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Ardsley Schools With Pool On 1/3 Acre $649,000

Welcome to your own private oasis with this charming stone and brick cottage, on 1/3 acre with an in-ground pool, in the sought after Ardsley School District. This spacious residence boasts a large living room, flooded with natural light from two exposures. The kitchen features all stainless appliances with a separate dining area and a door to the driveway, for your shopping convenience. The master bedroom is located away from the main living area, for the utmost in privacy. There is also a second bedroom and full hall bath on this level. The lower level, not included in listed square footage, consists of a finished family room, which could be used as a third bedroom, with its own bath. A laundry room and small auxiliary room, or wine cellar, completes this home. The lower level also has a walkout to the yard and the driveway, capable of parking 4-5 cars. In the rear of the yard is an inground pool that awaits your loving touch. Two blocks to the Ardsley Middle School, 5 blocks to all village shopping and restaurants.

Reduced to $575,000

See the full listing at:

Ardsley Schools With An In-Ground Pool $649,000

Link To Village Of Ardsley Website

Link To Village of Ardsley Schools Website

124 Houses For Sale in the River Towns of Westchester

Ranging in price from $389,000 up to $12,995,000, they represent the broad spectrum of available properties in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.. One of them is sure to please. Browse thru some of the listings below or contact me for more information or to schedule a showing.

HOUSES FOR SALE IN THE RIVERTOWNS OF WESTCHESTER

No Budget for a Custom Kitchen? No Problem

A Great, Recent Article From The New York Times:

“People often assume that getting a gorgeous kitchen like the ones they see in design magazines would require draining their bank account. And often, they’re right: Building a custom kitchen with upscale materials and finishes can easily run into six figures.

What they might not realize is that there are cost-saving alternatives that can deliver a high-end look for a fraction of the price. One of the most popular, employed by a number of architects and designers, is building a kitchen with Ikea cabinets and then covering those cabinets with custom doors, drawer fronts and panels from companies like Reform, Semihandmade and Kokeena.”

“Ikea makes a great box,” said John McDonald, the founder and chief executive of Semihandmade, a company based in Monrovia, Calif. And inside its Sektion cabinets, he added, Ikea “uses the best hardware you can get…..”

Link to the full New York Times article:

No Budget For A Custom Kitchen, No Problem

Contact me for more information about the expected Rate Of Return on your investment, at resale, for typical upgrades to your home, including the all important kitchen and bath.

The Rivertowns Holiday Trolley is Saturday, December 7

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The Rivertowns Holiday Trolley

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Dobbs Ferry is sponsoring the Rivertowns Holiday Trolley, on Saturday, December 7. The office will be giving out candy canes and free, holiday basket raffle tickets. Have a photo taken with Santa, next door at the firehouse and watch the holiday tree lighting. Nothing like that small town appeal with big time charm at BHG Rand Realty, 108 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry NY.
See the link for full details and the trolley schedule, with participating Rivertowns shops and restaurants: Rivertowns Trolley

For a list of homes for sale in Dobbs Ferry: Dobbs Ferry Homes For Sale

For information about Dobbs Ferry, see the village website: Village of Dobbs Ferry

Grand Re-Opening; 26 New Rental Units In Dobbs Ferry NY

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381 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY

Only 4 brand new 1 bedroom units are still available, in this iconic, pre-War landmark building, at the most convenient location in Dobbs Ferry. Each residence boasts stainless appliances; gas range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, granite counter tops and new bathrooms. Coupled with all the charm of yesteryear including terrazzo hallways, gleaming, original, ribbon inlaid hardwood floors and 9′ ceilings. Great security with new key fob entry and video. All new electric in each unit and a new laundry room. 4 blocks to Metro North commuter train. Across the street from Stop and Shop and convenient to all the chic restaurants and shopping in the village. Future plans include a gym and roof deck with river views. Free overnight parking within two blocks. Pets are allowed. Priced at $1999 month. 381 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY

2/5/2020 Call For More Information At: 914-960-3837 cell

More Information About Dobbs Ferry NY

 

Irvington NY Featured in The New York Times

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The New York Times Real Estate Section recently espoused the benefits of  living in Irvington NY. A brief quote was:

“A small town with a progressive attitude, Irvington offers residents a sense of community and history — as well as proximity to the Hudson River……According to data from the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, as of July 23 there were 53 single-family homes on the market, from a 948-square-foot, two-bedroom, 1926 Bungalow listed at $449,000, to an 11,653-square-foot, Eight-Bedroom Gated Colonial Built in 1929 for $4,950,000. There was one condominium, listed for $595,000, and 10 cooperative apartments, priced from $199,000 to $799,000.For the 12-month period ending July 23, the median sales price for a single-family home was $1,325,000, up from $1,192,500 during the previous 12 months. The median price for a condominium was $660,000, down from $675,250 the previous year; for a co-op, it was $245,000, up from $187,000 the year before…”

For a full list of homes for sale in Irvington NY see: Homes For Sale in Irvington NY

See the full New York Times article here: Irvington NY, A Walkable Village With Striking Manhattan Views

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in The Rivertowns, let your #1 Rivertowns Real Estate Resource help. Call me to discuss all your real estate needs at 914-960-3837, or contact me thru the form below:

Hastings-on-Hudson Summer Music Series 

Hastings-on-Hudson Summer Music Series

Stop down to Hastings-on-Hudson’s inaugural River Spirit Summer Music Series Tuesdays and enjoy a cool, summer evening on the Hudson, in MacEachron Waterfront Park. Hastings-on-Hudson now joins Dobbs Ferry’s long standing, Wednesday Summer Music Series,
The Hastings-on-Hudson, Tuesday series, from 7PM – 9PM, is already well underway, with only 5 events left. Tonight’s performer is Wess Meets West who infuse elements of electronic music and post rock to blend otherworldly soundscapes. Please park in the Zinsser Commuter Lot across from the Hastings-on-Hudson train station. If there are no spaces available, please cooperate with police and event staff who will direct you to available parking, free after 6PM. Also, free shuttle service is available from 6PM – 9PM. The shuttle will run in a loop from the Zinsser Commuter Lot to the park. You may bring food and beverages to the event, however they will also be available for purchase. Should you wish for a slightly more formal way to enjoy the show, a great place might be at a table, outdoors, in the garden at Harvest on Hudson, directly adjacent to the park, a proud sponsor of the event.
On September 8 there will be the Grand Finale – The River Spirit Music & Arts Festival, a full-day event at Draper Park, also in Hastings-on-Hudson. The September 8 event requires tickets, which range in price from $10 – $15 for children to $35 for adults. Children under 5, free.

See you there!

More information can be found at: River Spirit Summer Music Series

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42 Houses For Sale In Dobbs Ferry

Housing inventory is up in Dobbs Ferry. With the average number of homes listed for sale in Dobbs Ferry in the first quarter of 2018 set at 28, there were nearly double the number of homes listed for sale in the second quarter, with 52 houses. Allowing for homes that have since sold quickly, those off the market or those currently under contract and waiting to close, there are currently 42 homes for sale in Dobbs Ferry. They range from a “Handyman’s Special” listed for $374,900 on the low end and range up to a $3,495,000 home on the high end.

For a complete list, with all pertinent details and photos, see:
42 Houses For Sale in Dobbs Ferry

 

For more information on any of these homes or to schedule a showing, please contact me at 914-960-3837 or fill out the contact form below.

Also See:

Dobbs Ferry Thrives

Dobbs Ferry Historic District Proposed

Waterfront Dining In The Rivertowns

Summer is here and the living is easy. A great way to escape the heat is to stop down at your local waterfront restaurant and enjoy the waterborne breezes that are always cooler than anywhere else in the Rivertowns of Westchester County. A brief rundown of your Rivertowns waterfront dining options, from south to north, for 2018:

Forty North Restaurant

40 North Restaurant, in Hastings-on-Hudson has a 100 seat dining room with an adjoining deck for beautiful waterfront dining, re-opened under new management. Their venue is available for celebrations and has re-opened for dinner. The new owners have taken advantage of the beautiful Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront and water views to create a menu that celebrates the beautiful, bountiful, Caribbean. 914-274-8655
Forty North Restaurant

Harvest On Hudson Restaurant

Harvest on Hudson is located in the village of Hastings On Hudson, right on the Hudson River in Westchester, NY. The flagship restaurant of the Fort Pond Bay Company, the Harvest on Hudson waterfront location offers patio dining, an organic vegetable and herb garden, stone fireplace, a classy bar and lounge, view of the sunset over the Palisades and more. Chef David Amorelli creates authentic gourmet Italian cuisine, inspired by their fully-functional garden and local produce. Harvest on Hudson can also accommodate your dining experience for any private event. 914-418-5724
Harvest on Hudson Restaurant

Half Moon Restaurant

Half Moon is the newest addition to the Fort Pond Bay Company family, serving casual yet sophisticated American cuisine. Located in Dobbs Ferry, NY on the Dobbs Ferry waterfront, Half Moon has become a Westchester favorite for enjoying steaks, raw bar, and fresh Montauk seafood with a view, sipping a specialty cocktail at their outside bar, or even attending a special private event. Free Docking is available for boats at the adjacent Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park. 914-693-4130
Half Moon Restaurant

Red Hat Restaurant

Nestled on the Irvington waterfront, Red Hat on the River is a French-American modern bistro which has been serving satisfied diners since 2007. There’s hardly a seat in the house that does not offer a spectacular view of the beautiful Hudson River. Banquettes and a pewter bar accent the space, while the walls of this 100-year old renovated factory building are adorned with WPA-era art evoking a feeling of a turn of the century Parisian bistro. 914–591-5888
Red Hat Restaurant

Sambal Restaurant

While not directly waterfront (separated by a short parking lot) the expansive, second story deck at Sambal Restaurant has great water views and Hudson breezes. From the restaurants web site“We bring you the freshest organic ingredients, exotic herbs and spices from Thailand and Malaysia. The cooking process combines the high heat of the wok with constant agitation to create flavors and textures that are crisp, sharp yet complex. The fragrant and aromatic cuisine in a sophisticated, elegant ambiance helps us assure that you have a memorable dining experience. We look forward to serving you here soon.” 914-478-2200
Sambal Restaurant

Sunset Cove Restaurant

It’s hard to believe, but the views of the majestic Hudson, the sparkling lights of the Tappan Zee Bridge and soaring Palisades take a backseat to the masterful Italian Cuisine that awaits here on the Tarrytown waterfront. The outstanding culinary staff tap into their creativity and flair when presenting such entrees as house favorite Chicken Scarpriello served alongside a flavorful Day Boat Scallops Entree. Located in the Washington Irving Boat Club at 238 Green Street in Tarrytown, NY. From February through December, lunch is served Monday through Saturday, 11:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday 5:00 until 10:00 PM, and 5:00 until 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday. Brunch is available on Sunday, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and Sunday Dinner is served from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Free guest docking is available. 914-366-7889 
Sunset Cove Restaurant

Barley On The Hudson Restaurant

Located in the old Striped Bass space at 236 West Main Street, next to Tarrytown Marina — which had been vacant since Hurricane Sandy left it severely damaged in 2012 — Barley on the Hudson is the seafaring sister outpost of Barley House, a popular tavern in Thornwood. Free guest docking is available. 914-418-5724
Barley On The Hudson Restaurant

Hudson Farmer And The Fish Restaurant

Hudson Farmer & The Fish is the southern showcase of the northern farm and restaurant in Purdy’s NY, bringing a New England feel to the Hudson waterfront. Situated on the Riverwalk in Sleepy Hollow, their menu features seasonal specialties from their farm, along with a full raw bar, pizza and innovative interpretations of your favorite seafood classics. Daily deliveries combine with the freshest gifts of the sea, supplied by Downeast Seafood for a true farm to table experience. Hudson Farmer & The Fish features an open kitchen with a chef’s counter, seasonal outdoor dining overlooking the Hudson River and a private back dining room for up to 16 guests. 914-631-8380
Hudson Farmer And The Fish Restaurant

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in The Rivertowns, let your Number 1 Rivertowns Real Estate Resource help. Contact me today:

4th Of July Fireworks In The Rivertowns For 2018


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Dobbs Ferry will be celebrating July 4 in its usual big way with a fireworks display at dark, probably in the vicinity of 9:00 PM. The 2018 Dobbs Ferry fireworks display will be shot off from the north end of Waterfront Park on the Hudson River. Parking permits are required to park in Waterfront Lot, but those permits must be purchased in advance at village hall. Other than parking, this event is open to the general public. Prior to the show the village is also sponsoring the Thomas Cullen Picnic starting at 2:00 PM, also on the waterfront, parking permits required as well. Refreshments for sale or bring your own. Music by Rooney Tunes Entertainment. A great way to enjoy a dinner and the Dobbs Ferry fireworks show might be at one of the waterfront patios at The Half Moon Restaurant.
Dobbs Ferry Fireworks 2018 Link

Irvington NY
July 4th Fireworks will be held for residents and their guests only.
The Village of Irvington and the F.A.C.E Committee will be holding the Annual Irvington Fireworks on Wednesday July 4th, 2018 in Matthiessen Park. The 2018 Irvington Fireworks will begin between 9:00pm and 9:30pm. Park Permits are required. No tents are allowed. All coolers are subject to inspection. Residents are asked to park on the east side of the train tracks to make it easier to leave at the end of the show. If you can’t get in to the park you can try viewing them from the private parking lot owned by Bridge Street Properties. Or make the event really special and book a reservation at Red Hat on The River. The Rain Date for the event will be Saturday September 29th as part of the planned Rocktoberfest Celebration.
Irvington Fireworks 2018 Link

Tarrytown NY
Tarrytown Fireworks – Tarrytown, NY 10591 – July 4th, 2018 (Wednesday)
The Tarrytown Recreation Department will be hosting its 2018 Tarrytown fireworks display in Pierson Park on the Hudson just north of Tarrytown Marina, preceded by a concert by Kick-Start Charlie, which starts at 7pm. Fireworks at dusk (around 9:00 or 9:15). This event is free. A great place for dinner and the show would be one of the three dining venues at Sunset Cove Restaurant.
Tarrytown Fireworks 2018 Link

Sleepy Hollow NY
Sleepy Hollow Fireworks – Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 – July 4th, 2018 (Wednesday)
8:30- 9:15pm with Fireworks scheduled for dusk. 2018 Sleepy Hollow Fireworks can be seen from Beekman Ave, Kingsland Point Park, Horan’s Landing Park, DeVries Park and Barnhart Park. Carpool or walk as parking is limited (Rain date is Thursday, July 5). Have dinner and watch the fireworks from indoors or out at Hudson Farmer and the Fish, Sleepy Hollows’ newest waterfront restaurant.
Sleepy Hollow Fireworks 2018 Link

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in The Rivertowns, let your Number 1 Rivertowns Real Estate Resource help. Contact me today:

New Construction For The First Time Home Buyer

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From Koby Kepert:
“Most of us have been down this road before… as a first-time home buyer, it seems easy to buy a fixer upper and transform it into your dream home. It seems so easy on all of the HGTV shows we watch, right? Well, the real-life reality is not always like that. Working in this business for so many years now, I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received from people desperate for help with their “DIY gone wrong” issues. I think that, being a first-time home buyer, you should have some serious home improvement skills before attempting to renovate a fixer upper. This surely can save you some money as long you don’t make any expensive mistakes along the way. But if you don’t have the skills nor the time and energy, buying a newly-built home or having it built for you seems to be the best option…..”
See The Full Story At: New Construction For The First Time Home Buyer

Contact Me To See All The New Construction in The Rivertowns
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An Iconic 1926 Charmer in Irvington NY for $469,000

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Link to 22 Hudson Avenue, Irvington NY

A great example of the American Craftsman, Bungalow Style of architecture, popular during the Arts and Crafts Movement, this home in Irvington NY has so much potential to offer. Known as The Hampton model, it was originally built in 1926 as a three bedroom home and later converted to two, but is easily converted back. Featuring 9′ ceilings thru-out, it boasts a wonderful covered front porch, large living room, huge formal dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a full bath. It has a flat rear yard with a driveway and 1 car garage underneath. There are hardwood floors under the wall to wall carpeting and recent vinyl windows. The original detailing still exists with the rafters exposed at the eaves and masonry piers and columns. Great for a tasteful restoration or as an alternative to a condo, with no shared walls or association fee. Located in the Irvington school district and a quick commute by Metro North train to Manhattan. Great expansion potential, up or out. Don’t wait too long to see this one!

Irvington Schools Information

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, June 16 from 2PM – 4PM

Contact Scott Rosasco today to see this home or any other property in the Rivertowns or Westchester County.

Homes With Blue Bathrooms Sell for $5,440 More

An interesting news article that caught my attention

Photo courtesy of Sunrise Building

From Zillow.com

“A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money.
Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected, according to a new Zillow report.
Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average, when compared to similar homes with white walls.
Curious what colors may help you sell your home for more? See below for the full results of the 2017 Paint Color Analysis.”

For Sale Listings with Cool, Neutral Wall Colors Sell For More Money

 

Contact Scott Rosasco today to see any home or  property in the Rivertowns or Westchester County.

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A Charming 1927, 3 Bedroom Sears Kit House in Dobbs Ferry

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Just listed in the Westchester County river village of Dobbs Ferry, is this historic 1927 Sears Kit House, gracefully updated for today’s modern lifestyle.

One of three, originally identical, sister houses on the street and built at a time when solid construction was de-rigeur, each home has been renovated in their own unique way.  It has a lot to offer at this price point with a large Living Room, expansive Formal Dining Room, spacious Kitchen with the original 1927 subway tile and a Sun Porch or Den on the first floor. You will love the upstairs master bedroom with its huge double closet. There are two additional bedrooms on this level, as well as a renovated and full, hall bath. A tiered back yard has lots of privacy and boasts a patio as well as an outdoor fireplace. The basement is full and unfinished with a laundry room and 1 car garage. Only 3 blocks to the famed 76 acre Juhring Nature Preserve, 2 blocks to shopping and transportation and 10 minutes from the Metro North train to Manhattan. Enjoy Dobbs Ferry’s new waterfront park, restaurants and boutiques. Current taxes are under $11,000. Offered at $549,900.

The property website with more information on the listing, the village of Dobbs Ferry, schools, mortgage and Sears Kit Houses is at:  www.21Highland.com

Contact Scott Rosasco today to see this home or any other property in the Rivertowns or Westchester County.

Late, Mid-Century Modern Condo: Open House This Sunday

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OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, March 11 From 1 PM – 3 PM.

The sleek, flowing lines of this late mid-century modern condominium complex will captivate you with its beauty and serenity. Gracefully situated amidst the greenery and trees. Fully renovated and essentially all brand new, this attractively priced, 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo at $399,000 is currently the only unit available in The Colony and one of the few available in Hartsdale. Contact me for a private showing. For more information see: 722 The Colony Hartsdale NY

Hartsdale, New York From Niche.com

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SOLD!

Dobbs “Ferry Festa” 2017 Celebrates Its 16th Year

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2017 Dobbs Ferry Festa

Once again, this Saturday October 14, between 1 PM and 8 PM the “Ferry Festa” will be celebrated on Main Street and Cedar Street in the Dobbs Ferry village downtown. Featuring a wide variety of village businesses, outside vendors, food and music it looks to be a great time for the whole family. Stop by the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty tent in front of our office at 108 Main Street, next to village hall. We will be sporting a haunted house theme with a raffle and crafts for kids. There will also be information available about real estate for sale and rent in Dobbs Ferry and the Rivertowns.

For more information see: 2017 Dobbs Ferry Festa for an overview, as well as Attending The Festa for more detailed information.

Please call Scott Rosasco at 914-960-3837 for more information on real estate in Dobbs Ferry or the Rivertowns

Hudson Valley Home Sales Rise While Inventory Falls

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From Real Estate In-Depth

WHITE PLAINS— High sales rates, a sharp decline in inventory, and an uneven pattern of price increases across the region marked 2017’s first quarter entry to the real estate market recovery of the past five years, according to the recently released “2017 First Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York” report authored by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Inc. Realtors participating in the HGMLS, a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc., reported a grand total of 3,700 closed transactions in the four-county region during the first three months of 2017, a 9.1% increase or 309 units more than last year’s first quarter results. The closings largely resulted from sales and market activity during the winter months of 2016 and early 2017, and comprised single-family houses, condominiums, cooperatives and 2-4 family houses……….

Read the Full Article at: Hudson Valley Home Sales Rise While Inventory Falls

Rising sales and rising prices, coupled with low inventory, makes this a great season to sell your home. If you are thinking of selling, either Email Me or call me at 914-960-3837

Great Downtown Dobbs Ferry Location

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108 Rear Main Street, Dobbs Ferry NY

Diamond in the rough. Imagine the possibilities with this great opportunity in downtown Dobbs Ferry. This free standing building, located in the DB (Downtown Business) Zone, lends itself to a variety of uses. Currently a two family residence it could be converted to office, retail or some other commercial combination, with or without residential, or even to a single family residence. Extremely private location and very convenient to Metro North train to NYC, 3 blocks away. Directly adjacent to village parking lot with a $132 annual permit. Super low taxes of $11,368, before the STAR exemption is deducted if owner occupied.

Call Me At 914-960-3837 For A Private Showing

More Information at: 108 Rear Main Street, Dobbs Ferry

Village of Dobbs Ferry Website

Dobbs Ferry Schools Website

Metro North Commuter Schedule and Fares

SOLD!

Rivertowns Schools Make The Top 100, Again

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Dobbs Ferry Middle and High School

From Rivertowns Patch: Niche.com recently released its 2017 list of the best school districts throughout the nation and in the state of New York, and many familiar districts received high ranks, including Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington.

Read the criteria for selection at: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-school-districts/best-overall/methodology/

Read the full New York State rankings: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-school-districts/best-overall/s/new-york/

Fantastic Dobbs Ferry Commercial Opportunity at $474,900

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363 Ashford Avenue , Dobbs Ferry

Dobbs Ferry Real EstateUniquely situated and conveniently located 2 blocks from major highways, this single family home is in Dobbs Ferry’s new DT (Downtown Transition) zone. In addition to its current residential use, it can also be used with a commercial use on the first floor with residential above. Other possibilities include office spaces such as physicians or attorneys, a retail storefront, or other commercial uses. There are significant parking possibilities with a driveway and lot in the rear.

A truly unique opportunity at this price point and with taxes of less than $15,000. Call me for more information. 914-960-3837.

See the full listing at: 363 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY 10/9 From 12 PM – 2 PM

 

11 Bramblebrook Rd, $699,000; Open House 10/2 1PM – 3PM

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11 Bramblebrook Road, Ardsley NY

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Brand new to the market! Close to all from his 2500 sq.ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence with a cut stone front offering the utmost in convenience. Features the sought after open layout floor plan with a Living Room and wood burning fireplace, Dining L with sliders to a private patio, Chefs Kitchen, boasting granite counter tops, new cabinets, stainless steel appliances, including a professional range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and breakfast bar, all as one open space. 2 large bedrooms and a full bath on the first level. The second floor has two over-sized bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level is fully finished with a separate entrance and is ideal for an au-pair with a bedroom, living area and full bath. Hardwood floors thru-out. Great, private rear patio in a wooded setting, 1 car garage and a large driveway with parking for 4 cars completes the picture. Listed taxes are before the STAR deduction is taken.

For Full Listing Information Click: 11 Bramblebrook Road, Ardsley

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, FROM 1 PM – 3 PM                                    *Directions: Saw Mill River Road-Route 9A to Bramblebrook Road to #11                                        

Ardsley Village Website

Ardsley Schools Website

 

4 Summit Terrace: Open House Sunday 1PM – 3PM

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This Contemporary/Colonial Dobbs Ferry home is on a cul de sac with tree top views! Surrounded by greenery on the back deck, you will think you are at a country home far away from it all, when in fact, you are just a stone’s throw from all the conveniences of Dobbs Ferry. An open, light and airy home with plenty of room for everyone. The deck runs the width of the house, with access from both the family room, which has a fireplace, the dining room and the kitchen. The eat-in-kitchen has a pantry, large commercial range with 6 burners over an oven as well as a large griddle over a 2nd oven, granite counters, stainless steel fridge and dishwasher.
The master bedroom suite on the 2nd floor has a fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, and a large bath. Three additional bedrooms and a full bath with double sink vanity and laundry are also on this floor. The lower level, which is above grade in the back, has a bedroom, full bath, family room and storage. Freshly painted. Ardsley schools. $875,000

Directions: Ashford Avenue to Briary Road. Up approximately 5 blocks to Heatherway to right at stop sign on Summit Terrace to end of road.

For more information see: 4 Summit Terrace, Dobbs Ferry NY

Walk To Train From This 2 Bedroom with Den in Dobbs Ferry

Seasonal Hudson River Views at this 2 Bedroom with Den Dobbs Ferry Condo

Seasonal Hudson River Views at this 2 Bedroom with Den at Village Green

Rarely available with incredible privacy in this complex is an oversized, first floor, end unit with a garage in a B building, with no neighbors in the side and rear yards. 1200 sq.ft. with 2 bedrooms plus a den, commonly used as either a 3rd bedroom or formal dining room. The master bedroom has a 1/2 bath, easily converted to a full. Updated kitchen and baths. Hardwood floors thruought. A 1 car garage, which typically sells for an additional $15,000, is included with this unit and offers extra storage possibilites as well. Huge, private 20′ x 30′ deck with panoramic, seasonal Hudson River views and breezes is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The downtown location is 2 blocks from the Metro North train to NYC, with a 35 minute commute, as well schools, shopping and village restaurants. Amenities include a clubhouse and inground pool. A great way to get into Dobbs Ferry and its award winning school system, for considerably less money than a house. $425,000. Call me at 914-960-3837 for a private showing.

Public Open House: Sunday June 12 From 1 PM – 3 PM

Directions: Broadway/Route9 to Cedar Street, 2 blocks down to #100; Village Green.

See The Full Listing At: 2 Bedroom With Den and Garage at Village Green

SOLD in 30 days, for $455,000. $30,000 above full asking.

‘Dobbs Ferry Thrives’ in 2016

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From 914INC at Westchester Magazine:

“Once a downscale, sleepy Rivertown squeezed between Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington, Dobbs Ferry has taken a giant leap to the forefront with a wave of commercial, residential, and lifestyle improvements.
The biggest news in the village is the expected completion this fall of Rivertowns Square, a $150 million mixed-use development next to the Saw Mill at Lawrence Street. The project will turn an abandoned research laboratory into a….” 

See the full article from 914Inc at: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/914-INC/Q2-2016/Dobbs-Ferry-Thrives/

Also see: 41 Homes Currently For Sale in Dobbs Ferry

A Dobbs Ferry Contemporary Woodland Respite

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This custom designed contemporary residence will captivate you with its artistic flair and character. Soaring ceilings with great light and spaces embody this 3,800 square foot home. The living room boasts floor to ceiling French doors leading to a wraparound balcony, a wood burning fireplace and a skylight. The newly renovated gourmet eat-in-kitchen offers a breakfast island and a Juliette balcony,overlooking the entry foyer. The main level also features a spacious family room.
Upstairs, the master suite includes a bath and a private deck with quiet woodland views. There are also four additional family sized bedrooms and four additional baths.
Located directly adjacent to the renown 74 acre Juhring Nature Preserve with numerous marked trails for passive outdoor recreation. Easy access to highways, Metro North train and shopping. 2 car garage. Ardsley school district. $849,000

OPEN HOUSE WITH REFRESHMENTS: Sunday April 3; 1 PM – 3 PM

See the full listing at: A Dobbs Ferry Contemporary Woodland Respite

Directions: Ashford Avenue to Northfield Avenue to #189, or Saw Mill Pkwy South to Cyrus Field Road exit, to left on Northfield Avenue to #189.

4,500 Square Feet In Dobbs Ferry For Under 1 Million

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Nestled on a quiet driveway, the unassuming exterior of this 4500 sq.ft. Contemporary Colonial belies the unparalleled space and light within,  offering Hudson River and Tappan Zee views. The main level features a two story entry foyer and living room with skylights, as well as an expansive dining room and breathtaking river views. The family room boasts a marble surround fireplace and adjoins the huge eat-in-kitchen with a door out to the large wood deck. Upstairs you will find an extravagant master suite with full bath, whirlpool tub and his and hers walk-in closets with a private balcony offering sweeping Hudson River and valley views. There are also 3 large, family bedrooms and a hall bath. Gleaming oak floors complement these spaces. The walk-out lower lever features an entertainment space with wet bar, full bath, bedroom and a bonus room adjacent to the patio entrance to the huge, flat, rear yard. This residence is ideally located near schools, parks, shopping, dining and transportation and only 35 minutes to Grand Central. Call me for more information: 914-960-3837.

See the full listing at: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/scott-rosasco/NY/Property/2343545/21-Keller-Lane-Dobbs-Ferry-NY-10522/

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday March 13, From 1 PM – 3PM

If You’re Thinking Of Selling

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Existing Home Sales Surge 14.7%, Prices Up 7.6%

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From Bloomberg Business: “Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes rose more than projected in December, helped in part by warmer weather and wrapping up the best year since 2006. Contract closings jumped 14.7 percent, the most on record, to a 5.46 million annualized rate, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed Friday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a gain to 5.2 million. Prices picked up as inventories eased. For all of 2015, sales climbed to 5.26 million from 4.94 million……

Read the full article at: Existing Home Sales Surge

5 Rivertowns Schools Ranked In The Top 100 For NY

Hastings High School

Hastings-On-Hudson Schools

According to the annual Niche.com report for 2016, the Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown school districts were ranked among the Top 100 Schools in New York State. The highest ranking Westchester school was Rye, coming in at #2. Ardsley was ranked at #12, Hastings-on-Hudson at #28, Dobbs Ferry at #38, Irvington at #42 and Tarrytown #58.

The full 2016 report from Niche.com can be viewed here:

The Top 100 New York State Schools

Also, see last years article on the same topic:

Rivertowns Schools Score In The Top 100

Rivertowns Real Estate Sales Volume Up As High As 110%

Hastings-on-Hudson 2015 3rd Quarter Market Report

Hastings-on-Hudson 2015 3rd Quarter Market Report

The volume of homes sold in the Westchester County NY Rivertowns area is up as high as 110% for the third quarter of 2015 vs. the third quarter of 2014. The village with the highest sales volume was the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, where sales rose from 20 houses in the third quarter of 2014, to 42 houses in 2015. Sales in the village of Dobbs Ferry were up 33% and Tarrytown 34%, yet the village of Irvington actually showed a decrease in the number of homes sold. Overall, the Westchester County NY median selling price was also up 2.4%.

My complete Better Homes and Gardens Rand Westchester Real Estate Market Report can be found here:

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty 3rd Quarter Real Estate Market Report

My Single Family Quarterly Market Reports By Village:

Village of Dobbs Ferry
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
Village of Irvington
Village of Tarrytown

A recent article from the Rivertowns Daily Voice on this subject:

http://rivertowns.dailyvoice.com/real-estate/third-quarter-home-sales-rise-sharply-in-hastings-dobbs-ferry/595844/

Dobbs Ferry Halloween Parade For 2015

2015 Dobbs Ferry Halloween Parade

Halloween at the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Real Estate office

Once again the village of Dobbs Ferry will be hosting its annual Halloween Parade on Saturday October 31, 2015. Starting at 4PM, lasting until 6PM and running the lengths of Cedar Street and Main Street in the village downtown, it has become a much anticipated event for trick or treater’s of all ages. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Rooney. Stop by our Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty office at 108 Main Street, next to village hall, for treats before they run out.

The BHG Rand Real Estate 2015 Fall Events Guide

bear-mountain-bridge-autumn1The Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty; Fall Events Guide is out. With information on a multitude of events in the Hudson Valley it seems there is something to do for everyone this season.
In particular, don’t miss the Dobbs Ferry “Festa” on Saturday September 26th and stop by our office at 108 Main Street. We will be raffling off a number of items including an Apple watch and a Basket of Cheer. It’s also a great opportunity to experience what makes the Rivertowns such a special place to live.
Also, in the near future, is the always well attended Dobbs Ferry Halloween Parade. Look for an update on this in October.
The full Hudson Valley Events Guide can be found here:

The 2015 BHG Rand Realty Fall Events Guide

Rare 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Luxury Dobbs Ferry Co-Op $379,000

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Located in one of the most convenient spots in the charming river town of Dobbs Ferry NY, this 1,300 sq.ft residence is sure to please. With 3 bedrooms and two full baths, it has enough space for everyone to take advantage of the award winning Dobbs Ferry school system. Gleaming hardwood floors and an open layout with three exposures makes this corner unit a breezy and airy retreat year round. The master bedroom overlooks the woods and bucolic Wickers Creek, offering privacy and serenity. A covered balcony off the living room creates pleasurable alfresco dining. Literally across the street from some of this river villages most talked about restaurants, including Sushi Mikes, Sams, Harpers and The Cookery. A five minute walk to the Metro North train station and a quick 35 minute commute to Manhattan makes this residence hard to resist.
Open House: Sunday May 10, from 12 PM – 2 PM. Or call me for a private showing appointment. 914-960-3837 cell.

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Link to Dobbs Ferry Schools Website: www.dfsd.org

Link to Village of Dobbs Ferry Website: www.dobbsferry.com

Link to Dobbs Ferry Train Station Information: www.iridetheharlemline.com

Dobbs Ferry Historic District Proposed By Residents

30 Belden Avenue

30 Belden Avenue

Following in its northern neighbor Irvington’s footsteps with their recently acquired knowledge that even national and state historic landmark status designations cannot prevent demolitions, a group of Dobbs Ferry homeowners and other concerned citizens have proposed the first historic district in the village. Centered on one of Dobbs Ferry’s prettiest streets, Belden Avenue, the historic district designation would establish what is and what is not acceptable for home renovations and/or replacements to maintain the historic nature and character of the street.
According to Dobbs Ferry village code, the village board may designate landmarks and historic districts as “a contiguous area containing a number of sites, buildings, structures or features having a special character and historical, architectural or aesthetic interest or value, and constituting a distinct section of the Village
A similar, yet unsuccessful, attempt appears to have been made over 30 years ago, on an equally historic and pretty Dobbs Ferry street, Clinton Avenue. Hopefully, with proper planning and research, this new attempt will be more successful and stand as a model for future districts in the village.
An Ad Hoc Committee of residents, homeowners, architects, attorneys and village officials has been established to research and report back to the village board the necessary steps, benefits and ramifications of creating one or more historic districts.

Rivertowns Schools Score in The NY Top 100

Dobbs Ferry High School

Dobbs Ferry Middle and High School

According to Niche.com, a website that runs a ranking and review site, schools in the Westchester County Rivertowns rank among the most highly regarded in the State of New York. Schools were evaluated based on several statistics, as well as parent and student reviews. Amongst Rivertowns schools, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington rank among the NY Top 100. All four schools received A+ grades overall and closer scrutiny of the list reveals only minute differences between them. According to Niche.com, the high rankings are derived from a combination of factors including academics, extracurricular and sports involvement, positive school culture, diversity and overall happiness with all facets of the school experience.

To view the full list of the NY Top 100:

To view the process involved in choosing the NY Top 100:

The Irvington Penguin Plunge Is March 22, 2015, At 1 PM

This years Penguin Plunge, which hopefully signals the end of winter, will be held on the beach at Matthiessen Park, on the Irvington Waterfront, Sunday March 22, at 1 PM. A fundraising event at its core, in past years it has raised money for Irvington senior programs, open gym for teens, summer camp scholarships, the July 4th community fireworks celebration and additional revenue for the Park & Recreation Department’s budget. The March 22 date appears optimistic, given that we have had one of the coldest winters to date and the amount of ice in the Hudson River currently impedes all water access. If you want to give it a try this year, full details can be found on the event website at: https://sites.google.com/site/irvingtonplunge/

UPDATE: The Irvington Penguin Plunge is in postponement until its new date Sunday April 26.

See Also:

2014 Irvington Penguin Plunge Set For April 6

Irvington Penguin Plunge Returns For 2013

1st Irvington Penguin Plunge Set For March 3, 2012

125 Houses For Sale in The Westchester County Rivertowns

Heading into the New Year of 2015 there is a combined total of 125 houses for sale in all of the NY Metro area Rivertowns, from Hastings-on-Hudson to the south, to as far north as Sleepy Hollow. Ranging in price from $4,750,000 for a home in Irvington to a home in Dobbs Ferry for only $299,000 they represent a broad gamut of opportunities for living in this bucolic area. Here are just two of them, at both ends of the spectrum, linked to their full listings:

Sprawling New Construction in Dobbs Ferry $1,399,000

Sprawling New Construction in Dobbs Ferry $1,399,000

Classic Eyebrow Colonial Cottage in Dobbs Ferry $329,000. Price Reduced to $309,000

Classic Eyebrow Colonial Cottage in Dobbs Ferry $329,000

To View the Full List of Homes For Sale, Click on the Link Below.

125 Houses For Sale in the Westchester County Rivertowns

Call Me at 914-960-3837 (cell) for more information on any of these homes.

19 Livingston Avenue; Round Two at the ZBA, December 10

Before vs. (Proposed) After, at 19 Livingston Avenue, Dobbs Ferry NY

Before vs. (Proposed) After, at 19 Livingston Avenue, Dobbs Ferry NY

For the second time this year, the developer of the proposed and contentious 12 unit condominium complex, at the former Rudy’s Beau Rivage site in Dobbs Ferry, which seeks to block the panoramic Hudson river views from both the street and neighbors homes, will be appearing in front of the Dobbs Ferry Zoning Board. The purpose of their visit will be to appeal their second denial of the project by the Dobbs Ferry Architectural and Historic Review Board. The developer seeks to make the case that the AHRB once again acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner in denying their application with respect to a number of discrepancies between the proposal and the AHRB village code mandate required for approval. The developer seeks relief and permission to build the project as designed. Their first attempt, was denied by the ZBA, after a multi-month round of hearings. According to the Finding of Fact, submitted by the AHRB on October 22, the reasons for denial include Excessive Dissimilarity to the Neighborhood, Excessive Similarity of the Development to Itself and a failure to follow various parts of the Dobbs Ferry Residential Design Guidelines, as well as a lack of harmony with the neighborhood. Of particular concern in the denial is the fact that the construction of the complex as proposed, will result in a loss of property values to adjacent neighbors of between 10% – 20%. This is borne out by two appraisals from licensed real estate appraisers, submitted by neighbors. That equates to a loss of at least $60,000 – $120,000 per homeowner. Given the obvious and profound ramifications, when viewing the before and after documents and since there certainly must be many other ways to design and build a project like this, yet to the benefit of all, it remains to be seen how development of this parcel will proceed. The ZBA meeting is a public hearing and will be held at village hall, December 10, beginning at 8 PM.

UPDATE 12/11/2014: After an almost 3 hour debate, the application was continued on by the ZBA, until their next scheduled meeting; January 14, 2015 at 8 PM.

Also see:

An 1850 Dobbs Ferry Landmark Disappears Forever

Dobbs Ferry Hudson River Views In Peril

New Listing: The Lowest Priced House in the Rivertowns

A Classic Eyebrow Colonial Cottage

A Classic Eyebrow Colonial Cottage

Spacious, shady and very private backyard

Spacious, shady and very private backyard

A bargain at only $329,000 with taxes of under $10,000, this classic eyebrow colonial cottage is located on a sun dappled, leafy Dobbs Ferry street. It is just minutes to village park, pool, shopping and schools. Featuring two bedrooms with a full bath, spacious living room. eat-in-kitchen and a 1 car garage, as well as an unfinished basement. The large flat yard with a concrete patio offers great privacy and is perfect for summer BBQ’s. This home will need some renovation, yet has great expansion potential and low taxes. Call me at 914-960-3837 for a private showing.

PRICE REDUCED TO $309,000

Link to the Full Listing: https://scottrosasco.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/virginia.png

Link to the Village of Dobbs Ferry website: www.DobbsFerry.com

Link to the Dobbs Ferry Schools website: www.dfsd.org

Link to Dobbs Ferry Recreation Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dobbs-Ferry-Recreation-Department/129533765671

Link to Small Cottage Designs on Houzz.com: Small Cottages on Houzz

Let’s Relax And Look At Beautiful Hamptons Pools

Atlantic Ave, Amagansett

Atlantic Ave, Amagansett

Terbell Lane, East Hampton

Terbell Lane, East Hampton

Once or twice a year I allow myself a post, not Rivertowns Real Estate centric and this just caught my eye from Hamptons Curbed, on this Friday in late summer. All pools were designed by Greg Darvin of Pristine Pools. Click on the link below for the full article and gallery.
http://hamptons.curbed.com/archives/2014/08/15/lets_relax_and_look_at_beautiful_hamptons_pools.php

2014 Irvington Penguin Plunge Set For April 6

Irvington Penguin Plunge

2012 Irvington Pengun Plunge. Photo by Scott Rosasco

Its that time of year again, when only the bravest Irvington residents and sympathetic non-residents decide to jump in the Hudson River for a good cause. This years event was previously postponed until March 16 and now has been postponed again until Sunday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m, presumably because the Hudson was so cold this year it actually froze over from shore. Given the current weather it can be assumed it is not much warmer now. You have a mere 13 days to get a team together or donate to the cause.

The home page for registration can be found here:

http://www.irvingtonplunge.com/.

The full video from 2012 can be viewed here:

How To Hire The Right Architect

Few things are more exciting than building a new home or watching your old one change before your eyes. And the person who will affect the outcome of your project the most is usually the architect. His or her plan will dictate the ultimate appearance and function of the home, as well as the financial costs and emotional toll involved in its construction.
The client-architect relationship is very personal, involving discussions of your habits, your hobbies, your tastes, and even your relationships. So you want the choice to be right. The suggestions that follow will help you analyze the personality, design strategy and communication skills of your candidates. Ultimately, you want to find the architect who’s right for your situation, for your budget and for you.
See the full article at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/22038031/w/sid=1/list/How-to-Hire-the-Right-Architect

Ardsley NY in the Wall Street Journal

Ardsley NY Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Ardsley NY Featured in The Wall Street Journal

The January 4, 2014 Wall Street Journal featured a great article touting the benefits of living in bucolic Ardsley NY. It mentioned the excellent school system that Ardsley has become well-respected for, as well as some of the challenges the village faces with respect to traffic.
The village of Ardsley is concerned enough about a potential increase in traffic affecting its quality of life, it has led them to file an Article 78 lawsuit against neighboring Dobbs Ferry over its approval of the Rivertowns Square development, just across the village border.
The Mayor of Ardsley as well as two Realtors, myself included, were interviewed for this article. All in all, it is a good read for anyone considering a move to this part of southern Westchester County NY.

The online link is available here, generally only to Wall Street Journal subscribers: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304137304579290922622278240

It can also be found, transcribed, on the Scribd site: http://www.scribd.com/doc/196224183/Ardsley-in-the-Wall-Street-Journal

Big Changes Due For Mortgage Applications in 2014

872359968_d909047e16_mStarting in 2014, regulations drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will change the definition of a qualified mortgage with respect to several of the government agencies that buy most loans from lenders. As a result, many buyers may find themselves unable to meet the new requirements. As of January 10, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not buy non-qualified mortgages. Therefore banks and other lending originators that count on those two government agencies to buy the loans they write will cease to finance clients requiring those types of loans.
A qualified mortgage is defined as one in which the APR is within 150 basis points (1.5 percentage points) of the annual prime offer rate, a loan term cannot exceed 30 years, points and fees cannot exceed 3 percent of the loan balance and there can be no negative amortization or interest-only payments. Under these conditions, the mortgage qualifies for safe harbor, meaning the lender is not at risk of being sued by a borrower who is unable to repay the loan.
There’s also a class of loans called higher-priced qualified mortgages, in which the APR exceeds the 150 basis-point limit, and in those cases, the loan falls under rebuttable presumption, meaning the lender is assumed to have complied with ability-to-pay requirements, unless a borrower or attorney argues otherwise. Loans with rebuttable presumption will likely come at an additional premium, said Cameron Findlay, chief economist at Discover Home Loans, though the price of that premium is unclear at this point.

 

Dobbs Ferry Halloween Parade 2013

Halloween 2012

Another Successful Halloween at the Rand Realty office. 2013

Another Successful Halloween at the Rand Realty office. 2013


Dobbs Ferry celebrates Halloween in its usual big way with the annual Halloween Parade down Cedar and Main streets on Thursday, October 31. Generally starting in the vicinity of 4PM there are always a few younger goblins, who perhaps have earlier bedtimes or homework, showing up here at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty at 3PM. We are usually overwhelmed by the number of spookily dressed trick or treaters and are continually amazed at their imaginative costumes. The homemade costumes are really the best. This year we will have our usual scary window costumes, flying bats on our awnings and even the occasionally more frighteningly dressed Realtor, handing out candy. Come early while we still have treats. The village of Dobbs Ferry will be providing entertainment by Joe Rooney.

A Classic Mid-Century Dobbs Ferry Masterpiece

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This low slung, circa 1958 residence, an architects personally designed home, has only had two owners in over 50 years. With 3300 sq.ft and comfortably ensconced in the charming and established Dobbs Ferry neighborhood of Hilltop Park, it is adjacent to the 76 acre Juhring Estate Nature Preserve. Offering the unique benefits of both the highly regarded Ardsley school district, as well as an easy drive to the Dobbs Ferry train station. Tastefully renovated this past year and redesigned for today’s lifestyles it shows a rare and incredible attention to detail. Custom, lacquered kitchen cabinets, quartz counter tops, bamboo floors and exotic woods are a mere sample of the fine finishes brought to this wonderful home. Offering 3 Bedrooms, two of which have new, full ensuite baths, a full width living room with stone fireplace wall and a full width dining room, both offering floor to ceiling glass doors to let the outdoors in. There is also a new custom kitchen and powder room completing the first level. The lower level offers a third bedroom, new hall bath and family room with an easy walk out thru oversized sliding glass doors to the spacious backyard as well as a 1.5 car garage. Comfortable entertaining takes place on the new mahogany deck overlooking views of the bucolic woodlands below, with nautically inspired stainless steel cable railings, all exuding a sense of quiet and peace.
Hilltop Park is a unique enclave of comfortable residences that rarely come on the market. Streets quiet enough for children to play on, still evenings, friendly neighbors and an abundant sense of nature and privacy make a home in this neighborhood a truly special place to live.
Become one of the privileged few. Offered at only $789,000, this is a rare opportunity. Call me for a private tour at 914-960-3837.

See the full MLS listing with all pertinent details at: http://hgmls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=Westchester&PRGNAME=MLSLogin&ARGUMENT=JZi5FLz3tQIC%2FtL6pU13BSzC%2Fl4VzxZXXZHWNEoBtqo%3D&KeyRid=1&Include_Search_Criteria=&CurrentSID=111136008

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Dobbs Ferry Hudson River Views In Peril

In the now all too typical “development vs. quality of life” conversation, it appears that the incredible Hudson River views from the once thriving Rudy’s Beau Rivage property, a local landmark at the southern gateway to Dobbs Ferry, are in jeopardy of being lost to a developers vision, for a wall of condominium buildings at the street, approximately 141′ long by 35′ high, on the now vacant site. Frighteningly enough, the village of Dobbs Ferry may be prepared to ignore its own new rules, some 10 years in the making, prohibiting this type of development, which robs the entire village of existing views, for one developers benefit. Currently, under village law, a thorough View Analysis must take place by village advisory boards before permitting this project to go forward. This View Analysis must seek to mitigate to the fullest extent possible the adverse effects of construction on existing views. The item is on the agenda, as a public hearing, for the Thursday, September 12 Planning Board meeting. The developers response so far has been to propose mitigating the loss of the views from his own property, by opening up views from the neighboring Cabrini Nursing Home property to the south. While this is all well and good for the Cabrini property and is probably something that should be done anyway, it fails to address the village code requirement for the applicant to mitigate his own property. Unfortunately, this has become the all too typical way for developers in Dobbs Ferry to shirk their own responsibilities under village law, with tacit support from the village governance.

Existing public Hudson River views are called out as important to Dobbs Ferry, in the recently enacted village code:
Views to the Hudson River, from both public and private property, are particularly important and demand consideration in the review of development applications. The purpose of these standards are to preserve the scenic quality of these resources and thereby promote a high quality of life, preserve property values, and promote sustainable economic development by limiting development that would reduce their visual integrity and to ensure that development does not block observation of a scenic view from delineated public viewing places.”

As well, section 300-46 of Dobbs Ferry Code states:
When development occurs on or in the vicinity of a well-recognized landmark or outstanding view it can have a dramatic negative effect upon the general character of the community. As part of the Vision Plan process, the Village has identified significant scenic views and view corridors from selected viewing places throughout the community. Views to the Hudson River, from both public and private property, are particularly important and demand consideration in the review of development applications. The purpose of these standards are to preserve the scenic quality of these resources and thereby promote a high quality of life, preserve property values, and promote sustainable economic development by limiting development that would reduce their visual integrity and to ensure that development does not block observation of a scenic view from delineated public viewing places.”

It will certainly be interesting to see if the Dobbs Ferry Planning Board, which is supposed to have the first look at these applications and which appears to wield the most power and influence over development, will embrace its new powers to thoroughly address this issue.  Developers should be held fully accountable to village law, as opposed to the more typical rubber stamp reputation Dobbs Ferry has gotten over the past few years, towards development in the village, which comes at the expense of the quality of life of its residents.

For more information:

http://dobbsferry.com/Event/84-village-calendar/2013/09/12/272-planning-board-meeting.html

https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2012/04/10/an-1850-dobbs-ferry-landmark-disappears-forever/

Dobbs Ferry Lands In The Wall Street Journal

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This past Saturday’s, August 3rd edition of the Wall Street Journal featured a great review of living in Dobbs Ferry. Two Realtors were interviewed, myself included, as well as the Dobbs Ferry Mayor, Hartley Connett. In addition to great commentary and information on the flavors of the village, some of Dobbs Ferry’s wonderful dining and shopping destinations were mentioned. Featured on this list were Half Moon Restaurant and The Cookery, as well as the Fiamor and Affordables boutiques.  All in all, a great article in a nationally read, financial newspaper.
The full article can either be viewed on the wsj.com site, generally by subscription only, at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324136204578642362803411642.html

Or a transcript can be found here, at Scribd.com:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/158527225/More-Homebuyers-Make-a-Landing-in-Dobbs-Ferry

Westchester’s Second Quarter Home Prices Are Up 5%

2013 2nd Quarter From The Westchester Gateway Association of Realtors MLS

2013 2nd Quarter From The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors MLS

According to the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, the median sale price in the 2nd quarter jumped 5% in Westchester County, to $650,000, the highest 2nd quarter increase since 2008. In the region consisting of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, sales volume is up 24% compared with the 2nd quarter of 2012. The HGAR MLS also reported 3,445 residential real estate closings in the past quarter, with both a 23.8% volume increase in the Westchester county single family home segment and a 27.8% volume increase in the Westchester cooperative housing market. This is viewed as the beginning of a sustained recovery. The low interest rates and increased volume of transactions however has also resulted in a shrinking inventory of homes for sale in the area. Available inventory is down 13.1% over this time last year.
There were 1,425 sales of single-family homes in Westchester in the second quarter, 296 sales of condos, 391 co-op’s and 113 multi-family dwellings. There were 2,202 single-family homes sold in the first six months of 2012 in Westchester, representing a 17.1 increase from last year and the highest figure in the past four years.
For the full report see: http://cdn2.dailyvoice.com/sites/default/files/2ndqtr2013salesreportfinal_1.pdf

Rivertowns Fireworks: Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Tarrytown

Rivertowns Fireworks

UPDATED POST LINK FOR 2018

With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, in the Rivertowns of Westchester County NY, here is a quick rundown on what shows can be expected:

Dobbs Ferry will be hosting its fireworks display on July 4th at dark, probably in the vicinity of 9:00 PM. The display will be shot off from the north end of Waterfront Park on the Hudson River. Parking permits are required to park in Waterfront Lot, but those permits must be purchased in advance at village hall. Other than parking, this event is open to the general public. Prior to the show the village is also sponsoring the Thomas Cullen Picnic starting at 3:00 PM, also on the waterfront, parking permits required as well. Entertainment by Joe Rooney. A great way to enjoy a dinner and fireworks show might be at one of the waterfront patios at The Half Moon Restaurant.

The village of Irvington will be having its fireworks show at dark as well, from the north end of Matthiessen Park on the Hudson. This event is limited to Irvington residents for those wishing to enter the park and park passes are required. Parking is never guaranteed for this event, so the best bet might be to park in the village ahead of time and partake in one of the many fine Irvington restaurants for dinner before walking down to the show. Excellent viewing most likely can be also had from Red Hat Restaurant on the Hudson.

The Village of Tarrytown in cooperation with the Village of Sleepy Hollow will have its July 4th fireworks shot off at the General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow. The rain date will be July 5. Pierson Park remains under construction and will not be available to the public as a public viewing area. Scenic Hudson RiverWalk Park will be open, as well as Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The Hudson Harbor property, located just east of the RiverWalk Park and north of West Main Street is not available to the general public for viewing the fireworks. All of the commuter parking lots will be open and available to the public, including the West Main Street commuter parking lot. West Main Street will be closed just west of the West Main Street parking lot. If you can time your reservations correctly, a great viewing spot might be the 2nd floor deck of the Moon River Grill in Sleepy Hollow, overlooking the General Motors property.

View An Updated Version Of This Post For 2018 At: 4th of July Fireworks in The Rivertowns For 2018

Westchester And Hudson Valley 2013 Summer Events Guide

As the lazy days of Summer 2013 are upon us and last Friday was the longest day of the year, the Dobbs Ferry Better Homes and Gardens Rand Real Estate office is proud to present our 2013 Annual Summer Events Guide. This guide is a comprehensive list of all the great things to do in the Rivertowns and the Hudson River Valley, in this great summer season. Read the full event guide at: http://www.randrealty.com/r4lreport.aspx?ai=11FF&rp=summer2013#page=1

Irvington Boat Club Open House: Friday 5PM – 8PM

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington, NY

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington NY

This Friday 5/31 the Irvington Boat Club, located on the Hudson River in Irvington NY is holding a public open house to introduce potential new members to its waterfront facility. The Irvington Boat Club, established in 1958, offers a unique opportunity to watercraft owners in the Rivertowns. Membership dues are relatively low by comparison with virtually anywhere else on the Lower Hudson. You can store your kayak, canoe or other beach launched boats such as a Sunfish for $725 per year, year round. They can also accommodate power and sailboats, for in the water moorings, from 13′ up to and possibly beyond 30′, for only $750 total for the summer season.
The facility also has a clubhouse with bathrooms, a kitchen and a deck overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. There is a beach for water based recreation, BBQ grills, Adirondack chairs on the pier and even a few club owned boats you can take out, if you are not sure you really want to own a boat just yet. Make a point of visiting them tomorrow and watch the sunset, at the most affordable boat club on the Hudson, from 5 PM – 8 PM.
For more information see: http://irvingtonboatclub.com/

Also see: https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2012/04/17/boating-on-the-hudson-in-the-westchester-river-villages/

For a map to the club: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=irvington+boat+club&ie=UTF-8&ei=5F6nUee_JoqN0QGF9IDQDg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAA

“Today’s A Yellow Day” A Fictional Account of Dobbs Ferry

Today's A Yellow DayPerhaps I am late to the dance, but there is a great new book out called “Today’s A Yellow Day” which recounts fictional events that take place in Dobbs Ferry NY in the 1960’s. Written by James Roth who grew up in Dobbs Ferry at that time, it mentions a number of Dobbs Ferry “hot spots” like Sam’s Restaurant, The Ardsley Country Club, Masters School etc. As a lifetime Dobbs Ferry resident, the whole book just rings true because of these details and is very believable. There are even a few things I had forgotten about, like how there used to be a dump on the waterfront, of all places. It’s kind of like a walk down my own Memory Lane except for the crime part, at least a generation later. A great read for anyone that lived or lives in Dobbs Ferry. It is available at the Dobbs Ferry Library, although there is a long line of holds on it, but it can also be purchased at your local bookseller or, if all else fails, amazon.com: Today’s A Yellow Day

Rivertowns Artists Studio Tours: Sat. April 27 & Sun. April 28

2013 RiverArts Studio Tour

2013 RiverArts Studio Tour

This coming weekend marks the 20th Annual RiverArts Studio Tour of local artists in the Rivertowns. Some artists are well known and some artists have never been featured before. A total of 80 artists studios will be open to the public on both Saturday and/or Sunday, April 27 and 28th. The studios are located in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington. This will be a unique opportunity to meet and greet local artists, see them at work in their own environment, engage with them and possibly purchase their art. Some of the artists involved, whose work I am familiar with, include Mark Gilliland, Larry and Peggy Blizard, Eva Bouhassira, Tim Duch and John Maggiotto.
“The mission of RiverArts is to produce a wide range of high quality cultural events and educational programs which diversify participation and engage our communities in the support and understanding of the arts and artists, thereby enriching our quality of life.”

Download the Studio Map or for more information click here: http://riverarts.org/_images/VisualArtsImages/2013%20Studio%20Tour%20Map.pdf

Visit RiverArts on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/RiverArts.Org

Dobbs Ferry: One of The Best Places To Live, by Westchester Magazine

dobbs_ferryThe April issue of Westchester Magazine rates Dobbs Ferry as one of the Best Places to Live in Westchester for 2013. The article features a number of the great attributes of living in Dobbs Ferry. Among other things, it mentions the Dobbs Dawg House, a new hot dog restaurant, which has  sold over 50,000 hot dogs in its first year in business. When you can sell 50,000 specialty hot dogs, each prepared one at a time, in one year, you know all good things are possible in Dobbs Ferry.
Read the full article at: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/core/pagetools.php?pageid=14969&url=%2FWestchester-Magazine%2FApril-2013%2FBest-places-to-live-in-Westchester-in-2013-Dobbs-Ferry-NY%2F&mode=print

Homes With Appealing Front Views Sell Faster


It’s that time of year again, when the days start getting warmer and longer and people’s thoughts tend to stray toward selling their homes, in what looks like the best Spring market this area has seen in several years. Apropos to that, an interesting article was just published in houzz.com, one of my favorite blogs, detailing what a difference it makes in the sale of your home, to have a house that looks great from the street. Read the brief excerpt below and then click the link to the full article at the bottom.                                                                                                                                                                         As always, if you are looking for expert advice in the Rivertowns regarding the sale of your home, come help me celebrate over 25 years of listing and selling homes in the Rivertowns, at 914-960-3837 or scott.rosasco@randrealty.com.
“Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Read The Full Article at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/8193935/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u250&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery0

Great Dobbs Ferry Colonial $499,000

21 Temple Road, Dobbs Ferry

21 Temple Road, Dobbs Ferry

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New to the market, this Rivertowns residence offers great bones at a great price. Situated on a quiet residential street the solid 4 bedroom center hall colonial, with 2200 sq.ft. of living space is a wonderful opportunity.
Featuring the open floor plan prefered by todays lifestyles, it boasts a spacious living room, dining room, eat-in-kitchen and powder room on the first floor. A master bedroom suite on the second level runs the full width of the house and features a huge walk-in-closet and a full bath. There are 3 more family bedrooms and a full hall bath on this floor. The lower level offers a large family room with another full bath, laundry and a door out to the private patio. Gleaming hardwood floors and a 1 car garage complete the picture. Currently the least expensive 4 bedroom colonial for sale in the Rivertowns.
Call me at 914-960-3837 for a private showing or EMAIL ME

View the full listing here: DOBBS FERRY COLONIAL $499,000

LINK TO DOBBS FERRY SCHOOL INFORMATION

LINK TO VILLAGE OF DOBBS FERRY INFORMATION

JUST REDUCED TO $490,000

OPEN HOUSE Sunday April 7 From 1 PM – 3 PM

SOLD

Rivertowns Real Estate Turning Into A Sellers Market

Courtesy: National Association of Realtors

Courtesy: National Association of Realtors

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal appears to confirm some of the more hyper-local activity that we have been noticing here in Westchester and the Rivertowns. Sellers are gaining the upper hand once again in the sale of their homes. Due to a low inventory, which can be traced to a number of reasons, homeowners are often picking and choosing between multiple offers on their homes. It goes without saying that if you have multiple offers on your home, within two weeks of listing, some of those offers are likely at or above the full asking price. I have had experiences in the past two weeks, of my clients bidding against other buyers, where the  full asking price was just not enough. In these cases, buyers who have the full purchase price or more available in cash, are able to forgo the mortgage process and are often the winners. These are not foreclosed, short or otherwise distressed sales. Simply homes which show very well to prospective buyers and are perceived to be a good value in a given price range, currently well over $1,000,000 in that market. This trend is not unique to any particular price point though. In the village of Dobbs Ferry, in the Rivertowns, I have another listing at a significantly lower price point of the market, currently in contract for just slightly less than full asking. Back up offers have come in, even after it is made clear to prospective purchasers that binding contracts of sale have already been signed with other buyers. These back up offers are at full asking, hoping for a failure of the current buyers, so they may gladly take their place in the process. There are other accounts of this at all levels of Rivertowns real estate.
Whether this is a  temporary blip in the market, until inventory or interest rates rise or a more prolonged phenomena remains to be seen. The short story for sellers though, may be to not wait until the traditional spring market starts in April and instead to list now while this situation still exists. Read the full Wall Street Journal article at: http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2013/02/21/housing-its-becoming-a-sellers-market/?mod=WSJBlog&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wsj%2Fdevelopments%2Ffeed+%28WSJ.com%3A+Developments+Blog%29

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Academy Awards For Movie Homes

From one of my favorite sites, houzz.com, very apropos to this evenings festivities. I share the opinion that the interior of the Hampton’s house in “Something’s Gotta Give” is at least one of the most remembered, idyllic homes. See the top 10.

Irvington Penguin Plunge Returns For 2013

In what appears to be a now annual event, the Irvington Penguin Plunge is back for the second year in a row. It is set to start off at 11:30 AM on Saturday March 2, 2013 in Matthiessen Park. One might think that after last years plunge into the frigid Hudson River people may have had second thoughts, but no such luck. It appears to be just as popular an event. This year may be slightly different though in that, unlike 2012 which was a comparatively warm winter, we have actually had some ice on the Hudson River already. One would surmise therefore that the water will be even colder, however marginally, than the Irvington Penguin Plunge of 2012. Time will tell, but hopefully swimmers will not have to climb over shore ice to get into the water.
Remember, this is a fundraising event so the more sponsors you get for your “Plunge”, the more money will be generated for the Village of Irvington programs. Last years Irvington Penguin Plunge raised $76,000.
For a look at last years event, click on the link and associated video below. If that still doesn’t scare you off, a link to the entrance application is also enclosed. See you on March 2 at 11:30 AM.
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2012/02/08/1st-irvington-ny-penguin-plunge-set-for-march-3-2012/

How To Register For The 2013 Irvington Penguin Plunge:

https://sites.google.com/site/irvingtonplunge/home/how-to-register-for-the-2012-irvington-penguin-plunge

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwTTV1goJYoINnlsWGx1YWhKWkk/edit?pli=1

Some Homes Are Selling In Less Than Two Weeks

4th Quarter Home Prices Up

Westchester Home Sale Prices Up 14% Over Last Year

In what can only be described as a remarkable turnaround in the US housing market, homes in some parts of the country are going from active status to accepted offer status in an incredible two weeks or less. This, coming on the heels of a housing market which had typical selling periods of 6 months or more. The primary driving force behind this phenomena is an extremely low inventory of homes for sale. Many sellers appear to be waiting out the bottom of the market, preferring to sell their homes when values go up. Concurrently, banks remain very tight on financing, requiring a borrower to have a virtually blemish free credit history and FICO scores of 740 and above. This has resulted in super high quality buyers converging on the few remaining houses for sale. Not only is this resulting in fast marketing periods, it is also starting to drive prices up, for reasons of supply vs. demand.
Even here in the Rivertowns, I am experiencing multiple bid situations with buyers winning out, based not only on the highest offer, but also on the best terms available, sometimes with down payment amounts of 50% or even all-cash purchases. If you bought your home 5 years ago you will still perhaps be losing money, based on your original purchase price, but any available homes for sale are also equally devalued. If you were thinking of selling this could be a great time to cash in on this unique set of circumstances, particularly if you were planning on downsizing to a smaller home or moving out of the area. Interest rates remain at historic lows and assuming a good credit history, your chances of getting a great value in another purchase would seem ideal.
More information on this trend as it relates to the Westchester housing market can be found in the BHG Rand 4th Quarter Market Report. Additionally, an interesting story on this trend in the US housing market can be found at Bloomberg News: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/homes-sell-in-two-weeks-with-low-supply-for-spring-buyers.html

Classic Subway Tiles Reinvent Themselves

FROM HOUZZ.COM:White 3-by-6-inch tiles, commonly known as subway tiles, are a staple of kitchen and bathroom design. It’s no surprise that homeowners and designers both love this classic tile: It’s affordable and uncontroversial — and best of all, it’s usually in stock.
White subway tile is ever popular, but a style that has been gaining in popularity in recent years is to pair white subway tile with dark gray grout in a running-brick pattern. The resulting look defines the outlines of each tile, adding depth and interest to a space. The wider set the tiles are, the more pronounced the outline effect becomes and the bolder the look.
Gray grout is also a wise choice because it is easy to maintain, unlike white grout, which can easily yellow or stain. Here are 10 interiors with white subway tiles installed with gray grout. From kitchens to bathrooms to laundry rooms, it’s a versatile look that would fit right into many homes.”

Read the full article and view the slideshow at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1613366?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u71&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery8

Dobbs Ferry Luxury Co-op Open House. Sunday 1pm – 3pm

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1PM - 3PM

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1PM – 3PM

Real Estate Values Up 4.3%

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From CNNMoney
The recovery in the housing market continues to pick up steam, as home prices posted the biggest percentage gain in more than two years in the latest reading of the closely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index.
The index showed prices up 4.3% in October compared to a year earlier. That’s the best improvement since May 2010. But that earlier increase was due to a temporary spike caused by a homebuyers’ tax credit of up to $8,000 on homes purchased in late 2009 and early 2010.”

Read the full article at: http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/26/real_estate/home-prices/index.html?source=linkedin&buffer_share=95a93

Luxurious New Dobbs Ferry Co-Op, Open House Sun. 1 – 3

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In-Town Living At Its Best! Like a small house, this 1350 sq.ft. Co-Op is ideally situated a mere two blocks from the Metro North commuter train station, two blocks from a major grocery store and one block from village restaurants, shops and boutiques. Completely renovated for sale. With the charming river town village of Dobbs Ferry as it’s backdrop, this wonderful residence offers 3 bedrooms, 2 new baths, a spacious living and dining room and a stunning new kitchen. Only the finest finishes were used in this unit with granite, stainless and polished hardwood floors thru-out. What makes it special and unique though, is the separate entrance at grade with no steps required between your car and front door. There is also a rare, in-unit laundry. This is a great opportunity for no-step living or to get into the famed Dobbs Ferry school system at an almost unheard of price of $349,000. Arrange for your private showing by calling 914-960-3837.
See the full listing at: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/NY/Property/1392482/150-Draper-Ln-G1n-Dobbs-Ferry-NY-10522/

Reconfigure A Cramped Basement For Living Space


From Houzz.com:
“When a young family needed more space in their 1920s bungalow, they thought about renovating the basement, but the low ceilings, leaky stone foundation, hanging wires and hodgepodge of structural poles hampered their hopes. Then architect Ryan Duebber came up with a plan. He helped turn their once-cramped space into an open family room and bar, and incorporated secondary spaces including a laundry room, storage closet and dream steam shower room.
Rather than fighting the challenging elements, Duebber used them as elements of industrial style for a modern space that suited the clients’ tastes. The result is a sleek and open space that mixes old and new elements and highlights the places where they meet.”

Read the full article at Houzz.com: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5266676/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u190&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

Rivertowns Square Public Hearing Is Tonight At 6:30 PM

Rivertowns Square Proposal October 2012

Rivertowns Square Proposal

The oft postponed Rivertowns Square public hearing, regarding the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), prepared by the applicant and accepted as complete by the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees, will be held tonight at 6:30 PM at the Embassy Center, 60 Palisade Street, Dobbs Ferry. This will be the first opportunity for members of the public to comment on the final document and air their concerns. Although there may be additional meetings scheduled after this and written comments will also be accepted, it’s possible this may be the only opportunity to comment on the FEIS, before this project proceeds further in the development process.
An abbreviated version of the public notice, from the Dobbs Ferry village website, is as follows:

Description of Action:

Application by Saber Dobbs Ferry LLC and Lincoln Dobbs Ferry LLC, as co-developers, for site plan approval of a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the former AKZO Nobel Chemical, Inc. property. In response to comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”), the applicant has modified the project to now include: (i) approximately 202 residential units (including affordable units); (ii) an approximately 18,000 square foot supermarket; (iii) approximately 62,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space; (iv) an approximately 123 room hotel; and (v) a 33,600 square foot hotel, together with approximately 1228 parking spaces to serve all uses.

Location of Action:

The subject property is located on Stanley Avenue, Danforth Avenue, Livingstone Avenue, Ogden Avenue and Lawrence Street, Dobbs ferry, New York.

A copy of the FEIS is located on the Village of Dobbs Ferry Website and is available at Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522.

Dobbs Ferry Halloween 2012 Canceled

Halloween 2012
Due to the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween in Dobbs Ferry, including the traditional trick or treating on Main and Cedar Streets has been postponed until Friday November 2. From Rivertowns Patch:

Dobbs Ferry has postponed trick-or-treating in the village—which was originally scheduled for Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.—and is re-scheduling for Friday, Nov. 2 from 4 p.m. 6 p.m”

See the full story at: http://rivertowns.patch.com/articles/irvington-dobbs-ferry-cancel-halloween

*As of 5:55 PM Tuesday, Con Ed reports 2161 homes in Dobbs Ferry without power, as well as 1597 homes in Ardsley, 1536 homes in Irvington and 2003 homes in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Rivertowns Square FEIS Meeting October 30 at 6:30 PM

Rivertowns Square Proposal October 2012

Rivertowns Square Proposal


The FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) for the proposed Rivertowns Square development has been released to the public by the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees. This voluminous document, prepared by the developer, attempts to address all of the comments presented by a variety of village planners, advisory boards and residents, which were raised during a number of public and semi-public meetings.  
There will now be at least one and possibly several public hearings held by the Board of Trustees to address the remaining issues in this document. The first, and for the moment only, meeting in front of the Board of Trustees, is scheduled for October 30 at 6:30 PM at the Embassy Club, 60 Palisade Street, in Dobbs Ferry. This is a very important meeting and may represent your last opportunity to make comments into the record at the Board of Trustees level and therefore should not be missed. Written comments will also be accepted if you are unable to attend the meeting.
Prior to that there are also two Planning Board work sessions to discuss the FEIS from the Planning Board perspective.  The first was held October 15 at village hall. The second is scheduled for Monday, October 22 at 7:30PM at the Embassy Club.
If you missed the October 15 work session, a complete video record of it can be found here: http://dobbsferry.com/mediaitem/37-rivertowns-square-work-session-10-15-2012

A brief synopsis of the current proposal, according to the published public notice, is as follows:

“Application by Saber Dobbs Ferry LLC and Lincoln Dobbs Ferry LLC, as co-developers, for site plan approval of a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the former AKZO Nobel Chemical, Inc. property. In response to comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”), the applicant has modified the project to now include: (i) approximately 202 residential units (including affordable units); (ii) an approximately 18,000 square foot supermarket; (iii) approximately 62,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space; (iv) an approximately 123 room hotel; and (v) a 33,600 square foot hotel, together with approximately 1228 parking spaces to serve all uses.”

The complete public notice, as well as the complete FEIS itself can be found here: http://dobbsferry.com/Projects-and-Initiatives/Rivertowns-Square/

2012 Fall Hudson Valley Events Guide

Fall Hudson Valley Events Guide 2012The 2012 Hudson Valley Events Guide for Fall is hot off the presses here at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Dobbs Ferry. With information on over 200 events in the Hudson Valley it seems there is something to do for everyone this season.
In particular don’t miss the Dobbs Ferry Festa on September 29th and stop by our office at 108 Main Street. We will be having a silent auction for cancer research, crafts for kids and a whole host of other activities.
Also, in the near future, is the always well attended Dobbs Ferry Halloween Parade. Last years Halloween Parade featured a pet element which seemed to be a success. Look for an update on this in October.
The full Hudson Valley Events Guide can be found here: http://www.randcenter.com/downloads/2012_fall_events_guide.pdf

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