Paws Place and a Doggie Story…

I have written about Paws Place before. It is a  wonderful dog park located in New Rochelle’s Ward Acres. For just $50 a year, you can obtain a park pass, and entree to  a wonderful social event (for your pooch!)…

However, there is also a great plus. You can also share doggie stories, learn how to best to adapt to make sure your dog is the King/Queen of the home (of course),  and it is always a fun time.. There is also a smaller park area for the smaller pooches..

I popped over to the park yesterday. I HAD to!  I have been so busy in all matters real estate, and while I walk my dog 3 times a day, I also want him to have fun with other dogs. It had weighing on my mind and conscience the entire week, that I had not been to the park, and after an open house, off I went. He had fun. He always does, but I also heard a lovely little dog story that I must share.

A  lady was recalling a story. She said that years ago, people would let their dogs roam free (and that was how the dogs would attach the mailmen!) . One such dog who belonged to a store owner would accompany the local postal worker and follow him on his mail delivery area. The dog would walk along with him, and then the mail carrier, after finishing his delivery route,  would then place the dog in his car, and drive him back to the store. SO, one day, the mail carrier was going on vacation, and he told his vacation replacement to expect and look out for the special pooch who would be accompanying him , and told him to let him go with him, and then return him to the store after he finished his deliveries. The mailman returned from vacation, and the part time worker exclaimed  “that dog is unbelievable! He showed me all of the short cuts and made my deliveries that much quicker!”

It was such a lovely story, and I had to share…  but going to the dog park is sharing too.. we all care, and that is New Rochelle!

New Rochelle is great!


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Who lived in my house? 65 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle, 10804

As someone who loves history (and as someone who came from a country that thrived on history – England), I always like to see who actually lived in a home previously… I have many times encountered potential buyers who adhere to Feng Shui when buying a home, and they too ask who lived in the home previously. In preparing to market 65 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle, I decided to research the home. I visited the New Rochelle Public Library (which has recently had a wonderful transformation in its entrance way), and looked up the home in the Eli Doctorow local History Room  (yes, another famous former resident of New Rochelle).

I came across a photo of the home featured in a book from 1938. Then in googling the home owner’s name,  I found a Doctor Evans who had resided at that home. Perhaps it was  Mr. Williams’ son who had attended Princeton, became a doctor who  specialized in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and then who married a doctor  who had attended the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1942 he joined the navy . What does it tell me? The home was enjoyed by a family who excelled,  and I think quite representative of a wonderful city and area in which to reside.

I have the privilege in being able to market this wonderful home. The current owners have lived there for many happy years, and it is their time to pass on the keys, and beautiful property to another home owner.

“As the current owner entered the home, she knew that THIS was the home for her. With its timeless elegance, architectural splendor throughout, the views of both the Sound and the home’s putting green and tennis court, the home reflected charm, warmth, beauty and yet wasn’t ostentatious. Gracious, spacious and enchanting. It spoke to her, and let this magnificent gem speak to you! The street was named Overlook Circle as it is just 1 1/2 miles from the Sound and yet overlooks all it encompasses, & this 8817 sq. ft. magnificent Georgian Colonial gated mini estate sited on 1.33 lush, landscaped acres, offers 7 bedrooms, 5.2 bathrooms and 8 fireplaces. The regal entrance foyer with its majestic chandelier welcomes you to this well proportioned, sunny home with its stately rooms perfect for large gatherings or small affairs. High ceilings, closet space in abundance, and even a dumb waiter, a gym, and there is an apartment & bathroom above the Carriage house too! Just 30 minutes to New York City. :

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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30 Malysana Lane – A wonderful home and great waterfront Community!


30 Malysana Lane is being offered at $1,850,000 ! With its private beach and exclusive Gated seaside community, this 4600 sq. ft. Nantucket Colonial which offers year-round water views exemplifies an exquisite blend of European ambiance & elegant sophistication. Just 35 minutes from New York City, this beautiful home offers tranquility, a stunning kitchen with a stately stone fireplace and Great Room, a music room, living room with elegant fireplace, formal dining room, and first floor laundry. Sit & relax with a morning tache de the or un verre de vin in the evening on your Master Bedroom balcony overlooking the adjoining quiet park & the Long Island Sound or relax on the patio accessed via the kitchen.. There are 3 other bedrooms (two with a Jack and Jill bath), a hall bath, and a fantastic bonus room not included in the square footage on the second floor. Soaring high ceilings, a sweeping staircase and solitude all quietly beckon and immediately please. Yes, you can have it all!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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22 Colonial Avenue 10538 – Great location and Great home!

Offered at $1,300,000! It looks a Tudor and feels more contemporary within ! With its great Location, walk to the trains, elementary school, village and fine dining, and just 40 minutes to NYC., this sunny 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2859 square foot Tudor home located on 0.14 of an acre shows beautifully. Built in 1984 with generously sized rooms, this charming home will not disappoint. There is a large eat-in kitchen with a step-down to a den and fireplace. Sliding doors to the rear yard and easy access to the deck. The second floor features 2 spacious bedrooms, a hall bath and laundry area. Just 4 steps up to the large third bedroom, and the master bedroom which is very large and offers an en suite bathroom, wonderful closet space. There is central vacuum, gas heat, central air conditioning, hardwood floors throughout, new roof, and an attached one car garage. Perfect!

Larchmont is GREAT!

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The School Lunch Program

It is said that there will always be a teacher who you will forever recall, who ‘stood out’. Well, there was Mr. Rossi who was dreamy (to a 8 year old), but there was also a wonderful English teacher (who happened to be from India) who always stated  ‘ to only write about subjects you know of’.  That has always stayed in my mind, and so I am going to apologize here and step away from  her sage advice, and comment on the school lunch program.

The school lunch program is a “The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.”

I think we can all recoil when tomato paste (for pizza)  was termed a vegetable in that program (or was), and the much beloved ketchup  is 24% sugar. Yes, children love ketchup but surely it is what they are used to, and if they were given healthier and nicer tasting choices, they would ‘relish’ the food? I know that Michelle Obama’s heart was in the right place with her healthier lunch choices, but many children hated the lunches, and  data stated that many lunches were not eaten and thrown out, and yet another study cited that the lunch program made the children overweight.

I rather like the school lunch program I read about taking palce in the Penn-Trafford High School in Pennsylvania where they have a food court set up with many healthy choices, and it is a big success.  There is a deli and panini station, a grill, pizza station, main course station. Their sales are up, the students are happy, and those who are eligible for free lunches are still receiving them.

It makes me think when I was a child, back in England. We were all given a small bottle of milk at snack time which of course would be frowned upon today with so many allergies, but back then it worked. Lunch consisted of our neighborhood aunts, moms, who made the lunches, and we were greeted with warm, smiley faces at lunch-time from people who happily served nutritious home made food. It was something to look forward to. IN reading about Penn Trafford High School who lost approx. $40,000 of reimbursement funds from the government by opting out of the school lunch program, have actually sold $50,000 in their cafeteria. More importantly, the children are happy, and surely healthier too?

I greatly enjoyed  Jamie Oliver’s  television show the other year when he traveled around California, and elsewhere  in the U.S. trying to revamp the school lunch program. He not only taught the children  better food habits, but showed  (where allowed) the children how to prepare better foods, and in turn the schools how to prepare the foods on a budget and how delicious they could be. Unfortunately, many schools did not even allow him in. Sad.

Our children are our future, and nutrition is so important. Fresh vegetables and fruits are important, but I guess seeing a lone apple on a plate wasn’t attractive. But, how about a baked apple ?  Banana bread (made with fruit juices and not sugar, carrot cake.  How about spaghetti squash?  Spinach lasagna? Nutritional soups?  Shepherd’s pie (an old English favorite but it can be layered with carrots, onions, and the spices can be chile or plain, and the top layer could be sweet potatoes !).  A stuffed pepper?  A cucumber and onion salad  with grilled chicken?  A chickpea salad ?  An orzo and vegetable salad? Couscous with fresh vegetables?  Have you ever had shredded carrots with lime and cilantro ?  How about International week highlighting foods from around the world and incorporating that into our children’s learning curriculum?  

I can recall making a vegetable plate for each of my child’s classmates when it was my turn to bring in the ‘snack’.  How I made it edible was to fashion a person’ face with the vegetables; shredded carrots for the hair, a  cherry tomato for the nose, peppers for the ears, and so forth… rather like a Mister Potato head but with veggies! Of course schools do not have the time to do anything like that, but surely a little creativity would go a long way to make the children healthier, happier, and achieve those great grades!

So while some can lament losing Michelle’s effort, I think this would be the perfect time in which to revamp the program which she initiated and just make it better..

Westchester is GREAT!

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Julia B. Fee – We CARE!

I was quite surprised to learn that my Manager, Carolyn Fugere, who is an unbelievable person, had traveled to California to a shelter – to adopt a dog, but not just any dog BUT Charlie!  Charlie had been found on the streets, and the shelter wanted to make sure he found the best forever home’.  As Carolyn remarked  “Charlie rescued me!”.  My office , upon hearing about the adoption, decided to host a doggie shower, and Ali Greene, Rona Calogero, Martha Rubio,  were all so involved in making cookies (Martha  made these- and they were delicious!),  Ali – in emailing and organizing the event, and Rona who made a delicious cake with doggie trimmings…

Carolyn, was overwhelmed, and surprised… but that is just the way our office is. We care for our associates, for our staff, for our Manager, for our pets. and most importantly  we care for our clients..

If you wish to be in good hands…  call us, you will not be disappointed!

Larchmont is GREAT!


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Since I was once a waitress, please know I am definitely not insulting that profession! Never!  In fact, those of us who were waiters or waitresses at one time I think over tip as a result of same!

I am actually referring to the small freight elevators popularly used in the larger estate homes in a bygone era.  They would used to transport items (usually foodstuffs) between floors and generally would end up in a kitchen. However, dumbwaiters are returning!  They are more advanced and do not use the pulley system but rather are automated and utilized for so much more than food!

Westchester is GREAT!

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11 Slocum Street -Public Open House 4/9/17 -1-4 p.m.

Public Open house this Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at  this classically restored elegant 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4002 sq. ft. Tudor masterpiece set amidst exquisite, professionally designed lush landscaping with specimen plantings on 0.49 of an acre of park-like grounds, with two patios and a deck. Located in the Historic District, this jewel offers timeless elegance throughout with its modern eat-in kitchen, Island and granite counters, beamed Living Room and fireplace, formal Dining Room with adjacent Sitting Room and access to one of the patios which all reflect the unique millwork and quality craftsmanship representative of this home. The Master Bedroom en suite offers a Nursery/Sitting area, and two of the four other bedrooms also feature balconies or enclosed porches. There is a fantastic 3rd floor work-space or media room w full modern bath. Central Air Conditioning, custom windows, beautiful modern bathrooms. LOW taxes. Enjoy the neighborhood clay tennis courts, the burgeoning vibrant downtown area with its fine dining, and all transportation. Just 30 minutes to NYC. This beautiful home is being offered at $1,095,000.  Visit the web site!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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New Rochelle – Ideally Yours (and OURS!).

As a member of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, I attended the annual dinner dance last night. As someone who cares about our community, I decided to be a ‘friendship sponsor for the event. Oh my! My name in print!

Jennifer (Lanser) –  Committee Member accomplished her usual exemplary perfection for the evening, and everyone had a wonderful time. Mr. Robert Marrone was the Master of Ceremonies, and of course, the unflappable President of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Frank Miceli, was very much in attendance also.

The theme was  “Sculpting a New Skyline for New Rochelle” and being honored were the Captains of Construction:

Frank and Ciro Checile , CAC Realty, Mark Fonte from the Anderson Development Group, Anthony & William Hammel from ELD Properties, Louis Iacopetta of QLD, LLC, Anup Misra & Stanley Conway of East & Hudson Real Estate , Megalith Capital Management, Ralph Rossi of RMA Development, and Nick Williams of The St. Katherine’s Group.

There was an award presentation given to Mr. Luiz Aragon also who has helped forge the amazing on-going plans for our great city,  and Mr. Seth Pinsky and Sean McLean of RDRXR. There are many buildings in the plans, and in a few short years, our city’s skyline will indeed be transformed.

“•Usher New Rochelle into the 21st century, while respecting our city’s history and soul, and celebrating and enhancing New Rochelle’s cultural and artistic vitality.
•Leverage and utilize New Rochelle’s unparalleled location and transit access to provide attractive housing options for young professionals, seniors and the workforce.
•Strengthen New Rochelle’s tax base and provide a positive return to taxpayers.
•Improve our environment through green, sustainable, energy-efficient design while creating a new skyline with iconic architecture that inspires civic pride.”

New Rochelle will be THE ONLY city to have a train stop from both the East and West Side of Manhattan – perfect for those Manhattanites wishing to travel here, and for all who wish to LIVE here and travel into  the city..

The city is taking just 90 days to approve plans for developers which is unheard of in a city our size, and the following facts were also shared ( although we already all know them to be true!):

  1.  New Rochelle is the Sixth Best City to grow old in!
  2.  Out of the top 15 Best Cities in which to live, New Rochelle is Number 13!
  3.  Third Best Place in which to live  in New York State
  4.  New Rochelle boasts the lowest crime rate in 50 years.
  5.  The New Rochelle Bond rating is the highest it has been in 80 years!

There are so many great plans currently in actual development,  that the new catch phrase ” New Rochelle – Ideally Yours”  could also be interpreted as New Rochelle “Ideally Ours!”.

Brooklyn look out!

Come visit – you will love being here!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Make A Wish Foundation & Sweet Grass Grill !

Oh my! What a strange  heading!  However, I did not know quite how to best express my thoughts yesterday evening. Sonny Vitaj of Exit Realty had hosted a wonderful event on September 14th, 2016,   his first Exit Realty Make A Wish Fundraiser Gala  which was a huge success.

There were raffles, a silent auction, music, great food and wonderful entertainment at the event, and yours truly was quite fortunate and won several prizes! Oh my!  I shared in part of my bounty yesterday evening with a lovely friend, Bonnie Dugan, and we enjoyed a lovely dinner (and some nice conversation)  at The Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown. Bonnie (a Vegan) enjoyed the Butternut squash soup, the Seared Scottish Salmon with a citrus honey glaze  over root vegetable mash, sauteed leeks and chard, while I enjoyed the grilled octopus , and for a main course the Braised short rib with a red wine reduction over creamy polenta, parsnip, carrot and pearl onion. (I am obviously not a Vegan!). We were so busy chatting that no photos were taken of the food but it was delicious. The atmosphere was nice also, casual and as the restaurant states:

“Sweet Grass Grill is a casual restaurant serving local and seasonal food right in the heart of Tarrytown. With relationships with about a dozen local farms, the menu at Sweet Grass Grill varies week to week depending on the daily harvests. Expect seasonal soups and salads and a changing roster of entrees like our signature baby roast chicken and the freshest sustainably-raised fish. The bar, carved out of a single fallen oak tree from the Rockefeller Preserves, features a great cocktail menu, micro brews on draft and bottle, and many wines by the glass.”

Westchester is GREAT!

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