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Fundraiser Seeks to Preserve Nyack’s Historic John Green House

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced a fundraiser to preserve the historic John Green House, one of Nyack’s oldest houses and one of the last in the Hudson Valley to represent original Dutch-style architecture. With roots dating back to the early 1800s, the home is listed on the New York State and National registers of historic places.

Rendering of Restored John Green House in Nyack

Rendering of Restored John Green House in Nyack

The event, sponsored by Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at another important home ingrained in the history and development of Nyack, the Bennett-Deyrup House at 309 N. Broadway in Upper Nyack, where the Johnson/Deyrup family lived for almost 100 years. Its patriarch, Alvin Johnson, was one of the co-founders of the New School for Social Research in New York City and the University in Exile program that saved 3,000 German-Jewish professors from the Nazis during the 1930s.

Two of Johnson’s daughters were artists, Astrith and Dorothy Deyrup. The fundraiser will sell original artwork by Astrith Deyrup, priced from $80 to $500, thanks to the generosity of a John Green House supporter who donated about 60 of her paintings. Proceeds will go to John Green Preservation Coalition, which needs $300,000 to $500,000 to preserve the home.

John Green was a businessman and a founding member of the community and Nyack Steamboat Association. He oversaw the construction of the Nyack Turnpike, which later became Route 59. Manufactured goods and farm produce were transported across Rockland County and shipped downstream to New York City using the road he built and the boats he funded, including the Orange, Nyack’s first steamboat.

“John Green revolutionized Rockland County’s economy, and his former home, dating back to the early 1800s, is historically significant and worthy of preservation,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “As the oldest sandstone house in Nyack, the structure’s architecture is unique to this part of the country and is the last surviving example in Nyack of the design and construction employed by the early settlers of the area, who were of Dutch ancestry. John Green successfully accomplished his dream to make Nyack the commercial hub of Rockland County, and it remained so for 100 years. Having served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years, we are committed to doing our part to restore this local landmark.”

The Paganos family, current owners of the Bennett-Deyrup House, also has a collection of Dorothy Deyrup’s paintings in their home. The fundraiser will be the first time since 1918 that sisters’ Dorothy and Astrith’s paintings will be displayed together.

“John Green, Alvin Johnson and sisters Astrith and Dorothy Deyrup are all important figures in the development of Nyack, and they will be reunited in spirit on Oct. 20 and 21,” said Ellis. “Astrith’s love of nature and the Hudson River clearly demonstrates both her talent and connection to the Lower Hudson Valley. Now you can own a part of her passion and love, for a nominal price.”

John Green House Under Restoration

John Green House Under Restoration

The first floor of the Bennett-Deyrup House will be open for viewing during the fundraiser on Oct. 20, from 11 to 4 p.m.. On Oct. 21, the fundraiser will be held in the rear yard and lower level from 11 to 3 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

The Bennett-Deyrup House is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $5.2 million. Please contact Richard Ellis with inquiries at 914-393-0438.

The John Green Preservation Coalition acquired the house in severely dilapidated condition. With donations of in-kind labor and materials, contributions from individual donors and foundations, a grant from the Preservation League of New York and a grant from the Community Benefit Program of the New York Bridge, the coalition stabilized the building and installed a new cedar shingle roof. The next pressing challenge is to repair the venerable stone walls, substantial parts of which must be rebuilt using the original stones and matching new stones as required.  Donations can also be sent to: John Green Preservation Coalition, P.O. Box 378, Nyack NY 10960.

 

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

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Red Carpet Gala for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students
Hollow High School students engage in arts education program at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack with Jennifer Patton, executive director of the center.

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host a Golden Age of Hollywood-themed fundraiser Oct. 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

Edward Hopper House Message in Bottle Art Photo

The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center partnered with seventh- and eighth-grade art students from South Orangetown Middle School on a project, “Memoirs in A Bottle,” inspired by Hopper’s written correspondence with a stranger who had written a letter in a bottle and thrown it into the Hudson River. Students were paired with senior residents from Dowling Gardens to each create a personalized bottle based on the senior’s life story.

During the last two years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $50,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills to become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence.

The gala will be held at Pretty Penny, 235 North Broadway, Nyack, an 1858 Italianate Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River and will include dinner, dancing, a martini bar and red-carpet welcome. The dress code is red carpet glamorous.

Edward Hopper Painting of Pretty Penny

Pretty Penny, painted by Edward Hopper, is in the collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles MacArthur (Helen Hayes LHD, class of 1940)

Once owned by actress Helen Hayes, the “first lady of American theater,” and later by comedian, actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell, the historic home was named Pretty Penny supposedly for the amount it cost to buy and maintain it. Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur, moved into the home in 1932 during the Golden Age of Hollywood. There they entertained 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, among other celebrities. The home is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,995,000.

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. It now is in the collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, Hayes’ alma mater.

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.

“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 – or maybe even the next Edward Hopper. 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.”

Sleep Hollow high school students at Edward Hopper House in Nyack

Hollow High School students engage in arts education program at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack with Jennifer Patton, executive director of the center.

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 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, 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.”

Ellis said Pretty Penny is the “ideal venue” to celebrate both art education and history, given its special connection with both Edward Hopper as well as to the current owner, art dealer Graham Arader, owner of Arader Galleries in New York City, a leading dealer and auction house of rare maps, prints, books and watercolors of the 16th through 19th centuries. “As the culture of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is built around the Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends, leading this event is a natural fit for us,” he said.

Limited tickets are available. For more information, email hollywoodgalainfo@gmail.com. To purchase tickets, click here.

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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Ellis Sotheby’s International and Edward Hopper House to host red carpet gala for local arts education

Ellis Sotheby’s International and Edward Hopper House to host red carpet gala for local arts education
Pretty Penny as it is today.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack, New York, to host a Golden Age of Hollywood-themed fundraiser Oct. 6 to benefit arts education in local public schools.

In the last two years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $50,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils.

Sleepy Hollow high school students take part in arts education program at Hopper House.

Sleepy Hollow high school students take part in arts education program at Hopper House.

The gala will be held at Pretty Penny, a historic 1858 Italianate Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River in Nyack and will be the party to be at this fall. It will include dinner, dancing, a martini bar and red-carpet welcome. The dress code is red carpet glamorous and black tie optional of course.

Edward Hopper's painting of Pretty Penny.

Edward Hopper’s painting of Pretty Penny.

Once owned by actress and first lady of American theater Helen Hayes, and later by comedian, actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell, the historic home was named “Pretty Penny,” supposedly for the amount it cost to buy and maintain it.

Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur, moved into the home in 1932 during the Golden Age of Hollywood and entertained Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, Cole Porter, Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ed Sullivan, Madonna and President and Mrs. Reagan, among other celebrities.

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn partied there.

 

Located at 235 North Broadway in Nyack, the home is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $4.45 million.

Pretty Penny home located at 235 North Broadway in Nyack

Pretty Penny as it is today.

Pretty Penny also has the distinction of being painted by Edward Hopper, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America. It was the only one of his paintings ever commissioned. It now is in the collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts – Hayes’ alma mater.

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.

“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 – or maybe even the next Edward Hopper!”

Strawtown elementary school students take part in Hopper House art program.

Strawtown elementary school students take part in Hopper House art program.

“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.”

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 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, 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.”

Ellis said Pretty Penny is the “ideal venue” to celebrate art history, given its special connection to Edward Hopper as well as the current owner, art dealer Graham Arader, owner of Arader Galleries in New York City, a leading dealer and auction house of rare maps, prints, books and watercolors of the 16th through 19th centuries.

“As the culture of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is built around the Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends, leading this event is a natural fit for us,” he said.

Limited tickets are available. For more information, email hollywoodgalainfo@ gmail.com.

Source: Rivertown Magazine, September 2018

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Alicia Kunkel

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Alicia Kunkel has joined the luxury brokerage firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Prior to establishing herself in real estate, Kunkel was publisher and editor-in-chief of Les Carats, a luxury lifestyle magazine in New York, and copy editor for Fashion & Beauty Milan, a magazine based in Italy. Kunkel is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“With extensive experience in the high-end business arena, Alicia has a trained eye within the luxury market,” said Richard Ellis, owner, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She also has the unique perspective of working in gemology and the restoration of luxury and exotic cars, a very discerning market with uncompromising clientele. Her signature has been extraordinary customer service and a driven desire to deliver for her clients.”

Traveling throughout the United States and Europe, she developed an appreciation for real estate, architecture and design, said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s director of business development, adding: “With a focus on all the facets of buying and selling properties, Alicia’s goal is to provide a strategic and inspired real estate experience.”

“I am passionate about real estate and dedicated to providing clients a superior level of attentive service and highly personalized experiences,” said Kunkel. “I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the opportunities it affords my clients across all price segments.”

Kunkel is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit based in Carlsbad, California, dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology and the jewelry arts. She now resides in Nyack.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Record Midyear Results

Wonder Falls: 503 North Broadway, Upper Nyack

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that it has achieved record midyear sales in 2018, increasing its sales volume nearly 27.65 percent from 2017 as reported by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ multiple-listing service.

The firm’s average sales price across all markets for the period was $942,072, compared with $773,306 in 2017.

Home sales recorded by the Hudson Gateway MLS show the Nyack-based firm was the market-share leader in sales volume for luxury homes valued at more than $1 million in Rockland County at 41.75 percent.

The Hudson River towns, where 2018 home sales ranged from $425,000 to a record-setting price of $5.1 million, are a primary market for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and represent “the gold coast of Rockland County along the Hudson River,” according to owner Richard Ellis. The firm fetched $5.1 million for the sale of Rosie O’ Donnell’s South Nyack residence in 2018 versus the previous year’s highest selling price of $3.5 million.

In the Hudson River towns of Grandview, Palisades, Piermont, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Grandview and Upper Nyack, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty also commanded the number-one position in market share for single-family homes, with 56.75 percent market share for the $1 million-plus home market and 31.52 percent for homes across all price points. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has 40 percent of the top 10 salespersons by sales dollar volume.

While the firm showcases homes in all price segments, it specializes in the luxury. “Luxury is an experience, not a price point,” said Ellis.“True luxury is living the lifestyle you want. It’s about personal expression and experience, and the Lower Hudson Valley is all about experiences.”

Buyers gravitate to the area for homes with and without Hudson River views at varying price points, he said.  “The luxury buyer at the $1 million-plus price point continues to primarily be from New York City, but we are also seeing an uptick in international buyers from countries like the United Kingdom and China looking at the Lower Hudson Valley market.”

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty also achieved the highest average sales price for offices with more than one transaction for single-family homes in Rockland County − $1,490,787 – and in the Hudson River towns − $1,782,953. The firm has been the luxury market leader for homes sales across all price points.

The group, which also specializes in marketing properties in Tuxedo Park and other communities in Orange County, is branching out to northern Bergen County, New Jersey, listing and selling homes, including a $1.99 million listing in Rockleigh.

“We specialize in marketing unique and extraordinary properties, which are not always defined by price point,” said Ellis. “Our value proposition is our attentive and personalized services backed by a dynamic brand with global recognition.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Kim Ramos

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Kim Ramos has joined the luxury brokerage firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Prior to establishing herself in real estate, Ramos lived in London and Los Angeles, where she worked in the film and television industry as a successful script and continuity supervisor. Ramos is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“The Lower Hudson Valley presents a particularly distinct lifestyle and coveted experience that continues to attract homebuyers from Manhattan and Brooklyn, and this is where Kim combines her in-depth knowledge of the unique hamlets that offer easy access to New York City,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “She prides herself on her ability to source the ‘best of the best’ the area has to offer, and passes along her discoveries to help her clients feel comfortable in their new community.”

Ramos’ career travels took her to remote and beautiful locations throughout the United States, Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean where she developed an appreciation for architecture and design details, Bunin said, adding: “With a keen eye for seeing the greatest potential in a property, Kim excels in representing clients who seek a unique lifestyle experience, whether in the luxury market or just starting out as a first-time homebuyer.”

“Whether you wish to buy, sell, rent or invest, I am dedicated to providing clients a superior level of service, clear communication, innovative marketing and a highly personalized, boutique-style experience,” said Ramos.

Ramos, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in film at Emerson College, Boston, resides in Nyack where she spent her early childhood years and where she is now living with her family and raising her son.

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Global Citizens: Giving Back Locally and Globally

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21), Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to making a lasting humanitarian difference in communities, locally and globally. The firm holds annual fundraisers to support local arts education programs in the Hudson Valley as well as home construction in Haiti. Owner Richard Ellis said a key priority in 2018 and beyond is “giving back.”

Partnership with New Story

“Public-private partnerships continue to offer solutions for achieving common goals,” he said. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty recently raised over $6,000 to build a hurricane-resistant house for a family in Haiti through its partnership with New Story, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

“Giving Sales Associates an avenue to give back is important to morale and builds a collaborative and inspired team,” he said. “Teaming up with New Story allowed us to extend the services we provide daily: to help people discover homes that allow them to build better lives.”

 

Preserving the Arts in Hudson Valley Public Schools

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty partners with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host annual fundraisers benefiting arts education in local public schools, raising over $45,000 since the partnership was forged two years ago. Hopper is widely acknowledged as the most important realist painter of 20th century America.

“Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back,” said Ellis, who believes this curriculum is critical in creating a well-rounded individual. “The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing great artists. We are committed to continuing that tradition for the next generation of residents as well as instilling confidence and building self esteem in children and adolescents through art.”

 

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Reports Record 2017 Sales Growth

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that it achieved record sales in 2017, increasing its sales volume nearly 19 percent from 2016 and selling more luxury, single-family homes in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties and Hudson River towns than its competitors.

Home sales recorded by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ multiple-listing service show the Nyack-based firm was the market-share leader in sales volume for luxury homes valued at more than $1 million: 35.57 percent market share in Rockland County and 29.22 percent each in Orange and Rockland counties.

In the Hudson River towns of Grandview, Palisades, Piermont, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Grandview and Upper Nyack, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty also commands the number-one position in market share for single-family homes, with 56.88 percent market share for the $1 million-plus home market and 23.80 percent for homes across all price points.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty sold the most homes on the Hudson River, 57 percent, ranging from $850,000 to a record-setting price of $3.5 million. “These communities are the gold coast of Rockland County and are in demand by New Yorkers looking to move out of the city full time or looking for a second home,” said owner Richard Ellis.

“Business has been booming,” he said. “We are very proud of our sales associates’ activity in the lower Hudson Valley, including Snedens Landing, where we recently sold the iconic, pre-Revolutionary Ding Dong House for $3.21 million. It was quite a year for us.”

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty also achieved the highest average sales price for single-family homes in Rockland County − $918,765 − and in the river towns − $1,268,176 − for offices with more than five transactions. The firm has been the luxury market leader for homes sales in the million-dollar-plus range in Rockland County for 10 of 11 years and in the river towns for 11 of 13 years.

“Sellers and buyers need the professional advice of Realtors who know the marketplace well, have the ability to market properties successfully and have the backing of a strong, respectable and global brand,” said Ellis. He said he is proud that Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has 40 percent of the top 10 salespersons for luxury homes sold for over $1 million in the river towns and Rockland County’s Orangetown and Clarkston.

“These statistics demonstrate why we are in a unique position to provide confident recommendations to our clients, whether they are buying or selling,” said Ellis. “Our professional sales associates can guide clients based on our long-standing history as the market leader for selling and marketing a variety of luxury homes and doing so with the utmost respect and discretion.”

The group also made its foray in New Jersey, listing and selling homes, including a $2.15 million listing in Rockleigh, Bergen County.

“I’m so proud of our team and what we accomplished in 2017,” Ellis said. “It’s shaping up to be another great year. My team is passionate about real estate, and we expect to do even more business in 2018 and have fun along the way.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Funds New Home for Haitian Family

It’s move in day for the Dieunetre Family from New Story on Vimeo.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, which recently raised over $6,000 to build a hurricane-resistant house for a family in Labodrie, Haiti, today announced that construction is complete and the family has moved into its new home.

Construction was completed within six months through the luxury brokerage firm’s partnership with New Story, a nonprofit that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes. All of the funds raised by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty donors, including associates and agents who contributed donations from their home-sale closings, went toward the building of the new home.

“Every dollar raised went directly to fund the construction of a concrete, sustainable home for a family in Haiti,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “With a living area, two bedrooms, kitchen, access to clean water and an outdoor latrine, they finally have the space and sanitary conditions to focus their energy on building their lives rather than struggling to survive. We sincerely thank everyone who, through their generous donations, helped us achieve our goal to change a family’s life.”

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The home was built utilizing local labor and locally sourced construction materials to help provide jobs and economic stability for the community. According to New Story, the majority of families in Labodrie live in unsafe, makeshift homes without access to latrines. Many of these homes are at risk of collapsing and have no space for personal belongings, causing the families living there to be separated from their children for safety concerns. Once funded, the New Story homes are typically built within six months and have three rooms, basic sanitation, a porch and garden.

The Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty team, which also supports arts education in local schools through a partnership with the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, felt compelled to reach beyond the local community to “help Haitian families who lack basic human needs,” Ellis said.

“We applaud the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for identifying this charity,” he said. “It really struck a chord with our entire team, and we thank all of our agents, clients and friends for joining us on this journey.”

New Story, a 501c3 nonprofit based in San Francisco, has funded more than 1,200 homes in seven communities around the developing world since its start two years ago. Anyone can make a donation to New Story by visiting the www.newstorycharity.org.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Appoints Caryn Mallin Director of Marketing

Caryn_Mallin H&SEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Caryn Mallin has joined the firm as director of marketing, responsible for the luxury real estate brokerage firm’s overall strategic branding and marketing activities.

A New York native and resident of Armonk, New York, Mallin brings over 10 years of real estate and marketing experience to her role. She previously held positions as director of marketing at Citi Habitats, a residential brokerage firm, and director of marketing at Royal Abstract, a title insurance agency, both based in New York City.

“This newly created role is designed to enhance and expand the marketing opportunities for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and support and guide our sales associates in developing and growing their business,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey. “Caryn will create and execute marketing strategies and implement strategic brand positioning to further differentiate the brand in a visually compelling way.”

Mallin, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, worked in several creative industries that honed her marketing and strategy skills prior to establishing herself in real estate.

“My experiences in media, entertainment and event spaces have provided me the opportunity to think outside the box when it comes to traditional real estate marketing strategies,” said Mallin. “I look forward to raising awareness for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand through various marketing and tactical strategies. Working with our salespeople and staff to embrace new platforms will help to drive leads and increase sales.”

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