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 #7: Stacey & her Family

I’m a teacher, wife & mom of two young boys.  I also run the New York division of The Birthday Box, a nonprofit that brings birthdays to local children in need.  I continue to be astounded by the generosity of our community and Westchester as a whole.  The desire to help us continue our mission is truly impressive.

Where did you move from? 

I’m pretty much a Westchester lifer.  I grew up in Central Westchester (White Plains NY) and lived in Riverdale NY before moving to Northern Westchester.

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

Most important were space and good schools.  As a teacher in Westchester with a young family, I wanted to live close to where I work.  We also wanted a sense of community.  It is important to us to feel like we are a part of something.

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

We are a Northern Westchester family.  Our first home was in Mt. Kisco and now we reside in Chappaqua NY.

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

It feels a little less crowded up here.  There is lots of green space and an overall sense of calm.  I love that we can go to great restaurants and events and still have that sense of being away from the chaos of the city or a crowded town.

What do you appreciate most about your suburban home?

I love that my kids have a separate playroom for all of their toys.  I also appreciate the openness.  Everyone can be in their own space but still be together.

Fill in the Blanks.  My Favorite….

Restaurant = Quaker Hill Tavern, Chappaqua NY, is a family favorite.  Rocky’s Deli in Millwood NY.  Azteca in Mt. Kisco.  We’re also very partial to Francesca’s in White Plains NY.

Park / Outdoor Activity = We love Gedney Park in Millwood NY.  There is a great playground, pond that my kids love, space to run around and lots of great hiking trails.

Children’s Store = Scattered Books in Chappaqua NY.  It’s a wonderful mix of an adult book store and a kids space.  My boys love to play with the bunny’s, train set and to browse the children’s books.  I love that I can have quiet time in a comfy chair to read while they explore.

Children’s Activity = Muscoot Farm is always so much fun.  My kids love seeing the animals, going on hayrides and playing on the tractor.

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

My advice is to really pay attention to the town.  Make sure you go and spend time there on different days and at different times.  Browse the local stores and eat in town.  It’s important to get a feel for the community.

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Introducing The Westchester Living Team @ Compass

From a custom-built new colonial in Scarsdale, to a bucolic country retreat in Waccabuc, the Westchester Living Team at Compass knows the “ins” and “outs” of buying or selling a home in one of the most competitive real estate regions in the country. Each agent on the team is uniquely suited to help clients navigate the buying or selling process armed with local knowledge, proprietary technology and the expertise to assure a smooth, streamlined approach to the process.

With over $100 million in sales and 100+ transactions, the five-member team is comprised of an elite cadre of real estate professionals who are at the ready whether this is a city transplant’s first foray into the suburban real estate market or empty nesters hoping to downsize and prepare their house for market.

All native New Yorkers themselves who have decided to raise families in the suburbs, the team has the pulse on each distinct community and available properties throughout Northern and Southern Westchester, the Rivertowns and the Sound Shore. The team goes above and beyond to help clients pinpoint a community that suits their needs and transition seamlessly to their new home. With sharp attention to detail, they are equally well-versed in what today’s buyers want and offer invaluable input to help sellers command the highest price for their home.

The team consists of Jennifer Ross and Melanie Rothman covering the Sound Shore & Southern Westchester communities of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Harrison, Pelham, Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Scarsdale, Edgemont & White Plaisn.. The duo has a deep understanding of the school systems in these coveted school districts with both having a background in education and then transitioning to real estate ultimately accruing awards for client service and sales.  The Rivertowns cradling the Hudson including Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington are managed by Westchester native and Ardsley resident Lynn Ryan whose intimate knowledge of the Rivertowns facilitates the home buying and selling process. The Northern Westchester towns of Armonk, Chappaqua, Pleasantville and Katonah are expertly handled by Sari Shaw, a Chappaqua resident whose unparalleled dedication, marketing prowess and service-oriented approach results in increased sales.

For buyers exploring Westchester or sellers either maintaining a foothold within the 914 area code or relocating out-of state, the Westchester Living Team will bring their passion, precision and patience to ensure that one of the biggest investments and decisions clients make- home ownership- is the right one for them and their families.

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Jennifer comes from Platinum Drive to Compass as an experienced agent. She epitomized 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 was 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.

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