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 #5: Ah-Young & her Family
Where did you move from?
We used to live on the Upper West Side in Manhattan; then we moved to Pelham (lived there for about 3 years); and finally, to Larchmont in 2011.
What were a couple of the deciding factors for moving to the suburbs?
The need for more space and less noise; raising children in a safer space; good schools and living in a tight-knit community.
Are you a Northern, Southern, Rivertowns, Sound Shore or Central Westchester resident & why?
Seems like we are Sound Shore and Southern Westchester. There wasn’t a particular reason, it just made sense for us commute wise (as I work in Manhattan and my husband in the Bronx).
What do you like most about your home’s community?
We love the close-knit feel and diversity. I also have many colleagues from work who live in the same village. It’s close to the city but far enough that it feels quaint. I also love the conveniences – shops, the farmer’s market, stuff for the kids, parks, restaurants, etc. The bonus is that Larchmont is a village, but part of the Town of Mamaroneck. Therefore, we are able to utilize both advantages.
What do you appreciate most about your suburban home?
We live at the very end of a dead-end street with a view that looks down the street. We love seeing all the kids on our street play together. We also have a yearly block party which is a great way to meet new families and bond with current ones.
Fill in the Blanks. My Favorite….
Restaurant = too many to choose from: (in no particular order): Lenny’s (steak & everything); Polpettina (great cocktails); and Franki and Fannucci’s (brick-oven pizza). We also enjoy LT (yummy salads); Sherwoods (wings); Encore Bistro (mussels); and Bradley’s (desserts). There is such a diverse selection in our village (Thai, Indian, Persian, Argentinian, Italian, French, Japanese) which gives Larchmonters so many options and I could go on and on about them… we also enjoy Cocoa (hot chocolate & chocolate bark); E-shot Cafe (flat white!); and Fjord (love their spicy tuna rolls and catering options).
Park = We love Flint Park – even had a couple of birthday parties there for our kids during the summer which was so much fun! Manor Park is also lovely with a breathtaking view of the water. For outdoor activities, my kids like to ride bikes and scooters; use their sleds during the winter; and do sports (tennis, soccer, etc).
Workout / Gym = I see a trainer who uses the gym space at Pure Fitness which is convenient!
Local Retailers = My daughter loves Stephanie’s Kloset and my boys love Toy Box and Miller’s (in Mamaroneck). We also like to go to Three Goms for stationery stuff. My personal favorite is Chakarr (amazing jewelry) and Winetasters (we recently did a sake tasting there!)
Children’s Activity = My kids love all of the Town of Mamaroneck Rec Department offerings! They have done ice skating; swim team; summer camp; as well as other classes (chess, lego, cooking, etc.) My youngest loves nature and did Sheldrake Environmental Center’s nature camps (absolute fun!), even having a birthday party there. We have also enjoyed: Larchmont Rec Soccer & Foster Soccer Camps; Larchmont-Mamaroneck Youth Lacrosse (LMYL); Mamaroneck Youth Football League (flag football); and Tae Kwon Do at CMAC (Mamaroneck).
Any advice for people considering a move from NYC or anywhere in the world to Westchester Living?
It can be daunting because there are so many choices – location, type of house, and community. Try to get a feel for each city/town/area, and pick at least three important factors that matter to you and your family in terms of a decision. It may feel like you are disconnecting from the big city (many don’t like letting go and you think you’re losing out) but remember you are settling into a new one and becoming a part of that community!
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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.
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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.
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