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The Leonori, #7A (Compass) The Leonori, #7A (Compass)
Earlier this month, a new study found that home renovation media like HGTV and Better Homes and Gardens have caused homeowners to feel self-conscious about their decor and led to a "shift toward standardization," as study author Annetta Grant described the shift toward neutral paint colors and "safe" design choices. It's true that sellers are advised to present a pleasing if somewhat blank slate so prospective buyers can better imagine their own stamp on a space; however, the study found that even homeowners with no plans to sell are afraid of making design decisions that will make their homes less appealing to buyers in the distant future.

From July 12-18, 2023, a total of 267 sales listings throughout New York experienced price reductions. A selection of notable listings may be seen below -- some have virtually staged photos, while others present brightly painted walls, rooms in need of renovation, or unusual art and furniture on full display. Please be advised that all figures quoted reflect cumulative price cuts as opposed to the most recent reductions.

120-Central-Park-South-01 Berkeley House, #9G (Sotheby's International Realty)
Windowed kitchen
Bedroom with beamed ceilings
From the Listing: 9G is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom coop that is waiting to be re-imagined. The generously proportioned living-dining room provide cozy, comfortable home living. A large south-facing picture window let light in through the changing seasons. The home has wonderful hardwood floors throughout, windows in every room, and a generously proportioned bedroom. See floor plan and full details here.

1-Central-Park-West-01 One Central Park West, #704 (Compass)
Living room and kitchenette
Views of Central Park and the Billionaires' Row skyline
From the Listing: The luxurious suite features floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of Central Park and the city. Enjoy the fully-equipped European-style kitchen, entertainment center with flat-screen TV, and over-sized desk for work. The bathroom features an entire marble bathroom with shower and private jacuzzi. The hotel rents and manages the unit entirely, and the unit owner has the option to utilize it for 179 days per year. When you are not using the unit, this unit can generate income, which is a perfect way to take advantage of all that New York has to offer with a pied-a-terre that helps pay for itself. See floor plan and full details here.

37-19-Regatta-Place-01 37-19 Regatta Place (Laffey Real Estate NYC LLC)
From the Listing: This spectacular home was built to the highest standards. The grand 23’ high entry foyer, decorated with a custom gold-leaf ceiling, looks straight out to the Long Island Sound. Italian mahogany millwork and Italian imported tile, radiant heated floors throughout (including the basement and garage) makes this unique home perfect for a discerning buyer. Quality details are all through this home including 5/8" sheetrock for soundproofing, state-of-the-art PA system, and a speaker system in every room. Open floor plan and spacious water view balconies makes this home ideal for entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

1021-Park-Avenue-01 1021 Park Avenue, #13D (Brown Harris Stevens)
Windowed kitchen
Bedroom with oversized window
From the Listing: This gracious seven-room apartment on a high floor in a desirable Candela Upper East Side Park Avenue white glove co-op has a spacious primary bedroom with en-suite bath, four closets and a sundrenched corner outlook. There is an over-sized spectacular living room with 10.5-foot ceiling, wood-burning fireplace. An eat-in kitchen with two large windows facing west and two other smaller bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath round out the apartment. There is also a service/staff room currently used as a full laundry room with a small staff full bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

205-East-63rd-Street-01 205 East 63rd Street, #11B (The Corcoran Group)
Dining area and foyer
Private terrace
From the Listing: Wonderfully upgraded and maintained by the same owner for over five decades, this is a much-loved and cared-for home. The spectacular entertaining expanse offers a huge 23’ living room with a beautiful outdoor terrace, a 21’ formal dining room that can accommodate large scale entertaining with seating up to 24, a media area with 5’ TV, plentiful storage and bay window and a breakfast dining area with wet bar with slate floors, sink, new, full-size beverage refrigerator, and plentiful storage. The expanse is surrounded by a sunny southern exposure with open city views. There are custom built-in buffet counters throughout the living and dining rooms. This chef’s kitchen is filled with generous cabinet and cleverly concealed closet storage including a built-in ironing closet, marble counters and stainless backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

Living room with oversized windows 131 West 118th Street, #TH (Leslie J. Garfield)
Foyer with staircase
Private backyard
131 West 118th Street
From the Listing: Located on a picturesque tree-lined block, 131 West 118th Street is a unique 20-foot-wide townhouse built by architect Alfred H. Taylor, and developed by James E. Crawford in 1899. This Renaissance Revival townhouse is 20 feet wide and 68 feet deep with an additional extension across its four floors, boasting over 5,000 square feet. The property is conveniently situated in the heart of Central Harlem, providing close proximity to Morningside Park, Central Park, Columbia University, Whole Foods and Harlem Restaurant Row. See floor plan and full details here.

441-West-37th-Street-01 The Westerley, #GARDEN (Compass)
Living room and dining area
Primary bath with walk-in shower
From the Listing: Move right into this luxurious new two-bedroom, two and a half bathroom garden residence featuring designer interiors and 750 square feet of private outdoor space. Keyed elevator access delivers you directly to this stunning 2,702-square-foot full-floor home featuring tall ceilings that soar nearly 10 feet over white oak flooring, wide art walls and low-E double-paned casement windows. A gracious foyer ushers you to the north-facing living room, where northern exposures flank generous seating and dining areas. Elevate your culinary experience in a stunning open kitchen featuring rich oak Lusso Cucina cabinetry adorned with Argento quartz countertops and backsplashes, glass accents, under-cabinet lighting and Brizo polished chrome fixtures. See floor plan and full details here.

303-East-57th-Street-01 The Excelsior, #19B (Compass)
Dining area with kitchen through arched entry
Private balcony with city views
From the Listing: With nearly 1,200 square feet, this oversized residence with one-and-a-half bathrooms has space to spare. The formal dining room with window is often converted to a 2nd bedroom. The entertaining space is open and inviting and features large picture windows on two sides, flooding the residence with sunshine and creating a 37’ long entertaining expanse that opens to an outdoor terrace. A large windowed, black and white tiled eat-in kitchen accommodates a full size table. Capitalizing on feng shui, the home’s energy flows from south and east throughout. A welcoming entry foyer, generous closets and original wood floors complete the picture. Estate sale. $30,000 will be credited to the buyer upon closing to cover the installation costs of new windows. See floor plan and full details here.

11-East-86th-Street-01 11 East 86th Street, #18A (Modlin Group LLC)
Windowed kitchen
Private terrace with Central Park views
From the Listing: Situated on a prime block between Madison and Fifth Avenues, this bright, three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence represents classic Upper East Side at its finest. An expansive, 655-square-foot, wraparound terrace overlooks Central Park and allows ample natural light to radiate in throughout the day. A proper, welcoming foyer leads you to a large, sunlit living room and separate, adjacent formal dining room, both with west-facing windows. A fully-outfitted, windowed, galley kitchen features a separate service entrance nearby. See floor plan and full details here.

2074-Fifth-Avenue-01 2074 Fifth Avenue (Leslie J. Garfield)
Entrance with oversized windows
Living room and open kitchen
Bedroom with treetop views
From the Listing: This beautiful 19-foot-wide Queen Anne style brownstone five-story townhouse built in 1909 is your dream come true. Nestled in the heart of Harlem, this classic multi-family townhouse offers an exceptional opportunity to own over 5,000 square feet of prime real estate at an irresistible price. Enjoy the benefits of generating income while also taking advantage of the tax benefits found in Opportunity Zones. This property truly stands apart with its impressive three-bedroom owner’s duplex that includes garden access and provides ample space for comfortable living arrangements. The building also has (3) two-bedroom floor-through apartments above - one of which is occupied and rent stabilized. See floor plan and full details here.

36-Gramercy-Park-East-01 36 Gramercy Park East, #8P (Nest Seekers LLC)
From the Listing: This rare gut-renovated park-facing apartment has been artfully designed using state-of-the-art appliances and materials. This is a landmarked building ideally on Gramercy Park. The kitchen includes Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, and custom lacquered cabinets including a leather back splash. The kitchen swings open to create additional cabinets and storage that closes neatly away creating a wall of paneled glass wallpaper. The meticulously designed bathroom features radiant heated patterned marble floors, marble slab shower walls, with beaded wallpaper and nickel tile square walls. Key to Gramercy Park included. See floor plan and full details here.

530-Grand-Street-01 Hillman Coop, #D4C4D (LoHo Realty Inc)
Windowed kitchen and dining area
Bedroom with treetop views
From the Listing: Combined Lower East Side apartment features an expansive entry/foyer, large living room, with an equally proportioned formal dining room, windowed eat-in kitchen, 4 king-sized bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a bonus room that can easily be converted to a fifth bedroom, a third full bath, a workspace, or even a private laundry room (co-op approval required)! Bring your architect and revel in opportunity to make this space truly your own! See floor plan and full details here.

45-Sutton-Place-South-01 Cannon Point South, #9D (Douglas Elliman)
Foyer with dining table and chandelier
Library with bookshelves and river views
From the Listing: Move right into this lovely renovated split 2-bed/2-bath home in a magnificent Sutton Place coop with oblique river and bridge views. Entertaining is seamless in the inviting living room enjoying gleaming wood floors. The windowed eat-in kitchen offers ample custom cabinetry and countertops. Enjoy delicious meals and conversations in the dining space that comfortably seats 4-6. The tranquil primary suite offers an en suite bathroom. The second bedroom, cozy and comfortable, is currently configured as a den with custom bookcases. Two marble bathrooms, plus the option to install a washer/dryer complete this incredible residence. See floor plan and full details here.

425-West-50th-Street-01 Stella Tower, #14D (Compass)
Open kitchen with center island
Corner bedroom
From the Listing: Larger than many 2-bedroom apartments, this 1,416-square-foot 1-bedroom home at the stunning Stella Tower offers luxurious living in an environment of splendid interiors, soaring 11’ ceilings and fantastic finishes. Triple exposures through dramatic windows offer iconic views of NYC landmarks such as the World Trade Center, Empire State Building and Deutsche Bank Center. This home has a thoughtfully designed layout, perfect for elegant living and entertaining. The open, loft-like kitchen includes custom, handcrafted Smallbone of Devizes oak cabinetry, a large island and Miele appliances Additional features include Bosch washer/dryer, a zoned HVAC system regulated by Nest, hand-laid oak flooring, Nanz hardware and Waterworks fixtures throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

45-02-Ditmars-Boulevard-01 Pistilli Grand Manor, #539 (The Corcoran Group)
Kitchen with stainless steel appliances
Manhattan skyline views
From the Listing: Spacious southwest-facing one-bedroom features 12-foot. ceilings, Astoria and Manhattan skyline views, modern galley kitchen with full-size stainless-steel appliances and dishwasher, bright lofty living room, queen-size bedroom, ample closets space and zoned HVAC units in each room. Building amenities include 24-hour doorman, laundry on every floor, Building Link concierge, 2,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center, available storage units, massive on-site parking garage, and live-in super. See floor plan and full details here.

26-East-63rd-Street-01 The Leonori, #7A (Compass)
Entrance foyer
Windowed kitchen
From the Listing: For the gallery or museum lover, the Old World charm abounds in this majestic 2-bed/2-bath home with 10’2" ceilings having corner north/west exposure at the famed Leonori Condominium. Gracing the home with pure elegance are the cabinetry, solid paneled and glass French doors, oversized moldings, fabric walls, vibrant lacquered ceiling and walls with quality custom painting throughout. This home is as unique as a Faberge egg; sip champagne or entertain with fine wine and admire the west and north view of chic Madison Avenue as well as open sky and the Central Park from 5 oversized windows! The home is adorned with exceptional architectural details that include built-in shelves and drawers, custom shelving, French glass doors, sconces, library walls, chandeliers and heightened walls for large art. See floor plan and full details here.

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