White Plains, NY Real Estate News

White Plains is the County Seat of Westchester County, New York.  White Plains is centrally located in south central Westchester County and 4 miles east of the Hudson River and 2.5 miles nort west of Long Island Sound.  Scarsdale is to the south, Harrison to the east and the Town of Greenburgh to the west. As with the rest of Westchester County it is easy to get around as there are several parkways and highways, trains, great bus line easily reachable.  You can get to Interstate 287 which runs through White Plains beginning at the Tappan Zee Bridge and heading into Connecticut.  The MTA trains are a half an hour commute to New York City. The Westchester County airport is 10 minutes away and has flights to Florida and Chicago among other places and is a large corporate airport servicing...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Here are some interesting pricing and sales statistics for the second quarter of the year for White Plains, NY. I have compared the current data with data from the same period the year before and some interesting trends that I have casually observed become quite clear through the numbers. 1. Sales Price – 2007 vs. 2008:This first chart shows average pricing changes from the second quarter of 2007 and 2008. For cooperatives, the pricing remains flat at an average price of $217,000 for both years. Condos showed a startling statistic with raw prices up 18.5% from an average price of $440,000 in 2007 to $540,000 in 2008. This number was startling but was skewed by the presence of high-end closings from the Ritz Carlton which represents a new price level for the White Plains condo market. Wh...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
It seems as though I am spending a great deal of time blogging about those who have passed. Marc Pollitzer may not have been Tim Russert, but in White Plains hew was a champion of open space and advocate for responsible development. At the end of the day, politics is local and Marc Pollitzer exemplified the heart and soul of the grass-roots activist. When I heard of his death on May 29th, I felt as though someone had punched me in the stomach. He was at every meeting month after month. I would see him on cable T.V. very calm, forthright and genuine. Although I have been known to frequent city council meetings, I generally prefer to watch them on cable from the comfort of my home - rather than venture out. But - then I knew that Marc would be there to speak for us all. He often took a lo...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Since 2006, I287 has been undergoing some massive improvements - Ok the term is relative, but I'm in a charitable mood today. For those who don't know, it is the primary East/West corridor in lower Westchester. Right now the bulk of the work is happening in White Plains around the heavily trafficed downtown area. Exits 6, 7, and 8 are being impacted. But there is a site that can help you anticipate delays. Roadway 287 Improvements offers a “travel advisory” link which is updated with regularly. The site also includes interactive maps and the like which help create a “vision” for what this mess will look like once completed. Much of the work is being done at night – so if you are traveling in the evening and counting on an easy ride home – you might want to check this site before leaving...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Here are some sales stats that I took from the MLS for White Plains.  I  included the first five months of the year and compared pricing to last year’s numbers. Prices were either flat or slightly higher than the year before.  The average price of a coop was ~ $214,000, up 5.3% over the same period in 2007The average price of a condo was  ~$482,000 up 11.6% over last year The average price of a single family home was ~$744,500 flat over last year (less than 1%.)                                       The inventory shows that buyers are gaining the upper hand with six months or more of inventory on the market in all sectors with single family homes showing the highest inventory of all and the smallest volume of sales over the first five months of the year.  Sales volume is down, but the i...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Recently, I have been taking more general photos of the White Plains downtown area. I'm often surprised at the clash of architectural styles. I guess part of my surprise is the way in which the clashing styles actually work together. When you see an Art Nouveau building standing directly next to mirrored glass and steel, the effect can be jarring. Here on some shots of the “old” and “new” that I had previously discarded. They are all within about a block to block and a half between each other... PHOTOS: 1. The Ritz Carlton with Trump Tower and One City Place being reflected - sits next to the Barr Building. 2. Grace Church of downtown White Plains sits beside one of the Ritz Carlton tower - lending a very stark contrast of size and style. 3. The fountains of City Center surround Trump T...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Why do I have this slab of granite featured in my blog? It’s just a slab of granite…..Why all the fuss…? It’s a loooooong story. But I’ll give you the short version. As you can see, the slab of granite has “The Ritz Carlton” engraved on it – and as such, the slab is there because Mr. Cappelli (who built the Ritz Carlton) wants it there. In fact he put it there. But you can also see that said granite is located on a road median. Therein lies the problem. It is located on the median of a PUBLIC road. This piece of granite has been the center of a controversy that has turned local public meetings at City Hall into City Brawl. The mayor wants to be able to sell the traffic island to Cappelli and indemnify the city against any liability the granite imposes. The council are concerned that thi...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
For Manhattanites, Westchester has always seemed  to be some sort of backwater destination.  But with prices in NYC soaring to crazy heights, many city dwellers are taking a second and third look at White Plains, NY -  and with good reason. Downtown White Plains is booming where high-end shopping and entertainment are the order of the day.  Many diehard New Yorkers are discovering that White Plains has almost as much to offer as Manhattan at a much better price point.  With Manhattan only a 33 minute train trip, White Plains allows the most ardent New Yorker to feel at home while being  just a short train ride away from Midtown Manhattan. To that end, one of Manhattan’s most distinctive dining attractions, Via Quadronno,  has opened its doors in White Plains at the corner of Renaissance...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
The one thing that I have noticed about the Ritz Carlton condominum/hotel complex is that the mirrored glass gives the building different "moods." The cloudy moody day is reflected in the mirrored glass of the building.  I was downtown one cloudy day where rain clouds were threatening to open up and was able to get a few pictures of the Ritz Carlton capturing the mood of the sky.  They didn't come out as vividly as I would like, but they are still pretty good, so I thought I would share them here: This is truly a building of many moods!                                                                             To Search for Homes and for further information go to my website/blog with free home search at The Westchester View.  I am always happy to answer your questions and you can speak...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
The Chateau is an elegant pre-war Tudor complex on North Broadway in White Plains, NY. Most pre-war construction in the area were converted from rentals to coops in the 1980s, so for those who really yearn for pr-war architecture but truly want to live in a condo you should put this complex high on your “must –see list.The complex is located in the heart of the downtown just across the street from the Pace University Law Library. The complex is set back off the road in such a way that it is quite private and quiet. This is one of those areas where you get the best of both worlds. You are just two blocks from City Center, the Ritz Carlton and Trump. All the fine dining and nightlife is just around the corner. Yet the immediate area surrounding the complex is peaceful and almost suburban....
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By Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Westchester, the secret to an easy life if you are working in NYC. I was talking to a prominent New York City broker the other night and we were talking about the market and pricing and comparisons.  We talked about how expensive it is in NYC right now and I mentioned that people could live an easier life by moving to Westchester County, especially with todays prices.  If you have children Westchester County is a terrific choice. As a proud native of New York City and a Westchester resident for over 20 years the advantages to both are obvious to me.  The excitement and social life in NYC is amazing.   White Plains is about a half an hour from  Grand Central Station by train.  That isn't much further than the north end of Manhattan to Grand Central by subway.  We now have a terrific nigh...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
White Plains has joined the growing numbers of American cities in commemorating Juneteenth.. The Juneteenth Parade is a celebration of African-American heritage and freedom, with marching bands, dancers, and entertainment proceeding down Mamaroneck Avenue ending at City Hall. A music festival follows the parade. FREE. For more information about the parade and festival or to purchase tickets, please contact the White Plains Recreation and Parks Department at (914) 422-1336.  or visit www.cityofwhiteplains.com. History: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and tha...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
Come to Tibbets Park to the White Plains Outdoor Art Festival, featuring arts and crafts from over 80 artists, a children's art workshop, student art exhibit, emerging artist's displays, and performing artists. All proceeds to support art scholarships for local public school students. Free. For more information please call 914-993-8271, or vsist www.whiteplainsoutdoorartsfestival.com. Real Estate Information: For assistance with any of your real estate needs, please call or visit me, whether it's to get started on helping you realize your goals and dreams, or just to ask a question. I would welcome the opportunity to make a difference for you. White Plains Real Estate Information: http://www.anthonystokespereira.com/ For Buying and Selling Real Estate, please contact; Anthony Stokes Per...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
I took some pictures of Tibbets Park about 2 months ago - just after a major snow. What a difference a couple of months can make. Spring is in full bloom all across Westchester and these photos are brought to you by the White Plains Beautification Foundation and mother nature. I was certainly not the only person interested in pictures that day. I ran into four other photographers taking advantage of the weather and the blooms. But let's face facts, we were all using our cameras as an "excuse" to stay in the park just a little bit longer then perhaps we should have. After all, it was a week day. As I said before Tibbets Park lies along the island that divides the east and west sides of North Broadway in White Plains, NY. It's a small "linear park" where people can stroll, sit, relax and ...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
After being in business for more than 50 years, Nelson-Vrooman GMAC is no more.  Prudential Rand bought them out as of today.  So officially I am now with Prudential Rand. Nelson-Vrooman was a wonderful brokerage and I am sad to see it go. It was started by Mary Nelson.  Bill Vrooman took over the brokerage upon Mary Nelson's death.  My late mother worked initially with Mary Nelson who (I believe) died of cancer in the late 1970s after that my family worked with Bill Vrooman and he became our family Realtor/broker.  He was my broker/agent for the listing of my mother's home upon her death.  All good things must come to an end. I hope the next chapter will be productive and as happy as my time at Nelson-Vrooman. 
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By Peter Gorbutt
(Gorbutt Group Real Estate)
The real estate market continues to be one of the most talked about subjectseverywhere you go these days. Not a day goes by that we don't read or hear about the housing market, the housing bust and all the negative press surrounding it. It is important to keep in mind that all real estate is local and every local market is different. Most of these negative reports we read or see in the news are based on a national or state level of reporting.True, the Westchester County area has experienced some declines in sales and sale prices with the downturn of the real estate market, but we are still a vibrant market and will continue to be so with our close proximity to New York City, our excellent schools and for quality of the suburban lifestyle we offer.Sellers will have no problem selling a h...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
In my previous post, I had been commenting on how spring had been taking its sweet time in Westchester, NY – but what a difference a few days can make.  We had a couple of nice warm days in what has generally been a rather cool spring – and this encouraged the buds to bloom. Here are some pictures of the southern end of White Plains.  For those interested in local history, the Cherry trees along the road median of Mamaroneck Ave and Bloomingdale Rd. were the result of the diligent work of the White Plains Beautification Foundation.  The idea was to create a corridor of green in summer and blooms in spring  extending  from the southern entry to the city and extending to the beginning of the downtown area – or about two miles. The Beautification Foundation was the brainchild of Brian Wall...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
For various reasons, including a family illness I found that I needed to file for an extension this year. What could be simpler? How hard could this possibly be? Read on if you want to find out. I called my accountant on Monday – who was expecting that I would file for an extension. I realized suddenly that I was missing significant deductions and although the time was a concern, we agreed that I should get as many deductions as I could together so that I wouldn’t have to overpay and that I would drop everything off the next morning.   Just because I’m paranoid, it doesn’t mean there isn’t anyone out to get me - Or How many things can go wrong at once?Tuesday morning I arrived at my accountant’s office bright and early with year end statements of my mortgage, my W-2’s from several adjun...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Buyers from  New York City are forever asking me if there is any nightlife in Westchester? And the answer is YES THERE IS!Downtown White Plains is bustling 24/7 these days and for those who enjoy the active night life of New York City, having such a hub near at hand makes the adjustment to more sedate suburban living far more enjoyable.  I will not try to compare what White Plains has to offer to Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera House. In the end, there is only ONE Manhattan, but the amenities of that particular city are just minutes away by train.  But if you don’t feel like making the trip to Manhattan, there is nightlife here in Westchester. Previously, I mentioned a couple of points of interest that are putting Westchester on the map culturally: The first was a posting about how ...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
The picture of that hawk was taken by yours truly one morning. I had just let out the dogs into my back yard (yes its fenced) while I started making my essential morning brew when I noticed that Buddy barking at something and looking UP....I peered out the kitchen window into the back and looked in his direction and saw a very large hawk sitting in my neighbor's tree peering imperiously at the three dogs below. I've seen hawks in those trees before, either on my property with m neighbors, but was never able to capture the image. I grabbed my camera and went outside in my flip flops and sweats hoping no one would see me other than the hawk and the dogs and snapped a few pictures. I don't really have a zoom lens, so this was the best could do since he was way up in the trees. Because I li...
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