Sotheby’s International Real Estate – Forging ahead in Web Site Design & Accolades!

Sotheby’s – the RIGHT choice!
 Did you know?
Our company  has a track record of successfully selling real estate and leading in innovation since 1949. And now one of the most trusted news sources in real estate, REAL Trends Inc., has verified our strength and dominance in digital innovation by naming our website the best residential real estate brokerage website in the country.Please take a moment for this news to properly sink in. One of the industry’s most respected organizations reviewed the websites of residential brokerages, including the technology disruptors, in all 50 states, and this week announced that among all brokerages nationally, our site is the very best.

This accolade effectively serves as an incredibly prestigious endorsement of our sales professionals as leaders in technology. The award is an extraordinary differentiator for us, one that sets us apart from our competitors and provides you with a significant advantage with your clients and in your own marketing.

In this year’s annual awards we achieved more honors than any other company, and we were the only firm—both in our market areas and nationally—that ranked in every single category recognizing residential brokerages: 

  • #1 Best Overall Website
  • #1 Best Community, recognizing the details and search capability we provide for our local         communities
  • #2 Best Property Detail
  • #4 Best Video
  • #7 Best Design
  • #7 Best Mobile

REAL Trends stated that we were named best overall for our modern, one-of-a-kind web presence, providing engaging community detail, simple navigation and professional, unique photography. They singled out compelling design attributes such as animations, hover effects, market data and video that transitions smoothly from desktop to mobile.

I hope you join me in celebrating this accomplishment. Yet even as we celebrate, we understand that a leader in innovation cannot afford to rest on their laurels. While our tools today remain unmatched, we already look forward to what’s next. Make sure to keep an eye out for a “Save the Date” and further details on our upcoming company event next April, where we are set to announce major news on the technological front. While you may have to wait for the big day for the full reveal, I will share with you that what we have coming is the most efficient, inclusive and powerful all-in-one platform available, designed to meet every conceivable need of today’s real estate professional.

To view the full 2018 Real Estate Website Rankings, please click here. I invite you to contact me with any questions on the rankings, or how you can leverage them.

All the best,

Paul

Paul E. Breunich

President and Chief Executive Officer
William Pitt | Julia B. Fee
Sotheby’s International Realty
170 Washington Blvd.

Stamford, CT 06902

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New Rochelle’s 6th Annual Street Fair

A rainy day did not bother the fearless Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s Associates and great Manager, Jane Murray at Sunday’s 6th Annual Street Fair in New Rochelle. So many vendors, companies were there to offer their wares, and sell their services, it was great! Live music set the mood, and no one was daunted by the weather.  Accompanying Jane  in this photo is Helen Propersi, an intelligent and knowledgeable local agent. Don’t forget our very own Mayor, Noam Bramson below at the ribbon cutting ceremony!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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6th Annual New Rochelle Street Fair!

 

Come and visit the street fair!  Sotheby’s will be there ! Pop over and say hi!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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10 Sheldrake Lane New Rochelle – An exquisite Lakefront property just 30 minutes from NYC

There is simply no other property in the area quite like this magnificent home. Chosen as the site for soap operas, commercials, movies (scenes from the remake of the Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington & Meryl Streep in 2004), this approx. 8966 square foot 7 bedroom, 7.2 bath majestic estate located on over 1.5 acres with unsurpassed lake front views is just 30 minutes from New York City. Where else will you find an infinity pool, great property, water views where you can go kayaking, swimming, fishing and boating (no motorized boats allowed), an indoor half basketball court, a beautiful gym and/or ballroom, and an outdoor recreational court? Originally built by Mckim Meade & White,  exquisitely renovated and re-purposed by the current owners for today’s discerning buyers.  This beautiful home is being offered at $3,550,000.

Come and visit! You will love it!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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61 Stony Run Public Open House Saturday September 1st, 1-3 p..m

Desirable Bayberry at its finest! This elegant 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom 2384 sq. ft. home on 0.31 of an acre is a botanist’s delight! The beautiful newer kitchen has an arched ceiling, as does the beamed living room (with skylights!) , wood-burning fireplace and dining room with gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The living room opens up to a cozy den area, all overlooking the patio and beautiful terraced rear garden, perfect for entertaining! The first floor accesses the master bedroom, master bath, a second bedroom and hall bathroom.

The second floor offers 2 bedrooms/Jack n Jill bathroom. Seeking a separate suite of rooms? Look no further! There is a library accessed off the dining room area, plus a private bedroom. Low taxes, additional 700 sq. ft. in attractive lower level, Central Air, gas heat and oak custom windows and sliding doors make this light-filled home truly special! Bayberry has a wonderful community pool, volleyball court, tennis, basketball, camp & cafe too!

This lovely property overlooks a pond (shared with neighbors), and while it is charming to behold in the spring and summer  (spraying frequently utilizing an environmentally  friendly company so no mosquitoes ), when it freezes over in the winter  you can skate upon it! Perfect! This lovely home is being offered at $850,000.

Just 30 minutes from New York City .Welcome home! There will be a public open house on Saturday, September 1st,  from 1-3 p.m.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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10804 – What does $750,000 Buy for a Single Family Home?

Everyone buyer has a budget, and only wishes to spend a certain amount on any home. Always the less the better! However, if your budget were to be $750,000 or perhaps $775,000, what could you possibly obtain for that amount in New Rochelle?  Which home offers the best value?

22 Argyll  Avenue has so much to offer!   Renovations include a new roof, new patio (furniture included for the buyer!),  upgraded 200 amp electrical, newly converted butler’s pantry (so large!),   new washer/dryer, brand new “Quiet” insulated garage door, renovated bathrooms in hall and master bathroom, and simply a great home! The price per square foot here is just $276.75, the home shows beautifully, and has so much architecturally charm.

In the 10804 zip code, Ward School Elementary area, the current median sales price for a similarly sized home has been $755,000 so what are you waiting for?   Offering great value, charm and conveniently located to all transportation and schools. Perfect!

 

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Bayberry – a GREAT community where you have the best of all worlds!

One of my biggest regrets is not having purchased a home in the New Rochelle Bayberry community so many years ago  ( can’t give away my age!) when we were first looking for a home in New Rochelle. This community was built in the 1950’s and there were basically 3 different original styles as described in an original marketing brochure -“The Bayberry Model  ( 3 bedrooms, 2 baths) , “The Bayberry Split – either 3 or 4 bedrooms plus a den and 2 baths, and “The Bayberry Expanded Model” which was either a 4 or 5 bedroom home plus a den and 3 bathrooms.

200 homes were originally built, and of course the community recreational area with the Olympic sized pool,  children’s wading pool and shuffleboard court! I loved perusing through the brochure and noting how each home would have a  Chamber’s  stove. There are still a few homes with that original stove!

Over the years, the community grew, and those home owners who chose to live in Bayberry have developed it beautifully. Many home owners, loving the area so much, expanded their homes upwards, outwards, and so when you drive through you can see a variety of different styles today.  The community pool area changed too. There is now a tennis court,  the Olympic sized pool of course,  the children’s wading pool, a volley ball court, a basketball court, a cafe, a summer camp, children’s playground,  and seasonal community activities are offered too. Each home owner must  pay the Bayberry dues of currently $650 per year (payable in two installments –  February and October, and then tennis, pool membership are additional yearly costs. 

I am thrilled to have currently listed a wonderful home in the Bayberry community61 Stony Run.  5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a gorgeous  kitchen, a beautiful terraced lush garden, overlooking a a tranquil pond where you can skate in the winter!  Priced at jsut $850,000.

There is an open house scheduled for Sunday, August 19th from 1-3 p.m.  Pop n and visit. You will LOVE the home, and love the area!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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The Sky is NOT Falling- Current Real Estate News – Paul Breunich

I rather think this article by our President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Paul Breunich says it all, but it is important to note that the real estate market is always local, and also determined by price point !  Please utilize the link below for the full, important article..

 

From the desk of Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of
William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty


You may have seen the recent news ………..

 

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61 Stony Run , Bayberry area New Rochelle – a home for all Seasons!

Desirable Bayberry at its finest! This elegant 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom 2384 sq. ft. home on 0.31 of an acre is a botanist’s delight! The beautiful newer kitchen has an arched ceiling, as does the beamed living room (with skylights!) , wood-burning fireplace and dining room with gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The living room opens up to a cozy den area, all overlooking the patio and beautiful terraced rear garden, perfect for entertaining! The first floor accesses the master bedroom, master bath, a second bedroom and hall bathroom.

The second floor offers 2 bedrooms/Jack n Jill bathroom. Seeking a separate suite of rooms? Look no further! There is a library accessed off the dining room area, plus a private bedroom. Low taxes, additional 700 sq. ft. in attractive lower level, Central Air, gas heat and oak custom windows and sliding doors make this light-filled home truly special! Bayberry has a wonderful community pool, volleyball court, tennis, basketball, camp & cafe too!

This lovely property overlooks a pond (shared with neighbors), and while it is charming to behold in the spring and summer  (spraying frequently utilizing an environmentally  friendly company so no mosquitoes ), when it freezes over in the winter  you can skate upon it! Perfect!

Just 30 minutes from New York City .Welcome home! There will be a public open house on Sunday, August 12th from 1-3 p.m.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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New Rochelle- Moving Forward – Ideally Yours ( Always Ours!)

Mayor Noam Bramsom

Mayor Noam Bramson , always informative, invited all of the local Realtors to City Hall for an update on the city to address the hopes and concerns of the current and prospective residents,

Mr. Luiz Aragon

and it was very well received! Why not!

SO, what is happening?  Present were Luiz Aragon (Commissioner of Development) ,  and John Barnes  (the Principal of the Albert Leonard Middle School) in addition to Noam.

Mr. Aragon (who has been so great)  commented on how 3 1/2 – 4 years ago, the City had started to pave a new path for a bright future for investment and development in New Rochelle.  He had centered on approximately 300 acres of land in the downtown, with the New Rochelle Library and train station  being a central point (“the heart beat of the city”) , and his goal – along with the powers that be  in New Rochelle, was to build a gateway toward a dynamic New Rochelle, with new buildings, great walkability, a South Street Seaport like venture  -all to further our great city. New Rochelle is also the only city in Westchester to have Amtrak train service go to Boston and Washington.

They had allowed themselves a 10 year time frame for this undertaking, and already 50% of the projected plans have been approved. Partnered with RXR, these projects are grounded in reality, creating a zoning code that has been easier to follow than the past with RXR underwriting the environmental review thus shortening the usual time span required to file for new buildings. Some of the projects includes  new rental buildings . For example,  where the Smoke House is currently located will be 74 Housing Units with municipal parking.  Young Companies has several buildings planned all the way from the car wash to  Fifth Avenue.

Two Hamilton Avenue by Spiritos Properties is another development where the facade will be restored to its original glory with four additional Timber Construction floors with residential units.  Did you know that New Rochelle will be the first community in the region to have an entire timber constructed building?

ELD Properties are building New Ro Studios at 11 Burling Lane offering a preference to artists, and the ground floor will feature a co-working space for the artist residents!  Across the street from there at 22 Burling Avenue, ELD is constructing a building with a center courtyard with a tropical garden!

64 Centre Avenue will be the site of a 110 unit building – all rentals with some commercial space on the ground floor. Where the Loew’s Theatre  was once located  – 587 Main Street will house a 10,000 square foot Black Box  (inter changeable) Performance Theatre.

391 Huguenot will replace the U-Haul company currently there with a robotic parking.  Adjacent to the former  Church/Division Street parking garage, will be the new site of a  self-serve hotel with 80 rooms.

Where the Church/Division Street parking garage once was, RXR Realty will be building  two 28 story residential towers,  and a public pedestrian plaza offering an environmental friendly pocket park.

500 Main Street – where the Covenant Church stood, will, in partnership with the Baptist Church occupy the ground level.

A new dormitory is being planned for Locust Avenue by the St. Katherine’s Group – a private development in partnership with Monroe College. 

14 LeCount Place will be the site of two towers – 28 stories tall with 500 units total. This is the undertaking of Wilder Balter Partners, Inc.

Macquesten Development, LLC in partnership with the city has planned a 27 story Residential building at 45 Harrison Street..

45 Harrison will house the new City Hall with the fire station being relocated to a new fire station site (to be built).

The Printhouse is being built by East & Hudson and Megalith, located at 165 Huguenot Street will be a 6 story, high end 71 unit building complete with a rooftop terrace, residence lounge, state of the art fitness center, and ground floor retail! This is expected to be completed in 2018!

The Cappelli oganization is building at 251 North Avenue which will feature both retail and apartments.

Twining Properties has a long term project in the works at Pratt Landing where  it will resemble a South Street Seaport with great walkability from downtown. The 100,000 square feet of space will be the site of housing units, town homes, condos and a 200 bed hotel. This is in the marketing phase.

In all, approximately 6370 new housing units have been planned, with approximately 3300 right now approved..  The condos at the old Beckwith Pointe ( Watermark Point) have been a tremendous success with over 30 of the condos currently sold (72  condos in all).

In order to attract all of this development, there has been a PILOT program utilized ( Payment in lieu of Taxes) with the city receiving approximately 120 Million in net benefit over a 20 year period. The question of parking ( always a concern) was brought up, and it was mentioned that developers must offer one parking spot for each unit. However, developers can also pay into a fund which can reduce up to 30% of the parking requirement. The fund will be utilized to build new parking garages.

Mr. John Barnes

Mr. John Barnes , who has been the Principal of the Albert Leonard Middle School for 6 years then spoke about the school system.

He spoke of the wonderful languages the schools offer ( Please see my earlier blog on this subject!),  the 80 sports teams – 56 teams being at the High School, 24 teams at Albert Leonard – and of course he mentioned our undefeated soccer team! There is a recycling club, a writers workshop, more than 32 AP classes offered, and of course, every single Ivy League School will be represented  by at least one New Rochelle student  this fall. See my blog on the Top 33 Student college choices!

Lastly, two representatives from ENERGIZE New Rochelle spoke on how residents can lower their energy costs.  “New Rochelle is partnering with a non-profit program, Energize New Rochelle, to encourage home owners to take advantage of a home energy savings program. ”  The program pairs home owners with licensed contractors to go through their home to find ways they can save money by making their home green.  (914 – 302-7300, ext. 8102)  New Rochelle.EnergizeNY.org

New Rochelle – a city – but we all know one another- it just feels like a village! New Rochelle – Ideally Yours!

Thank you Noam, Luiz . Energize New Rochelle and Mr. Barnes for a great presentation!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

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