fitness center with private studio where several daily exercise classes can be attended and we go on with a cardio area, weigh room and an indoor saltwater lap pool.

More into the social thing? You can enjoy 555PLAY with a private bowling alley, an arcade and a children’s playroom. They even thought about how to accommodate pet owners and their pets and they partnered up with Throw Me A Bone and now you can take advantage of the covered outdoor park and have your pet groomed or examined by a visiting veterinarian or let it play in a play group.

Of course there is a doorman and concierge staff, an indoor bike service station and bike storage. Very handy is the building-wide single sign-on WIFI and a mobile app to manage building services.

Doorman at the 555TEN

In case you are triggered by all of this you can visit the leasing office in the building. Leasing prices for 555X start at $3,940 for lofts. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the leasing office at 212-563-5553 or visit

By Ton Peelen


Luxury Homes at Park and Shore in Jersey City


Luxury residences are not so very common in Jersey City as in New York City but things are changing rapidly along the Hudson River waterfront in the area called the Gold Coast and when you see it you know why.

Park and Shore, a new luxury condominium development officially started sales recently and we want to tell and show you more about it.

The well-known architecture and design firm Woods Bagot, the guys who recently have been doing the Baccarat Hotel & Residences in NY, is designing all interiors and exteriors of Park and Shore so you know everything will be looking awesome.

Park and Shore consists of 2 buildings, each with its own style and design. Although they differ in style and design they both feature top quality finishes and materials and both have stunning views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.

75 Park Lane

The 75 Park Lane building has 37 stories with 358 luxury residences ranging from studios and one-bedroom residences and two and three bedroom residences and penthouses as well. You will find large windows to enjoy the majestic views and allowing an abundance of light. Many of the luxury homes feature private balconies and outdoor spaces for a nice open feeling and is very nice when you live in urban areas.

75 Parking Lane Entrance

If you are one of those people who like to entertain guests you will be very happy with the luxury open chef’s kitchens with large center islands and Bosch appliances. It will bring out the master chef in you for sure.

75 Park Lane kitchen

Also the master baths featuring marble and polished nickel millwork trim and frameless all-glass showers will pleasantly surprise you. What else will pleasantly surprise you are the master bedrooms with spacious walk-in closets and fantastic views on Manhattan and the Hudson River.

The Shore House

The Shore House is a boutique building with 71 luxury homes spread over 7 stories. Here you find loft inspired residences with an industrial touch ranging from one- to two bedrooms.

The Shore House

The condos have an avant-garde design and feature large chef’s kitchens outfitted with quality Bosch appliances and of course large center islands.

Shore House Kitchen

Limestone master baths with frameless all-glass showers and bright master bedrooms with large walk-in closets are provided for the new residents.


Luxury Amenities

Apart from owning a luxury condo what sets a luxury lifestyle apart from mediocrity is the quality and luxury of the amenities provided in the building. There is no shortage of these in Park & Shore as you will find several private and communal areas, a dining room and wine tasting area, an entertainment area with pool, ping-pong and foosball tables, a multi-purpose entertainment room with surround-sound audio and retractable screens and also a golf room complete with golf simulator. For the kids there are provisions like a funny designed children’s area with several activity areas where they can release their energy in a safe way.

Children’s Play Area

No luxury condo complex is complete without a swimming pool and Park and Shore will have a windowed 82 ft long Olympic swimming pool. A dramatically lit teak-lined spa with Hammam-style steam rooms and saunas and a state-of-the-art gym with yoga studio will be a huge benefit for body and mind for the residents.

No luxury living without a communal rooftop and Park & Shores offers one with a full-service prep kitchen and island table for cooking demonstrations and tasting events and for relaxing and socializing an intimate lounge and dining area is provided. This area can be sectioned off for private events. Did we mention the view? You will be in awe with the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop and boat traffic on the Hudson River as an added bonus.

When you arrive the first impression of a building is the most important one and this one has an entrance with a porte cochère flanked by beautiful landscaping and access to an off-site parking garage with dedicated pedestrian pathway that connects to the Park & Shore’s lobby.


Jersey City is rapidly becoming the hotspot for New Yorkers hunting for an housing alternative outside New York City and that is for a reason. Besides the incredible views on the river and the skyline it also offers quick access to both Lower Manhattan and Midtown. And the neighborhood has a lot to offer like Newport Green, a four-acre park featuring a beach, playgrounds and Ferris wheel and several restaurants.


Sales has started for these prestigious residences. Pricing for one-bedrooms at both buildings starts at $640,000, two bedrooms from $1,095,000 and three bedrooms from $2.200,000 and they will be available for occupation for late 2018 and mid 2019 so you still have some time left in case you have to save some money.


You can find the sales gallery at 100 Town Square Place, Suite 301, in Jersey City, New Jersey where The Marketing Directors will provide you with all the information you need. You can also call them at 201.798.0008 or visit


by Ton Peelen



Living in a Luxury Rental with Million Dollar Views in Newport, Jersey City

Who doesn’t want to have a million dollar view on Manhattan and the Hudson River from the balcony?
If that is what you want you probably end up buying a multi-million dollar condo. But there is another way of having that view and that’s renting a luxury apartment in the Ellipse building, a the 42-story luxury rental tower in the Newport neighborhood of Jersey City just across from Lower Manhattan, New York. The views are breathtaking, the apartments are stunning and the amenities are abundant and luxurious. So let’s have a look and see what can be found.


Location, location, location

First you will notice the location of the building on the Hudson River waterfront and the oval shape with its glass façade, designed by Arquitectonica, the internationally acclaimed architecture firm. No other high rises around so there is an unobstructed view of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, which is at least breathtaking from every luxury residence.

Luxurious Residences

There are 381 luxurious residences in Ellipse and they range from large studios to three-bedroom home but also five luxury penthouses of which two have four bedrooms. The residences have floor-to-ceiling windows of course so you can enjoy the amazing water and city skyline views and oak plank hardwood floors, high-end stainless appliances and quartz counter tops in the kitchens, multi-room climate control and in-unit washer/dryers and abundant closet space are standard. Select apartments feature walk-ins.

Luxury Amenities

Living in a luxury building means there must be luxury amenities and yes it’s there; 24,000 square feet of it. It starts when you enter the striking two-level lobby where the 24-hour doorman keeps an eye on the premises. If you are a work-from-home-resident you will enjoy the co-working space but if you only want to socialize a bit you can enjoy the multipurpose lounge and game room. If you love to exercise or workout while enjoying a view, enjoy the state-of-the-art gym with sweeping views of Manhattan. Kids will enjoy a fully equipped children’s playroom.
Outside is the premier amenity at Ellipse; an expansive outdoor pool with a lounge chair filled terrace with fire pit and barbeque area.

The Neighborhood

And what can be found in the neighborhood? As a resident you can enjoy access to Newport Green, a 4.25 acre park with the only urban beach on the Hudson River. Also a 17,000 sqft playground, a 30,000 sqft turf field and Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, a boardwalk providing direct pedestrian access to Hoboken. You will also find a variety of restaurants, the Newport Centre Mall and Newport River Market and the Newport PATH station for a quick and easy way to commute to Manhattan and Hoboken.



In case you want to know more because there are a few residences available for rent you can find the leasing office at 25 Park Lane South with prices starting at $2,600/month for studios. Of course you can call them at (844)773-0405 or visit





Exquisite Asian Style Villa That Merges Indoor with Outdoor is sharing an inside look with you in this exquisite Asian style luxury villa situated in Florida, USA. No expenses were spared to complete this wonderful project and you can see the stunning results in the pictures and additional gallery below.

Lushful Gardens – Photo by B. Pila Design

Imagine you are an empty nest couple and you finally have the time and money to have your new home designed and built exactly the way you want it with the lifestyle you desire. Next thing to do is to start the process to accomplish the project.

Photo by B. Pila Design

These homeowners did exactly that. In order to live the luxury lifestyle they intended on living they needed a property that was designed and built based on ‘thinking outside the box’. They wanted something new and not of conventional design. Something based on their lifestyle of enjoying each other and to make time for the passions they each desire so much.

Photo by B. Pila Design

The amazing and beautiful result is a Balinese-inspired 5,000 square foot (464,5m2) home. Based on a multi-living concept it comes with 3 large bedrooms (one bedroom for hosting family and the other bedroom as maid’s quarters), large glass Nano folding doors to merge inside and outside living spaces seamlessly and Peruvian travertine flooring without.. It turned out in a fantastic luxury residence as you can see in the photographs.

Photo by B. Pila Design

The outside living area is almost just as big as the inside living area. Designed with al-fresco living rooms and a large gazebo for entertainment purposes. The property features high quality amenities that will give you the same level of comfort as if you were residing inside the living area.

Photo by B. Pila Design

The homeowners love for colors gave the property a somewhat “dark modern” touch that compliments the exclusive and custom designed pieces and furnishings.

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A look inside a new residence at ONE57 designed by Tony Ingrao

ONE57 is an iconic building in New York City, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc and developed by Extell. It offers amazing views over Central Park and it has shaped the New York City skyline and besides hosting the Park Hyatt’s new five-star flagship hotel you will also find 92 ultra-luxury residences. This is one of the most sought after buildings in New York. wants to give you a look inside the new $19.3 million luxury residence on the 46th floor at this record-breaking glass tower in New York City.

Room with a view
Spectacular dining room

Extell the real estate developers, asked renowned interior designer Toni Ingrao to design this luxury residence because of his extensive understanding and experience in working with high net-worth clients and their particular taste. They teamed up to deliver a modern, vibrant and inviting model residence.

Vast park views

The four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms residences are designed with a gold and purple theme through out the interior and it looks gorgeous as you can see in the pictures.


For art collectors, the long gold hallway is a dream come true to showcase art pieces. This hallway leads to a generous and warm living and dining room. From the residences there are incredible views from Central Park to the East Side and from Midtown to Hudson River. This spectacular view is really stunning and worth every penny.

The art collectors dream hallway
One of the bedrooms

The four spacious bedrooms all have en-suit bathrooms with spectacular views as well and even when sitting in the master suite’s bathroom you can enjoy a view of Central Park. How wonderful life can be right?

Who wouldn’t love to cook here?

You can imagine that living in a residence like this gives you access to luxury lifestyle amenities that this fabulous building  has to offer and you won’t be disappointed. In the Residence Lounge, designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen, you will find a library with a 24-foot long aquarium, billiard tables and a screening and performance space overlooking Carnegie Hall with state of the art acoustics and Steinway piano. The Residence Lounge has a private fitness center with yoga studios and private trainers to help you shape your body.

One of the bathrooms

Residents will have access to the Park Hyatt Hotel amenities via a private residential elevator. The amenities include a luxury wellness center with a couples spa, a tranquil indoor swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and an underwater soundtrack curated by Carnegie Hall, steam rooms, catering and room service. What do you need more?





An Upper East Side Success

Some new developments are a success from the start and the new development on location at 389 E. 89 New York City can call itself a success as well.

Lofts are designed to be hip and trendy and are in high demand in New York City. The New Loft Collection, which are 32 Loft Style Residences, are no exception of this.

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

The new loft models have been furnished by well-known interior  designer Taylor Spellman, known from the Bravo TV show“Yours Mine or Ours”.  Check out the photographs to see how amazing it turned out!!

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

The luxury residences feature high ceilings,  otherwise they wouldn’t have been called “Loft Style”. The lofts feature an open layout and spaciousness which is a characteristic of downtown lofts and still has the luxury finishes you would normally find in a luxury Upper East Side development.

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

For a real luxury feeling in a loft you need light and lots of it. Therefor you will find amazing oversized windows and combined with high ceilings (heights exceeding 10.5 feet) it will add to that luxury feeling you are looking for. From the oversized windows you have views over the quiet tree-lined streets giving a peaceful feeling. Unique for the always busy New York City!

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

The building itself combines elegance with urban living and classic uptown living with a modern touch. Acclaimed designer Paris Forino had her hand in this creating a wonderful place to live. Most residences feature open city skyline and river views and range in size from open lofts to three bedrooms.

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

Amenities these days are very important and in this building there is no shortage of that. There is a multitude of community space in the building designed for wellness, leisure and entertaining. A children’s playroom, fully equipped fitness center, a landscaped rooftop terrace with city skyline views and a lounge with furnished garden terrace complete with grills are all available to the residents of this magnificent building.

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

Nearby and within walking distance are Central Park to the west and Carl Schurz Park to the east. The neighborhood features cultural activities, fine dining, public transportation and notable primary schools.

Upper East Side Loft – Photo by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

Prices start at $825,000 for the Loft Collection and at $1,350,000 for the remaining tower residences.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 212.987.8989 or visit the website at





Where Natural and Man Made Art Meet

Art is frequently used in interior design to elevate the aesthetic.

Usually when you design a home, the exterior designs are first decided on before moving over to the interior design. However, with this property it went just a little different, a little more unique in a grand way.

Photo credit by Will Falize

This waterfront villa was designed on the basics of the museum quality art collection that is going to be displayed inside the property.

Photo credit by Will Falize

The exterior design is based on a more classical style while the inside contrasted with modern twists is designed as a more sophisticated framework to boast the artwork and beautiful scenery.

Photo credit by Will Falize

High quality furbishes and furnishings are found throughout the home including a beautiful diamond designed marble floor.

Photo credit by Will Falize

Relax both inside or outside or enjoy its beautiful wine room that is designed after old cellar with modern high-tech materials.

Photo credit by Will Falize


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