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Beautify Your Home’s Curb Appeal for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to think about outdoor spaces and how to increase your homes curb appeal. The old adage that you only get one shot at a first impression is true, so make your home’s exterior shine from the moment someone walks up to your door. Instead of fretting over the patchy grass and overgrown plants and bushes, map out a plan of action to transform your landscape into an oasis. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are many ways to spruce up your yard to make it warm and welcoming. As a bonus, research shows that gardening can lower stress, boost your mood and even add value to your home. So, embrace the season and show your pride of ownership with these outdoor tips:

Seven Oaks Palisades New York real estate

Seven Oaks, the oldest estate property in Snedens Landing, is cherished for its romantic gardens and bucolic setting. 64 Ludlow Lane, Palisades, New York.

Simplify Your Style

“When it comes to a front foundation, generally less is more,” said Blythe Yost, co-founder of Tilly, an online landscape design service with roots in the Hudson Valley that helps homeowners design the exterior of their dreams. “Rather than installing a few plants of many varieties, consider using only a limited palette with significant repetition,” she said. “This will help provide more cohesion and allow for a cleaner, more updated look.” Use seasonal hues to bring instant color to your curb appeal to life. One simple way to add radiant color is with annual color bowls set out on your porch or entryway.


Tuxedo Park New York real estate

The verdant gardens and charm of this natural landscape, a hallmark of homes in Tuxedo Park, New York, surrounds a lovely 1939 cottage, making it a desirable respite for city dwellers who crave solace in the country. 2 Stable Road, Tuxedo Park, New York.

Garden Planning

While weeding and keeping lawns well-watered and manicured is a great way to make a positive visual impression, experts say careful pruning and clearly defining plant beds are key design elements critical for curb appeal. “Clearly designating where a planting bed stops and the lawn begins can make a big difference in the perceived cleanliness of a home,” said Yost, who also notes that some people may prefer to define borders with stone or alternative materials. Put your lawn in order or add a new patch of lawn with sod for instant green. Remember, lawns are plants, too. As a finishing detail, an inch or two of mulch can be added after planting to make your garden bed look neater and accentuate the color of your flowers.


Upper Nyack New York Real Estate

Wonder Falls, a Hudson riverfront home on six-plus private acres, features natural landscaping including an 80-foot waterfall with pond, five wading pools and sculpture art. 503 North Broadway, Upper Nyack, New York.

Utilize Garden Art

French painter Claude Monet once said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Indeed, a yard can be an aesthetically pleasing work of art as well as a peaceful retreat. Strategically placed antiques, sculptures, unique furniture and lawn ornaments can all lift the look of your garden. For example, convert copper pots into plant-holders by drilling holes in them. Consider playing with color and art that exhibits your personality. A home garden should be a source of joy and inspiration.


Palisades New York real estate

The Henry Dobbs House, built and named for a Hudson River boat captain, is the quintessential rustic Snedens Landing home. The renovated 1812 stone-and-clapboard home features a terraced yard with double porches, stone walls and river views. 63 Washington Springs Road, Palisades, New York.

Grow Your Home’s Value

In addition to boosting mood and relieving stress, gardening can make a big impact on homeowners hoping to put their homes on the market. A few small investments can go a long way to increasing a home’s perceived value. According to HGTV, landscaping can add as much as 10% in value to your home. Keep the grass cut and free of clutter. A few hearty, potted plants and inviting seasonal flowers or shrubs around the walkway will go a long way. If you aren’t planning to sell your house anytime soon, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Planting shade trees, for example, not only makes your home more desirable, but a fully grown, properly placed tree can significantly cut your cooling costs. Not into gardening? Hire a lawn service expert to trim your lawn and shape your hedges without breaking the bank. Invest the time now to get your yard clean and organized and you will be able to kick back and enjoy your outdoor living spaces by summer!


The home of a Titanic survivor has hit the market for $1.8M

Margaret Welles Swift was rescued from the sinking Titanic when she was 46 years old

A New York home that once belonged to a woman who was saved from the sinking Titanic has hit the market for $1.795 million.

Overledge Nyack New York

The property, which is located at 159 River Rd Grandview in Nyack, New York, was built in 1916. Margaret Welles Swift, of the Swift Meatpacking Company, had the home constructed after surviving the catastrophic sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.

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This Historic Saltbox Home in Warwick Dates Back to the 1700s

Built by one of the earliest settlers to the Hudson Valley, the country abode is only a 10-minute drive to town.


Location: 212 Bellvale Lakes Rd, Warwick

Description: Dating back to before the Revolutionary War, the historic Horton-Sayer House is an original stone abode in charming Warwick. A true example of early American architecture, it was built by Benjamin Horton, an early settler to the Hudson Valley who served as captain to the colonial troops during the French and Indian War. Horton was a direct descendant of Barnabas Horton, who first arrived in America via the Swallow in 1635 and settled in Southold, Long Island in 1640.

Continue reading on Hudson Valley Magazine.


Titanic: Original plans for Grand View home up for sale went down when ocean liner sank

The R.M.S Titanic struck an iceberg on the evening of April 14, 1912. By the early morning hours of the next day, the ship had sunk.

Margaret Welles Swift, of the Swift Meat Packing Company family, survived, although the blueprints for her new home, to be built on a 13-acre property with Hudson River views in Grand View-on-Hudson, went down with the ship.

Overledge, a home in Grand View, has had an interesting roster of owners, from a Titanic survivor to the drummer for Santana. (Photo: Andrea B. Swenson)

Duplicate prints were eventually found and Swift’s home was completed in 1916.

Known as Overledge, it’s on the market for $1,795,000.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


Two Local Players Help Students Develop Critical Skills

Edward Hopper House joins forces with a Nyack realtor to provide students inspiration and education through the arts.

Photo Provided by the Edward Hopper House

About three years ago, Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, was appraising the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center for insurance reasons. As he walked through the artist’s childhood home with Jennifer Patton, executive director of the museum, Ellis suggested ways to improve both the building and its programs.

“I mentioned that we didn’t have extra money to invest in improvements, and he expressed interest in finding funding,” Patton says.

Continue reading on Hudson Valley Magazine.


Renovated Queen Anne Victorian For Sale In Hudson Valley

This Wow House underwent a $4 million renovation preserving and restoring all original material.


NYACK, NY — Extraordinary is the first word that comes to mind with this 1887 Queen Anne Victorian located in Nyack on the Hudson River. Its rich history is only rivaled by the modern technology poured into it to bring it firmly into the current century. This listing originally appeared on realtor.com.

Continue reading on Nyack-Piermont Patch.