Welcome to 589 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle 10804

When the current owners first saw this home with its natural light, huge kitchen which opens to a wonderful family room & fireplace, they knew it was the home for them. “The house is so warm & inviting, we love to entertain, how could we not love it!” The kitchen alone offers a 36″ Refrigerator, Sub Zero wine storage, Miele Dishwasher, Wolf Double wall ovens, Wolf Warming drawer, Wolf 6 Burner Cook top & Commercial Vent. There is easy access via the sliders to the fenced yard, deck & electric awning. The 3200 sq. ft. home is beautifully appointed w 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and  all located on 0.25 of an acre. From its grand entrance foyer to the Master Bedroom en suite with its exquisite bathroom offering a soaking tub & heated glass door frame less shower, this home will please! There is a NEW roof, NEW solar panels, NEW Central Air Conditioning and heating systems, NEW Hot Water Tank, NEW Andersen Sliders, central vacuum, and a skylight too! An additional 1630 sq. ft. in the lower level offers potential too. 35 mins. to NYC. This charming home is being offered at $1,095,000.

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Dining in New Rochelle – Dubrovnik’s

New Rochelle is great in so many ways, and when you visit a nice restaurant, it is always nice to share your dining experience!  I took clients (and friends) to the Dubrovnik Restaurant  to celebrate their sale, and we were there for nearly 3 hours! We had so much fun! Firstly, the restaurant has a wonderful warm atmosphere, and of course it is decorated beautiful and tastefully for the Holidays. The service was impeccable, and when the waiter boned Rickie’s Bronzino,  it was done quickly and expertly. 

Known for its fish dishes, the waiter had brought over the night’s selection, and James chose the skate, Rickie the Bronzino,  and I chose the ‘Mama Tereza” which was an assortment of shellfish (clams, steamed lobster, mussels, shrimp and clams) served over linguine with white wine sauce. We started off with  sharing a beet salad which comprised of both golden and red beets and was delicious, and a grilled octopus.   All good.  James Skate dish was served with an asparagus risotto which was really good, and every dish looked great!

The restaurant is located at 721 Main Street, New Rochelle, and the phone number is 914 637-3777.  New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

GREAT Changes for Quaker Ridge Road New Rochelle

I used to have a Quaker Ridge Road address for 14 years, and my children loved living there. They love New Rochelle, and with a burgeoning family, we found ourselves moving from the 2300 square foot home to a much larger 3800 square foot home in Paine Heights! All good.

Over the years, I have watched our various areas grow, develop and emerge into thriving communities.

Quaker Ridge Road is also slated for change, and I cannot wait! Many years ago, Quaker Ridge Road was a lane..

How did it  acquire its name?  Did you know that the first house of Worship for Quakers was built on a wooded lot near Quaker Ridge Road and what is now Griffin Road. George Washington  stopped in New Rochelle to regroup his troops, and there is a historic marker on Weaver street near Cornell.

Quaker Ridge was once a narrow road, and over the years it has been transformed into a four way mini highway going nowhere! We are proud to have our annual Soap Box Derby  on Quaker Ridge in June of each year, and Quaker Ridge is also located next to Ward Acres  which accesses Paws Place – a wonderful park for our pooches, and there is also a community garden there too!  The William B. Ward Elementary School has wonderful programs at the Community Garden. However, with all of the many pluses to the area, the road itself  is hard for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate, and New Rochelle is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $3,518,638 grant from New York State for a “Complete Streets’ improvement.  The four lane road will be transformed with sidewalks,  narrowing the road in areas to 2 lanes to make it safer, greener and great!  Complete Streets – Quaker Ridge Road

“This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel,” Governor Cuomo said. “By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come.”

New Rochelle was selected through a competitive solicitation process and the grant was the highest allotted for the Mid-Hudson region.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will transform an aged thoroughfare into a multi-purposed roadway that can be equally enjoyed by motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians,” said Mayor Noam Bramson. “Complete Streets is a vital part of GreeNR, our sustainability plan.”

“Quaker Ridge Road is one of our main east-west corridors, connecting residents with schools, homes, parks and houses of worship. These improvements will be most welcomed and the funding will go a long way towards creating the streets of tomorrow,” said City Manager Chuck Strome.

District 5 Council member Barry Fertel said, “Thanks to the infusion of this much needed investment, Quaker Ridge Road, an important arterial road in New Rochelle’s North End, will not only be safer and more efficient but will be more accessible to pedestrians, joggers and cyclists. We’ve waited a long time, but it was worth the wait!”

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There will be meetings commencing  next year, and construction will start in 2019.  WOW! a great opportunity to purchase in the area!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

Solar Panels!

I truly enjoyed obtaining my GREEN designation the other year, and accordingly – whenever a new client mentions they have GREEN features within their home, I rejoice!  I think we would all like to save on our home utility and heating bills, and when I heard from my clients that their monthly Con Ed costs (in a 3200 square foot home) were around $200 a month (from the customary $600+ for gas heat) , I was amazed!  This $200 would also include light, cooking costs so the savings are huge!

What are solar panels?

Solar panelSolar panels absorb the sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity or heat. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connect assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. … The most common application of solar panels is solarwater heating systems. (Wykopedia).

My clients utilized NRG Solar Energy, and they have leased solar panels for 20 years. There was no cost to install, but a 20 year lease was required. This lease, understandably, is easily transferred over to a new home buyer (after an application is completed), and the new home owners continue with the solar panel lease . There is a base cost for the solar panels, and my clients pay approximately $106 a month. To quote them as stating ‘they love the savings an how their utilizing solar panels is also helping the environment” is an understatement.

You can visit 589 Quaker Ridge Road on our Sotheby’s web site or on the 589 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle web site!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

Relocating to New Rochelle

 

New Rochelle High School Located so close to New York City, and just 30 minutes away by train, New Rochelle or “the Queen City of the Sound”  was a safe haven for the French Huguenots  (French Protestants) fleeing persecution in France in the 1600’s,  who arrived here in 1688 through to around 1760,  and the names of many local residents still bear the names of those original settlers. Many of whom were artisans and craftsmen, and our street names are representative of those original settlers, Fanueil, SlocumSicard, and Flandreau to name a few. 

 While a city of over  77,000, I would like to feel that there is still a ‘small town’ ‘neighborly’ accent with many cultural and neighborhood organizations melding together to make our city even greater. We have a dog park for Fido,  and  the New Rochelle Humane Society actually serves 19 communities,  is a no-kill shelter, and with no federal funding, fund raising and donations  represents 50% of its much needed funds. In 2013, the New Ro Runners held its first North Avenue Mile. The motto on the back of their shirts read “Changing the shape of the community one mile at a time.”

  French was spoken in the original New Rochelle, and many area residents would send their children to the schools in New Rochelle to learn the French language . The same could be said today! There is a dual language program at our Jefferson Elementary (a magnet school)  where students can learn either Italian or Spanish. Mandarin Chinese is also  being taught in the Davis, Ward, Jefferson & Webster Elementary Schools.   The New Rochelle High School with over 3300 students is not only the largest high school in Westchester but it is the only high school that features a planetarium.

  New Rochelle was an artist’s colony in the 1920’s. Norman Rockwell moved to New Rochelle in 1913,  and resided  in a few homes in New Rochelle including a beautiful home  on Lord Kitchener Road which featured amongst other features, a great balcony overlooking a drawing/reception room. There were so many famous artists and artisans living in New Rochelle, that their artistry was represented on 10 Historic Signs in New Rochelle, and designed by Norman Rockwell, Frederic Dana Marsh, Robert Robertson, Cole Phillips, Remington Schuyler, Edward Penfield,  Lawrence M. Loeb, Clare Briggs,  James Marsh and Robert Robertson. While created in the 1920’s as a New Rochelle Art Association project, the signs were restored just a few years ago.  New Rochelle with its cartoonists, actors, musicians,  illustrators and artists was known in the 20’s as “Greenwich Village without the Greenwich.” New Rochelle offers a thriving artist’s community still with many art galleries gracing our downtown. Did you know that Alan Menken grew up in new Rochelle as did so many other famous people.

  New Rochelle is diverse, and proud of it. There are 5 Elementary schools, 2 Middle schools, and one High School, over forty Houses of Worship, the  Iona College by Gay RosenMontefiore Health System ( formerly the Sound Shore Medical Center with over 460 beds and approximately 600 physicians, 3 colleges (Iona College, The College of New Rochelle and  Monroe College ).

   “The Queen City of the Sound” is the epitome of the Sound.  There are 4 Beach Clubs  (The VIP Club, The Surf Club, The Davenport Cub, The Greentree Club) , where you can enjoy swimming, tennis, basketball, paddleball and always a favorite for parties, weddings and special gatherings with their dramatic and spectacular water views.

  DAVIDS iSLANDDid you know that Davids Island was the site used to train Union soldiers in the Civil war,  and then used to house wounded soldiers, first Union soldiers and then Confederate soldiers? However, the island was also inhabited by Native American hunter gatherers  over 4000 years ago.

Sports. New Rochelle is proud to hold many records in sports. Most recently, the New Rochelle High School Varsity Football Team and 2012 State Champions,  the Remington Fliers who under the mentorship and guidance of Walter Brown produce winning results each year. The city offers hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, Lacrosse, tennis, rowing, and so much more.

Baseball    Youth Baseball of New Rochelle

Rising Star Baseball Camp     http://www.nrytl.com/  – Youth Tackle League of New Rochelle     New Rochelle Lightning Hockey Club     Remington Fliers Running Club New Rochelle Tennis Club      New Rochelle Racquet Club     New Rochelle Tennis Cards

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  Parks. We have so many! We also have a Community Garden that is available as well as Paw’s Place for Fido..P1190141

 

  1.  New Rochelle has great restaurants also.  Our downtown offers so many different ethnic restaurants… a treat for all

 

Government:   City of New Rochelle  –  Our Community

Parks & Recreation        Dog Licenses     Application Form    Permits & Licenses

Tax Grievances –  June  1st each year to the third Tuesday..

STAR Program  May 1st of each year.

NEW Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

Oh My! WHO lived (Or is living) in New Rochelle?

Binky lives here too!
THE Mr. Binky lives here too.

I originally wrote this blog post back in 2011, and I notice that as the years go by, the archives are harder to access, and so I thought I would re-post this great piece of history. There are SO many  famous people living in New Rochelle or have lived in New Rochelle. Every town has those special celebrities be they from the work-force, sports, stage or screen, and New Rochelle is no exception. Here are a few of the famous people who have either lived or are living in my great city:

* Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy – They lived in a beautiful home on Mount Tom Road until the mid 1970s – and I had the pleasure of selling their former home   in 2010 for $1.6M. Stars of both stage and screen, they lived in New Rochelle for over 40 years, and entertained the public for many more .

* Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis – Both were long time philanthropists, actors, and there is currently a theater named after Mr. Davis at our Public Library.

* Jay Leno – Yes the Jay Leno – but only for a few months and then his family moved away!

* Andrea McArdle – Broadway’s original “Annie” – hey – remember New Rochelle is only 45 minutes from Broadway – as the saying goes.. (closer now)

* Willie Mays – Hall of Fame baseball player

* Robert Merrill – operatic baritone – who would sing at each home Yankee game.. his home  sold for $1,375,000

* Andrea Mitchell – Journalist – As you walk along the corridors of our New Rochelle High school, you can see a nice photo of Ms. Mitchell proudly displayed. Ms. Mitchell is the NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and is also the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Andrea obtained her B.A. from University of Pa. and is currently married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.

* Gil Schwartz serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for CBS and attended our high school – going onto Brandeis University

* Louis Boccardi – He was the President and CEO of the Associated Press until his retirement in 2003 – while this list is in no real order, I am writing the names as they come to mind. Both Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Boccardi’s names are synonymous (to me) as they very kindly acted as moderators over the course of 7 years at our local “CelebriTeas” which were wonderful, intellectually stimulating events where we had famous authors (such as Charles Grodin, Richard Ben Cramer, Arthur Golden, Jill Ker Conway, Ben Yagoda, Rupert Holmes, Doris Mortman, Walter Isaacson to name a few) to raise money for our wonderful library. As a result of the hard work of the chair people and volunteers, we now have a renovated second floor with computer stations, and as of this year – new carpeting in our entranceway and large foyer which also serves as the perfect showcase for the various art shows.

* Lawrence M. Small – A long list of accomplishments from being the President and CEO of Fannie Mae, the Secretary of the Smithsonian (2000 -2007) and currently serves on the board of Marriott International and Chubb. After attending our local high school, Mr. Small went to Brown University and graduated from there in 1963 with a degree in Spanish literature.

* W.C. Fields – the name says it all!

* Leslie Gelb, former President of the Council of Foreign Relations

* Nick Gregory – is a meteorologist for Fox 5 in New York City. I can recall many years ago (approx. 22 – yikes!) that I, along with another friend, asked that he speak to our students at the local William B. Ward Elementary School. He kindly obliged, and the children greatly enjoyed seeing a celebrity and learning from him and how he reached his goals. Of course, it didn’t hurt when he said a ‘hello’ to them later that day from his TV show!

* Norman Rockwell – many people do not realize that New Rochelle was an artist’s colony per se way back in the 1930s. Norman Rockwell, and many other artists and illustrators lived in this great city. Mr. Rockwell’s former home sold for $1.6M back in 2005, and featured a gallery overlooking one of the large rooms. It was a charming home, full of meandering hallways and charm.

* Writing on art – how can I leave out Frederic Remington – famous painter, sculptor of Native American art

* I also cannot leave out Nell Brinkley -who was a famous illustrator who created the “Brinkley Girl” ( a girl who epitomized the American woman – Mae West claimed to be the first Brinkley girl ), and Ms. Brinkley lived in New Rochelle for over 20 years… I was privileged to have sold her former home in 2008 for just $1.9M!

* J.C. Penney – so many people, so many names – I didn’t want to leave out the founder of this important department store chain.

* Bob Denver – Gilligan’s Island…. New Rochelle is hardly an island, but it is a paradise to many of us – and we can see Long Island from our waterfront!

* William S. Rukeyser, Editor of Fortune Magazine

* Louis Rukeyser – business columnist, TV host and economic commentator

* M. Farooq Kathwari, Chairman of Ethan Allen

* John M. Kluge – German American television industry mogul who at one time was the richest person in America. He recently passed away in 2010.

* Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. – Billionaire co-founder of Private Equity Group KKR

* Michael Kaiser, President J.F. Kenendy Center for the Performing Arts

* Alan Menken, Composer – attended our High School and was a member of Temple Israel of New Rochelle – how can we forget “The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “Sister Act,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas”…. and the list goes on and on.. Graduated from New York University

* Chic Young – a cartoonist and better known for his “Blondie” cartoon

* Don Hewitt – Producer and Creator of CBS 60 Minutes. Mr. Hewitt’s photo is also at the high school. He passed away in 2009.

* Dick Morris – whose lineage dates back to the first Huguenots who came to New Rochelle to escape persecution in France. Mr. Morris who was the campaign manager for President Bill Clinton amongst others, is a regular on TV and wrote in 2010 “2010 -Take Back America” which  received the first Thomas Paine award in November 2010 at our local V.I.P. Club. I was present at the dinner, and he spoke quite eloquently. (I feld so badly for him amongst so many liberals!).

* Thomas Paine – I cannot leave Mr. Paine out… while not born in this great city, he was awarded a cottage as a ‘thank you’ for the role he played in the American Revolution, and was the author of “Common Sense” and “Rights of Man.”2014-06-08 10.02.25

* Courtney Green – We cannot forget Courtney who also came up through the Youth Tackle League, High chool and Rutgers University, and who is currently playing Safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

* Cristina Teuscher – Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in the Women’s Relay Team – Freestyle. Cristina attend our local high school, went onto Columbia and was All American, 4 time NCAA Champion, won 12 Ivy League titles amongst others, and obtained her MBA at INSEAD – a top business school. The city honored her Olympic accomplishment with a parade!

* A.J. Rosen – Two time Olympian in the sport of luge for Great Britain, coming in 16th each time – in Turin (2006, and Whistler 2010). Hey – I am his mom – I had to get him in!

I could write 5 pages of famous people who have lived or are living in this great city… perhaps it is the air, our diet (I wish) but certainly one fact is very true…

NEW ROCHELLE is a GREAT place in which to live!

I am here for all of your 2015 real estate requirements.

Sotheby’s “New Story”

Each time I see the video regarding ‘New Story’, I tear up. Who wouldn’t? There are so many people who are in dire need of our help, and it really doesn’t cost us much at all to just reach out a little…. When I was younger, my mother would read Hans Christian Andersen’s  story of “The Little Match Girl” each December. It was her way, I believe,  to make myself and my siblings feel thankful for what we had, and to instill in us how others need help.

When I came to the U.S., one of the very first things I did upon working 3 jobs at once in the city, was to ‘adopt’ a young boy in Brazil.. Helping others has always stayed with me, and in my work ethic also ..  The same with my company. Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s.

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s has just partnered with New Story… As our President and CEO, Mr. Paul Breunich recently noted:

“One of the exciting takeaways from this year’s Sotheby’s International Realty GNE in Las Vegas was the announcement of the Brand’s new partnership with New Story, a non-profit that works toward building safe, thriving communities in the developing world. Our Company has always been dedicated to aligning with philanthropic organizations that make a meaningful difference in the world, and I am pleased to share that we will participate in the initiative to support New Story in its mission to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

For just $6,000 per home, we will work with the organization to help construct houses for families in need, with 100% of donated dollars going directly to building efforts. New Story shares the excitement of the entire incredible process with us, sending us photos and stories of the families we sponsor, updates on the specific supplies and costs our contributions cover, and a final move-in video once the homes are completed.

Yet New Story does even more than build houses – they provide jobs and economic stability for the communities they service. By hiring local labor and purchasing domestic materials, New Story helps to boost the economies of the countries where they work.

As part of our goal for 2018, I have made the commitment for our Corporate Office to help build at least two homes with New Story. In addition, each of our Brokerages will make their own commitments to building additional homes.

For more information on New Story, including details of the Brand’s partnership, please click to see New Story Video. ”

Each office has committed to raising the funds to build a home. Perfect! We sell homes all of the time, so why not help build one!  This holiday season will start within our office with all of the money utilized for gift giving to be donated to New Story – and to OUR  New Story home.  With 3 -4 expected closings before year’s end, my gifts to my clients will be a donation in their names to help build a home. Not just any home, but one helping to create a NEW STORY. While the video showed homes built in Haiti,  Land has been purchased in Mexico, and it is expected that each office committing to build a home,  we will be actually creating a new village. Well, that MAKES my Holiday – and so much better than reading a sad story but rather offering a positive story- full of hope, and how we can all make a difference.  My company is currently initiating a gift giving website further enabling contributions…
Westchester is GREAT!

 

The North End Tavern

I recently  had lunch at the North End Tavern (located at 1301 North Avenue).  While my sons have frequented the tavern, I hadn’t gone there and had no idea what to expect. It is advertised as a sports bar, and there are certainly  large sized screens around the bar and in the dining area. There is also a  semi-private room that can be booked for large gatherings if desired.

I was so pleasantly surprised!  I was truly expecting tavern (bar) fare, and my fish and  sweet potato chips were delicious. The fish was crisp, moist, and the sweet potato fries were not greasy at all. 

I will definitely be returning as the menu  looks quite interesting and the food was served beautifully.

The tavern is open 12-9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 12-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The phone number is 914 633-3224.

Cheers!

New Rochelle is GREAT!