Solar Panels – A GREEN Feature and so Cost Efficient

I truly enjoyed obtaining my GREEN designation the other year, and accordingly – whenever a new client mentions they have GREEN features within their home, I rejoice!  I think we would all like to save on our home utility and heating bills, and when I heard from my clients that their monthly Con Ed costs (in a 3200 square foot home) were around $200 a month (from the customary $600+ for gas heat) , I was amazed!  This $200 would also include light, cooking costs so the savings are huge!

What are solar panels?

Solar panelSolar panels absorb the sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity or heat. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connect assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. … The most common application of solar panels is solarwater heating systems. (Wykopedia).

My clients utilized NRG Solar Energy, and they have leased solar panels for 20 years. There was no cost to install, but a 20 year lease was required. This lease, understandably, is easily transferred over to a new home buyer (after an application is completed), and the new home owners continue with the solar panel lease . There is a base cost for the solar panels, and my clients pay approximately $106 a month. To quote them as stating ‘they love the savings an how their utilizing solar panels is also helping the environment” is an understatement.

You can visit 589 Quaker Ridge Road on our Sotheby’s web site or on the 589 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle web site!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

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One Pelham Road Unit#3 – New Listing! GREAT Condo!

Great new listing with water views !!!     Public Open houses scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday this upcoming weekend 1-3 p.m! A simply wonderful 2133 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Condo Townhouse with views of the Long Island Sound, the Marina, and is both close to the beach and trains. This sunny townhouse has been freshly painted throughout, brand new carpeting that will captivate, and newly refinished hardwood floors. This unusual town house has not one but two separate garages, a private rooftop terrace that offers water views, and is perfect for entertaining. The first floor entrance foyer leads to the living room, dining room, modern kitchen and the master bedroom and bath. The second floor offers an additional 2 bedrooms and hall bath. The lower level has a large family room, bedroom, bath and laundry area. With its skylight, this light filled home has so much to offer. Just 35 minutes to New York City! Perfect!  This town home is being offered at $599,000.

 

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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The Lost Sock!

SO funny. I went to access our dryer, and of course saw a load of dried underwear that my son had yet to empty. Of course, being the good mom, I promptly started to match each sock with another, and it brought me back to my youth, and my children’s younger days also. Remember playing the animal match cards, or letter cards… it was so much fun and such a good way in which to learn the names of animals, the alphabet, numbers, etc.  Accordingly,  matching socks can be fun too. It can be described as  (mindless) therapy for the mind but a sense of accomplishment and fun. It could be accomplished with your child to see who matches the most pairs. It is great for the fingers and dexterity, and games are always fun – especially on these cold, dreary days of winter. There were only 3 lost socks this morning too!  Where do they go to?

I think it is always nice to make fun out of nonsense  – it breaks the monotony, and keeps one’s sense of humor alive.

Years ago, after my children had gone through a bout of the flu, I decided to pitch a tent in the kitchen, and have a picnic on the floor… No one had to dress up for the occasion (pajamas were the clothes of choice) , but we just sat and ate, having good clean fun – breaking the monotony and feeling good about ones self after being ill. We used to play marbles on the kitchen floor after dinner too –  or (and don’t tell dad) throwing balls of paper into the garbage pail – three tries each and no do overs! I would  tape brown paper wrapping paper on the walls for a Birthday party, and then allow the children to write on the walls in between the activities! They loved it! 

It is always important to feel good about your self. Making lists can be one way, as you check off daily your accomplishments.   Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks I must perform,  I compile my list. I love to froth milk for my coffee. I feel it is a hedonistic treat (hay – I did say mindless thoughts here)…  But who has the time to do that something extra?  That is my point,  when you find someone who will do that little bit extra, who tries to make it fun for you. Then he or she is keeper!

As a Realtor, I endeavor to make the experience a fun one. It is always my pleasure to  send you stats on the market , entertain your children while you we are looking at a home, researching the homes that fit your requirements. … It really costs nothing, and always my pleasure.

I do not promise a picnic on the floor, but I do promise hard work and dedication and try to make it ‘a day at the park’!

Westchester is GREAT!

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Public Open House Sunday January 7th, 2018 – 30 Malysana Lane 10805

Please join me for an open house at 30 Malysana Lane on Sunday, January 7th from 1-3 p.m.

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 thé 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 home is being offered at $1,750,000.

 

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Gay Rosen – Top Five Star Award Recipient Every Year!

I am so proud to have been a recipient award winner every year of the program! Looking forward to 2018!

 

 

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Marketing your Home in 2018!

A friend mentioned to me this morning that she was attending a New Year’s Eve celebration with friends at a Black Tie Dinner party where they would be pairing each course with a different champagne. What a wonderful idea!  It made me think on how I pair each Broker’s Open house when I first list a home with a special menu complimenting the home!

For example, when I listed 65 Overlook Circle in New Rochelle this year which was a simply glorious 8817 square foot, 7 bedroom mini estate located on 1.33 acres complete with a tennis court and putting green, I introduced the  exquisite home with champagne,  lobster filled croissants and sandwiches, and it brought forth a local agent who subsequently placed a bid! The home sold for $1,900,000.

When I first listed 75 Howell Avenue in Larchmont, the owners declared it was a Spanish Mediterranean, and wanted it marketed as such. SO, I then featured a Tapas party at my first Broker’s Open House complete with sherry, sangria (of course!), empanadas, Spanish cheeses and nuts and more! One of the agents who attended, also brought forth a client who placed a bid. Broker’s open houses are a simply a wonderful way to draw attention to a home,  attract the agents, and  endeavor to draw excitement for the home (and ultimately bids!). This story was rather cute, as I had stated from the very beginning it was  Provencal Mediterranean and more French than Spanish!  After that first few days, I changed the description to what I had suggested, and the bids came forth! The home sold for $1,790,000.

I marketed 229 Paine Avenue, New Rochelle by having a wine and cheese party which was a lot of fun, and I also find that  by serving refreshments at the Broker’s open houses is also a wonderful way in which to network,  and establish great relationships with the other agents. After all, it is those agents who I am hoping will bring forth the buyers, and by being friends  is all great! This home sold for $1,050,000.

One home that I had simply loved was a Southern Antebellum Mansion in the Historic District of New Rochelle which featured 8 bedrooms, over 5000 square feet and was located on over .058 of an acre. I served sherry at the door there which they quietly enjoyed as they toured the glorious three floors and lower level wine cellar. This beautiful home sold for $1,030,000.

I try to make it fun, always clean up afterwards and so never leave any mess for the home owner!

I listed a home  very close to July 4th this year also, and of course I served the first Broker’s open house celebrating  July 4th!  It was hot,  but we had refreshments galore! 

 

 

 

I am looking forward to 2018, and will draw inspiration from my client’s homes to best market and introduce their home to the market. This 2325 square foot home sold for $730,000.

Please call me for all of your real estate requirements!

Westchester is great!

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Quaker Ridge Road New Rochelle 2018

I used to have a Quaker Ridge Road address for 14 years, and my children loved living there. They love New Rochelle, and with a burgeoning family, we found ourselves moving from the 2300 square foot home to a much larger 3800 square foot home in Paine Heights! All good.

Over the years, I have watched our various areas grow, develop and emerge into thriving communities.

Quaker Ridge Road is also slated for change, and I cannot wait! Many years ago, Quaker Ridge Road was a lane..

How did it  acquire its name?  Did you know that the first house of Worship for Quakers was built on a wooded lot near Quaker Ridge Road and what is now Griffin Road. George Washington  stopped in New Rochelle to regroup his troops, and there is a historic marker on Weaver street near Cornell.

Quaker Ridge was once a narrow road, and over the years it has been transformed into a four way mini highway going nowhere! We are proud to have our annual Soap Box Derby  on Quaker Ridge in June of each year, and Quaker Ridge is also located next to Ward Acres  which accesses Paws Place – a wonderful park for our pooches, and there is also a community garden there too!  The William B. Ward Elementary School has wonderful programs at the Community Garden. However, with all of the many pluses to the area, the road itself  is hard for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate, and New Rochelle is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $3,518,638 grant from New York State for a “Complete Streets’ improvement.  The four lane road will be transformed with sidewalks,  narrowing the road in areas to 2 lanes to make it safer, greener and great!

“This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel,” Governor Cuomo said. “By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come.”

New Rochelle was selected through a competitive solicitation process and the grant was the highest allotted for the Mid-Hudson region.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will transform an aged thoroughfare into a multi-purposed roadway that can be equally enjoyed by motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians,” said Mayor Noam Bramson. “Complete Streets is a vital part of GreeNR, our sustainability plan.”

“Quaker Ridge Road is one of our main east-west corridors, connecting residents with schools, homes, parks and houses of worship. These improvements will be most welcomed and the funding will go a long way towards creating the streets of tomorrow,” said City Manager Chuck Strome.

District 5 Council member Barry Fertel said, “Thanks to the infusion of this much needed investment, Quaker Ridge Road, an important arterial road in New Rochelle’s North End, will not only be safer and more efficient but will be more accessible to pedestrians, joggers and cyclists. We’ve waited a long time, but it was worth the wait!”

http://www.lohud.com/videos/news/2017/11/27/video-new-rochelles-quaker-ridge-road-set-redesign/108009790/

There will be meetings commencing  next year, and construction will start in 2019.  WOW! a great opportunity to purchase in the area!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

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The Brazen Fox in White Plains 10601!

I recently attended a charity event for the YAI (Young Adult Institute) in Tarrytown. There was a silent auction, great food, and it was a fantastic evening! I bid on a few things, and actually won a few. Yay! One of the items was a  Gift Certificate to the Brazen Fox in White Plains.  I was able to go yesterday evening and enjoy some wonderful food!  I had just left a closing in White Plains and so the timing was perfect!

The Brazen Fox always donates to the YAI each year, and so it made my visit there even more pleasurable, and I will definitely be returning.  The atmosphere was festive,  the bar was full,  people were happy, and the restaurant looked great!

Wednesday is Ladies night which was a propos, and we started the evening with fried pickles and an artichoke and spinach dip. Both looked great and tasted fantastic! My friend likes sweet drinks , and so chose a Mango Martini followed with a ‘Moonstruck Martini!”    I am a Brit and chose beer!

My friend, Bonnie chose the salmon which was served with mashed potatoes and asparagus, while I chose the Rack of Lamb which was served with perfectly cooked asparagus and mashed potatoes.  Our dinner was complete with the Bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream..

It was a wonderful way in which to start the Holidays, and it was all the more enjoyable being with a special friend, and knowing that the restaurant in which we dined was so charitable to the YAI!

The Brazen Fox is located at 175 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains 10601 914 358-5911.

Westchester is GREAT!

 

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December Summit Meeting- Mamaroneck Schools

I have never been the first to arrive at anything – well until Tuesday morning at the Nautilus Diner on Boston Post Road for the December Larchmont Mamaroneck Summit Meeting.  December’s meeting featured Dr. Shaps who addressed enrollment trends within the local school system. Dr. Shaps, who is the Superintendent of Schools has always planned in advance, and as far back as 2010 had anticipated future school enrollment. Based on their statistics, they had thought the school enrollment would be less. Such is true in neighboring school districts (Chappaqua, Byram Hills) but not so in Mamaroneck. The school enrollment has actually increased by 13%! Of course that is a testament to the desirability of the neighborhood, but what are the options?

Dr. Shaps stated that back in 1968, there were over 800 students compared to the 750 of today so what is the issue? The programs have changed dramatically, and the needs of children have also changed. Back in 2010 a demographic study showed a steady decline in Kindergarten student enrollment. However, it is anticipated that there will be a peak enrollment this year from 5112  K- Grade 12 students to 5607 students – 605 more students than anticipated. Some speculation was the collapse in the economy, and with the housing recovery more families entering the  area and school system – and yet as noted before Byram Hills has lost 10% of its’ enrollment in recent years. Scarsdale is down 46 students but Mamaroneck is up 450 students.. In 2010 there were 1444 students, and there will be over 1600 this upcoming year with an anticipated student body of over 6000 students.

Both the Murray Avenue and Chatsworth schools are at capacity now, and Dr. Shaps is now looking into the learning space challenge. He mentioned that some 40 students from those two schools are attending the bi-lingual program at the Mamaroneck Avenue School thus freeing some space from those schools. Dr. Shaps commented on meeting a new home owner and mother of a Kindergarten school child, and how she informed him how much she ‘loves’ the area and school system – and was going to be telling all of her friends from Brooklyn to move here .  Great but  the district needs both a short term and long term solution.  Should the classroom sizes be increased from 22-25 right now? Should there be re-districting by moving the school map?  Increasing the classroom size is not optimal especially since all children have varying needs. Modular classrooms could be an option but where would they be placed? There is no space, and they are expensive.  Building a new school would be ideal but that would also be expensive and where?

There has also been discussion on the “Princeton Plan” which groups all students in certain grades in different buildings as compared to utilizing geographic mapping. Dr. Shaps stated that they committed to keeping the same high level of quality education throughout whichever process they choose, and he will be organizing a task force comprised of a cross section of the community so they can step back, and prioritize the needs of the community and its students, and what they will be requiring for the future and their success.

Dr. Shaps also cited Heidi Hayes Jacobs book entitled “Bold Moves”   Ms. Jacobs traveled around the country viewing, learning what is needed, what is happening throughout the different regions in an effort to better help our school systems.

Dr. Shaps mentioned that they would be having quarterly meetings to address the situation and to produce a creative solution to please all.

Mamaroneck is GREAT!

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Michele Fox – A Realtor and so much more!

I work in a  wonderful office, with so many talented associates, not only in real estate (and our stats speak for themselves), but in so many other areas be it working in a soup kitchen (Chip Gedney  who makes GREAT pickles), working on the Board of a Soup Kitchen raising  necessary funds (Ali Greene), working on a local level  regarding tax grievance (Cary Sleeper)Penny Weiner who transitions homes room by room, Adam Cherko who teaches line dancing in Bronxville!,  Paul McCarthy whose wife has a wonderful estate sales company- Finders Keepers, Martha Rubio who is a  fantastic Baker and did I mention  our fantastic mountain climber and hiker Lee McTeigue !  I would be SO remiss if I didn’t mention our wonderful Manager, Carolyn Fugere, who was the  President of the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce and so very instrumental in helping to build and promote our local businesses;  our receptionist ( Diana Lee Angstadt also has a photography business, and is always sharing her beautiful artwork, and then there is Michele Fox!

Michele is a phenomenal artist (and REALTOR!) . I first became aware of her artwork when she was selling her beautiful home in Larchmont, and I  couldn’t help but notice the artwork that adorned her walls and complimented her home so well. Michele was an art major in school, and  continued in her studies at the Silvermine Art Center In Connecticut. Michele has been painting for many years, and finally,  after many requests, she started selling her artwork about 10 years ago. Carlos of Palmer Art Supply  has been featuring Michele’s artwork in his store for sale over the years, and there are still some pieces available right now!

Michele has also sold artwork in Rhode Island, and her favorite medium is oil. She has been exploring a new technique which incorporates layering giving an atmospheric look. Michele’s focus is landscapes, and she endeavors to reflect the stillness, and the endless possibilities of each day in her artwork.

There will be a web site on the horizon, and I for one cannot wait to see it!

There is still time to purchase before the Holidays!

We are a team in the Larchmont  Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s office , and here for all of your real estate needs.

Larchmont is GREAT!  Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s is GREAT!

 

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