What the Coronavirus Has Done to New Development

“The ultimate question is: ‘At what point does the job market recover?’” said Nancy Packes, the principal of Nancy Packes Data Services, a real estate consultancy and database provider. If not for the pandemic, the new condos in Long Island City would have sold in due time, she said, while a number of slow-selling condos could potentially be listed as …

Real Estate Prices Fall Sharply in New York

The coronavirus has dealt a blow to the Manhattan real estate market unmatched in recent history, and the prospects of a near-term recovery remain unclear. The number of closed sales in the second quarter were down 54 percent compared to the same period last year, the largest decline in at least 30 years, according to a new report from the …

The Return of Home Renovations

Protocols from Orsid New York, a property management company, call for contractors to pick up and sanitize any Masonite (a floorboard mainstay of construction sites) at the end of the day, and to let building superintendents know when they’re leaving for the day. “That way the staff will know to clean the panels of the service elevator,” said Robbie Janowitz, …

House Hunting on Anguilla: An Oceanfront Retreat for $985,000

A Three-Bedroom Villa on the Atlantic Ocean $985,000 This three-bedroom, two-bath beachfront home sits on the east coast of Anguilla, the British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea. The 1,300-square-foot house is anchored by a terra-cotta-tiled great room beneath a cathedral ceiling. Bright and airy, the room’s open plan includes a living area, dining space and kitchen. Three arched doorways …

Mahopac, N.Y.: A ‘Bedroom Community’ With an Elegant Past

The reopening of the economy following the pandemic lockdown has sparked a rise in market activity. “We’re seeing an uptick in properties being listed,” said Geraldine Finan, an agent with Houlihan Lawrence. “And we’re seeing multiple offers and bidding wars. Even some of the higher-end homes that had been sitting for a while are seeing movement.” Many buyers are coming …

The Secret to Deep Cleaning

There’s no way around it: When you rarely leave home, things get dirty faster. Windows are left open longer, kitchens and bathrooms are used more frequently, and bits of pencil shavings and cereal crumbs somehow manage to elude the trash bin. Keeping up with the mess can be a challenge — especially when you have only a couple of minutes …

More Space, Same Address – The New York Times

With new apartments only an elevator ride away — or even just a walk down the hall — many tenants are finding they don’t need to hire movers. Instead, they are simply carrying their belongings to their new homes themselves. Moving in any manner wasn’t something, Maria Liesen, 26, and Giacomo Novelli, 25, ever expected to be doing so soon. …

$2 Million Homes for Sale in California

Pasadena | $2.598 Million A French Normandy-style house built in 1927, with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, plus a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse, on a 0.5-acre lot This house, attributed to Sylvanus Marston, was built in 1927 in the French Normandy style and has had relatively few alterations over its life span. Mr. Marston’s architecture firm, Marston, Van …

Coronavirus Reopening: Co-ops, Nannies and Dog Walkers

Q: Even though New York is now in Phase 2 of its reopening process, the board of my Manhattan co-op is still following strict rules about vendors and visitors. All guests have to fill out a form providing their name and address, and answer personal questions about the reason for their visit, the state of their health, and even the …

How to Grow Garlic – The New York Times

Every year at about this point in the growing season, Alley Swiss has a ritual he performs. It’s one that humans have done for thousands of years, as they cultivated one of our oldest, most beloved food crops. Mr. Swiss, an organic farmer, walks out into his garlic field in the Okanogan Valley of north-central Washington, looking for guidance: Is …