Just Listed-in Garrison, NY

002-207947-_MG_3072_4393197Authentic post and beam custom built country retreat sits high above, on over 4 acres surrounded by golf course and lush mature trees. Covered front porch greets you as you enter the double, solid wood front doors to the contemporary style open floor plan. The center piece of the home is the oversized, hearth Rumsford fireplace. Open kitchen with breakfast nook, dining area, private office and powder room complete the first level. French doors lead to the travertine patio on one side and the oversized deck on the other side. Enjoy beautiful wooded views, open sky, rolling hills. A roaring fire in Winter or a campfire and s’mores in Summer and Fall make this country living all you could ask for. Just 5 minutes to the Garrison train. A beautiful 66 minute ride along the mighty Hudson River takes you directly to Grand Central Station. Built in 2000, this young home is ready for year round living or as a second home for rest, relaxation and Hudson River enjoyment. Just move in!

To see more of the property click below or call me for further information.
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JUST LISTED IN IRVINGTON-HOME WITH A VIEW

001-188040-_MG_3053_3819976 croppedWarm and elegant describes this classic Legend Hollow home situated overlooking the Ardsley Country Club golf course. Step into luxury with two fireplaces, temperature controlled wine cellar, media room and sauna. Relax in one of the newly designed baths from Waterworks including the master with radiant floor heat and a soaking tub or rain head shower to help melt the day away. The open floor plan and large family room beckons family gatherings and entertaining while enjoying the spectacular views of the 14the hole and beyond. Relax in one of five generously sized bedrooms or work out in the finished lower level with room for gym, pool table, and play space all with direct access to the yard. Generous stone patios for outdoor entertaining complete this beautiful home just waiting for you to enjoy.

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CINDY

NEW CONSTRUCTION in the Rivertowns!-Irvington-on-Hudson, NY

Picture1The last of two new construction homes tucked into the Hudson View Park community in the historic village of Irvington. Situated on deep, level, private homesites, features include hardwood floors throughout, custom kitchens and baths, walk out basements (an additional 780sf), two car garage and everything just as you want it! Just minutes from town, train and schools. Fast turn around, quality construction by local Irvington builder. Images are artist’s representation and subject to change.

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CINDY

 

JUST LISTED-8 Shady Lane, Irvington, NY

002-1626511-largeMasterfully crafted, new construction by sought after builder, Joseph DeNardo, this spectacular home is nestled on almost one and a quarter acres on a private lane in the heart of Irvington. Generously proportioned formal living and dining room. Spacious, open floor plan in the heart of the home features family room with stone fireplace, breakfast room, custom kitchen cabinetry, pantry, state of the art appliances, french doors to patio and sprawling, level yard with room for pool. First floor guest suite, mudroom and three car garage complete the main living level. Sumptuous master suite with tray ceiling, sitting room with fireplace, enormous master bath, all bedrooms with en suite baths. Bonus room, finished lower level with 10′ ceilings, full bath, private gym, room for wine cellar and theater. This spectacular home is outfitted with Crestron smart A/V. This prestigious Irvington location offers privacy, estate living all a quick walk to Main St., shops and Metro North.

For a virtual tour go to 8shadylaneirvington.com

For further information contact:

CINDY

New listing! New construction! Gracemere at Emerald Woods

GracemereUnexpected opportunity to own last remaining custom home in Gracemere at Emerald Woods. Offering classic, farmhouse style colonials, reminiscent of the homes that have come to symbolize the Hudson River Valley country-side, each residence features well-appointed kitchens, luxurious baths, spacious master suites and expansive family rooms. Quality finishes that only a custom home can provide. Set on nearly 1.25 acres, surrounded by protected green space. A picturesque enclave of custom homes in the Irvington School district. Built by Joseph DeNardo. Located 37 minutes from NYC. Many express trains from Tarrytown station. Images are artist’s representation and subject to change.

Offered at $2,390,000

Contact Cindy Kief for further information

Cindy Kief
Associate Real Estate Broker
cell: 914-772-7880
email: cindy.kief@raveis.com

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What Home Projects Should You Do Yourself?

Doing maintenance jobs yourself can be a smart way to save money, but choose the right DIY projects or you’ll end up paying dearly.

Why pay someone to do something you can do yourself? Because sometimes doing it yourself costs more than it saves.

More than 100,000 people injure themselves each year doing home improvement jobs. So add medical bills to your DIY budget, and you ending up spending the same, or more, than if you hired a pro.

We’re not suggesting that you call a plumber each time you need to plunge a toilet. But think twice about what DIY might really cost you. Here’s how to decide.

Stick to routine maintenance for savings and safety

Seasonal home maintenance is ideal work for the weekend warrior because you can tackle these jobs when your schedule permits. Because these are routine maintenance projects, your savings will add up. Mowing your own lawn, for example, saves $55 to $65 a week for a half-acre lawn. The bigger the lot, the bigger the savings: with two acres, you’ll pocket around $150 per week.

When it pays:

  • Snow removal
  • Pruning shrubs
  • Washing windows (be careful on that ladder)
  • Sealing decks
  • Painting fences
  • Fertilizing lawns
  • Replacing air conditioner filters
  • Cleaning gutters

When it costs: Unless you have skill and experience on your side, stay off any ladder taller than six feet; according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms are filled with people with ladder injuries. The same goes for operating power saws or attempting any major electrical work—it’s simply too risky if you don’t have the experience.

Become your own general contractor

If you’re more comfortable operating an iPhone than a circular saw, you could act as your own general contractor on some home improvement projects. That means you hire, schedule, and pay the carpenters, plumbers, and other tradesmen yourself. You’ll save 10% to 20% of the job cost, which is the contractor’s typical fee.

When it pays: If it’s a small job that requires only two or three subcontractors, and you have good relationships with top-quality professionals in those fields, consider DIY contracting.

When it costs: When you don’t have an established network of reliable workers, time to supervise, construction experience to spot problems, and the skill to negotiate disputes between subcontractors, your project and budget are at risk.

Invest sweat equity on big jobs

Contribute your own labor to big jobs being handled by a professional crew and cut hundreds, even thousands, off construction costs. For instance, tear out kitchen cabinets and appliances before the contractor gets started, and you might knock $800 off the cost of your remodel. Make sure you negotiate cost savings with your contractor before pitching in.

When it pays: Jobs that are labor-intensive but require relatively little skill make perfect sweat equity jobs. Perform minor interior demolition, such as pulling up old flooring, daily job site cleanup, product assembly, and simple landscaping.

When it costs: If you get in the crew’s way, you may slow them down far more than you help. Make your contributions when the workers aren’t around; mornings before they arrive, or nights and weekends after they’ve left.

Add finishing touches

Unlike the early phases of a construction job–which require skilled labor to frame walls, install plumbing pipes, and run wires–many finishing touches are comparatively simple and DIY-friendly. If you paint a basement remodel yourself, for instance, you can save up to $1,800.

When it pays: If you have skill, patience, or an experienced friend to teach you, setting tile, laying flooring, painting walls, and installing trim are good DIY jobs.

When it costs: The downside to attempting your own finish work is that the results are very visible. Hammer dents in woodwork, or sander ruts in hardwood floors will annoy you every time you see them. So unless you have a sure eye and a steady hand, don’t perform the tasks that only a skilled tradesperson will get right.

Courtesy of: Oliver Marks

 

JUST LISTED! 8 Shady Road Ardsley, NY

Classic yet current (almost) NEW colonial mirrors the style every homebuyer seeks. Generously proportioned rooms, open floor plan, a gourmet kitchen with a large island, sumptuous master suite with a “take me away” luxury bath. Family room with fireplace, formal dining and living rooms. Fabulous finished lower level for hours of home-time play. Beautiful details and millwork throughout, tastefully designed and totally ready to call home. Truly nothing to do but move in. Listed for: $1,249,000
Contact Cindy Kief directly for details: 914-772-7880

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