The rise of craft beer has had a huge impact on communities all over the country, as new breweries are starting up all the time. However, breweries offer so much more than beer! They provide a unique atmosphere often filled with local art, great food, games, and entertainment.
It just so happens we have some of New York's best breweries right here in Westchester County. If you're looking for a laid-back atmosphere and delicious beer, and want to support local businesses, our REALTORS® recommend a visit to one of these fantastic local breweries:
We all strive for a fresh, clean-smelling interior, but odors inside the home are difficult to prevent. Many homeowners assume the odors in their homes are simply "an old house smell," but the truth is, all odors have a source or an underlying cause. Most smells are caused by mold or mildew, high levels of humidity, or a lack of ventilation.
To help your home smell fresh, Our REALTORS® always recommend eliminating the source of the smell first. There are some simple things you can do around the house on a regular basis to keep foul odors at bay. Here are some of our recommendations:
Finding the right home can spark feelings of relief, excitement, and anxiety all at once. Once you know a home is the right fit, many of our clients want to act fast. However, first-time homebuyers are often unfamiliar with the process and don't know how to go about making an offer. Luckily, our REALTORS® are here to help.
There are lots of steps to making an offer, many of which you should start prior to home shopping. If you just discovered your perfect home, here is how to approach crafting the right offer:
If you're like our REALTORS®, deciding what to have for dinner can be a big challenge. Plus, all of the amazing restaurants around Westchester County do not make the situation any easier, either. However, you can never go wrong with a savory bowl of fried rice. The combination of rice, eggs, vegetables, meat, and spices always hits the spot! Fried rice is so versatile, you can order it mild, spicy, Chinese-style, Thai-style, and with any choice of meat.
If you're trying to figure out what to have for dinner, order some fried rice from a good local Chinese, Japanese, or Thai restaurant. Here are some of our favorite options around Westchester County.
Choosing the right time to sell your home is a complicated decision, with many important questions you'll need to answer along the way. There are numerous personal, financial, and economic factors you'll need to consider. Your real estate agent can serve as a valuable resource to help you navigate these complexities and make the right decision, so it's essential to find the right one.
Our REALTORS® have an in-depth understanding of the market and are experts at helping create the most effective home selling strategies. Here are some of the best questions our potential clients ask when determining if we're a good fit:
If you're looking for ways to enjoy this summer's final weekends, why not pack up some food, grab your friends and family, and head on over to your favorite Westchester County Park for a picnic? Picnics are a great way to get some sun and fresh air, plus our area's natural beauty can't be beat. It helps set the perfect backdrop for a picnic and also makes our local parks so special.
Our REALTORS® love picnicking on the weekends, and we've become quite the experts on our local parks and amenities. Here are our six favorite Westchester County picnic spots this year:
So you've made it all the way through the home buying process, and the closing is finally behind you. Congratulations! Now you have one more step: moving into your brand-new home.
Moving can be hectic, even under the best of circumstances. Coordinating so many different tasks can be tricky. However, Our REALTORS® have found that careful planning and preparation are the keys to managing the chaos. If you're getting ready to move into your new home, here is a quick list of mistakes you'll want to avoid during the process:
Considering a move to The Big Apple, but don't want to deal with the bustling city life of Manhattan? Westchester County is the perfect option for families who love the charming small town vibe but also want to maintain close proximity to the city. You'll find beautiful homes and calm, easy living across a number of our historic communities. If you do decide you'd like to get out and experience all excitement of city life, Manhattan is just a 30-minute train ride away.
There are many reasons why Westchester County is considered one of the best places to live in America. Since Our REALTORS® are always telling clients about all the great things Westchester County has to offer, we thought we'd share a few with you:
Our REALTORS® have been busy spending weekends grilling and relaxing on the patio this summer, so we're constantly thinking of new ways to improve our outdoor space. Beautifully maintained landscaping and a comfortable porch or patio can make your outdoor space more relaxing, and it can also make your home more attractive when it comes time to sell. It's definitely worth the investment.
If you're looking for new ways to make your exterior and landscaping shine this summer, here are some great tips:
Take a step back in time, and learn all about the rich history of Westchester County through our area's many historical sites. Learning about an area's history can give you a deeper understanding and greater appreciation for its culture.
A house is one of life's biggest expenses, and the idea of saving up for one can be daunting. Figuring out how much to save in the first place can be a challenge too. In addition to a monthly mortgage payment, closing on a home requires buyers to bring a significant amount of funding to the table.
Your home is among your most valuable assets, so when it comes time to sell, you naturally want to do everything in your power to maximize your return on investment. Even small actions can have a huge impact on your sale price, especially in today's hot real estate market. Fortunately, the steps for a successful home sale are fairly straightforward and have been proven effective time and time again.
When our clients ask how they can get the best return on their home sale, our REALTORS® always recommend the following actions:
They call poetry the language of the soul, and for a good reason. It's one of the most beautiful art forms in existence. Poetry creates a strong connection between words and human emotion and helps us understand complex topics as well as the intricacies of the English language.
April is National Poetry Month, and Our REALTORS® are using this opportunity to discover new poets and appreciate the old, all while exploring some of Westchester County's wonderful bookstores. Thanks to our area's rich culture, we're home to some of the country's best independent bookstores. Here is a quick list of shops you can visit this April:
Gardening season is finally upon us. As winter finally rolls to an end, our REALTORS® are already busy gathering gardening supplies and preparing for the warm weather. Creating the perfect spring garden requires a lot of work and preparation, so we often spend the last couple of weeks of cold weather getting everything in order. Things can get busy when planting time comes around, so it never hurts to start early.
To help you get ready for gardening season, here is a quick list of things you can do now to prepare:
Our REALTORS® are already busy making breakfast plans for March 25th in celebration of Waffle Day. Whether you're in need of a filling meal or looking for a sweet treat, waffles can fit either need! Waffles are so versatile; you can make them any way you like. We love them with a slightly crispy exterior, warm fluffy interior, and topped with delicious syrup and butter.
Home renovation projects are a good way to increase your property value and earn a higher ROI when it comes time to sell. Updates and upgrades come in all shapes and sizes and often selecting, organizing, and prioritizing them can be a challenge.
While DIY home improvement projects can save you a lot of money, they can also be complicated and time-consuming. Whether you're looking to finish the basement, replace a roof, or add new flooring, our REALTORS® always recommend bringing a sense of order and organization to your home renovation projects to keep you on track. Here are some tips to help you along the way:
If you're looking for a good way to cope with the winter chill this year, might we suggest a warm bowl of soup? January is National Soup Month, so now is the time to head out and enjoy a delicious bowl of soup at your favorite Westchester Restaurant. Soup is so versatile — whether it's French Onion, Chicken Noodle, or Broccoli & Cheese, our REALTORS® have so many favorites that they could easily eat soup every night of the week. Here are some of our top recommendations for soup destinations in Westchester County:
If an interior redesign is one of your New Year's resolutions, the 2022 colors of the year are a good place to start. Every December, major paint manufacturers select a single color that best represents the current time period. Many of the 2022 colors of the year have a vibrant and playful tone to match the joy and happiness associated with what will hopefully be our final transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our REALTORS® were inspired by some of the beautiful color schemes in these Bronxville homes for sale, which made us begin to think about next year's popular design trends. Here are some of our favorite selections for the 2022 colors of the year.
It's always fun to see what colors and design trends emerge each year. If you're looking to revamp a particular room in your house, contact us for some interior design tips!
A classic American dish coupled with a good beer and a nice restaurant... is there any better way to warm up this winter?
One of the best things about American cuisine is it often combines flavors and preparation styles that span multiple cultures into a single dish. Whether you're in the mood for burgers, chicken, chops, seafood, or pizza, you'll find all the best American cuisine right here in the greater New York area. Bronxville has a ton of fantastic classic American restaurants. Here are some top destinations from our REALTORS®.
Interior decorating is a favorite wintertime activity for our REALTORS®, and we've become quite the pros when it comes to sprucing up our mantles. Your fireplace and mantle are the centers and focal points of your entire living room, which is why it's always a good idea to get your decor just right.
Bird feeding is a great way to bring nature and beauty to your backyard. Our REALTORS® love setting up feeders right next to a window and watching all the beautiful birds come around.
While bird feeders are popular in the spring and summer, did you know you can keep birds coming into your yard throughout the winter too? Many local birds rely on neighborhood feeders in the wintertime when food is scarce. With the right feeder and right food, it's easy to bring a variety of birds to your yard this winter. Here are some tips:
Known for their versatility and deliciousness, sandwiches are the quintessential American meal. Whether you like them hot or cold, everybody has their own unique favorite combination of bread, meat, cheese, and veggies.
Did you know National Sandwich Day is November 3? Talk about a great opportunity to head out and grab your favorite signature sandwich, sub, or wrap. New York is famous for its deli-style sandwiches, so our REALTORS® thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a list of our favorite sandwich destinations around Westchester County.
The junk drawer can be the most terrifying place in the house, even for the most organized of homeowners. The junk drawer is just as its name would indicate: a place for things that don't have a home but that you don't necessarily want to get rid of. Most junk drawers contain some combination of tools, office supplies, matches, rewards cards, but you truly never know what you're going to find.
Organizing your junk drawer can have real benefits — it can help you eliminate unwanted clutter, easily locate items, and can even help bring you peace of mind. If you're looking to bring order to the chaos of your junk drawer, our REALTORS® have a few tips for how to approach it:
With beautiful fall foliage and crisp autumn weather setting the scene for your fun fall activities, there is no better place to enjoy the season than Westchester County. People from all over the world travel to our area to truly get the best autumn experience. Our local communities host so many fall events, so our REALTORS® have been busy planning weekend activities throughout October and November. These five destinations made the top of this year's list:
Not all learning takes place in the classroom. In fact, spending the day at your favorite art, history, or science museum is one of the best ways to broaden your knowledge. Museums have a huge impact on the cultural and educational development in every community. Luckily, many of Westchester County's wonderful neighborhoods have some fascinating museums. If you're looking to immerse yourself in a day-long educational journey, our REALTORS® recommend a visit to one of these fantastic West Chester County museums:
Electronics and appliances are at the center of our day-to-day home lives, and it can be difficult to function without them. Therefore, protecting them from electrical surges is important. In reality, home power surges occur dozens of times each day, which is why it's so important not to be caught off guard. Our REALTORS® are always stressing the importance of electrical safety, so we thought it'd be a great idea to share some information to help you protect your home and expensive electronics.
Located just north of Manhattan, Bronxville is a small village located in Westchester County. With its proximity to downtown and affluent population, the community is widely considered one of the best suburbs in America. The village has a quaint small town English charm and some of the most beautiful architecture in Westchester County.
Our REALTORS® meet people from all over the world who move to Bronxville, and here are some of the top reasons people are choosing to call this community home:
Coming up with unique designs for your family photos is one of the best ways to decorate any living space. Not only does it allow you to see and remember your loved ones, but you can also create some stunning looks with family photo arrangements. The best part is, there are so many different ways to display your photos, so you can truly let your creativity take hold. Our REALTORS® noticed some beautiful family photo arrangements when touring these Bronxville homes for sale, so we thought we'd share some interesting ideas for how to put your pictures on display.
Summer is in full swing, which means ample opportunities to get out and enjoy beautiful Westchester County. Nothing beats a cool, delicious ice cream cone after a long day in the sun. Whether it's a warm summer date night or an excuse to escape the heat, everyone loves an excuse to go get ice cream. Luckily, there are many great ice cream shops in our area serving up a wide selection of your favorite flavors. Below is a list of local shops where our REALTORS® love grabbing an ice cream cone after a full day in the sun.
Minimalist decor has been a trend for quite a while because of its clean lines, simple design, and neutral colors that appeal to almost everyone. Other people appreciate the ultra-organized, clutter-free approach minimalist style entails. For these reasons, minimalist decor is the perfect style to adopt when you're trying to sell your home. It's also good if you've just moved into a new home since you can probably spend less time and money on furniture and decorating. But how do you use minimalist decor in Bronxville homes for sale while still having enough personality and appeal? Our REALTORS® offer these tips to make the most of minimalist decor in your home.
One of the best parts about living in Westchester County is having the opportunity to spend the day in one of our beautiful local downtown areas. If you're looking to get out and explore, New Rochelle should be at the top of your list. Here you'll find a beautiful community filled with history, art, shopping, and dining. One of our REALTORS® favorite things about downtown New Rochelle is the numerous family-owned shops and restaurants that make up our local economy.
If exploring downtown New Rochelle is on your list of things to do this summer, make sure these five local businesses are on your list:
Upon entering your home, your foyer (also known as an entryway) is one of the first areas that greets guests and your family. Our REALTORS® know that creating an organized, aesthetically appealing space helps initiate a positive first impression. Here are tips to help you transform your foyer.
May is officially National Hamburger Month, so it's a great excuse to get out of the house, grab a burger, and try a new local restaurant. One of the best things about burgers is that they're so customizable, so they can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of taste preferences or dietary restrictions. There are so many Westchester restaurants known for their delicious burgers, but our REALTORS® selected five of their favorite burger joints in the area:
The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and it's time to coax your garden out of its winter dormancy. Gardening is a year-round treat, but spring brings something special. You're kneeling in the mud, sowing seeds, pulling out weeds, and pruning your plants while the fresh, light fragrances of spring delight your nose and the soft sunlight warms your back. Spring gardening may be overwhelming, but it's nothing your pent-up winter energy can't handle. That said, it's time to pull out the tools, get the supplies, and get to work. Our REALTORS® are green-thumbed and compiled the following tips for getting your garden green and beautiful before summer arrives.
Few forms of expression are as impactful as poetry. Through words and rhyming techniques, poetry helps us explore emotions and also develop a true understanding of the English language. Since April is National Poetry Month, it's a good opportunity to get together with friends or family, discuss your favorite writings, and celebrate your favorite authors. Our REALTORS® love living in an area that has cultural significance. Not only does Westchester County have a rich literary history, it was also the home of former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
Has your bedroom become boring or uninspired? Don't worry because it's easy to turn it around and create a space that feels fresh and inviting. Our REALTORS® love these techniques to get great results on a budget. These strategies are great for those considering selling their home and attracting potential buyers. Here's how you change the look and feel of your current bedroom.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in Westchester County, it's also the most delicious. Some of our favorite local restaurants pride themselves on their healthy, delicious breakfasts — and residents love them. Whether you enjoy pancakes and eggs, or oatmeal and yogurt, Westchester County restaurants have breakfast options for everyone.
Our REALTORS® love starting their day by spending quality time with family around breakfast, so they compiled a list of the top breakfast spots in Westchester County.
When it comes to interior decorating, never underestimate the power of a good rug. When a well-placed rug of the right shape, size, and design is added to a room, it can dramatically impact the space's layout and balance. However, choosing the right rug isn't always an easy process. Furthermore, rugs can be expensive, so you'll want to pick one you can live with for many years.
A home gym can be a great convenience, allowing you to work out at any time using the equipment of your choice. You'll avoid having to drive to and from a gym and having to wait for equipment. And in this continued time of social distancing, you'll feel safer by working out at home.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following steps to help you decide which type of home gym is right for you:
Contact us at Park Sterling Realty for more information about how a home gym can not only benefit you while you own your Westchester County area home but also when it comes time to sell. We'll know how to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Staging your home for viewing is an art unto itself. You want your home to feel like a home, but in a way that makes it possible for other people to view it as their home. Presenting your home for sale means that you have to view your home how a potential buyer might see it. Our REALTORS® are experienced in the art of pairing homes and buyers, but knowing what potential buyers notice first about your home will make your home-selling process much smoother.
Winter is on its way to Westchester, which means the holidays will be here before we know it. Our REALTORS® agree that it's been a tough year for everyone and that good tidings mixed with some holiday cheer will brighten our spirits. Though holiday events will look a little different this year, you can still enjoy a magical evening with your family by driving to see these stunning holiday light displays around Westchester.
Santa's not the only one who loves cookies during the holidays. These iconic treats are so popular that Cookie Day is celebrated each year. On Friday, December 4, join our REALTORS® by indulging your sweet tooth at these wonderful bakeries around Westchester.
What's your favorite ending to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner? According to Reader's Digest, chances are good it's one of the classic holiday trifecta of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple pie.
Our REALTORS® think this year calls for starting some new traditions. Give family and friends a tasty surprise with one or more of these creative, non-pie Thanksgiving desserts.
Nothing says October in Westchester County like colorful leaves and scary stories. Once Halloween time rolls around, it can be a lot of fun to learn about local myths and legends. For those who don't mind a little scare, our REALTORS® compiled a list of Westchester County destinations with haunted histories. If you're brave enough, driving by these spooky locations can be a fun activity with friends or even a Halloween date night idea.
While the normal round of festive Halloween social activities may be shut down this fall, you can still make the most of the spooky season by decorating your front porch with pumpkins, scarecrows, scary cats, and whatever suits your fancy.
For most of us, decorating the front of our homes involves a frightful (or it could be friendly) jack o' lantern. Most likely you're an old hand at carving, but if you're not, here are some instructions to make yours stand out among all your neighbors' efforts. If you're looking to attract the attention of Westchester County homeowners, buyers and sellers, read on and get carving.
You're not alone if you're feeling a bit cooped up and hemmed in right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has many people looking for a quick and easy escape from the daily routine.
Our REALTORS® understand your desire to get away, and we're fielding plenty of calls from people eager to buy a little slice of heaven they can retreat to and enjoy.
While a vacation home can be a great investment, it's not something you should rush into purchasing. There are many considerations to think over, and the following are some things you should keep at the forefront of your thoughts.
With autumn just around the corner, it's not too early to start making your weekend plans to see some of the beautiful local fall foliage. After all, Westchester County is one of the best places to truly experience the changing leaves. Our REALTORS® pulled together a short list of some of the best places for leaf peeping around the area:
Who doesn't love eating outdoors? With an outdoor kitchen, you can spend your summer cooking, eating, and relaxing outside while maximizing your vitamin D intake.
Not only can outdoor kitchens can make for a great family gathering space, they can significantly increase your overall home value as well. With so many people spending more time at home, it's no wonder outdoor kitchens have become an increasingly popular project in 2020.
However, building a luxury outdoor kitchen is an expensive home renovation project. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the typical cost of an outdoor kitchen is $13,000, and 22% of homeowners invest in high-end kitchens that cost upwards of $30,000. With such a large investment, it's important to do things right. Our REALTORS® have provided the following tips to help ensure your luxury outdoor kitchen doesn't fall short.
Think digital music left vinyl records in the rearview mirror? As our REALTORS® know, modern methods can't match the superior sound reproduction of vinyl. Celebrate National Vinyl Record Day on Wednesday, August 12 by taking a spin out to one of these fascinating record stores around Westchester.
Most homeowners know what to do to make their homes sell at an optimum price. You need to declutter, depersonalize, repaint, fix your appliances, etc. But you're still living in that house and as such, you're bound to slip into panic mode when you receive a short notice call from a prospective buyer, even if it's a virtual tour only. Fortunately for you, our REALTORS® have shared seven last-minute staging suggestions to help you set up your property for sale and avoid the panic.
Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. We asked our REALTORS® about their favorite outdoor activities, and riding bike trails topped the list. It's not surprising since there are so many great trails in the Westchester area. Here are a few that we recommend.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives in many ways, but the most obvious is that it has contained us in our homes for months. A calamity of this scale means lasting changes in the way we live and work. If you're planning on selling your home, our REALTORS® recommend adding the following in-demand features.
Arguably the favorite holiday of the year of our REALTORS®, National Donut Day arrives on June 5th. To mark the occasion, we're highlighting some of our favorite local donut shops in Westchester County.
Our REALTORS® have been hard at work making sure Westchester County homeowners have access to the resources they need for selling success. At a time like this, that especially means their homes need to be empowered with a great online listing.
Online house listings have been growing in importance over the last few years. However, they have never been more critical than they are now. As old-fashioned home marketing methods are falling by the wayside, the online listing makes or breaks your sale.
Let's take a closer look at what makes a listing work.
While sheltering in place, it's important to find activities to help you pass the time. One activity to explore is making some improvements to your home. Whether you plan to call our REALTORS® to sell your property or you're happy in your home, a few projects can overhaul your home's appearance.
It's a misconception that home improvement projects always require a lot of materials with a hefty price tag and multiple trips to the store. Check out a few easy home improvements you can make without leaving the safety of your home.
Westchester County has a long and exciting history dating back to pre-colonial times. Whether you're in town searching for Mahopac homes for sale or helping your family move into Eastchester homes for sale, our REALTORS® invite all visitors and future residents of Westchester County to learn more about the area. Here are eight fun facts about Westchester we bet that you didn't know!
Today, the Westchester County area is known as a fantastic place to shop for a family home, and that has been true for some of New York's most prominent families dating back more than two centuries. There's an unusually high concentration of preserved, historic estates in local communities, which our REALTORS®, local residents, and countless visitors have enjoyed touring for many years. Get a taste of local history, by taking an Instagram tour of the five fabulous estates on our list of historic Westchester County homes.
Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate – 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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Home to the famed Rockefeller family for four generations, Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate is a truly stunning historic landmark located in Westchester County. Originally home to oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, this property sets a standard for luxury. The art collections alone are enough to rival many museums, and the outdoor gardens still rank as some of the most stunning that New York has to offer.
Have you ever watched a scene from a movie, and had the feeling that you've been to that location before? If you live in the Westchester County area, that's no coincidence! As Westchester residents and our REALTORS® know, local communities have been popular filming sites for big-name movies for more than 60 years. Learn more with our guide to six filming locations around Westchester, and then watch the movies filmed at each destination.
Playland Park – 1 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580
Did you know that one of the most famous scenes in the Tom Hanks smash-hit Big was filmed around the corner from Rye City homes for sale? The amusement park featured in the film is called Playland Park, and it has been delighting visitors since 1928! The park is still in operation today and includes a museum that includes the park's fascinating local history.
Spring break is right around the corner, and our REALTORS® are certainly excited about it. And as thrilled as we are to see all our kids out of school for a week, we understand that it's a double-edged sword. We love them of course, but boy do they tire us out! Be sure to check out these destinations in the Westchester County area, where kids can burn off some energy, and families can enjoy some fun and games together.
The Pantone Color of The Year 2020 is Classic Blue; a timeless, calm, and soothing hue that takes its cue from the sky at dusk. Blue is plenty comfortable being a favorite of many people. Classic blue is not only trending, but it has stood the test of time. Some studies show that it's the world's most popular color. In the real estate world, Classic Blue is appearing everywhere from guest baths to kitchen islands to living room walls. So, if you're looking to sell your home in 2020, you may want to embrace the year's cool blue hue to set a relaxing tone and attract more buyers. Our REALTORS® have suggestions for how you can add classic touches to your home.
Some duos were just meant to be. Think Han Solo and Chewbacca, peanut butter and jelly, and bagels and lox. In honor of National Bagel and Lox Day on Sunday, February 9, order this classic combo at one of these wonderful Westchester County shops recommended by our REALTORS®.
National Blueberry Pancake Day is observed on Jan. 28, so what better time to brighten up your week than with a stack of these delicious breakfast treats? Our REALTORS® suggest treating yourself to blueberry pancakes at one of the following popular restaurants as you explore the area:
There's a lot of home-selling advice out there, and unfortunately, many sellers feel like they can only be successful if they sell during spring or summer. But the truth is, houses can and do sell at any time of year. And if you get your home ready for buyers, our REALTORS® can work with you to get your house sold. Decluttering, cleaning, and making repairs should always be your first steps, no matter when you sell. Then add these winter home sale tips to impress buyers.
Are you hosting a New Year's Eve Party this year? After you've gathered the noise-makers, party hats and champagne, don't forget that you'll need a lot of finger foods too! Our REALTORS® suggest that you head to one of these Westchester County cheese shops to make sure you've got a delicious spread for an unforgettable night.
The keys to a new home are among the best presents you can put under the tree this holiday season. While many people put their search for a home on hold over the holidays, the fact is that this is one of the best times to purchase property. As you think over your options, our REALTORS® want you to consider the following five advantages of shopping for a home over the holidays.
For the men and women who serve in the military, America is more than just the land of the free and the home of the brave. It's a nation where the brave can secure a VA loan to buy a home of their own. VA loans make homeownership affordable for active-duty soldiers and veterans. If you're a soldier, spouse, or veteran, the following are some things our REALTORS® want you to know about VA loans.
What's your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? No matter how you love to celebrate the season, one thing's for certain—it's always a good idea to leave some room for pie. The Westchester County area is home to an amazing collection of locally owned bakeries, serving some of the best pies you'll find anywhere. If you're looking for the perfect dessert to bring to your Thanksgiving meal, you're in luck. Our REALTORS® have all the delicious details on 6 great bakeries where you can pick up a pie (or two!) for Thanksgiving this year.
Fleetwood Pastry Shop – 561 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10552
Shopping for pie close to Mount Vernon homes for sale? Head for Fleetwood Pastry Shop, which specializes in creating amazing cakes, pies, and pastries for all of your favorite occasions. Family owned and operated, Fleetwood Pastry Shop relies on classic recipes honed over decades of experience to produce its diverse collection of baked goods. Call ahead to customize your holiday treat, or pick up something pre-made from the shop anytime.
Buying a new home comes with a lot of details, but one of the most important is getting homeowners insurance that covers your home, your family, and your possessions. Getting the right insurance coverage can be challenging, but our REALTORS® know just what you'll need and how to get what you need. Here's our guide to homeowner insurance:
Styles come and go, but classic furnishings and accessories retain a timeless appeal that suits any decor. Dress up your Westchester County home with antique treasures from these funky and fabulous shops recommended by our REALTORS®.
The colorful fall foliage can create a picturesque backdrop on your property, but you'll want to include more than nature's beauty in your curb appeal efforts. Improving curb appeal will get the attention of buyers for Bronxville homes for sale and make them want to see all your home has to offer. Our REALTORS® have some suggestions for how you can make a big impact with buyers.
For people who are allergic to gluten or sensitive to it, a strict gluten-free diet can be essential to good health. So important, in fact, that dining away from home can be risky business. If you or a family member is among their number, chances are that you have a few trusted restaurants in your area that you visit regularly. But what to do if you must be away from home? If you're in our area—perhaps shopping Bronxville homes for sale—we can help. Here's where to dine without worry in and around Westchester County:
PopoJito Med-Mex Kitchen, 46 Christie Place, Scarsdale
PopoJito Med-Mex Kitchen is the place to eat if your Westchester-area home shopping itinerary includes viewing Scarsdale homes for sale. This popular local eatery is 100 percent gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and uses locally sourced ingredients to craft their healthy and delicious menu of Mediterranean classics with a Mexican twist.
One of the best pieces of advice our REALTORS® can offer about buying a home is to determine your budget before you start looking. Understanding what you can afford will narrow your search, and keep you from falling head-over-heels for a house that's outside your price range.
But it's easy to misunderstand what your price range truly is. Buying a home comes with costs that aren't necessarily reflected in the asking price alone. So keep an eye out for these additional homeownership costs, and don't let them trip you up!
Looking for an escape from the city with stunning views of the Hudson and NYC skyline? Just a short metro ride from Manhattan, Hastings-on-Hudson is a quaint village with fabulous restaurants, shops, a bustling farmer's market on Saturdays, and a welcoming, tight-knit community. Our REALTORS® know just where to eat and what to do in this special little town. So grab a bite and take a walk or ride through its winding hills and tree-lined streets to check out Hastings-on-Hudson homes for sale.
Families grow and change over time. The house that once met your needs may longer have enough space. When you've outgrown your home, you have two options: build on to your existing house or look at Bronxville homes for sale. Each option gives your family more living space, but which one is best? Here are a few things you should consider when you're deciding whether to add on or move on.
Mom always said breakfast is the most important meal, but who has the time? Fortunately, blueberry muffins are tasty, portable, and pair nicely with a cup of coffee. Celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day with a trip to one of these wonderful bakeries that are favorites of our REALTORS®.
Utility bills are a top concern for home buyers as they decide which Bronxville homes for sale are best suited for their needs. Moreover, the rising tide of eco-consciousness throughout New York means that home buyers are interested in more than just how much an energy-efficient home can save them each month. Home sellers in Westchester County whose home features eco-friendly design and features have an appeal to buyers that gives them an advantage when the "For Sale" sign goes up in the front yard.
Father's Day will be here before you know it, and you don't want to find yourself buying a last-minute greeting card that morning. Maybe this year it's a good time to plan some real time with Dad for Father's day, and what better way than playing a round of golf together?
If you're looking for a great place to play golf on Father's Day, you're in luck. Westchester County is home to some truly extraordinary courses, and these are some of our real estate agents' favorites.
Staying on top of real estate trends can help you reap real rewards when you decide to put your home on the market. Incorporating technology, a modern color palette, and up-to-date design features on the exterior of your home creates an irresistible curb appeal. This helps your home stand out among the many fantastic Bronxville homes for sale. To help your home rise to the top of home buyers' lists, the following are exterior features that prospective home buyers are willing to pay top dollar to have around their home.
Are you looking for a memorable way to celebrate Mother's Day this year? Our REALTORS® recommend treating the special women in your life to a delicious Mother's Day brunch.
Whether you're still checking out Bronxville homes for sale in search of your dream home or you've lived here for years, there's bound to be a few local brunch spots you haven't tried yet. Choose a restaurant from this list of our favorites, and you won't be disappointed!
If you're planning on selling your home this year, you're probably already thinking about what you'll do to get ready for buyers. Everyone wants to make the best impression possible, and our REALTORS® often get asked for suggestions. One of the things that always tops everyone's list is paint. Some fresh paint indoors and out can go a long way toward getting your home sold at the price you want.
Painting is a necessary first step in staging your home. It lets buyers know you've been taking care of the property and keeping up with maintenance. It's also inexpensive compared to other updates and noticed immediately when you walk into a room. So painting provides a lot of value for your maintenance dollar.
There are some situations where you really have to paint. If you've patched walls, have a mural or themed room, or if there's any writing or residue on the walls, you'll need to make painting a top priority.
Probably the most important reason to paint is that buyers expect it. Other Bronxville homes for sale are going to have fresh paint. If yours doesn't, your home stands out, but not in a good way.
Art is about quality, not quantity. Nestled close among the many charming Tarrytown homes for sale is a perfect jewel of an art find, the legendary Union Church of Pocantico Hills. For art lovers and addicts of delightful discovery, this country church (it still holds regular Sunday services; all are welcome) is worth a wondrous detour. Union Church is home to nine stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse's final artwork.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. designed and had built Union Church in 1921, and though a church, it functioned very much as an extension of the Rockefeller name.
In 1948 Nelson Rockefeller honored his mother, patron of the arts Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, by commissioning art from two fabulously original and famous European artists, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Chagall was a French-Russian artist known for his joyful, humanistic modern art. He dealt fluidly in painting, book illustration, stage design, ceramics, and chinaware, and much more. Chagall was as comfortable producing the intimate, sun-drenched stained glass for Union Church in Pocantico Hills, as he was completing the heroically scaled pieces for the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Did you know that almost every home buyer begins their journey by researching homes online? With so much information available on the internet, it's no surprise that buyers spend plenty of time browsing homes for sale, checking out potential neighborhoods, and looking up details about homes that have caught their eye. If you're listing your home for sale in 2019, it's extremely likely that your buyer will have seen your listing online before visiting your home in person.
With so many beautiful Bronxville homes for sale, how do you make sure yours stands out from the crowd? Hiring a professional photographer to take stunning images of your home is the key to attracting serious buyers. Here's why.
Visitors to the Lyndhurst mansion are equally in awe of the magnificent structure and its spectacular surroundings. Very often, those same visitors begin searching for Tarrytown homes for sale, drawn by the beauty of the Hudson Valley, the mighty Hudson River, and the charming history.
Though hard to believe when viewing the Gothic Revival mansion now, Lyndhurst started as a modest two-story country villa for the former mayor of New York City, William Paulding.
Architect Alexander Jackson Davis used the popular romantic movement of the time, so often seen in Hudson Valley paintings, to create in stone what other artists created in oils and words. The Gothic Revival style seen in what was "The Knoll" still captures the imagination today.
An open house puts your home on center stage for buyers to see it in all of its glory and to visualize their new life in your old home. For that to happen, though, there is some prep work to make the house feel more like a home to buyers. Our REALTORS® have put together this list of 7 tips to prepare your Yonkers home for an open house.
February 14th will soon be here, and who doesn't love celebrating Valentine's Day with a romantic dinner out? If you're looking for the perfect place to take your sweetie, our REALTORS® at Park Sterling Realty have five delicious gems to share.
If you've been working with our REALTORS® to find a new home in Bronxville, you're probably aware of how many dining and entertainment options the area has to offer. While exploring your new neighborhood is part of the adventure, it's also great to have the inside scoop on some of the area's most popular destinations.
Visiting the best coffee shops in Bronxville will have you feeling like a local in no time. To help you get started, we've compiled a list of our favorite places to grab a cup of Joe.
When it comes to Yonkers homes for sale, our real estate agents know what to look for. There are many good reasons to be excited about a new home in Yonkers. Packed with beauty and full of world-class amenities, the area is widely known for its deep and fascinating history.
Yonkers is one of the safest cities in the United States and has been the home of luminaries in the arts, literature, and sciences. That includes such famous figures as Ella Fitzgerald.
Residents and community leaders of Yonkers have worked hard over the years to ensure its history is preserved for the future. That's why newcomers to Yonkers can still enjoy a range of wonderful museums and structures that have defined the area for centuries. Among the many historic homes still in a pristine state stands the John Bond Trevor House.
Yonkers' special charm has attracted people from all over the United States since the start. Some come here to retire, while others have delivered their greatest contributions to humanity from here.