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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.


Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty’s Nancy Swaab Earns SRS Designation

Nan Swaab280x400Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Nancy Swaab, associate real estate broker, has earned the prestigious Seller Representative Specialist designation awarded by the Real Estate Business Institute.

The designation, introduced in 2006, “elevates professional standards, enhances individual performance and recognizes real estate professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential in professionally and ethically representing sellers,” the institute said.

The National Association of REALTORS® recognizes current SRS designees for adhering to the REALTOR Code of Ethics, the highest ethical standards in the industry.

Swaab, a resident of Piermont Landing along the Hudson River, began her real estate career in 1978. She holds associate broker licenses in New York and New Jersey.

She previously was involved in the marketing and sale of several celebrity homes in Alpine, New Jersey. Since moving to Piermont Landing, she has been involved in the Piermont Community Garden as well as the Piermont Civic Association. She specializes in Hudson River waterfront properties.

“I am proud of Nan and her continued pursuit of excellence,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Seller Representative Specialist designation is the essential credential for seller representation and reflects her commitment to the high level of service she provides her clients.”


Hudson Valley: A Haven for Celebrity Real Estate

Vivien LeighAngelina JolieOrson WellesDiane SawyerBill MurryMike WallaceBjörkDixie CarterGypsy Rose LeeMikhail BaryshnikovLorraine Bracco

Photos: Wikipedia Creative Commons

There is something about the Hudson Valley that has attracted well-known people for decades. Perhaps it is the natural beauty that musicians and artists have long been inspired by, or maybe it is the privacy it affords with easy access to New York City. Whatever the reason, we have been fortunate to help several cultural icons find their homes here. Join me as we take a tour of some of the Hudson Valley’s most well-known residences, beginning with those that are currently on the market.


The Whitney House” certainly has had its share of provenance. This iconic circa 1959 mid-century contemporary home at 26 Woods Road in Snedens Landing was designed for a descendant of one of America’s most important art families and was the former childhood home of Angelina Jolie. Today it is for sale by world-renowned conductor, Eugene Kohn.


Gypsy Rose Lee house

American burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee enjoyed her home at 187 City Highway 105 in Highland Mills. The circa 1901 Colonial Revival style home was restored and is set on 6.8 private acres.

cliff house

Cliff House” at 40 Lawrence Lane in Snedens Landing was once home to Lorraine Bracco and Ellen Burstyn. The private riverfront home is only 25 minutes from New York City.

61 woods

This circa 1920’s stone house in Palisades was built into the cliffs, with extraordinary views of the Hudson River. It was built by members of the Tonetti family, pioneers in Snedens Landing who raised the bar for the arts, and was once home to Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer.


Music aficionados will love 530 North Broadway, which was once home to Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band. Situated on 1.7 park-like acres, the home offers seasonal Hudson River views.

Celebrity homes that already have been sold to new owners include:


Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Team Tours American Art Sale at Sotheby’s Auction House

11-2016 Auction Event

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty agents and staff participated in a tour of the recent Sotheby’s Auction House American Art Sale.

The Nov. 20 tour was a prize auctioned during an Oct. 15 benefit cosponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the Edward Hopper House in Nyack to support local arts education. The benefit raised $21,300.

Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, was the winning bidder of the tour. In addition to the specialist-led tour of the exhibition, his team explored Sotheby’s worldwide headquarters in New York and 19th century paintings and Latin American modern and contemporary art on display in conjunction with an auction.

“It was very exciting and insightful to explore our connection with the Sotheby’s Auction House,” said Ellis. “Our team enjoyed seeing the priceless items that were up for sale and learning more about the auction business.”

The American Art sale the team toured brought in $28.6 million during the official auction held on Nov. 21. The sale was led by Norman Rockwell’s “Which One?,” which appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post prior to the 1944 presidential election and sold for $6.5 million.

The Oct. 15 fundraiser was held at Glen Iris on the Hudson River, home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins during the first half of the last century and, later, Norman Rose, the late actor best known as the voice of fictitious coffee grower Juan Valdez in Colombian coffee television commercials. The 8,200-square-foot, move-in-ready home currently is listed with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.495 million.