First hand thoughts, comments and experiences from real people and neighbors, living, working and raising families all across Suburban Westchester County NY.  We look forward to sharing many more stories with you over the coming weeks, months and years.

Guest Profile Week #12: Adriana & her beautiful family

Where did you move from? 

Our family moved to Larchmont NY from San Francisco, CA, 3 years ago.  It took us a little while to get our bearings in “the burbs” but we had the advantage of knowing our way around NY, having lived here 20 years ago.

What are a couple of the deciding factors for moving to the suburbs?

We were very fortunate to have enjoyed our younger days in New York City and San Francisco, so we were ready to move to a community with good schools and safe streets.  Although we loved the conveniences and culture of living in an urban environment, we found Larchmont to have a vibrant downtown, walkability, access to water and access to the city.  We were living in 1,100 square feet in San Francisco with 4 children and 3 pets, so we felt like royals moving into a quaint, charming, quiet and safe  suburban neighborhood in the Murray Avenue section of Larchmont.

Are you a Northern, Southern, Rivertowns, Sound Shore or Central Westchester resident & why?

We live on the Sound Shore because of its proximity to water and access to New York City.

What do you like most about your home’s community?

Absolutely everything!  We were warmly welcomed by Larchmont’s community and we found that everybody was very eager to help us “learn the ropes”.  We instantly found friends through our children’s elementary school and preschool, and before we knew it life was quite busy with all that Larchmont had to offer.  We were so impressed the first time we walked into Murray Ave School (it is a palace compared to our school in SF) but it’s a funny thing because the longer we are here, the MORE I am impressed with it.  The more you learn about it, the more you appreciate what a special place it is.  I am just BLOWN away at the high level of timely and organized communication shared within the community.  Murray Ave also has an extremely dedicated group of staff members, and a culture built on the principles of empowerment, respect, kindness, tolerance, self-advocacy, etc.  I enjoy seeing the teachers working collaboratively with the parents so that each student has all the support they could ever need.  Last but not least, I have never met a more dedicated group of parents who make EVERYTHING possible through their tireless work on the PTA. I could write 10 pages just on how incredible the PTA is, but I invite you to check it out for yourselves: https://murrayavenuepta.org .  We also enjoy the conveniences of living in Larchmont because we are a 6 minutes walk to school, 10 minutes to the village and train station, and we can pretty much get anywhere we need to go by foot.  

What do you appreciate most about your suburban home?

As I mentioned before, we love the space and the doors! 😉 But all joking aside, we somehow landed on the best block in all of Larchmont. We love, LOVE our street.  Living on our special street has been a true fairytale come true; Children run free from yard to yard, and parents flow from house to house socializing, we celebrate our friendships with constant impromptu get-togethers on the street – yes – that’s our crew you drive past with the adult party going on in the street or on front yards while 20 kids run wild and race bikes up an down the block.  We bring everybody together for block parities, constantly find opportunities to be together (with kids and without) and we are a family.  We all love and look out for the kids who live here.  We couldn’t ask for a better place to live.

Fill in the Blanks.  My Favorite….

Restaurant = Too many to name!  Apiary, Wasabi, Madison Kitchen, Polpetinna, Vintage 1891, Plates, Coriander, Bradley’s, Trattoria 141.. the list could go on forever!

Park / Outdoor Activity = Memorial Park, Flint Park, Harbor Island

Work Out / Exercise = Equinox

Children’s Store = Toy Box & Miller’s

Children’s Activity =   All rec programs are great.  We also love Hommocks School (ice skating in the winter and swimming pools all year long – indoor/outdoor).

Any advice for people considering a move from NYC or anywhere in the world to Westchester Living?

Take the leap!  It’s the beginning of something amazing.


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Bio

Jennifer epitomizes Platinum Drive Realty’s motto “I grew up here. I live here. I sell homes here” and she is known for providing each of her clients with an exceptional experience guided by her expert local knowledge.  She works tirelessly to ensure each of her clients has a professional, enjoyable and successful Westchester community & home buying search or selling experience.  She often remains very friendly with her clients and welcomes the opportunity to be an ongoing resource as they settle into Westchester Living.  Every step she takes will embody her core principals; integrity can never be compromised, clients’ interests always come first and character, commitment, and passion truly matter. For her buyer clients, Jennifer looks forward to the opportunity of being “Your NYC to Westchester” guide and real estate broker.  For her seller clients, Jennifer is proficient at implementing an aggressive marketing strategy in order to obtain the best price possible in a highly efficient and seamless manner. Jennifer thoroughly enjoys assisting buyer clients in navigating the landscape of  the Westchester residential real estate market.  She is skilled at enabling clients to define where they see opportunity & facilitating the process from initial search through closing.  Jennifer was awarded the Platinum Drive Star Award for Outstanding Performance in Sales & Client Services in 2014 & Platinum Drive Realty’s Superstar Award for Excellence in Sales and Client Services 2015 & 2016 for her outstanding performance in sales and client service. In addition to her passion for local real estate, Jennifer has a firsthand understanding of home renovation and new construction.  Upon moving from NYC to Scarsdale, she and her husband performed an extensive renovation on their first home.  After completion, they moved onto their second project in Larchmont, a full house renovation and expansion.  More recently she is active with local developers who specialize in new home construction, home expansions and renovations.  Jennifer has the ability to understand a home’s full potential and can help clients find or create their dream home. Jennifer is the Manager of Platinum Drive Realty’s Larchmont Office.  Jennifer was raised in Scarsdale.  After graduating from Scarsdale High School, Jennifer received a BA in Child Study & Sociology from Tufts University and an MA in Language & Literacy from New York University.  Jennifer currently lives in Larchmont with her husband, Michael, and their three sons, Braden, Devon & Zane.  She specializes in communities in Southern Westchester with a concentrated focus on the Sound Shore Communities of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye Neck, Rye, New Rochelle as well as her hometown of Scarsdale.  Prior to real estate, Jennifer was a teacher in the Mamaroneck Public Schools.  Jennifer has a deep understanding of the local school systems and the needs of young families.

Professional Associations & Accreditations

Jennifer is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker & has her Accredited Buyer Representative designation (ABR) and her Seller Representative Specialist designation (SRS).  Jennifer is a member of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors & the National Association of Realtors. Jennifer’s Website: westchesterliving.house Jennifer Facebook Page:  facebook.com/JenniferYRossRealtor Jennifer’s Instagram: instagram.com/westchesterlvng