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18 mapping Green

The residential market in the metropolitan New York City region includes more than 100 high-performance developments, and the number should grow as homebuyers realize the cost and lifestyle benefits of sustainable designs.

by arthur zaczkiewicz; maps by maxwell carow and julie novak





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24 Getting energized


Developers, taking the lead on energy efficiency, say planning is critical to creating an energy strategy.

by arthur zaczkiewicz


32 Woodland retreat


For this family’s mountaintop vacation compound in Columbia County, all the trees lead to home. by alyssa jung; photographs by deborah degraffenreid

Also in this Issue: Air temperatures can vary widely during the course of the year, but ground temperatures remain nearly constant at about 45°-75°F year round

36 Sunrooms and spas

Air return

Creating comfort and luxury in your home

40 Our green future Heated or cooled air from duct

New technologies are changing the whole notion of walls.

Ground loop transfers heat to ground in summer Ground loop absorbs heat from ground in winter GeoExchange system refrigerant heats air in winter, extracts heat from air in summer

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Departments 10 from the editor 11 on the web 12 publisher’s note 14 entryway 16 live/work 17 Green events 28 what you don’t know 30 ASK THE GREEN advocate 42 inner space 62 the map 64 back porch

The Markets 46 REal Estate Listings 63 index of advertisers

The GeoExchange system extracts heat from water in ground loop in winter, gives up heat to ground loop in summer

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from the editor

Publisher Jonathan A. Schein Editor Nancy Meyer Ar t Director Julie Novak Editorial Assistant Christina Jelski Editorial Design Intern Maxwell Carow Production Director Jessica Housen Contributing Designer Katie Love deborah degraffenreid

Proofreader Nancy Graham Contributors Laura Shaine Cunningham, Eric Francis Coppolino, Deborah Degraffenreid, Roy Gumpel, Alyssa Jung, Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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putting the green economy to work Q&A WITH DAVID WILKERSON, SHAW RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS A leading manufacturer of quality flooring, Shaw has been proud of its sustainable initiative platform, David Wilkerson, the Shaw Green Edge. Some of the director of sustainability company’s initiatives include the and environmental successful post-consumer carpet affairs for Shaw Residential recycling and collection initiative and most recently, plans for a second manufacturing facility completely fuelled by pre- and post-consumer reclaimed material. David Wilkerson, director of sustainability and environmental affairs for Shaw Residential, told MGB more about this facility and other green practices that the company has put into action. http:// 11

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On The Map Over the past few years, New York House has consistently brought you the most current information in the green and sustainable industry—whether it’s about products, services, or actual buildings. Our commitment has not been met by any other magazine in the region. Each month we’ve grown as this important movement has grown. And our quest to disseminate green knowledge continues. One of the most rewarding aspects of our work has been to showcase many apartment complexes and homes, and their eco-conscious lifestyle. Through numerous development stories, profiles, and Personal Space features, our pages have given you a glimpse of the myriad definitions of high-performance homes. However, after almost four years of producing this content, the one aspect that has been missing is a map highlighting where these properties are located. That brings us to this month’s cover, which is a map of the New York Metropolitan area’s residential buildings that have strived toward the greenest and most sustainable standards. Some have complied with the USGBC LEED standards, while others have moved in other directions. Either way, the developers of these properties have shown a progressive commitment to making a healthier building and planet all-around. This map will also have an interactive component offered online at We plan to feature this map every month and update it regularly. If we have missed a particular property, please be sure to let us know.

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February Forecasts “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” —Anne Bradstreet

About 56 percent of energy use in the average U.S. home is caused by heating and cooling. This makes it the biggest energy expense for most homes, but there are no-cost ways to conserve energy seasonally. To efficiently warm your home, clean your air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators, making sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes. During the summer, close cur tains or blinds on southand west-facing windows to lower energy use while keeping your space cool. Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy

event listings 14th Annual Take Heart Against Hunger February 5


This five-course gourmet dinner will benefit Food Bank for Westchester, with all proceeds going toward area relief agencies and shelters. $250; $2,250 for table of 10. 6pm. Tappan Hill. (914) 923-1100.

Dancefest 2010 February 6

New Paltz

Enjoy performances from the Hudson Valley’s prestigious dance schools and studios during this 18th annual event. $15; under 12 and seniors $10. 7-10pm. New Paltz High School. (845) 256-9300.

Intro to Organic Beekeeping February 20

Chestnut Ridge

Plan an unconventional Saturday with this beginner’s course on star ting a beehive. Hosted by local exper t Chris Harp. $95. 9am-6pm. The Pfeiffer Center, more class locations available online. Registration required. (845) 352-5020 x20. or

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With more than 600 wines and almost 180 winemakers from around the world, the 3rd Annual New York Wine Expo is the perfect event for both amateur tasters and seasoned sommeliers. At the event, open to the public February 26-27, attendees can learn how to select and serve wine, speak directly with established winemakers while sampling their products, and mingle with other wine enthusiasts. The expo will also host several seminars, including speaker Leslie Sbrocco, award-winning author of the book Adventures of a Thirsty Girl. (800) 544-1660. One-day tickets are $75 and $85; $85 and $95 after Feb. 19. Seminar prices vary. Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 2-6pm. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

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February 27


Get free chili with the purchase of a handmade bowl or tumbler, proceeds benefiting the Women’s Studio Workshop’s Clay Program. $5; free after 4pm. 2pm. Rosendale Recreation Center. (845) 658-9133.; images provided (2)

In countries such as Denmark and Germany, a concept known as “community wind” energy, created by community- or cooperative-owned wind turbines, has become an effective way for residential areas to harness renewable energy. In Wind Energy Basics (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009; $34.95), exper t Paul Gipe encourages Nor th Americans to explore and invest in similar solutions, while debunking related fallacies and misconceptions. Gipe also provides an in-depth analysis of ver tical-axis, rooftop, and ducted wind turbines, making it easy for curious homeowners to gain a comprehensive understanding of residential wind energy options.

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The residential market in the metropolitan New York City region includes more than 100 high-performance developments, and the number should grow as homebuyers realize the cost and lifestyle benefits of sustainable designs. By Arthur Zaczkiewicz; maps by maxwell carow and julie novak


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are being widely used in addition to other innovative products such as recycled steel and low-VOC emission building materials. Simultaneously, interior designers and architects are working from a design palette that includes low-VOC paints, Energy Star appliances, and CFL (and increasingly, LED) lighting fixtures. Meanwhile, recycling construction waste is deepening the shade of green residential developments. During the construction of the Visionaire, a 36-story, 251unit green condo building, for example, more than 85 percent of the site construction waste material was recycled. In addition, the construction material for the building is composed of at least 20 percent recycled content. But for the homebuyer, the focus tends to shift to other green benefits. Richard Weinstock, president of construction at L+M Development Partners, which developed the Kalahari, a luxury green condo in Central Harlem, says it’s important to note that although many of today’s homebuyers might not care if a building is made from recycled materials, “they do care about indoor air quality and whether or not they can see reduced energy costs, which is a benefit of LEED-certified building.” Weinstock adds that a 25 percent reduction of energy costs is a tangible and practical benefit to a homebuyer, and this is now emerging as an important part of the purchase equation. Weinstock notes that the Kalahari is a high-performance, LEED-stamped development. The building, for example, harvests energy in a sustainable way via on-site wind and solar. The units feature Energy Star appliances as well as energy efficient lighting fixtures and low-flow water fixtures. The building also has a green roof. Other notable examples reflecting the state of green residential development is Third + Bond, a 44-unit luxury condo in the running for LEED Gold certification. The project is designed by Rogers Marvel Architects, with interior design work by students and faculty from Pratt Institute. The development is being touted as “a showcase for green building and green furnishing, as well as Brooklyn’s design talent.” Eva Zeisel, Bruce Hannah, Bill Katavolos, Harry Allen, and Giovanni Pellone are some of the faculty, alumni, and design professionals involved with the project. Of particular interest is the installation of “an ivy-like” solar and wind energy system designed by Pratt alumni. On the legislative front, New York City continues to push a “green buildings package,” a set of laws aimed at improving energy use. City-owned buildings, for example, are required to conduct green retrofits of HVAC systems. And this past December, the city Continued on Page 22

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Top: The visionaire in battery park city elevated the design standards for green developments. Bottom: The Valeria, an energy star development in Cortlandt Manor developed by avr homebuilders, offers affordable luxury.

reen building in the residential sector has reached its tipping point. Homebuyers, who once were solely concerned with price and location, are now adding green features into their buying decision as they realize that better insulation, lighting, and HVAC systems not only create a healthy and comfortable living environment, but can save them money on their energy bills, say industry developers, designers, and brokers. As a result, new residential development (and redevelopment) is very green indeed. Jacqueline Urgo, president of The Marketing Directors, Inc., which markets the Visionaire as well as Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green (developed by Milstein Properties) developments in Battery Park City, says buyers are increasingly adding a green tint to their buying decision. “Also, there are many buyers who may not be looking to buy green, but once they see the cost benefits of a green home, see how a highly-insulted building is so much more quiet than traditional buildings, and also realize how [a green home or building] provides a healthy living environment, the selection becomes easy because of that appeal,” she explains. “So yes, it becomes the tipping point of a sale.” As a result, the number of green residential projects in the region is expected to grow and build upon an already large inventory of green developments. A compilation of data from the U.S. Green Building Council as well as from published reports reveals that there are more than 100 residential projects—multi-family and single family—in the New York City and Hudson Valley regions. These residential projects and developments (which include several that are near completion or are set to break ground soon) include LEED-certified, LEED-pending and high-performance green homes, apartments, mixed-used buildings, co-ops, and condos. Industry observers expect residential developments and projects to follow LEED standards from now on, simply because it makes sense from a sustainability perspective—especially as the “new urbanism” movement continues to influence planning. Urgo and other industry insiders also say green construction adds to the resale value of a home or condo. Consumers are learning the benefits of the new urbanism model, which centers on open space, walkability, and public transportation, among other criteria. Many of these green projects, which include luxury high rises, residential green retrofits, and housing for low-income families, are stunning in design—inside and out. Light harvesting designs create well-lit interiors and striking exteriors. Under the hood, sustainable materials such as plant-based insulation

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Location/Address 116 West 71st Street, New York 31 Perry Street, New York 127 East 119th Street, New York 155 West 122nd Street, New York 1820 Madison Avenue, New York 34 East 62nd Street, New York 243 East 82nd Street, New York 311 East 11th Street, New York 40 West 116th Street, New York 151 East 85th Street, New York Battery Park City, New York Battery Park City, New York Battery Park City, New York Battery Park City, New York Battery Park City, New York 200 West 72nd Street, New York West 23rd Street, New York 180 East 93rd Street, New York 263 West 153rd Street, New York 303 East 33rd, New York 325 North End Avenue, New York 601 West 57th Street, New York Battery Park City, New York 456 West 19th Street, New York 124th Street and 2nd Avenue, New York 179 Rivington Street, New York 320 West 38th Street, New York 808 Columbus Avenue, New York 125 West 31st Street, New York 515 West 52nd Street, New York 303 East 77th Street, New York

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Continued from Page 18 passed a law requiring owners of larger-sized properties to maintain their buildings in a green way while conducting energy-efficiency audits once every 10 years. Indeed, existing buildings represent the next green frontier. Of course, the Hudson Valley is experiencing its own brand of cutting edge green design and innovation, which includes green retrofits and zero-net-energy homes by green developers such as Anthony Aebi, who created Green Acres in New Paltz. Another innovator of the net-zero-carbon home is Chris Colby of Spire Architecture and Design. Colby’s “Zummer Home” features an eight- to 10-kilowatt solar panel system that generates surplus energy, which can be sold back to the local utility company. In addition, the design offers high-efficiency fixtures and appliances as well as a geothermal system. Colby is focused on making the Zummer Home an affordable option for Hudson Valley residents. The cost of the house, not including land, ranges from $99,000 to $350,000—depending on the design. Colby says one of the key trends he’s seeing in the green residential space is homebuyers who want a home that has a smaller footprint, is reasonably priced, and has low maintenance costs. “We’re seeing baby boomers who face retirement on a fixed income and are attracted to a smaller house,” he says, adding that he expects the sustainability of a net-zero-carbon design to become a strong attraction for today’s buyer. Colby has a model house in Hyde Park, and is looking to break ground on a 20-unit development in Ramapo. For his part, Joshua Radoff, a principal and cofounder of YRG Sustainability Consultants, says the residential market seems to be picking up. Demand for sustainable projects continues to experience momentum. Radoff, echoing other industry experts and observers, says location, price, size, and amenities continue to be important elements of the buying decision while the green component is gaining traction on a mass scale. “We’re seeing a lot more people identifying with green building,” Radoff says, adding that consumers are becoming more savvy in regard to knowing the benefits of energy efficiency (and generation) as well as the technologies involved, such as geothermal and real-time energy monitoring. “We are seeing green [aspects] of building taking on a primary role in the purchase decision,” he says, adding that the homebuyer discussion includes concerns over air quality and VOCs. Given the twin impact of the recession and the notion that green redevelopment projects are critical to sustainable planning models for communities, several industry experts see growth in green retrofitting in the residential sector—for the Hudson Valley and in the New York metro area. Emma Hamilton, a certified EcoBroker and senior associate broker at Corcoran Group Real Estate, says one of the more significant market trends right now includes “green de-construction (for re-use)” as well as “using salvaged materials” in new construction. She cites Robert Politzer, president at New York-based Greenstreet Construction Inc., and Brooklyn-based Ellen Honigstock, a green architect, as two innovators in this area. “Aside from new developments, there seems to be a real upward trend in re-greening—that is to say people are forgoing the rather anonymous option of large-scale new developments and are embarking on apartment or whole-house green renovations,” Hamilton adds. n

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Green Residential Buildings in the Outer Boroughs Project Name Location/Address DEVELOPER Riverdale, Bronx Michael Goldblum 01. THE BUILDING STUDIO 100 Gold Street, Brooklyn REDD Group 02. 100 GOLD/VINEGAR HILL 1501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn N/A 03. 1501 PITKIN 357 Dean Street, Brooklyn Trident Developers NY LLC 04. GREEN ON DEAN 355-359 East 194th Street, Bronx N/A 05. THE JERICHO PROJECT 559 Carroll Street, Brooklyn N/A 06. 559 CARROLL STREET 575 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn Fifth Avenue Committee 07. 575 FIFTH AVENUE 301-309 State Street, Brooklyn Time Equities Inc. and Hamlin Ventures, LLC 08. BROOKLYN TOWNHOMES 715 Fox Street, Bronx NYC HDC’s Affordable Coop Program 09. FOX LEGGETT Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn N/A 10. MACLEAN RESIDENCE 361 Henry Street, Brooklyn N/A 11. 361 HENRY STREET 853 Macy Place, Bronx N/A 12. PROSPECT MACY 586 11th Street, Brooklyn N/A 13. RELJIN TOWNHOME East 156th Street, Bronx Blue Sea Development 14. MELROSE COMMON 5 Melrose Avenue and East 158th Street, Bronx Nos Quedamos, Melrose, MSI 15. El Jardin de Selene 103-115 Third St and 404-406 Bond St, Brooklyn Hudson Third LLC 16. THIRD AND BOND 1347 Bristow Street, Bronx NYC DHPD 17. 1347 BRISTOW 439 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn Helder Design 18. 439 METROPOLITAN 150 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn BFC Partners 19. TOREN 135 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn Douglaston Development 20. THE EDGE 361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn Derek Denckla 21. GREENBELT CONDOS North 4th Street, Brooklyn Fifth Square Partners and AvroKO 22. STEELWORKS LOFTS Long Island City, Queens 543 Ventures LLC 23. THE SOLARIUM 123-01 Lax Avenue, College Point, Queens AVR Homebuilders 24. Powell Cove Estates Williamsburg, Brooklyn Toll Brothers City Living, RD Management 25. northside piers and L&M Equity Participants, Ltd. Eltona, Bronx Blue Sea Development 26. multi-family Brooklyn Habitat for Humanity 27. 3 buildings (40 units)

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Developers, taking the lead on energy efficiency, say planning is critical to creating an energy strategy.


or developers looking to create a green energy strategy for their project—whether it’s three or 300 units—the process can be overwhelming. Site selection, architectural design, landscaping, energy efficiency, implementation costs, and on-site energy generation are just a few of the moving parts involved, which is why experienced developers and industry experts say planning is critical. For smaller projects, developers seeking clean energy solutions such as wind or solar face not only considerable up-front implementation costs, but also challenges from local municipalities and neighborhoods that tend to shun wind farms and solar arrays, which is one of the primary reasons developers of many projects tend to focus on reducing energy demand and increasing energy efficiency in their designs. For the individual homeowner, though, utility companies offer—for a premium—energy purchased from clean sources. And depending on local zoning, homeowners can add solar, wind, and geothermal solutions. For large developers, says Mike Dignacco, vice president of construction at Millbrook Ventures LLC, the first steps in an energy strategy are to “reduce the

“We need to change the mindset of the developers to think in longer terms in regard to energy savings.” —Charmaine Cigliano, Orange & Rockland Utilities energy demand to properly operate a building for its intended use to the maximum extent practicable, and then determine the best method to provide the required energy for each specific building within the confines of the resources available to pay for it. The vast majority of the time this will lead to a multi-legged approach to the energy sources required for a specific building.” Dignacco, whose firm is developing the sustainable Silo Ridge resort community in Amenia, says each project has many energy demand and supply variables. “But if you start by reducing energy demand, it makes it easier to determine the source of the energy supply and the ability to pay for it,” he says. 24 new york house / February 2010

“For example, the means and methods are currently available whereby you can design and build a very well insulated, tightly sealed, and properly ventilated home with passive solar design components that has a very low energy demand and only requires a minimal amount of supplemental energy from traditional resources,” Dignacco says. “This home could be built for about the same cost of a ‘traditional’ home, but the cost to operate it would be greatly reduced. These means and methods…may not have the same applicability to a different building on a different site with a different end user with different needs.” Mark Eickelbeck, executive vice president of AVR Homebuilders, says with largescale projects, the focus is on energy efficiency—particularly by implementing AVR’s Energy Staraward winning energy efficiency designs in all of its projects. Eickelbeck says it’s important to note that there are currently no financial benefits to green certifications such as LEED. “But with energy efficiency, there are incentives to make it work,” he says adding that without energy efficiency awards and incentives, creating a high-performance green project “would not be economically feasible.” For a homeowner, what is feasible is big savings from energy efficiency, which is why AVR and others are leading the way in creating large-scale, energy-efficient developments that feature tangible energy savings for the homeowner—between 15 and 30 percent, according to Eickelbeck and other developers.

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From a higher altitude, it’s hard to determine if and when clean energy will become mainstream in the U.S. Following what some call a disastrous United Nations climate meeting in Copenhagen, clean energy alternatives need to overcome several hurdles such as high implementation costs and public opinion about wind farms and solar arrays, for example. Still, change is on the way. Last month, Google created a new subsidiary—Google Energy—to apply for federal licenses to buy and sell renewable energy.

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And globally, wind farms continue to see growth while investments in other renewable energy sources such as solar and biofuel continue to gain momentum. In New York, NYSERDA and the Public Service Commission recently agreed to provide about $300 million for renewable energy projects, a portion of which is earmarked for five electric generating projects as well as two wind projects. For now, it’s up to developers to build efficient structures and for homeowners to purchase cleaner sources of energy from distributers and consider installing a few solar panels and geothermal units to augment their energy needs when and where possible. Jordan Barowitz, spokesperson for The Durst Organization, is blunt when it comes to what developers need to consider in regard to implementing a green energy strategy. “You have to be willing to take risks,” he says. “The easiest way to build a building is to do it the same way that you built your last. But building green requires innovation and an appetite for increased risk.” Like AVR, Millbrook, and other developers, Durst approaches projects with a keen eye on energy efficiency, which Barowitz describes as “pivotal to a building being green. However, it is important to remember that a green building is not only energy efficient, but an efficient place to live or work,” he adds. “The most energy efficient building would have no windows or elevators, but no one would ever want to live or work in that building.” For their part, utility firms—which deliver energy from a variety of sources—are strong advocates for energy efficiency and conservation as well as for offering consumers clean energy choices. John E. Maserjian, director of media relations at Central Hudson Gas & Electric, says “green energy can be defined as energy produced by renewable or sustainable methods, but also using energy efficiently through use of improved building materials and methods, and by use of high efficiency appliances, lighting, heating and cooling systems.” For developers looking to implement a green energy strategy, Maserjian suggests an integrated approach to the building envelope and household systems. “For example, selection of building materials, insulation levels, air sealing, and air exchange; the type of heating and cooling systems utilized; the opportunity to use the sun for supplemental heating or natural lighting; landscaping design, for example to block cold winds in the winter and provide shade during warm weather—all should be considered together rather than as separate and distinct systems, with the goal of using energy efficiently and taking advantage of nature’s resources,” he explains. In New York State, Maserjian and Mike Donovan, spokesperson at Orange & Rockland Utilities, say homeowners can tap incentives from NYSERDA for installing solar, wind, and geothermal. The incentives can cover a portion of the installation. “Once approved and certified, any excess energy produced by the systems can be net metered, or sent back to the local electric grid and in doing so spins the electric meter backwards,” Maserjian says. Jane Quin, director at Orange & Rockland’s customer energy services department, underscores the importance of conservation and efficiency as part of any comprehensive green energy strategy. Charmaine Cigliano, section manager at the department, notes that many developers, unfortunately, tend to build a project and move on. “So we need to change the mindset of the 25

developers to think in longer terms in regard to energy savings,” Cigliano says. Robert Melvin, program administrator at Orange & Rockland, notes that consumers are slowly embracing high-performance green homes. “It’s become a differentiator in the market, especially with higherend homes,” Melvin says, adding that when given the choice, these buyers will take a green home. Quin and Melvin say that given the geopolitical climate, it’s unclear where energy costs are headed, which is why there’s increased awareness among consumers. Quin, Melvin, and Eickelbeck also point out that the current appraisal system needs to value these high performance green homes. Indeed, as New York House has reported, an outdated appraisal system seems to undervalue net energy homes, which generate power that is sold back to utilities. There’s also growing interest in geothermal— especially at sites where solar and wind are impractical. Maserjian says new homes are ideal candidates for geothermal units. “Ground source heat pumps provide whole-house heating and cooling less expensively than most other systems, operate using electricity—no onsite fuel storage or combustion—are highly efficient, and use less energy,” he says. Consumers also have the option of buying “renewable energy certificates,” which support the operations of green energy producers. Homeowners, businesses, and homeowner associations can enroll in Central Hudson’s “Customer Choice” program, which allows users to pick

their own energy supplier. For homeowners, businesses, schools, or hospitals looking to control the destiny of their energy needs, wind turbines and solar on site is an option. However, local zoning should be carefully researched to see if these units are allowed. Recent design and technology innovations are making wind a viable solution. General Compression, for example, offers technology that regulates energy output regardless of the speed of the wind. Green Energy Technologies developed the WindCube, which acts sort of like a wind tunnel to generate greater velocities. Mariah Power hit the market with its Windspire turbine, a 30-foot tall and four-foot wide vertical unit that is silent and designed for residential, urban, and commercial sites. Quinnipiac University chose the Windspire for its micro-wind garden while software maker Adobe installed 20 units at its headquarters. Of note is that users who install wind solutions and other renewable technologies can take advantage of an uncapped investment tax credit. Amy Berry, director of marketing at Mariah Power, says in a market where sustainability efforts such as LEED certification often go unnoticed by the general public, Windspire units on a green building can serve as a “green badge” so to speak. “A Windspire is clean energy that also changes how people interact with energy,” Berry says. “[The unit] makes a statement, and changes people’s behavior, making them more aware of energy conservation and efficiency.” n

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Dear Paul, I plan to buy solar PV and seek advice about how well panels work in cold weather, particularly how to deal with snow build-up in winter. I don’t want even one day of snow blocking my electric meter from running backward. Of course I’ll ask the installers/ providers I seek bids from what they advise about getting snow off the systems, but it would be helpful to have some advice from an independent party. —Katie, Princeton, NJ


Hello Katie. Anything diminishing sun from hitting a PV panel, whether dirt or too much snow, reduces the amount of energy generated. However, I assume you’ll put your PV on a sloped roof, or mount it on the ground at sufficient angle so snow slides off easily. If the roof pitch is not sufficient for snow to naturally slide off, try and make the panels easily accessible, so removing snow can be done safely. I called Solar One Green Energy Arts and Education Center in New York City to ask about this. Michael Johnson-Chase, who works with their Green Collar Jobs Development program said: “In this climate there’s almost never a need to dig panels out because we don’t tend to get much snow. Typically, panels are inclined so it’s a non-issue. When you put panels on an incline, they’re not only more efficient because they capture more sun but they’re self cleaning. Rain washes off panels. In winter, because of sloped roofs and the glass surfaces, snow comes off naturally. Panels tend to absorb heat so snow melts faster on a panel than on an insulated roof.” Michael mentioned the misconception that PV doesn’t work well in cold, but in fact, the opposite is true. He explained how PV panels are only less productive in winter because there are fewer hours of daylight than the rest of the year: “Solar panels are more efficient the less hot they get. They’re most efficient at high noon on a sunny winter day. A small amount of snow on the panels can actually increase efficiency via the snow burst effect: the sunlight reflected off the panel is directed back again by the snow covering it.” Granted, the snow burst effect doesn’t work if there’s so much snow that light cannot penetrate the panels. And there will be some occasions where you might want to facilitate the snow sliding off the panels, especially if the panels are not mounted at sufficient angle or after a monster storm, which happens the further north you live. I’ve heard a push broom mounted on a roof rake or a pool cleaning pole with a brush or squeegee on the end works to remove snow. Make sure you don’t use anything that scratches or damages the panel surface. And be careful climbing on ladders or onto a roof, especially in icy weather. You might be losing a few kilowatts of energy, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Check out Solar One in NYC, which is a tremendous resource when it comes to anything solar:  —Paul Have a question for Paul? We encourage feedback and dialogue about subjects that appear in this column. Email Paul at Check out his blog,

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For this family’s mountaintop vacation compound in Columbia County, all the trees lead to home. BY ALYSSA JUNG; PHOTOGRAPHS BY DEBORAH DEGRAFFENREID

The 3,500-square-foot vacation house, sitting on 45 acres atop a mountain, incorporated wood from trees canvassed on the property to beautify the interior and give it a distinct and sophisticated wilderness feel. A guest cabin once utilized during The building process provides additional living space.


or years, a diverse forest of cherry, hickory, black birch, ash, and maple trees on a mountaintop in Red Rock, NY was all that existed to witness the splendor of Columbia County below. Now, a portion of that forest is gone but the original inhabitants have not been forgotten. Much of the forest was reincarnated, in a way, and used to construct an elaborate vacation home so that three families spread out across the country can admire the wilderness finery and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Seven years ago when Thomas J. Schwarz bought a parcel of land on this mountaintop—about 45 acres— he had no particular vision in mind; he just fell in love with the surrounding beauty and openness. As time went on, he decided the location would be the perfect place for a vacation home where he, his daughter and 32 new york house / February 2010

son, and their families could congregate on holidays and over the summer. From there, a home unique in both its “greenness” and aesthetics was born. “I basically wanted to bring the outside in so that when you were in the house, you really felt a part of the land and you saw the views as if you were standing there before the house was built,” says Schwarz, who has served as president of Purchase College for eight years. To accomplish this mission, he had the trees that were chopped down to clear the land sent to local mills so they could be used in as much of the construction as possible. The result is walls and floors almost completely devoid of paint or carpets and instead made striking by varying wood grains and color, all finished with non-toxic, sustainable finishes. The master suite has a cherry floor and hickory ceiling, the upstairs hall ceiling is black birch, the upstairs play loft has a maple

wall and ceiling, and an upstairs bathroom got builtin embellishment with a patterned floor created from leftover wood. Slate from ponds at the bottom of the hill was collected and used in the nearly half-mile access road built specifically for the property and all other construction materials were obtained locally. “I’m a recycler and have been for years, so using green building techniques and recycling materials was very important to me. I used to have an antique store so I appreciate old things and like to reuse,” says Schwarz. From day one, Schwarz knew exactly what he wanted and was actively involved from conception to completion. His desire to make an intergenerational home that his daughter, son, and their families could be comfortable in led to the home’s most distinguishing feature—an open staircase in the middle of the house.

Foreground: Family members al madrid, daughter claudia and sister-in-law jessica Schwarz gather around the Rumford fireplace, which, along with radiant floors, provides efficient heating. Glass doors and operable windows bring in natural light and provide natural ventilation. architect martin E. rich sits in the background while jason schwarz and daughter dylan play at the coffee table.

“I wanted to be able to stand anywhere in the downstairs of the house and be able to see the rest of the downstairs. I didn’t want to put a staircase off in the back to the side because it would block views, so we decided to put the stairs in the middle and have it be an open stair you could see through,” says Schwarz. “You can stand in the kitchen and look through the stairs to the living room area, which is important with little kids.” The open stair was perhaps the most crucial element of the house and allowed the building process to take on a life of its own. It was brainchild of architect Martin Rich, of New York City based architecture firm Martin E. Rich Architects, PC. “There was a moment in time when I couldn’t get a feel for how it was all going to come together and then it just clicked. By code, you can’t have an open stair but I was able to come up with a kind of cage. It’s the anchor of the house and everything else spins off of it,” says Rich, who worked on Schwarz’s brownstone in New York City years before. “The staircase works visually and spatially because there are bookcases on the outside of it you can utilize.” Ground was broken in Spring 2008 and resulted in a house with approximately 3,500 square feet of living space—three upstairs bedrooms, a separate master suite on the first floor joined by living room and kitchen and a basement. Rich says the design is reminiscent of New England architecture, which is characterized by its steep rooflines, large porches, and indigenous materials. The house is open and airy, with oversized windows and skylights to use maximum natural light and natural ventilation. Not only was the process eco-friendly but the finished product is energy-efficient to the max. “The house is heated with hydronic radiant coils in the floor on all levels,” Rich explains. “This means that

rooms are heated from the ground up so that only the comfort zone is heated, nothing higher than six feet. Water for the radiant heating is produced by a high efficiency gas boiler connected to a smart house remote system which allows them to operate it from New York City. Hot water is heated with a tankless hot water heater, which takes a bit longer but saves energy because it only heats water as it’s needed,” Rich says. The house is also equipped with a wood stove in the master suite and Rumford fireplaces that provide efficient heating and move recaptured heat between rooms. Dual flush toilets are in every bathroom—for liquid waste you flush one side, which uses .09 gallons per flush and for solid you press the other side, which uses 1.8 gallons per flush. Recycled denim and Styrofoam provide two layers of insulation in most of the walls. Builder Tom Hopkins says the house was a learning experience for him because while he’s created many custom houses, none of them included this magnitude

In addition to the main home and guest house, there’s room to one day hold two ponds, a barn, and garage. The land has been registered with the land conservancy so raising cattle is an option for the future. Shale from the property’s pond and local gravel were used to construct the nearly half mile roadway that leads to the house.

of wood or recycling. “I’ve done a lot of work with green elements and it’s much easier to do now because more products are available. Six years ago, when I started, it was nightmare because you couldn’t find products or if you did, it was 20 times the cost,” Hopkins says. “It’s getting better as time goes on. Working with the wood was a ton of work, just finding ways to ensure I used as much from the land I could.” Schwarz’s family gathered at the home for the first time over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. He couldn’t join them but saw pictures and says he is pleased with the outcome. “It came out as I hoped it would and I think one of the hardest things to do was envision how all the different kinds of wood would work together,” Schwarz says. More than how the compound turned out visually, Schwarz says he is perhaps most proud of its overall approach.


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“I think it’s great when people are building a new house to use resources that are right there to their greatest extent. It’s a little more expensive but there’s something wonderful about incorporating into a house the very trees from the land,” said Schwarz. “Our forefathers did that when they cut down trees and made log cabins but mostly people don’t do that anymore. It’s much healthier for us all and I hope other people will take note and do it this way.” n Top to bottom: The play loft has become a popular sleeping area for children diego and penelope. Maximizing available space was critical to the design, so shelves hold toys under the ladder and a hallway closet on the other side provides additional storage; The cage-like open staircase is the focal point of the house and presented perhaps the biggest challenge. The Architect’s design, which connects the living and kitchen areas and incorporates bookshelves, met Schwarz’s visual needs and building codes. seated, from left to right, are claudia, penelope, and diego; the kitchen boasts Energy Star appliances, cabinets lined with bamboo, and antique light fixtures, and leads to the L-shaped wraparound porch with cedar ceiling. jessi schwarz sits at the table with mom Judy. In the background, from left to right, are martin E. rich, diego madrid, and builder thomas C. hopkins.

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rdinary walls might start to look like wall flowers if they don’t keep up with high-tech walls heading our way. Phase Change Material Drywall (PCMD) is one new kid on the wall block, and more akin to walls on Star Trek’s holodeck than ordinary cladding for a sun room in Great Neck. PCMD is gypsum drywall, or wallboard, which incorporates phase change materials (PCMs) within its structure to moderate the thermal environment within a building. PCMs absorb, store, and release heat when they change state, such as from solid to liquid. When room temperature rises above a PCM’s transition temperature (the point which the material changes phase), PCMs absorb heat and melt. In winter this serves as a heat storage mass that absorbs passive solar heat gain. At night, heat is released, because as temperature decreases, the PCM releases stored heat and returns to a solid state. In summer PCMD absorbs heat during the day, decreasing need for air conditioning. The cooling load is shifted to later time periods, allowing customers to take advantage of cool night air and off-peak utility rates. The PCMD SmartBoard from BASF is not available in the U.S. just yet, but has been successfully tested in the EU and was used by the 2007 winner of the U.S. DOE’s Solar Decathlon. Look for a future post about floors, which are really beginning to floor me with their new technology. —Paul McGinniss

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horoscopes for your home life by Eric Francis Coppolino / february 2010


anuary was one of the most challenging, turbulent months since the first time someone ever posted a horoscope to the Internet. February has the feeling of coming out of the turning point rather than desperately clinging to the road. The standout aspect is Chiron conjunct Neptune, which represents a stage of awakening that is eminently necessary to prepare for the far more intense astrology coming up in the spring. The keyword is conformity: that is, dealing with it. For all our belief in and obsession with free will, humans tend to walk around in a trance. This conjunction is a gentle wakeup call: perhaps one in a series, but it’s calling on you to question whether you believe what you know is true, or what other people think you should think.

Aries (March 20 – April 19)

You’re in a focusing phase wherein you are learning to see, feel, and sense the future. Much of this involves an evaluation of your environment, and the ways in which you’re influenced by the people around you. You’re also deeply impacted by numerous messages from advertising, so-called news, and imitation culture. Choose your influences carefully. Be careful who you refelct. Even as you find your freedom, you have the not-so-small matter of authority creeping into your life everywhere. One of the most significant themes of your immediate and long-term astrology involves redefining your relationship to that which has power over you: and beware, most of these factors are hidden. Find the courage to challenge any authority when your moment of absolute awakening arrives—that moment is approaching rapidly.

Taurus (April 19 – May 20)

You seem to live within two entirely different perceptual frameworks which alternate and at times conflict. You might say you have two value systems trying to function simultaneously. I would propose this split runs in twomonth cycles. You seem to alternate in your goals and intentions a little more often than once per season, constantly knocking you out of focus and putting you at cross-purposes with yourself. Yet you can use these fluctuations like a rock climber uses gravity for leverage. You know you don’t embrace change warmly or easily; and this alone is a source of resistance. One frequent result of this tension is the constant, subtle fear that ‘everything is going to be different, which could be alleviated by embracing the truth that if you seek growth, you must be friends with movement, progress, and the unfamiliar.

Gemini (May 20 – June 21)

How is your intuition? Do the hints you get work with or against the things you know intellectually? Or do you override what your subtle sense tells you? Most likely, you alternate between the two. You have powerful analytical skills, but often your intuition contradicts your established beliefs. Lately, what other people want from you contradicts your sense of what is right for you, though it’s been challenging for you to stand up to those influences. So there are two matters here: your relationship to yourself, and how you’re influenced by people who seem to have extraordinary power in your life, most recently, financial and sexual power. Both money and sex experienced as power have one thing in common: fear.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You have much to offer and the deep need to share it. If you made peace with this fact, your life would be simpler. Going by your astrology, you will have some extraordinary opportunities to make your mark as the next few seasons unfold. These are likely to be disguised as unprecedented success and an expanded role in the world. You have 42 NEW YORK HOUSE / February 2010

doubts about that role, but remember: you make up a story about your personal worth based on what you think others think. As you continue your overhaul of your outdated ideas about relationships, focus on trust. If you falter in your trust of yourself, you open the door to those you don’t trust. Therefore, if you want to enjoy your success, be vigilant, and hold yourself in high esteem.

Leo (July 22 – August 23)

Nobody would accuse you of being an introvert, but sometimes the most outgoing people are the most inwardly focused. You know this, and it’s challenging because you feel it’s your destiny to have attention focused on you. The circumstances of your life call you out into the world of leadership. Yet your sensitive heart and soul call you inward. Your transits this year provide support for that deep inner search, an exploration of your spiritual beliefs. As you move through this territory, you may experience the sometimes-tense relationship between you and your potential. You seem determined to develop habits that make you efficient, though I would suggest work methods that allow spontaneous growth are the ones to experiment with. Much in the world depends on your contribution, so be thankful for that grounding and sense of purpose.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

The ancient story of Virgo is about giving birth to yourself daily: this is the focus of your current spiritual journey. You nourish the inner seeds of your creative process, and they emerge into the world with a life of their own. When you take responsibility for this process, you create things that nourish you. When you don’t take responsibility, the results can be damaging. You know self-expression is a double-edged sword, but rather than being afraid of this, a better approach would be to grow in self-mastery. You’ve discovered that if you don’t indulge in actual expression of your ideas and feelings, you feel trapped; if you open up, you feel happier, more grounded, and more inclined to notice the incredible gifts being offered to you.

Libra (September 22 – October 23)

It’s no longer so easy to hide behind your shell. The profound change to your psychic structure is that the façades no longer make you feel safe. Your whole inner emotional structure is being rearranged. Compartments of suppressed feeling are cracking open. Forgotten memories are coming back. Your relationship to your history is changing. All of this is leading toward profound selfrenewal. Other factors in your astrology suggest that by June, your world will be rocked by exciting events that will challenge you to be as alive as you can be. When these experiences come your way, you will want to embrace the journey with your full being. This will call for vulnerability and the willingness to embrace change passionately— qualities that will initiate from the inside out, and which before long you will meet face to face.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 22)

The planets suggest you take your quest for success inward, seeking an understanding of your true motives. You can no longer act on desire without a strong concept of why that desire matters. This involves not merely diving into your emotional world and seeking clarity, but also projecting yourself into the world and determining who you must be in relationship to everything that surrounds you. Imagine that time has stopped; and what a second ago was the present moment has become the past. You’re able to move around and explore in this frozen world. You’re seemingly alone, in a dimension you can see but with which you cannot interact. Look carefully for what responds to your awareness: for what speaks to you directly and wants to

exchange energy with you. Whatever responds to your presence in this crystallized world is truly part of you.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22)

Of all the challenges you’ve faced during the past decade, seeking emotional stability ranks highest. Yet much has changed in the past 12 months. You seem to have been through something that has granted you a measure of peace of mind. Along the way, you gave up seeming necessities that were not working for you, one of which is your relationship to your family. You decided you were not going to believe the lies others believed. It’s easier not to believe lies, yet casting off what a whole culture (in this case, your family) accepts as wholesome truth is the work of a revolutionary. And the result can be destabilizing. This is why those who adhere to what is obviously not true do so: they at least have ground beneath their feet, even if it’s not solid.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

Your mission is to be independent of the momentum or intentions of your family. Family affects us several ways: first, family grants us life. Then family imprints us with its values, in its own chaotic, narcissistic image. Last, the Trojan horse of guilt is installed so we go into paralysis anytime we try to digress a single millimeter from the agenda. Fear kicks in, and we are terrified of being without the structure that allegedly supports us. More often the ‘support’ manifests as a battle waged when we try to make up our own minds about anything at all; or an internal conflict ensues, as if we’re being challenged by some absolute authority. However, the combined action of Saturn and Pluto says you are the only actual authority in your life.

Aquarius (January 20 – February19)

You depend on your intelligence; there are few more valid astrological truisms than descriptions of that unique Aquarian gift of reason and rationality. Yet your astrology is calling you in a different psychic direction. You have felt the strong pull toward organizing your life around hearth and home. You have observed your intuition go from something you doubted to something you depend upon like a trusted friend. This journey is related to something else you’re experiencing—evaluating, questioning, and rejecting many things you believed in the past. You’ve learned to take nothing for granted. A new clarity is taking over your life, based on a deep devotion to accurate perception. For years, it seemed as if something was being taken away from you—as if your ideals were losing validity. Yet having discarded so much as false, you now have room for what is true and authentic.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

For years, you’ve worked to set yourself free from something: perhaps the lies you believed, your sense of being trapped or isolated—a world that does not appreciate how beautiful life is. Though that setting-free process is not over, you’ve made progress—far more than you recognize. I suggest you sum up what you’ve learned in the simplest terms. For example, it’s easier to come up with an innovative solution to a problem than ‘fix’ the past. Remember that one; it will be useful. Another thing I trust you’ve observed is that it pays to be direct. People have a hard time fathoming what you’re thinking. You can be even more transparent, including with yourself. In fact, you can afford and will thrive on radical honesty: about who you are, what you value. and your vision for your life.

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clockwise from top left: Owners Sharon and Lio stand with their friend, famed Parisian DJ Alkimixx, at the music controls behind the awe-inspiring, custom stone-and-tile bar, which serves up organic gourmet candlelit dinners and relaxing poolside brunches. The tree in the façade of the bar-grill represents the giant maple tree which stands in Woodstock’s town square. The pool-side lounge area is decadent and impressive. Inlaid tile work creates a tree in the floor that leads toward the shower and bath area. Artisan Mark E. Mesick of Hudson Valley Tile & Stone was hired to turn concept into reality. “We had fun with the layouts and the free flow,” he said. “everyone was proud of the results.” Other local contractors, architects, and designers involved in the project include: Rothe Contruction, Mountain Pools, Andrew North, Vermont Timber Frame, Billy Brice, and Sylve Voss. A 600-year-old Quan Yin Buddha waterfall atrium, imported from China, and tranquility garden in the pool area light up at night and create a soothing and mystical atmosphere. The Bath area is both elaborate and calming. The walls are ornamented with stones and seashells, and the sink is a work of art, reflecting the tranquility of the spa area.

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he new Aspects Inn & Day Spa resides in the heart of the historic artists’ colony of Woodstock, NY, nestled in the famed Catskill Mountains ski and summer resort region. Aspects provides a unique and exclusive sensual retreat with two private luxury two-bedroom apartments joined to a 2,000 square-foot cathedral ceiling, cedar-and-glass enclosed, climate-controlled spa with 40’ saline pool, 64-jet Jacuzzi and therapeutic infrared sauna. Stay in a private luxury two bedroom apartment with fullamenities including kitchen and dining areas, balconies, and fireplaces. Enjoy organic gourmet meals at the poolside bar or order an organic, gourmet dinner, served by candlelight and prepared by your host, French Chef Lio Magat. And relax with an array of personal therapies from yoga to massage to facials and salon treatments with select local professional therapists. Owners Sharon McGehee and Lio Magat created the Aspects Gallery Partnership in their Manhattan townhouse soon after they married in 2000. The space served as a gallery and workspace for their many artistic endeavors Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the couple decided it would be best to relocate Aspects, and found that the Hudson Valley was the right fit. While visiting their friends, Kristin Meyer and Lucy Scala of Woodstock Haircuts, they were told that the three-story, 1910 Colonial home, located across the street from the flea market in the heart of Woodstock, was for sale. “The home had been divided into four rental units and had housed numerous Woodstock artists and musicians over the years, including the drug dealer for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin—it was perfect,” said Sharon. “Even our standard poodle, Sade, expressed enthusiastic approval by running three times around the house.” Sharon and Lio worked with friends, family, and local contractors and artisans to restore the home to its former glory, and then set their sight on their dream pool house. Contractors, local designers, architects, and artisans were called in to turn vision into reality. After 18 months of construction, their “personal Shangri-la” was complete and after much interest from many Woodstockians, Aspects Inn & Spa opened to the public. The spa and living area reflect Sharon and Lio’s vision, from the antique and eclectic guest rooms to the Italian lighting, detailed wood and stone work, and modern heating and energy solution in the spa area. Propane is used to heat the natural saline pool and centrally-heated spa. They installed a natural ionized filter Jacuzzi and therapeutic infrared sauna and added six rain barrels under the gutters to collect rain water. Lio and Sharon plan to add solar panels on the roof. In addition to running the beautiful Aspects Inn & Spa, Sharon and Lio continue to excel in their true passions. Sharon’s book Raging Bull II the sequel to the 1980 acclaimed film “Raging Bull” is scheduled for 2010 production with Sunset Pictures and her true crime book Bodies of Evidence is being featured in a special on “Women on Death Row” on the WE channel in March. Lio, who also happens to be a graduate of the prestigious Vatel culinary school in his native Lyon, France, and worked as sommelier for renowned chef Paul Bocuse in the French Riviera for three years, begins shooting the pilot for his cooking show spectacle, set in the spa, entitled “Chez Lio” for the Food Channel in February. The couple invites you to share their personal paradise. Take advantage of all that art and culture historic Woodstock, NY and the Catskill Mountains have to offer. Visit Aspects Inn & Day Spa with full access to pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna for just a $25 per day, or plan your next special event in the unique spa setting! Contact LIO: 18 Maple Lane, Woodstock, NY. (917) 412-5646

Aspects’ 2,000 square-foot cedar-and-glass enclosed cathedral ceiling, climate-controlled spa, with 40’ saline pool, 64-jet Jacuzzi, and therapeutic infrared sauna, features an array of personal spa therapies, from yoga to massage to facials and salon treatments with select local professional therapists, including massage therapist Lynn Duval of Woodstock. Antique-decorated and adorned with fine art, private luxury two-bedroom apartments that attach to the spa area include kitchens, dining areas, balconies, and fire places.

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40.54 surveyed acs just outside village. Beautiful bldg site w/spectacular views of Delaware River Valley. Never-failing spring, nice pond sites, log rds, excellent hunting & 2 reclaimed stone quarries for picnics & recreation. Neat place for horses.

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LAKE COTTAGE across from the water, enclosed porch, deck, with an extra lot for great privacy. Copake $149,900

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TAGHKANIC/HILLSDALE 475 acres, ponds, magnificent views, sub-dividable


KINDERHOOK 125 acres on 2 private lakes, ideal for estate or development


LIVINGSTON Commercial/Residential 60+ acres, Rte 9 mixed development, good soils


SPECTACULAR FARM on the Roe Jan, 200 acres, great subdivision possibilities


HUDSON: DEVELOPMENT OR ESTATE 130 acres, nr NYS Thruway, Amtrak


INCREDIBLE 135 acres WILDLIFE abundant, large beaver pond


UNIQUE HUDSON RIVERFRONT 10 arcs, large natural harbor


CLAVERACK great hunting property 75 acres bordering Claverack Creek


LEVEL CREEKSIDE 21 acres, some woods, sub-dividable, nr Saugerties


RED HOOK cleared site, perc, driveway in, quiet road, 2+ac


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FARMING OPPORTUNITY first time offered in over 60 years. Family fruit and vegetable farm, colonial home, barns, frontage on two roads, pond, stream, mtn. views. $949,500

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The highlands

4.3 Acres with 340 ft. road frontage on Route 82. Incredibly-maintained, immaculate 2-bedroom home. Perfect for professional office, multifamily…Hamlet Zoned. Offered at $395,000. Call R. Ferris Real Estate 845-454-7800

Open and airy 8-Room, 4-BR, 4.5-Bath Contemporary Colonial. Beautifully landscaped corner lot 2 Fireplaces. Wood floors 3-car Garage Community pool and tennis courts. Close to Metro North, Village and schools. Offered at $499,900. Call Sandra Croyle 845-855-3653.


55.96 acres

A quality parcel of meadows and woods located within 10 minutes of Millbrook Village. Excellent pond site. Outstanding views! Convenient to Taconic State Parkway. Only 1.5 hours to NYC. Offered at $1,150,000. Call Karen Schwark 845-724-5769


4,300 sq. ft. 3-Bedroom Contemporary that is the perfect retreat. 3 Private Acres. Indoor Pool. Open floor plan. Decks afford views of ponds and woodlands. Offered at $699,000. Call Liz Hofweber 914-760-9418





















Idyllic and secluded retreat with Roe Jan frontage and Catskill Mountain views. Sited on over 10 acres with gardens and mature plantings, this charming vintage home offers many original details. Min. to Hudson and Bard. $995,000.

Circa 1719 Willow Dell overlooks the Fallburgh Creek on 3.21 acres on a quiet dead-end road. This 4BR/2BA home features many original details including wideboard floors and 3 fireplaces. Also has a 2-bedroom guest cottage. $849,000.

Less than 1.5 hours from Midtown NYC, this secluded 5500 s.f. home offers a 2-story great room, chef’s kitchen, first floor master movie theater, home office and salt water filtration swimming pool. Det. barn/garage. $1,960,000.




This 3BR/3.5BA colonial is sited privately up a long driveway and offers living room with fireplace, EIK with screened-in porch and recent upgrades such as new windows and central air. Two car barn with potential studio space.. $849,000.

This completely renovated 3BR/2.5BA home is sited on 3.85 acres on the gateway of Rhinebeck Village. Immaculate and replete with original details, it offers a chef ’s kitchen, formal living room w/ fireplace. Det. studio/workshop. $699,000.

Clermont and Red Hook Schools $99,000; RoeJan frontage $199,000, Col. Co. lots w/ Catskill views $95,000/$225,000., Tivoli stream frontage $250,000, Rhinebeck lot w/ stream $275,000; Rhinebeck with Catskill views $630,000.

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5917 n. eLM aVenUe P.o. BoX 798, MiLLeRton, nY Brad rebillard, Broker - Come talk to Brad about the Federal Governments $8,000 tax credit for 1st time home buyers and the new existing Home owners $6,500 tax credit for trading up on your home.

Millerton – One of the best views in Dutchess w/50 miles from one of the highest points in the county. House and Barn are not visible from the lightly traveled county Rd. In addition to the house

CopAke – Exceptional views and privacy are only the beginning of this builders own contemporary. High quality workmanship & rich appointments are the theme of this exceptional offering. There are over 20 acres of hilltop land granting the best views of Copake Lake, & the Berkshires. Some features included are a 3 car heated garage, a custom staircase to the 2nd level, a stone fireplace, a chef’s kitchen w/granite counters & custom cherry cabinetry, walnut floors and more . The seller is motivated so don’t be afraid to make an offer. $1,850,000

Millerton – Far reaching views of the Taconic Range and valley farm land. 5.2 acres of open land not far from the Village of Millerton. Walk down the country lane to a scenic pond, a trail head to the South Taconic Trail, or travel a short distance to Catamount Ski Area, golf or the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Only 20 mins to Gt. Barrington Mass, or the Metro-North train. Priced to sell at $135,000

Millerton – One owner custom home. Great location

Millerton – Newly renovated one level home with lots of storage. The home is in great shape, there is an oversized 2 car garage with a full second story storage area. The quiet location offers ease of access to the Village of Millerton and is only 11 miles from the Metro-North train. Also available for rent. $225,000

w/ little traffic, walking distance to the Village of Millerton. This well cared for home has a lot to offer: hardwd flrs, a brick raised hearth fireplace in the LR, a DR just off the EIK, good size bdrms, ceramic tile baths and an inviting sun porch. Lower level has a 2 bay oversized garage, basement storage and a finished FR. The double lot provides for lots of room for the back yard ball game and could be subdivided if desired. 11 miles to the MetroNorth Train. Walking distance to the Rail Trail. $259,000

AMeniA – From bottom to top & inside out, this home has been updated and is in great shape. All on one level, there are 2 bdrs, 1 1/2 ba, EIK, large lr & access to an attached garage. Double the living space if wish to finish the partial finished lower level. This area walks out to the private back yard and currently has a semi-finished heated rm (Extra br) in addition to a utility room, laundry plus 800 sf of useable space. Also, there is built-in plumbing for a 3rd ba. Conveniently located about 5 min. to the Metro-North train. The site offers overlooking views, and is walking distance to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. $215,000

Millerton – Early 1900’s Village Colonial located in the Village of Millerton just off Main Street in the General Business Zone. Currently used as a 2 family, this 12 room home has 2 large additions & has had many important updates. The house is accessible by Village sidewalks. First time available in almost 50 years. $235,000

Millerton – Renovated 1850’s cottage with a heated barn with 2 garage bays and finished studio above. There are views of a stream from the rear deck. Stroll over the walking bridge to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. With approx 1.5 acres there’s lots of room for gardens, the lawn chairs or the back yard BBQ. Drop a line in the stream or dangle your toes on a hot day. Included in the renovations are a new heating system with central AC and new wood floors. $237,000

Millerton – One level home located within walking distance to the Village of Millerton on a practically no traffic street. There are 3 bedrooms, 1 ¼ baths, kitchen and open living-dining area with vaulted ceilings. There are many new updates such as new windows, furnace, deck and more. This move in conditions home is great for just starting out or retirement. $179,000

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there is a 6200 sq. Ft. finished barn operating as a kennel. This structure has been designed to be versatile and could easily be converted into an environmentally controlled garage with studio space, horse barn, veterinary clinic or more. The farm land is beautiful and there are mature woodlands with trails. Located in the hills of the Smithfield Valley on the edge of the Millbrook Hunt not far from the train station, fine dining, theater and so much more. $2,200,000


71 aCres in MiLLbrooK With treMendous VieWs Located on Chestnut ridge road in Millbrook is this four bedroom sprawling ranch home with tremendous views of the Catskill Mountains and Millbrook Countryside. Wonderful opportunity for someone looking for an estate parcel. Co-exclusive. offered at $2,200,000

MiLLbrooK Country house delightful circa 1775 four br colonial homestead on 21 acres of lawn, meadow and woodland. a newer wing, encompassing the formal living room with vaulted ceiling and FP and the Master br suite, blends well with the old. spacious library with FP and the formal dining room are ideal for entertaining. inground pool, patios, fine formal gardens, small barn. offered at $1,195,000

“tree toPs” on aLtaMont a delightful country home in a picture perfect setting. ideal location on a lovely country road surrounded by beautiful horse farms but just minutes to the Village of Millbrook. Captivating early schoolhouse with two architecturally designed wings and almost 3500 sq. ft. of living space. beautiful landscape featuring a tree-lined drive, gardens with fine plantings, terraces, waterfalls, pond, woodlands and heated in-ground pool. amazing great room with stone fireplace and spiral stairs to loft. offered at $999,000

exquisite 75 aCres With inCredibLe VieWs remarkable piece of land located on a quiet country road. 75+ acres comprised of actively farmed, wellmaintained rolling fields and beautiful woodlands with bridal trails. Very attractive homesite offering incredible views of the Catskills and the hudson highlands. ideal for horse farm or nature retreat. Preserved in the dutchess Land Conservancy and bordered by large farms and the Wappingers Creek. Very special piece of land with incredible pastoral beauty. offered at $965,000

MiLLbrooK CoLoniaL on 6.5 aCres this early house in the famed Millbrook hunt Country is surrounded by large estate quality land. Living room with stone fireplace, spacious dining room, galley kitchen with dining area, family room with slider to patio and views of the rolling farmland, three bedrooms and an office. two-car barn with workshop. offered at $399,000

CirCa 1806 CoLoniaL Fantastic early 19th century colonial farmhouse with loads of old world charm and potential, conveniently located an hour and a half from new york City and just ten minutes to the Village of Millbrook. over 2500 square feet with many original details, including two working brick fireplaces, original wide board flooring, period moldings and beamed ceilings. Four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. 1.61 acres of level land with an additional 3 acre lot available. offered at $395,000

Country ranCh on ten aCres Lovely raised ranch on 10.42 acres of meadow and Woodland with privacy and views of the Catskills. Living room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and full bath on one level. Family room, utility room, workshop and laundry/half-bath on lower level. stone outbuilding ideal for studio or office, three stall stable, heated workshop and partially finished basement. Millbrook schools. offered at $375,000

eLegant CondoMiniuM at MiLLbrooK hoLLoW a beautiful country condominium awaits you through private gates. the main level offers an entry hall, an eat-inkitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a dining room opening to a living room with a brick fireplace. the second level provides a third bedroom, a full bath, and a loft study. one car garage, balcony and deck. offered at $369,000

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Kingwood ParkAcres 40 Level Industrial

Totally private with15,000 windingsquare drive foot to lovely old homeModern office setting building, manufacturing stead. Wonderful distant views, gunitehall in ground pool,bedroom two firebuilding with loading docks, auction and three places Possible plus screened porch withYou fireplace. of the Tudor. ownerinfinancing. can sellThis off is30one acres for top locations inWEB# prestigious Kingwood Park. WEB# HA477216 HA367170 SALT POINT ..$1,500,000 development. $875,000




Great Commuter Location

Top quality material, and mechanicals. Directconstruction Hudson River Views Generous size rooms withthe hardwood floors. construction. Sit and watch ships sail by inSteel this I-beam three bedroom unit 95% Carrier heatingcommunity. and cooling. in premier riverfront WalkSolid to themaple train, kitchen restauWEB# HA461272 WAPPINGERS FALLS ..$385,000 cabinets. rants, offices, boats and riverfront. WEB# HA481250





Commuter LocationBuilding Mint Condition Commercial

Levelsquare 1.2 private acres. Huge in-ground pool, 3200 feet. Four offices wired for phone andnew cat5.pergo Two and Armstrong laminated throughout. garages with 26 foot ceilings,flooring two bays 36x40 andUpdated 30x40. kitchen14and baths. Perfect in law18-26 setup. Central air. Walk Three foot overhead doors. foot ceilings. High to schools.WEB# Close to train and I-84. WEB# HA482807 HA426932 PLEASANT VALLEY $475,000 exposure. $375,000


Terrific Neighborhood

New roof, siding, windows andHome garage door are some of the Solid features of this five-bedroom Ranch. Hardwood Three bedroom Ranch with beautiful hardwoodfloors floorsunder under carpet. entry lower Located level. Large fenced backcarpet,Separate thoughout thetohouse. onfully a little cul-de-sac WEB# HA388830 WAPPINGERS FALLS......$319,000 yard. in wonderful neighborhood. Walkout full basement could be

finished. WEB# HA481878 $260,000


Private Setting Deal of a Lifetime

Absolutely mint four-bedroom home Todd with Hill shining Beautiful six-bedroom home in prestigious area. hardwood upsuite, and hardwood downstairs. Open concept Vaulted entry,floors master floors, kitchen with on main floor. Gorgeous property. Japanese granite counters and stainless appliances. Coveredgardens outdoor with continuous flowers. WEB# HA484260 WEB# HA467335 LAGRANGE ................$590,000 terrace. $399,900

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Pretty Spacious Ranch inLocation Picturesque Setting

Wonderful country out Beautiful finished lowerroad level location. with bath, Large fireplacedeck and wet backMain looking overhardwood fields and privacy. More hayfields bar. level has floors, new four season room across thebedroom street. suite. Yet you are two within minutes to and master Almost levelfive acres with pool stores. costs POUGHKEEPSIE with pellet stove in family WEB#heat HA443064 ......$398,000 and deck.Low room. MLS#278306 $325,000


Level Corner Lot

Pleasantly kept three-bedroom Ranch with two-car detached Home floors and large deck garage on almost oneStately acre. Hardwood Wellkitchen. maintained brickheat home charming off Two zone andon 15’x18’ familycul-de-sac room are with beautiful historic 10’ RED ceilings, two..$199,000 fireplacWEB#homes. HA458639 HOOK additional features.

es and French doors welcome you. Located near entry to bridge. Walk to train and stores. WEB# HA483970 $229,000 C/PoughkeePsie

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Fantastic Neighborhood Little Switzerland

Large brick home five square bedrooms. Very large Incredible indoor pool with 1600 foot glass enclosed master bedroom withwith large closet. Lotsgorgeous of hardwood patio area. Family room shuffle board, cherry floors, two Set up forfull-wall mother-in law.fireplace. Above kitchen and fireplaces. huge great room with stone ground pool withHOPEWELL deck. WEB# HA480690 WEB# HA458022 JUNCTION..........$498,000

Village ofConvenient Millbrook Location Bed & Breakfast

Mint bricksuccessful, four bedroom home kitchen. Granite Extremely one of onlywith twonew around. Features two counters,with stainless appliances, new baths, air buildings wide-board and hardwood floors,central fireplaces and built-in windows. Beautiful Main hardwood Screened in and bookshelves. house floors. with four bedrooms rearfour porch andWEB# 16x32HA466069 in ground MILLBROOK pool. WEB# HA479106 ..$850,000 and baths.

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ArrowFieLD Long admired as Saugerties’ most elegant Hudson River Front home, Arrowfield is privately sited on 13 stately acres with full river views and shore access for boating. Inground pool, mature trees and gardens. Built in 1930 and graciously restored, this home offers 6100 sq. ft. of living space. $4,000,000

Architect DeSigneD conVerteD bArn This 1930 barn was converted to a stunning country home sited on 3 private acres w/in-ground pool & pond. The house flows beautifully, featuring an open kitchen w/a wall of windows, open dining & living room w/fpl, a media room, a 2 room office suite, 4 BRs, a large mudroom, plus 2 outbuildings. $835,000

renoVAteD coUntry hoMe on 17 AcreS Recently renovated w/impeccable taste this 6BR/4BA home is spacious & light-filled with a renovated kitchen, large living room w/fpl & library area, mud room entry w/spiral staircase to loft. Excellent mini farm, getaway or horse property. Two ponds, barn, garage. Can be subdivided. Minutes to Rhinebeck Village. $719,000

hiStoric FeDerAL with riVer ViewS Tastefully renovated and sited on a hill with Hudson River and Catskill Mt. views. This spacious home features a wraparound porch, beamed ceilings, oversized windows, HW floors, gourmet kitchen, and sunroom with fireplace. Garage/studio, salt water pool & stone summer kitchen. 13.32 acres. A Gem! $1,750,000

coUntry hoMe w/cAbin & bArn on 25 Ac. Spacious 3 level architect designed home. Lower level has an impressive entry, sunroom & office. Second floor has a Great Room w/a wall of windows, slate floor, 10 ft. ceilings, dining area, open kitchen & a brick wall w/fpl., 3 BR & a library. Bedroom, bath & open loft space on 3rd floor. $810,000

PerFect hoMe For entertAining Love to entertain? Then this is the house for you! 4BR/3BA, country kitchen, formal DR w/fpl, LR w/doors to deck, office & library/FR. Close to Hudson, Rhinebeck, Great Barrington, Tanglewood & more. Swim in the Taghkanic Creek or revel in your own sauna or hot tub for 6-8 people. This location has it all! $649,000

SPAcioUS reD hook FAMiLy hoMe This 3BR/3BA home has plenty of room for the entire family. The space is nicely divided on 3 levels offering a combination of private areas & spacious rooms. MBR suite, renovated kitchen, stone fireplace, French doors, skylights, screened in porch, deck & private backyard. Close to rec park, pool & tennis courts. $369,000

reD hook ViLLAge PoLiSheD geM Carpe Diem! Houses for under $200,000 will not be around forever! Circa 1900 Farmhouse totally gutted and renovated. Move right in & pay less than you would for a rental. Pay for your closing costs & more with up to $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. Walk to stores, restaurants and more. $195,000


conteMPorAry FArMhoUSe Stunning architect designed 3 level home nestled on 3.6 private wooded acres in Milan. Spacious open floor plan w/high ceilings, oversized rooms, 2 fpls., WB pine floors, French doors, gourmet kitchen, 3 BR/2.5 BA. Dramatic walking bridge to front entrance, rock ledge outcroppings & stone walls. $799,000 • 6423 MontgoMery Street • rhinebeck, new york • 845.876.8588 54 NEW YORK HOUSE / February 2010



MILLBROOK COUNTRY COTTAGE. This comfortable and light filled home features 3 BR, 2 BA w/master on the first level. LR w/ FP, country kitchen & dining area open to sitting room w/vaulted ceiling & French doors to deck. Landscaped & private backyard. Convenient to the Village of Millbrook.


$2,800,000 MILLBROOK

EXCEPTIONAL OFFERING of 64-acres on the Hudson River in the Great Estates area. Unspoiled panoramic views of the river and Catskill Mountain Range. Offered as a single estate site with no further development. Two hours from NYC and convenient to Amtrak.

$497,000 SHEKOMEKO


CIRCA 1880 SHINGLED colonial with approx 10,000 sq ft including 6 BR, 5 FP & WBF throughout. Also features an 18-stall horse barn w/apt above, 3 BR cottage, several outbuildings, 9 paddocks, 2 ponds and a pool. Privately set on nearly 80 acres with views to the Catskill Mountains.




STUNNING PANORAMIC views from this private 19acre property featuring 360-degree views of the Ancram countryside, Taconic Ridge, and distant farms. Land is suitable for horses and farming with an agricultural exemption. A 3 BR house is an added bonus.


IN THE CHARMING HAMLET of Shekomeko is this delightful 2 BR ranch surrounded by beautiful gardens and a small stream. Recently updated with a new roof and new siding; modern kitchen and new bath with cork floors. Full basement & 2- car garage.

$258,000 GALLATIN

PRIVATE & PEACEFUL end unit located on the 2nd FL overlooking a pond & nearby horse farm. Floor plan includes a large LR/DR w/FP, den, 2 BR & 2 BA. Upgraded to include HWF in the LR, DR & den w/crown moldings. Includes a large lap swimming pool & 2 Har-tru tennis courts. Two detached oversized garages.

A RARE OPPORTUNITY to build your own home on six acres with water frontage on Long Pond. Trees for privacy border the road frontage and once you enter the property you are in a lovely flat field that narrows to the water. Swim, fish or canoe from a peaceful and quiet setting.


EXTRAORDINARY PARCEL of land. Thirty plus acres with spectacular panoramic views. This lovely land has open rolling meadows, wooded areas and a stream. Ready to go with BOHA. Perfect for horses. Located on a quiet road and convenient to the Taconic State Parkway.


CHARMING CIRCA 1880 farmhouse w/2 BR located on 6.24-acres between Rhinebeck & Millbrook. This perfect weekend home has been completely restored. Kitchen w/vaulted beamed ceilings & cherry countertops, DR, LR w/FP & HWF throughout. Includes summer cottage, brick & bluestone terraces, perennial gardens, storage barn & a 2-car garage. 55

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AN AFFORDABLE COUNTRY HOME, this 3 BR, 2 bath one story has 1500 SF, an EIK, cathedral DR & LR, a FR, 2 fireplaces, a MBR suite, a screened porch, a garage, abundant storage, & is nicely sited on 1.5 open & wooded acres. $239,900.

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THIS 4306 SF CONTEMPORARY has wonderful indoor & outdoor spaces for your family & guests & for entertaining w/ceiling heights to 18’, 2 MBR suites, a huge dream K, DR, LR, & office. Every luxury, Catskill views. $780,000.


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THIS 1850s 2 story has WB floors up & down, many original details, 4 BRs, 2 baths, 2 FPLs, a DR & FR, wonderful light, & is awaiting your updates. 2 recent barns w/4 stalls & 3 acres w/fenced paddocks are also included. $339,900.

WHY PAY RENT when you can own your own office/business spaces? This 3060 SF building has 1440 SF of heated & finished space & is nicely sited on high traffic route 9G. Abundant storage, fully fenced, updated mechanicals. $199,900. age man o t Easy

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A 500 SF ARTIST’S STUDIO or a spectacular office for your home business is a special feature at this 3 BR, 2 bath, 2123 SF country one story. 4.9 acres gives you privacy & trails to hike or walk the dog. Oak floors, FPL, great K. $285,000.

THIS YEAR AROUND HOME gives you deeded access to Silver Lake for swimming or boating.You will like the open floor plan, good light, nice K, porch, & the location which is close to town & has easy access to the TSP. $128,000.

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A LUXURIOUS COUNTRY HOME, this brand new 2100 SF Contemporary has a cathedral great room, dream K w/granite & upscale appliances, a MBR suite, wood floors, a huge FR & an office. CA, FPL, 2 car garage. $349,900. /DR n LR Ope

THIS CLASSIC VICTORIAN has the charm of its genre w/beautiful wood floors, exposed beams, & a wonderful kitchen & bath.You will love the built-ins & the huge porch. Pristine, move-in condition w/nothing to do but enjoy! $269,900.


Brings you back to a bygone era of grace and elegance. Almost brand new, this handcrafted home has 101/2 foot ceilings, hand-milled crown moldings, lovely cornices, broad center stairway, huge gourmet kitchen with multi-level granite counters; two sinks, Jennair stainless appliances. Utility room has top of the line LG stack-ons. Every bedroom has private access to a balcony w/ gorgeous mountain or woodsy views. Beautiful tile work, large windows, sunfilled rooms. It is elegant, impressive and welcoming. The balconies are constructed with trex decking. The roof and downspouts are 20 oz. copper and will last a lifetime. Doors are the finest solid hardwoods, and baths are top knotch. This is a must see. Construction costs ran way over 1+ million. The wooded rear yard faces the swimmable community pond and waterfall. You can hear the sounds of the waterfalls and WOODSTOCK (845)679-2929 streams from every deck and window. Mountain views The emerSOn reSOrT (845)688-2829 of 10,000 acres of state land.

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Are you considering a real estate investment, second home, or a new place to call home? The beautiful HUDSON VALLEY, NY may be what you are looking for. Areas that I cover include Rockland (Nyack, Piermont), Orange (CornwallOn-Hudson, Warwick, Tuxedo Park, Goshen), and Ulster Counties (New Paltz, Highland, Woodstock).

Please call me for more information: Barbara Manson 845-926-6809 or email me at

As a buyer’s agent I will listen to your needs, and do my best to find what you are looking for. As a listing agent, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is where you will find clients that are looking for unique properties. I list and sell all price points and specialize in unique one-of-a-kind properties. I also sell and list commercial properties, land developments, and sub-divisions. I look forward to working with you,

Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Barbara Manson Associate Broker Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Eco-Broker

orange \ rockland

10 Eagle Head Rd

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Near a quaint village along the Hudson River, a unique custom contemporary home with 3300 sq ft & 9 acres sits on top of a mountain ridge surrounded by NY state forest & Storm King Mtn with panoramic views, ultimate privacy, country club setting w/tennis court, heated in-ground pool, stone patio, fabulous landscape. The interior is a ranch style, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, easy living floor plan, Pella windows, hardwood flrs, fireplace, and family room with 2nd entertainment kitchen. Plenty of storage/6 garages. Approx. one hour to NYC, & 10 minutes from Bear Mt Bridge, also nearby Newburgh Waterfront, Woodbury Commons, & trains. This is the most awesome place to hang your hat. $875,000. MLS #464219


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“CAPTAIN COATES HOUSE” SNEDENS LANDING, NY Picturesque c.1861 Carpenter Gothic Victorian 4 houses to river with classic details, large yard, 3 fpls, 4-5brs/3bths. Former residents include Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier. $1,395,000 #447756

“FREEDOM HOUSE” – PIERMONT, NY c.1749 original Dutch Colonial historic treasure restored by award winning preservationist. Set between nature trail and Sparkill Creek & walking distance to Hudson River, it features fieldstone walls, stained glass & wide plank fls. $634,000 #470545

“c.1860 MANSARD COLONIAL” PIERMONT, NY Amazing Hudson views, privacy & extraordinary reno’d 2-story carriage house. Home offers period details, marble fplc mantels, curved staircase, wood fls, multiple decks, brick patio & more! 3br/4.5ba. $995,000 #476186

“STRIKING 19TH CENT. BRICK CHURCH” WALDEN, NY Elaborate interior design and 98’ spire. Design elements include period pews, pipe organ, stained glass, period lighting, updated mechanicals, classrooms, meeting room & professional kitchen. $495,000 Endless potential usage! #475661

“HALF MOON” – UPPER NYACK, NY Modern Hudson riverfront on 2.6 acs w/sandy shoreline. Dramatic teak & mahogany accents, 2-story great rm w/limestone fls, all new stainless kit, mezzanine w/wet bar, marble & granite bths. 4,800 SF, 10rms/ 4-5brs/ 5.1bths & multiple decks. $3,995,000 #479548

“c.1910 ARTS & CRAFTS” UPPER GRANDVIEW, NY Extraordinary turn-of-the-century colonial with Hudson River views on private 2 acres. Renovated & features beamed ceilings, stone fplc, panel drs, library, new period baths, chef ’s kitchen w/ granite & professional appliances, wine cellar & more! $1,495,000 #464891

“SCOTCHTOWN MANOR” – GOSHEN, NY Historic, stately 1860’s tastefully restored brick colonial on 8.2 acres and features original federalera details, decorative mantels, original woodwork, wide-plank fls, center entry w/staircase, mstr ste w/ fplc, I/G pool & guesthse. 6brs/4.5ba. $1,300,000 #479433

“GLASS RIVER HOUSE” CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, NY 60 MINS FROM NYC. Brilliant 4,500 SF glass & steel home w/majestic Hudson views, surrounded by protective parklands & mtntops, set in 10,000ac. 2yr old glass-curtain wall home w/best matls, special insulated glass & complete privacy. 3-4brs/3.5ba. View professional video tour. $3,995,000 #475791

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Just Reduced!! Pick Your Own Colors, Carpet, Tiles, and Countertops. E-Z Living, Walk to Everything. New Clubhouse now open. Lovely Peaceful Neighborhood, Beautiful Mountain View. Gleaming Hardwood Floors and Air Conditioning Included. Financing Available. All prices reduced. Hurry! Call Tina Gordon for further details 845-744-2092.











Immaculate 3 Bedroom home boasts an Open Floorplan, main level Master Bedroom Suite, Living Room with Fireplace. Large Deck overlooks seasonal lake view. Full basement is ready to finish. Call Kathy Buchanan 845-794-4447.

Beautiful & Spacious Colonial with Rocking Chair front porch offers HW Floors on 1st floor, Center Island Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Family Room with Fireplace & French Doors leading to Parlor + huge Master Suite with Skylights, Cathedral Ceilings & Spa. The full basement is plumbed for 3rd bath & studded for 2 additional rooms. Please call us at 845-782-5151.

Move Right In! Put your feet up! This mint condition raised ranch is situated on nearly an acre of well maintained property and offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, full walkout basement and 2 car attached garage Great location and recently renovated. Call Sophia Westphal, 845-986-8300.

It’s Big, It’s Beautiful and it has just been reduced! This mint, move-in condition home with 4 (possibly 5) BR’s on a professionally manicured corner lot is priced to sell. There’s nothing for you to do except make moving plans. Monroe/Woodbury Schools, 5 minutes to Woodbury Commons and just 60 min. to NYC. Call Bob Rullo at 845-782-5151.

Spend the coming days of spring, fishing and relaxing by your own private stocked river. Majestic 4 bedroom 2.5 bath Colonial on 6.8 spectacular acres. This elegant home offers hardwood floors, 2 spectacular fireplaces, large formal dining room, new granite counters, central air and massive multi use barn with loft. Call Tina Gordon for further details 845-744-2092. .

Spacious and private contemporary situated on 1.4 private acres. Magnificent great room with wood burning stove and cathedral ceilings. Updated roof, furnace, water heater, garage doors, carpeting, bathrooms and appliances. Close proximity to shopping, Warwick Village & schools. Call William Kelly, 845-986-8300.

Pristine sun-filled Colonial on 7.5 acres. Features include a Chef’s Kitchen, custom cabinetry, granite counters and stainless appliances, formal dining room, hardwood floors, marble and granite baths, 4 bedrooms, Family Room with fireplace. Outside enjoy the inviting front porch, rear deck, paver walk and patio. Please call Richard Wawrynek 845-342-5766.

Stunning 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Lakefront Contemporary on 9 mile motorboat lake. Spacious Open Floorplan, Central Air and Vacuum, Large Deck and Private Dock. Enjoy the open space and sunlight. Call Sig Slifstein 845-794-4447.

Completely updated home with over 2000 sq. ft. of living space. The updated features include granite countertops and oak cabinets, HW floors, oak railing & stairs, lower level kitchenette, remodeled bath with spa tub, shower, towel warmer and ventilating skylight, two central air systems, heated & insulated garage & professionally landscaped yard. Call Richard Francan at 845-562-4200.

Enjoy the country charm of this lovingly maintained Colonial on private 3.7 acres, surrounded by field stone walls. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, eat in kitchen with new appliances, full walk out basement and 2 car garage. Cedar and Treks decking, patio and a walk out basement. Please contact Brian Schofield 845-342-5766.


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Lovely colonial with 4BR, 2.5BA, open floor plan, custom kitchen w/ island open to living room w/ fireplace, formal dining room, 3 zone heat & full basement. Upper level bonus room, second floor den ideal for home office. Enjoy outdoor living with rear deck overlooking lovely yard bordering forever wild lands, & covered front porch with superb landscaping. Call Cathy Pulichene 845-255-0615.



Accord Wine Shop Historic Building & Established Business For Sale in Accord, Ulster County • High Volume Traffic Location on Busy Route 209 • Long Time Steady Cash Flow • Business Development Potential $220,000


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The Alpine Inn Turnkey Country Inn Center of Catskill Preserve 68 Spectacular Private Acres Town of Shandaken, Ulster County $2.5 Million

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Windham Mountain Slope-side

This stunning home is sited on one of the largest building lots on Windham Mountain at it’s very highest point. The perfect combination of reclaimed timber and natural stone, this well appointed four bedroom, four bath contemporary combines just the right amount rustic warmth with clean modern lines and luxurious touches. Breathtaking views of the ski slopes. $1,175,000


Converted 1880’s Dutch barn on 37 acres with magnificent views of the meadows and mountains from expansive windows, French doors and decks. Gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, honed black volcanic granite countertops, double ceramic farmhouse sink, and pantry. County estate with the in-ground pool, Har-Tru surfaced tennis court, basketball court and fire pit to entertain and delight. $1,250,000

Windham Mountain Ski Home

Just an incredible buy on this amazing home. Wonderful access to the slopes and fantastic far-reaching views from every window. Highly sought after location, this home is the best priced luxury property in the area. Recently updated kitchen and baths, new hardwood floors throughout and hot tub. Don’t wait. $739,000

Total Relaxation

This is sweet one bedroom cottage with an attached garage on beautiful 30 acre parcel which sits well back on a quiet country road for total privacy. Mountain views, old stone walls and open meadows grace this property so everywhere you look nature abounds. Cottage features new kitchen with beautiful wood flooring as well as super efficient monitor heater. Soak in the sun or hike through meadows. $319,000

Sprawling Colonial

Light filled colonial with a contemporary flair located on a quiet country road. Every cook will love the chef’s kitchen complete with G-Monogram stainless appliances. Glass sliders off family room/breakfast nook leads to new deck. Living room with gas fireplace and separate formal dining room. Large master suite has Jacuzzi tub and spare shower area. Spacious den/media room on 2nd floor wired for surround sound. Laundry area on 2nd floor. $339,000

Hudson River Living

The only privately owned peninsula on the Hudson, this extraordinary former steamboat landing built in 1877 projects far into the river. The house is surrounded by open views of the water and mountains, and is filled with light. A stone boat birth parallels the house making it a perfect home for the boat enthusiast. $2,800,000

Need Space?

Hidden from the road by mature trees, this spacious 5-BR, 2-bath home offers newly refinished hardwood floors throughout, a large living room and a family room with brick FP and sliders to a private deck. The fifth bedroom, on the ground floor, is currently used as a den but could be used as in-home office, meditation space or media room. Layout lends itself to mother/daughter or in-home professional space. Price: $300,000

Artisan Contemporary

Delightfully refreshing Woodstockian style home with splendid vistas on all sides. Five minutes from Windham town and with that magic combination of easy accessibility and great privacy on six lovely acres. Soaring ceilings give a wonderful open feel to this unique and welcoming home. Stone fireplace, radiant heat and much more. $389,000

Waterfront Retreat

A four season vacation home nicely appointed on a corner lot with 440 ft of Sacandaga Lake frontage. Open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows. Updates include gourmet kitchen with granite, wood flooring, cherry cabinets, stainless appliances, composite decking around pool, gas fire pit in pool area, Master bedroom suite with custom closets/dressing area. Additional 6 bay garage. $799,000

Byrdcliff Farmhouse

Spacious and private Byrdcliffe style Farmhouse c.1917 has been beautifully restored and renovated to 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths while retaining its original charm. Living/dining room with beamed cathedral ceiling, bluestone Fireplace. French doors leading to the screened porch. New gourmet kitchen-granite, stainless and a large island and opens to the cedar deck and bluestone gardens. Duplex master suite, glassed library room, large family room for ping-pong parties. $769,000

Privacy And Open Spaces

Perched on a knoll with no visible neighbors, this cedarsided house offers numerous French doors, decks and balconies to enjoy nature, whether inside or out. The master suite occupies the entire second floor with a sitting area and French doors to a balcony. In addition, there’s a pond, a fenced-in backyard and a 2-car garage. $350,000

Pristine Ski Area Sanctuary

Immaculate three bedroom home in with great views of the ski slopes. Many upgrades, granite counters, radiant heat, garage and workshop areas. A fantastic location offering privacy and views, all within walking distance to shops and restaurants in beautiful Windham village. $419,000 61

Browsing through the listings and feeling uncertain where a property is located? This map is designed to help. While it doesn’t include every city and village, it indicates counties, representative towns, major roadways, bridges, and landmarks.


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back porch

Memoir House This writer, and others before her, finds inspiration and a connection with a muse in this unique Victorian manor.

ours…” No sooner spoken, than the check was written—for a binder. Soon, I moved in and curled up on the chaise, reading Late and Soon. I was lost in fantasies of ladies in high button shoes and gentlemen in waistcoats, and of horsedrawn carriages. The stone carriage step remained. In the house, there were traces of the past—I rang the butler’s bells but no one came to the call. In l895, the young prophet Vivekananda arrived for a visit and blessed two spinsters in my house. One of his female devotees wrote her book in my house, on Kali, the Mother. And very soon, while lying on the chaise, I was daydreaming my own book, a

By Laura Shaine Cunningham; illustration by julie novak

memoir of my childhood—although it could hardly have been more different than the lives of this house’s previous occupants. As a child, I led a transient life with my single

As the snow sifts down, reprising the patterns of the lace curtains, I sit by the window; I’m lost in “the writer’s trance.” This place, where I have written four books, is my dream house in every sense. It is

mother—“We moved in a holding pattern from one relative’s apartment to another. Sleeping on sofas and collapsible cots, we squeezed into odd slices of space.” The motif became my title—Sleeping Arrangements.

what I dreamed of as a child in the Bronx, confined to cramped apartments, and it is where I dream now—of the next book. I sit at my desk, the computer before me; I am mid-way through my third memoir. I pause to muse, always a temptation as delicious as the café au lait, which I sip from an outsized cup, that will sustain me through this winter morning. I am not the first woman writer to compose a book here, nor will I be the last (my daughter is already working on hers). Years before I lived here, two other women wrote books in this house. I know my Victorian chaise longue, which came with the house, must have been where my predecessors rested and composed in longhand. I can feel it. After years of musing on this old chaise, I replaced the slipcover—worn out, I supposed, by reclining women writers, who, deep in fantasy, may have frayed the fabric with unconscious gestures on the arm rests. How was I so blessed to have such a place? I have always wondered and never for one instant taken this 1849 house with its estate vistas and deep privacy for granted. Here, I came to believe in so many ephemeral concepts—visualization (yes, I pictured this old

Here, in this protective house, I slept in the Old Rose Room on a wrought-iron bed;

yellow house, even the black shutters and white porches) and destiny—my mother had

plumped with down comforters and in this rarefied atmosphere, my memoir grew from

longed for just such a place, as well. This was second generation, New York escapee desire,

dreams. One pre-dawn, I walked out on the porch; I was wearing my nightgown but had


not slept—I stared up at the frayed gauze of the near vanished moon, and exulted—my

Now, the mystery: can a house be “magnetized” for a specific purpose? This was a

book was finished; many of my life’s sorrows lifted.

writer’s house long before I arrived, lugging my IBM selectric (l981 after all). There was a

In the years that followed, I can only surmise that writing is somehow in the bones of

fairytale element to the sale. I had never bought a house—and who could have imagined

this house. I wrote a second memoir, A Place in the Country, en site. Over the years, other

that I would be buying from a bonafide English lord and lady? The first interview took

writers have come here to visit, write, talk about writing. Many other memoirs have been

place in the main building on the estate, the Manor, where the lord and lady scrutinized

planned here, read aloud by the hearth. I have been here for three decades now—enough

me. When I mentioned my profession, his lordship’s eyes lit and he produced a blue

has happened to inspire this new, third memoir. I am walking the wide boards, heading

bound hardcover book, Late and Soon, a memoir written by his mother. I was drawn to

for the chaise, composing as we speak.


the book, with its back cover photographs of a beautiful, if wan, Victorian girl in lace (the Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of eight books, is literary director of the Woodstock Writers

author at age 8). “Late and soon? Wordsworth,” I quoted, “The world is too much with us; late and soon, /Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: /Little we see in Nature that is

Festival (Celebration of the Memoir) to be held Feb. 12-15 in Woodstock, and the artistic director of The Memoir Institute.

Submissions to Back Porch may be sent to 64 new york house / February 2010

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Singular and historic country French style Stone Ridge estate perfectly private on 14 acres, smartly restored with newly plastered walls, carefully refinished floors, 4 NEW baths, truly deluxe custom gourmet kitchen, grand foyer with Italian limestone, 4 fireplaces, 4 BRs, formal DR, library/den, stunning 3 season solarium, gorgeous pastoral landscape & gardens. Superb quality & finishes throughout. VERY RARE FIND! $1,595,000 Call Harris Safier, Lic. R.E. Broker (914) 388-3351


Stately stone home c. 1827 on 52+ acres w/ pristine pond. The grandly scaled interior offers 5000+ SF with 10’ ceilings, hewn beams, massive wide boards & multiple hearths. Impressive entry opens to expansive living & dining spaces and a quintessential country kitchen. Generous BRs offer soothing water and treetop views. Three baths include skylit retreat with sauna and steam. $2,000,000 Storybook cottage, 2 BR guest house & antique barn. Featured in House Beautiful and Metropolitan Home.

FALLING WATERS Three cascading PONDS & Mohonk views grace the 5.5 acre site of this sophisticated country contemporary. Airy open floor plan accented by rich wood floors features living room with handsome fireplace, beautiful cook’s kitchen, unique dining room perched above stream, 3 bedrooms include 1st floor MBR suite, 2.4 baths, delightful screened porch brings nature close. Decks, central AC & 2 car garage. UNIQUE! $529,000

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Superbly renovated c.1900 clapboard Colonial on 34 magnificent acres, ebony stained oak floors, crown moldings & 11’ ceilings grace the living room with cozy fireplace, formal dining room, raised panel library/den, and expansive SS chef’s kitchen. Grand staircase leads to 4 stately BRs incl. MBR suite w/ spa bath. Additional amenities include enchanting Victorian style 2 BR guest house and huge BARN. Spring-fed POND, too! $1,349,000

WOODSTOCK BAUHAUS Singular architect designed modern style contemporary c. 1961, lofty post & beam construction with soaring ceilings, expansive 31’ living room with massive floor to ceiling stone fireplace & lighted wall panels, original built-ins, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, eat-in kitchen, ceramic & hardwood floors, total seclusion on 14 “walk to town” acres with stone pathways, patios and in ground heated Gunite pool. A must see for mid-century aficionados. ONE-OF-KIND! $795,000

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