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Jay-Z and D’Angelo Make Magic

January 17, 2024


What Up Family?

Welcome to The Edit with Aaron Seawood, a lifestyle letter serving a weekly dose of real estate, culture, and wisdom—all in three minutes or less. Let’s dive in.

Real Estate Remix

StreetEasy’s latest report shows Queens dominating NYC’s top 10 Neighborhoods to Watch. After a record-breaking year, both Ridgewood and Hunter’s Point rose 10.7% and 9% respectively in annual search volume. The ten neighborhoods on the list (five of which are in Queens) are all expected to grow in demand and price this year. Other in-demand neighborhoods include Hudson Square (right next to SoHo; searches up 8%) and Brooklyn’s own Sunset Park (searches up 4.7%). I’d love to hear from you—are any of these neighborhoods on your watch-list? Where are you most interested in living?

NYC Insider: What’s Happening This Week

I love restaurant week but always need a friendly kick to remind me to book reservations and take advantage of it. For those like me, consider this your sign. Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday and runs until Feb 4th. The next few weeks offer a great time to enjoy a prix fixe meal at your favorite restaurants. I’ve got my eye on a steak at Gage & Tollner…where are you heading?

Weekly Gem 💎

Register the win, record the win, document the win, celebrate the win!

It’s important to celebrate your wins. Why? Because when we take a loss, we can spiral and lament for days, drowning in our sorrows. But when we get a major win, many will feel good about it for a short while and then immediately look ahead to the next opportunity. Registering the win forces you to acknowledge all it took to score that win and revel in it. It also serves as a reserve of sorts when you’re having a particularly hard day, week, or month, you have a stash of victories to lean on to keep you from beating yourself up and forgetting who you really are…. a MF Winner! Try it this week, make sure to register the win. Whether it came easy or was hard fought, you did it!

Rare Boerum Hill Carriage House

Listing courtesy of my Compass colleague, Louis Esposito

Over 3,700+ SF, this carriage house lies on the border between Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill. 413 Degraw offers 4+ bedrooms and 7 baths across three floors on top of a finished basement and fly roof deck. Here’s the highlight reel:

  • Strikingly high beamed ceilings, exposed brick, and multi-tiered open layout.
  • Chef’s kitchen, equipped with a sub-zero refrigerator, double sinks, multiple ovens, and tons of counter space.
  • Breathtaking roof deck, with a custom-built wet bar (feat a rotisserie grill, sink, minifridge, ice chest, and wine cooler), surround sound, natural gas fire pit, half-bath, and two outdoor televisions.
  • The lower levels provide access to an oversized private garden, and features its own separate guest quarters (laundry room included)!
  • Who wants a tour?

Before you go…
🥘: NYC’s most anticipated restaurant openings this year.

🏡: America is short 3.2M homes. This article explains why.

⌚: The quiet status symbols you’re going to be seeing everywhere. From watches to vacuum cleaners, these products are all the rage.

🎵: Two titans have come together, Jay-Z and D’Angelo on I Want You Forever from The Book of Clarence Soundtrack. It’s just shy of 10 minutes and glorious! Sit back and vibe out.

🔪: Instagram advertising got me again—this knife trio from Material Kitchen just arrived yesterday. Aside from looking super fly, I love that they also make a fish spatula which is perfect for my daughter who doesn’t eat meat.

One question for you this week—which of the following best describes your real estate goals in 2024?

  1. I’d like to know my home’s value.
  2. I’d like to explore my options for homeownership.
  3. I want to continue renting, but I’d still like to plan for buying a home.
  4. No plans.

Email me back your answer and I’ll prepare some useful information to help!


Looking to Buy, Sell, or Rent? Let’s talk.

Like I ask GOD every day, who can we help next?


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