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By Eve Fox, Illustration by Emily Sylvester

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ike it or not, we are caught up in technology’s mad, headlong rush into the future, and as much as we embrace the ease and convenience technology brings, we sometimes resent its depersonalization of our lives. So, in reaction to that—or perhaps in spite of it—an interesting trend is shaping up: 21st-century design is becoming decidedly personal. Even as more goods are massproduced, custom-made goods are coming back, especially when it comes to home furnishings. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located on the SUNY New Paltz campus, is showcasing the movement toward handmade and one-of-a-kind objects in its current exhibit, “Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design.” The show runs until July 10 in the Dorsky’s Morgan Anderson and Corridor Galleries. “In an era of technology, when we can buy everything we want or need on the Internet, people like things unique,” says the exhibition’s curator, Jennifer Scanlan. “Each piece in this show has its own personality. Owning one is like having something that a friend made in your home.” About 20 artists have contributed to the exhibition’s array of handcrafted home goods, including: Atlas Industries, Sheila Bridges, Doug Bucci, Tom Burtonwood, Emily Cobb, Deborah Ehrlich, Sharan Elran, EyeBodega, Kieran Kinsella, Christopher Kurtz, LALOON, Malfatti Glass, Andrew Molleur, Nervous System, Michael Puryear, Kathy Ruttenberg, Courtney Starrett, Thornwillow Press, Joshua Vogel, and Jessica Wickham. Although Scanlan, who is based in Brooklyn, had no geographic perimeters in mind for the show, most of the featured designers wound up being from the Hudson Valley, which pleased her. Buying handmade goods, notes Scanlan, is “a great way to support local artists rather than chain stores like Restoration Hardware.” Standouts abound. Bearsville artist Kathy Ruttenberg’s The Mysterious Lagomorph, a chandelier composed of wooden branches and roots, ceramics, and glass, was created as a meditation on what her pet rabbits get up to at night; it hangs above Walked All Over, a rug bearing her self-portrait. Rosendale ceramicist and woodworker Kieran Kinsella’s organically shaped stools of reclaimed wood, which he calls “stumps,” feature wood grain, holes, and cracks as points of interest. There’s an entire wall of handmade wooden spoons by Josh Vogel, author of The Artful Wooden Spoon and owner of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Company, and the subject of this issue’s “Back Porch” feature. A handle-free glass carafe by Brooklynbased Deborah Ehrlich was designed to fit into the palm of the user’s hand for Blue Hill restaurants in New York City and Pocantico Hills. Each piece leads to ruminations not only on the relationship between material and design but on the very concept of singularity. That’s especially true of 4

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CONTRIBUTORS Caylena Cahill, Brian PJ Cronin, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Niva Dorell, Eve Fox, Roy Gumpel, Shawn Hartley Hancock, Peter D. Martin, Nina Shengold, Emily Sylvester, Jesse Turnquist, Lynn Woods PUBLISHING FOUNDERS & PUBLISHERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky CHIEF EXECUTIVE Amara Projansky Kieran Kinsella's hand-hewn wooden stools, aka "stumps," are on display at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

the work of ceramicist Sharan Elran, who has created a simple mold that, with a few permutations, can be used to make a unique vase for every person on the planet. In Malfatti Glassware’s installation,“Ideas meet functional dishware,” says Scanlan. "The work is fun and irregular—handcrafting means misshapen instead of Crate & Barrel regularity. You’re getting something that actually looks like it was made by a human being.” Conversely, though, she notes, “Just as people are interested in the craft processes of customization, they’re also looking at computer technology as a process for making very individual pieces.” Some of the show's most innovative objects were made possible with 3-D printing; the show includes designers demonstrating the use of a MakerBot 3-D printer on loan from the SUNY New Paltz Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center. Tom Burtonwood’s 3-D-printed Braille picture books form an interesting counterpoint to Thornwillow Press’s letterpress pieces. Two other 3-D-printed project designs relied on data. Red plastic bracelets, shaped like melted beads, are readings of the daily glucose levels of artist Doug Bucci, a diabetic; and huge, colorful plastic mats resembling 1950s Tupperware doilies, created by Courtney Starrett, graph gender inequality in America. Visitors can “read” the doilies through a smartphone app, which demonstrates that the technologically-produced can be individual as well as startlingly insightful. And, on that note, we are most interested in your insights into Upstate House. What grabs your attention? What could you do without? What new topics would you like to see covered within these pages? Find our Reader’s Survey, due out on March 1, at UpstateHouse.com/reader-survey. I look forward to hearing from you all. Best,

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K Is for Keepsake As gifts for new babies and young children, Kingston ceramicist Laura Wilensky’s handmade alphabet tiles are heirlooms in the making. Each tile is molded of high-firing porcelain, presenting brightly painted, intricate imagery of animals and whimsical objects that’s been hand drawn and hand textured using tools and fabrics. Custom items—including baby bowls and cups, as well as human and pet portraits—are also available. LAURAWILENSKY.COM

History in a Bottle The Hudson River flows both ways between the Atlantic and Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks, and for the past four centuries of the waterway’s trade and travel, the river has tumbled broken glass into tiny gemstones. Benjamin L. Taylor, the proprietor of antiques dealership Fishkill Landing in New York City, collects Hudson River glass by hand from beaches along the river and repackages the softened shards into tiny jars ( just 2.5 inches tall) according to color—amber, pale blue, green, or clear—creating small vessels of history. ETSY.COM/LISTING/SHOP/FISHKILLLANDING

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Food Channel host Nancy Fuller, an exuberant mother of six and grandmother of 13, has a bone to pick with the eating habits of “our chaotic grab-and-go culture." She grew up on an upstate dairy farm, and now presides over the hearth—and heart—of a glorious 18th-century farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. Prescott's photos paint a utopian vision of unfussy, hearty meals shared by elders and (preternaturally well-behaved) kids. Fuller devotes a whole chapter to table manners, extolling the value of including children in food rituals, from farmers’ market excursions to chopping and table-setting chores. “The family table is where the family bond is created," she writes. Recipes like Spring Fling Fiddlehead Soup with Caramelized-Onion Sour Cream, Basil Watermelon Bisque, Venison Chili from the Land, and Cold Day Corn Chowder will keep your loved ones warm all year. Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature CHIU YIN HEMPEL, PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG MILLER

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Less than an hour from Manhattan, the Gilded Age enclave of Tuxedo Park is truly a world apart. This unique community's iconic mansions include grand homes commissioned by the Astors and Vanderbilts, nestled in 2,000 acres of jaw-dropping natural beauty. Focusing on its timeless vistas and hundreds of native species, this sumptuous large-format book celebrates the Orange County haven's "wild gardens," stone stairways to nowhere, and lakes, stunning in every season and all kinds of light. It also examines community responsibility for ongoing environmental stewardship. What does it mean to live in a beautiful place, and how can we honor that legacy? Greg Miller's lush color photos and Chiu Yin Hempel's eloquent text form the warp and weft of an opulent tapestry, weaving a magical spell.

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and, here in the Hudson Valley, visitors and staff members alike enjoy watching Cihanek's goat herd dining out on Vanderbilt Mansion’s hard-to-access hilly slopes in Hyde Park and among Wilderstein Historic Site’s wooded areas in Rhinebeck. Hudson Valley homeowners are also taking advantage of goats to rid their yards and woods of noxious weeds. Jennifer and Eric DeCamp recently hired a herd of goats from Red Hook-based Hudson Valley Kinders and Critters to clear out an acre of wooded land that borders their Rhinebeck backyard. They chose goats to avoid having toxic chemicals around their young daughter or the sound of heavy machinery wreak havoc on her naps. “There was a ton of poison ivy and thorn bushes. Our baby was just starting to walk, and we wanted to be able to have her back there without having to worry about what she might be getting into,” says Jennifer DeCamp. After walking the DeCamps’ property to identify any shrubs, flowers, or trees that would need protecting, and to determine that there were no potential hazards for the goats, the owners of Hudson Valley Kinders and Kritters, husband and wife Stephanie Wyant and Paul Williams, arrived with a trailer carrying 10 goats they call Green Machines, and an acre of portable, flexible, solar-powered electric fencing. Wyant fenced in the goats out of reach of the shrubs the DeCamps wanted to preserve, and made sure there was access to shade and plenty of water to drink. The goats feasted on the poison ivy, barberry, and multiflora rose that were clogging the DeCamps’ forest understory. Wyant or Williams returned daily to check on the goats, refresh their water (goats are finicky when it comes to 14

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their drinking water), and move them to a new, uncleared area. By the end of a week, the goats were full, and the woods were gloriously empty. “We’re really happy,” says DeCamp. “Everything we didn’t want is gone, and you can actually walk into the woods now. It looks like we have a lot more land because it’s so much more open.” In Hopewell Junction, Carolyn Ohlson hired 15 Green Machines goats to remove poison ivy, grapevines, Japanese barberry, and multiflora rose on her lightly wooded property. Ohlson says she enjoyed watching the goats and was “extremely satisfied” with them. “I'm hoping that if the goats come back again, they'll rid my land of Japanese barberry for good,” she says. “Everyone we work with puts the environment first,” says Wyant. “We’re never gonna be cheaper than a guy with a weed whacker, but our goats can go places he can’t, and they don’t pollute—the only thing they leave behind is great fertilizer.” In addition to these selling points, goats are undeniably entertaining. “It’s just fun to interact with them—they each have such distinct personalities,” says Wyant. One of the Green Machines is called Evel Knievil. “You can see right away that her main goal in life is to have fun,” she explains. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when everyone is happy, but that’s the case when it comes to goats grazing professionally: Homeowners get cleared land and lower tick populations, native species gain an edge, and the goats eat their favorite foods. Even the managers of the goat brigades seem to enjoy themselves. “It’s a happy way to make a living, and a happy way to be a goat—they just walk around and eat all year,” says Green Goats’ Larry Cihanek.

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hinebeck is a dream town that retains its village atmosphere and charming Victorian architecture even while it grows and prospers. Thanks to its stringent zoning laws, the village has expanded its retail dramatically in the last decade or so without wrecking its historic character. Numerous restaurants; art galleries; fashion, home goods, and specialty shops; jewelers; salons; and yoga centers occupy the storefronts along Rhinebeck’s two main streets—Montgomery and Market, which meet beneath its only traffic light—seamlessly shifting from the 1880s to the tastefully new. And like Mary Poppins’s carpet bag, the village magically expands along its brick and bluestone walkways to reveal courtyards and lanes filled with yet more stores and eateries. As the jewel in the crown of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District, the US mainland’s largest, Rhinebeck was settled in the early 18th century by Dutch and German immigrants, many of whom leased land from Colonel Henry Beekman, who owned thousands of acres that were originally part of patents granted by the English crown. Beekman’s descendants established the first Hudson River estates, and his namesake, the Beekman Arms, built in 1766, is America’s oldest continually operating inn. Chelsea Clinton’s wedding celebra-

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Yorkers, who turn Rhinebeck into a mini Manhattan on weekends. The village revs it up at holiday time, drawing crowds from throughout the Hudson Valley to its annual Sinterklaas Festival; a classic Memorial Day parade; and Fourth of July fireworks, but is otherwise quiet and peaceful, combining small-town charm with big-city amenities like independent bookstore Oblong Books, indie cinema Upstate Films, art galleries, a wine bar, and restaurants offering a wide array of cuisines. Events at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds draw crowds from throughout the Northeast. THE MARKET Houses in the village are in demand and tend to sell quickly. Currently listed for $675,000, is a 2,600-square-foot, four-bedroom Victorian with a new kitchen and two master suites. The most affordable properties are ranch houses with two or three bedrooms in need of updating, listing in the low $200,000s; condos at The Gardens or The Woods, both well-designed, attractive developments located just outside the village, are priced around $350,000. The 2015 median price for the Town of Rhinebeck in 2015 was $324,500 and the average was $441,093.

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amed after a Revolutionary War general, the village of Montgomery is tucked into a bend of the Wallkill River in northern Orange County, and combines quaint charm and contemporary amenities: At least eight restaurants, cafés, and pubs are located within the two-and-a-half-block commercial center. Subject to oversight by a historic preservation board, the village appears to be caught in an early 20thcentury time warp, with many of its 19th-century buildings recently restored, ranging from Federal-style houses to white clapboard Greek Revivals to capacious Victorians. New development has replaced some of the surrounding farmland, but the farm-to-table movement is revitalizing interest in Montgomery’s rural roots as well as the village’s easy contemporary lifestyle. Montgomery grew up around a gristmill and bridge over the Wallkill River built by James Ward in the 1700s. The village school’s original 1818 brick building now houses the library and village hall. When the railroad arrived, farmers transported their produce and dairy products to New York, and the village thrived. A regal white clapboard Presbyterian church still presides atop Academy Hill; nearby is an 1832 pinnacled Methodist church, which houses the Montgomery Village Museum. Many of the village’s Victorian buildings were developed by master carpenter Chauncey Brooks, an avid Temperance advocate who arrived in the village in 1868.


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PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: 60 miles from New York City; 90 miles from Albany

THE SCENE Many of Montgomery’s residents commute to New York City or nearby Newburgh or Middletown, but more and more of them are opening businesses in town, like the Montgomery Book Exchange (owned by a former commuter to New Jersey whose wife recently founded Ms. Claire’s Montessori School), and the old-fashioned general store Late Bloomer, owned by a local farmer, which offers organic produce and locally produced foodstuffs. Iron Café is the local go-to for coffee; Eat This Bakery offers its fare on premises as well as nearby at Deja Vu Boutique; and Clinton Shops Antique Center sells stoneware, handmade footstools, and other artifacts from a bygone era. Historic Ward’s Bridge Inn is the restaurant of choice for special occasions. Copperfields Pub draws a crowd for its food and clubby atmosphere, and the restaurant and wine bar Wildfire Grill’s chef is winning kudos. Borland Brunch House, a bed-andbreakfast with an inviting porch, located in an 1839 house once owned by a congressman who helped build the Erie Canal, recently opened a restaurant and also offers farm-to-table cooking classes. The village is at its liveliest on General Montgomery Day, held on the first Saturday after Labor Day, and featuring a parade, a full day of local entertainment and classes, and fireworks. Montgomery has even had 15 minutes of international fame: In 1801, the “Montgomery Mastodon,” the

TRANSPORTATION: Montgomery is located near two major interstates, I-84 (off Exit 5) and I-87 (off Exit 17). Metro-North’s Campbell Hall station is seven miles away and Beacon station is 17 miles away. Orange County Airport is just south of the village, and Stewart International Airport is six miles away.

NEAREST HOSPITAL: St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Centers is 13 miles away, and Orange Regional Medical Center is 12 miles away, in Middletown. SCHOOLS: The Central Valley public school district, which serves the villages of Montgomery, Walden, and Maybrook, consists of an elementary

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world’s first fully articulated prehistoric skeleton, was exhumed just outside of town; the site has been listed in the US National Register of Historic Places since 2009. THE MARKET It’s a great time to buy a house in Montgomery, since prices are still slightly down from the peak eight years ago. The 2015 median home price was $220,000, with no-frills, ranch-style houses priced at around $100,000 and fully restored Victorians selling in the low-to-mid $200,000s. Older houses are few and far between, but a cozy 1808 colonial, complete with fireplaces, lists at $249,000. Most properties are newly built on large lots outside the village; a 2,539-square-foot house, built in 2002, with an atrium, large, paned windows, and fireplaces, is priced at $349,000. Last year, a stunning 1790 brick Federal house in the village, with a plantation-style porch and parklike grounds, was listed for $388,000. The most unusual property currently on the market is the 5,772-square-foot Montgomery Grange, a white-clapboard historic building that’s priced at $269,000. On the downside, village property taxes are unusually high.

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school, middle school, and high school. Private schools are Ms. Claire’s Montessori School (pre-K through 1st grade) and Montgomery Montessori School (pre-K through 8th grade). POINTS OF INTEREST: Peale’s Barber Farm Mastodon Exhumation Site, Wildfire Grill, Ward’s Bridge Inn, Copperfields Pub, Borland Brunch House, Carmela’s, Meadow Dance & Integral Healing Arts Center, Clinton Shops Antique Center, First Presbyterian Church, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Benedict Farm Park, Montgomery Village Museum, Wallkill River School for Artists (Patchett House), Orange County Farmers Museum, and Orange County Firefighters Museum.

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“When it gets warmer, the glass is replaced by screens and then we pretty much live out here,” architect Larry Wente says of his house’s sun porch.


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Pavilion windows blur the boundary between inside and outside. Below: The garden’s potted plants wait out the winter in the greenhouse and on the sun porch.



rains don’t run through the historic district of Coleman Station anymore. The dairy farms tucked within this three-square-mile valley south of Millerton once supplied most of New York City’s milk. But the rail lines have been replaced by the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, and the remaining dairy farms now count among their neighbors a sheep farm, an upscale coffee roaster, and a curious house near Indian Lake that could be mistaken at first glance for another barn and silo. “There are a lot of nods to the historic architecture and barn architecture of the area,” explains architect and homeowner Larry Wente, “even though it’s a very modern house.” In the dining room, he reaches upward toward the dark timber beams, nine feet high. “Houses in this area from the 1700s tend to still have their original, small-scale timber frame,” he says. “I wanted to re-create that forced archaeology. So there’s a timber frame at the heart of the house. The wood was reclaimed from a barn nearby. It was the first thing that was built, just like a barn raising.” Wente, co-founder of the Manhattan architecture firm Gertler & Wente, and his partner, Jack Hyland, an author, investment banker, and board co-chair for Columbia University’s Teachers College, built the house in 2002 on a 40-acre lot. It’s been their weekend home ever since. (Previously, they spent 13 years living just down the road in a 1920s house.) Wente looked for inspiration from both local architecture and the land itself, noting how the mountains channel the winds and the quality of light changes throughout the seasons, before deciding how to maximize the property’s expansive views. Just like the area’s original barns, the house was built on a north/south axis to block out the biting northwest winds of winter and draw in the cooling southwest winds of summer. “That’s our airconditioning,” Wente says, pointing to the awning windows below the massive, southwestern solarium

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Clockwise, starting top left: The living room was designed with acoustics in mind. Both Wente and Hyland play the piano, and the couple has held several concerts in the room; Wente’s office receives natural light in all four directions. An old surgeon’s table was upcycled to make the desk; Wente designed sculptures for the garden to reflect the light; Much of the hardware throughout the house was designed by Wente, including the guest cottage door fixtures.


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windows that line the living room. “They draw in the air, just like the other traditional barns in the area do, and then exhaust upwards through the tower.” At the top of the 33-foot tower are several windows and a daybed. With three bedrooms; five bathrooms; and a one-bedroom, one-bath, 256-squarefoot guest cottage on the property, it’s rare that the tower gets used for sleeping. Instead it’s utilized as a reading nook and indoor treehouse by the couple’s grandchildren. Wente and Hyland have had as many as 18 people staying over at a time, however. “Amazingly, it didn’t feel crowded,” says Wente. The house is passively cooled entirely by wind, powered exclusively by a field of solar panels on the property’s northern edge, and heated by sunlight, fireplaces, and radiant heat. Its two fireplaces, on the sunporch and in the living room, are made of stone from a 400-year-old Connecticut quarry. The stones are laid in a manner recalling 18th-century Hudson Valley kilns. Salvaged stone and wood blend seamlessly with contemporary materials throughout the house, with the muted and natural colors soaking up the ambient light. Wente designed the 2,980-square-foot house and surrounding garden using multiples of four as an organizing principle, and for efficient construction waste management. “Most building materials come in four-by-eight-foot sheets, or four-foot increments of structural lumber,” he says. “This way, the

builders were using full sheets of plywood [and] sheetrock, and keeping the Dumpster empty.” Each room has windows in at least three directions, taking full advantage of the light. The light’s daily journey through the house is what Wente and Hyland enjoy most about it, along with the way the house flows into the gardens outside, and the stone walls and pavilion-style windows blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors. Maples, spruces, pines, and apple trees—all rescued from an abandoned farm nearby—surround the house, and in the summer, the grasses can reach 10 feet. But Wente admits to enjoying winter most of all. He likes looking out through the seemingly unframed pavilion-style windows at the frozen paths throughout the fields, the lonely benches no longer surrounded by walls of wildflowers that create outdoor rooms, the gnarled crabapple trees bereft of fruit, and the empty pool. In the summer, Wente and Hyland host outdoor parties for over 1,000 guests, and while the house has seduced more than a few visitors, Wente isn’t about to re-create it for anyone else. “Someone hired me and wanted me to build this exact house for them,” he recalls. “In the end, it was completely different. This house wouldn’t work anywhere else.” upstate HOUSE

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It’s easy to miss A House in the Woods, but the homeowner likes it that way. Seventy-seven Norway spruce trees, spaced six feet apart, curve around the perimeter, extending from a 125-foot structural wall clad in weathered steel that shields the house from view. The homeowner wishes to remain anonymous, so we’ll call her Red, which is the color of her hair (more on that later). Red spent 25 years designing her dream house to be the antithesis of her frantic life as a corporate real estate lawyer in New York City. She chose the 8.5-acre plot of land at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County based on the view, and the architect, William Wreue, based on his willingness to take

seriously her design, which she had drawn on a sheet of printer paper. Red’s house was Wreue’s first ground-up design under his own name, and from the get-go it was to be no ordinary house. First of all, Red wanted a curved house. “I can’t do a straight house,” Red explains. “Everybody has a straight house. I wanted an elegance that comes with a curve.” She also wanted a large, curved metal wall in front of it. “It was scary,” Wreue recalls, “because it was a really masculine thing. How do you straddle the masculine and feminine in everything? You have to.”

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Clockwise from left: In additon to serving as a symbolic barrier, the wall also adds thermal value as a barrier to the elements and acts as a natural sundial; Red chose the house’s 8.5-acre plot based on its vast, private views; Seamless cabinets (Cabinets by Stanley) hide all appliances and shelves for a clean, uncluttered look.

Wreue says he refined Red’s design from a value-driven perspective. “We design the best house for the person who comes to us,” he explains. “There’s a lot of time spent getting to know them, to understand them.” Red’s original design called for a passive-solar house with three separate wings (garage, master suite, and guest suite) connected by small breezeways. Wreue connected the three wings and adjusted the idea for a passive house. “The geometry of the house and the view, two primary design goals, were contradictory to a passive house,” he says. Mindful of Red’s passion for environmental stewardship, Wreue incorporated several green elements that enabled the house to be certified LEED Silver in 2013, including using FSC-certified materials for construction, installing a large submerged rainwater harvesting tank for irrigating the surrounding trees, a direct-exchange geothermal heating system, an energy recovery ventilator, and radiant floors. To maximize the house’s energy efficiency, Wreue also designed the enormous windows—65 feet long and 13 feet high—to have four layers of glass, air space, and suspended film sandwiched together in sustainable wood frames 28

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s marijuana gradually infiltrates American medicine, one of its cousins, hempcrete—a mixture of nonpsychoactive, industrial-grade hemp, natural lime, and water—could change the U.S. building industry. Former Wall Street analyst and Columbia County resident Jim Savage is so convinced of hempcrete’s benefits that he started a business promoting it. Savage discovered hempcrete while renovating his 1850s farmhouse in Stuyvesant. A plumber’s misstep led to substantial leaks in two rooms’ ceilings, one of which was insulated traditionally, the other with hempcrete. Savage’s insurance company promptly dispatched mold remediation specialists to evaluate the damage. While the traditional insulation was beyond repair, the hempcrete dried almost completely within a few days, leaving no permanent damage. It was as if it had “healed itself,” Savage recounts. “They’d never seen anything like this; they expected that they’d lose that ceiling as well.” Savage has been promoting hempcrete through his company, Green Built LLC, since 2012. He says the material has many benefits, not least of which

is that it prevents water damage, which is no small thing in the flood-prone Hudson Valley. Hempcrete’s name, however, is slightly misleading, as it doesn’t possess the load-bearing properties of concrete. Unlike concrete, hempcrete “breathes,” allowing moisture to pass through and prevent saturation. As insulation, hempcrete reduces indoor humidity in the summer and retains it in the winter, reducing the cost of running an air conditioner or furnace. The use of lime in hempcrete also makes it virtually fireproof, eliminates the need for added chemicals, and raises the material’s pH to levels intolerable to mold, insects, and rodents. Plus, Savage notes, hempcrete is so natural it can literally break down into mulch, thereby reducing toxins in the home. Traditional insulation is rife with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxic chemicals. Savage believes hempcrete’s usage improves air quality, potentially alleviating illnesses like asthma and “sick building syndrome.” “I look at spray foam and think, boy, am I glad I don’t have that in my house,”

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“You could smoke a telephone pole’s worth of our stuff and still not get high.” he says. “If you can create an environment that’s mold resistant and nontoxic, it’s healthier for people, it’s a healthy building.” So, with all of hempcrete’s benefits, why is it still relatively obscure? When marijuana was outlawed in 1938, so was hemp. But today’s hemp activists contend that while industrial hemp and marijuana may be of the same species, they have as much in common as a Great Dane and a dachshund. Industrial hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent THC (marijuana’s principal psychoactive agent), while recreational and medicinal strains of marijuana contain 5 to 10 percent. “You could smoke a telephone pole’s worth of our stuff and still not get high,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, hempcrete producer Ken Anderson recently told the New York Times. France and England never criminalized hemp, and the use of hemp in construction in both countries has been rising since the 1980s. In fact, English building insurers provide a discount for the use of hempcrete because of 34

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its durability. Hempcrete was even used in The Prince’s Natural House, an eco-friendly demonstration home built in Great Britain by HRH the Prince of Wales’s Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. Here in the United States, hemp advocates like Susie Cody, director of the New York Hemp Industries Association, are campaigning for the deregulation of hemp in domestic production. Cody believes domestic hemp production could boost the state’s local economies. The hemp plant grows almost a foot a week during its lifecycle, so enough hempcrete for a 1,500-square-foot house could be produced on a few acres in one growing season, and New York State has the perfect conditions for cultivation. Plus, says Cody, “hemp is a good rotational crop. It breaks up chemicals in the soil [and requires] no pesticides or fertilizers.” Hemp has a multitude of other potential applications. “It’s the strongest fiber of any plant material. Anything that is made out of plastic can be made out of hemp,” says Cody. Hemp is already being used in clothing, manufactured goods, and even cars (BMW’s i3’s door panels contain a hemp polymer to save weight). Because hemp absorbs carbon during its life cycle, offsetting transportation-produced pollution through its cultivation would actually make many hemp products carbon negative. Because hemp must be imported from Europe and Canada, it’s currently significantly costlier than traditional insulation, with hempcrete priced at about $7 per square foot compared to $1 per square foot for traditional insulation. Local production, says Cody, would drastically reduce that gap. Cody believes hemp could become New York State’s new cash crop, which would be a boon to local farmers. As marijuana becomes decriminalized and even legalized in the U.S., both she and Savage are hopeful that local hemp production is not far off. In January, New York State opened its first eight legal medical marijuana dispensaries, a sure step toward legalization. In anticipation, Green Built LLC has several projects in the works to promote the use of hempcrete in construction. This spring, Savage plans to construct a 400-square-foot, passive-energy tiny house utilizing hempcrete to serve as a prototype for future production of modular hempcrete stand-alone structures and home additions. He’s also designing structural insulated panels (SIPs) using hempcrete to replace traditional materials. “By using homegrown materials that are grown by neighbors rather than mined out of the ground,” says Savage, “we can build homes that are nontoxic and carbon sequestering, provide comfort, and are resilient.”

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he owners of this Woodstock home call it their Eden, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, the house has played a crucial role in shaping its homeowners’ lives. For a decade, its quiet, secure setting at the end of a private road helped the homeowners, an artist and her husband, a best-selling writer and the creator/producer of a new cable TV series, nurture their talents. (In fact, it is because of the writer’s new West Coast cable TV venture that the couple has put the house on the market.) Here, within the couple’s Eden, their Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs cavort, and their active boys,

ages six and 11, hike, ride dirt bikes, swim, and simply spend time outdoors. “The view is great,” says the writer. “That’s unusual in the Catskills—when you’re in the mountains, often you cannot see the mountains—but we can.” The five-acre property backs up to thousands of acres of forever-wild land. “We’ll stand out on the deck and say good night to the moon and the stars,” he adds. “We still feel awe and amazement.” A heated saltwater pool, surrounded by a vegetable garden, was the first thing the couple added when they began a complete overhaul of the property

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The house invites simple pleasures. Library shelves throughout the great room, accessible by a rolling ladder, are well stocked with books. in 2005. “One summer a squash plant grew up the umbrella base,” the writer recalls. The bulk of their focus, however, was on updating what was a plainJane house, a 2,410-square-foot split-level built in 1982. The renovation remains fresh 10 years later, thanks to what the writer calls his “crazy anal” design-forward approach. Rustic elements like hand-hewn barn beams, wideplank floors, and a soapstone woodstove balance with sleek, contemporary finishes, including a Japanese soaking tub, stainless-steel appliances, and steelcable staircase railings. New casement windows and the addition of sliders changed the appearance of the house, which has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. The postand-beam great room has 20-foot-high ceilings, and its two walls of expansive windows, letting in abundant light, framing remarkable vistas of mountains and sky, and providing a front-row seat to changing weather. “We feel like we’re in a snow globe on a winter’s day,” says the writer. The house invites other simple pleasures, too. Library shelves throughout the great room, accessible by a rolling ladder, are well stocked with books. The cook’s kitchen is large enough for friends and family to gather comfortably. The master bedroom suite overlooking the pool opens to an upper deck for entertaining or solitary lounging. On the lower level, the screened-in indoor-outdoor room is large enough for dinner parties. Less visible but equally important upgrades to the house include new utilities, ductless airconditioning, radiant heat, and an automatic whole-house generator. Being surrounded by so much nature has led to many magical moments for this young family. “We’re totally in love with this house,” says the writer. “You can’t hear a thing, can’t see a neighbor, yet I can ride my bike to my office in town in 15 minutes. If I could, I would add a rider to the purchase agreement for the new owner that requires them to have a dog.” 38

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Halter Associates Realty’s principal broker, Lisa Halter, describes real estate as “an obsession” from which she hopes never to recover. Halter and her husband and business partner, Paul Schmalz, are both former award-winning art directors with New York City-based Propellor Design Inc. , which they founded in 1996. The couple moved to Woodstock in 1999, and fell in love with the area’s architecture. They began buying and renovating homes and restoring historic properties, including an 1800s schoolhouse, carriage house, and church from the original village of Wittenberg in Woodstock, a project Halter recalls fondly. “We lived in the one-room schoolhouse while we worked on the compound,” she says, “and later sold it to a well-known local artist.” Following Halter’s success as a top-producing real estate broker in the area since 2003, the couple opened Halter Associates Realty in October 2014. Previously, as an associate broker with a large corporate real estate firm in Woodstock, Halter realized the need for a more innovative boutique-style firm—one that allows for a more creative and technologically savvy approach. This has already brought big rewards. Halter Associates Realty quickly ranked as one of the Hudson Valley’s top 10 real estate brokerages. “We use social media very effectively,” she says, “and we have a very strong online presence.”



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Office: 845.679.2010 | Mobile: 917.658.0535 lisa@halterassociatesrealty.com | halterassociatesrealty.com Find your Zen at this Woodstock retreat with panoramic mountain views, heated in-ground saltwater pool, bluestone pathways, and lush gardens. Its Japanese soaking tub, stainless steel appliances, cable railings, exposed hand-hewn barn beams, soapstone wood stove, and wide-plank floors strike a perfect balance of modern and rustic. The 2,410-sq.-ft., 4BR, 2.5-bath home was renovated in 2005, including new windows, utility systems, AC splits, radiant heating, and a whole-house generator. The 20-ft. high vaulted post-and-beam great room has floor-to-ceiling windows. Built-in bookcases are accessed by a rolling library ladder. Amenities include a cook’s kitchen, new appliances, private master suite with an upper deck, and a stone-floored, screened room opening to the pool, which is surrounded by gardens. The property has 1,100+ sq. ft. of outdoor living space, and is fully fenced and gated at the end of a well-maintained private road, backing up to over 1,000 acres of forever wild land.

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Windswept Farms

$2,750,000 The Gem of Gentleman’s Farms in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate NY. This 114 acre estate has had substantial improvements in the past decade including a complete restoration of the 4 bed and 3.5 half bath eyebrow Victorian farmhouse, and a 2 story pole barn with finished loft. The 6,500 sq. ft. cow barn has been left in its original condition for the next owner’s imagination.

Shadow Mountain


Only once every few generations does an estate of this caliber come to market. Featuring the largest tract between Windham and Hunter with just under 190 acres, the entrance is over a town bridge and road, servicing just one other private estate. Through two stone pillars at the end of Shadow Mt. Road lies a diverse terrain, with changing topography and natural features. From the wooded mountains, to the wide-open meadows and rolling stonewall pastures, to the gently flowing brook by the residence, to the ever flowing Eastkill on the northside of the property, nature truly envelopes this property.



A mountain contemporary with smart home design, large windows to showcase the rolling Catskill Mountains and over 29 acres to offer the perfect weekend retreat in the Woodstock area. The large west coast timber truss system with white oak flooring and stone warmly blend the mountain and contemporary aesthetic. The home is located on a private mountain with its own Lake and over 1,000 private acres for the few owners that live here to enjoy. Over 5,000 sq. ft. with 5 beds, 3 full and 2 half baths.

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Having been operated as an equestrian estate for many years, Graywood offers a high degree of appeal, with functionality and adaptability to all breeds and associated disciplines. This estate includes upwards of 100 acres with 4,500 sq. ft, main home, 49 stalls, soft dirt paddocks, a show ring, over sized arena, viewing room, multiple barns, 1/2 mile of exercise track, miles of bridal paths, hay barn, tractor shed, auto repair shop, carriage house, gate house and more. Easy access to the Harness and Thoroughbred Tracks of New York State.

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Calling all equestrians! The most exquisite 64 acre historic estate in a top Stone Ridge location, featuring a 5 bedroom 1710 Dutch stone home, 2 bed guest house with full kitchen, 2-story horse barn, pond, stream, stream fed pool and Mohonk views. Stone home features 3 fireplaces, living room with beamed ceilings, Dutch doors, and original built-ins...$1.595m

Gated, private Woodstock retreat with panoramic views and heated in-ground pool. Spacious, stylishly renovated 4BR, 2.5 bath home has 20’ vaulted post-and-beam great room with woodstove, walls of windows, cooks kitchen, new stainless appliances, and private master suite. Sited at the end of a private road, next to 1,000 acres of forever wild land...$999k

Captivating Woodstock residence-must be seen to be appreciated. Custom finishes include rare chandeliers, spalted maple floors, concrete counters & radiant heat. Gourmet kitchen, stone fireplace. Master suite with soaking tub. Beamed cathedral ceilings, oversize great room, lush landscaping & bluestone patios on a most desirable Woodstock country road......................$999k

Secluded 7 acre Woodstock estate features architect designed, cedar sided contempo 3-bed main residence with open plan living/dining, new chefs kitchen & cherry floors, stately 2 bedroom guest house with gourmet kitchen, and new 2 story garage with artist’s studio. The amenities of a multi-million dollar estate, moments to the heart of Woodstock…................$877k

Exquisite estate-quality home on 4 acres overlooking the Hudson River. Bright & welcoming, 8 years young, combining old world charm with modern conveniences. 3700 s/f open plan w/two FPs, all-suite bedrooms, custom kitchen, decadent master suite. State of the art systems inc. radiant heat and central air. Town water and sewer!.......................$789k

A live/work dream! Exquisitely appointed 150 year old barn re-imagined in Arts & Crafts Style. 10,000 sq ft building w/2-floor open post & beam gallery/ loft spaces with architectural details. Luxury penthouse w/screen porch, wood stoves, vaulted ceiling w/skylights, wall of windows, and a lightfilled cupola. Plus 1BR rental apartment.........$777k

Private, spacious Woodstock contempo. Landscaped 3.4 acre grounds and large pond, decks, hot tub & screened porch. Relax in the double-heoght great room, media room or large family room. Gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and granite counters. Master suite & all bedrooms w/en-suite baths. A subtly luxurious home....…....................$585k

Attention investors & entrepreneurs! 3-unit mixed use converted factory, near Phoenicia. Renovated post & beam building has hw floors, chestnut trim, exposed beams, new windows, roof, boiler & radiant heat. Spaces include 800 sf Post Office, renovated 2200 sf residential loft, storefront, 1200 sf yoga studio, organic gardens, stream, & waterfall...$449k

Four BR 1840’s Greek Revival close to skiing, Saugerties & Woodstock. This period home boasts double parlor w/2 marble fireplaces, 10' ceilings, oversized windows, wide board floors, dining room, rocking chair porch, slate floored breezeway with fireplace, screened porch, new kitchen, studio over 2-car garage. Seasonal Hudson River views....$299k

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Exceptional Hudson Valley Property

SECLUDED FARM ESTATE NEAR HUDSON Greek Revival era farmhouse, renovated in the 1960s, surrounded by 60 acres on both sides of a dead-end country lane, overlooks bucolic views of open, rolling, fertile fields, ancient maple trees, pond, mature woods, and large pond or lake site. Only 10 minutes to Hudson, yet no neighbors in sight. Outstanding secluded rural investment property in historic Claverack, the heart of Columbia County… $850,000

HUDSON MERCHANT HOUSE 18th century solid brick ship captain’s home fully renovated in 2010 into a refined city home with classic finishes and modern conveniences. Currently a sophisticated boutique inn with celebrity guests, it includes a chef’s kitchen and five bathrooms fitted with stunning tiles and designer fixtures, six bedrooms, delightful rear patio, and river and mountain views. All in easy walking distance to the Hudson River Park and Amtrak station, restaurants, shops, and galleries… $950,000

PEACEFUL VALLEY FARM A quiet oasis of meadows and woodlands off a dead-end road is the perfect country place. Spacious renovated farmhouse has stone fireplace, four bedrooms, three baths, open and screened porches. The 21 acre property includes an pool and charming pool house, a great red barn (with party rooms upstairs and horse stalls below), pond, stone walls, paddocks, and trails, with easy access to TSP, Chatham, and Hudson… $749,000

STUNNING STREAMSIDE HOME Sleek and stylish country retreat has spacious light-filled living area, open to a fabulous kitchen with vaulted ceiling, marble counters, stainless cabinets and high-end appliances… $475,000

SECLUDED CENTER HALL Spacious four bedroom, three bath colonial has two fireplaces, and two porches. It is totally private up a long driveway on over six acres with barn/studio… $499,000

HUDSON RIVER AND CATSKILL VIEWS Modern renovation of four-bedroom, three-bath, mid-century home has top quality finishes and systems. The spectacular 8-acre hillside setting has stunning views through windows and glass doors that open across the living area backed by a dramatic fireplace penetrating a vaulted beamed ceiling. Minutes to downtown Hudson and Amtrak… $995,000

AMERICAN SALTBOX STYLE 19th century home, renovated and expanded in the 1960s, is now a spacious comfortable home with beams, vaulted ceilings, woodstove, three bedrooms and three baths, just minutes to Hudson… $199,000

1840 GREEK REVIVAL AND SIX ACRE LAKE A beautiful property includes almost 50 acres on both sides of a quiet country lane, yet is only 10 minutes to Hudson. The spacious charming farmhouse, overlooking a large pond and fountain, has classic Greek Revival staircase, windows, and doors, while across the road is a stocked six-acre lake encircled by a mowed path with secluded house sites… $845,000

HISTORIC KINDERHOOK COMPOUND Light-filled 3500 sf three-bedroom, three-bath loftstyle home plus renowned Feed and Seed building (ideal for private office or studio) is on a large landscaped lot. Walk to library, Village Square, Jack Shainman Gallery, and restaurants… $395,000

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1890s structure, perched on a private hilltop and meticulously reconstructed into a luxe 3 BR/2.5 BA European-style hilltop castle. Grand double-height entryway w/ checked marble floor, crystal chandelier & sweeping staircase. Formal dining room and cozy library w/ custom built-ins and wood-burning fireplace. Kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, pantry, wine storage, open to the light-filled eating area. Large step-down living room with fireplace. Intimate office & powder room w/ Sherle Wagner sink, master BR w/ dressing room, en suite BA w/ spa tub. 5-car garage & yoga studio.

❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906

Luxury Chatham Contemporary $897,500

Luxurious modernist contemporary, the country retreat of an architectural designer and folk art collector. Long-range, 180-degree panoramic views of the Catskill and Berkshire mountains. Every amenity and luxurious accommodation is considered. Park-like entry w/ astounding view. Spacious foyer, open-plan living/dining w/ fireplace, chef’s kitchen, Viking range w/ custom cabinets w/ view. Den/ office w/ custom Knoll furnishings, private, spacious master suite w/ whirlpool BA, large shower, expansive view and fireplace. 3 guest rooms, each w/ ensuite BA w/ whirlpool tubs, game room/gym, multiple decks.

❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

Grand Hudson Craftsman


Handsome 4 BR Craftsman-style house, designed by Hudson Architect Victor de la Prosse in 1915, was a major contributing factor to the Rossman Avenue Historic District on The State Register of Historic Places. 2000 sf, light-filled, overlooking the City of Hudson, restored for authenticity and renovated for modern comfort, the newest addition being an impeccably curated shade garden complementing the strong lines of the house.

❚ Kathy Duffy 518.822.0800 x11

Knickerbocker Estate with Hudson River Views


Historic 4 BR/3.5 BA estate in Coeymans with yearround views of the Hudson River and Berkshires. Grand entry hall, living room w/ fireplace, renovated kitchen, BA w/ Jacuzzi tub, and Hudson River view. Wrap-around porch overlooking the river. 38 acres of fields, orchards, trails, woods, swimming pool, and outbuildings, 400 feet of river frontage from the Coeymans Landing Marina.

❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

Ghent Country Delight


Beautiful 3 BR/2 BA farmhouse, previously the Omi Post Office. Lovingly restored and situated on 1 acre less than a mile from the Omi International Arts Center. Screened, enclosed back porch, 2-story period barn and several outbuildings. Original moldings and wide-plank pine floors, central heating and A/C, updated kitchen, new roof. Charming & comfortable year-round home for full-timers and weekenders alike.

❚ DeWayne A. Powell 917.748.5100

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1 story, 3 BR, 2 bath. Craftsman details w/oak floors, 2 panel doors, nice K, redone baths, FR, 2 car garage, .69 acre lot w/room for a pool. Walk to everything! $279,000.


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Rushing stream, dramatic Catskill views, 2254 ft. of

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4 huge bedrooms, 2 baths, separate DR, nice K, oak floors up & down, CA, glassed porch, huge deck, garage/ workshop. 2.7 private acres. Quiet area. $255,000.

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ARCHITECT DESIGNED country home. 7.69 acres, total privacy, swimming pond, dramatic Catskill views. Modern, open, stylish, & warm. Perfect weekend or full time living. $465,000.

REPRODUCTION FARMHOUSE 4 BRs, 3.5 baths, huge gathering room, 2 MBR suites, 2 FPLs, WB floors, 56 ft. deck, 20 x 40 heated saltwater pool for summer fun. $389,500.

THIS MODERN COUNTRY HOME has it all: 2626 SF, CA, vaulted great room, FPL, private MBR suite, DR, great K, huge FR, office, 3 full baths, 8.4 private acres. Amazing! $364,900.

FAMILY HOME, VALUE PRICED 4 BRs, 2.5 baths, huge MBR suite w/ 11 ft. closet, office, FR, DR, redone K, garage for 3 cars, gorgeous lot w/gardens & huge trees. $274,900.

1920’S FOUR SQUARE charming & marvelous! Wood floors, wonderful woodwork & trim, stunning stairway, DR, office, glassed porch, 1.58 acres w/huge trees. $219,900.

THIS LEGAL 2 FAMILY is a great investment property! 2 units, one 3 BR, on 1 BR, central water & sewer, tenants pay all utilities, laundries in both, 1.3 open acres. $215,000.


ADORABLE COUNTRY COTTAGE is the perfect retreat & is sited high on 6.1 private acres not far from the TSP. Open floor plan, MBR suite, heated inground pool. $249,000.

RELOCATE TO RED HOOK Your family will love this 2228 SF, 3 BR, 1.5 bath home. HUGE media room for the kids, DR, great K, office, CA, FPL. Move in now! $255,000.

huge dream K, DR, unbelievable first floor MBR suite, CA, FPL, 11 acres, 3 car garage. 3530 SF, 4 BR, 3.5 bath Contemporary w/the best of everything! $599,000.

ON RH I NEB E C K ’S C H ES T N U T S T this 7 BR, 5.5 bath classic has the spaces, charm, & style for

modern living. 4 bay windows, WB floors, superb light, 9 ft. ceilings. Walk to V center! $769,000.

1.2 miles from Rhinebeck V. Open & rolling, wonderful views, dead-end street of upscale homes. Perfect spot for your dream home! $310,000.

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Ranch With a View | Saugerties | $425,000


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Ready For Anything | Kingston | $239,500

New Construction | Hurley | $285,000

Grand Contempo | Wallkill | $649,000

“Wild Rose Inn” | Woodstock | $975,000

Elegant Farmhouse | New Paltz | $749,000

Masterful Log Home | Windham | $899,000

Wide Open Spaces | Germantown | $998,000

Comfort & Convenience | W. Hurley | $239,000

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#1 IN ULSTER COUNTY REAL ESTATE!* KINGSTON CLASSIC -— Join the Kingston Renaissance in this impressive 2200+ SF C. 1850 2 story in AAA uptown location. Abundant vintage charm & detail - 10’ ceilings, pocket doors, cozy brick fireplace (w/ insert) in LR, formal DR, cathedral country style kitchen, 3 or more bedrooms, 2 full baths, hardwood & wideboard floors, den/ home office, walkup finished attic, PLUS skylit garage converted to lovely 1 BR guest house/STUDIO w/ full bath. $319,000 Call Jasmine Jordaan, Assoc. RE Bkr., 845-661-4808 mobile

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BEARSVILLE MODERN – Truly delightful secluded 2.7-acre oasis just minutes from vibrant Woodstock village! Tree lined drive leads to peaceful meadow with soothing mountain views & organic gardens. Airy open floor plan with tons of windows is perfect for casual country living and entertaining; features custom kitchen w/ SS appliances & breakfast bar, 23’ living room w/ cozy stone fireplace, dining room, 3 generous bedrooms, 2 full baths, HW & ceramic floors, wrap-around decking with outdoor shower PLUS art/ceramic studio & additional music studio. GET CREATIVE! $575,990

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TEXT M496827 to 85377 JAW DROPPING VIEWS! - Completely astounding, 180 degrees across the valley to the Catskills beyond, grace the 21 acre (3 deeds!) site of this cedar sided contemporary in historic Cragsmoor. Features include 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, hardwood & ceramic floors, full basement, bluestone patio, att. garage + det. garage with loft apartment for guests /office and POND, too! VIEWS FOR MILES & MILES $799,000 Call Mary Ellen Flemming, Assoc. RE Bkr., 845-687-0932

SINGULAR HISTORIC ESTATE - Hidden on 65 glorious acres just minutes to Woodstock, discover the impeccable state-of-the-art renovation of this majestic 18th Century stone & clapboard residence. Graciously proportioned with over 4400 SF and master-crafted throughout. Features; magnificent 28’ gourmet cook’s kitchen, 1000 bottle wine cellar, cozy stone fireplace, radiant heated wood & slate floors, vaulted ceilings & deluxe baths. Additional appointments include stunning barn converted to studio/guest space, English greenhouse, stocked POND, yoga studio, in-ground pool and perfectly curated gardens. TRULY SINGULAR! $3,850,000

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PONDSIDE HUGUENOT STONE - Enjoy the charm of antiquity C. 1745 with the ease of all modern conveniences. This painstakingly rebuilt historic home nestles on 4 park-like acres with a clear swimmable POND & breathtaking Mohonk and Gunks views. Abundant original detail includes 3 large fireplaces, massive beams, wide pine floors, period lighting & hardware PLUS updated kitchen, baths & systems. Amenities include stone patio, screen porch, two 21st century timber frame BARNS and inviting redwood “round house” set at water’s edge. Hamlet Commercial zoning significantly expands usage opportunity. SIMPLY STUNNING! $ 755,000

Call Harris L. Safier, Principal Broker, 914-388-3351 mobile

NEW PALTZ GEM - Impressive Dutch Colonial set high on 10.7 acres with “Gunks” views! Gracious 3000 SF features 20’ living room w/ stone fireplace, French doors, formal dining room, all hardwood floors, spacious den/office, 4 generous BRs, 2 full & 2 half baths, country style kitchen & det. garage w/ workshop. Gorgeous rolling lawns, stone patio, graceful circular drive PLUS add’l. 4 BR house for INCOME or extended family. $589,000 Call Judy M. McClintock, RE Salesperson, 845-399-2223 Mobile

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The crown jewel of Woodstock’s Raycliffe, this 4000+ sq ft home on 68 stunning acres – with waterfalls -- boasts total privacy and panoramic valley views of several states. Architecturally unique, the structures comprise three connected octagons, each with its own spectacular view and separates the house into three distinct private areas. A winning investment as well as a residential treasure: 45 of the acres are further sub-dividable. For the discriminating, visionary buyer. $1.25 Million

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY COMPOUND For the self-sufficient in everyone, this privately-set 122 acre property at the top of the mountain is for those seeking serenity, seclusion and, most of all, solidity. Great care and craftsmanship has gone into the construction of this compound: standing on solid rock, on top of four feet of concrete, with a doublebeamed roof, this 4 bedroom home is built to stand the test of time. From the stunning woodwork to the finely detailed finish work of European craftsmen, this is a home that offers both quality and security. In addition there is a 3-bedroom guest house, a tree house for kids (or nimble adults), large work shop, ample wood storage buildings, and even a miniobservatory to look at the stars! $799,000

HANDSOME NEW PALTZ COLONIAL Perched atop a hill with a sufficient degree of privacy, this handsome 4 bedroom, 2 bath colonial is within walking distance to the village of New Paltz, yet has a real country feel. Current owners have added a number of features to lend it distinctive character, helped in no small measure by some beautiful cedar paneling throughout. The stone fireplace gives the open living area a real warmth, in both senses of the word, and from the 3-season screened porch you can breathe easily and gaze out into the woods. This is an immaculately maintained, spacious home in move-in condition, primed and ready for its new owner. $475,000


This stunning and light filled contemporary is privately sited on just over 14 acres in a coveted New Paltz location. Ride your bikes to New Paltz on the rail trail from your home or hike to Mohonk Preserve from your property.  Open floor plan with gleaming hardwood floors,  4 bedrooms, 4 baths,finished guest suite on lower level with woodstove, full bath and Japanese soaking tub. Relax on the deck and enjoy mature perennial gardens and views of Bonticou Crag.  This is what life in the country is all about! $599,000

PRIME WOODSTOCK VACATION HOME The quintessential Woodstock vacation home situated atop desirable Abbey Road featuring privacy and mountain views, with a suitably rustic feel yet all the modern amenities. A terrific property for entertaining: lots of decking and plenty of room to ramble. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath house boasts plenty of light and offers a variety of unusual spaces, including a wonderful treehouselike porch to go mountain-gazing. A very special Woodstock property. $790,000

HUDSON RIVER VIEWS Own a piece of history with 316ft of waterfront wet beach on the Hudson River. Situated on 4.6 acres, standing high above the Hudson is a majestic home that was originally owned by the Scandinavian keepers of the Esopus Meadows Light House. 90% of the electricity is supplied to this home from a 6.5kw Solar Photovoltaic System. There is also a 1000sqft 2br 1 bath cottage which currently generates substantial income as a rental. The third building on the property is constructed of brick with a new metal roof. It was originally intended to be a sauna, but currently requires some internal restoration. There are a myriad of possibilities for this property and you can canoe and kayak and even boat from your very own private dock.. $495,000

SUPERB RESTORATION This Circa 1790 Farmhouse on 4.7 acres has been restored in a most sympathetic manner retaining period details while incorporating all modern conveniences. The Dickerson farmhouse features 10 rooms, four fireplaces, wide board floors, original woodwork and hardware. Stunning cook’s kitchen and high end appliances, three en suite baths and a highly efficient geothermal heating and cooling system. An additional 4.8 acres of adjoining land is also available. This is a rare opportunity to own one of northern Orange County’s finest period houses. The motivated sellers are offering this beautiful house at $399,900

BELOVED WOODSTOCK DINING VENUE For many decades New World Home Cooking has been a beloved dining venue in the Woodstock area and now the owners have decided it is time to move on with their lives. The restaurant has been consistently voted the best in the Hudson Valley and chef Ric Orlando has consistently won accolades and competitions on the nation’s TV chef shows. Strategically situated on the Woodstock-Saugerties corridor, the 7,353 sq ft building features ample space for catering and upstate HOUSE | WINTER equipment 2015 • 49 and weddings; the lot has plenty of parking; and the sale includes all restaurant features – and of course the incredible good will built up over the years. $1.2 Million.

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$2,950,000 | Garrison | Mountaintop Retreat Panoramic views of scenic Hudson River & historic river valley w/exceptionally private home only 1 hr from NYC. Sprawling 4266 sq.ft., 4BR, 2.5BTH custom-built contemporary ranch w/retro-flair draws you in w/walls-of-glass & 180° awe-inspiring views. 94 acres w/unique architectural features invite the natural landscape inside. Come witness the essence of true beauty. MLS#347584 Lynn Angelo | m. 845.597.6504 | o. 845.244.2172

$1,499,000 | Pleasant Valley | Country Living At Its Best! Magnificent home & 2BR guest house perfect for weekend retreat or year-round living. LR w/hand painted mural by Oscar-winning set designer overlooking tiered patio & pool, FR w/cathedral ceilings, large DR, MBR suite w/spa MBTH. Kitchen w/professional appliances. Travertine floors & ample storage. Easy commute to NYC & mins to Millbrook, Rhinebeck & TSP. MLS#341279 Maria Daly | m. 914.489.4468 | o. 845.223.0657

$995,000 | Beekman | Bucolic Beekman Farm 5BR, 2BTH, 2500 sq.ft. colonial built in 1900 on 88+ acres of fields. Mins from Rte 55/22, I-684/84 & TSP. Possibilities are endless for unusually large parcel. Would make a great organic farm, rescue farm, hops, etc. Rolling acres, spring-fed pond, barns, riding ring, 12-stall barn, grain room, tack room, bedding room & storage. 4,000 sq.ft. hayloft, 40x80 lunging ring, 60x150 outdoor ring & 2 paddocks w/sheds. MLS#342104 Joan Sanford | m. 914.475.2090 | o. 845.244.2118

$899,000 | Newburgh | Magnificent Home Awaits Looking over Hudson River Valley to Bannerman Island. Large windows w/views at every turn. Oversized contemporary sitting on 4.1 acres of mature landscaping offers open & airy floor plan w/rooms for everyone. Large kitchen, FLR & DR, 4BR, 3BTH, den, great room, office & loft. Patios & balconies for enjoyment. 3-car tandem garage. Take a look at something wonderful. MLS#339988 Kimberlee Markarian | m. 845.505.9174 | o. 845.244.2188

$899,000 | Warwick | 96-Acre Equestrian Property Located just sixty miles from New York City, this wonderful property features twenty stalls, seven paddocks, 8600 sq.ft. indoor riding ring, caretakers quarters plus office space. Very secluded & serene while bordering the Audubon Nature Preserve. Many possibilities, great location & great price! MLS#345357 Deirdre Farrar m. 845.591.6615 | Sharon Arnone m. 914.489.3829

$789,000 | T/Beekman | Mountain Views! Stunning, better-than-new Hampton Georgian model in Beekman Chase, 4-5 bedrooms each w/BTH. 1st floor guest suite. Elegant foyer w/double curved staircases. 2-story FR w/stone FPL. Gourmet kitchen w/15’ center island. FDR, large office/study. Generous master suite w/WICs. Gorgeous mountain views from front windows. MLS #345258 Katherine Colbourn Wrye | m. 845.224.4438 | o. 845.244.2166

$692,000 | Hopewell Junction | Taconic Oaks Community Magnificent home! Grand 2-story foyer w/graceful curved staircase, HDWD, EIK w/center island, FLR & FDR, 2-story FR w/wall-of-windows, gas FPL & 2nd staircase, media room w/soundproofing, private ensuite, MBR suite w/sitting room, FPL, tray ceiling & double WIC's. Energy-efficient 5-zone heating. Extremely convenient location for commuters to NYC & Westchester. MLS#347443 Tina Townsend | m. 914.456.4097 | o. 845.244.2183

$597,000 | T/Poughkeepsie | Timeless Elegance Quality custom brick, 4BR, majestic home sits on secluded 5-acre, wooded property. 4,746 sq.ft. w/spacious, open layout, high ceiling & loads of custom features. Exquisite 1st floor master suite, 3 woodburning fireplaces, sunken LR, inlaid wood floors & tasteful marble floors. Convenient location, mins to shopping, colleges & hospitals. MLS#342326 Karla Rauch m. 914.475.5920 | Debbie Allan m. 845.705.5441

$549,000 | East Fishkill | Attention To Details Is Evident! Custom colonial on treelined cul-de-sac w/mountain views. HDWD, 9 ft. ceilings on 1st floor w/open floor plan. Cherry, granite & s/s kitchen w/sun-filled breakfast room, FR w/gas FPL, LR & DR w/walkin bay windows, MBR w/2 WICs & spa BTH w/Roman tiled shower, Jacuzzi tub & granite dual sinks, finished bonus room. State-of-theart energy-efficient heating system & hot water heater. MLS#345379 Eileen Fesko | m. 845.453.1964 | o. 845.223.0628

$450,000 | C/Poughkeepsie | Southside Charm Lovely home on oversized parcel giving you a parklike setting. Recent updates include new kitchen, state-of-the-art security/fire alarm & gas furnace. 2 fireplaces on the 1st floor & one on the 2nd. Master suite offers 2 pairs of French doors leading to veranda. Home must be seen to appreciate its gracious space. Make this house your home! MLS#341274 Karla Rauch | m. 914.475.5920 | o. 845.905.8785

$389,900 | Beacon | True Victorian Lady Get in on the hype that Beacon has to offer & let us build your dream home. This local builder has been building in Beacon for 30+ years & has many lots to consider. Located just off Main Street & near the train station makes this a great place to be. This 4BR, 2.5BTH home is nestled on a street lined w/Victorians & amazing mountain views. MLS#326828 Michele Rios | m. 845.242.5762 | o. 845.244.2164

$249,000 | Highland | River Views & Access On the banks of the Hudson River w/panoramic views. 4 acres w/rock croppings & private river access by trail & boat. Previously had BOHA for 4BR home. Driveway path cut & electric service available. Close to Highland Landing boat launch & Waterfront Park, Walkway-Over-The-Hudson, Rail Trail, Lake Minnewaska, trains & I-87. MLS#339132 Tina Townsend | m. 914.456.4097 | o. 845.244.2183

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LAGRANGEVILLE FARM LAND - 141 ACRES- Incredible Town of Lagrange offering. Two parcels, one 60 acre parcel with an early colonial home and an adjoining parcel with 81 acres of magnificent mostly open meadows and some woodlands. Beautifully maintained with picturesque spring fed pond and views of Eastern hills. Offered at $1,195,000

ELEGANT COUNTRY COLONIAL- Custom built home crafted with the finest materials on 10.25 acres in the Millbrook Estate area. Stylish design & spacious, light-filled rooms. 5 BRs and 6.5 baths w/incredible details. 10’ ceilings, wood flooring, brick fireplaces, fine moldings, French doors to courtyard, Gunite pool, tennis court, waterfall, elevator, wine cellar & 4 car garage. Fabulous new barn w/4 bays. Beautiful landscaping and stonework. Offered at $2,395,000.

LAGRANGEVILLE COLONIAL- Beautiful home on 2.52 acres in Lagrange. 4 BRs, 2.5 baths, spacious FR w/stone FP and vaulted ceiling, large country kitchen w/sliding door to deck, formal DR, LR w/crown molding and French doors to office. Large walk-out basement w/plenty of room for storage or additional finished space. Lovely front porch, oversized 2 car garage, private yard, fenced garden w/raised beds. Convenient location, minutes to the center of Lagrange, Route 55 and Taconic State Parkway. Offered at $399,000

COUNTRY CAPE - On Camby Road, minutes to the Village of Millbrook is this one acre parcel that boasts beautiful views of rolling farmland, magnificent trees, raised vegetable gardens & fruit trees. 2 BR house that features LR w/FP, formal DR, spacious kitchen, cozy den, mudroom & deck to take in the views. Detached 2 car garage/workshop. Offered at $259,000

HALCYON VILLAGE CONDO- This 2nd floor unit sits in Halcyon Village, an attractive, well maintained community of residences on the edge of the Village of Millbrook. It comprises 10.5 acres of meadows and lawn with a pond, swimming pool & tennis court. This unit is bright and comfortable with a spacious kitchen, living room/dining room w/fireplace, cozy den, two bedrooms & 2 full baths. Newly painted, new flooring & new heat pump. One car detached garage. Offered at $205,000

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$1,295,000 PINE PLAINS

ENJOY HILLSIDE PRIVACY in this elegant, tastefully renovated home. Light filled open floor plan w/pastoral views from KIT, LR, & DR. Features 4 BR, 3 BA, mudroom, den, & wraparound porches. A 4-stall horse barn w/stylishly renovated studio, paddocks & sand rings make this a great equestrian property.



OVERLOOKING 119+ acres, the main house has 7 BR, all with en suite baths, media room, game room, exercise room & wine cellar. Outdoor features include a pool, 3 ponds, a 2-acre fenced orchard, 3 barns, 8 paddocks & a guest house.

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PRIVATE HILLTOP architecturally designed 3 BR, 3 BA home on 30 acres. Great room w/a 16’ vaulted beamed ceiling & a large stone FP is perfect for entertaining. Also features a 13’ x 17’ screened porch w/a stone floor & an attached 2-car garage. Worth a look.


SECLUDED THREE BEDROOM plus log home on 5 acres. Open floor plan, updated kitchen and baths. First floor bedroom and second floor bedroom with vaulted ceilings. Large walkout basement. Front porch and rear deck.

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PRIVATE HILLTOP house site on one of the loveliest roads in Millbrook. Over 55 diverse acres in an area of similarly large parcels with farms and estates and close to the Village of Millbrook. Conservation easements are in place.

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THIS RENOVATED 1803 Hudson River style farmhouse w/3 BR & 2.5 BA on 5 acres provides the perfect home while building your dream house on the adjacent 18.92 acres. Located on a quiet scenic road w/a picturesque stream. A barn & in-ground pool complete the offering.


THIS SUNNY, cheerful house offers a great floor plan w/ THE MAJESTIC panoramic valley & Catskill Mtn. views open kitchen & family room, a big back yard & really lovely from this west-facing ridge are amazing! A unique offering views. Features 4 BR w/2 ensuite on 2 levels, wood burning of 2 parcels totaling 114 acres w/5 acre building envelope. FP, mud room, attached two-car garage, & front & back porches. Great location.



PRIVATE mountainside log home is sited overlooking a pond on 21.33-acres. Beautifully maintained w/vaulted ceilings, great room, 3 BR & 2.5 BA. Includes a detached insulated barn w/radiant heat. Conveniently located to sporting clubs & the TSP.

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4 Enterprise Dr., Rhinebeck, NY • (845) 876-2630 • legrandrealty.com • legrandinc@aol.com RHINEBECK—NEW TO MARKET! Estate quality home on 17+ acres. 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3450 feet of living space hand crafted by renowned craftsman Robert Bump! Custom cabinetry throughout, outstanding Chestnut floors, master has duel bathrooms, 4 fire places. Landscaping and stone walls second to none. Set back and buffered from road offers extreme privacy. Large 2+ acre pond great for swimming, fishing or kayaking, built in generator and unattached barn/garage/studio. Minutes to Village of Rhinebeck, 5 miles from Taconic. Offered at $1,229,000. GERMANTOWN—NEW TO MARKET! 80 acre working farm with 1800’s vintage colonial with all original detail retained. This is a working farm that has been in this family for 60 years. Fields are cleared and drained and are mostly in hay. Several barns and a 2 family rental. Land is in several parcels and some have Catskill views. Quiet location in the heart of farm country. Development rights intact . Call Tom for details about this wonderful property !

RED HOOK—NEW TO MARKET Hand crafted 3 bedroom 3.5 bath contemporary cape on 5+ gorgeous acres located on a quiet county road in the heart of farm country yet minutes from village. Top quality throughout offering the best of everything stone fireplace, hickory floors that are outstanding, cherry cabinets, granite counters and vaulted ceilings. Sunken living room with stone hearth and finished basement . Attached 2 car garage landscaped professionally! Offered at $775,000 - call Doris

MILAN—Charming 5 bedroom farmhouse with all of the original detail situated on 20 pastoral acres. Home is in excellent condition with many updates. Far set back from road and the approach to the house has an estate quality, original wood floors, fire place in living room. Small pond and unattached barn /garage and a tennis court. Priced to sell at $695,000. Additional 130 acres available.

RED HOOK—NEW TO MARKET 4500 foot, 4 bedroom custom colonial on 8 private acres within walking distance to village! Handcrafted home has a wonderful layout for entertaining and large master with walk in closet and bath. Granite counters and top quality kitchen cabinetry , wood floors and grand entry, large front porch. In ground pool and 2 barns. Home is like new! Priced to sell at $795,000.

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QUNITESENTIAL 1850’S COUNTRY / STAATSBURG, NY Excl. Stylish renovation. Open, spacious. 4 acres, BARN. Minutes to Rhinebeck & Culinary Inst. $449K. Web#13249542 Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554/Robin Horowitz 917.626.6755

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SWEET COUNTRY GEM / CLAVERACK-HUDSON, NY Excl. 3+BR, 2 BA, 2 acres, 2 barns, 2 hours NYC. Fully renovated. 10 minutes to Hudson Amtrak. $275K. Web#13230411 Bruce Pace 917.370.0704

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19 Church Ave, Germantown, NY (518) 537-4888 www.hinkeinrealty.com • hinkein@gmail.com One of a Kind, Chalet style Hudson House, located on a beautifully landscaped double lot with decks & patios offering privacy in the heart of the city of Hudson. Three BR/1.5 baths, high ceilings, CA, wood floors, original windows & usable third floor are just some of the many features of this well cared for home. $495,000

Germantown Secluded Cottage on 8 park-like acres. This beautifully landscaped property features a pond and stream with wooden bridge, an inground saline pool and pool house. The 4 BR. 2 BA home has a greatroom w/ vaulted ceiling, wood floors, fireplace, & wraparound deck. $469,000

Located on one of the nicest roads in the area, this Clermont property includes several 1960’s built residences with a turn of the century barn, a gunite pool & a retro pool house on 9 acres. Main house features 3 BRs/2 Baths, large FR, wood floors, central air. Pool house has an entertainment area with bar, baths & sauna. 2 BR cottage has an open living area with fireplace & covered porch. The adorable cottage also includes a fireplace and porch. Antique barn. Detached garage. Pond. All overlooking picturesque horse farm. $695,000.


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Meticulously maintained Contemporary home with breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountain Range and walls of glass to flood this open concept living masterpiece with light. WEB# PJ1173742 GERMANTOWN $660,000 Michael James Tellerday Real Estate Salesperson Mobile: 845.797.6891 MLS#344314


Wide-board wood floors and stone fireplaces are some of the characteristics of this 1930s renovated home. Southwest-facing stone patio. Over 11 acres offering complete privacy. WEB# PJ1288992 BEEKMAN $575,000 Jill L. Rose Real Estate Salesperson Mobile: 914.204.0124 MLS#347153


A beautiful vintage homestead on over 20 rolling acres. Wide-board pine floors, solid doors and original hardware. A rare 3 owners in 250+ years. Home professionally restored. WEB# PJ1288168 EAST FISHKILL $519,900 Nicole Porter Associate Real Estate Broker Mobile: 845.797.5300 MLS#347023


Central location. This charming Colonial offers the best in amenities and style. From custom lighting in every room, tray ceilings, triple French doors to manicured grounds. WEB# PJ1181269 POUGHKEEPSIE CITY $343,600 Lynn M. Simmons Real Estate Salesperson Mobile: 845.797.5107 MLS#345709

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Perhaps the “Prettiest” 3 bedroom home on 6 acres near the village with 2 apartments. Woodstock. MLS#20153955 | $625,000

Copperhood Retreat and Spa on the Esopus Creek, 31 acres next to the state “forever wild” forest. In Shandaken. MLS #20154716 | $2.5 million

Butternut Pond in Shokan, NY on 49 acres next to State’s “forever wild” mountain with protected stream near Woodstock.Agentowned.MLS#20152649|$799,000

Renovated completely, farmhouse with cathederal ceilings, Endless Pool, 4 bedrooms on Ouleout Stream near Delhi/ Oneonta. MLS #20154629 | $389,000

View of the Catskill’s high peaks across the Ashokan. Away from it all, close to Woodstock. Marbletown. MLS #20154563 | $979,000

Custom hand crafted stone mansion and pond, 43 acres, panorama of Catskills and Shawngunks, In Marbletown. MLS #20153808 | $2.4 million

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HISTORIC RHINEBECK VILLAGE Distinguished 1890s Victorian sited on the original center corner in the historic district. A grand home with original details throughout. High ceilings, oak floors, large foyer, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and study. A separate entrance for 5-room home office. Wraparound front porch. First time on the market in 50 years. $893,000

RHINEBECK CONTEMPORARY WITH VIEWS Dramatic Catskill Mountain views from the porch of this renovated country home. New custom kitchen, bathrooms, guest suite, master bath, dining room are designed for easy living and entertaining. Professionally landscaped with mature trees and perennial gardens. Many extras: 16-foot vaulted ceilings, walk-out full basement, decks and a 2-car garage. $579,000

TUDOR WITH ADDITIONAL HOUSE Masterfully done, this 5-bedroom/4.5-bath custom home is spacious and comfortable. Oversized master suite with large rooms. Third floor could be a studio. Plus a separate 2-bedroom house ideal for extended family or rental income. Zoned two-family. Beautifully landscaped with specimen trees. Located in a rural community close to Red Hook. $585,000

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Glorious Catskill Mountain views from this stylish architect designed 3 BR , 2.5 BA, contemporary home with new garage & fully appointed guest/studio space above. $999,999. Ulster County MLS# 20152151, Sotheby’s ID# RQGBVR

Serene mountaintop setting for this beautiful turnkey custom 5 BR, 4 BA, log home, with sweeping easterly views across the Hudson River Valley all the way to the Berkshire mountains. $635,000. Ulster County MLS# 20155079 Sotheby’s ID# Q5SMXJ

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Sophisticated. Sustainable. Uniquely Artistic. Property in Marlboro, New York: 5 building lots, 10.25 acres 3.9 acres, panoramic river view

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Artfully planned for connoisseur and socially active family. This sprawling 8,000 sq ft, true mid century modern home, features long lines, spaciousness and elegance. Surrounded in the ultimate private setting on 4.3 landscaped acres. This well thought design offers views from many vantage points. House features 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths with many additional rooms to relax or entertain. Two fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, marble and ceramic floors, handmade cabinetry all built with the best materials. Great windows and French doors for all day light and views overlooking pool and mountains. Entertain at large pool house that is equipped with full kitchen, bathrooms, changing rooms and wood fire pit/bbq. Beautiful Japanese garden with stone bridges going over landscaped pond and waterfalls designed to be filled with water. Located 1.5 hrs from NYC, in desirable Westwood neighborhood. IRealty will offer free consultation with architect and general contractor for serious buyer. MLS#4536906 $895,000

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THE VIEW RHINECLIFF, NY - RIVERFRONT c. 2009 Carpenter’s Gothic sits on the edge of a Hudson Riverfront ravine with full-fledged year round waterfalls. An amazing 4 season sun room leads to a wrap-around deck. Commanding 180° panoramic views of the Hudson River & the majestic Catskill Mountains are unmatched. Every room in this 3/4 BR, 4.5 BA energy efficient home offers eye popping views! Savor total privacy when you need it, but enjoy a short walk to restaurants & the train to Manhattan, Montreal, or anywhere in between or beyond. A simple elegant design and 3 masonry fireplaces set a most soothing atmosphere. A chef’s gourmet kit. feat. Viking appliances & spacious center island for any meal you & your partner can dream up. Call for price!



c. 2005 crisp contemporary colonial located on a private cul-de-sac on the outskirts of the village. This sensational value includes a 2 story, 3-4 BR, 3 1/2 bath floor plan with top line features such as California Closets, large Chef’s granite kitchen with center island, butler sink, Wolfe & Sub Zero appliances, gleaming wide board flooring, vaulted ceilings with oversized crown moldings, whole house generator, and so much more. Extra large heated 3-car garage. Your meandering drive opens to ancient oaks, maples, and flowering trees. Thoughtfully placed stone wall accents and gardens complete this enchanting setting. For the discriminating buyer. Rhinebeck’s best value at $698,000!!

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Saugerties / Malden-on-Hudson

This truly glorious property on the Hudson river is located on a private road in the hamlet of Malden-onHudson, less than a two hour drive from New York City. With astounding river views throughout the living space. The original building was constructed in the 1800s and housed offices for the local ice factory. In the1930s it was converted to a home. 4-Bedroom and 2.5 Bathroom & 2 fireplaces. Which is stylishly refurbished top to bottom. Historically significant home is perfectly situated on an acre of land that includes riparian rights. There is a huge wooden deck overlooking the Hudson, with steps leading down to the river’s edge and the ability to add a dock. In addition, there is a stand alone studio with tin ceilings, bead board walls, restored flooring, plus a detached heated 2-car garage. Close to the charming villages of Saugerties, Woodstock, Hudson & Rhinebeck. This is a one-of-a-kind home. Please call for an appointment. Asking - $1,200,000



High on a ledge sits this fabulous contemporary home. Large windows and skylights offering amazing views and an abundance of natural light. Three floors of pure delight. 3 B/r, 2 1/2 baths. Private year round, but yet a short distance to Phoenicia village. Lower level is finished with a bedroom, bath & the ability to walk out onto the blue stone patio. Main level is completely open with a stone fireplace & sliders to beautiful (low maintenance) composite deck. 2nd floor has two large bedrooms and a bath with a separate shower and jacuzzi tub. Hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings throughout.. Adorable guest cottage/studio, separate from the house, totally livable, with heat, kitchenette, and bath. Beautiful stone work, rock gardens and pond. If you are looking for peace, this property exudes this feeling. Gated driveway. Asking - $549,000.

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The Problem With Poor Quality Vinyl Windows The folks who make poor quality vinyl windows don’t consider the Hudson Valley’s temperature swings. With our extreme swings, vinyl windows expand, contract, warp and leak.

The Wrong Vinyl Replacement Window May Cost You Twice When their seals break and their insulating gas is gone, your comfort goes away. And cloudy glass stays, causing you to have to replace them again.

Fibrex - A Technological Breakthrough In Window Design Twice as strong as vinyl, without the maintenance of wood, Fibrex composite windows look beautiful and stand up to our extreme temperatures to maximize energy efficiency.

5 Minutes Is All We Need To Replace A Window With our CozyHome winter installation method, we use two installers, one inside your home and one outside to ensure that within 5 minutes of removing your old windows, your new windows will be in place. This minimizes heat loss and keeps any mess outside where it belongs.

Do It Right The First Time Call Renewal by Andersen for a 48-hour price quote with no obligation to buy.



( 845)245-2744 RbAEasternNY.com

182 Old Route 9, Fishkill, New York

* Void where prohibited by law. Promotions may not be combined or used with prior purchases. Customer will receive 1 free window for every 4 purchased at list price. The least expensive windows are the free windows. Promotion to be applied by sales representative at time of contract execution with 8 window minimum purchase. Available at time of initial visit only. Expires 2/29/2016. (t) No Money Down, No Interest, No Payments applies if the balance is paid in full within 12 months. Renewal by Andersen of Eastern NY [RBA] is neither a broker nor a lender. Financing is provided by 3rd party lenders unaffiliated with RBA, under terms and conditions arranged directly between the customer and such lender, all subject to credit requirements, approval and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Finance terms advertised are estimates only. ** High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass. Values are based on comparison of Renewal by Andersen® double-hung insert window SHGC to the SHGC for clear dual panel non-metal frame values from the 2006 and 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Actual savings and payback period may vary geographically and depend upon condition of home, insulation, weather conditions, cost of fuel, fuel consumption, current usage and lifestyle. ***APG25 (AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A44062 glass • online at default upstatehouse.com 08) pressure differential applied to the windows (48”x48” size) in the lab on structural test only. Most Renewal by Andersen double-hung, picture and casement windows meet this structural performance. Temperature performance tested in different chamber. (x) 5 minutes is an average and can not be guaranteed due to installation factors beyond RBA’s control. RBA is not responsible for typos. Some Renewal by Andersen locations are independently owned and operated. “Renewal by Andersen” and the Renewal by Andersen logo are registered trademarks of Andersen Corporation. All other marks where denoted are marks of Andersen Corporation. © 2016 Andersen Corporation.

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Adirondack Design Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Alfandre Architecture, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Apuzzo Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Associated Lightning Rod Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover Augustine Landscaping & Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Barn Star Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50, 54 Berkshire Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cabinet Designers, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Catskill Farms Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Chronogram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Corcoran Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 David Borenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Dirty Girls Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Equis Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 EvolveD Interiors & Design Showroom LLC . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Federal Cabinet Co Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Foster Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Gary DiMauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Gate House Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Gentech LTD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 George Cole Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 George T. Whalen Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Ghent Wood Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Halstead Property Hudson Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Halter Associates Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41, 43 Harney & Sons Fine Teas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Helsmoortel Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Herrington’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Herzogs True Value Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 15 HNI Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Houlihan Lawrence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hudson Solar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Hudson Valley Backyard Farm Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hudson Valley Home Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Hudson Valley Sunrooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Hunt Country Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 irealty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Kinderhook Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 L Browe Asphalt Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 LAD Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Lawrence O’Toole Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Le Grand Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 The Lofts at Beacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Luminary Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 MarkJames & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Marshall & Sterling Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Millbrook Cabinetry & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 N and S Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Nest Realty Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 New Leaf Treehouse Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Niche Modern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

North Elm Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Northern Dutchess Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Patricia A. Hinkein Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Paula Redmond Real Estate Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Phinney Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Poison Ivy Patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Quatrefoil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 R P Cautela Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 RE Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Renewal By Andersen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Robert G. Baum Commercial Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Rudolf Steiner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Select Sotheby’s International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Snorkel Hot Tubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Sothebys in Saratoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Southeast Kitchen & Bath LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Sun Up Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Timberpeg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Ulster Savings Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Valley Variety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Victoria Wilkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Walden Savings Bank-Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 William Wallace Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Williams Lumber & Home Center . . . . . . inside front cover


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Preserving the Grain In conversation, it’s sometimes hard to tell if Kingston woodworker Josh Vogel is talking about woodworking or philosophy. His contemplative nature is reflected in the pieces he creates through his company, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Company, founded in 2010 after Vogel moved upstate from New York City. Housed in an antique brick building, Blackcreek creates sculptures; furniture; kitchenware, including cutting boards and spoons; and cuttingboard oil made with natural ingredients right in the shop. For Vogel, woodworking is about cultivating a relationship with the material. Using locally sourced wood, Vogel endeavors to enhance rather than shape wood’s natural grains and textures. “We’re interested in the most knotty part of a tree,” he says, because that’s where you’ll find the most personality. “The


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anomaly becomes a part of the larger shape,” he says, and a creator’s “personality is literally transferred onto the product.” Vogel’s passion for “finding the line between the utilitarian and sculpture” is best expressed in the 365 spoons he carved— one a day, for a year—and catalogued as the 365 Kitchen Tools Collection in his new book, The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen (Chronicle Books, 2015). “Every day,” he recalls, “I would devote time to making one of these spoons,” asking “where is the line between the spoons and sculpture?” The spoons are all different—some huge, others sized to hold a pinch of salt; some sanded, others stained—but each is hewn like a love sonnet written to the wood from which it was carved.—Peter D. Martin


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