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Letter from the President

It’s September, which means parents in Armour Villa are sending their kids back to school. For many of them, however, the question has been (and may still be) where they are going to send their children since our local public school, DiChiaro, is filled to capacity? DiChiaro has a 500 student waiting list for a school that has a capacity of 700. Nothing could make a better case for local school access than that figure. The current balloting system for school selection is cumbersome and lacks transparency.

Solutions must start with communities like Armour Villa. We must encourage our elected representatives to work with us to find ways to give our kids quality education right in their own community. In an age when most families have two working spouses, often with different schedules, local school access is not a luxury - it is essential. Failure threatens to erode the very tax base on which Yonkers depends. High housing costs cause many seniors to consider downsizing to communities with lower taxes than ours, and our higher tax dollars should enable new young families to move into Armour Villa or remain in here so their kids can attend a good public school.

- Steve Wagner, spwagner@earthlink.net 

School Choice in Yonkers

schoolSchool Choice in Yonkers - What it Means for You!
Yonkers Public Schools utilize a School Choice Process, meaning students from all over the city have the opportunity to attend any school within the district. However, there are two types of preference given to applicants--sibling and attendance zone. If a sibling is already enrolled in DiChiaro, a brother or sister living in the same household would get first preference. Secondly, DiChiaro is one of the schools considered to have an “attendance zone”. Students living within the attendance zone would get second preference. Therefore, Armour Villa families fall into this category. For more detailed information on this process and a catalog of schools, please visit http://www.yonkerspublicschools.org/docs/schools/1617/School-Program-Catalog-2016-2017.pdf

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Upscale Homes in the Bronxville PO in High Demand

homeThere’s been a real flurry of activity in upscale home sales recently in the Bronxville PO section of Yonkers, according to Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate Services. The uptick reflects a strong trend, which shows that the sale of homes priced from $800,000 to $999,000 in that locale rose from 4 homes sold in 2011 to 15 sold in 2015, a 275 percent increase (based on sales data supplied by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service).
"This price point in the Bronxville PO area of Yonkers is especially popular because you can't get a decent apartment in New York City for under a million dollars, and here you get a lovely home with ample living space and a beautiful front and back yard as well," says Joe Houlihan, managing partner of Houlihan & O'Malley in Bronxville. "Homebuyers are attracted by the short commute into Grand Central – 28 minutes – and close proximity to Bronxville's exceptional restaurants, gift stores, coffee shops, library, and so much more."
Residences in the Bronxville PO area of Yonkers are in demand by young couples with growing families as well as empty nesters looking to downsize. The homes are so popular that just last week Houlihan & O'Malley had a bidding war between nine homebuyers for the firm's listing at 37 Brookside Circle. Priced at $869,000, this charming three-bedroom, 2,540- square-foot Colonial just went to contract for substantially over the asking price. The home is an easy walk to Bronxville Village, Metro North, shops, restaurants, and the movie theater. The residence has been beautifully renovated and sits on a manicured corner lot.
"We also just helped a couple, who's children are now grown, sell their 2+ million dollar home in Bronxville Village and buy a smaller place in the Bronxville PO area of Yonkers," says Houlihan. "They still get to enjoy all the amenities offered in downtown Bronxville, which is walking distance away." The couple is moving to a 2,450-square-foot Victorian farmhouse, which was listed at $850,000.
Houlihan & O'Malley worked with another couple, downsizing from a large home in Bronxville Village, to find their 2,157-square-foot home in the Bronxville PO section of Yonkers. Listed at $960,000, this charming center hall Colonial with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and a covered front porch is also in close proximity to downtown Bronxville and all its amenities.
If you are interested in learning more about the Bronxville PO section of Yonkers, please give us a call at 914.337.7888 or visit our website at houlihanomalley.com.

[Photo: 37 Brookside Circle in the Bronxville PO section of Yonkers was listed at $869,000 and sold for substantially over the asking price. Click on image for large view.]