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Harlem brownstones feature in HGTV’s “Design Stars” finale

September 13, 2011 11:15AM

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A screenshot of the show finale, set in a Harlem brownstone

HGTV’s “Design Stars,” the television series which features 12 interior designers battling it out for the ultimate design crown, showcased some trendy Manhattan brownstones in its season finale last night (click here to see the video), Harlem + Bespoke reported. Viewers saw finalists Meg Caswell and Karl Sponholtz tasked with each redesigning a room in a Harlem brownstone for real-life homeowners, then turning each of their projects into five-minute pilot presentations.

Reality shows seem to be eager to shoot in Harlem these days, the Harlem website noted, judging by this recent HGTV cameo and its recent spot on “Project Runway” a few weeks ago. Harlem has been experiencing a real estate renaissance in recent years. As property values in other Manhattan districts soared pre-recession, Harlem became the new development frontier. Luxury condominium buildings, more retailers and a surge of new residents have appeared in Harlem of late. Recent developments include the modern Parc Standard on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. [Harlem + Bespoke]

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