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Application Filed to Demolish 8 Heathcote Road and Big Sales in Edgemont

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The former home of Earl Graves at 8 Heathcote Road may be the next historic homes in the Heathcote Association to be razed. Last month, the Committee for Historic Preservation gave the green light for the demolition of 18 Heathcote Road and several more demolitions are in the works on Sherbrooke Road, across the way from the house on Duck Pond Road which was torn down in 2011. Graves' former home recently sold for $7.5 million. Originally listed at $11.5 million the 21-room home was on the market for almost three years. The house was originally built in 1907 and has 8,000 square feet of interior space, 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, eight fireplaces and an ice cream parlor. Outside, the 4.7 acre property includes a 60-foot swimming pool, cabana, tennis court, playground and a putting green. Real estate taxes are $95,405.

Unlike the house at 18 Heathcote Road that was approved for demolition, this home appears to retain its original façade and was the home of a well-known personality, Earl Graves, founder of Black Enterprise Magazine. Since two of the Committee's criteria to preserve the home may be met, perhaps this home will not go down. The committee meets on November 19th at 8 pm at Scarsdale Village Hall to consider the application.

Sales:

9HearthstoneCircle.jpg9 Hearthstone Circle, Edgemont: Completely renovated home on 1.84 acres of beautiful landscaped and private property. Shoreline 18 x 50 pool, gazebo, grill/refrigerator. Perfect home for family living and entertaining. Two guest suites. Gourmet kit with top of the line appliances. Elegantly sized and bright living room, dining room, and family room. Stunning master suite. Additional land for sale at 12 Sundale for $3.0M.
Sale Price: $3,250,000
Real Estate Taxes: $69,257

280NClaytonRoad.jpg280 North Clayton Road: Edgemont: One of a kind Arts and Crafts inspired Edgemont home on .77 Acre. Top 2006 construction including a Deane Kitchen with adjoining sunken family room. 6,708 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, powder room. Stunning pool and 6-person hot tub. Exciting extras include a media room, fitness room, 1000 bottle wine cellar, dramatic screened porch with vaulted ceiling, children's wing with common room for study/play and much more. Light filled, comfortable elegance.

Sale Price: $3,000,000
Real Estate Taxes: $63,851

18VanderbiltRoad.jpg18 Vanderbilt Road: Dramatic practically new sun-filled home set on professionally landscaped private property. High end finishes: parquet floors, wainscoting, crown moldings, 9' ceilings, large bluestone patio. Special features: generator, 3 zone heatand central air, 2nd floor laundry with sink, mud room with second oversized stainless steel refrigerator/freezer. Tudor exterior, Colonial interior.

Sale Price: $1,825,000
Real Estate Taxes: $40,903

9SpringdaleRoad.jpg9 Springdale Road: Spacious sunny, renovated split with fabulous open plan top-of-the-line kitchen/family room with French doors to deck and yard. Living room, dining room, powder room plus den/office with fireplace. Three large bedrooms with two large baths. Master bedroom, large walk-in-closet, built-in window seats and luxurious bath featuring Jacuzzi tub, steam shower and two sinks. Lower level includes large open finished storage space and great laundry area. Level property, abuts Aspen Park.

Sale Price: $1,470,000
Real Estate Taxes: $32,066

14BlackBirchLane.jpg14 Black Birch Lane: Spacious and inviting 4 bedroom/3 bath sun-filled home on quiet street with great open layout, large bedrooms, detailed moldings, and hardwood floors. Grand living room with fireplace, formal dining room, EIK and library. Expansive master bedroom, and lower level with endless possibilities. Lovely patio overlooking private backyard.

Sale Price: $908,000
Real Estate Taxes: $25,560

76Sprague.jpg76 Sprague Avenue: 3 bedroom home on .17 acre lot in Edgewood. Private yard with spacious patio, specimen plantings. Newer windows, roof and vinyl siding, central air conditioning. Updated kitchen.

Sale Price:
Real Estate Taxes: $14,941

Featured Listings:

HLChristieSmall14 High Point Lane, Edgemont: 14HighPoint
Charming colonial ideally located on private and level 1.01 acres on a beautiful cul-de-sac. Special features include renovated kitchen with breakfast room, updated master bath, new first floor marble bath, 2 zone CAC, new 3 zone heat, new extra large 2 car garage with 2nd floor. Family room with wood burning fireplace and atrium door to deck, library and kitchen have doors to patios. Perfect home for gracious living and entertaining. Exquisite perennial gardens with landscape lighting, stone fountain, brick and slate patios. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,189,000

HLChristieSmall81 Lee Ave, Scarsdale81LeeAvenue
Charming home located in Fox Meadow in wonderful location, close to transportation, village, shops and restaurants. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining room, living room with fireplace, family room addition, dine-in-kitchen, mudroom and deck. Many updates throughout, including new siding, new garage door, new water heater, new roof, wood floors and crown molding. Membership to Lake Isle available, golf, swim and tennis. Scarsdale recreation/pool and camp. Learn more here:

List Price: $875,000




 

 

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0 #9 MordechaiRosenblatt 2013-11-12 07:23
My bubeleh always loved this house.
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0 #8 Modern History 2013-11-12 04:27
If the Village truly wants to preserve houses with street presence, but undesirable interiors, then property owners need to be given significant incentives to preserve the house. Essentially, an owner of an historic dinosaur, like this appears to be, is being asked to forego their property rights in order to: (1) maintain views for the general public; or (2) preserve some aspect of history. Significant incentives to preserve a house might include(1) a huge break on taxes (ask: is the rest of the village willing to pay for this?) or (2) significant flexibility in renovations (i.e. streamlined approval process, deference to what the property owner wants vs. what the BAR wants, and/or generous setbacks, lot coverage, FAR limits not available to non-historic properties. it would also seem that anyone who has lived in one of these mansions is highly likely to be some prominent figure. If everyone is considered a truly historic figure it dilutes the significance of history that is indeed special. I hope these people do not encounter problems with the committee.
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0 #7 Keep on Truckin 2013-11-12 00:25
While I am usually opposed to teardowns of historic homes in Scarsdale -- for instance, the disgraceful knockdown on Duck Pond to allow for this new monstrosity -- I've heard tell that the Graves mansion is indeed a warren of small rooms and not what one would think from its magnificent street view presence. The fact that it took so long to sell and its reduced sales price strongly suggest that it doesn't work for the mega-millionair e lifestyle of today. Tear that baby down!
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0 #6 Scott 2013-11-10 23:16
What's the real estate equivalent of Drill baby Drill!
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0 #5 A back yard like Chase Park! 2013-11-07 12:21
Dear friends of ours used to live in this house, and I remember how the back yard looked as beautiful as Chase Park, but whenever we were inside the house, it felt like a hodgepodge of rooms all with different height ceilings, with floors that never matched up. A great address, but every time i was there i would trip over steps in the middle of a room and nearly broke my ankle once when i opened a bathroom door and actually fell into the sink because nobody warned me that the bathroom floor was actually two or three steps lower than the door sill! Perhaps they fixed those quirks? Im not saying i wouldnt have loved to have lived there but i can see why it would be hard to live in a house thats been added to so much. i remember that the kitchen ceilings were low enough to touch with your hands. when i got back home to my rather mundsne early 1960s colonial, i remember thinking how could it be that my kitchen ceilings are actually higher than the ones in a Heatcote road mansion? go figure.
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0 #4 Heathcote Resident 2013-11-07 04:46
I've seen the inside of the house and it is well kept but because of how old it is and what seems like a couple of poorly integrated extensions it is a maze of impractical rooms. It in no way works for todays lifestyle...the new owners should be allowed to tear it down and build what they want with no interference from the 'village in a green' whiners. And , I swear, I am not the new owners!!!
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0 #3 lover of truly historic homes 2013-11-07 04:44
According to Building dept records, three-fourths of this 8 Heathcote house is NOT original. The big white entry foyer on the front, the dormers and the whole wing on the left side (port-holes, included) were all added many years later. The house was added onto in the 20s, 30s, 60s, and renovated again in the early 70s. It's been added onto in the front, side and back. Looks great from the street , but Almost nothing is original. Check out the 1960s addition on the back--all glass on three sides, and a flat roof with mismatching brick. The front foyer addition even violated the setback rules. I considered buying this house and it is not what you'd expect. I don't blame the owner for wanting to change it.
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0 #2 Btmom 2013-11-07 04:16
Why does any single family need more than 8000 square feet of living space? Just wondering.
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0 #1 Greenacres resident 2013-11-07 01:48
So 8 Heathcote is a on a 5 acre property that took 3 years to sell, for $4 million less than the original asking price...What's the condition of the 1907 house ???? Is it even a space that works for todays lifestyle? Let the Historic Commission ask "well known personality" Mr. Graves (who is still alive) if he thinks the house should be allowed to be torn down since he is part of the criteria for non-demolition. .. Whatever is to be built on this property has to be approved by the B.A.R in this community, so perhaps the new exterior facade can be required to be similar to the existing home. More power to someone who wants to upgrade and pay more taxes!
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