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Carmel, NY – A Place to Call Home

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Carmel, NY is located in Putnam County – consisting of hamlets in Carmel, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls. Located just a few miles from the Westchester County border and approximately 55 miles from NYC, with access to I-84 and the Croton Falls and Southeast Train Station for commuting.  The population of Carmel is approximately, just under, 35,000 and the residents are able to enjoy the rural charm of the village and Historical significance.  Lake Gleneida – with a statue of Sybil Ludington, is located just across from the Putnam County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark erected in 1814.  There are also other lakes – Lake Carmel, ponds,reservoirs, parks, farms and horse stables –  adding the picturesque scenery.

 

Children either attend the Carmel Schools  –  or  –  the Mahopac Schools.

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Some wonderful places to visit in Carmel –

Carmel offers many Condo/Townhouse complexes – Hunter’s Glen, Sparrow Ridge, The Fairways, Misty Hills, Twin Brook Manor, Kings Grant, Vista on the Lake, Woodland Trail, Clearing in the Woods, the new Country Villas at Stoneleigh and for adult active communities – also new Stoneleigh Woods and The Retreat.

If your looking to purchase a home – or sell your home …. Feel free to contact me via cell or text: 203-648-2619 – or – e-mail me at:  Diana.Santos@Century21.com – any day, any time!

For more information –  Carmel, NY – Postcard History Series from Amazon.com  

My Photos were enhanced through PicNik.com 

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Carmel, Condo/Townhomes, Historical Homes, Home, Lake Carmel, Lake Gleneida, Mahopac, NY, Putnam County, Sellers, Southeast, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mahopac, NY a Great Community

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Mahopac, NY is a great community located in Putnam County and bordering Westchester County.  It is approximately 50 miles from New York City which is accessible via the train in Croton Falls or on the Taconic State Parkway – or – Interstate 684.

The Mahopac Central School District has multiple elementary schools that are recognized as National Schools of Excellence and the Middle and High School are both New York Schools of Excellence.

The just under 9,000 residents have much to do in Mahopac – The most popular attraction is Lake Mahopac for boating, fishing, swimming and more on it’s approximate body of 587 acres. 

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With it’s fresh, clean air – parks and trails to walk or jog – one of which is Sycamore Park with 32 acres on Lake Mahopac –  And best of all – Lake Mahopac along with a few smaller lakes. 

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My husband and I purchased our very first home in Mahopac – overlooking Lake Mahopac – many good memories there!  Now, as I show homes there, I can see all the changes that Mahopac has had over these past 22 years.  All the new shops and restaurants, new state of the art library with 33,000 square feet and Mahopac’s new firehouse.

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If your interested in viewing homes – single family or condo/townhomes – in Mahopac, I would be pleased to show you around!

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Mahopac, NY, Putnam County, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

LIFE AS A REALTOR – Realtor Open House Day (5)

In Westchester County last Thursday, Carolyn – an associate Realtor in my office – and I saw some magnificent homes

  Our first home, currently on the market for $12,500,000 in BEDFORD – NY,was an 1927 Georgian Manor house built with original bricks from a 16th Century English Estate.  With over 23 acres, a pool, barn, twin gate houses and a multi car garage – we were in awe while viewing every room, including the maids quarters, attic and we even dared to view the basement!  All the while wondering – Oh! – If These Walls Could Talk.

We moved onto a lovely Country House in POUND RIDGE, NY.  This home was built in 1958 and designed by Livingston Elder.  With over 2 acres, a pool, fruit trees and overlooking the Ward Pound Ridge Preserve, making this home a private oasis.  It is currently on the market for $1,395,000.

 

 Last, but not least, we viewed another home in Pound Ridge, The Byron Stratton House – a Historical Pound Ridge Landmark.  This Colonial, with over 6,000 square feet on over 6 acres, was originally buit in Connecticut, then brought over and rebuilt in it’s current position in 1934.  With 6 working fireplaces, a library, conservatory, gymnasium, pool, gazebo and pond – this home is a true gem.  It is currently listed for $3,999,900.

  WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

June 12, 2008 Posted by | Bedford, Historical Homes, Pound Ridge, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coyotes and Foxes and Deer…and Bears – Oh My!

I Spy a ..... DEER!There are many “critters” living and roaming in my backyard here in New Fairfield, Connecticut – my very own Animal Kingdom.  Having moved from Mount Vernon then to Harrison – both in Westchester County, New York – I was accustomed to seeing squirrels, raccoons, and once an opossum.  Then, almost 4 years ago, my family and I made our way into Connecticut.  

New Fairfield was ideal since it neighbors Brewster – which is just over and into the New York border -making my husbands commute, via 684 to New York City, quicker and easier. We were also able to take advange of lower property and sales taxes as well as the lower automobile and homeowner insurance.  

We moved in August of 2004 with 5 kids, our pup Jolu, kitty Moe and a tank full of Goldfish.  And, every year we seem to add a new – what we now call “pets“, to our home!

We first started with families of deer, sometimes seeing 7 at a time – my lucky number.  Can you Spy the deer in the photo?  Then towards the end of our first year, we spotted our first fox – adorable!  I nick named him Foxy Pooh – very original.  My neighbor had a Mother Fox and her 2 cubs living in his backyard – too cute!

Our second year in New Fairfield we were introduced to Black Bears– although, only hearing of them – never seeing them – yet!  They went from being spotted in the Pootatuck State Forest – miles away – to just a few blocks away!

Into our third year, one warm summer night, we officially heard the coyote, howling in my driveway at the moonlight – or could he have been howling at the light from my bedroom window?

 Now we will soon be getting into our 4th year and I’m awfully curious what new “pet” we’ll be adding.  Maybe a Moose

Living in New Fairfield, makes coming home feel like we’re going to my Mom’s country house – except it’s our house and we get to come home everyday to a town filled with nature and animal life.

 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment