Mascara, mascara. It was in her hand or chest.
Compass agent Vicky Baron recently showed the couple two apartments in a new luxury development in Manhattan recently; They planned to knock them together to create a huge house. However, the couple did not move a single specification: in each of the six bathrooms, from Powder to Master, they insisted on the developer installing in her hand before they moved in.
“If we had not addressed it, I’m not sure they would have progressed,” she said, “it would not have started.”
Baron’s customers were originally from Turkey, and she says foreign buyers like them are often confused by their lack of luxury homes in New York.
“They say, ‘You gave me a refrigerator the size of a closet, but she does not have one?’ She laughed. “But it’s so rare here. It goes back to what everyone is used to.”
The locals, at least historically, have done poo-poo the piece of porcelain – but that is changing. Developments are popping up with these post-poop bonuses: the highest category of apartments at Robert AM Stern’s 520 Park Ave. Includes a bidet in the main baths, and there are Toto bidet services in all the main baths at 555 West End Ave. Across the river. Brooklyn Home Co. projects, such as 488 Sterling Place and 137 4th Ave., have ready-made bathrooms.
Sales are soaring, at least according to Perry Hyman of New York Kitchen & Bath. By 2020, they had risen by 400% year-on-year, and remained at record highs – without a mother, Andes or under.
Manufacturers continue to try to convert us: Market leader Toto, the Japanese company that invented bidet-integrated services in 1980, relaunched its line at CES in Las Vegas in January, declaring the use of “electronic water” – electrolyzed water is probably more sanitary and hygienic Hudson River Faucet.
So what was the problem and what changed? Perry Hyman of NYKB says most of the issue has always been expensive. Installing an independent bidet in a cooperative building before the war, for example, often required laying new pipes up to the height of the building to cope with the additional use of water; Most models also require power, and so much of it that a dedicated line is the only option.
The complex installation requires more than just a plumber – both essential contractors and electricians. “When they understand the whole cost, they just say no,” he says of most customers. Space is also a question: even in luxury apartments, no inch is wasted, so it is better to enlarge the shower than to squeeze with her hand.
Another glitch, in her hand they never improved the value of the resale – they did not increase the bottom line, so to speak. “They do not sell apartments,” shrugs off Wendy J. Sarson of Brown Harris Stevens, who recalls that off-program buyers at Central Park South 220 can choose between a bidet and a larger closet. “Ninety-nine percent of buyers chose a closet.”
Earlier in her career, she handled the sale of the same apartment on E. 80 45 Street, a luxury building from the 80s where the bathrooms were presented to her as a gimmick. “Every time he was used to store magazines. The first owner was an interior designer, so it was Architectural Digest and so on, and the last one was an actor, so she had people.. “
Serson is still unconvinced of their appeal. “I’ve never had anyone call me and ask, ‘I have to have an apartment with her hand’ – New Yorkers are always on the go, even during bath time,” she continues. Adding another step to flushing, it seems, is just a pain in the buttocks.
However, it is clear that there is a new market in New York, and this is thanks in part to technology. Now it’s easy to have a hand and toilets all in one – think of these tutu flows – so avoid the extra construction costs that Hayman mentioned.
Connections that can be added to existing pits have made it cheaper, faster and easier to experiment with such a device; Different versions are offered by companies like GenieBidet, Omigo and Tushy, the Warby Parker of washing your unmentioned items.
Bida also aligns with the urge for sustainability that is increasingly dominating culture, according to Bill Caleo of Brooklyn Home Co.
“We believe in them to reduce toilet paper waste, so traditionally we have put a dent behind all the toilets,” he said, “it’s not a service that shoppers really like to talk about openly in moving to a new home. But we believe in bidet.”
Everyone who bought a property from Caleo, of course, sat down nicely in the spring of 2020, when the shortage of toilet paper became the first punchline of the plague’s pop culture. Such a shortage was what first boosted bidet sales at New York Kitchen & Bath, says owner Perry Hyman; They never went down, and now he installs them regularly, mostly Toto and Duravit models. “It was crazy all over the board,” Hyman says, “electric bidet seats are the hottest thing on the market right now.”
Not only did the rich in New York replace wiping with laundry. Sotheby’s agent, Carolina Boya rightly barefoot, Florida, says the bidet is becoming the hottest toilet there; She often works with developer Dan Reedy, of Onshore Construction, who has built homes for Kid Rock, Celine Dion and others. Now, it incorporates bidet-hybrid toilets in at least 50% of its new buildings.
“Younger buyers are not only open to one – they want a hand, especially the combined ones,” said Boya barefoot, noting that she is renovating her home and adding her hand to three of the six bathrooms.
Carolina grew up between Italy and Venezuela, so she has a different perspective on her nature by nature, of course. But she notes that life is slower at SoFla, of course, and the house footprints are larger, while avoiding most of New York’s obstacles around installing them.
“Americans are so big on clean breath – you can buy sprays, mouthwash and listerine strips,” she laughed. “Honestly, I like that my other cheeks are clean too. You wash dishes before you put them on, so I want the dishwasher care.”