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Larchmont “Sister Homes” Prove Two Is Better Than One

In 1912, vaudevillian Frederick Proctor built a duo of Dutch-style Colonial homes for his two daughters in Larchmont Manor. Over 100 years later, they’re both being offered for sale simultaneously.

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Developed as a summer colony, the Westchester coastal neighborhood, with its storied yacht club and Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Manor Park, was as fashionable then as it was today. The Proctor sisters, and their sister houses, couldn’t have been in a better location.

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Both 84 (left) and 88 (right) Park Avenue have been extensively renovated and modernized. While the exteriors remain mostly matching, a century’s time and contrasting decorating sensibilities of their respective owners reveal two vastly different interior styles.

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88′s kitchen boasts a center island, concrete counters and Calacatta marble backsplash, along with appliances by Bosch, Sub Zero and Wolf. But 84 is on trend in its own right (see No. 2 on this Forbes list), opting for cabinet-free windowed walls and open shelving.

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Both screen porches are as relaxing as they ever were.

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The best parts of living in either home will never change.

See more of 84 Park Avenue and 88 Park Avenue

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Larchmont “Sister Homes” Prove Two Is Better Than One

April and May would DIE for these……

In 1912, vaudevillian Frederick Proctor built a duo of Dutch-style Colonial homes for his two daughters in Larchmont Manor. Over 100 years later, they’re both being offered for sale simultaneously.

84park188park1

Developed as a summer colony, the Westchester coastal neighborhood, with its storied yacht club and Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Manor Park, was as fashionable then as it was today. The Proctor sisters, and their sister houses, couldn’t have been in a better location.

84park488park9a

Both 84 (left) and 88 (right) Park Avenue have been extensively renovated and modernized. While the exteriors remain mostly matching, a century’s time and contrasting decorating sensibilities of their respective owners reveal two vastly different interior styles.

84park588park8a

88′s kitchen boasts a center island, concrete counters and Calacatta marble backsplash, along with appliances by Bosch, Sub Zero and Wolf. But 84 is on trend in its own right (see No. 2 on this Forbes list), opting for cabinet-free windowed walls and open shelving.

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Both screen porches are as relaxing as they ever were.

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The best parts of living in either home will never change.

See more of 84 Park Avenue and 88 Park Avenue

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House of the Day!

Loving April’s newest listing in Rye

Dearborn Avenue

Just steps from the beach and park, this home boasts 4 Bedrooms, large flat backyard, finished basement and much more!

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Houlihan Lawrence News

HL Ranked Among Top 15 Brokerages Nationwide

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve ranked No. 13 in the 2015 REAL Trends 500, bumping us five places from the No. 18 slot last year. The report, based on dollar volume of sales, ranks the country’s largest and most successful residential real estate firms and is the most trusted standard of performance measuring these leading brokerages.

Thanks to our hardworking and immensely talented agents, we saw double-digit growth, outpacing other top grossing companies with lower year-over-year gains: our company‐wide sales volume of $5.3 billion in 2014 represented a 14% jump from 4.7 billion in 2013. Our Connecticut expansion, which began with the opening of our Greenwich office, brought an additional $500 million in sales alone in 2014. That office is currently ranked No. 1 in Greenwich based on total dollar volume.

Additionally, Houlihan Lawrence agents were responsible for one out of every three homes sold in Westchester County in 2014 and one out of every four homes sold in Putnam County.

“We are extremely proud of the collective achievements of the over 1,200 agents in the Houlihan Lawrence family,” said Stephen Meyers, President and CEO of Houlihan Lawrence. “The firm’s 125 year heritage of success is grounded on providing superior client service with experienced analysis, local knowledge and continued innovation. Our hardworking and immensely talented agents have placed Houlihan Lawrence as a nationally ranked top tier brokerage.”

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After the thaw…TBT

Looking back on this harsh winter the one shining moment was our Wine Event for             I HEART HARRISON

It was an amazing night with old friends and new faces… thanks ladies!

Stay tuned for our next I HEART HARRISON event, its already in the works!

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Move – in ready

Home Projects To Win First Impressions

Today’s buyers truly want move-in ready condition. There are many inexpensive projects that you can do to help maximize your sale price—why not take advantage of the cold weather and focus on the inside? Even if your home is not new or renovated, consider some of the following ideas to help it feel fresh and have greater market appeal:

1) Painting

Grays and neutrals are all the rage.  It allows the buyer to see the architecture without being distracted by strong colors. Follow these colors throughout the house to create an even flow.

2) Bring on the light

Have your windows washed and remove old blinds, shades and heavy drapes.  If any of your light fixtures are tired, replace them with more modern, simple ones.

3) Look at your kitchen

Although it may be dated, sometimes a few changes can make it feel much more current. Depending on your kitchen, replacing the countertop, painting the cabinets, changing knobs on cabinets or a new floor can have a big impact. Or, maybe just the appliances need to be switched out for new.

4) Clean up the bathroom

Make sure that the grout is all in good condition and clean.  Are the tiles a dated, less appealing color? Is the tub stained and worn? Have them re-glazed white. It is much cheaper than replacing either and makes the bathroom read young and fresh. Does it need a new vanity, or maybe an updated faucet?

5) Floor it

Is old wall to wall carpeting covering hardwood floors? Nothing looks cleaner than freshly painted walls with hardwood floors.

6) De-clutter your closets

If they are too full, the buyer may feel that you have outgrown your home.  In turn, they may think that they will as well.

7) Clean the basement

Organize and try to make it feel clean and inviting. Many old home basements can be anything but. Does it need a coat of paint? Is it musty? Use a dehumidifier.

When you’re ready to consider selling, contact your real estate professional so he or she can help you determine the best steps with regard to your home.  Remember: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.Contributed by Deborah Doern, Larchmont Brokerage Manager