Phil : Eltingville


Phil was looking to sell his home of 17 years and move into a senior community in New Jersey. It was my pleasure to help Phil balance the sale of his home and his new home purchase. Step by step guidance and constant communication with all parties involved produced a successful home sale and home purchase.

This is what the happy client had to say about his home sale:

Holly Olivieri, is the person you need to sell your home! She is always on top of things. She will always keep you informed as to what is going on. She is masterful with setting up your home for sale. I would call on her again to sell my house!

Clove Lakes Park

Clove Lakes Park | Holly's Staten Island Buzz Realty

Located along the borders of many Staten Island neighborhoods (including West Brighton, Sunnyside and Castleton Corners); Clove Lakes Park is one of the North Shore’s most popular public parks. Reaching from Forest Avenue to Victory Boulevard between Clove Road, Brookside Avenues and Royal Oak Road, Clove Lakes Park is rich in natural history; including a series of lakes and ponds, outcroppings of serpentine rocks and some of Staten Island’s largest living things, including a 300 year-old tulip tree. With miles of walking and running trails, several baseball diamonds, playgrounds, picnic areas, paddleboats, basketball courts, a football field and an outdoor ice skating rink, Clove Lakes Park offers a variety of activities for individuals and families.

Learn more, here.

Dina: Eltingville

Dina: Eltingville

Having worked with Dina on her last home sale, it was a pleasure to be helping Dina again. This time around she was looking to down size and already found a home to move into. A strategic plan of action was set into motion to market and sell her beautiful home so she may move into her new home in a specific time frame.

In between fostering dogs for Louie’s Legacy and preparing for her move this is what happy client Dina had to say about her home selling experience:

Selling your home can be very overwhelming. With all of Holly’s experience and knowledge of every aspect of real estate made this life change for me much easier! She made a point to be on top of every single detail that went into selling my home. She is always available for any questions and concerns I may have had! I would only ever recommend Holly for anyone’s real estate needs whether buying or selling your home.

Duffy’s Tavern


Duffy’s Tavern: Located in West Brighton at 650 Forest Avenue, Duffy’s Tavern is a local favorite- offering a snug, friendly old-fashioned pub atmosphere. Known specifically for its famous burger, Duffy’s Tavern recently won the Staten Island Advance’s Readers Choice Poll for “Best Burger” on Staten Island. Offering up simple pub food, Duffy’s will not disappoint, especially when it comes to the burgers and crispy crinkle-cut fries, as well as house specials like pot roast and layered sandwiches. For more information, visit the pub on Yelp or call 718-447-9276.

Jody’s Club Forest


Jody’s Club Forest: Located at 372 Forest Avenue, Jody’s Club Forest is perhaps one of the most popular watering holes in the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island’s North Shore. Established in 1976, local residents enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere and home cooked meals. Jody’s offers a variety of both bar food and scrumptious entrees. Bottom line: if you’re in the area looking for a delicious and hearty meal, a cold beer, and a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home, Jody’s Club Forest is the place to visit. For more information, visit them on Yelp or call 718-727-6338.

Beans & Leaves Café


Located at 422 Forest Avenue in the heart of West Brighton, Beans & Leaves Café offers a wide range of coffee, loose teas, espresso based beverages, cocoas and assorted specialty drinks. They also offer short breads, homemade biscotti, waffles, soups, quiches and an assortment of sweets like cake pops, muffins and cookies. A wide range of non-dairy options as well as vegan and gluten free treats meet a variety of dietary needs and preferences- the options are endless!

Most importantly, Beans & Leaves provides a down-to-earth atmosphere where customers feel right at home and the service is second to none. Established in 2012, Beans & Leaves has already become a “local hangout” not only because they provide a great product, but because of the friendly, helpful, attentive, and hardworking staff that makes every experience a memorable one. For more information, visit their website or call 718-448-0276.

Top 10 North Shore Spots To Treat Your Valentine on Staten Island!

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Where To Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the North Shore of Staten Island

Every February 14th, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Long celebrated as a day of romance, February 14 is usually a day dedicated to expressing one’s affection for their sweetheart.

Whether you are planning a grand gesture of romance or have something simple yet meaningful in mind, here are my top 10 picks on Staten Island’s North Shore for those who are hoping to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one!

Clark’s House of Flowers

1875 Victory Blvd |  (718) 442-6453 | website

Sam Gregorio’s Florist

814 Forest Ave |  (718) 447-7673 | website

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without red roses- the traditional symbol for love and romance. Staten Island’s North Shore has florists that are there to help you send the perfect message of love.

Alfonso’s Bakery

1899 Victory Boulevard | (718) 273-8802 | website

If you’re not in the mood for chocolates, check out Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe for delicious Valentine’s Day fondant cakes, heart-shaped cookies, Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries and other scrumptious treats.

Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria

1758 Victory Blvd | (718) 981-0887 | website

If you love thin crispy pizza, definitely try Joe and Pat’s heart-shaped pizza for a romantic spin this Valentine’s. Family owned and operated since established in 1960.

Honor Wines

36 Bay Street | (718) 954-0452 | website

If you’re looking to celebrate with a toast this February 14th, check out Honor Wines. Lori’s top picks for Valentine’s Day include champagne, sparkling rose or Cremants. Check out my video interview with Lori!

Waterfalls Restaurant

2012 Victory Blvd. | (718) 815-7200 | website

Spend Valentine’s Day enjoying Italian cuisine prepared by a family owned business, with old style recipes passed down from generation to generation. Reservations required. Love artichokes…must try the scrumptious stuffed artichoke!

Blue Restaurant

1115 Richmond Terrace | (718) 273-7777

Enjoy a special three-course dinner and a beautiful view of the North Shore waterfront to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. for information on how to make a reservation.

Check out my dining review!

Beans and Leaves Café

422 Forest Avenue | (718) 448-0276 | Yelp

A must try, a great place that the locals love…Valentine’s Day treats available, red velvet cocoa and lattes and red velvet pancakes and waffles. For those who want to add a personal touch to their night out, call ahead and the staff will work with you to provide the perfect atmosphere and ambiance for you and your date.

Lee Sims Chocolates

422 Manor Road | (718) 448-9276 | website

Lee Sims a must have for homemade delicious chocolates. Tradition and four generations family owned and operated. Valentine’s Day treats include chocolate covered strawberries, cherry cordials and so much more. My new favorite: the Peanut Butter Smoothie- chocolate coated whipped peanut butter with crushed peanuts on top. Scrumptious!

A Valentine’s Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes, and Standards at The St. George Theatre

35 Hyatt Street | (718) 442-2900 | Visit The St. George Theater’s website more details.

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre will bring a weekend of romance to the St. George Theatre in a Valentine’s Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes, and Standards, on February 13, 14 and 15, 2015. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 718-442-2900.


If you find yourself on Staten Island for Valentine’s and fall in love (that is, with Staten Island), please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Staten Island Homes Near The Verrazano Bridge: Grasmere

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One of the things I love about Staten Island is that there are so many small communities- each one with a unique history and heritage- each one with its own set of characteristics. On my website, I provide my readers with plenty of information about the different North Shore neighborhoods, giving potential home buyers (and all Staten Islanders) a glimpse of the unique history and charm of these neighborhoods and what to look forward to if buying a home there.

But in my recent experience, I find that my clients have more specific needs. For example, many of my clients look specifically for Staten Island homes near the Verrazano Bridge. In order to provide information, spark interest and meet their needs, over the next few months I will be dedicating one blog per month to showcase specific neighborhoods that are within a close vicinity to the Verrazano Bridge.

Staten Island Neighborhoods Near The Verrazano Bridge: Grasmere

In my opinion, these neighborhoods provide many of the “wish list items” that many of my clients are looking for in a new home- prime location, many transportation options, easy commute to Manhattan and Brooklyn, variety when it comes to the type and style of home, quick access to entertainment and shopping, and many neighborhood attractions suitable for any type of family or lifestyle.

Looking for a Staten Island home near the Verrazano Bridge? Below you will find a description of Grasmere- a neighborhood frequently sought after due to its prime location near public transit and close access to the Verrazano Bridge. Read on to find out more about this charming neighborhood.


Grasmere is bounded to the north by the Staten Island Expressway, to the east by Hylan Boulevard, the south by Hylan Boulevard and Old Town Road, and to the west by Targee Street and the neighborhood of Emerson Hill.


Grasmere was named by Roderick Cameron, a mid-19th-century developer who named the area after an English Lake District village. In the 1880’s, Mr. Cameron sold land to Philip Brady, who harvested ice from the pond that is now called Brady’s Pond. Grasmere has always been considered one of the most prominent communities on Staten Island, with the area around Brady’s Pond being particularly prestigious. Although intersected by many major roads (Staten Island Expressway, Hylan Boulevard), Grasmere has maintained a quiet and more suburban character. Continue reading

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