Grievance Day: How to Appeal Your Real Estate Taxes, Plus Sales, Featured Listings and Open Houses

taxgrievanceOnce a year, property owners can challenge their property assessment. Grievance Day is always the third Tuesday in June, by law; it is not a discretionary date. This year it’s Tuesday June 18th.

If you believe your assessed value is too high relative to your market value, you have the right to grieve your taxes before the Board of Assessment Review. According to the instructions, “You are required to submit proof necessary to determine the value of your property... Market value can be estimated from a recent sale of your property or from an analysis of recent sales of comparable properties.” In order to do so, you need to fill out a form and present comparable homes. Many who choose to grieve retain an expert such as Equitable Tax Reductions to argue the case on their behalf.

Property assessments are posted and available for review each year as of the June 1 tentative assessment roll date and become the basis for taxes issued the subsequent April, July and September. There is a 7-month lag time between the posting/finalizing of an individual assessment (especially important with regard to a new assessment) and the levy of taxes against that assessment. The taxable status of a property represents its ownership, condition and use as of one specific point in time, which for Scarsdale is always May 1 each year.

When should you file? According to the Village website, “You may file the complaint with the assessor on or before grievance day when the Board of Assessment Review meets to hear complaints.

Here is a link to the instructions on filing a grievance on the Village website.

Here is a link to the form that needs to be completed and delivered to Village Hall.

12HamptonRd12 Hampton Road
Inviting and comfortable young colonial offers a perfectly designed layout with a kitchen (37x16) with expansive cabinetry, pantry's, oversized prepping and conversational island, premier appliances, access to stone patios/yard room. Family room and elegant traditional formal spaces with separate home office, laundry room and full butler's pantry complete this attractive first level. A master bedroom sanctuary with 2 large outfitted walk in closets,dressing area and a private bath + 4 additional en suite bedrooms. The mud room off the 3+ car garage enters into the rec room with the lower level offering, plenty of storage, additional bed/bath and utilities.

Sale Price: $2,574,000
Assessed Value: $2,850,000
Real Estate Taxes: $70,395

26BroadmoorRd26 Broadmoor Road
Located at the end of a dead-end street in a coveted, family-friendly neighborhood, this 5 bedroom 5 bathroom home is updated and move-in ready. Just off the entry foyer is a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace and an updated eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops, SubZero fridge, Dacor double oven and cooktop, Bosch dishwasher, and center island. Adjacent to the kitchen is a formal dining room and a breezeway that connects to both the dining room and a large great room, both with multiple french doors to a large flagstone patio and backyard. The second floor features a spacious master bathroom suite with a large sitting room and 2 walk-in closets, renovated bathroom with custom cabinetry, double sinks, and a separate tub and shower. There are 3 family bedrooms plus a hall bath with double sinks. A large mudroom and pantry is off the kitchen with access to the 2 car garage.

Sale Price: $1,875,000
Assessed Value: $1,600,000
Real Estate Taxes: $39,651

113BrownRoad113 Brown Road
Brand new modern clapboard Colonial in quiet, Fox Meadow neighborhood. Modern interior design boasts sunny, open floor plan with well-proportioned rooms, large windows and a soho-like ambiance with open dining room, gourmet kitchen, family room with gas fireplace, mud room. 5 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, hardwood floors, detailed millwork, quality construction throughout. Master bedroom with high ceilings, 2 large walk-in closets, deluxe master bath with dual sinks, shower soaking tub.

Sale Price: $1,775,000

119LeeRd119 Lee Road
This home is set on a tranquil street with access to a park/playground. First level features living room with bay window seat, dining room, open plan chef's kitchen/family room with gas fireplace, dining area and French doors to covered porch with wood-burning fireplace (with tv cable above), patio and yard. The gorgeous kitchen boasts a bluetooth enabled smart fridge which plays music, sends your grocery list to your phone and connects to a "Ring" doorbell, range controlled from your phone with 4 burners and griddle, pot-filler, microwave, dishwasher and quartzite counters. Second level includes master with luxurious bath and walk-in closet, 3 more bedrooms and hall bath. Lower level has playroom, bedroom potential, full bath, wine cellar/storage closet, laundry, garage.

Sale Price: $1,550,000
Assessed Value: $1,034,000
Real Estate Taxes: $19,107

74HamptonRd74 Hampton Road
This Fox Meadow tutor features extremely large rooms and an ideal location. With a flat and wide private back yard, an eat in kitchen and generously sized bedrooms, this house has great potential. The large formal dining room can seat many guests. There is a bedroom with a full bathroom and laundry on first floor as well as a family room that overlooks the backyard. All bedrooms feature walk in closets. A plethora of storage. Full walk up huge attic that can be finished.

Sale Price: $1,335,000
Assessed Value: $1,357,500
Real Estate Taxes: $32,226

11ScarsdaleFarmRoad11 Scarsdale Farm Road
Don't miss this classic Colonial on a tranquil street in the sought-after Edgemont school system. The first level features a spacious formal living room with fireplace, a formal dining room with sliding doors to the fabulous yard, and a bright eat-in-kitchen adjacent to a family room with fireplace and sliding doors to the stone patio and yard, a powder room and access to the large double garage. The second level includes a lovely master bedroom with two walk-in closets and an ensuite bath, a bedroom with en-suite bath and three additional bedrooms and an updated hall bath. The lower level includes storage, laundry and endless possibilities.

Sale Price: $1,100,000
Assessed Value: $1,223,100
Real Estate Taxes: $40,490

17HerkimerRd17 Herkimer Road
Gorgeous well-proportioned property with a beautiful balance of sunlight and shade on a private street in Quaker Ridge surrounded by lush grounds that offer privacy, serenity and room for a pool. This classic Ackerman-built Colonial in mint, move-in condition has been completely modernized with a designer eat-in kitchen and family room area that is perfect for entertaining or everyday family time, and opens out to the sunbathed slate patio for outdoor enjoyment. Signature Ackerman details can be seen throughout the living room with fireplace and formal dining room. There are three bright and spacious bedrooms on the second floor. A wood-paneled finished basement with a retro bar and barstools and a decorative fireplace offers additional leisure space for family and friends. The entire home layout is efficient yet spacious and the property proportions are ideal for expansion.

Sale Price: $1,100,000
Assessed Value: $1,000,000
Real Estate Taxes: $23,540

7GlenwoodRoad7 Glenwood Road
Perfectly updated and maintained move-in sunny Tudor with 2017 new kitchen that hits every current design trend, with contrasting cabinets, quartz counters, porcelain flooring. The oversized stone and wood fireplace in the living room and adjacent sun room offer up warmth and charm in every season. There are lovely oak floors, sparkling new windows and slate roof. Each of the bedrooms are filled with natural light, ample closets, two with private baths.

Sale Price: $945,000
Assessed Value: $995,800
Real Estate Taxes: $31,841

181Madison181 Madison Road
This bright, sunny colonial is situated on an oversized lot and has been lovingly maintained by the same owner for many years. You will be greeted by a flagstone front walk which leads to a sunny and welcoming front porch. 8 foot ceilings and hardwood floors are just the beginning. The living room has built-ins, custom cabinetry and a wonderful brick fireplace. The formal dining room, kitchen with door to covered back porch and powder room complete the first floor. Upstairs there is a huge master bedroom with walk-in closet, (potential for master bath en suite) 2 additional bedrooms with huge closets and an updated hall bath. Amenities include newly polished floors, new hot water heater, new kitchen floor, new hardware on kitchen cabinets and all doors. Home has been freshly painted.

Sale Price: $759,000
Assessed Value: $775,000
Real Estate Taxes: $19,142

57ArgyleRd57 Argyle Road
Rare opportunity to build the home of your dreams on this beautiful property on a tranquil and picturesque street in Edgemont. Home is to be sold in "AS IS" condition. Additional adjacent tax lots included in sale - house on 0.30 acres (taxes $22,530 and assessed value $667,700) plus two additional tax lots of 0.11 (taxes $5,588 and assessed value $165,600) and 0.03 (taxes $118 and assessed value $3,500) totaling 0.44 acres with taxes and assessed value as noted in listing.

Sale Price: $530,000
Assessed Value: $836,800
Real Estate Taxes: $28,236

Featured Listings:
127Cushman127 Cushman Road, Scarsdale
Signature home built by Scarsdale Premiere builder, KOSL Building. Set on level, private .50 acre lot with room for a pool. Time to customize. High quality materials and craftsmanship, this seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom home is almost 8,000 square feet including a finished basement. Shingle roof.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $3,975,000

20WagonWheelRoad20 Wagon Wheel Road, Scarsdale

Sun-drenched .47 acre Contemporary home with soaring ceilings and open floor plan on tranquil cul-de-sac with possible pool site. Custom contemporary boasts replacement triple pane windows, updated custom bathrooms with top of the line tiles and fixtures, Epay wrap around deck, and five bedrooms on the second floor.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $2,099,000 and for rent $12,500

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25Garden25 Garden Road | Greenacres

Listing Price: $3,995,000
8 Beds | 8.1 Baths | ~10,041 SF
Scarsdale meets the Hamptons in this lush, private cedar shake/stone residence on 1.49 acres in the Greenacres Estate. This remarkable home was completely renovated in 2010 by acclaimed architect Jon Halper.
Learn more here.

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7ParkRoad7 Park Road | Greenacres

Listing Price: $3,795,000
6 Beds | 7 Baths | ~8,042 SF
One of Scarsdale’s most architecturally distinctive and admired residences. This fabulous adirondack style home was gut renovated to perfection in 2012. Thoughtfully designed. LEED Accredited.
Learn more here.

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11FoxhallPlace11 Foxhall Place | Heathcote

Listing Price: $1,749,000
4 BD | 3.1 BA | ~3,821 SF
Picturesque Center Hall Colonial located on a lovely street in convenient Heathcote. High Ceiling and bright spacious rooms makes this home perfect for entertaining. Just a short walk to great shops, restaurants and the Heathcote Elementary and Scarsdale Middle School.
Learn more here.

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15HearthstoneCircle15 Hearthstone Circle | Edgemont
Listing Price: $1,499,000
3 BD | 3.1 BA | ~3,191 SF
This meticulously maintained, easy flow home offers a custom chef's kitchen overlooking the spectacular backyard. This beautiful colonial is set on .7 acres on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Come visit and you will never want to leave!
Learn more here.

Open Houses:
18 Springdale18 Springdale Road, Scarsdale
Open House 5/19 from 12pm-2pm
This exquisite 5,200 square foot modern sun-filled home is in desirable Quaker Ridge, just steps from Aspen Park. The large foyer with a powder room flows into a gorgeous living room and dining room. The crisp white kitchen with granite countertops, Sub Zero fridge and high-end appliances has an oversized eat-in area.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $2,135,000

7 Olmsted Rd 7 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale

Open House 5/19 from 10:30am-12pm
Don't miss this rare opportunity to own a classic stone Colonial in the heart of Fox Meadow on a gorgeous level .39 acre lot. A short walk to train for 32 minute commute to Grand Central, Elementary and High School, playground and library. This home boasts great potential to customize to your needs.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $1,599,000

154BradleyNew154 Bradley Road, Scarsdale

Open House 5/19 from 2pm-3:30pm
Welcome home to this inviting Edgewood Colonial ideally located near school, park, shops and bus to train. Bus to middle school. Highlights: gourmet chef's kitchen with high end appliances and radiant heated floors, living room with built-in shelves and wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, large master bedroom.
Learn more here.
Listing Price: $989,000

140 Rock Creek Lane140 Rock Creek Lane, Scarsdale

Listing Price: $1,420,000
Open House: Sunday 5/19 1-3
Just unpack your bags and move right into this spacious split with open layout in Quaker Ridge. This 4 bedroom, 3.1 home makes for easy living.
Learn more here.

99 Victory Blvdjpeg99 Victory Boulevard, New Rochelle

Listing Price: $999,000
Open House: Sunday 5/19 1-3
Located in desirable Bonnie Crest, 4 bedroom, 2.2 bath Tudor is bright and beautifully renovated and seamlessly blends old world charm with modern day amenities.
Learn more here.

15 Fort Hill15 Fort Hill Road, Scarsdale

Listing Price: $799,000
Open House: Saturday 5/18 -12
Conveniently located, this spacious and sun-filled 5 bedroom, 4.1 bath home boasts an open floor plan and great flow.
Learn more here.

10 Romar Avenue10 Romar Avenue, White Plains

Listing Price: $749,900
Open House: Sunday 5/19 1-3
Spacious 4 bedroom, 2.1 bath Colonial set on .42 acres of lushly landscaped and tree-lined property.
Learn more here.

14HudsonView14 Hudson View Drive, Yonkers
Listing Price: $625,000
Open House: Sunday 5/19, 12-3
Enjoy views of the Palisades and Hudson Rivers in this spacious 4 bedroom 3 bath beautiful bright and airy Raised Ranch. Commuters dream is less than 30 minutes to NYC and walking distance to Glenwood Train Station.
Learn more here.