The Habitatilist


Real Estate Sales - Home Design & Renovation Planning

Douglas Huebner

Realtor - Sales Associate - Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct

CEO - Principal Designer - The Habitatilist LLP


I specialize in getting houses ready for market.  Whether that be simply staging and decluttering or doing minor remodeling or renovations, I'll work to ensure your home sells quickly and for the best price.


I can help you find the perfect "turn key" property.  Or find that diamond in the rough that I'll transform into your dream home.  I can show you the potential that can be found in the houses in our area.

                                        NEED A RENOVATION OR UPDATE?

                                                     Looking to update that old kitchen?  Add a bath or just remodel the old one? 

                                                     Or perhaps your house needs a new paint scheme to freshen it up.  I can help

                                                     bring out the beauty in your home.

                                                   FOLLOW ME on Instagram @thehabitatilist to see pictures of my latest projects.

Thank you for the recognition Houzzz.  I pride myself in giving my clients the best service possible.

Text / Call (917) 676-2000

Check out the PHOTO ALBUMS  (LINK ABOVE)  for some stunning "before & after" images like these...
What I bring to the table and distinguishes me from the other Realtors and Contractors is my deep understanding of houses; what their greatest potential can be, what their flaws are and where the house's value sits in the current Real Estate market. I know what a home's value is before a renovation and then after the work is done. Setting the right budget, and getting the most out of it, I can help you make a profit on the sale of your house, or help you build instant equity in your home.

The Habitatilist was created to fulfill the needs of my clients who wished to update their home.  I pride myself in creating designs and renovations that are highly functional and aesthetically breathtaking.  In doing so I've been able to dynamically change the look of properties.



As a Real Estate agent I can work with you to find that diamond in the rough that you can transform into the home of your dreams. By buying a "fixer-upper" at a low price and investing in the renovations and updates yourself. Not only will you end up with a gorgeous home done to fit your needs and tastes, but you can also create instant equity in the property.


If you're thinking of selling your house, I can help you.  In today's market a home that is finished, spacious and modern will sell quicker and for more money than one that needs work. I can help get your property ready for sale on the market. Whether that entails gut renovating a kitchen or bath, or just helping you declutter and staging your home to show it off in the best way possible.

Are you finally ready to renovate that kitchen?  Want to modernize your baths?  Or do you simply want to refresh you house with the perfect paint colors?  I can help you bring out the true beauty of your home while working within your budget.

Realtors, we respect your relationship with your clients and will gladly work with you and them in anyway we can. We've work with Agents in the past and we'd be happy to help you as well.

Prestigious colonial in one of South Orange's most desired neighborhoods. Steps from the NYC train, town, shops, restaurants and recreation.  This gorgeous 5 bd, 3.1 bth seamlessly blends old world charm w/ today's modern lifestyle. The large renovated kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops boasts a huge island that's perfect for food prep and informal meals. The open concept layout is perfect for entertaining. Explore the grounds, with multiple entertaining areas, through french doors from both the kitchen and sun room. The master suite includes a large dressing rm w/ a huge closet and a master bath with stall shower and jetted tub. The third floor has a huge oversized bd. & full bth; perfect for guests or au pair.

Gracious Center Hall Colonial in an amazing walk to town & train location. This fabulous 3 bedroom, 2.1 bath home situated on a park-like lot with private backyard has a ton of curb appeal.  This home boasts 4 floors of living space and the detached, oversized 3 car garage can be used as a workshop or art studio (approx 1,200 sf). There's endless possibilities with this much space. The exterior is hardy board (2015) and the updated interior is a wonderful blend of period details with modern conveniences - central air, gas fireplace.
ON THE MARKET  177 W. Fairview Ave., South Orange NJ
Stunning Colonial that's been updated for modern living, yet retains the home's original stunning character. Beautifully renovated/updated open concept kitchen. The kitchen features generous soapstone counter tops, prism glass inserts & a breakfast bar. Wonderful architectural details abound in this easy flow home; wide chestnut moldings, panel door w/ glass knobs and beautiful oak floors. The living room fireplace surround is laid with handmade Laird Plumleigh craftsman tile. There's a remodeled powder room on the first fl. The second floor boasts 3 bedrooms and an updated bathroom. There are generous closets, the master bedroom closet has 15ft. of hanging space and 30ft. of shelf space.
SOLD  251 Ward Place, South Orange NJ
Gorgeously renovated 3 bedroom 1.1 bath in a vibrant neighborhood, close to shops, restaurants, town & NYC train.  This modern, open concept floor plan with designer colors and features has 4 floors of living space. Stunning new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz counters and center island.  The finished basement includes a family room, utility room and laundry room with half bath.  The large full bathroom on the second floor has a beautiful double vanity and batten board walls. The finished attic could be a bonus room or used as a bedroom.  Fabulously appointed throughout, this house is not to be missed.
Come see this gorgeous modern Tudor home. Spacious and bright, this updated home is freshly painted with on trend designer colors. The house boasts 5 good sized bedrooms, 3 full baths (1 is the master bath) and a powder room on the first floor. All this and it's an easy walk to the NYC mid-town direct train which puts you in Penn station in 33 minutes and to the bustling town of South Orange with it's excellent restaurants, shops & entertainment.
Inside the large, sun filled first floor rooms let you spread out for comfort. The large bright living room has a wood burning fireplace. Off of that is window filled sun room that could a family room or a great place for lazy weekend mornings. The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, upscale stainless appliances and an adjoining breakfast room with it's own wet bar. The second floor has a master bedroom with full bath, a double sink vanity and a tub/shower, plus a huge dressing room. There are three other good sizes bedrooms, one with a large attached playroom. The third floor has a bedroom, a full bath and loads of storage. The large, tall ceiling, full basement can easily be finished off. Outdoor entertaining can be done on the large back patio or the big front porch, which is the perfect place host cocktails.
SOLD!    Truly a rare gem! This gorgeous reinvention of an English rose cottage combines the sophistication of today's lifestyle with classic architectural features.  It will leave you breathless... All new open concept kitchen w/ quartz counter tops & s/s appliances flows into the elegant dining room, then into the living room.  The spectacular hall bath will have your guests in awe with it's hand painted encaustic tiles.  The large multipurpose room can serve as a baby's bedroom, family room or office.   There's a huge master suite w/ walk-in closet, new full bath w/ double vanity sink & glassed-in shower.  The second floor hosts 2 big bedrooms & a full bath.   The huge finished basement has a laundry room, a half bath and space for a family room & an exercise area.   There's a a front porch, a side deck, new CAC, new furnace & more. Located on the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac.

SOLD!  with multiple offers and over the list price.

This condo unit is just half a block from downtown Maplewood. The location was amazing, but the interior not so much.  It still had it's original 80's look and feel.  When the Executor for the Estate of this property asked if I would list the unit for sale I asked if he wanted to update the interior.  Giving me a small budget I went to work.  When it was done and listed the condo sold in 5 days with multiple offers and for well over asking price.  The renovations clearly added at least $50,0000 to the final sale.  See the before and after pictures in the PHOTO ALBUMS page  and read about the renovation on the BLOG page.

SOLD! with multiple offers and over the list price! 
This house has a lot of space and an amazing layout, yet it needed a refresh to get it ready for sale on the market.  Working with the owner, I repainted rooms, replaced lighting and staged the space.  Within 5 days of putting it on the market we received multiple offers and sold the property for well over the asking price.

See more pictures on the Photo Albums page. 
SOLD  with Multiple Offers.  
This stunning Colonial is located in the Village of South Orange.  The Habitatilist was hired to give this derelict property a total renovation.  I kept the original character of the house, yet gave it a fresh design for today's buyers.  This Urban Farmhouse's
classic features of beautiful hard wood floors with a walnut ribbon inlay, fabulous moldings and spacious enclosed porch, were lovingly restored.  While the kitchen was given an open concept, s/s appliances, granite counters & Wolf cabinets.  The entire home was freshly painted inside & out with sophisticated colors that give it a modern feel, yet also enhances the home's classic feature's, character and charm.
See the amazing transformation in the PHOTO ALBUMS
Remodeling and Home Design