When selling your home, it's so very important that the home or apartment show well toÂ prospectiveÂ buyers who come walking through. We all know that, right? I say this because, well, I've seen it all when previewing or showing properties. Â The good, bad and the ugly. From the kids crayon drawings only a parent sees as artisticÂ geniusÂ taped to the walls, to the clutteredÂ counter topsÂ filled with tacky knickÂ knacks that looked beautiful at the gift store in Orlando (ceramicÂ gnomesÂ and themed cookie jars come to mind) to the hardly or if ever used exercise equipment in the middle of a room (OK, who remembers theÂ SoloFlex?). Â Of course, this is why there are companies whoÂ existÂ to save us from ourselves with the sole purpose of stageing a property bringing in (or removing) furniture, plants and so on to help increase the perceived value of a property, help buyers visualize it's full potential, accentuate unique features or de-emphasize or distract from others.
This week, I got a real kick out of walking through a multi-million dollarÂ ManhattanÂ penthouse which was suffering from what I call "tired 80's syndrome" which can strike from out of nowhere at anytime. Â You'll know when it when you see it. Â I recognized it immediately when I entered a loft space I was showing my clients - the sliding glass mirroredÂ partitions, Â track lighting, the black leather furniture, the mirror top coffee table(!), hologram wall hangings (I almost said artwork) and lots and lots of chrome fixtures. Â Of course, I could go on.
Now, I know everything 80s is heating up again and you might say, hey, that's a cool look! Â I'd pay a lot of money for that look! Â I mean. come on, Depeche Mode just kicked off aÂ worldÂ tour! andÂ David BowieÂ has a new album. Â Get with it man! Â Trust me when I tell you, there was no designer statementÂ beingÂ made by the owner of this particular penthouse. Â It all looked pretty tired and worn out mostly. Â Fortunately, my buyers and I have good visualization skills and quite easily saw how more 21st century options could be incorporated. They were just into theÂ floor plan, thankfully. Â The downside for the seller is that theÂ perceivedÂ value of the apartment dropped in the eyes of the buyer as no effort was made to update the place. Â These days, less is more when it comes to design so just removing dated items and cleaning up the space can make a place look more contemporary or up-to-date, increase it's value.
I didn't move to NYC until the mid-80s, so I missed a lot of theÂ decadenceÂ that defined the time going on in NYC but, when I did get here the club scene was still in full swing and being a major fan of dancing, I usually hung out atÂ The SaintÂ which was an amazing one of a kind dance club located in the East Village or I'd hit upÂ Palladium. Â For me, the 80s was a great time to be a college student and a courageous young adult set to make something of himself in the Big Apple. Â It was a time of extremes, shoulder pads, thinking big, high energy, great dance music, optimism but dampened by a lot of tragedy and loss. Â My hope is that with the return of the popularity of 80s fashion and music, it's not the return of the "me, me, me" attitude of that time that didn't serve us well collectively and we never forget about those who didn't make it past the decade.
Check out a couple of videos on the history of my two favorite 80s dance clubs in NYC which, we'll probably never see the likes of again. Â Both were famous for many things (insert imagination here), both were incredible spaces and state-of-the-art but nothing beats in my book nothing beats a PlanetariumÂ dance floor and a "star machine". Â Here's a couple clips that will take you back to 80s nightlife NYC style.