A New York Real Estate Memoir

First, Here’s What’s Happening Now!

Road Trip Ideas!

Getting decorating ideas from my road trip. What I want in my next home–and elements to use in my current home!

An Artist at Work!

The staging continues-details, details details! It’s not just the painting! It’s where you hang it and how it fits in with everything else and is it centered! These all work–hung by pros!

The Video Tour!

Here’s a video tour! It’s already out of date, but it gives you an idea of the way the apartment flows! New music is coming, too!

And Now, the Back Story

Covid 19 disrupts the sale schedule of my UWS triplex and throws my youngest’s freshman year in college in the fall of 2020 into limbo. That blows up my plans for the next stage of my life: gypsy empty nester.

For a moment, I’m stymied. Who knows what will happen? I meet with real estate stagers. I want to hire them but I can’t, yet. But, I can learn from them.

“It’s all about light and space,” says one, speaking through her mask.

I let that sink in.

I channel Marie Kondo. I tune into Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conferences.

And then, without really thinking about it, I start to clean. And unexpected things happen.

But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. First, let me tell you about my home, and how it came to be.

It began as a pretty run-down one-bedroom.

Breakfast in the Garden

It’s New York. It’s the end of the 80s. A flight attendant for Continental Airlines sees the writing on the wall for the struggling airline industry and starts a side hustle as a real estate agent.

She digs through the dusty files of the real estate agency she’s working with and finds a one-bedroom in the west 70s that her colleagues have apparently forgotten about or given up on. And she puts a small ad in The New York Times real estate section.

It says:

“Breakfast in the Garden.”

For the whole story, click here and go back to the beginning of the blog posts, please!

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