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Amidor2Frustrated, disappointed and horrified … those are just a few of the words the members of the Scarsdale Committee for Historic Preservation (CHP) used to describe their feelings about the illicit destruction of a historic home at 41 Hampton Road.

In short, an application to raze the home was pending before the Committee for Historic Preservation this summer. The Committee had solicited the opinion of Architectural Historian Andrew Dolkart who found that it clearly met Scarsdale’s criteria for preservation. In late July, as a courtesy to the applicant, the committee deferred their vote until the following meeting when the full committee could be present. However, before they reconvened in early September, the developer tore down a good portion of the original dwelling and stone entry and removed the remaining structure of its historic features.

He left a shard of what was once a stunning example of a historic period in the development of Scarsdale.

Commenting on what remained, Dolkart said, “There is nothing left on this site worthy of preservation. The exceptionally fine Tudor Revival style house built on this lot in 1929 has been substantially demolished. The entire entrance and living wing that comprised the southern portion of the house is totally gone. The remaining portion of the house has been shorn of much of its brickwork, including the siding on the first floor and the infill between the half timbers on the gable. None of the character defining features that made 41 Hampton Road a quintessential Scarsdale house survive. There is nothing left to save.”

The developer, Eilon Amidor then filed a new application to take down the remaining piece of the house, claiming it was structurally unsound. The Committee considered the application at their November 30 meeting and held it over until December 14 to allow time to get an opinion from Dolkart and an engineer’s report on the state of the structure. Property records show that Amidor purchased the home for $2,150,000 in September, 2021. He plans to replace the 4,300 square foot house with one that is more than double its size.

At the opening of the December 14, 2021 meeting, CHP Chair Adam Lindenbaum reviewed the procedural history and said, “This has proven to be very frustrating for the committee…. Some of our worst fears were realized….The committee was treated without respect…. A lot of these details are gone – it could have been avoided but we are where we are.”

He said, “I don’t think we should prolong what is going to be a difficult situation,” and proposed that the committee not vote on the application. He explained, “That way he (Amidor) can wait 75 days from the date of his application – sometime in late January -- he could get his permit from the Building Department.” He said, “If we approve the application, we reward the applicant for subverting the process.”

He concluded, “We can take solace that this will not happen again.”

He then invited the committee members to comment. Kevin Reed said that he had made his thoughts known at the earlier meetings, but for this decision he said, “I concur with you on how we should proceed.”41HamptonEntryAThe original home that stood at 41 Hampton Road.

Lauren Bender said, “I was shocked and upset at what happened – horrified. I think Adam gave a lot of thought and deliberation to this matter.”

Wendy Goldstein said, “I agree – I am equally saddened and will put it behind us – I would support not voting.”

Talaiya Safdar thanked Adam for creating this way of handling this situation and said, “I share everyone’s frustration. I lived in that house and I know first hand what has been removed.”

Thomas Shroeter agreed as well.

Commenting virtually, resident Jeffrey Osterman from Oak Way said, “I have closely followed the situation. It is important to us that the CHP treats everyone fairly and equitably.” He questioned the calculation of the demolition percentage and that it should have included the floor area along with the surface of the elevations and walls.” Lindenbaum encouraged Osterman to remain active in amending the village code. He said, “I am sure the trustees will appreciate your input.”

Dara Gruenberg of Hampton Road thanked the members of the CHP for being thoughtful and for their service. She said, “As a neighbor on Hampton Road I am horrified about what happened. I live on the street and I have not met anyone who is in support of this. I hope people will think twice before using the builder or the architect.”

Committee member Jonathan Lerner said, “I think he did violate the code and a fine might be involved. His argument is – now we’ve torn the building now and now there is all this damage. They have allowed the property to fall into disrepair.”

Frank Diodati from the Building Department said, “There is a summons out.”

Amidor said, “We flatly deny that we did anything wrong and Manuel Sostre sought to deny responsibility, saying “ I was hired by Mr. Amidor to design the best possible house for that property. I have worked on restoring beautiful homes in Scarsdale. Mr. Amidor did what he believed he was allowed to do.”

We followed up with Village Manager Rob Cole to learn more about the summons. He said, “The Village’s legal counsel reviewed the situation and said it would be appropriate for the Building Inspector to issue a summons for violation of the Village Code 182.4.”

This code prohibits the demolition of a building that has been referred to the Committee for Historic Preservation. It says, “Notwithstanding any inconsistent provisions of the Code or of any rule or regulation concerning the issuance of building or other permits, no person shall carry out any demolition of a structure which the Building Inspector has referred to the Committee as a potential historic building without first obtaining a certificate from the Committee or Board of Trustees as provided in §§ 182-7 and 182-11 or a written statement from the Committee that the structure does not meet the criteria set forth in § 182-5 and is not an historic building. The certificate required by this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any building or other permit that may be required by the Code or any state law or regulation.”

According to the Village Attorney, Amidor is clearly in violation of that code and has therefore been issued a summons. The case will be heard in Scarsdale Village Court on January 12, 2022 and the public can attend. If he is found guilty, the maximum penalty for the violation is $50,000.

Cole said that the Village Code is clear on this matter and that Amidor did not exploit a loophole or do an end run around the law. He simply violated it.

Cole said the Village Trustees will “look for ways to further strengthen the existing code in 2022 in order to protect as many treasured assets as we can.” He said the Village will hold a public work session and asked residents to participate in the process of amending or strengthening the laws and discussing additional enforcement of existing laws.

poolscreening(Updated12/9/2021) The Scarsdale Zoning Board of Appeals considered amended requirements for fencing and screening around swimming pools at a work session on December 8, 2021.

According to Village Planner Greg Cutler, “The review of the policy statement on swimming pools was triggered by the chair’s concerns that it has been over two decades since any changes were made. The proposed changes are intended to make the policy statement match the board’s practices. As it relates to the screening questions the proposed language is meant to clarify the existing practice of requiring continuous evergreen screening to a height of five feet. The other change, which is more minor, is that the board feels it is no longer necessary to require the pool equipment be screened from the interior of the lot."

We also asked Cutler, ”This month’s agenda includes the construction of 15 more pools - some in areas where flooding occurred this year. Has anyone considered the overall impact on flooding of all these pools? What are your thoughts?

He said , “Any pools that are being constructed in a regulated floodplain must receive a flood plain development permit and be built in accordance with our floodplain development laws. However, those types of permit request are limited. There was widespread flooding this year- and in many cases it occurred outside regulated floodplains. Most pool applications are not in FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas and are only required to manage storm water through attainment of a storm water permit. Storm water permits are reviewed by the Village Engineering Department.”

The clean draft of the new policy can be viewed here.

Here are this week's home sales:

8 Hamilton Road8 Hamilton Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Sale Price: $2,275,000


23 Roass Road

 

 

 

23 Ross Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Sale Price: $1,260,000

9 Gatehouse road

 

 

 

9 Gatehouse Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Sale Price: $2,110,000

 

 

155 Weaver Street

 

 

155 Weaver Street
This spacious and renovated Scarsdale home is located on nearly a half-acre of lush landscaped property with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths. Tastefully setback with a grand circular driveway, this modern house is ideally located within walking distance to Quaker Ridge Elementary school, shops and houses of worship. An elegant central marble foyer leads to a large picture window living room, newly renovated state of the art kitchen, 12-seat formal dining room, solarium and a guest bedroom, all adorned with Swarovski Crystal chandeliers. The split level 2nd floor has the primary bedroom with a massage system ensuite bath and 2 walk in closets. There are 2 more bedrooms and a new hallway bath. The split 3rd floor has 2 more bedrooms and a new jacuzzi bath and a huge walk-in finished storage space. In addition to the 6 bedrooms, there is a 500 square foot ground level private office with its own private separate entrance. Added features: finished basement with more storage, new sprinklers, electrical, alarm system, LED lighting, new garage, newer roof, HVAC systems and sealed insulation. The house has an open and sunny layout.
Sale Price: $1,375,000
Assessed Value: $850,000
Real Estate Taxes: $21,225

6 Macdonald Place

6 Macdonald Place
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Sale Price: $1,350,000

 

18 midvale Road

 


 

 

18 Midvale Road
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Sale Price: $999,000

1179 Post road

 

 

1179 Post Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Sale Price: $780,000

95 sprague road

 


 

 

95 Sprague Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Sale Price: $749,500

 

 


Featured Listings

OFFICIAL.HOULIHAN
17 Heathcote Road17 Heathcote Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583
Majestic Murray Hill Estate set on 4.12 private acres of manicured park-like grounds including a tennis court and 50 x 20 foot pool with spa and cabana, this grand Georgian Colonial offers an exclusive, gated, family compound with plenty of room for everyday living for multiple generations. In addition to formal entertaining rooms, this home boasts several home office spaces, an open concept chef’s kitchen/great room featuring marble counters, premium appliances, dining area and large family room opening to a covered patio, outdoor kitchen and gas firepit. The second level features a luxurious primary bedroom suite with sitting room along with four bedrooms with en-suite baths, a family room and two balconies. The third level includes a bedroom, bath and rec room. The lower level contains a playroom, bedroom, two baths, steam shower, sauna and gym. Four car garage. A rare opportunity own a distinctive Scarsdale estate.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $8,900,000

OFFICIAL.HOULIHAN
23 leatherstocking lane23 Leatherstocking Lane

Scarsdale, NY 10583
Impressive Contemporary Colonial with an open floor plan and room for a pool set on almost one acre of lush park-like property on a tranquil cul-de-sac in Heathcote. Features include a circular driveway, an elegant two-story entry with sweeping staircase, grand scale rooms, a spectacular eat-in kitchen with adjacent family room and a wall of French doors opening to private backyard and patio, a perfect setting for entertaining family and friends. The first floor is complete with a true home office, a cool Solarium for enjoying the sun all year long, a large first floor bedroom with bath and a three-car garage. The second floor boasts a spectacular master bedroom suite with two walk-in closets and a luxurious master bath, three additional bedrooms and two baths. The massive lower level has a full bath and sauna, recreational spaces, kitchenette, great storage and an au-pair suite. Enjoy being conveniently located close to schools, parks and shopping. Make this exquisite estate your home!
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $3,198,000

More big sales this week as two Fox Meadow homes sell for over $3 million.

Also keep in mind, the Committee for Historic Preservation will meet on Tuesday night November 30 at 7 pm to consider the demolition of the remaining portion of 41 Hampton Road, a historic home built in 1930. Find the Zoom link to the meeting here:

Sales
56 Brite Avenue56 Brite Avenue
This contemporary home in the heart of Fox Meadow’s interior features 10' ceilings on the first and second floor with 8' doors throughout the house. The 21' double foyer entry invites you inside to a fabulous open flow for first floor entertaining. The floors are 5' white oak rift cut in white wash. Incredible gourmet kitchen features: two sinks, Wolf range with hood, SubZero refrigerator. A wall of floor to ceiling windows fills this home with sunshine. French door access to patio, sliding doors off breakfast/dining area to patio, open family room with linear gas fireplace. Study on the first floor with French doors to side property. First floor has a beautiful, private guest suite, large mudroom off garage with built-ins and walk-in closet. Upstairs you'll find 10' ceilings, primary suite with two walk-in closets, and a spa bathroom. Three beautifully sized bedrooms all en-suite all with walk in closets. Balcony off second floor landing with lounge pool and gas fireplace overlooking private yard. Fabulous finished lower level with bedroom, bath, access to yard. This home has been approved for a 16 x 36 pool.
Sale Price: $3,625,000
Assessed Value: $3,050,000
Real Estate Taxes: $76,238

3 Wayside Lane3 Wayside Lane
Grand stone and shingle totally updated Colonial of incomparable beauty, quality and size with classic proportions, generously scaled rooms and exquisite architectural details is sited on .64 acre professionally landscaped totally private property with a stunning heated pool with hot tub, large bluestone patio, outdoor kitchen with custom cabinets, ice maker, refrigerator and 36” Viking grill. Special features: updated cook’s kitchen with professional appliances including two ovens and dishwashers, butler’s pantry, back staircase, everyone’s dream primary master suite with fireplace, primary bath with radiant heat, soak tub and shower, towel warmer, workout/exercise room, two outfitted walk-in-closets, larger one with desk and center dresser, four fireplaces, huge attached 2+ car garage, exquisite slate and stone courtyard and fabulous mud room. Perfectly located, just a five minute walk to Metro North Scarsdale train, parks, restaurants, and shopping.
Sale Price: $3,275,000
Assessed Value: $3,000,000
Real Estate Taxes: $74,454

195 Old Army road195 Old Army Road
Exceptional Colonial on .93 acres with heated pool. Walk to train, (32 minutes to New York City), Scarsdale Village, Edgemont schools. Large entry hall, original wide plank oak floors throughout first floor. Gracious living room is home to one of the four fireplaces. Grand dining room with fireplace can host small events and memorable meals of any size. Recently renovated eat-in kitchen with architectural detailing, beams, wainscoting, large center island, quality, custom cabinets and top appliances. Laundry/mudroom, office/half bath. Back stairs. Bright bedrooms on the second floor include the delightful master bedroom with fireplace and built-ins/renovated marble bath, four family bedrooms, two renovated baths and an office. Private grounds with patios, back porch, gorgeous landscaping, perennial and wild flowers, specimen trees and lawn space for all you want. Two car garage with second floor and great potential.
Sale Price: $2,000,000
Assessed Value: $1,256,000
Real Estate Taxes: $49,850

1 Christie Place1 Christie Place Unit#301W
Enjoy sophisticated and carefree living in the heart of Scarsdale Village. Handsomely appointed, highly sought after 1,945 square foot, Ashforth model has nine foot ceilings throughout with two-bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a spacious office and lives like a three-bedroom home. Welcoming foyer with powder room leads to generous, open plan living/dining area and kitchen with bi-level island. Custom cabinets are set off by high-end stainless-steel appliances and granite counters. Spacious primary suite with large bath has twin sinks and separate tub and shower. Amazing walk-in closet. Generous second bedroom features en-suite bath and large closet next to sunny office with closet. Gallery houses coats, full sized washer and dryer, linens, more storage and mechanicals. Enjoy private, community garden on second floor with water feature, specimen plantings and commanding view of Scarsdale Village. Elevator to assigned covered parking on lower level. Easy walk to restaurants, shops, markets, parks and train.
Sale Price: $1,650,000
Assessed Value: $862,000
Real Estate Taxes: $20,328

169 Lyons Road169 Lyons Road
Charming colonial featuring lovely front porch on a tree lined street in Scarsdale. Living room with fireplace, dining room, family room and patio. Close to shops and train.
Sale Price: $742,500
Assessed Value: $700,000
Real Estate Taxes: $17,500

136 Johnson Road136 Johnson Road
Solidly constructed 3 bedroom Scarsdale Colonial. Located on a quiet street with a short walk to many specialty food stores and restaurants. Constructed in 1954, well maintained but not updated, this house could use some remodeling. Attractions are an oversized private lot, excellent flow, nicely sized rooms, two car garage, walk out basement, oak hardwood floors, steel beam construction, room enough to add a master bathroom, enclosed backyard patio, water cooled central air conditioning and nice neighbors.
Sale Price: $725,000
Assessed Value: $775,000
Real Estate Taxes: $18,388

1 Fountain Lane1 Fountain Lane Unit#1L
Enjoy all that the Fountainhead has to offer in this updated one bedroom/one bath apartment with oversized terrace. This 1st floor unit features a bright and welcoming entrance, oversized dining area and living room, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ample closets and updated bath. Immaculately maintained building with many amenities including concierge, pool, gym, game room, party room, garage parking, laundry on each floor and storage. Conveniently located close to shops, restaurants and transportation.
Sale Price: $252,000

11 Snetry Place11 Sentry Place Unit#ML
Welcome to this beautiful corner ground level garden unit in a vibrant Scarsdale location. This 1 bed 1 bath pet friendly delightful unit has so much to offer. As you enter this gorgeous fully renovated unit there is a generously sized living area with lots of sunlight and new floors throughout as seen with plenty of closets. The modern eat in kitchen is renovated with quartz countertops and top of line stainless steel appliances. The spacious bedroom is tranquil and relaxing. Storage unit comes with unit. Plenty of parking for your guests and for yourself. All this plus the convenience of easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, and major transportation.
Sale Price: $172,000

Featured Listings
OFFICIAL.HOULIHAN
117 Fox Meadow Road117 Fox Meadow Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583
Spectacular, turnkey, Fox Meadow Colonial on .49 acres available for immediate occupancy. Private, level property with room for pool. 7,564 square feet of contemporary flow with six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. Welcoming double story (25' height) large entrance foyer. Ten foot ceilings throughout first and second floors. First floor: large living room with fireplace; formal dining room with butler's pantry; expansive, bright family room with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking stone perimeter back property; gourmet eat-in kitchen with island seating, walk-in pantry, back staircase; mudroom. Second floor: primary bedroom with fireplace, his/her walk-in closets, spa bathroom with extra large shower; secondary bedrooms all with en-suite full bathrooms. Back staircase. Walk to train, town and shops.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $4,250,000

OFFICIAL.HOULIHAN
100 Old Jackson Avenue100 Old Jackson Avenue

Scarsdale PO/Edgemont, NY
This exceptional Edgemont home sits on .48 beautifully landscaped acres with a gorgeous outdoor oasis. Enjoy two expansive outdoor bluestone patio areas, salt water Gunite pool, media area, barbeque kitchen and a full outdoor bar area. Relax at your own resort style retreat. Bright and spacious open floor plan with fireplace and a gorgeous chef's kitchen boasting high-end custom cabinets, appliances, wine cooler, ice maker and breakfast bar - perfect for today's lifestyle. Upper level includes a master bedroom suite with bath, Rainmaker shower, Jacuzzi, extra large walk-in closet, office, and lounge area. There are two additional bedrooms and one additional en-suite with a private bathroom. Lower level includes a spacious family room with half bath, perfect for a home office. Two car garage and two laundry rooms are also a bonus. New exterior siding, roof, windows and stone in 2020. House includes propane tank and oil tank. Oil tank is presently being converted to above ground for heating.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $1,250,000

41HamptonTractorWork continues at 41 Hampton Road after a developer razed half of an historic home.After developer Eilon Amidor all but destroyed a historic home at 41 Hampton Road in Fox Meadow, what is to become of the remaining ruins of the property? Should the battered portion of the home be preserved and incorporated into a new home or should the developer’s application to raze the remaining portion be approved?

That was the subject of a hearing of the Scarsdale Committee for Historic Preservation (CHP) at their November 30, 2021 meeting via Zoom.

To open the discussion Committee Chair Adam Lindenbaum gave a recap of how the historic 1920’s Tudor designed by noted architect W. Stanwood Phillips had been bulldozed without the permission of the committee, while an application to raze it was pending on the committee’s agenda.

According to Lindenbaum, in June 2021, Developer Eilon Amidor filed an application to take down the entire house. At the time the home was owned by Stewart Hung, and Amidor was the contract vendee. Amidor’s application to the CHP did not disclose the name of the architect, W. Stanwood Phillips, though it is the responsibility of the applicant to investigate the history of the home.

The Committee did some research and determined that the home was the work of a master architect, which is a criteria for preservation, and therefore adjourned their decision on the application to give Architectural Historian Professor Andrew Dolkart time to make a determination on whether the home warranted preservation. In July, the committee reconvened with only five members present.

Dolkart’s memo was reviewed and he found that the home warranted preservation on the following criteria:

1. The home is the work of a master as it was designed by architect by W. Stanwood Phillips, a noted architect who was “closely involved with creating the character of the Village.

2. The home is the “quintessential Scarsdale home,” and part of the “broad pattern of Scarsdale history.

3. The home embodies the “distinctive characteristics of an English Tudor Revival style house and uses the style “in an extremely creative manner to create a fine example of the middle-class suburban architecture that distinguishes Scarsdale.

At the time, it looked like the committee would vote to preserve the home on the basis of Dolkart’s opinion. However, the committee adjourned the decision to their next meeting so that the applicant would have the benefit of a decision by the full committee. Lindenbaum said, “But before we could vote, Amidor announced he would go to the Board of Architectural Review and apply to build a home in front of the existing structure. Amidor said he wanted to be upfront and did not want to use the “salami” method. He said if the CHP denied him, he would go to the trustees.”

In August, the owner of the home, Stewart Hung, filed an application with the Board of Architectural Review to demolish a portion of the home (Amidor claims it was 41%) and build a 9,000 square foot home that incorporated a portion of the original home. In his demolition plan he states he will remove the “exterior stucco, beaming and brick.” The BAR approved his application, though the application to demolish the house was still pending before another board, the Committee for Historic Preservation.

A provision of the Scarsdale code prevents the demolition of a home while an application is pending before the Committee for Historic Preservation, and also dictates that a ruling from the CHP supersedes any other building permit.

It reads, “Notwithstanding any inconsistent provisions of the Code or of any rule or regulation concerning the issuance of building or other permits, no person shall carry out any demolition of a structure which the Building Inspector has referred to the Committee as a potential historic building without first obtaining a certificate from the Committee or Board of Trustees as provided in §§ 182-7 and 182-11 or a written statement from the Committee that the structure does not meet the criteria set forth in § 182-5 and is not an historic building. The certificate required by this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any building or other permit that may be required by the Code or any state law or regulation.

Amidor claims to have had no knowledge of this provision. He defended his actions by claiming that after the second meeting of the CHP he went back to the drawing board to design a home that integrated the remaining portion. However he now claims that the building is structurally unsound, the foundation is rotten and it poses a safety hazard.

Lindenbaum asked the developer, “Why didn’t you come to us before you demolished it? Why did you go forward with it without coming to the committee?” To which Amidor replied, “I did everything that the code allowed me to do. I did not think that I would have to demolish it. I did want to preserve this.”

Turning to the committee Lindenbaum said, “This is a new application at this point. Do we look at what sits or do we look at what was two months ago?”

Jonathan Lerner suggested that the Village needed to re-examine their preservation laws and perhaps require a higher percentage of a historic home to be preserved. He noted the lack of communication between the Committee for Historic Preservation and the Board of Architectural Review.

About the process, Kevin Reed said, “This was a deliberate circumvention of the committee. I think he knew he would not have the votes to demolish the home -- if he got a denial he would have to present this to the BAR.” About the site he said, “They have knocked down all the trim and any attractive elements of the house. This was designed to create a fait accompli. I don’t believe the code should allow that kind of circumvention. The spirit of the code is not served.”

Responding to Lerner’s point that the code needed amending, Reed said, “It is not necessary to amend the code. It was designed to prevent this. You give people license to do what was done here.”

Thomas Schroeter said to Amidor, “You wanted to tear it down because you said it sat too high on the property. The new plan is exactly the same?” Architect Sostre responded, “We took it four feet forward.” To which Schroeter said, “ You said, we are going to do what we want.”

Mark Behr said, “There is no preservation – you are building something in front of it. We didn’t take a vote and they did exactly what they said they were going to.”

Lerner asked if work was ongoing at the property to which the developer replied, “we are laying the footings for the new portions.”

Several speakers from the community spoke. Lisa Beck of Chesterfield Road who lives in another Tudor designed by W. Stanwood Phillips questioned Amidor’s application, the ownerships of the home at the time of the multiple applications and the process which subverted the CHP.

Joanne Wallenstein said, “The main point is that there is a law in writing that prevents this, and the developer violated the law and the spirit of our preservation laws. This is not the first time this developer has deceived the Village and the residents of Scarsdale. He did an end run around the process.

Take a look at the proposed design The house that is approved by the BAR bears no resemblance to the existing structure – it is not a renovation or update on a historic home – it is another McMansion. Almost 10,000 square feet replacing a home less than half that size. Why did he also destroy the gates, the entry and the circular drive? The dramatic entry was integral to what made it historic.

Why should he be permitted to make a handsome profit on his misdeeds.
The only remedy is for him to reconstruct the house as it was. Otherwise you are sending a signal to Amidor and others of his ilk that they can do what they like to maximize their profits.

Chair Adam Lindenbaum suggested that the committee gather more information and adjourn the decision until their next meeting on December 14, 2021.

In the interim he asked Amidor to update his application to include the name of the architect of the original property.

About the developers claims that the remaining structure was unsound and unsafe, he asked Frank Diodati from the Building Department who should do an assessment. Diodati said that the applicant was required to retain a licensed engineer to do the inspection and that the Building Department would verify their findings.

Last, Lindenbaum suggested that the Committee request another opinion from Professor Dolkart on next steps, given the destruction of the original house. Should it be saved or should the committee set conditions for the construction? Should the committee apply the criteria for historic preservation to the remaining portion of the house?

Commenting on the bizarre circumstances, Lindenbaum said, “This is about as far from the normal course as anything in my time here.”

The committee voted six to one to adjourn the decision until their next meeting.

Visibly angered, Amidor said, “I am preserving my right to claim hardship – and I will have a claim against the Village too. I have two clients who want to buy it provided I can demolish the whole house.”


Sales

197 Mamaroneck Road197 Mamaroneck Road
Convenience, privacy and a spectacular backyard await you at this sun-drenched Heathcote home on a level, fenced acre with plenty of room for a pool, sports court and for kids and pets to run and play. The long double-wide driveway leads to an impeccably maintained contemporary split with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a flexible layout perfect for everyday living. Highlights include: floor-to-ceiling windows on the 1st floor bringing in tons of sunlight and nature; large eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceiling and sliders to the backyard; large master suite with 4 closets (2 walk-in) and ensuite bathroom; private 3rd level bedroom perfect for an office or playroom; large lower level that includes a spacious family room w/sliders to the back, a bedroom with full bath and 2 more bedroom options (in addition to the other 5) currently used as an office and gym. Furnaces and air conditioning condensers replaced in 2018. Close to Elementary and Middle School, shops and worship.
Sale Price: $2,000,000
Assessed Value: $1,750,000
Real Estate Taxes: $44,411

137 Griffen Avenue137 Griffen Avenue
137 Griffen Avenue is set on a beautiful tree-lined street set between two world-renowned golf courses. This lovely Colonial sits privately behind a stone wall on .50 acres with colorful flowering trees that bloom from early Spring through the Summer. Over 3000 interior square feet means space for everyone! The home has an eat-in kitchen, living room/fireplace, dining room, sunroom and guest powder room, plus large family room and a master bedroom with a large walk-in closet and large bathroom with double sinks, separate shower and Jacuzzi. Two additional bedrooms upstairs. Lower level is walk out with playroom/fireplace and a separate laundry room. Two car garage, central air, many upgrades. This home was originally a five-bedroom and can be converted back.
Sale Price: $1,295,000
Assessed Value: $1,284,000
Real Estate Taxes: $32,019

43 Ferncliff Road43 Ferncliff Road
Charm abounds in this sun filled Scarsdale Tudor on an oversized level lot within steps to elementary school. A welcoming center hall leads to classic layout that offers ideal living space including a gracious living room with gas fireplace, new powder room, sunroom/office with oversized windows and French doors to private rear patio. The dining room has beautiful custom built-ins that lead into kitchen and mudroom area that leads to attached garage. The 2nd floor boasts a large primary bedroom with an en-suite bath and walk in closet, plus 2 additional bedrooms and a hall bath. On the 3rd floor, there is a bedroom and large bathroom. Hardwood floors and updated windows throughout. The private backyard and side yard with mature plantings will be the site of endless bbq’s and outdoor fun. Enjoy suburban living at its finest with a remarkably convenient location close to schools, train, shops, restaurants and more.
Sale Price: $1,255,000
Assessed Value: $971,000
Real Estate Taxes: $24,499

Featured Listings
OFFICIAL.HOULIHAN
99 catherine road99 Catherine Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583
Attention to detail is evident throughout this Alisberg Parker designed and renovated six-bedroom home, situated on a tranquil cul-de-sac in the Heathcote section of Scarsdale, on a level .55 acres. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, the dining room can comfortably accommodate large and intimate gatherings; powder room, butler's and separate food pantries, chef's kitchen is a central hub with an abundance of counter space, center island, desk and breakfast area opening to both a raised stone patio and also family room with built-ins. Up a few steps from the foyer is an office with built-in desk and closet (possibly a seventh bedroom), bedroom, hall bathroom, and master bedroom with lots of closets and renovated bath. On the second level are two bedrooms each with their own bathroom, bedroom with vaulted ceiling, bedroom and hall bathroom. The lower level playroom has a door to driveway, down to fabulous gym with windows, two temperature controlled wine cellars (3000 bottles each), laundry room, bathroom, and storage. 1495 square feet included in lower level.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $2,245,000

OFFICIAL.HOULIHAN
111 Evandale Road111 Evandale Road

Scarsdale PO/Edgemont, NY
Recently renovated, this chic Split Level home at the end of a very tranquil street features over half an acre of level, extensively landscaped property. Stunning open layout and large windows bring the outdoors in. The first level boasts a fantastic, expansive and sun-filled open-plan kitchen, dining, living room with a premium kitchen, ample space to enjoy everyday family living and gracious entertaining. The family room features a wall of modern, built-in storage, a large seating area and sliding doors leading to the patio and private yard. The second level includes three spacious family bedrooms with one en-suite full bath and one hall full bath, both renovated, and a laundry room, linen closet and utility closet. Up a short flight to a private primary bedroom with a luxurious en-suite bath with oversized shower and double vanity plus two walk-in closets. The lower level contains a bright playroom with sliders to an additional patio, powder room, mudroom and access to the two car garage. There is a clean sub-basement with a large storage room and utilities. The yard was recently planted with a significant number of new trees, large shrubs and perennial gardens and affords great privacy at the end of this street. This home also benefits from membership at the Scarsdale Farm Road private pool next door for an annual fee. Move-in ready and within easy walking distance to the Greenville elementary school and the bus line to the Scarsdale Metro North train station. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity in the Edgemont school district.
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Listing Price: $1,425,000

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46 Webster Road46 Webster Road

Scarsdale PO/Eastchester, NY
Open house Sun Dec 5, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
This charming two-family colonial is conveniently located in the heart of Eastchester, just steps away from shopping, entertainment, supermarkets, fine dining, Greenvale elementary and public transportation. Both units boast hardwood floors throughout. A spacious living room with wood burning fireplace, large sunroom/sitting room, sun-filled bedroom, open flow kitchen & dining area, and door to the private backyard & patio complete the first level. Second floor offers a spacious bedroom and living room, full bath and kitchen. Laundry located in the full basement. Perfect for the extended family or an income-producing property. Enjoy Cooper Field playground just one block away and resident discount at Lake Isle Town Club with golf, tennis and multiple pools! This home has so much to offer!
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Listing Price: $725,000

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127 Garth Road127 Garth Road Unit#5F

Scarsdale PO/Eastchester, NY
Open house Sun Dec 5, 2:30PM-4:00PM
Elegant Pre-War Tudor building offers a spacious one-bedroom apartment within walking distance to Scarsdale Metro North, great shops and restaurants, and the Bronx River Trail for running and biking - easy living at its best! This bright and airy unit boasts a large entrance hallway with walk-in closet, high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. Generous living room will accommodate an area for dining or a great home office for remote workers. Enjoy the open flow to the eat-in kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances. Large bedroom with plenty of closets and brand-new bathroom walk-in shower. Take a break on the large outdoor private patio. Storage unit and bicycle room located in basement. Waitlist for garage. Free street parking with permit from the town of Eastchester. Eligible for Lake Isle Golf/Tennis/Pool Club membership. Gracious Eton Hall on a beautiful tree-lined street.
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Listing Price: $189,000

41hamptondemolitionAfter half of a historic home on Hampton Road in Fox Meadow was torn down a few weeks ago, both the Mayor and the Village Manager vowed to undertake an investigation to find out how and why this happened, and to recommend steps to prevent future demolitions of historic properties.

However despite their avowals, it appears that work is still going on at 41 Hampton Road. We passed the site several times in the past few weeks and tractors and back hoes are being used to dig the foundation of the proposed 9,500 square foot house.

As far as we can tell, there has been no stop work order issued and the developer has applied to the Committee for Historic Preservation to demolish the remaining portion of the house which appears to have been severely damaged during the demolition process. The application is on the CHP agenda for their meeting on November 30, 2021.

So despite assurances from the Mayor and Village Manager, as far as we can tell, there have been no consequences for the developer for making a travesty of the Village’s preservation laws.

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Sales
21 Olmsted Road21 Olmsted Road
Prime Fox Meadow location and excellent space in this fantastic split level home. Walk to elementary school, high school, library, shops, restaurants, and the train. Enter into a spacious foyer with coat closet and views through the kitchen into the backyard. To the left is the large living room with wood-burning fireplace and beautiful picture window. The adjacent gracious dining room with sliding doors has views into the bright, windowed sunroom which is flexible space for an office or additional family room. The eat-in kitchen makes for wonderful everyday casual family meals and is adjacent to the family room/den. Up a few steps are three large bedrooms each with excellent closet space. One en-suite bedroom is large enough to be a primary bedroom with its own bathroom. Two more large bedrooms and a hall bath with double sinks and a tub/shower complete this level. Upstairs, enter your very own primary suite with a large en-suite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower, walk in closet and adjoining sitting room/office. On the lower level is yet more space with another playroom/den with a half bathroom. On just over a quarter of an acre, you will find the green space you have been waiting for with a slate patio for dining, plenty of grass for play and entertaining, as well as a basketball hoop.
Sale Price: $1,435,000
Assessed Value: $1,250,000
Real Estate Taxes: $29,960

108 Westminster Road108 Westminster Road
Beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom ranch in the Edgemont school district. 4 cars can fit in the driveway. Great location right off the intersection of Central Park Ave and Ardsley Rd. Walking distance from the local ShopRite, and a quick drive from the many Central Park Ave shopping centers. Close to the Saw Mill River and Bronx River Parkways. Nearby Scarsdale Metro-North station makes commuting into Manhattan a breeze. Enjoy the outdoors at the nearby Greenburgh Nature Center, Hart's Brook Park, and Ridge Road Park, or hit the green at the Scarsdale Country Club. An additional 700 square foot finished basement is not included in the square footage.
Sale Price: $745,000
Assessed Value: $643,000
Real Estate Taxes: $22,111

508 central park avenue508 Central Park Avenue Unit#5108
Large and above ground corner unit at park-like complex Scarsdale Woods offers close proximity to Metro North, restaurants, schools, shops and transportation. Well maintained 1,316 square foot, two-bedroom, and two full bath apartment features sun-filled living room, lovely dining area, space for office, eat-in kitchen, laundry room in unit, master suite with en-suite bath and walk-in closet and balcony for barbeque. New microwave, oven/range and wall units. Easy access to the apartment with no need for an elevator. Enjoy the community pool in the summer. Walking distance to award-winning Edgemont schools with access to track, playground and tennis courts, Greenburgh Nature Center and express bus to New York City.
Sale Price: $530,000
Assessed Value: $292,000
Real Estate Taxes: $9,907

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69 Morris Lane69 Morris Lane

Scarsdale, NY 10583
Morris Lane is on one of the finest streets in Scarsdale. This stately home is set back down a long driveway on 1.70 acres in the heart of the estate section of Murray Hill. This sunny bright open Tudor built in 1926 transcends time into 2021 with an amazing layout and details that every buyer is looking for: 3 floors of living, 4370 interior square feet which include 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and a powder room. Some of the highlights: first floor bedroom and bathroom, family room that looks out at nature from all sides, third floor with playroom/office, bathroom and bedroom. This home has land and privacy yet super convenient location -close to: Metro North -Scarsdale-Train Station, Heathcote Elementary School and walk to Scarsdale High School and Scarsdale Middle School, Library and parks, and shopping at both the Heathcote Five Corners and Scarsdale Village. This is the perfect house.
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Listing Price: $3,600,000

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14 ponds lane14 Ponds Lane

Purchase PO/Harrison, NY
Sunny and bright Contemporary home in gated community on one acre with private pool and golf course views. Soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, lots of light and modern angles frame the backdrop of this exquisite residence. Perfect open flow for entertaining family and friends as a primary residence, a weekend escape from NYC, or one level living with room upstairs for guests. Improvements: two new Bosch heat pumps for air conditioning and heat (2019), resurfaced pool and new cover, new 500 gallon propane tank and new pool heater, pool surround repointed, new Poggenpohl kitchen with chef's grade appliances, new driveway (2017), new asphalt roof (2016), rebuilt gazebo (2019), two new Thermopride furnaces, two new hot water heaters, new carpeting upstairs (2021), renovated loft with cable railing (2021), renovated powder room plus first floor bath, primary bath (2021), new deck (2018) and more! Centrally located just minutes from shopping, Metro-North, Westchester County Airport, 287/Hutchinson River Parkway, along with numerous private and public pools, golf courses and clubs.
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Listing Price: $1,575,000

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46 Webster Road46 Webster Road

Scarsdale PO/Eastchester, NY
Open house Sunday Nov. 21, 2021 12:00PM - 2:00PM
This charming two-family colonial is conveniently located in the heart of Eastchester, just steps away from shopping, entertainment, supermarkets, fine dining, Greenvale elementary and public transportation. Both units boast hardwood floors throughout. A spacious living room with wood burning fireplace, large sunroom/sitting room, sun-filled bedroom, open flow kitchen & dining area, and door to the private backyard & patio complete the first level. Second floor offers a spacious bedroom and living room, full bath and kitchen. Laundry located in the full basement. Perfect for the extended family or an income-producing property. Enjoy Cooper Field playground just one block away and resident discount at Lake Isle Town Club with golf, tennis and multiple pools! This home has so much to offer!
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Listing Price: $725,000

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