- Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is increased demand for outdoor living.
- Developers at 30 Warren Tribeca brought on a resident landscape architect to satiate residents’ desire for outdoor living in the city.
- Todd Haiman, the resident landscape architect, says he’s never been busier.
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Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is the demand for outdoor living.
And some spaces are taking an extra step to attract residents.
This is the case at 30 Warren Tribeca, where the new luxury condominium site’s developers, Cape Advisors, have brought on veteran landscape designer Todd Haiman as its resident landscape designer, to provide residents with exclusive in-home services, fit for New Yorkers who aren’t ready to escape the city just yet.
Cape Advisors and Haiman say the role is the first of its kind: To advise residents on how to transform their terraces and balconies into “garden oases.” Haiman and his and his team provide customized design consultations and ongoing maintenance services for private terraces and outdoor spaces, services that are part of the development’s Tribeca Select program, which provides residents with access to a collection of the neighborhood’s best establishments.
“Residents can call on me to provide direction on how to make the most of their outdoor space, analyzing it from an architectural, aesthetic, functional, and sustainable perspective,” he said of his new role. “I am available to consult with property owners, offer design proposals, execute approved designs, and manage these gardens for the residents.”
The partnership comes as “New Yorkers with terraces, roof gardens, townhouse gardens are valuing their outdoor spaces and gardens significantly greater than ever before,” according to Haiman, who told Business Insider that residents really want to “bring nature in.”
And though the pandemic has induced in many a need to escape city-living, some are embracing a new look for apartment living in the pandemic and post-pandemic age.
“Urban dwellers are comprehending their need to be in nature, their inherent psychological and emotional ties to the garden, their desire for an urban oasis. The pandemic has intensified that desire.” He said the demand for oases is soaring: “My iPhone won’t stop ringing!”
Haiman said he’s glad Cape Advisors had the “forethought to prioritize the emotional appeal and functionality of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.”
Haiman said he gets “great satisfaction creating a sensory and experiential space — as simple as placing a scented plant just outside of a door such that the plants oils are released as people brush past it, perfuming the air, stimulating olfactory senses.”
Urban landscape design is really about improving a client’s quality of life, according to Haiman, who was born in Brooklyn, received a Master’s in Landscape Design from Columbia University, and said he’s lived in Lower Manhattan for the last 25 years.
Jalandhar, September 14
Amanjit Singh Bakshi (55) discovered his green thumb as a child. He further honed this hobby over the period of time. Tending to his home garden for six—seven hours and seeing his plants bloom keeps him thriving. He believes that surroundings have a great impact on one’s personality, so he made the plants his companion. “They are just like living creatures, which demand all the care, love and regular cossetting.
A proud owner of a large variety of fruit plants, ranging from peach, plum, guvava, imported guvava, apple, mango, grapefruit, sapodilla (chikoo), mitha fruits (Citrus limettioides which fights against viral fevers) to vegetable plants, almost each variety of plants are planted at Bakshi’s garden here in Pholriwal. He says he used to live in the Urban Estate Phase I, but the house did not have much space for the garden, so three years back, he decided to shift to a place where he could dedicate a good portion of land towards gardening. “I now have my garden set up on an area of 1,400 sq ft,” he said.
He shared, “My daughter is married and my son lives in Gurugram, I live here with my wife. I carry out my business activities from home only so that I can work amid nature. Besides, Amanjit said his garden was also home to two hens. “As we are now used to eating only home-grown fruits and vegetables, we have kept two hens too, so that we do not have to buy eggs from outside.” Amanjit first said he had no gardeners to tend to his garden and he alone managed to take care of each plant. “It’s been a decade that I bought fruits from outside. We eat fruits that are grown in our garden,” he said.
With a variety of medicinal plants such as insulin, tulsi, gilloy, amla, aloevera, shatavar and ashwagandha and vegetables, including bitter gourd, ridge gourd (tori), brinjal, chillies, mint, coriander, drum stick, and many more in his garden, Bakshi said, he has got remedy to every ailment and that he never took any antibiotics.
“My wife is diabetic, so I make sure she eats the leaf of an insulin plant, which is good for maintaining blood sugar. Besides, we are very fond of ‘Mitha’ plants and we eat that every day, this fruit is not commonly found outside, so even my neighbours too visit me to have this fruit from me,” he added.