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23 Sunderland Lane, Katonah
FOR SALE: $1,250,000 | 5 BD, 4.5 BA | 5,504 SQ. FT., 6.47 ACRES
Kenneth Dobbins, Associate Real Estate Broker
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This warm, inviting 5-bedroom, 4.5 bath home is nestled on 6.7 private lush acres. This gracious home with
generously sized rooms is perfect for entertaining! Enter the welcoming foyer with cathedral ceiling. Chef’s
kitchen includes 6-burner gas stove with griddle, Bosch dishwasher, cherry cabinets, center island, granite
counters, gas ﬁreplace for cozy family dinners. The formal dining room with coffered ceiling can easily
accommodate large gatherings. The formal living room, family room with wood burning ﬁreplace and wet bar,
study, powder room, front and back staircases complete the ﬁrst ﬂoor. Master bedroom boasts a sitting room,
large walk in closet, master bath with Jacuzzi. Additional bedrooms, two with private baths and the other
two share a Jack & Jill bathroom. Second ﬂoor laundry room, full staircase to unﬁnished third ﬂoor. Other
amenities: wood ﬂoors, whole house generator, 4-car tandem garage, slate patio, heated gunite pool, ﬁrepit.
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HALSTON MEDIA Healthy Housing Market Continues into 2020
Low interest rates fuel industry
e following report was issued by the Hudson Gateway Association e median price of a single-family home was $358,500, an in-
JODI WEINBERGER of REALTORS: crease of 2.4 percent from 2018. Sullivan County saw a 2.4 per-
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 cent decrease in sales with an 11.3 percent increase in prices to
Sales of residential real estate in the lower Hudson Valley re- $142,500. It would appear, as has been the unfolding theme for
ADVERTISING TEAM mained strong in 2019. Overall residential sales, which include several years, that a dearth of inventory has impeded sales and
914-202-2392 condominium, co-op and two to four-family homes saw some put upward pressure on prices.
[email protected] slight decreases in the lower Hudson Valley. Rockland County Co-op sales, which tend to represent approximately 20 percent
914-202-2941 was the exception, experiencing an overall increase of 3.3 per- of the Westchester market, decreased by 6.4 percent for the year.
[email protected] cent. Single-family homes, the largest segment of the market, Nonetheless, prices for co-ops increased by 6.1 percent over 2018
845-621-4049 increased by 5.5 percent in Rockland for a total of 2,027 sales as with a median price of $175,000. Co-ops do not represent a sig-
[email protected] compared to 1,921 sales in 2018. ni cant portion of the market in the other counties in the region.
Westchester, the largest county in the region, had a decrease in Sales of condominiums presented a mixed picture with sales in
[email protected] single-family sales of less than 1 percent. Single-family sales to- Westchester up 1.9 percent, down in Putnam 10.6 percent, down
JENNIFER CONNELLY taled 5,832 compared with 5,883 in 2018. Interestingly, the me- in Rockland 7.2 percent and up in Orange by 4.9 percent. Sales
dian sales price increased 0.8 percent to $655,000. e median prices, however, were up in all but Putnam, where prices declined
SHELLEY KILCOYNE price in 2018 was $650,000. Orange County single-family sales by 1.8 percent.
914-924-9122 declined by 4.2 percent, the rst decline in single-family sales Total condo sales for the region were 2,509 units as compared
[email protected] since 2011. Concomitantly, prices for a single-family residence to 2,502 units in 2018 (Westchester-1335 units, Putnam-126,
in Orange rose 4.8 percent to $271,000 from $258,600 in 2018. Rockland-531, Orange-510).
PRODUCTION TEAM In Putnam County, single-family residential sales rose by less SEE HGAR PAGE 5
than 1 percent to 1,048 units as compared to 1,041 units in 2018.
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DESIGN • BUILD • REMODEL • SINCE 1973
FROM CONCEPT to COMPLETION
& EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP
Kitchens ~ Baths
Built-Ins ~ Pantries
Cabinetry ~ Countertops
Tile ~ Wood Floors
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New Year’s Resolution:
Commit to Home Improvement
Years before becoming a home stager, I purchased my rst likely be a family, senior, or young professional? Will the new
home, and as I pondered the inevitable and truly necessary up- GUEST owner be on a xed income, or is this his/her starter home? For
grades and changes, I was keenly aware of how important it was
to keep resale in mind. COLUMNIST me, knowing that I am the third owner of my home tells me that
I will probably not be the last. So I simply take what others have
Maybe I’m just an optimist, hoping that Prince Charming Susan Atwell started and build on it for the next owner.
or Publisher’s Clearing House will someday come knocking on Even so, I never make a change that I don’t absolutely love and–
my door, or maybe I just realize that you can never tell when life here’s the tricky part—know that I will love for years to come. My
will change. Whatever the reasons, I know I wouldn’t second rule of thumb is to go for classic design and neutrals with your
want to be forced to put my life on hold just because of a few ne- biggest and/or most labor-intensive investments. Have fun with color and style, with the
glected home improvements, repairs, or upgrades.“Be prepared” nishing touches like paint,light xtures,hardware,and accessories.I chose white cabinets,
is not only the Boy Scout motto, but mine as well. white tile, and white appliances. Sounds boring, right? All that white. Well, the beauty of
After moving into my small, one-bedroom condo, I made white is that it goes with any color palette you choose.You may need to repaint before the
a list of all the potential improvements. Besides the avocado sale, to depersonalize those choices, but you will probably need to do that anyway.
green kitchen appliances and 1970s wallpaper, there were Repairs and maintenance are your top priority. Keep up with minor repairs as they
all the builder-grade light xtures, moldings, and nishes. occur, and plan ahead for major maintenance and upgrades. Everyone knows that
My list included upgrades to the doors, moldings, ooring, kitchens and baths sell houses, so pay special attention to keeping these spaces cur-
recon guration of closets, a bathroom upgrade, and the rent. As stated earlier, paint, light xtures, hardware, and window treatments are easy
biggest item of all, a complete kitchen remodel. and inexpensive upgrades that can change the look and feel of a room for little invest-
Chunking it out by year makes it achievable. Each ment.Do you remember remarking on things during the buying process that you said
year, rst picking a project, then estimating costs and you would x after the purchase? Well, now is the time to t those items into your
setting the time line, along with the inevitable savings plan. Remember, if you didn’t like these things when you initially saw the home, it’s
plan, keeps the momentum going. Over the course of likely the next buyer won’t like them either.
seven years, learning and earning as I go, I worked Does this all sound like too much work? Well, imagine what a potential home
my way from the smallest and least expensive proj- buyer will say if you don’t make these changes. Not only are you asking a new buyer
ects to that nal and most ambitious project, the to pay big bucks for your home, you’re asking them to make the improvements that
kitchen remodel. you refused to tackle as well.Keep in mind–at a minimum–that buyers desire a move-
So why not make this year, and every year, the in-ready home. No buyer wants to pay top dollar for a project.
year you resolve to tackle just one of your own Having trouble choosing which projects to attack? Seek the advice of a profes-
home-improvement projects? is is an easy sional home stager. Use this time to brainstorm all your goals–both short and long
resolution that takes little willpower or sacri- term–while breaking them down by priority and value added.
ce. It’s not about restrictions, it’s about per- As a home stager, one of the saddest statements I hear from my home sellers is, “I
sonal enjoyment and return on investment. wish I had made these changes before I decided to sell so that I could enjoy them.”
e key is making changes that you will Start this year with no regrets, and end it happier than you were when it began.
enjoy while simultaneously adding value
to your biggest investment, your home. Susan Atwell, home staging expert and President of AtWellStagedHome.com in
My rst rule of thumb? Keep in mind Somers, NY, stages homes to sell quickly and for top dollar. To contact Susan, e-mail her
the next potential owner. Will it most at [email protected] or call 914-525-0454.
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HGAR FROM PAGE 2 Service, Inc. (HGMLS) is a subsidiary 5-COUNTY TOTAL RESIDENTIAL SALES
of the Hudson Gateway Association of 12,000
It appears that, to date, federal limitations Realtors, Inc. (HGAR). HGMLS’s principal
on state and local property, income and sales service area consists of Westchester, Putnam, 10,000
tax deductions (SALT) have had limited im- Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties. 8,000
pact on the lower Hudson Valley real estate It also provides services to Realtors in
market. is may in part be due to the ongo- Bronx, Dutchess, and Ulster Counties. e 6,000
ing economic development initiatives in the reported transactions do not include all real
region. With a very low unemployment rate estate sales in the area or all sales assisted by 4,000
of 3.4 percent in November (NYS Dept. of the participating o ces, but they are fairly 2,000
Labor) and continuing economic expansion re ective of general market activity. HGMLS
across the region, from a $2 billion NYS in- does not provide data on sub-county areas 0
vestment in infrastructure improvements in but persons desiring such data are invited to Putnam Rockland Orange Sullivan
2016 2017 2018 2019
the Bronx, continuing bio-tech expansion and contact Realtor o ces in the desired areas.
new luxury residential rentals in Westchester, Prior reports back to 1981 as well as current
Legoland (scheduled opening, spring) and ex- market information and a directory of Realtor Annual Median Single Family Sales Prices
pansion of Woodbury Commons retail outlets members are available on the Association’s Web 700,000
in Orange and tourism development in Sulli- site, www.hgar.com. 500,000
van County, the region remains poised to con- 300,000
tinue to see a robust housing market in 2020. * e median sale price is the mid-point of all 100,000
Adding to optimism for a vibrant market reported sales, i.e., half of the properties sold 0
is the enduring low interest rate environment, for more than the median price and half for 2016 2017 2018 2019
which most economists see continuing into less. e median is relatively una ected by Westchester 623,350 642,000 650,000 655,000
2020. e one caveat to a continuing healthy unusually high or low sales prices. e mean Putnam 425,000 440,000 460,000 455,000
market is low inventory, which continues to sale price is the arithmetic average, i.e., the Rockland 325,000 337,500 350,000 358,500
haunt our entire region. sum of all sales prices divided by the number Orange 228,000 243,000 258,600 271,000
of sales. e mean does re ect the in uence of Sullivan 116,000 118,750 128,000 142,500
e Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing sales at unusually low or high prices. Westchester Putnam Rockland Orange Sullivan
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in the sunshine, and a wide spiral staircase to the master Situated on a private lane, this home is thoughtfully designed is centrally located and minut
bedroom suite creating your own private oasis. This beautifully and spacious—both understated and sophisticated in a style ing towns. A gem of a home o
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Nicely situated in a lovely neighborhood setting, this property VG doors, detailed trim, hand distressed maple staircases to a level backyard, living room
even has lake rights to Lake Oscawana! with iron rails, chef’s kitchen with granite, stainless steel a Vermont casting wood-burn
and custom cabinets. The bedroom level features a shared bedroom has a renovated ma
Patricia Canniﬀ, balcony for several rooms, the master en-suite with dressing Two additional bedrooms, h
Associate Real room, gorgeous bath and private patio. Additional sitting lots of closets throughout. Th
Estate Broker room and 2 bedrooms, hall bath and laundry room ﬁnish ished to suit your needs.
this level. A full guest/au-pair suite with its own staircase & Backyard is private
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How to Protect Wood Floors from Inclement Weather
Wood oors are a worthwhile investment that can inside a home. Hard chunks of salt can scratch wood can eventually evaporate into the air. e heat will suck
improve the beauty and function of just about any oors, and, if left to sit, that salt can eventually cause that moisture from the ooring, causing it to shrink,
room in a home. Even though wood oors are durable, white marks and other stains. Routinely vacuuming creak and splinter and become more brittle. ink
and new protective treatments help seal out many of and sweeping up salt is necessary to protect wood about investing in an in-line humidi er for the home’s
the things that may have damaged oors in the past, oors. HVAC system that can keep a moderate amount of
homeowners still need to prioritize protecting their • Invest in shoe storage. Wet or snowy boots can cre- humidity in the home. Hardwood oorboards are in-
hardwood oors. ate puddles around the house. Have a special mat or stalled to accommodate minor temperature and hu-
Certain seasons of the year can be more harsh on tray by the front door where wet shoes can be kept. A midity uctuations. is is typically a range of between
wood oors than others. For example, seasons char- nice bench in the entryway makes it easy for residents 60 and 80 degrees F with a relative humidity range of
acterized by moisture and precipitation, particularly and guests to remove their shoes until it’s time to go 35 to 55 percent, advises ServiceMaster.
the early spring, winter and fall, can be hard on wood back outside. • Use the right cleaning products. Avoid excessive
oors. e experts at ServiceMaster Clean say that • Use water-wicking mats. Homeowners will prob- water to clean wood oors, and select soaps that are
cold, snowy days can damage wood oors, and winter ably need a few extra mats around to tame errant drips specially designed for wood ooring. Consult with the
weather can be harsh on ooring. and wipe shoes. Any entrance that might be used by ooring manufacturer for a list of detergents that are
Homeowners need not give up on hardwood if they people or pets should be protected. Try to avoid pe- safe to use.
live in an area that sees all four seasons. ey just need troleum-based, rubber-backed mats, as they could dis- With proper care, hardwood ooring can survive
to take a few steps to keep oors looking beautiful. color the wood oor. rain, snow and cold weather.
• Clean up the salt. Salt that keeps sidewalks and • Control humidity indoors. Cold, dry air in a home
streets clear of snow and ice inadvertently gets tracked can be problematic because the moisture in the wood is article is provided by Metro Creative Connection.
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