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2 Mildred Avenue, Rye

If you’re house hunting this weekend, be sure to take some time to tour this spacious split-level in the wonderful Hix Park neighborhood. The main level features French doors opening to a formal living room, dining area with sliding doors to deck, eat-in-kitchen, den and access to 1-car garage. Four bedrooms, two full baths and generous closet storage complete the picture. Lower level includes a recreation room, laundry area and access to screened-in porch.

Call me at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a tour, and click here to view the rest of my listings.

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Today I posted 3rd quarter listing stats to my website – give them a look and you’ll see that the results look very promising in our local market! Sales continue to be active, with 62 houses in Rye and 35 houses in Harrison selling during the quarter. The big news, however, is a significant reduction in Days on Market. Home sales moved more quickly this quarter, selling 80 days (Rye) and 74 days (Harrison) faster than previous quarters. All this while still experiencing a 6% increase in Average Sold Price from third quarter 2009 in both Harrison and Rye.

All indicators point toward this being a great time to sell – give me a call at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a complimentary market evaluation of your home!

Click here to review the full list of third quarter listing stats.

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8 Morehead Drive, Rye — Listed at $1,625,000

Be the first to view this new listing hitting the market today! This spectacular center-hall Colonial is situated in the wonderful Rye Gardens neighborhood. The beautifully renovated kitchen opens to a large family room with sliders to the back deck. Den also opens to deck. A formal living room with fireplace and formal dining room complete the first floor. Second floor features master bedroom with bath, four family bedrooms and two renovated hall baths. Home sits on .37 professionally landscaped acres with fabulous stone walls and shed.

Call me to schedule a tour this weekend at (914) 329-5329, and click here to view the rest of my listings.

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I am so honored to share that I have been recently named as a 2010 FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent, an award given in conjunction with Westchester Magazine.

The award team surveyed Westchester area residents who purchased a home between January 2007 and January 2010, in addition to subscribers of Westchester Magazine and local mortgage and title companies. The winners were judged by the following criteria: customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiation, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

I am humbled to have been acknowledged in this way, and again reminded how lucky I am to work and live in such a beautiful corner of the world where so many interesting, kind and lovely people want to live. Thank you to all my clients past and present – I greatly appreciate your generous support!

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Here are some warm and inviting homes to consider – give me a call to schedule a tour this weekend at (914) 329-5329.

 

8 Eldredge Place, Rye

This quintessential center-hall colonial on a cull-de-sac overlooks Rye Golf Club. Renovated and expanded in 2002, this lovely home boasts a center hall with a marble floor and a spacious living room with French doors leading out to the patio. Beautifully renovated eat-in-kitchen is replete with a fireplace and opens to a family room with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and French doors to patio. Adjacent to the kitchen are the fifth bedroom including full bath, the mud room with laundry and entrance to two-car garage. Master bedroom has a new bathroom and doors leading to deck. Walk to train, elementary school and Rye Golf Club. Professionally landscaped.

 

27 Barlow Lane, Rye


Well-appointed, spacious and bright home situated on park-like 1/2 acre facing Peter Jay Place. Exterior features include gorgeous stone walls and bluestone walkway. The entrance hall has lovely marble flooring and the large new kitchen has it all – a large island, granite and stainless. There’s a new hall bath with double vanity, and the master and family bedrooms also have a spacious new bath. The lower level is a walk-out and features a comfortable family room, exercise room, generous storage, laundry and bathroom and access to oversized garage with new wood door.

 

For more information on either house, click here to see my current listings on my website.

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I love this time of year – there are so many ways to enjoy the harvest season in our community.  Here’s a sampling of the many great local events for kids and adults alike. Is your favorite on the list? Share with us your family traditions – how do you plan to celebrate this year?

[October 23, 1pm] Family Pumpkin Carving Day at Rye Historical Society, 1 Purchase Street, Rye. After choosing a pumpkin from the Square House “pumpkin patch,” let your creativity run wild and carve your own pumpkin masterpiece. Children will also be able to make a selection of fun fall themed crafts. Reservations are suggested; space is limited. $20 per family, call 914-967-7588 for reservations.

[October 24, 3:00pm – 5:00pm] Evermore: Poe, the Master of Mystery at the Rye Arts Center51 Milton Rd, Rye. Call 914-967-0700 for further info.

[October 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm] Halloween Hoot Costume Parade at Rye Library, Community Meeting Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. Wear your costume and join us for stories, a parade, and trick or treat candy to take home. Join us as we turn the lights down low, listen to Halloween stories with Nora Maher and Erin Lee Kelly of Storytime Stage, join a parade of costumes, get a Trick or Treat goody bag and march around the library collecting candy to take home. Lots of fun. Ages 4 and up.

[October 29 – 31, 6:30pm – 7:00pm] Haunted House at The Leo Mintzer Center, 251 Underhill Ave, West Harrison. The Center will host a haunted house and on each night there will be a “lights on” party for kids ages 10 and under. From 7pm to 10pm the lights will be out for the older kids. The benefits from the “lights out” party will go to the Harrison Football Players.

[October 29, 3:30pm] West Harrison Halloween Parade
The West Harrison parade will start at the firehouse.

[October 29, 5:30pm] Harrison Halloween Parade
The Harrison parade will start at Parsons Elementary School.

[October 30 – 31, 12:30pm – 3:30pm] Hardly Haunted Matinee at Scared by the Sound at Rye Playland. Non-scary fun for children under 8 years of age.

[All Month] Oktoberfest at Town Dock, 15 Purdy Ave, Rye. Town Dock will be featuring authentic German cuisine this October in celebration of Oktoberfest!  If your familiar with the Town Dock you’ll know you’ll have a delicious meal and a good time.  If you haven’t been to the Town Dock, what are you waiting for?  Come Celebrate with us!

[All Month] Scared by the Sound at Rye Playland. Located along side the Long Island Sound and behind the gated walls of Historic Playland Amusement Park in Rye, the Scared by the Sound Haunted House is in its second decade of haunting. More detailed and elaborate scenes combined with even more intense startles and scares is what makes this the must see interactive haunt in the Northeast this and every Halloween season. Experience for yourself with family members or a friend or group of friends what has terrified tens of thousands of guests over the years. Don’t forget to take advantage of early season discounts and on-line ticketing to make your visit even more frightfully enjoyable as you are dared to be Scared by the Sound!

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At school functions and around town, I often hear this common theme. Homeowners are not ready to sell at the moment, but they are thinking about some work they want to do and want to make sure the money they invest makes sense. A bonus is that they can enjoy some of the improvements until they sell. Just recently, after a consult with a homeowner, a savvy decision was made to spend the next two years making improvements suggested as we walked through her house. Since she was in no rush to sell, she planned to take her time with the renovations and spread out the expenses over a longer period of time. The best part about her plan? She gets to live with the improvements she’ll make to the house. Often homeowners make fabulous improvements to their home that only the new owners get to enjoy! Besides, selling your home can be a complex process that often takes longer than you might expect, so if you have the luxury of time, why not take it?

This strategy is a wise one, even for homeowners that are planning a renovation without any intention of selling. Getting a realtor involved early can help you maximize your renovation budget by focusing on resale even though it may be years away. In this challenging market, taking your time to find a realtor that can work with you to develop the true value of your home over time is your best predictor of a short time on the market, as well as a high return on investment when it’s ultimately time to sell.

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