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From ashes and scandal: Tuxedo glass house was built on the ruins of grand estate

Tear-downs are a common sight in the Lower Hudson Valley, where old, outdated homes are demolished to make room for modern masterpieces.

The Gallery, an elegant modernist home in Tuxedo Park, was built on the site of a previous structure, but it wasn’t technically a tear-down.

According to newspaper accounts at the time, the property held a mansion built in 1903 for Col. Frank R. Keech, a World War I hero and aid to Gen. John J. Pershing who made his fortune on Wall Street. The property was known for its grand-scale entertainment and its landscape, which was designed by Ferruccio Vitale. In its heyday, the estate was maintained by 12 gardeners.

An international-style glass house was built amid the ruins of a 1903 GIlded Age mansion that burned in an arson fire

In Tuxedo Park, an international-style glass house was built amid the ruins of a 1903 GIlded Age mansion that burned in an arson fire. (Photo: Robert Socha)

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Hudson River Valley Summer Activities and Events

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. Just a short hop from Manhattan, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, and its river towns are complete with vibrant dining, entertainment, and shopping, but their proximity to the Hudson River also makes the region an ideal recreational destination for boating, kayaking, fishing, cycling, and hiking. Year-long events and activities, from farmers markets to food festivals, add to the area’s charm. Whether you choose to go paddle boating on the river or biking through sculpture parks, the scenic Hudson Valley is loaded with activities all season long. Kick-off Memorial Day weekend with some of our favorite picks:

Deck of boat and sunset

Charter a Boat

Love being on the water but don’t own a boat? Explore the Hudson Valley with Nyack Boat Charter, launched last June, offering public and private tours and charters between Nyack and Croton to anyone who wants to see the river towns and experience the Hudson River from a whole new perspective. Located at the Nyack Municipal Marina, it is one of the few waterfront options in the Lower Hudson Valley where the public can try sailing or head out on a sunset cruise without owning a boat. Groups of two, four or six can go out for two-hour charters, The $85 per-person cost gets you on the Hudson River on a sailboat with a captain and crew, Thursdays through Sundays. Guests can get a closer look at the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Hook Mountain and the natural beauty of the valley. The charters, which run from early May until mid-October, range from one hour to all day long and include local craft beer and Hudson Valley wines. 845-535-1675; nyackboatcharter.com.


Sign at Piermont Pier that reads fishing access site

Observe Wildlife 

When it comes to the perks of living in the Hudson Valley, few things delight as much as the views of the Hudson River. That’s probably why the village of Piermont is such a gem. Located in Rockland County, the picturesque town sits right along the riverside. Stroll along the Piermont Pier and promenade, a hotspot for bikers and joggers that runs a full mile along the Hudson River. Fishing and crabbing are allowed during warmer months, while visits to the Piermont Marsh, located on the westside of the pier, are fun year-round for bird-watchers and power-walkers. Be sure to check out the trails at The Tallman Mountain path or the scenic overlooks at the Tallman State Park.  Paradise Boats in Piermont, located in the Hudson River Reserve, also offers kayaks, canoes and rowboats for rent and for sale, as well as guided tours and sailing lessons by appointment. 845-359-0073; paradisecanoeandkayak.com.


Table full of plated burgers and fries at the Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

If you’re looking for the ultimate foodie event, Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival kicks off June 4 and continues for five days at various locations across the county. Drawing more than 7,000 visitors from the tristate region, the festival is one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year. With seven events over six days, the annual shindig honors the leading chefs, sommeliers and food purveyors who shape Westchester’s cuisine. Events range from wine tastings and burger fests to junior chef demos and food-truck gatherings, so there’s a little something for everyone. On Saturday, June 8, the wining and dining reaches its peak with the Grand Tasting Village, the festival’s signature event, which brings together more than 50 local restaurants and 200 wine and spirits for a truly unforgettable afternoon. For more info, visit: winefood.westchestermagazine.com.


Stand-Up Paddleboarder on the Hudson River

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

One of the hottest recreational activities in the Hudson Valley is stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, a pastime ideal for the region’s many lakes, ponds, and — of course — the Hudson River. Part paddling, part balancing and part surfing, the sport is considered easy to learn and offers a great core workout with great vistas. The waterways of New York’s Hudson Valley region are lined with a range of scenic offerings, from lush landscapes to historic sites. Adept paddleboard enthusiasts can even practice yoga poses on their floating “yoga mats.” Hudson River Recreation has several locations and offers SUP lessons, rentals and guided water tours. Call 914-682-5135 or visit www.kayakhudson.com. Hudson River Expeditions, www.hudsonriverexpeditions.com, also offers kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard tours, rentals and instruction ​for the novice to the experienced paddler.


River Rose Cruise ship on the Hudson River

Take a River Cruise

What better way to experience the Hudson Valley than from the river itself — cruising past the stately mansions, riverside communities and picturesque mountains? Come aboard an authentic New Orleans paddlewheeler with Captain John “Duke” Panzella, who has been navigating the Hudson for nearly 20 years, and you will experience the majestic river in a whole new way. Two-hour sightseeing cruises head south from Newburgh and include a narrated tour of historically significant sites such as Bannerman’s Island, the Catskill Water Aqueduct, the village of Cold Spring and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A buffet and dance party are offered on Friday nights, and Sunday’s ride serves brunch. A popular choice is the A Day in Cold Spring cruise, which shuttles guests to the scenic village where they can enjoy the sights for three hours before being ferried back to Newburgh (where all cruises begin and end). 845-562-1067; www.riverrosecruises.com.


Two people rowing on Hudson River

Learn to Row

During the 19th and early 20th centuries when crew was popular on the Hudson River, thousands of spectators lined its banks to watch regattas. The sport has prevailed as one of the oldest traditions in the world and thanks to local rowing clubs is available for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, no experience needed. The Mid-Hudson Rowing Association, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit rowing club located in Poughkeepsie. Its mission is to promote adult and scholastic rowing. The club’s Learn to Row program operates under a simple concept: learn to row while having fun. Or head to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge for a different rowing scene. Scan the shoreline beyond restaurant row and you might spot a dock and Adirondack pavilion, home of the Newburgh Rowing Club, which has been teaching adults and kids to row for more than two decades. Club members meet year-round in a 6,000-square-foot boathouse. Popular summer camp programs tend to sell out, so be sure to call early. The Mid-Hudson Rowing Association, Poughkeepsie. www.midhudsonrowing.org; 845-452-2970. The Newburgh Rowing Club, Newburgh. www.newburghrowclub.org; 845-541-2313.


$2.25 Million Homes in New York, Rhode Island and Georgia

A 1886 hilltop home in Tuxedo Park, a modernist house on the coast in Little Compton and a Queen Anne Victorian on Forsyth Park in Savannah.

Exterior of an 1886 stucco house with seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half bathrooms in Tuxedo Park, New York

Bruce Price, who designed many of the so-called cottages in this gated Gilded Age community (and was also the father of Emily Post) conceived this house in the shingle style he helped to innovate. It was sold to Travis Van Buren, the grandson of President Martin Van Buren. In 1907, Charles W. Clinton, a later owner who was an architect, expanded it with a pair of wings, clad it in stucco and decorative timber, and replaced the roof shingles with slate. The hilltop setting offers views of Tuxedo Lake and the Ramapo Mountains. Midtown Manhattan is an hour away by train or car.

Continue reading on The New York Times.


Modernist home built on ruins of Gilded Age estate asks $2.4M

Modern glass home in Tuxedo Park, New York

Photos by Robert Socha

Nothing shows off distinct architecture quite like a juxtaposition between two styles, something this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home has in spades. Located in Tuxedo Park, New York, about an hour north of Manhattan, the glass home was designed in 1970 by artist Edgar Bertolucci in a style reminiscent of Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe.

But where it differs from similar listings is the 6.8-acre surroundings. The more modern house was built adjacent to the stone foundations of one of the area’s first Gilded Age mansions. The property features stone terraces and intricately built fountains, ponds, and walking paths, all designed by Ferruccio Vitale, landscape architect for 19th-century tycoons. The original house burned down in 1931 as an alleged act of arson.

Continue reading on Curbed.


Historic Hudson Valley Farm With Creative Vibe

The 1.6 acre estate is full of charm from the custom kitchen to the artist’s tiles to the adjacent sun porch with its large fireplace.

Saw Mill Farm historic property for sale in New City, New York

NEW CITY, NY — Saw Mill Farm, an extraordinary circa 1790 farmhouse and barn owned by the Jersey family from the mid-1800s through the turn of the century, is now on the market for $899,000.

Located on 53 Saw Mill Road in New City, the property was once a popular saw mill, hence the name of the road on which it is located was born. Tucked away behind a tall, 100-foot long fieldstone wall on nearly 1.5 acres, the home offers a private setting close to Rockland County’s 93-acre Davenport Preserve.

Continue reading on Patch.


Greek Revivals

Greek revival style home for sale located in Grandview, New York

Grandview, N.Y. This five-bedroom home 45 minutes from New York City offers views of the Hudson River from most rooms. The house, built in 1810, has Doric columns, a wraparound veranda, five period fireplace mantels, and a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and soapstone counters. The 1.4-acre property includes mature gardens, a 100-year-old cherry tree, a five-car garage, and a gunite pool with spa. $1,999,000. Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, (914) 393-0438

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty: A Hudson Valley Real Estate Landmark

Every year, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty in Nyack dominates the real estate scene in Rockland County and the Hudson River towns. It’s known for showing and selling the most extraordinary properties in the region, from Gilded Age Victorians, riverfront contemporaries, Stanford White-designed castles, Tuxedo Park estates and Gothic Revivals to split ranches.

The brokerage firm’s 2018 home sales ranged from $425,000 to a record-setting price of $5.1 million. It holds the record for selling the most expensive home in Rockland recorded in the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. Whether clients come from service industries or are movie stars, rock stars or business leaders, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty treats everyone with the same passion and respect, always giving the most strategic marketing advice to achieve the highest price based on local market trends.

Continue reading in Rivertown Magazine.