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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.

75 washington spring
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.

32 Stable Rd

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.


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.