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Archive for April, 2012

Have you noticed the interesting figures sitting on wooden poles along along Purchase Street lately? They’re works of art from Joan Benefiel and Jeremy Leichman’s Hudson River Pilings Project, and they’ll be displayed along Purchase Street and the Village Green through the end of May.

This installation is part of Beyond Rodin: New Directions in Contemporary Figurative Sculpture, an exhibit at the Rye Arts Center curated by local sculptor Bob Clyatt. The exhibit features 20 American sculptors who are creating innovative contemporary works built on a foundation of anatomical rigor and classical training in sculpting the human form. The works are made from bronze, wood, clay and space-age polymers and created using hand-modeling and carving methods as well as 3D computer technology.

Exhibiting Artists include: Emil Alzamora, Sequoyah Aono , Deborah Baldizar, Joan Benefiel & Jeremy Leichman, Paige Bradley, Susan Clinard, Tricia Cline, Bob Clyatt, Sarah Coble, Carole Feuerman, Barney Hodes, Alex Kveton, Jedediah Morfitt, Bret Reilly, Roger Reutimann, Bernard Rowan, Susan Saladino, Judy Sigunick and Chris Smith.

Just another great reason to take a stroll downtown this week!

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Built in 1989, 1 Billington Court in Rye boasts all the best features of Colonial style and design, including well proportioned rooms and comfortable living. This spacious 5-bedroom Colonial is sited on .37 fabulous acres with a fenced-in yard and within walking distance to all schools, park and town.

One of the loveliest features of this brightly sunlit home is the large living room anchored by a stunning stone fireplace.

Enjoy large family gatherings in the spacious formal dining room and daily meals in the updated eat-in kitchen which conveniently flows through to a family room with fireplace.

The sunlit Master Suite includes both a full bath and powder room. Three family bedrooms are located on the same floor, while a 5th bedroom with full bath is in the finished basement (adding an astounding 1,000 square feet of additional living space).

For more details, please see this listing on my website under “Young Colonial in Heart of Rye”  or give me a call at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a tour!

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Come downtown on Sunday, April 29th, to enjoy the Rye Derby and Healthy Kids Day organized by the Rye Y! This fun annual event always draws a great crowd, as you can see from last year’s video below.


The event starts at 10am with active fun and games for kids in addition to a 5 mile and a 5K run. There’s even a fun 1 mile family walk/run through the streets of Rye at 12:15pm!

Be sure to register in advance for any of the runs or walks. Please note that it’s best to park in the municipal lots off Purchase street since the Rye YMCA parking lot will be closed as well as the lot across the street from the Rye Y since Locust Avenue will be closed from 8am to 2:30pm.

Hope to see you there!

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During the first quarter of 2012, early spring temperatures brought early Buyers — kicking off the local spring real estate market a few weeks earlier than usual. And the early bird seems to be getting the worm — inventory is tight, but demand is higher.

First quarter saw a rise in the overall number of houses sold in Harrison (23 compared to 16 in 2011),  while Rye experienced a drop to 29 houses sold compared to 34 in 2011. Harrison zip 10577 also experienced an increase in Average Sold Price/Square Foot as it jumped from $293 a year ago to $331.  In Rye, a hectic pace has kept the number of active listings growing, and Average Sold Price/Square Foot  in 10580 jumped from $560 a year ago to $637.

It also worth mentioning that the 1st quarter of 2012 saw an increase in rate fluctuation as the winter months moved into March. Although it was winter, the warm climates certainly seemed to contribute to an active real estate market as it made everything (except skiing!) easier. Rates were impacted as the news oscillated—up and down is the best way to describe the last month.

Despite this fluctuation, rates continue to be good and refinancing activity remains strong. There appears to be more recovery in the real estate market in our area and with the allure of the small communities and the notion that perhaps these low rates won’t last forever, Buyers are coming out to purchase. Note that although rates will stay low through 2014, as we move closer to the election, we will most likely see more variability—up and down—in mortgage rates.

For up-to-date detailed information, contact Pat Ciulla from Thoroughbred, a Wells Fargo affiliate that offers exceptional services to Houlihan Lawrence customers.

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80 Elmwood Avenue, Rye


Construction crews have recently broken ground at 80 Elmwood Avenue in Rye in preparation for the next sure-to-begorgeous Susan Cappelli project. Located in the Milton Point neighborhood and within walking distance to the park and beach, it didn’t take long for this 5 bedroom new construction Colonial designed by well-established Rye Builder Susan Cappelli to find a buyer.

Cappelli’s builds tend to sell quickly, since they are known for their superb craftsmanship, custom details and top-of-the-line amenities. The new owners will undoubtedly enjoy architectural details including an exquisite tray ceiling in the master suite with hardwood floors and custom mill work featured throughout. And in this case, the savvy buyer arrived early enough in the process to also select their own colors and finishes.

Cappelli’s next project on the horizon is 5 Fieldstone Road in Rye — a stone shingle Colonial with 5 bedrooms, a 2 car garage and a full finished basement for $2,995,000.00. It will be coming onto the market soon, so keep your eye on my blog and website for further details as they become available!

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It’s not too late to enjoy a private beach and beach club this summer from the comfort of your new home!

Enjoy exquisite unobstructed views of Long Island Sound from this unique and well maintained waterfront home at 167 Kensington Oval in New Rochelle. An open granite deck overlooks the water on the main level, while a glass enclosed lanai offers an ideal vista of both beach and Sound views on the lower level. Fabulously located with its own private beach, this 4,000 square foot home also offers access to the San Souci community private beach club featuring beach, pool, tennis, playground, dock and more.

Marble floors and updated bathrooms complete this rare find — tour this dream home today! Call me at (914) 329-5329 to schedule a private tour or view the listing on my website under “Waterfront Home & Private Beach, New Rochelle, NY” for detailed information.

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