The Whole Foods in Columbus Square on the Upper West Side.
When I lived in Washington, D.C. for a while, a Whole Foods store opened a couple of blocks from my house.
I was so excited given — how to put this diplomatically? — the differences between food shopping in D.C. and New York City, I toured the store twice on its first day.
It turns out that I shouldn’t have been thrilled only about the produce, meat, fish and a variety of other items. What mattered even more was the impact that Whole Foods had on property values in the surrounding area.
The garden I tended behind my rowhouse in Washington, D.C.
How tempting it is when you get an unsolicited offer to sell your home before you put it on the market.
Maybe you’ll have no, or at least a reduced, brokerage fee. There’ll be no open houses that require your preparation and evacuation. And forget about the anxiety of waiting for a buyer to bite, conducting fruitful negotiations and wondering, “What if?”
Don’t do it.
The situation arises more often that you might imagine. Hell, it happened to me when I moved back to Manhattan from Washington, D.C.
But don’t do it.
There is ample for reason for rejecting an early offer or equivocating should one surfaces: Continue reading →
The “soft” opening was yesterday, and–dammit!–I didn’t know. So I missed all the free food and jazz. The official opening is tomorrow, a great development (pun intended) for the neighborhood.
When I lived in D.C. and a Whole Foods opened two blocks from my house in Logan Circle, the store was instrumental in tripling home values. (Of course, that was before the bubble deflated.) The new store sure can’t hurt real estate prices in the broad neighborhood.
The new Whole Foods is an exception hereabouts in that it carries wine. In D.C., the selection was appealing and well priced.
Hurry on over, you and other residents of both the Upper West Side and across Central Park on the Upper East Side.