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Jon Hamm’s modest NYC Penthouse


Take a look at the floor plan of this apartment.

It’s nice enough, sure, but does it look like a succesful 10-time Emmy nominee actor lives here? Well, he does. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm shares this 2 bed, 2 bath with actress ladyfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. And they have put it on the market.

It’s not their primary residence, that’s LA, but they likely spent quite a bit of cash on renovating it. I love the sunroom in the back. Especially the window panes. But I would have done more with the space. Probably turned it into a conservatory with lush plants and flowers. And maybe I would’ve panelled the walls with low bookshelves. And the rug is very blah….

Despite its humble size, the apartment is listed for $2,450,000… It’s hard to believe, but I actually think that’s a trick to get it sold fast. The terrace is a massive commodity in NYC as is the view of Central Park. The price therefore surprises me a bit. However, true to NYC fashion, there are monthly charges of $3,661. That does include taxes, a part-time doormen and porter, a live-in super, storage rooms and free laundry facilities.

The building was designed by renowned architect Rosario Candela. He was most famous for his many NYC apartment blocks. Apartments in his buildings are popular because both kitchens and bathrooms tend to have windows, as is the case in this particular property

Source and images: The Real Estalker

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The smallest apartments in Amsterdam


A top three of teeny-tiny apartments in the Amsterdam real estate market.

1. 16m2 / 172 ft2, right on the canal

This very compact refurbished studio apartment on Amsterdam’s posh Prinsengracht offers all you need. A new kitchen with basic appliances, a small freshly retiled bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity. The roof is sloped,further limiting the available floor space. But it has its charm, and I can imagine the view, once one sticks their head out of the window, is quite nice. The studio is in the front of the building, so canal side. It was on the market for €120.000 / $162.000. That’s €7500 per m2 / $942 per ft 2, which is quite steep even for Amsterdam standards. But it sold within 4 months.

A tiny studio right on an Amsterdam canal

A tiny studio right on an Amsterdam canal

Refurbished and move-in ready

Refurbished and move-in ready

2. 22 m2 / 237 ft 2, again on the same canal

Funny enough the second smallest apartment is not far from the previous one. Again, this tiny studio is in a very characteristic and typical Amsterdam building on the canal. However, this apartment is not as refurbished as the other one, and the kitchen leaves a lot more to desire. But it does have double doors opening to a French balcony and I guess it’s bigger. The apartment faces the garden in the back, so no canal view. A big bonus is a storage room on the ground floor and access to a communal garden. This one was on the market for €129.000 / $174.400 and sold in a bit over 4 months. The price per m2 / ft 2 of €5864 / $736 didn’t scare potential buyers.

Another studio on one of Amsterdam's famous canals

Another studio on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals

French doors leading to a French balcony facing the communal gardens

French doors leading to a French balcony facing the communal gardens

View to the gardens in the back. The owner of this studio has shared use of the garden

View to the gardens in the back. The owner of this studio has shared use of the garden

3. A 23 m2 / 248 ft 2 studio with balcony overlooking a canal in up and coming Amsterdam West

This building is a bit of a landmark. It’s right along a canal by a working drawbridge, so many of Amsterdam’s inhabitants have seen it while waiting for passing boats. It’s in a part of town that was not really desirable up until a few years back. Since then, many people have ventured that way for its cheap real estate, and its proximity to the more popular parts of the city. This brought in new shops, bars and restaurants and in turn caused a fast rise in prices and a shift in the area’s popularity. That makes the price of €89.000 / $120.000 surprising.  Only since the crunch have prices dropped slightly below €100.000 for the smallest of places in lesser areas. The owner must have been going for a quick sale. Like the other, this one sold in a little over 4 months. Surprising because flats in this building tend to sell faster. Especially considering this is one of the few with a balcony. Only the first and top floor units have these. The apartment consists of a small living/bedroom, a separate kitchen, nice when you only have one room, and a small bathroom. There are a few built-in closets. The view is quite spectacular. And there’s a shared garden, laundry facilities, private storage and a communal bike storage. The building itself is an architectural gem so all in all a very good deal for €3870 per m2 / $484 ft 2.

The 'Geuzenflat' overlooks a working drawbridge in one of Amsterdam's newer canals.

The nicknamed ‘Geuzenflat’ overlooks a working drawbridge in one of Amsterdam’s newer canals.

The building's official name is Oranjehof, and is listed as a monument

The building’s official name is Oranjehof, and is listed as a monument

The door leads to a balcony overlooking the canal

The door leads to a balcony overlooking the canal

 

Book review: Prefab Houses


As you might know, I have a thing with prefab homes. Always have. I love the idea of a cleverly designed home, fit for a contemporary lifestyle, put up in a matter of weeks, sometimes even days. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I got this marvellous Taschen Book ‘Prefab Homes’ as a gift from friends. I am helping them with a design and install for a new bathroom and I recently had my birthday but still out of the blue they surprised me with this marvellous gift.The book is written by Arnt Cobbers and Oliver Jahn, two well-known architecture and design authors. I can highly recommend it. It’s the perfect coffee table book, with tons and tons of inspiring pictures and stories about various prefab home designs and their designers.

Prefab Houses Taschen

Prefab Home

Another page spread from the book Prefab Houses by Taschen

The book is also available in the Homevoyeurs webshop for $47,38. You might be eligible for free shipping!

Prefab Houses Taschen book

Prefab Houses Taschen book

An early example of a prefab home in the book

Nate Berkus Chicago abode not selling well…


A little over a year after it was featured right here on Homevoyeurs.com, Mr Berkus further reduced the price of his Chicago apartment to $1,890,000. Still hefty, but considering its original asking price of $2,650,000, a pretty decent discount! I absolutely love the style of Nate Berkus, which was obvious from my post last year. For a high-profile designer, he changed very little since, as I do believe these are newer pictures. But when it’s right, it’s right, and boy is it ever.

Nate Berkus’ Chicago Condo

Inspired? You might like these books by Mr Berkus, for sale in the Homevoyeurs.com webshop!

The Things that Matter, by Nate Berkus

The Things that Matter, by Nate Berkus

 

 

Home Rules, by Nate Berkus

Home Rules, by Nate Berkus

Great photography sells a home!


In an older post I already touched the subject; how good photography sells a house. Or rather, how bad photography doesn’t! People hunting for homes usually look online first. The very first thing they see of a potential home is a picture. If that picture doesn’t immediately grab their attention, chances of them buying the house are slim. I have a hard time understanding realtors who don’t live up to this golden rule. Why would a rule that applies to groceries, cars, clothes etc not apply to what might very well be the most expensive purchase ever?

Somebody who understands this is Dennis van Duijn of O Kijk! Panografie. He specializes in panoramic photography, and puts his talents to use for presentations of homes for sale as well as museums, restaurants and hotels. A recent project he shot, a houseboat in Rotterdam, sold  within a matter of weeks after it was put on the market. I am pretty sure the presentation had something to do with it. The price, a friendly € 315.000,- might have had something to do with it too; but that’s Rotterdam for you! A similar boat in Amsterdam would have set you back an easy €150.000 more.