Open Houses This Weekend (2/26/21)

Saturday 2-4
120 N BROADWAY 4C
IRVINGTON, NY 10533

www.120nbroadway.com
Enjoy all Irvington has to offer with this updated 2-bedroom top floor unit located in Irvington Gardens. The renovated kitchen boasts cherry cabinets, a stainless-steel refrigerator and dishwasher and granite countertops. The unit also offers a spacious living area, a large master bedroom, a full size second bedroom, ample closet/storage space, a washer and dryer and a renovated bathroom! Irvington is home to fabulous restaurants, charming shops a stunning waterfront park and of course the award-winning schools! Conveniently, located near the Metro train station. One assigned parking spot is included and a second may be requested for an additional $25/month.

Sunday 12-2
24 CHESTNUT AKA 81 CIRCLE DRIVE
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY 10706

www.24chestnutdrive.com
Hilltop home awaits your arrival! A classic beauty awash in natural light with an abundance of architectural interest and detail. The beautiful custom kitchen was thoughtfully designed and outfitted with a suite of high-end Thermidor appliances, imported tile and a unique oversized farmhouse sink and walk-in pantry. The spacious paneled dining room with coffered ceiling leads into the family room and formal living room with striking stone fireplace. The elegance continues upstairs to the large and airy master bedroom with a stunningly updated bathroom and 4 closets! Another bedroom has a corner wall of windows, and yet in another you will find a cozy window seat. The open third floor would make the perfect guest suite, or office space should you work from home. What would it feel like to live on a private acre of property with wonderful play areas, seasonal river views, convenient to award winning schools, and just half an hour from Midtown Manhattan? Come see for yourself! Window in the dining room is being replaced.

Should I Move to Westchester?

Westchester County is one of the most popular suburbs in the United States. It is known for its picturesque homes, cozy downtowns, and abundance of nature. Whatever the reason you’re drawn to Westchester, you may be thinking – is it the right move for me? Here are some things to think about:

  1. Taxes

While Westchester is known for many things, it is notorious for its taxes. The high property taxes in Westchester add value to infrastructure, local government, and public schools, reasons many people cite for moving to Westchester. 

However, if the tax rates are a concern, know there are affordable ways to live in Westchester! Westchester is home to several beautiful condominiums and co-ops, which feature much lower tax rates than single family homes. They can be a great option for many homebuyers. 

2. Commuting 

There are few places more convenient than Westchester for commuters. Not only is Westchester connected to New York City by the Metro North, making many areas a breezy 30-40 train ride to Grand Central. Westchester is also central to Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate New York, making it perfect for many commuters and travelers. 

3. Local Charm

Westchester’s towns each have their own distinct character; you have to visit them to get to know them! Westchester is home to countless small local businesses, including boutiques, cafes, and restaurants! It is hard not to feel at home as you get to know the story behind each store lining a cozy downtown street. 

Westchester is also home to its own history and culture. Learn about Washington Irving at his estate Sunnyside, immerse yourself in the history of the headless horseman, and roam the halls of Lyndhurst. These locations, and many more, are perfect for adventurers and history buffs. 

4. Nature 

The abundance of nature is another asset Westchester has to offer. No matter where you live, you have easy access to biking trails and hiking trails. Further, Westchester is flanked by the Hudson River on one side and the Long Island Sound on the other, making it an ideal destination in the warmer months. 

Whatever your reason for thinking of a move to Westchester, I would be happy to assist you in the process of searching for a home. As a local resident of Westchester who has been in real estate for over 18 years, I would welcome the opportunity to answer your questions about Westchester and serve as a local guide to all the area has to offer.

Visit this Weekend’s Open Houses

Saturday 11-1 | 55 Fieldstone 38 | Hartsdale, NY 10530 | $89,000

Do not miss this chance to make this DOG FRIENDLY, first floor unit your home. An opportunity to design to your own taste! Hartsdale Manor complex offers a community pool. Walking distance to all Hartsdale has to offer including shops, restaurants and the WP train station. Endless potential, bring your imagination and dreams to this unit! Unit comes with one unassigned parking spot, ample street parking.

Sunday 11-1 | 120 N Broadway 4C | Irvington, NY 10533 | $264,900

Enjoy all Irvington has to offer with this updated 2-bedroom top floor unit located in Irvington Gardens. The renovated kitchen boasts cherry cabinets, a stainless-steel refrigerator and dishwasher and granite countertops. The unit also offers a spacious living area, a large master bedroom, a full size second bedroom, ample closet/storage space, a washer and dryer and a renovated bathroom! Irvington is home to fabulous restaurants, charming shops a stunning waterfront park and of course the award-winning schools! Conveniently, located near the Metro train station. One assigned parking spot is included and a second may be requested for an additional $25/month.

Sunday 12-2 | 1155 Warburton Ave 2R | Yonkers, NY 10701 | $539,000

Enjoy breathtaking views and resort style living in this luxury high-rise condominium located in the Riverview Club! The Riverview Club is a sought after development in the Greystone neighborhood which is on the Yonkers/Hastings border. This fabulous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit is nestled on the Hudson River which boasts some of the best boating in Westchester. The spacious unit features beautiful hardwood floors, large bedrooms, a stunning built-in office, and custom organized closets! The master Bedroom offers two walk in closets, laundry hook up, oversized front closet with built ins and upgraded sliding glass doors and door hardware throughout. Thanks to the new direct pathway from the Riverview Club to the Metro North train station you can easily reach GCS in 30 minutes! You will feel pampered in this doorman building! Unit comes with 2, yes 2 indoor assigned parking spots. A must see unit!

Sunday 2-4 | 342 Mount Hope Boulevard | Hastings, NY 10706 | $935,000

Labor of love! Complete high-end renovation, inside and out. From the stunning exterior to the glamorous first floor bathroom and brilliant gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, complete with a pot filler above the Viking stove! Spectacular hardwood floors with radiant heat throughout, the house is outfitted with an energy efficient heating and plumbing system. Luckily, the charming stained-glass windows and built-ins surrounding the fireplace in the living room were preserved, providing that little bit of old world charm. A three-season porch completes the first level. Upstairs, all of the bedrooms have ceiling fans, and there is an expansive walk-in closet in the master bedroom. The tranquil bathroom offers a jacuzzi tub and multi- shower heads for a relaxing spa experience, and the attic is finished for additional living space. The two-car attached garage leads into the finished mudroom with a convenient laundry area.

Discover all that Westchester has to offer!

Are you thinking of a move to Westchester? Are you looking to experience more hiking, biking, and outdoor activities? Schedule an appointment to discover the current Westchetser real estate market and receive a FREE book about all that Westchester has to offer.

Westchester attracts many buyers from New York City and beyond due to its award-winning schools and beautiful homes. It is also home to countless hiking trails and spots for outdoor adventures. It is a convenient gateway to upstate New York getaways such as the Catskills, Adirondacks, and more! 

Click here for a list of Westchester homes for sale. I hope to help you find your dream home. 

What’s New In Westchester Real Estate? Monday Update (10/19/20)

Westchester continues to be an aggressive sellers’ market with homes selling quickly, and many over asking price. The single family and condo markets are the most aggressive. In this competitive, fast-moving market, it is very important to have a buyer’s agent to guide you through the process of buying a home.

Home Buyers’ Tip: While you may be looking for your perfect home, it’s always important to consider resale. Certain home features may be OK for you, but a dealbreaker for the next person buying your home, which will lower its value. An experienced real estate agent can help assess the resale value of your home.

FEATURED LISTING: 342 Mount Hope Boulevard, Hastings, NY 10706 | 342MountHope.com

Fully renovated, and nothing “cookie-cutter” about this elegant home. From the stunning exterior to the glamorous first floor bathroom and brilliant gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, complete with a pot filler above the Viking stove! Spectacular hardwood floors with radiant heat throughout, the house is outfitted with an energy efficient heating and plumbing system. Luckily, the charming stained-glass windows and built-ins surrounding the fireplace in the living room were preserved, providing that little bit of old-world charm. A three-season porch completes the first level. Upstairs, all of the bedrooms have ceiling fans, and there is an expansive walk-in closet in the master bedroom. The tranquil bathroom offers a jacuzzi tub and multi- shower heads for a relaxing spa experience, and the attic is finished for additional living space.

Weekend House Shopping – This Weekend’s Open Houses (10/17-10/18)

190 Warren Ave, Hawthorne NY 10532 | 190Warren10532.com

This charming Cape is located on a tranquil street in Hawthorne. The house offers 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and an office/den. The first floor has a great flow and features a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, full bathroom and an office. The second floor boasts 3 additional bedrooms one of which opens to a patio with a beautiful view, and a full bathroom. The house is situated on a level piece of property and offers a private backyard. The full basement offers endless potential for additional living space. 

24 Old Sprain Road, Ardsley NY 10502 | 24OldSprain.com

This alluring home has been meticulously maintained and is set in a tranquil neighborhood on a dead-end street. This  Center Hall Colonial has been completely renovated and features an eat-in-kitchen with radiant heat throughout most of the first floor; a family room with a wood-burning fireplace; and living room with a gas fireplace. The second floor houses 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms including a master suite highlighted by a large walk-in closet. The over-sized backyard has endless possibilities. Additional gems include a whole house generator, unattached garage including a storage building and large driveway making way for easy living. 

110 Draper Lane #SS2, Dobbs Ferry NY 10522 | 110Draper.com 

Convenient living in downtown Dobbs Ferry village. This unit has a private entrance. Unit offers spacious rooms throughout, wood floors, beautiful wooded views in the living room and bedroom, high ceilings, eat in kitchen, and lots of closet space. Stroll to Dobbs Ferry shops, restaurants and the Metro train station. This location cannot be beat! Draper Lane is adjacent to the aqueduct. 

3 Benefits of Living in Westchester During the Pandemic

“New Croton Dam – Westchester, NY” by Andrew Dallos on Flickr

In the last few months, we have all developed a new appreciation for where we live. We spend more time in our homes than ever, seeing them just not as places to crash after a long day of work, but as the place where we learn to cook new, adventurous meals, a workshop for our new hobbies, and a gathering place for the people closest to us.

We have also come to appreciate our neighborhoods and towns. I have lived in Westchester for my whole life, and the last few months have shown me even more to appreciate about where I live. As more and more people move from the city into Westchester, I wanted to share some benefits of living here during this unprecedented time.

  1. Walking trails and hiking paths

No matter where you live in Westchester, you are close to a hiking path with beautiful views of nature. Take in views of the Hudson on the RiverWalk in Tarrytown or walk across the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge. Do the Kensico Dam Staircase loop, walk through the Marshlands Conservancy, admire outdoor art at Pepsi Gardens, or feel a sense of peace and serenity while hiking through the Rockefeller Estate. There are so many walking trails for Westchester adventurers to discover and enjoy.

2. Restaurants

Many of us are cooking more than ever. However, sometimes we want a break – and takeout provides the perfect relief. Luckily, Westchester is home to countless amazing restaurants. Any kind of cuisine or food item can be found within a short driving distance, and especially in the bustling centers of New Rochelle, White Plains, or Yonkers.

3. Proximity to Upstate

One of Westchester’s greatest assets is its proximity to New York City. However, especially during these times its proximity to upstate New York is something to celebrate. If you need to get away, drive up to Hudson, New York to admire the bustling arts scene, go apple picking, plan a ski getaway at Hunter or Windham, or explore the Adirondacks. There is so much to experience in the state, and Westchester is the gateway to all New York has to offer!