Archive for March, 2019

What does the month of April symbolize? Its name is derived from the Latin word aperit, which means to open. It is considered that April is the month of the growing season and when trees and flowers begin to “open”. How appropriate then to begin the month of April with the opening day for Rye Little League Season followed by so many amazing things for you and your family to do each weekend in April in fabulous Rye, New York.

62nd Annual Little League Parade
 Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
 Place: Rye Train Station Plaza
 Time: Line up 11:30 a.m. 
 Parade begins 12:00 sharp!
62nd Annual Little League Parade
Saturday, April 6th
Line Up at 11:30am and Parade Begins at 12:00pm
Rye Train Station Plaza

After you finish at the parade at Disbrow Park, head on over to the Rye Arts Center for the Free Arts Day and Children’s Concert followed by a meet and greet with the band!F

Saturday, April 6

• Workshops & Demos | 1:00 – 3:00pm
People of all ages can enjoy free hands-on opportunities to explore everything from Painting and Ceramics to 3D Printing and Robotics.

• Children’s Concert | 3:00 – 4:00pm
Enjoy a free concert featuring many of The Rye Arts Center’s talented music instructors.

• Meet the Instruments | 4:00 – 5:00pm
Stick around after the concert to meet the instructors and learn about the instruments they play and teach.

Second Weekend in April

Looking to get into the Easter Spirit? Come over to the Carole D. Kirby Memorial Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 at Rye Recreation Park (rain date is April 20th).

Line-up at 10:30am and Hunt at 11:00am

Click HERE for more details.

Not interested in an egg hunt, well there is something for everyone in Rye. Grab a coffee at Playland Market and take a stroll along the boardwalk. After taking in some fresh air, stop into the Westchester Children’s Museum for the following activities:

Saturday, April 13th
11:00 – 11:30am

Young children age 2-5 can learn to read through song in this innovative, successfully tested reading program now featured at the Westchester Children’s Museum. Children ages 2-5 with their parents/caregivers will delight in nursery rhymes set to song and gain critical reading skills at the same time! Support materials include instructions in both English and Spanish. First-come, first-served basis, limit to 10 participants. Must be present at start of program.

Sunday, April 14th
11:30 – 12:15pm

What is DNA?
Put on lab coats and goggles and extract DNA from strawberry cells. Really!
Using real laboratory equipment, students learn about genes and DNA while being guided through the scientific procedure of DNA extraction. Students can take their sample home as a souvenir. 

For pricing and details click HERE.

Third Weekend in April

Take a pause and do something for yourself this weekend. Check out one of the amazing Yoga classes offered at Row America and the Wainwright House overlooking beautiful Milton Harbor.

Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 – 3:00pm enjoy Restorative Yoga & Reiki with Jody Rasso at the Wainwright House at 260 Stuyvesant Avenue

Sunday, April 21st at 9:00am. Yoga and Mediation with Rise Yoga located at ROW America, a personal favorite of mine and the rest of the Joan O’Meara Team.

Fourth Weekend in April

On Saturday April 27th stop into the Midland Fair for some lunch and entertainment. Check out all the amazing things to do at the Midland Fair while supporting the Rye City Schools. Jumping castles, cakewalk dunk tanks and nails.

Sunday, April 28th

A fun and active day for the whole family at the Rye Y!

Time for races: 9:15am for the 5K/5M races and 11:00am for the fun run. For more information and to register click HERE.
Mary Kmetz of the Joan O’Meara Team will be there volunteering and will jump in the race for the 5 miler!

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Chocolate Guinness Cake

Even though St. Patrick’s Day is behind us this cake is still worth making.  It is simple to make and very good. The added Guinness cuts the sweetness which makes for a delicious dessert.

Enjoy! ~ Katie


  • Butter
  • 1 Cup Guinness Stout
  • 10 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 2 Cups Superfine Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/4 Cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 8 Ozs Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream


Step 1
For the cake: heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″ springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and superfine sugar and whisk to blend.

Step 2
In a small bowl combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla then mix well. Add Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda and whisk again until smooth. Pour into buttered pan and bake until risen and firm (45 minutes to one hour). Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.

Step 3
For the topping: using a food processor or by hand, mix confectioners sugar to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add heavy cream and mix until smooth and spreadable.

Step 4
Remove cake from pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake only, so that it resembles a frothy pint of Guinness.

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19 AUGUSTA COURT – Purchase, New York
$1,985,000 | 6 Bdrms | 6.1 Bths | 5,500 Sq Ft | 1.1 Acres

Classic styling designed for the highest standard of luxury living. This well-appointed and impeccable 200 center-hall Colonial features a dramatic 2-story entry hall, formal living and dining rooms, office/den, first floor bedroom/bath and state of the art kitchen opening to a stunning family room with cathedral ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and doors to deck. Powder room, laundry room, mudroom and access to three-car garage complete the first level.

Enviable master bedroom suite features sitting room, office, three walk-in closets and luxurious bathroom. Finished lower lever provides an additional 1,700 square feet of living space and boasts a spacious recreation room with wet bar, playroom, gym, bedroom, full bath, storage and doors to back yard. Distinctive architectural features include custom mill-work, high ceilings, arched doorways, interior columns and built-ins. Sited on 1.1 professionally landscaped and park-like acre with large deck. This home will certainly exceed your expectations!

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Houlihan Lawrence is the #1 real estate brokerage in Westchester County! Powered by HomeServices of America since 2017, Houlihan Lawrence is part of a national network of market-leading companies that has just secured the top spot in the real estate industry for the first time.

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Weekly Real Estate Update (3/22/19 – 3/28/19)


  • Active Single Family Homes – 114
  • SF Homes in Contract – 28
  • Average Listing Price – $2,743,720
  • Average LP Per SF – $668.63
  • Average DOM – 100 Days
  • Median Listing Price – $2,385,000
  • Sales YTD: 2019 – 16 | 2018 – 28

8 New Single Family Listings in Rye:

  • 36 Tyler Circle – $735,000
  • 4 York Avenue – $949,000
  • 378 Midland Avenue – $1,495,000 HL
  • 44 Grapal Street – $1,695,000 HL
  • 16 Kirby Lane North – $2,200,000 HL
  • 5 Ellen Court – $2,975,000 HL
  • 131 Apawamis Avenue – $4,150,000
  • 39 Evergreen Avenue – $4,950,000

5 Price Reductions in Rye

  • 40 Walker Avenue – $999,000 to $950,000
  • 450 Forest Avenue – $1,250,000 to $1,195,000
  • 57 Osborn Road – $2,095,000 to $1,925,000
  • 6 Harding Drive – $2,695,000 to $2,595,000
  • 221 Locust Avenue – $2,995,000 to $2,895,000

21 Public Open Houses in Rye This Weekend


  • Active Single Family Homes – 15
  • SF Homes in Contract – 3
  • Average Listing Price – $2,528,733
  • Average LP per SF – $521.38
  • Average DOM – 117 Days
  • Median Listing Price – $1,799,000
  • Sales YTD: 2019 – 1 | 2018 – 3

0 New Single Family Listings in Rye Neck 10580

0 Price Reductions in Rye Neck 10580

1 Public Open House in Rye Neck (10580) This Weekend

HARRISON SCHOOLS (10577, 10580, 10528)

  • Active Single Family Homes – 109
  • SF Homes in Contract – 28
  • Average Listing Price – $2,282,701
  • Average LP per SF – $406.50
  • Average DOM – 149 Days
  • Median Listing Price – $1,985,000
  • Sales YTD: 2019 – 25 | 2018 – 29

7 New Single Family Listings in Harrison:

  • 15 Emerson Place (10528) – $749,000 HL
  • 26 Old Lyme Road (10577) – $969,000
  • 220 North Street (10528) – $1,199,000
  • 11 Meadow Lane (10577) – $1,795,000 HL
  • 124 Haviland Road (10528) – $2,395,000 HL
  • 10 Woods End (10580) – $2,750,000 HL
19 Augusta Court | Purchase 10577 | $1,985,000 | O’Meara Team

6 Price Reductions in Harrison

  • 660 Harrison Avenue (10528) – $869,000 to $829,000
  • 89 Grove Street (10528) – $875,000 to $850,000
  • 140 Sunnyridge Road (10528) – $1,150,000 to $1,099,990
  • 140 Woodlands Road (10528) – $2,100,000 to $1,975,000
  • 79 Pleasant Ridge Road (10528) – $2,995,000 to $2,925,000
  • 42 Bellevue Avenue (10580) – $3,250,000 to $2,999,000

12 Public Open Houses in Harrison (10580,10528,10577) This Weekend

For more information on any of the above properties or the current real estate market please contact me at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com.

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The Arbors – Rye Brook, New York
Asking $499,000

2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,240 Sq Ft | .04 Acres

Immaculate 2-bedroom end unit in sought-after Arbors community. Spacious rooms, updated kitchen and baths, cathedral ceiling, ample closet space, hardwood floors and private fenced in yard with patio. The Arbors offers a private country club lifestyle with clubhouse, pool, tennis and paddle courts, health center and playground.

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The first day of spring was March 20th so it is time to think spring cleaning! Whether you are putting your home on the market or staying put this spring…it is probably time to freshen up your house.  Here are a few simple ideas to give your home a new feel inside and out:

  • Clean Out Your Closets – Time to remove (and donate) unused clothing and accessories.
  • Clean Painted Walls – Most cases just a wet rag or sponge with a little bit of a mild dishwashing detergent will do the trick.
  • Clean Carpets & Tile Floors – Baking Soda and warm water will give your tile floors a new shine. Determine if your rugs have waterproof backing.  If they do, a shampoo machine will do the trick. For Oriental rugs and other area rugs with no backing it is smart to call a professional.
  • Reorganize & Declutter Bookshelves – Remove unwanted books/items, consider changing the placement of the books – alternate horizontally and vertically, and mix in framed photos to offset the books.
  • Clean Window Treatments – Most treatments don’t need a wash, but rather a good dusting.  Vacuum with an attachment or put in the dryer at low heat with a fabric softener sheet.
  • Wash Windows & Window Screens – Always wash glass windows on a cloudy day – strong sun will dry windows too quickly and cause streaks.  Warm water and mild dishwashing detergent will clean screens.
  • Donate Unused Items – Clean out the garage, basement, closets, toy room, etc… Host a garage/tag sale or donate to one of the many charitable organization in Westchester County.
  • Clean Exterior of Your House – Check exterior of your home for splitting wood, mold and peeling paint. Freshen up painted trim on your house and power wash patios/walkways and house.  If you aren’t sure if your exterior can handle a powerwash it is always prudent to call a professional.
  • Gutters – Remove debris from gutters and make sure all downspouts drain away from foundation.
  • Outdoor Maintenance – Clean and stain deck, check driveway for cracks, clean garage door, clean outdoor furniture and grill, checks faucets and houses for freeze damage, have irrigation system serviced, weed garden beds, trim shrubs and mulch.

For a list charitable organizations or professional oragnizers in our area visit my website and click on Local Partners. 

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