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Bronxville Real Estate to Hold Seminar for Home Buyers, First-Time and Experienced, Thursday, October 29 PDF Print Email

By Leah Caro, President, Bronxville Real Estate

Oct. 28, 2015:  Bronxville Real Estate, in conjunction with Citi of Bronxville, will be hosting a seminar for home buyers in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library on Thursday, October 29, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Not just for the first-time home buyer, the experienced buyer will also benefit from learning what is new and different in the home-buying process. From mortgage application through the home search, inspections, contracts, and finally closing, the path to a home purchase has many steps. Let our panel of distinguished experts describe the process and answer your questions.

The panelists include Phillip Robles, Citi home lending specialist; Mary Leonard, real estate associate broker; Mark Aakjar, home inspector; and Jennifer Krucher, Esq.

RSVPs are not required. For more information, contact Leah Caro, president of Bronxville Real Estate, at 914-337-1234 or CLOAKING .

Admission is free, but the information is priceless.

Pictured here:  Leah Caro, president of Bronxville Real Estate.

Photo courtesy Leah Caro

Quarry Place, Under Construction at Midland Avenue near Tuckahoe Border, to Offer 108 Apartments PDF Print Email

By Carol P. Bartold     

Oct. 7, 2015:  Quarry Place, a mixed-use, two-structure development, is well under construction in Tuckahoe at the corner of Midland Avenue and Main Street, near the Bronxville border.

The 108-unit luxury apartment community will also include 3,500 square feet of street-level retail space.

Approved by the Tuckahoe Planning Board in October of 2012, ground was broken for the project in the spring of 2014.

There will be sixty-one one-bedroom and forty-seven two-bedroom units in the two structures at Quarry Place. Rents are expected to range from $2,500 to $5,500 per month but have not been set and marketing has not begun.

Quarry Place amenities will include a fitness center and yoga studio. The club room will offer a small kitchen, a fireplace, a flat-screen television, a billiard area, and a computer area. An outdoor terrace for residents will have a stone fireplace, an outdoor kitchen, seating areas, a water feature, and a shade trellis.

The 169-space underground parking garage for residents will have a green roof. The property will have an additional 19 outdoor parking spaces.

Developed by Roseland, a subsidiary of Mac-Cali Realty Corporation, together with Tuckahoe developer Mirado Properties and the Glenco Group, the $50 million project is expected to generate approximately $100,000 in property tax revenue for Tuckahoe.

No opening date has been set.

Pictured here:  Quarry Place, currently under construction. 

Photo by N. Bower

Kensington Road Development to Be Named 'VillaBXV'; Garage Scheduled to Open Summer 2016 PDF Print Email

By Carol P. Bartold

Oct. 7, 2015:  Known for years by Bronxville residents as the Kensington Road project, the 54-unit condominium residence with a below-grade parking structure currently under construction has been named VillaBXV.

Developers Fareri and Associates of Greenwich, Connecticut, are converting the former Brownfield site on Kensington Road parallel to the Metro-North Railroad from a potential liability to the village to a property that will generate revenue from two sources, property taxes and parking.

First to be completed and opened will be the 300-unit below-grade parking structure. Part of the site plan approved by the village stipulated that approximately 200 of the parking spaces in the garage be devoted to public use. Completion and opening of the parking garage is expected in the summer of 2016. The projected opening date for the condos is spring of 2017.

Challenged in January by Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. for potential housing discrimination against families with children on the basis of the project's design and description as targeted toward empty nesters, the developer and the village recently reached a settlement. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences and penthouses will no longer be targeted to a specific age group and will be marketed to all people.

Mayor Mary Marvin noted that a recent change in the village zoning code no longer provides for an age-targeted special permit.

VillaBXV blends a Mediterranean style with European architectural features and offers units ranging in size from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet. Penthouse units will have rooftop terraces, while garden level units will have patios.

Amenities will include a 24-hour concierge and direct access to the Metro-North Railroad platform via a private platform extension. The club room will feature a fireplace, a baby grand piano, a walk-in bar, game tables, and flat screen televisions. The fitness center will be outfitted with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

A preview sales center on Park Place in Bronxville, currently under construction, is scheduled to be opened mid-October.

Pictured here:  Current construction site on Kensington Road. 

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville Architect Maggie Marrone Renovates Pope's Quarters for Upcoming New York Visit PDF Print Email

By Carol P. Bartold

Sep. 16, 2015:  Thanks to Bronxville architect and resident Maggie Marrone, Pope Francis will have newly refurbished quarters to settle into when he arrives for his September 24-26 visit to New York City.

When the Pope's visit to the United States was announced in April, a friend of Marrone's who works for the Vatican at the United Nations tapped her to join the team renovating private areas of the residence of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, where Pope Francis will stay.

"It's a beautiful brownstone," Marrone said about the five-story, almost-11,000-square-foot, neo-Renaissance Upper East Side townhouse, "but it definitely needed updating and it's a fast-paced renovation that we did."

In recognition of her contribution to making Pope Francis's stay in New York comfortable, Marrone will have an audience with the Holy Father in the residence on Friday, September 25, before he addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Marrone was involved in the architectural work to update three bathrooms, including one that the Pope will use during his visit, and a kitchen. She also designed cabinetry for the kitchen as well as a desk and storage area. "That was the extent of architectural work," she explained. The rest of the renovation involved interior design.

Marrone added that the Pope's bedroom, some private sitting rooms, and quarters on the fifth floor have been redesigned. Members of the Swiss Guard, Pope Francis's security detail, will stay in those upstairs rooms.

"I also got involved in doing things I don't usually do, like moving furniture around and picking out light fixtures," Marrone said. "The house has beautiful antique furniture but things needed to be rearranged to look the best for the Pope's visit."

Marrone praised the team of designers and contractors involved in the renovation. "The Vatican has quite a team; their representative is amazing. Everyone from the talented interior designer to the contractors was organized and did a superb job," she said.

The house, built in the 1890s and deeded to the Archbishop of New York in 1975, is a very interesting and spectacular structure, Marrone noted, with high ceilings and moldings and a chapel on an upper floor, but not the most livable space because of all the stairs. "It's definitely from another era," she said. The house was the residence of Hugh J. Grant, mayor of New York from 1889 until 1892.

An art major at Holy Cross University, Ms. Marrone studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career working for large architectural firms and moved to residential renovation and addition work when she started a family. "I've been working for over 30 years in this field," she said. "This work for the Vatican was a nice change of pace for me."

Pictured here:  Bronxville architect Maggie Marrone. 

Photo courtesy Maggie Marrone

Priscilla Toomey: In Matters of Real Estate, Don't Become Too Dependent on Technology PDF Print Email

By Priscilla Toomey, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty

Sep. 9, 2015:  With all the technology we have available today, it is perhaps surprising that effective communication, which is essential to the success of a real estate transaction, has become such a challenge. Or is it because of all that technology?

We have come to depend on technology to autocorrect for us, but it cannot proofread for us. We have come to depend on it, via Google and other search engines, to find information for us, but it cannot think for us. We have come to depend on it to communicate for us, but it cannot convey inflection and tone the way the human voice can.

Technology is there for us 24/7 and if we use it enough and wisely, in conjunction with other important forms of communication that technology cannot replace, namely, human interaction, whether face to face or by phone, it can speed up information, clarification, and resolution. 

To accomplish that goal, we need to proofread, not solely rely on autocorrect and spellcheck. And we need to use technology as a necessary partner of, not as a substitute for, face-to-face and live-voice interaction (such as phone contact). We also need to keep it regular and relevant. That way our real estate and other transactions will be more efficient, more effective, and more successful.

Pictured here:  Priscilla Toomey, licensed associate real estate broker, JD, ABR, Top5, certified EcoBroker, SRES with Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty, 2 Park Place, Bronxville, NY 10708; cell, 914-559-8084; e-mail,  CLOAKING .

Photo courtesy Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty

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