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June
20

Westchester County has a rich history that goes back centuries. Here are the best places to discover it.

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.

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June
6

If you want to buy a home, you'll need to first set aside some funds. Here's how to figure out how much you'll need.

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. 

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May
3

Selling a home and getting the price you want takes a lot of finesse. Here's how you can sell your property like a pro.

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:

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April
18

April is National Poetry Month, making it the perfect time to go explore and show some support to your local bookstores.

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:

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April
4

Gardening season is just about here, so we put together some pointers that will ensure you have a beautiful garden through summer.

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:

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March
21

Light, fluffy waffles are the perfect treat on the right morning. Here's where you can find them throughout Westchester County.

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.

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March
7

Home renovations can take a lot of energy out of you, which is why it's important to stay organized. Here's how you can keep up with all your projects.

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:

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February
21

Local Mexican restaurants are a staple in any community. Here's where you can find great Mexican cuisine in Westchester County.

Is there a better snack than a warm, crunchy tortilla chip? It's a favorite of Our REALTORS®, who love having lunch or dinner at some of our wonderful Westchester County Mexican restaurants.

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February
7

Finding in-season ingredients is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your cooking. Here are the produce you should hunt for at your grocery stores and farmer's markets.

Cooking is one of Our REALTORS® favorite wintertime activities. Trying new recipes and investing in new kitchen gear is all part of the fun. If you have a large kitchen, like many of these Bronxville homes for sale, cooking can quickly become one of your favorite hobbies.

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January
18

If chilly weather is lowering your spirits, try out these warm and delicious soups from Westchester County restaurants.

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:

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January
3

The colors of the year have arrived! Shake up your home for a resolution by exploring the top colors of 2022.

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.

  • Very Peri - Pantone
    This creative color is best described as a vibrant periwinkle. It's warm and friendly but is also full of energy. Very Peri 17-3938 incorporates all the calm and comfort of a traditional blue, yet joy and zest with its subtle violet undertone. It pairs well with a lush green, but can really be combined with any class colors. If you're planning to re-do the kid's rooms this year, Very Peri is a great choice. It's fun and creative, but also very comfortable.

  • Laurel Leaf - Better Homes & Gardens
    Laurel Leaf is a beautiful dusty green shade, which can be used to introduce an element of nature into your interior. With so many people spending much of the last two years outdoors, Laurel Leaf lets you bring the peaceful shades of nature inside your home. The color pairs well with off whites, beiges, or lighter browns. It can create a relaxing atmosphere in your home office or dining room.

  • Art and Craft - Dunn-Edwards
    If you're looking for a rich, sophisticated shade of brown, check out Art and Craft by Dunn-Edwards. This color is peaceful, comfortable, and has just a subtle 1970's vibe. It's almost like a cross between a rich walnut and a chocolate shade. When combined with light neutral colors, it can create a really stylish look for a dining room, living room, or entryway.

  • October Mist - Benjamin Moore
    A soft green with a silver tint, October Mist is a peaceful color that matches the year's nature-centric theme. This color is a beautiful choice for a dining room or bathroom. It's crisp yet calm and can be easily combined with off-whites, beiges, or lighter tones. Or you can combine it with a dark shade to add a sense of depth.

  • Evergreen Fog - Sherwin-Williams
    If you're looking for a darker shade of green, consider Evergreen Fog from Sherwin-Williams. This is an organic, friendly mid-tone green that can really liven up a kitchen, entryway, or bedroom. It's sophisticated and vibrant yet calming at the same time. Evergreen Fog pairs with earthy tones like brown or beige.

  • Olive Spring - PPG
    A soft, organic green with a very subtle gray, Olive Sprig from PPG is a beautiful mid-tone for the office or bathroom. The color itself has a natural vibe and was selected to inspire resiliency and regrowth, two themes that will be very important in 2022. Olive Sprig pairs well with naturally dark tones.

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!

December
20

American food is all about comfort, which is sure to warm you up during these colder months. Here are the Bronxville restaurants you have to visit.

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®.

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December
6

The fireplace stands out most in your home during the winter months. Here's how you can tastefully decorate it without being excessive.

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. 

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November
15

If you enjoy spotting birds at your bird feeders, you may be sad that cold weather is moving in. But you can still feed birds through fall and winter with this guide.

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:

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November
1

It takes a lot of skill to craft a perfect sandwich, which is why it should be no surprise there are so many great sandwich shops in Westchester County. Here are some you shouldn't pass up.

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.

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October
25

Is the most frightening thing in your home your junk drawer? Here's how you can make it functional and organized.

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:

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October
11

Get out of the house this fall and take part in one of these fun Westchester County activities.

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:

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September
15

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:

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August
18

An electrical surge will ruin your day and your electronic devices. Here's how you can protect your home.

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.

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August
9

Bronxville is an amazing place to call home. Here's why you should plan a move!

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:

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July
26

With a little work, you can completely transform how your family photos display in your home. Here are some ideas you should try.

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.

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July
12

Can't bear the summer heat? Here are some stellar local ice cream shops to make the perfect summer day.

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.

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June
28

You don't have to go full minimalist for this style to make an impact in your home. Here are some tips you can try.

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.

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June
14

Downtown New Rochelle has so much for you to discover! Here are some top spots you should visit.

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:

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May
24

Your foyer makes the first impression for guests or potential buyers, which is why you should use these tips to turn the space around.

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.

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May
10

May is officially National Hamburger Month, so it's a great excuse to get out of the house, grab a burger, and try these Westchester County restaurants.

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:

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April
26

Gardening can be a lot of work, but with this guide, you'll have a thriving garden in no time!

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.

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April
12

Westchester County is no stranger to great poetry. Here's where you can find a new book for National Poetry Month.

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

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March
22

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. 

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March
8

Break out your morning routine and stop by these top restaurants and cafes around Westchester County for a great breakfast.

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.

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February
22

Not sure which rug to pick? Follow our guide to choose the perfect rug for any room.

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.

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January
11

How do you know what to buy or how much to spend on a home gym? We give some tips for choosing a home gym setup right for you.

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:

  • Figuring out your budget   
    Before you start planning your home gym, figure out how much you'll have available to spend. Keep in mind that while you may initially want a complete setup that will keep you motivated, you can always add equipment as you go. Don't forget that buying new equipment isn't your only option since some stores sell used equipment, and you can also check Facebook Marketplace, Craiglist, and other sites for used gear. And if you currently pay a monthly fee for a gym membership, you may be able to save that expense if you're happy with your home gym as a substitute.

  • Determining what available space you'll be using 
    The amount of space you have to work with will help determine what kind of home gym you can have. If you have only part of a room, for example, you can utilize equipment like yoga mats or light weights that can easily be stored off to the side, so they're out of the way. This also applies to a jump rope, which can be used instead of a bulky treadmill if you need to get your cardio in. You can also maximize your available space by choosing equipment that can be used for more than one type of exercise.

  • Choosing your equipment   
    Selecting your equipment depends on your budget and the amount of space you have, as well as what you'd like to work on. For example, a treadmill can help you work on cardio if you have enough space for it, and resistance bands can help you work on strength training. And don't forget to add some foam rollers to aid in your recovery.

  • Designing your space 
    In addition to your equipment, you can help transform a space or room into a home gym with some additional bells and whistles. Make sure you have window treatments that provide natural lighting if available and add plenty of artificial lighting. You may also want to add mirrors so you can check your form, and they also have the added benefit of making your space feel bigger. Finally, if you have an entire room to work with, consider covering your regular flooring with gym flooring to give you more of a cushion and to protect your floor from getting slippery.

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.

December
21

What Buyers Notice During a Home Tour - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  1. The Great Outdoors 
    Before potential home buyers can enter your home, they see the exterior first. A lawn that needs mowing gives a poor first impression. A professional landscaper could be a good choice for bigger lawns, but most homes would benefit from basic clean up. If you have trees that need pruning, please consult an arborist for the safest approach.

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December
7

Holiday Light Displays - Westchester County, NY - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Westchester's Winter Wonderland — 1 Bronx River Pkwy Rd., Valhalla, NY 10595
    Since 2014, no Christmas has been complete without a stop to see the lights at Kensico Dam Plaza. Though they won't offer walking visits, you can still check out Westchester's Winter Wonderland via a drive-thru holiday light extravaganza. This affordable event features 1.2-miles of dazzling lights. Listen to their music conveniently through your car radio and wave to Santa as you pass by. If you're in the area all week inspecting Valhalla homes for sale, consider visiting the Winter Wonderland with your children multiple times as different characters make appearances each night.

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November
30

Bakeries for Cookies - Westchester, NY - Park Sterling Realty

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.  

  • Milk N Cookies - 270 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543
    Everyone's a kid at Milk N Cookies, a unique dessert spot that satisfies any sweet dreams. Their premium stuffed cookies come in tempting flavors such as churro, Oreo cheesecake, and oatmeal apple pie. Need more of a sugar rush? Belly up to the cereal bar, where you can blend Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, and other childhood favorites in ice cream and milkshakes. Purists can simply enjoy a bowl of cereal and milk. Treat yourself after a day of viewing Mamaroneck homes for sale. Hours are 11 a.m. - midnight Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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November
9

Thanksgiving Dessert - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  • Turkey Rice Krispie Treats 
    Let the kids join in the fun by giving these popular no-bake bars a holiday update. Once the treats have firmed up, use a round cookie cutter to make the circle base. Candy corn pieces form the feathers, while the face can be either melted chocolate or an inverted Hershey's kiss. Finish with a cinnamon red-hot "wattle.

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October
26

Haunted History - Westchester County - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Buckout Road - Briarcliff Manor, NY 10604
    There is a stretch of Buckout Road near West Harrison that is often regarded as one of the scariest roads in America. While there are many rumors attached to the area, one story points to the area once housing a coven of witches. Even Hollywood is interested, with plans to make a movie about the spot. While Buckout Road might be haunted, the surrounding area isn't, and there are several beautiful Briarcliff Manor homes for sale in the area.

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October
12

Halloween Fun - Carve Pumpkin - Park Sterling Realty

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.

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September
28

Vacation Home Pros & Cons - Park Sterling Realty

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.

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September
14

Leaf Peeping - Westchester County - Park Sterling Realty

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:

  • Kingsland Point Park - Tarrytown Light-Kingsland Point Path, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
    Kingsland Point is a beautiful 18-acre park located on the east side of the Hudson River. The area offers several scenic views of fall foliage against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Equipped with a riverwalk, playgrounds, picnic areas, and baseball fields, this park is a great place for a relaxing fall vacation. On a clear day, you can even see the New York City skyline. The park is accessible from the Palmer Avenue Bridge over the Metro-North tracks, not far from these classic Mount Pleasant homes for sale.

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August
31

Luxury Home - Outdoor Kitchen - Park Sterling Realty

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.

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August
10

Record Stores - Westchester, NY - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  • Bruised Apple Books and Music - 923 Central Ave., Peekskill, NY 10566
    Double your shopping pleasure at Bruised Apple Books and Music, located just down the street from Peekskill homes for sale. Stock up on new and used books as well as hard-to-find vinyl record titles. Some of the books on the shelves come from founder Scott Sailor's personal selection. If you're not quite old school, Bruised Apple also carries CDs and DVDs. With its hand-painted sign above the entrance and quirky decor features such as vintage typewriters, the charming shop is a refreshing change from generic big-box retailers. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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July
20

Staging Suggestions - Sell a Home - Park Sterling

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.

  1. Clean Your Home
    Cleaning your home is imperative to the successful sale of your property. For a last-minute staging, try to figure out the parts of your house that often accumulate dirt and clean them. Potential buyers will want a detailed look at the bedrooms and bathrooms, so pay attention to these areas and make sure that they are spotless during the staging.

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July
6

Bike Trails - Westchester County, NY - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  • Bronx River Pathway
    One of Westchester's oldest parks, the Bronx River Pathway runs mostly parallel to the Bronx River. Although it will eventually be connected to create a 23-mile trail that runs all the way from Westchester County to the Bronx, it's currently three separate bike trails.

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June
15

Features Homebuyers Want - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Home Office
    As the work-from-home population grows, our REALTORS® predict that a home office will become one of the most sought-after amenities for the long term. Many people are working from their kitchen table, dining room, or sofa, which are not ideal for productivity. What appears to be a challenge today may become the norm tomorrow. If you're selling a home, you need to meet the growing demand for home offices.  A quiet, private, and comfortable workspace with built-in bookshelves and large windows will make your house more desirable to buyers than you think.

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June
1

Doughnut Shops - Westchester County, NY - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  • Ossining Bakery - 50 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
    You'll find a lot of exemplary baked goods at Ossining Bakery—breads, rolls, cakes, pretzels, scones—but their reputation truly rests on their out-of-this-world donuts. You just have to try them. With a broad and ever-changing menu of flavors, and a convenient location right up the street from these beautiful Ossining homes for sale, this bakery is definitely a spot you'll want to come back and visit again and again.

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May
26

Online Listing Importance - Park Sterling Realty

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.

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May
11

Easy Home Updates - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  1. Declutter Your Spaces
    Most people don't think of decluttering when they envision home improvements, but nearly every space looks better with less stuff. Get rid of anything that you no longer use or that you no longer use. Stow seasonal items that you won't need in the next few months. Still have piles of stuff on your counters? Give them a permanent home, ideally out of sight.

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April
27

Westchester County Facts - Park Sterling Realty

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!

  1. Westchester County's Native American History is Everywhere
    When browsing Bronxville homes for sale, you may spot a stone wall on Pondfield Road that showcases a plaque dedicating the transference of the Eastchester land from the Mohican Indians to the immigrants from Europe. If you're browsing White Plains homes for sale, you may note that this area was called Quarropas by the Native Americans which means "white marshes," assumedly because of the heavy mists or white balsam groves that were common in the area. You can learn more about our Native American history at the Ossining Historical Society Museum.

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April
13

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.

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March
30

Movie Locations - Westchester County - Park Sterling Realty

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.

Spotlight on Westchester

  • 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.

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March
9

Spring Break Family Fun - Westchester County, NY - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester - 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers, NY 10710
    Kids will love LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and any adults that remember playing with LEGO blocks will no doubt get a kick out of it too! With tons of building opportunities and a huge indoor play structure, LEGOLAND offers great all-ages fun. There's a two-story playground and climbing wall that bigger kids will love, as well as a smaller area set up with toddlers in mind. Located just minutes from these Yonkers homes for sale, LEGOLAND is a destination you're likely to want to visit again and again.

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February
24

Color of the Year - Sell Your Home - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  • Front Door
    The front door is the first thing that will house hunters will see and notice about your home. Classic blue for your front door creates a sense of calm and channels peace. It looks good on a white exterior and is also an ideal shade if you live in a coastal area. The color promises an instant smile from curious buyers.

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February
3

Westchester Bagel Shops - Park Sterling Realty

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®.

  • What a Bagel Café - 476 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains 10605  
    Who needs to drive into the city for Manhattan bagels? For more than 23 years, What a Bagel Café has been serving this classic style to fans around White Plains homes for sale. Pick up one of their bagels and cream cheese platters for your next office or book club meeting. Visit the website for valuable coupons. Store hours are 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, and 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

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January
27

Breakfast Restaurants - Westchester County - Park Sterling Realty

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:

  1. The Original Pancake House – 170 Hamilton Ave., White Plains, NY
    The Original Pancake House takes pride in using fresh, high-quality ingredients such as the highest grade of butter, 36% percent whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, and hard wheat unbleached flour. It's well worth a stop when you're checking out White Plains homes for sale. The restaurant's batter is made fresh every day to produce light, airy, and tender pancakes. Many varieties are available, including blueberry-filled buttermilk creations served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Four pancakes come in a serving, along with two eggs cooked any style.

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January
13

Winter Home Sale Hints - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  • Pay attention to the price. This is probably even more important during the winter. With fewer buyers, an overpriced property will sit on the market even longer.

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December
16

Westcchester County Cheese Shops - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  • Dobbs Bishop Fine Cheese — 107 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
    For nearly a century, Dobbs Bishop Fine Cheese has provided the historic town of Bronxville with the finest cheeses in the area. Their squad of cheesemongers will help you pick out the perfect cheese for your party, including Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Midnight Moon, Cacio de Bosco, and Delices de Bourgogne. Take a drive through the lovely Bronxville homes for sale and stop by Dobbs Bishop for a sample.

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December
9

Holiday Home Shopping - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  1. Fewer Buyers = Less Competition
    While other home buyers are resting on their laurels or working off those extra holiday pounds, you can make an offer on the ideal home for your family's future. Fewer buyers mean less chance that a bidding war will erupt on the home you want, and it also means that sellers will be more likely to consider your offer. Depending on the day you make your offer, you may trim 1% or more off the listing price.

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November
18

VA Loans - Park Sterling Realty

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. 

  • Eligibility
    VA loans are available for active-duty personnel and veterans once they reach six months of service. Spouses of soldiers who die in combat or as the result of injuries from combat also qualify. Members of the National Guard and Reserve can qualify after six years of service or if they are called to active duty.

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November
4

Westchester County, NY Bakeries - Thanksgiving Pies - Park Sterling Realty

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.

Delectable Desserts Around Westchester County

  • 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.

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October
21

Home Insurance 101 - Park Sterling Realty

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:

  • Know What You Need
    Getting the right homeowners insurance starts with knowing what you need. You'll need to make sure your dwelling and property are adequately covered, but be aware of additional coverage you may need as well.

    In all likelihood, your homeowner's insurance will cover the basics such as your home and property as well as liability should you or anyone else get injured on your property.  There are additional things that may not be covered that you should be mindful of: electronics, separate buildings or storage sheds, and certain possessions may be excluded from your insurance. Be careful when choosing an insurance plan.

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October
7

Westchester, NY Antique Stores - Park Sterling Realty

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®.

  • Nana's Attic - 414 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583
    When Cindy and her brother Brad decided to open a shop filled with treasures from their mother's antiquing expeditions, what else could they name it but Nana's Attic? Even the sign out front, made by Brad when he was 15 years old, is well on its way to becoming an antique. Local residents regularly vote Nana's Attic as the best antique store near Scarsdale homes for sale. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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September
23

Fall Curb Appeal - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  • Clean up the landscape. You'll need to do more than just mow the lawn. Edge the lawn, take care of any brown spots, and trim back dead areas on bushes and trees. Replace summer plants and flowers that are dying or dormant with fall ones so there's still color in the landscape. While fall leaves can provide beautiful color, you don't want the first thought a buyer has to be about all the leaves they'll have to rake. Make sure you keep them raked up so buyers can see the yard and safely access the entrance of your home.

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September
9

Gluten-Free Dining Around Westchester - Park Sterling Realty

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 salewe 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.

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August
26

Hidden Home Maintenance Costs - Park Sterling Realty

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!

  • Property Taxes
    It's easy to simply compare your monthly mortgage payment with what you could be paying in rent, and assume that you can afford it. Maybe you can, but be sure to factor in property taxes. Unless you plan to put a larger down payment down on your home, your property taxes will most likely be added to, and bump up, your monthly mortgage payment. Also, keep in mind too that property taxes are likely to increase over the length of time that you own your home.

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August
12

Hastings-on-Hudson Summer Dining - Park Sterling Realty

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.  

  1. Taiim Falafel Shack, 598 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
    Known for its award-winning "middle eastern soul food," this casual, family-owned eatery offers a distinctive spicy falafel, shawarma, hummus, and other Israeli specialties. In the mood for some samosas instead?  Taiim Falafel Shack's also got you covered when it comes to Indian street food.

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July
29

Add On or Move On - Park Sterling Realty

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.

Reasons to Add On to Your House

  • You love your home.
    If needing additional space is the only problem with your home, then you're better off adding on to your existing home. Finding another home that checks off everything on your wishlist can be challenging. Why compromise on the location or layout when you already have exactly what you want? Adding on to your home allows you to improve upon everything you already love.

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July
11

Westchester Bakeries for Blueberry Muffin Day - Park Sterling Realty

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®.

  1. Galloway's Bakery - 69 Harney Road, Scarsdale, NY 
    Founder and namesake Fred Galloway learned to cook and bake while serving his country during World War II. More than 60 years after its opening, Fred's son Bob continues his legacy at Galloway's Bakery in its location near Scarsdale homes for sale. Blueberry muffins come in two sizes to fit any appetite, and Galloway's is also known for its popular glazed and jelly donuts. The bakery opens at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday only, so plan ahead and get there early.

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June
17

 

 

Energy Efficiency - Park Sterling

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. 

  • Fixtures and Faucets, and Low-Water Landscaping
    While electric and gas usage used to get the most attention from eco-conscious home buyers, an increasing number of buyers are paying considerable attention to how much water a home requires. Installing low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchens is an inexpensive addition to your home before you place it on the market. In many cases, it takes just a few hours to replace all the fixtures in the house. 

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June
3

Westchester County Golf Courses for Father's Day-Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Sprain Lake Golf Course – 290 E. Grassy Sprain Road, Yonkers, NY
    Sprain Lake Golf Course has a long, narrow layout, characterized by rolling terrain and small greens. It's a great course but expect a challenge. Designed by Tom Winton and convenient to many homes for sale in Yonkers, this golf course is a great place to spend Father's Day, offering a par of 70 and a course rating of 69.3.

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May
20

Exterior Home Features-Park Sterling Realty

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 saleTo 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.

  • Exterior Lighting
    Exterior illumination creates an inviting ambiance and friendly atmosphere for evening gatherings. It also creates a strong sense of security. Exterior lighting can be positioned to highlight architectural features, improve visibility on sidewalks and stairs, and illuminate outdoor living areas. At the same time, exterior lights can be used to shed light on windows and doors, thus protecting the home against potential intruders.

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May
6

Mother's Day-Park Sterling Realty

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! 

  1.  The Tap House: 16 Depot Square, Tuckahoe, NY  10707
    Not far from some of the best Tuckahoe homes for sale, The Tap House is a favorite among locals and visitors. This restaurant is unique because it offers seating in the main dining room, a smaller cozy dining area with a fireplace, or loft seating overlooking the busy street. Whichever option you choose, the warm and inviting ambiance is ideal for a classy Mother's Day brunch.

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April
22

Painting to Sell-Park Sterling Realty

 

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.

What Paint Can Do for Your Home

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.

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April
8

Union Church of Pocantico Hills-Park Sterling Realty

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. 

History of Union Church

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. 

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March
18

Professional Photography-Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. First Impressions are Everything
    You only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to internet searches, that impression depends almost entirely on the quality of your photos. No matter how amazing your home might be, if the photos don't catch the buyer's eye, they're likely to keep scrolling. A listing with poor-quality photos will get far less foot traffic, causing you to miss the opportunity to show potential buyers how wonderful your home really is. On the other hand, great photos can create an emotional reaction in potential buyers, giving them positive feelings about your home before they even see it in person.

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March
4

Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY-Park Sterling Realty

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. 

A Brief History of the Lyndhurst Mansion

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. 

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February
18

Prepare for Open House - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Create Curb Appeal
    No matter the season, make sure your home is looking its absolute best from the street. This doesn't necessarily mean breaking your back to get work done in time for your open house, but make sure that the yard is trimmed, walkways are cleared and cleaned, and seasonal landscaping is planted or placed to invite visitors in.

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February
4

Briarcliff Manor, NY Restaurants - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Flames Bar and Grill - 533 N. State Road
    Flames Bar and Grill's sleek, elegant bar, cozy vibe, and warm, professional service make for a sophisticated, romantic evening you'll remember for years to come. In addition to offering hand-selected prime beef, veal, and lamb, this classic American steakhouse features fresh daily seafood and a variety of Northern Italian specialties, including handmade pasta. For Valentine's Day, they offer a three-course dinner that includes a glass of red, white, or sparkling wine. You can also toast to your sweetheart with a bottle from one of the most extensive wine lists in New York. Call 914-923-3100 for reservations.

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January
21

Bronxville Coffee Shops - Park Sterling Realty

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.

  1. Slave To the Grind - 58 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
    When you're ready to take a break from looking at Bronxville homes for sale, ask your real estate agent to make a stop at Slave to the Grind. This homey coffee shop has been a Bronxville staple for over 25 years. Here you'll find an array of coffee, tea, and espresso and a delicious menu with plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices.

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January
7

John Bond Trevor House - Park Sterling Realty

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.

Wall Street Pioneer John Bond Trevor Leaves a Unique Legacy in Yonkers

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.

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