After years of bad news in the housing market, a corner has been turned. The cooperative complex of Scarsdale Manor on Garth Road in the Scarsdale PO is an example of such a turn around. This popular pre-war cooperative complex suffered from the malaise with slow sales and decreasing prices. Things are now leveling and we appear to be well on our way to healthy price increases.
Monthly Maintenance: $1025 – 50% tax deductible ($890 with STAR)
Gross Outlay per month: $1577.00
Net Outlay after tax deductions: $1300/month
Amortization: $2480 the first year.
Try finding a comparable unit to rent in downtown White Plains for $1300 a month in gross outlay. You can’t.
In addition, the seller is offering one year of FREE parking to the buyer.
* These numbers assume that the buyer pays list price and has a standard 20% to put down on the unit at a 4% interest rate.
Franklin Manor Unit #3A:
This is a beautifully maintained complex with an amazing amount of ambiance and old-world charm. Although no one lives in their lobby, I must say that this is one of the most beautiful lobbies in lower Westchester. The unit is a LARGE 1 BR/1 BA unit – 875 sf LARGE! Beautifully maintained and completely updated with a new granite eat-in kitchen, and a new bath. There are hardwood floors throughout cove ceilings a fireplace and an attention to detail that is the trademark of a beautiful pre-war building. The kitchen is huge. Marvelous for entertaining and cooks dream come true.
For convenience and charm this unit has it all.
Listing courtesy of Carolyn Schoemer – Keller Williams NY Realty Mobile: 914-629-6572
One thing I keep hearing over and over again when I read about how people get great photos is simply – ALWAYS HAVE A CAMERA AVAILABLE! Well, I really have to agree on that one. Last Saturday, we had a big storm moving in. I knew it was coming, but thought I had a while. In fact, I had a quiet evening at home mapped out rather than taking to the road in what was supposed to be severe weather. The iPad was charged up as was the phone in case of a blackout. But I was oblivious to the tornado watches . But I had been on the road for about 7 hours with photo shoots for other agents and my own buyer clients. Since I don’t check things like the web or even emails and text messages when I’m working with clients, I had been detached from internet for pretty much the whole day. So I was disgracefully ill-informed and knew nothing about the tornado watches and the fact that the storm was coming in faster than I thought. Oblivious to all this – I did what everyone good American woman does when the going gets tough – I went shopping! I was stopping through my favorite village – Tarrytown and went to Bark & Meowfor organic dog food, Coffee Labs for my favorite cup of Joe and a pound of Circus Blend. Then I realized I had some time grabbed the camera and took some photos as I waited for a dinner order at Lefteries.
Last year there was a great deal of fanfare about the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. The anniversary is always a time to reflect on what happened that day and all that has happened since. This year was a bit different, Sept 11 seemed to appear almost by stealth. The hoopla wasn’t there – though we all note the day in our own way. None of us will ever forget that day. Although I did not lose anyone personally in that attack, I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that that two passenger planes had been flown deliberately into the twin towers. But this evening while I was driving home, I realized that I could see the “Tribute of Light ” from my car. It seemed to be calling me, so I decided at the last minute to drive to the Yonkers Waterfront. When I got there, there were several local residents doing the same thing. It was a lovely evening, cool and crisp so quite a few people were looking at the lights and taking in the memorial plaque and observing the lights from the vantage point of the waterfront. Then I realized that I had my telephoto lens and camera box with me, so I decided to try and take a picture.
Over the past couple of years, I have been tracking the progress of Hudson Harbor which is located right on the Hudson River against a major portion of the Westchester’s Hudson River Walk. This development is a combination of luxury townhomes as well as condominium flats. Interspersed between the town homes will sit a complete community including shops and dining – creating complete mini-community on the Hudson River. Included in this package is a complete fitness center, a large out door pool both for residents only as well as guest houses for residents who have visitors.
There are those who mock the importance of the public sector. Often when they do, they take direct aim at institutions of knowledge such as our public libraries. Personally, I don’t want to live in a world when a place where much of our collective knowledge is curated, cataloged and disseminated is considered unimportant. Perhaps we don’t “go to the library” as much as we used to, but we “visit” the library online, can download ebooks and utilize its knowledge base to better ourselves. Libraries also offer a quiet place for youngsters to study. Something many of our less fortunate American youngsters do not have at home. One might even say that an attack on our public libraries is an attack on the upward mobility. And they aren’t just for the underprivileged, I grew up fairly wealthy but still remember very fondly the time I spent in the public library when I was in school. Special programs spark young minds into thinking about careers that go beyond finance and Wall Street. These same programs can also invigorate older brain cells to think in new directions.
The picture I snapped of the NYC skyline from Irvington NY on a sultry summer night was taken to make a point. New York City is becoming increasingly expensive. Friends of mine looking to purchase or even just to rent tell me tales of spiraling costs. So what about considering a move to Westchester? I know, I know some people will only consider New York City – anything less is blasphemy. But if the cost of living is killing you, Westchester is not the moon.
A few months ago I wrote a blog at the request of the White Plains Beautification Foundation. They were raising money for a new Cedar of Lebanon evergreen tree for the Holocaust Memorial Garden. Although I’m very familiar with downtown White Plains, I had never actually seen the garden. Located at 148 Martine Ave. right next to the Michaelian Office Building, it is a bit tucked away. I promised myself I’d go to see the garden and bring my camera – and I finally managed to do so on Thursday.
The Gates of Remembrance dominate the garden. They were created by the sculptor Rita Rapaport in 1992. They memorialize the lives lost and the suffering of millions during the Nazi era. The posts of the Gates remind me of flames. The plaques represent the concentration camps (barbed wire) the prisoners held in the camps (a piece of torn fabric with a prisoner’s number) Kristallnacht (the Bible in flames) and the Ten Commandments (broken tablets).
The Gates of remembrance are a powerful, massive and solemn image juxtaposed against the tranquil background of a peaceful garden.
One of the interesting things about living in Westchester NY is that you are surrounded by water views. But when I think about vivid sunsets, I tend to think of the River Towns such as Dobbs Ferry, Irvington or Tarrytown for a spectacular show. On the eastern Sound Shore side of the county I expect to see mellow display when the sun sets. The other night I was walking around Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck NY and happened to face south with the water and the east to my left and the sunset in the west to my right. It was as if the sunset in the west was meeting up to join the dusk in the east. It was actually quite a show. I was lucky to catch it because the colors faded fast, but here it is….
Since I’m working more and more with real estate photography, and since twilight photography is a major player in the real estate market these days, I am practicing low light photography whenever the opportunity presents itself.