Empty nester Doug Steiner lists skylit NJ home for $3.85M

Steiner Studios chairman paid $2.8M in 2000
By E.B. Solomont | January 11, 2016 12:50PM

Developer Doug Steiner’s “art collector’s paradise” in suburban New Jersey is on the market for $3.85 million.

The contemporary, 7,700-square-foot home is located at 7 Noel Drive in Short Hills, a tony bedroom community roughly 20 miles outside New York City. Designed by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the limestone house has floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sits on 1.5 acres of land, surrounded by the 2,000-acre South Mountain nature reservation. It has five bedrooms, two fireplaces and a four-car garage.

Daniel Cannizzo and Karen Eastman Bigos of Towne Realty Group have the listing.

Steiner – who leads development firm Steiner NYC and is chairman of the film and TV production complex Steiner Studios – said he paid $2.8 million for the house in 2000 and put about $800,000 of work into it.

With 12- to 16-foot ceilings, the house provided an ideal backdrop for Steiner’s expansive art collection. But now it’s time to move on, he said.

“I’m an empty nester. It’s cavernous,” said Steiner, a South Orange-N.J. native who now calls Williamsburg home.

Development projects in Brooklyn and the East Village have kept Steiner busy this winter. Steiner NYC recently topped out The Hub, a 52-story rental tower in Downtown Brooklyn that will have 720 units, 20 percent of which will be affordable. His firm also received a $130 million loan for a ground-up condo development in the East Village.

In December, Steiner filed plans to expand Steiner Studios, where television shows such as “Gotham” and “Blind Spot” are filmed, along with movies like Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck.” Plans call for adding a 179,000-square-foot studio complex at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that will house six soundstages.