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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2017 Annual Paine Heights Colonial Fair

The Annual Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association has scheduled its annual fair!  It will soon be time for some history, fun (always fun), crafts  and an inkling on how the Colonials used to cook (and what they cooked ), crafts, candle dipping,  singing and dancing,  how they made horse shoes,  Washington’s 2nd NY Regiment Soldiers and all dressed  in Colonial costume . The children love it (there will be Henna painting!) , YOU will love it..  So, mark your calendar Saturday April 22nd (rain date April 23rd)  10-6 p.m. at the Thomas Paine Cottage and Museum!   Did you know you could rent out the beautiful property  for a wedding!

Do you wish to learn about the history of our area and attend great events?  Then JOIN the New Rochelle Historical Association..   “All members are encouraged to participate in the Association’s activities, including helping out and having fun at the special historical events held regularly throughout the year at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum.

membership drive 2017 A  The form!

The Thomas Paine Museum & Cottage Colonial Fair

Paine Heights’ Colonial Fair 2015

 

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

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New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce 2017 Dinner Dance

As a member of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, I will be attending the Annual Dinner Dance on March 23rd. It is  a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow New Rochelle residents, business owners and colleagues in an informal yet exciting venue!  It will be held at Beckwith Pointe from 6-10 p.m., and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will be honoring this year those who “Sculpting a New Skyline for New Rochelle” – Master Planner – Luiz Aragon from the City of New Rochelle,  Master Developer RDRXR,  and the Captains of Construction – CAC Realty Group – Frank and Ciro Chechile – The Huguenot. TRIFONT – Mark Fonti, ELD Properties – The Hammel Buildings,  Quintessential Land Development LLC – Louis Iacopetta – The Craft Building, East and Hudson Real Estate LLC – Anup Missra – The Printhouse, RMA Development – Ralph Rossi – The Lombardi Building, The St. Catherine Group – Nice Williams – Locust Hall.

I hope to see you there!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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As a Top Realtor, I am here to assist you!

I always work hard, I try to assist anyone/everyone who calls me.. Last year, I met with a complete stranger in my office, and helped him reduce his property taxes by over $6000!  While I am no longer helping people grieve their property taxes, I am here to answer everyone’s real estate questions!

I received a nice note from Mr. Paul Breunich, the  President and Chief Operating Officer of our Corporate office, congratulating me on being in the top 5% of all agents, company wide! Oh my!  I am working hard to do even better this year!

Ranked Top 1.3% 2016 out of all HGAR Realtors (over 10,300). I love to help people realize their real estate dreams!

Westchester is GREAT!

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Mayor Bramson’s State of the City Speech 2017

March 8th marked Mayor Bramsons’s   2017 State of the City Speech.   State-of-the-City-2017-Final (1)

Here are a few quotes from the Mayor:

“As we meet tonight, New Rochelle’s neighborhoods are among the safest in America, with fire and emergency services that are second to none, and with our lowest crime rate in 56 years. New Rochelle’s fiscal position has never been stronger, with Moody’s best bond rating in more than 80 years. And our businesses are thriving once more, with their highest sales volume ever in 2016, and on track to break that record all over again in 2017.”

“For those who want to enjoy the outdoors, there’s a new playground at Feeney Park, an expanded community garden at Lincoln Park, a new sundeck at Hudson Park, and a brand new park altogether on Burling Lane.”

“If the national economy holds, then in just two or three years, you will be astounded by the changes, with more than a dozen projects moving forward. • North Avenue can look forward to a complete transformation, extending from the Iona campus down to the edge of the train station. • At the Burling triangle, east of the hospital, up to seven new buildings will form a brand new transit district, lined by a park. • Along the Huguenot corridor, new millennial housing will take shape to the east near Harrison and Cedar Streets and to the west just past Centre. • On Lecount, one project from Wilder Balter and another from Cappelli will re-shape the critical blocks between New Roc and North, already enhanced by the renovation of 5 Anderson. • While on Main Street, the first project from RXR has broken ground, with performance space and retail at the ground level, rising into a proud and attractive tower of homes.

Most of these developments are fully approved and ready to roll.”

“So when we say New Rochelle is Ideally Yours, we mean it. And we want prospective businesses, investors, and residents to join us, to come along for the ride, to be part of our story. That’s why, just two weeks ago, we launched our new website ideallynewrochelle.com, with companion videos that you can see outside and written materials you can pick up on your way out. All saying loud and proud why New Rochelle is the ideal place to live, work, and grow.”

 

 

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11 Slocum Street – A Rochelle Heights Gem – Public Open House 2/5/2017

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 $1,199,000.

http://11slocumstreet.com/tag/new-rochelle-area/  Visit the web site!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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30 Malysana Lane New Rochelle – Private Gated Waterfront Community

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! This beautiful home is being offered at $1,950,000.

http://30malysanalane.com/

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Public Open House – 229 Paine Avenue – 1-3 p.m. 3/4/2017

Classic Paine Heights Elegance with extraordinary character, sophistication and charm describe this gracious 6 BR, 3.5 Bath 3817 sq. ft. Georgian Colonial located on 0.39 of a lush, verdant acre featuring the beautiful Spanish Tiled roof and new Azek deck. The finely appointed 5 year old chef’s kitchen with its custom crafted cabinetry, 6 Burner stove, granite counters, audio, radiant heated floor is perfect for entertaining as is the seamless flow between the FDR with its grand fireplace. Two dens & a powder room complete the first floor. A spa shower and Jacuzzi in the Master marble bathroom, and Steam shower in the third floor bath all further compliment this stunning home. NEW Central Air Conditioning, newly refinished hardwood floors, NEW heat efficient windows on first and second floors, NEW furnace and Bock oil water heater, and so much more. TAXES ARE BEING GRIEVED! 30 Minutes to NYC. Close to transportation & schools.     This home is being offered at $1,135,000. The public open house is from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th, 2017!

http://229paineavenue.com/

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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The Rochelle Heights Association – more than just a Historic area!

Rochelle Heights Boasts its very own Neighborhood Association.  This past November 24th, they held their first (annual) 5 K Turkey Trot!  The proceeds going to benefitting the Association.

How much are the annual dues? The fee is just $75 and the benefits are priceless!

Here is a list of the events scheduled to-date:

  1. Saturday, May 13th 9:30 – 1 p.m.  Annual Plant Sale on Hamilton Avenue
  2.  Saturday, May 13th, 2 p.m -3 p.m. Spring Fling and Tennis Open House
  3.  Thursday, May 16th, 7-9 pm., Alvin & Friends, Memorial Highway -Annual Meeting
  4. Sunday October 22, 2-5 p.m. Harvest Party behind the tennis courts on Blvd. Eats
  5. Holiday Open House – Date and time to be announced
  6.  Board Meetings – Monthly – dates and times to be announced.

New Rochelle has so many wonderful communities, and the Historic District is just one! SO many famous people live/once lived in New Rochelle’s Historic District also.  Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis used to live in New Rochelle, and their home was sold last year for $1,237,500. A beautiful home located at 11 Slocum Street, also just  entered the market at $1,199,000. Come and visit, you will love it!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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