Public Open House Sunday 1/19/2020 at 1299 Palmer Ave #303 10538!

Please join me at 1299 Palmer Avenue, Unit #303 , Larchmont, Sunday, January 19th, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.! This charming coop is priced at $199,000 and is beautifully located -so close to the village and all!

Just a stone’s throw away as they say from the Larchmont Train station, fine dining, the park, and also close to Manor Park where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an 875 square foot, one bedroom COOP in a very desirable Larchmont Village elevator building. Spacious, sunny and a great view from the enclosed terrace overlooking the courtyard while you are relaxing and enjoying your morning tea or coffee! There is room for both a breakfast area and a dining area, great closets too. Located on the third (top) floor. There is a wait-list for parking but Municipal parking close-by if desired. Just 35 minutes from New York City. Welcome home to a great COOP!

Larchmont is GREAT!

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2019 New Rochelle Real Estate Sales Newsletter – Gay Rosen

Hi everyone!

2019 was certainly a year of surprises. For instance, I saw so many multi family properties go into multiple bidding for starters. Buyers are enterprising and smart. To offset the $10,000 cap property tax deduction, many young buyers/savvy buyers realized that a way to combat that was to purchase a multi family home, and to offset their mortgage payments with that additional rental income. Multi family homes in New Rochelle that were listed in the $450-500,000 price point sold at 100% (14 sales) ,multi family homes in $500-600,000 on average sold at 100.6% (13 sales) , and homes in the $700-800,000 price point also sold at 100% (7 sales). Interest rates were low, and so it was still a great time in which to purchase a home!

There were 72 single family homes sold in the $500-600,000 price range with an average list price to sales price ratio of 97.5%, 62 homes sold in the $600-700,000 price range with an average list price to sales price ratio of 96.1%, 33 homes in the $800-900,00 price range sold with an average of 97.2% list price to sales price ratio, 35 homes in the $900-1,000,000 price range with an average 95.8% list price to sales price ratio and 32 homes sold in the $1,000,000-2,000,000 price range with an average list price to sales price ratio of 94.6%. All told, a very impressive year.

How was it surprising? I saw many more rentals, some as a result of homes not being sold (322 in 2019 compared with 278 in 2019). There were 379 homes sold in the 2018 compared to 332 homes sold in 2019. (366 sold homes in 2017). The average sales price in 2018 was $760,979 compared to 2019 with an average sales price of $729,016. More homes closed in June/July which is expected as most buyers purchase in the spring months, and many closings are after the school year ends, so as I always inform my seller clients, list in January/February to catch the spring market! Especially if there are fewer buyers seeking a home, you want to be as visible as possible. 32 homes were sold in the $1-2 Million price range with an average sales price of $1,336,262, and with most homes closing in the months of January (3), May (4), July (9) and August (5) which still re-affirms listing in January or February.

I was fortunate to sell the highest sold home single family home in New Rochelle since 2007 at $3,400,000 which was great also (10 Sheldrake Lane). A very special family purchased the home, and I hope they will love living there. It is a beautiful.

My advice for 2020? Price competitively, list early, make sure you have professional photography, and great marketing! Interest rates are still very low at below 4% so it is a great time to purchase a home but make sure you have your pre approval before you start your home search!!


Gay Rosen
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
914.907.2645 | 914.834.0270

2017, 2018 Top 1% Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors
2019 -2010 (every year since it originated) Top Five Star Agent in Exceptional Service as published in Westchester Magazine
2015-2013 NYS Certified Residential Specialist Public Relations & Communications Chairperson
2013 New York State Certified Residential Specialist of the Year
Top 5% of Sotheby’s Westchester Agents

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New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Where in the World (Westchester) is Matthew – Blog #4

THE MIRAGE RESTAURANT AND CAFE…A New Rochelle Culinary Hot spot!

Photo courtesy of Chef Alban

It’s Winter in New York…and I’m thrilled and delighted to let my readers know of a blockbuster way to heat up your palate. There are lots of restaurants in Westchester County; but my friends at New Rochelle’s The Mirage Restaurant And Cafe, located  conveniently across the street from outstanding Iona College, feature a food lovers dream come true! You will recall the fabled and very popular Mirage Diner of years gone by in the same location.

At the spectacular Mirage, you and your family will cherish the restaurants’ hands on and conscientious approach to all things culinary.  At The Mirage, owner Ari, General Manager Alban and group manager, Laura, really do take food quite seriously, and it shows. From my favorite tomato bisque to heavenly and succulent dishes such as many of their homemade salads, char grilled burgers, panini melts, chicken parmesan, and pasta dishes including fettuccine alfredo and penne a la vodka. The Mirage Restaurant and cafe also prides itself on serving only wholesome and natural ingredients, and they don’t use any trans fat products. Their menu is also very kids friendly and perfect for families of all ages.
This Winter, the wonderful folks at The Mirage Restaurant and Cafe welcome you to dine like you’ve never dined. A relaxed and modern ambiance awaits your discerning taste buds as you bask in their world class fare. While your at The Mirage, be sure to enjoy and check out their fully stocked market and bakery. The Mirage Restaurant and Cafe serves an opulent and pleasing breakfast, lunch and dinner that you will come back for time and time again. According to General Manager Alban at The Mirage, the restaurant has many loyal supporters and customers who dine there frequently; such as the real estate agent who comes in three times per week and loves the delectable shrimp. And then there is the Iona College student who visits The Mirage four times a week for the ravishing Paninis.
The management invites you to visit their two astonishing Stamford, CT restaurants, The Stillery and The Stamford, for more exquisite food!  The Mirage Restaurant and Cafe…your official Winter haven for fresh and impeccable food by friendly and wonderful people!
Photos Courtesy Of Alban At The Mirage.
LA GRAVINISE JEWELERS…Shining On For Four Generations!
You don’t hear about historic and wonderful stories such as this too often. But, in quaint and charming Pelham, NY, there is a timeless and heralded family-owned business that has been serving Westchester County and beyond for an astonishing 102 years! Back then, the dollar went a whole lot further. Americans were sporting their model T cars as they drove to silent movies. There was no NFL. Woodrow Wilson was president. New inventions like the toaster and zippers came out.
 But some things have remained the same. For four proud generations, the legendary La Gravinese family has been the preeminent source for all your high-end and priceless jewelry needs. The time honored family legacy began in the early 1900’s, when Dominick La Gravinise was born in Italy. As the fabled story goes, he came to America as a child and thus the illustrious family tradition was founded in 1917. The amazing La Gravinese family has been conveniently located at their headquarters in Pelham for fifty-four fruitful and successful years. Bob and his daughter Jeanette, graduate gemologist, and grandchildren Dominique and Maxine are the trusted home for the very finest jewelry.
The La Gravinese family pride themselves on being able to find or create that special piece of unique jewelry for you or your loved one. They are the experts in the field and their picturesque store is a jewelry connoisseurs utopia. La Gravinese Jewelers is the only place to shop for that special occasion; whether it’s a birthday, wedding band, anniversary or just something very special your treasured someone. Come and see for yourself their fine selections of necklaces, watches, diamonds, and much more. The store even features a watch setter and diamond specialist on premise. Now, for over 100 years, LaGravinese has been the jewelry store of choice when it has to be tasteful, elegant and classy. Visit them soon and often in their Pelham headquarters at 99 Fifth Avenue. Or call 914 738 0263. Their great website is
Generation after generation, The remarkable La Gravinise story goes on! A time honored tradition…

PHOTOS Courtesy of Clare Lawrence
10538 BICYCLES…Are You Ready To Ride?
Ah…the glory days of youth! Frolicking at the beach, your graduation from school…and your first bicycle. Milestones for sure and good memories.  Now there is a bicycle store in Larchmont that caters to riders of all ages and featuring only the most cutting edge and finest bikes. Do you remember the exhilaration of wind blowing in your face and that first feeling of independence and accomplishment from learning how to ride a bicycle? And as an adult, still the same sense of freedom and an enjoyable way to stay fit and healthy!
The only address you’ll need when it comes to great bicycles is 10538. Indeed, at 10538 Bicycles at 146 Larchmont Ave, in the heart of Larchmont NY, is a very special and unique store which caters to riders of literally all ages. Come and see what young and older riders are raving about in this 1200 square foot bicycle paradise.
Owners Joelle Litzky and Andrew Kelly have a combined 55 yrs of bike industry knowledge. They will help you choose the perfect bike and fit for you. From teenager favorites MOUNTAIN and GIANT brands to hybrid and road bikes, it’s all here at 10538 Bicycles.
In this day and age,  most people have a bike but this is the only place to come. Cities are also choosing to have more bike lanes and encourage people to ride bikes to cut down on air pollution. 10538 bicycles also sells accessories to help in the enjoyment and safety of riding a bicycle. As owner Andrew Kelly reminds us, helmets only work when you wear them. At 10538 Bicycles, they have the heart and experience to serve this communities needs. They even offer free tune up repairs for bicycles purchased here for as long as you own them. They also pride themselves on their community oriented spirit, welcoming kids to come after school to spend time and hang out in the bike store. Also offering special training if needed by a  local Westchester native,  Jeff Schaffer (known as “The Chief Pedal Officer” ) who will assist in helping your child to get started on the road to independence! 10538 Bicycles. 914 315 1009. Visit their cool website today at
Now get ready to ride!
Photos by Clare Lawrence.
SUR LA TABLE: Our NYC Cooking Class!
I was always fascinated with the precision and art of cooking. I remember being in awe of my deft parents as they prepared a homemade meal in our spacious New Rochelle kitchen.  Recently, a few months ago, my ingenious mother had the clever and fun idea to have us take a state-of-art two hour cooking class at legendary and well known Sur La Table in Manhattan along with approximately fifteen other culinary inclined aficionados.
On our feet most of the time,  we rolled up our sleeves, put our aprons on and began our pizza making journey. The small class enabled us to receive personal attention, yet the independence to maneuver around the Sur La Table Kitchen in groups of four. Mom and I had a delightful time kneading the pizza dough and mixing the savory ingredients to add to our creation. Each team of four made three pizzas each; ours were temptingly delicious potato and cheese pizza, margarita pizza and a sausage pie to salivate the taste buds. After chopping more ingredients in the bowl and blender, we were then ready to make our official pizzas.
Each person in our team of four had a unique responsibility; mine was cooking the sausage in a skillet over an open flame stove. There is something very therapeutic to handling food and cooking indeed. Once we were done with all the preparing, the coveted Sur La Table oven was ours. The three pizzas were now ready to bake and our fine Italian fare would be ready to eat and savor soon.
After roughly fourteen minutes, our creations had come to fruition. To the amazement of our cooking team, our efforts had turned out remarkably and the three pizzas tasted impeccable and mouthwatering! So, our Manhattan cooking experience was a sheer culinary bonanza that I highly recommend.  Sur La Table first began these ingenuous in store hands on cooking programs in the mid 1990s and they are now the United States biggest of their kind. I strongly recommend you and your family put the apron on and attend one near you. For more great information, please go to Now let’s get ready to eat!
Photos by Clare Lawrence
Until next time!
Matthew Thayer O’Shaunnessy
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2020 – A new Beginning – Matthew Thayer O’Shaughnessy

I hope my loyal readers had a memorable and very joyful holiday season filled with many happy family oriented celebrations.
For me, 2019 was an unforgettable and productive year that saw me personally reach many life goals. One goal that I achieved was to have more patience in everything I do, including my writing and in my relationships. People are paramount in my life, they always have been. What they aspire to, their jobs, what makes them tick and the whole human condition simply fascinates me.

Matt and Clare

I would like to thank profusely my publisher Gay Rosen for this valuable and wonderful Blog opportunity; and it goes without saying for her pure friendship. And my empathetic and inspiring Mother, Ann Thayer, as well as my gentle and thoughtful Aunts, Susan and Gail, for their love and divine guidance. Clare as well, of course, for being there for me in every season with her soulmate-like qualities. 2019 saw Clare and me on the road in search of the next big story and adventure. As far as food goes, we dined at some incredible and worthy eateries, including New Rochelle’s first rate Spadaro, dazzling Maria, delicious Da Giorgio, Larchmont’s terrific Tequila Sunrise, and superb Madison Kitchen. I am humbled and grateful to have met and become friends with so many kind souls this year who have enriched my life. People from all walks of life, such as Anne Marie and Olivier from the Greenwich, CT elite and premier clothing boutique OGGI 5, Luiz Aragon, the very able New Rochelle Commissioner of Development, Jane Dial, my elegant new friend in the cosmetics field, Ms. Rina Spadaro and her fine restaurant that bears her name, radio and business star Noreen Ehrlich, Mary Gaudio of the cutting-edge Zinlash, and Gigi Gaudet, my new ally and friend from the Constitution State.

This past year also saw local and nationwide topics transpire such as New Rochelle’s astonishing and ever growing skyline reaching even higher proportions. Indeed, development in the Queen City is unique and much needed, as I pointed out in my overview and more in last month’s column. The very promising and illustrious work of developers like Louis Cappelli should be praised for their dedication to our city’s brilliant skyline. This past year saw real estate prince Mr. Cappelli’s much touted and gorgeous The Standard building completed and fully ready for leasing. Also in the news in 2019, President Trump gave his glowing State Of The Union Address. The Patriots won the Superbowl. The massive NYC power outage happened. In Manhattan, the live circus, Cirque Du Soleil, stunned crowds this past December. The government shutdown occurred. The historic ball dropping in Times Square ushered in a pristine new year. I bought my first Apple iPad!

Another highlight of my year was receiving a very nice email of congratulations on my last blog edition by highly respected longtime New Rochelle City Court Clerk Jim Generoso. And a graceful note on my blog from legendary Westchester County Clerk and former renowned and well-liked New Rochelle Mayor, Tim Idoni. Also, thoughtful and well received accolades from Cappelli/Fuller Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Berg, who along with those mentioned and others, saw the merit in my New Rochelle Downtown Development story and graciously let me know. And old close friends like my Floridian friend Sheila Houhlihan who has been a constant source of support and good faith; and the ever sensitive and great feedback giving Tonny Guido and kind and uber compassionate Katherine Wilson Conroy (Former New Rochelle City Councilwoman of high standing) who always responds enthusiastically to my writing and emails. And scores more people who have made a resounding mark in my heart each with their unique friendship.

Most of my readers have New Year’s Resolutions; what is yours? Mine are to continue having more patience, more spiritual awareness, to get out of my comfort zone and see more of the world. I also want to read more and edify myself. And embrace new friends. It’s another splendid year ahead; time to welcome new horizons, goals and achievements on any level. So get ready, 2020 is here in all its majesty and unexplored possibilities!

Wishing you, my loyal readers and friends an enlightened, peaceful, healthy and prosperous new beginning. (All photos courtesy of Clare Lawrence)


New Rochelle is GREAT!


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167 Centre Avenue #6B/C – Public Open House 1/14/2020 1-3 p.m.

Unique 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1700 square foot coop located in a well maintained building set amidst a lush floral garden. You will love the modern kitchen and bathrooms, breakfast bar and pass through, hardwood floors, 5 large deep set closets, and windows galore. The living room is bright and sunny and the entire apartment has an open feel perfect for entertaining. There is a dining area, and room for even a second lounge. This well maintained building boasts a new elevator, art deco flooring in the lobby and laundry room in the basement. Located so very close to the vibrant down town New Rochelle and its fine dining, express trains to Manhattan, Amtrak service to Boston and Washington, D.C., art galleries, beach clubs, boating and our great library. There is a public parking lot on Prospect Street ($785 Annual fee & $420 Semi Annual – Senior rates less). This great coop is being offered at $368,000. The public open house is from 1-3 p.m.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Magnet Schools Enrollment Events in New Rochelle

It’s that time of year to apply for a Magnet School Program in New Rochelle!

Here is the info in pdf format if you would like to print it out!

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Real Estate Continuing Education Law to Change in 2021

When I entered the world of real estate back in 2003, agents who had previously obtained their real estate broker’s license prior to 2008  for at least 15 consecutive years and had maintained continuous licensure (no breaks in licensure for reasons such as late renewal submission) or an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who held a real estate broker’s license were exempt from continuing education.

Many of us were amazed that continuing education was not required for the older, more seasoned agents as some had bad ‘habits’ and were truly not cognizant of what was expected of them in today’s real estate world. 

Well, that is about to change in 2021 with a new law as follows:

“A new law regarding continuing education for real estate salespersons and brokers was recently adopted. Below is a summary of the major changes.

The amendment changes the course requirements for renewal. Specifically, new mandatory hours of education now include: “at least 2.5 hours of instruction pertaining to ethical business practices, at least 1 hour of instruction pertaining to recent legal matters governing the practice of real estate brokers and salespersons in New York which may include statutes, laws, regulations, rules, codes, department of state opinions and decisions, and court decisions”. With this change, effective July 1, 2021, all licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education. The education must include at least 2.5 hours on the subject of ethical business practices, at least I hour of recent legal matters, at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property and at least 1 hour of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons, 2 hours of agency related instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

The amendment also REMOVES the 15 year real estate broker continuing education exemption and now requires all brokers who are currently exempted to complete continuing education starting July 1, 2021.

For the purposes of implementing the changes, the new requirements are effective on the actual date the license expires rather than the date the renewal application is submitted for processing. If the expiration date printed on your license is on or after July 1, 2021 you must meet the new requirement before you can renew. To review the actual bill text, please click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit your inquiry to
Division of Licensing Services NYS Department of State”

Attorneys will still be exempt from continuing education.

In wanting to be the best agent I could be, I proceeded over the years to obtain many designations to better educate myself in real estate, and obtained many designations.

My designations are as follows:

Accredited Buyer’s Representative
Certified Buyer’s Representative
Certified Residential Specialist (I was named the New York CRS of the year in 2013)
Graduate Realtor Institute ( this was obtained by taking a series of educational courses of over the course of 2 years)
Certified Distressed Properties Expert
Senior Residential Specialist
GREEN Designation
Associate Broker – in depth education

Designations might not seem important to many, but when you are considering the sale of your home, or purchasing a home, you deserve a real estate agent who cares enough to study their craft, and who wishes to best represent their clients in the best possible way with continuing education, and who continually strives to do their best.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

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Pet Friendly Coops in New Rochelle

I am always asked which coop buildings are pet friendly. To that regard, here are some of the buildings in New Rochelle that allow pets!




    • Glen Manor-  600 Pelham Road – cats allowed
    • Palmer Avenue Owners – 2295 -2307 Palmer Avenue – Restricted weight for dogs
    • Palmer Terrace – 2200-2278 Palmer Avenue – Restricted weight for dogs
    • Beacon Hall – 36 Echo Avenue – dogs and cats allowed
    • The Lofts at New Roc – 100 New Roc City – dogs with restricted weight
    • Colonial House -167 Centre Avenue – cats allowed
    • Huguenot Garden – 450 Pelham Road -Restricted weight for dogs
    • Heathcote Court – 79 – 103 Wiltshire Road – Restricted Weight for dogs
    •  Shore Road Apartments – 5 Circuit Road – Restricted weight for dogs
    •  Dorchester Gardens – 2261 Palmer Avenue – No restrictions
    •  City Centre  -168 Centre Avenue – Restricted weight for dogs
    •  Hill Top Terrace – 667 -673 Pelham Road -Restricted Weight for dogs
    •  Pelhamdale Manor – 19 – 57 Robins Crescent – No restrictions
    •  Drake Lane Owner’s Complex – 183 Drake Avenue

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Enjoy the 2019 Holiday Season!


Still time to enjoy 2019!  Embrace the season!

Westchester is GREAT!

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Pineapple Waterford Crystals for Times Square – OF COURSE!

The pineapple signifies goodwill and hospitality, and so Waterford has created the 2019 crystal for Times Square with three pineapples on each crystal. Of course, the pineapple also reflects Sotheby’s International Realty..Mmmh.. who is copying whom?  Ha! Regardless,  Sotheby’s brand reflects a collaboration between realty and auction utilizing a combination of unique and exclusive marketing efforts that provide targeted exposure to a coveted and influential audience.

Since the founding of the Sotheby’s Auction House in 1744 as an auction bookseller, the Sotheby’s name has earned renown as a marketer of the world’s most valuable and fine possessions. This reputation is built as much on exceptional service to clients as it is on the notable art, antiques, jewelry and other holdings that pass through Sotheby’s offices around the world. It was out of this rich heritage that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was born.

Click here to see the Waterford Crystals.

Click here to enjoy Sotheby’s International Realty!

“The internationally recognized symbol of hospitality perfectly represents who we are, what we stand for, and what you can expect.”

“The image of the pineapple has long adorned the welcoming entrances of some of the world’s finest homes. The exotic fruit’s association with fine living dates back to the fifteenth century, when European explorers brought them back from their voyages to the Caribbean. By the seventeenth century, when this rare and highly prized fruit began to be cultivated in hothouses, only the very wealthy could afford them and would sometimes use them as the centerpiece for their lavish entertaining tables. Pineapples became so synonymous with opulence that some were even known to rent them for their table displays.
With the rise of New England′s great sailing ship era, sea captains would often place a outside their homes after returning from a long and perilous voyage to signify a safe return and to invite friends to visit. Thus originated the tradition of incorporating the form of a pineapple into carved stone elements placed at the entrances of distinguished residences. For William Pitt Sotheby′s International Realty, this tradition endures, with the pineapple serving as our icon and the perfect symbol of hospitality and home.”


Westchester is GREAT!

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