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Welcome to 22 Argyll Avenue, New Rochelle, 10804

MLS# 4818149     Welcome home to this 2710 square foot 5 bedroom, 4 bath Tudor home with its exquisite architectural detailing. The vaulted ceiling in the living room compliments the stone fireplace, and beautiful large picture window. There is a distinctive wrought iron entrance way to an office adjacent to the living room, & you will love the formal dining room which overlooks the living room – so perfect for entertaining! The large modern kitchen features a new walk-in pantry that is sublime as is the newly paved patio which is easily accessed via the kitchen. The patio is the perfect setting for all entertaining. The two first floor bedrooms both have en suite bathrooms which is both unusual and great. One is currently being used as a den, the other an office – your choice! The spacious master bedroom has a new en suite bathroom, great closet space, and there are 2 additional bedrooms and a renovated hall bath. Gas heat, NEW roof, windows replaced, upgraded electrical and all just 35 minutes to New York City. This charming home is being offered at $750,000.

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Living on Argyll Avenue, New Rochelle 10804

When Lori and Michael first purchased their home  at 22 Argyll Avenue back in 2004,  Lori was seven months pregnant, and they did not know anyone in the area. They were excited to have purchased their first home, and were absolutely thrilled when the sellers of that home offered them furniture they didn’t require. They felt welcomed. Even more so when all of the neighbors brought over baby gifts when Lori’s son was born.  They always knew that New Rochelle was the city in which they wanted to raise their children, attend the award winning schools, but they had no idea that they would be welcomed into a ‘community’. 

The neighbors were great, and told them both that if they ever needed any help, any help at all – to just call! Well, wouldn’t you know that in October of that year, Michael had just boarded a plane, cell phones about to be turned off, and Lori called  – worried for the baby saying ‘we have no heat!’ The only thing Michael could think to say was – call the neighbors, and that is what Lori did.  One of the neighbors came over, stayed over 2 hours waiting for the repairman, taking notes when he did so he could later tell Michael how the heating system worked,  and once again, Lori and Michael knew that this was a special street, not only a special home.

Over the years, the neighbors have become great friends, looking out for everyone, helping each other, and Lori and Michael even witnessed the signing of their neighbor’s will !

The neighbors are all now sorry to hear that Lori and Michael are selling their home at 22 Argyll Avenue, and it is with mixed emotions that Lori and Michael are leaving. They love their home, their street, their friends, but it is time to leave.  This past week, Lori was one of this year’s Honorees at the Guidance Center of Westchester Annual Gala.  They were thrilled when 6 of their neighbors attended the Gala in her honor.

Lori and Michael  love the proximity to the high school which is perfect for those after school activities, for sports programs, no bus ride necessary (and so a later departure time from home!),  and also offers the only Planetarium in Westchester,  The Museum of Arts and Culture   (which is the only Regents-chartered museum in a school in the State of New York),  and the PAVE Program (Performing and Visual Arts Education).

Since New Rochelle is a city,  the high school offers many college based programs, and  each year the graduating students attend the best colleges and universities in the country.

As CBS News just reported on May 1st,  New Rochelle has at least one student headed to each Ivy League College. No surprise to me or other New Rochelle residents. New Rochelle is great! Just ask Lori and Michael and/or their neighbors.

Come and visit. You will be welcomed, and you will love it!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

2018 New Rochelle Colonial Fair held on the Thomas Paine Museum Lawn

The weather was sublime, the attendance  lovely, and all who DID attend had a wonderful time thanks to the many volunteers to make it so.  Held on April 14th, 2018,  the Annual Colonial Fair was a great success! there was candle making, singing by  Thomas Hooker Hanford ,  there was a blacksmith,   story teller,  Colonial Soldiers and more!     Senator George Latimer even popped by to say hello!

The entrance fee was nominal – just $5 for adults, and $3 for children! The Cottage and Museum is located on Paine Avenue, and  the contact information is as follows:

     phone number is (914)633-1776.
You may reach the Historic Society members by email at 
PaineCottage@optonline.net

New Rochelle is GREAT!

Paw’s Place – a Wonderful Park for Fido!

I have written about Paws Place before. It is a  wonderful dog park located in New Rochelle’s Ward Acres. For just $50 a year, you can obtain a park pass, and entree to  a wonderful social event (for your pooch!)…

However, there is also a great plus. You can also share doggie stories, learn how to best to adapt to make sure your dog is the King/Queen of the home (of course),  and it is always a fun time.. There is also a smaller park area for the smaller pooches..

I popped over to the park yesterday. I HAD to!  I have been so busy in all matters real estate, and while I walk my dog 3 times a day, I also want him to have fun with other dogs. It had weighing on my mind and conscience the entire week, that I had not been to the park, and after an open house, off I went. He had fun. He always does, but I also heard a lovely little dog story that I must share.

A  lady was recalling a story. She said that years ago, people would let their dogs roam free (and that was how the dogs would attach the mailmen!) . One such dog who belonged to a store owner would accompany the local postal worker and follow him on his mail delivery area. The dog would walk along with him, and then the mail carrier, after finishing his delivery route,  would then place the dog in his car, and drive him back to the store. SO, one day, the mail carrier was going on vacation, and he told his vacation replacement to expect and look out for the special pooch who would be accompanying him , and told him to let him go with him, and then return him to the store after he finished his deliveries. The mailman returned from vacation, and the part time worker exclaimed  “that dog is unbelievable! He showed me all of the short cuts and made my deliveries that much quicker!”

It was such a lovely story, and I had to share…  but going to the dog park is sharing too.. we all care, and that is New Rochelle!

New Rochelle is great!

 

2017 Paine to Pain Half Marathon

A wonderful annual tradition, New Rochelle’s “Paine to Pain Half Marathon” organized by the New Ro Runners. Aptly named as Thomas Paine used to live in New Rochelle, and there is both an avenue and a museum and cottage named after him! Yes, New Rochelle is rich in history!  Not for the feint of heart as the trail is tough, but everyone of the 700+ runners were all winners today for the 10th Annual race. There was a descendant of Thomas Paine who raced, a blind racer (yet undaunted and so admired), so many wonderful racers who faced a little rain to participate this morning.  There were 5 ‘waves’ depending upon capability – but ALL were so capable.  Eric Turkewitz,  the race founder was on hand, the many  volunteers of course and other race directors, along with the Mayor of New Rochelle, the Fife and Drum corp of Paine Cottage and Museum ( I just gave them that title not knowing how to address them so please forgive me!) …  A wonderful  Thomas Paine quote was shared this morning by one of the officials  ” That which we attain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”   I can truly say that every runner today was held in high esteem by all!  New Rochelle is GREAT!

Who Lived in New Rochelle?

Binky lives here too!
THE Mr. Binky lives here too.

I originally wrote this blog post back in 2011, and I notice that as the years go by, the archives are harder to access, and so I thought I would re-post this great piece of history. There are SO many  famous people living in New Rochelle or have lived in New Rochelle. Every town has those special celebrities be they from the work-force, sports, stage or screen, and New Rochelle is no exception. Here are a few of the famous people who have either lived or are living in my great city:

* Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy – They lived in a beautiful home on Mount Tom Road until the mid 1970s – and I had the pleasure of selling their former home   in 2010 for $1.6M. Stars of both stage and screen, they lived in New Rochelle for over 40 years, and entertained the public for many more .

* Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis – Both were long time philanthropists, actors, and there is currently a theater named after Mr. Davis at our Public Library.

* Jay Leno – Yes the Jay Leno – but only for a few months and then his family moved away!

* Andrea McArdle – Broadway’s original “Annie” – hey – remember New Rochelle is only 45 minutes from Broadway – as the saying goes.. (closer now)

* Willie Mays – Hall of Fame baseball player

* Robert Merrill – operatic baritone – who would sing at each home Yankee game.. his home  sold for $1,375,000

* Andrea Mitchell – Journalist – As you walk along the corridors of our New Rochelle High school, you can see a nice photo of Ms. Mitchell proudly displayed. Ms. Mitchell is the NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and is also the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Andrea obtained her B.A. from University of Pa. and is currently married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.

* Gil Schwartz serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for CBS and attended our high school – going onto Brandeis University

* Louis Boccardi – He was the President and CEO of the Associated Press until his retirement in 2003 – while this list is in no real order, I am writing the names as they come to mind. Both Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Boccardi’s names are synonymous (to me) as they very kindly acted as moderators over the course of 7 years at our local “CelebriTeas” which were wonderful, intellectually stimulating events where we had famous authors (such as Charles Grodin, Richard Ben Cramer, Arthur Golden, Jill Ker Conway, Ben Yagoda, Rupert Holmes, Doris Mortman, Walter Isaacson to name a few) to raise money for our wonderful library. As a result of the hard work of the chair people and volunteers, we now have a renovated second floor with computer stations, and as of this year – new carpeting in our entranceway and large foyer which also serves as the perfect showcase for the various art shows.

* Lawrence M. Small – A long list of accomplishments from being the President and CEO of Fannie Mae, the Secretary of the Smithsonian (2000 -2007) and currently serves on the board of Marriott International and Chubb. After attending our local high school, Mr. Small went to Brown University and graduated from there in 1963 with a degree in Spanish literature.

* W.C. Fields – the name says it all!

* Leslie Gelb, former President of the Council of Foreign Relations

* Nick Gregory – is a meteorologist for Fox 5 in New York City. I can recall many years ago (approx. 22 – yikes!) that I, along with another friend, asked that he speak to our students at the local William B. Ward Elementary School. He kindly obliged, and the children greatly enjoyed seeing a celebrity and learning from him and how he reached his goals. Of course, it didn’t hurt when he said a ‘hello’ to them later that day from his TV show!

* Norman Rockwell – many people do not realize that New Rochelle was an artist’s colony per se way back in the 1930s. Norman Rockwell, and many other artists and illustrators lived in this great city. Mr. Rockwell’s former home sold for $1.6M back in 2005, and featured a gallery overlooking one of the large rooms. It was a charming home, full of meandering hallways and charm.

* Writing on art – how can I leave out Frederic Remington – famous painter, sculptor of Native American art

* I also cannot leave out Nell Brinkley -who was a famous illustrator who created the “Brinkley Girl” ( a girl who epitomized the American woman – Mae West claimed to be the first Brinkley girl ), and Ms. Brinkley lived in New Rochelle for over 20 years… I was privileged to have sold her former home in 2008 for just $1.9M!

* J.C. Penney – so many people, so many names – I didn’t want to leave out the founder of this important department store chain.

* Bob Denver – Gilligan’s Island…. New Rochelle is hardly an island, but it is a paradise to many of us – and we can see Long Island from our waterfront!

* William S. Rukeyser, Editor of Fortune Magazine

* Louis Rukeyser – business columnist, TV host and economic commentator

* M. Farooq Kathwari, Chairman of Ethan Allen

* John M. Kluge – German American television industry mogul who at one time was the richest person in America. He recently passed away in 2010.

* Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. – Billionaire co-founder of Private Equity Group KKR

* Michael Kaiser, President J.F. Kenendy Center for the Performing Arts

* Alan Menken, Composer – attended our High School and was a member of Temple Israel of New Rochelle – how can we forget “The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “Sister Act,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas”…. and the list goes on and on.. Graduated from New York University

* Chic Young – a cartoonist and better known for his “Blondie” cartoon

* Don Hewitt – Producer and Creator of CBS 60 Minutes. Mr. Hewitt’s photo is also at the high school. He passed away in 2009.

* Dick Morris – whose lineage dates back to the first Huguenots who came to New Rochelle to escape persecution in France. Mr. Morris who was the campaign manager for President Bill Clinton amongst others, is a regular on TV and wrote in 2010 “2010 -Take Back America” which  received the first Thomas Paine award in November 2010 at our local V.I.P. Club. I was present at the dinner, and he spoke quite eloquently. (I feld so badly for him amongst so many liberals!).

* Thomas Paine – I cannot leave Mr. Paine out… while not born in this great city, he was awarded a cottage as a ‘thank you’ for the role he played in the American Revolution, and was the author of “Common Sense” and “Rights of Man.”2014-06-08 10.02.25

* Courtney Green – We cannot forget Courtney who also came up through the Youth Tackle League, High chool and Rutgers University, and who is currently playing Safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

* Cristina Teuscher – Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in the Women’s Relay Team – Freestyle. Cristina attend our local high school, went onto Columbia and was All American, 4 time NCAA Champion, won 12 Ivy League titles amongst others, and obtained her MBA at INSEAD – a top business school. The city honored her Olympic accomplishment with a parade!

* A.J. Rosen – Two time Olympian in the sport of luge for Great Britain, coming in 16th each time – in Turin (2006, and Whistler 2010). Hey – I am his mom – I had to get him in!

I could write 5 pages of famous people who have lived or are living in this great city… perhaps it is the air, our diet (I wish) but certainly one fact is very true…

NEW ROCHELLE is a GREAT place in which to live!

I am here for all of your 2015 real estate requirements.

Dining in New Rochelle – Dubrovnik!

ew Rochelle is great in so many ways, and when you visit a nice restaurant, it is always nice to share your dining experience!  I took clients (and friends) to the Dubrovnik Restaurant  to celebrate their sale, and we were there for nearly 3 hours! We had so much fun! Firstly, the restaurant has a wonderful warm atmosphere, and of course it is decorated beautiful and tastefully for the Holidays. The service was impeccable, and when the waiter boned Rickie’s Bronzino,  it was done quickly and expertly. 

Known for its fish dishes, the waiter had brought over the night’s selection, and James chose the skate, Rickie the Bronzino,  and I chose the ‘Mama Tereza” which was an assortment of shellfish (clams, steamed lobster, mussels, shrimp and clams) served over linguine with white wine sauce. We started off with  sharing a beet salad which comprised of both golden and red beets and was delicious, and a grilled octopus.   All good.  James Skate dish was served with an asparagus risotto which was really good, and every dish looked great!

The restaurant is located at 721 Main Street, New Rochelle, and the phone number is 914 637-3777.  New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

2017 New Rochelle Market Stats for 10804

Since New Rochelle is a city, and has different zip codes, I always like to break down the home sales prices by zip code, Elementary School and different price points.

New Rochelle 10804 

This would cover both Davis and Ward Schools but since many people search by zip code, I thought I would first include them together, and then separate by Elementary School. However,  since this is by zip code, the 10583 (Davis School) would not be covered in this compilation.

$0-599,000 There were 21 homes sold in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $311.90, sales price to original list price ratio of 93.59%. There were 5 homes that sold over list price.

In 2016, there were 36 homes sold with an average price per square foot of $287.50, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 94.39%. 10 homes sold over list price.

It  would at first glance appear  that the inventory was lower in 2017 with a slight softening on the sales price. However, when we look into the next price point  of $600,000 -$799,000, we can see that a few more homes were sold  in 2017, so the market indicates that people priced higher based on the stronger sales market, , obtaining a slightly less price per square foot  but still with 25 homes selling over the list price. The market is very robust in this price point.

$600,000- $799,000 There were 76 homes sold in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $318.16, sales price to original list price ratio of 96.47%.  25 homes sold over list price.

In 2016, 68 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $325.83, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 96.07%. 15 homes sold over list price.

$800,000 – $999,000 There were 36 homes sold in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $322.22, sales price to original price ratio of 95.35%.  12 homes sold over list price. 9 homes sold over list price.

In 2016, 33 homes sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $305.60, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 94.14%. 7 homes sold over list price.

Once again,  more homes were sold in 2017 in the $800-999,000 price point, reflecting a stronger market in this price range.

In the Million to $1,199,000 price range, prices stayed approximately the same. However, as an active agent, I would interject that the buyers were seeking perfection more so than ever before!

$1,000,000 – $1,199,999 14 homes sold in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $309.62, sales price to original list price ratio of 93.08%. 3 homes sold over list price.

In 2016, 15 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $303.96, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 93.59%. One home sold over list price.

$1,200,000 – $1,499,000 11 homes sold in the price range in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $301.74, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 94.20%. 2 homes sold over list price.

In 2016, 13 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $343.53, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 92.46%. 4  homes sold over list price.

The market was again a tad stronger in 2016 in the higher price ranges  with higher  price per square foot.

$1,500,000 + 4 homes sold in this price category in 2017 with an average price square foot of $316.74, and a sales price to original list price ratio of 90.26%. One home sold at list price.

In 2016, 6 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $337.62, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 86.77%.

William B. Ward School  

When we break down the two elementary schools,  we start to see the different appeal of each area. More homes sold in this price point in 2016, but once again, we are seeing slightly more homes selling in 2017 in the next price point. Price were square foot was quite similar in the lesser priced homes, but increased nicely in the next price point.

$0-$599,000 29 homes sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $244.64, and an average sales price to original list price of 96.43%. Eight homes sold over the original list price.

In 2016, 43 homes sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $246.28, and an average sales price to original list price of 94.49%. 3 homes sold over list price.

$600,000 – $799,000 56 homes sold in this price range in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $305.74, and an average sales price to original  list price ratio of 96.06%. 7 homes sold over list price.

In 2016, 51 homes sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $306.72, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 96.35%. 6 homes sold over list price.

In the $800,000 – $999,000 price range, the sales were very similar year over year.

$800,000 – $999,000 23 homes sold in this price range in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $288.36, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 96.19%. 6 homes sold over the list price.

In 2016, 25 homes sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $289.43, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 93.35%. 6 homes sold over list price.

In the $1,100,000 – $1,199,000 price range, prices per square foot were higher in 2017 which was great, a few more homes were sold also, but more homes were sold in the $1.2 -$1,499,000 price range  in 2016 and with a higher price per square foot.. So, a little softer in 2017.

$1,000,000 – $1,199,000 18 homes sold in the price range with an average price per square foot of $312.79, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 93.71%. 3 homes sold over list price.

In 2016, 13 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $293.87 and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 94.96%. 2 homes sold over list price.

$1,200,000 – $1,499,000 7 homes sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $300.92, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 94.86%. 2 homes sold over the list price.

In 2016, 10 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $324.52, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 89.12%. 2 homes were sold in this price range.

$1,500,000 + 3 homes sold in this price range in 2017 with an average price per square foot of $350.48 and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 89.90%. One home sold over list price.

In 2016, 4 homes were sold in this price range with an average price per square foot of $318.53, and an average sales price to original list price ratio of 81.99%. One home sold over list price.

It is always interesting to see how certain homes sell, and some don’t, and when I look at the higher priced sold homes  (over $1.5), it should be noted that one new home sold in 2017, plus two beautiful homes  (one with a profit from when it was purchased, and the other home sold for $580000 less than its original sales price. This tells us that the market was not sustaining the higher priced homes in this area.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

New Rochelle a City – but with a Village Feel!

A local Salvadoran restaurant! La Esquina Salvadorana 11..

I first had the privilege of meeting my friend James, years ago when he was selling a beautiful “Painted Lady Victorian home” on Mayflower Avenue. Beautifully renovated,  and through James’ hard work,  the home was one of the first homes in New Rochelle  given a Heritage Award.  That sort of describes James.  He worked so hard to bring the neighborhood together with a neighborhood association – which was basically a yearly gathering of the young professionals in the area getting together for  Holiday parties.

Viva La Rancha Grocery.. so many spices!

When it was time for  James to purchase again,  he of course wanted to return to New Rochelle, and we had so much fun  looking at various coop apartments together. Actually, with his significant other, Ricky! They found their 2 bedroom coop, have renovated it to perfection (but that is just them!), and whenever we get together, the hours pass by so quickly,  with nice conversation and fun!  James is the type of person who will send you that inspirational note that just makes you smile throughout the day.

Ricky and James getting married by Mayor Noam Bransom!

 

 

 

Lupita’s Tattoo Parlor!

Since James is such a goodwill Ambassador, I asked him to take some photos around our fair city,  and to let me know how he feels about New Rochelle. I should also mention that when he told Mayor Noam Bransom he was returning, and getting married, Noam insisted on performing the ceremony!  I guess that also describes our city too. We might BE a city, but we are just a close knit community too…Ricky and James are simply lovely, and are so happy they chose New Rochelle – where it is close to the city where they work, and yet offers so much more …

Here is why James and Ricky chose New Rochelle:

1) Everything is 5 blocks away!

* 3 beautiful parks on Long Island Sound
* the best & biggest? fruit & vegetable market in Westchester
* an awesome bakery
* 30 non-chain restaurants
* two full size supermarkets
* A bookstore
* A modern multiplex theater
* Banks
*  big library with cultural & kid programs
* High end consignment shop with on-site design services
* Two gyms
* Metro North station – 30 minutes to Grand Central
* Amtrak stop with trains to Boston &DC
*  my favorite tattoo shop

Other thoughts on New Rochelle!

2) The Mayor married us!
3)  you can still afford to buy a place!
4) it really is a big diverse city full of interesting characters
5)  it’s a small town where everyone is related to or knows somebody you know
6)  it’s quiet enough to sleep with your Windows open
7)  it’s fun and funny

That also describes Ricky and James! – Fun and funny!

Come and visit New Rochelle – you will love it!

New Rochelle is GREAT!