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Weekend Open House Tour

There's still time to buy a house in move in before the opening of the school year in September. Here's 27 MurrayHillRoada nice list of weekend open houses to check out:

Open Houses:

27 Murray Hill Road, Scarsdale
Open House: Sunday June 25, 1-3 PM

Magnificent "Way Beyond Green" new construction by Healthy Home Builders! located in the Heathcote estate section of Scarsdale, this stunning Georgian colonial, with exquisite stone exterior and circular drive, incorporates classic architectural details with the most advanced, non-toxic building materials, exquisitely landscaped grounds, sophisticated indoor air and water purification and filtration systems, whole house JuliaFeeLogogenerator and smart home technology. This thoughtfully designed residence is not only grand and luxurious, but is also engineered with state of the art systems for a most healthy and energy conscious living environment. Listing agent: Dawn Knief --Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty, 914.393.1159, Co-listed with Diana Plunkett - Houlihan Lawrence. Learn more here:

List Price: $6,950,000

31 Paddington Road31 Paddington Road Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 2-4 PM

Not to be missed, this exceptional newly constructed Colonial is ideally located in the heart of Fox Meadow and close to the train, Scarsdale village, and schools. This fabulous home boasts a desirable open layout with oversized windows andHoulihanLawrence2017 extra high ceilings throughout! High-end professional-style chef's kitchen. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $3,350,000

116FoxMeadowRoad116 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 2-4 PM

Privately set Fox Meadow Colonial offers open floor plan and walk to train location on large, level property. This home has is all! Stunning entryway to greet your guests, wonderful flow for entertaining, high-end chef's kitchen with adjacenHoulihanLawrence2017t family room, music room for all those piano lessons, a proper office/library. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $3,175,000

30carriagehouselane30 Carriage House Lane, Scarsdale
Public Open House: Sunday June 25, 1-3 PM

Gorgeous young new construction Colonial on a flat .61 acres of sprawling property in Quaker Ridge. This is truly a house that has it all -- a kitchen/great room that everyone dreams of, ideal back yard with room for a pool, circular driveway, herringbone floors and wide plank floors throughout. 5 generously sized bedrooms on the second floor. Sonos sound platinumdrive175system throughout the house, security camera system, Generac generator and more. Listing Agent: Randi Culang 917.957.2700. Learn more here:

List Price: $3,100,000

29 Fairview Road29 Fairview Road, Scarsdale
Open House: Sunday June 25, 2-4 PM

Exceptional new construction with large perfectly flat park like property nestled on a quiet location in sought after Scarsdale school district! This impressive house was crafted by a well, respected builder and exhibits the highest quality finishes.platinumdrive175
Listing Agent: Angela Retelny 914.450.5106. Learn more here:

List Price: $3,350,000

66 Brookby Road66 Brookby Road Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 2-4 PM

This handsome stone and shingle new construction offers 7000+ square feet on four spacious floors and an inviting floor plan marrying the traditional and the transitional. This attractive home offers comfortable perfection and ultimate convenience. Construction HoulihanLawrence2017excellence is the hallmark for this seasoned Scarsdale builder. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $2,999,000

48harvestdrive48 Harvest Drive, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 2-4 PM

Sophistication and superior craftsmanship is the hallmark of this impeccably designed 5 bed, 5.2 bath home custom built and expanded in 2004 using only the finest materials. Perfect for today's lifestyle, the unique openHoulihanLawrence2017 layout of the kitchen, dining and family room will beckon you to linger as overlook the lush .60 acres. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $2,685,000

8MurrayHillnew8 Murray Hill Road, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 12-2 PM

Location and timeless elegance in this classic center hall Colonial on gorgeous property in Murray Hill! Move-in ready with 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, and a huge master suite with 2 full baths, marble fireplace, dressing room with built-Ins, walk-in closet and office/sitting room. This home features high ceilings, crown moldings, elevator, 2 sets of back stairs, formal living room has fireplace and floor to ceiling windows, high end custom kitchen-Subzero/Viking/Bosch, granite countertops, The living room, dining room raveislogoand library lead to deck for entertaining. Professional office with separate entrance, 2-car attached garage. Listing Agent: Stephen Rogalski Mobile: 914-391-9963. Learn more here.

List Price: $2,195,000

94 SpierRoad94 Spier Road, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 1-3 PM

This amazing Quaker Ridge Colonial has unbelievable space that was expanded and updated in 2004 and now features a 2017 newly renovated, sleek white kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless appliances (Viking stove and Sub-Zero refrigerator) and HoulihanLawrence2017breakfast area with soaring ceiling and windows all around. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,850,000

286 Soundview Avenue, White Plains
Open House: Sunday June 25, 1-3PM

286 soundview avenueFabulous manor style home offers a grand lifestyle on over one acre of lush property in Soundview. Welcoming entry foyer leads to an over-sized living room with beamed ceiling and elegant fireplace with French doors opening to the library, sunroom and magnificent garden courtyard. A formal dining room with beamed ceiling and fireplace is a delightful setting for entertaining. The family room offers flexible space with a separate outdoor entrance and a PDR. An expansive updated kitchen with breakfast room features a butler's pantry with custom cabinetry, granite countertops and Dacor Professional range and oven with Sub zero refrigerator. The 1st floor is completed by a sunny separate studio with PDR and entrances at the rear of the two-car garage. raveislogoThe 2nd floor offers a luxurious master bedroom suite with marble bath, a dressing antechamber and study. 5 more bedrooms provide ample space + 3 additional full baths. Romantic and gracious in every way yet perfect for today's lifestyle. Listing agent: Angela Manson: (914) 420-9878
Learn more here:

List Price: $1,649,000

52blackbirchlane52 Black Birch Lane Scarsdale
Open House Sunday June 25, 1:30-3:30 PM

Renovated Quaker Ridge home with craftsman styling and Mid-Century flair offers flexible interior living space with lots of light, large updated kitchen, renovated bathrooms, and wonderful outdoor spaces for entertaining. Features include new Pella Windows (2005), HoulihanLawrence2017new HVAC 2 zone system (2006), and so many other upgrades! Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,225,000

77TunstallRoad77 Tunstall Road Scarsdale,
Open House Sunday June 25, 12- 2 PM

A one of a kind, this gem is rare in both flow, scale, and level of detail. A stunning entrance hall offers full view of the staircase and introduces the living room through exquisite French doors. Situated on a dead end, this special home enjoys a tranquil HoulihanLawrence2017setting and offers endless possibilities for classic to engage with modern. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,200,000

285OldArmyRoad285 Old Army Road, Scarsdale
Open House: Sunday June 25: 12-2PM and 2:30-4:30PM

Situated on .24 acres this charming 1906 cape code with large wrap around porch boasts modern amenities. Formal large living room with custom built-ins, masonry fireplace and French door to wrap around porch and fabulous yard for entertaining. Formal Dining room leads to updated kitchen and breakfast room. Easy living with master bedroom and en-suite bath on first floor. Additional 2 bedrooms on 2nd level with oversized hall bath. raveislogoConveniently located a short walk to school and train. Contact Felicia Frey, To-Dao Casey or Jason Mehler at (914) 723-1331. Lean more here:

List Price: $895,000

10 Alpine Road10 Alpine Road, New Rochelle
Open House: Saturday June 24, 2-4PM

Great value in northern New Rochelle with low taxes. Gracious entry foyer leads to spacious living room with crown molding and open flow to family room and formal dining room. Sunny eat-in-kitchen leads to slate patio and level rear yard on .23 acre. Comfortable three bedrooms on second floor with updated bath. Large 4th bedroom on third floor raveislogowith dressing area and en suite bath. Hardwood floors. Listing agent: Angela Manson: (914) 420-9878. Learn more here: 

 

List Price: $650,000

105LyonsRoad105 Lyons Road, Eastchester
Open House: Sunday 6/25, 2-4 PM

First time on the market in 52 years! This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath Colonial has it all! This is located in the Eastchester school district and offers bus services to Waverly and Greenvale elementary schools. Close proximity to Scarsdale train station. Walking distance to shops and restaurants! Improvements include: roof/2008,Havc/2014. In 1982 a lovely extensionremaxlogo was built and used as a family room with sliding glass doors to wood deck overlooking private backyard. Attached one car garage and level driveway. Contact Julia Ricciuti, 914-391-6994. Learn more here

List Price: $629,000

 

Village Launches New E-Newsletter and Asks for Your Input on Communications

surveyThe Village of Scarsdale Ad-Hoc Committee on Communications has developed a short survey to gain insights into how satisfied you are with the official local government information you receive, the communication channels through which you receive official news and information, and how the Village of Scarsdale could improve its resident communications. Please help the committee to advocate precisely for what you need by completing the survey no later than July 1st. You can complete the survey by clicking here.

In other news, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Communications has collaborated with staff to develop a new e-newsletter titled "Scarsdale Official." The newsletter will come out twice a month and will feature timely, very brief news items in a mobile-friendly format.Content will include a combination of community happenings, major project updates, and Village Board meeting actions, among other official, local tidbits.  To sign up, visit the "Notify Me" page of the Village website.

Consultants to be Hired to Review the Village Assessor's Office

realestatetaxesIt seemed like old times at Village Hall on Tuesday night June 6 when some of the most vocal opponents of the 2016 revaluation returned for a meeting on hiring a consultant to conduct an independent review of the Village Assessor's office. The Village held a similar meeting with the consulting firm Management Partners in late February, but at the time the trustees decided to wait to make a decision on retaining them until they could answer more questions on their expertise on revaluations.

Kevin Knutson from Management Partners explained that he was a former Village Manager of Coral Gables Florida who now works at Management Partners, an 85-person firm with over 700 clients in 41 states. All of the firms' employees formerly worked in government. For this meeting, Knutson brought in Thomas Frey, who has worked as an assessor, appraiser and as a project consultant on a revaluation in Mamaroneck to serve as a technical consultant on the work in Scarsdale.

The consultants will be charged with doing a review of the assessor's office, evaluating practices and processes with an eye toward improving their efficiency and effectiveness. Village Manager Steve Pappalardo said, "The study will not involve forensic evaluations of the Tyler and Ryan models," but will be an analysis to help improve processes. The project is anticipated to take four to five months to complete and the consultants would be paid $34,990 which will come out of the FY 2016-17 budget.

Frey introduced himself, explaining that he has been an assessor for 42 years, worked as an assessor for a municipality for 32 years and also as an instructor in the field. He has worked as a consultant for the City of White Plains and did appraisals for SCARS hearings. In Mamaroneck, he was the Project Manager for what he called a "reasonably successful" revaluation. When asked what he believed was the key to a good revaluation, Frey said, "...Explain what you are going to do and be as transparent as possible." Asked what he has seen as issues with the assessor's offices in other towns, he said, "They often don't have enough staffing." In response to a question about his role in Mamaroneck he said, "I worked on the RFP, met with contractor and the assessors office, communicated with the town board and rechecked samples of the data collection ... serving as the monitor."

Frey also commented on whether it was possible to conduct a revaluation without doing another round of data collection. He said, "Yes, as long as you maintain good records of sales and demolitions. Sometimes you can just "tweak" the values."
He said he did that within the office without hiring an outside firm. The comment about "tweaking" brought to mind Ryan's claim before he conducted the 2016 revaluation, using data collected for the prior revaluation in 2014.

Mayor Hochvert asked, "How do you fairly assess the quality and condition of a home? How do you develop these parameters? What does the range denote? AAA? C? Frey responded, "Condition and quality are the hardest to do – as they are subjective. Simplifying the grade is better. When the range gets too big it is hard to keep consistency." He added, "We do mass appraisal. We aim toward the middle and go up or down from there."

Amy Parlato wanted to know how Frey would get feedback, and the consultants said they would visit the office 4-5 times and interview residents. Mayra Kirkendall Rodriguez wanted to know what model Frey worked with when he was an assessor and he explained that he used "a model provided from New York State and adjusted for our municipality that worked with the RPS system." Asked if he back tested the model, he said yes.

About the diversity of the housing stock he explained that Mamaroneck was similar to Scarsdale in the range of housing. To another question from Steve Rakoff about what to do when there is a shortage of comparable sales during a specific period, Frey said that the office extends the sales period to gather more values. His wife Amy asked if Frey was aware of the situation in Scarsdale and he said that all he knew was what he read in the media.

At one point, the clear divide in opinion about future revaluations surfaced in the room; Bob Berg affirmed his desire for the consultants to work independently to analyze and make their recommendations and said, "I think we all agree that we need to do another revaluation in the near future," which brought cries of disagreement from Ron Parlato and Steve Rakoff who said, "No we don't... don't speak for us!"

Michael Levine who is a statistician commented that it would be difficult to separate problems in the assessor's office with issues with the models used. He said to the consultants, "I understand that this is a limited engagement. You may think you can get at this by analyzing the procedures. But below it is perceived flaws in the results that resulted from perceived flaws in the methodology or land evaluation. You will get into these questions. I suggest you anticipate this and when you see it you don't ignore it. Notice that and be aware – even if it's outside the scope of your work."

At the conclusion of the meeting it appeared that both the trustees and community members in attendance were in agreement that the consultants should be retained to do the study.  Following the meeting, the trustees asked village managers to draft a resolution to hire the consultants. This will be voted on at the June 13th meeting of the board of trustees. 

Open Houses Galore!

9 autenreithIf you are thinking of moving to lower Westchester, here's a great opportunity to visit homes in all price ranges in many neighborhoods.  Check out this big list of weekend Open Houses from Houlihan Lawrence:HoulihanLawrence2017

Scarsdale

9 Autenreith Road Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 12:30PM-2:30PM

This stunning 2011-built center hall Colonial is just steps away from Scarsdale's downtown and train station. Recent significant architectural and cosmetic exterior changes and substantial interior upgrades present a clean lined, modern home. A+ location, superb schools and fantastic commute -- this home has it all. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $2,998,000

7 Harcourt7 Harcourt Road Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 11:00AM-12:30PM

Spectacular, fully renovated, expanded center hall brick Colonial set on 0.31 acres in the heart of Fox Meadow. Tremendous curb appeal and pristine property. This home is a perfect blend of old world charm and modern amenities. Classic detailing throughout including a gracious entry hall, beautiful staircase, and more. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $2,975,000

23CooperRoad23 Cooper Road Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 2:30PM-4:30PM

Beautifully maintained sun-filled home on a picturesque street in the heart of Murray Hill. The spacious kitchen boasts 3 year old stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a gorgeous breakfast room with cathedral ceiling and an abundance of sunlight capturing the beauty of nature. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $2,495,000

28 ParkfieldRoad28 Parkfield Road Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:30PM-3:30PM

Enjoy a short walk to train (32 minute express to Grand Central) from this ideally located and newly renovated Fox Meadow Colonial in Scarsdale! This home features a fabulous layout for casual living and formal entertaining with a gorgeous open-plan new premium eat-in chef's kitchen. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $2,198,000

35 SageTerrace35 Sage Terrace, Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 2:30PM-4:30PM

Greenacres is the place to be! A beautifully maintained Manor-style Tudor with serious curb appeal in Greenacres. This home features an extra wide staircase, arched doorways, original stained glass accent windows, hardwood floors and imported limestone floors. Oversized dining room with a wall of windows. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:HoulihanLawrence2017

List Price: $2,100,000

61DrakeRoad61 Drake Road, Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 2:00PM-4:00PM

Meticulously renovated Heathcote Tudor boasts timeless chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry, two dishwashers, two sinks, limestone countertops, Viking range, SubZero refrigerator, large banquette and radiant heated floors. Other features include expansive step down 25' x 28' living room/family room, six bedrooms, and more. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,750,000

29Kingston29 Kingston Road Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-4:00PM

Much admired Greenacres Colonial set on beautiful corner 1/2 acre property in a walk to train location. Be captivated by the curb appeal and sprawling lawn of this charming home located one long block from the elementary school. Perfect layout for modern living and entertaining, cookouts on summer evenings, and more. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,639,000

64Walworth64 Walworth Avenue Scarsdale,
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 2:00PM-4:00PM

Enjoy the 21st century open floor plan in this thoroughly updated 20th Century Dutch Colonial. The seamless flow of light filled rooms is so right for today's living and entertaining. It is an easy walk to the train from this .3 acre, 3,300 square foot home in the sought-after Greenacres neighborhood. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,595,000


21RobinHillRoad21 Robin Hill Road Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-3:00PM

Exceptional, renovated Edgemont Colonial set in an ideal location on tranquil street close to schools, train, village and shops. Great layout with new kitchen open to family room with vaulted ceiling/skylight and door to large deck partially covered with redone gazebo and a few steps to private backyard - perfect to relax! Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $985,000

15PlymouthDrive15 Plymouth Drive Scarsdale
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 12:00PM-2:00PM

Whether it's a magical night of Halloween on the green, or the annual Wilmot Woods party, this special neighborhood is utterly sweet and abundantly charming. So it is with this perfect four bedroom gem featuring a stunning yard, a year round sunroom AND a screened in porch, all to emphasize the exquisite setting. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $665,000HoulihanLawrence2017

Hartsdale

75WHartsdaleAve75 West Hartsdale Avenue #4 Hartsdale, NY
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-3:00PM

Stunning and fully renovated townhouse leaves nothing else to do...except move right in! Beautiful wood floors throughout, with an onyx tile floor in the powder room. New recessed lighting or track/pendant lighting in all rooms. Living room and dining area share the wood-burning fireplace. Kitchen with stainless steel! Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $700,000

White Plains

225SaxonWoods225 Saxon Woods Road White Plains
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-2:30PM

Come and see this private paradise offering tranquility and natural surroundings like no other offering. Gorgeous outdoor views from every room will take your breath away. Upon entering this classic Contemporary home, you will notice the dramatic two story entrance leading into the naturally lit living room. A rare find! Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $747,000

105 Barton105 Barton Road White Plains
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-4:00PM

Enter and be swept away by the elegant front hall and dramatic stairway. This French Normandy Colonial features graciously proportioned rooms, a fabulous kitchen with granite counters, large center island and breakfast bar, a vaulted skylight overhead, Bosch dishwasher, Marvel wine fridge, garbage disposal and much more! Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $899,000

46HillairCircle46 Hillair Circle White Plains
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-3:00PM

Majestic stone and shingle Colonial on close to an acre of magnificent property, backing onto woods on coveted Hillair Circle. Completely updated and move-in ready. Improvements include new kitchen with granite counters, new bathrooms, newly painted exterior, gorgeous landscaping, re-built stone walls and more.Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,129,000

6 NewYorkAvenue6 New York Avenue White Plains
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-3:00PM

When you visit this handsome Prospect Park Colonial, you'll never want to leave! Every space beautifully detailed, possessing wonderful character. Impressive Colonial with 9' ceilings unfolds to rooms of grand proportions, so inviting for lively, large gatherings of family and friends! Freshly painted, updated bathrooms. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,139,000

16 Vermont Avenue16 Vermont Avenue White Plains,
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 1:00PM-3:00PM

Iconic renovated Prospect Park Victorian with sweeping front lawn and wrap around porch. On .87 park-like, level acre, this warm and inviting home is a perfect blend of period finishes and modern conveniences. 9' ceilings and decorative detail throughout. Gorgeous staircase. Imagine a modern décor against period detail! Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:HoulihanLawrence2017

List Price: $1,149,000

Rye Brook

72 West Doral Greens Drive72 Doral Greens Drive West Rye Brook

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 06/11/17 2:00PM-4:00PM

Beautiful three bedroom, two-½ bath home with elevator. Sunlight abounds in this easy living home all on one level. A quick ride in the PRIVATE ELEVATOR brings you from the garage up into the main living area. The master bedroom overlooks the golf course and features a walk-in closet, plus more. Scarsdale Office 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $780,00

Scarsdale STEP Seeks Host Family for New Student

fredricksmithjrThe Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Plan (STEP) Board is thrilled to announce that Fredrick Smith, Jr. a rising junior from Memphis, Tennessee, has been selected to join the Scarsdale High School class of 2019 this fall.

The STEP board now seeks a Scarsdale District family to host Fred for the academic year, starting in late August 2017. Interested families should call Nan Berke at 914-472-8387 or email info@scarsdalestep.org.

For over 50 years, STEP has brought promising students of color from economically disadvantaged households to Scarsdale to attend the High School for their junior and senior years. The program specifically seeks students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to applying themselves academically.

Fred Smith is an honors student at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High. He is a member of his school's football team and he enjoys reading and volunteering to help coach the Orange Mound Raiders, a youth football team. Fred loves Science and Math and is driven to understand how things work. Last summer he attended the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL and this summer he is attending the Math and Science Scholars Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Michigan. He describes himself as "outgoing, a leader and an all-around helpful person".

The 30 plus-member STEP Board and 24-member Advisory Board provides a strong network of consistent support to host families, including a generous stipend to cover expenses. The experience can be life changing, not only for the STEP student but also for the host family. Host families gain a wider cultural perspective and often form lifelong relationships with their STEP student.

For more information, go to the Scarsdale STEP website.

Jill Hyman and Julie Stonberg are the Co-Chairs of the Scarsdale STEP Board.

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