A Technological Upgrade to Architectural Salvage
- Category: Real Estate
- Published: Tuesday, 31 January 2023 14:55
- Joanne Wallenstein
An enterprising couple from Stamford CT has identified a way to employ online auction software to salvage and sell fixtures, woodwork, architectural elements, plumbing and even landscaping and hardscape from homes soon to be demolished.
Last week we met Maria and Greg Stanton at a large Colonial home on Dolma Road in Scarsdale. The owner had previously received the green light from the Committee for Historic Preservation to demolish the home. Before it was razed, the Stantons, who run Green Circle Auctions, combed the house for everything that could be saved. They documented and photographed doors, windows, sinks, vanities, lighting, bannisters, mantles, kitchen and bedroom cabinetry, wood paneling, radiator covers and more from the inside of the home that could be sold in an online auction.
Outside, Belgian block, slate sidewalks, stone retaining walls, statuary and even a Japanese Maple were photographed and offered to the highest bidder.
All these items were posted in a limited time auction on the website auction ninja, where buyers had the chance to bid.
The day we arrived at the scene, the auction was closed and the winning bidders were invited to come to the home to extricate their goods from the home and take them away. We saw a team disassembling the kitchen cabinetry, taking down the lights and removing whatever could be plied from the walls.
Outside, slate walkways, garden statues and even trees were being dug up and carried away.
Greg Stanton sees this as a very green solution to home demolition, in that the more that is carted away for reuse, the less that ends up tossed into dumpsters and overflowing landfills. For homes that are beyond renovation, homeowners and contractors can squeeze out some extra value from elements that were formerly bulldozed and carted away.
About the auction – there is no minimum bid – so every item starts at $1. Green Circle shares the proceeds with the homeowner but there is also an 18% fee from Auction Ninja that comes out of the buyers pocket. Stanton says that Green Circle does not take any project whose contents would yield less than $10,000, so there’s real money to be made from the leftover contents of home and hearth. Stanton sees what Green Circle does as a win-win for the homeowner and the earth.
Check out Green Circles next auction of a 2 acres of the “Idletime” estate in New Rochelle here.
6 Windmill Circle
Center Hall Colonial situated on a cul-de-sac in the Greenacres area of Scarsdale. Completely rebuilt in 1997, this home has a layout beginning with a two-story entry adorned with a staircase flanked by a living room with fireplace and a dining room boasting an architectural tray ceiling and French doors to the rear deck. The kitchen, breakfast area and family room overlook the greenery of George Fields Town Park and Nature Conservancy. Enjoy summer gatherings on the deck with the privacy and views of the natural landscape. Complete with a primary suite with captivating views and four additional well apportioned bedrooms this house certainly exceeds the space vital for today's lifestyles. The partially finished walk-out basement with high ceiling height provides living space (included in square footage) along with a utilities area and storage. The two-car garage has a storage loft and is equipped with the panel for an electric car charging station. Hardwood floors, high ceilings and multi-zone heating and cooling are just a few of the added features. Don't miss this opportunity!
Sale Price: $1,795,000
Real Estate Taxes: $27,527
Assessed Value: $1,125,000
570 Fort Hill Road
Welcome to 570 Fort Hill Road! This Contemporary Center Hall Colonial is situated on over a third of an acre, in a setting nestled on a tree-lined street. As you enter the home you are greeted by a two-story entry that features skylights that allow for sunlight all day long. This home is an entertainer's dream with a kitchen featuring appliances, granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, and Mouser cabinets, a laundry room sits off the kitchen, and sliders that lead to an oasis for gatherings or dinner parties! A bonus room on the first floor is being used as a home office, but could be multi-purposed as a playroom or home gym. A living room with a fireplace for cozy evenings, dining room, family room complete the first floor. The second level affords a primary bedroom suite, his/her closets, and an en-suite bath with a glass-enclosed shower and Jacuzzi tub, three additional bedrooms, and a hall bath. The lower level makes for opportunities with over 1,000 additional square feet not included in the overall footprint. Storage throughout on every level, The rear yard is large! Don't miss this opportunity to call this home!
Sale Price: $1,212,500
Real Estate Taxes: $37,650
Assessed Value: $1,125,000
114 Birchall Drive, Scarsdale
6 Bedrooms, 6.1 Bathrooms, 6,575 Square Feet
Impressive gut renovated Colonial in the heart of the prestigious Murray Hill section of Scarsdale, situated on a glorious private acre on sought-after Birchall Drive, only a 32 minute commute to Grand Central Terminal. The foyer welcomes you with stunning herringbone oak floors and paneled walls leading to an expansive formal living room with a stately wood-burning fireplace, several seating areas and access to the covered deck area. The formal dining room would easily seat 24 and boasts another wood-burning fireplace, a wet-bar and three sets of French doors to the deck. The brand new modern kitchen features high end stainless steel appliances, a large Quartz island, walk-in pantry and spacious dining area with French doors to the deck. An adjacent cozy family room with a high ceiling and a wall of windows also opens to the deck and backyard. The mudroom with cubbies accesses the attached garage and side door. The second level includes a beautiful primary suite with French doors to a balcony, lovely sitting area, two large walk-in closets and a luxurious primary bath with radiant heated floor, soaking tub, large shower and double vanity with make up area. Four additional bedrooms and 4 baths (3 en-suite) plus a large laundry room complete this level. The lower level is comprised of two large recreation rooms, an office/gym (being legalized as the 6th bedroom), full bath, utilities and access to the backyard and patio. The acre property is lush and private and pool site approval is underway. It features a meandering stream that adds beauty and serenity to the stunning view from the deck and patio. Move right in and enjoy this freshly renovated home in the premiere Murray Hill estate section of Heathcote, a short walk to shopping, worship, Middle School and Elementary school plus the highly-acclaimed Scarsdale Schools and wonderful amenities. Not in a flood zone.
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Sale price: $3,625,000
8 Norma Place, Scarsdale
4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Bathrooms, 2,354 Square Feet
Bright brick and stucco home with many updates, including brand new roof and gutters, new windows, updated kitchen with granite countertop and appliances, updated bathrooms, newly re-pointed front steps, updated lighting and much more! Free school bus to the Quaker Ridge School and Scarsdale High School. Private yard is perfect for entertaining or play and has easy access from the kitchen. Square footage does not include lower level.
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Sale price: $1,150,000