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JULY 12, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Raveis Realtor profiled on “House Hunters” on HGTV


By EVE MARX
PHOTO COURTESY HGTV

Steven and Megan Grskovic with Justin Pieragostini during the filming of “House Hunters.”

 

Justin Pieragostini is the kind of guy who is a casting agent’s dream. He looks and even talks like a guy who might be a contestant on the current season of the ABC-TV show “The Bachelorette,” he’s that adorable and TV-show handsome. In reality the William Raveis real estate agent is on TV — HGTV, in fact — where he and clients are featured in a newly broadcast episode of the hit series “House Hunters.” The featured segment aired for the first time on July 3, at 10 p.m. In the episode, Mr. Pieragostini finds and shows his real-life clients Steven and Megan Grskovic and their three children three homes in the Bedford area. They do buy one, but we won’t spoil the ending for you.

Mr. Pieragostini is an agent with William Raveis’ office in Katonah. His clients, the Grskovics, are Boston transplants. Work brought Mr. Grskovic to the New York City area; the couple already had family connections in Westchester. Through what Mr. Pieragostini described as “a passing conversation,” he was able to pitch the idea of featuring the Grskovic’s house hunt to Pie Town Productions, the production company that actually shoots the episodes for “House Hunters.”

“It was chaos, all that we went through. Coordinating times when these people could see houses, and they always had their children with them, it was crazy,” Mr. Pieragostini said. “But they’re also such cool people, and the energy was so good, I realized it would make great television. So I asked them how they felt about bringing in the cameras, and they said, ‘Let’s do it!’ so we did.”

Mr. Pieragostini said it took five full days of shooting to create the 22-minute episode.

“We covered a lot of ground, it wasn’t just the houses,” he said. “I wanted to really give viewers a flavor of what we have to offer here.” He showed his clients highlights of the Bedford scene, including Richard Gere’s restaurant, Bedford Post; Spins Bowl; the Village Green; the Bedford Oak; downtown Katonah; and a scenic drive-by of grand equestrian properties along the BRLA. “You know the part of every episode where the couple has to sit down and make a decision which house to buy?” Mr. Pieragostini asked. “They have that meeting at Village Social.”

Mr. Pieragostini said everything during the shooting was “very natural. There were no scripts. There’s no hair or makeup.” Because House Hunters is considered a news broadcast and not a motion picture, he said there was no violation of Bedford’s strict filming ordinances.

“This is the first time HGTV has showcased the Westchester area on House Hunters,” Mr. Pieragostini said. “It was truly an honor to be a part of the process. Westchester is a part of the country unlike anywhere else. We’re a hub for individuals who commute back and forth to New York City, but we still retain a lot of the small-town charm that homebuyers are searching for.”

Lisa D’Avola Scarsella of Katonah was one of the people attending a special event at Village Social the night the “House Hunters” episode aired. “They made an event out of the evening,” she said. “The couple who was featured on the show and the Realtor were there, along with about 100-plus of the Realtor’s family and friends. They turned the televisions on in the bar and everyone watched the show.”

“Honestly, we were so caught up in the emotions of the house-hunting experience we never really thought about our ‘story’ until Justin threw out the idea of sharing it on House Hunters,” said Steven Grskovic, the featured buyer, in a press release from the Raveis agency about the HGTV segment. “Ultimately, we were intrigued by having a unique keepsake for our family to look back on. Justin kept reminding us through the home-buying process that once it was completed how happy we would be to have documented it, and he was right.”




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