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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!

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.

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!