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Real Estate Showcase - Vacation & Second Homes


IIt’s not for nothing that second-home seekers are scrambling to follow the lido in the seaside town of Long Branch on the Jersey Shore, given its current skyrocketing renaissance. So it comes as no surprise that Applied Development Company’s Pier Village luxe rentals, situated along 16 acres of ocean, are a hot top-of-the-list location. Factor in year-round amenities inside this beachfront complex: shops galore for even the most intrepid shopper, a snazzy, cabana-filled beach club, a gigantic Gold’s Gym, a sensational spa, and beach brunches at the tri-level restaurant - and it’s a no-brainer that this place is filling up. Many of the units have balconies for cocktail-sipping and sigh-inducing ocean views. Rents from $1,175 to $3,825/month. Nearby ferry service provides a no-hassle getaway from Manhattan.


In the heart of one of the best neighborhoods in town, Glenwood’s Grand Tier is perfect for anyone looking for an elegant pied-a-terre. Rising high above Lincoln Center at Broadway and 64th, more than 90 percent of the apartments are already leased. Get away Manhattan-style with these expansive, light-filled homes that feature the latest in new-trend amenities, including a fitness center, a 50ft pool framed by a lush landscaped terrace, a lounge and a children’s playroom. Along with sumptuous views of Lincoln Center, Central Park, the Hudson River and the city skyline, each residence has been designed with incredible attention to detail. Features include: granite-topped kitchens filled with GE Profile Series appliances and Culligan Water Filtration Systems, individual security systems and über-tech communications systems galore. If you need to make travel plans, score hot tickets or find the city’s best caterer, consider it done with your own Virtual Concierge Service. Rents from $3,575 to $36,675/month.


If you’re looking for a luxury-at-your-doorstep enclave, consider the Royal Cottages on Narragansett Bay in Newport, RI. Developed by O’Neill Properties Group, these cottages are by no means modest, ranging from 3,600 to 4,600sf. Set on the grounds of the Carnegie Abbey Golf and Sporting Club, deluxe amenities for these homes include: Sub-Zero, Asko and Wolf-equipped granite-topped kitchens with wine coolers and Miele espresso systems, limestone-topped bathroom vanities and Waterworks oval airtubs, and custom-mounted flat-screen TVs. Saddle up and hit the trails over woodlands, meadows and along the shoreline…hole up without breaking your gaze from the leave-you-speechless bay views on the Donald Steele-designed Scottish links-style championship golf course (the only course in RI chosen as a qualifier for the 2004 US Open)…step up to the net for a few sets of tennis…satisfy your kneads at the Elemis Spa…then set sail from the dock (or use it for easy access by seaplane or yacht). Occupancy begins this spring. Prices start at $1.95 million.

ELLEN PLUNKETT 866.308.2224
    "This market is growing and will continue to grow, particularly as baby boomers hit their peak earning years," says Dottie Herman, CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman. "It's also not fashionable to retire early—and these boomers don't want to move out of their home area, so they opt for a second home."