Croton on Hudson, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for carpeting for your home in Croton-on-Hudson NY? Whether you're looking for carpeting for your bedroom, living room, family room or basement or even the whole house, we know it can be challenging to find the right carpet. How do you know which type of carpet is best for each setting? Which is right for your home and your budget? Which types are better for steps and high traffic areas? Which colors work best? Which ones last longer and which hide or repel dirt the best? Who should you have install your carpet? There's really a lot to consider and sometimes it gets overwhelming and more confusing when you go to a store. Well here's where we can help. We make finding carpeting simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighti...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for hardwood flooring for your home in Croton-on-Hudson, NY? Or, if you already have hardwood flooring, we can stain and refinish it for you. We know it can be challenging to find the right hardwood. How do you know which type of hardwood is right for you and your home? Which wood species and color will look best and last longest? Which ones work with your budget? Who should you have install the hardwood floors? Well here's where we can help. We make finding hardwood flooring simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting - the way it will look in real life. We'll help you color coordinate with your paint and furniture colors. We'll help you find hardwoods that stand up well to pets or work well in kitchens. Just let us ...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
  This market report is for single family homes in the Croton-Harmon school district. All data is from the Empire Access (formerly Westchester-Putnam) MLS. Contract and asking prices are list prices, as contractual prices are not disclosed until closing.  Croton is constipated. What else can you say about a market that had 12 pending sales last month and closed only 3? Croton now has 14 homes under contract, waiting to close, either by design or, more likely, because it is hard to get across the finish line these days. I predicted a big November last month based on all those pending deals, but that will have to wait. The median sales price is down a bit from last year, but honestly, what can you read into 3 crummy sales? Croton has 3 large franchises and another big independent office. ...
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
I was not prepared for the windy day we had here yesterday in NY! My day started in Croton on Hudson and took me down county for another part of the day, and boy, I’m glad I let my hair go wavy, later it was gorgeous windblown and not ever to replicate. :) It was W-I-N-D-Y! I didn’t realize the havoc going on in my own town until I returned; fallen trees, power outages, the winds were up to 40mph! Maybe to some of you that is not that windy, but to us and to all the trees we are surrounded by, the day was a whirlwind and all the leaves are gone. The pic here is from my patio, as you can see it is a carpet of leaves, and I obviously need to call my landscaper! It still looks pretty.  
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
Croton on Hudson, NY: Croton Landing, a beautiful riverfront park, has been selected  as the memorial site to honor four local residents who died on 9/11, emergency responders, and the many impacted by this day. Croton Landing is a beautiful and tranquil location right on the Hudson River, on a clear day you can see the Manhattan skyline, I see it as a perfect spot for such a significant memorial. The committee who is bringing this about are Linda D. Puglisi, Supervisor of the Town of Cortlandt,Sean Murray, Mayor of the Village of Buchanan, Leo A.  Wiegman, Mayor of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Abraham J. Zambrano, Manager of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson,Janet M. Mainiero, Project Director and Croton resident. Two steel girders from the World trade center have been approved and ...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
This market report is for single family homes in the Croton-Harmon school district. All data is from the Empire Access (formerly Westchester-Putnam) MLS. Contract and asking prices are list prices, as contractual prices are not disclosed until closing.  Croton had 5 closings in October at a median price of $400,000, considerably lower than the $679,000 median of a year ago. I wouldn't read too much into this, as the month just had lower prices homes close this time around. Last month the median price of homes under contract was $420,000, so a lower median sales price this month is no surprise. Expect a far higher median price in November. The median asking price of the 12 homes under contract is a very robust $679,000. 60 homes are available for sale.   To find your dream home in Croton...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Since I have Croton on the mind, I'll share a recent "date night" Ann and I had recently. Hey. Get your mind out of the gutter. That's my job. We went to Memphis Mae's, a terrific Barbecue Restaurant right in the heart of the village with fantastic ribs, wings, pulled pork, Cajun food, and plenty more.  The decor is very nice: tin ceiling, nice, clean bar (no TV. This is not a pub, and they don't push for a bar crowd. They are about the food), and Mardis Gras beads adorn the fixtures.  You can get anything from a snack of wings all the way up to a nice steak dinner with all the side dishes you can think of. They have all the things you might expect, like chili, catfish and brisket, but they are creative as well: we had barbecue calamari and fried oysters. As a matter of fact, the choice...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Westchester residents have long known the strategic role our county plays in the New York City water supply. Our network or reservoirs, dams and aqueducts provide the lion's share of water to the largest city in the country, but they also give us some fantastic parks and pieces of scenery. Today I had the opportunity to drive through Cortlandt Manor and Croton on Hudson, and the reservoir views with autumn here were breathtaking.   Croton Gorge Park is the site of the Croton Dam, which along with Kensico Dam helped create the whole reservoir system. The park is open from 8am to dusk, has plenty of parking and greenery, and the view of the gorge waterfall is awe inspiring. We brought the kids today and they absolutely loved it. I saved it to the GPS favorites so Ann can bring them back w...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
  Croton on Hudson is the village directly north of Ossining. It is a very charming locale on the Hudson with parks, great neighborhoods, and a large train station hub on the Metro North Hudson Line. My older brother and his family also live there. I used to camp at Croton Point Park as a Boy Scout, and I have many happy memories of the place. In the near future I'll blog about some great places to dine in Croton.   This market report is for single family homes in the Croton-Harmon school district. All data is from the Westchester-Putnam MLS. Last month stunk. This month was much better.  Croton had 8 closings in September at a median price of $459,000, doubling the number of sales from a year before, and at a $84,000 higher median price. Very strong. 13 homes are under contract, and 65...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
This market report is for single family homes in the Croton-Harmon school district. All data is from the Westchester-Putnam MLS. Last month I wrote the following observation: The median asking price of $624,450 is over 100k more than the median sales price, so I don't think we'll see a huge increase in volume until buyers and sellers are more aligned. Buyers want to spend less; sellers want more; imagine that.  Well guess what? See below: Only 1 home closed in Croton in August, and at $425,000, it sold for over $25,000 over asking. Other than that, sellers got nothing. The number of homes under contract swelled up to 17, with a median asking price of...wait for it...$425,000.  The median asking price of unsold available properties in Croton? $598,500. Does this mean that if you want $6...
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
This year I never got around to planning or planting a vegetable garden simply because I have been so damn busy and my husband simply wasn't feelin' it. Luckily for me, due to the lack of rain and mandatory limited use of water, I didn't have the disappointment and frustration others have experienced with their vegetable gardens.  I am going to come clean and mention the handful of times I did water (with guilt!) my butterfly garden and the recently planted shrubs I have in front of my home. I also will share with you I do have well water but the guilt and shame is still there. One of my usual trail runs takes me down and around Silver Lake and pass the Croton Community Garden, (kudos to the efforts of the Village and residents who have organized the garden!), and let me tell you how tr...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Croton on Hudson's real estate market appears solid and on the upward trend compared to one year ago. The transaction total is up, the median sales price is up $15,000 to just over half a million, and there are 11 homes under contract, up from 9 last month in this beautiful village on the scenic Hudson River.   72 homes are available for sale, which is quite a bit of choice for buyers. The median asking price of $624,450 is over 100k more than the median sales price, so I don't think we'll see a huge increase in volume until buyers and sellers are more aligned. Buyers want to spend less; sellers want more; imagine that.  Previous posts on Croton on Hudson All information is from the Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service. 
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
In the charm filled Village of Croton on Hudson, NY, 30 miles North of NYC and along the Hudson River is a place with natural beauty and a history dating back to the early 1600's. The history of Croton on Hudson and its community dates back to the 17th century when Hendrick Hudson sailed along the Hudson River and anchored his ship, where he met and traded with the Kitchawanic Indians who called this area Senasqua.  When Dutch settlers signed a peace treaty with the local Kitchawanc Indians, this set in motion an unfolding of events into the 19th century where growth continued and multiplied with the building of the railroad, the Croton Dam, and the aqueduct that brought many immigrants to the area and population swelled.  In 1898 the Village became incorporated, and became a place of i...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Croton on Hudson is a village located directly north of Ossining in northwest Westchester County in the town of Cortlandt. The train station is considered a busy hub on the Hudson line of Metro North, and the village is also the home of my older brother. Do with that last bit what you will. This market report is for single family homes in the Croton-Harmon school district, which is not coterminous with the village but is close.  All information is from the Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service.  The median price is up $20,000 from last June in Croton. There were also 7 sales this June compared to only 4 last June. There are 9 homes under contract at a rather high median asking price- over $600,000- but inventory of active homes has swelled to 80. Overall, things are looking up. T...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Croton on Hudson is a charming village located in northwest Westchester County in the town of Cortlandt.  This market report is for single family homes in the Croton-Harmon school district, which is not coterminous with the village but is close.  All information is from the Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service.  Prices are up considerably in Croton, but there were only 3 closed sales in May compared to 6 in May 2009. The area tends to be in close harmony with the school year cycle, so I expect a busy June because school is out and the stimulus deadline is June 30. 11 homes are under contract or pending sale, and there are 68 homes listed actively for sale. Buyers have lots of options to choose from in Croton.  To give some perspective, Croton had 1 closing in May of 2006 and 6 c...
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
One of the ways for me to "keep it together" and live a more balanced life is running in the woods. Between the everyday nuances of having a child, a home, and business as a Realtor, running in nature helps me put it all in perspective.  Living in Croton on Hudson for the past 9 years has given me the opportunity to go off road, whether running or biking. When I lived in NYC, and having  passion for these sports(as well as inline skating)  it was easily fulfilled in Central Park, where I lived near and became a backyard of sorts (I actually became quite a skilled rider on blades or biking through Manhattan from the wee hours to rush hour, talk about adrenaline! ) I still do bike and skate but those adventures take a bit more time, and when I can I squeeze them in between everything else...
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
OK, so you are ready to buy your first home, now what to do? First of all, you need a pre-approval to put  an offer on a home, and it must be current. Also, most Realtors will not work with a buyer client who does not a have a current pre-approval in hand.  Realtors only work with qualified buyers for it shows you are qualified and motivated to go to the next step of actually purchasing a home. So, what exactly is a pre-approval letter? It's a document that shows the seller you have been evaluated regarding your credit history, the capacity of what you can borrow in regards to you and/or partner, determined through your financial references, as well as employment history and verification.  This process can be done over the phone with the loan officer asking critical questions, and also ...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Arrowcrest is small, exclusive neighborhood in Croton on Hudson that has a beautiful view of the Hudson River and abuts Hudson National Golf Club. The striking thing about the development is the great job they did to blend Arrowcrest homes in with the wooded nature of the area. The builder did not "scorch the Earth" and clear cut every inch the way I have lamented in the past. This is not only prettier, it yields more privacy for the homes. Although the oldest home here is only about 12, the maturity of the Arrowcrest neighborhood makes it feel far more established.    The subdivision was built mostly from 1998-2000. The average Arrowcrest home is about 4000 square feet with a 1-plus-acre lot. The last three sales in the development, all within the last 6 months, ranged from $875,000 to...
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I have a closing in Croton-on-Hudson today, one of several in the past few months.  I lived in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson for about 9 years and I know the area very well.  For buyers who want space and land, want easy access to the Hudson River Valley for skiing or hiking, want to sit by the Hudson River and all of it's glory, want proximity to be within 20 minutes of Connecticut (closest Costco), 20 minutes to White Plains and a beautiful commute down the Hudson and into New York City within 50 minutes this is the place for you.  Boating, sledding and the best ice cream at the Blue Cow and now at the Purple Monkey ice cream shops.     The house that is closing, to give you an example for what your money buys in this area is a 2400 sq ft, contemporary on 2 acres (flat and useable),...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
I've got Croton on Hudson on the mind lately. It isn't because my older brother has lived there for 30 years or because I camped at Croton Point Park as a young scout dozens of times. It could be because the only Bed and Breakfast in all of Westchester County is here, or maybe the numerous excellent restaurants. The real reason Croton is on my mind is because I'll be leasing office space there in the near future, and I intend to do more business in the area in 2010. Downtown Croton is idyllic- small shops, food, boutiques, and towny-type places that date back prior to my youth.      The Village has one of the biggest train stations on the Hudson line of Metro North. It is a major interchange, and even Amtrak stops here.   The views of the Hudson River from many points on the Village are...
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