New Rochelle, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Selecting carpet for your home in New Rochelle NY has never been easier...now, you can Shop at Home for your carpeting in Westchester NY. Have you ever been to a carpet store and just felt lost and overwhelmed?  Sometimes, there are so many options that you don't even know where to start.  Sometimes, you may go into a store and find so many choices that you leave you more confused than you felt when you entered?  How do you know what's the best type of carpet for your home in New Rochelle NY?  What's the right one for your budget?  And, what's the right color?  Here's where we can help. We make shopping for carpet in Westchester fun and easy. Everything starts with the area you are looking to carpet.  Is it for a bedroom or a living room or a family room or basement or the steps?  Diffe...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
The colors of the fall are so exquisitely vibrant that I could not resist taking a few photos as I was driving around New Rochelle, 10804..  This is Beechmont Lake just a mile or so from downtown New Rochelle, our train station and shopping area. It is also located in the desirable Beechmont area. New Rochelle is GREAT!   View Larger Map
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
I know, I know, a little late (it took place on Sunday, October 14th), ... but I had to post some photos from a great event.. It was the 5th Annual Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon - first gunshot at 9 am! SO many athletes compete (approx. 704 starters this year and 694 finishers) that the race has different 'waves' of runners starting at their comfort level of race miles per hour. There were just 50 runners 4 years ago... oh how it has grown!                  New Rochelle is GREAT!        
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
There was a public open house today at 116 Lyncroft Road, New Rochelle10804 from 1-4 p.m. This classic 3,588 square foot Center Hall Colonial sits majestically on 0.54 acre of lush park-like property with room for a pool and more! With its close proximity to all houses of worship, this 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath elegant home offers original architectural detailing, crown molding and custom millwork with an easy flow and comfortable design for today's lifestyle. A beautiful new kitchen with granite counters and large breakfast room area for casual dining compliment the formal dining room, sunny living room with fireplace, and den with a cozy fireplace and sliding doors to the tranquil backyard.. The master bedroom features a sitting room, a sitting porch overlooking the tree-lined street and a ...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
How many Elementary Schools are there in New Rochelle you might ask? There are 6!  There are approximately 11000 students in the entire New Rochelle public school system, a staff of over 1400, (comprised of approximately 400 employees, and a 1000 administrative, teaching and professional staff. The George M. Davis Elementary School is located at 80 Iselin Drive, 10804. and offers a magnet overlay program in the performing arts, in addition to teaching Mandarin in Kindergarten. The William B. Ward School is located at 311 Broadfield Road, 10804, and offers an Inrernational Peace theme, and a dual language program in Spanish, with Mandarin being offered in Grade 4.  The Jefferson Elementary School is located at 131 Weyman Avenue , 10805 and offers a dual language program (Italian,Spanish)...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
You would think you were further away from the city, but Ward Acres, New Rochelle 10804, offers 62 acres of foot trails is just 35 minutes by train from New York, and it is so tranquil! Ward Acres is located off Sussex Road and Quaker Ridge Road, and you never know what you might encounter! I have seen deer and foxes in the area which to me all add to the charm and enjoyment. Paw's Place, the New Rochelle dog park is also located in Ward Acres, as is the Community Garden.   You would think you were further away from New Rochelle is GREAT!
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
As I walking my little pooch at 6 am this morning, I started to reflect on the neighborhood, so quiet and tranquil at that time of day. How could I describe it? The street name is Paine Avenue, New Rochelle 10804... as Thomas Paine  once (very briefly) lived here, and was given a cottage as a special thank you from the powers that be after 1776. We even have a Paine Lake. I used to laugh as there was a time when 2 dentists and 2 endodontists lived on the street at the same time... dentist - "pain''. old joke I know but still humorous to me.  There has been a judge who once resided on the street, attorneys galore, Psychologists, Psychiatrists,  a past High School Principal, a sultry jazz singer and actor, a well known Speech Pathologist lives here and has a great vegetable garden each ye...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
One of my customers from last week was very sweet.  She introduced me to her friend and explained how she first "met" me when I did a presentation to her real estate office...on Google +.  So, she did not meet me in person.  Months later, she forgot about me.  (I guess I need to work on being more memorable).   She needed some help with flooring, and it was definitely a tricky situation given how old the home is and how uneven it is and given how the floors were on 3 different levels!  So, she went to google to find some info on flooring.  And, guess who she found?   Apparently, I was everywhere...on every search that she did, and every question she had.  As soon as she saw my site and my picture, she remembered me.  And, guess who she called?   So, in a couple of weeks, we will be solv...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
I received a weird call yesterday... It turns out that an agent from my company but different office was to have visited a man's home yesterday -  but never showed up. He called me and said that he had my "Just Listed" card (I have a nearby listing), and asked if it was me ? "What ?" I replied." No it wasn't me". He was upset, as he had prepared the home for this agent who hadn't even bothered to call.  He said that he was looking to refinance, had met her at an open house, and had asked her to come over... Obviously, we as agents make such an impression, that he couldn't remember what she looked like (and she is 30 years younger than I!).. I apologized, said to give me 20 minutes , I would print out some information, and take it over to him. It turns out, an old friend used to own his ...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
  What would seem like a monumental task to anyone else, is just "old hat" to Mr. Derrick James, Music Teacher at the New Rochelle High School. Two years in the preparation, both he and Mr. David Jutt have taken approximately 50 high school chorus students (mostly 10th-12th Grades) to England, to perform at the Olympic Park this week! I met briefly with them on Saturday, as they were giving out T-shirts for the trip, and the enthusiasm, excitement permeated the air. What an undertaking! The group will be gone for approximately 9 days, and will be performing not only at the Olympic Park but also at the American Cemetery in Normandy. They hope to visit Stonehenge whilst there, and will be staying in Croydon whilst in England.Mr. James has taken members of the chorus to the Beijing World ...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Anyone living in New Rochelle for any length of time, would know of the Remington Flyers. SO, it was no surprise to have seen a lemonade stand within the local Shop-Rite store on Palmer Avenue a while back raising money for their upcoming Florida trip and competition. Not wanting any lemonade, but having my check book handy, I made a very small contribution , and was thrilled to not only receive a thank you note, but also a lovely photo from their trip. Knowing Quay Watkins (the Executive Director), I was invited to pop by the Remington Boys and Girls Club the other night to see the Remington Flyers celebrate their recent successful trip to the National AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Championships which were held at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida from July 7-15, 2012....
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Feng Shui Lecture, Workshop & Health Fair gatherings by Laura Cerrano Ms. Cerrano (on the right) speaking one on one with an audience member after a Feng Shui Lecture held outside in Westchester County. Laura Cerrano Feng Shui Expert of Feng Shui Long Island and Manhattan offers Lectures, Workshops and provides educational mini lectures along with one on one sessions for Corporate Health Fair employees. Popular venues Ms. Cerrano provides speaking engagements for art at public libraries, museums, art galleries, small businesses, corporations, companies and private parties.  Laura is a Key Note speaker on the topic of Feng Shui and can customize each lecture and workshop to address your specific Feng Shui needs. If you area Corporation or small businesses looking for a fast Lunch-in work...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
  Having recently adopted the perfect pet (Binky - photo shown) from the New Rochelle Humane Society, I decided to obtain a permit for Paw's Place, a park for dogs, located in Ward Acres, which would allow me to take him to the park (from dawn to dusk) for the small fee of $50 a (calendar) year. The rules are pretty simple: All dogs should be healthy, vaccinated, current with all shots, wearing a collar and ID at all times, and owners must be carrying the valid dog permit for the park also. Owners must clean up after their dogs (have to admit some owners seemingly had forgotten when I was there today) No picnicking, and dogs cannot dig holes... Limit of four dogs per person Children aged 13 and under must be supervised Small dogs are (yes, there is one!) restricted to dogs 30 lbs or le...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
  I recently saw two wild turkeys crossing Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle, 10804, and they stopped traffic! It was a first for me I must admit, and had to take some photos. Since then, I spoke with a friend in Mamaroneck, and she has a family of nine turkeys in her backyard!I am also a tad ashamed to mention, it made be think of Thanksgiving.... but I also appreciated seeing them! Just another reason to live in New Rochelle, close enough to the city, but far enough away to enjoy nature!New Rochelle is GREAT!  
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
This evening I had fun helping a customer design her floors.   My customer has some unique tastes and she wants to do a very modern and artistic room.  She wants high impact.  She knew exactly how she wanted to paint the walls and ceiling and what pictures would go on the walls, but was very confused about her floors.  She had been to several stores and had many samples, but just couldn't quite figure out what made sense, given her objective and her color scheme.   Then, somehow, she found my blog on TheFlooringGirl.com.  And, she read a lot of my posts on AR and on my own website...and even remembered a lot of my suggestions.  So, she called me and just started asking me questions about how I got started in the biz and what did I think she should do with her floors.   She was thinking ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking to sand and refinish hardwood floors in New Rochelle NY?   It's amazing what a difference refinishing your hardwood flooring can make.  Your floors will look brand new and you even have the option to change the color.  You can go light, dark, mid tones, or red tones. It can really give your home (or room) a whole new look.   If you have hardwood underneath your carpets, we can restore the beauty of the hardwood underneath. It's amazing what a big difference this can make in your home.  And, believe it or not, it is usually less expensive to refinish your floors than to recarpet.  Refinishing your wood floors will also improve your home's value and it will be easier to clean and maintain.   At Floor Coverings International, we are a shop at home service.  We will bring th...
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By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
I am currently working on a very extensive decorating and design project for a client who just moved into her new home in New Rochelle New York.  Expressive and articulate, this client runs her own public relations firm and is definitely a soldier in the war against beige. She loves color and wants to make sure that her dining room does not get overlooked!  New fixtures, a great rug and mid century modern furniture are all coming soon,  and I promise to return with photos of the  finished product. But for now, this is just the first coat!
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
This whole area  (Paine Heights, Wykagyl Park, Forest Heights), used to be called the "estate area " but with the now buyer's market, I am saddened to state that whereas the cheapest home would have cost $999,000 a few years ago, many homes are selling in the $6's, $7's and upwards depending upon their condition, etc. Known for the wide tree-lined boulevards and early 20th century homes featuring Mediterraneans, Colonials and Tudors, Paine Avenue  was named after Thomas Paine who was awarded 320 acres by New York State for his service to the country. Only 2 acres are remaining from that original parcel, and his original small modest home which burnt down in 1793 was rebuilt and is now called the Thomas Paine Museum & Cottage, housing artifacts from the 19th century. Other exhibits in th...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
One of the first homes I visited when I first considered buying a home in New Rochelle was in the Bayberry area 10804, and I have regretted many times not purchasing  there. Over the years, my children and I have made nice life-long friends there, and it has always been a great place for trick or treating (so much candy!)... I can recall many fun evenings traipsing around with my sons as guests of their Bayberry friends. The Bayberry development was built in the mid 1950's and you will find many ranches and splits, but something unique also happened. The home-owners loved living there so much that rather than selling in order to purchase a larger home perhaps, they would expand, raise, enlarge and in short, just wanted to stay in the area. Bayberry boasts a large community pool, tennis,...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Sans Souci - "Without Regret"  or "No worries/carefree" is a beautiful and desirable waterfront community bordering the Long Island Sound in New Rochelle's 10805 zip code area. With typical street names such as Kensington Oval, Rodman Oval, Hampton Oval, Winchester Oval and Windsor Oval, the development was first built in the 1950's/1960's and over the years home-owners have extended and improved upon their homes in this great community.   Back in 1784, the neck of land in that area was sold to the Davenport Family (Lawrence and Newberry Davenport) who hailed from from Queens, Long Island, and Davenport Avenue still bears the family's name and hosts many beach and tennis clubs. The original grand mansion home called "Sans Souci" (the community being named after it) was built for Newberr...
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