1. Find of the Week—Dobbs Ferry
$2.575 million (reduced by $225K)
Annual property taxes: $ 65,288
45 Oliphant Ave, Dobbs Ferry
Everything about this gated picturesque property, set on more than two acres of lush, tree-lined, landscaped grounds, spells tranquility. “It’s a beautiful, sophisticated home in a country setting just a step outside of New York City,” says listing agent Carolyn Joy. “The soaring beamed ceilings and walls of glass differentiate the property from your typical suburban home. Its standout amenities, including a pool, pool house, tennis courts, koi ponds, and the acreage, make it a particularly exceptional and unusual property.” Added features of the six-bedroom, 1973 contemporary: an open floor plan, dramatic living room, gourmet kitchen, spacious master bedroom suite complete with dressing room and sauna, multiple bedroom suites, window-lined sunroom, media room, and a stunning window-wrapped exercise room. Topping off its list of plusses—the property is within walking distance to the train and an easy commute to Manhattan. For more information, contact Houlihan Lawrence listing agents Carolyn Joy at (646) 246-8949 or Rory Tishelman at (914) 671-1757, or visit www.carolynjoy.houlihanlawrence.com.
2. Find of the Week—Scarsdale
$925,000 (reduced by $24K)
Annual property taxes: $23,574
20 Parkfield Rd, Scarsdale
“I love the cathedral ceilings in the living and dining rooms and the wonderful fine wood built-ins throughout. It’s also a perfect house for entertaining—it has a wonderful flow, a recreation room with a custom pool table, and a one-thousand-bottle wine cellar at the rear of the garage.” Walls of windows and sliding glass doors keep it bright and airy. It’s also quiet. “You don’t hear any traffic,” Burr adds. Additional unique features include a contemporary floor-to-ceiling corner living room fireplace, central air conditioning, and patio. For more information, contact listing agent Mary Burr of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty at (914) 441-6732 or visit www.juliabfee.com.
3. First-Time Homebuyers Land a New Home and a New Car
Realtors have always been creative when it comes to moving properties in difficult markets, but Dmitry Khorosh’s unique approach takes creativity to a new level. Does a new home and a prepaid two-year leased car sound enticing? Khorosh, listing agent and president of Dutchess- and Westchester-based New York Real Estate and Funding Solutions, is counting on it to attract potential first-time homebuyers to sign up for the last three condominium units in the 5 Minerva Place development in White Plains. The units (two two-bedroom and a single one-bedroom) range from $225,000 to $275,000. “They’re very nice units with state-of-the-art amenities, including Corian countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and energy-efficient geothermal heating,” says Khorosh. For Khorosh, it’s not just a clever and, hopefully effective, way to sell condos, it’s a way to give back. “My family came to the United States as political refugees from the Soviet Union,” Khorosh explains, recalling his emigration at age four.
“We were a family of four with only a hundred rubles each and had to start over. Strangers at Co-op City in the Bronx took us in without even knowing us. I’ll never forget that act of generosity. I want to keep the kindness going.” By offering a prepaid, 24-month lease for a Honda Civic or comparable energy-efficient car to qualifying buyers (funded by Khorosh’s commissions), Khorosh hopes to widen the affordable options for struggling renters who must choose between car payments (along with escalating gas prices) and home ownership. To qualify, potential buyers have to meet a $100,000 income ceiling and bank loan requirements. Khorosh says he and Alexander Roberts, executive director of Community Housing Innovations (developers of Minerva Place Condominiums) are hoping this creative promotion will lure potential buyers in their direction. The unique approach seems to be working—requests to see the property have been pouring in. For more information, contact listing agent Dmitry Khorosh at (914) 490-9433 or www.TheGoodRates.com, or Community Housing Innovations at (914) 683-1010, ext. 237, or www.chigrants.org.
4. Native Plant Pre-Sale
Considering our extended stretch of unusually warm weather, it’s natural for thoughts to turn to spring gardening. It’s also the perfect time to plan your garden, and to place orders through the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College (75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla). The February 17 deadline for the Center’s Annual Wildflower and Native Plant Pre-Sale is fast approaching. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the best of the bounty that spans from spring, summer, and fall blooms, to trees and shrubs to grasses and groundcovers, and everything in between. Order pick-up begins on April 25. Native Plant Center members are eligible for a discount on plant sales. For more information, copies of the pre-sale plant list, and order forms, call (914) 606-7876 or visit www.nativeplantcenter.org.
5. Quote of the Week
“The prices of oil, fuel, and the problems in the Middle East are trickling down and affecting everything from the cost of milk to toilet paper to pizza. People are concerned about whether they can afford to own a home. We hope renters will wake up and realize they have more options that are also affordable.” Dmitry Khorosh, president of New York Real Estate and Funding Solutions
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