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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Joanne Clemente

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Joanne Clemente

Realtor to Donate All Sales Commissions to Build School in Africa

Headshot of Joanne ClementeNYACK, N.Y. (Feb. 20, 2020) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury brokerage firm serving Rockland and Orange counties in New York’s Hudson Valley, today announced that Joanne Clemente has joined as a licensed real estate salesperson with an altruistic mission.

Clemente, executive director of Ventures for Good Foundation, a charity she founded eight years ago in Valley Cottage, New York, to provide education and technology programs to underserved U.S. and African communities, will donate all of her commissions to building a secondary school for science and technology in Uganda.

Clemente previously was a real estate agent in New York City and a teacher, professor and administrator at all levels of education including K-12, college and graduate school. She was director of online learning for Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York, from 2005 to 2015, where she administered online programs and training for faculty and students.

“Joanne is bringing together her love of real estate and her nonprofit work to achieve a noble goal,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “Clients will benefit from her business acumen, outstanding level of customer service and use of technology and innovation to market homes. We commend her dedication to making a lasting humanitarian difference in communities, locally and globally.”

Clemente earned her doctorate in instructional technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; a master’s degree in computer science at Pace University; and bachelor’s degree in biology at Hunter College, all in New York. She was recognized as a Woman of Distinction honoree by St. Catharine Academy, Bronx, New York.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences to serve my clients while contributing to a worthwhile and sorely needed educational endeavor to provide low-cost, technology-infused education and project based learning in underserved communities,” said Clemente.

A native New Yorker, Clemente resides near Nyack and Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Click here for Joanne Clemente’s Profile

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Community Spotlight: Unique Homes of Tuxedo Park, New York 

Community Spotlight: Unique Homes of Tuxedo Park, New York 

Once the home of tycoons, Tuxedo Park is recognized as the first gated community in the United States. Both J.P. Morgan and William Waldorf Astor had homes there, and the village gave its name to the revolutionary tuxedo that modernized formal wear by inspiring men to replace their traditional tailcoats with shorter dinner jackets. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village was built in the 1880s by Pierre Lorillard, the tobacco heir, as a rustic 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 is home to some 300 historic residences nestled in a very private nature sanctuary of scenic valleys and stunning glacial lakes, several suitable for swimming and stocked with trout and bass for fishing. The 2,600-acre private compound also offers an abundance of hiking, biking and riding paths. The commute to New York Penn Station via New Jersey Transit rail service is just under 50 minutes.

House on hill with river in backyard

160 Continental Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

Much like the tuxedo itself, historic Tuxedo Park and its architecture never seem to go out of style. Available for the first time in 40 years, the circa 1891 Horace Waldo Cottage epitomizes the beauty of early Tuxedo Park architecture, with its natural materials, preserved details and timeless style. A walk through the Federal-style doorway with fanlight and leaded glass sidelights leads to the first level, which offers formal rooms and cozy gathering spaces. Eight fireplaces with early millwork grace the first floor. A light-filled, professional-grade chef’s kitchen beckons serious cooks and family gatherings. Enjoy dinners or morning coffee in the sun-soaked, enclosed porch accessible from three core living areas. The second and third levels have five bedrooms, including a master suite with sitting room. Recreation rooms on the lower level have radiant heat floors, a wood-burning stove and access to a covered patio. Set on 1.2 acres of rolling lawns and walking distance to key Tuxedo Park amenities, this beauty is ready to be called home.

Living Room of 14 Butternut Road

14 Butternut Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

Tuxedo Park has a rich history and surprisingly diverse inventory of homes, many designed by famous architects from the Gilded Age, but also converted stables and carriage houses as well as a sampling of contemporary homes. Nothing shows off distinct architecture quite like a juxtaposition of two styles, a hallmark of 14 Butternut Road, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home that is one of the area’s first Gilded Age mansions. Designed in 1970 by artist Edgar Bertolucci, the elegant 6.8-acre, gated, international-style glass house known as The Gallery, is framed by dramatic stone foundations. The private and serene property features breathtaking, west-facing, panoramic views of Tuxedo Lake, 14-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows and exquisite grounds, featuring tall oaks, stone terraces, intricately built stone fountains, ponds and walking paths, all designed by Ferruccio Vitale, landscape architect for 19th century tycoons including Condé Nast, Mellon and Guggenheim.

122 Circuit Road, Tuxedo Park

122 Circuit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

What is so compelling about Tuxedo Park? “It’s simply a magical place,” said Barbara du Pont, a veritable expert on the gated enclave’s real estate sales, trends and historic homes as well as a resident for nearly 25 years. “Homebuyers are captivated by the beauty of the scenery: the serenity of the community’s three lakes, hills and winding roads, vistas of private gardens and untamed natural surroundings,” she said. This magnificent historic estate at 122 Circuit Road originally was built as a summer cottage around 1890 for John H. Foster, with beautiful architectural details on a grand scale. The stone and cedar shingle home, renovated with modern amenities, sits on 2.2 acres and features majestic lawns and an elegant interior, with hand-painted murals, a 17th century English fireplace, oak-paneled living room, grand dining room and five en suite bedrooms.

23 West Lake Road, Tuxedo park

23 West Lake Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

If you feel inspired by majestic sunrise views and unique waterfront settings, The Old Fish Hatchery is a quaint cottage that checks off both boxes. Built in 1887 by the Tuxedo Club as a fish hatchery to stock the Tuxedo Lake with bass, salmon and rainbow trout, it was converted into a home in the early 1920s and renovated in 2008. This magical 1.7-acre retreat features a lively brook that flows from Tuxedo Lake to the smaller Wee Wah Lakes, stone walls and massive trees. A charming wood plank bridge leads to the home which features former hatchery beds that cascade down from shallow to deep where fish once were raised. With over 200 feet of lakefront to enjoy boating, fishing and swimming, you will feel like you have your own private park. The cottage has ceramic tile and hardwood floors throughout, chef’s kitchen with dining area, fireplace, master suite and sitting rooms looking out to the lakes and a recently added heated swimming pool. Although only 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, the surroundings feel like a world away.

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The Gallery listing in Tuxedo Park featured in the THE WEEK magazine

The Gallery listing in Tuxedo Park featured in the THE WEEK magazine

The Gallery at 14 Butternut Road in Tuxedo Park is a three-story home built in 1970 on the ruins of a gilded age mansion.

Stroll through beautiful grounds marked by stonewalls, stone foundations, stone terraces and stone steps of megalithic proportions, and intricately built stone swails and ponds, all of which were constructed during the Gilded Age.

Cover of the Week magazine with Donald Trump as victor

The Gallery listing shot of living room

 

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Hudson Valley Spa and Winter Wellness Escapes

Need a little TLC this winter? New York’s Hudson Valley provides the perfect backdrop for a cozy winter wellness getaway, just north of New York City. Visitors can look to wellness centers and spas primed for snow-day pampering, just a stone’s throw from the hustle of the city. Sit back and relax with a massage, facial or aromatherapy, or some zen water views. If you’re craving a winter facial or rejuvenating massage, check out these delightfully indulgent experiences.

colorful yoga mats on wall at Birchwood Center Yoga & Massage, Nyack, New York

Birchwood Center Yoga & Massage, Nyack, New York
Perfect your downward dog and get your “om” on at Birchwood Center, a combined yoga and massage facility in Nyack that offers a full schedule of public, private and semiprivate sessions. Open seven days a week, classes are held in two sunlit studios with views of the Hudson River. Several hatha levels are offered along with vinyasa, restorative and prenatal varieties. 85 South Broadway, Nyack.; 845-358-6409. www.birchwoodcenter.com.

Avellino Esthetics Organic Skin Care massage oil on table in New City, New York

Avellino Esthetics Organic Skin Care, New City, New York

Offering a full line of organic skin care products and treatments, this Rockland County women-only spa housed in a cozy stone cottage in New City offers an array of treatments. Patrons enjoy beauty and full-body skin care services including massage, facials, nonchemical organic peels, LED hair removal, reflexology, sunless tanning, aromatherapy and more. Whether it’s your birthday or you just feel like indulging without the extra calories, Avellino Esthetics offers its signature Birthday Cake Body Polish, an exfoliating treatment made with Dead Sea salt, sugar, cocoa powder, crushed cocoa beans and assortment of oils. The caffeine in the cocoa is designed to stimulate circulation and improve blood flow, while the chocolate scent can help release serotonin, which makes you feel happy. Sixty-minute sessions are priced at $90. Half-hour versions of the body polish also are available. The spa also has a Tranquility Room with an infrared sauna and a shower. 123 Park Ave., New City, 845-634-6352; www.AvellinoEsthetics.com.

Riverview Salon & Day Spa massage with candle and oil in Newburgh, New York

Riverview Salon & Day Spa, Newburgh, New York

This downtown spa on the Newburgh waterfront offers a host of services, from aromatherapy massage and manis and pedis to microdermabrasion treatments for the removal of dull skin. Special packages, starting at $155 for two hours, include The Spa Sampler, Gentleman’s Day and Couples Escape and 6 Front St. www.riverviewsalonandspa.com; 845-569-0700.

Glenmere Hotel & Spa, Chester, New York

Glenmere Hotel & Spa, Chester, New York

For the discerning traveler looking for an extraordinarily luxurious setting, the spectacular hilltop mansion known as Glenmere sits deep in the rolling farmlands of the Lower Hudson Valley on a 150-acre estate overlooking Glenmere Lake in Chester. The circa 1911 Gilded Age retreat of the Goelet family, Glenmere was one of America’s finest country homes, once host to royalty, aristocracy and leading artists. Now, it’s an 18-room luxury boutique hotel and spa noted for European-style elegance, sophistication and personalized service. The Spa at Glenmere Mansion reflects the luxury and opulence of the Gilded Age, with its signature
Carrara marble bath house and Turkish-style hammam cleansing treatments as well as therapies from around the world, including an herbal steam room, dry heat sauna, stimulating Swiss shower and more for guests 18 and over. 634 Pine Hill Road, 845-469-1900; www.glenmeremansion.com.

Wholeness Center waiting area with seating in Valley Cottage, New York

Wholeness Center, Valley Cottage, New York

Founded by Valley Cottage natives Ariana Breganti and Kristin Giacopelli in 2016, the Wholeness Center is designed to rejuvenate and restore their clients’ sense of self. The elegant healing sanctuary bridges the luxury spa experience with state-of-the-art clinical “medi-spa” services including peels and laser skin treatments. The space and services were designed to create ease, inspire relaxation and make guests look and feel their best. 7 New Lake Road. www.wholenesscenter.com; 845-268-7532.

Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness women sitting in seated pose in New City, New York

Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness, New City, New York

This yoga studio in the heart of New City focuses on mindfulness with yoga, massage, meditation, Ayurveda, AromaTouch technique, craniosacral therapy, essential oils, nutrition and reiki. Thanks to beginner options like chair yoga, Lucky Elephant is great for newcomers who want to ease into the practice. Patrons can attend a group workshop or book an individual session. 132 Park Avenue. www.luckyelephantyogaandwellness.com. 845-538-5826.

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