Pendry Residences Natirar, set to open in 2021, is in Somerset County, New Jersey, just an hour outside of New York City.

Today’s luxury real estate developers are getting back to their roots. With more homeowners desiring communities with a focus on farming, big-name developers like Pendry Residences, for example, are listening, and building places where people can quite literally live off the land.

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At first, it was believed to have been sold for a record $80 million in December, but Vincent Viola’s 20,000 square foot townhome on the Upper East Side appears to be back on the market — and this time the list price is $88 million.

It’s unclear if Viola (who owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers, is CEO of Virtu Financial,  and was briefly President Donald Trump’s nominee for army secretary) and his wife Teresa are still the current owners (although what we could find in property records seems to indicate they probably are). But the home was listed in 2013 for $114 million, making the current list price a relative bargain. (more…)

Dan Nelson is a Dallas-based designer and president and owner of Vision Design, which he joined in 1991, was named President of in 1992, and then just bought the place outright in 2003. His roster of New York City and Dallas clients is a “who’s who” : The Crescent, The Mansion, Manhattan’s 21 Club, and some tony local clients, too, like Pat and Charles McEvoy (Pat is never NOT on the Best Dressed list thingee and and chairs almost every charity in town); Becky and Mike Casey, among others. Dan shared his second home with us, which he just returned from: 10 Park Avenue in New York City. “It was hotter there than it was here,” he tells me. I know — New York is a blast in the summer but it can be way hotter than Dallas with all that humidity. The pied a terre is about the size of a hotel room, and most of the furniture was created by Dan’s talented wife, Chipper. The artwork above the console is a Henri Cartier Bresson photograph. Home away from Dallas home is in a pre-war building (more desireable in NYC, they have more character) in the Murray Hill area and is about 450 Sq. ft. So small, in fact, it’s known as a “studio”.

“Works for me,” says Dan. And it works for me, too!

By the way Dan’s delightful wife (I cannot say better half, though he may) Chipper made all the tables and bathroom console in the co-op. Is she not amazing?