Wagwit Wonders: What’s your dream home?

“As a realtor who lives and works in Westchester County, I meet with a variety of buyers who are all are looking for their dream home.  I enjoy helping them crystallize their ideas and images – focusing on their needs, wants, and must-haves. While we show them homes that reflect their wish list, ultimately we help the buyer understand that buying a home is a compromise. It is a matter of one’s finances, setting priorities and a hierarchy of what is negotiable. Isn’t that what life is all about?

Michele Silverman Bedell

Owner/broker, Silversons Realty in Scarsdale, New Rochelle resident


“For me, it would be Park City, Utah, because I took up snowboarding and my daughters enjoy it.”

– Michael Bonforte

Mount Kisco resident


“It’s the house I have now. It’s in Cold Spring, and my husband and I built it from scratch. That’s what really makes it special.”

Nancy Damato

Director of marketing, O’Connor Davies, Cold Spring resident


“I think I live in my dream house now. But having been there for 10 years, one always thinks about it. If I had to choose, I think my dream home would also be in a great community – perhaps somewhere a little warmer than the Northeast – and it would also be a very eco-friendly home.”

David Dreyfuss

Principal, Dreyfuss ICG, Westport resident


“Bangkok, Thailand.”

Michael Feldman

Bedford resident


“My dream home would be in Las Vegas. The weather makes a big difference and also because of my business. I could take that to Vegas as well.”

Rhonda Fountain

Owner of RLF Marketing, Mount Vernon resident


“I would like one of those mansions that are in Bronxville, but you would have to move it to Montauk.”

Bridget Gibbons

CEO and founder, Gibbons Digital Consultants, Bronxville resident


“I would like to have two or three dream homes. One would probably be in the Bedford area. That’s where I grew up. And then I would want one in the Killington area, in Vermont, and one on an island somewhere.”

Benjamin Palancia

Partner, Albert Palancia Insurance, Somers resident


“Through my profession as an interior designer, I have the privilege of working in some of the most beautiful homes in Westchester County. Over the years, I have put together my hypothetical ‘dream home,’ which gleans a bit from the breathtaking homes I’ve had the honor to work in. My dream home is rich with character and history like an old, stately Victorian. I want the original wide plank floors to shine beautifully but creak a bit from the years of love. My dream home has modern conveniences like radiant heat in the floors and central air conditioning. The house would have original crown moldings and solid doors with crystal knobs. My dream home would be 100-percent efficient for me, my business, my family and the environment. Every room would be usable, durable and beautiful – no museum rooms in my dream home. My dream home would have a bit of a sense of humor. There would be a bit of whimsy in the décor, nothing too stuffy or serious. Most importantly, my dream home would be filled with love – family, friends and festivities. After all, a home is just the stage on which we live our lives.”
–Joanne Palumbo

Interior designer/Allied ASID, Homestyling101 L.L.C., Yorktown Heights resident


“I think I live in my dream house.”

Sharon Parker

Account executive, InspiraMedia, Rye Brook resident


“I’m a big sports fan, so much of my life rotates around sports and entertaining around sports – whether it’s inviting kids over after a game or gathering friends to watch the game.  I also love being outdoors, so my dream home would combine my love for sports with entertaining.  To make this happen, I’d need a large gourmet kitchen and very large great room with a large flat-screen television.  The great room would open up to a large, flat backyard that has plenty of seating – both covered and in the sun.  Outside, there would be a kitchen area with a state of the art grill, sink and refrigerator.  The backyard would also need to be properly lit for nighttime sports activities, and it would, of course, have a hot tub and 25-yard pool to cool off in during the summer months.”

— Erica Schietinger

Vice president of corporate communications and community relations, Chelsea Piers, N.Y. and Conn., Yorktown Heights resident



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