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6 gorgeous homes perfect for entertaining

Victorian home in Nyack, New York

Nyack, New York. This six-bedroom 1878 Victorian stands on an acre of Hudson River shoreline. Entertainment features include a front living room with fireplace and a kitchen with marble counters connected to a breakfast nook and a formal dining room, set up to seat 12.

The stone patio has views of lawns and the river, and a converted carriage house holds a one-room studio apartment. $2,295,000. Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, (914) 393-0438.

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1878 riverfront home on the market in Nyack, listed for $2.295M

Another home with lots of history is on the market in Nyack.

A circa 1878 riverfront home at 251 N. Broadway has been listed for $2.295 million with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

1878 riverfront home in Nyack, New York

A circa 1878 riverfront home at 251 North Broadway in Nyack is now on the market for $2.295 million. (Photo: Jump Visuals)

The six-bedroom, six-bath home is set among gardens that lead to the Hudson River. Most rooms have a water view and some have balconies.

A large front porch, classic porte cochere and interesting roof lines create an instant first impression. Inside, there are numerous classical and period elements, including three fireplaces (one in the windowed breakfast nook), paneled walls in several rooms, a renaissance-style ceiling in the dining room, elongated moldings around the panel doors and interesting ceiling designs in the attic level because of those roof lines.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


Making a Difference Through Local Philanthropy

For Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty in Nyack, N.Y., giving back to the community is an important endeavor. Making the lives of children and families in need is central to his philanthropic efforts.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was started in 1986 by Ellis’s father, William J. Ellis. He’s since taken over the business, applying his marketing and communications know-how to every facet of the brokerage. Creating a cohesive and supportive team that’s involved in the community has become a top priority as well. “I think any private business should find a way to give back,” Ellis says.

He and his team’s previous charitable contributions include raising money to build hurricane-resistant homes in Haiti and partnering with local nonprofits during the holidays to raise money and goods to ensure families in need have food and gifts.

In 2016, though, Ellis wanted to find a way to bring together his passion for helping children and his company culture. Sotheby’s International Realty is in the same family as Sotheby’s Auction House, so an appreciation for the arts is a big part of the brand’s identity. Luckily, Ellis didn’t have to go far to figure out how to combine his philanthropic efforts with the arts.

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Forget pools and gyms: Fire pits are the hot home trend

1857 Greek Revival farmhouse in Palisades, New York

Palisades, NY
667 Oak Tree Road

This chic, freshly updated 1857 farmhouse, known locally as the “Denike House,” sits in the highly coveted hamlet of Palisades, and is commutable from the city by car. The airy and bright five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot abode is filled with modern design flourishes, such as 2-inch marble counters, reclaimed antique wood floors, barn beams and painted shiplap walls. It also has a whopping four interior fireplaces, as well as an expansive outdoor fire pit for cozy gatherings under the night sky.

Richard Ellis and Brandon Wagner, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, 845-353-4250

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Lower Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide

Now through New Year’s Day, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley glistens with the sights and sounds of the holiday season: festive shop windows, stunning art galleries, eclectic shops and a plethora of diverse restaurants that make the region a foodie and shopper’s destination. On the west side of the Hudson River, New York’s Rockland and Orange counties offer a unique mix of scenic villages, fine dining and antique and novelty shops. It’s the perfect antidote to the monotony of retail mall madness. Shop for distinctive gifts and experiences for everyone on your list with some of these local finds.

storefront of fine antique shop in the historic Hudson Valley

Colin Holmes, Nyack, New York
The historic Hudson Valley has many fine antique shops and galleries promising something for all tastes and occasions. Poke around Colin Holmes, a Nyack staple specializing in an eclectic mix of furniture, art, lighting fixtures, French clocks, jewelry, upholstery, garden décor and more. Visitors can expect personalized service and an array of unique gift ideas, home décor treasures and inspiration. 87 Main St, Nyack, 845-358-2565; www.colinholmesnyack.com

The Shops at Jones Farm, Cornwall, New York

The Shops at Jones Farm, Cornwall, New York
Located in Cornwall, New York, the family owned and operated Jones Farm has been supplying the Hudson Valley with quality food and gifts for over 100 years. John H. Jones originally purchased the picturesque acreage in 1914 from Miss Emily Cromwell, a direct descendent of Oliver Cromwell, the 17th-century English military and political leader. Jones Farm is still owned by the same family, with three generations working together side by side. The multifaceted homestead that greets visitors today includes a charming country store, gift shop, art gallery and bakery, Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen, known for its swoon-worthy pies. Everything in the shop is proudly made from scratch, from the crust to the filling. Try a classic slice like apple or blueberry pie or venture out and taste the chocolate chip pecan pie served hot with a heaping scoop of ice cream. 190 Angola Road, Cornwall, 845-534-4445; www.jonesfarminc.com

colorful yarns

Photo credit: Knitting Nation

Knitting Nation, Nyack, New York
As the temperatures dip lower, “cozy season” is in full swing in the Hudson Valley. The age-old hobby of knitting is a great way to connect with local crafters and is perfect for gift-giving, staying warm or passing the time. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran, Knitting Nation offers classes for all skill levels. Buy a package of classes or a single session, like Fixing Mistakes or Sock Sundays, with materials included. With its wide selection of luxury yarns, make sure to buy materials on location. 30 N Broadway, Nyack, 845-348-0100; www.knittingnation.com

various food items on table at restaurant

Photo credit: 8 North Broadway

8 North Broadway Restaurant, Nyack, New York
Treat a loved one to an authentic culinary experience this holiday season in one of Nyack’s many casually elegant restaurants. Known for its boutique- and restaurant-lined thriving downtown and proximity to New York City, Nyack offers visitors a variety of international cuisine such as 8 North Broadway, a seasonal Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the Hudson River. Inspired by locally sourced seafood, beef, lamb, poultry and organic produce, the menu reflects the freshest ingredients from the Hudson Valley, while a swerving copper bar, exposed brick and large store-front windows are design focal points. Don’t miss the meze and sizzling octopus platters. 8 N Broadway, Nyack, 845-353-1200; www.8northbroadway.com

woman walking through fine art gallery

Photo credit: Piermont Straus

Piermont Straus, Piermont, New York
For the fine art and literary aficionado in your life, visit Piermont Straus, a gallery, foundation and specialty bookstore celebrating the natural beauty, history and culture of the Hudson Valley. Located in Piermont, 15 miles north of Manhattan, the cozy storefront specializes in one-of-a-kind and limited-edition, artist-made prints, paintings, pottery, woodworking, textiles, jewelry, sculpture and an array of plants in unique, handmade earthenware. This magical find, the vision of award-winning photographer Laura Straus, now represents more than two dozen artists and offers an ever-changing, sophisticated selection of treasures to explore that capture the spirit of a creative mind. The gallery is open on weekends or by appointment. 10 Round House Road, Piermont, 845-459-3124; www.piermontstraus.com

front desk at spa

Photo credit: Hand & Stone

Hand & Stone, New City, New York
Treat yourself or a friend to the gift of self-care with Hand & Stone’s many spa services, which range from traditional Swedish massage to new treatments like the Himalayan salt-stone massage, which uses salt crystal stones to soothe away stress and tension. First-time guests can snag a one-hour massage or facial for $59.95. Hand & Stone, 170 S. Main St., New City, 845-708-0808; handandstone.com/locations/new-city

women admiring painting at art gallery

Photo credit: Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center

Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center, Nyack, New York
This holiday season, give a gift that can be enjoyed year-round while benefitting arts education in Hudson Valley public schools: a membership to the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack. Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America, was born in Nyack, and his restored residence is on the National Register of Historic Places. Memberships, which can range from $35 for seniors to $70 for an entire household, offer exclusive benefits, including unlimited free admission, 10 percent discount in the museum shop, discounts on museum programs and invitations to member-only events, exhibits and programs. 82 N, Broadway, Nyack, 845-358-0774; edwardhopperhouse.org


What You Get: $2.2 Million Homes in Georgia, Massachusetts and New York

A late 19th-century Carpenter Gothic estate in Rome, a midcentury-modern home in Newton and a neo-Georgian house in Upper Nyack.

House in Upper Nyack inspired by Georgian Revival house in Rhode Island

This house is in a village of about 1,800 people that was originally known as Goosetown and has a number of large estates. It is about 25 miles north of Manhattan and a mile and a half from the center of Nyack proper, with its many businesses. The 61-acre Nyack Beach State Park, on the Hudson River, which is part of the Palisades Interstate Park system, is less than a mile up the road.

Continue reading on The New York Times.


To downsize, or not? Rockland’s Marty Wortendyke has decided it’s time to sell

Custom built Georgian Colonial in Upper Nyack is on the market

Custom built Georgian Colonial in Upper Nyack is on the market.

Six years ago, Marty Wortendyke was ready to downsize.

He and his wife Elizabeth had built their dream home in Upper Nyack in 1986, customizing every detail to meet their needs and their wants.

“At the time, we lived in Nyack in a Cape Cod and we were looking for a piece of property to build our own house,” said Wortendyke, a longtime Rocklander who heads Cal Mart, one of the largest construction firms in the county. “I loved North Broadway, but who doesn’t?” he asked.

Unfortunately, there was nothing available. Or so the Wortendykes believed.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Helps Raise $47,000 For Arts Education

Nyack Partnership Raises $47,000 for Arts Education Program.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised $47,000 during an event this month for the Edward Hopper House’s arts education program, which has supported over 3,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12.

Now in its fourth year, the Oct. 3 benefit held at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City drew over 100 attendees. Guests, who were able to view several of Edward Hopper’s paintings, also bid on several live auction items, including the opportunity to attend a brunch reception at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and preview priceless works of art during its impressionist, modern, contemporary and American art sale.

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Living Large: A Hollywood Dahl’s House In Rockland County

SPARKILL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A gated estate just 30 minutes from Manhattan has been the private retreat of a Hollywood film star for the last three decades.

CBSN New York’s Natalie Duddridge recently got a look at this rare property for this week’s Living Large.

Nestled among the trees in the hamlet of Sparkill in Rockland County is what looks almost like a doll’s house. It sits on a sprawling nine acres.

Duddridge met with Richard Ellis of Sotheby’s International Realty for a tour, and to learn about this property’s famous owner.

“The house was built in 1859 and its a Second Empire Victorian-style home,” Ellis said.

As for that “doll’s house” reference, the owner of the last 30 years is a Dahl of sorts.

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Historic Lower Hudson Valley Towns

With its rolling hills, majestic mountains, river views, rich culinary heritage and significant place in shaping American history, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley is dotted with scenic and historic towns. Distinct and diverse architecture characterizes the region with centuries-old buildings among its villages, from cliffside retreats and elaborate Hudson River mansions to unique farmhouses that add to the region’s allure. From the quaint village of Nyack and secluded, celebrity-laden enclave of Snedens Landing to historic Tuxedo Park, there is suburb for everyone to call home.

Circa 1857 Greek Revival farmhouse in Snedens Landing, New York

“Denike House,” an extraordinary renovation and expansion circa 1857 Greek Revival farmhouse, is situated in a bucolic setting in the Palisades historic district, near Snedens Landing and NYC transportation. Completely rebuilt, it features reclaimed antique wood floors, massive barn beams and 300-year-old stone sink. 667 Oak Tree Road, Palisades.

Snedens Landing, New York
Nestled among the steep cliffs of the Palisades in Rockland County, just 12 miles north of the George Washington Bridge, Snedens Landing is a secluded enclave dating back to the 1700s offering a coveted lifestyle just a short hop from the city. The landing takes its name from the Sneden family, which for generations in colonial times maintained a ferry across the river to the east shore at Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. With renovated turn-of-the-century homes, including 18th- and 19th-century cottages and farmhouses in historic districts, its sense of old-fashioned Americana makes it one of Rockland County’s most-sought-after markets. The rural hamlet has attracted widely known residents for decades. It’s history of A-listers dates back to George Washington who reportedly used one of the houses in Snedens Landing as an office. Angelina Jolie spent part of her childhood here as did Hayden Panettiere. Laurence Olivier, John Steinbeck, Katharine Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Al Pacino, Bjork, Bill Murray and Diane Sawyer are among those – to name a few – who have called Snedens Landing home at one point or another, while Scarlett Johansson is reportedly the area’s latest resident.

dramatic stone foundations of a former magnificent Gilded Age mansion in historic Tuxedo Park

Featuring breathtaking panoramic views of Tuxedo Lake, “The Gallery,” is framed by the dramatic stone foundations of a former magnificent Gilded Age mansion in historic Tuxedo Park, the nation’s first gated community founded in the 1880s. 14 Butternut Road, Tuxedo Park.

Tuxedo Park, New York
Once the home of tycoons, Tuxedo Park is one of the oldest gated communities in the United States. Both J.P. Morgan and William Waldorf Astor had homes there, and the village gave its name to a new kind of dinner jacket, the tuxedo. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village was built in the 1880s by Pierre Lorillard, the tobacco heir, as a hunting and fishing retreat for his affluent New York friends. Considered one of the nation’s finest examples of pre-World War I architecture, Tuxedo Park also offers an abundance of hiking, biking and riding paths within the private compound’s acres of bucolic parks. Several stunning lakes, suitable for swimming, also are stocked with trout and bass for fishing. The commute to New York Penn Station, via New Jersey Transit, takes under 50 minutes.

The Bennett-Deyrup House, an extraordinary 1887 Queen Anne Victorian on the Hudson River

The Bennett-Deyrup House, an extraordinary 1887 Queen Anne Victorian on the Hudson River, underwent a $4 million renovation that preserved its period features. 309 North Broadway, Upper Nyack.

Nyack, New York
Steeped in the region’s rich history and architectural tradition, the village of Nyack is a gem on the Hudson just 20 miles from Manhattan. Nyack’s unique character is the result of many special parts of its history, including its contributions to the country’s Revolutionary War efforts. The Nyacks were attacked by the Redcoats several times – not by land, but from British war vessels. In fact, the very first naval battle of the American Revolution would take place near where the Tappan Zee Bridge crosses the Hudson today. Later, the first acknowledgement of the United States of America as a sovereign nation would come as the guns of a British warship fired a seventeen-gun salute to General Washington, not far offshore from Nyack’s Memorial Park. Nyack was also the headquarters of the Whaling Fleet, a fleet of rugged ships who supported the Patriots and vigorously defended the Nyacks from a multitude of British attempts at landings. Today, the eclectic and energetic village is a creative hub for music, film, theater and art enthusiasts, complete with vibrant dining, entertainment and unique shops. Farmers markets and street fairs add to the charming old-style town appeal.

The Hingle Estate in Suffern, New York

The Hingle Estate, once part of the landmarked Cobblestone Farm and former home of character actor Pat Hingle, is a renovated gem complete with a separate four-room guest cottage, saltwater pool, tennis court and three-car garage. 41 Viola Road, Suffern, New York.

Suffern, New York
Suffern, a Rockland County village dating back to 1796, is steeped in history, with an urban vibe. Accessible by trains, buses and highways, Suffern is home to a thriving business district and array of diverse restaurants, shops and a growing arts, film and cultural activities center, most recently serving as the backdrop for the CBS television show, “Instinct.” Lafayette Avenue, Suffern’s main street, is named in honor of Revolutionary war hero Marquis de Lafayette. Other notable guests have included George Washington, who made camp in the village several times during the war, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. The scenic village, framed by the Ramapo Mountains and Ramapo River, offers numerous hiking, biking and running trails.