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South Mountain Road: An Artist’s Playground

In the second part of our two-part series on Snedens Landing and South Mountain Road, we look at South Mountain Road and how it has evolved over recent generations.  My firm currently has four properties listed for sale there, and it renewed my interest in the area’s historical provenance and its attraction for artists and creatives.

As we discussed in our last blog, for those looking to purchase real estate in this part of the Hudson Valley, many were torn between Snedens Landing and South Mountain Road.  My observation is that the South Mountain “Roaders” tend to have an adventurous spirit and a passion for the rural landscape.

Life as a Roader

374 South Mountain Road is just 40 minutes to New York City and listed for $1.299 million.

374 South Mountain Road is just 40 minutes to New York City and listed for $1.299 million.

Like Snedens Landing, South Mountain Road has consistently attracted a distinctive artistic community of writers, actors and artists, from poet Maxwell Anderson- whose home we currently have listed- to composer Kurt Weill and his wife, singer/actress Lotte Lenya.  Other members of this informal artists’ colony include director and producer John Houseman and painter Henry Varnum Poor. In the late 1970s Mick Jagger lived on South Mountain Road.

As background, South Mountain Road is a historic road on the northern border of New City. The name is not directional, however, as there is no North Mountain Road- it gets its name from being on the south of the mountain, which by the way, was the name of a Broadway show, written by South Mountain Road resident, Maxwell Anderson. The road itself winds against the mountainside and has historic roots back to the Revolutionary War. Homes are tucked away on the hillside in a country setting.

637 South Mountain Road is a custom-designed all brick home available for $1.425 million.

637 South Mountain Road is a custom-designed all brick home available for $1.425 million.

The road also has ties to the most important art show in American history- “The Armory Show” of 1913 in New York City- which introduced European Avant-garde art to America including Fauvism Cubism and Futurism.  Prior to that, Americans were used to Realism, certainly nothing experimental.  Two local Rockland residents were responsible for coordinating this show: artist Arthur B. Davies and South Mountain roader and sculptor John Frederick Mowbray-Clarke.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of working with the Mowbray-Clarke family, representing them in the sale of their family homestead to Ramapo Township as green space.

635 South Mountain Road is a modern home perched high against the hillside, available for $1.395 million.

635 South Mountain Road is a modern home perched high against the hillside, available for $1.395 million.

In my Snedens Landing blog, I mentioned that I recently found an article from July 1952 for Park East magazine by Pamela Whittaker, where she details the lifestyles of Snedens Landing and South Mountain Road.  It was interesting to see her note that those “qualities which stem from similarities in occupation and age make the South Mountain Road colony similar to that in Snedens.  Otherwise the two are quite different and definitely separate, mildly but inactively interested in each other.”

It is also interesting to note that in 1952 she observed that South Mountain Road was capable of considerable expansion, being physically larger than Snedens Landing.  It appears that South Mountain Road at the time grew as a sort of bohemian version of Snedens.  “There was a more pronounced emphasis on the arts and crafts as such than ever obtained in Snedens, and much time was spent discussing things artistic and philosophical.  Many Roaders combined their craft abilities with the rustic life and built their own homes and furniture, wove their own materials, and went in for chickens and gardens and canning.”

430 South Mountain Road is an elegant variation of a Romanesque-style stone home, defined by its stone arches, two towers and a tall hip roof, available for $2.595 million.

430 South Mountain Road is an elegant variation of a Romanesque-style stone home, defined by its stone arches, two towers and a tall hip roof, available for $2.595 million.

While you generally will not find that type of rustic existence anymore, the spirit of bohemian art is still alive and well on South Mountain Road, just as a love for art in all its forms and community is still cultivated in Snedens Landing.  It leaves one to wonder how much both areas will change in another 60 years.

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Haunted House: The Legend of 1 La Veta Place, Nyack

Every Halloween you can be sure to see costumed children collecting candy and carved pumpkins adorning windows- but if you live in Nyack you are guaranteed to also hear about the legend of 1 La Veta Place, which was deemed a legally haunted house in 1991 by the New York Supreme Court.

1 La Veta Place, Nyack

1 La Veta Place, Nyack

Over more than two decades I have had the opportunity to represent it for sale twice, and have an insider’s view of what has affectionately become known as the “Ghostbusters House.”

Take a step back in time to the late 1980s, and I was at the start of my career as a real estate broker. I was asked to represent 1 La Veta Place, a late 1800s house that had been on the market for a couple of years with another brokerage. The owner, Mrs. Ackley, was very proud of her house, but insisted she wasn’t the only inhabitant.  She described two women in hoop dresses and a little man in a Revolutionary War era red coat that also would visit.  The only catch is they were not living. This fact didn’t seem to disturb Mrs. Ackley, but I remember I would often get nervous going down to the very large, dark basement to put on whatever few lights there were!

After about a year a buyer was interested and put a deposit down. Right before it closed, the seller asked us to advise the buyers of the ghost visitors, which we did. They still wanted to proceed and jokingly said they would call the “ghostbusters in,” referring to the popular movie of the time.

Two weeks after contracts were signed, however, the buyers had a change of heart, and the rest as they say, is history.  The case went to court, and while my firm and I were released from the case, the owner/seller was held liable.  Ultimately the case settled out of court, but along the way the New York Supreme Court ruled the home legally haunted.

New York News Day, 1991

New York News Day, 1991

As a result, New York State real estate license law changed for a brief time, requiring the broker to have to automatically disclose if a home owner said they had a ghost. Since then the home has gone down in pop culture history, with media from all over covering the story.

When the home went back on the market, I showed it to several clients and one would tell stories of feeling something brush against him in the hallway. Eventually the home sold for about the same price as it would have sold the first time.

Fast forward to about 2012, the third owner after Mrs. Ackley called us to list the home for sale. While the owners didn’t mention the ghosts, the first day I had a showing there, I had my own supernatural experience. As I went around the house putting the lights on, the door bell rang as I made my way to the Tower Room on the top floor.  The clients had just arrived to view the home. As I put the last light on a light bulb burst and a small fire started.  The flame grew larger and a nearby shade caught fire before I could put it out.

Was it a ghost I encountered that day? Did they object to the house changing hands again?  Many in the psychic world say there is no such thing as coincidence.  Perhaps the activity at 1 La Veta Place was simply an old soul wanting me to know they were still there. We will never know for sure… one thing is certain, however, the next time you hear a creek in the floor or a voice in the night, just keep moving forward and don’t look back.  Happy Halloween!!!

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History and the Hudson Valley

It was more than 400 years ago that Henry Hudson first explored the Hudson Valley. I’m sure if he were to return now he would be pleasantly surprised at how much has changed- and also how much has stayed the same.  The beauty of our landscape- for one- is just as inspiring and breathtaking as it likely was then.

According to Travel Hudson Valley, we are “famous for being the first wine producing region in the country, while the bountiful farms have been here for centuries.”  It was the Hudson Valley landscape that inspired “the first arts movement in the U.S, the Hudson River School,” the site notes.  “These 1800s artists/naturalists-on-canvas would not be surprised to learn that 20th century residents were crusaders in saving the Hudson Valley landscape at Storm King Mountain where the country’s environmental movement was born.”

History is important to our region, where you can still see where George and Martha Washington lived.  “Touring homes of the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts and Rockefellers offers visitors an inside view of how the wealthy lived in style,” Travel Hudson Valley notes.  Today, my firm is lucky enough to represent some of the finest historic homes that have come to market in recent times.  They seem to tell a story of their own as soon as you set foot in the door.

Living in a historic home requires an appreciation for the past.  It is an art to maintain a home’s past while updating it for modern living.  Two homes we currently have listed manage to do just that: the Freneau House in Piermont and Almost Brook in Tuxedo Park.

Freneau House

211 Tweed Blvd, Piermont, New York

The Freneau House is one of Rockland County’s early Greek Revivals, overlooking the Hudson River at 4,000 square feet.  Circa 1810, it was renovated in 1999 and still features the original period staircase.  The property resides in the historic village of Piermont, which was developed as we today know it in the 1830s.  The Freneau House has been a witness to Piermont’s own inception and development.

Almost Brook in Tuxedo Park, also known as the John Foster Cottage, was built circa 1890, when the property was purchased by insurance executive John H. Foster. The second owners were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Adee.  Ernest was the vice president of the Mercantile Trust Company, while Geraldine- his wife- was active in several women’s organizations.  They held their daughter’s wedding reception at the property in 1920.

The home originally was built as a summer cottage for Mr. Foster in the historic Village of Tuxedo Park. Sited on 2.2 acres, there were two major renovations, one in 2003 and another in 2013.  There are hand-painted murals, reminiscent of the Hudson Valley School, and a 17th century English fireplace.

Almost Brook

122 Circuit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

Nestled in the Ramapo Mountains, Tuxedo Park features 100 year-old trees, three pristine lakes, an 18-hole golf championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and is considered one of the finest examples of pre-World War I architecture in the United States. While the Hudson Valley and tristate area offer a number of communities with beautiful historic homes and affluent owners, what makes Tuxedo Park stand alone is the designation of the entire village as a historic site, securing its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  There are roughly 350 homes in the Park, 250 or so built before 1930, with lake and mountain views and minimal disturbance to the natural terrain.

Gypsy Rose Lee home

187 County Highway 105, Highland Mills, New York

Head to Highland Mills, and you will find a beautiful vintage masterpiece at 187 Country Highway 105.  Once a retreat for actors and artists, it was the former home of Gypsy Rose Lee.  The circa 1901 Colonial Revival style home is set on a private 6.8 acres with a long tree lined driveway. It was completely rebuilt in 2011 with the finest materials. There are restored period moldings, hardwood floors, period paneling and exposed brick walls and archways.

The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley has not changed dramatically over the generations, having been preserved and enhanced over the course of 400 years.  In fact, its beauty has been fodder and inspiration for poets, artists and ordinary people who just want to enjoy the area’s signature peace and quiet, going from everyday life to one that is rich and extraordinary.

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Getting Ready for the Spring Selling Season

Ask any real estate professional why March is so exciting, and they will tell you it is more than just better weather, longer days and more sunshine. It is the start of the spring selling season. For the Hudson Valley, this year is full of promise.

A very active year is projected for real estate sales in both Rockland and Orange counties. Right now, we are in the most ideal time to list a property. The spring market season runs from March through June and is known as the unofficial start of the real estate year, characterized by an increased number of home sales and new listings.

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635 South Mountain Road, New City, New York

Last year, home sales increased about 20 percent compared with 2014 in Rockland and about 24 percent in Orange County. I believe we will see a 16 percent increase in Rockland and 20 percent in Orange because inventory levels in both counties are down – 11 percent in Rockland and 7 percent in Orange – compared with 2015.

Low inventory puts more pressure on existing homes to sell. My advice for those considering listing is to beat the trend and get listed on the market earlier to stand out from the clutter of new listings. In addition, it is important to be realistic about listing prices.

18 Summit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

18 Summit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

There is more potential sellers can do to set their homes apart from the competition, however. First, give your property an overall spring cleaning followed by staging. Staging refers to the art of decorating a house to sell quickly and for the most amount of money as possible. Cleaning should focus on the inside and outside, from landscaping to touch-up paint to making the windows sparkle.

According to HGTV’s “10 Best-Kept Secrets to Selling Your Home,” the number-one tip is to focus on curb appeal: “You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers.”

Finally, once a home is clean and personal effects are removed, it should be staged with universally appealing furniture. As tempting as it might be to have a batch of cookies baking in the oven before a showing, or a new candle burning, the lack of aroma is actually the best scenario. By following these simple steps, sellers can make the most of a blooming spring selling season.

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Home Staging: Why is Home Staging Important in Today’s Market?

Jane Livingston Founder, Stage and Sell

Jane Livingston
Founder, Stage and Sell

Today we are discussing the importance of home staging in today’s market with expert Jane Livingston. Last week she offered us her top three tips, and prior to that we talked about the biggest misconceptions associated with home staging.

 

Why is staging important in the home sale process?

JL: Since nine out of 10 buyers in all demographics decide if they want to look at a house based on online photos, staging is more important than ever.

Professionally staged properties look better –it’s that simple. Staging is a marketing tool that gives the seller an edge in capturing a buyer’s attention as they click through online MLS photos. And then when the buyer must see the property, good staging maintains that good first impression from start to end. Typically, staged homes sell for more money, are perceived as well maintained and have fewer concessions requested of the seller. Now when you see a property that is filled with clutter or crowded with old furniture, it is an open invitation for a buyer to give a low-ball offer due to a perception that could be easily reversed. Buyers don’t want to do work unless they can get a bargain price.

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing (before staging)

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing (before staging)

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing (after staging)

How did you get involved in staging?

JL: Home renovation and interior design have always been my passion. For years, I produced and directed home makeover and interior design TV shows on TLC, HGTV and BBC America.  My production crews and I designed interior makeovers for small bungalows to multimillion-dollar estates throughout Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield counties.

During that time, I learned what appeals to a given demographic and what doesn’t. Meeting tight time and budget constraints while delivering a high-end result was a necessity, and I gained valuable knowledge that only time and experience can teach. At the same time, I bought, renovated and sold homes in New York and Maine. Finally, the idea to start a staging business hit me two years ago after I staged my daughter’s house. The house sold immediately for asking price. Her agent, impressed with the amazing interior and exterior transformation, asked me to stage another house and I’ve been busy doing what I love ever since.

For more staging tips from The New York Times, click here. Jane can be reached at stageandsellny@gmail.com.

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Home Staging: 3 Tips for Successfully Staging a Home

Jane Livingston Founder, Stage and Sell

Jane Livingston
Founder, Stage and Sell

Last week we discussed the misconceptions in home staging, with home staging expert Jane Livingston of Stage and Sell.

This week we continue our three part series with the most important tips for staging a house.

 

What are your top three most important tips for staging a house?

JL:  First and foremost, lose the emotional attachment. Think of your property as a product that you want to sell. Understandably, homeowners are very attached to their homes and selling can be emotional. But you need to remove emotion from the equation as much as possible and look at your home objectively. Even take photos of all the important rooms, upload them to your computer and take a critical look. Look at how your rooms stack up to other online photos in your price range.

40 Lawrence Lane, Snedens Landing

40 Lawrence Lane, Snedens Landing

Second, clean everything.  Clean the grout, the inside and outside of appliances, the dusty corners, windows, light fixtures and even the exterior siding and concrete walk ways. Make it sparkle so potential buyers know the property is well maintained.

Lastly, remove two-thirds of the stuff on your surfaces and shelves. Then, artfully design those shelves with books and objects in different sizes and shapes. Leave counter surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom clean and clear. Place fresh flowers for a pop of color.  Let’s face it, we tend to gather too much stuff and clutter hides the best features of a home. The objective is to highlight your home’s personality and not overshadow it with your own.

40 Lawrence Lane, Snedens Landing

40 Lawrence Lane, Snedens Landing

 

 

What is your best staging success story?

JL: That’s a toss up between several projects but here’s one of my favorite stories: Last year we staged a home for an older couple who desperately wanted to retire and move to a warmer climate. They needed to sell their house for asking price or more to do that.

After our initial consultation, this couple got busy and did everything we recommended.  They worked hard packing and removing boxes of belongings and old furniture. They painted walls with fresh up-to-date colors. And they cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more until everything sparkled. After we rearranged the remaining furniture and fluffed for the MLS photos, the house hit the market and immediately got multiple offers, the buyers got a fabulously well maintained home and the sellers are retired and sipping cocktails by the sea. That was an incredibly gratifying experience.

Stay tuned for our final post in our three part series on home staging where Jane discusses why staging is important in the home sales process.

For more staging tips from The New York Times, click here. Jane can be reached at stageandsellny@gmail.com.

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Home Staging: Helping Sell Homes Faster and for Better Prices

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Jane Livingston Founder, Stage and Sell

As a real estate professional, I have often relied on the services of a professional home stager to help present a property in its best possible light. Much like a makeup artist enhances and brings out a person’s best features, so do stagers.

The value of staging has been reported on at length over the last several years. Most recently, The New York Times just last month published an article entitled “The Art of Home Staging,” noting, “Homeowners, reluctant to spend the money or admit that their decorating choices might not be catnip to buyers, are often loath to pay strangers to impose their tastes on their premises. But as staging has evolved over the past decade, many real estate professionals say it has become more important — and more sophisticated — than ever.” I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment- staging has indeed become an art, and one that smart real estate agents are employing.

I have had the pleasure of working with Jane Livingston, founder of Stage and Sell, on many successful projects. Jane has been staging homes for more than 20 years, as a television producer and director for Emmy-award winning home makeover and interior designs shows and her own houses. It is my pleasure to sit down with Jane in this three part series and get her insights into how staging can work in today’s market.

 

What is the biggest misconception about staging today?

JL: My number one, least favorite, misconception is that only the top 1 percent can afford staging.  Our clients with multi-million dollar properties understand that appropriate staging is a strategic marketing tool that gives them an edge in their very competitive, high-end market.  Yet sellers with homes valued under $1 million often have the misconception that staging is too expensive to be worthwhile.

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

Often, their agent can only convince those non-believers to call us after they’ve endured months on the market and a price reduction.  What they discover the hard way is that good staging will sell their house faster and for more money. To further dispel this misconception, last year all the houses we staged in the $400,000 to $1 million got accepted offers for asking price or more within days of hitting the market. Now that’s better than a price reduction!

Stay tuned for next weeks post, as Jane will share her tips on successfully staging a home to sell.

For more about Jane and her staging services, contact stageandsellny@gmail.com.

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Life and Art in Rockland County

Rockland County might be the smallest county by area in New York State outside of the five counties that comprise New York City, but when it comes to art, we are home to some of the finest talent anywhere in the country.

Sean-Scully_Front-Small2I recently was made aware of just how gifted this area is when I had the pleasure of attending an event featuring the renowned artist and Palisades, New York, resident Sean Scully. “Sean Scully in Conversation with Ken Carbone” was held on Oct. 11 as part of the award-winning Palisades People Sunday Symposia series, presented by the Palisades Free Library.

The event was the library’s 27th, and our very own Marjorie Galen helped organize it. Past honorees include author Toni Morrison and ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, both Rockland County residents.

It was an honor to see Mr. Scully, one of the world’s leading abstract painters, who I first met when I sold him his home in the area almost three years ago. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and twice was nominated for the Turner Prize. His work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Tate Modern.

Sean Scully

For those who live here, it is no surprise that Mr. Scully and many other notable artists– including Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Henry Varnum Poor and Jasper Cropsey– chose to make a home in Rockland County. Peaceful and bucolic, the county undoubtedly is an inspiration for their work. Thanks to my affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, art is part of the air my agents and I breathe. While that relationship keeps us connected with the art world on a global basis, we enjoy deepening our connections with our local art community. Here are some of my favorite local organizations dedicated to Rockland County art:

  • The Arts Council of Rockland: This nonprofit institution provides grant opportunities, technical assistance and information to artists and arts organizations.
  • The Edward Hopper House Art Center: Located in Nyack (next door to my office), this is the birthplace of renowned American artist Edward Hopper. Since 1971, the Edward Hopper House has been a nonprofit art center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • ARTSROCK: This nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide increased access to professional arts and multicultural programs for an underserved, diverse audience, in and around Rockland County.
  • The Art Students League of New York- League Residency at Vyt: Founded in 1875 by artists, the Art Students League of New York has been instrumental in shaping America’s legacy in the fine arts. Many renowned artists have honed their skills at this institution, which is dedicated to sustaining the great tradition of training artists. Today, more than 2,500 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, study at the League each month.
  • Rockland Center for the Arts: This multiarts center is dedicated to creating and promoting art through its School for The Arts, exhibitions, workshops, literary and performing-arts events, Summer Arts Day Camp and outreach programs.

 

I encourage you to learn more about these fine organizations, and if you are able, offer your support. To learn more about the arts in Rockland County, click here.

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Snedens Landing: Home to Your Future Star

Old-fashioned Americana is alive and well in one of the country’s best-kept secrets: New York’s Snedens Landing. Walking through the small hamlet, you will find a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, with children riding their bikes and families, friends and their dogs going for walks together down to the Hudson River.

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

It is in this bucolic slice of life that celebrities, creative types and business people at the top of their field have gravitated, as they look for a place to raise their families. Offering privilege and privacy, the area has just one road in and out and has bred many of today’s stars including Angelina Jolie, whose childhood home is currently for sale through our firm, and Hayden Panettiere, whose home also is available.

129 Washington Spring Road, Snedens Landing

129 Washington Spring Road, Snedens Landing

Many widely known actors of stage and screen also have chosen to raise their children here, including William Hurt, Bill Murray, Lorraine Bracco and many others.

What is so compelling about Snedens Landing? According to a recent article in The New York Times, “…with its outgoing, sometimes eccentric residents, artists and celebrities among them, the quiet would be a welcome change from the busy anonymity of city life.” Many residents live in New York City and utilize their home in Snedens as a respite from the sensory overload of city life.

Indeed, Snedens Landing, part of Palisades, has no mayor nor official legislatives, but it does have its own library and Zip Code and is almost entirely residential. And its residences run the gamut from 18th-century Dutch farmhouses to 19th-century farmhouses, Victorians and estates to 1950s post modern contemporaries and newer style homes.

64 Ludlow Lane, Snedens Landing

64 Ludlow Lane, Snedens Landing

For those interested in the geographical specifics, Snedens Landing is located within the eastern portion of Palisades, between U.S. Route 9W and the Hudson River. It also has a registered historic district along Washington Springs Road and another known as the Closter Road – Oak Tree Road adjoining Snedens Landing in Palisades.

40 Lawrence Lane, Snedens Landing

40 Lawrence Lane, Snedens Landing

For those looking to raise their future star or just want the quiet respite, we have many fine properties currently available, from the $4.8 million property known as Seven Oaks, the oldest estate property in Snedens Landing, and now on the market for the first time in 38 years, to the “Cliff House,” a romantic mid-century home on 2 private acres overlooking the Hudson River for $2,995,000.

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Making a Life and a Career in the Lower Hudson Valley

New York’s lower Hudson Valley is a region known for its views, from the Hudson River’s shorelines to the region’s bucolic parklands. It’s nothing short of inspirational. That’s why more than 30 years ago I chose to build my career helping others find their dream homes in Rockland and Orange counties.

I created this blog, “Hudson Valley Views,” to share my love of this market and the insights my team and I have gathered over the course of three decades. Every month, we will share on our thoughts on house and home, from why real estate is a solid foundation for building wealth to how to best showcase your art collection.

By way of introduction, the lower Hudson Valley covers many charming towns and communities including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Sneden’s Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan – to name a few. I’d like to take you on a tour of just a few of the areas we serve through some of our most special listings.

Nyack: A Town with a View

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Nyack is a quaint and charming town, with views so lovely, only an artist could do them justice. In fact, at 641 North Broadway, the views are so striking local artist Edward Hopper painted them. Hook Mountain provides the backdrop to this home, situated on one of the largest privately owned parcels on the west bank of the Hudson north of the George Washington Bridge. History also plays a role in this home’s unique appeal: the British came on shore during the Revolutionary War, as documented in a letter to George Washington.

Sneden’s Landing: History and Beauty

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Sneden’s Landing, also known as Palisades, is becoming increasingly popular. Its history dates back to the 1680s, but many modern-day celebrities have called it home, from Bill Murray to Al Pacino and Angelina Jolie. Walking through town, it is easy to understand the appeal. Cliff House, for example, is just 25 minutes to New York City, perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson with a small rocky cove below. The lifestyle here is tranquil. A surrounding park runs 12 miles along the Hudson River.

Tuxedo Park: A Gilded and Gated Community

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Tuxedo Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a refined and private gated community that dates back to the 1880s. Less than an hour from New York City, its residents will tell you it offers respite from daily life. The residence at 4 Ridge Road is perfect example of historic, classic Tuxedo Park architecture, built in 1898 and lovingly preserved and maintained with an air of stately grace. The ballroom, added in the early 1900s, has antique sconces and parquet floors, and echoes back to an elegant time in American history.

My team and I look forward to continuing to share our views of the Hudson Valley in the coming blog articles.

Richard Ellis, Managing Member and Real Estate Broker

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