Archive for March, 2012

24 Guelisten Drive, Rye

This 5 bedroom classic center hall Colonial at 24 Guelisten Place in Rye has been newly priced this week and its competitive value deserves your consideration. Nestled on a private road within walking distance to town, train and schools, the beautifully updated and bright home shines with hardwood floors, a freshly painted interior, numerous updates and charming elements throughout.

The welcoming entry hall leads into the formal living room anchored by an elegant fireplace and features an inviting window seat. The unique details continue throughout; another window seat graces the den while a glass paneled door leads from the formal dining room to a screened porch — perfect for dining al fresco! The updated custom kitchen is replete with granite counters and a large island with stool seating. A door from the kitchen leads to a fabulous stone backyard patio and children’s playscape.

Upstairs, the second and third floors complete the private areas of the home with a total of 5 bedrooms. The second floor boasts two family bedrooms in addition to a master suite with generous closet space and a private master bath with separate tub and shower, while the third floor features two additional family bedrooms and hall bath.

For more information, please view this home on my website, in the Featured Listings under “Classic Center Hall Colonial, Rye” or call me at (914) 329-5329 for a tour.

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This bright and wonderfully spacious Colonial Ranch at 127 Sunny Ridge Road in Harrison uniquely combines the convenience of single-floor living with the added advantage of an upstairs master bedroom and fabulous lower level living space. Situated on .34 acres and within walking distance to schools, parks and train there’s plenty to love about this home besides the hardwood floors and copious storage space throughout.

On the main floor, the spacious living room opens to both the dining area and a stunning family room featuring a soaring vaulted ceiling. This family room is especially airy and beaming with light, and will quickly become your favorite area to entertain because of its built-ins, fireplace, surround sound and sliding glass doors leading to a bluestone patio. Outside, you and your guests will enjoy the elegance of this patio and the hand-crafted stone walls that accent the large private yard.

Do you prefer an upstairs or downstairs master bedroom? In this home you’ll have your choice — two family bedrooms, an updated hall bath and master suite including a steam shower are located on the main floor, while a second master suite is upstairs and offers generous closet space and ample storage area.

An added benefit of this home is the comfortable lower level, offering a bright recreation room with fireplace, separate entrance to front yard, laundry, storage and access to the large two-car garage.

For further details, see this listing on my website under “Sun Filled Colonial Ranch” or call me at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a tour today!

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It’s not often you’ll find a centrally located Contemporary like the one at 9 George Langeloh Court, Rye that boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 powder rooms — over 5500 square feet of fabulous living space!

The beautiful entry hall opens up to a formal living room, formal Dining Room and the expanded family room with built-ins, fireplace and two sets of sliding glass doors to deck and rear garden.  Host friends and family movie nights in the media/entertainment room with a convenient door to yard and outdoor entertaining.  From the mudroom (with laundry), you’ll easily access the exercise room, wine cellar and 3-car garage with ample storage.

Upstairs, you’ll adore the ideal master suite featuring a fireplace, walk-in closets, updated master bath, as well as a spacious office addition and soaring 12ft ceilings.

The third level has four family bedrooms, two of which have double closets and share an updated bath with a double vanity and shower.  The remaining two bedrooms share a hall bath with tub and double vanity.

Impeccable detailing throughout includes hardwood floors, spiral staircase, plantation shutters and skylights. This home has too many updates and amenities to list – please request a Features Sheet for the entire list. For further details, view the listing on my website under “Spectacular Contemporary.” or call me at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a personal tour today!

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With the warm weather and spring buds appearing this week, I’ve received a number of requests for landscaping referrals. I highly recommend Mary Beth’s work and want to stress the importance of quality landscape design when preparing your home for sale. I’ve seen Mary Beth transform even the simplest yard with a few well-chosen plantings or stonework — and it often pays for itself in the final selling price.


Mary Beth Lubeck, Landscape Designer
(914) 720-8884
Garden Allies online


We all welcome the sight of early spring flowers but what do we do with the foliage that remains when the flowers die?
You can cut the flower stem back when the flower fades away; however, the foliage is needed to feed the bulb for next year’s blooms. Generally the greens need 8 weeks of growing time before they start to fade and you can safely cut them down. If the look of the greens bothers you plant some pansies or other spring flowering annuals to hide some of the foliage.

What should be pruned in early spring?
Be careful pruning in the springtime! Most trees and shrubs benefit from springtime pruning but not all should be pruned at that time. Spring flowering trees and shrubs should ONLY be pruned AFTER they bloom. Summer flowering shrubs which set their flower blooms in the previous season (many hydrangea varieties) should not be pruned in the springtime either. Be patient and enjoy the show before you prune.

I need a landscape makeover. Where do I start?
First, I would first work with you to develop a plan for your property — even the DIY homeowner can benefit from expert advice and a fresh look. I can also help you save money by suggesting the appropriate placement for plants and gardens which will best highlight your home.

When can I transplant?
For most trees, shrubs and perennials springtime is the best time for transplanting. Cool, moist soil conditions are less stressful for the plants. Don’t wait until summer heat which decreases the plants chances of survival.

When should I plant my summer flowering annuals?
Generally I’ve always waited until the first week of May to plant summer flowering annuals such as impatiens, petunias, geraniums, etc. Otherwise a late spring frost could ruin the roots of the plant and hamper summer blooms. This year is unseasonably warm so watch the weather forecasts and plan accordingly!

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99 Hix Avenue, Rye

Coming up this weekend is a must-see open house at 99 Hix Avenue in Rye on Sunday, March 18th from 1-3pm. Recently built in 2008 in the highly sought-after Hix Park neighborhood, this Nantucket shingled 5 bedroom Colonial features exquisite detailing and amenities too numerous to list here — we’ll have a Feature Sheet available for your review on Sunday.

This fantastic, spacious home boasts two fireplaces, custom shelving and radiant heat flooring on the lower level. You’ll especially love the winter water views from both the first floor deck and the second floor balcony. And the stunning sunlit master suite spares no expense — the beautiful master bath exudes luxury with a spa tub and radiant heat.

Call me at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a tour or view the listing on my website under Nantucket Shingled Colonialfor further details.

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No matter what your heritage, this weekend everyone’s Irish!  Take part in local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations featuring live music, great food,
shopping, kids activities and the Sound Shore’s first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade — sure to become an annual tradition!


SATURDAY, March 17th:

11am – 4pm • Brigit, 323 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck
Enjoy Irish food and music at Brigit’s St. Patrick’s Day party while shopping their lovely apparel and accessories!

1pm – 3pm • Square House Museum, 1 Purchase Street, Rye
Children ages 7-11 will enjoy a fun afternoon baking traditional Irish Soda Bread, creating their very own pot of gold and painting shamrocks. The program is $15 per child and includes all materials. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Rye Historical Society at (914) 967-7588.

3pm – 5pm • Chocolations, Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
Lola’s Tea House and Chocolations are hosting an Irish Afternoon Tea replete with Irish Soda Bread scones, bite-sized desserts, fruit salad, finger sandwiches and a 2-cup pot of tea.  Reservations are required, please call (914) 777-3600.

4pm • Molly Spillane’s, 211 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck
Enjoy corned beef and cabbage along with regular pub menu items while an Irish DJ plays traditional Irish favorites and contemporary Irish music.


SUNDAY, March 18th:

12pm • First Annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mamaroneck
The parade starts on Nostrand Avenue near Mamaroneck Avenue at noon and ends at Harbor Island off Boston Post Road and features musicians, dancers, local schools, police, firefighters, pipe bands and representatives of the area’s Irish community.

4pm – 8pm •  Molly Spillane’s, 211 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck 
Continue the celebration after the Parade and stop by Molly’s for live music from ERIN OG.

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