Friday, Mar 01st

Does Scarsdale Need a Community Preservation Fund: Plus Robust Home Sales

GardenRoadsite3This letter was sent to Mayor Jane Veron by local resident and realtor Jonathan Lerner:

Dear Mayor, It was approximately thirty years ago at a Village Trustee meeting that I first floated the idea that Scarsdale should establish a Preservation Fund to the trustees.

Now more than ever our community should embrace this proven funding method to preserve our Scarsdale Village open spaces and add to our community additional land that may be set aside for public gardens, playing fields, dog parks, woodlands, etc.

A CPF is simply a real estate transfer tax of 2% on each transaction occurring at time of sale. This is a one-time tax that the buyer of real estate is required to pay when purchasing improved or vacant property.

The model used by Five Hampton Towns and may be known to readers is called the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund. Since its inception in 1999 it has generated $1.9 billion. Their modest 2% tax under the CPF expires in 2050 and has been highly successful. More than 10,000 acres of land have been protected that otherwise would have been lost to development.

A Community Preservation Fund also helps to keep taxes down. When property is left undeveloped there is no demand for more public services such as water, police, schools and roads.

I request the current Village Board to consider my idea and urge you to take the leadership role to bring this to life.

Jonathan Lerner

13 Cooper13 Cooper Road
Center Hall Colonial, renovated throughout, offers a blend of amenities while staying true to the home's character details from its early 20th Century origins. Sitting on 1.54 acres in Scarsdale's Murray Hill Estate Area, this home offers 6061 SF of interior space, including 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, plus a family room/sunroom, library/home office, recreation room, music room and exercise room. Special features include large rooms, 9ft ceilings, four fireplaces, updated multi-zone gas heat and C/A, vintage tiger oak wood flooring, cedar roofing, circular driveway, 3-car detached garage, and beautiful sunsets from the covered stone veranda. The property has plenty of room for a pool!
Sale Price: $3,400,000
Real Estate Taxes: $66,840
Assessed Value: $2,650,000

14 Beechwood14 Beechwood Lane
Rebuilt and expanded in 2017 with an enviable location on a cul-de-sac in one of Scarsdale's neighborhoods, this Center Hall Colonial knockout meets the needs of growing households and working from home. You will want to spend all your time in the open kitchen and family room, with plenty of room for a tv. The kitchen features cabinetry, quartz countertops, appliances and butler's pantry. A first-floor bedroom with en suite bath for guests or home office. The sunroom offers a relaxing space. Head upstairs to the primary bedroom with its walk-in closet and bathroom, plus 4 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms. The laundry room is located upstairs. Play, exercise, work or pursue your hobbies in the 1,653 finished basement with bedroom and bath. Style, function, and craftsmanship in the perfect location.
Sale Price: $3,300,000
Real Estate Taxes: $63,914
Assessed Value: $2,534,000

9 Sundale9 Sundale Place 
Colonial offers an interior and flow with detail and crafted millwork, combining a feel with traditional style in the Edgemont School District. Step into the 2-story entry foyer that leads to formal rooms with an intimate feel allowing for living and entertaining. Features include a kitchen with appliances and cabinetry, oak flooring throughout. 9 ft ceilings and windows fill this home with light. A spa-like primary bedroom suite with 2-fireplaces, and designed closets, 3 bedrooms with en-suite baths, bedroom w/hall bath, and a 2nd floor playroom are a few of the features.The lower level boasts a family room/theater room, wet-bar area with seating, recreation room, games room, gym, full bathroom, wine cellar w/tasting area. This 6 bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath home rests on a property that is complete with pool and spa set in privacy and includes a tree house.
Sale Price: $3,225,000
Real Estate Taxes: $91,728
Assessed Value: $2,650,000

7 Birch7 Birch Lane
Welcome to 7 Birch Lane, a contemporary colonial with an open layout. Enjoy living in Heathcote's Murray Hill neighborhood. This home welcomes you with its circular driveway and two story entry. All the living spaces open and flow into one another. A kitchen family room combination has a double fireplace leading to two stone patios, outdoor entertaining and fenced yard. Two additional rooms with windows and a first floor bedroom suite complete the first floor. The star of this home is the primary suite with bedroom, two walk-in closets, gym, home office and natural views.
Sale Price: $3,000,000
Real Estate Taxes: $40,986
Assessed Value: $1,625,000

8 Sharon8 Sharon Lane
Live, work and play in this setting consisted of a main house and a guest house in one of Scarsdale’s neighborhoods. Built for Revolutionary War hero, Major William Popham, the 18th century home has been refreshed for modern-day living without sacrificing the elegance that has distinguished it for centuries. Throughout the home the architecture and old-world artistry mix with modern enhancements creating a home that is captivating and comfortable. Extensive improvements undertaken by the current owner offer all the luxuries we look for today including a chef’s kitchen, baths, 6" white oak flooring, windows, insulated siding & a walkway and porch, 2013-roof. The 4-bedroom, 5.1-bath main house (4,279 sf) enjoys a light, airy ambience throughout. Highlights include a center hall flanked by living and dining rooms, and a library, all with fireplaces. The kitchen is a tour-de-force with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, double copper sink and a Silestone-topped island. 3 bedrooms with ensuite baths are housed on the second floor including a primary suite complete with fpl, dressing room and spa bath. 1 Bedroom on the third level including a teen lounge, library, full bath. Sauna bath/shower, wine cellar, game room and laundry occupy the lower level. A front porch, terrace accented with a vine-covered pergola and deck offer multiple outdoor areas for entertaining and relaxing. The detached 1716-sf carriage house sits nearby with a 2-car tandem garage, for an office, gym/yoga room. An entertainment space, bedroom, 2 baths and a room with balcony are included. The 1.5-acre property is tucked away at the end of a long drive in the neighborhood of Fox Meadow. Plantings complete with wisteria vines that frame the home, enhance the setting. Though lifestyles have changed over the centuries, the benefits of living well have never gone out of style. And living well is what this extraordinary home is all about. Don’t miss this American classic.
Sale Price: $2,700,000
Real Estate Taxes: $48,000
Assessed Value: $1,940,500

241 Old Army241 Old Army Road
Renovated Colonial located in the center of Edgemont. Situated far from the road on a double-lot, the front yard is perfect for children and family pets to play. Renovated, the first floor flows from the dining and living rooms to a kitchen with all cabinetry and quartz countertops. A kitchen connects to a family room. Adjacent to the kitchen is an office for work-at-homers. The upstairs has five large bedrooms, including two full baths and an en-suite primary bath, finished with Carrara marble, a soaking tub and lavatory. Landscaping and a loft area above the detached garage. Refinished raised wood deck for summer entertaining- even room for a pool.
Sale Price: $2,175,000
Real Estate Taxes: $46,800
Assessed Value: $1,290,700

8 Boulder Brook8 Boulder Brook Road
Opportunity to move into this renovated and maintained home. Sitting on nearly half an acre of wooded, tree-lined, landscaped property, this ranch provides a layout for modern living. The main level features a kitchen w/ Wolf range, double-thick quartzite countertops, inset cabinetry, and Pella sliders leading to a bluestone patio. The kitchen opens to a family room w/ a wood-burning fireplace and dining room for flow when entertaining. A  living room, primary bedroom w/ en-suite spa bath, two addtl family bedrooms, a full hall bath, and laundry complete the main floor. Lower level includes an addtl bedroom, full bath, and home office w/ built-ins. The two-car garage has a Tesla Supercharger.
Sale Price: $2,150,000
Real Estate Taxes: $30,300
Assessed Value: $1,200,000

6 Penn6 Penn Boulevard
This Colonial is set on .47 level acres with a heated 20 x 40 pool. This home, with plantings throughout, is the setting for everyday living and entertaining. An entry leads you to the living room with fireplace, dining room, two family rooms/playrooms, kitchen with breakfast area and sliding door to backyard and patio. Second floor has five full bedrooms and three baths. Boiler system and hot water heater were replaced five years ago. New kitchen appliances which include a 48 inch SubZero refrigerator, Viking stove top and double oven. Kitchen has two Bosch dishwashers. Pool heater was replaced three years ago and the pool cover. New slate roof. Newly paved driveway. Summer occupancy.
Sale Price: $1,975,000
Real Estate Taxes: $36,480
Assessed Value: $1,450,000

21 Stonewall21 Stonewall Lane
An opportunity to own a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3000 square foot Contemporary Colonial on nearly a half-acre of level property, on a cul-de-sac in the Scarsdale school district. This home has an ideal layout for casual living and entertaining, 17' ceilings in the open plan living room and dining room and vaulted ceilings in the primary bedroom. The entry foyer welcomes you to a family room and powder room, leading to the open living/dining room area, featuring an adjoining kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast table by a bay window overlooking the backyard. The first level layout also features a built-in bar, and guest bedroom/study with en-suite bathroom. The second level boasts a primary suite with a vaulted ceiling, two walk-in-closets, five additional closets, a dressing area and spa bath with tub. Two family bedrooms and renovated hall bath complete the second level. The level backyard is nearly half an acre of landscaped property, ideal for family BBQs and active children and features a patio for outdoor dining and relaxation.
Sale Price: $1,652,000
Real Estate Taxes: $27,350
Assessed Value: $1,169,000

171 Brite171 Brite Avenue
Center Hall Colonial with curb appeal in a Greenacres location. Experience the easy layout and wonderful functionality of the open concept, renovated eat-in-kitchen, adjoining a family room, living room with wood burning fireplace, dining room, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, playroom, and 2 car attached garage with level 2 electric vehicle charger. Enjoy Magnolia trees, entertaining on the patio, and level .39 acre of landscaped grounds. Pet friendly with a fenced yard. Maintained and renovated over the last 25 years, this home is ready for its next chapter. Do not miss this opportunity.
Sale Price: $1,650,000
Real Estate Taxes: $33,564
Assessed Value: $1,275,000

31 Black Birch31 Black Birch Lane
Welcome home to this Ranch home on a 0.41 acres fenced in. Curb appeal welcomes you into a foyer to welcome family and friends. To the left, you will love relaxing in the living room with a wall of windows and vaulted ceiling with beams. The layout and flow works for day to day living or for entertaining with the adjacent dining room with views of the backyard. The renovated kitchen is the place to hone your cooking skills complete with a pantry. If you need to work from home, there is the office/den with windows, its own closet, and access to the deck. The en-suite primary bedroom is spacious with two closets and a renovated bathroom. Two more windowed bedrooms have easy access to the renovated hall bath with tub/shower and light. The walk-out lower level has a playroom/family room, renovated full bath, and flex room with built-ins. Your outdoor space will delight just as much as inside the home will! Landscaped and fenced in, plus the deck for entertaining and the green space is nature at its best. Plenty of space to play, relax. and take in the fresh air - you will not want to miss this home!
Sale Price: $1,355,000
Real Estate Taxes: $25,429
Assessed Value: $1,050,000

6 Ridgecrest W6 Ridgecrest W
Welcome to 6 Ridgecrest West! This storybook Tudor is situated high on a hill in the heart of Greenacres. As you enter the entry foyer, there are views of the backyard from every room on the first floor. The first floor features a dining room, proportioned living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a sunroom-family room, all with access to the bluestone patio, and a place to enjoy outdoor BBQs with friends and family. The kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops is a dream to entertain in; the laundry room sits adjacent for access. The second floor features a primary bedroom with the most renovated en-suite bath, two additional bedrooms, and a renovated hall bath. Don't miss the third-floor loft area, bedroom, and renovated bath. Oak hardwood runs throughout. This home is ready for you to enjoy, admire and love as much as its current owners have for the last 30 years. Move right in and enjoy this home and the best that Scarsdale has to offer!
Sale Price: $1,350,000
Real Estate Taxes: $26,526
Assessed Value: $1,100,000

283 Boulevard283 Boulevard
Inviting Edgewood home with flex-space to suit your lifestyle. The covered portico welcomes you inside the living room with wood-burning fireplace/accent wall for evenings with family and friends. The home office beyond offers dedicated at-home work space. Entertain in style in the outfitted kitchen/dining room with premium appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinetry and recessed lighting. A bedroom/den, full bath and walk-in closet complete the first floor. Upstairs to two queen-size bedrooms with walk-in closets, hall bath and access to attic storage. Central air, hardwood floors and new windows. Square footage includes a legal finished recreation room in the walk-out lower level. Laundry and storage. Detached garage with room for garden tools/bikes and flat backyard.
Sale Price: $1,075,000
Real Estate Taxes: $18,160
Assessed Value: $725,000

1258 Post1258 Post Road
This four-bedrooms/three-bathrooms Greenacres Colonia offers a great layout for everyday living and spaces for entertaining. The first level features an entry foyer, living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, family room, bedroom/office, full bath, laundry and door to the deck. Space for guest/nanny/in-laws or a "zoom room". The second floor offers a master bedroom with a new en-suite bath, two bedrooms with a renovated hall bath. Two car attached garage plus parking space. CAC. An opportunity to live in the Scarsdale school district! Low taxes.
Sale Price: $950,000
Real Estate Taxes: $17,522
Assessed Value: $700,000

2 Chateaux2 Chateaux Circle Unit #2B
Unique opportunity to own a 3 bedroom apartment with a bluestone patio and lawn area! Bus to Scarsdale Middle School. Foyer with closets lead to a living room with wood burning Fireplace and Dining Room with French Doors to your own bluestone patio. The Kitchen has been updated with quartzite counters and stainless steel appliances. Primary bedroom has its own bath and the 2 Family bedrooms are bright with deep closets accessible to the Hall bathroom. There are crown moldings and chair railings throughout the painted apartment as well as recessed lighting. Laundry room on premises as well as storage locker. Outdoor parking is available and Christie Place garage has parking for a fee.
Sale Price: $830,000
Real Estate Taxes: N/A
Assessed Value: N/A

6 Chateaux6 Chateaux Circle Unit #6B
Opportunity to own a three bedroom home in the heart of Scarsdale village. Located on the first floor and set back from the main street this location is ideal. Once inside the apartment you will have an entry foyer with closet space. Living room with fireplace flows to the dining area and kitchen. The star of the show are the three large bedrooms including the primary with bathroom and closets. Free bus to all three Scarsdale schools.
Sale Price: $760,000
Real Estate Taxes: N/A
Assessed Value: N/A

3 Sentry3 Sentry Place Unit #2C
One bedroom co-op located in the award-winning Edgemont School District. This pet friendly unit has a concept with a living room with chair and crown molding, window lined alcove perfect for your home office and is open to the dining area. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, shaker cabinets, subway tile backsplash and ceramic tile floors. Renovated modern bathroom. Windows, hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout the home. A separate storage space and two unassigned parking spaces is included in the maintenance. Amenities include 24 hour surveillance, courtyard, gardening area, playground, laundry and storage.
Sale Price: $226,004
Real Estate Taxes: N/A
Assessed Value: N/A

Featured Listings

83 Carthage83 Carthage Road, Scarsdale
4 Bedrooms, 3.1 Bathrooms, 3,569 Square Feet
Young Heathcote Colonial set in a super convenient location to school, Five Corners and Golden Horseshoe shops and restaurants, town pool complex, tennis courts and sports playing fields. Gracious thru entrance hall, living room, formal dining room with custom built-in cabinetry, sunny and bright modern eat-in kitchen with center island/new countertops and backsplash, new dishwasher, microwave and oven, door to patio and level private back garden, family room with fireplace, powder room, mudroom, attached two car garage. Upstairs: VERY large primary bedroom with two walk-in closets, dressing room, en-suite spa bath with soaking tub and separate stall shower and dual sinks plus three additional bedrooms and renovated hall bath. Lower level offers a great recreation room, home office, laundry room and additional bonus space plus full bath. A truly special place to call home!
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Sale price: $2,100,000

53 Palmer53 Palmer Avenue, Scarsdale
3 Bedrooms, 2.1 Bathrooms, 2,230 Square Feet
ALSO FOR RENT 6197737 This stunning brick Colonial is situated on a lovely level property in an ideal location. Enjoy the convenience of this well-maintained home walking distance to elementary and middle schools, shopping and public transportation. The house features spacious rooms, updated baths and kitchen, plus a private patio leading to an inviting backyard. There is a wonderful office/den on the first floor with a private entrance. All the rooms are drenched with sunlight. Hardwood floors throughout are a compliment to the house. 500 square feet of finished storage.
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Sale price: $1,150,000

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