Normandy Château with a Drawbridge in New Rochelle for $895K, Dobbs Ferry Historic House Tour, Teatown Annual Plant Sale

House of the Week: Normandy Château

Annual property taxes: $20,500
111 Wildwood Rd, New Rochelle

This classy three-bedroom, two bath Tudor in the Larchmont Woods section of New Rochelle is charm and sophistication wrapped in one. “Originally built by a big game hunter for his wife in 1926, this is the only Larchmont Woods Normandy Château with a drawbridge and 40-foot turret,” says listing agent Gay Rosen. “This custom home, just 35 minutes of New York City, with its chef’s kitchen, polished bluestone slate spiral staircase, limestone floors, mahogany trim, and onyx and marble bathroom clearly reflects the designer homeowner’s special touches.” A patio, courtyard, and fountain round out the distinctive property. Although the garage has been converted to a tiled laundry room, it can easily be restored to a garage. In the meantime, the current owners park on the paved driveway, Rosen assures.
For more information, contact Houlihan Lawrence listing agent Gay E. Rosen at (914) 907-2645 or visit


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Dobbs Ferry Historic House Tour

Get an up close and personal peek into five fabulous historic homes during the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s fourth annual house tour on Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 4 pm. Begin the self-guided tour after picking up your tickets at the Historical Society’s Mead House headquarters. For more information, contact Jeanne Cronin Ceccolini of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Board of Trustees at, call (914) 674-1007, or visit  
Photo: Courtesy of Dobbs Ferry Historical Society


Get Inspired by 20 Slides in 20 Seconds

Whether you’re a seasoned architect, architect wanna-be, or an ardent fan of great architecture and design, you’re in for a treat at PechaKucha Night, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Westchester Hudson Valley chapter (AIAWHV), Carol Kurth Architecture PC, and Purchase Park 2 Fly on Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 9 pm at Elements Food & Spirits (161 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains). Part inspiration, part entertainment, PechaKucha (20 Slides / 20 Seconds) was launched in Tokyo in 2003 for people to meet, network, and show their work and has gone worldwide. For participants and observers alike, the AIAWHV promises a night of fun presentations covering a wide range of topics. Each presenter must rise to the challenge of pairing words and images in six minutes and 40 seconds—a format designed to keep presentations concise and moving quickly. The admission fee ($20 or $10 for AIA or associate AIA members respectively; $30 for non-members) includes the first drink and appetizers. (Not to worry…second drinks are still a bargain since happy hour runs from 4 to 8 pm.) For more information or to register for the event, go to


Teatown Annual Plant Sale

Photo: Courtesy of Teatown Lake Reservation

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Celebrate the arrival of spring planting season at this year’s Teatown Plant Sale on Friday, May 11, 4 to 7 pm, and Saturday, May 12, 9 am to 2 pm at Teatown Lake Reservation (1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining). The two-day event opens with the Friday “first pick” sale—your chance to get an early pick of your favorite plants from a rich array of annuals, native wildflowers, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, and herbs. Admission is $10 for the Friday night first pick sale and free for the Saturday plant sale. As a bonus, participants also are invited to tour Wildflower Island—a two-acre sanctuary of more than 230 native and endangered wildflower species—on Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. For more information, call (914) 762-2912, ext. 110, e-mail, or visit  


Nature Friendly Gardening Series

Photo: Courtesy of Greenburgh Nature Center

Head to the Greenburgh Nature Center (99 Dromore Rd, off Central Park Ave, Scarsdale) for the remaining two sessions of the three-part Nature Friendly Garden Series with native plant expert Kim Eierman. On Saturday, May 12, from 10 to 11:30 am, learn how to attract the “good bugs” to your yard by planting the right mix of native plants and on Saturday, June 16, from 10 to 11:30 am, learn how to attract and support butterflies, skippers, and moths by planting host plants. An assortment of plants discussed will be available for purchase after each session. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required online. Admission is $20 per program for members or $25 for non-members. A pre-order of “Kim’s Picks” of three featured garden plants is available for $20 ($24 at the Greenburgh Nature Center without pre-order).  For more information, call (914) 723-3470 or visit

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