October 03, 2010

Amenities make 6-year-old home move-in ready

24 Arborview, Carmel

In 2003, Dino Mondelli was ready to move out of the Bronx.

"Kids have to play in the streets, and anyone can just come up and grab them away," Mondelli said. "I played in the street there when I was a kid, but it's different now. You just never know."

Mondelli looked out onto open lots in Carmel and saw a home where he wanted to start his family. Putnam County was the safe, quiet environment where he could find the haven with a backyard for which he longed. The Willow Ridge development was showing Wyndham Homes model houses, and Mondelli fell in love with a 3,600-square-foot colonial home, in part because of the stucco exterior.

"All the other houses had vinyl siding," he said. "I went with stucco to keep things a little different and make the house stand out."

The house was built to his specifications in 2004. "I got most of the options they offered, like a Viking stove and under-carriage lighting in the kitchen and a central vacuum." The house is filled with high-end details like granite countertops, hardwood floors, and a fireplace in the family room. The master bathroom also has a Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower, as well as double sinks, while the master bedroom has his-and-hers walk-in mahogany closets. A double staircase becomes the centerpiece of the home, leading up from the grand entranceway and living room, and the family room and kitchen, and an alarm system and central air crown this jewel of a house.

Mondelli's wife, Jane, decorated the house in a style that is at once classy and homey. The living room features clean lines and bright white colors, and the dining area holds a sophisticated dark wood dining set. Meanwhile, the family room holds many toys for their daughter, Isabella, and the breakfast nook is a fun option for more casual dining. It looks out onto the deck and the well-manicured backyard.

Outside, the house features a triple garage and a beautifully landscaped yard. Mondelli's favorite part of the house is the pool in the backyard. A large in-ground, the pool is heated and features a diving board, lighting, a spa and a waterfall. Isabella is also a big fan of the pool, where she and her cousin spend as much time as they can.

"They're like two fish in the ocean," Mondelli said.

The house also features quick access to the Putnam Trailway, where families can walk, bike, or rollerblade the 12 miles between Carmel and Somers.Though Mondelli has enjoyed living in Putnam County for the past six years, he feels it's time to move on, and is hoping to sell the house in the next few months.

"We want to try living in North Carolina," he said. "They have lots of good jobs, and the real estate market there is pretty good right now."

Currently running his own investment realty business in the city, LDA Realty, Mondelli hopes to start a new type of business in Raleigh.

"I want to start a New York style restaurant. I think that would be a big hit down there."

To find out more about this house, contact Mike Trinchitella at 914-403-4868 or e-mail mike@miketrinch.com. If you're a realtor and would like to feature one of your listings in Mahopac News, call Shelley Kilcoyne at 845-621-1116.

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    moving out of the bronx
    June 24, 2011 | 07:52 AM

    Most people who have moved out of the bronx in the last decade have done so because they have been priced out of the bronx. They sugarcoat it by convincing themselves that they moved upstate for all sorts of reasons. Half of those people wind up moving back

    Joe Gorshen
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