Living in Tuckahoe, New York

Tuckahoe, NY

For those New Yorkers looking for a short commute, easy access to restaurants, culture and possibly a yard for your dog, we have found the right place for you-Tuckahoe, NY.  This .6-square-mile village is located in the Town of Eastchester, in southern Westchester. This idyllic location is about 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan and boasts a diverse community with its population of about 7,000. Developers have recently taken an interest in the area and some new projects include a 19-unit luxury condominium, along with a 153-room Marriott Hotel complex. Although, there are new developments happening, the charm of the village still remains.

Here are some of the things we love about Tuckahoe:

Community – Most of the village is residential, except for Marbledale Avenue and the downtown areas. Homes include a mix of Colonials, Capes and Tudors; mostly on small lots with tree lined streets. Tuckahoe’s size makes it a great walking village with regulars frequenting the shops and downtown area daily.

Restaurants and entertainment – Tuckahoe residents enjoy many of the family-owned restaurants, farmers markets & community events that are organized regularly.  Every season brings a new flurry of happenings!

NY Commuting – Commuters can catch Metro-North’s Harlem line at the Tuckahoe or Crestwood stations; trains to and from Grand Central Station average an easy 28 to 38 minutes.

If you’re looking to buy a home in Tuckahoe, contact our team of experts to help you!

 

How To Stage Your Home

How to Stage Your Home

If you want to get the best selling price for your home it’s very important that your first impression is strong.   The better maintained, clean, and clutter-free the house looks, the easier it will be for potential buyers to imagine themselves there.  Here are some helpful tips on how to stage your home.

The Exterior: First Impressions count!

A lot of people will just do a quick drive by to decide if a house is even worth considering.   Catch their eye by creating an inviting exterior with these tips:

  • Fix or replace anything damaged or worn such as gutters, windows, and light fixtures.
  • Touch up all exterior paint
  • Fix doorbells, tighten loose doorknobs, and all squeaking hinges
  • Clean and or paint the front door and replace the “Welcome” mat, if necessary
  • Green-up dry lawn patches, plant extra flowers for color, and place potted plants beside the front door
  • Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges and shrubs, weed and edge gardens
  • Power wash the porch, siding, deck and patio
  • Clean your air conditioner
  • If you have a pool, make sure it’s clean and functioning properly in season and closed properly in the off-season

Minor repairs that go a long way

There are few things that put buyers off more than viewing a home that appears to be neglected. Maximize your chances for getting top dollar by making these minor repairs:

  •  Fix or replace cracked molding or floor tiles, loose door knobs, squeaky door hinges, closets or screen doors that are off their tracks, bathroom lighting and hardware, toilet seats, loose caulking or grout
  • Fix and touch-up walls, ceilings, windows and doors
  • Brighten interiors with a new coat of paint in light, neutral colors
  • Shampoo carpets and rugs; replace if necessary
  • Make sure major appliances are in good working order
  • Replace switch and outlet plates and heat/cooling vents with new ones if they are discolored or cracked
  • Clean and paint basement concrete floors and walls
  • Clean water heater and drain sediment; change furnace filter

Get organized and get rid of clutter

For most buyers, cluttered homes tend to appear smaller, darker, and somehow in need of more maintenance. Follow these tips to make your house seem brighter, open and spacious, cleaner, and require less work:

  • Tidy the entrance, keep stairs and halls clear
  • Create space by storing all excess furniture
  • Remove from closets, cabinets and shelves- any clothes or items you won’t need until after moving
  • Organize kitchen counter tops. Remove small appliances to make the counters seem more spacious.
  • Apply air freshener to add a pleasant scent
  • Throw out any unnecessary items in an unfinished basement.

Make market-smart renovations

Resisting renovation work because you’re afraid you won’t recoup the cost? Well, in many cases, minor renovations will more than pay for themselves.

Here are some we recommend:

  • Kitchens – Consider putting in new flooring, counter tops, appliances and lighting, as buyers typically look for updated kitchens.
  • Bathrooms – Opt for good lighting, large mirrors, attractive fixtures and materials, and plenty of storage. Repaint using neutral colors.
  • Energy-Efficient Improvements – Think “green”! Energy-saving upgrades and repairs that reduce fuel bills can be a real selling point.

Need help getting your home ready to sell?  Contact Houlihan & O’Malley today. We can help you determine the smartest decisions for your particular home and budget.

Here’s what happened in March at Houlihan & O’Malley!

Tuckahoe Real Estate

We signed 4 new listings: 

793 Palmer Road Unit#2F, Bronxville, NY – this Move in ready one bedroom, one bath co-op, located         on the second floor is newly renovated and listed for $159,000. Just a short walk into the   Village of Bronxville, Metro North train station, shopping, bars/restaurants and sidewalk cafes.

Bronxville Real Estate

 14 Somerset Drive, Yonkers, NY – split level home with so much to offer  listed at $510,000. With 5 bedrooms and 2 and a half bathrooms, there is room for any family. Recent improvements include a new roof (one layer), freshly painted interior and a new awning for the rear patio.

Yonkers Real Estate

307 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe, NY – gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath 1928 Tudor home listed for $569,000 in desirable Crestwood. The large open floor plan features a lovely sun-filled living room, wood burning fireplace, renovated kitchen, open to dining room,  full attic with lots of storage, fully finished basement and classic hardwood floors throughout. A NYC commute is less then 30 minutes from Crestwood to Grand Central Station.

Tuckahoe Real Estate

17 Carver Terrace, Yonkers, NY – 1917, 3 bedroom 3 bath, Dutch Colonial situated on a peaceful dead end street in sought after Colonial Heights is offered at $749,000. From the entryway to the third floor, this house portrays the true essence of classic charm. Beautifully landscaped yard features mature plants and a lawn sprinkler system.

Yonkers Real Estate

We had 2 new contracts:

14 Westview Avenue Unit#206, Tuckahoe, NY – sun-filled 2 bedroom 1 bath co-op with a western exposure, conveniently located less than 2 blocks from the Metro North and Downtown Tuckahoe, asking price $250,000. The huge living room opens to a private balcony overlooking the building’s manicured grounds.

23 Chittenden Avenue, Tuckahoe, NY – 3 bedroom 1.5 bath charming side hall colonial in ideal Crestwood location asking price $459,000. This bright and cheery home boasts a living room with large windows, a substantial dining room, a sun filled den, a walk up attic and a partially finished basement with a one car garage. Had unprecedented interest resulting in multiple bids and a contract price far in excess of the asking price.

Tuckahoe Real Estate

We also had one closing:

192 Crestwood Avenue, Tuckahoe, NY – this charming 4 bedroom 2 bath with inviting front porch in central Crestwood had an asking price of $639,000 sold for $650,000.  The house features large windows throughout, two fireplaces, a spacious eat-in kitchen, and a basement with a rec room, laundry, storage and utilities.

Tuckahoe Real Estate

Ready to buy your dream home or sell your current home? Contact the team at Houlihan & O’Malley and let’s get started!

 

Buying a Home – Our Team will Help!

Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate

So you’ve found the perfect home. Now what?

MAKE AN OFFER

First you will want to make an offer.  But an offer is more than just saying how much you want to pay for the house.  Your offer should include these four things:

  1. The price you are willing to pay
  2. Your preferred closing date
  3. How you will finance the purchase along with either a proof of funds (paying cash or a mortgage pre-approval, if financing)
  4. The contingencies of your offer (including inspections and mortgage approval)

COUNTER OFFERS

Once you’ve made your offer, you will most likely be met with a counter offer.  If, after successive counter offers, you and the seller reach an agreement on price and terms, it is called an “accepted offer.” This is a non-binding agreement that you will want to put into writing (i.e. signed contract) as soon as possible.  The seller’s attorney will then send your attorney the contract of sale and once both parties have signed, you have a fully-executed Contract of Sale.

SECURE YOUR FINANCING

Once you have a signed contract, you will need to formally apply for the mortgage. Your lender will order an appraisal of the property where your Realtor will meet the appraiser at the property and supply the appraiser with appropriate comparable sales.  When the loan is fully underwritten, your lender will provide you with a Mortgage Commitment letter.

CLOSE THE DEAL

After the contract is executed, you will need to do a title search to make sure there are no outstanding claims against the title of the property as well as obtain a homeowner’s insurance policy. Before the closing, you will have one last chance to walk through the property to make sure everything is the way it was when you made your offer.  At the actual closing, you will sign all the required paper work and pay all closing costs, legal fees, property adjustments, and transfer taxes. Then you’ll receive a copy of all the documents and finally, be given the keys to your new home.

If you or someone you know is deciding to buy a home, contact us today and take advantage of all the knowledge, experience, and professionalism Houlihan & O’Malley offers.

New Real Estate Listings and New Real Estate Closings!

Bronxville Real Estate

Houlihan & O’Malley added 3 new listings waiting for the perfect buyer in the month of February:

5 Midland Gardens Unit #2-i, Bronxville, NY COOP- this fully renovated one bedroom in Midland Gardens, listed for $299,000, offers a great Manhattan alternative and is walkable to everything: Metro North, Soul Cycle, Starbucks, the Movie theater, restaurants, Pure Barre, and the Bronx River Parkway bike/run trail.

23 Chittenden, Tuckahoe, NY – this charming and wonderfully laid out 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath side hall colonial is listed for $459,000. Nestled in an ideal Crestwood location, the house is an easy walk to Metro North, shopping, and around the corner from Crestwood’s own storybook public library.

2 Wellyn Road, Bronxville, NY – this incredible 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath house listed at $1,095,000 has it all: living room with a fireplace, formal dining room, expansive kitchen, a family room with patio access, a mudroom in the back, master suite with luxe bathroom and large closets, and a great basement level rec room. Expanded and completely remodeled in 2005; the good life will be yours when you move in.

We also had 3 new contracts:

1200 Midland Avenue Unit 10F, Bronxville, NY COOP– Amazingly spacious Junior 4 layout in sought after Bronxville Knolls Tower; asking price of $189,000. This west facing home provides remarkable sunsets and the central location gives easy access to all major highways, the Metro North station at Fleetwood, as well as the Bee Line bus service to Manhattan.

5 Brooklands Unit #3K, Bronxville, NY COOP– This spacious and light-filled 3-bedroom, 2 bath unit is located on the top floor of a classic pre-war building; asking price of $364,000. The less than five-minute walk to Bronxville Village and the Metro North Station makes it a sought-after complex.

109 North Road, Eastchester, NY – beautiful 4-bedroom, 3 bath Bronxville Manor home on a large corner lot; asking price of $940,000. Includes modern eat in kitchen, formal living room with fireplace and an additional 1000 sq. feet in newly finished walk-out basement.

If you are ready to buy your dream home or sell your current home, contact the team at Houlihan & O’Malley and let’s get started!

New Year, New Real Estate Closings! Here’s what happened in January…

Real Estate Closing

We are excited to have begun 2018 with 5  real estate closings in January.

  • 42 Pondfield Road West, 5F, Bronxville PO/Yonkers, NY-this recently updated one bedroom co-op sold for $165,000. Located right near the Bronxville Metro North Station, Bronx River bike/jogging path, shops, movies, restaurants, Starbucks and Soul Cycle!

  • 14 Leewood Circle. Unit #7R, Eastchester, NY-this delightful, roomy 2 bedroom unit sold for $269,000. Great location, only .6 miles from the Metro North Crestwood train station and very close to the Hutch, Cross County and Bronx River Parkways.

  • 94 Waverly Avenue, Eastchester, NY-beautiful, 4 bedroom, 2 bath 1931 English Tudor home sold for $725,000. Set back on a large corner lot in desirable Bronxville Manor.

  • 180 Bronxville Road, Bronxville PO/Yonkers, NY-this lovely center hall colonial in perfect condition sold for $665,000. Just a 10 minute walk to the Bronxville Metro North station and all that Bronxville has to offer.

  • 198 Hollywood Avenue, Tuckahoe, NY-Picture perfect Crestwood Colonial located on one of the most desirable blocks in Crestwood sold for $609,000. Easy walk to local schools, parks, shopping and to the Crestwood Metro North station.

We are looking forward to another great year helping you with all your real estate needs.  If you are ready to buy your dream home or sell your current home, contact the team at Houlihan & O’Malley and let’s get started!

 

Why consider moving to the Bronxville area?

Bronxville, NY

Picturesque and pristine, Bronxville, NY is one of the country’s best places to live with beautiful green spaces, excellent restaurants, great shopping, and fun community events.

Check out our list of great things to do in the area:

PARKS

Get some fresh air at Bronxville’s over 70 acres of parkland.  Go for a walk or a bike ride at the scenic Bronx River Parkway. Take horseback riding lessons at Twin Lakes Farms or enjoy the butterfly garden and bird sanctuary at The Nature Preserve.

DOWNTOWN

Explore quaint downtown lined with local boutiques, eateries, a bookstore, and movie theater. Wanting an adventure outside Bronxville? Walk to the Metro-North train station at its convenient downtown location.

RESTAURANTS

An absolutely amazing array of restaurants and food options are available in the village.  Enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio at Scalini Osteria, have a nice dinner at Sammy’s Downtown Bistro & Bar, or meet up for a drink at Bistro 143.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy family fun, live music, and dancing under the stars every Wednesday night during the summer months.  Presented by the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce.

Not only is Bronxville a beautiful place to live with great outdoor recreation but it also boasts excellent schools and a great community to raise a family, making Bronxville real estate a desirable investment.

Thinking of Selling Your Home?

Westchester County Real Estate

There are several things to think about when selling your home.  Our team of expert real estate agents can help you with making important decisions and making the process run smoothly for you.  Here are a few items we can help with.

  • What is a realistic asking price that the current market will support?
  • How should you market your home to maximize exposure to buyers?
  • How should you stage your house for showings?
  • What current market changes could affect your property’s sale?
  • How to pre-qualify potential buyers.
  • Keep you promptly informed of feedback from all showings and open houses.
  • Promptly present and offer advice on all offers.
  • Negotiate on your behalf to get the highest possible price and best terms for you.
  • Manage all of the contract paperwork, title and transaction details with your appointed attorney.

Houlihan & O’Malley is committed to all of our clients’ successful real estate transactions.  We give every client our complete attention to detail and help them make smart decisions.  We have a proven track record of success in selling and buying homes and would be glad to help you!

For more advice on selling your home, please visit our Sellers Guide, or call us 914.337.7888.

To view some of our recent sales , please visit –  https://www.houlihanomalley.com/recently-solds/

Houlihan & O’Malley Close out 2017 with a Great December!

Bronxville

We enjoyed a great December to close out the year.  Our team had 5 closings.

298 Crestwood Avenue – we rented this beautiful 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom home in the Crestwood section of Yonkers for $3600/month. Its close proximity to Metro North and only a 30 minute ride to Grand Central makes it a very convenient location.

298 Crestwood, Tuckahoe, NY

 

294 Bronxville Road, #6H, Bronxville PO – great co-op apartment sold for $310,000. 2 bedroom/1 bathroom, close to park and railroad

198 Hollywood Avenue – charming single family home in Crestwood sold for $609,000. 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom home with large living room, fireplace and updated kitchen is close to railroad, park and school.

198 Hollywood Ave, Tuckahoe, NY

 

10 Old Mamaroneck Road, #7L, White Plains – we sold this co-op apartment for $290,000. Features included all new floors and kitchen, residents only fitness area and a doorman.

 

188 Chittenden Avenue, Crestwood – Beautiful 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom Tudor home sold for $580,000. This single family home also has a full basement and is close to park, school and railroad.

188 Chittenden Ave, Tuckahoe

We also listed a new single family rental-69 Rossmore Avenue, Bronxville PO/Yonkers, just steps away from the center of the Village.

 

 

And found the buyer for 356 Pondfield Road in Bronxville; currently in contract.

We are all excited for a great 2018 and are here to help you with all your real estate needs!  Contact the team at Houlihan & O’Malley if you are ready to buy your dream home or sell your current home.

 

Top Real Estate Tips for Finding Your Perfect Home in Bronxville

Bronxville, NY

Are you thinking of buying a piece of property in the Bronxville area soon? If so, use these tips to help make the process as easy as possible for you.

  1. Make a written list of what it is you want in your home. This will help you with your search and help your agent show you relevant properties.
  2. Make sure you can afford the home. Many people get excited by the prospect of owning, but they do not factor in other costs, such as taxes and utilities. You need to know the true costs of buying.  And now you have to be sure of the effect of the new tax law.
  3. Check out the neighborhood. While anyone can talk about how great a neighborhood is in an online listing, you will want to visit the location to see for yourself. Is it convenient? Is it safe? What can you walk to?
  4. Get pre-approved for a loan, this shows sellers that you are a serious buyer and will help when you make an offer and will strengthen your position in the negotiation.
  5. Work with a quality agent who truly knows and understands the Bronxville area.
  6. Don’t get frustrated if it takes you longer than you thought to find the perfect property.  When looking, it takes time to find the right place to call home.

At Houlihan & O’Malley, all of our Real Estate Agents are very knowledgeable of the Bronxville area and surrounding neighborhoods.  Each of our clients’ receive the highest level of professional and personal service.  We will help you find the right home at the right price and help you close in a timely and efficient manner.

For more information on our company or to contact us, visit www.houlihanomalley.com or call 914.337.7888.  Also, feel free to drop in to our office!