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FLOWER POWER AN ESTATE FARM CONNECTS TO COMMUNITY
By Elissa Garay, Photos by John Garay
At the historic Rokeby estate, Shoving Leopard flower farm offers a CSA, workshops, an events venue, and an innovative flower-rescue program. 18
BUZZ FEED IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START YOUR HONEYBEE GARDEN By Susan Piperato
You can begin a honeybee-friendly garden now, even in the midst of winter, by choosing blooms and sprouting seeds. 20
Homeowners cozify their living room in a 19th-century building that was originally a cow barn and served as a World War II-era community center. 8 ENTRYWAY
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LIGHT UP WINTER SEARCHING FOR HYGGE? FOCUS ON YOUR HEARTH
By Anne Pyburn Craig
There’s nothing more hygge—the Danish concept of wintertime coziness, comfort, and joy—than gathering before a crackling fire. The owners of two local fireplace and wood-stove emporiums talk design and efficiency. 24
COMMUNIT Y SPOTLIGHT: AMENIA This hamlet sits in a landscape that remains virtually untouched and is every bit as pleasant to the eye as it was to its settlers in the 1700s.
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COMMUNIT Y SPOTLIGHT: SUGAR LOAF This timeless village is more than a Brigadoon. It’s a strong community of artisans—and it’s surprisingly still affordable.
STAYING SNUG COMFORT AND ST YLE ARE KEY AT THIS B&B
MODERN VICTORIAN AN UNFUSSY RENOVATION
Chef Maya Kaimal and her husband, writer Guy Lawson, honor a stately Rhinebeck home’s history but eschew period-style perfection. 30
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he Hudson Valley is experiencing a renaissance, with newcomers flocking here from New York City and far beyond to start new businesses, restaurants, and creative ventures. But, traditionally, due to the region’s far-flung cities and towns, designers and makers have tended to work in isolation. Until now. Welcome Kingston Design Connect, interior designer Maryline Damour’s new organization for regional architects, designers, and makers. A former New York City publicist, Damour was inspired by her 19th-century weekend house in Kingston’s Rondout to study interior design at Pratt; she moved upstate full-time in 2014 to start her own design firm. But by 2017, she was still commuting to the city. “I had a difficult time meeting others in my field,” she says. “So I started asking anyone I met from my industry, ‘How are you connecting in the Hudson Valley? I kept hearing, ‘There’s no real design community up here.’ That made me think maybe there was something I could do to help the situation.” Damour researched the design scene at local events. “There was actually a ton of designers, and a lot of design events going on,” she says. But the events “were specific to makers, leaving out interior designers, graphic designers, architects, builders— people who don’t make three-dimensional, smallscale things that clients can buy, but are part of the same industry.” She decided “it would be great to come together as a group and present ourselves as a connected creative community.” With Hudson Valley building contractor Fred Drake, Damour formed design-build firm Damour Drake LLC, bought and rehabbed an 1898 residence at 139 Downs Street in midtown Kingston, and enlisted 10 designers to decorate.
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Each participant designed a room—Damour did the kitchen. A few participants even collaborated: Landscaper Scott Zimmer of Zimmer Gardens and creative consultant Kat Hammill did the grounds; Kate Cummings of Freestyle Restyle and Jason O’Malley of Rural Modernist created wallpaper. The other participating designers were Margaret Verghese of South Manor; Charles Farruggio and Michael Van Nort of Fred; Christina Edwards of Northern Dwelling; Michael Carr of Michael Carr Design; and Sean Scherer of Kabinett and Kammer. Throughout October, Kingston Design House was open to the public, allowing the designers to meet each other as well as potential clients. While the designers represent the entire region—hailing “from Andes to Poughkeepsie,” Damour says—the project has a decidedly modern, upbeat, Kingston vibe. “The theme was that each designer had to use the work of at least one Kingston-based artisan or artist in their room,” says Damour. “We don’t need to go to New York City for sources anymore. Kingston is definitely having a moment.” Twenty-five Kingston makers donated their work—including draperies, furniture, ceramics, fine art, and lighting. Proceeds from the showhouse tickets, which were priced at an affordable $10, benefited People’s Place, a local food pantry and thrift store. The showcase was such a success, says Damour, that she is in talks with Kingston city officials to turn it into an annual event. For information on the group’s future happenings, check it out on Instagram: @Kingston.design.connection.
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IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, American businessman and philanthropist Hiram Halle bought and restored 33 houses and other buildings in Westchester County’s Pound Ridge. Thirteen of these structures are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including a 19th-century former cow barn. Now known as “Hobby Barn,” the structure became a community center of sorts in the 1930s, when Halle, who was dedicated to Jewish causes throughout World War II, brought in European Jewish exiles to complete the work and reside there. The structure has been occupied and remodeled by subsequent residents ever since. But the current homeowners, who bought the property in 2000, decided to put their own aesthetic into the mix—honoring the historic American barn style, infusing the space with a clean, modern feel, as well as designing additional space in the guest wing. Bedford-based architect Carol Kurth suggested literally raising the roof, creating a two-story entry hall and a large family room on the second floor above a garage, where the owners would spend much of their time. “The house has had many different iterations,” says Kurth. “Our clients requested that the one-time children’s playroom next to the restored garage be a cozier, more sophisticated adult space. When we got to the project, there was a fireplace with a smaller TV and some stonework surrounding it. We revised the stonework, replaced the TV with a larger screen, and repeated the stacked stone in the wall behind the new staircase. Stone walls are indigenous in this area. We wanted to incorporate that concept into the house, almost blurring boundaries by bringing the outdoors in with the stone.” A bumped-out stairwell was added at one end of the room. “Behind the stone wall is an entire steel structure that supports the cantilevered staircase,” explains Kurth. “The stair itself, coming out of the stone, is made of steel encased with a granite sleeve. With the idea of a floating staircase, the walnuttopped glass rail concept came into being—it was a complicated piece of 6
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engineering.” Filled from light from above, the stairwell expands the space and invites exploration. The homeowners collect vintage movie posters and Midcentury-Modern pieces. Using the colors of the posters as inspiration, Kurth “added pops of color around the room: the orange chair covers; yellow cushions; and the colorful folded divider, also vintage,” she says. “Part of the design work was focused on incorporating the art, such as placing the chairs and another poster under the staircase. And we built in that niche next to the fireplace to house the vintage room divider.” The wall behind the sofa, which features the largest of the movie posters, was covered in reclaimed wood, the same wood used to clad the building’s exterior. “There’s a lot of use of steel, mixed and juxtaposed with other elements in a more modern way,” says Kurth. The floor is made of black granite, partly covered with a custom carpet that matches the sofa; the globed light fixture is a reclaimed piece. “We used these antique globes—1920s industrial pieces—as a theme repeated in other areas of the house.” Kurth notes that Halle was ahead of his time in scooping up older, sometimes declining properties in the area to restore and renovate them. Among those properties, Hobby Barn was the star: Not only was it saved and improved but it became a place for people to congregate and socialize, as Halle was a collector of diverse friends and business associates as well as buildings and artworks. Apropos, the current homeowners are “loving conservators with vision,” adds Kurth. “In this case in particular, the clients have honored the history of Hobby Barn, while having the new architectural design reflect their personal needs.” The renovation of Hobby Barn, completed five years ago, has been recognized by the Pound Ridge Historical Society’s annual Modern in Pound Ridge Exhibition. But, most importantly, it created a casual, comfortable space in which the homeowners find themselves endlessly welcomed, says Kurth.
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Architectonic Ceramics In Kingston, ceramicist Andrew Molleur makes limited-production and one-off porcelain inlaid ceramic pieces that are both minimalist and functional, combining geometric fragments, clean lines, rich colors, and smooth textures. First introduced to ceramics as a teenager in the Connecticut countryside, Molleur went on to study ceramics, architecture, and industrial design at RISD. Working in Kingston, he uses traditional and modern methods. Each piece requires mold-making and fabrication by lathe, 3D printer, and hand; plaster molds are then cast to create a production tool. Each piece is produced using slip casting, and the porcelain slips are tinted and hand glazed. Molleur also collaborates with other designers, artists, and craftspeople on fine-art projects and functional pieces and creates experimental works and installations. His work is available at select boutiques, markets, shops, and design fairs throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. Or visit his Midtown Arts District studio.
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Born in Peru and raised in Atlanta, Jenni Li is a former fashion stylist who founded an online Peruvian textiles emporium after being urged by colleagues and friends to import and sell the many brilliantly colored handmade home goods she would bring back from visits to her native country. Named for Inti, the Incan sun god, Intiearth is an online company based in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and offering a variety of textiles made by Peruvian artisans using centuries-old techniques. The current range includes vintage, hand-loomed frazadas, woven on back-strap looms and colored with dyes made from plants and insects; Alpaca and Indigo Ikat throws; and standing and carrying baskets hand-woven from Junco and Lake Titicaca’s Totora reeds. Intiearth “strives to bring a sense of origin and purpose to everyday items in your home,” says Li, and to foster an appreciation of the people who made them. To that end, each item comes complete with the story of its makers. INTIEARTH.COM
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Who says you can’t go home again? Tillson-born “modern-day nomad” John Fischer returns to the home turf he thought he’d outgrown, with camera in hand and his heart wide open. Many elegant coffee table books celebrate the Hudson Valley’s scenic splendor, and Fischer doesn’t stint on iconic calendar shots, often adding original twists like shooting Mohonk’s Skytop Tower from above, or transforming Kingston’s bustling Wall Street into an Edward Hopper nightscape. But where he shines is portraying the idiosyncratic beauty of the region’s residents. If you live here, you probably know someone who appears in these pages: Chef John Novi; Rosendale Picklefest founder Bill Brooks; Diane Reeder of the Kingston Candy Bar; Wired Gallery’s Sevan Melikyan; or one of many local farmers, shopkeepers, DJs, teachers, kids, nuns, volunteers, or Little Brays of Sunshine donkeys. Fischer’s labor of love is an ideal gift for past, present, and future residents of Ulster County.
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A vintage-style neon sign with a chef logo beams like a beacon on Route 28 west of Kingston, in the strip of foodie heaven known as Gourmet Row. Welcome to Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go, where Chef Richard Erickson, artist/entrepreneur Mary Anne Erickson, and their staff send busy locals and weekenders home with “Takeout that Tastes Like Dining Out.” This cheerful, user-friendly cookbook tells how it all began and provides home-kitchen versions of Chef Richard’s signature Mediterranean-plus dishes to roll out when you’re not within takeout range. You’ll find all the secrets here: what makes the spice-roasted sweet potatoes so fragrant, how the skin on that poulet roti grand-mere gets so crisp, what’s in chimichurri and muhammara, how to whip up the best dark chocolate mousse. The Ericksons’ son Chris designed the book, which is dedicated to both authors’ grandmothers. No wonder the Blue Mountain’s motto is “We Create Joy.”
Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family PIETER ESTERSOHN, FOREWORD BY JOHN WINTHROP ALDRICH
Scots-born Robert Livingston came to the American colonies in 1673 and immediately started amassing land—162,248 acres of it—and wealth. His many descendants built magisterial estates throughout the Hudson Valley. Fascinated by this robust dynasty, Architectural Digest photographer Estersohn profiled and photographed 35 historic homes built in 1730-1946, including such treasures as Clermont, Mongomery Place, and Wilderstein. Most are so traditionally maintained—think tall windows, bas-relief mantels, tasteful pastels, luxuriant carpets, good gardening—that it’s a shock to turn a page and spot an electric guitar and Fender amp lurking under an ancestral portrait at Teviot. Estersohn’s photographs glow, and he has an enthusiast’s eye for detail: the “faux-bois” ceiling of Rokeby’s wood-paneled octagonal library, the Callender House “pigeonnier” where FDR proposed to his cousin Eleanor. 10
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A View to Behold By Brian PJ Cronin | Photos by Clear Lotus Photography
ou can learn a lot about the history of the hamlet of Amenia simply by driving east on Route 44 toward the town, and then pulling off at the scenic overlook as the road takes a sharp downward curve. This is virtually the same viewshed—replete with horse farms, wide fields, and rolling hills, as well as the Southern Taconic mountains and the cloves between them— that drew generations of Europeans to this land, starting in the early 1700s, and inspired its name: Amenia, derived from the Latin word amoena, means “pleasant to the eye.” Today, the town’s seven tiny hamlets are scattered across that bucolic vista like fallen leaves. Rather refreshingly, Amenia’s seven spread-out hamlets—Amenia, Wassaic, South Amenia, Smithfield Valley, Amenia Union, Wassaic Creek, and Sharon Station—still haven’t merged into one sprawling, continuous village, the way many other Hudson Valley hamlets have done over the past few hundred years. That’s thanks to the local topography: There simply isn’t any room in between the many steep, sloped hills—each surrounded by thick marshes—for the hamlets to get much bigger. In fact, the area’s indigenous Pequot tribes coined a word for the landscape: Wassaic, which is now the name of one of the hamlets, means “difficult to get to.” As Vicki Doyle, a longtime resident who’s served on the Wassaic town council for almost 15 years, puts it: “The buildings go in the only places they can go. [The land] maintains a balance between the natural and the built environment.” But what about all those wide-open fields? Those are mostly a mix of horse and dairy farms that the town has been working to protect and preserve. Although some local farms are being bought by developers, conservation 12
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easements ensure that the majority of the properties are left open and untouched so as not to destroy Amenia’s namesake view. THE SCENE It’s easy to see why developers would be eager to get their hands on that land. Amenia is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors, with ample space for hiking and fly-fishing as well as excellent golf and tennis facilities. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail starts at the Wassaic Train Station and runs for 10.7 miles north to Millerton. Another 14-mile section, picking up at Millerton and ending at Under Mountain Road, is expected to be completed next year, and the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association is working on raising the funds to build the trail all the way to Chatham for a total length of 46 miles. Since Amenia was founded, its landscape has inspired radical free-thinking, from the abolitionists who met there in the 1700s, to the transcendentalists who gathered at the Troutbeck estate (now an inn and restaurant) in the 1800s, to the meeting in the early 1900s at Troutbeck that gave birth to the NAACP. Today, the tradition of philosophical exploration is carried on by the Wassaic Project, a year-round institution that offers arts education, lectures, gallery showings, films, and even an annual excuse to get a bunch of people together in a field to burn things and blast heavy metal music at the annual Heather Metal Parking Lot festival. But despite such world-class weirdness—or maybe because of it—Amenia is still the sort of sleepy small town where Santa comes to the library every Christmas, the streets fill with parades during summer, and everyone comes
THE FACTS ZIP CODES: 12501 POPULATION: 4,436 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $39,231 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: Albany is 70 miles north; New York City is about 85 miles south. TRANSPORTATION: The Wassaic Train Station is the northernmost stop on Metro-North’s Harlem Valley line. During rush hour, it’s a twohour ride to Grand Central. The nearest airport is Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, 50 miles to the southwest. Albany International Airport is 70 miles north. NEAREST HOSPITAL: Sharon Hospital is five miles away, across the border in Sharon, Connecticut. SCHOOLS: The Webutuck School District serves the town of Amenia, with an elementary school, middle school, and high school covering Pre-K through 12th grade. The hamlet of Amenia also contains two schools specializing in educating children with learning differences: the Kildonan School, a private boarding and day school for grades 2 through 12, and the Maplebrook School, a private boarding and day school covering ages 11 through 18. In Ghent, a 45-minute drive, the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School enrolls grades kindergarten through 12.
out to root for the local baseball team. For retirees feeling nostalgic, or weekenders looking to buy a home as physically and spiritually as far away from New York City as possible—yet on the Metro-North line—this is it. But life in Amenia is a bit tougher for working residents, as evidenced by the school district’s shrinking enrollment. The town’s population is getting older, and jobs in the area are getting harder to come by. A few local factories, including the Harney & Sons tea factory in Millerton, continue to employ a lot of the town’s working-class residents. THE MARKET Amenia’s mix of retirees, wealthy weekenders, and full-time working-class residents is beginning to create some disparity in the housing market. But stunning bargains can be had for those who want to live within the clustered hamlets, like a four-bedroom Victorian in excellent condition for under $300,000. A slightly larger four-bedroom house from the 1880s was listed for below $400,000 at press time. On the other hand, if you’d like to acquire a big chunk of that famous viewshed for yourself, and you’ve got about $17 million to spare, you could end up with a 432-acre former equestrian farm from the 1700s with several restored buildings that offers 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and 13,000 square feet. A smaller, 283acre, still-working dairy farm with three houses and a barn is currently going for $4.25 million. And if you’d prefer not to buy the farm (yet), more modest contemporary homes, sized between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet and with single-digit acreage but still great views, can be found for $500,000 to $1 million.
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Good Vibrations By Brian PJ Cronin | Photos by John Garay
our first clue as to why Sugar Loaf is often compared to the fictional, timeless village of Brigadoon is that your GPS search will probably come up with nothing, as if the place doesn’t even exist. A frantic bit of Googling advises plugging “1371 Kings Highway, Chester” into your GPS instead, as the village of Sugar Loaf lies within the limits of the Orange County town of Chester. But keep your eyes off your GPS screen as you approach, or you’ll still miss Sugar Loaf altogether. From its postage-stamp-sized post office on one end of the village to its impressive performing arts center on the other, you can drive from one end of Sugar Loaf to the other in the time it takes to thread a needle. Obviously, the cross-village trip took a bit longer in the 1740s when craftspeople founded the village of Sugar Loaf just off King’s Highway (County Road 13) in order to sell their wares to travelers on horseback on their way to New Jersey. But aside from the speed limit, not a whole lot has changed. The village still consists of craftspeople and artisans living and working in many of the same roadside studios and workshops that stood in pre-Revolutionary War times. Sugar Loaf’s biggest nod to modernity is still about 40 years behind schedule: Peaceful 1970s hippie vibes permeate the town, lowering the blood pressure of anyone who visits there. For this writer, stopping into the Candle Shop one morning was like walking into a monastery: The air was silent save for the tranquil sounds of Peter Lendved, who was patiently making his hand-dipped, dripless candles
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the same way he has for almost 50 years. Speaking seemed sacrilegious, so I simply stood there and watched him work, meanwhile feeling my breathing get slower and slower. Finally, Lendved turned around and looked at me. “I usually greet people as soon as they come in,” he told me, “but you had such an air of stillness and calm about you that I thought it would be best to honor that stillness.” It was an extraordinarily touching moment, and yet I couldn’t help but wonder: Was he doing a bit? THE SCENE No, it definitely was not a bit. Just ask Melissa Somma, of Lightclub Curiosity Shoppe, or Kat Parrella, of Merrily Paper Boutique. Both women became enchanted with the village before they even learned to drive, moved there to follow their artisanal dreams, and say they love Sugar Loaf even more now than they did when they were younger. “You come here, and it’s got that magical quality to it, like you’re walking into another world,” says Somma, who is 46. “And I always figured that if you live here all the time, that feeling goes away. But it doesn’t. I’ll sit out on the front porch at night because I know that Peter across the street will be making the candles and that smell will just waft across to me.” “That smell means home to me,” says Parrella, who has lived in the village since 1970 and opened Merrily in 2015. “My mother would burn those candles in her house; I first bought Pete’s candles when I was eight, and I still only burn Pete’s candles.”
THE FACTS ZIP CODES: 10918, 10924 POPULATION: 3,915 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $68,807 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: New York City is 60 miles to the southeast; Albany is 111 miles north. TRANSPORTATION: The Harriman MetroNorth station is 12 miles away; during rush hour it’s about an hour and 15 minutes to Grand Central. The nearest airport is Stewart International Airport, 19 miles north in Newburgh. The New York State Thruway is 12 miles east of town. NEAREST HOSPITAL: Orange Regional Medical Center is eight miles away in Middletown. SCHOOLS: Chester Elementary School covers kindergarten to grade 5, and has 469 students. Grades 6 through 12 attend Chester Academy, which has 634 students. The New Beginnings Learning Center, a Montessori School in Middletown (eight miles away), enrolls from Pre-K through grade 2. Several Hasidic private schools are also in the area, including Congregation Bnai Yoel in nearby Monroe, with 1,800 students in grades kindergarten to 12. Christian and Catholic private schools nearby include Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Pre-K through grade 8) in Middletown; St. John School (Pre-K through grade 8); John S. Burke Catholic High School and Goshen Christian Preschool in Goshen; and St. Stephens-St. Edwards (Pre-K through grade 8) in Warwick. POINTS OF INTEREST: Sugar Loaf Farmers’ Market, Sundog Stained Glass, Bostree Pottery Studio, Cancun Inn, Merrily Paper Boutique, My Sister’s Attic, 18th Century Furniture, Boone Woodcarving, J. Hengen Design, Lightclub Curiosity Shoppe, Milkweed Community Space, the Candle Shop, Rosner Soap, Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, the Seligmann Center for the Arts, Barnsider Restaurant, Pisces Passions, Glenmere Mansion, Bertoni Gallery, Endico Watercolor Gallery, and Nick Zungoli Exposures Gallery
That’s Sugar Loaf in a nutshell: In a village whose economy is driven by tourists shopping on its main drag of Kings Highway or along its handful of charming side streets, there is no competition between artisans, only mutual admiration. Shop owners speak wistfully of the village’s outdoor summer concerts and fall festival, of popping over into each other’s backyards on cool nights when someone gets a blaze burning in a fire pit, of walking out their front door at night with no plans and stumbling upon a gallery opening or poetry reading, of finding a community of like-minded souls. “We have our characters,” says Parella. “But they’re all good characters.” THE MARKET Somma was surprised to find how affordable it was to move into one of Sugar Loaf’s shops, and the market bears her out. A one-bedroom, 1.5-bath, rustic 100-year-old cottage right on King’s Highway that functions as a live/ work/retail space with its own backyard currently goes for $175,000. But if you just want to be able to walk to the magic without actually opening up your own shop, the village has a wide range of options for such miniscule square mileage. Three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhomes range between $260,000 and $280,000. Standalone homes with at least three bedrooms and three bathrooms on Creamery Pond Road, right alongside the namesake pond, range from $300,000 to $445,000.
From left: The Candle Shop has been a mainstay in Sugar Loaf for nearly half a century; Beth Duke, owner of My Sister’s Closet, an upscale consignment shop, shows off some recent arrivals.
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Shoving Leopard Farm revitalizes an estate and connects a community. By Elissa Garay | Photos by John Garay
he historic 430-acre Rokeby estate is perched on the Hudson’s banks in the northern Dutchess County hamlet of Barrytown, just south of Poets’ Walk Park and less than five miles west of Rhinebeck. According to the estate’s records, the Lenni Lenape tribe once planted maize and squash on Rokeby’s grounds. In the early 1700s, the land was included in parcels allotted to German Palatine settlers by landlord Colonel Henry Beekman, in exchange for partial rent payments in the form of “good merchantable winter wheat” from the land they tilled. Though Rokeby has since passed through nine generations and experienced many incarnations, these days, Beekman’s direct descendent, Marina Michahelles, is ensuring that farming is part of the estate. Beekman’s property passed to his daughter Margaret, who married into the prominent Livingston family; in 1811, several adjoining farms were consolidated into a farm-estate dubbed “La Bergerie” (or, the sheepfold) by Margaret’s daughter Alida and her husband, General John Armstrong, who
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established a short-lived Merino sheep farm with animals gifted by Napoleon Bonaparte. The main house, inspired by French country homes, was built in 1815 (and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places). When William B. Astor, son and main heir of America’s first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor, married into the Livingston family in 1818 and began living on the property, the estate was renamed Rokeby, after a Sir Walter Scott poem beloved by Astor’s wife, Margaret Rebecca Astor (née Armstrong). In 1899, Astor’s great-granddaughter, Margaret Livingston Aldrich, developed a dairy farm that lasted through the first half of the 20th century. But then, for about 50 years, the land lay dormant. Michahelles, who is Margaret Livingston Aldrich’s great-granddaughter, is a resident of Rokeby and the powerhouse behind Shoving Leopard Farm, which she established in 2006 and has run single-handedly ever since. “Rokeby itself always had some form of agriculture,” she says. “The use of the land for something productive gives both aesthetic satisfaction and a deep sense of accomplishment, and, not unimportantly, a connection to the community.” Community connection is a driving force for Michahelles. “I think that just in terms of my personality and in my upbringing, being curious and interested in people has always been part of how we communicate as a family,” she says. Hardly a hoity-toity heiress, Michahelles is a down-to-earth, cheerful, dirt-under-the-fingernails type who lives full-time in Rokeby’s 200-year-old, 43-room main house with her husband, Louis, along with her uncle, Richard Aldrich, and his wife Ania. Family stewardship of Rokeby extends to a handful of other relatives who inhabit additional houses on the grounds, including Michahelles’ cousin,
Alexandra Aldrich, who penned a memoir of her childhood at Rokeby, The Astor Orphan, in 2013, as well as Michahelles’ sister, Sophia Michahelles, and her partner, Alex Kahn, who live at Rokeby with their five-year-old daughter Alida. Various other heirs visit annually. “In the summertime, piles of family come to stay, most of whom grew up in the house but now live elsewhere,” Michahelles says. The Processional Arts Workshop, which specializes in pageant puppetry and works each year on New York City’s Village Halloween Parade as well as the local Sinterklaas Parade, is run by Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn in collaboration with Jeanne Fleming, who directs both parades and lives in one of Rokeby’s nine rental houses. Creativity, notes Michahelles, is common among Rokeby residents. “We have a poet and a writer; there’s currently a potter. There’s a woman doing some prints,” she says. “And, of course, [there’s] my sister and Alex doing the processional puppets. My husband is an oil painter. My aunt is an artist.” But Michahelles’s own canvas is the land itself. Last fall, she wrapped up her 12th farming season. Growing up in Paris, her farming aspirations were stoked by visits to her grandfather’s farms in Tuscany and at Rokeby, where she spent her summers. At age 10, when her family moved to Massachusetts, she was introduced to homestead-style organic farming; in high school, while studying at the Mountain School in Vermont, she discovered her calling. “I had pretty much figured out by the time I was 16 that I wanted to farm,” she says. Michahelles’s love of working with both the land and people is what drove her to create Shoving Leopard Farm (named for her fondness of spoonerisms). “I wanted to have a CSA because I love being around people,” she says. After years of apprenticing on farms in Massachusetts and Vermont, she founded Shoving Leopard in 2006. The venture launched in 2007 as a smallscale market garden, graduating to a 15-member CSA, which included flowers; in 2013, Michahelles transitioned from produce to the more profitable flower market, with the exception of one small field that is still devoted to garlic. “It was the one vegetable, when I stopped growing veggies, that I was like, ‘I can’t live without it,’” she recalls; the farm’s 200-pound annual bounty of soft-neck and hard-neck garlic varieties is primarily sold to the farm stand at Red Hook’s Montgomery Place Orchards. Shoving Leopard’s 1.5 acres of flower gardens are rotated around four quadrants of permanent beds surrounding a flower labyrinth. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are used; Michahelles relies instead on crop rotation,
compost, and organic fertilizer. More than 100 varieties of annual and perennial flowers are produced, from spring bulbs (like tulips and hyacinths) to summer blooms (zinnias, sunflowers, marigolds, and more) to fall dahlias. The farm is partially supported by CSA shares, which routinely sell out. (Spring’s five-week share starts in mid-April at $95; summer’s 12-week share begins in late June for $200; fall’s six-week share starts in late August at $95.) Members can pick their own favorite bouquet weekly from the flower labyrinth or pick up precut flowers at Shoving Leopard or Sawkill Farm in Red Hook. But Shoving Leopard’s main economic driver is providing customized arrangements for weddings and events. Michahelles also offers bridal bouquet and flower-arranging workshops and “pick-your-own wedding flowers” packages. Rokeby even hosts a handful of weddings a year. A portion of Shoving Leopard’s proceeds support the farm’s side project, Abloom, a “flower-recovery” program founded in 2016 by Michahelles and her friend and longtime CSA member Marla Walker, a Rhinebeck-based interior designer. Their mission is to “rescue” flowers (for a small fee) after weddings and events and redistribute them for free at local needs-driven organizations, including homeless shelters, senior homes, food pantries, and the Astor Home for Children. “Flowers typically just get thrown away” after events, Walker says. “Any florist you talk to will tell you it’s this horrible tragedy.” Abloom has saved countless floral arrangements from dumpsters, allowing them to live on to enliven other spaces. “That pleasure, joy, and mood that fresh plants and flowers put you in when you have them in your home is something that everybody should have,” Walker says. So far, the responses from Abloom’s recipients have been universally positive. “Everyone’s faces light up. Everyone is happy,” Walker says. “Everyone wants to see flowers. It’s the most noncontroversial, easiest, simplest idea.” Ultimately, for Michahelles, rescuing and redistributing flowers matters as much as growing them. “Sharing of goods seems like such a beautiful and direct way to meet with people and connect with people in our community,” she says.
Above: The Rokeby estate’s main house and some of Shoving Leopard Farm’s autumn flowers. Opposite: Farm director Marina Michahelles shows off a few of last fall’s dahlias.
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BUZZ FEED Start your honeybee garden before spring. By Susan Piperato
f you’re thinking of having a honeybee hive next summer, there’s no need to wait. You can get started right now, even in the dead of winter, by sprouting seeds to plant when warm weather returns. Honeybees live as a superorganism, with each one working for the good of the whole, and depending upon all the others in its colony. If they can’t collect enough nectar and pollen to make enough honey to survive on through winter, the colony may perish—in fact, each year, 30 to 60 percent of bee colonies starve to death or abandon their hives for other reasons—so the health of honeybees depends on having a wealth of nectarand pollen-rich flowers nearby. But even if having a hive isn’t your thing, sprouting and planting a bee-friendly garden will help bees by increasing the local floral inventory. In exchange, the bees will pollinate your flowers, increasing your harvest—and in the meantime, these tiny sprouts will chase your wintertime doldrums away. PLAN YOUR GARDEN SIZE AND LOCATION The bigger the garden, the better for the honeybees—a meadow would be ideal. Plan on turning part of your lawn or vegetable garden into a flowerbed, but even a window box or patio container will help. Honeybees fly up to two miles to collect nectar and pollen, so the more pollinator plants there are in the neighborhood, the better. Having an idea of how large your garden will be will help determine the types of seeds you sprout. CHOOSE YOUR SEEDS GO ORGANIC Starting seeds is preferable to buying commercial plants since many greenhouses spray products toxic to pollinators to protect their stock from pests. SELECT NONHYBRID Many hybrids have been manipulated
to produce larger, brighter blooms, but no longer produce nectar and pollen. Buy heirloom varieties or join a seedsaving club to ensure your flowers are rich in sugary nectar and pollen.
FAVOR OPEN-FACE FLOWERS (such as Japanese
windflowers and cosmos) and flowers with smaller, clustered blossoms (like Anise hyssop or catnip) to accommodate the honeybee’s shorter proboscis (straw-like “tongue”) and allow for easier feeding. PLANT SEASONALLY From spring through fall, honeybees feed on flowers, so choose a succession of blooms. Poppies, catnip, Jacob’s Ladder, and Salvia bloom early; zinnias are late bloomers. PLANT IN DRIFTS Honeybees tend to flock to flowers
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provide large masses of color, like lavender, Salvia, hyssop, or Jacob’s Ladder—all of which come in white or purple tones. INCLUDE NATIVE PLANTS Since native flowers are already
adapted to the local soil conditions and climate, once they’re established in your garden, they won’t need much maintenance. Native perennials include Echinacea (or coneflowers), asters, various types of milkweed, goldenrod, and Joe Pye weed.
MIX IT UP Perennials help establish drifts of color, which
the bees prefer, while annuals let you change your mind and “redecorate” each year. Hardy perennials include clematis, poppies, and flowering herbs like oregano, sage, mint, catnip, and garlic chives. Annuals like sunflowers also draw birds. Bachelor buttons and borage are reseeding annuals; cosmos’ delicate, waving stalks can last until fall. Kale, cilantro, and basil also attract bees if they’re allowed to bolt. START SPROUTING CHECK TIMING Seedlings should be ready to plant outside when the weather becomes favorable, so read the seed packet regarding timing and start germination accordingly. GET SET UP Fill the sections of a plastic flat or small
individual pots with a lightweight, organic seed-starting soil. Warmth and water trigger the germination process. If seedlings don’t get enough light, they will be leggy and weak. Choose a south-facing window; if that isn’t available, invest in grow lights, heat mats, and a timer; run for 15 hours a day. Until the seeds have sprouted, keep the seed bed moist, never letting it dry out. Water the sprouts regularly with a spray bottle that won’t wash away the soil. Seedlings remain fragile until they’re established. Finding the balance between keeping them moist or drowning can be tricky; in the early stages daily checking is required. MOVE UP AND OUT As the seedlings grow, transfer them
into bigger pots. The seedlings will still be fragile come spring, so be careful during the “hardening-off” period, checking the weather as you let the plants rest outside on a deck or porch for a few days before transplanting them into the earth, tucking their roots in carefully.
GET TO KNOW THE HONEYBEE Colony Collapse Disorder occurs when most of a colony’s worker bees disappear, leaving behind the queen, food, and a few nurse bees to care for the queen and any immature bees. According to research, CCD may be caused by pesticide poisoning, stress, habitat changes, mites, emerging diseases, or inadequate food supply. A hive or colony consists of a queen who lays all of the eggs and 20,000 to 60,000 honeybees—a mix of female workers and male drones. In the Hudson Valley, a hive produces on average 25 to 30 pounds of honey each year. A pound of honey requires 2 million flowers being tapped. Each worker honeybee makes 1/12 a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. Honeybees fly fast—15 mph—by beating their wings 200 times per second, which creates their “buzz.” A queen lives up to five years, producing 2,500 eggs per day in summer. Honeybees live up to seven weeks. Worker bees born in the fall live in the hive through winter, but drones get expelled before the cold sets in. Honeybees communicate about food sources by “dancing.” The US has an estimated 211,600 beekeepers. Honey is the only food that contains all substances necessary to sustain life. It is antioxidant, hydroscopic, and antibacterial and can cure allergies, and soothe cuts, heal wounds, and combat infection.
HoneybeeLives, an organic apiary, beekeeping education center, and apiary services firm in New Paltz, is offering twoday organic beekeeping classes in New Paltz on January 19-20, January 26-27, and February 23-24; and in Brooklyn at the Commons on February 2-3. The cost is $200; pre-registration is required. For more information, visit at honeybeelives.org or call (845) 255-6113.
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Renovating your kitchen is an opportunity to finally make space for all those “problem items” that you have had such a hard time finding a home for like that chunky mixer or set of Grandma's serving platters. “If you have certain things that you know you need space for, we can certainly help with that,” says Szeglowski. Nifty built-in cabinet accessories can also save space and streamline the look of your kitchen from pull-out waste/recycling cabinets to built-in silverware drawer dividers. ACCENTED Modern kitchens are all about contrast. These days, you can get a stove or fridge in any color from aquamarine to fuschia. Manufactured quartz countertops also come in a wide variety of colors, which can tie into your color scheme or play an accent role. Afraid of commitment? “Go ahead and get timeless white Shaker cabinets,” Szeglowski advises. “Then change the color on walls or change the hardware.’” Or, pick colorful countertop appliances like toasters and mixers to add a pop of color.
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Light Up Winter Looking to experience hygge? All you need is a hearth. Photo: Fabian Grohs
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here’s no precise translation of the Danish word hygge. It’s found in those moments when all’s right with the world, the conversation sparkles and the refreshments hit the spot, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be but where you are right this minute. Pronounced “hue-gah,” the word has Danish and Old Norse origins, meaning (respectively) “to give courage, comfort, joy” and “soul, mind, or consciousness.” And while many things can be considered hygge, there is arguably nothing more hygge than sitting before a crackling fire in wintertime. Niels Wittus at Wittus Fire by Design in Pound Ridge became an importer of fine Danish stoves in the late 1970s when his father and a colleague visited from his native Denmark for a trade show. “The importer screwed them and they were left with a pile of stoves in a warehouse down South,” he recalls. “With no research, just a truck and a trailer, we started taking them around to dealers.” Back then, the conversation about alternative energy sources was just getting started. The wood-stoves that Wittus was selling were the brainchild of renowned Danish designer Bent Falk, whose Klassic wood-stove, introduced in 1970, integrated the tradition of a raised firebox with an oven above and a wood storage compartment below with sleek design and updated technology. “The dealers loved the handcrafted aspect,” Wittus recalls. “We knew we had something people really liked. We ran a few ads in Metropolis magazine—that put us on the map, and people started coming out of the woodwork.” Wittus Fire by Design still offers Falk’s Klassic as one of its state-of-the-art wood cook-stoves—if anything is even more hygge than a fire in the wood-stove, it would have to be baking bread atop that fire—plus the rotating oval Stromboli, with 30 different color choices of cladding in natural stone, sandstone, or steel; and the sleek German Twinfire, with high-efficiency double fire boxes. Over 150 wood-stove distributors—from high-end furniture stores, designers, and architects to momand-pop outlets—carry the Wittus line of handcrafted, hightech wood-stoves. Prices range from about $4,000 for a basic stove to about $12,000 for stoves with soapstone, sandstone, or tile cladding. (Gas- and pellet-burning options are also available in a similar range of designs.)
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The Klassic wood-stove was developed in 1970 by Danish industrial designer Bent Falk and has been updated by him to EPA standards. Based on the classic European stove, it provvides efficient heating and functional compartments allowing wood storage below the fire and baking and cooking on top. The current, EPA-standard version features a self-cleaning glass door.
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efficient. Now, some are up to 92-percent efficient—much more heat from the same log, and less smoke.” That said, Wittus believes it’s possible to over-regulate wood burning. “At the end of the day, you can’t burn anything without some pollution, but burning biomass reduces fossil fuel usage and a good, clean-burning stove produces no more CO2 than a decomposing tree,” he says. “Potentially requiring all stoves to have catalytic converters will drive prices way up all through the market, out of a lot of people’s reach. It’s ironic: In Norway, rural houses are required to have wood stoves as a health and safety measure; here, it sometimes seems we’re trying to get rid of them.” Hearth products are recognized in some circles as part of the solution to climate change. The Twinfire model took second place in the international Wood Stove Decathlon organized by the Alliance for Green Heat, and was incorporated into the winning design in the Canadian Green Building Awards of 2014. A Wittus Shaker stove comes pre-installed in every unit at the exclusive ecofriendly Hudson Woods development in Kerhonkson, and many types of stoves qualify for NYSERDA efficiency incentives. “Tending a stove is a labor of love,” Wittus admits. “One of our first clients, the architect Joe Levine, said that when you get home after a long day, the process of laying and lighting the fire slows you down like a meditation. It’s the ultimate warm furniture.“ But if your memory of stove-keeping involves splitting wood, finding splinters in the rug, and endlessly sweeping up ashes, rethink that. Not only has the technology become much more user-friendly, but, after installation, Fireside’s team returns annually for a maintenance visit. “Our goal is to make sure all your needs are met,” says Mountford, “so your hearth can really be the heart of your home—strong, steady, warm, and trouble-free.” Meditating on the task of making a fire after a long winter’s day? That sounds very hygge to me.
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Today, in the face of climate change and rising energy costs, more and more people are turning to energy-efficient biomass heating systems, which rely upon natural energy sources like wood or recycled industrial waste. Biomass not only shrinks your carbon footprint and heating bills, but also generates substantial hygge, says John Mountford, owner of Fireside Warmth, which opened in 1975 in Kingston and has thrived as a family-run company through four generations, selling and installing wood-stoves and inserts and designing and installing mantelpieces and fireplaces. The company offers wood-, gas, and pellet stoves; inserts; wood and gas fireplaces; and even clean-burning coal stoves from over a dozen creative makers. “Our family’s been doing this over 40 years,” says Mountford, “so we’ve developed a broad and deep expertise in helping the customer find just the right hearth for their aesthetic and lifestyle. And, yes, a fireplace or a stove will give you a cozy feeling that nothing else can.” Fireside Warmth’s recently renovated showroom includes models from foreign and American brands, including Jotul, Quadrafire, Country, Lennox, Heat N Glo, RSF Fireplaces, and Hearthstone. Although Mountford and Wittus also sell gas stoves, they consider wood-stoves to be superior. “Gas stoves are more for people who want a flame in the background,” says Wittus. “A wood fire is a focal point. And if something is going to contain a wood fire in your home, you certainly want it well made. We sell that, plus design and ambiance.” A well-made modern wood stove incorporates the kind of technology that our grandparents only dreamed about. “Back when we first started, you didn’t have wood stoves with glass; there were concerns about breakage and dirtiness,” says Wittus. “Now we have an air-washing system that works like a windshield defroster, pulling in the air and blowing it down over the glass so the particulates don’t build up, and we use a ceramic glass that can withstand 2,000 degrees. Convection technology keeps the sides of the stove cooler and provides a more even heat. And the EPA has changed performance. Back in the mid-’80s, a stove was typically 40- to 50-percent
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MODERN VICTORIAN A renovation honors a home’s history without period-perfect fussiness. By Maria Ricapito | Photos by Roy Gumpel
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Gingko House is named for the stately, centuries-old tree that stands tall in its yard.
ingko House, in the village of Rhinebeck, is so named for its towering, centuries-old tree. “A lot of people know this house because this [intersection] is very well photographed, with somewhat grand houses on all four corners,” says Maya Kaimal of the residence she and her husband, Guy Lawson, bought in 2016. Built in 1895 by Augustus Quick as a gift for his fiancée, Cecelia Schryver, on land owned by her farmer father, the house’s classic Victorian features include a wraparound porch, widow’s walk, bay windows with reading nooks, elegant parlors with pocket doors, and fretwork trim. But when Kaimal and Lawson bought the house, it also—true to its era—had few bathrooms; a smallish, dark kitchen; and a gloomy basement. “We looked at the house and thought, ‘There’s so much to love here,’” says Kaimal, a chef, cookbook author, and the founder of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods. She and Lawson, a journalist and author, worked with New York City-based Studio Fōr founder Fauzia Khanani to fill the house with light and make it more user-friendly (the family includes twin teen daughters and a big dog). “We wanted to respect the history, rather than making some big statement,” Kaimal says, “but we didn’t want a fussy, perfect-period house. We wanted a functional house that honored the period it was built in.”
Khanani agreed: “We had no intention of turning it into an ultra-modern house,” she says. “Maya and Guy wanted to retain as much of the old house as possible, but gave us the freedom to incorporate modern design as well.” “The thing I wanted to do in the house was bring in color,” says Kaimal. Rich colors, she says, “have a happy feel. I wanted to bring some of that into this house, too.” Khanani helped find a balance to avoid being “too bold” by opting for boldly colored walls and accessories (decorative plates, cushions, art). With the furniture, they chose to “step back and be more about texture,” Khanini says. “The rugs are more muted, too.” Initially, the sea green paint of the dining room “terrified” Kamal, says Khanini, “but she was willing to take the risk.” They lightened up the dark wood trim with white paint. An array of Indian and Moroccan plates pick up on the color scheme. The table, chairs, and light fixtures have modern lines. “Textiles are a passion of mine,” says Kaimal, who found some of the house’s brightly patterned fabrics on trips to India. In the staircase, Khanani noticed the bare window seats. “I said, ‘You have young daughters, and they clearly love reading. Guy’s a writer, too. [His book Arms and the Dudes, the true story of two young men who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan, was the upstate HOUSE
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“ We wanted to respect the history, rather than making some big statement,” Kaimal says, “but we didn’t want a fussy, perfect-period house.” basis for the recent film War Dogs.] These should be really amazing window nooks where you can sit and read.’” Kaimal agreed. The nooks are filled with cushions. A Sputnik-y lamp and pieces from the couple’s eclectic art collection— Australian Aboriginal art, Japanese prints, and friends’ photographs—tie everything together. The original spindly woodwork remains. There was no bathroom on the main floor, so Khanani tucked one under the staircase with a hidden door. Gingko House’s former owners—three generations of chiropractors—had removed bay windows to add an entrance to a dark-paneled basement office space. “For me, that was clearly not part of the original design,” Khanani says. “My thought was to get rid of that and bring the house back to what it was—we’ll put the bay windows back and have light flooding down into the basement.” The basement became guest quarters, a laundry room, and a den. The basement stairs were shifted to the kitchen, which roughly doubled in size, and a mudroom and deck were added. “Guests can come in through the mudroom and go right downstairs,” says Khanani.
The new design makes the kitchen central. Kaimal has written two cookbooks, Curried Flavors and Savoring the Spice Coast of India, which explore her South Indian heritage (her father is from Kerala; her mother is a New Englander). In 2003, newly married to Lawson, she started a line of Indian simmer sauces. “Food is a big part of their family life,” says Khanani. “Everyone hangs out in the kitchen and it is really the heart of the house for them. Often, Maya is cooking and testing out new dishes on weekends.” The appliances are professionalgrade and the cabinets are traditional, but “in a really soft gray that’s not of the period.” The new design also contains some elements of the home’s previous owners, including their antique living room chairs, which Kaimal bought. “That felt like a nice piece of continuity,” she says. Everything else is an “eclectic mix from all sorts of sources.” They continued the sea-green walls from the dining room because the wraparound porch shades the room. “Now, you would not notice that it’s not a bright room,” Kaimal says.
Above: The kitchen is both the heart of the house and Kaimal’s recipe-testing space. Opposite, clockwise from top: The dining room’s sea-green walls and white wainscotting brighten up the dining room and give it a “happy feel,” says Kaimal; the mostly neutral interior invites bright bursts of colorful accents; the new first-floor bathroom is tucked beneath the staircase.
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Upstairs, the challenge was to bring the bathroom facilities into the current century. “These days, even in older houses, people are used to having a master bathroom and a separate one for their kids,” Khanani says. “In the old days, everyone shared.” The original upstairs bathroom became part of the master suite, alongside a new walk-in closet. A shared closet between the girls’ bedrooms became the second bathroom. The home’s exterior “needed a little bit of love,” Khanani says. “For a house its age, it has held up remarkably, but Maya and Guy were thinking they’re going to be in this house for a really long time. They wanted to make the investment to really bring it back to life.” The wood siding was thick with paint and rotting, so they recladed it with composite siding. “It has recycled material and concrete ash, so it’s almost indestructible and almost zero maintenance,” explains Khanani. “The paint finish is baked on in the factory. We picked a just slightly lighter color to give more light and changed up the trim to a cream color. We then chose a dark bronze color for the doors and windows—which harks back to the time it was built. I think it has a modern feel, but it’s still quite warm.” The end result is what Khanani calls a “modern Victorian.” It’s a grand old house, but it’s filled “with very clean, modern furnishings and colors,” says Khanani. “Juxtaposed with really intricate and ornate elements from a Queen Anne or a Victorian, it’s very easy for the original details to stand out.”
Clockwise from right: A Midcentury chair adds a pop of color to a corner of the living room; the mudroom entrance; a closet between the girls’ bedrooms became their shared bathroom. Opposite: The Victorian porch is both generous and grand.
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G S N I N Y U A G T S Comfort is the priority
at this quirky boutique hotel and events space. By Maria Ricapito | Photos by Eva Deitch
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hen you walk into the house, we want the first thing you feel to be a sense that it envelops you, that it’s really warm and welcoming, not too stark,” says Sally Watkinson, co-owner of Audrey’s Farmhouse B&B and the Greenhouses, a newly renovated event space, restaurant, and boutique hotel in the hamlet of Wallkill in southern Ulster County. She and her coowner husband Doug Posey, an attorney, were living in New York City in 2015 when Posey, browsing the real estate listings, happened upon a listing for a bed-and-breakfast inn for sale. “Before we knew it,” says Watkinson, “we were meeting with a broker up here and that was kind of it. We thought at the beginning we would just do it part-time; we thought it would be a Thursday-through-Sunday-kind-of deal.” This may have been feasible when the property was merely a five-bedroom farmhouse, part of which dates to 1740, and a small guest cottage, but things quickly changed. “When we bought the B&B, it was a going concern,” says Watkinson, a former visual merchandiser who has created store and display design for Victoria’s Secret and Nike. The couple inherited loyal guests from former owners Audrey and Don Leff, who also ran a wedding business on the grounds, which feature meadows, a swimming pond, and views of the Shawangunk Ridge. The establishment was dog-friendly long before it became trendy. “We have a
lot of brides that bring their dogs, and then they’re in the ceremony,” Watkinson says. But Watkinson and Posey pretty quickly realized that innkeeping wasn’t just for weekenders. One of their first moves was to redesign the Colonial farmhouse spaces with a country-chic style Watkinson calls “modern farmhouse.” “I’m constantly mixing the old and the new,” she explains. “There’s a sense of discovery as you walk through and each room is different, though I think there’s a common thread. In every space, there will be something that’s old or repurposed along with something that’s new.” Watkinson is a fan of flea markets, and most of the pieces are vintage finds. Quirky touches abound: taxidermied antelope heads peek from a corner of a sitting room, and goose-neck desk lamps illuminate tables stacked with vintage books; the seating areas feature vintage carpets, sheepskins, mounted antlers, feed-sack and ticking pillows, leather sofas, and modern lamps; and antique snowshoes hang above a white stucco fireplace. In the dining room, a plank table surrounded by industrial-style metal stools and vintage office chairs is where guests eat family-style breakfasts (signature dishes: kale hash, poached eggs on arugula, waffles with fruit). The overall feeling is of spending a weekend in the country with your hippest foodie friends— people who really know how to make you feel at home.
Above: Audrey’s Farmhouse B&B began with an 18thcentury farmhouse, but its current owners have expanded the facility by renovating a nearby greenhouse and barn. Opposite, clockwise from top: Charcoal is one of the farmhouse’s five bedrooms; owners Doug Posey and Sally Watkinson; homemade waffles are a breakfast staple.
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The ground floor’s only guest room is the Suite, featuring crisp white linens on a queen four-poster bed, barn-wood ceiling, chunky rag-type rugs, and Midcentury Scandinavian chairs. The en suite bathroom has a clawfoot tub and separate shower. The steep original stairs provide a private entrance to Cathedral, an airy room with a vaulted and beamed ceiling, queen bed, en suite bath, and seating area. Cathedral can be booked as an adjoining room with Woodstove, which has wide-plank floors, a king bed, en suite bathroom, and leather stools near its working wood-stove. Two upstairs bedrooms named for their wall colors—Charcoal and Pink—share a bathroom; they have feather-topped queen beds tucked under the eaves and are illuminated with Edison light bulbs and pendant lamps. All the rooms have Roku TVs. The Cottage sleeps up to four adults and has a scrubbedplank farm table, clerestory windows, framed botanical prints, subway-tiled bathroom, and mod kitchenette where guests get a “seasonal breakfast starter kit.” “If there’s anything chic or upscale about our brand, it’s also very comfort-based,” Posey says. “We’ve never left a piece of furniture that looked really cool but was 32
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uncomfortable to sit on. We’ll change it out for something more relaxing.” Watkinson handles behind-the-scenes logistics while Posey takes on front-of-house duties. “Doug will be in the kitchen cooking breakfast for the guests, and then come out and have coffee,” she says. “Sometimes they will just hang out until checkout. That’s part of the charm. We’ve had a lot of repeat guests along the way and a lot of them feel like family. They have been on this journey with us as we started expanding, too.” The business has grown exponentially in the past three years. In 2017, the couple reconstructed a defunct greenhouse and outbuildings across the road to create the Greenhouses hotel (with 14 loft-like rooms), events spaces, and restaurant. The U-shaped hotel incorporates the original nursery’s metal hoops. Watkinson and Posey completely rebuilt the greenhouse, safely recreating the lush, industrial-ruin vibe that attracted them in the first place. Its vaulted main space has bluestone floors and is temperature-controlled and stocked with plants. The adjacent barn houses another large event space and the front desk.
Clockwise from top left: Audrey’s has been welcoming dogs since long before that became trendy; in the Greenhouses boutique hotel, the original nursery’s metal hoops have been retained; a guest bathroom in the farmhouse. Opposite, from top: The farmhouse’s living area boasts a working fireplace and a charming mix of antique and Midcentury furnishings; a converted barn houses the reception area.
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The property is a mix of patios and decks among chic plantings, wide lawns, and the pond—all installed to protect nearby wetlands. The staff numbers from 25 to 34 depending on the season. Watkinson and Posey live nearby with their two small children and two dogs in a split-level ranch, where the decor is a mix of modern, vintage, and repurposed. “The community has been really receptive,” says Watkinson. “They see we’re not just here for folks coming up from the city.” (Case in point: “When Doug was coming up with the menu, we started with the $9 burger.” It’s still on the menu.) The couple shows movies in the barn, hosts a farmers’ market, and serves dinner on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Their brand of hospitality is similarly inclusive, melding comfort (sheets guests often ask to buy) and sturdiness (everything stands up to dogs) with sleek luxury (Aesop toiletries, four-poster spool beds). “We get a lot of kids staying here,” Watkinson says. “I like to say we’re human-friendly and dog-friendly—we’re just friendly!” Creating a comfortable environment for guests is always the priority. “We’re on-site daily because we think it’s very important for our business. We always want our guests to walk away feeling like they had a really warm experience, but, yeah, we get something back from that, too, and I think that shows.”
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Perched on a gentle slope above the Sawkill Creek, the house offers groundlevel access to a large studio space and scenic views from the enclosed porch above it.
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Clockwise from below: The original 700-square-foot “hippie love shack”; paintings by local artists adorn the walls; in the kitchen, dappled sunlight bathes the granite countertops and blue ceramic floor.
n keeping with the back-to-nature hippie movement of the 1960s and ’70s, hand-built “Woodstock houses” were made with whatever natural materials were available—hand-milled trees; native stones; reclaimed woodwork; even old, dilapidated structures—creating homes that were individual, organic, sometimes rambling, and often rustic. Today, in Woodstock’s hamlet of Bearsville, a high-end version of the classic Woodstock hand-built house is filled with whimsical touches that reflect the owners’ creative passions. Made from native red oak harvested from the property, the house features cathedral ceilings, handcrafted metalwork, and colorful ceramic tiles—with all 1,800 square feet of space splashed with sunlight from many windows as well as skylights installed within its vaulted and cathedral ceilings. “It was a labor of love,” says Mariann Durkin, who worked with her husband Bill to create the house and its surrounding gardens, literally, from the ground up. The Durkins were co-owners of Gypsy Wolf Cantina, a popular Mexican restaurant formerly located on Route 212, and bought the nearby property in 1992. Then, it was an old gravel quarry with a 700-square-foot cottage that had been hand-built in the 1970s. The couple moved into what Durkin still affectionately calls “the hippie love shack,” which is now a guest house and studio space, and began planning to build their own dream house nearby. “It was important that the house style fit with where we lived and that it was thoughtfully integrated into the property,” Durkin says. “We also liked the idea of
openness and exposed beams.” The couple found a plan they liked in a magazine, adapted it to their needs, and began construction with local father-and-son builders Malcolm and Lorin Rose in 1996 on the cedar-sided house, which they painted leafy green to blend with the surrounding woods. After filling in the gravel pit, they situated the house on a perch above the Sawkill, taking advantage of the creek’s “soundscape.” The house faces south for maximum light, but its north side provides stunning views of the Catskills. A gravel driveway winds toward it over a small hill that functions as a natural barrier to the road, creating a sense of privacy. Bluestone steps lead from the driveway along a stone wall and past hydrangeas, burning bushes, and crab-apple trees to a porch crafted from hand-hewn, rough-cut cedar beams and featuring an oversized porch swing. The house, built into a slope, has a ground-level space that houses a garage, workshop, mudroom, and interior staircase accessing the living area. At the main entrance, double-glass French doors open to an ample kitchen, where blue ceramic tile floors offset red oak cabinets crafted from wood harvested from the grounds. Both Durkins love to cook, so they incorporated generous counter space. Granite tops a rectangular central island with a six-burner Jenn-Air cooktop, and a long granite counter with a sink and dishwasher is open to the living room, framed by red oak beams and fringed with metalcrafted mermaids, looking into the living area and sunroom. An east-facing picture window, complete with a built-in window seat, offers a bird-watching perch and a view of the magnolia tree and perennial gardens. upstate HOUSE
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Clockwise from top: The living area is awash with light from windows and skylights; vaulted peaks and arched windows make the upstairs feel open and airy; with its large windows and high perch, the master bedroom offers excellent views. Above: Intricate imported tiles adorn the master bathroom.
The living area is infused with light from two skylights and several large arched windows. Red oak beams and framing are complemented by Bill’s handcrafted metal cornices and hanging metal stars. Bill also crafted a black walnut mantel for the built-in gas fireplace, which is inlaid with handmade ceramic tiles. The sunroom, formerly an open porch above the garage, was enclosed for use as a playroom when the Durkins’ now 14-year-old daughter was born. “I loved that while I was cooking, I could look across the room and see her playing when she was little,” says Durkin. The bright space is now the dining area, featuring an eight-seat handcrafted black walnut table. On the western side of the house is a bedroom accessed through French doors and a white-tiled bathroom with ceramic fixtures. Yellow pine floors cover the first floor, unifying the spaces, and each wall features local artists’ work. A black walnut balustrade runs up the stairway. At the western end of the second-floor landing is a large, lightfilled master suite, its doorway topped with a half-circle of decorative glass. Vaulted ceilings afford ample closet spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views. Skylights placed over the bed bring even more light into the room. The master bath is a testament to the Durkins’ love of all things Latin American. Its walls are lined with blue ceramic and terra cotta tiles, and hand-painted tiles from El Salvador
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and Guatemala adorn the bathtub surround and the separate shower stall. Windows above the bathtub overlook a Japanese maple tree that “turns the most incredible scarlet red in autumn,” says Durkin. A third bedroom functions as a library with built-in bookshelves made by Bill; a partial wall opens to the living room below. The four-acre property is lush with flora and has a vibrancy that matches the house’s carefully crafted interior. “It’s really important that wherever the eye rests, there’s something beautiful to look at,” says Durkin, who created a pleasing view for each window. To that end, an upstairs window overlooks a tall weeping cherry tree, a line of hydrangeas sits beneath a first-floor window, walkways wind in throughout the landscape and a “daffodil hill” blooms each spring. While the family has enjoyed creating a home here, Durkin says they’re being called to downsize and shift priorities. “It’s a part of life—things change, needs change,” she says. She has turned her landscaping talent into a thriving business, Bill is creating large-scale metal fish sculptures, and they are renovating a smaller house in Olive. Still, says Durkin, it’s a sweet goodbye that they’re bidding their Woodstock house. “I would love for someone to find the home as special as we did,” she says, “and get to experience the place so deeply that they get to know it by heart, like we did.”
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Country dreams are made of this: two creative, unique homes, set on 3.83 beautifully landscaped, private acres in Bearsville. The houses are set high above a creek, providing an enviable “country white noise” that induces immediate relaxation, and are close enough to the Village of Woodstock for those who want the opportunity to escape the house or join the crowd, as the mood strikes. The main house has an open floor plan, exposed beams, high ceilings, an abundance of natural light, and many other creative touches that set it apart from other homes in the area. The back porch, which spans the length of the house, is a perfect place to dine, socialize with friends, or just relax. It overlooks the pastoral landscape, which includes many carefully cultivated gardens featuring several species of plants. The master suite is spacious, light, and open—an oasis within an oasis. The adjoining loft is infinitely flexible, and it could be used as a study, sleeping loft, den, or whathave-you. The large yet cozy kitchen has the perfect spot for dreaming while minding the stew: a window seat which overlooks the gardens. The living room features a fireplace with custom tile and a handcrafted surround, as well as vaulted, beamed ceilings. A pretty path winds from the main house through the gardens to the additional one-bedroom home whose points of interest include a metal roof, gorgeous woodwork, and remarkable windows, as well as a singular style that’s sure to charm. It’s equipped with a full kitchen and bath, and the bedroom is large enough for a king-sized bed, which makes it perfect for a guest suite, source of rental income, studio, or all of the above. The property is gated and surrounded by deer fencing to protect the gardens.
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Recreate a true Hudson River 5 BR/3 BA estate in Ulster w/ 34+ acres of cleared & wooded land on Hudson River w/ spectacular views & 2500’ direct river frontage. 2 BR tenant farmhouse & gatehouse. Mid 1800s Livingston family house on high bluff w/ original details. Time capsule in need of total renovation or replaced w/ your modern masterpiece. Land easily subdividable creating several homes.
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Post & beam turn-of-the-century barn renovated w/ contemporary feel. Elegant & homey 4 BR/2 BA w/ brand new eat in-kitchen, open 1500 sf of light-filled space. 2 roomy loft spaces, sleeping quarters off the kitchen, one ensuite BR w/ sauna downstairs, one ensuite BR upstairs. Set on 2+ acres w/ fenced garden & small pond in quiet Germantown.
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Millbrook Country Cape $450,000
3 BA/1.5 BA Cape built in 1920 with fulllength covered front porch. Generous living room w/ wood-burning insert in FP. French doors to formal dining room, oak wood flooring, large family room & large covered back porch, updated kitchen w/ dining nook. Charming playhouse, 2 storage sheds, orchard w/ apple & Asian pear trees, pond w/ gazebo on separate 2.3 acre parcel.
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Stuyvesant Perfection $665,000
Renovated & upgraded 4 BR/3 BA farmhouse on 5 park-like acres in Stuyvesant. Open plan w/ vaulted ceiling dining room & original details, the work of one of Columbia County’s premier builders. Grounds are manicured & sensibly landscaped w/ blue stone patio & firepit w/ stunning Catskill Mountain sunsets. Protected Columbia County Land Trust across the road.
❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142
Private Island Fantasy $395,000
Your own private island on Twin Island Lake just north of Stissing Lake in Pine Plains, newly built 2-story 1 BR/1 BA home. Loads of sunlight & gleaming wood floors, plumbed for kitchen w/ well, septic, electric, heat, imminent C. of O. Shoreside studio 350’ across lake & launch spot for lake passage, w/ kayak, canoe & electric pontoon.
❚ Eliane M. Abramoff 917.608.2680
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This 6 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 story farmhouse on 187 acres is located 1.5 hours from NYC Built in 1890’s and was formerly a retreat and boarding house. Total of 11 renovated rooms, plus (4 additional bonus rooms), with multiple porches and deck. Includes 2 barns, 2 ponds, multiple fenced fields, run in shed, a greenhouse/ garden, art studio, and a large heavy equipment shed with tool workshop. Barn is professionally designed and constructed, it measures 60 ‘x36’, featuring eight 12’ x 12’ matted stalls, a tack room, ½ bath, kitchenette, new well and separate electric 200 amp service and a 2nd story 1000 bale hayloft. The second barn with private entrance is perfect for separate lease/rental income. It consists of 2 matted stalls, a tack room, hay room, large storage area, and coral on a fenced acre. All just a short walk to explore woodland riding paths, a stream with a series of small waterfalls and all the beauty of the varied land. $875,000
2 bedroom 2 bath Adirondack stone cottage with an additional rental building, featuring a soaring living room and ceiling-length stone fireplace, this home began life as an artist’s live-in studio, built by a local stonemason. In low-tax Hurley -- up in the woods but just a few minutes into Kingston and 12 minutes to Woodstock. Large cook’s kitchen features tumbled granite, custom cabinets, Bosch dishwasher, Frigidaire refrigerator and LG double-oven stove. Downstairs bathroom features an onyx-tiled shower, upstairs a tin bathtub. Lofts frame either side of the living room which leads to an enclosed bluestone porch warmed by a stove. Rental could be an AirBnB. There is a workshop building as well as several other structures which will convey “as is.” Most furniture is included in the purchase price. Broker is owner.. $375,000
This contemporary complex just up the road from Phoenicia features an interestingly configured house which, although technically a 2-bedroom, can easily sleep six and has been run as a successful AirBnB. A few steps from it is a large heated and electrified barn/garage structure perfect for an in-home business or sensitive storage. The barn/ garage fits three cars and the upper level could also work well as an artist’s studio. The park-like property, which has plenty of gardening spacer, is easily maintained in terms of winter plowing and could be the perfect ski-house compound. Backing up all of this is 500 acres of NYC Watershed land. Just 2.5 hours from New York City and with all the perks that the Catskills can provide. $560,000
This stunning 4 bedroom, 2 full bath and 2 half bath home offers privacy, a wonderful floor plan with spacious rooms and gorgeous views! Family room with fireplace and three sets of 8’ French doors providing an abundance of light and access to a formal bluestone terrace surrounded by perennial gardens. The oversized kitchen with entry to the formal dining room which includes a fireplace. A large living room offers access to the patio and is situated right next to the formal library, which is shelved with 7 foot high maple bookcases and has a view of the valley below through its bay window. The master bedroom offers full bath, sitting room and walk in closet. Two additional bedrooms share a full bath and there is even a private guest suite with its own bath accessed by a private stairway! 9’ ceilings and numerous windows. A 2- car garage and 16’ x 24’ cedar barn. 15 minute drive to New Paltz, close to Mohonk Preserve and Lake Minnewaska. $699,000
The coveted Hudson Woods high-end enclave put Kerhonkson on the map. Move right in to this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private country oasis. The striking cathedral ceilings frames the natural beauty invited inside by the expansive windows overlooking your private land, with plenty of opportunity to add a perfectly-sited pool. Enjoy radiant floors on the lower level, a standout kitchen island with Caesarstone countertops, extra storage with a beverage refrigerator, as well as a whole-house water filtration system. Mahogany doors and windows add just the right touches of country elegance. Finished studio space featuring high-speed internet, heat and air-conditioning to ensure year-round comfort and use. Enjoy all there is to savor in the increasingly popular Hudson Valley country life with the sophistication of your modern, secluded retreat. $949,000
One of the most beautiful parcels in Highland sits majestically atop a hill, overlooking a 3 acre lotus-filled pond and wildlife preserve. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath house is a sturdy owner-built raised ranch from an era when homes were solidly and tightly constructed. A long driveway leads into the property, which has complete privacy, and has been landscaped with loving care by the owner through the years. In addition to mature trees and a variety of unique flower gardens, there is an inground pool, meditation/koi pond, and waterfall sanctuary. There are perfectly preserved hardwood floors throughout and a large screened-in porch (a true envy to all relaxation seekers.) The finished downstairs family room features a custom built bar, ideal for entertaining. Convenient to Metro North in Poughkeepsie and the NYS Thruway, is hard to come by - but so easy to enjoy. $485,000
2 bedroom 1.5 bath quintessential 1930’s Woodstock charmer. Although situated near the road, the property is shielded enough to afford plenty of peace and quiet, and is also extremely private. The two main rooms, which can be used for combinations of living and dining, are very generous in size, both leading out to porch and patio areas, and a private hot tub. Kitchen has been updated, as has the full bath downstairs -- new furnace too! -- and there are plenty of original details that give the home the kind of character Woodstock buyers look for. An added bonus is a 250 sf outbuilding which, gutrenovated, lends itself to studio or office use. This may well be the property for a Woodstock buyer looking to create his or her dream at an affordable price point. $460,000
Own a piece of virtually untouched history just 90 minutes to Manhattan. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath early colonial stunningly sited and overlooking the Hudson River . The generous, high-ceiling rooms feature moldings, wide board flooring, built-ins, woodwork and hardware that have remained the same for a century and a half. The current owners have also created a 35-foot cook’s kitchen addition, with dining additional to the formal dining room, that leads to a splendid patio overlooking the Hudson River and a gently sloping hillock with a gazebo for further up-river views. In addition to a formal living room there is a den and a library with a fireplace. The new owner will likely want to create a master bathroom, easily accomplished in the generous adjacent space (16 x 13.5) to the master bedroom. A bonus to the property is a 0.65-acre 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest house (or rental), recently renovated and private from the main house, with its own private driveway. It also features those much-sought-after Hudson River views. $1,275,000 upstate HOUSE
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GRAND CLOVE VALLEY COLONIAL A very special in what it on offers. ELEGANT COUNTRY COLONIAL A beautiful home,offering, crafted unrivaled with fine materials 11+Picturacres esque center hall in thearea. heartPrivate, of the Clove on with 22+ acres, fully restored & maintained to in the Millbrook Estate sereneValley setting long driveway, tennis court & Gunite the highest standards. 4100 sq. feet, w/7 BRs, 3 full baths and 2 half, 7 fireplaces & beautiful pool. Stylish design, light filled rooms, high ceilings, 3 fireplaces & 4 BRs, each with full baths. wide plank flooring. Complemented a tree lined driveway, pond, period barn & attractive 90 mins from NYC & mins to Village ofby Millbrook. Offered at $1,895,000
PRIME LOCATION & OF TURN KEY BUSINESS Thecompletely Millbrook renovated Antiques home Mall, MODERN ELEGANCEREAL IN THEESTATE VILLAGE MILLBROOK Stunning, established in on 1979 offered w/approximately currently renting on Maple Ave. oneand of the finestturn lots key in the Village. State of 20 the dealers art kitchen, fabulous hard space. Over LR 5000 ft. French of retail space w/large display windows in front. wood floors, w/FPsq.and doors to bluestone patio. Lovely level parcel withPrime brandlocanew, tion on Franklin Ave., the shopping street inchoice the Village of Millbrook. at magnificent pool house and main in-ground pool. Excellent for entertaining familyOffered & friends. $1,250,000 Offered at $1,395,000
COUNTRY CHARM WITHPANORAMIC ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Circasited 1860forcolonial, HILLTOP CAPE COD WITH VIEWS Perfectly privacy on on 24.4 13.3 acres acres on w/ one ofentry. the area’s finest roads. Known affectionately as “Little Farm, ” the property lends itself gated Classic style w/rocking chair front porch. Solar powered w/battery back-up to many possibilities building a dream house, setting a small-scale farming generator for energy from savings. In-ground pool, central air,up cathedral ceilings, wideoperaboard tion or simply a country retreat. Farming fields, apple orchard, woodland & pond. Several flooring throughout. 1st floor master suite. Millbrook Schools. Offered at $795,000 early barns, including one converted to a 2 BR/2BTH cottage. Offered at $795,000
BEAUTIFUL HOME WITH IN-GROUND POOL Spacious ranch, just& TWO STORY VILLAGE VILLAGE OF MILLBROOK HOME Early stucco home,single-story filled with character seconds downtown meticulously maintained move-in charm. 4 from BRs, 1.5 baths, HWMillbrook floors, LRarea. w/FP,Private, formal dining, family room, & eat-inand kit. New high ready, with 4 BRs,and 2 baths, FPs, eat-in-kit w/breakfast nook,garage. formal Private DR, elegant LR and efficiency furnace water2 heater. Oversized 2 car detached back yard w/ cozy den. patio, Beautiful grounds pool,beds. poolOffered house,atpatio and Pergola. Offered flag stone privacy hedgesw/gorgeous & raised garden $349,000 at $675,000
MILLBROOK VILLAGE CAPEINCOD Just a short to the centerEnchanting, of the Village1920’s of Millbrook GRAND STONE HOUSE THE VILLAGE OF walk MILLBROOK stone is this charming Cape Cod, Ave. with w/6 3 BRs, wood floors, frontspace. porch house on beautiful Maple BRs,2.5 3.5baths, bathsbeautiful and nearly 4000 sq. ft.lovely of living Magnificent details that include a grand foyer, HW floors, 2 stunning & stone patioperiod overlooking private backyard. 2 car entry attached garage w/walk-up storagestone area. FPs, & large front &w/half back verandas. Detached 2 car stone garage w/studio, hilltop barn & Finished basement bath. Offered at $349,000 storage shed. Offered at $635,000
CLINTONINCORNERS FARMHOUSE Wonderful homeSingle w/great curb appeal. Well RANCH THE HEART OF MILLBROOK HUNT country COUNTRY story living on 2.27 maintained, w/3 BRs, 2.5 road, baths,private, Kit w/custom cabinetry, LR w/brick fireplace, FR w/wood acres on a scenic country landscaped and w/pool. Kitchen w/granite counters & stainless appliances, great room ceiling and large cozy floors, exposed steel beams & study alcove. Brightw/soaring studio/office. French doorswindows, to brick patio. LR w/FP. Desirable location just minutes to Village of Millbrook and 1.5 hr. drive from Lovely lawn & gardens. Convenient to Millbrook & Rhinebeck areas. Offered at $295,000 NYC. Offered at $450,000
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This enchanting mini-estate tucked into the private Grog Kill community enjoys pure privacy yet also has association amenities that feature a pond and recreational area. Enjoy open living with soaring ceilings in this 3 bed, 3 bath home with detached cabin. The property also has views of the Grog Kill stream. This is sure to be your amazing city getaway! For more information contact Greg Berardi today. $875,000
Historic Brick Victorian with sweeping panoramic Hudson River views. Located in the quaint Hamlet of Port Ewen, just oﬀ Downtown Kingston, this Vintage 4BR home oﬀers convenience, character and style. With twenty-four oversized windows overlooking the Hudson River your view is a moving postcard, in tune with seasonal river vistas. This unique home oﬀers three ﬂoors of living space with period details. For more information contact Greg Berardi today. $595,000
Stately home with guest house built by the famous architect Juan Montoya. Granite faced exterior, picturesque setting with pond, private views, fruit trees and extensive landscape. As you enter the light ﬁlled foyer you are welcomed with vaulted ceilings, airy rooms and a massive stone ﬁreplace. Stunning kitchen ﬂows out to blue-stone patio. Loft style guest house with ﬁreplace. For more information contact Greg Berardi today. $525,000
Must see to appreciate this outstanding estate located in the beautiful Catskill region. Main building consists of 9 BR suites each with full baths and ﬁreplaces. There is a 76 x 40 room with an indoor heated pool, lounge area & adjacent game room with a custom hand-built bar. Additional 2000 sq. ft barn which has been converted into a comfortable, separate residence. For more information contact Blanca Aponte today. $2,300,000
Nestled in the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains and less than 100 miles from Manhattan lies this private family compound. THREE AMAZING HOMES, a European-styled Villa, Adirondack-style lodge and a charming country cottage. There are multiple outbuildings, studio spaces and garages, all this framed by 300+ acres of private mature land with the beautiful Stoddard Mill Creek meandering the property. For more information contact Cheryl Nekos or Greg Berardi today. $2,695,000
Elegant 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath custom colonial with an intelligent layout in a private woodsy setting. Dramatic vaulted entryway invites you into this generously proportioned, meticulously maintained home with massive eat in gourmet kitchen that spills into a gorgeous vaulted living room with locally quarried bluestone ﬂoor, wood burning stove and French doors that open to an expansive back deck overlooking 5 acres of pristine Catskill forest and a spring fed pond. For more information contact Sean Zimmerman today. $595,000
Historic Brick Victorian with sweeping panoramic Hudson River views oﬀers three ﬂoors of living space with period details. Exquisite unobstructed views of the Hudson River balcony. First ﬂoor is set up as an accessory apartment, with a full kitchen, bath, living and bedroom. Second ﬂoor features large eat-in kitchen with French doors opening to an expansive dining room and wraparound porch. Third ﬂoor massive master bedroom suite with dressing room and balcony. For more information contact Nick Martin today. $995,000
3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bathrooms 2005 Cape Chalet on a private 5.7 acre setting minutes from the Village of Woodstock, with seasonal views of Mt. Mead. Open ﬂoor plan includes the loft overlooking the living, dining and kitchen. The master has a deck and en-suite bathroom with a walk-in closet. Relax in the year-round Florida sun room. For more information contact Mike Barros or Alan Kessler today. $649,000
This ﬁne vintage 1890 4BR / 3.5 Bath 3 story Victorian home has been restored and upgraded while still keeping its charm. With its original classic oak paneling and hardwood ﬂoors, it was recently painted inside and out, its ﬁrst and second ﬂoor windows replaced with energy eﬃcient glass, new furnace, two water heaters and several plumbing and structural upgrades. For more information contact Mike Barros or Alan Kessler today. $499,000
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Hudson River | Saugerties, NY
Secluded Estate | Hudson Valley, NY
Mansion/Inn—1.2 Acres | Hudson, NY
Excl. Historic 1855 masterpiece on 137 River front acres All new infrastructure in place. $7.394M. Web#19011885 N. Felcetto 917.626.6755 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866
Excl. Luxurious 4 BR on 102 acres. Pool, tennis court & ponds. 2 additional 3 BR homes. $3.150M. Web#19016397 Jean Stoler 518.755.4298
Excl. Historic, meticulous inn or home. 6-en-suite, (2) 1 BR’s. Parlors, FDR, solar, garage. $1.7M. Web#15085984 N. Felcetto 917.626.6755 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866
Vintage Barn Chic on 31 Acres | Old Chatham, NY
Private Lake Community | Athens, NY
1793 Manse—125 Acres | Greenville, NY
Excl. Soaring ceilings, open 4BR/4BA, den/library, guest House, tennis, views & serenity. $1.150M. Web#18322901 N. Felcetto 917.626.6755 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866
Excl. Contemporary waterfront lake villa. 5 BR, 5 BA, open floorplan, decks, glass & 3 fplcs. $895K. Web#18654648 Sterling H. Swann 518.929.7805
Excl. Historic estate. 5BR/4BA, Georgian details. 7 fpls, 2 postbeam barns, pond & stream. $849K. Web#18361052 Sterling H. Swann 518.929.7805
Magical Views & Setting | Copake, NY
Tranquil Country House | Pawling, NY
Sweeping Views | Austerlitz, NY
Excl. Victorian on 6.5 acres. Bright, detailed, hi ceilings. 4 BR/2 BA. Barn/studio/out bldgs. $689K. Web#18719580 N. Felcetto 917.626.6755 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866
Excl. Inspiration awaits in this 3500SF 3/4 BR 4 BA totally renovated on 4 private acres. $599K. Web#19107410 Deborah Camacho 718.878.1727
Excl. Sunsets & Mountain views on 31.2 private heavenly acres. 4BR/3BTH open plan. Perfection. $598.5K. Web#19107428 N. Felcetto 917.626.6755 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866
Mid-Century Cape | Claverack, NY
Stately 19th Century | Hudson, NY
Hidden Treasure | Coxsackie, NY
Excl. Stunning loc. Catskill views. Provincial vineyard. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2 fplcs & 3-car gar. $585K. Web#19137235 Maret Halinen 917.691.8757
Excl. 4 BR/2 BA. WBFP. Gardens. Deck. Garage. Garden room. Greenhouse. $499K. Web#18354308 N. Felcetto 917.626.6755 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866
Excl. Exquisite converted 3 BR/3 BA historic barn. Open flrplan. Terraced garden walls, paths & gardens. $449K. Web#18997597 Michael Stasi 732.241.1723
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M I L A N · $ 6 7 5,0 0 0 Catskill Views. Contemporary, one-level living in this privately sited, Ranch-style home with views. Vicki Hickman 845.389.9952 | Web# UH1514749
A U S T E R L I T Z · $ 6 49,0 0 0 Newly Renovated. All the work has been done for you at this newly renovated home on a quiet peaceful road. Annabel Taylor 518.763.5020 | Web# UH1514664
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P L E A S A N T VA L L E Y · $ 39 5,0 0 0 Ranch Nestled on 1.6 Acre. This upscale ranch set on 1.6 acres is a private retreat. Convenient to the TSP. Roberta Lorio 917.453.2168 | Web# UH1509914
R H I N E B E C K · $ 3 5 0,0 0 0 New Price. 1860’s Farmhouse with wide-board floors, country kitchen and a light-filled porch. Dana Goldberg 845.309.9333 | Web# UH1517154
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HISTORIC CLAVERACK GREEK REVIVAL Carefully restored c. 1840 classic home has columned entry and open side porch, handsome center hall and stair, front to back parlor and elegant living room, both with fireplaces, formal dining room plus nook in a bay window. Kitchen wing has timeless cabinets with soapstone counters, and a full bath. Upstairs are four bedrooms, an office, and two baths. Beautiful wide floorboards are throughout and tall windows provide wonderful light. A grand home for entertaining, it is nestled on four parklike acres in a cluster of some of upstate NY’s most historic houses… $845,000
HUDSON RIVER FAMILY ESTATE Breathtaking views of the Hudson River can be seen from wide front porch, towering great room and kitchen area (featuring a central two-sided fireplace). Original 1840 farmhouse was renovated and expanded in 2007 to over 3000 square feet. The 13-acre property includes stunning architect designed bluestone-walled gunite pool, pool house and cabana, a remarkable collection of 19th century farm buildings, secluded guest/caretaker house, ancient specimen trees, hayfield, paddock, and woodland… $1,400,000
ARTS AND CRAFTS IN CATSKILL Built in 1920, by one of Catskill’s early lumber merchants, the craftsman-style house uses quality wood floors, doors, trim, and details including beautiful stained glass windows and leaded glass doors surrounding the brick fireplace in the living room. Home has upscale kitchen, four bedrooms, and three baths. Two garages and a one-bedroom apartment with separate street-level entrance are in the walkout basement… $359,000 18TH CENTURY DUTCH HOUSE ON COMMERCIAL LAND Authentic early Dutch house, on six level acres of valuable commercial property, has excellent exposure near the intersection of busy Routes 9H and 66, with unlimited commercial possibilities, just minutes from thriving Hudson. Original details include: generous wide hallway and staircase with attractive newel post and stair ends, wide floorboards, exposed Dutch beams, paneled doors and hardware, and shutters… $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… $395,000 54
CREEKSIDE COUNTRY RETREAT Facing the rushing waters of the Tsatsawassa Creek, this rambling 1800s home has stone fireplace, wide board floors, exposed beams in the living room, and woodstove in the charming dining porch. Includes three bedrooms, studio, separate garage, plus landscaped perennial gardens, and is located in a sleepy residential settlement, near Old Chatham and the Berkshires… $215,000
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FORTY ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL LAND WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS About twenty acres of rolling productive hayfields are sheltered by another twenty acres of treed areas with mowed paths allowing for splendid views of southern Columbia County hills, Catskill Mountains, and sunsets, in a quiet, rural location… $395,000
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16 CL AU D I A LA N E N EW PA LTZ , N Y Step into this beautiful 4-bedroom farm house colonial, see the exposed beams within and enjoy the flow of the open floor plan. Cozy up in the living room with rustic hardwood floors, brick fireplace and lots of natural light. Enjoy family meal time in the country style custom kitchen boasting an oversized center island, gorgeous stone countertops, tiled back splash and Stainless-Steel appliances. Retreat to the master suite with unique vaulted ceilings or steal away for a soak in the private bath w/double vanity, tiled shower and claw foot tub. Plenty of storage space in the full, walk out basement & 2 car garage. Offered at $499,900.
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Move right into this newly designed 4-bedroom contemporary style cape cod with a stunning foyer enhanced with wrought iron spindles. Enter the grand two-story family room with dramatic ceilings, architectural exposed beams, stone gas fireplace and 5 ¼ wide planked floors throughout. The family room opens to the wellappointed kitchen with farm house sink and peninsula with seating overhang. Enjoy your morning coffee in the adjacent sunlit breakfast nook or go outside on the patio overlooking the gorgeous mountain views of the Shawangunk Mountains. First floor master suite offers his and hers closet, private bath complete with claw foot soaking tub, custom tiled shower with glass doors. This amazing home comes with full landscaping package, blacktop driveway and paver walkway. Offered at $519,900.
Spend the holidays in this spacious 4 bedroom, 3100 sqft colonial.You’ll enjoy the living room/great room combo with wide plank hardwood floors, exposed beams and gas fireplace with stone mantel surround. There will be no fighting over who’s cooking in this amazing country style kitchen with farm house sink, breakfast bar and Cambria quartz countertops. Sneak away for some privacy in the master suite which includes a walk in closet, tray ceilings and an amazing spa like bath with an oversized tiled shower, custom vanity and your very own corner Jacuzzi tub. Entertain or just relax in the full, finished basement’s family room. Central A/C and 2 car garage all included in this brand new home! Offered at $509,900.
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BERKSHIRE MASTERPIECE| $12,900,000
6 Bd | 7/3 Ba | 11,000 SF | 350 AC | 170130939 Martha Piper 413.627.4599
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, MA|$2,700,000 5 Bd | 5 Ba | 4,258 SF | 225154 M Merelle & P Melluzzo 413.717.0717
5 Bd | 4/1 Ba | 4,050 SF | 222718 Marc Bachman 646.637.6304
WEST STOCKBRIDGE,MA | $899,000 4 Bd | 3/1 Ba | 3,670 SF | 224141 M Merelle & S Weisz 413.717.0717
3 Bd | 2/1 Ba | 2,514 SF | 222875 George Cain 917.861.3855
HILLSDALE, NY | $1,499,000
6 Bd | 6 Ba | 3,038 SF | 224757 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925
EGREMONT, MA | $1,495,000
RICHMOND, MA | $695,000
LONG LAKE, ANCRAM, NY
Priced $310,000 - $345,000 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925
6 Bd | 3 Ba | 3,600 SF | 224100 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925
5 Bd | 5/4 Ba | 4,213 SF | 223725 The Shire Group 413.551.2055
KINDERHOOK, NY | $1,875,000
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, MA|$1,159,000 4 Bd | 4/1 Ba | 3,442 SF | 220785 K Climo & J Capala 413.429.6732
EGREMONT, MA | $2,145,000
WEST STOCKBRIDGE,MA|$2,220,000 4 Bd | 5/1 Ba | 6,513 SF | 224021 M Merelle & S Weisz 413.717.0717
5 Bd | 3/2 Ba | 5,000 SF | 123566 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925
5 Bd | 5/2 Ba | 6,800 SF | 224743 Karen Climo 413.429.6732
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WA P P I N G E R • $ 6, 5 0 0,0 0 0 Wheeler Hill Historic District. This gracious home, built in 2015, is stylish and contemporary. Karen Volino 914.474.2202 | WEB# UH1512382
M I L A N • $ 1,69 5,0 0 0 Brigg’s Hollow Farm. long admired as one of the most picturesque settings in Milan. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1517432
R H I N E B E C K • $9 95,0 0 0 Completely Secluded. Rare opportunity to acquire one of the last buildable Hudson River front properties. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1509398
L A G R A N G E • $92 9, 5 0 0 Attention to Detail. Set on a knoll with manicured gardens, light filled natatorium, architecturally designed. Karen Volino 914.474.2202 | WEB# UH1495863
U N I O N VA L E • $ 8 95,0 0 0 Beautiful Homestead. Set back off a scenic country road, Bramble Run is sure to please with attention to detail Nicole Porter 845.797.5300 | WEB# UH1475226
WA S H I N G TO N • $ 8 2 2 ,0 0 0 Farmhouse. 1820 Farmhouse with period details and in-ground pool. Karen Volino 914.474.2202 | WEB# UH1465015
P O U G H K E E P S I E • $ 5 6 0,0 0 0 Million Dollar Views. Stunning views, magnificent sunsets, and an absolutely gorgeous home. Denise Bertolino 845.235.4990 | WEB# UH1511882
E A S T F I S H K I L L • $ 49 9,9 0 0 Stunning Contemporary. Impeccable Contemporary has it all. Open floor plan bathed in natural light. Anne Negrin 845.797.8807 | WEB# UH1513591
U N I O N VA L E • $ 4 69,0 0 0 Private Drive. Private shingle-style retreat perfect for your weekend get-away. Plenty of room to entertain guests. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1492417
T I VO L I • $ 415,0 0 0 Village of Tivoli. Investment property Duplex. Vintage home with four two-bedroom units in total. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1464544
P O U G H K E E P S I E • $ 3 39,9 0 0 Updated Spackenkill Home. Newly renovated Spackenkill Ranch. Gorgeous kitchen and baths. Denise Bertolino 845.235.4990 | WEB# UH1507479
P L E A S A N T VA L L E Y • $ 2 7 9,0 0 0 Fairytale Home. As if it was plucked from a fairytale, this charming home has great curb appeal. Michael Tellerday 845.797.6891 | WEB# UH1509926
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HUDSON VALLEY HOT, but way cool. In Southern Columbia County, NY less than 2 hours from NYC and 15 minutes to trending Hudson, NY, you’ll find this 4+ BR, 2.5 BA,~3800 sf home on 5+ acres. Hand-hewn beams, antique brick floors, reclaimed ceramic tiles, fireplace, marble counters, venetian plaster walls, stained glass doors – something charming at every turn. Swim pond, specimen trees, cutting gardens, fruit bearing trees, doll house and gypsy wagon round out the grounds. Contemporary exterior, French farmhouse interior. Motivated at $595,000.
Lindsay LeBrecht, Licensed Real Estate Broker | 290 Birch Hill Road, Craryville (Copake Lake), NY 12521
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2.2 ACRES IN RHINEBECK
Village surround this Circa 1865 Colonial. Here the preserved features of a classic home merge w/modern amenities for today. 3932 SF, 5 BRs, 4 baths, double bay windows, FPL, wood floors in every room, granite K, library, 9ft. ceilings, grand entrance, huge LR, MBR suite. $1,250,000.
LUXURY HERE W/4 MBR SUITES
RHINEBECK TOTAL RENOVATION
a huge gorgeous K w/an island, vaulted LR w/wood burning FPL, FR
This exquisite home is 2 miles from the Village, has a dream chef ’s
skylights & glass doors flood the interior w/light. 3.5 private acres..
16 x 35 FR. Also a lovely IG pool, 3 car garage, & 3.5 private acres!
w/FPL, CA, auto generator, stone patios & walls. 51 huge windows, $995,000.
K, private MBR suite, junior suite, den, DR, sunroom, office, & a $1,095,000.
PAUL H A LLENBE CK R E A L E S TAT E , I N C . THE OPEN GREAT ROOM
is inviting & filled w/light @ this 4 BR, 2.5 bath Rhinebeck Village Contemporary home. Here there are beautiful wood floors, a granite
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K, 2 office, 9 ft. ceilings up & down, a new Trex deck, & a level, usable yard. $512,500.
IMMACULATE & MOVE-IN READY
A PERFECT RETREAT this special Rhinebeck property has a guest house, inground pool, & a redone Cape Cod home. 4000 SF, multiple MBR suites, 4.5 redone baths, CA, modern style, dead-end street close to the Village. $899,900.
BUILT AROUND 7 PONDS the Woods in Rhinebeck is a beautiful place to live. This 2 BR, 2.5 bath condo has a den, DR, wonderful K, wood floors, a wood burning FPL, CA, pool & clubhouse, + a sidewalk to the V center. $379,900
IN RHINEBECK VILLAGE this 4 BR, 2.5 bath Cape has a first floor MBR suite w/a 5 piece bath, an open floor plan w/a granite K, plus there’s a 55 ft. Covered porch & a very private backyard. Walk to schools & parks. $535,000.
A SPECIAL HILLTOP SETTING afford total privacy & the perfect spot to relax. Inside is a vaulted great rm, a granite K, FR, 4 BRs, & 2 full baths plus a roof deck. Outside are stone patios & a 40 ft. heated pool for summer fun. $449,900.
ON A DEAD END STREET this Rhinebeck 2 story home is sited high on a beautiful & private lot. There are wood floors up & down, a large LR w/built-ins, a formal DR, nice K, plus 3 BRs & 2 baths. Screened porch. Huge trees for shade. $439,900.
A FOREVER HOME this one story condo in Rhinebeck @ the Woods, has NO steps. Here there are vaulted ceilings, 2 MBR suites, a great EIK, separate DR, CA, a wood burning FPL, & a deck w/ pergola. Walk to the clubhouse & V center. $395,000.
this 2 BR, 2.5 bath condo in phase 2 @ the Gardens in Rhinebeck has pond views, & wonderful upgrades. There is CA, a MBR suite, granite K, wood floors & the clubhouse w/a private gym is steps away.. $425,900.
EVERY THING IS BRAND NEW @ this 3 BR, 2 bath Rhinebeck one story home. Filled w/light &
style, there’s a vaulted great rm., amazing K, DR, MBR suite, CA, a 2
car garage, & 6+ open & buffered acres for total & complete privacy.. $499,000.
IN RED HOOK VILLAGE TWO HOMES ON 1 PARCEL create an ideal investment property. Here this renovated vintage home has charm there is a 2 BR Cape w/granite K & new & style & has been updated for today w/a modern K & two modern baths. Here there bath + a 1 BR one story. Both are currently are wood floors, CA, a first floor MBR suite, rented and are move in ready. New septic, 4.7 acres, Red Hook in central location. & a deep, private lot perfect for outdoor $229,900. activities. $299,900.
PUT YOUR REHAB SKILLS to work and redo this Farmhouse in the Red Hook School District. Here there are 3.55 acres, a 70 ft. studio bldg., a cottage, two barns, & an open meadow for your animals. Much need to be done but price is LOW. $125,000.
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ELEGANT HURLEY HOME
Meticulously maintained and restored to the highest quality, this one of a kind two story blends the charm of yesteryear with the convenience of today’s living. Featuring a gorgeous top of the line custom crafted gourmet kitchen that offers center island, granite counters, brick wall with built in double oven and pleasant eating area with plenty of windows. Spacious living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining room overlooking the stone patio plus cozy den/media room. Luxurious first floor master suite with gas fireplace, lavish marble bath with bubble tub and walk-in shower. Upstairs there are three good size BRs and two beautifully renovated full baths. Enjoy a peaceful and landscaped setting, with screen porch and hot tub, just minutes to Uptown Kingston! $689,900
EXQUISITE ULSTER CONTEMPORARY
Custom designed, one owner home, offers a dramatic contemporary feel with an open and airy floor plan perfect for family living and entertaining. The spacious living room/great room features a magnificent stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and wood floors opening to the roomy dining area, updated gourmet kitchen and family room all with stunning marble floors. Spectacular staircase to master BR wing with large dressing room and luxurious master bath with huge walk in shower and soaking tub. Children’s wing contains 3 BRs & newly renovated bath. Finished lower level has a rec room with bar & full bath with nanny quarters. Oversized deck, gazebo and three season sunroom with wet bar. $749,000
PRIVATE CONTEMPORARY ON 6+ ACRES
Just minutes to the Village of Woodstock. This very private property consists of 6.3 acres and has everything you want and/or need to escape that crazy hectic life you may now have. This 4 BR, 2 bath contemporary is one of those unique Woodstock homes that everyone is searching for. Wonderful entertaining home with gourmet kitchen/dining that opens to a massive sunken living room with two doors out to a large deck area. Bathroom has a nice soaking tub and large shower area. Central a/c has been added for hot summer days. Guest house has a loft with two twin beds. Inground saline swimming pool has new liner and heater. The pond has a few koi fish and often gets herons. Hiking trails and streams to enjoy nature. Also an easy commute to Kingston & Saugerties. $839,000
UPTOWN KINGSTON HOME ON OVER 5 ACRES! Located within walking distance to restaurants, the farmers market, and the Historic Uptown Kingston, this 3470 sq ft cape is nestled at the end of a quiet dead-end city street! Beautifully landscaped with a small stream, amazing mature trees, gardens, a bluestone patio and beautiful walkways that grace this home. The interior offers a large living room, a spacious kitchen, and a dining room that walks out to an enclosed heated sun room. This home has 4 BRs, with 2 fabulous master suites, and an abundance of storage, plus there’s an attached 2 car garage! Too much to list, this is a must-see property! $850,000
SPRAWLING HILLSIDE ACRES RANCH
Sprawling & Welcoming.. When design matters for your lifestyle please take a look at 33 Lynette. Smart, stylish home enables you to connect with friends and family focusing on open concept floor plan. Beautifully renovated kitchen incorporates brick fireplace, family room and dinning room. Sliding glass doors lead to lovely private decking with gas fired fire pit. Spacious laundry room with space for cubbies and baskets, making clean up a breeze. All one level 4 BRs, 2 full bath, private master ensuite. Attached 2 car garage, lower level rec room with raised paneled walls, dress them up or down! $479,900
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Gary DiMauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Northern Dutchess Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Alfandre Architecture, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
George Cole Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover
George T. Whalen Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Barbara Carter Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Glint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Paula Redmond Real Estate Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Phinney Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Hudson Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-44
Halstead Hudson Valley LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cabinet Designers, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Halter Associates Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Catskill Case Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover
Houlihan Lawrence / LaGrangeville Office . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Realty Promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . 39-41, 60
Houlihan Lawrence / Millbrook Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Rice Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Copake Lake Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Hudson Valley Chimney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Stinemire Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Country House Realty & Red Cottage Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Hudson Valley Home Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Stone Ridge Electric Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Crisp Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Integral Design Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Curabba Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Lawrence O’Toole Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
D’Arcy Simpson Art Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Lockwood-Dynamism Architecture-Design Build . . . . . . 7
Exposures Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Malek Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Finch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Michael’s Appliance Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Foster Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Win Morrison Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Garny And Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Murray Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
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Van Maassen Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Victoria Wilkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 William Pitt Sotheby’s Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Williams Lumber & Home Center . . . . inside front cover, 19
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$3,500,000 Offered at$780,000 $2,250,000
Elegant, beautifully early w/ 18thwooded Century Private 32 acre renovated, country estate Classic English style cape,330 an inspiring & stonetrails, house mountain in an incomparable setting. Feaviews &in acre creek is the turesultimate main house w/ setting. 3 BRs, 3 BAs, updated w/ widepeaceful 3tranquil acre Th is 2,400 sq ft home oasis. Stylish over 4,500 board floors & hand 2hewn beams, 5 windows, fireplaces, cedar features 4 BRs, BAs, high sqft , 4 BR, 4.5BA, recently updated is shingle roof, copper gutters &dormer cedar closets.home Paddocks superbly over-engineered w/ all new systems, vaulted surround ceilings &thehand hewn beams, wood & meadows impressive hexagonal post beautifully landscaped w/ heated gunite pool,& & beam horse barn w/fireplace, cupola, , cobblestone floors, a Rumford ahayloft screened porch cedar pool house, outdoor yard,modern w/12 stalls, 1 birthing stall, 3 sauna, wash stalls, 2 full a deck overlooking a rolling lawn w/ seasonal bathrooms, office, observatory & 75’x15’ indoor rain shower & alfrescodecks, kitchen. Features valley & reservoir views. 5 mins to village riding arena. Also features guest cottage, a studio, bay include: chef ’s kitchen w/ marble island3 & garage, a historic restored barn, miles of trails, a lake, green in Woodstock & walking distance to the counters & Viking appliances, stone fireplace, several ponds, a stream w/waterfall, a fenced raisedfinished basement w/Just radiant Overlook Mtn hiking trails &views. Karma Tryana bed screened vegetable porch, garden, & mountain 2 hrs media wet bar &&game room, fromheat, NY City & 20room mins w/ to Rhinebeck Amtrak trains Monastery. 2 car garage, whole house generator, &inelectric car charger. 20 mins to Stone Ridge & Poughkeepsie.
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One-Of-A-Kind Woodstock Mountaintop Exclusive acre Catskill Mountain Estate Dundee 155 Farm Estate
Offered $3,700,000 at$3,950,000 $2,390,000
In a class by itself10,000 w/ sensational Catskill Superlative modern sq ftearly 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom Elegant, beautifully renovated, 18th Century brilliantly 155 acres Mountainupdated range country views, estate this onmagnifi cent,of private, stone house in an incomparable 330 acre setting. gated, Mountain seclusion, robust,Catskill eco-friendly custom oversurrounded 4,000 sqftby forevFeatures mainland house 3 BRs, 3home BAs,trails updated w/ er-wild withw/miles of hiking and unparaltimber state frame Adirondack style w/ guest leled mountain and reservoir views. Spacious and luxuriwide-board floors & hand hewn beams, 5 fion replaces, houserenovated & pool, enjoys privacy ously 3-level complete main house features a16 brand new cedar shingle copper guttersof &Woodstock cedar room, closets.chef ’s acres, 15 master minsroof, from the center top floor suite, a 16-seat screening N.Y. Thfle oor BR, 3.5 BA main the house features: Paddocks &4 meadows surround impressive hexkitchen, to ceiling windows, state of the art systems, wraparound porch &high balcony, openinternet, flhayloft oor radiant whole house speed agonal post &generator, beam horse barn w/cable cupola, , heat, central A/C, Rumford fi replaces, high-end fixtures, plan, Tuscan inspired kitchen w/ Wolf range, cobblestone yard, w/ 12 stalls, 1 birthing stall, 3 wash metal roofs, agreat separate teakw/spastone sauna, new 20’x40’ inTimberbeg room fi replace, stalls, 2gunite full bathrooms, office, system. observatory decks ground pool and An entirely cathedral ceiling & security screened porch. Full refur& 75’x15’ indoor riding arena. Also guest bished 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest features house has an open basement w/ radiant fl oors is roughed out for plan kitchen and 3living room, fiareplace, with 2nd floor cottage, asuite. studio, bay garage, historic restored 5th BR New chalet style post & beam loft. This spectacular private estate also features a renovatbarn, miles ofhouse trails, a lake, several ponds, stream ULSTER COUNTY 2BR guest & natural form poolapond, w/ a raised ed heated 3-bay garage, workshop, stocked ULSTER COUNTY #20162194 w/ waterfall, adesign fenced raised-bed garden waterfall & spa whirlpool. Also features whole MLSMLS # 20174959 Scandinavian orchard, andvegetable bluestone patios.&Located in Mt. Tremper, New York justNY minutes the towns SOTHEBY’S ID #9BE5SB house generator, EV charging port,&from solar mountain views. Just 2 car hrs from City 20 mins SOTHEBY’S ID # of Phoenicia and Woodstock, and 2inhours from New York panels & 2 car to Rhinebeck &garage. Amtrak trains Poughkeepsie. City. LMGYL5 ULSTER COUNTY MLS# 20184037, SOTHEBY’S ID # JCGM7N
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From top: Chris Lewis poses with one of his fountain sculptures installed at Water Street Market in New Paltz; a piece from his “spike sculptures” series. 64
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RAISED ON A FARM OUTSIDE NEW PALTZ, sculptor and stonecutter Chris Lewis made his first carving at age 10—a tombstone for a friend’s dog. “I don’t even think I delivered it, it was so bad,” he says. “But I was always fascinated with stone—both the material itself and whole idea of stonecutting.” His parents ran a plant nursery, so he grew up around landscape architects and contractors, developing a keen eye for design; nonetheless, on his parents’ advice, he initially chose a more practical career. But after only one college semester of civil engineering, Lewis threw in the towel. He moved to Aspen, Colorado, and began working for a landscaping company that designed and installed flagstone patios. He quickly discovered that he had “a knack for knowing how stones are going to fit together, Rain Man style,” he says. “If I look at a pile of stones, I can tell in a matter of minutes where 50 percent are going to go.” After the Loma Prieta earthquake devastated Northern California in 1989, Lewis moved to San Francisco, where he joined the local bricklayers union, took sculpture classes, and worked in landscaping and masonry. His work won the attention of Charles Kibby, who recruited him to work at his ornamental stone repair company, Kaptive/CGI Preservation Arts. Kibby encouraged Lewis to travel to the village in Italy where Michelangelo lived—Pietrasanta, a thriving seaside commune of sculptors and artists on Tuscany’s northern coast. Lewis traveled there in 1996 to apprentice for prestigious sculptor Andres Lemieszewski. Under Lemieszewski, he cultivated his distinctive sculptural style. “I felt like most stone carvings were flowy and amoebic,” Lewis says, “and I just had this thing for creating edges and points.” His designs blend curves with hard lines and sharp edges for a dynamic effect. For his “spike sculptures”— crests of carved stone mounted atop iron rods like giant popsicles—he uses varying-height rods and configurations, creating top-heavy sculptures that bob in the wind, casting shadows that evoke ocean waves. “The rods keep getting longer and longer,” he says. “There is just something about the inertia of the stone and the little gusts of wind that get it moving.” Currently, Lewis is focusing on completing commissions for fountains and landscape sculptures as he travels the country. He spends summers working out of a shipping-container studio near New Paltz; Christmas with his parents in Florida; and five months a year in Ventura, California, where he shares a communal studio. Wherever Lewis works, he uses indigenous material—Barre granite, marble, bluestone. Granite is his favorite because it offers a physical as well as mental challenge. While marble is relatively soft and easy to carve, granite needs to be broken and crushed. Lewis begins each sculpture using brisk, powerful hammer strikes on a large-diameter chisel to break off chunks of material. For large-scale works, he uses sledgehammers and stone axes, striving to remove as much as possible while preserving the stone’s original silhouette. “I do my best to blast every chip of stone off with a little explosion,” he says. “As the piece shapes up and the detail becomes more finite, the hammers and chisels get smaller, but the action is the same.” Some days, he does 50,000 hammer strokes. To finish, he uses a right-angle polisher with diamond pads in a seven-step process that leaves the stone shining like a quartz countertop. “Stonecutting is as much an illness as it is passion,” he says. “Most stonecutters I know have no idea why they do it. But I’m so glad I stuck with it all these years. I think the best is yet to come.”—Marie Doyon
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