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Spring Market: Moving to the Suburbs

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 that have long attracted city professionals and urban dwellers.

For many buyers, the high cost of New York City real estate often prompts a move to the suburbs. The prospect of more space for the money, a grassy yard and excellent school systems are key motivating factors. Markets including New York’s Rockland and Orange counties and their Hudson River towns continue to be favored by buyers who live in New York City, especially Manhattan and Brooklyn. From the quaint village of Nyack and secluded, celebrity-laden enclave of Snedens Landing to historic Tuxedo Park, there is a suburb for everyone to call home.

Grandview New York Real Estate

Perched above the banks of the Hudson River, Overledge is an exquisite representation of early 20th century architecture, with extraordinary views, four working fireplaces and endless charm. 159 River Road, Grandview, New York.

Nyack, New York

Just 20 miles from Manhattan, the eclectic and energetic village of Nyack is a creative hub for music, film, theater and art enthusiasts, complete with vibrant dining, entertainment and unique shops. Nyack’s proximity to the Hudson River and Hook Mountain also makes it an ideal recreational destination for boating, kayaking, fishing, cycling and hiking. Year-long events and activities, from farmers markets to street fairs, add to the charming old-style town appeal while

the sleek new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which replaced the Tappan Zee spanning the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester counties, means improved commutes to and from the city for people on the west side of the river. Head-turning architecture, charming main streets and engaging culture and lifestyle are all part of the allure.


Tuxedo Park New York Real Estate

The lovely gardens and charm of this sun-filled, three-bedroom, three-bath 1939 cottage make it a desirable respite for city dwellers who crave solace in the country and the natural landscape that is hallmark to Tuxedo Park. 2 Stable Road, Tuxedo Park, New York.

Tuxedo Park, New York

Birthplace of the tuxedo and once the home of tycoons, Tuxedo Park is one of the oldest gated communities in the United States. 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.


Henry Dobbs House Snedens Landing New York

The Henry Dobbs House, built and named for a Hudson River boat captain, is the quintessential Snedens Landing home, steeped in rich history and the arts, with easy access to New York City. The renovated 1812 stone-and-clapboard home features three wood-burning fireplaces, original wide-board pine floors, stone walls, beamed ceilings, garage with small studio and a terraced yard with double porches and views of the Hudson River. 63 Washington Springs Road, Snedens Landing.

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. 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. 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.


Hingle Estate Suffern New York Real Estate

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.


Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes MaryBeth O’Hara

NYACK, N.Y. (March 8, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that MaryBeth O’Hara has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker.

MaryBeth O’Hara real estate broker

Prior to joining Ellis Sotheby’s, O’Hara managed a real estate office in Orange County, New York, coaching and training agents. She has been in the real estate business for 25 years, specializing in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

O’Hara represents a range of homes and price points, having sold luxury residential real estate, co-ops, condos, notable historic homes, classic townhouses in Manhattan and one-of-a-kind Hudson Valley homes.

“MaryBeth takes pride in doing her very best to represent each client, and no property is too big or too small,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “She is a polished negotiator, always looking for the most strategic approach to each deal and always respecting her clients’ privacy and individual needs.”

O’Hara, who has a keen eye for interior design and decorating, recently purchased a mid-century home in Sarasota, Florida. In the process, she has become very knowledgeable about the Sarasota real estate market and can guide and refer anyone interested in learning more.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences and passion for real estate to serve my clients, regardless of their price point,” said O’Hara. “Luxury real estate is less about price and more about delivering attentive service, innovative technology and personalized experiences.”

O’Hara is an avid and longtime supporter of The Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City and member of the American Irish Society, Classical Choral Society, Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the Marie Selby Botanical Garden.

She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

O’Hara resides in the Hudson Valley.



Evy Apostolatos


An Iconic 1780s Hudson Valley Landmark Hosts One of the Oldest Surviving Barns in the Country

The 7-acre property also has a carriage house with two rental units.

Crawford NY Hopewell Farm


Location: 678 State Route 302, Crawford, NY

Description: Built in the mid-1780s, the historic Hopewell Farm, which is also known as the John I. Crawford Farm, is one of the best preserved farms in the Hudson Valley and remains an iconic landmark in the Orange County town of Crawford, named for its founding family.

Continue reading on Hudson Valley Magazine.


Romantic Restaurants in the Hudson Valley

Looking for a place to wine and dine your Valentine? Make it memorable with a visit to the historic lower Hudson Valley—just a short ride from New York City— where opportunities for romance abound. Whether you are looking for a relaxed, intimate or first-date spot in Hudson Valley, there is a medley of diverse eateries and cuisines to suit your palette. Check out some of our restaurant picks offering cozy fireside dinners to scenic waterfront views. Love is in the air.

Old ’76 House, Tappan, New York

Old ’76 House, Tappan, New York

If you are looking for a romantic meal by the fireplace in cozy 1776 surroundings, try the historic Old ’76 House in Tappan, New York, a national historic landmark that boasts the oldest dining room in America. The three-centuries-old tavern and restaurant served meals to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton and once was a temporary prison for British spy John Andre, who conspired with arch-traitor Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. Yankee pot roast is a hearty menu staple. 110 Main St., 845-359-5476, 76house.com


Blu Pointe, Newburgh, New York

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Blu Pointe, Newburgh, New York

Set on the historic Hudson River, Blu Pointe in Newburgh, New York, offers a farm-to-table menu featuring fresh seafood and prime beef, raw bar, local craft beers, and spirits. The temperature-controlled, walk-in wine room holds over 3,000 curated New and Old World wines and serves as a dramatic backdrop to a cozy lounge and dining room complete with a bluestone fireplace and river views. Enjoy a romantic seasonal Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 14-17, including oysters and champagne for two and prime beef, carved tableside. 120 Front St., 845-568-0100, www.blu-pointe.com


The Hudson House, Nyack, New York

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The Hudson House, Nyack, New York

The Hudson House restaurant, housed in a former village hall and jailhouse in the quaint Victorian village of Nyack, New York, offers contemporary American cuisine in an upscale but relaxed and welcoming setting. The cozy eatery’s walls and ceilings are covered in original pressed tin dating from the 1800s, and its jail cells have been repurposed as wine cellars. Co-owner and pastry chef Matt Hudson makes guests feel at home, and his desserts alone are worth a visit. 134 Main St., 845-353-1355, hudsonhousenyack.com


Harvest on Hudson, Hastings, New York

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Harvest on Hudson, Hastings, New York

Resembling a Tuscan villa or Napa Valley lodge, Harvest on Hudson in Hastings, New York, couples Italian-Mediterranean cuisine with spectacular Hudson River views and a dining room with soaring ceilings. The inventive menu uses ingredients from the restaurant’s own herb and vegetable garden. One River St., Hastings, 914-478-2800, www.harvesthudson.com


Freelance Café and Wine Bar, Piermont, New York

Freelance Café and Wine Bar, Piermont, New York

The historic and charming waterfront village of Piermont, New York, has become a dining hot spot in Rockland County. Its artsy, bohemian feel, quaint shops and eclectic restaurants make it ideal for date night or Sunday brunch. The Freelance Café & Wine Bar menu consists of small plates, large plates and daily specials of modern American cuisine with global inspiration. Favorite dishes include Thai pasta, braised short ribs and classic crème brulee along with a robust selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Cozy, casual and intimate, it’s a local favorite. 506 Piermont Ave., 845-365-3250, freelancecafe-piermont.com


Red Hat on the River, Irvington, New York

Red Hat on the River, Irvington, New York

Nestled on the waterfront in Irvington, New York, Red Hat on the River is a French-American modern bistro housed in a 100-year-old renovated factory with spectacular Hudson River views. Banquettes, a pewter bar and period art accent the space evoking a feeling of a turn of the century Parisian bistro. Menu offerings at this popular date spot always include French bistro mainstays like moules frites, steak frites, rillettes and profiteroles with some global influences and brasserie-style comfort foods. One Bridge St., 914-591-5888, redhatbistro.com


Winter Activities in the Lower Hudson Valley

Escape the city and ward off the winter blues with an activity-packed weekend getaway to the scenic Hudson Valley. Whether it’s hitting the slopes, meeting an owl or lacing up your skates, opportunities for winter fun abound. Check out some of our favorite winter delights that promise fun for all ages.

Thunder Ridge Ski Area

Patterson, New York

Embrace the frigid temperatures and hit the slopes at Thunder Ridge Ski Area (137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson. 845-878-4100, thunderridgeski.com), which offers 30 trails to accommodate all skill levels and interests as well as ski school. From the glass atrium at the base lodge, you can see almost the entire mountain.

Mount Peter

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Warwick, New York

Conveniently located in Warwick, just one hour from New York City in the Hudson Valley of Orange County, New York, Mount Peter (51 Old Mt. Peter Rd, Warwick. 845-986-4940) is famous for its free beginner ski and snowboard lessons, racing programs for kids, two lodges and night skiing. Originally opened by Macy’s department store in 1936 for a ski apparel fashion shoot, this family-run establishment is the oldest operating ski area in New York State. This winter destination may seem small compared to Windam and Hunter Mountains, but don’t let looks deceive you. It has long been the go-to hill for many area families, Long Islanders, New Jerseyans and city slickers. It also is home to tubing fun that any age can enjoy, even offering its popular Little Tikes Tubing Area, a dedicated section complete with kid-size tubing for little adventurers under the usual 42-inch height requirement. The expansive views of the Warwick Valley, just feet away from the Appalachian Trail, adds to the overall appeal.

Sterling Forest State Park

Tuxedo Park, New York

Join Doc Bayne, educator and environmentalist, for an approximately three-mile hike to the site of a beaver lodge in Tuxedo Park’s Sterling Forest State Park. If deemed safe, participants walk on the ice to get an “up-close and personal” view of the beavers’ sanctuary while taking in the natural beauty of the area’s great outdoors. Or visit sites such as Southfields Furnace, the Sterling Furnace and the Sterling Forge, and learn about the group’s special outdoor activities including snowshoeing and ice fishing. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Friends of Sterling Forest at 845-351-5907.

Palisades Center Ice Rink

West Nyack, New York

Hit the ice at Palisades Center Ice Rink (4900 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack. 845-353-4855, palisadescentericerink.com), located in Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New York. The shopping and entertainment mecca offers public skating lessons and serves the recreational and professional ice-skating needs of Rockland County. Skating schedules and rates may vary, so call ahead or check their website before you lace up.

The Ardsley Curling Club

Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, New York

You’ve seen it in the Winter Olympics, but did you know that you could learn to curl right in Westchester, at Dobbs Ferry? Despite the ice, you’ll find a warm atmosphere at The Ardsley Curling Club, which has been in operation since 1932 and offers curling classes for all skill levels. Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler George Feb. 2-3 and witness some serious curling skills in action. Visit ardsleycurling.com or call 914-591-8019 for more information.

Hudson Valley Nature Museum's Owl Prowls

Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Have a hoot of time on a woodland excursion at Hudson Valley Nature Museum’s Owl Prowls, where guests can learn about these fascinating creatures then bundle up and head outdoors looking for owls in the wild. Or kick off maple sugaring season on Feb. 23 with special seasonal events. Learn to identify and tap sugar maple trees and discover techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers and modern-day farmers. Finish with a taste test. More info at hhnaturemuseum.org. Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845-534-7781.


Upper Nyack riverfront estate highest priced sale in Rockland since 2013

UPPER NYACK – A 6.42-acre waterfront estate has been sold for $5.2 million, the highest residential transaction in Rockland County since 2013, according to real estate agents involved in the deal.

“This prominent sale is the perfect start for 2019,” said Laura Weintraub of Weld Realty, who represented the seller of the property at 641 N. Broadway.

Real Estate Upper Nyack

The Hudson Riverfront estate at 641 North Broadway in Upper Nyack has been sold for $5.2 million. (Photo: Vinny Garrison)

The 4,488-square-foot, five-bedroom modern home features 30-foot ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking views of the Hudson River and Hook Mountain. The property has 723 feet of shoreline, a private boat dock, a sandy beach and an in-ground pool.

The estate is set in an old sandstone quarry from the 1800s; artist and Nyack native Edward Hopper is said to have painted views of Hook Mountain from this location, according to the listing.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


Ellis Sotheby’s Reports Record Sale of $5.2 Million Estate in Upper Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the record-setting sale of a 6.5-acre, waterfront home on the Hudson River in Upper Nyack, New York, for $5.2 million.

641 N. Broadway

The luxurious estate at 641 N. Broadway, one of the largest privately owned parcels on the west bank of the Hudson, represents the third-highest selling price recorded by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service for all of Rockland County and the highest selling price recorded by the service since 2013, when Ellis Sotheby’s sold neighboring 649 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack, for $6.2 million.

“Upper Nyack, Nyack and South Nyack on the Hudson River are strongholds for estate properties selling at peak prices,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, which also listed and sold the home of comedian, actress and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell for $5.1 million in South Nyack in 2018.

“Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has sold the highest-price homes in Rockland County during 12 of the last 13 years,” he said. “This sale gives us confidence in the 2019 luxury market. In the last 10 days, we’ve seen more properties over $1 million dollars being shown and several offers made.”

Just 40 minutes from New York City, 641 N. Broadway occupies 723 feet of shoreline in a private setting that was a sandstone quarry during the 1800s. The home offers spectacular vistas of the river as well as Hook Mountain and features 30-foot ceilings with glass walls, antique barn beams and blue stone floors.

The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home also includes a spacious master bedroom suite that opens to the Hudson River and a rear yard that also faces the water. Amenities include a dock, in-ground pool and sandy beach.

Local artist Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America, painted the view from the home, and the British came on shore and fired their cannons there during the Revolutionary War, as documented in a letter to George Washington. “A cannonball was found at the property – truly a trophy home,” said Ellis.

Seta Tunnel of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was the selling agent. For more information, contact 917-575-2694.

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.


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Evy Apostolatos



Rosie O’Donnell sale, Bill Gates purchase among 2018’s biggest residential real estate stories

Celebrity deals

1 Gesner Avenue in South Nyack

Rockland’s priciest residential transaction in 2018 was the $5.1 million sale of a former home of Rosie O’Donnell at 1 Gasner Avenue in South Nyack.

The comedian and actress, who called South Nyack home for more than a decade, listed her riverfront mansion for $5.3 million in the late 2017, along with her four other nearby properties.

The seven-bedroom Dutch Colonial estate was sold in February, according to the property records filed with Rockland County Clerk’s Office.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.