As a Port Chester Westchester Real Estate Attorney, I know this area.

I was born in New York City, but remember Port Chester when my neighbor had a horse, and the neighbor behind me had chickens!  Whether, White Plains, New Rochelle, Yonkers, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, or Purchase, I have lived in NYC and Westchester my entire life.  When it comes to buying and selling real estate, I understand the process.  More importantly, because I know the process, I know that efficiency is critical and that returning calls promptly is the only way.  Some parts of Westchester do not have public sewers and buyers are well advised to have a thorough septic inspection prior to ever signing a contract.  Our contracts are usually done within the hour.  Our entire practice consists of either business transactions or real estate and real estate related matters such as probate where someone needs to sell a home, or perhaps a commercial lease for a new business, or a business buying a commercial property.

We are all busy, but ignoring clients is the number one complaint most individuals have about their attorney.  Many attorneys have no special skills and compete with other attorneys in the same field on price alone.  Our practice is one that provides a concierge service.  This means that our services are specifically tailored to each client’s needs.  We do not quote the lowest price, nor do we compete on price alone.  In our view, this is a huge risk and assumes that all attorneys are competent.  I regularly represent other attorneys in their real estate transactions because they know that each area of the law is unique.  A dentist does not perform brain surgery and a foot doctor does not whiten teeth.  Likewise, an attorney should only handle matters that they are competent to handle.

I am a Port Chester Real Estate Attorney because I like real estate.  Likewise, I regularly form LLC’s and corporations, and I enjoy helping people to buy and sell small businesses.  If you are considering forming or buying or selling a business, my page https://www.johnmcranepc.com/what-things-should-i-consider-prior-to-selling-or-purchasing-a-business/ provides a short list of important considerations.  I do not like bankruptcy, nor do I read MRI’s all that well.  For that reason, our practice is focused on business and real estate transactions.  After 25 years and over 2,500 closings, we help you avoid problems before they occur whether complex transactions like 1031 Exchanges, or the purchase of your first single family home.

 

The Port Chester village was founded in 1868 after it was first settled around 1660.

The Mohegan Indian tribes were the first inhabitants of the area now known as the Village at Port Chester [1]. English settlers eventually moved from Connecticut to live in the area. The English established a saw mill and boat-building shop near the Byram River in 1732. This gave the area its name Saw Pit Landing. Slowly, the settlement grew with primary commercial activities including logging, shipping, and farming. In particular, the shipping of produce to New York City was a major activity.

The Saw Pit was an important military outpost during the Revolutionary War due to its proximity to waterways and the stunning views from Bloomer’s hill. The port was contested by both armies, and the Village was almost destroyed during the fighting. The area was important as a military outpost. General Israel Putnam used the John Lyon Park homestead as his headquarters. The area was rebuilt after the Revolutionary War and the boat building, farming, and shipping industries flourished. The area was well-known for its shipping industry but also its ability to produce stoves and furnaces. Established in 1840, the Abendroth Foundry was one of the most important foundries along the east coast. It shipped furnaces and stoves all over the globe.

The Civil War began in 1864 and the Union Defense Committee of Port Chester organized the first Civil War Company (Company A, Seventeenth Infantry), to be a Westchester County body. Port Chester, which was established as a village in the Town of Rye on May 14, 1868, had already been thriving. It included 3,500 residents, two banks and several coal and lumber yards. There were also a few shops.

Major railroads in the region led to a decline in agriculture and shipping. The economy became a center of manufacturing and no longer depended on its port for trade purposes. The Village experienced demographic changes as a result of this industrial shift. Large numbers of European immigrants began to move into the area, creating new opportunities for employment. Port Chester’s first notable industries were the Earnest Simons Manufacturing Company, established in 1876. It was the first company to make ready-made sheets and pillowscases in the world.

The first steamship service between Port Chester, Pennsylvania and New York City was established in 1870. This continued until World War I, when the cost of truck transport became more affordable. In the last 20 years of the nineteenth century, public services expanded with the establishment in Port Chester Water Works, which replaced many private wells and underground cisterns by reliable water from Connecticut reservoirs. Also, a community hospital was established and a trolley service was installed. As motorcar traffic increased during the 1920s, roads were made wider and paved. Sewers and drains were also installed.

Port Chester sent more than 5,000 soldiers to the World Wars. Many well-known corporations established headquarters or production centres in the Village by 1950 as the country was enjoying peace-time prosperity. These included Life Savers and Empire Brush Works, Arnold Bread, Neisner Brothers, and later, Ames Department Stores. The economy changed over the 20th century and Lifesavers was the last major manufacturer to close down operations in the Village.

Office Locations

Port Chester Office

342 N. Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

Phone: (914) 937-7272

Email: info@johnmcrane.com

Fax: (888) 820-6197