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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.

$375,000
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.”

$425,000
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.”  

$599,900
125 Revolutionary Rd
Scarborough

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!”

$459,000
123 Broadway
Pleasantville

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.”

$489,000
6 Joseph Wallace Drive
Croton-on-Hudson

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.”

$499,000
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.”

$508,000
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.”

$599,000
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.”

   

$575,000
517 Half Moon Bay Dr
Croton-on-Hudson

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.”

$999,000
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?”

   

$599,000
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.”

$725,000
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.”  

$799,715
7 Hunter Ln
Somers

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.”

$899,000
37 Windmill Rd
Armonk

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.” 

$12,900,000
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.”

   
 

$919,000
54 McKesson Hill Rd
Chappaqua

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.”

$1,145,000
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.”

 
 

$1,485,000
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.“ 

$1,575,000
20 Lindbergh Ave
Rye
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?” 
 
 

$3,495,000
531 Orienta Ave
Mamaroneck

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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More Great Real Estate Deals

We promised you even more great deals in the magazine. Top county Realtor Lynn Harmonay of Sotheby’s weighs in on what makes these additional single-family homes a great deal—and why.

 

    

$389,900
15 Cook Lane, Croton-on-Hudson

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; 1,872 square feet; .5 acres; $12,507 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: Incredible space and condition for the value-driven buyer. Renovated with new roof, furnace, central air, bathroom, hot water heater, deck, front steps, freshly painted interior. Easy access and parking, easy NYC commute.
The Reason to Buy Now: “A great entry price for Croton.”

     

$595,000
3 Club Court, Pleasantville

The Stats: 2 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths; 2,616 square feet; .04 acres; $14,620 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: The most private cul-de-sac location with excellent views of golf course and tennis. This town home has two private decks, updated baths and a large eat-in kitchen with new appliances.
Reasons to Buy Now: “Includes golf membership, greens fees, pool, two refinished tennis courts, fitness room, club house, and restaurant.”

  

$599,000
5 McKinley Place, Ardsley

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; 1,922 square feet; .35 acres; $19,756 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: This Cape Cod is minutes to local shops, schools, and transportation, and offers potential for expansion. Enclosed Patio with built-in BBQ, deck, 2-car garage and a huge rear yard.
Reasons to Buy Now: “Larger than usual parcel for this area of the village—and at a good price!”

  

$599,000
40 Fremont Road, Sleepy Hollow

The Stats: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; 2,100 square feet; .32 acres; $14,202 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: Single-floor living with all the amenities of the Manors neighborhoods.
Reasons to Buy Now: “Private level back yard steps from Peabody Field. Perfect for a buyer who wants a low price, low taxes, and a quiet location with loads of living space.”

       

$679,000
21 Birch Lane, Larchmont

The Stats: 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths; 1,696 square feet; 0.133 acres, $14,588 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: This Larchmont Manor home offers proximity to schools, transportation, shopping, and Flint and Manor Park.
The Reason to Buy Now: “Down a bundle—and a great lifestyle in Larchmont.”

$825,000
744 King Street, Chappaqua

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths; 2,891 square feet, 2.05 acres, $22,915 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: Spectacular lakefront home close to town and train, surrounded by perennial gardens, rolling lawns, and wonderful outdoor spaces, with views from every room. Updated kitchen, master bath, heating system and central air.
Reasons to Buy Now: “Lakefront AND walk to town in Chappaqua!!!! Fantastic value—was over one million—and two full acres close to all.”

$899,000
107 Park Lane, West Harrison

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths; 3,700 square feet; 1.09 acres; $14,485 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: Priced below town-assessed value. Location, location, location: 10 minutes to Purchase, Greenwich, Armonk, White Plains, Westchester Airport ,Valhalla. 45-minute commute to NYC. Freshly painted, updated kitchen, new carpeting, new bath. Beautiful private lot with mature landscaping. Perfect mother/daughter or home office. Slate patios and decks. Park Lane Clubhouse membership optional. Home warranty
Reasons to Buy Now: “Good value—was $1.2million—and a full acre close to all.”

$1,249,000
2 Hemlock Hollow Road, Armonk

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths; 3,477 square feet; 2.0 acres; $24,800 estimated taxes.
The Nifty Details: This immaculate home on a cul-de-sac has a heated, in-ground salt water pool, lavish professional landscaping, a granite chef’s kitchen, entertainment/family wing, two-level deck, possible au pair suite on first floor, and advanced phone, internet and alarm systems.
Reasons to Buy Now: “Really lovely and a good value at this price. This property will sell quickly.”

  

$1,350,000
50 Lincoln Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson

The Stats: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths; 4,000 square feet; 0.22 acres; estimated taxes $28,500.
The Nifty Details: Spectacular neoclassic colonial w/natural stone, copper portico, mahogany front and garage doors, exquisite eat-in kitchen with professional appliances opens to great room with French doors to deck. Every detail perfect.
Reasons to Buy Now: “This is gorgeous new construction in a traditional Hastings neighborhood—all the benefits of a state-of-the-art home plus village living. Beautiful and a must-see if you’re at this price point, especially if you want an easy city commute.”

    

$1,695,000
22 Bramblebush Road, Croton-on-Hudson

The Stats: 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths; 5,010 square feet; 3.76 acres; $22,773 estimated taxes
The Nifty Details: This extraordinary 1930 Tuscan/Mediterranean villa with pool and gardens has undergone a stunning restoration. Lustrous hand-finished plaster walls, beamed and vaulted ceilings, and gracefully arched French doors enhance the glamorous period feeling inside and the seamless integration of indoor/outdoor living.
Reasons to Buy Now: “Be transported in time to another century in the Tuscany countryside—only 35 miles from midtown Manhattan. Low taxes help make this house a real find.”

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Top 10 Condos and Co-Ops for Sale
By Robert Schork

We asked Maria Clair-Howard, a multi-million-dollar Realtor with Houlihan Lawrence in White Plains to scour the county from Yonkers to Yorktown to find the very best of the best buys in condos and co-ops. Here are her top-10 picks in the county (listed alphabetically).

Bronxville
Bronxville Glen, #608
$394,900 (2 BR, 2 BA condo)

Description: This spacious unit has gorgeous updates, including a state-of-the-art kitchen, many closets, and an in-unit laundry. The complex’s amenities: indoor and outdoor pools, fitness room, sauna, and 24-hour security. It’s within walking distance to the Fleetwood Metro-North station and has ample parking for residents and guests.
Why it’s a great buy: “When you’re here, you feel like you are on vacation—a great price for a great place.”

New Rochelle
Trump Plaza, #703
$479,900 (1BR, 1.5 BA condo)

Description: Granite counter tops, stainless appliances, designer cabinets, spa-inspired master bath, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Long Island Sound and Manhattan, powder room, walk-in closets, in-unit laundry. Amenities include 24-hour doorman, indoor heated pool, fitness center, rooftop terrace, screening room, playroom, clubhouse room, and valet parking. No restriction on pets, and within walking distance to Metro-North, New Roc City, entertainment, and shopping.
Why it’s a great buy: “As the lowest-priced unit at the luxury Trump Plaza, this is just a deal too good to pass up. Plus, they are discounting prices to serious buyers—where else can you get the quality of Trump at a price like this?”

Ossining
The Parkview, #2K
$136,500 (2 BR, 1BA co-op)

Description: A contemporary with brand-new window frames/trim, base moldings, radiator boxes, natural wood doors, light fixtures,—even refinished hardwood floors throughout. The bathroom features custom tile work and a Kohler shower door. Amenities include a pool, parking, playground, and a workout room. Just minutes from downtown and the Metro-North station.
Why it’s a great buy: “This building features amazing layouts—so spacious—and the price for this unit cannot be beat! And this one has been fully updated to boot. Two bedrooms for this price—need I say more?”

Peekskill
Villa at the Woods, #5103
$275,000 (2 BR, 1 BA condo)

Description: Bright corner unit in a converted schoolhouse with 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and panoramic views. It’s pet-friendly, but with weight restrictions. There’s a pool, tennis courts, and workout facilities. A short commute to Metro-North and shopping.
Why it’s a great buy: “SoHo living in Peekskill! This unit has been beautifully upgraded and offers the best price for the space in the complex. Just lovely!”

Scarborough
Scarborough Manor, #3P-2
$425,000 (2 BR, 2 BA co-op)

Description: Large two-bedroom unit with Hudson River views. Freshly painted, with crown moldings and many updates, including a new bath. Gated complex with 24-hour security offers a commuter van to the Metro-North station, which is just a short walk away, plus tennis courts, heated pool, fitness room, and clubhouse. Outdoor parking is included in monthly maintenance.
Why it’s a great buy: “A fabulous unit with views that are priceless. Totally move-in ready with twenty-four-hour gatehouse security, minutes to train, and a park-like setting.”

Scarsdale
Garth Manor, #A3B
$389,000 (3 BR, 2BA co-op)

Description: Fully renovated corner unit in the only true doorman building on Garth Road features three bedrooms, two renovated bathrooms, parquet floors throughout, and an updated kitchen with granite countertops, plus a large screened terrace. The building features laundry on each floor.
Why it’s a great buy: “An amazing size and a rare find for a three-bedroom co-op! That plus the renovated baths, doorman, terrace—that’s a lot for the price.”

Tarrytown
The Quay, #283
$539,000 (2 BR, 2.5 BA condo)

Description: Updated corner unit with Hudson River views features an updated eat-in kitchen, formal dining area with a private patio, and a sunken living room with fireplace. Master bedroom suite has a private deck with river views. Garage and additional parking space included. Amenities include pool, clubhouse, and tennis courts.
Why it’s a great buy: “This unit is in one of the most sought-after complexes on the river—and the price is great for the condition and the location. It’s a super value!”

Yonkers
Palmer Towers, #3A
$225,000 (2 BR, 1 BA co-op)

Description: Just steps to Central Avenue and the express bus to New York City, this unit features a new kitchen with beautiful wood cabinets and granite counters, a new bath, high beamed ceilings, and parquet wood floors. The assigned indoor parking spot transfers to the new owner (for $60/month), and the building also offers a rarity—visitor parking. The building is dog-friendly and has a pool.
Why it’s a great buy: “It’s a main-floor entry unit with high ceilings, which adds an airy feel—and it’s totally renovated. It’s absolutely move-in—no work to do. Plus, the indoor parking spot that transfers with the unit makes this the best in the building.”

River Edge, #6D
$188,000 (1 BR, 1BA co-op)

Description: In one of the few fully pet-friendly co-ops, this unit, in move-in condition, features a terrace overlooking the Lenoir Preserve, a full-size dining area, and an eat-in kitchen. The master bedroom has a full slider to a terrace. Amenities include an indoor pool, a gym room with sauna, and an outdoor pool with barbecue area.
Why it’s a great buy: “This one has it all—it’s beautifully renovated, with views that make you feel you are in your own private woods. Just call the movers and you are home.”

Scrimshaw House, #10-I
$295,000 (1 BR, 1 BA condo)

Description: A view not to be missed! This unit, located right on the waterfront, has a 325-square-foot terrace, providing spectacular views and abundant light. Newly repainted, it features ample closets, parquet floors, and updated kitchen appliances. Metro-North express train or the Water Taxi to downtown is right there. The building is pet-friendly without restrictions, has a gym, and is steps from the pier.
Why it’s a great buy: “It’s the best-priced unit in the Scrimshaw with the best the building has to offer: a great terrace and the river view is not to be missed—just spectacular. And the money you save on this unit you can use to dine at X2O!”

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