20 Great Real Estate Deals

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Today, there are almost 4,000 single-family homes for sale in Westchester.  A heck of a lot of homes, and that doesn’t include townhomes, condos, co-ops or multifamilies. How does one sift through them? We asked Lynn Harmonay of Sotheby’s International Realty in Chappaqua for the current best buys in our county. She chose a bunch: “To make my short list, it must be interesting and a value—not necessarily the least expensive,” she says. And warns: “This list may bring on property lust.” Here are her top 20 great real estate picks from various real estate companies—with Harmonay’s reasons for why you should grab one now.

3832 Old Jefferson Valley Rd
Shrub Oak

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths, 1900 square feet, 1.01 acres, $8,582 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This home sits on a serene country road within walking distance to—the JV mall, stores, and the Taconic Parkway. It has a great patio, waterfall, and fish pond.
Reasons to Buy: “A super price for an easy commute to the rest of Westchester and walk to all once you’re home—location, location location.”

24 S Washington Ave
Dobbs Ferry

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, 1412 square feet, .09 acres, $9,729 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: “Charming” 1900 farmhouse featuring a spacious renovated kitchen with granite counters.
Reasons to Buy: “This is a cute starter house and a great price for a house so close to the town pool. A short NYC commute, too.”  

125 Revolutionary Rd

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2200 square feet, 1.25 acres, $18,083 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: Although secluded, this blue and yellow contemporary, the Westchester retreat of super-cool home furnishings designer Karim Rashid, is a five-minute walk to the Hudson River and the train station. It is one of 12 homes built by innovative architect Carl Koch, once described as the “grandfather of prefab,” that remain. You can buy it with or without some of Rashid’s original prototypes and furnishings.
Reasons to Buy: “It’s a unique, unusual modern home for someone with funky taste. It has three-hundred-sixty degree views!”

123 Broadway

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1400 square feet, .39 acres, $7,527 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details:  This historic front-porch Colonial features an entry hall, a formal dining room with built-in cabinet and shelves, an eat-in kitchen, and a master bedroom with walk-in closet.
Reasons to Buy: “Wonderful price for a starter house, and you really can walk to everything!  And it’s an easy NYC commute.”

6 Joseph Wallace Drive

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2047 square feet, $12,946 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details:  This raised ranch, located on a cul de sac, has an oversized deck and a fenced yard. The house features four bedrooms, a formal  dining room, bay windows and two fireplaces.
Reasons to Buy: “This house was first listed at $589K. The buyer is getting it at almost what it sold for eight years ago. Great price.”

42 Oakridge Rd
North Salem

The Stats: 3 bedroom, 2 baths, 1800 square feet, .62 acres, $9,063 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This split-level home, built in 1964, is in move-in condition. The roof, siding, and garage were all replaced in 1995; the driveway was repaved in 2001.
Reasons to Buy: “Two: mint condition and convenient location.”

4 Boulder Ln
Goldens Bridge

The Stats: 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2368 square feet, .10 acres, $8,607 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This spacious contemporary townhouse, filled with natural light, has new bathrooms, hardwood floors, granite counters, and cathedral ceilings, and a private deck plus a backyard garden with koi pond.
Reasons to Buy: “Condo-style living in a beautifully appointed open-plan townhouse.”

478 Grace Church St
Port Chester

The Stats: 2 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, 1560 square feet, $11,818 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This gatehouse cottage, originally built in 1870 for financier Jay Gould, is constructed of handcut granite and limestone and has a slate roof. It has its original floors, staircase and doors, high ceilings and lots of light.
Reasons to Buy: “Talk about buying the least expensive house in the best neighborhood you can afford! This house, originally listed at $825K comes with the rights to the locked beach and mooring area right down the street, past the gazillion-dollar houses on Rye Street. I wish I could buy it.”


517 Half Moon Bay Dr

The Stats: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1185 square feet, $6,652 estimated taxes. The Nifty Details: Extraordinary Hudson River resort community, easy NYC commute, lovely townhouse with deck, facing the river. The community has two pools, two clubhouses, two tennis courts, jitney to train, a marina and parks on either side. Nearby Croton Point Park has a beach and the best parasailing in the county. Reason to Buy: “Live where others vacation. Riverfront units are rarely available these days.”

111 Wildwood Rd
New Rochelle

The Stats:  3 bedrooms, 2½ baths, 3047 square feet, $19,089 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This romantic French Normandy Tudor has the amenities for modern living.
Reasons to Buy: “Here’s your chance to live in your very own castle, complete with a turret and drawbridge. The price started at $1,199,000—how many castles can you buy for under a mil in Westchester?”


51 Stony Run
New Rochelle

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths; 2202 square feet, $15,817 estimated taxes. The Nifty Details: This house, with an open floor plan with new windows, granite kitchen counters, and a beautiful view, is in the Bayberry community.
Reasons to Buy: “One of the best aspects of owning a home in Bayberry is…the Bayberry Pool Club, a co-operatively-owned club comprised of two-hundred families. The club has an Olympic–size swimming pool, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a game room, and an outdoor café. The club also runs a children’s program. The Bayberry Club is on a par with many private clubs in Westchester.”

118 Horseshoe Hill Rd
Pound Ridge

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2823 square feet, 2.06 acres, $10,700 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This Colonial-style house on two acres features a large living room with stone fireplace, a country kitchen, hardwood floors, and a large screened porch with cathedral ceiling.
Reasons to Buy: “This house is in a perfectly private area and the taxes are low.”  

7 Hunter Ln

The Stats: 4 bedooms, 2½ baths, 3000 square feet, .93 acres, $16,000 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This brand-new construction in Somers is a mere five-minute drive to the train station and highways.
Reasons to Buy: “It’s simple: Three-thousand square feet, brand new, under $800K with a level almost-acre.”

37 Windmill Rd

The Stats: 8 rooms, 3½ baths, 2489 square feet, 1.97 acres, $19,763 estimated tax.
The Nifty Details: This award-winning, custom-built modern home sits on two acres with a gunite pool designed by Armand Benedek. Reasons to Buy: “Great entry price to single-family ownership in Armonk with country club lifestyle. Windmill Estates, where other homes are listed for $1.8 mil and have sold for over $2.5 mil, offers a lake for swimming, lush grounds, tennis, and a clubhouse.” 

298 Scarborough Rd
Briarcliff Manor

The Stats: 24-rooms, 13 bedrooms, 9 ½ baths, 10,888 square feet, 64.51 acres, $201,403 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: Holly Hill was philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor’s country estate. This 1927 stone mansion, designed by prominent architect William Adams Delano (he of Kykuit fame), comes with an indoor and outdoor pool, a four-bedroom gardener’s cottage (where else would your gardener sleep?) a carriage house with a chauffeur’s apartment (another must, of course), cabana, root cellar, and, oh yes, river views.
Reasons to Buy: “Sixty-four acres in a one-and-a-half acre minimum zoning district. They do not build them like this anymore; Provenance and class like this are priceless.”


54 McKesson Hill Rd

The Stats: 5 bedrooms, 2½ baths, 3464 square feet, 1.0 acres, $24,338 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: Federal-style colonial sited beyond a gated entry on a full acre. The new center-island, eat-in, cherry-and-granite kitchen opens to a family room with fireplace. Reasons to Buy: “This house started out $330,000 higher! Huge rooms, new roof, and full unfinished basement make this even more of a value. Most homes in this price point here are 1000 square feet.”

36 Lambert Rdg
Cross River

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths (4 full), 5190 square feet, 1.12 acres, $22,000 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: Lovely 10-year-old house in Michelle Estates with extensive professional landscaping, outdoor lighting, walk-out basement, and sliding glass doors to the deck off an eat-in kitchen. Great views and curb appeal.
Reasons to Buy: “Lotta house for the money in a sought-after neighborhood with past sales over $1.5 mil. Close to all: train, park and shopping.”


24 Upper Shad Rd
Pound Ridge

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2950 square feet, 2 acres, $20,535 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This contemporary house was designed by noted Macedonian-born architect Vuko Tashkovich (who built 57 houses, 28 of them in his adopted town of Pound Ridge). (It is also available for rent—$5,900/month—furnished or unfurnished.)
Reasons to Buy: “This is a striking example of a contemporary: walls of glass at the top of a hill overlooking the countryside. A truly unusual house—chic, modern, and elegant. Quite a retreat. Up a long windy driveway to the top of the world.“ 

20 Lindbergh Ave
The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2300 square feet, .12 acres, $10,812 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details:  This charming split level house is situated in Hix Park, one of Rye’s most desirable neighborhoods. Reasons to Buy: “A rare opportunity for new house with outstanding finishes and amenities at an affordable price close to schools, parks, beach, town, golf club, marina and railroad. Rye lifestyle...what more could you ask?” 

531 Orienta Ave

The Stats:  7 bedrooms, 6 ½ baths, 7107 square feet, .84 acres, $76,875 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This new center-hall Colonial features spacious rooms, high ceilings and state-of-the-art amenities. It is located on a large lot in desirable Orienta Point, with stunning views of the golf course and lake.
Reasons to Buy: “Glorious and grand estate-like property in Orienta Point with twice the square footage of other properties there. This sold in 2007 for $3,850,000.”


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