The following blog is reposted from Christie's International Real Estate's Luxury Defined blog on March 5, 2018 and has been truncated for the purpose of this post. You may read the full article by clicking here.
The 6 Best Neighborhoods for Pied-a-Terre Property
Luxury Defined, by Christie's International Real Estate | March 5, 2018
We've identified 6 neighborhoods in 6 world-class cities—all perfectly placed for a second or third home
Having a centrally located second or third property in the heart of a major city turns a flying visit into a luxurious experience with all the comforts of home. Whether it's for theater, shopping, or a business layover, a carefully chosen pied-à-terre in a great location can also prove a sound investment. Here’s where to look…
1. Brera, Milan
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Brera. It has an intoxicating urban charm that wins over even those who are country-lovers by nature. Alessandro Alessandrini, owner of Broker Immobiliare Srl, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the region, says he has clients who buy a pied-à-terre intending to use it only for a few weeks a year, but who then find it difficult to leave.
2. Gramercy, New York
Gramercy is a quiet and serene neighborhood, exuding elegance and exclusivity, refinement and grandeur. All this despite being less than two miles from Times Square and a stone’s throw from the renowned Union Square Greenmarket. Also within easy reach: Wall Street, the cobbled streets and boutiques of NoHo and Nolita, and the amenities of the Ladies’ Mile, lower Fifth Avenue, and the Flatiron district.
3. South Kensington, London
Affectionately known as “South Ken” by Londoners, South Kensington is a refined neighborhood defined by graceful, Victorian townhouses overlooking beautifully kept squares, but also by its museum quarter, which includes the Natural History, Science and Victoria & Albert museums.
4. Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Ample opportunity to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation is one of the key attractions of Sentosa Cove. Located on Sentosa Island, which is just off Singapore’s southern coast and connected to the city-state by road, cable car, monorail, and pedestrian boardwalk, the Cove is exempt from requirements that restrict foreign ownership of landed property.
5. Le Marais, Paris
What could be more romantic than a pied-à-terre in Le Marais, an authentic, lively neighborhood spanning two of the French capital’s oldest arrondissements? Reminders from the past surprise you as you amble through the tangle of crooked, medieval streets that are now lined with art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques.
6. Carouge, Geneva
Just 15 minutes by car from the center of Geneva and across the river Arve is Carouge, a gorgeous municipality that brings to Switzerland a hint of the French Riviera or even Greenwich Village. At its core is le vieux Carouge, a collection of townhouses topped with tiled, gabled roofs; the occasional neo-classical house; “secret” inner courtyard gardens; and fashionable bars and cafés that spill out onto the piazzas. This is where people come for a quick drink and end up lingering for dinner.
Perfectly Poised Pied-a-Terre Properties Right Here in Sarasota
We might not be Milan, Italy or Paris, France, but we have a lot to offer as a weekend getaway right here! Art galleries, music festivals, restaurants, and endless access to performing arts such as the Sarasota Opera and Florida Studio Theatre right downtown make the epicenter of Sarasota the perfect place for your vacation pied-a-terre, and there are a couple great values on the market right now. All are in prime, central downtown locations. Have a look:
- 1 bed | 1 bath | 736 sf
- Building: 1500 State Street
- Brand new! Built in 2017
- Listed at $499,000
- 1 bed | 1.5 bath | 990 sf
- Building: Essex House
- Built in 1974
- Listed at $368,000
Recently sold by us: Pied-a-Terre in Renaissance!
We recently listed and sold an adorable pied-a-terre in Rosemary District's Renaissance.
750 N. Tamiami Trail #506
- 1 bed | 1 bath | 700 sf
- Building: Renaissance
- Built in 2001
- Sold for $227,000 in 2017
We're here for all your Downtown Sarasota needs, whether you're looking for a permanent residence or a pied-a-terre, give us a call today.