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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.”


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:


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.

75 Washington Springs

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.

64 Ludlow

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.

117 Paradise

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.

32 East Lake 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 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.

5 Old Phillips Hill

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.

11 Voorhis Pt-2

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.

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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.”