Weekly Roundup: Sales and prices rise in Manhattan, surfeit of celebs on the move, U.S. stats up and down, yet another historic low rate

Manhattan sales jump 9.3 percent over year earlier in third quarter, median prices climb 2.7 percent

Residents praise lifestyle of small spaces, and developers show big interest in them

Much desired sponsor apartments in co-ops bear scrutiny

11 groups lodge lawsuit seeking to block NYU expansion

Prices of single-family homes in broad region off 2.6 percent from prior year, bucking national trend

10th annual Open House New York weekend to celebrate city’s architecture, design

Land-use committee approves massive Lower East Side development

To developer’s dismay, those billionaires strive to leave individualistic impressions on One57 tower

Oscar winner sells Upper West Side penthouse for more than $1.7 million

Actress’ puts Ojai retreat legally on the market for $10 million

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Weekly Roundup: Rents, rates, remodeling, more

Update: Prices, sales of new condos post healthy year-over-year increases in Manhattan

Demand for ultraluxury apartments outpaces modest units

Report finds 7.2 percent rise in January rents from a year earlier in Manhattan

No ceiling in sight for rentals, the Times declares

But a City Journal editor begs — make that demands — to differ

As appraisal executive says it’s the editor who’s wrong

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Weekly Roundup: Housing market news is mixed

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out another of today’s three posts.

SUTTON PLACE DUPLEX IN WHICH LATE MAGAZINE MAGNATE LIVED FINALLY SELLS FOR $7 MILLION

HER SEX IN THE CITY WILL CENTER ON CENTRAL PARK WEST WHEN HER HUSBAND TAKES TIME OFF

ACTOR’S NEWLY LISTED PENTHOUSE IS PRESUMED EXPENSIVE

LATE SIDEKICK’S HOUSE IS IN FORECLOSURE, SPORTS FIGURE PLANS TO PRACTICE OUTSIDE NEW HOME, MOVIE MOGUL BUYS IN L.A.

PRICES OF U.S. OF SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES Continue reading

The Big Apple: Snakes, bedbugs and more, oh my

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR APARTMENT AND EAT WELL TOO

It’s not quite a trend, but community-supported agriculture plans, or C.S.A.s, farmers a fee to become members and in turn have vegetables, fruits and meats delivered to them at the building by a farm truck weekly.

For example, Holton Farms, an eighth-generation farm in Westminster, Vt., approached the Solaire in Battery Park City about its C.S.A. plan.  Immediately, Solaire’s management agreed to help promote the farm through the building’s e-mail system and smoothed the way for the farm to park its truck and makeshift farm stand in front of the building on River Terrace every weekend.

“It made sense for us,” said Michael Gubbins, director of residential management for the developer, the Albanese Organization, “and it’s become a very popular community service.” Continue reading