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Orange County’s Hopewell Farm Home to One of the Oldest Barns in the United States

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Built in the mid-1780s, Hopewell Farm — also known as the John I. Crawford Farm — is a well-preserved example of an early Hudson Valley farm, and remains a landmark in Crawford, New York, the town named for its founding family.

Looking for a weekend retreat, with tons of historical charm and significance? And a barn that may be among the oldest in the country?

Hopewell Farm in Orange County’s Crawford, is on the market for $695,000.

Built in the mid-1780s, Hopewell Farm — also known as the John I. Crawford Farm —  is a well-preserved example of an early Hudson Valley farm, and remains a landmark in the town named for its founding family.

Now on seven acres, the five-bedroom, three-bath main house features wood-hewn beams, wide-plank floors and a large hearth-style fireplace with a mantel imported from England. But, there are modern necessities such as updated bathrooms and kitchen.

Built by Crawford’s son Jonathon, who served in the Revolutionary War, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


A Home for the Holidays

As Perry Como famously sang, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” The holiday season is a time to come together with loved ones to celebrate the season of joy and make lasting memories. It’s a time when a home is transformed into a gathering place for love, laughter and cheer. Explore our distinctive collection of lower Hudson Valley homes with holiday-inspired spaces because “for the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.”

536 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

A Sanctuary for Life and Work: 536 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

Truly a unique find, this majestic, artful stone carriage house is a secluded sanctuary featuring a colossal, 9,000-square-foot open floor plan, 11-foot ceilings, polished concrete radiant-heated floors and Italian marble baths. The main level offers a cozy living room with fireplace, open kitchen, dining area and family room. A contemporary staircase leads to an upper-level platform library with built-in book cases and exposed-beam rafters, four bedrooms and two baths. The lower level, which features a separate entrance, is ideal for recreation, work or an artist’s space.

Wonder Falls, 503 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

503 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

Wonder Falls, 503 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

Known as Wonder Falls, this whimsical and artistic property is situated on 3-plus acres and 325 feet of Hudson River shoreline. Featuring an 80-foot waterfall and five wading ponds, this home is reportedly the site where Henry Hudson anchored his ship, Half Moon, on his famous trip up the river. There are cantilevered decks, atriums, multiple levels and surprises at every turn. Created with stone, marble, jade, quartz, glass, stainless steel, mahogany and teak, this one-of-a-kind home features numerous patios, skylights and more. Just 50 minutes to New York City, this ultra-private home is a destination like no other.

Tuxedo Park

Patterson Brook Carriage House, Tuxedo Park

Dating to the 1800s, the gated, Gilded Age enclave of Tuxedo Park (best known as the place where the term “tuxedo” was coined for men’s formalwear) is known as a playground for New York’s affluent and home for those seeking a quiet respite, outdoor recreation and a tightly knit community surrounded by stunning woods, parks and private lakes. The Patterson Brook Carriage House, an original Wagstaff Carriage house circa 1896, is a masterpiece completely rebuilt in 2008, with attention to recrafting key elements of the original design and architectural details. Unique features include a converted former horse stable and two garages with radiant heat and 15-car capacity, providing exceptional spaces for showcasing a fine automobile collection. It also could be a studio for musicians and artists.

Hopewell Farm, Crawford, New York

Hopewell Farm, Crawford, New York

Now you can own a piece of history or, perhaps, a bed and breakfast just 90 minutes from Manhattan. Built in the mid-1780s, historic Hopewell Farm – also known as The John I. Crawford Farm – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and considered to be one of the best-preserved farms from that era. It remains an iconic landmark in the town of Crawford, named for its founding family. Built by Crawford’s son, Jonathon, who served in the Revolutionary War, the charming five-bed, three-bath home features the unique architectural details of a smokehouse, carriage house and barn. It may be the oldest surviving barn in the United States.

Montgomery, New York

Montgomery, New York

Expansive retreat on 38 acres, Montgomery, New York

Paul Teutul Sr., star of the “Orange County Choppers” and “American Choppers” television series, is selling his expansive Orange County, New York, estate. Its massive garage and farm often were featured on the reality shows.  This one-of-a-kind retreat is nestled on 38-plus private acres with stunning vistas. The main three-bedroom, two-and-one-half bath, log cabin-style home features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, wrap-around porch and custom in-ground pool. Multiple patios are equipped with Viking grills. They are surrounded by a koi pond, waterfalls and a one-acre, self-feeding pond stocked with fish. For car and biking enthusiasts, the master mechanic and custom fabricator’s home features a two-story showcase garage with two self-contained apartments for guests, plus another working garage suitable for the most discriminating car aficionado or hobbyist.


A Colonial Manner in the Hudson Valley

This estate in New York’s Cornwall-on-Hudson, with easy hiking and views of the Catskills, has been in the same family for over a century. It is asking $2.395 million. —Sarah Tilton

Sengen House in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Renee Tobin’s great-great-great-grandfather built this house in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., around 1904. She grew up spending weekends here with her grandparents and eventually inherited the nearly 20-acre estate. ‘The house breathes an incredible history,’ says Dr. Tobin, a learning specialist with a private practice in New York City.

Continue reading on The Wall Street Journal.


Army general’s Cornwall-on-Hudson estate on the market for first time in more than 100 years

SenGen house in Cornwall

For the first time in more than 100 years, a Hudson Valley estate is on the market.

A historic property owned for over 100 years by one of the earliest families to settle in Orange County’s Cornwall-on-Hudson is on the market for the first time since its construction at the turn of the 20th century.

Four generations have enjoyed the home and its views.

The house was built in 1902 by the Ledoux family, one the early families of Cornwall. The family helped to found the village’s first Presbyterian Church and the nearby Storm King School.

Renee Ledoux married Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Sands, a 1929 West Point graduate.

Their family home is known as Sengen House. A classic stone and timber home, it’s on forested land, high above the Hudson River, a short drive from West Point. The home, at 6 Sengen Lane, is listed for $2,395,000 by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


Summer Living in the Lower Hudson Valley

The Lower Hudson Valley has long been the summer playground for New Yorkers seeking an escape from urban life. However, in recent years the region has seen resurging popularity among vacationers and second-home buyers seeking an unmatched experience, rich lifestyle and close proximity to NYC.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “busy urban professionals in search of a bucolic retreat close to the city gravitate toward quaint villages in the lower Hudson Valley, home to both weekenders and commuters.”

With expansive parklands, numerous lakes, and of course, access to the Hudson River, summering in the Lower Hudson Valley offers the opportunity for numerous outdoor recreational activities including boating, kayaking, golfing and hiking. With an unpretentious sensibility and low-key luxury, the Lower Hudson Valley is the ideal destination to experience summer living at it’s finest.

316 West Lake Road, Tuxedo Park

Built in 1910 and completely renovated in 2005, this county pied-à-terre features nearly 250 feet of lakefront property on Tuxedo Lake. Tucked away off a quiet road, this dreamy cottage is the epitome of a country retreat.

497 Jersey Avenue, Warwick

Perched on a hillside overlooking glistening Greenwood Lake, this pristine Arts & Crafts-style home makes for an idyllic and magical retreat. Enjoy sunsets on your private dock, or a brisk evening with friends by the stone wood-burning fireplace. Located in the Town of Warwick, which has infinite recreational amenities including: rowing, skiing, hiking, water skiing, ice fishing, boating and golfing.

Wonder Falls: 503 North Broadway, Upper Nyack

Known as Wonder Falls, this whimsical and artistic property is situated on 3+ acres and 325 feet of Hudson River shoreline. Featuring an 80-foot waterfall and five wading ponds, this unique property is reportedly the site where Henry Hudson anchored his Half Moon ship on his famous trip up the river. This ultra private home is a destination like no other.

2 Smith Avenue, South Nyack

Palazzo Mare is a glamorous 7,200 sq. ft. villa modeled after a 15th century Venetian palace. Reminiscent of 1930’s Deco design, the iconic property is situated on the Hudson River with a sandy beach, stone pier, swimming pool and spa—making for a luxurious summer playground.

2 Washington Avenue, Nyack

Retreat to your own private sanctuary along the banks of the Hudson River in this newly renovated contemporary colonial. With sweeping views of the Hudson River and new Tappan Zee Bridge, this relaxing summer property features a 100-foot boat slip and a grand deck for indoor-outdoor living.

231 Sickletown Road, Orangeburg

Dating back to the early 1770s, the Sickles/Tallman House is an award-winning red stone Dutch Colonial home, which boasts modern convenience with early American touches. Beautifully nestled in 2.2 private lush acres, the property features a new 20×60 foot gunite saltwater pool, slate patio, bronze fountain, Jacuzzi spa and outdoor stone kitchen.


Living in…Orange County, New York

Located roughly 50 miles north of Manhattan and along the Hudson River, New York State’s Orange County features bucolic surroundings and countless outdoor recreation activities. The county is dotted with historic villages and hamlets, including Cornwall, Tuxedo Park and Warwick.


6 Sengen Lane, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Affluent with a humble sensibility, the Town of Cornwall sits along the west bank of the Hudson River and offers scenic beauty and a close-knit community. Home to the world-renowned Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre outdoor sculpture garden as well as Strom King State Park and the historic Cromwell Manor Inn. Cornwall is noted for being the epitome of refined country living and for its proximity to West Point Military Academy.

Tuxedo Park

316 West Lake Road, Tuxedo Park

Nestled between Sterling Forest and Harriman State Parks, is the gated enclave of Tuxedo Park. Dating back to the 1800s, Tuxedo Park is known for being a playground for New York’s wealthy seeking a quite respite, outdoor recreation and a tight-knit community.

21 Lookout Road, Tuxedo Park

The centerpiece of the village is Tuxedo Lake, which offers an innumerable amount of outdoor activities including boating, hiking, kayaking and fishing and restricted access to the roughly 300 residents.


Known as the “Queen Village,” Warwick is a charming hamlet on the western edge of the county. It boasts a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and a historic downtown that features boutiques, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts.

212 Bellvale Lakes Road, Warwick

Local activities include boating on Greenwood Lake, skiing on Mt. Peter and a distinct park system that includes over 100 acres of active and passive parkland. The village is also home to five distinct wineries, including Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery and Applewood Winery.



Golf Course Living: The Best Homes in the Lower Hudson Valley

The Lower Hudson Valley offers a myriad of lifestyle amenities and experiences for all interests. From hiking and biking to boating and golfing, the Lower Hudson Valley is more than a location—it’s a destination.

In fact, the region is home to a dozen plus public and private golf clubs and courses. Whether you are a golf enthusiast or just enjoy the serenity associated with the golf lifestyle, living on or near a golf course offers park-like beauty, social camaraderie and leisure recreation.

If you’ve ever dreamed of living the golf lifestyle, explore our collection of championship homes on or near one of the Lower Hudson Valley’s top golf courses.

Rockland County

201 Rt 9W Palisades

201 Route 9W, Snedens Landing

Located just under a mile from the Rockland Country Club, “The Big House” is one of the oldest homes in the country. On the National Register of Historic Homes, this beautifully restored and historically significant circa 1738 English manor has significant period details including massive ceiling beams, 18th century paneling, period cabinetry and wide board floors.

Rockland Country Club, Sparkill (Public): Set on 150 acres, Rockland Country Club features a relaxed, casual atmosphere and an 18-hole championship golf course.

11 mile road

11 Mile Road, Montebello

Located just 1.5 miles from Spook Rock Golf Course, this cut fieldstone Tudor was designed and built by New York City architect Henry Fowler in 1925. This exceptional property features leaded and stained glass windows, beamed ceilings, original chandeliers and wide plank floors.

Spook Rock Golf Course, Suffern (Public): Spook Rock Golf Course is an award-winning, par-72 course set on 150 acres.

635 South Mountain

635 South Mountain Road, New City

Located just 2 miles from Paramount Country Club, this intriguing modern home offers peace, quiet and tranquility in a secluded mountain top setting. Surrounded by protected woodlands, this bucolic sanctuary features vast open spaces, four fireplaces and a German designed kitchen.

Paramount Country Club, New City (Private): Nestled in the heart of Rockland County, Paramount Country Club is a private golf club that offers an exceptional experience with premiere amenities and family-oriented social activities.

15 Wo Bauer Lane Orangeburg

15 Wo Bauer Lane, Orangeburg

Located 3.3 miles from Blue Hill Golf Course, this elegant brick colonial sits on a cul-de-sac in the prestigious neighborhood of Sherwood Forest Estates. Set on nearly one acre and with a circle drive, the home features a dramatic staircase, open floor plan and a great deck, which is perfect for entertaining.

Blue Hill Golf Course, Pearl River (Public): As Rockland County’s oldest course, Blue Hill Golf Course is a 27-hole championship golf course in an idyllic setting overlooking Lake Tappan.

Orange County

103 mansion ridge

103 Mansion Ridge Blvd., Monroe

Located on The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge and overlooking the 18th hole, this sophisticated home is a tranquil refuge that is adorned with top-tier finishes. Enjoy long-distance scenic views from serene outdoor entertaining spaces surrounded by hand hewn stonewalls and elegant landscapes.

The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge, Monroe (Public): Voted Top 20 Best Public Golf Course in New York by Golf Digest, The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge is a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

75 Summit Road

75 Summit Road, Tuxedo Park

Located just seven tenths of a mile from The Tuxedo Club, “Stonecrest” is a bespoke masterpiece offering a classic design, exquisite materials, master craftsmanship and modern luxury amenities. From the new chef’s kitchen, to the cherry-wood laden office with fireplace and inviting dining room, the home is both stately and manageable all in a private and tranquil setting.

The Tuxedo Club, Tuxedo Park (Private): One of the most unique private clubs in the world, The Tuxedo Club is a historic social institution that dates back to 1886 and features unparalleled grounds and a notably tough opening blind tee shot.

5 trinity pl

5 Trinity Place, Cornwall

Located just one mile from the historic Strom King Golf Club, Knoll Shoal is a historic and elegant home with original architectural details, high ceilings, six bedrooms, four fireplaces and oak hardwood floors.

Storm King Golf Club, Cornwall (Public): One of the oldest golf clubs in America, Storm King Golf Club began in 1894 and is a true golfer’s club with a relaxed recreational course and social fellowship.

95 Judson Road

95 Judson Road, Montgomery

Located within a 15 minutes drive of Stony Ford Golf Course, this one-of-a-kind rustic retreat is nestled on 38+ private acres offering the perfect setting to relax, recharge and entertain. The compound includes a three-bedroom log cabin-style main residence, two-story showcase garage, two guest apartments, barn and numerous outbuildings.

Stony Ford Golf Course, Hamptonburgh (Public): Stony Ford Golf Course is a public course part of the Orange County New York Parks, Recreation & Conservation. This high-quality course offers a driving range, pro shop and practice green.


Experience and Lifestyle: Living in the Lower Hudson Valley

outdoor activities lower hudson valley

In real estate, which is driven by supply and demand, it is easy to understand why price and inventory are discussed often. However, new research from the Boston Consulting Group and Sotheby’s International Realty® finds that affluent consumers favor experiences over personal goods. As such, a home is so much more than a physical place to live. A home is a lifestyle. What you choose to surround yourself with—family, friends, history, an amazing view and art—are all part of what makes a space a home. Your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

farmer's markets lower hudson valley

Living in the Lower Hudson Valley is all about the experience and lifestyle. Primary homebuyers find a thriving art scene, close-knit communities and blue ribbon schools. Secondary homebuyers discover the Lower Hudson Valley offers a quite respite from city life, a bucolic landscape and a myriad of outdoor activities including boating, hiking, kayaking and cycling.

11 Voorhis Point South Nyack

11 Voorhis Point, South Nyack

Buyers are drawn to the river communities—Snedens Landing, Piermont, and the Nyacks and Grandviews—for their water accessibility, restaurants and parklands, which cover roughly one-third of the county. By contrast Tuxedo Park, New City and Clarkstown are known for their family-friendly amenities and rural sensibility.

316 West Lake Rd Tuxedo Park

316 West Lake Road, Tuxedo Park

Leading indicators point to a strong spring selling market in Rockland and Orange counties with buyers having a continued focus on lifestyle amenities and homes that deliver meaningful and entertaining experiences.


Getting Ready for the Spring Selling Season

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

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


635 South Mountain Road, New City, New York

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

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

18 Summit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

18 Summit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

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

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

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