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Hastings-on-Hudson: Best Place for History Lovers

Riverview Manor History

"The Palisades From River View Manor" Postcard, circa 1909?

According to the latest issue of Westchester Magazine, featuring this years top choices for the best places to live in Westchester, Hastings-on-Hudson was voted “The Best Place For History Lovers.”
One reason for this distinction is that several years ago in 2005, the Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society inaugurated its Museum In The Streets. This walking tour of the village starts at Boulanger Plaza, in the center of the village and helps to give a sense of place to 34 different locations, village wide. Each spot is marked with a plaque consisting of historical pictures and a brief outline of what happened there, in Hastings-on-Hudson’s historic past. These descriptions are printed in both English and Spanish. In total, there are more than 80 photos in various spots in the village. Among some of the more well known village landmarks depicted via this unique museum are the Croton Aqueduct and the Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront with the old Anaconda Wire Company. You will also find lesser known sites such as the home of Frank Morgan, the actor who portrayed The Wizard, in The Wizard Of Oz, the Revolutionary War era Peter Post Tavern and the home of Admiral David Farragut, who coined the phrase “Damn the torpedoes…..”
Read the complete post on the Westchester Magazine website: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/914INC/April-2012/Westchester-Real-Estate-2012-Hastings-on-Hudson-Is-the-Best-Place-for-History-Lovers/
Or check out the links to the Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society: http://hastingshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/
or:
http://hastingshistorical.org/

The Impact of Rising Mortgage Rates

Laurence Yun, Realtor.com
From Laurence Yun, Chief Economist at Realtor.com: “Mortgage rates will be starting to rise from this week on. From the 3.9 to 4.0 percent average rate in the past five months on a 30-year fixed mortgage, the new rates will soon be in the range of 4.3 to 4.6 percent. Usually the initial phase of rising rates can quicken the decision to sign on the dotted line as consumers do not want to face even higher mortgage rates later on. However, a prolonged increase will shrink the pool of eligible home buyers.
Here are some raw statistics to contend with. Let’s say a person is committed to paying at most $1,000 per month in principal and interest to be comfortably within this person’s budget. A mortgage calculator will spit out that at a 3.9 percent rate (last week’s rate), this homebuyer will be able to take out $212,000 in mortgage amount. At 4.5 percent (near future rate), the figure drops to $198,000, or the equivalent to a drop of 7 percent in purchasing power. The homebuyer therefore has to shoot for lower price points.
Another way to view the impact of rising rates is to compute the income required to get the $212,000 in mortgage funds as in the above example. At 3.9 percent, the income would have to be $4,000 per month, assuming that this particular person only feels comfortable with a mortgage payment taking up 25 percent of his or her income. At 4.5 percent, the mortgage payment to buy that same home would be $1,074 per month and the corresponding monthly income requirement would be $4,296. Now, how many people have a monthly income between $4,000 and $4,296 or on an annual basis between $48,000 and $51,552? According to the Census income distribution table, 2.9 percent of the population is between these two incomes. This income gap also represents how many people would have qualified to buy this particular example home before and after the mortgage rate change[….]”
Read the entire post at: http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2012/03/16/the-impact-of-rising-mortgage-rates/

Sleepy Hollow GM Clean Up Meeting Set For March 22

General Motors Tarrytown

Former General Motors plant in Sleepy Hollow NY

According to the Hudson Riverkeeper, the current plan proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation to clean up the General Motors (GM) site in Sleepy Hollow NY, as well as the Hudson River waters directly adjacent to the abandoned factory property is deficient and the public should get involved before it is too late and the plan is approved and finalized. The possibility exists under the proposed plan that much of the contamination from the manufacturing of cars there for 82 years could remain in place. An important meeting on the subject will be held this coming Thursday March 22 at 7PM at the Village of Sleepy Hollow Senior Center, 55 Elm Street The public is encouraged to attend.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8676.html
The 100 acre site is predominantly a man-made piece of property created using fill, in the area that once consisted of Pocantico Bay and the beginning of the Pocantico River. At one time the entire area was a navigable body of water allowing access by Hudson River sloop all the way up the Pocantico River to the current grist mill restoration, operated by Historic Hudson Valley. The soil used to create the filled in area has become contaminated over the years by toxic heavy metals, solvents and petroleum as has the soil vapor, groundwater and Hudson River sediment. The DEC proposes to simply cap the contaminated areas and dredge a small portion of the Hudson, which would do little to restore the site to the situation most closely resembling the conditions that existed before industrialized uses began occupancy. Capping a brownfield site does nothing to stop the leaching of the contaminants into the Hudson River or other nearby properties. It also runs counter to the current Clean Water Act which seeks to, at some point, make Hudson River fish safe for human consumption and make the Hudson River once again the viable commercial fishing and recreation resource it once was.
For more information on the Hudson Riverkeeper stance see: http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/river-ecology/waterfront-development-review/gm-redevelopment/

Also see:
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/08/10/96-waterfront-acres-available-in-sleepy-hollow/
and:
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/11/28/sleepy-hollow-set-for-mercury-cleanup/

2012 Hudson Valley Spring Events Guide

Hastings-on-Hudson EventsAlthough few would call the past few months here in the Rivertowns of Westchester County NY a real winter of any sort, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty of Dobbs Ferry is still delighted to present its annual Spring Events Guide, to inaugurate the almost imperceptible change in seasons. We have brought together over 100 local community events throughout the Hudson Valley. They are organized by region, and then by date, and we have also listed ongoing events in a separate section to make it easier to find great ways to enjoy the coming warmer season. For more continually updated lists of events, go to http://www.randrealty.com and look for our weekly events. For the full PDF see:
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/?page_id=2453&preview=true

Try Porch Paint For a New Front Door Color This Spring

Front Door Repaint
With Spring 2012 right around the corner here in the Rivertowns of Westchester County NY, we are all starting to think about ways we can freshen up our real estate for the best possible look in the coming warmer months. A great idea to accomplish a new look without spending a lot of money, is to paint your front door a different color and then accessorize your entranceway to match the new color. Don’t just use any paint though. Use a full bodied porch enamel, deck paint. There are so many different styles of front doors in the charming villages of Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown that to try to pick the most ideal color for every unique door could take forever. Suffice to say that the possibilities for a great new look, in a short period of time, with a little elbow grease are endless.
A quick color change can give an entryway a whole new look, but painting a door isn’t exactly the most fun job on your to-do list. We’re all for taking a shortcut, as long as it doesn’t mean more work down the road. And that’s when we hit the point in our lives where we were excited about door paint.
It turns out the key to painting a door in one easy step is to use…porch and floor enamel. This type of paint dries to a hard, colorfast, moisture and mildew-resistant surface. (All without needing a primer coat.) It’s ideal for front doors because the enamel dries to a super-strong coating that offers unparalleled protection against scratches. Once you paint a door with it, the color will stay bright and fresh-looking for season after season.
The caveat: Enamel dries to a very glossy finish. So if you aren’t a fan of the look, try an oil-based enamel, which has the same benefits of porch and floor enamel, but comes in eggshell finishes. Just be prepared for a slightly longer drying time.”
http://www.stylelist.com/2011/10/23/paint-a-door-porch-floor-enamel_n_1027701.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

A Cosmetic Kitchen Makeover For Higher Resale Value

FROM BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS MAGAZINE:

If you are planning to sell, kitchen improvements have one of the highest returns on your investment in terms of getting a good price for your home.

Uncovering the Good:
When you start any redesign – think about what is good in the space and what is not. Are the wood floors in bad shape and in need of a few layers of room brightening porch paint? Are the windows covered in dated window treatments that block out natural light? Are the countertops nice but simply covered with too much stuff? Be honest with yourself about the space.

Work With What You Have:
Once you know what works well in the space then you can work from there and take the focus away from what is not working by literally removing it or making it less of a focus.
One easy fix is changing the wall color. By changing these walls from a dark green to a sunny yellow, the kitchen now has a more uplifting feel.
If the cabinets were dark wood or very dated, they could be primed and painted white. Fortunately, in this case they were already white and in good shape. Drawer pulls and knob hardware was changed to give an instant new look, which is something you can do yourself.
Lighting is a big thing. The dated fixture over the sink was changed to a schoolhouse pendant light bought on sale. Then, over the island, a halogen spot track unit worked well into the style of the space and is used to add warmth to the overall space. Lighting truly makes good design come to life.
When you do a cosmetic makeover, you don’t have to rip everything out and start over – you make what you have better. In this kitchen, the stainless steel sink was good, but to give it a more updated look the faucet was changed out with a new one.
If your kitchen has beat-up upper cabinets, you could remove them and install open shelving that gets painted white and displays only your everyday dinnerware and glassware. Something as simple as that can truly give a space or wall a facelift.The appliances in this kitchen were new, so that saved money. If you need to buy new ones for your space this is where it is wise to invest your money. Yes, stainless is still trendy, but white is always classic and works great with various styles and is always a good selling point on a home. Fortunately, you can now get the high-end look without the big price tag. Shop around and compare prices.

Styling:
The last visual change in this room is the styling. For example, a tray that holds cooking spices and oils by the stove, a basket of fruit, simple canisters, a few matching props, a new cutting board and some flowers. You can set a stage for your everyday living that says “welcome home” to your family, friends and potential buyers. The kitchen will always remain the heart of the home no matter how much or how little money you spend to make it better. Be creative with what you have.

New Waterfront Listing With Video In Sleepy Hollow NY

Sleepy Hollow NY Real Estate

Year round Hudson River vistas, Fremont Pond views and a tumbling waterfall beautifully situates this custom built Colonial. Truly one of a kind setting, the sparkling Hudson can be seen from everywhere. This home is located on over one half acre of beautifully maintained level grounds.
A two story entry with cathedral ceilings and skylights introduces you to this well-appointed residence. With 5000 square feet of architecturally significant living space it is awash with ambient light and modern updates throughout[….]
For The Full Details See: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/NY/Property/1019428/650-Riverside-Dr-Sleepy-Hollow-NY-10591/

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