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forent3A Town Hall meeting was called by Paul Feiner to discuss the future of Central Avenue on Monday night November 8th. The Town Board, the Planning and Zoning Boards, and the Planning Department were on hand to discuss issues with local realtors and property owners.

The purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm ideas on what Greenburgh could do to fill the vacant storefronts on Central Avenue, which have caused declines in tax revenues and mean less funding for school districts, fire district and town governments.

Approximately 50-60 people attended the meeting that was chaired by Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.

The loss of tax revenue from the vacancies is costing the town approximately $5 million per year. Those who spoke complained that parking restrictions are too stringent and need to be updated. They also reported that White Plains and Yonkers require fewer available spots per the size of the location as determined by the floor area ratio. They stated that the application process for variances need to be coordinated among Village Boards as it is now time consuming and frustrating for applicants.

In discussing the lack of restaurants, distance parameters from the street for fast food establishments along Central Avenue were cited as an obstacle. In addition, since Greenburgh requires a special permit to open a restaurant on Central Avenue, there is a long approval process that may discourage potential tenants.

Even more red tape prevents retailers from opening on sites where there are steep slopes, such as the Dilmaghani property that has been vacant for years. It was suggested that the steep slope ordinance be waived for properties along Central Avenue.

To make the street easier to navigate, some suggested that Central Avenue needs to be more pedestrian friendly and proposed the addition of sidewalks to make it easier to walk between retail malls.

In order to attract new businesses, attendees suggested that Greenburgh promote itself to the business community as a place where it is easy to do business. Others discussed the need for the town to balance tax revenues against the rights of residents who reside close to Central Avenue.

A new Comprehensive Plan for the area is in the works and portions of it are available for review on the town website at



25shawneeroad25 Shawnee Road: New construction completed in 2010. All brick Georgian Colonial with 3 fireplaces, 9 foot ceilings on first floor, tray ceiling in master bedroom, and five bedrooms on one level, Eco-Star slate look roof, oak flooring, herringbone entry with curved staircase, stainless steel appliances, electric Dumb waiter, seperate entrance for maids quarters, slate patio to level yard. Close to elementary, high school, train, and shops.

List Price: $2,489,000
Sale Price: $2,375,000
Estimated Real Estate Taxes: $35,500

235 Old Colony Road, Hartsdale: Dramatic sun-filled contemporary in highly desirable Edgemont. Luxury and privacy in prime location. Walk to train village, shops, restaurants, school and Scarsdale Golf Club. Spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings, patios, balconies, and windows galore set the stage for grand entertaining. Set on quiet cul-de-sac with lushly landscaped property.235oldcolonyroad

List Price: $1,089,000
Sale Price: $999,999
Estimated Real Estate Taxes: $29,737

29 Farragut Road: Spacious Colonial with lovely yard, located on dead end street. Convenient location: walk to Heathcote Elementary School, Heathcote Five Corners, town pool, fields and parks. Entrance foyer, living room, formal dining room, family room with fireplace, door to deck, Modern eat in kitchen with mudroom, laundry and powder room. Second Floor: Master bedroom with two walk-in closets, bath, two bedrooms with hall bath, up a few steps to bedroom and unfinished bedroom or studio.

29farragutroadList Price: $995,000
Sale Price: $962,500
Real Estate Taxes: $24,725

7 Cotswald Way: Spacious Tudor is a diamond in the rough. Oversize living room with fireplace leads to a dining room with built-ins. French doors to sunroom. Slate patio with BBQ. Vintage eat-in kitchen. The third floor has two bedrooms, a full bath, study and storage, including two cedar closets. Hardwood floors. Large basement has washer/dryer, workrooms and possible wine cellar. Edgemont Schools.

List Price: $850,000
Sale Price: $782,0007cortswaldway
Estimated Real Estate Taxes: $31,798

October Sales Statistics for Scarsdale: A total of 15 houses were sold in Scarsdale during the month of October 2010. The lowest priced house sold was a three bedroom, three bath house built in 1926,with estimated taxes of $13,102.This house is located on 46 Carmen Road in Edgewood across from Davis Park and is in need of TLC. It was listed for $529,000, stayed on the market for 177 days and was sold for $500,000.

The most expensive house that was sold during the month of October 2010 was a seven bedroom, nine bath, 8,900 square foot house built in 2007, with estimated taxes of $58,871. This house is located on 7 Cornell Street in Quaker Ridge. It is a new colonial on one acre with sweeping views of Bonnie Briar Golf Club. The house was listed for $3,595,000, stayed on the market for 266 days and was sold for $3,225,000.

7cornellStatistics provided by Sarit Orlofsky of Engel and Volkers, Scarsdale. Click here to contact Sarit.




hardhatA dazzling collection of 150 home improvement companies will be on display at the Sixth Annual Westchester Home Show, for two information and demonstration-packed days, October 30 and 31 at the Westchester County Center.

Find answers to virtually all of your home improvement questions along with an endless number of ideas, products, people, displays and opportunities to help you upgrade and improve your home. Meet remodelers, builders, mortgage companies, lighting experts, green energy advisors, suppliers of awnings, decks and more, this weekend at the County Center.

Come see the Bios Water Car, which uses water for fuel, on display at the show. The Bios company’s goal is to help support all inventors and manufacturers in the HHO (water for fuel) industry.

Click on the top banner on to enter to win a free ticket to the show.

  • When: October 30th - 31st, 2010
  • Where: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains, New York
  • Show hours: Saturday, 11am to 6pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm
    Tickets: $8 Adults; $7 seniors and kids 12 and under are admitted for free

For more information and to enter to win a free ticket to the show, click here


redo3Adjusting to an empty nest can be difficult but Lori Falow and Debbie Fink, Scarsdale residents and recent empty nesters, are using their newfound time to create beautiful nests for others.  Both women are currently licensed real estate agents in Scarsdale and have a passion for beautiful homes. With backgrounds in interior design they drifted into home staging projects which has evolved into the Redo concept. In essence, home staging for those preparing to sell but also for those wishing to remain in their home.

redo2They’ve joined together to offer budget conscious design expertise to others. Lori spent eight years working as an interior designer at Milly Sugarman Interiors in Scarsdale.  She has decorated some of Scarsdale's most beautiful homes.  Deborah has worked in interior design in both Manhattan and Southampton. She has an M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology in addition to a degree in Fine Art. Both women believe that any home can be beautiful and comfortable with thoughtful organization and the right accessories.

We Do Re Do, will unclutter, restyle, update, and accessorize just one room or an entire house thereby creating clarity from clutter. Most jobs can be done in just a few hours.  Talented design skills make a huge difference, especially in tough economic times when many want to use what they have and stick to a modest budget.  Lori and Deborah know how hectic life can be and take pride in creating calm, soothing environments for their clients.

redo1Most homes do not need expensive furniture purchases or major renovations. We Do will rearrange and enhance what you already own with the understanding that some people enjoy decorating but lack confidence and need just a little help.  Others find home decor stressful and overwhelming and want someone else to take care of every detail. Whatever your project or goal, We Do ReDo will make your home feel fresh and up to date.  Treat yourself to a home makeover.  Call them at (914) 420-5647 or email for a complimentary consultation.



10olmstead Despite reports of a weak economy, the Scarsdale real estate market is vibrant.  This week, homes with prices ranging from over $3 million to just $500,000 were sold. Check out the sales below and also attend a Pumpkin Party at the Scarsdale office of Engel and Volkers on Sunday October 24 from 10 am to 2 pm.  While the children window paint in the area, enjoy cider, and treats at the Engel and Volkers office at 300 Heathcote Road at the Five Corners in Scarsdale.

Here are this week's sales:

10 Olmstead Road: Five bedroom, six bathroom stone and shingle 2009 Colonial. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, fabulous master bedroom and bath, four ample sized family bedrooms with audio system throughout the first floor and out on the blue stone patio,. Wide plank wood floors and nine foot ceilings.

List Price $3,350,000
Sale Price: $3,135,000
Real Estate Taxes: $35,550

6etonroad6 Eton Road: Stately center hall colonial in estate section of Greenacres. Over an acre of exquisite professionally landscaped property. Heated Shoreline pool. Large rooms. spacious layout, sundrenched throughout. Pristine Condition. A much admired home for gracious living.

List Price: $3,150,000
Sale Price: $2,717,750
Real Estate Taxes: $49,887

214 Madison: New construction in Scarsdale using the finest materials and 214madisoncraftsmanship. Amenities include hardwood floors, maids room on the first floor, central air, central vacuum, granite counter, gas fireplace, breakfast room, deck off family room and much more. $10,000.00 appliance allowance. Builder will customize.

List Price: $1,685,000
Sale Price: $1,630,000
Real Estate Taxes: TBD


20vernonroad20 Vernon Road: On a wonderful quiet street has a fabulous park like setting with perennial gardens. French doors lead to a large slate patio with built-in barbeque. Great for entertaining. Open floor plan with sunny family room, breakfast room and updated kitchen with southern exposure. Huge living room and formal dining room. Easy addition(2nd floor) over the family room and for master bedroom.

List Price: $1,325,000
Sale Price: $1,300,000
Real Estate Taxes: $29,943

29springdaleroad29 Springdale Road: Spectacular brick center hall Colonial with stunning unobstructed golf course views. Custom built and featuring the perfect layout including a majestic entrance hall with curved staircase, updated eat in kitchen with direct access to separate laundry room and two car attached garage, family room with fireplace and doors to yard. Five spacious bedrooms include bedroom and full bath on first floor, generous closets and storage, picturesque back yard.

List Price: $1,299,000
Sale Price: $1,200,000
Real Estate Taxes:$29,850

15 Secor Road: Five bedroom, four bath 1950’s split on one third of an acre. 1,705 square feet of interior space.15secor

List Price: $899,000
Sale Price: $1,018,000
Real Estate Taxes: $17,311

46 Carman Road: A diamond in the rough across from Davis Park in Edgewood. This home has interesting architectural features and is in need of TLC. Hardwood floors through out. House being sold as is.

List Price: $529,00046carmanroad
Sale Price: $500,000
Real Estate Taxes: $13,012

Don't forget to attend the Pumpkin Party event at Engel and Volkers on Sunday October 24 from 10 am - 2pm.


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