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Welcome to 21 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle 10804

#6043856 A simply exceptional, rare and unique opportunity at a one of a kind elegant 4142 sq. ft. Colonial home PLUS on 0.29 of an acre in the exclusive Paine Heights area with a partial view of Paine Lake featuring 5 bedrooms and 2.2 baths, an adjoining pristine additional 4 room professional office or guest suite area with a powder room. The owner has meticulously maintained this home with the finest of materials from the 150 year old reclaimed American Chestnut flooring on the first floor, to the formal dining room, breakfast room and the sun filled living room w its beautiful fireplace and mantel to the charming eat-in modern kitchen w granite counters, butler’s pantry and modern powder room The second floor has a master bedroom and full bath, 3 additional bedrooms, hall bath, and the third floor has an additional bedroom/play area and simply great storage. You will love the lower level with white carpeting and an American Dry system too! There is an intercom system, 2 new flat roofs, roof approximately 6 years old, newer boiler and furnace, Central Air Conditioning. Just 35 minutes to New York City. This home is being offered at $1,100,000.

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The Thomas Paine Museum & Colonial Fair

Colonial Day!

April 16th was THE day! The New Rochelle Historical Society worked hard to produce the Thomas Paine Museum and Cottage Colonial Fair, and the hard work truly paid off! There were soldiers teaching the youngsters how to march (” Turn right, your other right!…”) ,  how to cook, how the blacksmiths worked so hard over the bellows and hot coals,  how to play  with the hobby horses, how to make candles….  a great learning experience for all who attended. Of course, there were some yummy foods to buy also such as hot dogs and hamburgers!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

My Neighborhood 10804

I had written about my neighborhood back in  2012, and oh how it has changed!  Not the actual neighborhood with its wonderful homes, property sizes of around 0.35 of an acre, and beautiful tree-lined streets, but the neighbors! As with any area, people downsize, retire to smaller homes, apartments, relocate, or even look for larger homes too.  One owner has even acquired a neighboring property to make a family compound of sorts.

I can recall writing about a neighbor who would walk with her husband in the morning and their dog with each of them holding a coffee mug. I used to find it cute, amusing but drinking coffee while walking a dog?  Well, hello – yours truly now takes her first cup of coffee with her on her walk with her pooch. I love it!  (But mine has a lid). I actually  walk with a friend, Debbie Chassen (a GREAT Speech Pathologist),  and her dog, Havana, and I like to sit by her kitchen  (yes, on the stoop), feeding my dog some nutritious treats, while I appreciate nature, and, ‘yes’, my coffee. We will pass other neighbors  on our morning trek, and there is always a sense of ‘being home’ of being surrounded by lovely people, a great neighborhood.

I have had the privilege of selling homes in the area as well,  and on the street this year ; 222 Paine Avenue, 229 Paine Avenue, 185 Paine Avenue (in contract)  85 Crawford Terrace (in contract), 186 Lyncroft Road,  and with past sales at 116 Lyncroft Road and 11 Lyncroft Road,  so all good!  When I listed 222 Paine Avenue, I was contacted by a past  owner’s daughter who regaled me with stories from her childhood. She had LOVED Paine Avenue and its surrounds. What amazed me was the fact that the internet is so grand, we can communicate so quickly, that the lady was able to reach out to me just as quickly,  saw the marketing of the home via Sotheby’s just as quickly.. and HOW wonderful it was to learn more about the area and its past neighbors too.

In listing 85 Crawford Terrace, I learned that a past owner was Branford Marsalis of ‘The Tonight with David Letterman’ fame. More importantly, I also learned that the current owner was a distinguished dancer at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for over 14 years. Oh my!

There is a neighborhood internet news site which is great. We can advertise items to be sold, garage sales, ads for house hold help,  tutors,  missing pets, and it is a great way to appreciate and learn about our neighbors. It helps make our neighborhood a community.

The avenue is named after Thomas Paine,, and there is a cottage and museum, with yearly craft fairs both as a fund raiser and to demonstrate to our children how the Colonials once lived with candle making,  smithing, weaving, etc. Named after Thomas Paine, there is also the Paine to Pain Half Marathon as well!

If you read my older blog from 2012,  I will comment that the neighbor who plays tennis in the tightie whities is still there… one neighbor’s home has been the site of a wonderful television series “Thanksgiving”..  and I have regularly seen film crews in the neighborhood filming at one or another of our great homes.  This is Paine Heights, 10804. We are diverse, we are a community.

Yes, New Rochelle is GREAT!

Jacob Leisler

New Rochelle – rich in history always. As you drive though the wide tree lined streets of New Rochelle, you will see many historic markers, and statues. One such statue is of Governor Jacob Leisler – but who was he? Why was a statue built and erected in New Rochelle?

The Jacob Leisler Monument is a bronze sculpture created by American artist Solon Borglum and located in the city of New Rochelle, in Westchester CountyNew York. The monument was erected by the Huguenot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Huguenot Association of New Rochelle [1] to the memory of Jacob Leisler, 17th-century advocate of the Huguenot settlers and said to be the first chief executive of the province of New York to draw his power directly from the people.[2] The unveiling of the statue on June 24, 1913, was the principal event in the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of New Rochelle.[3] The monument, cast by the Roman Bronze Works, is the only existing statue of Leisler. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Jacob Leisler was a German born Protestant who came to New York under the employ of the Dutch West Indian Company as a soldier. He left that company, became a wealthy merchant and became a judge in one of the several public offices he was appointed to.  In 1689, and during the accession of  William 111 and Mary 11 English Revolution, he led an insurrection called  Leisler’s Rebellion, supported by the common man and he appointed himself Lieutenant Governor of the Province. New Rochelle? During this period, he purchased land from Pelham Manor, reserving a portion to help create the Huguenot settlement of New Rochelle in 1689 (courtesy of Wikipedia).  However,  he was wrong in thinking that William 111 and Mary 11 would back him, and when he refused to turn over power to the newly elected Lieutenant Governor in 1690, there was an  insurrection . He was arrested in 1691 and ultimately hung along with his son-in-law.  Many thought it was unjust, and the entire facts were not relayed to England at the time of his arrest. The conviction was overturned 4 years later and his estate was returned to his heirs.

New Rochelle, so much history. A great place in which to reside.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

Memorial Day Flowers

I have the greatest of friends! Don’t be jealous but I receive the loveliest of photos from James and Ricky on their way to New Rochelle train station. They see so many flowers in bloom, and always share the photos with me. It is a great way in which to commence my day! Coffee, toast and flowers!  With Memorial Day being tomorrow, I wanted to also share these photos with you all too!

My sincerest thanks to all of our military service men and women.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

Welcoming Signs in New Rochelle

New Rochelle is a city – for sure. Approximately 79000 people. However, we are also a community. As I drove around the streets in my neighborhood, it brightened my day to see the signs saluting our graduating students be they in middle school, high school,  private school or college, our health care workers and YES -saluting our city.  Come and visit – you will LOVE it!

New Rochelle is GREAT!