What are the advantages of buying in a new real estate development in New York? 

New York City is always bustling with people who have places to go and goals to achieve. It’s a beautiful city for real estate investment, as it perpetually attracts tenants looking to rent a home for vacation, for a semester of school, or for the long term.  

In addition, NYC is an amazing place to purchase a secondary home, as there are countless sources of entertainment and shopping, most of which are very easily accessible on foot or by public transportation. So whether you are looking for a new home for your family or an investment rental property, BARNES New York has the resources you need to navigate your way through your purchase. 

While NYC offers plenty of historical real estate, there are excellent advantages to exploring new real estate developments within the city, which often include elements of historic architecture in conjunction with the conveniences of modern, upgraded materials and amenities. BARNES New Developments has preferred access to developers. Our team consists of agents with top-notch negotiation skills as well as a thorough knowledge of different parts of the city to help you find your new home.  

How can I save money buying new real estate in New York? 

Some buyers shy away from newer developments because of the price tag; however, luxury purchases are excellent investments. Updated properties offer increased value and are often built better due to the advancement of construction and materials. They know that these details are extremely important when purchasing in the luxury market.  

For example, 35 Hudson Yards was built with hand-picked limestone all the way from Germany, giving it warm, welcoming features. 108 Leonard incorporates majestic, historical architecture and combines it with more modern features to create beautiful units and common areas. Finally, buyers will want to check out 130 William Street, as it features luxurious Italian Pietra stone kitchen countertops. The upgraded materials and intentional features add value to all of these luxury properties and will likely reduce the need for renovations in the near future. These characteristics are one of the advantages of buying in a new real estate development in New York.

Furthermore, other unique details of these new developments certainly add to their value as well. For example, 277 Fifth Avenue offers floor-to-ceiling windows and columns that were intentionally placed along the perimeter of the building to avoid blocking the view. In addition, One Wall Street features tiled mosaics and a landscaped rooftop terrace for residents to enjoy views of the NYC skyline. New York City is known for its beautiful views, and these properties deliver what buyers want to see.  

These features increase the value of luxury residences and therefore tend to increase the return on investment for those looking to rent or sell their property. BARNES New Developments provides our clients with services for buying, selling, and managing these types of properties, and our agents have the knowledge and experience to be able to identify unique features that help elevate luxury buildings in NYC. 

Will I save money on utilities by investing in a new real estate development?  

Newer developments tend to implement more affordable and eco-friendly utilities, saving the buyer money on energy costs. For example, 565 Broome SoHo incorporates a sophisticated curtain-wall system that helps to retain heat in the winter and generate solar energy in the summer. This reduces the cost of energy as well as the negative impact of consumption on the environment.  

15 Hudson Yards boasts an on-site emergency generator, in case of loss of power, that contains efficient boilers to help reduce electric costs. Electricity tends to be one of the most expensive utilities for renters and homeowners, so these eco-friendly implementations can truly make a difference in overall costs and count as one of the major advantages of buying in a new real estate development in New York.

At BARNES New York, we are always on the lookout for properties that offer efficient, low-maintenance utilities to save our clients money and reduce negative impacts on the environment. Additionally, newer developments are able to incorporate updated technologies, such as more efficient energy systems and water-efficient plumbing, to reduce these costs. 

What kinds of unique amenities are included in new developments in NYC? 

Rooftop patio in New York City with a table and chairs standing on a paved area surrounded by green turf overlooking a view of the downtown skyline and skyscrapers

BARNES International Realty recognizes that another advantage to investing in new real estate is the availability of updated, state-of-the-art amenities, which add value to the property. Some of the more popular amenities include services and spaces dedicated to the health and wellness of residents.  

For example, 53 West 53 features a gorgeous dining area that overlooks Central Park as well as a 65-foot lap pool and a golf simulator. It is conveniently located above the Museum of Modern Art and boasts amazing panoramic views. 130 William includes an infinity-edge spa pool, a yoga studio, and a fitness center with a terrace to elevate your health and fitness experience. 200 Amsterdam, located in the Upper West Side, has ‘his and hers’ steam rooms, a yoga and pilates room, and an infrared sauna. All of these amenities add up in value, especially if they are saving you money on luxuries many people typically spend money on, such as gym memberships or billiards clubs. All these savings are true advantages of buying in a new real estate development in New York.

Additionally, many new luxury real estate developments offer other lifestyle services, such as doormen, concierge, and memberships to museums or other venues of interest. The Kent, located in the trendy Upper East Side, offers doorman these services 24 hours per day. Additionally, this development boasts a complimentary one-year membership to the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. 

7 West 57 offers a virtual concierge so that residents can conveniently schedule services, such as restaurant reservations, by phone or computer. 300 West, located in West Harlem, includes two reception areas and a lobby that is attended 24-hours a day. These types of amenities increase the value of the real estate, as they provide modern luxuries that tenants highly desire.  

Luxury New York City real estate can be overwhelming to navigate, but the opportunity to invest in these new real estate developments makes them worth the thorough consideration. Thankfully, BARNES offers agents who have extensive experience working with luxury properties.  

Our agents are informed of the materials and architectural subtleties that help add value to new properties, ensuring buyers get the best value possible. In addition, we are always on the lookout for unique amenities that will save our clients money and add convenience to their daily lives. If you are considering investing in a new property in NYC, please contact our fantastic team at BARNES New Developments

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What are the regulations for buying a property in New York? 

With its shining lights, skyscrapers, and mix of cultures, New York surely is the place to live. There are plenty of NYC apartments for sale currently, so choosing which to buy is up to you! Buying a new property in New York can seem daunting, as it is a long process with many obstacles throughout. However, this process can be made easy by being aware of all rules, regulations, and steps to take when buying a property in New York.  

Being aware of the regulations that come alongside buying and selling a new house can make the proceeding go much smoother. Knowing what is expected for you and the seller will get you closer to reaching your new New York home with less trouble. Also, following all regulations can help you to avoid extra fees and costs that you would not have paid otherwise.  

What are the important steps when buying a new property? 

As a buyer, it is always a good idea to work with a buyer’s agent who has plenty of experience, especially if you are a novice when it comes to buying homes. Therefore, the first thing you should do when you decide to buy a home is to find a buyer’s agent.  

Prepare all of the documents you will need for an offer and find an attorney specializing in real estate. You can ask your buyer’s agent for local recommendations. Having all of your documents in order will allow you to find any required information quickly and check that all regulations have been followed properly, especially when you’re buying a property in New York.

If you submit an offer for a property and it is approved, your attorney will look over the housing contract on your behalf. They will also scrutinize construction documents, including the first two years of financing the property. Once this operation is completed, you must then make at least a 10% down payment. This is one of the most detailed steps of the process, so it is important to review the listed rules and cautions to be aware of when making the down payment.  

Once you’ve signed the full contract, if financing, you will apply for a mortgage and request an appraisal. The bank will provide you with a mortgage commitment, and you can complete an application to buy the new property.  

The process and regulations for buying a cooperative property in New York are quite different from the regulations of other properties. For example, if you buy a cooperative, the board will first call you in for an interview. If you buy a condo apartment or a house, this process is skipped, and the building will consider the waiver of the right of first refusal, thus allowing you to begin the closing process on the property.  

Many details within the buying process must not be looked over, as this can result in penalties, extra fees, and can add to the time you must wait before owning your new property. 

What is a seller’s disclosure? 

When a homeowner puts their house on the market, they must collect a packet of documents with information about the property. Seller’s disclosures can vary from state to state and county to county depending on their requirements, otherwise known as disclosure obligations. For example, in New York, the seller’s disclosure obligations are divided into 5 different categories: General Information, surrounding environment, mechanical systems, structural elements, and defects. 

The general information that sellers must include in the disclosure would be details such as the age of the house, the property title, and the utility surcharge. In addition, the environment around the property can significantly impact the maintenance, and it must be stated in the disclosure. For example, if the property is located in a floodplain, a wetland district, near a landfill, contains asbestos, or if other toxic substances have been spilled, the seller must report them.  

It must include information about the mechanical systems, such as the utilities, water sources and quality, and the presence of sewers. All defects in the house must be reported as well. Any issues with the plumbing, air conditioning or heating, security, the foundation of the walls, chimney, and patio terrace must be described in detail on paper to the buyer.  

It is your right to receive a full and detailed seller’s disclosure as a buyer. Sellers who cannot provide adequate disclosure can owe money in fees, but the buyer may pay extra money for repairs later down the line.  

Are there regulations for down payments? 

Regulations and rules about down payments may be one of the most important that you come across as a buyer. Many co-ops or condos in New York will require a 20% down payment, although you might be permitted to put only 10% of the purchase price in a few instances. Of course, the more money you initially put down, the less you have to pay by the month.

Any down payment less than 20% of the price will require the buyer to pay for extra private mortgage insurance. Private mortgage insurance is a type of insurance that any buyer will be required to have to take out a conventional mortgage loan. Unlike most types of insurance, private mortgage insurance will protect the lender’s investment in the home rather than the borrower of the loan. On the other hand, private mortgage insurance makes it possible for some buyers to own their new homes sooner. This is because those who put down less than 20% as a down payment on their home will be allowed by the private mortgage insurance to obtain financing. 

PMI is not on the cheap end, though, and it can come with additional monthly costs outside of loan payments. Until the buyers have enough equity in the home and are no longer considered high-risk, they must continue to make large payments to the private mortgage insurance. These can be between 0.5% and 2% of the total cost of the house in a given year. The lower the down payment, the higher the percent of the total cost the buyer will pay to the private mortgage insurance.  

How can I abide down payment regulations?  

The best way to ensure that you will meet the 20% requirement for a down payment on a new property in New York is by having a set budget and plenty of savings before entering the market.  

It is important to decide how much you are willing to spend on your apartment, as well as which accommodations are most important to you. In New York, a one-bedroom apartment costs about $1,110,000 to buy on average in November 2022. A new 4-bedroom home for the family can cost over $3.8 million, making this a high initial down payment.*

Although putting a bigger down payment is generally advised, be sure to save at least 5% more than the down payment you wish to put down to help with repairs that you may need. Always set a limit with yourself and secure your expectations regarding financing. Additionally, it’s best to plan out your financial plan with an experienced mortgage broker to figure out your budget. 

*Data from UrbanDigs

How can I avoid mistakes?  

As stated above, working with real estate professionals can help you build confidence and guide you throughout the process and the regulations of buying a new property in New York. Unfortunately, many buyers and sellers may think that they are saving money on a real estate transaction by not hiring a real estate agent, and this could not be further from the truth.  

An experienced real estate agent knows the New York market, has excellent negotiation skills, and offers great advice about choosing a home that will help you save money in the long run. Having a real estate agent by your side can help you find new properties that you may not have found otherwise, caution you of regulations you may be missing or unaware of, and assist you throughout the process to help you understand each step of the way.

Having a brokerage firm that you can trust is crucial when buying a home in New York. BARNES New York is available to help you in all of your real estate endeavors, whether you are buying a home, investing abroad, looking for private aviation and yacht services, and much more.  

BARNES New York will assist you in all of your needs, especially when it comes to luxury living and new developments in New York. Contact us today for more information!

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What are the most beautiful real estate new developments in New York?  

Real estate new developments in New York City are amazing and are privileged place to live. Whether you are looking for your dream home or investing in a rental property, BARNES New York can provide you with the specialized assistance needed to walk you through the entire process. We offer a variety of services, such as negotiation of pricing, direct access to developers, and specialized knowledge of NYC neighborhoods.

While there are plenty of wonderful older residences in the city, some buyers are looking to invest in a newer development. BARNES has its own department for new developments with access to construction programs worldwide, which has done the research to find you the most beautiful residences in locations that are in high demand and with features that are irresistible to buyers and renters.

Why invest in new developments in NYC? 

Most would agree that NYC is a unique and fascinating city. It offers something for everyone, with art museums, Broadway productions, world-renowned restaurants, and endless shopping. In addition to location, there are several benefits to investing in newer developments in the city.

Newer developments, in general, tend to have fewer needs in terms of maintenance and renovations. This saves the buyer money, especially if the property is used for rental investment. Additionally, newer buildings tend to have more desirable features that align with current expectations, such as washer and dryer connections (which can be very challenging to find in-unit) and more luxurious amenities, such as high-end gyms and spas.

A less obvious benefit of investing in real estate new developments in New York, is the opportunity to lock in a price at the early stages of development. Making a commitment to a property early on can save significant amounts of money, as the buyer may be able to get an excellent price without having to worry about inflation. BARNES can provide assistance with the negotiation and acquisition of these types of properties.

Aerial panorama of New York City skyscrapers at dusk as seen from above the 29th street, close to Hudson Yards and Chelsea neighborhood

What are some of the popular neighborhoods for new developments in NYC? 

NYC is diverse in what it has to offer, and this is especially true for the Manhattan borough. Some of the key neighborhoods we suggest exploring are SoHo and the Upper West Side, Hudson Yards, and the Financial District.

SoHo is an excellent neighborhood for walkable luxury shopping. Near Midtown and the East Village, this neighborhood is accessible to desired restaurants, galleries, and upscale bars. Rooted deeply in the arts, this area is a unique place to live and visit. Buyers interested in SoHo should look at 77 Charlton Street, which offers a private courtyard and condos ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms.

In nearby Morningside Heights, Vanderwater stands as a 33-story luxury condominium, and it offers views of Central Park, Riverside Church, and Columbia University. The Upper West Side also features 200 Amsterdam, which is located near the Museum of Natural History and the Lincoln Center. This complex also boasts unique amenities, such as a “Zoom room” for meetings and a “little composer’s room” for children to explore their musical talents.

Foodies will want to explore Hudson Yards, located in Manhattan’s West Side. Developments in this area are also near the art galleries of Chelsea as well as the Hudson River Park. 35 Hudson Yards, the 4th tallest building in the US, features floor-to-ceiling windows and easy access to The Shops at Hudson Yards.

This development also offers a 2-year membership to Equinox club and spa for no extra charge. Another strong contender in this area is 15 Hudson Yards in West Chelsea, which offers panoramic views of Manhattan and easy access to Hudson River Park.

These are just a few of the popular neighborhoods in Manhattan. BARNES is prepared to help you find the neighborhood that best fits your style and needs, and will walk you through the process of acquiring your dream home.

What types of amenities are available?  

Amenities are particularly important when shopping for high-end real estate developments, and New York City luxury developments have quite a few to offer. It can be helpful to be aware of the amenities that are most crucial to you while shopping for your new home.

Many luxury condominiums offer lobby service for added protection and convenience. 300 West, located in Upper Manhattan in the West Harlem Area, offers 24-hour lobby service with doorman and concierge services.

Another popular amenity is easy access to an in-house pool or spa. 111 West 57th Street, located in Midtown, offers residents a lap pool, a sauna, and a steam room. Buyers looking for a place in the Upper East Side should consider for its beautiful indoor pool and sauna. This facility also offers a unique camping-themed children’s play area and even a sound lounge for musicians.

In addition to pool access, many buyers are also interested in other fitness-related amenities. For example, 130 William, located Downtown, offers a wide variety of options for those interested in fitness and sports, including a swimming pool, a yoga studio, a basketball court, and an exit close to the park.

Where are some of the most beautiful views?  

It can be challenging to choose the complexes with the most beautiful views in NYC, as there are so many iconic images of the city. Whether you are looking for something overlooking a waterfront, a high rise that offers views of the skyline, or windows with viewpoints of Central Park, there are luxury developments that accommodate these requests.  

One Manhattan Square is located on the edge of New York Harbor, at 800 feet above the water. This development offers glass paneling for optimal views of the waterfront. 77 Greenwich also offers beautiful waterfront views and is close to Battery Park. These types of developments can make you feel like you’re in an oasis within the big city with their serene viewpoints. 

For those looking to see the beautiful skyline, 196 Orchard, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, boasts an amazing view of the NYC skyline, with its 4,300 square foot rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Buyers may also want to consider places that offer iconic views of Central Park, such as 111 West 57th Street

We recommend all buyers looking to invest in luxury properties check out the real estate new developments emerging in New York City. BARNES New Development is prepared to assist clients with finding, buying, and selling these properties. We are equipped with specialized knowledge and resources to help you get the best deal for your money and to make the most out of your investment over time.  

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Which luxury real estate agencies to contact in New York? 

Do you wonder which luxury real estate agencies to contact in New York? Now that the world is beginning to reopen, the real estate market is finally on the move again. While most industries suffered through the first year of the pandemic, the buying and selling of real estate became particularly challenging.  

New York City is now returning to its typical place as a city to consider when purchasing a luxury home. Properties in New York City offer excellent long-term value and can be utilized for various purposes, such as vacationing or renting to tenants. 

While real estate agency companies are fairly easy to find in most cities, it’s important to be choosy when selecting your agent and choosing wich luxury real estate agencies to contact in New York. Many agents are simply in the business for the commission and do not fully consider the buyer and seller’s needs. These needs may differ for individuals managing luxury properties, and some agencies are not equipped to assist these clients effectively. This can be frustrating, as buying a home is a gigantic investment that should not be taken lightly.  

BARNES New York is here to provide you with elite services as you navigate the market in NYC. With over ten years of experience in New York City and agents from all over the world, BARNES offers a multicultural team to help guide you through the numerous opportunities available in the big city. Now is the time to take advantage of the market and continue to grow your investments with luxury NYC properties. 

Why should I consider real estate companies in New York that specialize in luxury homes?  

Buyers looking for high-end homes will want to contact luxury real estate agencies in New York that work with expensive homes daily. Because this is a niche field, these agents will be much more well-versed in desired neighborhoods, more aware of properties that are currently available, and more familiar with potential buyers of these properties.  

Since luxury homes tend to be within the top 10% in terms of price, clients would benefit from utilizing real estate agents who are skilled in navigating this competitive, fast-paced market. BARNES provides specialized services for those looking to buy and sell luxury items and is, therefore, able to effectively support their clients throughout the process. 

In addition, luxury properties tend to include particular features that are very expensive, scarce, and desired. The location of a property, as well as its amenities, can significantly impact its value. Two homes with the same square footage will not be worth the same amount of money when they are in two different locations. This is why it is important to find a real estate agent who is extremely well-versed in the neighborhoods of interest and who can alert you to opportunities promptly. 

At BARNES New York, we have agents and brokers who speak various languages to partner with you on your real estate journey. Since we are an international company, we have connections in countries worldwide. As a result, our clients are able to effectively manage their properties from their homes without having to travel internationally, as BARNES agents can take care of the logistics on-site.  

BARNES New York provides agents and brokers knowledgeable within their specific NYC borough. In addition, these agents are matched with BARNES agents in other countries, such as France, to provide the best service and most thorough knowledge of the property.  

Why consider luxury properties in New York? 

In particular, NYC is an excellent choice for luxury home buyers to explore. New York City offers a wide variety of property types, such as apartments, condos, and penthouses. While some buyers may be looking for a vacation home, others may be looking to sell or rent their properties to tenants.  

Since New York is a bustling city that can be quite expensive to live in, tenants are always looking to rent. We also provide property management services for rental homes, such as collecting rent, responding to maintenance issues, and conducting yearly property inspections. Clients can rest easy knowing that BARNES has it under control and that their investment is being taken care of accordingly.  

Additionally, New York offers a lot of luxury real estate agencies to contact, not least because of the atypical architecture that the city offers, value in its history and cultural attributes. Historic buildings can offer prestige and charm that contributes to their overall price value, while newer buildings often offer updated features that are highly desirable to wealthy clients. Amenities such as access to a pool or stunning rooftop views may impact the pricing of the property.  

In NYC, each borough and neighborhood has its own distinct personality and attributes. For example, Midtown Manhattan offers properties close to major attractions, such as Times Square, and is also in close proximity to other desired neighborhoods, such as Chelsea. This provides excellent opportunities for renting, given the prime location for tenants who work in the area or travelers wanting to see the city’s sights. 

On the other hand, you may be looking for an area that is more residential in orientation. For example, uptown Manhattan offers beautiful views of the city and is close to some of the most unique shops and galleries that New York has to offer. BARNES New York is prepared to guide you through the properties available across the city based on your preferences and intended use for the property. We currently offer Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Hamptons, Westchester, and Upstate New York listings.  

What constitutes a luxury property?  

BARNES is available to assist with numerous types of luxury properties, including not only homes but also additional high-end purchases. We can help you buy, sell, and manage your purchases, regardless of the location of your primary home.  

Luxury homes are unique for numerous reasons, and their uniqueness is part of what makes them expensive enough to be considered “luxury.” In NYC, luxury homes often have excellent views of the city, are conveniently located, and provide amenities that are not easily accessible in many big-city apartments, such as in-unit washers and dryers.  

These properties may also be unique in how they are designed (compared to the typical square-shaped apartments commonly seen in the city) and tend to be more spacious than typical homes in the area. Because the features of these properties are unique, we focus on the details of these homes and can provide updated information regarding their availability.  

In addition, BARNES New York is also available to assist with the acquisition and selling of large luxury items, including yachts, private jets and art advisory services. While many real estate agencies only offer services directly related to housing, BARNES is here to help you buy, sell, and manage these additional luxury assets. Some of the services provided include management of the construction of new yachts based on the client’s preferences as well as the purchasing and selling of yachts.  

Furthermore, BARNES offers assistance with fine artwork, including the transport and installation of pieces in addition to sales and purchasing. A strong benefit of choosing BARNES New York is the ability to utilize the same company to manage numerous luxury investments. 

What types of properties does BARNES New York have to offer?  

When you want to contact a luxury real estate agency in New York, you need to be hypervigilant as listings change frequently, and brokers need to know exactly what their clients are looking for to not miss out on the perfect opportunity. At BARNES, we organize properties by larger borough or neighborhood and then further classify them into smaller neighborhoods within the larger sections. This allows the buyer to focus on some of the property’s most important features, such as location and size. 

While BARNES real estate agents are happy to assist you with finding your perfect home, we also provide a website that is easy to navigate so that you can search on your own, as desired. In addition, buyers can filter for amenities, such as the number of bedrooms, outdoor space, and community doorman services. Whether you are looking for a cozy condo in Manhattan or a gigantic vacation home with a pool in the Hamptons, BARNES New York is ready to assist with agents who have specialized knowledge of these areas. 

At the end of the day, when selecting a real estate agency to utilize for your luxury property in NYC, you will want to make sure you go with a company that is reliable, knowledgeable of the area, and savvy enough to identify new opportunities promptly, as the market is very competitive. We are an excellent choice because we specialize in managing luxury properties and offer services beyond that of a typical real estate company.  

Furthermore, our multicultural staff offers services in numerous languages, such as French and Spanish, and can effectively assist buyers worldwide. For these reasons, we hope you’ll consider utilizing BARNES New York as you navigate the luxury market in New York City.  

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Where should you buy a house in the Hamptons? 

The Hamptons is a grouping of towns and villages on the far eastern side of New York’s Long Island and borders the Atlantic Ocean. It is easily accessible by car or bus from the city, and travelers should expect an approximately 2-hour drive from the center of Manhattan. If you wonder where you should buy a house in the Hamptons, keep on reading!

Many people—celebrities, the wealthy, and well-to-do travelers—use the Hamptons to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City for a while. So buy a house in the Hamptons is a very good choice. With its scenic ocean surroundings, more rural setting, and historic landscapes, it’s easy to see why. Spend enough time in the area, and you’re bound to run across someone famous. 

But the Hamptons offer much more than just resorts for a short stay or extended summer get away. It, too, provides an array of condominiums and single-family homes for year-round stays. 

Which area is best for me? 

Depending on whether you want an ocean side getaway, an inland home with plenty of yard space, or even a modern condominium, the Hamptons have you covered. With so much open space and plenty of options available, there are so many great areas to choose from when considering buying real estate in the Hamptons. 

Exactly where are the Hamptons? 

The Hamptons are located in Suffolk County, which is directly east of Nassau County, the county that borders the New York City borough of Queens. As stated previously, it is accessible from New York City via a 2-hour car drive or a trip by commuter bus. For those wishing to take a train, that option is available, too. The Hamptons are just 3.5 hours away from New York City by train. At the 2020 United States census, Suffolk County listed a population of over one million spread between its cities and towns. 

Which areas are best in the Hamptons? 

When considering to buy a house in the Hamptons, options in Suffolk County’s cities, there is little to complain about, especially as you drift toward the Hamptons. Being in the narrow-most stretch of Long Island, the Hamptons offers plenty of housing with immediate access to water. Even the housing options that don’t come with water access still come packed with amenities like land, greenery, and cozy surroundings. 

It then becomes a pick of preference. Do you want an ocean side getaway? Or do you want a tucked away escape? Then, consider exploring Southampton and East Hampton for real estate options. 

Small residential houses on the seaside in the Hamptons.

What is in Southampton? 

Southampton consists of many towns and hamlets and a thriving community full of food, shops, a strong community, and activities. It has a closed-off bay protecting it from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean and is the ideal place for a relaxing environment. Perhaps the most popular area of Southampton are the Hampton Bays. 

What are the Hampton Bays? 

The Hampton Bays are technically a hamlet, which, in New York, simply means a populated space not defined as a city or town. Think of a hamlet in the same way you would a neighborhood within a large city—a populated part of the city, but not a city by itself. Three bays border the Hampton Bays—the Great Peconic, Shinnecock, and the Tiana—meaning there is plenty of waterfront real estate to go around. 

What options are there in the Hampton Bays? 

As stated above, The Hampton Bays are surrounded by water, even more so when you consider the creeks and ponds that extend inland from the ocean. There is a little something for everyone here, ranging from quaint 2 bed/ 1 bath homes to extravagant 5+ bed/ 5+ bath ocean side homes. And don’t worry, the architecture in the Hampton Bays is aesthetically pleasing, and there is no wrong answer for house buying here. 

The southern section of the Hampton Bays is where most of the housing is gathered. It’s also where many of the restaurants, bars, and shopping centers are located, too. Oceanside dining is Hampton Bays’ forte, and there are no shortages of options. With plenty of indoor and outdoor dining options, crafting a scenic and memorable dining experience is effortless. 

Does Southampton have a downtown? 

Situated a little inland from the ocean, on the tip of Agawam Lake, is a quaint downtown area for Southampton. It offers all of the necessities like schools, shops, dining, hotels, and hospitals while also offering cultural adds like an arts center, museums, parks, and sports fields. 

What options are there in East Hampton? 

East Hampton offers a more spread-out, suburban feel when compared to the popular Hampton Bays in Southampton. Its long coastline cuts right up to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some breathtaking scenery. There is a downtown similar to that of Southampton and, perhaps, bigger and more frequent nature parks complete with hiking trails and wildlife. 

The famous Montauk Point Lighthouse in the daylight, with a view of the sea.

Where can I find more information about real estate in the Hamptons? 

Options to buy a house in the Hamptons are exploding, with more and more people moving away from the city, in part because of the global pandemic and others wanting to branch away from densely-populated areas. The cities and counties surrounding New York have really blossomed—and a lot of that New York City culture is moving along with it.

Meaning that if you crave buying a home and getting that New York City lifestyle, you don’t have to look into Manhattan solely. Now, more than ever, real estate in the Hamptons is on the rise. To check out the best listings that the Hamptons offers, along with guidance and expert advice, check out BARNES New York

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BARNES Magazine n°32 is hot off the press

The BARNES Fall-Winter 2022 magazine is hot off the press, featuring Terry de Gunzberg, founder of By Terry, who invites us to discover her colorful universe. Entrepreneurship, cosmectics and art…she shares with us her passions and also her vision that has revolutionized the world of beauty.

Learn about the world of wine with Angelus, an exceptional signature combined with contemporary daring, but also the Orient Express, an express route to luxury. We also open our pages to Baccarat, a sparkling party, to the decorators Friedmann & Versace but also to Guy Savoy who shares his idea of luxury.

For this 32nd edition of the magazine, take a real estate world tour by browsing our selection of the most exceptional properties in international cities, in France, as well as country, seaside and mountain destinations. Click on the link to access the online version of the magazine.

What is the real estate market like in New York? 

The housing market has seen some serious fluctuation over the last 2 years, especially in places like New York. Many cities across America are struggling to keep up with housing demands, and rent continues to climb.  So what is the real estate market like in New York right now ?

In 2020, living in New York seemed feasible for some people for a brief moment. Vacancy rates went up drastically as locals tried to escape the pandemic by fleeing to the less crowded states, making room for those who had been eyeing apartments in NYC for some time.  

However, as we came into 2021, everything changed. The stimulus money ran out, and landlords stopped giving out handouts. As a result, the demand for housing has been more than anyone could have expected, and prices have been driven to an all-time high across the country.  

Which parts of New York are most affected? 

New York City has been rated the most expensive place to live in the US and is the 9th most expensive place to live globally. Roughly 64 percent of New York State’s population resides in the city, so naturally, this is where the high demand comes into play. While the median housing price for New York State is $371,000, it’s over double that in NYC at $850,000.  

Prices were considered high before the pandemic, and it was a relief when they finally dropped. But now, in order to make up for that lost income, prices are continuing to soar past even what they were in 2019. The average rent increase is roughly 20 percent and climbing.

Manhattan has the highest median housing price of all the boroughs in the New York real estate market, at $1.4 million, followed by Brooklyn at $895,000, Queens and Staten Island both at $600,000, and finally the Bronx at $390,000. In these areas, prices for luxury housing can easily be several million dollars, with under $1 million being rare for family homes.

However, things are still very manageable outside the city, especially the farther away you get. While prices are still higher than before, the demand for upstate New York is not even close to the demand for city territory. If you’re looking to move to New York State but are not dead set on city life, there are some beautiful properties well under the median price range, ranging from a couple of hours away to the other side of the state.

Outside of the city, certain areas have not only a below-median price for New York, but it even falls below the national average. For example, Rochester, NY is the fourth most populous city in the state and is still extremely financially doable, with the median being only $149,900 thousand. Buffalo, NY comes in a close second at $160,000, followed by Liberty, NY at $174,100 thousand, and Albany, NY at $234,500. The only downfall may be that outside of the city; property taxes tend to be much higher.

What Is expected for 2022?  

Inflation has been a topic of conversation for many months now, as the price of housing, gas, food, and pretty much everything else continues to rise. In addition, companies are still recovering from supply chain disruptions, and it appears everywhere is understaffed these days.  

Fish, meat, and poultry prices are up over 12 percent from January 2021, and gas has increased even more so, with record-breaking prices around the country. As a result, the overall inflation rate via the Consumer Price Index was 7.9 percent through February, the most we’ve seen since 1982.  

Unfortunately for the housing market, Inflation affects more than just day-to-day prices. Housing costs rise and fall on numerous factors, including building materials, the local cost of living, and housing demands for certain areas. As long as inflation continues, the cost of housing will continue to rise.  

Mortgage rates have also gone up and are the highest they’ve been since 2019. Add the increased interest rates on top of the base cost of a mortgage, and you’re looking at an average monthly increase of $290 in the last year. In New York, mortgage rates are 1 basis point higher than the national average rate of 4.83 percent, with the average monthly payment ending up at about $2,800. 

It’s difficult to predict what will happen for the remainder of 2022, with professionals estimating anywhere from a 3.9 percent increase up to 16 percent. But, at the very least, the continued growth should certainly be slowing down now, and we are unlikely to see a market crash in the next few months. 

Is now the time to buy? 

If you’re waiting for prices to go down, experts say you will likely be waiting a long while. As we’ve previously noted, the market is likely to slow down over the next year, but nevertheless continues to rise.  

Until New York can catch up with supply-demand, vacancies will continue to dwindle, and choices will be scarce, so it may be best to pull the trigger sooner rather than later. Luxury housing is somewhat easier to find than more affordable options at the moment, but over the next couple of years, that should change. Developers may turn more office buildings into residential properties due to the increase of people working from home, and more people working from home means they don’t have to live near the city to do their job.  

If you’re looking to grab up a commercial property, now is the time to do so. Investors have been known to buy larger units as a NYC real estate investment, subdivide it, and then sell it for a profit. Non-residential properties can be an excellent NYC real estate investment, especially with the actual New York real estate market, as long as you get the proper permission to turn them into condos, lofts, or apartments. There are also zoning regulations that limit housing supply, and New York City will give tax breaks to investors who can turn things like commercial properties or warehouses into livable rental units.   

How can I best navigate the New York real estate market? 

The housing market is certainly warm, and all signs point to it staying that way for some time. If you’re not looking to spend your life savings on a condo in NYC, perhaps real estate in Upstate New York is a better option for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for the waterfront, amenity-packed apartment of your dreams, by all means, check out some beautiful Manhattan or Long Island real estate and grab it while you can.  

Perhaps you’re looking for something to invest in and want to help solve the NYC housing crisis—there is certainly an opportunity for you. Whatever the case may be, BARNES New York has all the information you need, and real people to help guide you every step of the way.  

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Real Estate: Rental prices are skyrocketing in New York. Here’s why

After five consecutive months of rising prices, the average monthly rent stood at $5,058 in Manhattan last June. In the space of a year, real estate rentals in New York have seen prices soar by almost 30%. To understand this phenomenon, Rachel Brunet from LePetitJournal went to meet Yann Rousseau, Managing Partner at BARNES New York.

Where should you buy an apartment in Manhattan?

There are more than 50 neighborhoods to choose from when you want to buy an apartment in Manhattan. Each has its upside and downside, its little quirks, and its own unique vibe. But, no matter where you choose, you’re bound to find a vibrant, thriving community brimming with bustle and life.

Wondering what neighborhood might be best for you? Below is a list of some of the best neighborhoods to consider when you’re looking for an apartment for sale in Manhattan.



The Bowery was once a neighborhood for those who were termed at the time the “down and out.” The area was known for decades for its bars and flophouses. Since 1990, the area has been reviving and is now home to luxury high-rise condo buildings. Median price: $2 million*.


A primarily residential neighborhood, Chelsea was named after a neighborhood of the same name in London. Chelsea is a diverse neighborhood known as one of the city’s key art centers. The area’s homes consist of pre-war co-ops, historic townhomes, and luxury condo buildings. The High Line, an abandoned elevated railway that was transformed into a park, runs through this neighborhood. Median price: $1.4 million*.


First settled in the 1870s and housing the largest number of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere, Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood with restaurants serving fresh, authentic Chinese food. New loft-style apartments are being built on the edge of the area. Median price: $688,000*.

East Village

The success of this neighborhood’s art scene led to its popularity. East Village was home to artists and musicians in the 1950s and is filled with galleries, bars, and small museums. Median home price: $1.9 million*.

Financial District

Popular with those who work on Wall Street, Manhattan’s Financial District has a mix of walk-ups above stores, luxury high rises, and historic buildings. Most of New York City’s historical sites are located in this neighborhood. Median price: $800,000*.


Flatiron, named for the iconic Flatiron Building, is predominantly a commercial area. Housing consists of mostly newer luxury buildings with all the key amenities along with a few walk-ups. Median price: $947,000*.


Famous for its ivy-covered brownstones, Gramercy is an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Its most famous attraction, Gramercy Park, is open only to members. There is some new construction, consisting mostly of older walk-ups and doorman buildings. Median price: $985,000*.

Greenwich Village

Known as a home for artists and bohemians, Greenwich Village was the birthplace of the counterculture movement on the East Coast. This historic neighborhood contains walk-ups, brownstones, and high-rises on Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Median price: $2 million*.

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, and also the largest private development in the US. It boasts 18 million square feet of commercial and residential spaces with more than 4,000 homes. Median price: $6.8 million*.

Little Italy

The streets of Little Italy are lined with Italian eateries with their traditional red and white checked tablecloths. Most of the housing in this neighborhood are walk-ups over stores and restaurants, along with co-op buildings. Median price: $1.6 million*.

Lower East Side

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan, the Lower East Side is known for its immigrant working class past. This affordable neighborhood is filled with mostly pre-war walk-ups and a few luxury high rises. Median price: $1.2 million*.


NoHo (North of Houston) was a manufacturing area in the late 1800s. New luxury high-rises are mixed with walk-ups on side streets. NoHo is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Manhattan. Median price: $3.8 million*.


Like many neighborhoods in Manhattan, this one was named for its location―North of Little Italy. This four-block neighborhood is home to high-end chain stores, charming boutiques, and vintage shops. Historically Italian, NoLIta is now a diverse, trendy area with well-kept, pre-war walk-ups. Median price: $2 million*.


NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) was named in 1996, but the area is much older. Europeans first occupied the area in 1686. Its housing stock includes historic brownstones, walk-ups, and new luxury high rises. Median price: $3.2 million*.


SoHo (South of Houston) is one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Known for its cast-iron architecture, it’s home to artists and trendsetters. SoHo was once a powerful manufacturing center, and its former factories now house studios and art galleries. Living spaces are small and consist mainly of walk-ups and luxury co-ops. Median price: $5.4 million*.


TriBeCa stands for Triangle Below Canal Street and features large lofts in converted warehouses and luxury mid-rise condo buildings along its quiet cobblestone streets. The neighborhood is known for its architecture and beautiful outdoor spaces. Median price: $5.6 million*.

Two Bridges

Another historically immigrant neighborhood, Two Bridges is located between the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. Until recently considered a part of the Lower East Side, its housing stock is a mix of tenement-style walk-ups and high-rise mixed-income and affordable rental housing. Median price: $2 million*.

Upper East Side

Among the most affluent neighborhoods in Manhattan, the Upper East Side is a cultural center with some of the most famous museums in the world—the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Area housing includes luxury high-rise condo buildings, townhomes, and brownstones. Median price: $1.6 million*.

Upper West Side

Known for the American Museum of Natural History and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Upper West Side is one of the greenest areas of Manhattan. It boasts both Central Park and Riverside Park. The current housing stock is made up of townhomes, co-op and condo buildings, and high-rise luxury buildings. Median price: $1.8 million*.

West Village

Once part of Greenwich Village, West Village was home to the American bohemian culture in the 20th century. Now a laid-back neighborhood with winding streets and cobblestone, it sometimes feels like a small European town. The streets are lined with historic brownstones in styles from Romanesque Revival to Greek Revival. Median price: $1.6 million*.

*Data from PropertyShark

The rise of Manhattan real estate

Real estate prices were near record highs in 2021, and it looks like that upward trajectory will continue. If you want to buy an apartment in Manhattan, now is the time. There is pent-up demand and only about five months of housing supply. The median sale price for a condo was $1.7 million in July 2022, up 4.4% higher than the same period in 2021.

If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, think about buying a co-op in Manhattan. Co-ops tend to be less costly and typically offer more space than condos, but the purchase process is a little more complicated. So take a look at both options and decide which is right for you and your situation, and contact BARNES New York when you feel ready to buy an apartment in Manhattan.

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Where to find the best luxury real estate in New York?

New York City consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and each has its own style and way of life. Sometimes, passing between the borders of each borough can feel like traveling to an entirely different state.

Each borough comes with its own historical significance, urban centers, and array of diversity. And New York remains one of the most popular places to live in America.

With popularity comes luxury living, a category where New York City is in no way lacking. With neighborhoods such as Noho, Hudson Yards, Tribeca, and Central Park, the options are limitless in luxury real estate in New York.

What about Hudson Yards?

Hudson Yards is unlike any other neighborhood in New York City. It is well known for its first time visiting New York experiences and its incredible and artistic architecture. It’s very close to Central Park and borders the Hudson River. Its abundance of luxury townhouses and luxury homes, and skyrise properties offer stunning views of some of New York’s most iconic buildings, the river, and Central Park. Some properties offer views of all three. In any case, you will have an incredible view of Manhattan to take in and enjoy.

Hudson Yards was top on the list in terms of median sales price for their luxury spaces, the Manhattan neighborhood coming in at $8.5 million.*

What about NoLIta?

NoLIta stands for North of Little Italy, and is a intimate neighborhood with a distinctly, unique charming vibe. You will find numerous boutiques and vintage shops, bakeries and pop-up art galleries throughout the area. Apartments can be hard to find, because the neighborhood is very small, and consists mostly of pre-war walk-ups, although there are a few newer doorman buildings and new developments.

NoLIta was second only to Hudson Yards in terms of median sales price for their luxury spaces, the Manhattan neighborhood coming in at just a shade under $7.5 million as of May 2022.*

What about Central Park?

Central Park is home to some of New York City’s most iconic views, so it only makes sense you will find a lot of luxury real estate around it. And the hundreds of highrises and historically-significant and renovated buildings that line the famous park, especially on its southern border, are the most sought-after properties in the city.

The neighborhood of Central Park South, located on the southern stretch of Central Park, is tiny. It is only three blocks long by two blocks deep, but it packs a lot into that small space. It is home to many of New York City’s picturesque views.

Luxury properties sharing a border with Central Park will be the most expensive in the neighborhood, but, on average, the sale price for properties here was just a shade over $6,645,500.*

What is NoHo’s Style?

NoHo, or north of Houston Street, is a neighborhood within Manhattan and has an incredible view of Manhattan. The area has some of the city’s best critically-acclaimed restaurants and entertainment as well as designer boutiques. It’s been described as laid-back, but with something always going on—you will never be bored.

Housing-wise, NoHo’s well-known luxury buildings are some of the most highly-sought after in the city, and they are chock-full of architectural history or their own unique style.

NoHo is third on the list in median sales price at just over $5,150,000.*

Where is TriBeCa?

TriBeCa is located on the southern tip of Manhattan and is known for its industrial look. This portion of Manhattan has been restored and renovated while maintaining its original, more turn-of-the-century beauty. Historical lovers would be at home here. It has riverside views, notable restaurants, and plenty of sleek bars to fit a luxury lifestyle.

TriBeCa is also well known for its annual film festival, the TriBeCa Film Festival. Properties here, on average, go for a little above $3.2 million.*

Are there any luxury options outside of Manhattan?

Of course there are! The luxury apartments market in NYC is prevalent in more than just Manhattan. Of course, the options are a little bit more limited outside of Manhattan, and the surrounding areas don’t necessarily offer the same prevalence of luxury amenities, like fine dining or theaters, but they are there.

The borough of Brooklyn would be Manhattan’s biggest rival in terms of luxury living, especially DUMBO, with a median sale price of $2 million.

What neighborhood would you recommend?

Any of the neighborhoods mentioned above would be a good starting point when looking for luxury housing. But it’s nearly impossible to beat the views of New York City’s skyline that are available only in Manhattan—not to mention Central Park. With Central Park within commuting distance from anywhere in Manhattan, the area is really unrivaled.

To begin a more in-depth search into luxury real estate in New York, contact BARNES. BARNES New York is an international luxury brokerage that can help you find the best possible option for luxury living in the big city.

* Data from PropertyShark

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