Page Array – William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty https://www.williampitt.com Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:52:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Life’s A Garden https://www.williampitt.com/lifes-a-garden/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:09:35 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53832 By Tyler R. Morrissey An old saying goes that “life begins in the …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

An old saying goes that “life begins in the garden.” Gardening is a hobby that many take up in the summer, and some homeowners truly master the art of manicuring a perfect landscape. Gardens can be planted for many reasons. Whether it’s to boost your curb appeal or provide fresh fruit and vegetables for your dining room table, gardens can add tremendous value to your property and bring joy from spring to late fall. Today we take a look at some fantastic homes in the Rye area with lush gardens and landscaping that will allow you to showcase your green thumb.

7 Sky Meadow Farm – Purchase, New York

For more information: Maria Stilo, 914.393.5318, maria.stilo@juliabfee.com

Located on 11.6 beautiful acres is this country estate in Purchase that’s inspired by Great Britain’s finest English manors. French doors from the main rooms lead to flagstone terraces, overlooking an inviting oval heated pool. Surrounding the pool are incredible English gardens with blooming flowers throughout spring, summer and fall. The exterior of the property also includes a Har-Tru tennis court with a classic clay surface and a greenhouse. The dazzling 12,800-square-foot residence consists of a master bedroom, four en-suite family bedrooms and four guest or staff bedrooms.

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120 Polly Pk Road – Rye, New York

For more information: Louis Katsoris, 914.319.3275, louis.katsoris@juliabfee.com, Lisa Teich, 914.715.8883, lisa.teich@juliabfee.com 

Stone pillars, iron gates and a long enchanting approach lead you to one of the most remarkable properties in New York. A true private estate, yet steps to downtown Rye, Long Island Sound and Westchester Country Club, this commanding home resides on nearly five level acres. The magnificent grounds feature a beautiful fountain that’s flanked by lush flowering bushes on either side. A few feet from the fountain is the incredible in-ground pool, which includes a waterfall. The magnificent home on the property offers nearly 10,000 square feet of high end craftsmanship, quality finishes and beautiful details with every possible amenity accessible through the home’s elevator.

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6 Highland Pk Place – Rye, New York

For more information: Susan McDonnell, 914.772.0869, susan.mcdonnell@juliabfee.com

Ideally located on a picturesque and quiet street in close proximity to downtown Rye, this home has been exceptionally maintained and tastefully updated. The beautiful architectural details and wide-planked hardwood floors are prominent throughout the four-bedroom home, which features fabulous rooms for entertaining and everyday living. Outside, the property is graced by award-winning flower gardens that are in bloom at different times throughout the year. The nearly half acre of land will be kept green all summer long thanks to a sprinkler system, making the landscape a perfect complement to the outdoor living space.

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289 Grace Church Street – Rye, New York

For more information: Gail E Feeney, 914.907.0105, gail.feeney@juliabfee.com  

If you are a gardening aficionado, you may have seen this property before. Built in 1880 and elegantly renovated, this six-bedroom home is well known for its beautiful gardens, having been prominently featured in publications such as American Homestyle & Gardening Magazine, Beautiful Homes Magazine and This Old House Magazine. The shingle-style house holds on to many charming period details, and yet it’s also in move-in condition with the finest quality finishes and modern conveniences throughout.

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430 Park Avenue – Rye, New York

For more information: Gail E Feeney, 914.907.0105, gail.feeney@juliabfee.com

This superb brick Colonial was built in 1928, but it’s ready for today’s modern lifestyle. Convenient to the local Metro North station and Rye Golf Club, this house resides in the heart of town. In addition to the main house, the property features a separate two-car carriage house with nanny quarters and exquisite mature plantings. The beautiful landscaping on nearly an acre of land is highlighted by curving stone walls, a fenced-in vegetable garden and an expansive green lawn that is ideal for entertaining or relaxing. An awning covered stone terrace and separate screened-in porch enhance the entertaining possibilities while delivering an outdoor living experience like no other.

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171 Grace Church Street – Rye, New York

For more information: Maureen D Kirkpatrick, 914.263.6920, maureen.kirkpatrick@juliabfee.com 

Showcasing pure English Tudor enchantment and the convenience of town, this five-bedroom home is surrounded by terraces and gardens, while the interior offers both formal and informal living spaces. The formal living room and beamed dining room provide exceptional entertaining space. A white kitchen with a pantry and two very large closets leads to a stone floored family room with a decorative fireplace. The breakfast-dining room opens to a wraparound terrace that blends the beauty of the outside with the exceptional interior living space.

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Second Quarter Market Watch 2018 https://www.williampitt.com/second-quarter-market-watch-2018/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:55:33 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53759   Be sure to check out the entire Second Quarter Market Watch report here for an …

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paul_breunich-2014_final_photoshopped-564x604Be sure to check out the entire Second Quarter Market Watch report here for an in-depth look at the strength of our markets.

If the first quarter was consistently down, the second was more notable for its inconsistency from market to market. Certain areas remain behind the first half of 2017, while others are catching up or even exceeding the prior year. The drop off in unit sales in many markets was more a result of low inventory than low demand, and in several areas the high end is showing promising activity. Properties under contract overall, though not in every region, are increasing year over year, suggesting we will potentially recover some of the lost ground by year’s end. We may not finish 2018 ahead of 2017, given the slow start early in the year in the wake of the tax bill, but all signs suggest the market is starting to come back. This would make sense, given the current strength in the economy. By some estimates the second quarter GDP is forecast to hit 3.5%, unemployment currently stands at its lowest rate in 17 years, hiring is on the rise, interest rates are ticking up but still at historic lows, and consumer confidence, the key benchmark in analyzing the outlook on real estate, remains high. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®’s most recent reading in June was 126.4 (1985=100), only a little lower than the record 18-year high of 130.0 from earlier this year.

The end of the second quarter found Westchester County with sales levels a little lower than this time last year, with unit sales overall declining by 5% and sales volume by 3% in comparing both the second quarter and the first half of 2018 and 2017. In Southern Westchester, unit sales decreased by 3% quarter over quarter as dollar volume was down just a slight 1%, while units decreased by 4% and volume by a small 2% year over year. In Northern Westchester, unit sales decreased by 10% and volume by 6% quarter over quarter, and for the year, unit sales and volume each dropped by 7%. Despite these numbers, in the southern county the entry price segments are performing well with declines mostly due to limited inventory, and in certain areas luxury properties are moving as well. Many of the core towns in the northern county are about even with last year.

In Fairfield County, unit sales in the second quarter this year versus the same period in 2017 dropped by 4% and dollar volume by 8%. Year to date, the county remains behind the first six months of 2017 by 4% in units and 6% in volume. Here, many of the key towns in the southern county are down for the year, though Greenwich has experienced an increase. The northern county’s decline is largely attributable to very limited inventory. The Shoreline, including New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties, saw second quarter 2018 unit sales slip behind the same period of 2017 by a small 2%, but dollar volume climbed ahead by 3%, and similarly, units year to date are behind the first half of 2017 by 4% with dollar volume up 1%. Limited inventory in the entry segments is holding back growth in units, while an increase in the high end is driving up volume and median sale prices.

Up in Litchfield County, the real estate market is trending just ahead of last year, picking up steam late in the second quarter after a slower start to the year. County-wide, unit sales this quarter compared to the same time in 2017 were ahead by a slight 1%, with dollar volume up by 5%, while year to date units have increased by 2% and volume by 1%. Across the state line in Berkshire County, unit sales and dollar volume caught up to the first half of 2017. For the second quarter, unit sales and dollar volume were a small 1% ahead of the same period in 2017, and year to date, unit sales stand 5% lower than the first half of 2017, with dollar volume up again by 1%.

New to our Market Watch this quarter is coverage of the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County, where we have just opened a new brokerage serving Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury, Burlington, Hartland and West Hartford. Here, unit sales in the second quarter of 2018 versus the same period in 2017 increased by 8% and dollar volume by 9%, bringing sales almost even year to date. For the first half of 2018, unit sales are a slight 2% behind the same time in 2017, and dollar volume is ahead by 1%.

I hope you find this report informative on what’s happening in your market, and invite you to contact one of our sales associates if we can help you with any of your own real estate needs.

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Paul E. Breunich

President and Chief Executive Officer

William Pitt • Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

+1 203 644 1470 | pbreunich@williampitt.com

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Making Headlines: June / July 2018 https://www.williampitt.com/making-headlines-june-july-2018/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:23:34 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53744 By Tyler R. Morrissey With stories appearing in high-profile publications from Brownstoner to The New …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

With stories appearing in high-profile publications from Brownstoner to The New York Times to NBC Connecticut, we’ve had quite a month in the press. Here are some recent standouts.

Listing of the Day: An Equestrian Property in a Tony Connecticut Suburb… Mansion Global

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Additional Press Highlights

The New York Times: On the Market in the New York Region – Scarsdale Four-Bedroom…

The New York Times: What’s Selling Now: Homes That Sold for Around $750,000 – Connecticut | $645,000…

The New York Times: On the Market in the New York Region – Four-Bedroom in Westport…

The New York Times: What’s Selling Now: Homes That Sold for Around $600,000 – Connecticut…

The New York Times: What’s Selling Now: Homes That Sold for $450,000 – Connecticut…

The New York Times: On the Market in the New York Region: Hartsdale Four-Bedroom…

The New York Times: What You Get: $2 Million Homes in Connecticut, Colorado and Minnesota – Warren, Conn. | $1.995 Million…

Extraordinary Living: Market Spotlight | Litchfield County, Connecticut…

Wowhaus: Marcel Breuer-designed Robinson House in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA…

Brownstoner: Live in 1930s Grandeur in Architect Rosario Candela’s Westchester County Mansion…

Curbed: Marcel Breuer midcentury gem on 40 acres asks $1.9M…

Dwell: A Marcel Breuer-Designed Midcentury is Listed For $1.9M…

The Week: Best properties on the market – This week: Summer getaways…

NBC Connecticut: Home For Sale at $14.9 Million: Highest Ever Listing Price in Washington…

Westchester Magazine: Notable Hires and Promotions Across Westchester’s Business Community…

Westchester Magazine: This Mamaroneck Victorian Was Once Owned by Silent Film Star Richard Barthelmess…

RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine: Paul Breunich: An Unparalleled Value Proposition…

Realtor Magazine: Spying Sellers May Compromise Negotiations…

Boston Magazine: The 10 Prettiest Antique Colonials for Sale in New England…

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens: Deeds & Don’ts: Life on the Water…

The New York Times Homes: Putnam and Dutchess County Living…

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Experience the Extraordinary in Litchfield County https://www.williampitt.com/experience-extraordinary-litchfield-county/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:55:22 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53695 By Tyler Morrissey In the northwestern part of Connecticut lies a region of …

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By Tyler Morrissey

In the northwestern part of Connecticut lies a region of the state that is well-known for its picture-perfect landscapes, bountiful outdoor activities and easy-going country lifestyle. Recently, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty partnered with our brand for a guest blog post on Sotheby’s International Realty’s Extraordinary Living blog. The Market Spotlight post explains why Litchfield County is quickly becoming an alternative to the Hamptons for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The blog post also sheds light on some the region’s most breathtaking properties.

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Click here to read our exclusive guest blog on the Extraordinary Living blog

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Taking It Outside in Style https://www.williampitt.com/taking-outside-style/ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:02:42 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53670 By Tyler R. Morrissey Longer days and cooler nights are just two hallmarks …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Longer days and cooler nights are just two hallmarks of summertime in the northeast. These are the days to take advantage of the outdoors. Maybe your property includes a tranquil patio where friends and family can gather for a summer barbeque, or maybe your home features an outdoor kitchen for when the mercury rises and nobody wants to even walk by the oven. Perhaps you are searching for that special home that will give you the outdoor oasis you’ve been dreaming of. The following properties feature outdoor entertaining spaces that will make it easy and fun to take the party outside.

2 Douglas Circle – Rye, New York

For more information: Judy Croughan, 914.262.5323, judy.croughan@juliabfee.com

Live a resort-like lifestyle with fantastic amenities and total privacy in this sleek and modern, five-bedroom home. Exquisitely landscaped grounds make for an outdoor oasis that evokes a five-star getaway. Highlights include a 20 x 40 foot heated pool, and an outdoor cabana featuring an open-air room with high ceilings, mahogany flooring and an outdoor shower. There’s also a bathroom and changing room for guests and a bar. Additional outdoor amenities include a peaceful koi pond, as well as a fire pit to keep the party going well into the summer night.

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164 Little Stannard Beach Road – Westbrook, Connecticut

For more information: Sue Cohn Darmon, 860.707.6879, sdarmon@williampitt.com

What would the summer be without a trip to the beach? There is a way to enjoy the comforts of home and the excitement of a beach day at the same time. This fabulous waterfront property with 95 feet of frontage on Long Island Sound is just steps to the sand and water. Fully renovated with a sophisticated European flare, the home features great outdoor living space with a two-tiered deck. Sip wine and enjoy the ocean breeze, gorgeous 180° unobstructed views and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Bask in the sun, dine alfresco or relax in the shade under the retractable awning on the upper deck, or rejuvenate your mind and body in the hot tub on the lower deck.

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102 Town Wood Road – Old Lyme, Connecticut

For more information: Tim Bray, 860.912.7137, tbray@williampitt.com, Jamie Molinares, 860.510.3313, jmolinares@williampitt.com

This pristine Old Lyme estate has remained a precious secret for years. Nestled above a private gated entrance you will find a magnificent retreat with over 20 acres of land and privacy, which gives way to a pristine 6,100 square foot home. Built by one of the state’s most respected real estate moguls as his personal residence, this property was constructed and engineered with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. Exquisite outdoor spaces include a heated in-ground, saltwater pool and spa, a tennis court, basketball court and distant views of Long Island Sound.

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4 Dogwood Lane – New Canaan, Connecticut

For more information: Michael McKee, 203.249.9565, mmckee@williampitt.com

This beautifully detailed home features outstanding craftsmanship including coffered and tray ceilings, inset paneling and a first floor master suite. Manicured gardens and terraces surround the seamlessly integrated gunite heated pool, and the separate pool house/guest quarters add 718 additional square feet of living space. You’ll love entertaining outside on the upper terrace, which overlooks the pool and offers easy access to the main house.

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236 Bulkley Street – Williamstown, Massachusetts

For more information: The Shire Group, 413.551.2055, theshiregroup@williampitt.com

Designed by legendary architect Marcel Breuer, this midcentury modern masterpiece is a rare and iconic work of art. Here, Breuer’s bi-nuclear floor plan, sculptural butterfly roof and brilliant use of stone, glass, wood and steel exemplify the luxury of great modern design. As with most midcentury homes, the property easily transitions from indoor to outdoor living, which is also a key element to a good summer party or gathering. Interacting beautifully with its surroundings, ‘the Robinson House’ is privately set on 42.5 acres. Outdoor highlights include a 900 square foot guest house, swimming pool, frontage on the Hoosac River and private access to Hopkins Forest conservation land.

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60 East Wharf Road – Madison, Connecticut

For more information: Margaret Muir, 203.415.9187, mmuir@williampitt.com

A calm elegance blended with elements of traditional New England living are the hallmarks of this coastal home. Newly built from the ground up in 2005, this five-bedroom residence is ideal for an active family and is complete with country club-like amenities, such as the pool and spa, gardens and multiple patios. There is also an outdoor kitchen and fireplace for those chilly nights, and it is the perfect spot to roast s’mores or relax after a day at nearby East Wharf Beach.

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Hot Property: Elegance at Osborn Road https://www.williampitt.com/hot-property-elegance-osborn-road/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:38:25 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53636 By: Andrew Wood and Tyler Morrissey The Museum of the City of New …

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By: Andrew Wood and Tyler Morrissey

The Museum of the City of New York this summer has the “Elegance in the Sky” exhibit celebrating the high rise residences designed by famous New York City architect Rosario Candela. At the same time, Rosario Candela’s own home that he designed and built for himself, and lived in during the 1930s, is on the market right now, as reported by Brownstoner.

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The 10,000+ square-foot Mediterranean-style residence is located in Harrison, N.Y., and for sale for $6,950,000. It took him seven years to build the house. Today, the home is completely renovated, but also retains its original architectural integrity. Notably, the exterior was used for the James Bond movie Spectre.

Candela’s notoriety as a renowned apartment building architect began in the 1920s after he immigrated to New York City from Sicily in 1909. Candela’s greatest work would occur during the latter half of the 1920s, when he designed numerous apartment buildings on the Upper East Side, primarily on Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue, as well as at Sutton Place and other locations.

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The home Candela designed at 63 Osborn Road features a Ludowici tiled roof, wraparound slate terraces and a Juliet balcony. Interior highlights include an expansive, 50-foot sunken living room with hand-painted plaster ceiling finials and French doors to the terrace, dining room with hand-painted touches overhead and tri-color hardwood inlaid floor underfoot, and the state-of-the-art kitchen, blending tradition with modern amenities. The kitchen has travertine marble, a hand-carved farm sink, retracting appliance docking shelves, and warming and beverage drawers.

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The home’s exterior features are just as impressive. The backyard is highlighted by a 70-foot pool and a large outdoor kitchen, which are both perfect for this time of year. Also, the impeccably landscaped property includes a pool house equipped with two bathrooms and a sitting area, as well as mature specimen and fruit trees.

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For more information: Maria Stilo, 914.393.5318, maria.stilo@juliabfee.com, Kim Reardon, 914.393.6718, kim.reardon@juliabfee.com  

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Happy Birthday America https://www.williampitt.com/happy-birthday-america/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:10:03 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53483 By Tyler R. Morrissey Tomorrow the nation will be awash with red, white …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Tomorrow the nation will be awash with red, white and blue, as we celebrate Independence Day. The Fourth of July holiday consists of many traditions from days at the beach to barbeques with friends and family. The day is also synonymous with grand fireworks shows that illuminate the summer sky, as well as with parades or carnivals in the center of towns and cities. Below are just a few venues hosting firework displays or festivals in the six regions we service.

Westchester

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The Macy’s firework display takes place every year in the heart of New York City, but there are also many other extravaganzas taking place all over Westchester County. On the morning of July 4, at 10 a.m., the Larchmont Recreation Committee is sponsoring relay races for children and adults. The event will also provide sprinklers and refreshments for participants to cool down after the races. Celebrate Independence Day at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Tuesday, July 3rd. Festivities will include live music starting at 6 p.m., and a stunning fireworks show at approximately 9:15 p.m. For more fireworks displays and festivals happening in Westchester County this year, check out Westchester Magazine’s complete roundup here.

Fairfield County

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There are two chances to see fireworks in the Norwalk area this Independence Day. The Maritime Aquarium will be hosting a special cruise on July 3rd for the Norwalk fireworks and July 4th for the Rowayton fireworks. Avoid the crowds and experience one of the best views of local Fourth of July fireworks displays when you celebrate our nation’s birthday aboard the “Spirit of the Sound.” These cruises are expected to last three hours and will depart at 7 p.m. Food and drinks will not be available for purchase on the boat, however you may bring aboard food and beverages in a small bag. Glass bottles are prohibited. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. For more information, click here.

Litchfield County

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In addition to fireworks displays, there are also parades and carnivals happening all over New England and beyond. Celebrate Independence Day with the Litchfield Historical Society’s annual Pet Parade and Turn-of-the-Century Festival. Community members, with or without pets, are invited to participate. The town ceremony ends with firing a cannon 13 times beginning at 2 p.m. Pets should arrive no earlier than 2:15 p.m. for the parade. After the parade, enjoy ice cream and old-fashioned lawn games. The event is free and open to the public. Pets of any kind are welcome, but all pets must be either on a leash or in a cage. For more information, click here.

Hartford County

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One of the premier fireworks displays in central Connecticut is “The Great American Boom” in New Britain. Now in its 26th year, The Great American Boom attracts thousands of people from the surrounding area to Stanley Quarter Park for a mini-carnival and nighttime fireworks show. In 2017, around 40,000 people gathered in New Britain to view the traditionally spectacular Independence Day fireworks display. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. and this year’s fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Parking will be made available at Central Connecticut State University. Handicapped parking is available at Stanley Quarter Park. For more information, click here.

The Connecticut Shoreline

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Madison’s annual Independence Day fireworks display will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd, at 9:30 p.m. at the Madison Surf Club.  The best viewing of the fireworks is from the town beaches: East Wharf, West Wharf and the Surf Club. Due to the large numbers of people who are expected at the event, everyone is encouraged to arrive early as there will be road closures and parking restrictions. For more information, click here.

The Berkshires

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In the Berkshires of Massachusetts, one town’s Independence Day celebrations have been a tradition for nearly 200 years. The Pittsfield 4th of July Parade has a historic reputation dating back to 1824, when the procession consisted of Revolutionary War survivors, patriots, politicians and horse-drawn carriages. The parade was held off and on by various citizen groups until 1947 when it was taken over by the Pittsfield Permanent Firemen’s Association. Under the firemen, the parade grew in size and popularity, but was discontinued in 1976. In 1977, a small group of volunteer citizens obtained $2,000 from the City of Pittsfield and held their first parade in 1978. “Moments That Made America” is the theme of this year’s parade that will step off at 10 a.m. on South Street at West and East Housatonic streets on Wednesday, July 4. For more information, click here.

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Around the Region: July 2018 https://www.williampitt.com/around-region-july-2018/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:30:34 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53496 By Tyler R. Morrissey Each month we will highlight a few events happening …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Each month we will highlight a few events happening in each of the communities William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty serves.

As the calendar flips from June to July, there are plenty of activities to take part in. Below are just a few events to enjoy as we enter the first full month of summer.

Westchester County

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On Saturday, July 14, the 14th annual Pleasantville Music Festival will once again entertain thousands with live, world-class rock music. There will be food and drink stations, as well as a wine garden. Additionally, there will be dining options for children, making it a music festival for the entire family. The positive backyard vibe will also feature local charities accepting donations and merchandise tents throughout the venue. For more information, click here.

Fairfield County

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Have you ever sipped a cup of hot tea with honey and wondered where that honey came from? On July 20 at 1 p.m., Red Bee Honey in Weston is hosting a talk, tour and honey tasting that will give patrons a chance to visit a working apiary and experience honey at its source. Take a tour of Red Bee’s apiary and gardens, once the home of celebrity ballerina and author Gelsey Kirkland. Guests will gather at a communal farmhouse-style table in the honey house barn to explore and taste single-origin honey. Participants will be encouraged to engage their curiosity through discussions while learning how to identify flavor profiles in honey and their floral sources. Each menu is a carefully orchestrated “Tasting Flight” of five single-origin local honeys and perfectly paired seasonal accompaniments. For more information, click here.

Litchfield County

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Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, the Litchfield Jazz Festival will return to the Goshen Fairgrounds on July 28-29. The Litchfield Jazz Festival was launched in 1996 with a line-up any well-established festival would have been proud of. By now the festival has evolved into a two-day event and has continued to keep up its high musical standards welcoming performers like Tito Puente, Tommy Flanagan, Dave Brubeck, the Heath Brothers and many more. For more information and tickets, click here.

Hartford County

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The Fourth of July celebrations don’t have to end on July 5th. On July 14th the Riverfront Fireworks in Hartford are back for 2018. Get to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza early to try food from popular food trucks from around the Nutmeg State. At 7 p.m. Simply Swing will fill Grand River Park with music, before a grand fireworks show lights up the capital’s nighttime sky. For more information, click here.

The Connecticut Shoreline

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You watched his sitcom live in the 1990s, or maybe you’ve seen the reruns on different cable outlets. Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be performing at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater on July 7 at 8 p.m. Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television. Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage). For more information and ticket info, click here.

The Berkshires

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Berkshire Paint and Sip is hosting 60-90 minute painting sessions this year at the Berkshire Arts Festival on July 6-8. With its relaxed atmosphere, great food, exceptional art and fine crafts, the Berkshire Arts Festival offers something for the entire family. Enjoy a day at the festival, be inspired by the artwork that surrounds you and then try your hand at the creative process on your own masterpiece. All painting materials, instruction and your ticket to the festival are included with one exclusive $30 ticket. For more information and tickets, click here.

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New York State of Mind https://www.williampitt.com/new-york-state-mind/ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:05:56 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53429 By Tyler R. Morrissey If you are a follower of our Instagram channels …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

If you are a follower of our Instagram channels (WilliamPittSIR and JuliaBFeeSIR) then you may notice a different look to the homes you normally see on any given day. Today in collaboration with the Manhattan brokerages of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., we are participating in another “Instagram Takeover.”

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Both the William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty channels will feature a handful of our Manhattan affiliate’s most spectacular listings. Also, the Manhattan offices’ Instagram channels will feature a listing from each of the communities our firm services, including Westchester County, Fairfield County, Hartford County, the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires and the Connecticut Shoreline.

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., has three Manhattan offices with a team of over 270 sales associates. The Instagram channel has nearly 20,000 followers and continues to partner with other Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates around the globe in social media collaborations.

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“Instagram takeovers are really gaining popularity as a way for brands to reach new audiences,” said Vin Socci, Chief Operating Officer for William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “Since we operate in the New York metro area, it made perfect sense for us to collaborate with our brand’s Manhattan brokerages. As always, we are really excited for today’s takeover and we hope our followers enjoy the different perspective we will present.”

Be sure to follow this week’s Instagram Takeover by following the William Pitt channel here and Julia B. Fee channel here. You can see our featured listings on Sotheby’s International Realty’s Manhattan channel here.

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The Unofficial Gathering Spot of Summer https://www.williampitt.com/unofficial-gathering-spot-summer/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:13:19 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=53397 By Tyler R. Morrissey Yesterday was the official start of summer. While the …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Yesterday was the official start of summer. While the weather in the region this week has felt more like the dog days of summer than the beginning of the season, a cool and refreshing swimming pool is one of the best ways to beat the heat. A swimming pool is not just about swimming. Your pool and surrounding deck or patio becomes the unofficial gathering spot of your home in the summer. We dive into the following properties that offer a luxurious poolside experience.

265 Clinton Avenue – Dobbs Ferry, New York

For more information: HCH Team, hch@juliabfee.com, 914.295.3535

Upon entering the double height foyer of this spectacular Colonial, you may confuse the property for a luxury resort. This magnificent, six-bedroom home features a breathtaking terrace and park-like backyard with a gunite pool and spa. There’s also an outdoor kitchen with fire pits to keep the party going well into the summer night. Interior highlights include the master suite, which has a fireplace, walk-in closets and a Juliette balcony where you can bask in remarkable views of your 1.27 acre property.

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128 Chestnut Hill Road – Killingworth, Connecticut

For more information: Bette Zollshan, bzollshan@williampitt.com, 203.980.0099

Previously owned by the Bush family, this updated and historic retreat resides on 27.5 acres with stunning views overlooking rolling hills and manicured grounds. This country estate combines classic understated elegance with a soaring great room and an open floor plan for easy flow and entertaining. The in-ground, gunite pool and enclosed patio area have been completely redone and include new fencing and landscaping. Of the home’s five bedrooms, three are on the first floor including the oversized master suite with two renovated baths and a dressing room. Two additional bedrooms on the first floor offer flexibility for family, guests or the potential for office space.

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80 Brookwood Drive – Briarcliff Manor, New York

For more information: Nancy Steinberg, nancy.steinberg@juliabfee.com, 914.450.0587

Perched high on a knoll at the end of a cul-de-sac, with year round panoramic Hudson River and mountain views, this dramatic modern masterpiece creates the perfect synergy between sophisticated elegance and nature. Drenched in sunlight, flooded by moonlight, no detail has been overlooked. The family room features an 18-foot coffered ceiling and French doors that lead out to an oversized gunite pool, residing amidst professionally landscaped grounds, creating a resort-style ambiance.

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39 Winfield Avenue – Harrison, New York

For more information: Wendy Alper, wendy.alper@juliabfee.com, 914.806.6868

You will surely be impressed by the outdoor amenities at this spectacular Colonial that resides on an acre of impeccably landscaped grounds at the end of a long private driveway. The sprawling and tranquil backyard comes with an expansive raised patio, fenced-in pool and Jacuzzi and a stunning attached four-season pool house with glass walls and ceilings. Inside the main house, an extravagant master suite includes a huge bathroom with a soaking tub and a large walk-in closet. Other impressive highlights are the large covered porch with a swing, the grand foyer with a triple height ceiling and a sweeping staircase and the three-car garage.

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709 West Road – New Canaan, Connecticut

For more information: Martha Perry, mperry@williampitt.com, 203.912.9091

Built in 1998 and recently renovated, this six-bedroom home resides on four remarkable acres and offers an unmatched lifestyle of sophistication, beauty and privacy. The style of this stunning home is enhanced with exceptional landscaping surrounding the custom pool house complete with a bathroom, fireplace, infinity pool and spa, two outdoor cooking areas and multiple terraces. High-end interior amenities include a 12-seat home theater, a 1,500 bottle wine cellar and a gym.

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Windsong – Deep River, Connecticut

For more information: Tim Boyd, 860.304.5524, tboyd@williampitt.com

This spectacular home in Deep River has been remodeled with a French Chateau influence featuring a Versailles-style throughout. Some of the notable aspects include Versailles parquet flooring in the living and dining rooms, Versailles patterned pillowed limestone in the kitchen, French doors and windows throughout, antique brasserie fixtures in the master bedroom and a cobblestone parking area. Additionally, there is an extraordinary terrace that overlooks a luxurious heated pool.

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9 Hilltop Road – Bronxville, New York

For more information: Ginger Ruckman, 914.391.8304, ginger.ruckman@juliabfee.com

The ease and flow of this architecturally resplendent Tudor home will amaze you with how suited it is for both casual and elegant occasions. With over 6,900 square feet of living space, this stately property retains its original glory evidenced by the towering ceilings, carved oak paneling and leaded windows. A wonderfully private outdoor escape awaits you, with a complete outdoor kitchen and beautiful in ground swimming pool.

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378 Nod Hill Road – Wilton, Connecticut

For more information: JoAnne Fisher, 203.858.0749, jfisher@williampitt.com

Set back from one of Wilton’s most desirable roads is a completely private property on over four acres of land. This home includes a state of the art wine cellar that leaves no detail overlooked. Features include the mahogany storage island in the middle of the room, finished with a beautiful granite top. When you’re not sipping wine in the tasting room, take that bottle of vino out to the fabulous pool and patio that’s highlighted by a tranquil stone waterfall.

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