Bedford Contemporary for $1.64M, AIA Design Award Winners, Local Home Industry's Contributions to Hurricane Victims

House of the Week: Bedford Contemporary

$1.645 million

Annual property taxes: $23,075

153 Greenwich Rd, Bedford

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This light-filled contemporary five-bedroom Colonial has plenty of luxuries to love—a dramatic marble entry hall with 20-foot soaring ceilings; a high-end gourmet eat-in-kitchen with granite countertops and floor-to-ceiling windows; two master suites—one on each floor, giving the option of an in-law suite; five full baths with whirlpools; and a three-car attached garage. And that’s not including the property’s five private manicured acres complete with a private pond—all just minutes from Bedford Village. “This is a wonderful value,” says listing agent James Oesterle. “It’s beautifully landscaped and is a standalone property in so many ways. The two master suites give added flexibility—the upstairs suite has another bedroom next to it, which could be perfect for a nursery.” In fact, it has every imaginable amenity, but a pool. But, with a new perspective in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the following nor’easter, the home’s most prized feature just may be its full-house Kohler 20-kilowatt generator. For more information, contact Coldwell Banker listing agents James Oesterle at (914) 659-2266 or Candice Stafford at (914) 649-3773, or visit


AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Design Award Winners

We recently reported on the recognition of Architect Christina Griffin of Hastings-on-Hudson by the American Institute of Architects Westchester Hudson Valley for her green transformation of 64 Holbrooke Road, a project closely followed in this space. In addition to Griffin, other area architects receiving 2012 Design Awards for their exceptional projects in commercial, institutional, and residential categories include White Plains-based KSQ Architects, PC; Hastings-on-Hudson-based Peter Gisolfi Associates; New Rochelle-based J. Taylor Design Group LLC; Mount Kisco-based Grandberg & Associates Architects; Tarrytown-based Gallin Beeler Design Studio; Stamford, Connecticut-based Perkins Eastman; and Greenwich, Connecticut-based Saniee Architects LLC. Congratulations to all!


Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Response of Home Industry

These are just a few examples of how some in Westchester’s home industry are responding to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy:

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Furniture Sharehouse: The organization is focused on helping Westchester Families whose homes have been destroyed or flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy. There are three ways to help:
1. Make a monetary contribution to help furnish homes.
2. Donate furniture by either dropping off your gently-used items at the Furniture Sharehouse Westchester County Airport warehouse on Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings between 9:30 am and 11:30 am or scheduling a furniture pick-up at where you can also find donation guidelines.
3. Vote daily in an online contest, sponsored by L’Oréal Paris, to help Furniture Sharehouse win $25,000—an amount that would enable the organization to help more than 80 families in need. Furniture Sharehouse founder Kate Bialo is one of ten women recognized for their efforts in serving their communities and selected as a 2012 Woman of Worth. As a result, Furniture Sharehouse has the opportunity to win a much-needed $25,000 grant, but only if Bialo receives the most daily online votes for the National Woman of Worth Honoree by November 21. For more information about Furniture Sharehouse, visit To vote for Bialo and Furniture Sharehouse funds, go to

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester: The Habitat for Humanity headquarters (524 Main St, New Rochelle) remained open during the hurricane, day and night, providing needed support including cots and resources. As efforts to rebuild continue in many Westchester communities, including White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Breezy Point, donations of chain saws, supplies, and other building materials—even loans of spare generators, heaters, or lawn mower gas tanks—are appreciated. In addition, through November 17, Habitat for Humanity is working to provide six homes in Yonkers as part of its first annual Welcome Home Houses Blitz Build for Veterans. Volunteers are needed to help build, donate cars, or make monetary contributions. For more information, contact the organization’s executive director, Jim Killoran, at, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it visit, or call (914) 403-4821.

Murphy Brothers Contracting: In addition to helping homeowners connect their portable generators and instructing them on proper maintenance, Murphy Brothers Contracting opened its doors to industry friends and clients in need of warmth, electricity, telephones, or Internet service. Knowing there will be an even greater demand for permanent residential generators in the future, the company quickly decided to reprise a seminar for area architects and interior designers on specifying permanent emergency generator for residential projects. For more information on the session scheduled for December 17, call (914) 777-5777 or e-mail

Elisa Contemporary Art: Lisa Cooper is using her Riverdale gallery to help those affected by the hurricane. The next exhibit at Elisa Contemporary Art (5622 Mosholu Ave, Riverdale, NY), “A Toy Story and Other Delights,” not only will take a nostalgic look back at the toys, pleasures, and amusements of the past, but include a special toy drive from Friday, November 16 to Saturday, December 15 and American Red Cross donation effort to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. During the drive, unwrapped toys can be brought to the gallery for distribution to a local organization. In addition, a portion of every gallery sale will be donated to the American Red Cross specifically for emergency needs as a result of the hurricane. For more information, call (212) 729-4974 or e-mail

Hilltop Farms: Croton-based Hilltop Farms is sharing storm-related tips to improve the odds of stronger roots when replanting to replace storm-damaged trees and plantings: Fall Feeding: A fall feeding is essential to encourage strong, deep roots as compared to spring feeding which encourages top growth. Proper Plant Location: When deciding on where to plant a tree or shrub, remember to consider the space between plants/trees, amount of sunlight, and drainage. Proper Pruning: Follow good pruning practices year round to have strong, deep roots.

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NOTE: If you have home-bound survival tips you’d like to share to help homeowners be better prepared (and equipped!) to weather severe storms sans power and heat, please send them to We’ll highlight samples of what has worked for others in a future blog.


Reminder: Waterworks Warehouse Sale

Don’t forget to carve out time for great buys at the upcoming Waterworks Warehouse Sale. Scheduled for Friday, November 16 (from 10 am to 4 pm), and Saturday, November 17 (from 9 am to 4 pm), at the Waterworks Warehouse (595 Federal Rd, Brookfield, CT), the sale features fixtures, fittings, and furnishings at prices reduced by up to 80 percent—savings that could make your bathroom renovation or upgrade much more manageable. Examples of fantastic finds include an Easton classic low profile three hole deck mounted lavatory faucet with metal cross handles in chrome, normally $1,023, on sale for $300; a Candide freestanding oval bathtub in burnished, normally $14,168, on sale for $5,500; and an Easton double 24-inch towel bar in chrome, normally $441, on sale for $150. For more information about Waterworks products, visit

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