Mary Kingsley's Blog Posts

Mary Kingsley's Blog Posts

Holiday Home Sales
We all think that there is a Spring market. There is. There also is a market every other week of the year. It is 2 weeks before Christmas and I have taken 3 offers this week. I a...

Westchester County
I chose Westchester. I could have lived anywhere in the world and I chose Westchester, home of high taxes and oh so much more! "Why?" you say. It is beautiful, it is friendly, it i...

Westchester County Parks Festivals And Events
Westchester County has a wealth of parks, activities and events for public enjoyment. The county has a well developed recreation system.One of the things that people enjoy is the B...

Should I Buy A Co Op A Condo A Town House Or A House
 You want to buy something, but what? You hear from all the family and the friends. Everyone has an opinion and you know what they say about that! How to decide? Here is som...

May Gardening
May is here in Westchester County, NY. That means I am in full swing with planning and planting. There are some that advocate waiting until May 15 to plant but I began in April. ...

Who Should I List With Who Is The Right Agent For My Home
This is one of the most difficult decisions you will make when you are selling your property. You will interview people. You will get referrals from friends. Family members will ...

What Should I Do In My Yard In April
It is April and spring is finally here!! You have your great home and you want to have a beautiful yard. What do you do and when do you do it? This is the time of year to be c...

What Price Should I Ask For My Home
One of the most difficult things when preparing to sell your home is setting the correct asking price. Most folks have an idea of a price they want to get but this is not always ...

When Should I Start Looking For My New Home
When should I start looking for a new home? It seems that a lot of people worry about starting too soon or starting too late. It is true that coordinating dates on your home purc...

How Do I Choose The Right Realtor
One of the things that can make the sale or purchase of a home easier is using the right agent. Well what is the right agent you say? I knew you would ask!The most important thing ...

When Do I Talk To My Mortgage Professional
The process of buying a home can be a challenging and confusing search. Years ago, people would walk in to the local real estate office, or look in the newspaper and go to see so...

Striving To Live As Long As I Can
The older we get the more we see. The more we see, the more we hear, the more we feel. Sometimes I think we get old because all this thinking and hearing, seeing and feeling just u...

Is That Listing For Real On Craigslist
I received a call today on one of our properties for sale. It was a nice young woman asking if the property was really for rent. She had found it on a site named Backpage but it co...

What Is The Real Story In Multi Family Houses
I admit it. I love multi family homes. I live in one that I own. It is my third. I help people buy them all the time. I help people sell them. Why would that be when so many people...

Blue Toenails
As a woman of a certain age, I have always been told how to behave, how to conform and how to appear in order to fit other's expectations. I have never been great at it and always ...

Yummy Yumi in Pelham Manor
Just finished a wonderful lunch at a new restaurant in Pelham Manor. Hidden away in the same strip mall that houses 5 Guys burgers in the BJ's complex in Pelham Manor is a new Chin...

Try Eastchester Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
One of the nicest things about living in Westchester is exploring different towns and restaurants. Eastchester has a nice little section on Rt 22 that has some of my favorite spots...

Groupon is a terrific deal
By Mary Kingsley I am a big Groupon devotee. http://www.groupon.com/browse/westchester-county   When you move to a new area, or if you are stuck in a rut, groupon can help ...

Keeping the holiday spirit
I find that sometimes you can't make someone smile or feel brighter no matter what you do. That happened to me today. As a person that likes people and isnaturally light of spirit,...

Good Parent and Teacher Communication
One of the most important and difficult things about sending your child to school is establishing great parent and teacher communication. Some parents and some teachers are great a...

I was not TGIF
Unbelievably my son asked to go to a restaurant and said he wanted to go to Fridays as in TGI Fridays in the Cross County mall. So, off we went. This would be my first visit in man...

Mount Vernon is Easy
I have lived in Mount Vernon for the last 14 years. Recently someone asked me if I lived close to the highway and I had to think about it. I didn't think I did because it is so qui...

Il Bacio Trattoria in Bronxville
One of my favorite places to eat is Il Bacio Trattoria in Bronxville. It is a simple and unfancy place with top quality food. I am fortunate enough to live close by and am able to ...

Sammys Downtown in Bronxville
I had lunch at one of the outdoor tables at Sammy's Downtown in Bronxville, NY, Wednesday. My friend and I sat under an umbrella and enjoyed the beautiful weather. There are also m...

Living in Lower Westchester like a farmer
One of the great joys in living in lower Westchester county is the wonderful climate. Our growing season is much longer here than areas that within a 70  mile radius. Travel u...

Living in Lower Westchester Co ops
Today I helped a great young couple find their first co op. It felt wonderful. There are so many co op choices here in the south end of the county that almost every kind of need ca...

Living in Lower Westchester County
Last night, March 27, 2012, a dear friend, Lucia and I dined at Sammy's Downtown Bistro and Bar in Bronxville NY. As we were being seated we realized that we were very close to oth...

Living in Lower Westchester
As a transplant from the North Country of New York State, I have learned to love my adopted home of Lower Westchester County. We live in a beautiful area. Do you want salt water fi...


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