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There’s something for everyone at 135 Bradford Avenue in Rye — state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, third-floor playroom, walking distance to the Rye Golf Club and steps away from leisurely walks through the Marshlands Preserve. This lovely 4 bedroom home has all the charm of an 1850’s Colonial Farmhouse tastefully paired with modern lifestyle updates. Exposed beams grace the area where the living room flows into the elegant dining room, while the consummate chef’s kitchen opens to a great room with sliders to the patio for convenient outdoor entertaining. The spacious master bedroom offers a private bath, and three additional bedrooms on this floor share a hall bath. Additional features include a fully finished basement/rec room and a one-car garage with ample storage space and attached mudroom.

Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined street in a most desirable neighborhood and set on a half acre of professionally landscaped property featuring breath-taking views of Long Island Sound — this home embodies the best of Rye living!

To learn more about this ideal home, view in my current listings under “Colonial Farmhouse” or call me today at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a tour!

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When is the last time you spent the day in New Rochelle? With only a short 15 minute drive from Rye or Harrison, it’s well worth the trip considering some of the great free family events coming up at the New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL):

Movie on the Green: The Wizard of Oz
August 4, (8pm) Costume Contest (8:45pm) Movie Begins
Rain location: Ossie Davis Theatre at NRPL
What could be better than seeing the incredible characters of this beloved 1939 classic –on a two-story high screen and out under the stars! The fun will begin with a Costume Parade and contest of the best costumes inspired by the movie. Prizes for numerous age and creativity categories – so be sure to join in the competition.

Kids Yoga

August 4 & 11 (Thursdays)
Classes are from 6-7 pm & 7:15-8:15 pm
A series of fun movements and games that promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, relaxation, concentration and self-confidence – while also stimulating creativity with Nora LeMorin. Children only!

Disney Summer Hit Parade Movie Series

August 8th, 6:00 Pm – The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Free screening will be shown on a big screen in the Ossie Davis Theatre at NRPL.

International Music & Dance: Bokandeye African Dance and Drums
August 9th at 7 pm, doors open at 6:45 pm 
The rich cultural traditions of African villages come alive as the troupe’s multigenerational dancers perform in authentic costume. First-come, first-serve to the capacity of the Ossie Davis Theater at NRPL.

All About Animals: Family Films with Animals on the Move
August 10th
11:00 am: Curious George
1:00pm: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
First-come, first-served to the 145-seat capacity. Ossie Davis Theater at the NRPL.

Be sure to check their calendar, as I’ve only listed a selection of all the programs they have next month – a great find!

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55 Hewlett Avenue, Rye

Newly priced this week at $2,295,000, this recently renovated Rye colonial will command your attention. Besides its well-considered interior design, it’s ideally situated on a landscaped .42 acre and is within walking distance to school and beach.

Eat-In Kitchen

This lovely 6 bedroom home boasts many new upgrades including an updated eat-in kitchen.

Dining Room

Its comfortable 4166 square feet of living space includes a large living room and well-appointed dining room — ideal for entertaining.

Mudroom

You’ll delight in the unique spaces of the home such as its second floor playroom, spacious master suite and gorgeous sunroom. The mudroom with cubbies, farm sink and tile flooring is especially appealing!

To learn more about this ideal home, view in my current listings under “Renovated and Spacious Colonial” or call me today at (914) 329-5329 with any questions!

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Tired of paying the spectator charge to bring your kids to Playland? Good news — as of July 6th, the County Board of Legislators overturned the $5 fee charged to non-riding residents and have made it free to County residents once again. Enjoy the return of this benefit by visiting the park on a Wednesday or Friday at 9:15pm for the fireworks show or click here to see the schedule of daily entertainment.

No summer vacation is complete without a trip to Playland!

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The calm of summer is here—and looking back at our second quarter, the Real Estate market also was fairly calm.

In Rye, the number of sales of single-family homes in the second quarter was 45, down from 63 one year ago. The Sold Price was down slightly as well, with an 11% dip in Rye City to $1,440,520 and a 3% decrease in Rye Neck Schools to $1,511,143— while 10580 in Harrison Schools was up 23% to $2,009,167. Note that the Rye City Schools homes sold were approximately 10% smaller in square footage, which adds to this Sold Price differential. Days On Market decreased both in Rye City and Harrison, making the list date to close date cycle about one month shorter in Rye City and three months shorter in Harrison, bringing that cycle down from a year to about 9 months.

In all 3 Harrison zips, the number of single-family home sales was up to 34 in 2Q 2011 from 28 in 2Q 2010. 10528 saw the biggest change with a significant drop from 22 to 10 homes, while 10577 and 10528 picked up the balance. Average Sold Price and Days on Market stayed steady in 10528 and 10577, while 10580 posted a 22% jump in Average Sold Price to $2,009,167 from $1,636,250. 10528 had the lowest Days On Market average, resting at 188 or approximately 6 months from listing date through close.

For all current Listing & Sold stats, visit my website and click on the 2nd Quarter Listing Stats link. As always, feel free to contact me at (914) 329-5329 with any Real Estate questions or for a complimentary market analysis of your home.

To an enjoyable summer to all!

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The annual announcement of Westchester Magazine‘s Best of Westchester is a great opportunity to not only honor some of the finest local nightlife, shopping and food but also discover some new favorites. Below, I’ve highlighted a selection of Rye’s winners, but it’s well worth reading through the full list as there are also great places to try in the surrounding towns of Larchmont and Mamaroneck.

In the Home category, one of my favorites that I blogged about earlier in the year — And Company [914.305.4029  |  andcompanyonline.com
], was recognized in the “Best New Gift Shop category” for their “perfect gifts … from purses to patio furniture.” I couldn’t agree more!

Although you’ll find Rye represented in many of the award categories, the most honors were bestowed in the Food category:

Best Pancakes: On the Way Cafe [914-921-2233  |  onthewaycaferye.com]
Best Bloody Mary: Rye Roadhouse  [914-925-2668  |  ryeroadhouse.com]
Best New Candy Shop: Candy Rox  [914-844-6750  |  candyrox.net]

And in the Reader’s Choice segment of the competition, Rye again gained recognition with the following honors:

Best French Restaurant: La Panetière [914-967-8140  |  lapanetiere.com]
Best Gourmet Market: June & Ho [914-967-1900]
Best Vegetarian Food: Andy’s Pure Food [914-967-2332  |  andyspurefood.com]
Best Facial: Euro Laser Services [914-921-3265  | eurolaserservices.com]
Best Pet Store: Pet Pantry Warehouse [914-967-0444  | ppwpet.com]
Best Kids Clothes Shop: Lester’s [914-908-5688 |  lestersnyc.com]

Are these your favorite places too? Comment below and share your thoughts on this year’s Best of Westchester list — tell us about the places you love!

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