Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Top Rockland Agent Amy (Musinger) Samett

Amy SamettEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that top Rockland County agent Amy (Musinger) Samett has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

A 40-year Rockland County resident, Samett was in the top 3 percent of the county’s real estate agents last year.

“Amy’s success as a real estate agent is grounded in her knowledge of the Rockland County market, her stellar negotiating skills and her reputation as a highly trusted partner,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She understands her clients’ needs and works hard to exceed their expectations. Her many years as a property manager has enhanced her expertise in the local market.”

Samett grew up in Blauvelt, raised her family in New City and now resides in Nyack. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at The State University of New York at Binghamton and her Master of Business Administration degree from New York University with a dual major in finance and taxation.

“I have combined my business experience, analytical skills and love of beautiful homes to help my clients achieve their goals, whether they are buying or selling,” she said. “I am proud to join forces with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the renowned Sotheby’s International Realty brand to bring my clients a broad global reach.”



Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Naomi Vargas

Naomi Vargas

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Naomi Vargas has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Vargas previously served as a licensed real estate salesperson since 2006 in Piermont, New York. A 20-year Rockland County resident, she is fluent in Spanish and worked in health-care management for two decades earlier in her career.

“Naomi has strong connections in the Piermont market and strives to exceed her customers’ expectations at every step of the process,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is an active member of the community and takes the time to understand her clients’ needs and customize her service for them.”

Vargas said her focus on lifestyle differentiates her from other agents and makes her an ideal match for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “I don’t simply sell real estate; I tailor my service for each individual client and ultimately sell an extraordinary lifestyle,” she said. “I look forward to being able to offer my clients all the advantages my association with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty brings.”


Winter Fun in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is known for its breath-taking beauty- and not just in the Spring and Summer when the flowers are in bloom. When Winter arrives it brings its own unique and picturesque magnificence. Here are our suggestions for family fun activities that make the most of the Hudson Valley’s outdoors in the Winter months:



Whether you have always wanted to learn to ski or you are a seasoned pro, there are many slopes to choose from in the Hudson Valley. From Hunter Mountain to the Catamount Ski Area and Windham Mountain, there is no shortage of options in the Hudson Valley. For more, check out Hudson Valley Magazine’s suggestions here.




Ice Skating

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain’s Ice Rink

Like the picture-perfect scene of an ice-skating rink filled skaters? Then look no further than Bear Mountain’s Ice Rink, which hosts public sessions and parties.

Harriman State Park also offers ice skating on Lake Tiorati and Lake Silvermine. Located in Rockland and Orange counties, it is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs. Click here for more information on their ice skating.




Winter Sightseeing Cruises

WinterThemePageFeatureLike seeing the beauty of Winter but not being cold? Then a sightseeing cruise is for you. Click here for Classic Harbor Line’s available cruises and enjoy the NYC skyline on a luxury yacht!





Swimming in the Hudson River

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For those brave souls that don’t mind the cold, swimming in the Hudson River might be for you! According to the Hudson River Park website, swimming in the Hudson River within the park is “only permitted within sanctioned, organized events. Hudson River Park is proud to host several swims and races organized by NYC Swim each year. At least one of these swims uses Pier 96 in Clinton Cove as its start or end point.” Check out the above website for more information.


Whichever Winter experience you choose to have, there is no better way to end the day than with a cup of hot chocolate. And for the best cocoa in the Hudson Valley, check out Hudson Valley Magazine’s list of suggestions.






Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Debuts Enhanced, Responsive Website

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the launch of its newly enhanced responsive website, ellissothebysrealty.com, designed to enable consumers to more easily search for the Hudson Valley’s finest properties whether they use a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer.

In addition to the mobile device formatting, users will notice faster page loading. The website also features an International page with connections to the brand’s global network of affiliates, a Resources page with local information, a Sold Listings section that highlights the firm’s significant sales and the firm’s blog, Hudson Valley Views.

“These are exciting enhancements that mean a consistent, positive experience for our clients, whether we first meet them online via their smartphones or they walk into our office,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “We recognize that consumers want to be able to look for property when it is most convenient for them, and they expect to receive the same level of quality information, regardless of how they choose to search.”


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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Reports Record 2016 Results

617 North Broadway Upper Nyack, New York

617 North Broadway Upper Nyack, New York

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that it achieved record sales in 2016 and sold more luxury, single-family homes in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties and nine Hudson River towns than its competitors.

Home sales recorded by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ multiple-listing service, combined with non-MLS transactions, show the Nyack-based firm sold 28.01 percent of single-family homes valued at more than $1 million and 45.50 percent of homes valued above $2 million in Rockland and Orange counties.

In the river towns of Grandview, Palisades, Piermont, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Grandview and Upper Nyack, Ellis sold 56.58 percent of homes valued at over $1 million and 91.45 percent above $2 million. In Clarkstown and Orangetown, Ellis sold 49.09 percent of single-family homes over $1 million and 91.82 percent over $2 million.

“Today both sellers and buyers need the professional advice of realtors who know the marketplace well and have the ability to market properties successfully,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “We do this with the support of an iconic, global brand.”

He said he is proud that Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has 30 percent of the top 10 salespersons for single-family homes sold for over $1 million in Rockland County and 40 percent of the top 10 salespersons for homes a sold across all price ranges in the river towns.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty also achieved the highest average sales price for single-family homes in Rockland County − $970,083. The firm also commanded the highest average sales price in Orangetown and Clarkstown − $1,140,021 − and in the river towns − $1,254,230. The firm commands the top position in market share for the river towns, with 25.81 percent of single-family home sales.

“These statistics demonstrate why we are in a unique position to provide confident recommendations to our clients, whether they are buying or selling,” said Ellis.  “From experience, we know how to manage our clients’ expectations, which makes the process much easier for them.”



Million Dollar Views: Hudson Valley Homes Offering a Picture Perfect Setting



A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building.

Whether you call it a porch, veranda or terrace…the official definition of this signature part of a home certainly seems simplistic, and definitely does not do justice to the many beautiful ones from which several of our residents enjoy postcard-perfect views. For these homes, there needs to be a better word. But until we can come up with a more poetic option, here are two of our market’s finest from which to draw inspiration:

Seven Oaks

Seven Oaks” is the oldest estate property in Snedens Landing and on the market for the first time in 40 years. It is defined by a steeply pitched cross gable slate roof with large decorative dormers, huge wrap around veranda and three story bay window on its east side. If you are longing to enjoy a warm cup of coffee here on a cool fall morning, it can be yours for $4.8 million.


Four Gables” in Piermont was built for the Erie Railroad manager in 1840 on a hillside overlooking the Hudson River and Piermont Railroad station. It is a Hudson Valley vernacular Gothic Revival with a four gable roof line and a huge veranda overlooking the garden and river. It currently is on the market for $1.175 million.















Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Maribel Rohr

MaribelEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Maribel Rohr has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Rohr has 18 years of experience in construction, design and property management. In 2014, she started her own design, staging and professional organization business.

A Goshen resident for 17 years, Rohr has extensive knowledge of New York’s Orange and Rockland counties and Manhattan, where she helped several clients design and organize their homes.

“Maribel’s enthusiasm helping people design and stage their homes, along with her overall expertise in the real estate business, led to the next natural progression in her career: obtaining her real estate license,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is an active member of the community, and has experience in international business. We are so proud to welcome her to our team.”

Rohr cites the firm’s global reach and marketing expertise as key reasons for joining. “I look forward to building my business with the full support of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Rohr. “This is a great opportunity to help my clients find their dream homes.”


Music to My Ears

 “True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time.”

— George Gershwin

New York’s Hudson Valley has long been a haven for artists and musicians- a source of inspiration and a place to call home.  Many popular singers and songwriters were born and bred here, from the Isley Brothers to Tito Puente to Mitch Miller and Kurt Weill.  Even Cyndi Lauper spent summers in Tuxedo Park.

What is it about the Hudson Valley that seems to nurture musicality?  It could be the scenic, natural landscapes, not to mention the proximity to New York City and its cultural influences and business opportunities.  Aside from being a source of inspiration, the Hudson Valley is supportive of its artists.

According to Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, “The beauty and serenity of the Hudson River and its surrounding environs has been a longtime source of inspiration for artists of all types. ….A culture’s music is influenced by social and economic factors, climate, and access to technology. Varying by region and time period are the emotions and ideas that a piece of music conveys and the situations in which that music is played and heard.”

So it is little wonder then so many artists and musicians have chosen to call the Hudson Valley home.  I was reminded of this recently as we listed two homes of former popular music industry veterans: Radio personality Cousin Brucie’s (Bruce Morrow) private lakefront property in Forestburgh’s Merriwold Club, a community that has been home to artists, actors, writers and economists for more than 130 years and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers’ stately colonial in Nyack.

190 Lakeside Road Forestburgh, New York

190 Lakeside Road, Forestburgh, New York

Cousin Brucie’s home sits on 3.75 acres and was renovated in 2005.  The result is an achievement in modernism, with 28 foot high tongue and groove ceilings in the living room, designed and crafted with reclaimed redwood from New York City water tanks. Taking in the views and privacy the property affords, combined with its easy access to Manhattan, it is little wonder he would have chosen to call it home.

Warren Haynes, the longtime guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, chose to live in understated elegance in Upper Nyack.  The impressive, stately revival-style colonial is situated on 1.7 park-like acres with seasonal Hudson River views and Hamptons in-ground heated pool.

530 N Broadway, Nyack, New York

Whether it is the ideal vantage point for watching the changing seasons, its proximity to New York City or its privacy, the Hudson Valley has inspired artists for decades- and I expect will continue to for many more years to come.


Hearth and Home

The holidays have officially arrived, and if that means you start dreaming of chestnuts roasting in an open fire, then a fireplace is a must for you. A source of warmth and a place to gather and tell stories, no two fireplaces are alike. Join us as we take a look at some of the finest in the Hudson Valley today in a variety of styles:

61 woods

Rustic and inviting, 61 Woods Road in Snedens Landing is the perfect setting for a holiday gathering. Once home to Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, the circa 1920s home is built into the Palisades and has extraordinary views of the Hudson River.

99 river road

Willow Knoll at 99 River Road in Grandview was built in 1891 by Joseph Ellicott, the inventor of the air brake and the first commodore of the Tappan Zee Yacht Club. Chris Sapinoff, a previous owner in the 1930’s, was a Bulgarian silversmith who created numerous design patterns carved onto beams, mantels and woodwork throughout the house and cottage.

4 old cranberry

4 Old Cranberry Road in Sloatsburg is located on Cranberry Lake in Pierson Lakes, a private, gated community surrounded by thousands of acres of parkland. The custom designed home offers a rustic theme with stone, stucco, antique barn beams, distressed woodwork and numerous fireplaces both inside and out. There also is a large covered porch with fireplace.

530 n broadway

530 North Broadway in Upper Nyack was once home to Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band. The open living room has a unique fireplace, as well as wet bar, wine fridge and ice maker.

1082 Rte 9w

1082 Rt. 9W in Upper Grandview is circa 1911. It has three total fireplaces and was once owned by a countess and visited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a bygone era.

Oak Tree

Named for this charming hamlet’s first blacksmith, the Jesse Trenchard House was built in 1780 and is one of the oldest houses in the bucolic Palisades historic district. The renovated Dutch colonial was awarded preservation citations for the historically accurate restoration of the colonial house and appropriateness of the modern addition. It is full of period details with large, gracious fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.

374 s mtn

374 S. Mountain Road in New City is situated on 6.7 park-like leveled private acres on one of the most desirable roads in New City. The fireplace exemplifies the clean lines of a more modern style.

245 river rd

245 River Road in Grandview is a 19th Century Greek Revival overlooking the Hudson River. It features period fireplace mantels and fine appointments.

122 circuit

122 Circuit Road in Tuxedo Park is a magnificent historic home, originally built as a summer cottage around 1890 for John H. Foster with beautiful architectural details. The living room has a 17th century English fireplace.

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

The Whitney House in Palisades is a mid-century marvel designed for a descendant of one of America’s most important art families and the former childhood home of actress Angelina Jolie. The welcoming fireplace is a beautiful centerpiece for the living room.