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State of the Scarsdale Housing Market – Trends from 2015 & onward…

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Scarsdale Village on a Summer Day

Scarsdale has always been a famous Westchester location. It has a panache that is all its own.  Often with very good reason, I might add.  It is a lovely town and the village center has tremendous old-world charm.

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State of the Larchmont Housing Market – Trends from 2015 & onward…

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Manor Park – Larchmont – Early Spring

Larchmont is a village and P.O. in the town of Mamaroneck.  As such it is part of the Sound Shore portion of lower Westchester, hugging the Long Island Sound on its eastern point.

The Larchmont market, like other markets along the Sound Shore, is an appreciating market.  It is one of the most popular destinations for those seeking to move to the suburbs from Manhattan or one of the other boroughs.  The bulk of this market is the single family home market.  There are several very popular cooperative complexes along with a brand new luxury condo complex (The Cambium) that has just started closing their first sales at a good clip.

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State of the Mamaroneck Housing Market – Trends from 2015 & going forward…

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Harbor Island Park at dusk – Mamaroneck NY

The Mamaroneck market, like other markets along the Sound Shore, is a very active one that is appreciating in value.  By far the biggest part of  this market is in single-family homes, although there are several very popular condo and co-op complexes, many near the center of town and the Metro-North station.

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The municipalities of Westchester – official links…

Main Street - Tarrytown-Spring - labeled- 960Westchester is home to many towns villages and cities.  It can all be more than a little bit confusing.  We have several cities including  Cortlandt, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Rye City, White Plains and Yonkers.  The towns are often subdivided into villages and hamlets which can create a hodge-podge of confusion.

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School Daze – Learning more about Westchester Schools…

SchoolHouse copyFor many home buyers, one of the biggest considerations is the local school system.  The Westchester school systems are quite well know for their excellence.  But they are also a crazy tangle of  districts overlapping towns and villages. For example, a post office address of Scarsdale can put a home in either the Scarsdale, Edgemont, Eastchester or Yonkers school district. And if that doesn’t give you a migraine, remember that that’s just one post office address.  A good agent can help home buyers navigate this maze.

Where we  can’t be of much help is when buyers ask specifically about the quality of individual schools or  school districts.  I am often in the position of having to say that I can not offer an opinion on this very important issue. Steering laws forbid us from weighing in on issues of this nature.

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For Sale in Ossining NY – 21 Browning Drive – 10562

21 Browning - Ossining NY 10562Just the Facts:

Current Price:  $750,000 (subject to change)
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4.5
SF: 3428
Lot size: 0.4425 acres

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Westchester homes with history and modern amenities

Historic Home - Tarrytown NY 10591When you live in Westchester NY, particularly in one of the river towns, you often find yourself bumping up against history. Sometimes, when you are in the market for a new home, you may find yourself living in history. Westchester has a rich history and a home buyer is quite likely to find themselves looking at homes built in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Some home buyers have a fear of older homes,  while others embrace them.  The most common fears expressed by a minority of buyers are often misplaced.  Generally they have to do with soundness and maintenance.  Often the building materials are more solid than what we build today and theses homes, if maintained, generally have excellent “bones”.  Many of these homes have been fully modernized.  You may be living with history, but that doesn’t mean that you are living in a museum or a home that doesn’t conform to today’s needs.

Historic Home - Tarrytown NY 10591

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Bridges in Parallel – The New Tappan Zee Bridge….

The old TZ lies just south of the new TZ

The old TZ lies just south of the new TZ

Since 1955 the Tappan Zee bridge running from Tarrytown in Westchester County to Nyack in Rockland County has provided  a vital connection for the flow of traffic across the Hudson River.  An average of 140,000 vehicles cross the Tappan Zee daily.   Unfortunately, the original bridge was built to last a mere 50 years and so the Tappan Zee is well past its prime.  Realizing that the bridge was on borrowed time, the project to build a new bridge has been on the drawing boards for about a decade.  There were several models, tons of local issues, but the construction finally began in the summer of 2013.

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For Sale In Ossining NY – 116 Cedar Lane

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THIS HOUSE WAS SOLD IN 2014 FOR $475,000.

The Bottom Line: 

  • Offered at $524,914
  • Property Taxes – $13,036

The Bullet:

  • 3 BR/2.5 BA
  • 2257 sf
  • 0.62 acres

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For Sale in Mount Kisco NY 10549 – 25 Barker Street #201 – A 2 BR/2.5 BA Townhouse

25 Barker Street - Mount Kisco NY 10549The Bottom Line:

  • Asking Price: $293,000
  • Common Charges:  $348/month
  • Property Taxes: $4578 without STAR savings.

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