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Demolition Derby Continues In Scarsdale

45CushmanRoadWhile the Village ponders new historic preservation laws, the demolition derby continues. At the April 16 meeting of the Committee for Historic Preservation, applications have been filed to clear the way to tear down five more homes in Scarsdale. If the committee fails to find that these homes have historic merit, these homes could be torn down:

  • 190 Brewster Road built in 1935
  • 25 Innes Road built in 1939
  • 23 Broadmoor Road built in 1930
  • 18 Drake Road Built in 1921
  • 45 Cushman Road Built in 1906
  • 31 Wynmor Road built in 1927

Typically smaller homes are torn down and replaced with larger, more elaborate homes that utilize far more of the available lot. Trees are often sacrificed in the process.

Here are before and after photos:

11dickelold11Dickel11 Dickel Road, a modest 2,192 square foot home built on a half acre in 1921, recently sold for $1,010,000 and has now been torn down. It is being replaced with a 7,293 square foot home on the market for $2,895,000.

 

10normandylane10normandy4-1On Normandy Lane, a home built in 1928 was set far back on a 3 acre property surrounded by trees that blocked the view of the house from the street. Neighbors report that when the property was cleared to make way for a large new contemporary house under construction, over 100 trees were taken down. Here are photos of both the old and the new house.

This Week's Sales:

36GardenRoad36 Garden Road: Rare opportunity to own 1.32 acre of level, private property in the Grange.  This grand colonial features a gracious entry foyer with circular staircase and spacious rooms throughout. Kitchen and family room open to lovely sun-filled patio overlooking the pool. Custom indoor/outdoor sound system.
Sale Price: $1,875,000
Real Estate Taxes: $52,629

1255PostRoad1255 Post Road: Contractor's delight! Lots of tender loving care. Priced for quick sale!
Sale Price: $495,000
Real Estate Taxes: $11,253

 

 

 

 

HLChristieSmallFeatured Listing: 23 Carriage House Lane, Scarsdale23CarriageHouse
Lovely, pristine home on .46 acres with room for pool offers absolutely the most gorgeous golf course views from the minute you enter. Every inch of this home feels warm, bright and wonderfully inviting. First level master bedroom with luxurious spa bath, family room shares a two sided fireplace with the living room and has access to the stone patio and yard, as does the dining room. The second level offers three generous sized bedrooms and a new Waterworks bath. Easy expansion possibilities. Learn more here: List Price: $1,349,000

HLChristieSmallFeatured Listing: 15 Roxbury Road, Edgemont15RoxburyRoad
The perfect center hall colonial in close proximity to schools, train, village and duck pond. Completely renovated from top to bottom with beautiful wood floors, new windows, top-of-the-line kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, new bathrooms, master bedroom with built-ins. Playroom/den off 2nd floor bedrooms. Charming architectural details include columns, French doors, and covered porch. Great yard with swing set. Gardener included. Furnished but may consider unfurnished. Learn more here: Monthly Rental: $8,150

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0 #4 Resident 2013-04-11 13:14
The problem has nothing to do with tearing down these homes, it is more about the architecture style that is approved and the quality of the new home to be built. I have only seen a handful of builders, architects and owners that truly "get it" when it comes to the building of these new homes. You cannot tell someone what to do with THIER property as they have a LEGAL RIGHT to do what they want as long as they are within the State, County & Village code. To have some arbitrary appointed committee determine what home can be demolished or what cannot based upon the 'Board" determination is, in my opinion, illegal in itself. What about property owners rights? If a building has not been officially declared a National or State Landmark then who is giving our village the right to impede on property owners constitutional rights? BTW - if a property is deemed a Historic Landmark then this has to be disclosed and not determined after a sale is done and used as a mechanism to stop development. That is no different then "spot zoning" which has been deemed illegal and even upheld by the US Supreme Court.

Further, lets get real....almost all of the older homes are functionally obsolete and operationally inefficient. They were "built" to the industry standards then - which when compared to the modern construction practices and advancement in material manufacturing of today is like comparing apples to oranges. On top of that, we have learned of all of the negative effects from materials that were used in these homes that have proven to be health and property dangers - lead paint, asbestos, mold, water issues, drainage, ZERO energy efficiencies in mechanical systems, windows, doors, insulation....I could go on and on. How about indoor air quality by itself? What? We are now going to mandate that you must go an improve what is there? The cost to renovate the right way far exceeds the cost of building new and ends up being nothing more then throwing good money after bad PLUS you are never going to get it 100% right as it never happens.

Continued growth is what protects all of our property values. Then minute this compromised or stopped then we all better get real concerned as the effects will be far reaching.

Just as cars, clothes, appliances, etc... everything has a life expectancy including a dwelling.
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0 #3 resident too 2013-04-05 20:29
just looking at a map of the location Normandy Lane and it looks like the place would be subject to flooding (or just being wet) all the time! Good luck and have backup sump pumps and a generator!
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0 #2 Tree Hugger 2013-04-04 03:46
New house on Normandy Lane is ugly! And 100 trees, for that! Totally not worth it. Makes Scarsdale BAR look bad. Hope they flood...
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0 #1 Resident 2013-04-04 03:42
The only thing good that can be said about the owners of smaller tear downs, who have cut down all their trees, is that their respective properties will probably flood in the next 100 year storm (which may happen next year) because they killed all their trees. Then they will complain to the village that their previously dry property is flooding. The village gave them a permit to destroy their property and refuses to make the mcMansion owners plant the 10-20 trees which are necessary to keep the land stable. Super unsophisticated village governance ... No wonder we don't want to pay higher taxes!
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