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Taking the LEED

Luxury condo 303 E. 33rd will beCome murray Hill’s first green building. p20

Matthew modine’s bicycle vision p28 organic bedding options p32 peter levenson and charles kibel of the kibel companies stand on the second floor balcony of their new ecofriendly development, 303 e.33rd in manhattan.

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FARMHOUSE CHARM Traditional charm abounds in this 2004 modern farmhouse on 3+ acres with sweet pond & stream. Gracious interior features ash hardwood floors, crown moldings, stone fireplaces in 27’ living room & MBR suite, 3 BRs, 2.5 baths, custom crafted sassafrass & cherry cabinets in country kitchen, formal dining room, finished 40’ attic space perfect for office or media room. Porch & 2 car detached garage w/ 2nd story for STUDIO space. GREAT PRICE! $399,000

STREAMSIDE PARADISE Over 600’ of flowing stream front graces the private Woodstock 2.3 acre site of this singular cut STONE mid-century contempo ranch, airy open floor plan, 22’ LR with stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings, DR, 3 BRs, 2 full baths, HW floors, finished lower level w/ 29’ family/media room opens to sunken garden PLUS sweet 600 SF guest cottage. More land avail.! $498,000 Call Brenda Graf, Lic. RE Salesperson 800-679-7321 x 111 Or Carol Spirig, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 800-679-7321 x 123

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contents / november 2009 Volume 7, Issue 5

Features 28 Wheels of change

Actor Matthew Modine aims to save the planet through his Bicycle For a Day nonprofit.

by nancy meyer; photographs by roy gumpel

32 Sound Sleep

Organic bedding options are widely available— and surprisingly affordable.

by will kamerman; photographs provided

40 M aking the Grade

Students learn environmental basics at a new green careers high school in Manhattan.


by andrea lillo; photographs by deborah degraffenreid

Also in this Issue: 20 taking the leed

Kibel Companies and Toll Bros. will unveil 303E.33rd, Murray Hill’s first green condo.

24 The Art Of The Deal Real estate professionals bring valuable eco-resources to the table.

36 mindful design Sustainability advocate adds space for environmental nonprofit and her family.


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40 32 The Markets 43 REal Estate Listings 63 index of advertisers

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New Green Jobs/ Green New York Law Last month’s passage of the Green Jobs/Green New York Act should go a long way to help reduce the state’s energy consumption, save consumers money, and create jobs throughout the green industries. The law establishes a program that will create green jobs and stimulate investment in weatherization and energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. By creating a statewide revolving loan fund that pays homeowners for energy-saving upgrades and repairs such as installing insulation, air sealing, and replacing an old boiler, the program takes away the consumer’s biggest excuse: not having the cash on hand to do the work. It also makes the green initiatives more widely accessible to both residential and small business owners. Once the work is done, savings are realized immediately in lower energy bills. Part of the energy savings goes to pay the fund back and help finance repairs for the next home or business. All of this happens without increasing the state’s budget deficit. Gov. David Paterson has set a goal to meet 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs through energy efficiency and renewables by 2015 and says this new legislation is an important tool to achieve those energy and economic goals. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, who chairs the Assembly Energy Committee, says the law will create, among other things, some 14,000 jobs—from entry level workers who will be trained to retrofit heating systems, install insulation, and perform other jobs, to skilled craftspeople who can expect further training in green technologies and methods. He says funding will be available to other green technology professionals as well. It’s refreshing to see these initiatives coming from Albany. Now it’s time to prepare the workforce to properly handle the demand—so we can all reap the rewards.

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As I’m writing this, it is the middle of October and we’ve already gotten our first bit of snow during an unseasonal cold snap. In my lifetime I can’t remember a flurry before November. However, it’s a great reminder for us to get our winter priorities in order. Whether it’s sealing drafts around windows and exterior doors, having boilers examined, or even putting in new insulation, it’s now time to make sure our homes are applying the simple principles of energy efficiency. A recent study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company showed that a collective $520 billion investment in energy efficiency can result in savings of up to $1.2 trillion by 2020. While this sounds like it would involve enormous investments in complex systems, it wouldn’t. These savings come from simple actions such as replacing energy-draining household appliances with newer energysaving models, sealing leaky building ducts, and other mundane initiatives that anyone can do. According to the study, these changes would decrease our country’s energy consumption by 23 percent over the next 11 years—that’s equal to the entire non-transportation energy consumption of Canada. The numbers are staggering, representing an estimated reduction of “end use energy consumption in 2020 of 9.1 trillion BTUs...potentially abating up to 1.1 gigatons [of ] greenhouse gases annually,” according to the report. While $520 billion may seem overwhelming at first, to make this change on such a large scale is rather simple. We all need to get on board—and that begins with our own homes. According to the study, of the 100 million building structures in this country, 35 percent are single-family homes. So while an early snowfall is quite surprising and beautiful, it’s also a great reminder of what we need to do to jump-start our move into the green era.

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Leaving Autumn “Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.” —Cyril Connolly

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are 1000 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs and 300 percent more efficient than fluorescent bulbs. They also contain no mercury or lead and can last for 10 to 34 years! Many modern LED fixtures can plug directly into standard light sockets, so think about investing the extra cash in an LED fixture rather than pouring money in CFL bulbs—in the long run, it will be well wor th it. Sources:,

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Enjoy tastings of all of Applewood Winer y’s hard ciders and apple wines, as well as seasonal fall foods and live music. $10 advance, $12 at the door. 12-5pm. Applewood Winery. (845) 988-9292.

Sip & Sign ‘09 November 14 MILLBROOK

Meet & greet with 25 authors during this holiday celebration. Food and drink will be offered from many vendors. FREE. 12-3pm. Millbrook Winery. (845) 677-8383.

Chili Challenge 2009 November 15 TROY

Sample chili recipes from the capital region and cast your vote for best local chili. Proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Nor theast New York and the Alzheimers Association of Nor theast New York. Tickets are available at Price Chopper locations. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 1-5pm. Troy Atrium. (518) 533-7881.

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The Knickerbocker Bench Project on November 14 star ts with a hear ty pancake breakfast at the Power House at the Nyack Beach State Park. Afterwards, teams of six to 10 people (minimum four adults, two children 10 and over) will build wooden benches for the 4 ½ mile-long Waterfront Trail that connects Nyack and Haverstraw. Each team is asked to raise $100 for the cost of rental equipment and to benefit the restoration of the Power House. $100 donation per team. 8am-4pm. Contact Timothy Englert at (845) 786-2710 x252;

In her new book, Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People (Metropolis Books, 2009, $34.95), author Emily Pilloton pays homage to products that have helped to change the world for the better. From a water purification straw to a bamboo bicycle to a self-contained, in-home compost bin, the products described in this book introduce greater convenience, greenness, or quality of life to areas that need improvement. Pilloton is the founder of Project H Design, a nonprofit organization that helps to suppor t life-improving, humanitarian, product designs. —Will Kamerman Please submit calendar items and books to Editorial Assistant Christina Jelski for consideration:

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November 22 ROSENDALE

Join an expected 5,000 attendees for a day of pickled food, pickle contests, live music, dancing, and souvenirs from local, national, and international vendors. $3 per person, $5 per family. 10am-5pm. Rosendale Community Center. (845) 658-9649.; image provided; julie novak

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The Furniture Guild’s Vanity Flair line of bathroom storage now offers Plyboo, a plywood made from rapidly renewable bamboo, and Lyptus, a wood taken from a hybrid of two species of eucalyp­­tus. Additionally, the plywood they use is formaldehyde free. The company also offers varying levels of “distress” for their fixtures, which allows the customer to choose between new-looking or antiqued. Prices vary.

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On a lovely country road in southern Columbia County sits this meticulously renovated 1840 colonial on 33 acres of open fields, woodlands, sprawling lawns, swimming pond and gardens. This turnkey 4 bedroom 3 bath farmhouse has been lovingly updated with a keen sense of simplicity and style. It features bright open living and entertaining areas, a large chef’s kitchen with honed granite and stainless steel counters, and a wood burning fireplace. The iconic country views and peace-

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Fraleigh Lane Luxury

Hidden on a dead-end road in one of the most desirable Hudson River hamlets, this 1880 gem is walking distance to the Hudson River. The lovely 5 BR home has a kitchen w/Wolf range and slate counters, a woodstove & FP, a private office/den, 2 porches, potting shed, and a fenced yard. A barn converted into a studio/home office completes this most enchanting compound.

This 3008 sf, circa 1895 brick Queen Anne townhouse has been fastidiously restored and transformed into a gracious 2 BR 3 BA home. The renovation includes efficient mechanical and structural updates, a kitchen featuring a butler's pantry with a second dishwasher and a wine cooler, 2 FPs, and 3 new baths including a jewel of a master bath with a grand soaking tub.

This gracious custom 5 BR colonial on 5.47 acres is on a dead-end country road in Red Hook. A master suite with french doors to the patio offers privacy or makes a great guest suite. The gourmet kitchen opens to the formal dining room, the family room and casual dining area. A large 2-car garage has a heated office and the lovely stone patio has views to the woods beyond.

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new green condo development that promises luxury living is on the rise in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Upon its completion early next year, the 12-story building at 303 E. 33rd will be the first LEED certified building in New York for Toll Brothers Inc. and its partner The Kibel Companies, which owns the corner property and neighboring buildings. The site, on the north side of 33rd Street between First and Second avenues, formerly housed a Catholic church, school, and rectory, and is the future site of a stop on the developing Second Avenue subway line. Having purchased it a decade ago, Kibel redeveloped the property with a long-term vision of creating beautiful housing options for young professionals, families, and empty nesters, according to Peter Levenson, RA, principal of Kibel. Murray Hill, which stretches from 29th Street to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue to Second Avenue, boasts a variety of stores, boutiques, and restaurants, plus movie theatres and coffee shops, but hasn’t seen much development until recently. “This is the first green building to be developed in this increasingly vibrant residential enclave,” Levenson says. Kibel, which owns a 36-story rental building next door, has seen the neighborhood shift from mostly senior citizens to a mix of families and a younger crowd. “We’ve seen it in our rental,” says Levenson, who represents the third generation of the family-owned and managed real estate firm. “We have 360 apartments here and the demographics of this building have changed quite dramatically in the last 10 years. These are many college graduates, young professionals, people who want to invest in the future.” Levenson said going green was part of its own investment in the future. “We made a commitment to develop

the building in a more environmentally friendly way and LEED certification is the most recognized guideline. Since that time, the market and everyone else has become more centered on building green and we’re glad we chose to go that direction,” he says. All of 303 E. 33rd’s layouts, materials, and mechanical systems were designed to maximize efficiency and ensure wellbeing and sustainability, he says. The green attributes include high-efficiency boilers, a water-source heat pump, highperformance window walls, superior insulation, and a 5,000-square-foot landscaped roof terrace, among others. Each unit has bamboo flooring and many have outdoor terraces and balconies. Kitchens are equipped with water-reducing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and glass and bamboo cabinetry. Residents will enjoy a wide variety of amenities, including on-site valet parking and a full-service concierge. The roof terrace will have a recessed reflecting pool, a bocce court, and outdoor grilling and dining area. The building will also have a media lounge, a children’s playroom, and a fully-equipped fitness center. Designed by Perkins-Eastman, the 12-story, 128-unit building is set back from 33rd and is free-standing, which is unusual in corner properties and allows for windows on all sides. “It’s pretty incredible how open it is for a building of its size, because it has such a large footprint,” Levenson says. “There’s lots of light and air.” There are one-, two-, and threebedroom homes in 60 different layouts, including a few two bedroom, two bathroom duplexes with home offices, walk-out terraces and 17-foot living room ceilings. For the most discerning, there’s the three-bedroom, four-bathroom triplex penthouse with a total of 1,700 square feet of outdoor space including a private terrace off of the master suite, which is going for roughly $4.5 million. Prices start in the low $500Ks for a studio and step up from there. After roughly eight months of sales,

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“People are very interested in this building because it’s a green building... in a neighborhood that’s burgeoning and changing.” —Richard Cantor, Cantor Pecorella about 30 percent of the units are in contract, says Richard Cantor, principal of Cantor Pecorella, the exclusive sales and marketing agent. “The market obviously has changed and so we have to be much more aggressive and vigilant. Buyers now are much more involved in seeing and wanting to see the finishes within the building, not just in the sales office. So we are following up every buyer who comes in and staying close to them,” he says. Three model homes are being completed now. “People are very interested in this building because it’s a green building and because it represents really a good opportunity in a neighborhood that’s burgeoning and changing in character,” Cantor says. But in today’s market, buyers almost expect green, he relates.

“While buyers are very in tune with the need for ecologically sound buildings, green buildings, they are not willing yet to pay excessively for that privilege,” Cantor says. “So the combination of the hidden costs…in the infrastructure and the demolition and all of the recycling, plus the requirements for specific materials, some of which are more costly as interior finishes, and limiting because you don’t have as wide a range—buyers appreciate that, but they’re not necessarily willing to return the dollars.” Recognizing that the timing isn’t ideal for marketing such luxury building, the developers are focused on the long term and on their ideological commitment to the future, to a new, ecofriendly way of building. “This is a commitment that we made and we don’t regret the commitment,” Levenson says. n 21

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The Art of the Deal Real estate professionals bring valuable eco-resources to the table. By gina marinelli


s green building and retrofitting become more prevalent and consumers become more eco-savvy, a new generation of real estate professionals is growing: green brokers. Green brokers add a new dimension to the search for and sale of homes and property. With extensive training and specialized knowledge, they can educate clients in various facets of sustainable building practices and guide them in their choices. Two thirds of consumers surveyed in McGraw-Hill’s SmartMarket Report 2007, Green Homeowner Issue say they are paying attention to green homes and buildings; they recognize the link between green properties, cost savings, and healthy living. While some clients like the idea of going green, they don’t quite know what that means or how to do it, relates Troy Hodas, a green broker who is also an energy auditor and general contractor in Goshen. Green brokers aim to be “the source of the source,” Hodas says. While he has experience building Energy Star homes and facilitating eco-friendly construction, a qualified green broker does not have to wear all those hats. They do, however, have to know the ins and outs of sustainable design, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, demand reduction, renewable energy, and other pertinent issues. They’re also familiar with local suppliers and can make recommendations. “Real estate professionals who can facilitate knowledge and information in regards to green real estate, green building, green renovations issues, can point people in the right direction,” explains New York House’s own green advocate, Paul McGinniss. McGinniss says that in real estate transactions there 24 new york house / November 2009

is usually at least one broker involved. Traditionally, a broker’s responsibility is to negotiate with the buyers and sellers, arrange all the correct inspections, facilitate the flow of information, and, as McGinniss emphasizes, assist in retrofitting a property. “In MTV terms, it’s like green ‘Pimp my Ride,’” he explains. The emerging green broker field has certain designations that are fairly new but highly reputable. While credible brokers must be licensed by the state they practice in, many qualified green brokers may have also completed one or more of the top continuingeducation courses offered in the U.S. EcoBroker is a nationwide, third-party designation originated in 2002 in Evergreen, CO by Dr. John Beldock, an educator and energy and environmental consultant who also serves as executive director of the Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate Professionals (AEEREP). According to, the training to become an EcoBroker Certified Professional includes three six-hour online courses and the completion of assignments and exams. Course material can include energy-efficient windows, space heating and cooling, appliances, technology, and green building. “[It] is a well rounded education,” says Scott Wohl, director of public affairs for the Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR) where EcoBroker courses are offered. Wohl, who is also responsible for the OCAR Green Task Force, says that EcoBrokers aim to be a “conduit of information.” According to the EcoBroker website, the broker requirements also include a $395 membership fee and a $129 annual fee that supports this green real estate training and communications program. McGinniss was the first Hudson Valley broker to complete the

course, he says; he is now, however, in the company of Hodas, Wohl, and more than 100 other EcoBrokers in New York State. Another certification for real estate professionals is the National Association of Realtors Green Designation, created in 2008 in response to huge interest in environmental practices. The Green Designation is for residential, commercial, and property management professionals who seek a broad knowledge about how to live and work in an environmentally friendly way and want to keep up-to-date on changes in green real estate issues and trends. To earn NAR’s Green Designation, brokers take an intense, two-day core course, plus continuing professional education courses. They must also pass exams and retain professional membership in NAR. There is an annual fee of $99 to maintain the Green Designation after all coursework has been completed. The Ulster County Board of Realtors had 60 of its member agents complete NAR’s two-day course and 90 members take the green residential elective in October, according to staffer Allison Organtini. “They’re craving more education. There’s a tremendous interest in green. This class sold out in the first week and had a wait list a mile long,” she says. Two years ago, the board offered EcoBroker courses, but changed to NAR’s Green Designation this year and offered them free as part of the annual $425 membership dues. Agents would otherwise pay $345 for the two-day, and $200 for the single-day course, Organtini says. Still, with all the interest, there are not enough brokers who have these types of qualifications right now, says Denise Katzman, one of McGinniss’ clients.

The Value Proposition Green brokers are learning how to use their training and certification to gain a competitive edge. One advantage, according to NAR’s website,, is that “homebuyers who ranked energy efficiency as ‘very important’ purchased homes that had a median price $12,400 higher than those who ranked it ‘somewhat’ or ‘not important.’” Indeed, buyers will pay more for a green home if their projected heating, cooling and utility costs are low, says Amanda Sherwin, a licensed real estate salesperson with Westwood Metes & Bounds who has the NAR Green Designation. “Energy efficient homes may sell for more: a home normally worth $350,000 may sell for $425,000, but the difference is the lower utility fees,” Sherwin relates. Still, she says, there’s a learning curve. “It’s very sticky because you have to put together a great deal of data to prove to the appraiser that the house is worth more because it’s so energy efficient,” she says. Sherwin and others are compiling reams of data on green homes in the area to present to clients, lenders, and appraisers. What may help is that the local Ulster County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has begun creating new fields in its searchable database for any green attributes a property may have—geothermal, wind, solar, or high efficiency heating and cooling systems; hyper-insulation; Energy Star Appliances; and other features that would distinguish it. “The properties that have these assets have until now only been featured in the remarks or addendum section of the listing,” relates Harris Safier, vice president of MLS in Ulster County. “Now it’ll be part of the searchable database.” Orange County is researching and implementing similar measures. As the green housing stock grows and the number of resales increases, the market and appraisal system will have to adjust to properly value super-efficient homes, and ones that produce more energy than they consume, local brokers say.

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Katzman is a business manager for a media company, as well as an environmental supporter for 25 years. She is working with McGinniss to purchase, or possibly build, an environmentally-friendly home in the Hudson Valley. She explains that a green broker is able to “forge through what is available in price and location,” in order to find what she is looking for. This is especially beneficial since she calls the current market for green homes “rather bereft.” Katzman does warn that while looking for a green

broker, consumers should be wary of “greenwashing” or professionals who use “green” as a marketing spin, without the quality product or service to offer their clients. “[Green brokers] would be able to better educate the buyer as to what the benefits are of the home,” says Hodas, “and be able to differentiate…proper ventilation, air sealing, air quality, proper insulation, durability, and construction techniques.” Green brokers are just another part of the green home equation that can bring the home buying/ building experience to the next environmentallyfriendly level. As McGinniss says, green brokers are another link on the chain along with green architects and designers. “For the entire equation to work,” he says, “all the various parties have to be on the same page.” n

Resource List Give your real estate business an eco-boost. “Consumers are definitely looking to go green,” says EcoBroker Scott Wohl. If you think it’s time to take your career in a greener direction, start by checking out the designations that can add a special value to your clients’ experience. EcoBroker Cer tified Professional National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation LEED Green Associate National Association of Home Builders’ Cer tified Green Professional Green Cer tified Real Estate Professional

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ike it or not, more and more green legislation is being enacted. This is mostly good. Building codes that set benchmarks for energy efficiency are getting more rigorous, as they should. In enlightened democracies, the population leads by voting for leaders who push legislation they want enacted, but occasionally, we need leaders to take the initiative. Occasionally, beneficial changes must be enacted by these leaders when the public fails to initiate legislation. Some green legislation includes: Hawaii requiring solar thermal water heaters on homes, San Francisco mandating composting, and California mandating that new homes be zero-net-energy users. Some state and local governments require that new buildings meet various U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certifications, a private system that has become very powerful. Some want environmental labels on all buildings—perhaps USGBC’s. Green laws sound good. But when I heard that, in efforts to promote water conservation, officials in one state want to tax and regulate water from private wells, I wondered: could we be headed into the arms of a green Big Brother? A real estate client had this to say about green mandates: “Soon they’ll be taxing the amount of sunlight that hits your solar panels.” Until recently I would have thought taxing sunlight a bit far-fetched, but now I’m not so sure. I just hope our green Big Brother is a nice one that sticks up for us and doesn’t stick us up in the process of the green revolution.  —Paul McGinniss

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Wheels of Change Actor Matthew Modine aims to save the planet through his nonprofit, Bicycle For a Day. By Nancy Meyer; photographs by Roy Gumpel


ctor Matthew Modine is setting wheels of change in motion through his bicycling advocacy. An avid bike rider and upstate New Yorker, Modine created Bicycle For A Day last year to encourage pedaling as a way to improve personal health—and the health of the planet. The film and TV actor, whose roles have included Pvt. Joker in Full Metal Jacket and parts in several TV shows and miniseries, stands behind his convictions— he turned down the lead in Top Gun over the film’s Cold War politics. While in his creative life Modine mocks celebrity activism—he starred in the theatrical spoof Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas, which ran until the end of October in Los Angeles—he takes his pet cause quite seriously. “When you think about it, with 200 million Americans and nearly half of all car trips only three to five miles long—what a difference we could make if we rode bikes,” he says in a recent interview. “There are dozens of things each of us can do everyday that will have an immediate, positive impact on our health and on the environment. Bicycling is one.” Modine’s even got the math to back it up: In 1964, 50 percent of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12 percent... in 2004, three percent rode to school and the obesity rate was 45 percent, he says. Not only that, Modine figures the United States could save 462 million gallons of gasoline per year by increasing cycling from one percent to 1.5 percent of all trips. Each auto-commuter in the U.S. spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic—in 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted five billion gallons of fuel, he found out. Beyond the statistics, Modine simply loves the activity. “People get so happy bicycling. There’s something about self-propulsion, self-empowerment,” he says. “Who can’t remember the first time they pushed off on a bike—that excitement?” Empowering people is one of the missions of his nonprofit, the full name of which reads: Bicycle For a Day—Everyday. 28 New York House / November 2009


“There are dozens of things each of us can do everyday that will have an immediate, positive impact on our health and on the environment. Bicycling is one.” —Matthew Modine

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At a party in August, BFAD raised money to help increase awareness for the Solar One project, a solar-powered green energy, arts and education center in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Cove Park (along the East River between 18th and 23rd Streets). The event, which included many bicycle advocacy and environmental groups, raised enough for the design of a custom-made bike rack for the facility, which will count toward its LEED certification. “Solar One is creating a building which will generate more energy than it consumes,” Modine relates. “If I were president of the United States, there would not be a single new building constructed that did not incorporate the building materials and technology, which is, by the way, very affordable, used in the Solar One and Solar Two buildings,” Modine says. But the actor’s vision stretches wider than the New York metro region: Bicycle For A Day has set a goal to have a global bicycle day—“a day to raise awareness about the perils of

global warming and the burning of dirty fossil fuels. I realized that in order to have this day, people all over the world would need bicycles,” Modine says. To this end, BFAD partnered with architect Adam Kalkin on the BFAD Container Project, to collect disused and discarded bicycles and ship them to areas of the world where a bicycle can change a person’s life—places torn by war or economic hardship, Modine says. “Our pilot project will be bringing bikes to Afghanistan and Iraq. I feel strongly that providing bikes to young people in those two countries can help mend the horrible emotions generated by decades of war,” Modine relates. “There is something so liberating about a bicycle. I hope that the BFAD Container Project can make young people feel hopeful and provide the excitement that I felt the first time I found my balance and pedaled on my own.” Modine’s passion for the environment began in his youth. When he was 18, he became depressed while learning from a

favorite teacher, an oceanographer, about so many species dying off due to pollution in the oceans. He didn’t have money but had a bicycle, which he used to go back and forth from school and work–for him, it was “a form of liberation,” he says. Rather than feel helpless and sink into apathy or paralysis, Modine made the connection that people could make small changes in their lives to help the environment. And biking is something almost anyone can do and besides, it feels good and is good for you, he says. Now 50, Modine takes most short trips on his two-wheeler, even in winter. To the naysayers who find it hard to understand, he says, simply: “Yes, it’s cold, but you just dress warmly.” When he’s not pedaling around town, Modine is on the road working. He starred in the “old-fashioned romantic comedy” OPA!, which opened last month, and he just began work on a film called The Trial. 

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Dear Paul, I’d like to build a small house on property with water features. I was told to consider flood plains and wetland issues, but getting approval to build on land with wetlands or in a flood zone is very difficult. With climate change, some predict more rain in upstate New York, so there’s potential for increased flooding, especially in the spring when snow melts. Can you give me some advice on what I need to know before looking for land?  —Margaret, Brooklyn Hello Margaret, Don’t be scared by the process. It seems complicated but once you get educated you can determine what is possible. A good place to start is the EPA’s “Building Near Wetlands: The Dry Facts” ( ), which explains flood plain and wetland issues. You should know what kind of soil types are on the property. Also, get topographic, zoning, wetland, and flood plain maps and speak with local (town), state (DEC), and Federal (US Army Corps of Engineers) officials to determine if any regulations (such as set back requirements) might apply to the property. I’d also call the town building department first to ask what restrictions they know about and what the procedure is to get a building permit. Recently some clients looked at riverfront land in New Paltz that sometimes flooded. The town had just enacted a temporary moratorium to stop all new building in this area because of flood issues. This could possibly lead to a permanent moratorium on building in this area. Nationally, post-Katrina New Orleans is a hotbed of creative, architectural ingenuity when it comes to water issues. Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation has even proposed an affordable house that floats up on vertical piers during floods and settles back down as water recedes. To get perspective I called New York architect Drew Lang who is from Louisiana and is working to revitalize the New Orleans St. Roch neighborhood in a holistic manner, using advanced environmental technology. About building in areas prone to flood, Drew said, “This not only means going beyond the norm of the standards established by the building code but allowing people to work and live in buildings in a truly sustainable fashion, including off the grid when necessary. What it boils down to is simple: either a house that is raised or where the primary living space is raised above a reasonable expectation level of water rising, or a building that floats. A building can withstand flooding without compromising durability or the long term health and safety of its inhabitants.” Perhaps New Paltz and other towns in the northeast can get ideas and inspiration from what is happening in New Orleans. As Lang said: “Sea levels are rising and more and more buildings will be needed that can deal with water levels rising.”  —Paul


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Mattresses can also act as a haven for dust mites, each of which can produce 200 times its weight in excrement in its lifetime. Dust mites can worsen allergies and asthma and cause skin irritation, according to It seems like a lose-lose situation—would you rather risk being trapped on a burning mattress during a fire, or sleep with dust mites and expose yourself (and the environment) to harmful chemicals over a long period of time? Fortunately, those are not the only two options. An organic mattress is typically comprised of a latex core, wool batting, and a cotton exterior. The wool acts as a natural flame retardant because it contains a protein called keratin. This eliminates the need for harmful fireproofing chemicals. Additionally, the quick-drying cotton and wool outside and non-moisture wicking latex core make organic mattresses inhospitable for dust mites as well, eliminating the need for pesticides. The lack of harmful chemicals is all well and good, crucial even, but the bottom line is this: it’s a mattress that you’re going to sleep on for (hopefully) eight hours a night—is it comfortable? Yes, according to Kate Dayton, owner of Green Courage, a New Paltz-based sustainable home products retailer. Dayton, who has a full-sized Savvy Rest mattress in her showroom, attributes her sales of organic mattresses largely to the fact that they are so

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claims,” says Penny of Savvy Rest. “And we have great relationships with our dealers. All those things mean we’re doing okay.” OMI has also been doing well over the last couple of years. “Last year we were up 71 percent, and so far this year we’re up about 80 percent over last year,” says Bader. “Some of our retailers were up as high as 150 percent.” It’s safe to say that this has a lot to do with the positive attitudes of these manufacturers and distributors, as well as a growing awareness. “We’re pioneers in that we really want the mainstream to enjoy the same health options,” says Dayton. “[These products] are much more sought out now than even a year ago because the information is out there.” n

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Sustainability advocate adds space for her environmental nonprofit, while expanding for her family too. By Arthur Zaczkiewicz; photographs by deborah degraffenreid

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he next generation will inherit more environmental challenges than this one has. Recognizing this, Katie Ginsberg decided to create an ecofriendly addition to her Chappaqua home that would serve as an office for her advocacy and sustainability education organization, the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation. As executive director of CELF, Ginsberg knows well the environmental benefits of using sustainable materials, installing energy-efficient windows, and picking a contractor able to recycle the construction 36 new york house / November 2009

debris. The 800-square-foot addition, completed last year, also features bamboo flooring and blinds, an Ice Stone-branded, recycled glass and concrete sink top, a Kohler dual-flush toilet, and Forest Stewardship Council-certified maple cabinets. Ginsberg lives as green as possible. When not advocating for the integration of green thinking in school curricula, she air dries the laundry and tends a vegetable garden, which has several raised beds of potatoes, beans, and lettuce. “Having a vegetable garden is as local as you can eat,” Ginsberg says.

But she was not always this eco-minded. After moving into the house in the early 1990s, Ginsberg and her husband Peter did several remodeling projects and renovations—none of which were green. “At the time we really didn’t know much about green building,” Ginsberg admits. “I wasn’t a convert until later.” As she and Peter raised their children, Greg (11), Maddi (15), and Will (16), the focus was on comfortable living. Then, in 2002, Katie had an epiphany after Will came home from school on Earth Day to tout the need for being stewards of the Earth. “It

Eco-decorating is “just about connecting the dots, and knowing that we are all interdependent. The choices we make have far reaching effects.” —Cheryl Terrace, Vital Design Ltd.

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was great to see,” Katie says. “We were recycling more, and thinking more about the environment. But it wasn’t long before the recycling wasn’t making it out to the street, and I thought that this is something that needs to be taught every day—not just on one day, once a year.” That’s how CELF was born. The foundation now has an active board of directors that includes Sarah Hodder, a former NBC producer, and Jon Jacobs, who serves as the criminal enforcement counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency. CELF’s mission is to instill awareness of the environment at an early age to create a sustainable future. The task is daunting, but several CELF programs are seeing success. The Ecological Footprinting program, for example, had school kids measuring the eco-footprint of their schools, creating a baseline report, adopting changes to reduce the carbon footprint and then measuring the improvements—in one case a double-digit carbon reduction. Much of the success of CELF can be chalked up to Ginsberg’s prior career as an advertising executive in Manhattan. She’s a Madison Avenue power broker who has become a formidable force on the green education front. 37

To bring together the interior design of the addition, the Ginsbergs tapped the talents of Cheryl Terrace, founder of New York-based Vital Design Ltd., which has been offering clients eco-designing and decorating options since 1997. Terrace—an avid environmentalist with a deep rooted reverence for nature, vegetarianism and yoga—incorporates fair trade in her design practices as well as the use of nontoxic, natural materials. Terrace urges clients to choose locally crafted goods over massproduced, and believes it is a relatively simple decision for most people. “Given a choice between supporting an artisan or some big box store, which would you choose?” Terrace says that eco-decorating is “just about connecting the dots, and knowing that we are all interdependent. The choices we make have far reaching effects.” As a result, the spaces Terrace creates are unique in design and furnishings, but they all have a feel-good, look-good aspect. With the Ginsbergs’ office addition, it became clear in the design process that the space should also serve other purposes beyond being just a work space. “Our homes are an extension of ourselves,” Terrace explains of the design inspiration behind the Ginsbergs’ addition. “This is not just an office. It’s also a family room. I believe all rooms should ‘nourish’ us. I don’t design with anything too precious. Our spaces should serve us on many levels. Design elements should include what is soft, touchable, comfortable, and ‘feel good’ in varying textures, and they should be in simple shapes and forms that remind us of our roots while creating a soothing, organic expression.” Ginsberg says the green addition had its share of surprises and challenges, as well as disappointments. In regard to lighting, for example, LEDs—Katie Ginsberg’s top choice—were not readily available in the market. But she tried to make up for not installing LEDs in other ways. “For all of the construction debris, we used Taylor Carting and Recycling,” Ginsberg explains. “The principal facility, located approximately 70 miles north of New York City in Montgomery, houses one of the most unique construction and demolition recycling operations in the world. Over 95 percent of the waste they receive is converted into valuable end products.” In addition, Ginsberg had radiant heat installed, “which will afford us a significant energy savings,” she says. In the yard Greg is playing badminton with a friend. 38 new york house / November 2009

Ginsberg is thankful to see her son outside in nature instead of glued to a screen. “The addition is just another part of our green pursuit,” she says. n clockwise from top left: The bathroom features an IceStone counter and Mirror custom designed by terrace from a local frame shop; The office, finished with Benjamin Moore Aura paint and bamboo flooring, has koko Pillows, antique Rug, Tucker Robbins mortar table, Earthshade window treatments, and Circle table (Conrans). Terrace clad the angled ceilings in beadboard to give the large space more depth, dimension and interest; The Ginsbergs’ extensive collection of books is housed in a custom bookcase lining the long hallway covered with Stark carpet.

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Making the Grade Students learn environmental basics at the new green careers charter high school in Manhattan.


ustainable gardening, water testing, and solar technology may not seem like typical high school subjects, but they join reading, writing, and arithmetic at one New York City school that opened its doors this past September. Part of the Urban Assembly, a nonprofit organization that manages 22 high schools for under-resourced students in New York City, the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (UAGC) will give its freshman class of almost 100 students—as well as the classes that follow—the ability to learn about green practices and technology along with the high school basics. Unlike other city schools that either focus on college prep or a particular trade, this school does both, and

Principal AJ Rathmann-Noonan believes that it’s the only green-oriented high school in the nation to do so. In addition, the school will stress hands-on experience, as students who are involved in projects are more likely to be interested in being taught, she says. “Having students learn that way is more exciting to them and they learn the basics of high school,” she explains. Even something such as gardening can get the students excited about learning, which is the point. “Kids learn amazing things,” she says. Urban Assembly students are traditionally from underserved neighborhoods, but the UAGC student body includes a higher percentage of special education

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students and English language learners, making this inaugural year more taxing. But Rathmann-Noonan is enthusiastically up for the challenge. “The students are fantastic and resilient—you can’t undersell these amazing kids,” she says. For now classes are 90 minutes long—double the traditional length—but eventually, the plan is that students will have the same class all day for monthlong modules, she says, on such topics as green roofs, for example. That way, students can incorporate a number of abilities, such as writing, problem solving, researching and setting deadlines, all within one subject—very much like a work environment. According to Rathmann-Noonan, the children “didn’t normally learn these skills.” At the end of four years, the goal is that the students will have the tools they need to succeed whether they go on to college or directly into the workforce.

Plans to slowly green the school building itself are underway…to not only make it a model green building for others, but also give students yet another opportunity for hands-on experience.

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The school was made possible in part by its partnerships with a number of organizations, which also result in field trips and projects when possible. This semester’s planned trips included a visit to Randall’s Island to see its green roof; a design exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and a trip to the Harlem River to conduct water testing. Instead of traditional grades, the school uses an outcomes-based system, says Rathmann-Noonan, something many schools are moving to. Students are rated by a list of goals and whether they meet or exceed them—or if they don’t. That way, “it’s made clear what’s expected of the students, and it holds teachers accountable,” she says.

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“Rather than make a ‘perfect’ school and try to fit the students into it,” the goal is to capitalize on the strengths of high schoolers—“arguing, being active, using their energy”—and create a way of teaching that reaches them, Rathmann-Noonan says. The physical school will also not go untouched, as plans to slowly green the building itself are underway. This will not only make it a model green building for others, but also give students yet another opportunity for hands-on experience. The kids already work in the garden on the property. The Urban Assembly was founded in 1990, and its original focus was poverty issues in developing countries, says founder Richard Kahan. But education slowly became part of its strategy, and when New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein came into office in 2001, the

organization took a new direction. “I was inspired,” says Kahan. Because schools like UAGC focus on both college prep and trade training, they are exactly what was needed, as Kahan “wanted an alternative” for underprivileged children in order to “break the cycle of poverty.” The most recent data shows that the Urban Assembly model works, as 76 percent of kids graduate from an Urban Assembly high school, compared to 61 percent from New York City public schools. These numbers are great, but what do the kids think? The one thing Rathmann-Noonan has heard over and over had nothing to do with the school’s theme, but how much the teachers are persistent and care about them. “That’s the biggest shock for students,” she says. “We’re here to support the students.” n

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horoscopes for your home life by Eric Francis Coppolino / november 2009


here are moments when astrology informs us that big changes are on the horizon, and this is one of them. On Oct. 29, Saturn changes signs to Libra; any sign change of Saturn is significant. Yet what happens Nov. 15 is more meaningful: Saturn makes a square to Pluto, and that is about a change in the direction of both history and personal history. On an individual level, relationships experience what I will describe as an integrity check. The ones that work well will get stronger and the ones that are not up to the task run the risk of transforming into something else. In times like this, change may be scary but resistance to change is actually dangerous. Listen to your fear, but remember, it’s not the only voice speaking to you.

Aries (March 20 – April 19)

Now is the time when you take the first major step of a new era, which includes aligning your personal goals and your business goals. The sad truth is that for most people these two sets of objectives conflict, and the dissonance is rarely taken up as a conscious experience. Yet now your personal relationships move into an increasingly prominent role in your life at the same time your career is vying for center stage. You may feel that you will have to make many small adjustments to your life in order to accommodate this. But the answer to the equation looks more like you reinvent yourself entirely and take your life to a new level—a process you may not believe is really happening until June. But it’s definitely happening now.

Taurus (April 19 – May 20)

You’re about to discover what a particular relationship means to you, on the deepest emotional level you can access. Often, you decide these things based on unrelated factors, such as your sense of personal safety or your nagging fears. You’re now figuring out that these biases have kept you isolated from your inner truth. There is more to life than what you have to worry about or not worry about. Fear has one distinct property—to keep us trapped in the past. Everything that is happening in your world is happening right now. If you look—and feel—you will notice that it touches you so deeply that nothing in the past can compare. That is actually good news, as long as you give yourself permission to grow.

Gemini (May 20 – June 21)

Relationships are one-on-one experiences, and yet they fit into the constellation of a community. Indeed, we could study any community as a collection of innumerable one-on-one encounters that people have, and notice that the strength of the community is based on the degree of trust held in those relationships. What it adds up to is something known as reputation. Remember, with Saturn now in your house of community for the first time in decades, you build your reputation one person at a time. There is no ‘public’. There are the perceptions of many individuals and your perception of yourself. Take your time with this process and gradually you will find your way into the kind of unique, valuable role for yourself that you’ve envisioned for many years.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

I’ve mentioned before that the late Lois Rodden (who taught astrologers that we need to be working with accurate birth data) once commented on how astrology generally assigns Mercury as the money planet, but in reality, that planet would be Mars. It takes drive to make 42 NEW YORK HOUSE / November 2009

money, and that drive comes from directed, bold, fiery energy. For the next six months, Mars is going to be visiting the money angle of your chart (this would be Leo, where Mars will make a long retrograde). Keep things simple; focus on money, your skill with money, and on developing your plans for how you put yourself into the flow of that particular form of energy. Remember: Mars asserts itself. Mars is about action; that means play to win, and it also means don’t squander your integrity.

Leo (July 22 – August 23)

As mentioned for your neighbors in the sign Cancer, one of the top five astrology stories of 2010 is the forthcoming Mars retrograde in Leo. Mars is already in your birth sign, and you’re likely to be feeling this as a certain kind of impulsive energy, the willingness to confront people, and a take-no-prisoners approach to success. Usually, this attitude works well on the highly competitive physical plane, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t exactly invoke the better angels of the people around you. While you’re working toward success, I suggest you work on your politics. That is to say shake hands, kiss babies, and make sure that every move you make is designed to help make everyone’s life easier. Success at all costs is so 20th century. Thinking holistically is so right now.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

You may feel like an enormous pressure has been lifted off of your existence. I suggest you give yourself some review time about what you’ve been through the past couple of years of Saturn in Virgo, and then get ready to make some decisions based on what you’ve learned. The span between the two will not be terribly long; the first action point is in mid-November, where you will need to apply everything you’ve learned in these years to one vital question. Two things to remember: first, you will be able to revisit this issue, though each step counts. Second, you have thought most of this through before, especially during the past two months. Therefore, remember what you have learned and get ready to put it to work.

Libra (September 22 – October 23)

A turning point is upon you and it may not fit with your laidback approach to existence. Yet all the reminders, alerts, and premonitions have been present long enough for you to get one particular message: you need a new relationship with your past. This is difficult only to the extent that you forget that the past is an interpretation. Often when we ask the question, ‘what does it mean?’ we get no answer that we recognize. Meaning is always found in context. Try asking the question this way: ‘how does [this particular fact] influence the decision I am making now?’ Then ask: ‘is that fact true, or is it a story I made up?’ Apply that formula to every issue, and you’ll have a lot more information to work with.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 22)

Lou Reed wrote the brilliant line, “You can’t count on the worst always happening,” but he added, “It takes a busload of faith to get by.” Let’s take that one part at a time. Certain developments in your chart suggest you may be considering the worst possibilities as being more valid than the best, and surely you have your reasons for this. But much that you’re worrying about has no basis in reality; on the surface level, it’s simply the fear of change that you are struggling with. A little deeper, it’s the fear of abandonment and of being alone. As for the second part,

I would say that one of the few things that brings us closer to people is cultivating faith, which offers one important alternative to fear. Remember, I said faith—not hope.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22)

The more wild and visionary your ideas, the more you need to be alert to how you feel. What is wild and visionary? A new job, a new home, a new relationship, or a new project would all count, though you may be thinking bigger than that. And you may be questioning whether it’s practical to think on the scale that you are. I suggest that you set aside that judgment and make sure that for every plan, desire, or ambition that you articulate to yourself, make one adjustment to the comfort factor. Organize a closet, wash the dishes, clean out the refrigerator, or solve a small problem. Then go back to thinking like a visionary. Gradually, what you are visioning will come into focus.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

You are being called on to take leadership, and you have every right to be nervous about what this might mean. The thing is that in leadership, there is very little room for fear. What you need is confidence; and there’s just one way to get this: practice fidelity to the mission you’ve accepted. If (as it may) it works out that the mission you had yesterday isn’t the mission you have today, then change your intentions to reflect that reality. Integrity counts for more now than it ever has, and under the current astrology integrity means being in alignment with yourself. You will have to work at this every day, but when you arrive there, you will know it because it feels so different than what you’re accustomed to.

Aquarius (January 20 – February19)

Creativity is both overrated and underutilized. It’s overrated because you don’t need that much of the stuff to solve a problem; you just need a little, enough to get a little oil onto the rusty bolt. It’s underutilized because most people would reach for a hammer instead of the oilcan. Each time you arrive at a point of decision, pause for a moment and ask yourself for the right idea that will help you proceed in the most effective way. Stop and reconsider your actual goal, and when you have to act, do so in a way that supports the goal rather than gets in the way. Again and again, you will need to reconsider Priority 1. It’s a commitment that you must make, over and over, until you bring your whole life in alignment with it.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

So much of your life has been lived in an inner world; indeed, this quality has been so pervasive that it’s been difficult to see the extent that it’s true. It won’t be true forever, yet as you gradually shift your focus to experiences that occur outside the confines of your own mind and imagination, you may begin to value the inner connection in a new way. You may notice that this is the thing so many people are lacking, or that they avoid so diligently. For the moment, I suggest that you reach for the deepest places in your mind and emotions that you’re capable of reaching. Go deeper than you think you have in the past, and remember where you’ve been. All of this is preparation for your mission of being a deep person in a superficial world.

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HISTORIC ENCHANTMENT 52 acre waterside estate in Stone Ridge


his stately and historic stone home circa 1827 commands 52+ acres of woodlands, riding and hiking trails, pasture, and lawns rolling down to a gorgeous pond reflecting ancient shade trees. The grandly scaled 3 story interior is a perfect showplace for art and period furnishings offering over 5,000 square feet, with 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings accented by hand-hewn beams, spectacular wide-board floors and multiple hearths. The impressive entry hall opens to expansive living and dining spaces and a quintessential country kitchen while the generous bedrooms afford soothing water and treetop views. Three full baths include a skylit stone floored retreat with sauna and steam shower. The pastoral landscape is further enhanced with an enchanting 2 bedroom guest house, storybook cottage, and handsome barn with 7 stalls. Featured in House Beautiful and Metropolitan Home, this estate invites a casually elegant lifestyle of entertaining and country respite.  Offered at $2,000,000 Listed by Amy Levine ABR, GRI, CRS, Broker Associate Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, LTD (800)293.0232 or (845)687.0232 ext. 118

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sPECTACULAR HUDsON RIvER EsTATE 90+ acres with direct access to almost 1 mile of frontage on the Hudson river with natural beach, 3 houses, one 6800 sqft, loads of frontage, ideal for family compound or subdivision (plans available), also houses can be bought separately for $1.9M,$1.3M and $795K $4,500,000

DRAMATIC GEOTHERMAL extraordinary architect designed home near complete, private 12 acres, 1.5 hours NYC, 3 bdr., large master suite, and office for the professional, views. Make an offer, asking $775,000

LAKE FRONT MANsION, one hr from the GW bridge, 2 huge suites 25x19 master bdr 22x19 master bath.15x15 bedroom,6x8 bath 9x5 guest bedroom, entertainment area bath and laundry room. In ground pool, and dock. $699,000

DEER LAKE former resort 2 houses and 7 cabins, fully rented, on 21 acres complete with beach area. Gross $78K,net $60K unlimited possibility. $579,000

HIsTORIC RENOvATION 5000 sqft, 7 bedrooms, for large family + professional office 10x22, or B&B or day care, 3+ acres, Pine Plains, only 1 hr.45min to NYC. $449,000

vICTORIAN COLONIAL immaculate three level home with original details, center hall dual parlors,3 bdr/2 ba 3rd floor studio, large porch with hot tub, 18.5 ac., pines and oaks, Listed at $345,000

HILLsDALE 2 BDR. COTTAGE with hardwood floors, waiting for renovation. Extensive perennial gardens on 3.5 lovely acres. $149,000

INVESTMENT PROPERTIES MAGNIFICENT DUTCHEss FARMLAND up to 420 acres, $20,000 per acre COLUMBIA COUNTY 184 acres spectacular Catskills views, lots of gravel COLUMBIA COUNTY 69 lot approval,10+ready to go, town water & sewer LIvINGsTON Commercial/Residential 60+ acres, Rte 9 mixed development, good soils OPERATING CEMENT PLANT fully approved, in Cairo, convenient location, 10 year lease HUDsON: DEvELOPMENT OR EsTATE 130 acres, nr NYs Thruway, Amtrak HIsTORIC COMPLEX 1730 Residence 1786 store + 2 barns + 3 unit rental 1790 Colonial 6500 sf + outbuildings, 12 acres, currently inn with 100 seat dining room, 10 units 7200sF MANUFACTURING PLANT free span metal building on state highway, 3 phase electric 30 ACRE HUDsON DEvELOPMENT 27 lots approved, inground septics COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY Rte 9W 2hses, garage, next to strip mall 5 UNIT APARTMENT brick, coin laundry,tenants pay separate utilities, $35K gross

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VACANT LAND $8,400,000 $4,000,000 $2,600,000 $1,950,000 $1,060,000 $850,000 $725,000 $640,000 $549,000 $475,000 $289,000 $275,000

TAGHKANIC/HILLsDALE 475 acres, ponds, magnificent views, sub-dividable CLAvERACK 91+ acres Commercial zoned property, long frontage DRAMATIC vIEWs 147 ACREs private estate property, ideal for subdivision LIvINGsTON FARM 168 acres fields, woods, and privacy, two streams, large barn CANAAN FARM 133 acres 15 minutes to Tanglewood, open fields& woods INCREDIBLE 135 acres WILDLIFE abundant, large beaver pond TOWN OF ULsTER, rural, vacant on 9W, 22 acs GREENPORT great hunting property 75 acres bordering Claverack Creek GALLATIN private 16+ac parcel with mountain view, on quiet road, boha CAIRO 50 acres incredible building site, lakefront, airstrip quiet country road ANCRAM 30 ac long frontage, not sub dividable LAKEFRONT 1.9 ACREs BEsT LOCATION in gated community, mtn & lake views

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PRIVATE, CHIC, HYPNOTIC VIEWS Hudson Valley Exclusive Stunning retreat on over 17 serene acres. 4,300 square foot master crafted home. Gardens, paths, woods, IG pool. Brilliant materials = timeless elegance. Under 2 hours to NYC. Asks: $1.985M. Web#1730849 Nancy Horowitz, SVP 212.381.6554

WORKING ORGANIC FARM Hudson Valley Exclusive Upstate NY your very own private working farm with eggs, milk, and fruit in the future. 95 acres of usable land and post and beam house, 6 outbuildings, tremendous pond to swim and view. Close to Hudson and Amtrak, antiques, and restaurants. Asks: $1.9M. Web#1759671 Mary Stapleton 518.828.0181

HIGH OVER THE HUDSON Hudson Valley Exclusive Award-winning masterpiece with privacy and jaw-dropping river and mountain views. Radiant heat throughout, IG pool, hot tub, media room. 5 minutes to Hudson, 20 to Bard and 2 hours NYC. Asks: $1.8M. Web#1731236 Chris Pomeroy, VP 212.381.2531

MAKE AN OFFER ON HISTORY Hudson Valley Exclusive A deal, looking for love â&#x20AC;&#x201C; historic brick mansion on 80 idyllic acres with pond. Incredible original details. Barn, outbuildings. Asks: $1.5M. Web#1494924 Nancy Horowitz, SVP 212.381.6554

INCREDIBLE VALUE Hudson Valley Exclusive Modern farmhouse on 9 acres. Catskill Mountain views, gourmet kitchen, 3 to 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Ground floor master suite. Separate garage with loft space. Also available on 57 acres for $2.2M. Asks: $899K. Web#1745626 Jean Stoler 518.755.4298

1805 EYEBROW COLONIAL Hudson Valley Exclusive Amazing eyebrow Center Hall Colonial on a quiet road. 5 bedrooms/4 baths, 3 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, pond, original floors, skylights, cathedral ceiling, 18.9 acres. Property by protected acres. 1,200 square foot deck off kitchen. Asks: $799K. Web#1610460 Mary Stapleton 518.828.0181

SOHO ON THE HUDSON Hudson Valley Exclusive Opportunity to own in Hudson, NY. Brick building with 3 commercial units and 2 apartments, large backyard. Ideal live/work or investment. Asks: $525K. Web#1767842 Jean Stoler 518.755.4298

SKETCHBOOK FARM Hudson Valley Exclusive Classic 1840s farmhouse recently renovated, spacious living room, dining room, den, country kitchen, sun room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 40x14 studio. Beautiful 1.4 acres with stream, patio and pond site. Move in and decorate. Asks: $375K. Web#1751063 Carolyn Lawrence 518.828.0181

FARMVIEW ESTATES Hudson Valley Exclusive 9 home sites being developed to provide luxurious country living with the finest materials with the least overall environmental impact. 8 to 17.5 acres. Asks: $315K-$660K. Web#1761277 Nancy Horowitz, SVP 212.381.6554 Carolyn Lawrence 518.828.0181

CLASSIC CLAVERACK Hudson Valley Exclusive Enjoy this solid, stately 1950s brick home with 4 large bedrooms/3 full baths, family room, wood-burning fireplace, attached 2-car garage, vast storage and 2 park-like acres located on a quiet maple lined street. New thirty year roof, refinished oak floors. Priced below assessed value. Asks: $285K. Web#1761355 Jennifer Capala 518.828.0181

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FORGET THE HAMPTONS Hudson Valley Exclusive Country home on Tory Farm Hill Road. Exceptional location and exclusive private enclave, panoramic views, radiant heat, backup generator, oversized three-car garage, surround sound, separate guest/studio apt, and housekeeper apt, 21 acres. Asks $2.9M. Web#1649558 Mary Stapleton 518.828.0181

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19 Church Avenue • Germantown, NY 12526 Tel: (518) 537-4888 • Fax: (518) 537-5559 • E-mail: PICTURE POSTCARD VIEWS perfect for building your country getaway. A total of 5 to 15 acres available with an elevation of 300 feet. Views reach to the Catskill Mountains, the Berkshire/ Taconic Range as well as long range to the south. In an area of several attractive large farms. Totally private. Call for details.


COUNTRY RETREAT on 27 totally private acres. Three bedroom log home nicely set back from road with cathedral ceiling greatroom, exposed beams, loft, den with built-in bookshelves, wraparound porch, finished basement, & 2 car garage. Land is a combination of open & wooded with 2 ponds. $399,000

CHARMING 1875 FARMHOUSE with flowing floor plan and good light in quiet hamlet of Livingston. House features wideboard floors, tin ceiling, fireplace, wonderful master suite. Artisan crafted patio & stone wall. Perennial gardens & private spacious backyard. $369,000

3 Br/2 Ba home features great rm w/ beamed cathedral ceiling, skylights, wood flrs & fireplace, spacious kitchen, master suite w/ balcony & loft sitting area, family rm, bonus 4th Br in lower level, & screened porch. 2 car garage attached & a 3 car detached w/ heated rms above perfect for office/studio. Private setting w/ pond, covered patio, pool & more. $399,000

“We’ve Sold Delaware County Since 1889” affordaBLe country Living Walton (607) 865-7000

Business oPPortunity! 12-unit motel w/views of Delaware River. Easy on/off Rte 17. Incl separate log cabin bar/dining rm w/lrg wrap deck & lots of parking. Whether it’s fishing, hunting, canoeing or relaxing, you will have an inviting place for visitors. Asking: $199,000 #74522

Newly renovated 4-bdrm home perfect for 1st-time home buyer. Features 1 full bth, ¾-bth on suite, lrg EIK, LR & laund on 1st flr. New roof, interior walls, flrs, fixtures & appliances. Oil FHA heat. On maintained rd. Asking: $89,900 #73357

Perfect for the retiree 1-flr living, neat & clean in nice, quiet community. 2 bdrms, LR, kit, fam rm in basement, 1 bth, beautiful oak flrs & att gar. Near W Branch of Delaware River. Comfortable living! Asking: $139,000 #74472

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Private country cottage Loft bdrm w/skylights may be converted to full 2nd story. LR, KIT, DR combined. 15 acs of mostly wooded land w/access to state land. 2-story barn w/lrg 2-car gar. Lrg deck & covered frt porch to enjoy distant views & trout pond. Asking: $130,000 #74693

Located in Quiet coMMunity Nice 2-bdrm, 2-bth (one w/jacuzzi) mobile home w/central AC & fireplace. Nicely landscaped. Asking: $89,900 #74427

13.35+/- acs surveyed & engineered bldg plans. Several bldg sites, outstanding views, meadows & wds, surrounded by farms. Asking: $84,900 #74713

ready to Move in today! 3-bdrm village home on lightly traveled street w/2 bths, 1-car gar/barn w/loft on ¼-ac lot. New roof, windows, siding, electric, furnace & front porch. Asking: $175,000 #74553

great faMiLy Living! 5-bdrm village cape-style home w/2 bths, LR w/brick fireplace, spacious fam rm, fenced back yard, nat gas line to grill on back deck, back covered patio, front enc porch & basement workshop. Asking: $124,500 #41372

5.25+/- acs 100% open. Ideal location for base camp for hunters, fishermen & recreationalists of all types. Asking: $21,000 #72246

Exceptional Columbia County Property

ARTIST'S INSPIRING HILLTOP RETREAT Carefree country home & spectacular art studio with endless views of the Catskills, Helderbergs, & Berkshires on private 16.5 acres… $825,000

FOX HILL FARM 212 acres with two spectacular building sites, two farmhouses, several barns, & beautiful views of Old Croken Hill, the Berkshires & Catskills; adjoining 2,000 acres of additional protected farmland. Stunning landscapes of mountains, valleys, ponds, open fields, & woodlands… $3,950,000

ROE JAN MEADOWS 103 protected acres where the Roe Jan Kill meets the Bash Bish Brook include a Greek Revival homestead (in need of total restoration) & a beautiful building site with views of the valley & the Berkshires… $1,750,000

CLAVERACK ORIGINAL 1830 charming center hall home has 5 fireplaces, wideboard floors, original doors, windows, hardware, & trim. In historic hamlet... $395,000

SOPHISTICATED 1850 brick townhse has restored architectural elements & clean, contemporary design… $650,000

UNEXPECTED DELIGHT New renovation and expansion with stone fireplaces, mahogany floors, granite counters, sumptuous baths, French doors, patio, & garden… $385,000

EARLY HUDSON Nantucket house combines original 1790s house & contemporary spaces... $395,000

1930 DUTCH REVIVAL Has hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, sunroom, 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths. Solar panels cut utility bills… $429,000

FAMILY FARMSTEAD On the Claverack Creek, this elegant untouched circa 1830 Greek Revival home has original details & early post & beam barns… $695,000

BRICK HOUSE With handsome stone walls, porch, grand stair, tin ceilings, studio & garage… $350,000

CLASSIC EYEBROW Has light, airy rooms, wide board floors, 4 bedrooms & 2 baths. One acre with red barn & brook… $249,000

ITALIANATE Townhouse has restored unique ornate brickwork, arched door & windows… $120,000

VILLAGE CHARM 2 spacious duplex apartments on a quiet street – great investment… $164,900

GRAND BRICK FEDERAL Graced by spacious rooms, high ceilings, fireplaces, wide board floors, 2-story porches & garden. Exceptional restoration potential… $395,000

CARRIAGE HOUSE Architect designed in 1906, in an enclave of historic homes, this delightful conversion has open living, fireplace, 3 bedrooms, & 2.5 baths… $395,000

1815 HISTORIC GEM Center hall eyebrow house has 4 working fireplaces, original doors, windows, & floors… $275,000

VICTORIANA Artist’s Hudson home has 3-story tower, original details, & great porch. 2 studios in separate building… $295,000

LIVE & WORK In elegant spaces, with curved stair, original details, sunny deck, garden… $495,000

ELEGANT Gallery & residence, totally renovated; handsome, intact details… $495,000 Shop for rent.

1742 DUTCH FARM On the Taghkanic Creek, early house & barns have great restoration potential. 8 rolling acres… $395,000

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SPECTACULAR RIVER & MOUNTAIN VIEWS Views of the majestic Hudson River & the Catskills from this quiet & private 7-acre building site at the highest point of historic Mt Merino… $450,000

STUNNING COTTAGE At the end of a long winding road, this stylish refuge has great presence. The 25-acre property has beautiful pond & distant mountain views, sunny gunite pool on the hill, wildflowers, ferns, perennials, & tall trees… $795,000

TWO COTTAGES On 9 country acres: 1 all new, 1 ready to finish – outbuildings & stream… $295,000

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5917 n. eLM aVenUe P.o. BoX 798, MiLLeRton, nY brad rebillard, broker - First time Home buyers Specialist – 20 years experience – Come talk to Brad about the Federal Government’s $8,000 tax credit for 1st time home buyers. Millerton - Featuring one of the best views in Dutchess County w/22 acres. This private cape/contemporary home has 50 miles of views from one of the highest points in the county. Located 1000’ off a lightly travelled county road you are surrounded by nature. Unique to this home are underground utilities, wrap-around deck cathedral ceilings in the living room, master bdrm & bath w/whirlpool tub & small office space, 2nd floor balcony & 3 additional bedrooms. There are too many features to list. Located near Millbrook Hunt Country, Metro North commuter railroad, fine dining, theater and so much more. More land is available! $925,000

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Millerton - Far reaching views of the surrounding hills & nature at your door. This perfect weekend or year round home has a comfortable living room w/ brick fireplace & a large screened porch. Whether working in the garden or entertaining on the porch, biking on the rail trail or just chilling out, you’ll love being near the Village of Millerton w /plenty of fun things to do. 15 minutes from Metro North train, 2 hrs NYC. $259,000

Millerton - “The Ice House”. Formerly the ice house for a farm this unique home has a lot to offer. The main level has a comfortable sunken living room/French doors to a bi-level deck (with hot tub), a dining room overlooking the views & a conveniently located kitchen. The upper level has a central foyer that’s bright & open, a spacious master BR Suite w/French doors to a upper deck. Bring the family or friends to stay with 2 additional bedrooms. HW floors throughout, and a detached 2 car garage. $350,000

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. $269,000

Millbrook – Set back from the road offering privacy, overlooking 1.64 acres of lush green lawn, is this inviting cottage. Perfect as a writer’s get-away, there is a LR w/ attractive stone FP, 2 bedrooms, laundry, KIT, and dining area on 1st floor. On the second floor there is a 3rd bedroom currently used as an office, being the inspiration for the “Writer’s Cottage” description. Conveniently located 1 mi from Village of Millbrook on a country lane, 1 ½ hrs to NYC, & less than 30 mins to the Metro-North Station. $281,900

Millerton – A fresh coat of paint inside & out – Ready to move in & at a great price. This two story 2 bedroom home has many updates, is walking distance to the Village of Millerton Main Street and offers hardwood floors, covered & enclosed porches, dining & living rooms and more. $145,000

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. $239,000

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Millerton - One of the oldest homes in Millerton now available for the first time in decades. Good size rooms, high ceilings w/ exposed hewn beams, wide board floors, fireplace & large windows glass doors overlooking a covered porch are just some of the features of this antique home. Walk to all the local shops and the Rail Trail and yet enjoy the peaceful 1.5 acre yard. $300,000

• Body Shop & Towing Business. In business for 38 years, included are the business, real estate and two towing trucks. Short term owner financing is possible. Call broker for details. Zoned as a Body Shop - It’s hard to get this approval today. $300,000


$2,575,000 RHINECLIFF

A MAGICAL SETTING. Located in the countryside is this lovely home sited on 78 acres overlooking a 5-acre pond. Main house features a FDR, FLR w/FP, den w/built-ins, EIK, MBR w/FP and 3 BR. Three-car garage w/3 BR, 2 BA guest house above. A special setting w/open fields & 3 ponds on a quiet road convenient to the Village of Millbrook.


$375,000 STANFORD

SITED ON A RIDGE w/seasonal Hudson River views, this 3 BR home offers many creative details. Spacious LR leads to tree house deck perfect for watching the sunset. Family room opens to terraced garden beds & stonewalls along the secluded patio. Light filled MBR. Includes a 600 plus sq ft studio. Convenient to Amtrak, the Hudson River, Rhinebeck & Bard.

$479,000 MILLBROOK


THIS MODERN Italianate country house awaits your finishing touches. Located on top of 53 secluded acres w/far reaching views to the Catskill Mt. is this custom built home w/approx. 5300 sq. ft., 10’ ceilings, 3 BR & 5 BA. Top notch materials and mechanicals have been used throughout.

$929,000 MILLBROOK



STUNNING VIEWS from every room of this charming & unique waterfront property. Cozy 2 BR, 2 BA cape features on the lower level an open living-dining area w/wood burning stove, den, eat-in kitchen, office, bedroom and bath. Upper level features a master suite w/private terrace. Back garden slopes to the lake with dock.


RESTORED COMMERCIAL building w/gallery on 1st FL & 5 apts. All occupied on a month-to-month basis. A great opportunity to have your own business w/rental income. Includes an approved site plan for a 3000 sq. ft. 3 family structure at the rear of the property.

$765,000 RED HOOK

LONG DRIVEWAY leads to a private 3 BR, 3 BA colonial on 15 lightly wooded acres featuring LR w/ fireplace, formal dining room, great room, kitchen with dining area and den. Screened porch with seasonal Catskill Mountain views. Includes a 10-car garage/barn with workshop and studio.

19th CENTURY converted barn on 5.5 acres with 4 BR, 2.5 BA, and a dramatic 26’ x 31’ great room with cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, wide board floors, and formal dining room. Charming courtyard with covered terrace overlooking a pool.


THIS CHARMING GREEK revival home has been thoughtfully restored. Offers 3500 sq. ft. of living space with WBF, original moldings/hardware, 5 BR- one w/FP, formal LR w/ FP, library w/FP and formal dining room. Family house w/ sweeping lawns. Convenient to the Villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck.


THIS CLASSIC 1840’s 4 BR, 3 BA farmhouse w/old moldings & WBF provides the feel of the old w/the convenience of today. Home features a large LR, FDR, family area w/ fireplace & den w/fireplace, central air conditioning, and a new kitchen. Set on 5 acres w/beautiful views, rolling hills and a lovely in-ground pool. Includes a 3-car garage w/ studio above. 49


eXQuisiTe Millbrook Colonial Tremendous traditional Colonial in Millbrook with grand style and elegance. exceptional details and extra features such as 7 fireplaces, raised paneling, crown moldings, pocket doors, and leaded glass. 7 bedrooms, 5 full baths, library with wet bar, and 4 open porches. With a special use permit, zoning would allow a 20 room inn or 10 room bed & breakfast. offered at $1,399,000

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. in-ground pool, patios, fine formal gardens, small barn. offered at $1,195,000

ClassiC 1780 CounTrY farMHouse elegant farmhouse tastefully restored to its original beauty. old-fashioned warmth and charm made comfortable for today’s living. Three working fireplaces, antique doors and hardware, wide plank floors and exposed beams. House sits on 5.02 acres of park-like land with sweeping lawns, lovely gardens, old trees, stone walls, picturesque period barn, heated in-ground swimming pool, gazebo and private tennis court. offered at: $995,000

iMPressiVe neW TradiTional HoMe beautiful stone pillars from the former sandanona estate mark the entrance to this just completed threebedroom Colonial home situated on 2.5 acres. Vintage wood flooring, tile baths, 10’ ceilings, custom moldings, brick fireplace, and oversized 2-car garage. five star energy rated home. Covered porch and deck shaded by the towering specimen trees. offered at $694,000

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 $419,000

HunT CounTrY ranCH situated in the hamlet of lithgow, this lovely ranch home is on 1.5 acres in the famed Millbrook Hunt Country. sit on the porch and view the neighboring farms. lr with brick fireplace, kitchen with pantry, dining room, three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. one level living with attached two-car garage. offered at $299,000

sTanfordVille ranCH Well maintained, three bedroom ranch home located on a level lot in quiet stanfordville. nice floor plan for one level living. full walk-out basement with great potential to finish for a large recreation room. offered at $299,000

CirCa 1910 Millbrook Village House lovely old house on a quiet street. spacious and light-filled with character and charm. lower level has a nice floor plan with generously sized living, dining and family rooms. second floor has four large bedrooms and a bath. in need of TlC, but will accommodate a large family or the many guests who will want to visit you to enjoy all that Millbrook has to offer. offered at $239,900

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Spectacular Home 40 Level Industrial Acres

Custom office built home on 15,000 private square ten acres. dramatic Modern building, foot Very manufacturing design by Borenstein. Cathedral bambuilding withDavid loading docks, auction hall andceilings, three bedroom boo floors andowner radiant heat under Indian floors. Tudor. Possible financing. You can sell offslate 30 acres for WEB #470867 RedHA367170 Hook.........................$1,250,000 WEB# SALT POINT ..$1,500,000 development.

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Mintquality four bedroom home withand private 8.8 sub-dividTop material, construction mechanicals. Generous ablerooms acres. Den or first floors. floor bedroom half bath size with hardwood Steel I-beamhas construction. but plumbed for fulland bath. Recessed lighting with 95% Carrier heating cooling. Solid maple kitchen vaulted WEB# ceilings. HA461272 WAPPINGERS FALLS ..$385,000 cabinets. WEB# 455676 salt Point....................$425,000

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Largesquare bright rooms with gleaming hardwood floors, 3200 feet. Four offices wired for phone and cat5. Two great woodwork terrific Was garages with 26 footand ceilings, twogrounds. bays 36x40 anddoctors 30x40. home 14 with separate large bedrooms Three foot overheadoffice doors.wing. 18-26Allfoot ceilings. High and private Master Suite. WEB# HA426932 PLEASANT VALLEY $475,000 exposure.

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Spotless threewindows bedroom three door bathare home New roof, siding, and garage some ofhas the gleaming hardwood floors, custom madefloors cabinets features of this five-bedroom Ranch. Hardwood under in eat-in-kitchen whitelevel. appliances. Lots ofbackadcarpet. Separate entrywith to lower Large fully fenced ditional features. WEB# HA388830 WAPPINGERS FALLS......$319,000 yard. WEB# 472983 Hyde PaRk.....................$275,000

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Fabuloussix-bedroom 4500 to 8400 square foot home withHill vaulted Beautiful home in prestigious Todd area. ceilingsentry, and master mahogany hardwood Vaulted suite, trim hardwood floors,floors. kitchenHuge with mastercounters bedroom with appliances. 7’x13’deck.Covered Totally outdoor private. granite andsuite stainless Roe-janWEB# frontage. HA467335 LAGRANGE ................$590,000 terrace. WEB#458608 CleRmont.............................$850,000

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Home atfinished end of cul-de-sac in beautiful private and country Beautiful lower level with bath, fireplace wet setting. floors, six-panel hardcore doorsroom and bar. MainHardwood level has hardwood floors, new four season custom empire kitchen. cul-de-sac in and master bedroom suite. Home Almost at twoend levelofacres with pool beautiful country setting. WEB# HA443064 POUGHKEEPSIE ......$398,000 and deck. private

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Charming home newdetached appliPleasantly keptsparkling three-bedroom Ranchwith withall two-car ances,onnew floors, large bright garage almosthardwood one acre. Hardwood floors and largeopen deck rooms, andTwo a wonderful patio that family looks room out into off kitchen. zone heat and 15’x18’ are woods. Great WEB# HA458639 RED HOOK ..$199,000 additional features.location. WEB# 450880 lagRange..................$255,000

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Perfectlyindoor private front back living Incredible poolColonial with 1600with square foottoglass enclosed room.area. Huge deck tubboard, & in gorgeous ground cherry pool. patio Family roomwith withhot shuffle All huge withroom bigwith windows. master kitchen androoms huge great full-wall Huge stone fireplace. bedroom with HOPEWELL master bathJUNCTION..........$498,000 and outdoor balcony. WEB# HA458022

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Immaculate huge rooms foot and cathedral Extremely successful, one of with only nine two around. Features two ceilings. with Granite customandkitchen, hardwood floors, buildings wide-board hardwood floors, fireplaces crown molding etc. Five zone heat, heated and built-in bookshelves. Main house with20’x40’ four bedrooms salt four water in ground pool with cabana. WEB# HA466069 MILLBROOK ..$850,000 and baths.





U a long driveway, this 3900 s.f. modern steel residence/studio Up has state-of-the art mechanicals. It overlooks pastoral acreage, neighboring horse farm, swimming pond and some of the most picturesque Catskill views in Dutchess Co. $1,595,000.

Circa 1719 W 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 cottage. $849,000.

This completely renovated 3BR/2.5BA home is sited on 3.85 acres on the outskirts of Rhinebeck village. Immaculate and replete with original details, it offers a chef ’s kitchen and fireplace. Also has studio/workshop. $750,000.




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.

Totally secluded on 22 acres, this approx. 5000 s.f. home offers a 2-story great room, chef ’s kitchen, first floor master en suite, movie theater, spacious home office and salt water filtration swimming pool. Detached barn/garage. $1,960,000.

Clermont lot with Red Hook Schools $99,000; 2 lots on the RoeJan for $199,000, 4 lots in Milan with stream frontage $240,000, Tivoli lot with stream frontage $250,000, Rhinebeck lot with stream and pond site $275,000.

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Authentic 19th Century hilltop farm. Post and Beam barn. Guest cottage. Inground pool. Pond. First time offered in over 50 years. Offered at $595,000


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Subdividable with Board of Health approval for a homesite. Build your dream home in a peaceful, bucolic setting. Pastoral open farmland well-suited for horses, cattle, or any other 4-legged creatures. Offered at $475,000


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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










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circA 1789 reStoreD cAPe Revolutionary War period home w/lots of amenities including WB floors, original exposed beams, large kitchen w/radiant heated antique brick flooring & soapstone counters, 3 BR/3BA, office/library, FDR, LR. Three stall two-story barn w/tack & feed rooms. Three paddocks w/ run-in shed. $949,500

chArMing Architect DeSigneD hoMe Spacious & light-filled 4BR/3BA home is a wonderful family residence or weekend home. Boasts soaring ceilings, large windows, sliding glass doors & HW floors. Living room w/ fpl, family room w/green house area, chef ’s eat-in-kitchen, MBR suite on 1st. floor. Landscaped gardens, potting shed & much more. $787,000

cLinton coUntry conteMPorAry Custom built 4BR/3BA home on 5+ private acres. New appliances, wood stove with ventilator system, wide board floors, skylights, vaulted ceilings, and walk-in closets. Hike on the property to connecting trail system. A great weekend retreat or family home. new Price $349,900

coUntry hoMe on 49 AcreS Attention horse lovers/gentlemen farmers! Enjoy complete privacy, spectacular sunsets over the mountains & sounds of the rushing trout stream. Main house consists of 4 BR/2.5 BA. Income producing acreage under cultivation – some organic. Another 10 A w/caretaker house, barn & paddocks also available. $899,900

rhinebeck conteMPorAry on 2 AcreS Open & light-filled 4BR/3BA home within walking distance of the Hudson River & minutes from the Village. Features cathedral ceiling, WB floors, kitchen w/fpl, large family room & loft space. Full basement, large attic, & 2 car garage provide ample storage. Great Price! now $299,000

rhinebeck ViLLAge rAnch Super Village location. Walk to everything. Well built true ranch. All on one level. 3BR/2BA, living room with fireplace, wood and ceramic tile floors, central air, full unfinished basement, screened porch. Spacious, private yard. 2 car garage. Quiet, no outlet street. $425,000

country charm Light & airy, this tastefully done 2BR house is set on 6+ beautifully flowered & wooded acres w/groomed trails & rock walls. Wood floors, large family room w/Pella window wall, sleeping loft for kids. Perfect for weekenders or full time living. Close to Rhinebeck & Taconic Pkwy. Addt’l land available. new Price $297,000

SPAcioUS rhinebeck ViLLAge cAPe Circa 1932 4BR Sears home w/original detail, HW floors, sunroom, dining room off kitchen & a large MBR w/BA on first floor. Handicap accessible. Immaculate home sited on a double lot w/a garage & finished storage room. Easy walk to shopping & schools. new Price $360,000


VintAge VictoriAn w/cAtSkiLL ViewS Tastefully renovated 3+ BR home w/original details. WB pine floors, high ceilings & a walk up attic w/ studio & bath. The 2.8 acres has extensive landscaping w/mature trees & perennial gardens. The heated in-ground pool completes the picture for the perfect home to relax & entertain in. $519,000 • 6423 MontgoMery Street • rhinebeck, new york • 845.876.8588 53


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Opportunity Is Knocking This solid 3 story brick structure has 2 storefronts, 16 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, great rooms and large commercial kitchen. It would make a great B&B. Three open porches to watch the eagles and boats passing by. A skip and a hop to the riverfront park & boat launch. Don’t wait to long. (Coxsackie) $369,500

Well Cared For 3 bedroom home surrounded by beautiful gardens located on 1.2 acres in the village. This home features kitchen & dining room w/ woodstove, laundry/mudroom, 1.5 baths, garage & beautiful landscaped yard. Walking distance to Hudson River front, schools, and park.(Coxsackie) $175,000

Sparkling Village Victorian boasting both elegance and distinction located on a glorious street in a friendly riverfront town. Pocket doors, fireplace, two new bathrooms, updated windows, wideboard floors, original trim, built-ins, sunroom w/ gas stove, window seat & more. This home will steal your heart. (Coxsackie) $279,000

Remember Grandma’s House? 5 generations of history awaits you, w/ the warmth and charm of yesterday. Just listed- this country farmhouse features 5 BR, 2.5 baths, large EIK, formal dining and LR, wood floors & fireplace. Sep. guest quarters for family & friends to gather and enjoy the cozy enclosed porch& babbling brook. A large workshop for the artist or handyman. Sitting on 5.77 beautiful landscaped acres is a 2 car garage, outhouse and shed with creek frontage.(New Baltimore) $379,500

Pastoral Perfection is where you will find this 1800’s 5 BR spacious secluded farmhouse w/barn perched on 5.3 acres boasting glorious mtn views. Formal living and DR opens up w/ 3 sets of French drs to a fabulous 4-season sunrm w/ southern exposure, overlooking perennial gardens and luscious forest like grounds. Call listing office for a list of all of the amenities that this authentic very private homestead has to offer.(Coxsackie) $525,000

Enjoy Fantastic Catskill Mountain Views from your lakefront home. Not too big, not too small - deck off master bedroom, ample main deck and slope to lakefront patio and dock, oversized heated garage, much more! Located in Sleepy Hollow Lake.(Athens) $439,000

Enjoy Stunning Views of the Hudson River as you sit outside on your newly built decks in this four unit rental. Totally renovated by quality custom builders. Upgrades include new baths, and kitchens, rubber roof, windows, insulation, new electric and plumbing, all this and freshly painted. (Coxsackie) $239,000

Magnificent Views has this contemporary Colonial overlooking the Catskill Mts. and the Coxsackie Reservoir. Included is 2 to 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, glass sunroom, a guest quarters with additional office and garages for 3 cars. This home is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, sitting on 5+ acres.(New Baltimore) $525,000

Buy A Lifestyle This Grand home features hardwood floors and crown molding throughout, custom BERTCH cabinetry, solid surface countertops, central air and pre-wired home alarm system. A 5+ BR, 2.5 bath home w/ a unique layout, an open EIK/family room w/ top quality SS applncs, breakfast nook, a fully custom wired home; small sitting rm w/ gas F/P, private den/office, huge California-style bed & bathrm closets; spacious upstairs laundry rm w/ top-notch W/D, and extra large 2-car gar. Walk-in master closet complete w/ Calif-style shelving & tiled master bath w/ whirlpool tub, shower w/ rain showerhead. Lrg deck leads to a stamped concrete patio & spacious back yard.(Coxsackie) New Price $389,900

A Turn-Key Restaurant where everybody knows your name, located in the National Historic District with Hudson River views. Included are two apartments above, a 2 bedroom and a studio with outside deck for entertaining. A Great Opportunity! (Coxsackie) $685,000

Artfully, Elegant 2 bedroom custom log home built in 2005. This gem boasts open floor plan, wideboard floors, covered front porch, sunfilled balcony, dramatic ceilings, Vermont Casting woodstove and more. Located in Sleepy Hollow Lake, enjoy boating, fishing, tennis, swimming and more. (Coxsackie) $295,000

Frame The View magnificent long-range Catskill & Berkshire Mt. Vista’s can be seen from every window in this Victorian-Farmhouse (a reproduction of a local home). This home features 4 BR, 2.5 bath’s, formal DR w/ gas fireplace, cozy den, bright & sunny living room, den or office, custom kitchen, spacious master bath, finished basement for family activities & in-ground. Country living at it’s best on 3 acres.(Coxsackie) $397,000

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NEVERSINK $339,000 Immaculate 2003 Beaver Log Home on 5.84 acres. Cathedral ceilings, Kraftmaid kitchen w/stainless appliances, wrap-around deck. Detached garage with loft. Call Kathy Buchanan, 845-794-4447.

WARWICK $410,000 Beautifully maintained home with 3 spacious bedrooms, two fully renovated bathrooms and a half bath as well. Large eat in kitchen, formal dining room and expansive deck. Cozy family room with fireplace. Finished basement and 2 car garage. Call William Kelly, 845-986-8300.

WARWICK $959,000 Custom 4 BR, 2.5 Bath Cape on 19+ acres. Many upgrades including 5” milled oak flooring, “Fireslate” countertops, master suite on 1st floor w/French doors leading to a private patio overlooking a heated Gunite pool and multi-terraced stone patios and walls. Call Darlene Baratto, 845-986-8300.

WALDEN $289,999 Move In Ready! This 3 BR, 2.5 Bath home has an open floor plan with a freestanding gas fireplace to add to its ambiance. Spacious family room, large deck, fenced in backyard and much more. Call Sharon Borrillo, 845-744-2092.



MONROE $399,900 Large Contemporary home in beautiful Walton Lake. Features include oversized rooms, spacious kitchen that overlooks the FR with fireplace, sunken living room, 4 BR and 3 full baths. This home is situated on almost 2 acres with private backyard and amazing views! Come and see for yourself! Call Mary Ellen Rivieccio 845-782-5151


Well maintained home on 1.5 Acres. Features includes FR with woodstove, updated kitchen, living room with fireplace, rear deck off dining area, master bedroom with cathedral ceiling and adjoining office, main floor laundry, 3 full baths and 3 car garage! Call Richard Francan at 845-562-4200



Custom Tennanah Lake lakefront home with 350 ft. of lake frontage. Loft master suite w/deck, towering windows, cathedral ceilings. Extrordinary attention to detail. Call Vinny Melore, 845-794-4447.



3 BR, 2.5 Bath home in a well established neighborhood offers wood flooring in the LR, DR and Hallway. Updated Kitchen and Updated Baths, Central Air, Large Deck, Pellet Stove for lower utility bills and fenced in rear yard. Call Patricia Cole at 845-562-4200.

No need to wait for your home to be built, move in now. This ranch located in a gated community offers a club house w/ sauna, indoor pool and game rm. Other amenities include 2 BR, 2 Baths, alarm system, large deck, private lot and oversized garage. Enjoy the sun porch overlooking a beautiful backyard. A must see! Call Peter Lazier, 845-342-5766.

A Home of Distinction! Built with quality this classic Victorian style home has seasonal mountain views; located on 3.4 beautiful acres in New Paltz newest community. Enjoy the 4BR, 2.5BA, spacious floor plan, light filled rooms, master bedroom suite with whirpool tub, central air, full covered porch, and full basement. House is within short walk to shops and bus. Call Cathy Pulichene 845-255 0615.


Lovely ranch home on cul-de-sac, private yet not secluded. Enjoy walking the trails on this level 3.2 acres. Relax on the front porch and the large deck. This 1938 sq. ft. home offers a security system, pantry, walk in closet, 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The kitchen, dining room, bathrooms and hallways are all tiled. Call Doris Ortiz 845-342-5766.


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MONTGOMERY $439,000 Exquisite 4 BR, 2.5 Bath Colonial situated on 3.8 meticulously maintained acres. Maple cabinets, center island and Wilsonart counters in kitchen that opens to a family room with fireplace. Hardwood floors and private backyard. Call Jessica Hansen 845-744-2092.


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THIS VICTORIAN FARMHOUSE, on a quiet country rd close to Rhinebeck, has wood floors up & down, a glorious K, a beautiful redone bath, an open LR/DR, & is in perfect, move-in condition. Beautiful lot w/huge trees. $269,900.

AN AFFORDABLE HORSE PROPERTY, this 2259 SF 1850s 2 story has 2 FPLs, WB floors, & a magnificent horse barn with 4 stalls. 3 acres is level & fenced & this property is just outside Rhinebeck Village. $339,900.

FRESHLY PAINTED IN & OUT, this country retreat has a FPL, wood floors, a great K, 3 BRs, 2 baths, plus there is a 500 SF studio/home office w/14 windows & cathedral ceiling. 4.9 acres, 2123 SF in all. $295,900.

LOCATION is key at this magnificent one floor condo at the Woods in Rhinebeck because you have unusual privacy & wonderful views of a huge pond. 2 master suites, FPL, CA, large EIK & DR, clubhouse, pool & tennis! $399,000.


BRAND NEW & BEAUTIFUL, this Contemporary home is full of custom features: walls of glass, bamboo & ceramic floors, custom K & baths, impressive great room, 4 decks. Wonderful attention to detail, lake rights. $315,000.

23 MAGNIFICENT ACRES creates a country Shangri-La for you & your guests. Enjoy the huge pond, rolling meadows, woodlands w/a trail, stream, stone walls + thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a studio, horse barn & a lovely 1778SF Contemporary home. $795,000.

PARORAMIC CATSKILL VIEWS, 15 acres for total privacy, & a pool & pool house, set the scene for this architect designed, elegant & open 5145 SF Executive Contemporary. 4 FPLS, cherry floors, cathedral ceilings, $1,999,000.

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Built in 1940, this historic Woodstock house boasts an incredible, light drenched, 832 sq ft studio addition with a vaulted ceiling, designed and built in the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by one time owner Tony Montanaro, a world famous mime, who taught body movement classes to Hollywood luminaries, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and Kirk Douglas. This vintage home includes hard wood floors and exposed wood beams throughout, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a living room, a country kitchen, a dining room, a wood burning stove, an attached garage, and 3 large wooden decks, one of which is great for meditation. Located on 2.3 beautiful acres, it sits peacefully against a rock outcropping, in lush forest surroundings, with lovely gardens throughout. This could be a perfect home for a painter, sculptor, photographer, or other artists in need of a truly unique and inspiring space. Listing agent is the owner. $539,000 $499,000 WOODSTOCK (845)679-2929

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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. $925,000. 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. $1.395M #447756

“CORNELL HOUSE,” CENTRAL VALLEY, NY Early 20th century brick colonial on private 14 acres near parkland, pond & trails. Features separate 2br ranch & huge 2-story barn. Elegant main home incls 15rms/7brs/5.1ba, 6 panel drs, leaded glass, 4 fpls, built-ins, mahogany library, lge prof. kit. & more! $1.745M #474437

NEW ENGLAND COLONIAL WEST NYACK, NY 8yr old Colonial on private park-like 1.3 acs & sep. carriage house w/finished 2nd level. Features I/G pool, large lawns, patios, huge great rm, exterior fplc, prof. kit, marble bths & radiant heat. 12rm/5-6br/3.2ba $1.395M #474377

EXTRAORDINARY SETTING GRANDVIEW, NY Renovated minimalist designed 2-story home on Hudson River w/many windows & private/gated garden. Featured in NYTimes for its top-of-line, hi-tech Euro kit. It offers clean, cool lines, marble fpls & lanai. $1.595M #466054

“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 sqft, 10rms/ 4-5brs/ 5.1 ba & multiple decks. Extraordinary! $5.1M

“IN THE COUNTRY” – VALLEY COTTAGE, NY 10,000 sq ft estate on 25acs. Gunite pool w/ waterfall & spa, stone patio, grassy lawns, hiking trails & more! Features soaring ceils, stone fpls, new marble kit w/professional appliances, separate inlaw ste & elevator. 18rms/5-7brs/6.1ba. $1.995M #469864

FRENCH STYLE COLONIAL SNEDENS LANDING, NY Private stucco home w/neoclassic lines & comfortable feel. Bucolic landscape features huge yd w/100s of specimen plantings, bold stone walls & stream w/footbridge. Trad’l details, 2 kits, 10rms/ 4brs/ 3ba. $1.685M #468939

“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 online. $3.995M #475791

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An 1830’s Greek Revival Mansion sits in the charming village of CornwallOn-Hudson. This rare Greek Revival gem has been restored to its former glory when prominent leaders in business and the arts made it their home. This stately home, with 30ft Corinthian columns, sits on 1.9 acres and offers 7 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 7 fireplaces. Original grape-and-vine plaster moldings, inlaid wood floors, marble fireplaces and mahogany banister make this a spectacular property to call home. $1,295,000

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Classical Cape located in Cornwall within walking distance of hospital, grocery, restaurants, & shops. Hdwd or tile thru-out, lots of built-in’s, moldings, etc. Main level has LR w/natural gas F/P, DR, renovated KIT, master BR w/full bath & laundry, office/4th BR & charming screen porch. Upstairs has 2 BR w/hdwd & full bath. Beautiful landscaping, garden shed, 2 car garage, private, fenced back yard w/extra large deck. Complete the picture. Call Troy Ford, Associate Broker, 845-565-0004 x340



4 years young, just like new 4 bedroom Colonial with 2.5 bathrooms and whirlpool, central air, hardwood floors, family room with fireplace, kitchen with island and all appliances. Full unfinished basement. 2 car garage. Paved driveway. All on 1.6 private acres. ID #659917. Call George Koudounas, 845-913-8247


NEW WINDSOR $465,000 Great Income - Commercial/Residential property, rented: 3 bay garage (car detailing business), 2 apartments - 1 already rented, plus 2 more spots, one available, lg. parking area, 2 entrances, located on busy highway!This is a great investment opportunity!! Don’t miss it! Call Rebecca Faubert,Associate Broker, 845565-0004 x319 or direct at 845-401-4685



BETTER THAN NEW $312,500 Just listed in Montgomery this decorators dream bi-level features 3 BR & porcelain floors in 3 full baths, quartz counters in gourmet kitchen, wall of windows with lake view in master BR, master bath with custom walk in shower, double decks & manicured lawn. Perfect commuter location & truly in move in condition! Call Gina DeCerbo, Associate Broker, Call Frank Gerbes, Associate Broker, 914-213-3363 or 845-565-0004 x345 Enjoy your “staycation” at your home-on-the-lake.This mint 1987 hi-ranch provides awesome views from over sized windows in the kitchen, the master bedroom suite and the rear deck and sun room. The 2100SF open floor plan features hardwood floors and fresh paint. Beautiful 1.8 acres with invisible pet fence has an above-ground pool with deck and private dock for fishing and launching your boat. Best of all, it’s only 20 minutes from Metro North! Photo’s at www.

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HIGHLAND MILLS $219,900 Beautiful setting huge landscaped private backyard. Carport plus storage. New 8 ft. Anderson sliders to private patio. New furnace, hot water heater, new carpeting, newly painted new half bath, updated full bath. Ceramic tile, fireplace. New A/C to be installed. Call Mary Liegey, Associate Broker, 845-7830004 x304



Ranch! Plus!Add’l 1400 SF in bsmt not incl in SF! Meticulously maintained 3BR ranch,2 car garage,730 SF finished FR, 72x36 cedar closet & 670 SF unfinish wrkshp in bsmt open to bilco doors,400 SF pool house w/ elec, generous 32,000 gal IG pool enclosed by 5’H Bufftek fencing, cottage style landscaping and retaining wall. Bathroom updates incl new vanities, tile floors, plumbing fixtures. First year home warranty included! Call Angela Johnson, Associate Broker, 845-783-0004 x323

NEWBURGH $449,000 Historic Newburgh beauty completed restored with Hudson River views. New plumbing, electric, kitchen and 2 new bathrooms. Wonderful outdoor space includes covered front wrap around porch, back porch overlooking stone patio with tranquil waterfall, mature gardens and landscape. Steps away from riverfront shops, restaurants and ferry to MTA train. Call Jackie Funck,Associate Broker, 845-565-0004 x306

NEWBURGH $575,000 Mini-estate w/4BRs, 4.5 BA all lovingly restored. Kitchen w/stainless appliance & granite counters, new windows & door, DR is HUGE, sunroom,‘ballroom’ & cozy family room, 2 car gar, 4600+ SF. Call Adrienne, 845-565-0004 x335 or visit 58 NEW YORK HOUSE / November 2009

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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

The Cold Spring Lodge Turnkey Country Lodge Center of Catskill Preserve 40 Pristine Acres Town of Shandaken, Ulster County $999,500

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Sprawling Four bedroom Charmer

This mid-century ranch sited on a beautiful knoll with circular drive. Fireplace, Family room/den with vaulted ceilings, three large bathrooms, and cozy kitchen. A newer roof, central air, a finished basement and a wonderful country setting add to the appeal of this spacious home. $449,000

Unique Stone House

If you’re looking for seclusion, quick and easy accessibility, close proximity to shopping, ski slopes, golf courses, Hudson River, hiking and all that gorgeous Greene County has to offer, this charming stone home is for you. Built from stone quarried from the land it occupies, this beautiful house has been lovingly maintained, and is complete w/ IG pool and 2 car garage. 3 working F/Ps and a wood stove radiate warmth and coziness in winter and many orig. windows allow great light and breezes into the gracious rooms. $449,000

Your Very Own Retreat

Newly Constructed Contemporary with Views Cedar sided contemporary privately sited in a convenient location minutes from Woodstock and Saugerties with views of the Catskill Mountains and a magical quarry pond! Ten foot plus ceilings, light filled spacious rooms, expansive decks for entertaining and energy star rated for efficiency.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Catskills and located just a few minutes from Woodstock is your very own personal sanctuary. Kitchen overlooks an open living area perfect for entertaining and views of the woodstove on those winter nights. The rustic interior w/ its beamed vaulted ceilings, wood flrs and cozy nooks reflects the wooded mtn setting. 2 bedrms and full bath, entry mudrm and separate laundry complete the main level. Upstairs a new finished master suite w/ vaulted ceilings, beautiful bath and private balcony.

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Low maintenance ranch with great space. All the rooms are large and bright. Fireplace wall is all stone, perfect for a chilly evening. Glass wall lets the sunlight stream in. Classic award winning kitchen. Library/den for your entertainment center. Recent upgrades and renovations. Quiet neighborhood yet within walking distance to town and the Millstream! $380,000

So Much To Enjoy

125 acres of meadow and woods with stunning Shawangunk Ridge views, 1.661 feet of Walkill River frontage with riparian rights and your own lovely island. Privately sited cedar shake sided farmhouse and multiple outbuildings can be rehabilitated or build new; subdivide or apply for special use permit to create any number of recreational uses such as Bed & Breakfast or horse riding academy. The possibilities are many! $1,950,000


Hikers, climbers, and families! This fabulous home, just seconds to the ‘gunks, will “wow” you with it’s unique features and wonderful, space that can accomodate everyone & everything in style. Full fenced acre, doubleheight great room, loft, studio/workshop, 6 BR, 3 full baths. Perfect live/work/share. $380,000

Unique 1790’s Post and Beam

Sited on just over 15 acres with Catskill Mountain views! Wide plank floors with radiant heat, original hand hewn beams, huge gathering room with cathedral ceiling and mountain views, large kitchen with French doors, master with claw foot tub. Flowering fruit trees and an adorable barn further add to the appeal of this special property. $439,000

Luxury On The Hudson

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. Abundant wildlife, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and Ospreys to delight the eye. A stone boat birth parallels the house making it a perfect home for the boat enthusiast. Relax on the upper deck while watching the sunset and the dynamic flow of life on the river. $2,800,000

Private Hideaway

Nestled in the woods this stick-built quality cape home will make you never want to leave! Entertain in the spacious, open kitchen w/ beautiful hardwood floors in the dining area or relax by one of the many fireplaces. Main master suite encompasses 2 levels and boasts an expansive ceramic bathroom w/ jet tub, separate shower and dual sinks, walk in closet & loft den space w/ separate bedroom area. The 1st floor master suite also has a large closet, full bath & fireplace. $399,000

Hand-Made Modern

A contemporary approach to natural materials creates a warm and crafted ambiance. Magnificent great rm w/ radiant heat, imposing stone F/P and modernist wall of windows. Ever-changing views of pond, gardens, and woods beyond. A perfect complement of soaring open spaces & enclosed private areas intentionally designed for authentic living. 4 BR, 2 F/P and 2 full BA. Surrounded by acres of wilderness, traversed by the Saunderskill. A rare opportunity to own some of the most magical land in the Shawangunks. Sep. 1000 sq. ft. studio w/ heat and elec. perfect for artist or artisan. $675,000

Wood Diamond In The Rough

A little TLC will reveal the beauty within this three bedroom farmhouse. Beautiful hardwood floors. Separate one car, two floor garage could easily be used as an artist loft studio. Endless possibilities! Easy weekend commute. $130,000 61

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Diana St. John Better Homes & Gardens


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Water Furnace

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Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union


Win Morrison Realty


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Woodstock Organic Mattress


Landmark Cabinetry



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back porch

Home Grown For this young writer, sometimes the smallest moves can be the most difficult. By Gina Marinelli; illustration by max carow

There was nothing appealing to me about my new house except the

the place where the picket fence I knew rotted away. Anytime I caught a glimpse of the

walk-in closet in my bedroom. It’s nearly half the size of my entire bedroom in my old

inside, I saw that the wood cabinets in the kitchen had been painted a pale yellow. I could

house and the room itself is probably twice as large as that.

say that the new owners had a plain, old bad taste, but I couldn’t be angry that they were

But it was in my old room that I could communicate with my neighbor and best friend by just knocking on the thin connecting wall. I could see all the backyards on my block

doing what I should have been doing myself: turning my new house into my new home. I still went to high school in Brooklyn, spent time with my Brooklyn friends every

from my window and know which family lived there, and I was comfortably accustomed

weekend, and did all I could to pretend that Staten Island was just a place to sleep, rather

to hearing fire truck sirens wailing in the middle of the night.

than actually live. While this worked pretty well for the first four years, it was even easier

I was finally allowed to have my own bedroom in my old house when I was 13 years

to distance myself from this house when I decided to leave for college for the next four.

old. It seemed as if the lavender paint

It may be a shock for most college grads

hardly had time to dry on the walls of

to move back into their parents’ house after

that tiny room before my parents decided

a few years of independence, but for me, this

we were all going to make a much bigger

is finally the time to officially get accustomed

move. Other than the prospect of an

to a house I’ve lived in for eight years.

organized wardrobe and a nice shoe rack,

It is where the heart is, as the saying

I had zero enthusiasm for this relocation

goes, and I’ve come to learn that despite my

to a new house.

bratty teenage years and every effort to prove

In the weeks leading up to the move

otherwise, my home is in Staten Island.

I ignored the boxes piling up. I spent

I have even called several other places

more time being a brat than being a help,

“home.” There’s been a different dorm or

because this slowly-deteriorating house in

apartment for each year I lived away, and

Brooklyn was the only home I’d known

I’ve had no problem getting attached to these

in all of my 14 years. At the time, it was also the home my parents built together 23 years earlier at the start of their marriage. That old house was a part of our identity. Even after we swept

new homes, even the shoddiest ones. All it took were a few shared laughs, heart-to-heart chats, and homemade dinners to make me feel like I belonged. My walk-in closet is probably still my favorite part of my Staten Island house, as any

the floors bare and left, it felt like we were not meant to stay away for long and would

shoe-lover would admit, but everything else is just as valuable; the living room that

eventually return.

crammed my entire family for Christmas dinner when we all got snowed in, the kitchen

Geographically, the move was fairly small. We were moving from our old Victorian,

where my closest friends and I cried before saying goodbye and leaving for our freshman

attached-to-our-neighbors-on-both-sides house on a busy street in Brooklyn where we

year of college, and the same kitchen where my dad still offers to make me pancakes

were lucky if we ever found parking spots, to a newer, completely-detached house in Staten

every Saturday morning. This home is mine. I now take ownership of it. It’s taken me

Island, driveway and garage included. That’s about a 20 minute drive, door-to-door.

nearly eight years to realize it, but home was always the same—the packaging was just

But it felt like worlds apart.



For the first few years, I would pass my old house occasionally and want to run up the stairs, through the door, and make myself at home once again. But that urge grew weaker

Gina Marinelli is a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz where she earned a degree in

as it became evident that this house had new owners.

journalism and worked as a full-time editorial intern for ScheinMedia in spring 2009. She is

The front porch, white when it was ours, changed color and a new iron fence stood in

64 new york house / November 2009

currently working in Staten Island, which she now calls home.

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