Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The 11th Hour This new documentary, narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio, looks at our impact on the planet and what we can do to repair the damage. Friday 8/24 through Thursday 8/30. Jacob Burns Film Center
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The listing agent calls this house "much admired," and the truth is that I always ogle it as I drive down my favorite street. Set on 5.8 lovely acres on Croton Lake Road, just outside of Katonah village, this 1750 farmhouse is indeed eye-catching. The 3,000 square foot home has 5 bedrooms, original wide-board floors, exposed beams, and charm to spare. The property includes a pool, cottage, barn, and garage with studio. I suppose if you can swing the asking price, the annual taxes--$33,833--should be doable as well. $2,950,000 Sotheby's International Realty, Google Map
Monday, August 20, 2007
UNDER CONTRACT When I wrote this up yesterday the house was available. I rechecked the links before posting it, and it is now in contract. So take this as an example of what is selling. This small but sweet 1953 cottage has charm and a great location. Situated in the spectacular Teatown area, the one acre property has privacy and pond views--and is a short stroll to both the 813 acre Teatown Nature Reservation and the 112 acre Bald Mountain County Park. The listing agent pegs the house at 2,000 square feet with 2 bedrooms, but other agencies have it listed at 1,700 square feet and 3 bedrooms. Everyone agrees that the kitchen has been nicely renovated with high-end cabinetry and appliances. And the photos don't lie. $729,900 Sotheby's International Realty, Google Map
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Today's New York Times has a rave review of the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden's current exhibition. Incarnation, an exhibition of the work of a dozen contemporary Korean artists, is deemed "small but worthy" by the Times. The reviewer calls the museum and it's garden one of the best "seasonal art pleasures" in the area. I agree. Personally, I need no excuse to visit the museum's lovely garden, which is a joy at any time of the year. The show runs through September 7.
The Hammond Museum Source: Korean Artists Mix, and Nature Mingles (NYT), Photo: New York Times
Saturday, August 18, 2007
While the market for new construction nationally is in a definite slump, tomorrow's New York Times reports on two new developments in the Bedford area. The Stone Manors at Twin Lakes (right) is a development of 17 homes being built by Tri-County Development on Pine Brook Road. The homes will be from 8,000 to 10,500 square feet and prices will start at $4.25 million. Another article reports that Donald Trump is moving ahead with plans to build "mansions" on 213 acres in Bedford. Meanwhile, Trump has pulled the plug on a plan to build homes in North Castle, citing the town's "anti-development" stance. That mirrors what occurred in Yorktown a year or two ago, when Trump gave up on plans for a golf course community on Baldwin Road due to the town's resistance. He later donated the 154 acres of land to the state, which dutifully dubbed it The Donald J. Trump State Park.
Sources: Betting on High-End Home Buyers (NYT), Trump Drops North Castle Development (NYT), Photo: New York Times
Friday, August 17, 2007
My picks for the weekend:
Crafts Fair Garrison Arts Center's 38th annual crafts fair feature over 70 artists from around the country. Saturday and Sunday, at Garrison's Landing Garrison Arts Center
Teatown Paddle Take a canoe trip around the lake and watch the fish, turtles, and dragonflies. Saturday, 10:00-11:30. Ages 7 and up. Teatown Lake Reservation
Moliere This new film from France offers a look at the life of the famous satirist. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Jacob Burns Film Center
Kids' Hike Youngsters will learn about nature on this guided tour through the woods. Sunday at 10:30. Westmoreland Sanctuary
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This Friday is monthly Open Mike Night at the Hudson Valley Writer's Center in Sleepy Hollow. Starting at 8:00, people are invited to share their poems, stories, essays and pretty much anything. If you're not ready for prime time, check out the Center's many writing workshops. The Center is located in the old Philipse Manor train station, along the Hudson River.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
While this 1930 Cape isn't too much to look at on the outside, the interior has plenty of charm and a very nicely renovated kitchen. The 1,850 square foot home only has 2 bedrooms, but the unfinished attic space could be a future bedroom. Perhaps most appealing are the 2 acres in the lovely Mount Airy section of Croton. Given the land, location, and price--not to mention that kitchen--this seems like an excellent opportunity. $649,000 Houlihan Lawrence, Google Map
Shakespeare on the Green The Ridgefield Playhouse and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival are presenting a free performance of As You Like It this Saturday at 2:00.
Great Expectations The Jacob Burns Film Center will be showing this classic Saturday and Sunday at 12:00.
Peekskill Jazz and Blues Celebration On Saturday from 4:00pm to 11:00, North Division Street will be alive with the music of the John Abercrombie Trio, the Richie Hart Trio, Carlos Colina and The Straight Up Blues Band, and more.
Second Saturday Party The Katonah Museum of Art's monthly celebration with live music.
Ecuadorian Festival Enjoy music, food, and dance this Sunday at Croton Point Park. 10:00 to 7:00.
Farm Discovery Day Meet the animals at Muscoot Farm on Sunday. 1:00 to 3:00.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Having come of age in the (very late) 70's, houses like this just make me happy. The light, the openness, the walls of glass--they just say, "Come on in and relax!" Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority since most of these gems sell for next to nothing and end up being 'reinvisioned' as colonials. Even if the magnificently mod architecture of this 3,000 square foot 5 bedroom doesn't get you, the land and location should: 5 acres on Vermont-like Croton Lake Road, close to the village of Katonah. There's even a pond. On the con side, the house clearly needs some updating--even a lover of most things 70's draws the line at the living room's red wall-to-wall. $998,000 Houlihan Lawrence
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
The second most expensive listing in Croton at the moment, this former opera house is a village landmark. The impressive stone structure is located on Truesdale Drive, just above the Croton River and a short walk to the beach at Silver Lake. This is one of my favorite areas of town, since it has a 'country' feel but is still close to most village amenities. Completely renovated in 2006 after a damaging fire, the 5,300 square foot residence has 4 bedrooms and some huge spaces. While there aren't too many original details left, the interiors do look darn nice (just ignore that black leather furniture). Set on an acre of land. $2,350,000 Houlihan Lawrence, Nancy Kennedy, Google Map
Friday, August 3, 2007
The village of Katonah has lovely houses, interesting stores, a stone library, and even a village green. While houses beyond the village sell for as much as $9 million, those within it's confines tend to be far less expensive. This pretty 1886 Victorian is one of the pricier listings currently on the market. With 3,450 square feet and 4 bedrooms, the home is dripping with charm. There are no photos or mention of the kitchen, which raises concerns, but there's also no question that this house has plenty going for it. $1,500,000
Renwick & Winterling Realty
The Katonah Museum of Art is hosting special story times throughout August. This Saturday, Vicki Ingrassia, the Katonah Children's Librarian, will be reading. On Sunday kids can meet Yumi Heo, illustrator of Henry's First Moon Birthday, who will be reading from and discussing her books.
Celebrate the importance of the river in the area's history at River Day at Van Cortlandt Manor this Sunday. There will be boating, fishing, hearth cooking, and brick making. Visitors can also enjoy music, food, and storytelling. The Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, the Hudson Valley's "eco-logic theater" group, will be performing "City That Drinks the Mountain Sky." Van Cortlandt Manor
Thursday, August 2, 2007
This 1961 3 bedroom house has got a cool vibe and a great location. Set on an acre in the Mount Airy section of Croton, the home features lots of windows and an open, modern feel. It's 1,900 square feet, but over 600 of that is on the lower level. With less than 1,300 square feet on the main floor, the primary rooms are bound to be tight. But the price is right. $499,000 River Towns GMAC
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The site is now getting a fair number of visitors--both newbies and returning ones. I'm flattered and pleased. But I'd like to remind everyone that comments are invited. After all, half the fun of a blog is sharing your opinion and reading what others have to say. Do you like a house? Agree with the pricing? Have you you been to a hot spot? All posts have a comment option--and anonymous comments are okay. I'd also love to get any feedback, suggestions, or complaints--please feel free to let it rip.