Welcome to the Lucky to Live Here Team, Denise Bouchard-Foxen!

Denise Card-page-001Denise is proud to be a part of the Lucky to Live Here Team as a Licensed Salesperson. Watching Elena and Joyce work so successfully with such dedication and expertise has been an inspiration to her.

Denise’s family has a long history in the Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor Community. Her husband and his 6 siblings graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School as did her three children.  Raising her three children, helping her husband build his business, being involved in community activities provided a full and busy life. With her children grown, she has all the time and energy to devote to her real estate career.

It would be her pleasure to help you with all your real estate needs. Contact her by cell (516)698-0813 or email Denise@luckytolivehere.com

 

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Fun Things To Do In The Huntington/Five Harbors Area & Beyond ~ Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Enjoy the weather and pick up your Town of Huntington beach passes at each of the beaches- email us for a tide chart for Cold Spring Harbor or Huntington/Lloyd Harbor and we’ll put one in the mail to you. Have a great weekend!

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We’ve Got Big Real Estate News ~ Long Island NY!!

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Lucky To Have Town of Huntington Beaches Here on Long Island!

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Hobart Beach aka “Sand City”

Life in The Five Harbors is a Beach!

Among the many splendors of the Huntington Township area nothing defines it more then the beautiful waters and  beaches.  Living in the communities surrounding its Five Harbors; Cold Spring Harbor, Lloyd Harbor, Huntington, Centerport and Northport means the water is never far away.  You can hear it, see it, breathe it, love it!

With 8 town beaches to choose from, you can enjoy a different beach for every weekend of the summer. All are open May 23 thru September 7, 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  There are lifeguards at all beaches from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily except for Crescent Beach which only has lifeguard protection 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM weekends and holidays till June 21, then daily June 22 – August 2. Resident permits for $35/season are available starting Memorial Day Weekend. Be sure to take advantage of this price to avoid the $20 daily fee. Vehicle registration and driver’s license required. 

Each beach has something to offer depending on what you are looking for…

Crab Meadow Beach, Town Of Huntington Beach

Crab Meadow Beach, Town Of Huntington Beach

Quentin Sammis – West Neck Beach – West Neck Rd, Lloyd Harbor – A great place to enjoy amazing views and sunsets If you love to kayak and paddle board, this is a perfect spot to do so and enjoy the coastline. Seashell searches delight as well as a great place to find crabs and other sea life for the kids

Gold Star Battalion Beach – West Shore Rd, Huntington – A family beach with a great playground & picnic area. Close to Huntington Village this beach is a quick stop to have the children play in the sand and calm harbor water, go paddle-boarding and kayaking.  This is also the location to get the launch for Huntington Lighthouse tours held in the summer months.

Fleets Cove Beach – Fleets Cove Rd, Centerport & Crescent Beach – Crescent Beach Dr, Huntington Bay – calm water, swing sets and shady areas make it ideal for young kids. Racks for small boats are available to rent at each of these beaches.

Centerport Beach – Little Neck Road, Centerport –  Picnics are perfect here with plenty of tables and benches. There is a pavilion and “Beach House” which is exclusive for the senior residents.

Hobart Beach – Eatons Neck Rd, Eatons Neck – also known as “Sand City” juts out into Huntington Bay and offers amazing views of Asharoken, the Huntington Lighthouse and Lloyd Neck. There is no natural shade here at all, so be prepared to soak up the sun. This is also a favorite spot for fishermen and the sunsets from here are breathtaking.

Asharoken Beach – Asharoken Ave., Northport – has the best views of Northport Bay & Asharoken and also amazing  A small boat ramp is available for residents to launch and boat racks for storage by permit.  The ice cream man makes several visits a day.

Crabmeadow – Waterside Rd, Northport – A beach and so much more including a restaurant, pizza and ice cream service outdoors, playground for the kids, picnic areas with barbecues that you can rent for a party. Summer 2015 events not to be missed here are the “drive in”movies scheduled for July 9 – Raiders of the Lost Ark and July 23 – Big Hero 6 (movies are free and begin at darkness). Also on July 9th is the 4th annual Sand Castle Contest – register here.

If you want to know when high tide is before heading to the beach, check out our blog with the high tides for Cold Spring Harbor & Huntington/Lloyd Harbor or email us and we will send you a laminated one, perfect for keeping in your beach bag or on your boat.

Lucky to live here…you betcha!

HAPPY SUMMER!

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Tide Charts for Cold Spring Harbor, Lloyd Harbor & Huntington ~ Long Island

Huntington Tide Chart Front Pic MonkeyLucky to have great beaches, boating and fishing here in the Five Harbors. Here are tide charts for Cold Spring Harbor & Huntington/Lloyd Harbor.

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Cold Spring harbor Tide Chart

Huntington & Lloyd Harbor

Huntington Tide Chart

If you would like to be on our mailing list for future tide charts, our monthly event calendar or a free waterproof case, send us an email at team@luckytolivehere.com.

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Fun Things To Do In The Huntington/Five Harbors Area ~ May 15th, 16th & 17th

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It’s going to be a busy weekend in the Huntington/Five Harbors Area- with the Caumsett Foundation’s Run For Caumsett, Huntington’s Boating Safety Week begins complete with the Nautical Market & Festival,  comedy & musical performances at the Paramount and so much more. If you’re taking part in Run for Caumsett- be sure to stop by our table. Have a great weekend and remember to #LTLH for all your lucky to live here moments!

 

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Welcome to the Lucky To Live Here Team, Lisa Kiefer!

LTLH_BC_042015_Lisaphoto-page-001Before becoming a full-time Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Lisa Kiefer spent over 15 years in corporate finance and real estate investing. 

It seemed a natural next step for Lisa to join the Lucky to Live Here Team after closely following the successful real estate careers of Elena D’Agostino and Joyce Mennella.  A team with the unique idea that real estate is more than buying or selling a home, it’s about helping people discover what makes living on Long Island so special.

Having lived in multiple townships of Long Island, Lisa has had the opportunity to gain vast knowledge of many communities and lifestyles. She currently resides with her 3 children and husband in the Huntington/Five Harbors area. 

Whether buying or selling a home, Lisa looks forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs.

Contact Lisa by cell (516)680-8191 or email Lisa@luckytolivehere.com

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Lucky To Have Caumsett State Park Here in Lloyd Harbor!

Guest blog by Julia Miculcy ~

There is something so thrilling about driving down the Lloyd Neck causeway, like you are escaping the world for a minute. At the end of that stretch of road and marshlands lays the private sanctuary that is Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.

Caumsett State Historic Park

Caumsett State Historic Park

The diversity of the park’s environment and its limited access to vehicles makes it one of Long Island’s best places for relaxation and enjoyment of nature. Hiking, bird watching, nature study and fishing are among the many activities visitors may pursue. Guided nature tours are led throughout the park, focusing on many aspects of the Caumsett environment and Long Island in general.

The Caumsett Foundation works closely with New York State Parks and the community toward a common mission: to support and enhance Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve as a unique and historic environment. The Caumsett Foundation Future Committee is proud to announce the first annual 5K Run/Walk for Caumsett. “Run for Caumsett” will take place at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve on Sunday May 17th at 9am, rain or shine; the walk will begin at 9:10am.

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Caumsett Run 2015The path of the race will begin just past the Walled Garden, at the junction by the stables, and will head east taking runners through the historic grounds of Caumsett. Refreshments will be provided to participants in the Walled Garden following the race where each runner will receive a complimentary t-shirt and water bottle (while supplies last). Race participants will be divided into several age groups, and there will be an awards ceremony upon completion of the race.

All proceeds from the race will benefit preservation projects at Caumsett. Online race registration is $20, with the entrant fee rising to $25 on the day of the event. For further information, contact Andrew MacDougall at macdougall.andrewj@gmail.com

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Lucky To Have Great Schools Here on Long Island! Vote YES for Your School Budget!

As Realtors for Lucky To Live Here Realty in Cold Spring Harbor, the number one question we are asked by buyers we work with is “How are the Schools?” Regardless of whether they have children, buyers care about the reputation of the local schools because they know that schools directly affect a community’s vitality as well as a home’s resale value.

What are the benefits of passing a school budget?

A high quality education is important for our childrens’ future. However, good schools, are important for more reasons than just the obvious.  Property values increase as more people desire to live within a particular school district.  Families with children are willing to pay more to live in a community where the schools have a good reputation. Even home buyers who plan on using private schools or those without children benefit from communities with strong schools.  As long as a community maintains high-quality public schools, their property values will be more likely to rise.

What will the budget go towards?

In Huntington School District, for example, a 2.36 percent increase from last year’s budget is proposed. The increase in the budget will help maintain the full day kindergarten, extensive special education programs and after-school clubs and activities.

What are the consequences of not passing the budget?

When a school district cannot adequately fund their schools or fails to pass needed referenda, school quality will eventually decline and overcrowding will become an issue.  That community will begin to see home buyers choosing to live elsewhere.

One of the reasons we’re lucky to live here is because of the great public schools within the five harbors area; Cold Spring HarborHuntingtonHarborfields,Elwood, Northport-E.Northport.  Let’s keep it that way. Secure the long-term value of your property by voting YES for your school budget,  May 19th!

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Fun Things To Do In The Huntington/Five Harbors Area~ May 8th, 9th & 10th

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! There’s lots of options to get out and celebrate spring and moms in the Huntington/Five Harbors Area including free admission to the CSH Whaling Museum, CSH Fish Hatchery & Heckscher Museum. Enjoy great plays at the Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater & John Engeman Theater. Have a great weekend!

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You Still Have Time… To Grieve Your Real Estate Taxes in Suffolk County, Long Island!

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Top 5 Things you should know about grieving taxes…..

1.   An estate, a trust, a homeowner and a buyer under contract can all file a tax grievance. A corporation can NOT file. (A non-owner, rental property is not eligible).

2.   Your taxes will never go up because you file a grievance.

3.   Your Star, Enhanced Star and Veterans exemptions are not affected by the tax grievance. Any savings is in addition to these exemptions.

4.   Studies by the Long Island Board of Realtors have repeatedly shown that for every $1,000 less a year in property taxes, it raises the home’s value $10,000.

5.   You generally can file every 2 years for a tax grievance.

SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR A PROPERTY TAX GRIEVANCE?

To determine if you have a case to grieve your taxes you must first know the market value that the Town has placed on your property.  It’s easy to figure out.  On your tax bill, you will find the Total Assessment Value.  Divide that number by the Residential Assessment Ratio (RAR) for your town.  Each Town has its own RAR.  The current RAR for Huntington is .0073, so for example…a house with a Total Assessment Value of 11,000, has a market value of $1,506,849.30 (11,000 divided by .0073).

Now that you know the market value the Town has placed on your property you can compare it to the actual market value of your property.  The actual market value can be determined in a variety of ways.  There are three typical ways to find actual market value.  The first is if there was a recent sale of the property in question and using that sale price.  Another way to determine actual market value is to use a real property appraisal. Recent sales that are comparable to your house and are lower then your market value can also be used.  If the actual market value is lower than the market value stated in your assessment, you should file a grievance.

The Suffolk County Tax Grievance deadline is fast approaching….May 19th

Don’t miss the opportunity to grieve your property taxes.  Imagine paying lower taxes and saving your money for better and bigger things. It’s a simple process and there is no loss to you except not acting before the deadline and losing on potential savings through lower property taxes.

If all of this seems too overwhelming send us an email at team@luckytolivehere.com and we will be more than happy to check to see if you have a case for a grievance and if so provide you the necessary town website links to file a grievance yourself or give you several referrals for tax grievance professionals who can act on your behalf to save you money on your property taxes.  Many times the tax professionals are paid only if they win you a reduction in your property taxes.

DON’T MISS OUT ON AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOWER YOUR PROPERTY TAXES!

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