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s I write, in November, we are already at work on our lineup of house profiles for 2018. We’ll cover some newly constructed houses: a “sleeve” house of cement and steel overlooking the Hudson River; a brightly colored house made of shipping containers, set in the midst of gently rolling hills; and a rustic tiny house, sited deep in the woods, that’s spare in design, yet big on bookshelves. We’ll also cover rejuvenated older homes, including an urban industrial warehouse-turned-loft and workspace and imaginatively updated residences. This diverse group of houses is indicative not only of appealing new design and building trends, but also of the Hudson Valley’s creative and economic resurgence and population influx, both of which are fueling the creation of new housing. Thankfully, there is greater sensitivity toward history, with care being taken to preserve all versions of the past—the grand and the lowly—than there once was. As a resident of Kingston’s Rondout district, I’m particularly alert to the honoring—and dishonoring—of local history. In the 19th century, the Rondout was a thriving working-class neighborhood, but it was famously ruined in the 1960s by the federal government’s urban renewal program. Part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, urban renewal razed streets and destroyed thousands of antique homes and storefronts in Kingston, Newburgh, and Poughkeepsie, displacing working-class populations. But if urban renewal had any kind of silver lining it’s this: These days, the smallest historical nuance is more likely to be seen as valuable. In Hudson, for instance, even 17 century-old fishing shacks, once used year round as homes by commercial fisherman and local hunters, are ripe for renewal. Although Hudson’s City Council voted to demolish most of them in 2015, the New York State Historic Preservation Office declared the site—which has appeared on maps since the 1880s—eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, just in the nick of time. In August, Governor Cuomo announced that a $10 million grant would be awarded to Hudson for various projects, including $165,000 to stabilize the 6

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shacks and improve access to the site. If $165,000 isn’t enough to preserve the shacks, volunteer workers are already signing up, with plans underway to repair 10 shacks and create a museum showcasing fishing equipment and memorabilia from the shad fishery, which shut down in 2010. Meanwhile, in Kingston, which, like Hudson, is suddenly gentrifying, newcomers like photographer Aaron Rezny are transforming the cityscape but taking care to safeguard the past in the process. In 2014, Rezny decided to move his studio upstate from New York City, so he bought a 7,000-square-foot vacant warehouse. The Welch Industrial Building, built in the 1890s, was a factory, auto accessories store, and machine shop. “I have an interest in architecture and design,” Rezny says. “I could afford to indulge that passion, while at the same time significantly lowering my overhead and integrating myself into the growing Midtown Arts District.” Rezny shifted the building’s entrance to the side alley, removed siding to reveal its original brick walls, and took down the ceiling—at which point he was “fortunate to discover and lovingly restore fabulous wood trusses, a huge architectural feature that had been covered for at least the last 40 years.” Now the historic building houses a photo studio, office, and loft apartment, and a photo gallery will open soon. With its poured concrete floor gleaming below the trusses, the interior feels both modern and antique, and won Rezny a 2017 stewardship award from the Friends of Historic Kingston. He says he’s honored to carry a piece of Kingston’s past into its future. “The energy of Kingston’s transition reminds me of what SoHo felt like 30 years ago,” he says. Rezny’s right: Things are exciting in Kingston, which, like Hudson, has just won a $10 million state grant. But let’s hope that what happened in Soho, and is now happening in Hudson—artists and longtime residents being pushed out in favor of wealthy folks and national chain stores—doesn’t happen here.

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Upward Spiral By Ann Hutton | Photos by Franco Vogt

DESIGNER STEVE MORRIS STRIVES TO CREATE THE UNEXPECTED. To that end, he has a penchant for marrying divergent materials together. His pieces glean strength from their steel components, while wood softens the look; meanwhile, the use of glass or acrylic affords the penetration of light, opens up visual space, and allows for the insertion of colored lighting, which can be adjusted to change a space’s mood. Morris creates staircases, railings, gates, furnishings, lighting, and other custom items at his Port Ewen studio for projects throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City. When a Dutchess County client wanted easier access to his basement wine collection, Morris suggested a radical solution, offering surprises at every step: a stainless-steel and acrylic fan of stairs descending directly from the contemporary home’s dining room to an underground tasting lounge with temperature-controlled wine storage. To begin the job, a circle five feet in diameter was carved into the hardwood floor near the back wall of the dining room—an initial step decidedly not for the faint of heart, notes Morris. The unfinished basement’s suddenly becoming visible through that gaping hole, with the sawdust flying off the jigsaw, was a point-of-no-return moment. One-inch-thick, see-through acrylic treads, attached to a central metal post, were installed leading to the lower level. The dining room opening is covered by an acrylic hatch that opens and closes via a remote switch. The closed hatch can be hidden with a rug or left in plain view. Morris added colored LED lighting to the staircase, allowing the homeowner to set the scene from romantic to festive. The staircase is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling slats of stainless steel perforated with openings to hold up to 180 bottles of wine. Even this element is lit from behind by an LED array, also controlled remotely, which can be adjusted to fill the atmosphere with a soft glow or flash jewel tones. 8

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Dutchess County photographer Francesco Mastalia (Organic, Dreads) makes breathtaking images using a process that predates the Civil War. Wet-plate collodion prints require long stillness, making some of the poses in his new book Yoga seem downright impossible. But the vintage technology captures a spiritual energy; Mastalia’s subjects glow from within. Photography also has mystical elements: As he reminds us, it is an alchemy of sunlight, time, and vision. Renowned yogis (including Radhanath Swami, Krishna Das, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rodney Yee, and nonagenarian Tao-Porchon Lynch) appear alongside devotees who speak movingly of their practice. Though Mastalia traveled the world for this project, many of its striking prints were created at Rhinebeck’s Omega Institute and Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. Textured linen binding, letterpress titles, and gold endpapers complement the artisanal quality of the photographs. A beautiful gift from the heart to the body and soul.

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Amalgam of Opposites Kingston-based ceramicist Kathy Erteman approaches her art by combining a reductive modernist concept and traditional techniques. In this way, her work is both abstract and natural, and she is able to embrace the surprises and challenges inherent in working with clay. “The essence of my ceramic work is restrained minimal form, activated by surface treatment,” Erteman says. Using her hands to perform a delicate dance between control and chance, she creates vessels that are at once soft and rigid, spare in form and rich in texture. KATHYERTEMAN.COM

Cold Spring resident Dar Williams has crisscrossed the country for decades, singing in venues large and small. On the road, cafes are her office. Besides providing a congenial place to write lyrics, these gathering spaces let her take a town’s temperature by overhearing local news from gregarious creatives and browsing bulletin boards “where people put up little business cards and goldenrod-colored flyers for pancake breakfasts.” What makes a town feel like home, Williams wonders; not just where you live, but where you belong? This inspiring book parses that mystery, making a case for “positive proximity” and examining the reclaimed industrial spaces, River Walks, First Fridays, CSAs, garlic festivals, giant puppet parades, open mikes, tireless organizers, and local radio shows that forge thriving communities. Hudson Valley references abound, including a full chapter on Beacon’s renaissance. Like her late, great neighbor Pete Seeger, Dar Williams extols building bridges. And maybe a sledding hill.

Barn: Form and Function of an American Icon SUSAN CAROL HAUSER

Barns exert a nostalgic pull on the imagination. The mere sight of one stimulates the other four senses, conjuring the sunbaked scent and scratchy texture of hay, the fresh taste of warm milk and the creaking of old wooden doors. There might be a swing hanging from a high beam. Or there might be a barn dance inside. Barns even have their own linguistic idioms (were you brought up in one?). Susan Carol Hauser introduces five iconic American barn styles—English, Bank, Prairie, Dutch, and Round—along with more specialized structures such as silos, corn cribs and granaries, livestock stalls, and airy tobacco-drying lofts. She also explores immigrant influences and vernacular decorative details such as hex signs, quilt painting, and sculptural weathervanes, and explains how the color red came to predominate: Cheap and plentiful, iron oxide paint additives helped wood resist rotting, creating the classic “barn red.” Chock full of evocative photos, this last book by the prolific late author and NPR commentator Hauser is a barn-lover’s dream. 12

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t’s been a tough year for farming across the country. While drought and forest fires destroyed crops in California, Hudson Valley farmers lost many fruits and vegetables at harvest due to an extremely wet spring. But pioneering environmental architect Michael McDonough has a plan that could not only insulate growers from the whims of Mother Nature, but also create thousands of jobs. His enterprise, Tongore Brook Farm, located on his 30-acre property in Stone Ridge, is the prototype. The farm is housed within an 18-feet-tall, 3,000-squarefoot greenhouse near McDonough’s home on a heavily wooded, rocky Catskills slope, 900 feet above sea level—not the most viable site for an intensive agricultural venture. But this four-season greenhouse is a feat of engineering: It runs on 10 percent of the energy of a conventional facility and can produce 25,000 to 30,000 pounds annually. After three years of crop testing by experienced growers, McDonough took over the growing in 2016 and began producing certified-organic microgreens and specialty crops for chefs and local grocery stores. Tongore Brook Farm’s microgreens are sold at local Hannaford and ShopRite stores, Emmanuel’s Marketplace in Stone Ridge, Peter’s Market in Napanoch, Adam’s Fairacre Farms, and Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston. “Greenhouses of this sort would normally get to 140 degrees or higher [in the summer], which would make it virtually impossible to run them, unless you put a lot of energy into it—big, big air conditioners, big fans,” says McDonough, a

longtime Ulster County resident whose practice is based in New York City. “Cooling and, in particular, dehumidification, takes four times more energy on average than heating. So, in the summer, that gets to be problematic.” Humidity is not only expensive to control but also dangerous for plants, he explains, as too much moisture causes disease. The majority of cooling systems, from AC units to refrigerators, rely on compressors, which use a tremendous amount of energy. Determined to avoid the cost and negative environmental impact of using a standard cooling system, McDonough, a self-taught engineer, decided to invent something new. In 2006, he applied for a grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop a compressor-less system for cooling and dehumidification. The magic of McDonough’s system is housed in a small, hangar-like building that sits near the greenhouse between two well caps. This little building’s roof supports a 1,200-square-foot solar array that enables Tongore Brook Farm to run a net-zero energy operation. The outbuilding also houses McDonough’s proprietary tech cluster. Inside the hangar, a panel of PVC and copper pipes, filters, valves, and meters takes up an entire wall. In the middle of the near-symmetrical arrangement is a small, inconspicuous metal box—the plate heat exchanger. At the heart of the two-stage, closed-loop system is a basic law of physics: hot goes to cold. Cold water passes

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through coils in the greenhouse floor, which pulls heat out of the air. After circulating, the warmed water passes into the hangar, transferring its heat load to cold groundwater through the exchanger, and then returns, cooled, to the greenhouse. Only on the hottest days of the year does a high-efficiency backup compressor kick in to cool the groundwater a few extra degrees. The greenhouse system has taken layer after layer of tweaking. “I have always tried to innovate in all the [areas] I’ve worked in,” McDonough says. “I had to learn plant science and biology and soil microbiology and composting microbiology because I have to understand the temperature and impact of all the different processes.” With quickly producing microgreens, McDonough can turn a square foot of greenhouse space around in less than a week, meaning each of the 20 beds has the capacity to generate up to $25,000 worth of produce a year. And if McDonough installed two-level beds—which he calls “a modest vertical farming methodology”—he could increase his yield by 50 percent. While the initial setup costs for a facility like McDonough’s are steep, the potential return could be a huge stimulus for the region’s economy. “The bigpicture goal is to develop four-season farming for the Northeast to provide year-round food and jobs,” McDonough says—and not just jobs for farmers, but also engineering and tech positions for building and maintaining microgreengrowing facilities. To that end, he is pursuing both private equity and community-based funding to develop a commercial greenhouse in the Kingston area that would use the same technology as Tongore Brook Farm but on a much larger scale. McDonough’s envisioned 30,000-square-foot facility could create 10 to 20 year-round jobs, with the potential to gross around $5 million per year. Although the project’s details are still under wraps, he hopes to see the facility open within the next two years. If all goes well, this next greenhouse may mark the start of a new chapter of the region’s agricultural legacy. 16

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POPULATION: 562 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $59,062 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: Albany is approximately 70 miles to the north; New York City is roughly 100 miles to the south. TRANSPORTATION: Route 209 is the main local roadway through Accord; the closest major thoroughfare is the New York State Thruway. Short Line Bus runs a bus between New York City and Kerhonkson, about 5 miles away. NEAREST HOSPITAL: Ellenville Regional Hospital is a 15-minute drive; Kingston Hospital is a 30-minute drive. SCHOOLS: Accord is part of the Rondout Valley Central School District, including Marbletown Elementary School in Stone Ridge and Kerhonkson Elementary School in Kerhonkson, both of which cover pre-K through grade 3; Rondout Valley Intermediate School (grades 4 to 6); Rondout Valley Junior High School (grades 7 to 8); and Rondout Valley High School (grades 9 to12). POINTS OF INTEREST: Saunderskill Farm Market, Westwind Orchard, Arrowood Farms, Bell’s Christmas Trees, Flying Change Farm, Friends and Family II Hillside Restaurant, Mama Boyz, Applestone vending machines, Accord Speedway, Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway, O&W Rail Trail, and Rondout Golf Club


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any Hudson Valley towns reinvent themselves, fueled by dynamic Main Streets and infusions of newcomers, but that’s not the case in the tiny hamlet of Accord (pronounced “Ack-ord”), one of the largest of the Town of Rochester’s 23 communities, tucked away into a largely undisturbed swath of land at the center of Ulster County. Accord’s residents maintain deep ties to its centuries-old agrarian roots and revel in its superb natural setting, far removed from any hustle and bustle, and with few commercial disruptions—save from a smattering of pick-your-own farms and eateries. The main lure here are the far-reaching countryside and verdant farmland that skirts the Rondout Creek on its way to the Hudson River, and the spectacular views of the Shawangunk Mountains. “It’s affordable, and you have access to a lot of outdoor things: cross-country skiing in the winter, hiking and swimming in the summer. You can be outside year round here,” says Terri Ritter, a retired schoolteacher who has lived in Accord for 17 years. “From my house, I can basically walk for miles and miles in the woods, which I love to do. It’s just a beautiful place.” With its Colonial history dating back to a late-17thcentury settlement built upon by waves of Dutch, French, and English farmers (the Town of Rochester was incorporated in 1703), Accord has since watched its economy ebb and flow. Remnants remain of the old D&H Canal, which ran along the Rondout Creek through Accord from 1828 to 1902, and the O&W Railroad (from 1902 to 1940), which stopped in Accord from 1902 to 1940, bringing a steady stream of New York City visitors each summer. But Accord has never strayed far from its farming heritage: Set at the heart of the rich Rondout

Valley region, a floodplain wedged between the Catskills and Shawangunks, the hamlet remains fertile ground for agricultural ventures. THE SCENE Two local farming associations are based in Accord: Stick to Local Farms, which markets open-to-the-public regional farms, and the industry-driven nonprofit Rondout Valley Growers Association, whose members include Saunderskill Farm Market, founded in 1680 and in family hands for 13 generations. The market overflows with fresh produce and baked goods, and includes a greenhouse stocked with plants and flowers. Nearby, the Italian-owned, certified-organic Westwind Orchard offers pick-your-own apple orchards; a farm stand turning out jams, maple syrup, and honey; and a wood-fired pizza pavilion—a new hard ciderhouse is set to open in spring. Next door is field-to-tap farm-brewery Arrowood Farms, opened in 2016, which serves organic small-batch craft brews sourced from hops and grains grown onsite; last year, Arrowood partnered with Graze Farm to Table to serve Hudson Valley-sourced fare, too. Come Christmastime, Bell’s Christmas Trees is a go-to destination for cut-your-own spruce and fir trees. Flying Change Farm is open year-round for horseback riding lessons for both kids and adults and even offers workshops in hobbyhorsing—children’s competitions involving the “riding” of toy horses created from stuffed horses’ heads on sticks, a craze begun in Finland. Restaurants are scarce in Accord, but two standouts are the quaint Friends and Family II Hillside Restaurant, set within a rustic stone building and serving classic Continental cuisine, and casual newcomer Mama Boyz,




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From left: Danny Deluzio is the owner of Mama Boyz, a casual newcomer to Accord, where restaurants are relatively few; Westwind Orchard grows organic apples and offers pick-your-own, a pizza pavilion, and a cidery.

which has been gaining rave reviews for its signature “stuffed burgers.” Or grab your own meat to go from the novel trio of self-service, 24-hour Applestone vending machines at Accord Plaza: The cuts here are stocked fresh daily from Josef Meiller Farm & Slaughterhouse in nearby Pine Plains. The biggest show in town is the Accord Speedway, which brings loud-andproud racecar action to its quarter-mile oval dirt track on Friday nights from April through September. Or, using your own wheels—and considerably less speed—take a drive along the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway, a section of the 88-mile-long scenic route passes through Accord along Route 209. For cycling or hiking, hit the O&W Rail Trail (part of the D&H Canal Heritage Corridor), which runs adjacent to the Rondout Creek for 3.5 miles between Accord and the neighboring hamlet of Kerhonkson; plans are currently underway to expand the trail on a continuous run from Kingston to Ellenville. THE MARKET Accord’s housing stock—renowned for boasting generous parcels of land— includes classic farmhouses, midcentury homes, cabins, and Colonial-era stone houses. A good portion of homes here are snatched up by weekenders. Locals like Ritter don’t seem to mind, though. “Those people have integrated nicely into the community,” she says. “I think they’re all here because they love what the area has to offer.” Accord’s median home value is $229,500; at press time, there were approximately 35 single-family homes listed, mostly in the $160,000-to-$399,000 range. Priced at $299,000 is a renovated, threebedroom, 1,680-square-foot, 1920s farmhouse, within walking distance of Westwind Orchard and Arrowood Farms, featuring slate and mahogany floors, high vaulted ceilings, stainless-steel appliances, French doors, and a large deck overlooking 1.5 acres of “meadow-like” land.

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POPULATION: 1,954 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $64,792 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: 40 miles south of Albany; 100 miles north of New York City TRANSPORTATION: By rail, the nearest Amtrak stations are in Rhinecliff (about a 20-minute drive) or Hudson (about 15 minutes). The main road through town is Route 9G; for major area thoroughfares, there’s the New York State Thruway across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, or the Taconic State Parkway. NEAREST HOSPITAL: Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson or Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck; both are about 20 minutes by car. SCHOOLS: The Germantown Central School District comprises Germantown Central Elementary School (which includes a pre-K program) and Germantown Central High School. POINTS OF INTEREST: Otto’s Market, Gaskins, Instar Lodge, Central House, Alder East, Luddite Antiques, Michael Robbins, Palatine Park, Dales Bridge Recreation Area, Cheviot Park, Lasher Memorial Park, KEEP Conservation Foundation, First Reformed Church Parsonage, and Simeon Rockefeller House


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edged between heavy hitters Hudson and Rhinebeck, fronting the Hudson River’s east bank in the southwest corner of Columbia County, Germantown seems at first to be sleepy, but its pulse is quickening. The hamlet’s two-block-long commercial district has been reclaiming a cluster of late-19th- and early-20th-century buildings along Main Street (County Route 8). “It’s the preserved Main Street, America, that Beacon and Hudson aren’t,” says marketing and branding professional Rachel Levine, who has split her time between Germantown and Brooklyn for the last five years. “This town retains its rural charm,” agrees Paul Caccamo, the executive director of the nonprofit children’s organization Up2Us Sports, who bought a 1795 house in Germantown and moved there from New York City in 2016. “Other towns are really getting more like New York.” Low-key, family-friendly Germantown maintains a distinctly rural character wherein the community ties run thick and the levels of pretension are refreshingly low. Down by the river—an access point for boating and fishing—dramatic Catskill Mountains views linger in the distance—the very same ones that inspired 19th-century landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church to build the Olana estate just a few miles to Germantown’s north. Germantown’s major turning point in Colonial history took place in 1710, when Livingston Manor was settled by about 1,200 Protestant Palatines from Germany—hence the town’s name, with many of today’s denizens descending from this group. Since evolving from its agrarian roots to a residential community seeded with an influx of weekenders, Germantown’s new and thriving grassroots

entrepreneurial scene has put it on the map. “People are making their dreams happen here,” Levine coos. THE SCENE Anchoring the vibrant Main Street corridor is the nostalgic Otto’s Market, a neighborhood grocery, deli, bakery, cafe, and nerve center that’s been around since the 1920s (and was bought last summer by Back Pocket Pasta guru Colu Henry and friends), offers townsfolk local produce and artisanal products seven days a week. Across the street, the always-buzzing Gaskins corner restaurant earned the town culinary accolades when it debuted in 2015, with husband-and-wife restaurateur team Nick and Sarah Suarez turning out a seasonal dinner menu of locally sourced, classic American dishes (like the customer favorite, the grass-fed burger), served up in a rustic, country tavern setting. The town is missing a dedicated bar, but that gap should soon be filled by the Central House Inn, a six-room hotel built in 1876 that was restored and reopened in 2011 following historic stints as a brothel, speakeasy, and assorted taverns. Proprietor Martin Lueck aims to revive the inn’s long-shuttered Prohibition-era bar (a onetime speakeasy run by local gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond) as a tavern serving drinks and small plates next spring. Also in spring, Lueck’s brother Mike will open Reana’s Roadside Diner north of the hamlet on Route 9G as an old-fashioned, all-American eatery set within a 1950s-era dining car. For shoppers, a crop of new boutiques is reanimating Main Street. Alder East debuted in April as the East Coast outpost of Portland, Oregon-based Alder & Co., a purveyor of clothing, accessories, and housewares


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sourced from small-scale, high-end designers, along with hyper-local goods like the six-year-old Field Apothecary & Herb Farm’s herbal oils, tinctures, and teas, which are grown and packaged just up the road. Next door to Alder East is the 1.5-year-old, Brooklyn-transplanted Luddite Antiques, offering an eclectic collection of turn-of-the-century-to-1960s antiques from New England and New York State. Further down Main Street, furniture designer and woodworker Michael Robbins opened a showroom of custom-made wood furnishings in June; next door, Mary MacGill Jewelry, featuring original jewelry designs in gold and semi-precious stones, opened last fall. On the cultural front, next to Gaskins is the Instar Lodge, opened last August, which is the brainchild of interdisciplinary artist Dawn Breeze. A creative hive, the center buzzes with rotating exhibitions, artistic workshops, and artist residency programs, all set within an atmospheric 19th-century building that once served as an Odd Fellows lodge. Further afield, more than 90 acres of public green spaces and riveraccess points beckon, including recreation haven Palatine Park, Dales Bridge Recreation Area on the Roeliff Jansen Creek, and Cheviot Park and Lasher Memorial Park, both set on the Hudson River; plus, there’s the KEEP Conservation Foundation preserve, a 143-acre bird sanctuary. THE MARKET Germantown’s median listing price is $252,325. About half of the houses in town were built before 1940, offering a noteworthy, though limited, stable of historic homes in varying states of preservation and renovation. At press time, there were roughly 20 single-family homes listed, mostly in the $240,000-to$550,000 range. Priced at $535,000 is an eight-acre country cottage retreat, offering 1,548 square feet of living space that includes three bedrooms and a great room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace, and expansive grounds that feature a wisteria-coated deck, in-ground pool, pond, and English gardens.






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1877 Renovated Farmhouse on 2.8 acres features a living room with fireplace, formal dining room, country kitchen and library with tin ceiling. Spacious master bedroom with stream views and ensuite bath, three guest rooms and a guest bath. Wood floors throughout. Geothermal heat and air conditioning. Updated electric and much more. Beautiful stone walls. Terraced garden. Wonderful quiet country setting.





Old Annsbury 1790 eyebrow colonial and vintage barn located in a very desirable residential area in North Germantown. This early house features an open kitchen with cathedral ceiling, formal dining room, living room with built-ins, wide-board floors, and wonderful screen porch. Two story barn. On almost 11 acres of open and rolling land with one of the most admired Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views in the area.



1890 Farmhouse on 16 acres Prominent Catskill Mountain views, barns and guest house. Features a spacious living room, fireplace and radiant heat. The kitchen/dining room opens directly to the screen porch. A library/study with bay windows, and half bath complete the first floor. The second floor has a master bedroom suite with mountain views, three guest bedrooms and two additional baths. Plus a two-bedroom guest house.


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GOING IN CIRCLES: Two small succulents potted in cylindrical containers complement a round kitchen table topped with a woven disc mat and a spherical lighting fixture. 22


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THE AESTHETICS OF SUCCULENTS Wherever succulents grow, they contribute a natural tone to the ambiance of a space, as demonstrated by Victory Farmhouse in Jeffersonville. This country house, built in 1847, was recently renovated by Tiffany Bernardo and Ed Nacional, designers and founders of the housewares store Victory Home Goods. Victory Farmhouse doubles as Red Cottage rental and a showroom and model house for Victory Home Goods’ products, showcasing Bernardo and Nacional’s personally designed housewares and original artwork. Designing with succulents means taking into account their textures, sculptural attributes, colors, and placement. At Victory Farmhouse, attentiongrabbing succulents grow in virtually every room, juxtaposed against sleek midcentury modern vintage pieces, custom furniture by Jacob Rauch, handcrafted flatware, and fine linens. Balancing a dramatic succulent, its container, and the surrounding space can create a natural yet orderly ambiance. To achieve this balance at Victory Farmhouse, Bernardo and Nacional have potted their succulents in vintage and contemporary pots made of ceramic or metal. “We love using vintage patterned or illustrated bowls as planters,” says Bernardo. These punchy containers complete each succulent’s bold statement, while also keeping with the house’s midcentury modern feel. Bernardo and Nacional have situated each potted succulent at eye level or table height to allow its details to be fully appreciated. In this way, the textures and colors of the plants stand out amid their surroundings. For example, an aloe plant’s dark green stalks contrast dramatically with a smooth, pale pink ceramic bowl placed on a circular, indigo mat; and a jade plant with a square branch cluster, potted in a round container, sits on a nightstand next to a white lamp whose ovate base and square shade mirror the plant’s silhouette. Such small but impactful choices can harmonize an interior through contextualization, color coordination, and symmetry.

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ucculents are heroes in the plant world. They can live in harsh conditions—usually deserts—by storing water in their leaves, roots, or stems. Their extreme adaptability demonstrates what is quite possibly the greatest resolve to live of any plants. Plus, succulents are so aesthetically intriguing, and offer so many physical and psychological benefits to humans, that they have become a trendsetter for homeowners and decorators. And yet these complicated plants can be quite confusing. How much care do succulents require? How often do they need to be watered? How do you choose from among succulents’ varied and striking forms, and incorporate these plants successfully into a room’s design?

DEFINING SUCCULENTS The category “succulent” can be applied to thousands of plants. Popular desert plants like the Cacti family, along with the species Aloe and Crassula ( jade), all fit under the broad succulent classification. Though succulents are native to arid regions like the Southwest, the West Coast, and Mexico, their adaptability also helps them thrive indoors. As houseplants, succulents are trending as bestsellers in garden shops. But their popularity is not only due to the fact that they are low maintenance and hard to kill. Their bold, sculptural forms make them the go-to plants for interior designers. Succulents add unusual textures, idiosyncratic and sometimes rugged beauty, and even fractal geometry to a room. They can be used to complement a woody décor or soften the look of a room containing sharp, modern furnishings or lots of digital devices. And along with their arresting, dramatic appearance, succulents seem to have more character than your average houseplant. They show us what resilience looks like—both indoors and, surprisingly, even outside our Hudson Valley homes.

PLANTS WITH BENEFITS Life is always better with houseplants. A 2009 article in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, “The Psychological Benefits of Indoor Plants,” cites 21 scientific experiments on the effects of indoor plants on overall psychological health. According to the majority of the studies, people benefit in many ways from growing greenery indoors. In seven of the experiments, participants consistently rated rooms containing plants as more attractive, pleasant, or comfortable than rooms without plants. In three studies, participants’ stress and anxiety levels were lower when they were in the presence of plants; and in three other experiments, participants even experienced higher pain tolerance with plants nearby. Some succulents even offer physical benefits. For instance, aloes actively purify the air. They also contain a sweetly scented gel in their stalks that is easily absorbed into the skin and can be used to heal sunburns and insect bites, control facial oil, and moisturize the skin. Cactus gel can be applied to hair after washing. It’s high in amino acids and iron, both of which are essential for hair growth, and contains double the amount of fatty acid, fiber, and protein as the popular haircare product Argan oil.

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A location with plenty of natural light and no direct heat source can keep succulents happy.

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CARING FOR SUCCULENTS Ready to welcome some succulents into your home? A few commonly known genera are sold as houseplants: Haworthia, Crassula, Senecio, Echeveria, Aloe, and Kalanchoe. Identifying the differences between these plants can be tricky, as plants within the same genera can look wildly different from each other. For example, a Senecio rowleyanus resembles a string of tiny green pearls, but a Senecio radicans has leaves shaped like bananas. To keep it simple, most succulent experts and sellers use the species’ common names rather than Latin-based botanical nomenclature. Mary Fris, owner of Flora Garden and Home in Beacon, who says she has sold thousands of succulents as houseplants, recommends several plants with fun names, all suitable for beginners: Donkey’s Tail is a collection of braided, trailing stems; Peanut Cactus is shaped like a finger with spines; and Old Man’s Cactus is a single stem with modified spines that look like white hairs. Fris has one simple rule when it comes to caring for succulents: “They don’t like wet feet.” Caring for any plant is all about controlling its light, water, soil, and location. For succulents, the more natural light and the less water, the better. Fris advises setting up two recurring calendar reminders for succulents: one for watering, and another for changing the soil. She also recommends placing succulents away from heat sources in the winter months—“Just as it isn’t good for humans to be near heaters 24/7, it isn’t good for plants,” she says—and emphasizes the importance of monitoring the soil by touch: If the soil is moist, don’t water it. Succulents, she notes, enjoy neglect. For ambitious gardeners, succulents are some of the easiest plants to propagate. Depending on the type of plant, propagating it can be as straightforward as breaking off a leaf or a stalk and letting it dry out, which provokes new root growth as the plant searches for water and nutrients, before planting it in a new container. Succulents can also be grown from seeds, but that requires a lot of patience, since seedlings can take from six months to a year to grow a single inch. For Hudson Valley homeowners with a green thumb, succulents can be addictive—so much so that growing them indoors may not be enough. Want to declare your love of succulents to the outside world by gracing your front yard or deck with them year-round? Surprisingly, there is actually one succulent that’s native to Ulster County. Francis Groeters, PhD, who cofounded Catskills Native Nursery in Kerhonkson in 1999, is an expert on the Hudson Valley’s native plants. For outdoor succulent growing, he recommends the Opuntia humifusa, or Eastern Prickly Pear cactus. Simply plant this cactus in a spot that gets full sun and good drainage, he advises, and then leave it alone. The plant blooms bright yellow flowers in the summer and produces edible fruits in fall, which are said to contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties. This resplendent, adaptable, and resilient plant can help turn a house into a home. Not only can it live year after year outdoors, even through especially cold winters, but it can also be grown indoors in a container garden, making it fit for both expert and novice plant owners. Just beware, as you fall in love with the Eastern Prickly Pear, of its spikes.

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Farm of Ages A historic farmhouse takes on the future. By Brian PJ Cronin | Photos by Jesse Turnquist


n 1989, Leslie Farhangi took a house-hunting trip on a lark with her then-boyfriend, John Tuke—nothing serious, just an excuse to get out of New York City. And on their last day upstate, everything changed. Immediately upon entering the Dakin-Coleman House, a Colonial farmhouse in the Dutchess County town of North East, they looked at each other and said: “This is the one.” “I don’t recommend buying a house like that,” Farhangi laughs. “But we just had a connection right away.” And that connection has endured all these years: Farhangi, a retired lawyer, and Tuke, who is CFO at the nearby Hotchkiss School, married and raised three sons, now ranging in age from 14 to 23, in the house. Having multiple sons comes in handy when there’s mowing to be done, jokes Farhangi—and since the 4,000-squarefoot house, built in 1790, sits on 200 acres of land, there’s always plenty of mowing to be done.

Leslie Farhangi and John Tuke’s Colonial home was renovated and expanded to look as close as possible to its original state.

The property lines in historic Coleman Station have remained the same since the 1700s.

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The interior honors the house’s original Colonial aesthetic.

With the help of architect Leonard Baum, who specializes in Colonial restorations, and archival information courtesy of the house’s status on the National Register of Historic Places, the couple restored the house to its original state, as nearly as possible, by removing 20th-century bay windows; reopening built-over doorways; and using salvaged wooden flooring, support beams, cold-storage doors, and antique kitchen equipment to create a working 18th-century home with minimal updates. Although the 125-year-old antique stove had to be installed upon a custom-built platform to compensate for the fact that people were a lot shorter back in the 1890s, its timeless quality has made the kitchen the home’s lodestar. “What I like about the stove,” says Farhangi, “is that it’s neither in style or out of style”—an apt description of the entire house. “I watch HGTV, and I love the new kitchens they always show, but in 10 or 20 years, all those kitchens are going to look dated.” The 19th-century stove peacefully coexists with an 18th-century farmhouse sink and a contemporary tiled backsplash, along with custom-built Colonial-style dark wooden cabinetry. The living room, adjacent to the kitchen, continues the Colonial theme with a regal fireplace framed in brick and luxurious leather chairs, but features a contemporary cathedral ceiling. The room’s warm-toned wood finishes connect the Colonial and modern eras; it’s only after spending time there, soaking up the ample light from its high windows, that the tall ceiling seems unusual for the Colonial era. Built in 2002, the living room’s height provides a welcome relief from the low 18th-century ceilings throughout the rest of the house. When viewed from the outside, the addition fits right in, as if it has been there for 200 years, despite the backyard courtyard with its modern grills, contemporary patio furniture, and soccer equipment. “My goal is that a hundred years from now, people will still think that the addition harmonizes with the rest of the house,” Farhangi says. 28

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The elaborate antique kitchen stove, says Farhangi, is “neither in style nor out of style.”

“My goal is that a hundred years from now, people will still think that the addition harmonizes with the rest of the house.”—Leslie Farhangi

An early 21st-century addition was inspired by late 18th-century style.

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The original front hallway, which is far wider than most Colonial hallways, was a mystery to Farhangi until she discovered the remnants of a beehive oven in an upstairs bedroom. This told her that the house was originally a twofamily residence, and the extra-large wooden front door served as an entrance for both families. “The thinking is that they drew an imaginary line down the hall,” she explains. “One family lived on one side of the hall and the other family lived on the other side of the hall.” Today, the stately green hallway makes for a dramatic entrance. But Farhangi says her family prefers to enter the house from the side through the mud room, which features a bevy of windows, white wainscoting, and sunny yellow walls. Upstairs, the four bedrooms and three bathrooms have been returned to their classic state without being made to look precious. That’s especially true in Farhangi’s sons’ bedrooms, where book stacks, athletic equipment, and posters share space with 18th-century furniture. One bedroom features a mural depicting the local landscape in the 1920s, a 30

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brick fireplace, and an antique rug. The master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling built with salvaged wooden beams, pale blue walls, and white cabinetry. The white, wooden-walled bathrooms each include modern cabinet sinks and showers along with Colonial artwork hung from picture rail moldings. These days, Farhangi keeps busy on the property with a 300-foot-long row of peonies that were planted on the property long before she moved there. Every June, she says, a breeze blows down the rolling meadows surrounding the house, cooling it without any need for air conditioning—in the 18th century, she notes, “They really knew how to site houses”—and spreading the peonies’ scent throughout the property and the house. Farhangi finds the scent so intoxicating that she bottles it. In 2014, she and a local herbalist made peony tinctures to create Peony Vodka, which is distilled in Kentucky and available throughout the region. Its subtle peony flavor is designed to convey the feeling of a crisp, early summer evening in a Hudson Valley garden.

Clockwise from above: Warm contemporary colors complement the antique feeling; one of the sons’ bedrooms features a mural of the local landscape in the 1920s; the upstairs landing includes a seating area; Farhangi’s Peony Vodka is flavored with tinctures she created from the peonies that grow in her front yard.

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The property features two wooden barns—one built in 1790, the other in 1845—that serve distinctive purposes. The older barn, with sunlight streaming through its wooden slats, came stored with discarded antique materials and furnishings that were used in renovating the house, while the 19th-century barn houses Farhangi’s other business: boarding retired horses. “The horses can hang out here and enjoy their golden years,” she says. The horses also help restore the property to its original purpose as a farm—which Farhangi and Tuke are passionate about protecting. In 1993, they worked with their neighbors 32

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to create one of the few rural historic districts in the state, the Coleman Station Historic District, which consists of their property and seven other farms whose boundaries haven’t changed since the 1700s. And the couple also had a conservation easement put on their property to prevent any future development. “We just love all of this so much we want to protect it,” Farhangi says. “I want it to survive into the future as it is now. Of all the things I’ve done in my life, including volunteering and raising my sons, this is what will probably have the greatest impact in 100 years, and that’s very meaningful to me.”

Clockwise from top: Farhangi boards retired horses as well as the occasional rescue donkey; Farhangi and one of her equine residents; the house proudly displays proof of its historical status.







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Overlooking the first hole of the Red Hook Golf Club, this two-story unit offers 1710 s.f. with a well-appointed kitchen, breakfast alcove, dining and living rooms, and half bath. Has gracious master, two bedrooms and hall bath. Attached 1-car garage and full basement. Minutes to Rhinebeck, Amtrak and Bard. Call Vicki Hickman 845.389.9952 (c). Asking $380,000.



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Eric Kater got his dog, Jidi, 13 years ago, soon after buying Oak Hill House. He says the house and the dog are “joined at the hip.”


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A L LU RI N G A N OM A LY A homebuyer embraces a quirky Colonial—and turns it into a charming retreat. By Marie Gillett | Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


ost people searching for a historic home hunt for one with elegant charm, but Eric Kater sought out Oak Hill House precisely for its odd, patchwork layout. In 2003, Kater was working as an advertising writer at Time, Inc. and itching for

an upstate refuge. One day, while prowling the internet, he found a house sitting directly on the main drag in Oak Hill, a once-prosperous tanning village in Greene County. “I basically just threw a dart at a map,” Kater says. “Then I saw the house and it seemed so long and so interesting looking that I had to come see it.”

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The house’s rambling, quirky layout intrigued Kater. As soon as he saw it, he was smitten by the very aspects that would put other homebuyers off, like its lack of a front lawn. “To me, front yards are useless,” he says. “I love that because the house is so long, it just blocks the road, making it very secluded in the back.” To that end, the front door is almost never used. Pulling off Main Street, guests park in a short driveway alongside the house and enter the property through a gate set among hedges at the back. The gate gives way to a serene garden that looks fit for a lawn party of the landed gentry: There are towering maples, a bluestone patio, manicured flowerbeds, and antique cast-iron furniture. The half-acre property is shaped like a pie slice, with Main Street as the crust. The level garden area behind the house gives way to a hill that slopes down to a narrow creek, where Kater has set up a fire pit with benches and a hammock for “camping experience without the hassle.” In the 19th century, a narrow-gauge railway ran across the creek and through the backyard, transporting goods like bluestone, hay, tanned hides, and fruit from the Erie Canal to downstate markets. Adventurous guests can wade into the water and find pieces of the stone foundation. The original Dutch-style, H-bent-framed house, a small, post-and-beam box, was built in the 1780s. Throughout the 1800s, one- and two-story additions were added to three sides, resulting in the rambling 11-room, 3,700-square-foot house Kater fell in love with. Since buying the house in 2003, Kater has fixed it up in stages, starting with addressing its structural issues like rebuilding the stone wall in the basement and replacing rotted floor joists, then progressing to aesthetic improvements like painting and refinishing both bathrooms. Like many second-homeowners, when Kater isn’t upstate with friends and family, he rents the house on Airbnb. “This place is great for parties—there are lot of places to gather, and all the rooms have their own vibe,” he says. With three bedrooms and twice as many beds, the house sleeps up to 10 people. And Kater doesn’t shy away from hosting big groups, claiming that the old house is happier when it’s thrumming with life. The red Colonial back door opens to the kitchen, with its deep periwinkle

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“Part of the fun of the house is mixing the past with the present.” —Eric Kater

walls and original, wideboard hemlock flooring. Modern stainless-steel appliances pair with antique oak cabinets and a butcher block island. Kater says the decor was something he “discovered by feel, after getting to know the house.” The hallmark feature is wood of all textures, types, and grains, which is mostly accented by a soft but saturated earth-tone palette: sage green, burnt orange, ochre. “Part of the fun of the house is mixing the past with the present,” Kater says. “I don’t like hanging out in a museum or antique shop.” (That said, the house is stocked with antiques from all eras, many of which Kater bought for a song at Mooney’s, an auction house in nearby East Durham.) The focus of the dining room is a long, antique harvest 38

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table. “The table came out of a barn in Catskill, covered in paint. I bought it for $100 and stripped it,” Kater says. He says his thriftiness makes him relaxed about wear and tear; he insists the house is “not precious,” which is in keeping with its original intent. At one time the house was occupied by Thomas Adams, a nail-maker and relative of President John Adams. “It was always more of a pioneering homestead house than a fine home of the time,” Kater explains. As such, he has preserved as many of the house’s original details as possible to create a rustic but comfortable space. “This not a showplace. It’s meant to be used,” he says. “The tables are all old—if you spill something, no problem.” In a small room in the oldest section of the house, Kater

From top: The back door opens into the kitchen; the dining room is located in an addition that once served as the local telephone operator’s office.


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has staked out a gentlemen’s bar. The room’s shiplap wooden siding and low ceilings remind Kater of a ship bar or captain’s quarters, so he has furnished it clubhouse style, with red vinyl barbershop chairs and midcentury woven brown leather chairs gathered around an Adirondack-style coffee table. A curated liquor selection and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves round out the clubhouse experience. The decidedly manly space is softened by a plush wool rug Kater bought in Morocco. He says this room is his own take on the Catskills country style, “a world-traveler’s hodgepodge.” The first floor also houses a full bathroom, bedroom, and TV room with 1800s Georgian paneling, but the highlight is the great room. Kater removed the second story over this room to create a vaulted ceiling, leaving a small sleeping loft at the back. “I don’t have children, but my friends do,” he says. “Kids love the loft. It’s the perfect house when you’re little—all these staircases, places to hide. It has a magical quality to it.” A cast-iron Jotul wood stove serves as the room’s focal point, situated before a wall of windows that let in the southern light; along the walls are shelves of books from Kater’s former career as a New York Post book reviewer. The room feels at once expansive yet cozy, worldly yet familiar. Kater also renovated both bathrooms—upstairs and downstairs—using mix-and-match reclaimed wood. “The good thing about a really old house is you can just throw wood at it, you don’t have to match,” he says. He used barn wood, hemlock, and pine, as well as wood salvaged from the great room. The downstairs bathroom features an antique soapstone sink, which Kater believes came from a high school science lab, and a shower made of Brazilian slate, echoing the prevalence of stone in the region. Upstairs, Kater moved the sink outside into the hallway, creating a spacious ladies’ bathroom with vintage wallpaper and a salvaged clawfoot tub from Brooklyn. “If someone had told me how much I’d have to deal with, I probably wouldn’t have signed on, but I’m very happy I did,” Kater says. “It’s like a relationship—it’s one of those things you take a chance on and just go for it. You don’t know where it’s going to lead, but you surrender to the forces operating beyond your control.”

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Kater removed the second floor above the great room to create a vaulted ceiling.

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A ROXBURY ESTATE PROVIDES A PRIVATE, YEAR-ROUND WONDERLAND. By Timothy Malcolm | Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid



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The property offers ample opportunity for exploring the woodlands, participating in outdoor sports year round, or simply spending time ensconced at home with loved ones, far from the fray.


n wintertime, Deer Meadows, a 433-acre estate backed by a tree-covered mountain in the Greene County town of Roxbury, is as charming as a scene portrayed by Currier & Ives. Each year, since the Semoff family purchased the property in the 1950s, its members of all ages have gone sledding down the property’s expansive, sloping front lawn and laced up their ice skates to glide over one of its three ponds. Meanwhile, in the background of this happy scene, smoke rises from the chimney of the main house, where a fire crackles in the fireplace in the living room, waiting to welcome the family back inside. “When it snows, it looks virgin and untouched,” says Lisa Semoff, who grew up at Deer Meadows. “Holidays there were the best.” Located at 675 Ploutz Road, three hours from New York City, Deer Meadows is the definition of quiet country escape. The property is anchored by an inviting five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath main house and barn built in 1837. It also offers many opportunities for year-round outdoor fun, including skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer at nearby Windham or Belleayre mountains, each just 40 minutes away; or hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, and encountering wildlife on the estate’s own small mountain.

“The birds I’ve seen there—the owls and eagles, the beautiful red and blue birds—you don’t see them when you live in the city like I do,” says Semoff. When Semoff’s grandfather purchased the property as a hunting retreat in the 1950s, the farmhouse had a mere four rooms. Between 1995 and 2003, Semoff’s father added two floors and two wings to the farmhouse. Nestled against the mountain, 75 percent of which sits on the property, the house looks charming with its white wooden siding, burgundy shutters, and long front patio. Inside, on the first floor, are three separate living spaces—a living room, dining room, and kitchen—with more than 20 windows providing plenty of natural light. The idea for her father’s addition, says Semoff, was to focus specific family activities in one room at a time, a nod to a more traditional style of living. “You go to the living room for the fireplace to hang out, you go to the kitchen to dine, and for drinks you have the wet bar,” she explains. The house is entered through a sturdy wooden farm door; on the left side of the Colonial foyer, which features white walls and hardwood flooring, is a brightly lit, cream-colored living room with two windows on either side and a fireplace framed by black marble and an oak mantle.

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On the opposite side of the foyer is a cream-walled dining room, also with four windows, and a wet bar with a sink and wooden cabinets. The chef’s kitchen, situated next to the dining room, is outfitted with custom cabinets and an island with a sink and wine rack, plus Viking appliances and two Subzero refrigerators. Sharing space with the kitchen is a breakfast nook with east-facing picture windows topped by a dramatic halfcircle window, which lets in plenty of morning sunlight. Down the hall from the living room is a spacious firstfloor master bedroom with a white-painted mantel and black-marble fireplace, windows on three sides, and an ensuite bathroom. The second floor features three additional bedrooms, including a second master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The 1,600-square-foot basement provides a separate guest quarters with its own back entrance and patio. It’s anchored by a common room with tile floors and its original white chestnut ceiling. A small walk-in kitchen, accessible from the common room, includes a range, counter space, and refrigerator. In addition, there is a bedroom featuring tile floors and ceiling lights, and a family room with hardwood floors and brick facing. A piping connection is available for an antique pot-belly stove that has been stored in the barn. A brick patio accessible from the guest quarters offers a view of an approximately 200-year-old tree with an old farmer’s sickle still embedded in its trunk. Just 75 feet beyond the tree, a stream trickles down the mountain into the valley. Semoff’s parents hoped to build a horse barn on the property; while that never came to fruition, the family was able to enjoy Dear Meadows’ wealth of pleasures, from the farmhouse’s cozy gathering rooms to the property’s bountiful space. Now Semoff hopes the estate can be passed on to a buyer who appreciates comfortable country solitude. “When you’re having a tough week, that’s the place to unwind,” says Semoff. “It’s complete relaxation, just a stunning environment, and the house is impeccably built. It’s a pleasure to be in.”


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Clockwise from top left: The wide front hall gets plenty of light from the living room; and the living room offers views of the surrounding mountains; this bedroom on the second floor is brightly lit; the original 1837 barn is in pristine condition.



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Vast Country Estate 675 Ploutz Road, Roxbury, NY

$ 2 ,4 5 0,0 0 0 Listed by Richard Vizzini, Real Estate Salesperson Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty

Interior photos: Deborah DeGraffenreid; Aerial photo: Richard Vizzini

Cell: (845) 389-7879

Welcome to the Deer Meadows Estate. Escape to this 443acre estate of sublime manicured meadows, trails, and ponds wrapped in breathtaking panoramic views. This ultra-private property, located within three hours of New York City was thoughtfully built for entertaining, enjoying outdoor adventure, and living the life of luxury. It was originally constructed in 1837 as a four-room farmhouse before being transformed into the grand center-hall Colonial it is today. From the moment you step into the bright, naturally lit home you will notice the quality of craftsmanship and the luxurious appointments. The kitchen is nothing short of a chef’s dream, outfitted with Viking components, two Subzero refrigerators, and an abundance of granite counter space where one can create the most amazing culinary delights. Magnificent hardwood flooring throughout, dual main bedroom suites, a formal dining room, and a wet bar are just a few of the features that make this home a beautiful and comfortable place to live and play. upstate HOUSE

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$1,150,000 | Beacon | Remarkable Home $1,150,000 | Beacon | Remarkable Home Built in 1790 & undergoing extensive renovation. Near Metro-North. Built in 1790 & undergoing renovation. Near Metro-North. Expansive views from 30’ orextensive 20’ balconies. 1st level: studio space/BR Expansive views from or 20’ balconies. 1st level: w/15’ ceilings + 29’ loft,30’BTH, storage, elevator. Mainstudio level:space/BR designer w/15’ ceilings 29’FDR, loft, .5BTH, BTH, storage, elevator. Main level: designer kitchen, grand+LR, foyer, porch, balcony. 3rd level: MBR kitchen, grand LR, FDR, .5BTH, foyer, porch, 3rdBTH level:&MBR w/elevator, balcony, WIC & MBTH, office,balcony. laundry, BR. w/elevator, balcony, WIC & MBTH, Choose office, laundry, BTH & BR. Professionally landscaped/hardscaped. finishes. MLS#366322 Professionally Choose MLS#366322 Rebeccalandscaped/hardscaped. Agosta | m. 845.797.7951 | o.finishes. 845.244.2198 Rebecca Agosta | m. 845.797.7951 | o. 845.244.2198

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“APPLEWOOD FARMS”– Magnificent 34+ acre historic legacy farmstead encompasses a lush landscape with panoramic Shawangunk Ridge VIEWS, a 2 acre POND & 100’ frontage on the Shawangunkill stream. The classic c. 1890 clapboard farmhouse features 4 BRs incl. a lofty ensuite MBR, 3 full baths, wide board floors, stone & brick fireplaces in LR & DR, gourmet country kitchen & sunroom. Pastoral perfection improved with barn, gazebo, workshop & MORE! $2,000,000

“JOHN LYONS ESTATE”– Elegantly renewed c. 1790 historic stone home in a stunning 6.9 acre gated oasis offers 3700+ SF over 3 levels with top quality and artisanal finishes throughout – 4 bedrooms, 3.5 luxe baths, stone fireplaces in LR, DR & family rooms, den, gourmet kitchen, wide board & marble floors + 1 BR guest house over 2 car garage. Amazing “live-in” cabana beside stunning IG pool & hot tub. Vast aerated POND crowns it all! SINGULAR! $1,400,000

AMAZING 37 ACRE OASIS – Totally PRIVATE estate parcel w/ lush landscape & rolling meadows encloses this sophisticated 6200 SF country contemporary residence. Sumptuous interior features gorgeous HW floors, stunning curved staircase, 4 BRs incl. main level ensuite & deluxe ensuite MBR upstairs, 4 full baths, lavish 24’ gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, indoor POOL, steam room, home gym, family/ media room & enormous deck. HAVE IT ALL! $1,250,000


A WORK OF ART! – Perfectly singular modern retreat created by renowned ceramicists is both a work of art and sleek retreat. Stunning tri-level floor plan features massive hemlock beams, stone hearthed wood burner, roof top deck, 3 bedrooms, floor to ceiling windows framing meadow, mountain & pond views, 23 acres of brilliant seclusion PLUS astounding ceramic and mosaic tile work fired on site. Location of B-52’s iconic “Love Shack” video. MUST SEE! $829,000

KINGSTON LANDMARK – This extraordinary Kingston landmark pays you to live in it! Impressive center-hall stone estate home c. 1820 beautifully situated on one of Kingston’s oldest streets and home to “The Antique Stone House,” a successful B&B generating significant revenue! The ultra-gracious 3900 + SF Main house w/ 5 fplcs, intact vintage detail and CAC o’looks pool & patios. Separate bldg. w/ 2 one BR units, massive garage & greenhouse, too! $674,900


DUTCHESS CO. DAIRY FARM – Join the Hudson Valley AgroRenaissance! Be in the vanguard of local farming’s next generation with this 120 acre mid-county dairy farm, home of “Hudson Valley Fresh” products. Verdant rolling fields support 90 head milking herd. Improvements include dairy barn, pond, sweeping pastoral views, 1+ mile road front + c. 1850 classic farmhouse w/ 4 BRs, 2 baths, hardwood floors, & den. 3+ car garage, too! RARE! $1,950,000 Call Ralph P. Cautela, Associate Broker, 914-474-0046, Mobile

“ARTS & CRAFTS” GEM – Handsome c. 1909 stone & cedar home features all original details intact + 21st century amenities to make life easy! Super gracious 3200 SF offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 updated baths, chestnut woodwork, stained glass, oak & granite kitchen, formal DR, hardwood floors, 22’ family/media room, veranda PLUS refreshing in-ground POOL w/ soothing vistas for summer fun! Two car garage, too. RARE FIND! $462,500 Call Harris L. Safier, Principal Broker, 914-388-3351, Mobile

CHIC & SOPHISTICATED! – Superbly designed and top-quality constructed 4000+ SF contempo Colonial on 1.6 lush acres with majestic Ashokan Reservoir view. Graciously proportioned and flooded with natural light. Features 27’ LR w/ fireplace, 30 family/media room w/ fireplace, vaulted ensuite MBR w/ spa bath & fireplace, 3 add’l BRs, 3.5 baths, gourmet kitchen & sparkling IG pool! DELUXE! $699,000/ $869,00 w/ 2 add’l. bldg. lots.

SUPERB STONE COLONIAL! – One of Ulster’s oldest homes c. 1663! Incredible original detail - wide board floors, massive chestnut beam, Dutch doors, hand forged hardware. Rambling 4400 SF features 5 ensuite BRs, 6.5 baths, gracious LR, formal dining room, country kitchen, den, library & two staircases. Gorgeous 6+ acres w/ long Esopus Creek frontage. Fabulous single family residence or continue successful B&B operation. RARE FIND! $895,000

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HILLCREST FARM. Located on a most picturesque road is this stately residence. A long meandering paved driveway leads through meadows and woodland to this private country estate setting on 28+acres. 4BR. 3.5B. Enter into thoughtfully designed rooms with banks of windows arranged to take advantage of the mountain, meadow and pond views. The focal point of this residence is the spacious great room with huge fireplace, cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen and cozy gathering area with expansive windows to enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Ensuite MBR. Separate caretaker suite/office. LR with FP and wall of windows leads to bluestone patio and out to heated in-ground pool, gardens, sweeping meadows, navigable stocked pond, and trout stream. Impressive Post and Beam Barn has water, radiant heat. This is a truly beautiful Country Home in a Majestic Setting. $1,250,000.

EXQUISITE STONE AND CLAPBOARD. This handsome country retreat known as Walden is sited amongst 9+ acres of rolling lawns, stone walls and towering trees. Enter into a bright, expansive Great Room with soaring beamed ceilings, massive stone FP, and leading to a screened porch and the commanding view. 4BR. 2B. MBR with private office is truly a tranquil escape. Perfectly appointed kitchen leads to multi-level bluestone terrace and beautifully landscaped gardens. Unique lower level den with stone FP, slate floors and stone walls leads to patio with hot tub. Separate Guest House with apartment above and space for studio below. Picturesque Red Barn in its own private meadow. This striking property is not to be missed for its bucolic estate setting, commanding presence, exquisite renovation, excellent location, Mohonk Views and convenience to Town. $795,000.

HISTORIC STONE ESTATE. Located on one of the most desired and sought after roads in the charming Town of Stone Ridge. This fine historic home with graciously proportioned high ceilinged rooms is filled with period detail and is the essence of elegant simplicity. 4BR. 2B. Six over Six windows allow for gorgeous views and bright sun-filled interior. LR with built-in Library case, FP and window seats is the perfect place to get together before entering the large DR perfect for holiday gatherings. Large kitchen with rare “bee-hive” oven FP lends itself to cozy fireside meals. Expansive den with french doors leads to bluestone terrace and the 13.5 acre property with gardens, sweeping lawns, fruit and nut orchard and outbuildings. Significant and Historic Red Barn. Separate cottage. Huge Pond. Solar Panels. A beautiful and picturesque setting. $1,900,000. 48

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Craftsman on the Hill $1,495,000

Spectacularly sited atop Oxbow Hill on 52 acres in Taghkanic, exquisitely designed & built 5500 sf, 3 BR/3.5 BA Craftsman style home, with magnificent vistas of the Catskills, the Taconics and the Berkshires. Two-story octagonal foyer, Gathering Room with wood-burning fireplace, coffered ceiling & many windows bringing in the views. Open chef’s kitchen, spacious screened porch, and 60’ covered porch. First floor master retreat with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, gas fireplace, dressing room with 30 running feet of closets & drawers, and ensuite bath. Hot tub patio, fire-pit & home gym/spa with steam room & sauna. Extensive Taghkanic Creek frontage with cascading waterfalls & dramatic rock outcroppings.

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Clinton Custom Contemporary


Luxury 4748 sf., 4 BR/3.5 BA custom contemporary home beautifully sited on westfacing knoll on 9 rolling acres. Elegant front entrance, formal entry, & generous double height family room with fireplace. Living room with fireplace, generous main floor master with ensuite bath. Radiant floor heat, A/C, beautiful covered walk-out patio overlooking the backyard.

❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906

Old Orchard


Made for entertaining or quiet enjoyment in expansive private landscaped setting in Columbia County. 3 BR/3 BA home w/ double living room w/ fireplace overlooking the Catskills, opens to expansive outdoor living room terrace. Gourmet kitchen, adjacent dining room seats 12; windows open to picture perfect views. Library w/ French doors. Glass doors lead to teak decks that go down to the large terrace. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a master bedroom with fireplace. The antique apple trees remain from the original 18th century orchard.

❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

Set Point


On 51 bucolic rolling acres in Pine Plains, shinglestyle contemporary, handsome 5 BR/4.5 BA home with vaulted living room. Har-Tru tennis court, pool & pool house, sauna, gardens & dining pergola, patios & porches. Lush, pastoral landscape of open fields & woodlands with views in every direction.

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The Perfect Country Estate

$3,499,000 Rhinebeck Country Elegance

Exquisite 1860s manor on 56 park-like acres in Ghent overlooking 8 acre pond w/ guest house, pristine barns, & pastures. 4,900 sf, 5 BR/4.5 BA w/ formal dining room, library, game room & chef’s kitchen, back terrace, porches, gym & formal gardens. Property technologically updated for easily conducted business, and is turnkey, with property manager.

Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

$1,500,000 Livingston Private Compound

Stately, private 4 BR/5 BA residence in park-like setting w/ 1.2 acre pond just outside Rhinebeck Village. Large kitchen, casual dining area & open family room w/ FP. Kitchen w/ high-end appliances & wine fridge. Great Room w/ 16’ ceilings, formal dining room. Master suite w/ luxury BA, views from every room, back patio, koi pond, fountain.

❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906

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Legendary 1870s, 3700 sf rambler hidden in plain sight 12 minutes from Hudson. Completely enclosed 1.1 acre with barn. 3 BR/4.5 BA with wide board floors, high ceilings, 2 staircases, winning details & grand new kitchen. Garden potting room, screened summer living room with kitchenette, third floor sky parlor.

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GRAND CLOVE VALLEY COLONIAL A very special offering, unrivaled in what it offers. Picturesque center hall in the heart of the Clove Valley on 22+ acres, fully restored and maintained to the highest standards. 4100 sq. feet, w/7 BRs, 3 full baths and 2 half, 7 fireplaces and beautiful wide plank flooring. Complemented by a tree lined driveway, pond, period barn and attractive carriage barn w/game room & additional guest quarters. Offered at $2,595,000

FANTASTIC 1780 FARMHOUSE ON 175 ACRES Incredible property w/2 ponds, privacy, picturesque barn w/11 horse stalls & fenced paddocks. Beautiful grounds w/meadows, woodlands & stone walls. Great location, w/proximity to both Rhinebeck and Millbrook areas. Finely preserved home w/3 FPs, wood floors, paneled library, 1st floor master, screened in porch & stone patio. Offered at $1,750,000

SHADBLO HILL FARM - 222 ACRES Fabulous working farm, owned by one family for over 97 years. Stunning views of the Catskill Mountains, rolling agricultural fields, woodlands, lawns and 5 ponds. Traditional 3 BR main farmhouse, guest house/caretaker’s cottage and several period barns. A unique opportunity to own your own farm! Convenient to Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Offered at $1,250,000

DELIGHTFUL MILLBROOK HOME 4900 sq. ft. country home w/gated entry on 5 acres of lawn & woodland. Gorgeous back yard w/stone patios and in-ground swimming pool. Located in Millbrook School District, w/4 BRs & 4 full baths, gourmet kit, formal DR, family room, office, and master with his/her walk-in closets & luxurious en suite. Minutes to the Village. Offered at $949,000

VICTORIAN WITH SEPARATE STUDIO ON CUL-DE-SAC Exceptionally well cared for 1863 Village of Millbrook home w/ barn style detached garage and separate studio. Updated w/newly renovated kitchen, breakfast room w/beamed ceiling, cozy LR & DR, den, 3 BRs and 1.5 baths. Nicely landscaped w/lovely patios, paths and pool. Offered at $460,000

BEAUTIFUL MAPLE AVENUE VILLAGE HOME Don’t miss this fantastic home on a large Village lot, within walking distance of all the amenities. Loaded with character, 3 BRs, 2.5 baths, hardwood floors, fireplace & large front porch for enjoyment of summer evenings. Offered at $459,000

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HisToRiC inn sinCe 1865 | PuRLinG, nY Excl. 100 spellbound acres. Victorian with 18 en-suite rooms, 16 apts. Restaurant, views, lake. Solar! $2.5M. Web#16877717 Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755 | Robin Horowitz 917.348.4866

on mansion RoW | Hudson, nY Excl. Spectacular 1890’s mansion. Known inn (6 ensuite & 2 loft apts) 1+ac. Solar & EV charging. $1.95M. Web#15085984 Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755 | Robin Horowitz 917.348.4866

Stuyvesant, NY Excl. Sweeping unobstructed views. 3BRs, 3BA, pool, gst hses, barns, fields. $1.595M. Web#17323859 Maret Halinen 917.691.8757

HisToRY on THe Hudson RiveR | CoXsaCKie, nY Excl. Mid 1700’s Dutch House. 4.4 acres directly on the Hudson River. 5BR/2BA. Americana! $1.150M. Web#17544231 Sterling Swann 518.929.7805

a RaRe & HisToRiC Home | Hudson, nY Excl. Amazing 7000SF authentic loft. Your dream awaits. Perfect for home/studio/restaurant/bar. $894K. Web#16044937 Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755 | Robin Horowitz 917.348.4866

CHiC ConTemPoRaRY | eLiZaviLLe, nY Excl. Stunning home with forever views. 4BR, 3BA w/vineyard. Gourmet kit, fireplace, 2 car garage. $799K. Web#16546170 Stephen Delventhal 646.761.3366

Hudson RiveR & mounTain vieWs | Hudson, nY Excl. On Mt Merino. 2.6 acres. Minutes to downtown Hudson. 3 BR/3.5BA, porch, fireplace, C/A/C. $795K. Web#17566344 Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755 | Robin Horowitz 917.348.4866

CReeKside esTaTe | CaTsKiLL, nY Excl. Totally renovated Victorian on 28+ acres on Cauterskill Creek. 3BR/4BA, open kitchen. $698K. Web#17544430 Sterling Swann 518.929.7805

mead FaRm – HisToRiCaL PuRiTY | amenia, nY Excl. Mead Farm. 1850 Colonial gem, incredible details, 6.93 acres of magical and natural gardens. Barn. $625K. Web#17009941 Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755 | Robin Horowitz 917.348.4866

seRene CounTRY PaRadise | CoPaKe, nY Excl. Open plan 4BR/3.5BA, stone wbfplc, 5+acres, pristine pond. Enchanting, private & unrivaled location. $695K. Web#16706875 Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755 | Robin Horowitz 917.348.4866

soPHisTiCaTed - PRivaTe & vieWs! Ghent, NY Excl. Sunlit 4 BR/ 3.5 BA, Screened porch, deck. Pristine on 4 acres! $650K. Web#17560351 Dale F. Stewart 310.867.0372/Nancy Felcetto 917.626.6755

CounTRY inn | CaiRo, nY Excl. Manor house 6 BR/8 BA on 8+ acres. Expansive lawns & gardens. Commercial or residential. $569K. Web#16914534 Sterling Swann 518.929.7805

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GREEK REVIVAL WITH CATSKILL VIEWS AND GLORIOUS SUNSETS Historic Claverack 1846 home on 2.5 acres has spacious living room opening to dining room, both with matching period moldings, marble mantels and cast iron gas fireplaces. First floor includes updated kitchen with soapstone counters, cozy study, half bath and wonderful bright sunroom. Elegant staircase leads to upstairs master bedroom suite and three more bedrooms and bath. Finished lower level has great potential for guests, family, or Airbnb… $695,000

QUIET COUNTRY RETREAT WITH POOL AND TENNIS COURT Charming 19th century farmhouse grew over the years to nearly 3,000 sf. Now has a beautiful new gourmet kitchen, three and a half baths, and four bedrooms, including huge master suite. Set on gated 10 acres with heated gunite pool and tennis court, off a lovely, winding rural lane in southern Columbia County… $695,000

PRIME MT. MERINO PROPERTY WITH RIVER VIEWS Rare thirteen-acre property has potential views of the lighthouse, Hudson River, and South Bay made famous by Hudson River School painters. Drone photo shows the amazing possibilities. Build your dream house on high land while living in the chic renovated 19th century two-bedroom two-bath cottage. Keep the cottage as guesthouse, rental, or subdivide and sell. One minute to Amtrak and all of Hudson… $495,000

TUDOR COTTAGE 1912 eclectic home has front facing gable, steeply pitched roof, and decorative half timbering. High ceilings, wood floors, original windows and doors grace this charming three bedroom home near the heart of Hudson… $485,000

ITALIANATE COUNTRY FARMHOUSE Has large front porch, original wood siding and roof brackets, tall windows, light-filled rooms including family room addition with woodstove, and rear patio. Victorian children’s playhouse and nice red barn complete the open, level property of an acre and a half, backed by open farmland… $245,000

HUDSON AREA MINI-FARM Cozy 1920s three bedroom bungalow has original details, hardwood floors, newer roof and boiler, and is set way back from the road on 47.7 acres, about 2/3 of which is productive open farmland, just minutes to Hudson… $350,000

CREEKSIDE COUNTRY RETREAT Facing the rushing waters of the Tsatsawassa Creek, this rambling 1800s home has stone fireplace, wide board floors, exposed beams, enclosed dining porch, three bedrooms, studio, and separate garage. Landscaped perennial gardens border the creek. Just ten minutes to Old Chatham… $215,000

ENCHANTING EARLY HOME Renovated by architect owner, every space, nook, and cranny, has been carefully designed. Includes private gardens with fruit trees, berries, hedges, fountains, deck, and early barn in historic Kinderhook… $269,000

TEN ACRES WITH CABIN Hidden 300 ft back from the road in southern Columbia is this seasonal cabin with electric and well. Camp out or build on site… $115,000

HILLSIDE COLONIAL FARMHOUSE Renovated mid-nineteenth century post and beam home has living room with beamed ceiling and huge fireplace, sunny country kitchen, three bedrooms, two baths, and three decks… $209,000

TWENTY ONE ACRES OF OPEN LAND Well-drained farmland with valley and Catskill mountain views. Ideal for residence and/or small farm – perfect for animals or vegetables. Central location near Hudson and Parkway… $195,000 upstate HOUSE

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Built in 2011, this architect designed Rhinebeck home has an exceptional studio w/water, 23 windows & ceiling vaulted to 14 feet. This home has a 900 SF great room, CA, 4 car tandem garage, & 3 private acres. Every luxury & comfort here! $869,900.


This 100.9 acre parcel in Red Hook was Sky Park airport & can be an

airport again. Land you plane here, keep it in the 60 x 80 hangar, built an amazing home or subdivide. Catskill views, golf course & stream frontage, road already in place, total privacy! $999,000.


In Rhinebeck Village is the exceptional setting for this 2900 SF, 4 BR, 2.5 bath Cape. Walk to schools, the park, & on to the village center or relax in the private yard. First floor MBR suite, wood floors, huge mudroom, granite K, CA, full, dry basement. $510,000.


This country property has everything: 119 Acres w/meadows & woodlands, a 6 BR, 4 bath redone Farmhouse, a 2 BR guest house, a 40 ft. inground pool, a huge pond, barns & paddocks for your animals. Complete privacy here! $1,150,000.


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HERE IS THE RARE DRASTICALLY REPRICED opportunity to completely redo a country this 2778 SF Cape Cod home needs some property where the price allows for the updates. There is much to work with including 2 FPLs, a huge LR, & a first floor renovation. This 3 BR colonial has 1077 SF, a newer roof, oil heat, wood floors & is sited MBR. 81.4 acres has trails, huge pines & hardwoods, is tranquil and very beautiful & is back on 2.5 acre in the much requested Red perfect for hiking and 4 wheeling. $379,900. Hook School District. $79,900.

IN RED HOOK VILLAGE this early colonial home has been redone & has 3 BRs, 3 full baths, wood floors up & down, a redone K, LR w/FPL, a DR, FR, & glassed porch, CA, a fenced lot, & a separate 20 x 22 studio w/its own CO. Walk to everything. $235,900.

A SUPERB INVESTMENT this Red Hook property has two homes surrounded by 4.7 open & wooded acres. The 1 BR cottage is open, has a nice K & bath & a vaulted BR. The 2 BR Cape has a glorious, granite K, redone tiled bath, wood floors & charm galore. $249,900.

INCREDIBLE CATSKILL VIEWS make this 6.2 BOHA acre parcel in Red Hook very special & worthy of your new dream home. Here the driveway is already in place. There are beautiful hardwoods & pines, & you are in the country but close to superb amenities. $198,000.

THIS CLASIC COLONIAL has been totally transformed w/a beautiful marble K, 2 FPLs, built ins in every room, & has a stream side setting that is one of a kind. There’s the guest suite, the tea house, gardens, & 5.17 acres for total & complete privacy. $499,900.

IN RED HOOK, in the best neighborhood, this 3200 SF executive colonial has superb amenities & spaces for your family. There’s the granite K, huge media room, open FR, first floor office, MBR suite, CA, FPL, a 3 car garage, deck & 3 level & useable acres. Lovely $515,000.

3666 SF includes 4 BRs, 5 baths, 3 MBR suites, a vaulted LR, granite K, DR, FR, a huge entry, skylights, wonderful light, huge closets, CA, a whole house generator, stone terraces & stone walls, & 3.53 acres for complete privacy. Rhinebeck address. $529,000.

NEED A LUXURIOUS home to rent? This immaculate 3 BR, 2.5 bath, 2400 SF one story has a large LR, DR, wonderful K, laundry room, a MBR suite, huge play room, CA, & an attached 2 car garage. Red Hook schools. Quiet country road. $2500 per month.

This 4 BR, 2 bath colonial has large rooms for entertaining w/a new granite K, a 24 foot vaulted great room w/a FPL, French doors, & built ins, a FR, sunroom, plus the piece de resistance, a 40 ft. heated inground pool & outdoor shower. WOW! $549,900.


This Red Hook one story has been totally transformed with a new K w/granite & stainless appliances, 2 new baths w/skylights, new floor coverings, windows, roof, electric, furnace, central air, hot water, plumbing. It’s like new & only $269,900.

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70 Raybrook Drive Timeless aesthetics inspired by the works of the greats. Perched amongst impressive rocks and trees above a sparkling creek this modern home is just minutes from the Village of Woodstock and worlds away from your cares. Built with the utmost attention to detail to be at once sleek at at one with its natural surroundings. Calm, comfortable and clean. $999,999

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Canaan. This very private, tranquil, and spacious retreat reminds one of a California hillside enclave. The roomy Colonial with opens up onto a series of decks overlooking and surrounding the landscaped pool. Includes a separate suite over garage for studio, second master suite, office, or media room. On a very quiet country road near all Berkshire venues, Chatham shops and restaurants, and 25 minutes to Hudson. $479,000

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Two fabulous homes nestled on 2.3 private wooded acres that borders a seasonal stream. Multi Family compound style dwelling consisting of two separate homes, studio, and shed/work space. Offers so many possibilities such as a mother/daughter or the possibility of additional income to help off set the mortgage. The studio has electric and heat to it and is currently used as an artist studio, but many uses come to mind such as a home office, yoga studio etc. Each home offers it’s own unique style and character such as cobble stone fireplace, longated windows, french style doors built in book shelves, loft style rooms, fire pits and hot tub. Only 10 minutes to the center of Woodstock, The Village of Saugerties and the Thruway. $449,900


Spacious and Gracious 5 BR two story offers flowing floor plan, perfect for family living. Enjoy the roomy updated eat in kitchen which opens to the large family room perfect lay out for entertaining. Living room offers bay window and wood burning fireplace with Porteguese hand painted tile surround, formal dining room, powder room and bright and airy three season Florida sun room plus 35 x 16 deck complete the downstairs layout. Upstairs you will find the luxurious master suite with 4 year old bath, double sinks, granite counters, walk in shower and heated marble floors. Convenient to Uptown Kingston and all amenities. $419,000


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Breathtaking views of the majestic Hudson River accentuate this architecturally designed custom built home on 4 acres. Open floor plan is perfect for entertaining with gourmet kitchen w/island (granite countertops), living room with fireplace and dining room area all with views of the river. Grand staircase with wrought iron spindles and cherry flooring lead to the oversized BRs & 3 fully custom tiled baths. Master BR has whirlpool tub, large walk-in closet, fireplace and sliding door to the private deck overlooking the river. The basement level has over 1300 square feet, walkout separate entrance and can be finished to new owner’s liking. $749,000


This 4 BR Mt. Tremper location is in the town of Woodstock with spectacular seasonal mountain views. Gaze out at nature from the decks and relax while cradled with mountains & warmed by southern exposure. Enjoy over 3700 sq. feet, not including basement level & 2 car garage. 9.79 acres abuts a 51 acres parcel and extends to the Beaverkill Creek. Bamboo floors in open plan area and on custom staircase. Wood burning fireplace. Master bedroom has large walk through multi-closet area, en-suite bathroom with large jetted tub and separate shower, plus private deck! $795,000


This beautiful colonial ranch offers the tranquility of the country and convenience of the city. Minutes away from Kingston, Saugerties and the Rhinecliff Bridge. Spacious living room with hard wood floors flows into the dining room and kitchen with sliding glass doors to back deck. Master ensuite located off the living room with two additional bedrooms and full bath located on the opposite side of the house. The lower level room is the perfect family room to both relax and entertain. Large two car garage with extra space for storage. All this situated on almost 1 acre for privacy and additional car parking. $324,900

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This stunning property is truly a nature lovers paradise! Located on a quiet country road and offering hypnotizing views of the Catskill Mountains and beyond. Situated on just over 60 acres of land, a mixture of woods and open land, with beautiful rock outcroppings, a waterfall, swimming hole and 800 feet of frontage on the Peters Kill Creek. An expansive deck overlooks the view and offers the ideal spot for entertaining friends and family. The home is warm and welcoming, with a gourmet kitchen offering soapstone counters, breakfast bar and custom cabinets. Offering five bedrooms and five baths, it is located just 15 minutes from Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park and the Shawangunk Ridge. Just a ten minute drive to the vibrant town of New Paltz and less than 2 hours from Manhattan. $1,495,000

This light filled contemporary house with cathedral

Circa 1801 stone house with original 1775-1785

swimming pond. If simplicity is your vision, you

round stream. This property could be a perfect

ceilings, wood burning stove and a spring fed

will enjoy the open floor plan with two second

floor master bedroom suites. Main floor consists of an additional bedroom, full bath, open kitchen/

dining area, living room, which opens to a balcony. Private, yet close to everything, equidistant to Woodstock, Mohonk, New Paltz, Rhinebeck and a

mile into village of Rosendale. It is the perfect place

Dutch barn on a large 3.2 acres filled with a year

year round home, weekenders retreat or business

opportunity as it is zoned for Commercial use. Featuring bluestone patio, renovated gourmet

kitchen, and stone fireplaces. The grounds offer a

24x24 deck set among flowering trees, berry bushes, perennials and open lawn. Located on a NYC

for relaxation and a jumping off point for hiking,

bus route , a 5 minute drive to lake Minnewaska

cycling, and exploring all that the Hudson Valley

and conveniently located to Kingston, New Paltz,

has to offer. $419,000

Woodstock and High Falls. $325,000

A living and working space like no other in the Hudson Valley. Ideally located between New Paltz and Kingston, this truly unique structure with 3 story tower is built into a stone ledge, incorporating lush gardens and water views. The living space has rustic elegance, 2,100 square feet, high ceilings, exposed beams, wide plank, 7’ tall windows, and a hearth which breaths warmth into the open and flexible floor plan. The true value is in the work space! Divided into two exceptionally unique studios, complete with balconies, a loading dock, exquisite light and cathedral ceilings, This is rare opportunity, the perfect place for painters or sculptors, musicians or theatre companies, or as a weekend get-away for those who love to entertain. $799,000

This is a true mid-century modern, cousin to Phillip Johnson’s “glass house” and, as far as we know, the

only steel-panelized house in Kingston, perhaps Ulster County. Walls of windows in various locations invite the greenery from outside. Tucked away on

nearly a full acre in a former rock quarry on one of Kingston’s sweetest streets, a one-way, the home

offers plenty of privacy, rare for being within walking distance of Kingston’s Stockade District or, as it

has come to be known, “Brooklyn North.” .With some TLC this can become your own mid-century masterpiece. $549,000

A truly unique and dramatic property is a private enclave, 90 miles from Manhattan in New Paltz, NY. It is a stunning conversion of a large horse barn, built by the original Marlboro man, with far reaching views of the Shawangunk Ridge and the Smiley Tower. A sweeping evergreen tree lined drive leads you to this French country barn style home, one that was entirely renovated less than a decade ago. You will be instantly immersed in the serenity of the entry space, surrounded by hand-hued stone masonry. The entry level also features a private wine cellar, yoga studio and meditation solarium. You will find comfort in the open family room complimented by hand hewn beams and a handcrafted floor. French doors lead you to the terrace, giving a continuous flow between inside and out. Once outside you can enjoy a variety of amenities including a massive lounge area. All of this is designed to enjoy complete privacy on all sides. An enchanting one bedroom guest house on the property offers privacy for your visitors. There is also a wonderful old barn, which would be perfect for almost anything! $2,500,000

Located in Byrdcliffe, Woodstock’s historic artists’ colony, this barn reconstruction in an extremely private woodsy setting, is waiting for the buyer looking for a worthy restoration project. Initially dismantled from its former Saugerties location, the barn, with its voluminous open space and gorgeous river-stone fireplace, has served its current owners well for nearly 40 years. There is a wraparound deck, recently restructured, to enjoy the woods, yet the village of Woodstock is less than 5 minutes away. Although listed as a two-bedroom, two-bath, the house could easily accommodate another bedroom, or even another bath given the flexibility of its spaces. This is for someone intrigued by restoration and the flexibility within great and unusual spaces. $459,000

Stunning setting on the Hudson with a long lawn view of the Vanderbilt Mansion on the other side of the river. The circa 1930 Frothingham Home, also known as Aberdeen, is without a doubt one of the finest Greek Revival homes in Ulster County. Completely restored as closely as possible to its original state – nearly all original details – the rooms feature multiple views of the Hudson from its many river-facing windows. An addition features a newly renovated cook’s kitchen with French doors looking out to the long lawn views. The house was previously owned by John Walker, and English painter and print maker considered by some to be one of the finest abstract painters in the last 50 years. $1,450,000

A private drive leads to this Modernist style house on 4.5 acres which were originally part of the Rosemount Estate owned by Alton B. Parker. It is privately sited with good partial views of the Hudson River as well as views of apple orchards and fields, and is protected by a Conservation Easement on three of its four sides. The interior features a brick fireplace living room and updated kitchen and dining room that open to a covered brick patio. The lower level contains a separate 420 square foot apartment which is perfect for guest use. This presents a rare opportunity to be part of an historic Hudson River estate a short distance from Metro North and the New York State Thruway. $495,000

Wonderful arts & crafts property with rare preserved wood detailing, on lovely land that features a small pond. Whether rocking on the open front porch and listening to the music of the night, or three-season dining on the back covered porch, this oh-so-sweet home invites rest and relaxation. It also features a spacious, recently renovated third floor, ideal for a yoga room, play space, media room, or even an additional bedroom. And there is also a small access apartment for either family or income. Convenient to Rosendale,upstate Binnewater, Falls and Paltz, HOUSEHigh | WINTER 2017New • 59 just 90 minutes from Manhattan. $299,000


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This secluded 3.5-acre paradise includes a gourmet kitchen, 6 bedrooms, and a 2-car garage. Soaring windows offer breathtaking views of the lake and the Shawangunk Ridge beyond, which you can also soak in from the bluestone patio, gazebo, or lakeside hot tub. 63 Sparkling Ridge Road, Gardiner. $1,68M. MLS: 20174883

Perched on five peaceful acres on a dead-end road, this cedar-sided contemporary Cape has over 5,000 square feet of living space, plus a barn and detached two-car garage. Sweeping lawns give way to your own slice of the Wallkill River, which you can access from a private dock. Only 1.5 hours from NYC, this 4-bedroom home with a guest/nanny apartment is the perfect retreat. 33 Gibbons Lane, Gardiner. $925K. MLS: 20172923 WILLOW REALTY 40 Pure Honey Lane, Gardiner, NY 845-255-7666 WILLOWREALESTATE.COM 60


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Private bucolic homestead in highly desirable Lithgow; the heart of Millbrook Hunt Country. Web# UM1414816 | $1,090,000

A welcoming front porch invites you to this custom-designed Harding Country Manor. Web# UM1385611 | $699,900

Nicole Porter 845.797.5300

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Located on a rural country road minutes to the Village of Millbrook. Web# UM1425116 | $649,900

A glass-walled gallery and dramatic great room offer fluid spaces for entertaining. Web# UM1420206 | $629,900

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Spectacular views. Custom-built home set atop a hill on 5.62 private acres. Web# UM1428566 | $539,900

Spacious Contemporary in picturesque Clinton on over 8 acres. Great commuter location. Web# UM1408763 | $499,000

Lori Rheingold 914.489.2354

Jessica Chutka-Pelletier 845.475.5604



Luxurious neighborhood, secluded yet close to all. Spacious three-bedroom Cape. Web# UM1418779 | $395,000

Gorgeous circa 1870 Colonial lovingly restored from top-to-bottom, convenient to Metro-North. Web# UM1423435 | $245,500

Arij Kurzum 845.453.4813

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There has never been a parcel of this magnitude for sale as close to Woodstock as this extraordinary opportunity. This 620+ acre parcel boasts its own landing strip, still currently active, and which is larger than that of the Kingston Airport. Highest and best use for the sub-dividable acreage might be a (gated) community of higher-end homes, each with enough attractive land features -- rock outcroppings, mountain views, woods with a variety of mature trees and water frontage -- and acreage to warrant a profitable price tag. Some subdivision already exists with deeded lots and the larger parcels can be further divided. Another high and excellent use would be that of a corporate or lifestyle/health retreat - or any number of compounds - with proper approvals. And then of course it could be a nonpareil Woodstock estate with its own private airport, so to speak, and total seclusion for its owner. A mid-century home already exists on the property whose footprint could be built upon or else restored as a guest or caretaker’s house. The breadth, variety and potential of this property is unmatched in Ulster County. Listed Price $6,950,000.

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Dundee Estate – Kingston SereneFarm Woodstock CottageN.Y.

$3,500,000 $780,000

Elegant, beautifully renovated, early 18th Century English style cape,330 in acre an inspiring & stoneClassic house in an incomparable setting. Featurespeaceful main house w/ setting. 3 BRs, 3Th BAs, updated wide3 acre is 2,400 sq w/ ft home board floors & hand 2hewn 5 windows, fireplaces, cedar features 4 BRs, BAs,beams, high shingle roof, copper gutters &dormer cedar closets. Paddocks vaulted surround ceilings &thehand hewn hexagonal beams, wood & meadows impressive post & beam horse barn w/fireplace, cupola, ahayloft , cobblestone floors, a Rumford screened porch & yard, w/12 stalls, 1 birthing stall, 3 wash stalls, 2 full a deck offi overlooking a rolling lawn w/ seasonal bathrooms, ce, observatory decks, & 75’x15’ indoor valley reservoir 5 mins to village riding arena.&Also features views. guest cottage, a studio, 3 bay garage, a historic restored barn, miles of trails, a lake, green in Woodstock & walking distance to the several ponds, a stream w/waterfall, a fenced raisedMtn hiking trails &views. KarmaJust Tryana bed Overlook vegetable garden, & mountain 2 hrs fromMonastery. NY City & 20 mins to Rhinebeck & Amtrak trains in Poughkeepsie.

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Exclusive acreEstate Catskill Mountain Estate Dundee 155 Farm

Price: $995,000 | MLS: 20172923

5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 1/2 car garage, 1000 sq. ft. barn/studio Separate guest/nanny apartment. Private: set way back from a dead end road. Dramatic river frontage, extensive decking, bright sun room.

$3,950,000 $3,700,000

Superlative modern 10,000 sq ftearly 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom Elegant, beautifully renovated, 18th Century brilliantly updated country estate on 155 acres of private, stone house in an incomparable 330 acre setting. gated, Catskill Mountain seclusion, surrounded by forevFeaturesstate mainland house 3 BRs, 3 BAs,trails updated w/ er-wild withw/miles of hiking and unparalleled mountain and views. Spacious and luxuriwide-board floors & reservoir hand hewn beams, 5 fireplaces, ously renovated 3-level main house features a brand new cedarfloor shingle roof, copper guttersscreening & cedar room, closets.chef ’s top master suite, a 16-seat Paddocksfloor & meadows impressive hexkitchen, to ceilingsurround windows,the state of the art systems, whole highbarn speed internet, agonal house post &generator, beam horse w/cable cupola, hayloftradiant , heat, central A/C, Rumford fi replaces, high-end fixtures, cobblestone yard, w/ 12 stalls, 1 birthing stall, 3 wash metal roofs, a separate teak spa sauna, new 20’x40’ installs, 2gunite full bathrooms, office, system. observatory decks refurground pool and security An entirely & 75’x15’ indoor riding arena. Also guest bished 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest features house has an open plan kitchen and 3living room, fiareplace, 2nd floor cottage, a studio, bay garage, historicwith restored loft. This spectacular private estate also features a renovatbarn, miles3-bay of trails, a lake, several stocked ponds, apond, stream ULSTER COUNTY ed heated garage, workshop, a raised ULSTER COUNTY #20162194 w/ waterfall, adesign fencedorchard, raised-bed MLSMLS # 20174959 Scandinavian andvegetable bluestonegarden patios.&Located in Mt. Tremper, New York justNY minutes the towns SOTHEBY’S ID #9BE5SB mountain views. Just 2 hrs from City &from 20 mins SOTHEBY’S ID # of and 2inhours from New York to Phoenicia Rhinebeckand & Woodstock, Amtrak trains Poughkeepsie. City. LMGYL5

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Property in Marlboro, New York: 5 building lots, 10.25 acres 3.9 acres, panoramic river view

$225,000 $80,000

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Town of Poughkeepsie, New York: 6 estate lots, 1-3 acres each Sleek, modern ranch offers full-time, weekend and/or retirement living on a quiet side street in beautiful Rhinebeck. Features open floor plan with chef ’s eat-in kitchen, living room and master with fireplaces, 3 bedrooms en suite, library and sunroom that opens to rear deck. All propane systems and CA. Walk to fine dining, shopping, farmer’s market and Upstate Films. Minutes to Amtrak and Bard. Asking $698,000.




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INDEX OF ADVER TISER S IN D EX O F A DV E R T I S E R S Adirondack Design Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Ghent Wood Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Paragon Building Group LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Alfandre Architecture, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Paragon Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover

Glynwood Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Patricia A. Hinkein Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Bare Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Halstead Property Hudson Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Halter Associates Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Paula Redmond Real Estate Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Hudson Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Herzogs True Value Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Bialecki Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

HH Hill Realty Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33, 62

BKSK Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Houlihan Lawrence/Lagrangeville Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Cabinet Designers, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Hudson Valley Chimney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Stone Ridge Electric Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Catskill Farms Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Hudson Valley Home Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Sun Up Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 57

Hunt Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

TH Remodeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Curabba Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Ice Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

DeSantis Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Janson Goldstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Ulster County Office of Economic Development . . . . . . . 1

Finch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The Kinderhook Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Flemming Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Kniffen Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Foster Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Lawrence O’Toole Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59, 61

Gardens at Rhinebeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Luminary Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Gary DiMauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Marigold Home Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover

Gentech LTD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Metz Wood Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

William Wallace Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

George Cole Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Williams Lumber & Home Center . . . . . . inside front cover

George T. Whalen Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Northern Dutchess Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Willow Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60, 62

Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Phinney Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Victoria Wilkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 WCW Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Wild Thyme Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


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its metal fountains, now available in both large and smaller, portable sizes; tractor seat chairs; and affordable heirloomquality candlesticks made from antique metal food-serving pieces. Sweetman creates each piece in her shippingcontainer studio at Sweetman Farms, where she often works with her professional welder husband, Douglas, whom she met while scouting for farm equipment, and married in 2015. These days, Sweetman is focused on two projects: building metal sculptures for Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, and running the monthly lecture series “Do You Love What You Do?” at Pennings Farm Maket in Warwick. Upcoming guest lecturers include Roger Moss of Sustainable Warwick (December 13); Deep Living author Susanne MeyerFitzsimmons, (January 17); Sweetman herself (February 14); and Dave Kurdyla of DK Forgeworks (March 14). Each lecture runs from 6pm to 8pm; tickets are $15. For Sweetman, the public event is a natural outgrowth of her art. “I’m about creating my own business, working on the fringes of the architecture world in an entirely new medium, and the design-build aspect—I love what I do,” she says. “I love to know what makes people tick, what gets you going, how you became who you are. I want to not only serve the people I design for, but also create something I can plug into, that makes me grow personally, both as a designer and a human being.”—Susan Piperato AGRISCULPTURE.COM

From left: Sweetman poses with one of her recent creations; at her studio, Sweetman works on a fountain.

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AGRISCULPTURE, a design studio that turns metal farm equipment into art and home furnishings, launched with a project that not only led the way to a creative future for metal artist Amy Lewis Sweetman, but also incorporated her past. Growing up on a former farm in Cornwall, Sweetman discovered “old, antique, rusted metal things” in the barn and yard while playing and doing chores. “I’d wonder about them,” she remembers. “I liked the shape of them.” And she never forgot them. Nor did she forget learning, while studying architecture at Cornell University, the famed architect Louis Kahn’s advice for students: “If you’re ever stuck for inspiration, ask your materials for advice,” Sweetman recounts. “You say to a brick, ‘What do you want to be, brick?’ And the brick says to you, ‘I’d like to be an arch.’” So in 2012, while creating an outdoor sculpture for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Sullivan County offices, Sweetman naturally turned to antique farm equipment—and took its opinion into consideration. “I asked this old disc harrow blade I’d found on the side of the road, ‘What would you like to be?’” she says. “And the disc—which is a cool, giant metal plate attached behind the plow that spins before and after plowing—said, ‘A fountain.’” Sweetman titled the fountain Grow—“I like verbs and action,” she explains—which was prophetic. In just five years, AGRISCULPTURE has expanded to win customers throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Fiji for

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