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Making a Difference Through Local Philanthropy

For Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty in Nyack, N.Y., giving back to the community is an important endeavor. Making the lives of children and families in need is central to his philanthropic efforts.

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was started in 1986 by Ellis’s father, William J. Ellis. He’s since taken over the business, applying his marketing and communications know-how to every facet of the brokerage. Creating a cohesive and supportive team that’s involved in the community has become a top priority as well. “I think any private business should find a way to give back,” Ellis says.

He and his team’s previous charitable contributions include raising money to build hurricane-resistant homes in Haiti and partnering with local nonprofits during the holidays to raise money and goods to ensure families in need have food and gifts.

In 2016, though, Ellis wanted to find a way to bring together his passion for helping children and his company culture. Sotheby’s International Realty is in the same family as Sotheby’s Auction House, so an appreciation for the arts is a big part of the brand’s identity. Luckily, Ellis didn’t have to go far to figure out how to combine his philanthropic efforts with the arts.

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Forget pools and gyms: Fire pits are the hot home trend

1857 Greek Revival farmhouse in Palisades, New York

$2,195,000
Palisades, NY
667 Oak Tree Road

This chic, freshly updated 1857 farmhouse, known locally as the “Denike House,” sits in the highly coveted hamlet of Palisades, and is commutable from the city by car. The airy and bright five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot abode is filled with modern design flourishes, such as 2-inch marble counters, reclaimed antique wood floors, barn beams and painted shiplap walls. It also has a whopping four interior fireplaces, as well as an expansive outdoor fire pit for cozy gatherings under the night sky.

Richard Ellis and Brandon Wagner, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, 845-353-4250

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What You Get: $2.2 Million Homes in Georgia, Massachusetts and New York

A late 19th-century Carpenter Gothic estate in Rome, a midcentury-modern home in Newton and a neo-Georgian house in Upper Nyack.

House in Upper Nyack inspired by Georgian Revival house in Rhode Island

This house is in a village of about 1,800 people that was originally known as Goosetown and has a number of large estates. It is about 25 miles north of Manhattan and a mile and a half from the center of Nyack proper, with its many businesses. The 61-acre Nyack Beach State Park, on the Hudson River, which is part of the Palisades Interstate Park system, is less than a mile up the road.

Continue reading on The New York Times.

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To downsize, or not? Rockland’s Marty Wortendyke has decided it’s time to sell

Custom built Georgian Colonial in Upper Nyack is on the market

Custom built Georgian Colonial in Upper Nyack is on the market.

Six years ago, Marty Wortendyke was ready to downsize.

He and his wife Elizabeth had built their dream home in Upper Nyack in 1986, customizing every detail to meet their needs and their wants.

“At the time, we lived in Nyack in a Cape Cod and we were looking for a piece of property to build our own house,” said Wortendyke, a longtime Rocklander who heads Cal Mart, one of the largest construction firms in the county. “I loved North Broadway, but who doesn’t?” he asked.

Unfortunately, there was nothing available. Or so the Wortendykes believed.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Helps Raise $47,000 For Arts Education

Nyack Partnership Raises $47,000 for Arts Education Program.

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.

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Living Large: A Hollywood Dahl’s House In Rockland County

SPARKILL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A gated estate just 30 minutes from Manhattan has been the private retreat of a Hollywood film star for the last three decades.

CBSN New York’s Natalie Duddridge recently got a look at this rare property for this week’s Living Large.

Nestled among the trees in the hamlet of Sparkill in Rockland County is what looks almost like a doll’s house. It sits on a sprawling nine acres.

Duddridge met with Richard Ellis of Sotheby’s International Realty for a tour, and to learn about this property’s famous owner.

“The house was built in 1859 and its a Second Empire Victorian-style home,” Ellis said.

As for that “doll’s house” reference, the owner of the last 30 years is a Dahl of sorts.

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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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MGM Actress Arlene Dahl’s Rockland Home Lists for $6.5 Million

The MGM contract star and her husband, perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen, have used the Italianate Victorian as a weekend retreat since the mid-1980s.

Treetops, Italianate Victorian in Sparkill, New York

Location: 4 Deer Run, Sparkill

Description: Known as Treetops, this Italianate Victorian has been the weekend home of actress and former MGM contract star Arlene Dahl and her sixth husband, perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen, since the mid-1980s.

Hollywood stars who have wined and dined at their Rockland County estate over the years include Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Helen Hayes, Joan Collins and Ginger Rogers. Dahl, the flame-haired star of two dozen movies in the 1940s and ’50s, has written 15 books on beauty and astrology, including Always Ask a Man: Arlene Dahl’s Key to Femininity in 1965. Starting in 1951 and running for 20 years, she wrote a three-times-a-week syndicated column on beauty.

Continue reading on Hudson Valley Magazine.

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Ellis Sotheby’s Int. Realty, Edward Hopper House To Host Gala, Live Auction for Local Arts Education

NEW YORK—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.

The event, scheduled 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 Tribeca, overlooks the historic Woolworth building, Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and Hudson River.

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WHO’S NEWS: Residential appointments & promotions

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Sharon Reidy D’Orazio has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker.

She previously managed a real estate office in Rockland County, New York, recruiting coaching and training agents. A top producer, Reidy D’Orazio 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.

 

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