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New Dobbs Ferry Listing With Ardsley Schools

Rarely do the gates open to this unique enclave of homes in the Hilltop Park section of Dobbs Ferry. This particular location is available for the first time in 45 years. Situated at the end of a quiet lane it is an oasis from the rest of the world. One of only very few homes ever built directly adjacent to the 76 acre Juhring Nature Preserve, its forested privacy will be forever undisturbed. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, family room, fireplace. Vaulted ceilings, abundant light and breezy exposures. New EIK & baths with marble master bath, new roof, patio, deck and stone walls. Oversized rooms & closets. HW floors. Perfect condition on 1/2 acre. Ardsley schools. 2 car garage. $709,000.

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30 Day Residential Sales Update in The Rivertowns

Taking in the villages of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow this represents all single family houses in this area over the past 30 days.

Today is National “Clean Out The Garage” Day

Saturday September 10, 2011 is National Clean Out The Garage Day. Here are six tips to clean out your garage, to recognize this little known, national holiday. Whether for the purposes of getting your home ready for sale before the winter or just so that maybe you can park your car in the garage again and keep it out of the snow and freezing rain, which is most definitely coming. Read the full story at:


Abbott School in Irvington to Rent to St. Christophers

On August 15th at the village of Irvington Board of Trustees meeting, a resident brought up the concern that St. Christopher’s school, a non-profit educational organization based in Dobbs Ferry was looking to rent space at the now vacant Abbott House school.
Abbott House Chief Operating Officer Robert Costello confirmed that students from the Greenburgh-North Castle School District, the parent organization of St. Christopher’s, would begin classes in September. It was stressed that the students on the Irvington campus would be day students only, as opposed to the residential students housed on the St. Christopher’s campus in Dobbs Ferry. There may be up to 120 students attending classes on the Irvington campus.
There have been concerns in the past about the behavior of the Dobbs Ferry St. Christopher’s school students, which occasionally leave the campus, but Mr. Costello assured the village of Irvington that “there have not been any problems with this group of students in the past and we don’t believe there will be in the future”.

Hastings-on-Hudson Friday Night Live

2011 Friday Night Live Schedule

September 16 –> Hastings High School Musicians’ Reunion, Boulanger Plaza

October 14 –> Spooky Story Night, throughout the downtown

November 4 –> Hastings Film Festival, James Harmon Community Center

December 2 –> Light up the Night Holiday Celebration, VFW Plaza and James Harmon Community Center

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Irvington Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Red Hat Restaurant on the Hudson waterfront in Irvington

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal characterized Irvington as “the jewel in the crown of the river villages”. With 6500 residents and nestled along the verdant banks of the Hudson River it offers its residents easy access to NYC with real estate prices that start at about $500,000 and run up as high as $3 million and beyond.
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Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry, Saturday October 1st

Celebrating its 9th year, the Dobbs Ferry, Ferry Festa kicks off at 1 PM and ends at 8PM. Featuring a wide assortment of village businesses showcasing their best, as well as outside vendors that run the gamut, from a variety of international foods, to rides and games for the kids (and some adults).
A number of bands will also be providing entertainment at various points along the venue for this, now traditional, end of summer event. They include:

Main Stage (intersection of Main and Cedar): Calypso, Bad Art, Hogiowl and DJ Antoinette Zappier.

Near Doubledays: Tramps Like Us (Courtesy of Doubledays).

Near Cedar Street Grill: The T Bone Shuffle(Courtesy of The T Bone Shuffle)

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Sleepy Hollow Street Fair September 10

September 10, 2011
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Live Music by HogJowl

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A Simple Home Office Space

This office space uses a hallway of all places, has a wall mounted desk and uses recycled material such as packing crates to provide all sorts of uniques shaped storage units. This idea can be adapted for almost any area of the house and will increase the value and functionality of your Rivertowns home.
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Top Five Reasons To Own A Home

The top benefits of homeownership haven’t changed, even in the face of a down economy. Here are the top five:
1. Savings: Be sure to check out the calculator at the end of this article. You’ll find that long-term homeownership is still a way to get big savings.
2. Tax Breaks: They’re not on the chopping block just yet. Many homeowners are still able to take the mortgage interest deduction (MID) each year, along with great rebates and credits associated with upgrades made to your home.
3. Equity: When you pay a landlord, it’s money down the drain. When you pay on a mortgage, you are paying towards owning a piece of something. You may still owe $100,000, but perhaps the home is worth $200,000. This means you have $100,000 worth of equity you’ve built up over time.
4. Budgeting: Unless you live in a rent-controlled apartment (and not many do), then each lease renewal could mean a jump in prices. A fixed-rate mortgage, however, means your monthly payment is the same amount for the life of the loan. A $1,000 a month payment on a 30-year mortgage is the same now as it will be in 30 years!
5. Security: When you own, it’s yours. You can paint, improve, and decorate. The trees and flowers are yours to enjoy — for a lifetime if you wish. Most homeowners are in neighborhoods with other homeowners, meaning more time to build relationships and friendships. Recent studies have also shown that homeowners rank themselves as healthier than their renter counterparts.
Should you rent or buy? For a strictly financial evaluation, be sure to check out The New York Times’ Interactive calculator to crunch the numbers. This advanced calculator takes into account everything from yearly costs to selling costs and broker fees.

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Easy Concrete Countertops

In the competitive real estate markets of Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Hastings-on-Hudson and the rest of the Rivertowns, where up to the minute styling and move-in condition are the cornerstones of a successful sale, can it really be this easy to get the now trendy look and easy durability of concrete kitchen countertops? According to this homeowner, on her great blog, it’s almost as easy as mixing and pouring the concrete. Perhaps having a handy partner helps and also assuming you don’t mind doing it all in your kitchen, since most of us tend to do things twice. The first way the hard, messy way, and the second, the clean, right way. And all of this, supposedly, for not much more than $200. Read more at:

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Mortgage Rates Lowest in 50 Years

Mortgage rates for buyers in the Rivertowns and the rest of the country are at the lowest point they have been in the past 50 years. That is a staggering observation and something that should be taken seriously by any first time homebuyers or those considering moving up to a larger home or downsizing. With rates this low and prices some 30% off their pre-2008 levels, one would be hard pressed to find a better time to purchase real estate. The current rate for a fixed 30 year mortgage with no points is 4.15%. 15 year fixed rate products averaged 3.36% and 5 year hybrid ARM’s averaged 3.08%. Read more at:

Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home

IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2011-15 

The Internal Revenue Service has some important information to share with individuals who have sold or are about to sell their home. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude all or part of that gain from your income. Here are ten tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home.


New Architectural Digest “Amazing Kitchens” Design App

An interesting new “app” for iPhone and iPad users.
“Architectural Digest’s first ever app for the iPad and iPhone, AD Amazing Kitchens is an essential tool for those planning a remodel of one of the most important rooms in the home. Now with new products, more tips, and additional photos, it is your source for endless kitchen inspiriration from Ad, the international design authority.”

Mortgage Rates Down Again

For the second week in a row, contrary to popular thinking for this point in time, mortgage rates have gone even lower. In response to the European debt concerns and investors rush to U.S. Treasuraries, the 30 year fixed rate mortgage fell to 4.32% this week. This represents it’s lowest point for 2011. The 15 year fixed rate is down to 3.5%.
Additionally, Rand Mortgage is currently offering a 30 year fixed rate product, with no points, at an even 4.0%.

96 Waterfront Acres Available in Sleepy Hollow

General Motors has issued an RFP “Request For Proposals” to redevelop the former auto manufacturers property on the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow. Potential developers have until Sept 2, 2011 to make their proposal for the property. While the project is advertised in the RFP as having permits and state approvals, there are still many issues that remain unresolved including obtaining local village planning and building approvals. Additionally, there are toxins on the river bottom adjacent to the site, including lead, deposited by GM during its 82 year occupancy. These will need to be removed by any developer, via dredging or some other means, as part of any decision to move forward. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a lawsuit over the potential for traffic congestion brought by the neighboring village of Tarrytown that must be resolved as well.
The plan calls for 1,177 housing units, a 140 unit hotel. 172,000 sq.ft. of office space and almost 45 acres for village parkland and other village uses. According to village officials a shovel coud be in the ground by sometime in 2012.

Can You Sell Your Home Without a Realtor?

According to the experience of Colby Sambrotto, the founder of ForSaleByOwner.com , it can’t be done. Mr Sambrotto, who it would appear would be the best spokesman for his own company and its premise of avoiding Realtors, put his 2.15 million home in NYC on the market and tried to sell it himself online for over 6 months without success. Only when he contacted a local broker did he discover that, among other things, he was priced $150,000 LESS than what the unit was worth, which was attracting the wrong kind of buyers to his home. After listing his unit with the broker, with a 6% commission, and raising the price by $150,000 Mr. Sambratto was suddenly able to sell his property, with the profit more than paying for the services of his Realtor.

Stop & Shop Expansion Scaled Back in Dobbs Ferry

The long-awaited Stop & Shop expansion in Dobbs Ferry, which originally included essentially leveling the existing building and constructing a much larger facility, as well as a smaller, independent, free-standing building on the Broadway portion of the old Scott Chevrolet site, has been dramatically scaled back. Budgetary concerns are cited as the reasoning. The new iteration has eliminated the free-standing building on Broadway, along with any associated parking and has also diminished the expansion of the existing facility by approximately 70%. The current proposal is limited to exterior facade changes to the original building along with a re-working of the interior. Also included will be a new loading dock addition constructed to the side of the current loading dock, but with the loading doors oriented to the front elevation, as opposed to the current side elevation location. There will also be a parking area added, mid block, to the Scott Chevrolet property, which will extend from Estherwood Avenue to Walgrove Avenue. Formal plans will be submitted to the various village boards shortly.

Second Quarter RE Market Results for Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow

According to the Westchester Multiple Listing Service the average sale price in the rivertowns is down this past quarter, over the same quarter last year, by $102,166, representing a 13.4% drop. The average sale price dropped from $762,874 to $660,708. The number of actual listings on the market for the same quarterly period is also down from 210 homes in 2010 to 178 homes this year, in the 6 villages combined. However the average days on the market, from the initial listing date until the final closing date, has decreased somewhat from 210 days in 2010 to 178 days in 2011. This information may tend to suggest that sellers are finally coming to grips with the current real estate market, pricing their homes accordingly and as a result selling them marginally faster. These numbers are somewhat less dramatic when spread out over all the villages and towns in the Westchester County area at large, as can be seen in the enclosed link:

Rivertown Square Development Review Moving Along

The review process for the massive development proposed on the Akzo Chemical campus, near New York Sports Club in Dobbs Ferry, is proceeding in a timely manner. The development is slated to include over 200 residential apartments, a 100 unit hotel, a 70,000 square foot supermarket and a number of smaller retail stores.
Among other concerns the village of Dobbs Ferry will have to deal with, traffic certainly reigns at the top. Given that the Saw Mill Parkway is limited to passenger vehicles only, with no trucks allowed, there is some question as to who is going to bear the brunt of what it would seem would be a regular influx of delivery trucks, some of which will be large tractor trailers to service a 70,000 sq.ft. supermarket. Will it be the lone Dobbs Ferry residential street that services the area, Ogden Avenue, or will it be Lawrence Street in Ardsley, which would further exacerbate the Ardsley traffic woes?
Dobbs Ferry is expecting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the developer later this month. That document will be expected to answer this question as well as a whole host of others, such as possible negative effects on property values, mitigation measures and alternative plans. Once the DEIS is in the Board of Trustees hands, they will have 45 days to determine its thoroughness and to decide if it is ready to be released to the public for further review. The public will then have at least 30 days, with possible extensions, to weigh in on the DEIS before it is returned to the developer to address any outstanding concerns.
These are important meetings that shouldn’t be missed by interested persons. Village meeting agendas are generally posted in the police station, among a variety of other places.

Mortgage Applications Are Up 7.1%

Mortgage applications are up 7.1% in the last week, as rates fell on all products, as a result of the debt ceiling negotiations. Refinance applications also increased, but are still almost 30% below last years levels. Read more at :

Mortgage Rates Drop Even Further To New Historic Lows

Mortgage rates dropped lower this past week as a result of the uncertainty garnered by the debt ceiling conversations in Washington. The standard 30 year fixed rate product is down to 4.45%. A 15 year loan term on the same product is even lower, an astounding 3.52%. That makes this a fantastic time to buy real estate, when combined with the historically low prices. These days can’t last forever and in fact on October 1 the Fannie/Freddie loam limits are to be reduced. In an area like the Rivertowns, where, even accounting for 30% drop in prices oer the past few years, loan amounts are still high by comparison with the rest of the US, time may be of the essence to take advantage of the current situation. Read more at:

Westchester Has New Design Standards For Residential Housing

On July 11, the Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved a bill requiring Universal Design Standards in all county funded, new residential construction. The primary purpose is to help occupants of these properties that are elderly or disabled to stay in their homes as independently and as long as possible. Among other things the new bill requires that no-step entries, one story living spaces, wider doorways and hallways, turn around floor space, grab bars, removable cabinets and reachable switches be incorporated into at least 50% off all housing units which receive some form of support from the county with regards to funding.

National Real Estate Trends Not Reflected in Westchester

Due to the more stable and sophisticated demographic of the typical Westchester homeowner, the county has managed to escape many of the problems which seem to plague other areas of the United States. While overall numbers of actual homes sold in Westchester have certainly dropped, reflecting the national trend and sale prices are significantly lower than in years past, 63 percent of Westchester residents still own their own homes. This figure remains unchanged since 2000, well before the financial crisis began. Westchester has also never seen the high level of subprime mortgage financing more prevalent in other areas. As a result, the number of foreclosures and short sales, which tend to push down sale prices for more traditionally financed homes as well, are significantly lower. In some areas of the South and Southwest US for example, foreclosures and short sales account for 80% of the market. In Westchester by comparison these types of sales account for only 20% or even less, depending on the individual area. Read more at:


Summertime Dining on the Water

One of the really great things about living in the Rivertowns, is the easy access to a number of waterfront restaurants at virtually all price points. From a $12 glass of chardonnay at Half Moon on the Dobbs Ferry waterfront to a $4 plastic cup of pinot grigio at Sunset Cove in Tarrytown. When the light is just right and the breeze is just so, if you squint your eyes you can easily imagine yourself sitting out in the Hampton’s or on the North shore of Long Island. Dining spots on the river though have their own special charms. Some, like Sunset Cove and Striped Bass in Tarrytown are even accessible by boat.
Every Rivertown has its own special place. Harvest-on-Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson, Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry, Red Hat in Irvington and both Sunset Cove and Striped Bass in Tarrytown.






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Hudson River “Swim For Life” Registration Is Open

Set for September 10, the Hudson River “Swim For Life” celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Originally intended to raise money for a variety of charitable organizations, including Blythdale Childrens Hospital and the National MS Society, it now benefits the Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There is both a three-mile swim across the Hudson from Memorial Park in Nyack to Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, as well a 1 mile swim along the shores of Sleepy Hollow. Registration for swimmers closes on September 2. Volunteers are also needed in a variety of capacities. For more information check out: http://www.hudsonriverswim.org/

This Weeks Jazz and Entertainment

A number of events are being held this mid-summer week, in the communities of Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and Yonkers:

Saturday, July 30, 1 pm and Sunday, 31 July 1 pm | Cinderella Youth Theater,  Tarrytown Music Hall | Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical performed by the students of Random Farms Kids’ Theater, a resident company at The Music Hall. Proceeds from “Premium” ticket sales benefit RFKT’s scholarship fund. Children’s, Senior and group discounts available (also Friday, August 5 @ 11am & 7pm; Saturday, August 6 @ 1pm; Sunday, August 7 @ 1pm) 

Saturday, July 30, 7 pm; & Sunday, July 31, 3 pm                                    Barnum on Stage presented by Broadway Training Center Mercy Hall Rotunda, Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry | Experience the exciting life and times of circus showman P. T. Barnum, and see the amazing acts he made famous, like General Tom Thumb, Jumbo the world’s largest elephant, the oldest living woman, the Fiji Mermaid, and Jenny Lind – the Swedish Nightingale. This Tony Winning musical traces P. T. Barnum’s career from his humble beginnings as a sideshow promoter, right through to co-founding The Barnum & Bailey Circus.BroadwayTrainingCenter. Adults $20; Children & Seniors $14. 

Wednesdays August 3 thru August 17, 6:30-8 PM,                                  Dobbs Ferry’s 12th Annual Summer Music Series will take place at Waterfront Park. In case of rain, event will be held at the Embassy Community Center, 60 Palisade Street. Free. (914) 631-1000.

Thursday, August 4, Grounds Open at 5pm, Music Starts at 6:30 pm
Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst Summer Series West Lawn, Lyndhurst  
Presented by Lyndhurst and Jazz Forum Arts. The concerts are Free and open to the public. Nominal $10 per car parking fee.  Walk to the music and get in for free. The property is accessible via the Old Croton Aqueduct and the Hudson RiverWalk trail. Concerts will be held on the West Lawn overlooking the Hudson. In the event of rain, concert will be under the tent in the Carriage House Courtyard. Bring a blanket or low-profile lawn chairs. Enjoy your own picnic or purchase one on site.  
August 4 – Ray Mantilla Latin Jazz Group

 Friday, August 5 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Jazz & Blues at Dusk: Luiz Simas Yonkers Pier 

Friday, August 5 at 6:30 pm
Classical Cabaret with Andrea Saposnik Hastings Station Cafe
An evening of Arias, Arts Songs, and Duets.

Building With The Elderly In Mind

Westchester County welcomes four new assisted living communities and one continuing care retirement community to anticipate a coming need. The Westchester County population of age 60 and over residents is expected to increase 24% by 2030. Additionally, according to US Census data, the over age 85 group of Westchester residents is expected to be 23,086 by 2030. The communities are to be located in Armonk, White Plains, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor. Typical monthly fees will range from $4,000 to $10,000 per month. Read more at:


Dobbs Ferry Selects Waterfront Stabilization Contractor

Dobbs Ferry completed a review of 18 bids and selected Coppola Paving and Landscaping to finish the village waterfront stabilization project. The bid represented the 2nd lowest at 1.38 million dollars. Work will begin in September and should take 4 – 5 months. Read more at: