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Home Organizing Tips from Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

It may be hard to believe but we’re already more than halfway through 2019! As we look towards these last few weeks of summer maybe we should review some of those New Year’s resolutions we made. Were your plans to lose weight? Save money? Start a new career? Did you have any specific goals you may have set for your home? A home should be a sanctuary for both you and your family. Keeping it beautiful, clean, and efficient is healthy for your mind, body, and spirit.

At Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty, we know our clients live busy and active lives. It’s easy for home organizing to be a low priority on your family’s “to do” list. However, when you streamline your life through organization, you ultimately help alleviate undue stress.

If you are looking to purchase a home, being organized will help you prepare for moving into your new residence. Purging old possessions and sorting through your family’s most cherished mementos will ensure you take only what you need and help safeguard what means the most to you.

When you’re looking to place your home on the market, you want your property to shine. It’s time to declutter and put away items that may distract buyers from being able to imagine the space as their own. As we prepare to market your property through video, photography, social media and open house events; it’s crucial to remember organization is key. Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty will be there to help guide you every step of the way.

Are you ready to get started? Here’s a list of 7 tips from our Instagram series, Holly’s Home Organizing Tips.

Tip #1: Make A Plan: Bullet point specific areas in your home and what you want to organize. Know what household areas are your priority. Get the family involved to divide and conquer.

Tip #2: Use A Label Maker: Labels will help you to know what things are and remember where they are stored.

Tip #3: Color Coordinate: Let color be your guide. Keep pots and pans from the same collection. Buy prep tools and kitchen accessories with similar coloring. The same color palate helps unite a space.

Tip #4: Replace the Mismatched: Replace mismatched glassware and towels with a matching set. Continuity promotes organization.

Tip #5: Remove the Clutter: Remove elements of clutter from cabinets, drawers, and countertops. If you have not used it in six months, donate it or throw it away.

Tip #6: Expired Items: Check your pantry, medicine cabinet, make-up drawer, cleaning supplies and toiletries. If it’s expired, toss it.

Tip #7: Organize Photos: Print several pictures from your electronic collection each week. You will now have the keepsakes forever and you don’t have to worry about old electronic files becoming obsolete.

Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty Inc. is committed to our clients. We can help you stage your home to optimize its buying and selling potential. Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty
4 Minthorne St. Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847

More about Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet stressful time, so finding the right realty is an extremely important decision. We believe that there are two kinds of Real Estate professionals: those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling and buying a home, and those who don’t. If the idea of buying or selling a home is perplexing to you, look no further: we work with integrity and knowledge to guarantee that your experience is unmatched.

Don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to visit our about page. Holly can also be reached by email Holly@WiesnerOlivieri.com. Find out why our clients keep recommending us as their Staten Island Real Estate company of choice!

I look forward to meeting up with you soon!

8 Secrets of The Staten Island Ferry

For more than 200 years, the Staten Island Ferry’s iconic orange fleet has easily become one of the most recognized symbols of our borough. These boats transport millions of passengers across the Hudson River from the St. George Ferry Terminal to Manhattan’s Whitehall in downtown Battery Park. Whether for business or pleasure, the panoramic views of the Verrazano Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and New York City skyline make this mode of transportation truly one-of-a-kind. With such deep-rooted NYC history, check out these 8 secrets of the Staten Island Ferry. 

  • It wasn’t always orange: While it’s hard to imagine the Staten Island Ferry without its distinctive bright orange paint, its original color was actually a much more boring white. White boats were a trend in the early 1900s. However, in 1926 the city opted to change the color in favor of the burnt-orange alternative. The color choice helped allow the boats to be easily seen in fog and snow, increasing the overall safety of the crew and passengers.
  • Vanderbilt Family Money Started the Fleet: In 1810, 16-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt received $100 for his birthday. He used the money to purchase a periauger boat and started a ferry and freight service. Vanderbilt would take people, cargoes of fish, and produce from Manhattan to Staten Island. His business grew so quickly, he eventually enlisted the help of his brother-in-law to create the first motorized ferry in New York City. The family bought up all the other competition and established the Staten Island Ferry route.
  • It Wasn’t Always A Free Ride: Throughout the history of the Staten Island Ferry, the cost has ranged from a nickel to fifty cents per passenger. On July 4, 1997, New York City decided to do away with any cost to ferry goers, establishing the 30-minute ride would remain free for all.  
  • It is the Most Reliable NYC Transportation: The ferry carries approximately 25 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run. Boats operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On a typical weekday, five boats make 117 trips, carrying approximately 75,000 passengers. Unlike the New York City subway system, the Department of Transportation (DOT) boasts the Staten Island Ferry is on time for close to 92% of its rides. 
  • The Ferry Was Once Separated by Gender: The Staten Island Ferry was once divided into a men and women’s section. In the early years of the NYC Ferry system, restrooms were divided on either side of the boats; men were on one side and women were sent to the other. In an effort to make life easier for passengers who needed to locate restrooms, signs were made so they wouldn’t circle the boats trying to find them. It was because of these signs that men often sat in one section of the ferry and women were asked to sit on the other. 
  • The Staten Island Ferry was part of the 9/11 Boatlift: The Staten Island Ferry, along with all other ferries serving the city, relocated tens of thousands of people out of harm’s way during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Staten Island Ferry Boat captains sailed in nearly zero visibility helping save countless lives by bringing people from the devastated financial district to the safety of St. George Terminal. 
  • The Ferry Once Carried More Than Just People: In the 19th century, the Staten Island ferry moved horses. With the evolution of automotive technology, those horses were eventually replaced by cars that were allowed on the boat for the cost of $3. However, after the September 11th attacks, the ferry banned cars altogether. 
  • NASDAQ Paid for the Latest Boat: The newest addition to the DOT fleet is the American Legion. It was purchased with $1 million dollars that were donated by the NASDAQ Disaster Relief Fund to enable the Department of Transportation (DOT) to respond to emergency situations in and around lower Manhattan. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts built the vessel, which was delivered in March 2007. The new boat can hold 12 passengers in addition to its crew and has a top speed of 30 knots. 

Are you in the market for a home with an iconic view of the Staten Island Ferry? Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty Inc. is here to help! Check out homes in St. George and surrounding areas near the iconic Staten Island Ferry, some properties which can provide you with a daily glimpse of this quintessential orange fleet.

More about Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet stressful time, so finding the right realty is an extremely important decision. We believe that there are two kinds of Real Estate professionals: those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling and buying a home, and those who don’t. If the idea of buying or selling a home is perplexing to you, look no further: we work with integrity and knowledge to guarantee that your experience is unmatched.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to visit our about page. Holly can also be reached by email Holly@WiesnerOlivieri.com. Find out why our clients keep recommending us as their Staten Island Real Estate company of choice!

I look forward to meeting up with you soon!

 

Janis and Jose – Graniteville

Janis and Jose were first-time homebuyers looking forward to making the move to Staten Island from Brooklyn. My constant guidance and communication in Staten Island’s competitive real estate market were imperative in striking a deal and finding their perfect lifestyle fit in a home.

This is what the Happy Clients had to say about their home buying experience:

“Holly helped my husband and I purchase our first home and we are incredibly happy with her services. She is extremely knowledgable of Staten Island and took the time to understand our needs. Holly was very patient with us and showed us many homes. It was easy to communicate with her via text, email, and phone and her responses were always immediate. She guided us through the entire home buying process and when we found the perfect house, and she helped us make an offer that the seller accepted. Holly was vital to us in this competitive New York real estate market! She was extremely helpful and remained readily available through the closing process. Even after we have purchased our home I know that I can count on Holly for any of our home repairs and updating needs as her resources seem endless.”

Welcome to Graniteville, Janis & Jose!

 

Graniteville was originally named Bennett’s Corners and Fayatteville. During the mid-to-late 19th-century trap rock quarries were opened and the area was called Granite Village, but later changed to Graniteville.
Graniteville is located on the Northwestern area of Staten Island, bordering neighborhoods of Mariners Harbor, Elm Park, Westerleigh, and Bullshead. After the opening of the Verrazzano Bridge in 1964 residential development was bustling in this once rural area with commercial development starting along Richmond Ave.

 

Homes For Sale In Graniteville HERE.

Just Sold! Spectacular Luxury Duplex in Bay St. Landing, Staten Island New York 10301

Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty understands that buying a home can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. Once you’ve put down roots in a community, the idea of relocating elsewhere – even within the same city – may seem like a daunting task. Fearing the unknown can work against you purchasing a new property and that reluctance to step out of your comfort zone can result in a missed opportunity.  So, have you ever asked yourself – “What would it take to get me to move?” Check out what just sold in Saint George! A Spectacular Luxury Duplex in Bay St. Landing, Staten Island New York, 10301.

We received a phone call from a couple who was requesting a showing at Bay Street Landing. The woman said it would have to be “a very special home” to convince them to leave their current address of 26 years. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty knew we had the perfect property in a location they just could not resist – Bay Street Landing in historic Saint George! 

 

Historic St. George & Bay Street Landing:

Home to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, St. George is a vibrant community on a hill that’s infused with charming Victorian homes, a bustling downtown strip, the borough’s municipal buildings, and trendy restaurants. With the grand opening of Empire Outlets in downtown St. George it’s New York City’s first and only outlet mall featuring 100 designer outlet stores! 

Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty, Inc. is proud to assist our clients with purchasing waterfront properties in this dynamic area! With all the amenities included in this north shore community, we knew 48 Bay Street Landing would absolutely compliment the buyers’ current lifestyle and careers while providing them with the potential for a great financial investment. 

 

A Home That Matches A Lifestyle

Located on the waterfront with spectacular views of the Manhattan Skyline and the Verrazano Bridge, our clients loved the ambiance and convenience of being minutes away from the Staten Island Ferry. They could not resist all St. George had to offer and ultimately decided to leave their previous residence of 26 years to purchase one of the most spectacular and luxurious duplex homes Bay Street Landing has to offer! This magnificently renovated luxury duplex transformation of 2000 sq.ft., including 2 + bedrooms and 2.5 baths is one of the largest units in this co-op building. This property contains a breathtaking grand entrance, soaring 18 ft. ceilings and a dramatic overhead mezzanine. The sellers preserved the original century ceiling architecture, ductwork, and timber beams. Every stone of the original brickwork was also cleaned and restored to highlight its natural beauty. Our new buyers will enjoy fabulous water views and stunning sunsets in a home that matches their lifestyle while enjoying the all amenities Bay Street Landing has to offer. 

Amenities include a gym, tennis courts, barbeque area, basketball court, dog run, and playground. Minutes to the free ferry, the New Empire Outlets, restaurants, St.George Theatre, Staten Island Yankees Ballfield, Lighthouse Museum, and the future Lighthouse Point. Enjoy luxury living in this prestigious gated community, 24-hour security and includes 1 parking space. The amazing home’s outstanding flow and energy are a delightful treat for the soul! Much happiness to the new owners! Welcome to Bay St. Landing!

 

 

Interested in exploring properties in Bay Street Landing? Does the charm and convenience of historic St. George appeal to your home buying needs?

Then check out my current listing at 10 Bay Street Landing, another SPECTACULAR DUPLEX TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE! It’s a magnificent 1150 sq.ft, 1-bedroom mezzanine unit with 2 baths. 15ft. + soaring ceilings, a tremendous walk-in closet, and custom wall to wall bedroom cabinets right in the heart of the North Shore. LOW MONTHLY MAINTENANCE FEE and an assigned parking space included in your purchase.

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Another AMAZING LUXURY DUPLEX FOR SALE! A totally renovated oversized 1 bedroom mezzanine conversion to a 2 bedroom/office space. Fabulous PANORAMIC WINDOWS with Spectacular Manhattan skyline, New York harbor views.

 

Minutes to the Ferry, near buses, restaurants, shopping & schools. Quick & easy commute to Manhattan and conveniently located near the New Empire Outlets, St. George Theatre, Staten Island Yankees Ballfield, Lighthouse Museum, and the future Lighthouse Point! 

You don’t want to pass up these amazing properties! 

 

More about Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet stressful time, so finding the right realty is an extremely important decision. We believe that there are two kinds of Real Estate professionals: those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling and buying a home, and those who don’t. If the idea of buying or selling a home is perplexing to you, look no further: we work with integrity and knowledge to guarantee that your experience is unmatched.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to visit our about page. Holly can also be reached by email Holly@WiesnerOlivieri.com. Find out why our clients keep recommending us as their Staten Island Real Estate company of choice! I look forward to meeting up with you soon!
Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty 60 Bay St. Suite 701 Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847

10 Little Known Facts About the Verrazano Bridge

The Verrazano Bridge

As one of the most iconic Staten Island landmarks, the Verrazano Bridge provides millions of commuters with safe passage to the outer boroughs. Homes for sale near the Verrazano Bridge offer a multitude of convenience and some of the borough’s most gorgeous views. The structure was named after Italian Giovanni da Verrazzano who was the first European explorer to sail the Atlantic coast of North America. Unfortunately, New York City officials misspelled the bridge’s namesake using only one “z” in the spelling of the name in its 1964 unveiling. In October 2018, the spelling error that had spanned decades was finally corrected when Governor Cuomo who agreed to add a long-lost “z” to Staten Island’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Grammatical errors aside, the bridge has a long and interesting history.

Here are 10 little-known facts about the Verrazano Bridge

01.) It was one of the fastest bridges ever built! The Verrazano only took five years to complete. This was a sharp contrast to the Brooklyn Bridge which took almost 16 years from start to finish.

02.) Close to 7,000 residents in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn were displaced to make room for the construction of the Verrazano. Thanks to eminent domain these Brooklynites were forced to move to other areas of their borough, with some choosing to relocate entirely to Staten Island.

03.) The Verrazano is the world’s heaviest bridge weighing a whopping 1,265,000 tons!

04.) On the day of its original opening, the cost of the toll was $0.50. It now costs commuters $17.00 to cross one way.

05.) The Verrazano Bridge was designed by architect Othmar Amman. Amman went on to design 5 additional New York City area bridges including the George Washington, Bayonne, Triborough, Bronx Whitestone, and Throgsneck.

06.) The upper and lower decks of the Verrazano did not open at the same time. The upper deck opened in November of 1964. However, the lower deck wasn’t opened until five years later in 1969. The reason for two decks? To accommodate the massive amount of traffic influx as people began to call Staten Island home.

07.) Surprisingly, animals have caused a lot of issues on the Verrazano Bridge. With Staten Island’s rising deer population, it’s no wonder a few have ended up attempting to cross the historic bridge. In addition, peregrine falcons have nested on the Verrazano for years with New York City’s Environmental Protection officials working in conjunction with the MTA to ensure these birds are kept safe.

08.) Regular maintenance of the Verrazano Bridge is a must. It takes approximately 11,530 gallons of paint to help protect the bridge and keep it looking beautiful despite New York City’s harsh weather elements.

09.) On June 28, 1976, the world’s largest American flag was hung on the Verrazano Bridge to celebrate our country’s bicentennial. However, the designer did not consider the force of the wind across the structure and the 71,000-foot flag became shredded in just a few hours.

10.) It cost approximately $320 million to build the Verrazano Bridge in 1964. In 2019, the comparable cost would be close to 3 billion dollars, a substantial difference.

Interested in homes for sale near the Verrazano Bridge? Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty Inc. is dedicated to addressing all your realty needs in the borough we love. As a native Staten Island, Holly Wiesner Olivieri has called the north shore home for her entire life. Are you ready to work with a realty firm that is committed to the Staten Island community and its unique history? Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty 60 Bay St. Suite 701 Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847

Be sure to follow Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and of course Instagram to see more fantastic properties around the Verrazano Bridge!

 

 

Danny & Natalia – St. George

Danny & Natalia were looking for a home on Staten Island’s North Shore, in the booming neighborhood of St.George. Their new home had to accommodate their busy lifestyle. With unexpected challenges along the way, I guided them with my experience, knowledge, and patience to make their home buying experience come together.

This is what the Happy Clients had to say about their home buying experience:

Can’t say enough great things about Holly. She is very knowledgeable, approachable and personable. She is very honest and treats each listing like if it was her buying the property. She had great suggestions and answered every question, leaving us at ease. I definitely would recommend Holly to anyone wanting to buy or sell their home.

Welcome to downtown St.George, Danny & Natalia!

Located on the northeastern tip of Staten Island, where the Kill Van Kill enters the New York Bay. Close to Manhattan and in addition offering you affordable space to live and work. Every day some 92,000 people ride the Staten Island Ferry. Enjoy the Free ferry ride with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. You can hop a bus or train right from the ferry terminal. The St. George area provides the perfect balance of culture, arts, and history. Come visit and see why many are calling it home!

Learn more about St. George, here.

5 Home Maintenance Tips For Winter

As mother nature becomes prepared to move from fall to winter, Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty wants to help you tackle some important household maintenance tasks that will ensure your house stays safe and warm during these cold weather months.

From the attic to the basement, “Holly’s 5 Winter Home Maintenance Tips” will save you money on your energy bills, keep your hoses and faucets from freezing, and help your heater hum with efficiency. So, grab your toolbox and get started on these December chores, courtesy of your neighborhood North Shore realtor.

Tip #1: Insulate Exposed Water Pipes: A frozen or burst pipe is a very unpleasant winter surprise, so it’s a good idea to insulate water pipes in a crawlspace to reduce the chance of freezing.

Tip #2: Winterize Outdoor Spigots: It’s important to drain and cover outdoor hose faucets to prevent the pipes and spigot from freezing.

Tip #3: Disconnect Those Garden Hoses: Now is the time to head outside and drain your garden hoses before freezing weather arrives. Hoses left attached and full of water can be ruined if the water freezes and splits the hose.

Tip #4: Insulate Drop Down Attic Stairs: While you’re in the attic, don’t forget the attic stairs! Drop down attic stair ladders are notorious for leaking precious heated air into the attic and reducing the energy efficiency of your home.

Tip #5: Replace Your Furnace Air Filter: The air filters on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system needs to be replaced every 1-3 months to keep the air in your home clean and flowing freely. A high-quality air filter is the best choice to remove mold, pollen, and other microscopic particles from the air.

Be sure to follow Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and of course, Instagram! Visit our Instagram page every Thursday for more “Holly’s Home Selling Hints!”

We are committed to working towards helping your family achieve their real estate goals Winter – Spring – Summer – or Fall! Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty 60 Bay St. Suite 701 Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847

Willy & Melva- Graniteville

Holly poses with a happy client while holding an over-sized "Sold" sign

My goal was to prepare Willy and Melva’s home for the best show and value! Providing home design tips, neighborhood knowledge, updated data and staying in communication constantly made for a successful home sale.

This is what the Happy Client had to say about their home selling experience:

My wife and I wanted to interview a few realtors before deciding on one. Holly was the first and only realtor we interviewed. She came so well prepare and had already had done research on similar properties in the neighborhood. She advised us on what value we can expect and also the current demand on properties which was really helpful on pricing our home. The house was sold above asking price due to her experience as a realtor in the Staten Island market.

John & Jennifer- Silver Lake

Happy Couple Holding a "SOLD" Sign Celebrate in front of their new home

John and Jennifer were excited to start their home search on Staten Island’s North Shore after the arrival of their precious Baby girl! I was committed to finding Jennifer & John a home that fit their specific needs, and dedicated to negotiating the best price and terms to make the deal happen!

This is what the Happy Clients had to say about their home buying experience…..

Holly is professional, knowledgeable, and responsive. She understood our needs and steered us towards properties that met our requirements. She is very patient. She wasn’t just interested in selling us A house. She wanted us to find THE house. She even offered assistance post-close. She helped us find contractors and I can still rely upon her for assistance. You don’t just get a realtor with Holly. You get a friend.