Katonah Colonial Primed for Custom Finishing, Westchester Housing Market Update, 7th Annual Fall Westchester County Home Show

Katonah Colonial Primed for Custom Finishing
$1.289 million
31 Old Katonah Dr, Katonah
If your idea of the ideal home is new construction, but without the major headache of building from the ground up, this spacious, custom-built, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath Colonial may be your dream come true. Features include an open living room and family room with fireplace, formal dining room with butler’s pantry, chef’s kitchen, master bedroom suite with sitting room, hardwood floors, central vacuuming system, finished lower level, front porch, and oversized deck—set on 2.8 acres of rolling grounds. It also just happens to be the last available Boulder Pines custom home built by Westchester-based Fortune Home Builders. Best of all, it’s primed and ready to complete the finishing touches to make your dream home just the way you like it.
As Fortune Vice President Chris Munch explains, “The benefit to the buyer is getting to make all the fun design decisions without all of the work. We help take away the anxiety by guiding homeowners through the process one step at a time, such as starting with selecting the color of the kitchen then moving to choosing tile, cabinetry, and countertops that match.” Many of those design decisions take place at the custom builder’s new Design Studio at the Discovery Center at the company’s Southeast, New York, location, which gives homeowners the option of one-stop shopping. The design and sales center has its own fascinating back story, located in the newly restored historic Drewsclift Castle, once the summer home of famed Tin Pan Alley music publisher Max Dreyfus, who discovered and promoted George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern. For more information on the Katonah custom home, contact Prudential Douglas Elliman listing agent Eileen McGrath at (914) 506-1577 or visit www.elliman.com/westchester. For more information about Fortune Home Builders, contact Jill Kunowski, sales manager, at (845) 278-8800, or visit www.fortunehb.com.  


Westchester Housing Market Update
The forecast for Westchester’s housing market remains mixed. Recent stats from the Douglas Elliman Report for the third quarter 2011 indicate overall housing sales rose slightly above the levels reached at this time in 2010. In the luxury market, the median sales price remained roughly the same—$2.2625 million compared to $2.260 million from the same quarter last year—while the median sales price for single-family homes overall decreased by 4.8 percent to $695,000 from $730,000. Houses also are moving slightly slower, averaging 180 days on the market—eight days longer than during the same period in 2010, yet the number of sales increased 1.2 percent. Long-term, the report predicts economic challenges will continue to impact the Westchester housing market over the next several years.

7th Annual Fall Westchester County Home Show
Get home-improvement advice, sample services, try your luck at raffles, and more at the 7th Annual Fall Westchester County Home Show on Saturday, October 29, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, October 30, from 11 am to 5 pm, at the Westchester County Center at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. More than 150 featured vendors will showcase their innovative products and services, including remodeling services, building supplies, and energy-efficient solutions. And, if you’re lucky, you may win a handy home-improvement prize, such as a gutter-guard system (valued at $1,500) from Franzoso Contracting, whichmeans never having to clean or replace your gutters; an eight-piece classic cookware set (valued at $1,695) from The Healthy Gourmet; or a vanity with a countertop and a sink filled with cleaning products (valued at $1,500) from MRS Kitchen. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call (914) 995-4050 or visit www.jenksproductions.com/eventschwestfallhome.html.   

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Designer Mar Silver Launches The Plunk Collection
Westport, Connecticut-based designer Mar Silver, known for her sleek and sophisticated high-end interiors, launches The Plunk Collection—her new modern furniture line—with a special celebration co-sponsored by New England Home’s Connecticut Magazine on Thursday, October 27, from 6 to 8 pm at Artelier, 28 Henry Street, in Greenwich. The new collection, distinguished by its unique blend of feminine touches and masculine details, features custom-designed and specially curated vintage pieces. For more information, e-mail sam@tmgpr.com, call (212) 750-5755, or visit www.marsilverdesign.com.

browngrotta arts Exhibition Features Art Textiles, Fiber Sculpture, and Mixed Media
Whether you’re looking for design inspiration or actual unique art pieces, you can’t miss at the “Stimulus: art and its inception” exhibit at browngrotta arts at 276 Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Connecticut, in the 1895 barn that is home to the business and its owners. The 10-day exhibit (Sunday, October 23, through Tuesday, Novemvber 1, 10 am to 5 pm) features art textiles, fiber sculpture, mixed media, and concepts by 55 international artists and also gives viewers a glimpse into the creative process. An online version of the exhibition will be available online at www.browngrotta.com from October 25 through November 30. browngrotta is in its 24th year of promoting the work of contemporary textile artists and fiber sculptors. For more information, call (203) 834-0623 or visit www.browngrotta.com. 

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