Price reductions

255 Round Hill Rd

255 Round Hill Road, from $8.250 to $6.9 million. Not my cup of tea and certainly not my budget, but save $1.350 here, $1.350 there, and sooner or later you’re talking real money.

21 Hendrie

Closer to home and to earth, 21 Hendrie Avenue in Riverside has dropped from $1.995 to $1.875. I liked this renovated farmhouse (I believe that it, like several other farm houses on Hendrie, was moved here by a developer in the 1940s?); it’s in excellent shape and quite nice. Apparently $1.995 wasn’t the right price but this might do it.

No open houses worth wasting gas on today, by the way.

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  1. Earth Ocean Sky Redux

    re 255 RHR: This did it for me.
    Cooling features: Wall Unit(S)

    Call me crazy, but a $7m house needs central air!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The bones of the house look fine; just some carpet removal and maybe a new kitchen. But no a/c? All the price lowering in the world wouldn’t make me even LOOK at this house….for that reason alone. Retrofitting air, even with that small tube stuff, is $$$$.

  2. It’s actually fairly easy to put a compressor outside, an air handler in the attic and run ducts to the ceilings, but that only gets you a/c on the top floor. For the lower floors you’d need to install the ductless split systems, which are both expensive and ugly:

    • No you don’t – there’s a really good micro-system, using 2-3″ flexible hose (invented to cool NASA cockpits) that can be snaked behind plaster walls with minimal disruption. Not any cheaper than conventional duct systems – maybe $15 – $20,000 for a typical larger house, but often the only way to accomplish it at all. I’ve spoken with a number of people who have installed it and their comments were quite favorable.
      I wrote about the local (Westchester) company that does this work back when I had a newspaper column but I’ll look them up again.
      UPDATE: Not sure this is the same company, but they install the system: CloverCool.

  3. D

    What’s the deal with 21 Hendrie? Looks like such a nice antique on the outside, but there’s no charm in any of the interior shots. When they did the 2006-09 renovations – did they forget they had a great old farm house? Every room and especially the kitchen looks sterile, like it could be in any house… I haven’t walked it so maybe it feels different in person, but from the listing it looks like these people really missed the boat.

  4. Earth Ocean Sky Redux

    Richard: No matter how you decide to cool this home, it’s not going to be a task many shoppers are going to want to undertake. Me, if I were the owners, I’d do it now, suck up and pay the $$$. They won’t get their money back except for being able to sell the house sooner, maybe. That roof looks a bit gnarly and old.

    The ductless systems have been used in Europe/Caribbean for decades but in a 1926 English Maaaaaannnor, I agree with you, not a good look next to the Monet.

  5. Earth Ocean Sky Redux

    CF: Ask ANYONE who has this micro system and they will tell you those small portholes whistle like a son of a bitch. Not whistling dixie but a high pitch that brings every dog in the neighborhood. It’s the amount of air that is forced through the hole that causes the whistle. I’ve been in several old houses with this micro system and it sucks, literally.

    • I heard that, EOS, many times, but not from owners who had it – I did ask them about that issue, specifically, and they to a man (and woman) denied it was a problem. By any chance do you ever feel tempted to raise your leg when you pass a fire hydrant? : )

  6. Earth Ocean Sky Redux

    LOL! I have hearing so extraordinary I can hear a pin drop in the next room and say “what was that THUD”? My family complains all the time. As for peeing at a hydrant, not that I am aware of but I have never taken an Ambien!

  7. Anonymous

    I installed the micro a/c system in a 1937 house that had both plaster walls and plaster ceiling moldings. Worked perfectly, no whistling, and the only patch work needed was to the interior of a couple of closets. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. If there’s whistling noise, it’s a bad install.

  8. AndyD

    I bought an old house on RivAve w/o a basement for downstairs air ducts and had to get the so-called “high velocity” central air put in. $19k for small 2,000 sqf house, about $5k more than traditional systems that wanted to place huge vents throughout my upstairs closets. instead, i have tiny 2 inch tubes that you car barely notice in the corner of my closets. i could easily have them drywalled over and probably will when i move but you barely notice them in the back corner of the closets.

    The system is definitely a little bit louder than normal but it in no way, shape ,or form does it whistle and we’ve had it for 3 summers now. nobody even notices it and it can cool my entire house after we’ve been on vacation in no time at all. i love it.

    Unique Air of Stamford installed and they are now called Sila or something like that.

  9. AndyD

    What’s up with the new construction across the street from 21 Hendrie? i know the builder tried to sell it before completion? any success? looks like house is almost done.

  10. Earth Ocean Sky Redux

    I am happy to hear (no pun intended) that two of you have had good non-whistling experiences. BTW, Unique is the default installer around here too and did at least two of the houses I have been in. So who knows why some installs whistle and some don’t. And maybe it’s more about the homeowner than the install – that some people have no problem with the noise and others hear a whistle. I’m the latter.

  11. For what it’s worth (pardon the reference) I’ve never heard of Clover and I’ve lived in Westchester for most of my adult life. The two big HVAC contractors here are Carey & Walsh and Bruni & Campisi. I’ve used Carey & Walsh for new furnace installation, AC installation and maintenance on both and have been very happy with the service.

  12. Cobra

    Don’t know about whistling, but the voices I hear are disturbing.

  13. Anonymous

    Hi. Please stand corrected. 21 Hendrie Ave. was indeed moved from back country by 2 ladies sometime in the 1900s. 3 of the other “farm houses” nearby were never moved. They were built in the late 1800s by a man who wanted to “summer” near his two daughters. They all had their own barns, no electricity or heat and shared a tennis court. Water came from the wells, supplied by the underground streams running through all the properties. The tennis court eventually became the foundation for the one story ranch which is now the huge spec being built. 2 of the 3 homes are plaqued by the Historical Society. The 3rd is not because it has aluminum siding.