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Iconic Pre-Revolutionary Snedens Landing Colonial Farmhouse with Celebrity Pedigree Lists for $6.5 Million

The iconic Ding Dong House, a pre-Revolutionary War Dutch colonial farmhouse in the exclusive Hudson Valley celebrity enclave of Snedens Landing, New York, is on the market for $6.5 million with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

Originally built in 1750 with an addition in 1860, the historic 3-bed, 3.5-bath residence at 35 Washington Spring Road has been home to many celebrities including actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Margot Kidder, producer Jerome Robbins and composer Aaron Copland.

The home and property underwent a $2.5 million restoration over the last five years and is being sold fully furnished, with 18th– and 19th-century antiques, furnishings and a collection of Hudson River School paintings.

Situated on a gentle hill three houses from the river, Ding Dong House offers sweeping views of the Hudson River from inside and out. The home features three ensuite bedrooms, three living room/den areas, four working fireplaces, wide-plank pine floors, period moldings and doors and a traditional English kitchen. The oldest section of the house is constructed of sandstone blocks from a nearby former quarry. Exterior highlights include a rear porch overlooking the Hudson River, new slate roof, security system, property wide landscaping, stone retaining walls and steps leading to a private yard that features entertaining areas, arbors, pool and an outdoor shower.

“This is the ultimate Snedens Landing house: Historic, private, turnkey, with great provenance and extraordinary views of the Hudson River,” said listing agent Richard Ellis. “Nothing compares.”

The home was originally built by John Sneden, whose family ran the ferry from Snedens Landing to Westchester’s Dobbs Ferry and lived there for almost 200 years. Known as the Ding Dong House because of a great bell that hung over its gate, it also is sometimes referred to as The Watson House, after the Watson family offered the home and collection of 300 books to be used by the public as the first local library in the Palisades in the 1890s.

The secluded Snedens Landing neighborhood near Palisades is just 12 miles north of the George Washington Bridge and has been home to past and present celebrities. Laurence Olivier, John Steinbeck, Katharine Hepburn, Al Pacino, Bill Murray, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Angelina Jolie, Hayden Panettiere and Diane Sawyer are among those who have called Snedens Landing home.

Listing Contact: Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, Nyack, New York: 914-393-0438; ellissothebysrealty.com

Written by Evy Apostolatos (Sept, 6, 2022)

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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Hudson Valley Lists for $1.525 Million

Photography by Adrian Gaut

A rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed midcentury home on 2.5 private acres in the Hudson Valley hamlet of Blauvelt in New York’s Rockland County, is on the market for $1,525,000 with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

The 1961-built Socrates Zaferiou House, a Wright prefab design produced by Marshall Erdman and Associates, can be found on Clausland Mountain at 48 Clausland Mountain Road, within the 500-acre Blauvelt State Park.

Wright passed away in 1959 before the home was completed. The project architect, who also worked on the Guggenheim Museum in New York, finished it. Wright is considered one of America’s most prolific and influential architects and played an important role in the evolution of midcentury homes. His visionary work, spanning over seven decades, cemented his place as the American Institute of Architect’s “greatest American architect of all time.”

Photography by Adrian Gaut

The premise behind Wright’s design is to be in harmony with the environment, bringing the outdoors in with ample light and open spaces. The home, built into a hill, incorporates rows of glass doors and windows to bring nature inside the dwelling. Geometric designs and patterns are repeated throughout the home. Other appointments include extensive built-in cabinetry, a period-style patio with planting areas and full walkout basement with high ceilings.

Referencing the home’s original drawings and Frank Lloyd Wright archives, current owner and architectural designer Sarah Anderson-Magness carefully renovated the home, preserving key features such as the period red Formica kitchen and handmade tile bathroom.

The home is co-listed by Brandon Wagner and Richard Ellis of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

“I love the property for its classic Frank Lloyd Wright style and the drama it creates,” said Wagner.

“Sarah Anderson-Magness, the current owner, and Socrates Zaferiou, the original owner, share a passion about preserving this historic home, and a desire that future owners will respect it in the same way. Socrates wanted to sell his home to someone that appreciated Wright’s designs and would be a proprietor to maintain the original design intent. Accordingly, we’re looking for a caretaker as much as a purchaser,” added Ellis.

Blauvelt, a hamlet in the town of Orangetown, is 28 miles north of New York City and just three miles from the Hudson River and historic Nyack, New York.

Listing Contact: Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, Nyack, New York: 914-393-0438; ellissothebysrealty.com

Written by Evy Apostolatos (Oct. 7, 2022)

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Annual Benefit Has Raised Over $180,000 for Hudson Valley Arts Education

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised $31,285 during an annual fundraising event this month to support arts education programs benefiting more than 1,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12. The event has raised over $180,000 since its 2016 launch.

The benefit was held Oct. 9 at Treetops, a 7.5-acre private estate in Sparkill, New York, and drew over 80 attendees. Guests bid on several auction items, including original art and a tour of Edward Hopper’s New York exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Speakers included Farris Wahbeh, the Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Eric Shiner, former senior vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, who served as the event’s auctioneer; and Phil Grabsky, an award-winning British documentary filmmaker and director who debuted an exclusive clip of “Hopper: An American Love Story,” a film that examines Hopper’s art, life and relationships from his early career to his critical and commercial acclaim.

Rothko, Banksy, Alfred Hitchcock and even The Simpsons have been influenced by the unique way Hopper captured American life.

 

From left to right: Eric Shiner,Richard Ellis, Cynthia Branca, Kathie Bennewitz, Farris Wahbeh and Phil Grabsky

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $180,000 in the last seven years to nurture student engagement with the rts that foster peer interaction and socialization inside and outside of the academic setting,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “This special event supports the development of creative young minds by connecting students with the art and legacy of Edward Hopper through a thriving arts education program.”

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty currently is listing Treetops for sale at $3.99 million. The circa 1859 Second Empire-style estate near Snedens Landing hosted many Hollywood stars, including Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Helen Hayes, Joan Collins, Ginger Rogers and Brooke Shields. In recent years it was the weekend retreat of the late Arlene Dahl, a screen actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and her husband, Marc Rosen, an award-winning perfume bottle designer.

“The benefit was a tremendous success due to the generosity of event sponsor Richard Ellis of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the gracious hospitality of Marc Rosen, who hosted this year’s benefit at his beautiful residence, Treetops, a truly and romantic property that transported guests to another era,” said Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, Edward Hopper House & Study Center executive director.

“The energy and optimism found among the event’s attendees translated into significant support for the Edward Hopper House & Study Center as it moves forward to 2023 and grows its art education series and Nighthawks mentorship program,” she said, adding that the annual benefit helps close gaps in arts education through partnerships with public schools, family workshops and its award-winning Nighthawks mentorship program. A portion of the monies raised will fund arts education classroom space, exhibitions and teaching curriculum.

Named after a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper by the same name, the Nighthawks mentorship and arts education program helps high school students develop professional skills, assume leadership roles and facilitate engagement with artwork and historic spaces.

The arts education program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District. The program expanded to Orange and Bergen counties in New Jersey this year.

Additional donations toward this initiative can be made by visiting https://www.edwardhopperhouse.org/donate.html.

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.

By Evy Apostolatos

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 18, 2022)

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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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Nyack Partnership Raises $47,000 for Arts Education Program

Nyack Partnership Raises $47,000 for Arts Education Program

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised $47,000 during an event this month for the Edward Hopper House’s arts education program, which has supported over 3,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12.

Now in its fourth year, the Oct. 3 benefit held at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City drew over 100 attendees. Guests, who were able to view several of Edward Hopper’s paintings, also bid on several live auction items, including the opportunity to attend a brunch reception at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and preview priceless works of art during its impressionist, modern, contemporary and American art sale.

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $127,000 in the last four years,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “In an effort to bring more awareness of the arts education program to a new audience and key market, we hosted the event in New York in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers in Nyack and surrounding public schools.”

Rich Ellis at podium during gala to raise money for local arts education program

Richard Ellis, real estate broker and owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Special guests included Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum, who will curate its next exhibit about Edward Hopper in 2021. Conaty displayed four of Hopper’s paintings completed between 1910 and 1930 and discussed his inspiration and perspective of old New York. The live auction was hosted by Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services, with Elizabeth Goodridge, Sotheby’s assistant vice president and specialist in American Art.

Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum

Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum

Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby's vice president, museum and corporate art services

Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services

“The program has benefited over 3,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills, become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this partnership and to offer students a thriving arts education program that celebrates one of America’s most important artists.”

Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director

Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director

The arts education program initially was financed in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District. The program this year expanded to Orange County, New York, and Bergen County, New Jersey.

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, farmhouses 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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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Gala and Live Auction for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host its annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City on Oct. 3 to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

pupils attending class at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack

Strawtown elementary school pupils participate in the 2018 arts education program at the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack, New York.

The event, scheduled Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown, located at 30 Park Place in Tribecca, overlooks the historic Woolworth building, Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and Hudson River.

During the last three years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $80,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills, become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence.

Special guests will include Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who will curate the Whitney’s next exhibit about Edward Hopper in 2021. A live auction will be hosted by Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services, with Elizabeth Goodridge, Sotheby’s assistant vice president and specialist in American Art, attending.

Speaking of his firm’s support of Edward Hopper House, Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he “believes in the importance of art education, for both the emotional and educational benefits it can provide young adults and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.”

“Our vision is to build self-esteem in students K-12 in a supportive, creative partnership centered around art and the legacy of Edward Hopper. Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back through the years, and we believe this curriculum is important in creating a confident, well-rounded individual.”

“The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing not only great artists but also free, independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to think out of the box. We have proudly served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years and are committed to nurturing our future generations.”

paining of Manhattan Bridge

Edward Hopper “Manhattan Bridge” (1926) Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper. Digital image (c) Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a classroom lesson following the visit.

The arts education program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“The generosity of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership.”

Ellis added that the event is a “natural fit” for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty because the company’s culture is built around Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends

Limited tickets are available at $250. For more information, email hopperinthecity@gmail.com.

 

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, farmhouses 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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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Sharon Reidy D’Orazio

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Sharon Reidy D’Orazio has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker. Sharon Reidy associate broker at Ellis Sotheby's International Realty

She previously managed a real estate office in Rockland County, New York, recruiting coaching and training agents. A top producer, she has served in various facets of the real estate business for 20 years and was recognized with a President’s Award for sales. She is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a certified home stager.

In addition to real estate, her diverse background includes advertising, consumer research, marketing, sales and senior living.

“Clients will benefit from Sharon’s extensive expertise, effective marketing and sales campaigns and use of technology and innovation to market homes,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “Her business acumen, approachability and outstanding level of client satisfaction are a great fit for our office.”

Reidy D’Orazio is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service. She received her bachelor of arts from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences and passion for real estate to serve my clients,” said Reidy D’Orazio. “My clients always come first and can count on me to be there every step of the way to make sure no detail is overlooked.”

Reidy D’Orazio, who has resided in Rockland County for nearly 30 years, is also long-time supporter of the Rockland Business Women’s Network and Professionals in Aging.

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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.

 

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Evy Apostolatos
RDR PR LLC
Evy@rdrpr.com
973-452-7208

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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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Nyack Benefit Raises Nearly $33,000 for Arts Education Program

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised nearly $33,000 during a recent event for the Edward Hopper House’s arts education program, which has supported over 1,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12.

The Oct. 6 benefit, now in its third year, drew approximately 100 attendees and raised nearly 25 percent more than last year.

Fundraiser benefit local arts education Nyack New York

Nancy Bunin, left, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development, joins Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty owner, and Jennifer Patton EdD, executive director of the Edward Hopper House, at a fundraiser to benefit local arts education in Nyack, New York.

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $80,000 in the last three years,” Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “This event single-handedly enabled us to start thriving arts education partnerships in Nyack and the surrounding public schools. We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers, integrating art to create an interdisciplinary curriculum.”

Guests bid on several silent auction items, including the opportunity to attend a brunch reception at Sotheby’s auction house in New York to preview priceless works of art during its Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale.

The Golden Age of Hollywood gala was held at Pretty Penny in Nyack, an 1858 Italianate Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River once owned by actress Helen Hayes, the “first lady of American theater,” and later by comedian, actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell. Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur, entertained numerous celebrities there, including Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, Cole Porter, Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ed Sullivan, Madonna and President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. The home is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,995,000.

Ellis Sotheby's International Realty fundraiser to benefit local arts in Nyack New York

Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty owner, addresses guests at a fundraiser to benefit Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, held at the historic Pretty Penny estate. Over $33,000 was raised to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

Pretty Penny was painted by Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America. It was his only commission.

“The art education program has been a tremendous success,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Executive Director of Edward Hopper House. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership, and we look forward to expanding our curriculum and offerings to benefit even more students.”

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurring themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by a museum director, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson followed by a visit to the Edward Hopper House and another classroom lesson and visit by an artist-in-residence to strengthen the learning through hands-on art making.

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle and Sleepy Hollow School District.

 

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
RDR PR LLC
Evy@rdrpr.com
973-452-7208

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