Archive for January, 2012

Looking back at 2011, we saw a stable year. Looking forward, we are seeing brisk interest from Buyers as evidenced by Houlihan Lawrence’s 52% increase in the number of Rye/Harrison showings this year in comparison to this same timeframe last year (1/20/11, single family homes, area 5).

Houlihan Lawrence’s Stephen and Chris Meyers, CEO and COO sum up 2011 as follows:

“Overall, 2011 was a year of stability in a still-recovering market, and many positive signs indicate that a base may be forming for the next bull market. Looking ahead, prices are likely to remain at or near current levels for 2012. We also expect the emerging trend of higher transaction volume to begin working its way up from the lower price ranges.” Excerpted from the Houlihan Lawrence 4th Quarter 2011 Marketing Report, this overview is insightful in setting our expectations for 2012.

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When looking at an overview year-to-year comparison (see At A Glance chart above), we see that Rye City Schools saw a drop in number of homes sold from 149 in 2010 to 132 in 2011, but we witnessed a 14% change in Average Sold Price from $1,535,957 up to $1,748,806 in 2011. Sold Price per Square Footage rose 7% up to $566 in 2011 from $531 in 2010.

Homes in 10580 Harrison Schools remained flat with 18 homes sold and we experienced a 6% drop in Average Sold Price from just over $2,000,000 to $1,904,172. There was an increase in Sold Price per Square Foot however, rising from $372 in 2010 to $401 in 2011.

As Meyers and Meyers point out, although there is the largest decline in closed sales in the 4th Quarter compared to 2010, this is a reflection of the lull in contracts signed during the August-October period. Buyer confidence returned in November and a notable number of deals were put together over the final 6-8 weeks of the year.

Based on listings in contract at year-end—which translate to closings that typically take place within 45-60 days—“the stage is set for a relatively strong start to 2012, with the highest and lowest price ranges outperforming everything in between.”

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The title above says it all — 720 Milton Road in Rye is a stunning example of Rye living. This bright and spacious 3 bedroom, top floor apartment overlooks a marina as well as Long Island Sound, with water views evident at every turn.

Entertaining will be a pleasure in the large living room and dining room area. You’ll also delight in the ample closet space and the many built-ins (with both shelf and drawer space) throughout the home. Recent updates include a freshly painted interior, new crown molding, renovated kitchen and new master bath.

Besides the lovely interior, outside you’ll find a pool, dock and convenient water access — all protected and maintained by this luxury gated community. Call me at (914) 329-5329 to view this apartment soon, and you’ll be settled into your new home just in time for the first sail of the year!

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I’m excited to announce Houlihan Lawrence’s recent Tri-State Alliance partnership — another significant addition to HL’s marketing strategy that I expect will be of great benefit to our clients.

In an effort to create more exposure for listing clients and widen the radius of buyers in the New York metro area, Houlihan Lawrence joined forces with three other market-leading firms to create the Tri-State Alliance.  This exciting partnership recently launched to share exclusive property listings online between four powerful brokerage firms:

• Coach Realtors (Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island)
• Halstead Property (New York City, the Hamptons, Fairfield County, Connecticut and Hudson and Essex Counties in New Jersey)
• Houlihan Lawrence (Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties in New York)
• Turpin Realtors (Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Essex and Union Counties in New Jersey)

The Tri-State Alliance will offer enhanced and exclusive exposure for our listings on Tri-State partner websites. Each firm’s exclusive listings will be searchable across all four brokerage websites, which collectively receive millions of visitors annually and brings together 68 office locations — more than 2,900 sales agents and nearly 8,000 exclusive listings.

Feel free to call me at (914) 329-5329 with any questions — there’s also a press release on the Alliance that you can download below for further information.

Download the Tri-State Alliance Press Release

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This weekend presents a great opportunity for touring two recently completed brand-new homes in Rye at 123 Soundview Avenue and 446 Park Avenue on Sunday from 2-4pm. Buyers aren’t the only ones you’ll see touring these spectacular homes — savvy sellers know that newly constructed homes such as these offer an insightful look into the mind of current buyers, since they are designed using the amenities, floor plans and color schemes that are currently in high demand. So if you’re planning on doing some pre-spring market renovations this winter, be sure to stop by for a tour!

123 Soundview Avenue, Rye


Quality design and spectacular craftsmanship define this 5 bedroom classic Colonial by CAD Development. Refined architectural details abound throughout home. Stunning gourmet dine-in-kitchen with custom cabinetry, stainless appliances and granite counters will impress the most discriminating chefs. Eat-in-kitchen flows to a spacious family room with fieldstone fireplace and golf course views. High-end detailing includes Red Oak hardwood floors, crown molding/wainscoting, stone chimney, flagstone walks/patio and more. For more information, please view the home in my featured listings under “New Classic Colonial.”


446 Park Avenue, Rye

446 Park Avenue is an exquisite 5-bedroom stone and shingle Colonial designed by Susan Cappelli that is sure to impress. Attention to detail is evident in every inch — the beautiful home boasts Red Oak wood flooring, top-of-the-line amenities, bright and spacious rooms and much more. The .412 acre property is fully landscaped featuring a large flagstone patio. Total habitable space of 5816 square feet includes a 1949 square foot finished basement. Completing the picture, it is also conveniently situated close to an elementary school, Rye Golf Club and the train. For more information, please view the home in my featured listings under “Exquisite Colonial in Rye.”

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Tickets are still available for the much-anticipated Rye Youth Council Annual Gala on January 28th at 7pm. This year’s Gala will be held at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, and features an elegant dinner followed by live music and dancing. Participants will also enjoy taking part in the silent auction with all proceeds to benefit the Rye Youth Council.

This year’s honorees include Dennis Deutmeyer, Lorraine Levinson and Rich Savage — all outstanding community advocates of Rye’s youth. You might know Dennis from the Church of the Resurrection where he serves as a member of the Parish Finance Committee and CYO basketball coach; and Lorraine as President of the Board of the Rye Youth Council for three years as well as the President of the Parent’s Organization at Milton Elementary and the Women’s Club of Rye. Rich has been a fifth grade teacher at Osborn Elementary since 1996 and also serves as the Rye Girls Varsity Soccer Coach and Director of Shenorock Camp and has received numerous awards and recognition for his coaching.

This annual event never disappoints! Buy your tickets online today or call the Council to order over the phone at (914) 967-3838.

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Coming up this Sunday from 2-4pm is my first open house of 2012 — a lovely 4 bedroom shingle-style center hall Colonial at 8 Bennett Street in Rye, in the Hix Park neighborhood. Its kitchen and hall baths were expanded and renovated in 2005 and the gorgeous master bath renovations were completed just a few weeks ago!

At 2600 square feet, the spaciousness of the home is readily apparent in the kitchen, which offers a large island with stool seating, ample breakfast and sitting areas as well as a household desk space. Besides these luxuries, the kitchen is replete with amenities such as granite countertops, custom cabinetry, double wall oven and Subzero refrigerator.

The first floor also features a formal living room with fireplace and built-ins, with the formal dining room and updated powder room in close proximity.

Home entertaining is a breeze in this comfortable family room with built-ins and sliding doors leading out to the deck. Bring your party from the large, inviting front porch into the house and then out to the back deck while still enjoying your favorite music — the entire floor and outdoor areas are wired for stereo!

All this and I haven’t even begun to describe the upstairs which boasts a newly renovated master bath with a marble topped double vanity, custom built storage and seamless shower doors — or the basement’s mudroom, finished storage space and 400-bottle wine cellar with new cooling unit.

This home is a great value — join me this Sunday to see for yourself or call me at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a private tour. For further details, please view this property in my featured listings under “Renovated Center Hall Colonial, Rye.”

Did you miss last month’s open house at 123 Soundview Avenue in Rye?  Just completed in December, this fabulous new construction showcases CAD Development’s quality design, craftsmanship and lovely architectural details. It’s open for a tour again this weekend at the same time as 8 Bennett, on Sunday from 2-4pm, and only a few blocks away — why not tour both!

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