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Fundraiser for Arts Education & Edward Hopper House


Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House today announced they will host a fundraiser Oct. 15 to benefit arts education in local schools and at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York.

The event will feature an online and live auction of several items, notably the opportunity to spend a night in Edward Hopper’s bedroom as reimagined by Architectural Digest featured designer Ernest de la Torre and architect Walter Cain, with dinner and breakfast for two included. Hopper is widely acknowledged as the most important realist painter of twentieth-century America.


Guests will be invited to bid on the opportunity to attend a Nov. 20 brunch reception celebrating the American Art sale at the Sotheby’s Auction House in New York. The winner may bring up to 10 guests. There will be a specialist-led tour of the exhibition and they will be able to explore the Sotheby’s Worldwide Headquarters in New York, with auctions of 19th Century Paintings and Latin America: Modern and Contemporary Art also on view.

The event also will feature an Auction for a Cause to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools. Richard Kendall, art historian and former curator at the Clark Art Institute, will be the guest speaker.

Judge Tompkins Estate, "Glen Iris" | Upper Nyack, New York | $3,495,000

Judge Tompkins Estate, “Glen Iris” | Upper Nyack, New York | $3,495,000

The fundraiser will be held at Glen Iris on the Hudson River, the home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins during the first half of the last century and, later, Norman Rose, the late actor best known as the voice of fictitious coffee grower Juan Valdez in the Colombian coffee television commercials. The 8,200 square foot, move-in ready home currently is listed with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.495 million.


“Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back through the years and we believe this curriculum is important in creating a well-rounded individual – or maybe even the next Edward Hopper!” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “We have proudly served the Hudson Valley community for more than 30 years. This is our way of ensuring the next generation of residents has every opportunity to develop their artistic skills. The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing great artists, and we are committed to continuing that tradition.”

The fundraiser will begin Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at 401 N. Broadway, Nyack. Availability is limited. For more information, to request an invitation or make a donation, send an email to ellis.events@sothebysrealty.com.

“We hope this event will support the development of creative young minds by connecting with Edward Hopper’s world of inspiration that was nourished in his birthplace and flourished on his beloved Hudson River,” said Jennifer Patton, EdD, executive director of Edward Hopper House. “A portion of the monies raised will help establish arts education classroom space, exhibitions and teaching curriculum to support and inspire all our children. We are especially proud to be able to offer a lucky bidder the chance to spend a night in Edward Hopper’s bedroom − the first time we have offered such an opportunity. Designed in the period he lived, the room will provide the winner the chance to experience where Hopper’s art began.”


Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Procida



NYACK, N.Y. (Aug. 3, 2016) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Barbara “Bobbie” Procida has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Bobbie Procida H&S_pp

Procida is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, the New York State Association of Realtors, the Realtors Political Action Committee and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce.  A lifelong resident of the New York metropolitan area, she is a native of Alpine, New Jersey.

“Bobbie’s in-depth knowledge of the communities and markets she serves makes her an asset to our team,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.  “She is a passionate and dedicated professional whose enthusiasm is quite apparent upon meeting her and a skilled negotiator who works tirelessly on behalf of her clients to provide the highest level of service.

Procida earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

“I am fortunate to work with a company that cares about my growth and success as much as I do,” said Procida.  “Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty provides what I need to build my business and maintain my productivity.  This offers exciting potential for both me and my clients.”

In addition to her professional skills, Procida enjoys kayaking on the Hudson River, ballroom dancing and golf.  She is also known as a strategic and successful Bergen County girls basketball coach for nearly 25 years.

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 North 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, ranked fifth in Rockland County, 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. It 40 percent market share for homes sold and pending sale over $1 million in Rockland County. 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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Rockland County Luxury Real Estate Market Sees Record Sales

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced a record-breaking 2015 in sales and predicted continued market growth in Rockland County this year.

Last year the firm captured 25 percent market share for homes that sold or were pending sale for over $1 million in Rockland County. In addition, it handled five of six sales valued at $2 million or more in the county.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was the only broker with sales of $3 million or more in Rockland County. During 2015 and the last 10 of 11 years, it achieved the highest selling price of any single property in the county.

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1 Castle Road, Piermont | $5,025,000 USD | Sold: September 2015

“Last year saw many achievements for our firm, demonstrating our continuing success in the luxury market and deep knowledge of the beautiful areas we have proudly served for 30 years,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

“All indicators point to a growth market for 2016, given more units are selling, especially in the high end,” he said “We have not truly seen an overall increase in price, but I expect our market will turn that corner this year.”

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors ranked Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty fifth for 2015 Rockland County sales, based on dollar volume, with an average selling price of $781,000 ─ one of the Multiple Listing Service’s highest. The firm also is affiliated with two of the MLS’ top 10 selling agents in 2015: Hamid Moghadam and Richard Ellis.

“We are seeing an increase in clients looking for luxury properties priced greater than $1 million,” Ellis said. “The Hudson River communities continue to be hot markets. More New Yorkers are choosing to search Rockland and Orange counties for properties, and many buyers ─ including international buyers ─ are initiating their property searches based on lifestyle and home features.”


Nancy Bashian Bunin Named Business Development Director

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the appointment of Nancy Bashian Bunin as director, business development, responsible for leading the firm’s recruiting and retention efforts and growing market share.

“Nancy is a seasoned professional experienced in direct sales and sales management,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She will tap into her vast experience- notably her eight years with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand- and understanding of an agent’s needs to recruit, retain and train top sales associates. Her diverse background affords her valuable insight into how to help agents build their businesses.  Her efforts will help us maintain and grow our number one market share position in Rockland’s luxury real estate sales over $1 million.”

A 20-year industry veteran, Bunin began her association with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in 2006 when she joined Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Tenafly, New Jersey, as broker associate and office manager, driving the growth of the start-up office to number one on the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service in 2011.  She served the company until 2014.

Bunin previously served Keller Williams Valley Realty in its Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, office as team leader and chief executive officer. In that role, she oversaw the office’s development and growth.  She also recruited, retained, coached and supervised all associates and staff and opened the brand’s Tenafly office.

Bunin began her real estate career in 1996, obtaining her real estate license followed by her broker’s license. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, she holds a master’s of public administration degree in health policy, planning and administration at New York University’s Graduate School of Public Administration.  She is recognized as a top producer and award-winning professional, earning recognition for her sales and customer service while an agent with several top-tier real estate companies throughout her career.



Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Event Supports Nyack’s Homeless

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced it raised nearly $5,000 for the Nyack Homeless Project at a recent open house held for the organization.

A main attraction for the Nov. 14 event was the venue itself, The Whitney House in the Snedens Landing community of Palisades, New York, where actress Angelina Jolie spent part of her childhood.


Eugene Kohn, center, owner of The Whitney House in the Snedens Landing community of Palisades, New York, gives a tour to Jane Pauley and her husband , Garry Trudeau, during a Nov. 14 open house sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that served as a fundraiser for the Nyack Homeless Project.

“We are so proud to be able to make a meaningful donation to such a well-deserving organization that does so much to help our community, especially at this time of year,” said Richard Ellis, the property’s co-listing agent and owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.  “We believe it is so important to give back to our beautiful community, which gives so much to us.”

More than 40 guests enjoyed a menu prepared by Chef Peter Kelly of Xavier’s at Piermont, New York, and a presentation on mid-century architecture by Nicolai Ouroussoff, former architecture critic for The New York Times.

The evening concluded with a performance by Maestro Eugene Kohn, the home’s owner and renowned conductor, who accompanied acclaimed tenor Nelson Ebo.


Nelson Ebo, right, sang operatic tributes in Italian, Russian and English, accompanied by Kohn on the piano. The event raised nearly $5,000 for the Nyack Homeless Project.

Donations for the Nyack Homeless Project were collected throughout the evening, and a silent auction contributed to the total raised.

“The Nyack Homeless Project, a grassroots, nonsectarian, nonprofit volunteer organization, this year will directly donate to over 30 organizations, shelters and pantries in Rockland County that will benefit men, women, teens, families, children and infants,” said Litany Burns, the organization’s cofounder and director.

“We thank Rich Ellis and Brandon Wagner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty as well as everyone who attended the open house last weekend for their generous donations on behalf of so many adults lacking winter coats and toiletries, parents in need of food for families, pre-school children and teens without warm hats and gloves, and soup kitchens in short supply,” she said.

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

26 Woods Road, Snedens Landing

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath Whitney House currently is listed for $2.049 million through Ellis and co-listing agent Brandon Wagner.  For more information on the Nyack Homeless Project, visit www.nyackhp.org.


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


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


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


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