Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Year Built: Before 1765
Square Feet: 2,116
Property: 0.69 of an acre
Location: Yorktown Heights, within walking distance of stores, parks, and playgrounds.
Best features: The old Hallock House is a town landmark, and with good reason. The house is bursting with original details like corner fireplaces, wide-board floors, and exposed beams. The entire house has been restored and the kitchen has been nicely updated.
Downside: The house is surrounded by a development of ten oversized "luxury homes" on what used to be a lovely field. The driveway is off of the development's road, so you'll have to pass by the abominations daily. The property backs up onto Hanover street, which is well-traveled.
Asking Price: $575,000
Agency: Coldwell Banker
Maps: Google Map, bing Map
Monday, September 28, 2009
For the fourth year, Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm has transformed 100 acres of rolling fields and pastures in Garrison into a sculpture garden. More than 60 site-specific artworks are spread across the bucolic farm, along side the stone walls and Black Angus cattle. Works include Mick McGuire's " Color-window viewing box" (above) and Jo-Ann Brody's "Two Women Dancing" (right). I haven't been this year, but in the past the artwork has varied a great deal in quality—but the overall experience of walking through the fields and enjoying the views of art, nature, and cows has been wonderful. Check out the website for a list of participating artists and photos of their work. Through October 31. Collaborative Concepts 2009
"The program gets extra points for context and intimacy; with all the bleating and clucking going on outside, it’s hard to miss the farm-to-pan connection, and with classes capped at 10 to 12 participants, a lot of information gets shared." —The New York Times on the Garden to Table classes at Rainbeau Ridge farm in Bedford Hills.
Image: The New york Times
Friday, September 25, 2009
Activities and things to do this weekend in Northern Westchester
Joan Osborne The singer performs tracks from her latest release, "Little Wild One." Friday, 8:00 pm. Tarrytown Music Hall
Far Away Farm Open House Enjoy the alpacas and Icelandic horses at this stunning Yorktown Heights farm. Visit the store to buy alpaca products. Local author Amy Kefauver will be on hand to sign copies of her book Here I Am: Alpacas in America, which features photos of the farm's inhabitants. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Far Away Farm Alpacas
Katonah Fall Festival Enjoy a day of music, food, entertainment, games, crafts and fun for all. Early risers can also catch—or join—the 9th Annual Katonah 5K Run, which starts at 8:30 am. Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Katonah Chamber
Birds and Nature Author Winter Donaldson will read her new picture book, The Missing Crest, and engage readers in related activities. Saturday, 11:00 am. Ossining Public Library
Sculpture Garden and Gallery Tour Artist Edward Tufte hosts an informal look at his exhibition "Seeing Around." Saturday, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
International Coastal Cleanup Join the worldwide event involving 76 countries to help clean up our shorelines. Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Croton Point Nature Center
Scarecrow Making Workshop Have fun making and decorating a scarecrow. Bring clothes and a hat. Stuffing and burlap will be provided. Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Muscoot Farm
Dave Fields Blues guitarist Dave Fields gives an electrifying performance. Saturday, 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar
Menopause The Musical An uplifting production that includes parodies from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and offers a salute to women who are experiencing The Change. Saturday, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm; Sunday, 2:00 pm. Paramount Center of the Arts
Fred Smith Jazz Band The former musical director for the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, Fred Smith has been trumpeter of choice for many main line Swing groups through the years. Saturday, 7:30 pm. Bean Runner Cafe
Children's Book Day Washington Irving's home is the storybook setting for this festival for young readers who can meet more than sixty of their favorite authors and illustrators. Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Sunnyside
Farm Chores Pitch in and lend a hand with chores like collecting eggs or tearing out a bed in the greenhouse. Sunday, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Story Sunday Join a reading of A Seed is Sleepy and engage in activities about nature, animals, and ecology. Sunday, 11:00 am. Teatown Lake Reservation
Square Dancing Grab a partner... Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Muscoot Farm
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Maureen Connor discusses her pieces in the museum's exhibit "Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor." Her work Thinner Than You (left), an impossibly slim knitted evening dress of steel mesh, explores the external pressure put upon women.
Thursday, 7:30 pm. Katonah Museum of Art
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Year Built: 1956
Square Feet: 2,550
Property: 26 acres
Location: Bedford (with a Katonah address and Bedford schools), on fabulous Croton Lake Road, very close to both Katonah and Bedford Hills villages.
Best features: The property, on one of the nicest roads in the area, is truly stunning—26 acres of woods, fields, stone walls, and gorgeous vistas. The house is dripping with mid-century style and boasts many wonderful features typical of the era. And the taxes are quite low for the amount of land.
Downside: It's not a lot of house for 4 million bucks, and it would be a horrible crime to knock it down. Adding on would require an architect with a good sense of the nuances of the style.
Asking Price: $3,950,000
Agency: Ginnel Real Estate
Maps: Google Map, bing Map
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
The Music Room Part of the "Jonathan's Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema" series, Satyajit Ray brings his singular vision to this spectacle of music, dance, and powerful narrative. There will be a Q&A with Jonathan Demme after the film. Sunday, 5:00 pm. Jacob Burns Film Center
Activities and things to do this weekend in Northern Westchester
Soul Tree Villians Catch the rock/funk/soul sounds of Soul Tree Villains. Friday, 9:30 pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar
Pow Wow A two day celebration of culture and history with some 1,000 Native American artists, performers and educators at FDR State Park. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 to 7:00 pm. Redhawk Native American Arts Council
Insects: Good, Bad and Buggy! What good are insects? What’s bad about bugs? Pick up a net and investigate the world of incredible insects. Saturday, 11:00 am. Teatown Lake Reservation
Hudson River Valley Ramble Join a guided hike of the Westchester Wilderness Walk, the 8 mile trail through the Land Trust’s 150-acre preserve. Saturday, 12:00 pm. Westchester Land Trust
Monarch Butterfly Tagging Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles to roosting locations in Mexico. Tagging individual Monarchs helps to shed light on the mystery of their migration. Saturday, 1:00 pm. Westmoreland Sanctuary
Live Jazz Catch the sounds of Matt Finck, Rob Kopec, and Bob Meyer as they do their thing. Saturday, 7:30 pm. Bean Runner Cafe
Wildlife Artist Lecture Join award-winning wildlife nature artist, JoAnne Sullam for a look at the natural world around us and its harmonious relationship to the arts. A visit with ambassador wolves follows the talk. Sunday, 3:00 pm. Wolf Conservation Center
John Jay Homestead Country Fair Enjoy swimming pig races, sheep and duck herding, pony rides, wagon rides, skirmishes performed by Revolutionary War re-enactors, falconry demonstrations, a petting zoo, and more. Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. John Jay Homestead
Canoe the Croton Adults can paddle up the river against the tide and current. Sunday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Teatown Lake Reservation
Farm to Table Learn how to use the freshest sustainable food to prepare delicious dishes that excite the senses! Pick from the crops, bring it back to the kitchen, prepare and share the tasty creations. Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Hilltop Hanover Farm
Rebel Red Singer-songwriter Red Peralta (aka Rebel Red) performs. Sunday, 1:00 pm. Peekskill Coffee House
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The 9 artists whose work is displayed in the exhibition "Double Dutch” will discuss art in the Netherlands, arts residencies, methodologies, and more. The audience is invited to participate in a question and answer session. Thursday, 6:00 pm. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Year Built: 1910
Square Feet: 1,366
Property: 0.24 of an acre
Location: Peekskill, close to Depew Park, the train station, and the downtown artists' district.
Best features: The exterior of this home is pretty picture perfect, with a welcoming front porch and classic looks on the front. In the back, there's a nice big yard and a large deck. Inside, the rooms are well-proportioned and retain hardwood floors and some details. It's easy to see the potential.
Monday, September 14, 2009
In an effort to create "shock waves of meaningful, unexpected, and possibly outlandish insights and connections," the CrossTalk series features two experts talking on unrelated topics, followed by an open question-and-answer period. The five-part series is co-sponsored by the Katonah Museum and the Katonah Village Library, with events alternating between the two sites. This Thursday's talk, "News Makers and Shakers," features CNN president Jonathan Klein and author Lee Woodruff, whose memoir explores the impact of the injury her husband suffered as a reporter in Iraq. The event will be held in the sculpture garden at the Katonah Museum of Art and begins with a wine reception at 6:30 and runs until 8:00 pm. Proceeds support children’s programs at the Museum and the Library.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Music with Stacy Stacy Labriola entertains the younger set with clever originals as well as familiar favorites. Saturday, 11:00 am. Croton Free Library
Fall Crafts At Lyndhurst More than 300 booths filled with handmade crafts from pottery to jewelry to furniture and clothing. Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lyndhurst
Grandparents Day Visit the Once Upon a Farm Museum, sip lemonade, sample cookies and make a keepsake craft. Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Muscoot Farm
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Beginning this Friday, the Jacob Burns Film Center will be celebrating the work of Sidney Lumet, which spans 60 years and includes over 40 films. Through September 30, the center will show 12 classics, including 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, and Network. Just thinking about it makes me happy as hell. Jacob Burns Film Center
Images: Jacob Burns Film Center
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
When I'm looking at what's for sale I often check Zillow to see how their "zestimate" of the current market value compares to the asking price. Evidently lots of others do too, since the site is one of the most popular real estate sites around. To check Zilow's accuracy, I looked at the five Hot Properties that sold in August and compared the zestimates on those houses to the actual current market value—how much they just sold for. Of the four houses that had a zestimate, Zillow was way under for all of them—by an average of well over $100,000 and by as much as $1,164,000! It's only four houses, but it does make you wonder how accurate the zestimates actually are. The trick, of course, is that Zillow is basing the zesitmate on the average price per square foot for the zip code. This approach misses the fact that not all square foots are equal—and that prices can vary a lot in one zip code. Thoughts?
Location: Mt. Kisco
Featured: March 3, 2009
Featured: February 5, 2009
Just sold for: $770,000
Featured: October 30, 2007
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Westchester County has formed a partnership with Copland House in Cortlandt Manor to turn Mt. Kisco's Merestead estate into a music and arts center. The New York Times reported that Merestead will provide artists-in-residence programs for composers and will become a place for composers to collaboratively work on opera, dance, and theater pieces. The county and Copland House will share expenses for mainting the programs. According to the press release, these programs will benefit Westchester residents through public performances at Merestead and "educational and community activities around the County." The 130 acre Merestead estate boats a 26-room Georgian Revival mansion, a carriage house, farm buildings, gardens, and over two miles of trails. Events this weekend at Merestead to launch the new venture will include performances by Copland House composers, a family concert, and a treasure hunt for kids.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Green Corn Festival Celebrate Native American culture and enjoy traditional music and dance, plus open-hearth cooking demonstrations, games, hands-on crafts, and more. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Philipsburg Manor
Nature Scavenger Hunt Sharpen your observation skills on this self-guided scavenger hunt using our nature check list. Go at your own pace while discovering nature's treasures. Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Searching for Beach Glass Explore the Hudson River shoreline for beach glass to discover how they form, their color variations, and how common they might be. Saturday, 1:00 pm. Croton Point Nature Center
Teatown History Hunt Using a map and clues, discover the natural and human history of Teatown. Part quest, part hike, this program will have you knee deep in fascinating facts about the local landscape. Saturday, 10:00 am. Teatown Lake Reservation
Stone Barns Inside Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the livestock, greenhouse and planting fields. Get up close and personal with the animals and find out the staff's favorite places at the farm. Saturday, 11:00 am. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh This funny, warm collection includes the classics Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm. Jacob Burns Film Center
Fairy Walk Do you believe in fairies? Come to Muscoot Farm and become a believer. Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Muscoot Farm
10K Run The peekskill celebration starts off with a race at the Division Street Gazebo. Sunday, 7:45 am. Peekskill Celebration
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The number of contracts signed in the towns this blog covers remained relatively high through August, maintaining the bounce that began back in June through what is usually a slow period. Interestingly, this mirrors the results reported by the New York Times in the city market. The five previously-featured hot properties that sold in August are full of useful tidbits. The Katonah village colonial reminds me to take the "data" with a grain of salt: in the July Sales and Deals post I recorded that the last listing price was $849,000, a figure I got from the WPMLS. Now the records tell me that the last asking price was $799,000. The farmhouse in Katonah and the house in Yorktown Heights show that the right asking price can (sometimes) trigger a bidding war. Isn't real estate watching fun!
Contracts signed on single-family homes
Featured: June 30, 2009
Asking Price When Featured: $459,000
Last Asking Price: $459,000
Featured: June 23, 2009