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BILL DOWLING
THE MARKETING DIRECTORS, INC.
914.684.0100
  A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY
 

Since before the Revolutionary War, the area overlooking the scenic harbor in Stonington, Connecticut has been used by factories making everything from silk to munitions. Now, developer Seth G. Weinstein of Hannah Real Estate Investors, in a joint venture with Charles Mallory of Clearview Investment Management, is transforming it into an upscale community of luxury homes and condominiums priced from $1 million to $3 million each.

Both the houses and condos feature modern, open floor plans that allow maximum light and spectacular views of the harbor and across LI Sound. There are oak floors throughout, and kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances and stone countertops. The penthouse has a panoramic 360-degree view of Mystic, Fisher's Island, the Sound and Montauk.

Fred Bland, a senior partner with New York City-based architects Beyer Blinder Belle (the firm that directed the restoration of Grand Central Station), was responsible for protecting and maintaining the granite and brick exteriors of the historic buildings at Stonington Commons, while updating its interiors with 21st century amenities.

 
     

A SHOPPER'S DREAM
What do you get when you combine a great East Side location with access to the world’s best-known designer brands? Some fabulous-looking condominiums. Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., the developer for the 27-story luxury building at 205 East 59th Street, is offering 62 luxury apartments, plus a deal with Bloomingdale's to help you customize them. Two model apartments have been created under this partnership to demonstrate the design possibilities.

Laurie Zucker, vice-chairman of Manhattan Skyline, says joining forces with the luxury-goods emporium was a natural. “Bloomingdale’s carries all the top-of-the-line brands that one would want,” she says. In fact, buyers will have access, free of charge, to Bloomies’ interior-design staff for help with everything from selecting colors to decorating and furnishing the entire home.

The apartments are priced from $1,468,500 to $3,018,000 (there’s also a $10 million penthouse). They feature 20ft ceilings, teak floors and cabinets throughout, and fireplaces. Gourmet kitchens with Sub-Zero and Viking appliances will accommodate the most discerning cook - or someone just looking to chill the Champagne. There’s even a “pooch park”, complete with dog obstacle course and playground.


 
 
ELIZABETH UNGER
THE SUNSHINE GROUP, LTD.
212.223.1200
 

I'LL TAKE NORTH BERGEN
River views from New York City are prized, for sure. But looking across at the twinkling night lights of Manhattan is also pretty fantastic. Mirabelle-on-the-Hudson in North Bergen, NJ is a collection of 23 luxury condominiums that all feature panoramic Hudson River and New York City skyline views.

Prices for the 1, 2 and 3BR homes range from $725,000 to $1.65 million. The world-renowned team at Kondylis Design has created a layout in each space that emphasizes natural light and the stunning views. Each apartment features floor-to-ceiling glass, hardwood floors, and 9ft ceilings with recessed lighting. Kitchens include full-height pantries, imported Italian custom cabinetry and Jenn-Air stainless-steel appliances. A Kohler cast-iron soaking tub on a limestone deck is the focal point of the master baths.

Ira Shapiro, a principal of Slazer Development LLC, Mirabelle’s creator, says that interest in this area of northern New Jersey continues to grow not only because of the space and views, but because of the location, just minutes from Manhattan.

GRACE MCCADDEN
THE MARKETING DIRECTORS, INC.
201.758.0060
   
 
    “Buyers of designer homes want to see an overarching theme in a house, which can mean a specific kind of art work or furnishings,” says Alexia Kondylis, a partner in New York City-based firm Kondylis Design. “Whether it be the floors or the seating, everything is customized around the buyer’s needs. A designer home today is like establishing your own brand.”  


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