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

‘Dobbs Ferry Thrives’ in 2016

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Rivertowns Square Rendering

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

Dobbs Ferry Historic District Proposed By Residents

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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

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

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:

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