That condo is on the market for how much?!!! Westchester’s elusive empty-nester downsize…

Welcome to the Westchester View’s first  podcast.  This is hopefully the first of many podcasts on the state of the Westchester real estate market.  I hope you enjoy the content and find it helpful and informative.

The great boomer “downsizing” has begun in earnest!  Over the past couple of months I have been working with several empty-nesters as they tackle the good, the bad and the ugly of downsizing.

Sticker Shock isn’t just for first-time home buyers…

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Dream Home – Penthouse Edition 2014 – The Ritz Carlton of White Plains…

DreamHouse30 -SmallWestchester has many fall traditions.  It is famous for them.  Like the historic Hudson Valley Jack O’Lantern blaze, and Horseman’s Hollow, Westchester Magazine has created its own unique fall tradition: the Westchester Magazine’s Dream Home.  This year we have the “Penthouse Edition” at none other than the ultimate luxury complex – the Ritz Carlton in downtown White Plains NY.

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Another housing bubble or simply supply and demand….

Real Estate IssuesNAR just  released its housing report for Q4 2013 and I found some great information from the KCM blog regarding national and regional numbers.  If you ever watch talking heads on CNBC or any of the other presumed experts, your head is probably spinning  because everyone has a different take and every new report adds to the general chaos of data an numbers. But when I saw the numbers, the picture became a good deal clearer.

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For Sale In Ossining NY – 116 Cedar Lane

39 - Cedar - Exterior2- smallThe 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 Eastchester NY – 15 Eton Place

32 - Exterior2a - SmallerThe Bullet:

  • For-Sale-By-Owner
  • 5 BR/ 2.5 BA
  • 2900 SF (According to Zillow) 
  • 0.23 Acres
  • Offered at $749,000

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For Sale in Downtown White Plains NY – 2 Windsor Terrace #2G – A 2 BR/1 BA Cooperative

2 Windsor - Exterior2 - SmallThe Bottom Line:

  • Asking Price – $150,000
  • Common Charges – $924 without STAR
  • Deductible – 50%
  • Included Utilities – Heat/Hot Water

The Bullet: 

  • Square Feet: 1000
  • Parking: Wait list – $65/month
  • Living Space: 2 BR/1 BA

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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: $349,000
  • Common Charges:  $348/month
  • Property Taxes: $4578 without STAR savings.

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Shopping Local – Supporting Your Community….

Make-A-Wish-SmallOk – if you haven’t gotten all your gifts by now, you really are officially a “last minute” shopper!  But if you are in that bind – here are a few local merchants that I ran across at a pop-up shop  where I was hawking my fine art photos.  The shop was a part of Tarrytown’s 3rd Friday and was generously hosted by Jenifer Ross of the Watercooler in Tarrytown.

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Fotos On The Fly – Sights of the season – SANTA!

Santa visits White PlainsMy latest and greats on my “Sights Of The Season” series – Previous installments can be accessed through my Holiday Season Archive of this blog which includes photos from Halloween onward.

Some photos are just plain FUN to take.  Santa is visiting White Plains on his vintage tractor!  After all, getting out all those Reindeer can be a challenge so backup transportation is sometimes in order.  And his presence certainly breathes new life into this great vintage tractor!

Love the imagination that went into this!

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Fotos On The Fly – Sights of the season – A winter tree in a winter sky…

Winter Tree With Winter Sky

Sometimes the sights of the season reflect the cold of winter.  We are now near the solstice so the trees are all bare  and the sun sets early. I took this photo today just as the sun was starting to set.  The cloud cover over the horizon was thick and the cause of the darkness.  It just looked so dramatic against the bare tree, that I had to shoot it.  Yesterday we had a rather large snowstorm, but the temperature increase had melted the snow off the tree tops and all that was left were the bare branches.

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