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A Place to Gather: Holiday Inspired Kitchens and Dining Rooms

The holiday season is a time to come together with friends and family to give thanks and celebrate the season of joy. It’s in these small moments—lingering at the dining table after a holiday feast or collected around the kitchen island—that memories are made that will last a lifetime. During the holiday season, a home is transformed into a gathering place for love, laugher and cheer.

Explore our collection of homes with holiday-inspired kitchens and dining rooms.

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1 Gesner Avenue, South Nyack

This c.1906 Dutch Colonial sits graciously on a slope, tucked and surrounded by lushness of trees. Expansive double, granite islands punctuate this oversized designer kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer breathtaking views of the Hudson River and beyond. The kitchen opens to a large great room with multiple vignettes making this home an ideal space for entertaining family and friends.

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5 Trinity Place, Cornwall

Affectionately known as “Knoll Shoal,” this elegant six-bedroom residence was once home to Edwina Louise Lee and her sea captain husband William Appleby Robinson both of who were notable turn-of-the-century Cornwall residents. Original architectural details delight from end-to-end, punctuated by high ceilings, four fireplaces and oak hardwood floors. The updated, eat-in-kitchen and butler’s pantry is the heart of the home and perfectly situated for holiday gatherings all within 70 minutes to New York City.

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1082 US HWY 9W, Upper Grandview

“River Hill”, a large, romantic Colonial Revival-style home, was built in 1911 and once was owned by a countess. Said to have been visited by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a bygone era, the impeccably restored home features a grand entry hall with rotunda, paneled woodwork, chestnut beams and moldings, beveled glass pocket doors, three fireplaces, period built-in window seats and book shelves, inlay and stenciled floors, several dens with windows on three sides, climate controlled wine cellar, banquet size dining room, two room master suite and central air.

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50 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

Located on a discreet, private road that runs along the Palisades cliffs, this pristine renovated home features a large chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances, custom cabinetry and a wood burning fireplace. The beautiful, custom kitchen opens to a spacious living room making this home ideal for holiday entertaining.

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64 Ludlow Lane, Snedens Landing

Built in 1862, “Seven Oaks” is the oldest estate property in Snedens Landing. Known for its romantic style and bucolic setting, this Gothic Revival home features high ceilings, decorative moldings, panel doors, oversized windows and an elegant, banquet size dining room with fireplace, which is ideal for holiday feasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Appoints Caryn Mallin Director of Marketing

Caryn_Mallin H&SEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Caryn Mallin has joined the firm as director of marketing, responsible for the luxury real estate brokerage firm’s overall strategic branding and marketing activities.

A New York native and resident of Armonk, New York, Mallin brings over 10 years of real estate and marketing experience to her role. She previously held positions as director of marketing at Citi Habitats, a residential brokerage firm, and director of marketing at Royal Abstract, a title insurance agency, both based in New York City.

“This newly created role is designed to enhance and expand the marketing opportunities for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and support and guide our sales associates in developing and growing their business,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey. “Caryn will create and execute marketing strategies and implement strategic brand positioning to further differentiate the brand in a visually compelling way.”

Mallin, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, worked in several creative industries that honed her marketing and strategy skills prior to establishing herself in real estate.

“My experiences in media, entertainment and event spaces have provided me the opportunity to think outside the box when it comes to traditional real estate marketing strategies,” said Mallin. “I look forward to raising awareness for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand through various marketing and tactical strategies. Working with our salespeople and staff to embrace new platforms will help to drive leads and increase sales.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Jessica Glielmi to its Team

Jessica GlielmiEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Jessica Glielmi has joined the luxury brokerage firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

A New York native and resident of Rockland County, Glielmi previously held sales, marketing and event positions at Harley Construction Management Corp. and High Exposure Climbing, both in Northvale, New Jersey. She interned at Cumulus Media, a leader in the radio broadcasting industry in New York. Prior to that, she honed her entrepreneurial skills as owner of North of Manhattan Co., an online clothing store she founded in 2015.

“Jessica brings a strong sense of discipline, passion and genuine commitment for customer satisfaction to her real estate career,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey. “Jessica is often commended for her positive energy and her ability to connect with virtually anyone she encounters. We are delighted to welcome her to our growing team.”

Glielmi graduated from Dominican College of Blauvelt in New York with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Pairing clients with their perfect home and creating memorable experiences is my ideal job,” said Glielmi. “I bring to the table extensive knowledge of the local market area, an eye for design and an ability to connect with customers,” she said. “I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the opportunities it affords my clients.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Raise $26,300 for Local Arts Education

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised $26,300 during a recent event to benefit the Edward Hopper House’s interdisciplinary Arts Education Program, which engages over 500 local public school students in grades K-12.

The Oct. 14 benefit, now in its second year, drew approximately 140 attendees and surpassed the previous year in monies raised by nearly 25 percent.

Guest speakers included Eric Shiner, Sotheby’s senior vice president of contemporary art and a leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, who spoke about Edward Hopper’s influence on 20th century artists; and Jason Duchin, co-executive director of Bronx-based DreamYard, a nationally recognized community arts organization that has helped over 15,000 kids by using the arts, digital tools and social justice to transform students, schools and communities. A live auction during the event was conducted by Benjamin Levy, a special guest magician and mind reader, whose accomplishments include performing at the White House.

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Guests bid on several items, including the opportunity to attend a Nov. 12 brunch reception for 10 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York to preview priceless works of art during its Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale; a tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art with Farris Wahbeh, director of research resources; tickets to a concert performance by legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden; and dinner for six at the Edward Hopper House prepared by Tappan-based Mimi’s Plate, with a curator tour of Sean Scully’s solo exhibition.

“I believe that art education builds community and instills confidence, especially in youth who may be insecure or bullied by their peers,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “Art today is not just about paintings and other mediums, but a way to help us navigate in a more creative, out-of-the-box way, from how we create our reports, write our papers, to the way we dress.  It’s been said that the MFA is the new MBA − I believe it!”

Attendees also heard from three local art students who spoke about their work and what art programs have meant in their lives. “One of the most touching moments was hearing local high school students speak about how art classes helped build confidence, friendships and self-esteem,” said Ellis. “This truly reinforces the importance of our mission. I am delighted that we raised about 25 percent more funds at our second annual fundraiser with Edward Hopper House, and I can’t wait for next year’s event, where we hope to raise even more money to benefit art education in public schools.”

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty to benefit Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty’s generosity has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, executive director of Edward Hopper House. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 500 students each year has been made possible by this fun and exciting cause auction, not to mention the pleasure of gathering 150 supportive patrons in a beautiful estate overlooking the Hudson!

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“Our teen program stole the show that evening, sharing their powerful experience at Edward Hopper House with the audience. One teen even said, “That man is paying to have a catered dinner in Edward Hopper’s House? Wow, I get to spend every day there for free!”

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes a pre-lesson in the classroom, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a post-lesson in the classroom to strengthen student understanding.

According to Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey, additional sponsorships this year are being provided by the Nyack Teachers Association and Festoon, with funds allocated to school partnerships already earmarked from Orange and Rockland. Bunin also serves Edward Hopper House as a trustee.

“This event single-handedly has enabled us to start thriving arts education partnerships in Nyack and the surrounding public schools,” said Bunin. “We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers, integrating art to create interdisciplinary curriculum.”

The fundraiser was held at Glen Iris on the Hudson River, former home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins. The 8,200 square-foot, turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Upper Nyack is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.395 million.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House to Host Fundraiser to Benefit Local Arts Education

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Glen Iris on the Hudson River

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty will sponsor a benefit for Edward Hopper House’s Arts Education Program for Public School on Oct. 14 at the magnificent Glen Iris on the Hudson River estate to benefit the Edward Hopper House’s interdisciplinary Arts Education Program, which engages nearly 500 local students in grades K-12.

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes a pre-lesson in the classroom, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a post-lesson in the classroom to strengthen student understanding.

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools and Sleepy Hollow School District.

Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he believes in the importance of art education, “for both the emotional and educational information it can provide young adults, and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.

“There have been too many budget cuts in our public schools that prohibit a student experiencing art education. As the culture of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is built around the Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends, leading this event is a natural fit for us.”

Participating schools have found the program to be a great success. Kelly Quartironi, a teacher at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School in Nanuet said, “This curriculum is so accessible and relevant. Looking at murals by Romare Beardon and paintings by Edward Hopper of community has given our students an opportunity to look at their own community through the artists’ lenses, and now they use the elements of art to reflect on their own lives.”

image012According to Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey, additional sponsorships this year are being provided by the Nyack Teachers Association and Festoon, with funds allocated to school partnerships already earmarked from Orange and Rockland. Bunin also serves Edward Hopper House as a trustee.

The event will feature Eric Shiner, Sotheby’s senior vice president of contemporary art and a leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, and Jason Duchin, co-executive director of DreamYard, a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools and social justice to transform students, schools and communities.

A live auction during the event will be conducted by Benjamin Levy, a special guest magician and mind reader, whose accomplishments include performing at the White House. Auction items will include admission to the Preview & Brunch at Sotheby’s Auction House for Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale; a tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art with Farris Wahbeh, director of research resources; tickets to a concert performance by legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden; and dinner for six at the Edward Hopper House prepared by Tappan-based Mimi’s Plate, with a curator tour of Sean Scully’s solo exhibition.

The fundraiser venue, Glen Iris on the Hudson River, was the home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins. The 8,200 square-foot, turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Upper Nyack is listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.39 million.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Nancy Clucas

Nancy Clucas 9-18-2017Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Nancy Clucas, a Rockland County native and Palisades resident, has joined the firm as an associate broker.

Clucas brings over 30 years of real estate marketing and sales experience to her role. She is a 15-year board member of Camp Venture, a not-for-profit provider of family-like care and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Rockland County. She also is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“Nancy brings three decades of in-depth real estate expertise to her role,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is committed to excellence, outstanding client service and the personal conviction that the Lower Hudson Valley, rich in its history and natural beauty, is the perfect place to reside.  She has built her profession on integrity, loyalty and the keen insider knowledge of a lifelong resident.”

Clucas grew up in the Hudson riverfront village of Piermont. Her family made Rockland County its home for seven generations. The DeWint House in Tappan, once owned by family members, now is a museum. It is the oldest surviving structure in Rockland County and was George Washington’s temporary headquarters.

Prior to establishing her career in real estate, Clucas worked in business and insurance, both of which focused on clients’ needs, giving her the advantage required to provide a seamless transaction for her clients.

“I am passionate about the Hudson Valley and dedicated to clients’ individual needs to ensure their goals are being met,” said Clucas. “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and personal knowledge of the area. I look forward to serving my clients and to providing memorable customer experiences.”

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Country Living: Discover the Bucolic Lower Hudson Valley

The lower Hudson Valley has long been a popular destination for New Yorkers looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, in recent years there has been a resurgence of buyers flocking to the region for its bucolic beauty, proximity to NYC and country lifestyle.

Whether seeking a second-home or primary residence, prospective buyers discover the lower Hudson Valley offers charming small towns, a lively restaurant scene and top-rated schools all within a short drive from New York City.

And with the fall season fast approaching, it’s an idyllic time to take a ride out to the country for some apple picking, wine tasting or leaf peeping. While you’re here, it’s also a wonderful time to tour some of the area’s real estate. Here is a selection of just a few properties ready to become your country retreat:

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5 Trinity Place, Cornwall

From a hilltop perch, this picturesque property, known as “Knoll Shoal,” overlooks 1.6 private acres and back to the historic Storm King Golf Club. This 6 bedroom and 5 bathroom country estate boasts original architectural details, high-ceilings and an updated kitchen. A separate barn and rambling creek awaken the senses to true Hudson Valley country living.

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75 Washington Spring Road, Snedens Landing

Owned by photographer and landscape designer Judy Tomkins, who created and curated a special home full of charm and period details. The 18-century stone house features two terraces, outdoor dining space and a 60-year-old perennial garden sited on almost an acre, where Tomkins entertained some of the most influential artists of our time. The home is also rumored to have served as George Washington’s office when his men were guarding the ferry service from the Palisades cliffs.

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64 Ludlow Lane, Snedens Landing

On the market for the first time in over 40 years, “Seven Oaks,” is the oldest estate property in Snedens Landing. This romantic Gothic Revival style home was built in 1862 and is situated on 4.29 bucolic acres with a great lawn, beautiful gardens, a large in-ground swimming pool and two original outbuildings. Architecturally distinct, the home features a wrap around veranda, oversized windows, 11 fireplaces and peeks of the Hudson River from the upper floors. All of which is within about 25 minutes from NYC.

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117 Paradise Avenue, Piermont

Designed by New York City architect Nate McBride, this airy waterfront home is awash with light and incredible protected views overlooking the Hudson River. Kayak in your backyard or walk to the Piermont pier, this sanctuary is a perfect getaway only 15 miles north of the George Washington Bridge.

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32 East Lake Stable Road, Tuxedo Park

Originally built for William M.V Hoffman in 1905, this Tudor-style stable and carriage house was converted into a residence in 1937 by Prince Guy Obolensky, a descendant of Russian nobility. Beautifully situated among 2 acres of rolling lawns and woodlands, this country estate features a first floor mater suite, 5 additional second floor bedrooms, games room and wine cellar. Experience the tranquility and beauty of Tuxedo Park all this within an hour of New York City.

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5 Old Phillips Hill Road, New City

Located in the heart of New City and in the Clarkstown School District, this private escape is a nature lover’s paradise with swimming, kayaking and ice-skating on a shared pond. Sited on a partially wooded setting just shy of 2 acres, this 5 bedroom and 3 bathroom retreat features an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and cathedral ceilings.

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11 Voorhis Point, South Nyack

This distinctive turn-of-the-century Arts & Crafts style home is located in the private enclave of Voorhis Point. The home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a private dock and 500 feet of riparian rights. This Hudson River front home is within walking distance to NYC public transportation and the Village of Nyack, which features fine dining, art galleries and antique shops.

Click here to learn more about the lower Hudson Valley.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Susan Smolanoff

Sue Smolanoff 9-2017Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Susan Smolanoff has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Smolanoff, who brings to her role a background in real estate and management, previously held positions as a licensed real estate salesperson and legal assistant, both in New City, New York. A New York native and resident of Rockland County for the last 31 years, she is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“Sue provides​ ​clients expert​ ​guidance​ ​in​ ​home​ ​buying​ ​or​ ​selling with​ ​remarkable​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail, discipline and​ ​professionalism,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The​ ​foundation​ ​and​ ​continued​ ​success​ ​of​ ​her​ ​business​ ​derives from​ ​her​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​integrity,​ ​trust​ ​and​ ​exceptional​ ​service. For Sue,​ ​these​ ​are​ ​not​ ​just​ ​words,​ ​but​ ​​deeply​ ​held convictions.”

Smolanoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

​“Sellers​ ​can depend​ ​on​ ​Sue’s unique​ ​marketing​ ​strategy​ ​and​ ​diligent​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​get​ ​their​ ​home sold, while buyers​ ​can​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​her​ ​to​ ​navigate​ ​even​ ​the​ ​most challenging​ ​and​ ​complex​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​purchases​ ​and sales,” Ellis said.

Smolanoff, who also spent 15 years in fitness management, said her experience prepared her for a career in real estate by honing her skills in training, sales and customer service.

“Attention to detail is key to my success in helping clients meet their goal of buying or selling their next permanent residence, second home, retirement home, or helping them to find a lot or acreage to build upon,” she said. “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty the customer service, marketing skills and discipline necessary in all phases of selling and buying real estate.”

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Outdoor Entertaining: An Extension of Your Living

Living in the lower Hudson Valley is truly a unique experience. The natural beauty of this region is immeasurable from the Hudson River to the rolling ranges of the Ramapo Mountains. For this reason, homes that feature outdoor entertaining space are particularly desirable.

According to HGTV, Leslie Sellers, president of the Appraisal Institute says the best way to maximize home value with an outdoor entertaining space is to create an area that is proportionate to and in keeping with the style of the home.

Whether it’s eating alfresco or hosting an intimate gathering under the stars, outdoor entertaining spaces serve as an extension of your living. Explore these truly unique homes currently listed for sale that provide a backdrop to the bucolic beauty that surrounds.

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75 Washington Spring Road, Snedens Landing

Owned by photographer and landscape designer Judy Tomkins, who created and curated a special home full of charm and period details. The 18-century stone house features two terraces, outdoor dining space and a 60-year-old perennial garden sited on almost an acre, where Tomkins entertained some of the most influential artists of our time. The home is also rumored to have served as George Washington’s office when his men were guarding the ferry service from the Palisades cliffs.

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6 Sky Drive, New City

This beautifully appointed transitional-style home is ideal for outdoor entertaining with two large terraces, in-ground gunite swimming, outdoor kitchen, putting green and gas fire pit. Whether gathering for an intimate dinner or large party, this luxurious, turnkey home offers a private and bucolic setting for a county lifestyle.

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4 Old Cranberry Road, Pierson Lakes

This custom-built lakefront estate is situated in an Adirondack-like setting surrounded by thousands of acres of parkland. The home features a covered veranda, stone patio and outdoor fireplace ideal for hosting gatherings, or head down to the private dock for a day on the lake.

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32 East Lake Stable Road, Tuxedo Park

Originally built for William M.V Hoffman in 1905, this Tudor-style stable and carriage house was converted into a residence in 1937. The openness of the large living room, dining, and kitchen areas are perfectly suited for both gracious family living and fabulous entertaining. What was once a covered horse arena now provides an extension to the outdoors and consummate space gathering.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Raises Funds to Build Haitian Home

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty successfully raised over $6,000 this summer to build a hurricane-resistant house for a Haitian family through its  partnership with New Story, a nonprofit that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

One hundred percent of the funds raised by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty donors, including associates and agents who contributed donations from their home-sale closings, went toward the building of the new home.

“Every dollar raised went directly to fund the construction of a concrete, sustainable home for a family in Titanyen, Haiti,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The homes, each built for $6,000 utilizing local labor and locally sourced construction materials, not only help families but provide jobs and economic stability for the community. We sincerely thank everyone who, through their generous donations, helped us achieve our goal to change a family’s life.”

According to New Story, the majority of Titanyen families live in unsafe, makeshift homes without access to latrines.  Many of these homes are at risk of collapsing and have no space for personal belongings, causing the families living there to be separated from their children for safety concerns. Once funded, the New Story homes are typically built within six months and have three rooms, basic sanitation, a porch and garden.

The Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty team, which also supports arts education in local schools through a partnership with the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, felt compelled to reach beyond the local community to “help Haitian families who lack basic human needs,” Ellis said.

“We applaud the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for identifying this charity,” he said. “It really struck a chord with our entire team, and we thank all of our agents, clients and friends for joining us on this journey.”

New Story, a 501c3 nonprofit based in San Francisco, has funded more than 750 homes in seven communities around the developing world since its start two years ago. Anyone can make a donation to New Story by visiting the www.newstorycharity.org.

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