12 Reasons Why Scarsdale is our Happy Place - Scarsdale Moms

“There’s no place like home, especially when home is Scarsdale,” declares Heather Harrison.  Heather is founder and principal agent of The Zach and Heather Harrison Team at Compass, which boasts ten top agents who are also Scarsdale moms. The real estate industry game-changer explains, “I grew up in Scarsdale, so I know firsthand what an exceptional community this is. It’s why I returned to raise my family and build my business here. To me, Scarsdale is among the most ideal places to live in the Tri-State and across the United States!”​

Heather’s passion for Scarsdale created an outstanding platform upon which to become the #1 Agent in Scarsdale and Westchester County, and her team to become the #1 Sales Team in Westchester County*. Agent Dawn Handler reveals the secret to the team’s success. “The secret to selling Scarsdale is Scarsdale!”, and agent Elana Zimmerman adds, “There is nothing better than taking buyers on their first tour of the village. They are blown away!” Agent Jodi Josephs shares, “The allure of Scarsdale goes far beyond having a highly ranked school district and an easy commute to New York City.” Agent Shane Brier agrees, “Our downtown is charming, we have nature trails and recreational facilities as beautiful as exclusive private country clubs. We even have an equestrian center!”

Sharing a deep-rooted understanding of the village’s unique desirability is one of Mardi Gross’ favorite parts of being a real estate agent here. “Our team holds creative events to educate city dwellers about Scarsdale, like our ‘Suburban Excursions’, ‘Suburban Speed Dating’ and ‘City to Suburbs’ town tours.” Agent Megan Serbagi chimes in, “Our specially curated tour for empty nesters called ‘Upside to Downsizing’ is also incredibly popular.” Explains agent Katie Lalli, “The Upside to Downsizing tours enables longtime Scarsdale residents to envision their options for next steps should they decide to sell their home.” Agent Liza Levy summarizes, “Our events are incredible for everyone involved. Great exposure for sellers, hugely helpful for buyers, and a whole lot of fun for our team!”

These events are just the beginning of The Zach and Heather Harrison Team’s relationships with their clients. “My teammates and I take great pride in being an ongoing resource for our Scarsdale buyers,” agent Gina Waldman highlights. “We help them acclimate to the community by giving them the inside scoop on where to go shop, eat, learn, and play.” Here is a roundup of The Zach and Heather Harrison Team’s top reasons why Scarsdale is their Happy Place, which they share with new residents, prospective buyers, and all those in search of the very best in The Dale:

MERITAGE and MICHELINE (pictured)
“Good food makes me happy! Meritage is a long time Scarsdale favorite restaurant with delicious food, warm service, and a guarantee to run into someone you know. My other favorite, recently opened by a Scarsdale resident, is Micheline. The vibe and energy of this elevated French bistro is perfect for a night out with friends, an early night with family or even post-work cocktails as its steps from the train station.” ~Elana Zimmerman

HYATT PARK PLAYGROUND
“It’s my favorite Scarsdale playground. Upgraded in 2016, it includes several separate play structures including a smaller one designed especially for the little guys. My kids absolutely love the zipline and there’s also a nice little paved path that is perfect for endless laps on scooters!”

~Katie Lalli

EQUINOX
“I love when the lights are out, the music is loud, it’s me up on that podium teaching a class. It feels so good doing something healthy for myself while making a positive impact on others.  Someone recently gave me a present, explaining he had a really tough 2023 and my class was the reason he got out of bed every Sunday morning. How great is that!” ~Gina Waldman

DRYLUXE BEAUTY BAR and HAIR SALOON & CAFE
“I love supporting other women-owned businesses like Dryluxe, my favorite Scarsdale spot for blowouts. The owner dreamt of running her own beauty business and succeeded with two fabulous Westchester locations! I pop in between showings so I feel and look my best for clients. For hair color and cut, I love Hair Salon & Cafe. The owner created a one-of-a-kind full service salon, spa, cafe, and cocktail bar! Such a luxurious salon experience!” ~Heather Harrison

SCARSDALE POOL COMPLEX
“It is an amazing facility with four pools, a locker room with showers, concession stand, playground, volleyball, basketball, and even a gaga court. You could spend the whole day and never get bored! My kids met all their friends there, it’s a place that you could go without knowing a soul and leave with an entire new crew.” ~Dawn Handler

COMMUNITY OF PLAY (pictured)
“This incredible new play space was designed by early childhood therapist and educator Gabby Felman to promote growth in young minds. Whether it’s an art, yoga, or curated play experience, Community of Play gives children the freedom to explore and grow while having fun!” ~Meg Serbagi

MARTINE’S
“With so many great places in Scarsdale, Martine’s stands out because it’s so good and I am there so frequently! Sometimes it is to grab a salad between meeting clients, but most days you can find me there with my daughters for an after-school iced coffee or macaron. Anything that makes them happy, makes me happy!” ~Jodi Josephs

BICYCLE SUNDAYS
“Bicycle Sundays allows people of all ages to enjoy an uninterrupted 13-mile biking loop along the Bronx River Parkway. It begins in May and has been a Mother’s Day tradition for my family.  We kick off our ride with a hearty breakfast at Scarsdale’s beloved Parkway Cafe in the village before heading out for the special ride with our community.” ~Liza Levy

F45
“I love F45 because it’s not just a gym or a workout class, it’s a fitness community. Everyone including the coaches and fellow members is so supportive, making it a great place for people of all different fitness levels to achieve their fitness goals.” ~ Mardi Gross

ICE CREAM
“It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t stop me from craving ice cream and my go-to is Mimi’s by Martines. Mimi’s is ideally located next to the Scarsdale train, has amazing gelato and is perfect for an after-school treat, date night dessert or as a fun alternative to the typical coffee meet-up.” ~Shane Barry

*Source: #1 Team by Sales Volume, Westchester, Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends Rankings, 2021, 2022 & 2023. #1 Agent: Heather Harrison, OKMLS, Westchester County, Sold 2020 all properties, Sold 2021 SF Homes, Sold 2022 & 2023 all properties, Ranking by Agent by Sales Volume. #1 Listing Agent (Heather Harrison) Single Family Homes Listing Transactions, OKMLS, Scarsdale School District & Westchester County, 2021, Highest Sales Data from OKMLS. #1 Listing Agent (Heather Harrison) Single Family Home, Listing Sales Volume, Scarsdale School District & Westchester County, 2022 & 2023

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