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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.