Is it Really a Bedroom?

In Victorian times, homes were taxed according to the number of rooms which makes sense. However, if a room had a closet then that closet was counted as a room! Therefore, many homes chose NOT to have a closet in the bedroom to avoid the additional taxes, and the home owners chose to use an armoire instead. I recently learned that there was a window tax in the 18th and 19th centuries also and a home was taxed according to the number of windows it had! The years that this tax was imposed varied from country to country, and based on the taxes charged, many home owners opted to install bricks where their windows once were!

However, all that aside, nowadays when I visit a home, and I see a great room, utilized as a bedroom but no closet, I look to see if there is a closet close by in the hallway. An appraiser once informed me that as long as there is a closet close to the ‘bedroom’ then you can call it a bedroom. I researched that again, and I am reading that it does vary from state to state and the respective building codes. The room must be at least 7 feet in height, and at least 7 feet x 7 feet in dimension, have 2 forms of egress and the windows must be between 24 – 44 inches from the floor and have at least a 5.7 ‘ square opening. It is always good to check with your local building department, but jsut also bear in mind there might a simple reason why there is no closet!

Image from Jennifer Furtney from Unsplash

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80 Lovell Road Public Open House 5/15 1-3 p.m.

Your country Colonial home awaits! This charming 3,842 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath home is located on a private 0.57 of an acre. You will love the arbor as you enter into your very own courtyard & fenced back yard for Fido. The large eat-in kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances & overlooks the private patio & pergola. Beautiful stained glass windows grace this home with its hardwood floors, plantation shutters & don’t forget the 3 fireplaces. There is one in the dining room, one in the living room & a third in the adjacent den. The primary bedroom with its en-suite modern bathroom has two sinks, separate shower/bathtub and features both a walk-in closet & a second large closet The three additional sunny bedrooms are also spacious and don’t forget the modern additional two hall bathrooms There is a walk-up attic, 2-car detached garage, central air conditioning, and 4-zone gas heating. All just 30 minutes to New York City, fine dining and transportation. Please join me this coming Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at a public open house. This charming home is being offered at $950,000.

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Great Treasures in your Attic!

My youngest son recently returned from Sweden with a new hobby. He had discovered vintage designer clothing, and realized that there was money to be made in selling his old toys! SO, the attic attacked, and my living room was soon filled with white sheets, lighting, cameras and he started selling the toys on eBay. To his amazement and delight, there is a huge market for the toys (Pokémon, super heroes, ), and we were surprised at we had up there!

I love the idea of my son being creative, keeping busy, and having fun. While he has a job, this is a great hobby and so positive!

I also rather like the idea that my attic is getting somewhat decluttered! A win win for us all.

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Welcome home to 9 The Serpentine!

Unique charm & character await you in this completely renovated (2014) 4 bedroom, 3 bath 2428 sq. foot expanded Craftsman style cottage in New Rochelle’s Historic District. The open floor plan with its hardwood floors will delight, featuring a beautiful new kitchen, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and family area, leading to the living room with its original huge fireplace. There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor with a hall bath, primary bedroom and bath which overlooks the deck and patio with a lovely pergola and charming courtyard below. The lower tiled level boasts a bedroom, bathroom, and laundry. The property is located on a lush 0.47 of a park-like acre, with a one car garage, and is close to transportation, fine dining and just 30 minutes from New York City, and minutes away from our vibrant downtown New Rochelle. Don’t forget the community red clay tennis courts. Perfect!

THis charming home is being offered for $750,000!

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Historic Markers of New Rochelle – Part 1!

Did you know Norman Rockwell lived in New Rochelle? Or Clare Briggs, Edward Penfield, or C. Coles Phillips?

In the 1920’s , New Rochelle’s burgeoning colony of artists and illustrators embarked upon a wonderful venture through the New Rochelle Art Association, namely the 10 boundary markers that now adorn and contribute to this city’s wonderful appeal. The artists designed these wonderful markers which clearly help make our city “Queen of the Sound!”

The city spent some $100,000 restoring these markers in 2010 which were designed by the artists living in New Rochelle, (Norman Rockwell, C. Coles Phillips, Clare Briggs, Edward Penfield amongst others). The markers were cut from sheets of steel and hand-painted.

There was an exhibition in 2002 entitled “Toast of the Town and the Artists of New Rochelle” at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and featured artwork the artists who had lived in New Rochelle. Rockwell felt that New Rochelle was the “place” to live as an artist with its close and easy access to New York City and the sophisticated social artistic life the community offered.

Here are five of the markers: (I will post the remaining 5 in another post)..

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1. “New Rochelle Rich in History” by Norman Rockwell. This marker is located on Eastchester Road near Pelhamdale Avenue . This shows some American troops on their way to the Battle of White Plains. It should also be noted that Mr. Rockwell actually attended the Mamaroneck High School but did not graduate. He left to attend the Art Students League in New York City to study illustrating under Thomas Fogarty. Mr. Rockwell lived for over 2o years in New Rochelle, and his home sold several years ago for $1.6.

 2. “City of Homes, Churches and Schools” by Laurence M. Loeb. This sign can be found at Quaker Ridge Road and Weaver Street.

 3.”Passing of the British under Lord Howe, Oct. 18, 1776″ by C. Cole Phillips. This sign is located on North Avenue near Wilmot and Mill Road near the Eastchester Border. The marker represents British troops leaving New York under the command of General Howe.

4. “Settled in 1688 by the Huguenots of New Rochelle” by James R. Marsh. This depicts a ship and a Huguenot Church, and is located on Wilmot Road in the Heathcote area near the Scarsdale Village limits.

5. “Founded by the Huguenots – 1688” by Remington Schuyler. This depicts the Siwanoy Indians with a steer returning from a hunting expedition, and is located on the Boston Post Road on the Larchmont Line.

New Rochelle is growing rapidly BUT it is also reassuring to know that while progress marches on history remains constant!

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Ramadan 2021

The Ramadan start date for 2021 is expected to begin on Monday 12th April 2021, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca. Lasting for 30 days. Click on the following link for information regarding this special holiday! Ramadan 

Ramadan Kareem! Here are some mosques if you would care to visit and celebrate!

What do you eat during Ramadan? During Ramadan, two main meals are served: suhoor, which is served before dawn, and iftar, which is served after sunset. Suhoor should be a hearty, healthy meal to provide needed energy throughout a day of fasting — it ends when the sun rises and the fajr, or morning prayer, begins.

Courtesy of SHEELA PRAKASH published JUL 10, 2013 and Kathryn Hill

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Larchmont Arts on the Avenues

Julia B Fee Sotheby’ is sponsoring this great month long celebration!

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New Rochelle is Celebrating Earth Month!

The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce is busy! Whether its having networking events (there is one on May 13th at 6 p.m. at the Texas Roadhouse for Chamber members) or simply promoting events within the city.

April Updates from the City of New Rochelle NR Chamber DirectoryCity Launches Joint Campaigns for Ear
th Month April 14thThe City of New Rochelle is launching its Earth Month Community Energy Campaign to promote two renewable energy and energy efficiency programs: Community Solar and GridRewards. Residents -both renters and homeowners- and eligible organizations and businesses can lower energy costs and earn cash back, reduce their carbon footprint, and reduce our community’s reliance on fossil fuel-based energy. The programs are presented through Sustainable Westchester.
Community Solar and GridRewards are free to join and include the flexibility to use your current electricity supplier. -Community Solar can save up to 10% on monthly utility bills- without the expense and installation of solar panels (Note: properties with solar panels are ineligible for this program.)-GridRewards is a Demand Response program through Con Edison that pays customers to reduce electricity at peak demand times.
Wednesday, April 14 Virtual Information Session with Sustainable Westchester and Mayor Noam Bramson to learn more about Community Solar and GridRewards:noon (REGISTER HERE)6PM (REGISTER HERE). Business Permits for Outdoor DiningIf you want seating outside your restaurant on public property, apply for a Sidewalk Café permitFor a sidewalk café you need:At least 10 ft between the building and curb so you can include a clear walkway for pedestriansInsurance listing the City of New Rochelle as additional insuredA drawing showing your proposed layoutFees apply in 2021Apply for Sidewalk Café
 If you want seating on private property apply for an “OUTDOOR DINING” permit through the Bureau of Buildings.Apply for a Building permit:using an architectural drawing of your space and layout.On the permit system, select Building Permit and then add outdoor dining in the description area.Apply for Outdoor Dining PermitPlanter PermitsPermits are required to place planters or other furnishing zone items upon a public sidewalk. Proposed items must meet the color, size, and location guidelines set forth in New Rochelle City Code. All submissions are subject to review by the departments of Development, Public Works, and the Municipal Arts Commission.Apply for Planter PermitFire Safety through Code Compliance Message from Fire Chief Andy Sandor:The need for Fire Safety through Code Compliance has not changed. Fires everywhere, including New Rochelle, did not ‘take a break’ during the shutdowns. Besides suppression and extinguishment, one of the Fire Department’s primary jobs is fire prevention. We owe it to the public to help them remain vigilant on not only COVID safety practices, but on Fire Safety practices as well.We look forward to visiting you for your Fire Safety Inspection. We may be calling ahead to set up the best time for us to come by, so as not to impede on anyone’s occupancy limitations. You can also advise us of any building-specific COVID-safety protocols. Please feel free to contact Fire Headquarters (914) 645-2212 with questions, or stop by at 90 Beaufort Place (back left corner of City Hall). As always, it is our pleasure to serve you.______________________________________________________________________________________Special thanks to:Noam Bramson, Mayor, City of New Rochelle; Chuck Strome, City Manager, City of New Rochelle; Kathleen Gill, Interim Commissioner of Development, City of New Rochelle; Adam Salgado, Deputy Commissioner of Development, City of New Rochelle; Lisa Davis, Business Ambassador for the City of New Rochelle; Kathy Gilwit, City of New Rochelle Communications & Marketing Manager; Angela Derecas Taylor, Executive Assistant to Mayor Bramson, City of New Rochelle; George Latimer, Westchester County Executive; Shari Rosen Ascher, Advocacy & Community Liaison Office of the Westchester County Executive; Bridget Gibbons Director, Economic Development Westchester County, Karel Littman, Executive Director, New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District; and Dr. Marsha Gordon, President/CEO, The Business Council of Westchester.

About the New Rochelle Chamber of CommerceFounded in 1922, the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce fosters economic growth and prosperity in the New Rochelle business community. The Chamber of Commerce is committed to advancing the concerns of the New Rochelle business community, the economic vitality of the City, and ensuring that New Rochelle presents an environment that supports growth and prosperity. Learn more at
Contact: Catherine White, Executive  New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce | Website ‌  ‌  ‌
Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle | 417 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801

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Why Buy a Home in New Rochelle? Gay Rosen 2021

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