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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

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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

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

 

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

‘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.

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 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

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

“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

Great Dobbs Ferry Colonial $499,000

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

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

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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

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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

Vacation Living In Dobbs Ferry For Less Than $300,000 Open House Sunday 1PM – 3PM

 

100 Cedar, Dobbs Ferry Unit #A30
Click On The Image To Link To The Full Listing

Outdoor Dining on the Hudson in the Rivertowns

It seems an apropos time to repost something I wrote last year, about summer dining opportunities on the Hudson River waterfront in the Rivertowns. It is a testament to the strong experience of dining on the water and the quality of the restaurants mentioned in that post that nothing seems to have changed much, except for perhaps some prices. There is word however of the future opening of an offshoot of Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant, based in Chappaqua, on the Tarrytown waterfront, in the Hudson Harbor condo development under construction, adjacent to the Metro North commuter parking lot.

“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 have their own special charms though. 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. Try to sample each one sometime this summer.”

http://harvest2000.com/hoh

http://harvest2000.com/hmn

http://www.redhatbistro.com

http://www.sunsetcove.net/index.php?

http://www.stripedbassny.com/default.asp

Dobbs Ferry Real Estate For Sale: 72 Residential Properties

Dobbs Ferry Real Estate For Sale

Beacon Hill Co-Op, Dobbs Ferry NY $169,999

There are currently 72 properties available for sale in the Rivertown village of Dobbs Ferry. They run the gamut in price from a $169,999 Co-Op in Beacon Hill Estates, to a $3,595,000 house in Ardsley Park.
With current interest rates hovering, at a 3.9% fixed rate and the now well established opinion that there will never be a better time to buy real estate, both in terms of low prices and low interest rates, the opportunities abound for making an investment in Dobbs Ferry that will no doubt increase in value over time.
See the full list at: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/Search/2709818/Dobbs-Ferry/

New Dobbs Ferry Law Affects All Real Estate Sales

Dobbs Ferry Village Hall
Seemingly without much fanfare or public notice, Dobbs Ferry recently changed its building code again, to require all property transfers to obtain an updated Certificate of Occupancy from the village. Irregardless of whether you own property that was built in 1912 or 2012; house, condo or co-op, you will be required to request the building department to inspect your property prior to any sale, to get what will now be called a CCO (Continuing Certificate of Occupancy). The fee will be $150. Currently, it will be good for 90 days after it is issued. Alternatively, you can wait up to 180 days after a successful inspection to get the CCO issued, at which time the 90 day clock starts. After that, a reinspection may be required for another $75 – $150.
This would appear to be a great new benefit for buyers of properties in Dobbs Ferry, to ascertain that the homes they are buying do in fact pass building department standards with respect to fire, safety and building codes.
On the seller side of the equation however, the idea that you would need a new CO for a home that already has an existing, building department issued CO, even if you’ve made no changes to the property, makes this sound less and less like a good thing for buyers and more and more like a new village transfer tax for sellers, once the costs of all the other possible fees are factored in. Especially if you need to bring a home up to conformity with current fire and safety standards as well as village records, which can often times be inaccurate.
There can be no doubt that this has the potential to open a whole Pandora’s box of issues for sellers of property in Dobbs Ferry. As a result, for any homeowner, this inspection needs to be addressed before a property is listed for sale.
For an unsuspecting seller, who perhaps has been living in a home for any number of years, to find out well after a deal with a buyer has been consummated, that their home does not match building department records or current fire and safety rules, even though it has an existing Certificate of Occupancy, this new change may be an abrupt awakening. That homeowner may need to hire an architect or plumber or electrician, with all the associated village permitting fees and possibly be required to bring certain updates before the various statutory boards in the village, taking valuable and expensive time away from a potential real estate sale. It remains to be seen how this new law will work out over time.
A PDF of the new law can be found here, from the Dobbs Ferry website: https://scottrosasco.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/home.pdf

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Boating On The Hudson, In The Westchester River Villages

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington, NY

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington NY

As Spring slowly makes its way into the area, the pungent odor of anitfouling paint fills the air in many of the area’s waterfront locales. One of the wonderful things about living in the Westchester County, Hudson River villages, stretching from Hastings-on-Hudson, thru Dobbs Ferry into Irvington and on to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, is the great direct access we all have to the water. Opportunities abound for river use whether via kayaks, sailboats, powerboats or any other kind of craft you can imagine. Some of us even swim in the Hudson River. Aside from the legalities of launching watercraft from any of the public waterfront park areas, there are also a number of affordable boat clubs and marinas in the Rivertowns that cater to all types of boaters.
Read More With The Complete List And Links

An 1850 Dobbs Ferry Landmark Disappears Forever

Built in 1850 as a residence and later converted to a variety of restaurant uses; Villa Arturo, later Rudy’s Beau Rivage and now the failed Windows on the Hudson, 19 Livingston Avenue represented a charming and iconic landmark, at the southern gateway to the village of Dobbs Ferry downtown for over 160 years. Last week it was unceremoniously torn down. A combination of excessively grandiose intentions by a new owner, coupled with a diminished economy, limited financing opportunities and a lack of village oversight during the reconstruction phase turned what could have been a great renovation, into a pile of rubble.
It is a sad state of affairs in Dobbs Ferry when what started as a structurally sound building of this vintage, was essentially left to rot, exposed to the elements, in broad daylight on a main road, until such time as there was no other choice but to demolish it. This was the second such building of a similar age and character to be demolished on Livingston Avenue in the past several years. One can only imagine, given the value of the land, which recently sold for $1,145,000, what it’s to be replaced with. Hopefully, it’s not the maximum number of residential units one can possibly fit on the property, sheathed in vinyl siding, as the welcome mat to the village downtown district.
The newly passed Dobbs Ferry zoning code allows the Board of Trustees to request a determination, or catalog, of historically significant buildings and districts in the village of Dobbs Ferry. As of yet, this request has not been made. The demise of these buildings should serve as a wake up call. Perhaps it is time the village exercised the full freedom and powers that the new zoning code allows, in the hopes of either preventing, slowing down or at least adequately regulating and overseeing, with more stringent controls, what goes on during the reconstruction of buildings of this type. Dobbs Ferry, like most other river villages, has an ever dwindling supply of these old buildings, now minus one more. Hopefully, something has been learned here and this can be avoided in the future.

September 2013 Update:                                                                                                Dobbs Ferry Hudson River Views In Peril                                               https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2013/09/12/dobbs-ferry-hudson-river-views-in-peril/

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

Two Downtown Dobbs Ferry Buildings Sold in 2011


When Mary Fagan left the building, housing her longstanding upholstery business, W.T. Barnes Upholstery, at 32 Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry on Tuesday, it was for the last time in, unbelievably enough, 61 years. In what is probably one of the oldest, individually run businesses in Dobbs Ferry, W.T. Barnes was shut down and the building’s longtime owner, who gave her age as 80, is finally retiring.
Originally built in 1915, 32 Cedar Street first served as Dobbs Ferry’s telephone operating station and the original plans show an Operating Room, an Apparatus Room and a Locker Room for employees. When the Dobbs Ferry telephone system was modernized, the building was converted to a commercial use; the present upholstery business, originally called Wilmer T. Barnes Upholstery.
Mary began working at that business as a teenager in 1950 and enjoyed it so much that later, she and her husband Donald aquired both the building and the business. They have run it ever since. After coming to work 5 – 6 days a week, thru rain, sleet and snow for over 60 years, it appears that it is now finally time for a rest.
The new owner, an architect, expects to create a live/work/retail space on the 3 full floors, in the loft-like building with 10′ ceilings thru-out, which has property stretching all the way back to Wickers Creek.
It is truly the end of an era on Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry.
Also see: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/NY/Property/979787/32-Cedar-St-Dobbs-Ferry-NY-10522/

Coyotes in the Rivertowns

Dobbs Ferry CoyoteI grew up in an idyllic spot, directly adjacent to the 76 acre Dobbs Ferry Juhring Estate Nature Preserve, yet never saw much of any interesting wildlife. That all changed about 15 years ago. As more development in Dobbs Ferry occurred, particularly near areas of the Juhring Estate which had seen little previous human contact, more and more of the interesting, yet shy, wildlife population was pushed out to the borders of the Dobbs Ferry owned property. Now, I have a herd of deer sleeping on my front lawn at night. Wild turkeys brazenly walk down my driveway on Thanksgiving. A brown fox eats my neighbors garbage. Coyotes as well have been spotted in Dobbs Ferry and the Rivertowns. One report had a large one walking across Broadway, at the Hastings-on-Hudson border, recently.
The NY DEC put out an interesting bulletin that is required reading for anyone concerned about coyotes. In most cases it appears they are more afraid of us than we should be of them. Not always though. With winter upon us and the prospects for food in the “wild” diminished, the following excerpt might be something to take note of:
“Owners of large and medium sized dogs have little to worry about. Coyotes, with an average weight of 35 lbs., know they are overmatched by large dogs and will yield part of their territory (your yard) to the dog. A confrontation may occur between a mid sized dog and a coyote. Such confrontations, however, usually do not involve physical contact between the two animals. The dog and coyote usually come to an understanding on whose territory is whose.
Owners of small dogs have cause for concern. The outcome of a confrontation between a small dog and a coyote will depend a lot upon the behavior of the dog. A coyote knows it is physically superior to a small dog and expects the dog to be submissive. Trouble occurs when a small dog does not submit to a coyote. The coyote will discipline the dog to correct its inappropriate behavior. This discipline will continue until the dog submits or is eventually killed.
Very small dogs, e.g., small poodles, are viewed by coyotes as easy prey and are at risk to be killed year round.”
Read The Full Article at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6971.html

A Perfect Cape Cod Style Renovation


1820s home gets new life with beloved collections, new storage solutions and lots of natural light
HOUZZ.COM: In spite of an extensive renovation, this 1820s petite Cape in Vermont still maintains a petite footprint. “The house is quite small by today’s standards,” says Pi Smith, the project architect. “All of the spaces we designed are working really hard.”
The client had owned the home for 15 years, dreaming of and planning for a kitchen renovation for every one of them. While she waited, she filled her barn with collections in anticipation of the day they would rebuild, storing vintage plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, cabinet hardware and antique tiles, among other things. “Our client has a big interest in all kinds of design and has a really good eye; the project was a wonderful collaboration.”
Between creating storage solutions, squeezing as much functionality out of each inch as possible, letting in natural light, creating outdoor rooms, planning around the client’s beloved collections, this is one smart and dramatic transformation.
Full article and complete slide show at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1005795?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery8&w=518816

Dobbs Ferry Residents Raise Traffic and Property Value Concerns

Rivertowns Square, Dobbs Ferry NY

Proposed Rivertowns Square, Dobbs Ferry NY

Among the myriad concerns brought to the table at the Monday, January 9 public hearing on the Dobbs Ferry Rivertowns Square proposal, two inter-related issues were raised by residents.
While the developers contend that they have resolved the expected traffic concerns with a variety of roadway improvements, including a proposed traffic light at Ogden Avenue and Ashford Avenue, they seem unimpressed by Dobbs Ferry residents statements that Ogden Avenue, expected to be an access road, is already substandard to begin with and any new influx of traffic will make an already bad situation all the more untenable. Further, this new light would only be installed, after the construction of the project is complete and the traffic situation is re-monitored. This leads one to believe that a deteriorated traffic situation might exist for quite some time before being alleviated, if at all.
A related and more important concern was that of property values, raised by one resident of Ogden Avenue who noted that the DEIS states that property values would actually go up, after the construction of this project. A recently published interview with the developer stated that local Realtors had been consulted in this conclusion, yet the developer was uncertain as to how many. It is highly unlikely however, that any experienced Realtor would suggest that an increase in the amount of traffic on the road facing a residence, of which there is no argument from any party is anything but the expected outcome of this project, would cause a corresponding increase in that homes property values. In fact, just the reverse is true. Clearly, houses on heavily traveled roads are more difficult to sell and for less money than their identical counterparts in quieter areas of Dobbs Ferry, for all the obvious reasons.
These kinds of questions can be best and more thoroughly answered by independent, licensed real estate appraisers, as opposed to Realtors, who generally are not prone to making subjective assumptions based on the party that is paying them and whose testimony, accordingly, is accepted in court. Hopefully, both the village and the FEIS will engage independent, licensed real estate appraisers to verify that property values will, at a minimum, not go down for neighbors with respect to this proposal. Several of the statutory Dobbs Ferry boards charged with looking at this proposal cannot, by village code, approve a project which will cause a reduction in property values to neighbors. This is an important issue that it would be best to attempt to resolve now, thru the FEIS, before it gets to a more subjective and contentious level.
Also see:
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/08/06/rivertown-square-development-review-moving-along/

https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/11/23/dobbs-ferry-rivertowns-square-deis-released/

2011 4th Quarter RE Market Reports For The Rivertowns

Hastings-on-Hudson RE Market Report

Ardsley Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36693
Dobbs Ferry Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36688
Hastings-on-Hudson Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36689
Irvington Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36690
Sleepy Hollow Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36691
Tarrytown Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36692

Dobbs Ferry Walgreens Clears Final Hurdle

Dobbs Ferry Walgreens

At Tuesday nights Architectural and Historic Review Board meeting, the latest iteration of the new Walgreens building on Ashford Avenue was approved by a 4 – 1 vote. Occupying the spot of the former Brothers Market, G & L Deli and Off Broadway Restaurant, this caps a number of AHRB meetings where the scale of the building was changed from one story to two story to match the required village code for the Gateway Zone and the overall character of the building was substantially modified. What started out as more of a signature Walgreens, big box building, that one might see in the vicinity of the Central Avenue shopping corridor, was modified by the developers architects, in response to a variety of AHRB concerns, to graciously reflect both what is currently there now and also to incorporate what the AHRB expects to be a precedent for inclusion in other future Gateway buildings.
The overall look is meant to resemble several individual, articulated storefronts with fabric awnings and signage, much in the way storefronts in buildings on Cedar Street and Main Street are now articulated. In this case however it just so happens that the entire first floor is to be occupied by a single tenant. This matches the expectations of the recently adopted Dobbs Ferry Vision Plan. Materials consistent with the dominant buildings of the Gateway neighborhood have also been incorporated into the design, most notably a dark, somewhat more traditional looking brick. A substantial re-landscaping plan is also to be implemented for the parking lot areas, adjacent to the residential neighborhood.
While opinions may vary with respect to the benefits of the eventual tenant, it is clear that this new building has the potential to be a great new neighbor to the other buildings in the Gateway, both present and future and also to the existing character of the village of Dobbs Ferry as a whole.
Also see: https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/10/10/dobbs-ferry-walgreens-site-plan-approved/

Dobbs Ferry “Rivertowns Square” DEIS Released

The DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) for Rivertowns Square, located in the vicinity of Ogden Avenue and the Saw Mill River Parkway has been released by the village of Dobbs Ferry, to start the public review process.
At last nights Board of Trustees meeting it was reiterated several times that this is just the start of the review process by the public and that the first public meeting must be held no later than 60 days from today’s release. In fact, there is already a public hearing on Rivertowns Square scheduled for December 19 starting at 6:30 PM in village hall. However this is an open-ended process. The Board of Trustees has the option to extend this public hearing process as many times as is necessary to be sure all questions are answered to the satisfaction of the Board and the public. Further, the developer, as a matter of law, is required to answer every question and comment made by the public with respect to the DEIS.
This is an exhaustive document (well over 500 pages in itself with an almost 2000 page appendix) that represents the proposed project from the perspective of the developer and how they plan to mitigate any concerns associated with it. This document does not represent the perspective of the village board or residents. Now is the time for any comments, questions or concerns that the pubic has, to be made during the public hearing process and read into the record for a response by the developer.           
The PDF documents are available here: www.dobbsferry.com
CD’s can also be burned by the village upon request and with some notice for a fee of $5.00 each.

Also see: https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/08/06/rivertown-square-development-review-moving-along/

51 Houses For Sale In Dobbs Ferry

1 Summit Terrace, Dobbs Ferry $709,000

Ranging from a 1 bedroom condominium for $279,000 with 1102 sq.ft. and taxes of $12,807 to a 5 bedroom English Tudor Colonial for $2,860,000 with 6000 sq.ft. and taxes of $78,017, there is quite a breadth of opportunity, at virtually every price point with interest rates hovering around 4%.
http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/Search/1705246/Dobbs-Ferry/

Dobbs Ferry Walgreens Site Plan Approved


The Dobbs Ferry Planning Board, by a 3-1-1 vote, approved the site plan for the proposed Walgreens to be located in the Gateway zone on Ashford Avenue during this past Thursdays meeting. During the public hearing portion of this application the board heard from residents who had concerns about traffic patterns that would be created or exacerbated due to the results of this proposal. One resident noted that all traffic leaving the site and wishing to head back east towards Ardsley will be required to drive thru local residential streets, such as Maple Street, Storm Street or Washington Avenue as opposed to using the main arterial road of Ashford Avenue. This is because no left turns will be allowed on to Ashford or Broadway from the site and thus there is no other way for vehicular traffic to travel east on Ashford. The planning board, rather than doing any planning, chose to ignore this unique opportunity to correct, what the board noted to be an existing problem and instead simply approved a project which, according to even the projects own traffic engineers, will cause an increase in traffic at that intersection to the extent of 25 cars per hour, at its peak.
Three more village boards will need to weigh in on this application in order for it to move forward. The Zoning Board, The Architectural Review Board and probably most importantly, The Board of Trustees. The Zoning Board meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, the Architectural Review Board meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month and the Board of Trustees meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

7th Annual Croton Aqueduct “AQUEFEST” This Weekend


A trail-long celebration of the Old Croton Aqueduct hosted by The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.
Saturday, Oct. 15th: Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow, Ossining
Sunday Oct. 16th: Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington
SPECIAL GUEST! 3-time Grammy Award Winner, Tom Chapin, performs at The Keeper’s House at 15 Walnut Street in Dobbs Ferry on Sunday, Oct. 16 1pm-2pm. Other highlights include: Bash The Trash in Yonkers, Annie & the Natural Wonder Band in Hastings, Solar Punch in Sleepy Hollow, The Fair Haired Tinkers in Irvington, Aqueduct Weir Tours in Ossining and The Rivertowns Roll—a 25-mile group bicycle ride or 12-mile family ride along the OCA. For all AQUEFEST! locations and full program visit . www.aqueduct.org/

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)

For more information, go to:

www.ferryfesta.com

A Vendor Application Can Be Found Here:

http://4182265384527777586-a-1802744773732722657-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/ferryfesta/2011FerryFestaVendorApplication.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7coNyZiD1S1FZ7gqKWJ-u9hae-g5iWUJx4DqnskbJ_Xmg5wzuljVKbkNUMgIfEQQdceomxPtgyASTfvC7PVs-2ktq3X_XH__LO6BMQZugpith_TihIMvBQ7Lit7gcCm9OLIHuk0su_Mh2q5HkVjDm8VSjbBxy8XM2-dffaXEWfdusPPAXx0MhmGHUN93LRoAjb_t4h4PHEFpN99zf0-LrhdiUDPG3kxoFaIuCm1qmP6hSNvwPNE%3D&attredirects=0

Tips For Purchasing A Foreclosed Property


Although not the case in the Rivertowns or even Westchester in general, almost 30% of home sales in the United States are now sold via the foreclosure process. Although these kinds of deals are few and far between in this area, it does occasionally happen. This can be a great way to purchase a home at a markedly reduced value, but there are some concerns and pitfalls to avoid if possible. These range from the obvious, like a thorough home inspection, that you would do for virtually any real estate transaction, to the not so obvious like checking for past liens, particularly if you are paying cash for a property. The best advice is to call a Realtor about any property you are thinking of purchasing. However here are 10 things to think about before making that call, so you know the right questions to ask.

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/1471-10-things-to-consider-before-buying-a-foreclosed-home/pages/1

Fall 2011 Hudson Valley Events Guide


Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Dobbs Ferry is proud to present its sixth annual Fall Events Guide, featuring almost 100 local community events going on this Fall, in all areas of the Hudson Valley and a special listing of ongoing events throughout the entire region. For the complete guide in PDF form go to:

http://www.randrealty.com/downloads/2011FallEventGuide.pdf

Great Commercial Space Opportunity in Dobbs Ferry

This commercially zoned building offers a great downtown location, convenient to both parking and Metro North. True masonry construction offers the unique ability to incorporate 3 additional floors on the existing building. Deep and wide property allows for additional expansion possibilities. Vast open spaces and 10′ ceilings on three above grade levels, including the huge basement, make it a wonderful opportunity at this price. Taxes reflect recent grievance reduction. Additional tax reductions are possible based on sale price. Loading ramp to lower level. Overall plot dimensions are 76′ width (street frontage) x 131′ in depth. Building plans and survey are available for review. $429,000.
More information at:
http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/propertydetails.aspx?id=979787

Dobbs Ferry ZBA Grants Stop & Shop Variances


At this past Wednesday nights ZBA meeting a total of two variances were granted in Stop & Shop’s continuing efforts to slightly expand and completely renovate their store on Broadway.
One variance was to legalize what would have become a pre-existing nonconforming parking situation and the other was for a reduced amount of glazing, or storefront windows, from what village code requires. As a part of the presentation to the board, representatives from Stop & Shop also showed drawings of their plans to put approximately 40 additional parking spaces on the old Scott Chevrolet property, to provide ancillary parking for shoppers who may be interested in visiting Cedar Street stores or other parts of the downtown area, but not necessarily going to Stop & Shop.
This whole arrangement would appear to be a win-win for Dobbs Ferry, with both a renovated and convenient food store as well as sorely needed additional parking for the village business district.
Additionally, the 8 required variances (down from 11), for the proposed Walgreens store on Ashford Avenue, near the intersection with Broadway, are still being mulled over by the ZBA. The attorney for Walgreens notified the ZBA that even if it wanted to, the ZBA would be unable to grant or deny the variances until after the Board of Trustees weighed in on the proposed application, at their upcoming September 27 meeting.

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.

See the virtual tour at:
http://client.bhgrealestate.imprev.net/94/1294/26278/index.ipv

More Information at:
http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/propertydetails.aspx?id=1000577

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”.

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)

For more information, go to:

www.ferryfesta.com

A Vendor Application Can Be Found Here:

http://4182265384527777586-a-1802744773732722657-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/ferryfesta/2011FerryFestaVendorApplication.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7coNyZiD1S1FZ7gqKWJ-u9hae-g5iWUJx4DqnskbJ_Xmg5wzuljVKbkNUMgIfEQQdceomxPtgyASTfvC7PVs-2ktq3X_XH__LO6BMQZugpith_TihIMvBQ7Lit7gcCm9OLIHuk0su_Mh2q5HkVjDm8VSjbBxy8XM2-dffaXEWfdusPPAXx0MhmGHUN93LRoAjb_t4h4PHEFpN99zf0-LrhdiUDPG3kxoFaIuCm1qmP6hSNvwPNE%3D&attredirects=0

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:
http://designstocker.blogspot.com/2011/05/big-kitchen-reveal.html

And for an even more in-depth look at how this was done:
http://designstocker.blogspot.com/2011/08/concrete-countertops.html

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:
http://www.randcenter.com/marketstatsprint.asp?AgentID=4607&cnt=Westchester&Headline=Rivertowns+Real+Estate+Market&D1=4/1/2011&D2=6/30/2011&D3=4/1/2010&D4=6/30/2010&R1ClosedCount=54&R2ClosedCount=79&R1ClosedCountcnt=995&R2ClosedCountcnt=1203&R1AskingAverage=688058.74074&R2AskingAverage=808072.759493&R1AskingAveragecnt=901871.318592&R2AskingAveragecnt=861296.919368&R1ClosedAverage=660707.962962&R2ClosedAverage=762874.240506&R1ClosedAveragecnt=853438.900502&R2ClosedAveragecnt=813370.453034&R1SoldMedian=603500&R2SoldMedian=670000&R1SoldMediancnt=615000&R2SoldMediancnt=605000&R1ListedMedian=629000&R2ListedMedian=715000&R1ListedMediancnt=699999&R2ListedMediancnt=649222&R1DaysMarket=178&R2DaysMarket=210&R1DaysMarketcnt=187&R2DaysMarketcnt=181&R1ListedCount=172&R2ListedCount=205&R1ListedCountcnt=3324&R2ListedCountcnt=3458&R1P=0&R2P=0&R3P=8&R4P=6&R5P=12&R6P=7&R7P=8&R8P=5&R9P=4&R10P=4&R11P=0&R12P=0&R13P=4&R1Pcnt=26&R2Pcnt=56&R3Pcnt=101&R4Pcnt=163&R5Pcnt=126&R6Pcnt=89&R7Pcnt=79&R8Pcnt=58&R9Pcnt=63&R10Pcnt=114&R11Pcnt=56&R12Pcnt=64&R13Pcnt=234&TotalActive=274&TotalActivecnt=4479

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.

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.

http://harvest2000.com/hoh

http://harvest2000.com/hmn

http://www.redhatbistro.com

http://www.sunsetcove.net/index.php?

http://www.stripedbassny.com/default.asp

More waterfront dining possibilities:

http://www.lohud.com/article/20110731/LIFESTYLE01/107310316/Summer-half-shell-close-home?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|s

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.

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:

http://rivertowns.patch.com/articles/dobbs-awards-bid-to-coppola-for-shoreline-stabilization