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Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Summer is a season that many of us look forward to, but it can be challenging to get ready for the warm weather, especially if you plan to spend most of your time at home.

Here are five best ways to get your home ready for summer and make the most of the season.

  1. Deep Clean Your Home

Start your summer preparations by giving your home a deep clean. This can help get rid of any dust or dirt that has accumulated over the winter months, making your home feel fresh and inviting. Focus on the areas that tend to collect the most dust, such as the baseboards, blinds, and ceiling fans. You can also hire a professional cleaning service to help you deep clean your home thoroughly.

  1. Declutter and Organize

Decluttering and organizing your home can make a significant difference in how you feel about your space. As you prepare for summer, take the time to go through your belongings and get rid of anything that you no longer need or use. Donate or sell any items that are in good condition, and toss anything that is damaged or no longer functional. Once you have decluttered, organize your belongings in a way that makes sense to you and helps you keep your space tidy.

Snedens Landing River View Contemporary

49 Woods Rd Palisades, NY

  1. Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, and it’s essential to make the most of it during the summer months. Consider upgrading your outdoor space by adding comfortable outdoor furniture, an outdoor rug, and potted plants to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. You can also add outdoor lighting to create a warm and inviting ambiance in the evenings. Check out this featured home with amazing outdoor space: Snedens Landing River View Contemporary

  1. Invest in Air Conditioning

Summer can be sweltering, and it’s important to have a way to stay cool in your home. Invest in an air conditioning unit to help you stay comfortable during the warm months. If you already have an air conditioning unit, make sure it’s in good working condition before the hot weather arrives. Clean or replace the air filter, and schedule a professional tune-up if necessary.

  1. Stock Up on Summer Essentials

Prepare for summer by stocking up on summer essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and outdoor activities. Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. You can also stock up on insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and other pests at bay. Invest in outdoor activities such as a volleyball set, a basketball hoop, or a frisbee to keep your family entertained during the warm months.

Getting ready for summer in your home can be fun and exciting. Follow these five best ways to prepare for summer, and you’ll be ready to make the most of the warm weather from the comfort of your home.

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5 Fun Things to do in Nyack this Spring

Nyack, NY is a charming town located on the Hudson River and is a great destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Spring is a beautiful time of year in Nyack, with blooming flowers and trees and warmer weather. Here are five fun things to do in Nyack, NY this Spring.

Main Street, Nyack

  1. Hike in Hook Mountain State Park

Hook Mountain State Park is a beautiful natural area with stunning views of the Hudson River. It offers several hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, making it an ideal destination for hikers of all ages and abilities. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air while getting some exercise and experiencing the beauty of nature in the springtime.

  1. Visit the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center

Edward Hopper was a famous American painter who lived in Nyack for many years. His former home has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and work. You can explore the museum’s collection of Hopper’s paintings and learn about his life and artistic legacy.

  1. Take a River Cruise

Enjoy a scenic river cruise along the Hudson River, departing from the Nyack Marina. You can choose from several different cruises, ranging from sightseeing cruises to dinner cruises, and take in the beautiful scenery while learning about the history and culture of the Hudson River.

Nyack Farmer’s Market

  1. Shop at the Nyack Farmers’ Market

The Nyack Farmers’ Market is a great place to stock up on fresh produce and locally made goods. It’s open on Thursdays from 8 am to 2 pm, from early May to late November. You can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while supporting local farmers and artisans.

  1. Explore the Nyack Beach State Park

Nyack Beach State Park is a beautiful park located on the Hudson River. It offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and a beach area where you can swim, fish, or just relax in the sun. It’s a great place to spend a day enjoying the outdoors and taking in the beauty of the river in the springtime.

In conclusion, Nyack, NY is a wonderful place to visit in the spring, with plenty of outdoor activities, cultural attractions, cuisine, and opportunities to support local businesses. Whether you’re a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or just looking for a fun day out, Nyack has something to offer.

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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 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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Evy@rdrpr.com
973-452-7208

 

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Rosie O’Donnell sale, Bill Gates purchase among 2018’s biggest residential real estate stories

Celebrity deals

1 Gesner Avenue in South Nyack

Rockland’s priciest residential transaction in 2018 was the $5.1 million sale of a former home of Rosie O’Donnell at 1 Gasner Avenue in South Nyack.

The comedian and actress, who called South Nyack home for more than a decade, listed her riverfront mansion for $5.3 million in the late 2017, along with her four other nearby properties.

The seven-bedroom Dutch Colonial estate was sold in February, according to the property records filed with Rockland County Clerk’s Office.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

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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.

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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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CONTACT

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

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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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CONTACT

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

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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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