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Creating the Geography of Somewhere


very Hudson Valley city and town has its own “Lost Rondout,” says architect Matthew Bialecki. He is referring to the 2016 documentary by Lynn Woods and Stephen Blauweiss about the destruction of Kingston’s historic downtown area in the 1960s and ’70s, which made way for federally funded urban renewal. That national project not only destroyed some of the most important architecture in cities like Kingston but also displaced entire communities—a story that Bialecki says he finds “heartbreaking.” For New Paltz, the loss occurred “at the village’s heart,” where Main Street intersects Routes 32 and 208, with a bad development decision: the razing of the historic 19th-century Muller Hotel in 1958. The demolition of the iconic Victorian structure, which sat proudly at New Paltz’s crossroads, made way for a strip mall that houses the Post Office, a few retail spaces, and a sprawling parking lot, says Bialecki, who has practiced sustainable design, interior design, land planning and preservation, and environmental conservation in the area for over 30 years. Traditionally, he explains, downtown commercial buildings were built out to the street, creating “walls” that made the streets feel like rooms, and each building’s decor “was like the artwork we hang in our living room,” says Bialecki. In the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, those principles were adhered to in New Paltz, he says, but the loss of the Muller Hotel was a turning point for the village, whose Main Street was created as a corridor of buildings that runs downhill toward the view of the Shawangunk Ridge. The demolition of the Muller Hotel cleared the way for other key Victorian buildings to be razed, and for their modern replacement structures to be set back from the road, thus changing the streetscape. Ultimately, Post Office Square not only put a large crack in New Paltz’s historic mold but is yet another example of how the automobile’s prevalence can ruin neighborhoods. “We got addicted to auto culture; when it came to designing downtowns, we now needed to set minimum standards for parking,” says

Bialecki. “But prior to 1968, there were no zoning laws or land use codes. They weren’t needed. When zoning came in, it changed how communities were built and felt. Those laws became set, and more parking meant more economic activity.” As part of what Bialecki calls the “geography of nowhere,” New Paltz became home to several strip malls that sprang up throughout town. Meanwhile, the New York State Thruway has been bringing a steady stream of visitors since it opened in the 1950s. This makes New Paltz’s edges look like “strip-mall America,” says Bialecki, so he is leading the charge toward better planning and design, starting with the Post Office Square Redevelopment Project. The project, he explains, sets out to “repair the loss of historic lower Main Street and revitalize the parking lot around the existing Post Office.” Bialecki’s proposal has yet to be embraced by the square’s owners, the White Plains-based Kempner Corporation real estate investment firm, which specializes in multifamily properties and shopping centers and owns several properties in New Paltz. But Bialecki is undeterred. The project proposes a mixed-use, three-story building for the crossroads, which he calls “the beating heart of New Paltz.” The energy-efficient building, designed to meld with the village’s largely Victorian architecture, would house 16 apartments on its upper floors with 5,282 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. “My work is about the vision of the future, and also what we’ve lost or destroyed in the past,” Bialecki says. “I’m making people aware of what happened, and how it happened—that it’s the product of a moment in time that we’re still recovering from. “We built this geography of nowhere, we legislate it, we enforce it, and we perpetuate it—and I’m hoping I can stop this.”

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CO.’s main workspace features a whiteboard wall which serves to separate a row of workspaces from the main area.

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GIVEN CO.’S SLEEK, CLEAN LINES AND FUTURISTIC CLERESTORY (roofhigh windows), it may not be apparent from the outside that the Rhinebeck community workspace used to be a drab, barn-like structure that functioned as a tack shop, or that the inspiration for some of its adaptive-reuse aspects came from a similarly unlikely agricultural source. “The idea for the trellis walls along the front entry and the side and back courtyards came from a corn crib I saw on a local farm,” recalls architect Frank Mazzarella, a Rhinebeck native who oversaw the redesign of the building, which sits on a small road off Route 9, parallel to the highway. “I liked the way the sunlight came through the walls of that structure, the patterns from the shadows. Plus, it fits with the barn concept we were riffing on with the rebuild. We used mainly rough-sawn pine inside, which also ties the site aesthetically to the local historic landscape. But we’ve brought that aesthetic up to date.” CO.’s smooth cedar lap siding has been painted black, and double-sided photovoltaic solar canopies meet 10 percent of the building’s energy needs and work as overhang roofs for two courtyards. But inside, says Mazzarella, “You really have that up-to-date feeling.” For the European- and Danish Modern-inspired space, he says, “We wanted space, light, and especially warmth.” Within CO.’s large main communal office space, beneath a network of wooden beams, all three of those goals have been met. The 4,000-square-foot building’s central room radiates with a feeling of calm, and is the creativityconducive home base for Co.’s subscribing members (80 so far since launching last fall). Cooperatively owned and operated by a group of 12 investors that includes Mazzarella, CO.’s business model, according to its website, “mirrors our mission to serve and bolster our community of change-makers, entrepreneurs, and business owners.” CO. opened after a two-year, stripped-to-the-studs renovation by the Trillions Company, which has offices in Rhinebeck, New York City, and San Francisco and focuses on innovative marketing and start-up entrepreneurship. CO.’s daily, full-, and part-time memberships for individuals, start-ups, and larger companies also offer access to shared spaces and personally dedicated desks. The grand entry to CO.’s 1,929-square-foot main room is through an 844-square-foot events space with a prefabricated concrete desk that gleams beneath the recessed lighting, and a glass-paneled, garage-style door that can remain open in warm weather. Near the entrance is a 677-square-foot room equipped with residents’ desk spaces, while at the rear of the events space are two small private meeting rooms, sized at 200 square feet and 100 square feet, with cathedral ceilings and curved whiteboard walls. 6

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The main workspace, which is furnished with long, retro-contemporary work tables and other pieces selected by Mazzarella and the facility’s managing director, Helene Lesterlin, is filled with sunlight thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the on the north- and south-facing walls and the clerestory overhead. “Because of how it’s lit up at night, from the outside it’s like a beacon,” says Mazzarella about the clerestory, whose windows can be opened in summer months to increase air circulation via ceiling fans. The workspace also features another curved whiteboard wall that runs parallel to the northern wall and rises to just below the ceiling. The whiteboard wall provides the room with a streamlined backdrop and dry-erase memory aid for group presentations and functions as a partition that hides a row of small workspaces outfitted for private calls or webcasting. In one corner of the main room is a lounge area for casual meetups, complete with a low, black couch; asymmetrical wooden coffee and side tables; and colorful, modern, wood-framed chairs; a few table-and-chair clusters are nearby. Along the south-facing wall of the main space is a fully functioning kitchen, stocked with coffee, teas, and light foods, featuring a white, prefabricated concrete, S-shaped countertop and stainless steel counterspace along the wall. Beneath a stainless steel backsplash is an eight-burner propane gas stove with a griddle, which provides charm and still more warmth, especially during the colder months, when CO.’s members have the option of staying in to cook lunch for themselves. “Our aim was to create a meaningful, relaxed work environment that’s an antidote to a world that can be stressful and hectic,” says Lesterlin. “We want the people who become part of this community to feel calm, energized, alert, optimistic—to really be able to connect with what truly matters to them.”

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Inspired by Plato’s writings on Socrates, artist and designer Morgan Spaulding aspires to create furniture and sculpture that takes on the soul or essence of what’s around it. The Margaretville native recently moved back upstate from New York City and is building a studio in his hometown. He launched Phaedo Designs in 2014 with the intention that each piece be both “playful and restrained, somber and lively” and “personify the ambiguous curvatures of ethereal in-betweens: dream states, memories in recession, thresholds in passing.” As such, the polycarbonate coffee table in his Lexan series is customizable and built to last, yet it can also simultaneously have presence or be invisible, depending upon the viewer’s angle. Available in clear or bronze- or gray-tinted plastic, each table piece has its edges painted with blue oil paint, which aids in holding them together as well as adding to the table’s mystery.

Furniture with Roots Woodworker Michael Moran’s tables, chairs, and cabinets are utterly individual, and each piece has its own story. They begin as salvaged boards or storm-downed trees that have been cut and milled using sustainably run, family-owned mills, and then dried anywhere from three months to two years to keep the wood as stable as possible before heading to the wood kiln. It’s the “natural characteristics, idiosyncrasies” of the wood itself, says Moran, that determines what type of furniture it will become, and drives its design. For him, each piece of furniture, built at his Gallatin studio, is a collaboration with a once-living tree. Whether a piece is bookmatched, hand-turned, angled, dovetailed, or mitered, or it contains live edges, framed roots, natural voids, or round-barked sides, it is finished with many layers of hand-applied clear tung oil to preserve the wood’s natural beauty. Traditionally charred pieces receive several coats of water-based zeroVOC finishes.

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A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season MARGARET ROACH

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Hudson Valley master gardener Margaret Roach has a serious pedigree: former garden editor at Newsweek, editorial director at Martha Stewart Living, and host of an ongoing podcast and the NPR show “A Way to Garden.” For Roach, gardening is a moving meditation, spiritual practice, and life partner. “I’m all about the horticultural how-to and ‘woo-woo,’” she avers. In this newly revised classic, she follows the life cycles of her beloved garden from conception and birth through youth, adulthood, senescence, death, and afterlife, updating her 1998 awardwinner for the era of climate change, native plants, and sustainability. “By becoming a gardener, I accidentally— blessedly—landed myself in a fusion of science lab and Buddhist retreat,” she writes, “a place of nonstop learning and contemplation, where there is life buzzing to the maximum and also the deepest stillness.” Dig in.

Birding the Hudson Valley KATHRYN J. SCHNEIDER

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There are people for whom the word “bird” is both a noun and an active verb. If you’re a serious birder—someone who travels to see birds in their natural habitats— you’ll delight in Schneider’s 200 pages of detailed descriptions and trail maps of parks, wildlife management areas, nature preserves, and other bird-friendly public spaces throughout the Hudson Valley’s 10 counties. If you’re more of a casual backyard birdwatcher, be prepared. This book may lure you from your armchair by the window out into the meadows, marshes, and mountain migration routes where hundreds of species proliferate; detailed Species Account charts tell you who lives here yearround and who’s flying through when. Grab your binoculars or spotting scope and your identification guide (see Chapter 3 for advice), and let your spirits soar.

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The idea for online organic body-care products company Hudson Made began germinating for founder William Hovard 20 years ago, when the former New York City-based creative director bought a weekend house in the Catskills. “For many years, I’d developed brands for other people, and I’d reached a point where I wanted to do my own,” he says. “And the more time I spent upstate, the more I got interested in developing products that were regionally focused.” Not only does Hudson Made source all of its ingredients from within a 200-mile radius but the company also partners with local farmers to grow many of the botanicals. “We’re picking organic flowers by hand,” Hovard says, “and the organic botanicals we grow benefit the farms by supporting crop rotation and bringing beneficial insects.” Although Hudson Made began with a range of products for men, Hovard wanted to create a line that appeals to women too. Apothecary Rose was born when Hovard discovered that not only is rosewater a natural, Vitamin C-rich skin restorative, but that rose was a popular scent for men in the Victorian era. Hudson Made has modernized the rose scent and made it appealing for both men and women by adding rose geraniums, patchouli, and cinnamon leaves. The Apothecary Rose line includes body wash, body bar, hand soap, and body milk. In addition, Hudson Made will launch a limited line of products made from hand-harvested wild roses this fall.


So you live in the Hudson Valley, a vacationers’ paradise. Where do you go for a weekend getaway? Head north to the ’Dacks! Though five notable writers appear in its table of contents, the undisputed star of this sumptuous book is photographer Carl Heilman II. Often presented in two-page spreads, his magnificent images showcase the Adirondack Park in every season, time of day, weather, and light. McKibben points out the diversity and resilience of this “second-chance Eden,” a vast tract of ancient mountains, lowland bogs, and boreal forest regrown from Colonial plunder; Burdick explains that “the word ‘hiking’ is a British telescoping of ‘hill’ and ‘walking.’” But it’s Heilman’s photos that make you want to lace up your hiking boots, car-top your canoe, strap on your snowshoes, and get outdoors by any means necessary. Go on. There’s a portable map in the back of the book.

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HYDE PARK Hiking, Feasting, History Seeking By Elissa Garay | Photos by John Garay


he charms of the Dutchess County town of Hyde Park are certainly no secret. The Gilded Age elite, industrialist titans, and prestigious clans like the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts have imprinted themselves on this community for generations, leaving legacies via vast public estates offering history, landscape design, and views of the Hudson and Catskill Mountains. But the story of Hyde Park, which is perched on the Hudson River’s eastern banks just north of Poughkeepsie and south of Rhinebeck, predates even the people who made it famous. The town has roots as an agricultural, milling, and industrial community for 18th-century Colonists and the Quakers who followed. In recent years, Hyde Park has emerged as a culinary mecca, thanks to the 1972 opening of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) on the grounds of a former Jesuit seminary. Linda Freisitzer, a retired social worker, has lived in Hyde Park for more than 45 years on a 10-acre lot in a house that her husband designed. They’ve stayed there, in part, because of the location. “You’re close to the city, you’re close to Albany,” she explains. “There’s still plenty of undeveloped property. We have a firsthand relationship with nature. We have deer, we have turkey, we have all sorts of critters in our yard.” Plus, she says, there are “spectacular views along the Hudson,” and “great restaurants around. There’s always plenty of entertainment.” Apart from tourist developments, an improved culinary scene, and an influx of CIA graduates who opt to stay in the area, Freisitzer has observed minimal changes to Hyde Park. “It’s really a great community to live in,” she says. “We have so many blessings here, really.” THE SCENE Hyde Park lacks a proper downtown center (though sidewalks and other enhancement plans are underway as part of the Hyde Park Downtown


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Initiative to create a walkable town center along Route 9), but has three predominant themes: historical sites, culinary attractions, and superb natural settings. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic National Site, a 300-acre compound, includes the four-term, 32nd president’s lifelong home, along with his presidential library and museum, formal gardens, and final resting place. Nearby, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, called Val-Kill, marks the modest cottage where the widowed First Lady, a driving force for diplomacy and activism in her own right, spent her later years. Nearby, the luxurious 54-room Beaux-Arts palace at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site—built in 1898 for Frederick W. Vanderbilt—is a monument to the wealthiest family in 19th-century America. The CIA campus is an epicure’s mecca, presenting public tours and five dining destinations, including the Bocuse Restaurant, offering French cuisine; American Bounty Restaurant, providing American farm-to-table fare; and the Apple Pie Bakery Café, known for its bakery treats. Meanwhile, off-campus, the ever-popular Hyde Park Brewing Company brews craft beers onsite, serves an elevated pub grub menu, and features live music. A Japanese-backed sake brewery is also set to open in Hyde Park in 2020. Hyde Park also offers a slice of Americana through the retro-style Eveready Diner; the nearly 70-year-old Hyde Park Drive-In Theatre, which shows firstrun films during summer; the Hyde Park Roosevelt Cinema, which is open year-round; and the Hyde Park Roller Magic skating rink. The shopping here isn’t shabby. A seasonal farmers’ market runs on Saturdays, across from the town hall on Route 9; vintage treasures can be found at the Hyde Park Antiques Center and Hyde Park Consignments; the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park showcases the local arts scene; and River Connection, specializing in outdoor adventure gear, sells kayaks and canoes and runs guided boating tours.

THE FACTS ZIP CODE: 12538 POPULATION: 21,571 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $75,620 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: New York City is approximately 90 miles south; Albany is about 70 miles north. Poughkeepsie borders Hyde Park to the south. TRANSPORTATION: Metro-North and Amtrak train service is available via the Poughkeepsie station, about 10 minutes south of Hyde Park; Amtrak can also be accessed in Rhinecliff, about 15 minutes north. Coach USA’s Short Line operates bus service between Hyde Park and New York City. Routes 9 and 9G are the main local thoroughfares; connections to New York City are also available from the nearby Taconic State Parkway and Saw Mill River Parkway. New York Stewart International Airport is about 30 miles away. NEAREST HOSPITAL: MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester (formerly St. Francis Hospital), Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck are all within a 15-to-25-minute drive. SCHOOLS: The Hyde Park Central School District operates four elementary schools (grades K to 5), the Haviland Middle School (grades 6 to 8), and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School (grades 9 to 12). Private schools include Kinderhaus Montessori of Hyde Park for children aged 18 months through kindergarten, Regina Coeli School (kindergarten to grade 8), and St. Peter’s School (pre-K to grade 8). In nearby Rhinebeck is Primrose Hill School (nursery to grade 7). Poughkeepsie includes Oakwood Friends School, a Quaker preparatory school for grades 6 to 12; Poughkeepsie Day School for pre-K to grade 12; Our Lady of Lourdes (grades 9 to 12); St. Martin de Porres (grades pre-K to 8); and Holy Trinity (grades pre-K to 8). Special needs education is available at the Ridge School in Salt Point, Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, and Greystone Programs in Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie.

Parkland is in ample supply. The eight town parks include the 45-acre Hackett Hill Park, with wooded trails, an outdoor pool, and a pavilion. Hiking trails abound thanks to the Hyde Park Trail System, a network spanning 34 miles, including a route connecting the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt estates. The town also hosts senior activities, youth summer camps, and special annual events, including a summer series of free lawn concerts on the grounds of the Vanderbilt mansion and Mills-Norrie State Park. THE MARKET You needn’t be a Vanderbilt to buy into Hyde Park. In fact, most newcomers are young first-time homebuyers; but be forewarned: the town’s limited inventory turns over swiftly. There is a stock of affordable houses (the average sales price is $217,000), predominantly built in the 1950s through 1970s, mostly clustered along the roads that offshoot the town’s main arteries, Routes 9 and 9G. The Cape Cod-style homes at residential development Crumwald Acres, on quarter-acre lots, are highly sought after, but ranch-style homes with more acreage are commonplace. Sprawling, historic riverfront estates are available, listing over $900,000. There are newer townhouses west of Route 9 and several apartment complexes, especially on East Market Street; plus, across from the CIA, ground has been broken on the 340-acre, agritourism-themed community Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park, which will feature 559 residences (from brownstone townhouses to cottages), a 48-acre working farm, spa, two hotels, and farm-totable restaurants. At press time, a 1,325-square-feet, four-bedroom, 1.5-bath, Cape Cod-style home on a quarter acre in Crumwald Acres, built in 1949—with a full basement, garage, back deck—listed for $255,500.

From left: Students from the Culinary Institute of America gather outside for a break; at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic National Site, Ranger Jason Strothmann poses with FDR’s statue outside the cafe.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic National Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Culinary Institute of America, the Bocuse Restaurant, American Bounty Restaurant, Apple Pie Bakery Café, Hyde Park Brewing Company, Eveready Diner, Hyde Park DriveIn Theatre, Hyde Park Roosevelt Cinemas, Hyde Park Roller Magic, Hyde Park Antiques Center, Hyde Park Consignments, Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, The River Connection, Hackett Hill Park, Hyde Park Trail System SUSTAINABILITY: One of the first towns in Dutchess County to pass a solar energy law, Hyde Park had an application for installing a seven solar-panel array to generate energy before its planning board at press time; the town also recently received a grant to invest in EV-charging stations, which are slated to be installed near town hall.

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Affordable Everyman’s Enclave By Elissa Garay | Photos by John Garay

ith its charming mix of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, its history as a working-class town, and its cross-section of cultural and religious representations that reads more cosmopolitan than rural, Walden is an approachable and affordable home base. Located in the northeastern portion of Orange County, it’s the largest of three small villages that make up the greater town of Montgomery. With a position that straddles the Wallkill River—a Hudson River tributary—Walden began its life in hydropower as an 18th-century mill town (in fact, the town takes its name from the pioneering miller Jacob T. Walden). In the 19th century, the village went on to serve as a manufacturing hub for textiles and knives (even earning the nickname “Knifetown”); although the last knife-making plant closed in the 1950s, industrial pursuits persisted. “When I grew up, Walden was a factory village. There was a lamp factory, a coat factory, a paper factory—there were a lot of factories,” recalls lifetime local Bill Voegelin, a retired carpenter who grew up in neighboring Montgomery, and who—with his wife, retired schoolteacher June Voegelin, and two children— moved into a home he built just outside Walden in 1986. With time, he says, socioeconomic improvements have come to what has traditionally been a working-class village. “I think the average income of the families that are here now is higher than it was when I was a kid. So I think the village itself has improved,” he says. Today, light industry and retailing carry on, and an estimated three out of four households are made up of families with children—with the community ties, amenities, and services to match. The things that drew the Voegelins to Walden over 30 years ago—high-quality public schools and parks—are still there. Walden is a haven for kid-friendly open spaces and recreation, with 145 acres spread out over seven public parks. 14

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“Walden offers a lot. It provides what anybody might need,” says June Voegelin, who frequents village conveniences like the Thruway Shopping Center and the Josephine-Louise Public Library, built in 1916. THE SCENE The Wallkill River is the village’s dominant geographical feature, with its waterfalls, dams, bridges, and Tin Brook tributary, and serves as a bucolic background to the village’s residential and commercial pockets. Several parks traverse the village, including Tin Brook-hugging Wooster Grove, along East Main Street, with nearly 10 acres encompassing a playground, basketball courts, seasonal ice rink, bandstand, and rec center (set within a former train station); the 34-acre Bradley Park, chockablock with sports courts and fields, along with a skateboard park and playground; and the 99-acre James Olley Community Park, with several playgrounds, trails, and a manmade beach. The Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail offers over three miles of paved pathway through the heart of town and into the neighboring hamlet of Wallkill that’s suitable for strolling, jogging, cycling, or dog walking. Walden’s historic central business district along Main Street has harbored a thriving mom-and-pop-shop retail corridor for more than a century, as evidenced by stalwarts like Millspaugh Furniture (dating to 1858) for finely crafted home furnishings or Sohn’s Appliance Center (since 1907). Retail, dining, and services spill over onto offshoot streets, including Orange Avenue and East Main Street. Neighborhood hubs include Sweeney’s Irish Pub; Zona Rosa, a Mexican restaurant; and breakfast/lunch haunt The Barnside. During summer and fall, the village center is lively with a farmers’ market; free outdoor summer music and movie events; and the annual Walden Day, featuring food, entertainment, and a Little Miss Walden Contest.

THE FACTS ZIP CODE: 12586 POPULATION: 6,978 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $70,147 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: 75 miles north of New York City; 85 miles south of Albany; 11 miles west of Newburgh TRANSPORTATION: Metro-North Railroad service to New York City is accessible from stations in Campbell Hall or Beacon, each about 20 minutes away. Coach USA bus service travels from Walden to New York City and further upstate. Walden sits at the crossroads of Routes 208 and 52, five miles from the “golden triangle” juncture where the New York State Thruway/I-87, Interstate 84, and Route 17 converge. Stewart International Airport is 10 minutes away. NEAREST HOSPITAL: Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh and Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown are each about 20 minutes away.

The village’s other major commercial artery runs down the hill to the riverfront Thruway Shopping Center complex, which opened in the 1950s (on the grounds of a defunct knife factory). It’s had staying power, maintaining retail arms for sporting goods, wine and liquor, and hardware; there’s also an adjacent Hannaford supermarket. On the outskirts of town, hard cidery Angry Orchard is Walden’s premier attraction. The 60-acre orchard and tasting room welcome visitors with complimentary flights of cider, barrel house tours (for a fee), and scenic spots like a fire pit overlooking the orchards and a satellite treehouse tasting room created by the people on Animal Planet’s show “Treehouse Masters.” Three Walden-based schools offer training in the arts: New York School of Music, Hudson Valley Conservatory for performing arts, and Smalling School of the Arts dance school. The Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, meanwhile, is a prestigious center for craftsmanship, specializing in metalwork casting and fabrication. For a small town, Walden has a rich convergence of spiritual culture, too, with numerous churches and a synagogue; the Tibetan Buddhist Tsechen Kunchab Ling, Temple of AllEncompassing Great Compassion; the Hindu ashram Shanti Mandir; and a Bruderhof community. “[Walden] doesn’t exclude anybody,” says Bill Voegelin. “It’s very welcoming.”

From left: A weekend crowd at Angry Orchard hard cidery; a statue of President William McKinley graces the crossroads at Walden’s entrance.

SCHOOLS: Walden is served by the Valley Central School District with three public schools— Walden Elementary School (kindergarten to grade 5), Valley Central Middle School (grades 6 to 8), Valley Central High School (grades 9 to 12); the Alternative Learning Center at Maybrook offers specialneeds education. Private schools include Most Precious Blood School (grades pre-K to 8) and Chapel Field Christian Schools in Pine Bush (grades pre-K to 12). POINTS OF INTEREST: Jacob T. Walden House, Josephine-Louise Public Library, Wooster Grove, Bradley Park, James Olley Community Park, Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail, Millspaugh Furniture, Sohn’s Appliance Center, Roosa’s Jewelers, Zona Rosa, Sweeney’s Irish Pub, The Barnside, Thruway Shopping Center, Angry Orchard, New York School of Music, Hudson Valley Conservatory, Smalling School of the Arts, Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, Tsechen Kunchab Ling, Shanti Mandir SUSTAINABILITY: The village’s Sustainable Montgomery initiative provides community education and events surrounding energy efficiency and environmental protection and promotes a “10% Challenge,” encouraging residents to reduce energy consumption.

THE MARKET Walden’s median home value is an affordable $168,000, with listings for single-family homes generally running in the range of $130,000 to $350,000. With attractive rates and a soughtafter school district, the housing stock turns over quickly, often snatched up largely by young families and military personnel. Single-family homes built prior to 1940—including Victorians in varying states of upkeep—are the primary structures within the village center, although options diversify on its outskirts, including Colonials, modern townhouses, “McMansions,” and more than 150 multiunit developments with10-plus residential units apiece. Ulster Avenue and Walnut Street offer large, opulent Victorians. At press time, a renovated, three-bedroom, 1.5-bath, end-unit townhouse from the 1970s, within walking distance to the rail trail and Bradley Park, was listed for $169,999. Of note, Walden also maintains a sizeable rental community. upstate HOUSE

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Old Mud Creek Farm’s hemp provides healthy remedies and remediates contaminated soil. By Anne Pyburn Craig

From left: Organic hemp farmer Ben Banks-Dobson surveys Old Mud Creek Farm’s crop; the farm field crew brings in the 2018 harvest.


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en Banks-Dobson grew up with his hands in the soil and his mind on its health, tending organic greens on his father’s two salad farms, located on the borderlands between the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley. In 2001, at age 17, he began his own CSA; then, after some college, he took off to farm coffee in Haiti, where he met his wife, Nalise Polyte Dobson; in 2007, the couple returned to the US with their growing family—they now have four children—to take over a 170-acre organic greens operation in Bowdoinham, Maine, where Banks-Dobson founded Atlantic Organics. “A guy from California had brought a lot of his equipment east and set up an East Coast operation similar to what they do with greens in California,” he explains. “My dad used to buy salad greens from his farm in the winter. He wanted to sell and gave me a lease/purchase agreement on it.” Atlantic Organics became the largest organic vegetable farm in Maine. In 2008, Banks-Dobson also founded Locally Known LLC, a salad processing company that sold pre-packaged, ready-to-eat salads to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford, and Trader Joe’s in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Eventually, he sold both enterprises to the company that produces Olivia’s Organics and set about studying permaculture—the development of agricultural ecosystems meant to be both sustainable and self-sufficient.

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In 2012, Banks-Dobson and his family were living in the Dominican Republic, where he was setting up a biodynamic banana farm, when he received a phone call that changed his life: his younger sister Moira had been tragically killed by a repeat drunk driver, and he was drawn home. But he was needed back home for more reasons than he knew. Peggy McGrath Rockefeller, founder of the American Farmland Trust and the wife of the late Chase Manhattan Corporation head David Rockefeller, had bought and preserved nearly 3,000 acres of prime Columbia County farmland in the 1970s and ’80s, and her children—Abby, David, and Peggy—needed help transitioning the land to organic. Banks-Dobson soon found himself with two jobs: manager of the Hudson farm Stone House Grain, finding ways to meet the seed-andfeed needs of the local farming community using holistic management techniques, and director of Hudson Carbon, an open-source collaborative research institute with the goal of combining profit and soil health. In 2015, environmental organization Scenic Hudson and Abby Rockefeller agreed to preserve Old Mud Creek Farm, 390 acres bordering Stone House Grain that had been used for pesticide testing by Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta. Would Banks-Dobson manage it?

He certainly would. With its large shop, lab building with business-quality internet service, and big 1850s farmhouse for office and organizational space, Old Mud Creek Farm was the perfect place for the founding of Hudson Hemp. Besides having a well-documented laundry list of end uses, Banks-Dobson knew that hemp remediates damaged soil. So he formed an association of regional farmers focusing on regenerative agriculture and soil science in the cultivation of organic, sun-grown hemp. “While sustainable approaches to hemp cultivation are important, some farmers like Hudson Hemp are going a step further with regenerative agriculture,” explains John Gilstrap, Hudson Hemp’s chief operating officer. “It provides a holistic approach to producing biodiverse hemp cannibis that’s grown intentionally with the plant and the planet as major priorities. Compassion for the plant is celebrated as farmers grow top-tier industrial hemp that holds unique characteristics specific to the living soil we use.” At the time of the company’s founding, industrial hemp (a nonpsychoactive strain of Cannabis sativa) was also in the process of gaining legal status as a research crop, and Hudson Hemp was granted one of New York’s original licenses in 2017. That’s when Banks-Dobson picked up the phone and called home his two youngest sisters to help him. Melany and Freya Dobson also grew upstate HOUSE

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managing director, says that, anecdotally speaking, things are going well. “We have observed tremendously large and deep root systems on our hemp plants, which are surely depositing lots of biomass throughout the soil profile, most likely making significant contributions to sub-soil layers (30 to 100 centimeters),” he says. The 2019 growing season will be the first one in which part of Old Mud Creek’s hemp acreage “will land on a research site, at which we have about four years of baseline data, so we are poised to begin looking closely into the effects of hemp production on the carbon cycle.” Meanwhile, Ted Dobson, who is referred to by neighboring farmers as the “Godfather of Greens,” is transitioning into adding cannabis to his own operation, making the oldest organic market garden in Western Massachusetts the first legal outdoor medicinal cannabis grower. “Dad started growing organic in 1983 when no one was doing it,” says Melany. “I think it’s pretty surreal for Dad that the three of us ended up doing this together, but I’m pretty sure he’s proud.” Freya still steps back to marvel at the big picture. “Abby Rockefeller is intensely modest and visionary, not someone who wants her name plastered all over everything,” she says. “But she’s done so much to build the community. We have [Abby Rockefeller’s] Churchtown Dairy, our sister biodynamic farm, seven minutes away; a mile away is another organic farm with a bread baker and a CSA; the microbrewery down the road buys grain from us. There’s so much happening in food and ag science within a 10-mile radius, a big lab full people with a common vision. I think of them—Ben, our neighbors— as the ‘thinker farmers.’ And I think it’s our moment.”

From left: Melany Dobson, Hudson Hemp’s vice president of brand development (on the left), and her sister Freya Dobson, the company’s personof-all-work; John Gilstrap, vice president of business development, holds a meeting with Hudson Hemp’s member farmers. Photos (from left): Sara S Wallach; Peter Crosby

up tending lettuce, but had vowed to pursue other things. Melany had studied German at Bard; Freya had graduated from Simon’s Rock and studied performing arts at the New School. When she got her brother’s call, Melany, now 26, was working in management in Humboldt County, California, in the state’s fledgling legal cannabis industry; she had convinced Freya to take a break from school and join her. But as the daughters of an agroecologist, neither of them was happy with the farming techniques being practiced there. “Ben called and basically said, ‘Come home, I need you guys here,’” says Freya, now 21 and a person-of-all-work at Hudson Hemp. “Now I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Even the mundane tasks put a smile on my face because of the mission.” Melany is chief administrative officer. “When we were kids, Freya and I were all about how soon we could get off the farm,” she says. “But once I stumbled back into agriculture, it all made sense. This is my life’s work.” Hudson Hemp is now in its second year of processing and shipping full-spectrum hemp oil distillate and cannabidiol (CBD) isolate extracts for use in foods and wellness preparations. The company’s Treaty line of hemp extract products soft-launched in May and is expected to be in retail stores by June. “We have four formulas targeted to specific concerns: focus, calming and sleep, pain and inflammation, and general balance,” says Freya. “They’re sublingual tinctures made with CBD and supporting botanicals.” As for Old Mud Creek Farm’s soil remediation, although there isn’t any data available yet to correlate directly with the hemp crop’s impact, Matt Sheffer, Hudson Carbon’s

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Green by Design Architect Mike Phinney is watching green building move into the mainstream. By Anne Pyburn Craig

This private residence in Lake Placid, New York, features natural materials with a modern disposition, including American granite, bluestone, Western red cedar, and Douglas fir beams and soffits, incorporating both regional and durable sources. Opposite, from top: This private home in Hague, New York, completed in 2016, is LEED certified by the US Green Building Council; located in Bolton, New York, near Lake George, this private modern Adirondack retreat won the 2016 Design Award of the American Architects of American, Northeastern New

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ike Phinney was always a little precocious. His parents enrolled him in kindergarten at age four; he was 16 when he toured Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and set his heart on going there. “I was constantly drawing, and I thought I wanted to be an artist,” Phinney recalls. “I was also doing well in science and math, and a teacher suggested architecture. RPI was rated third in the country for architecture at the time, and they recruited me to play football.” But the artist in him rebelled at the architectural fashions of the early 1990s. “It was the peak of ‘starchitecture,’ when you were supposed to buy this person’s giant sculpture and be grateful just to have their name associated with your institute or whatever,” he says. “It was all ego, no context, and I wanted nothing to do with it. I started seeking out professors who didn’t buy into it either, and [began] hearing more about sustainability. I decided to do my thesis on environmental awareness and did a lot of research. It was eye-opening.” Green building was just starting to draw some buzz. “There were a couple of buildings being designed [in New York City] while I was doing my research—the Audubon headquarters, 4 Times Square—that were making news, and I just thought, ‘That’s for me,’” he says. “I was constantly outside as a kid. Dad had a Lake George marina, I was either on the water or skiing, hiking, or camping.” After graduating from RPI, Phinney worked for WCGS Architecture in Albany and participated in the design and building of the state headquarters of the Department of Environmental Conservation, the first certified green building in New York State. “We did a lot of big office buildings, college buildings,” he says. “I wanted to bring what I was learning to more diverse projects, get more hands-on.” In 2001, when Phinney and his wife Marci became frustrated in their house-hunting, they purchased 20 acres, and soon he was neck-deep in an entirely different kind of project: designing and building their first home. It was so inspiring that, in 2002, he resigned from WCGS. “My first client [couple] hired us after they saw my house, which wasn’t even done yet. She had chemical sensitivities, and I had studied indoor air quality in-depth. I sent a proposal and they said, ‘Let’s go!’ I hadn’t expected to get the job.” Thus was born Phinney Design Group, based in Saratoga Springs, now staffed with half a dozen LEED Accredited Professionals and three Green Associates. And as the 21st century unfolds, many of the standards that were groundbreaking when Phinney started out have become standard operating procedure and been written into New York’s building codes— so, especially for new construction, incorporating green features is not just the responsible but also increasingly the economical choice. upstate HOUSE

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resemble unobtrusive shingles. And he reimagined a privately owned Adirondack “Great Lodge” with white oak taking the place of old-school dark paneling, playing beautifully with generous areas of glass. When it comes to green building, says Phinney, some clients go all in from the get-go. Phinney Design recently completed a Japanese-inspired LEED Gold-Certified house on Lake George using mostly locally milled, extracted, manufactured materials, salvaged, and recycled materials. Passive-solar design, geothermal heating and cooling, and a solar photovoltaic system combined to achieve Net-Zero energy use. But other clients may need some convincing because solar and geothermal systems are investments that typically take seven to 12 years to reap financial rewards, Phinney explains. Clients who choose them “often consider it an ethical commitment. A lot of our second-home clients look at it generationally: They’re investing in a legacy they want to pass down.” Although federal solar incentives are phasing out in 2019, when the same thing happened with geothermal, Phinney points out, the state took up the slack. “It’s all about educating and informing,” he says. “We work with a broad variety of clients, and we incorporate what we call ‘sensible green design’ into every project, because it actually saves the client money. Every design firm should have that basic level of competence. To make the change, we need to make as a society we need to go big with this awareness: green infrastructure, green fuel supply and energy sources, public transportation. We need to think ahead, and some of it is going to have to be by law.” But judging from his own experience watching green building move out of obscurity, Phinney has confidence that green building will become “‘the way it’s done’ before too long,” he says. “And I can make the business argument on a massive scale, to commercial and municipal clients: Here’s what you’re spending on this, here’s what that will cost, here is what you’ll be spending on water in five years and you’ll be in a healthier, happier society. How can you not be a lot happier?”

This private residence in Hague, New York, completed in 2016, is LEED Gold Certified by the US Green Building Council.

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“It starts with what the site is telling us—the context, light, wind, and geometry—and how the building should respond,” says Phinney. “Eighty percent of green design is in those choices. If the geometry is right, the result will be aesthetically pleasing and easier to light, heat, and cool. The rest of it is 10 percent things that require a minimal investment, such as choice of building envelope materials, and 10 percent major investment, such as a geothermal heating and cooling system or a major solar array.” Energy-smart choices that involve a minimal investment include insulation, energy-efficient windows, and vapor barriers installed in walls. “There are vapor retarders that dilate and allow the building to breathe; they’re developing smart building skins that react to the climate,” says Phinney. “We use a foundation spray that’s a rubber polymer, not petroleum-based tar that leaches into the ground. We tell clients, ‘Here’s a list of materials you can choose, they all cost the same, but here are the ones that are better for your health and the environment.’ And they’re fine with that; it’s common sense.” With its extremes of temperature and humidity, the Hudson Valley climate can test the highest-performance building envelope to the max, at least some of the time. “It might be 10 below and 20-percent humidity or 103 degrees out with 90-percent humidity, and there’s a week or two out of any year when no matter what you do, it’s going to be kind of wrong,” Phinney says. “But in other ways, we’re in a fantastic location for this. We have lots of timber, stone, concrete, recycled steel. You can find local cabinet makers and blacksmiths and the increase in cost over buying something prefab from out of town is minimal at best.” Phinney’s aesthetic choices are as site-specific as the rest of the process, but tend toward reinventions of classic Adirondack and Arts-and-Crafts looks. He’s done lowslung, airy live-work studios at the creative retreat Yaddo in Saratoga, and a curved roof studded with solar panels for the Bio Building at the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, on which the solar panels

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ast 4th of July in the Hudson Valley, the mercury topped 93 degrees, with the average local temperature for Independence Day a full 14 degrees higher than it was 50 years ago. While they have deleterious effects on the planet, warming global temperatures have extended the temperate outdoor season for Hudson Valley residents. Outdoor living spaces have always been a part of West Coast culture, and they are now growing in popularity in the Northeast, as the balmy days have people heading to their yards to sit under the stars and listen to the tree frogs. “More people than ever are staying home and entertaining in their backyards,” says Kim Williams, of Williams Lumber & Home Centers. It’s not just grilling on the 4th of July, it’s breakfast on the patio, dinner under the pergola, and a bottle of wine with friends and children making s’mores by the firepit. “More and more people are doing staycations and realizing they can turn their backyard into an extension of their living space.” While creating a patio or a deck might sound like a significant investment (of both time and money), Williams advises people to create a plan to help you execute a successful project. “So often people think, ‘Oh I could never undertake this, it’s too expensive, I don’t know how to do this,’ but if every year you start a little project, then eventually you can turn your dreams into reality,” she says. “One year build your deck, the next year go add a retaining wall, then depending on your outdoor living space, you can create


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EQ UILIBRIUM A barn-inspired house blends antique forms with modern technology. By Maria Ricapito | Photos by Jesse Turnquist



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alance is the main theme of this newly built house in the southern Columbia County town of Gallatin, where antique and modern architectural forms meld with cutting-edge, energy-efficient technology. In 5,000 square feet, the house pays homage to Dutch, English, and New England barn styles and employs passive-house technology—the highest standard for energy efficiency, requiring no fossil fuels. Architect Ben Albury, founder and principal of Amalgam Studio in Manhattan, says the clients, a New York City couple who work in the finance industry, wanted a weekend house in the Hudson Valley. The original idea of the husband—who,

The clients’ chosen property was 120 acres, which the previous owner had used as a gravel quarry, featuring a few crumbling stone walls, an old bridge, what Albury calls “a beautiful, class-A trout stream,” and a mountaintop. They dubbed the property Silvernails after a defunct railway station nearby. “There’s a lot of history in the area, lots of farmland,” Albury explains. “But there’s also this sort of natural wild beauty to the second-growth forest.” Situating the house was easy. “It was like, ‘Go with the view,’” says Albury. “There was almost a plateau down a little bit from the mountain, so it’s got a view northwards of the mountains and then south to an open field.” The siting was

like Albury, is an Australian native—and the wife—who is expecting their first child—was to reclaim an antique barn, providing room for their family to grow. “Everyone loves a good barn,” Albury says. “There are factories upstate where all these old barns have been pulled apart and put into piles with every plank numbered, so they’re like jigsaw puzzles.” But due to the expense and complexity of rehabbing an antique barn, the couple “came around to this idea of creating a modern barn,” Albury says, “replicating the form, the materials, and making it contextual for the rural, agricultural location and the feel of the landscape.” They also wanted the barn-inspired home to be “modern, energy-efficient, and contemporary,” he adds. That meant meeting passive-house standards. “You create almost an airtight seal,” Albury says. “All of the windows, gaps, doors, and skylights are tight. It’s like you’re living in a Thermos flask.”

also key for accessing solar power and creating two decks—a cozy, northern one looking toward the mountain and a fulllength southern one opening to the pool and garden. The design began with a 17th-century gable barn shape, chosen for its compatibility with cathedral ceilings and loft spaces. “Basically everything came from that,” Albury says, including exposing the building’s bones. “I loved seeing the structure being honest with how the building is made, how the building is held up.” It was a “lovely moment” when he and the contractors finished building the timber frame: “It was literally like the olden times, when they would raise a barn. The entire framework of the house was put up in about four hours.” The builder and structural engineer used a crane and modern technology. But they also “talked about how, traditionally, things were done. For me, not being a local, not even being from America, this was all very interesting and new.

Opposite: In the kitchen, the shutters on the southfacing elevation are manually operated but tip down under the weight of snow and can be closed tight for storm protection. Above: The owners wanted no obvious front or back door to the house.

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We wanted to be mindful of context and history, and creating something that belongs to that place, that space, that farm.” Another design challenge was technical. Because the mountainside spot is exposed to whipsawing extremes—from bright sun and melting humidity to tree-toppling winds, storms, and snow—moisture management is vital. The exterior’s siding and decking are Kebony brand plantation pine treated with a biobased liquid. “We used a new material in a very old-school way to keep things as dry as possible,” Albury says. “Kebony behaves like a hardwood, so it’s very durable. It’s very dense, and it doesn’t warp and buckle and move like traditional softwood would in the environment upstate.” The wood forms part of a rainscreen—a waterproof membrane and ventilation gap between the exterior siding and interior wall. The clients wanted to have an “oh wow moment” whenever they entered the house, whether from the front or back, says Albury, so he used a double-sided skylight, wrapping the roof, over eight-by-eight-foot sliding glass doors along two sides, sourced in Austria to meet passive-house standards. (In fact, the skylight is the first residential one in the US to meet passive-house standards.) The skylight and glass doors break the house into two zones: One wing holds the open space of the kitchen, dining, and living areas, while the other “is the more intimate, private [zone with] bedroom sleeping areas,” Albury says. A floating-tread, white oak staircase divides the house there, too, allowing light from the skylight to filter all the way down to the basement, which contains game and media rooms and a guest suite, study, and wine cellar. Since the sliding doors are identical, neither side of the house is the “front”—on one side, the sliders lead to a stone patio off the garden and, on the other, a wooden deck. The stairs’ open treads and the window-walls’ pneumatic sun-shading slats make the space “light, bright, and airy,” Albury says. “The play of light creates a poetic, artistic, almost romantic feel. Shadow play was important for the long galleria space, so you experience light and dark when moving through the corridor, especially on a sunny day.” Upstairs, the bright, white, minimalist loft space will function as a nursery or rumpus room. The couple likes to lie there and gaze at the stars, through additional skylights. The house’s interior is fittingly barn-like—“white oak on the floor, walls, and ceiling linings,” Albury says. “Then, when you look at the basement, which sort of projects out from the hillside, you see that it’s stonework, which was similar to the traditional barns of the area.” As in the 1600s, when Gallatin was founded, the wood species chosen for the house—white oak flooring, hickory vanities, and walnut cabinetry—come from native trees.  “Each level of the house has a different palette of colors, finishes, and materials,” says Albury. The main level is “light, but warm and feels natural, mostly the use of woods endemic to the property.” The decor is modern farmhouse, Albury says, with a mix of vintage Scandinavian furniture and pieces from Design Within Reach. The traditional New England hearth is “the heart of the house, so I wanted to use real stone,” says Albury. It is double-sided, dividing the open area from “a cozier space where you can retire with a glass of red wine and read a book.” The lighting and furniture throughout the house is a mix of Midcentury Nordic and minimalist modern. The basement level is cooler and darker, with a blue feature wall, gray carpet, light gray walls, dark walnut wardrobes, and a black-stained, exposed wooden ceiling. The stairs are exposed architectural concrete. The complex includes a carriage house below the main house (creating a courtyard) and a pool; in future, the couple may add a pool house. “Also, the carriage house could be a guest house down the track,” Albury says, “but at the moment it’s a three-car garage and workshop with a loft 28

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space above,” used as a music room—the owner plays guitar. It has a “modern treehouse” look, showcasing a collection of Japanese woodblock prints. The local slate Albury hoped to use turned out to be better for making “outdoor, crumbling walls” than for building. “It’s not so good to walk on as something that will last a hundred years,” Albury says. “[The client] was [thinking] about not only his own children, but his children’s children. He even talked about planting an apple orchard and learning to make cider.” The house is entirely made of natural materials that, without maintenance, will last, and encourage imperfections. For example, its solid wood interior floorboards, which will “wear away and have that beautiful dip in certain areas,” he says. “Wood is wood. It’s not vinyl and it doesn’t always look perfect. We showed the knots. We showed the cracks. We were honest with the imperfections.” This ethos deviates from standard, slick modern design. The house, however, is already a hit and was included among design blog Dezeen’s top 10 architectural projects of 2018. But for the clients, “It’s a real house,” says Albury. “They wanted to be able to come in with snowshoes and wet dogs and muddy feet. It wasn’t about, ‘Okay, we’re going to spend all this money on something that we’re never going to use and it’s going to be always beautiful, and we don’t get to touch anything.’”

Clockwise from bottom left: The dining room can be opened to the outdoors; the master suite’s Agape Spoon XL bathtub is surrounded on three sides by domestic white marble tile; the house looks onto mountains on one side and the pool on the other; a side view of the house, with landscaping by Jamie Purinton; and the minimaliststyle master bedroom is designed for calm.

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A creative couple reinvents a Catskills inn—and themselves. By Maria Ricapito | Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


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t’s a familiar story: A young Brooklynite couple moves to the Catskills and opens a hip guest house. But with the Spruceton Inn, there’s a twist: Writer and graphic designer Casey Scieszka and her husband, children’s book author and illustrator Steven Weinberg, originally planned to open an inn overseas. After spending a handful of years living abroad— in China and West Africa, they wound up in the Moroccan city of Fez. “When we were in Morocco, I first had the idea of, ‘Oh, I really want to renovate one of those traditional courtyard houses and turn it into a small hotel,’” Scieszka says. “At that point, we were called back to the States for all the normal reasons.” (Think: family, money, work.) They moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, where Scieszka grew up, but the inn idea wouldn’t die. “We were like, ‘Okay, we’re doing the thing we’re supposed to do,’ and yet, something just didn’t feel right,” Scieska recalls. “And, just from the depths of some deep winter freelance despair, that running-an-inn idea bubbled up again. I thought, ‘I really wish I could do the Moroccan hotel in America because I want to be here.’ But then I had the very obvious realization that we do have hotels in America.” Weinberg, who’d grown up in Bethesda, Maryland, and missed the woods, suggested the Catskills, where the couple often went hiking. “That was a complete light bulb,” Scieszka says. She began working at a Brooklyn boutique hotel to learn the hospitality ropes. She and Weinberg found the property in West Kill (near Phoenicia) in early 2014, and opened the business that summer. The inn is in the middle of Catskill Park’s protected land. In the 1960s, it was called Schwarzenegger’s Sunshine Valley House, and until 2003 it was owned by The Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cousins. The couple spotted the property after looking at a nearby horse farm for sale. “We decided to keep driving down the road, because it was so beautiful,” Scieszka recalls. “Then we passed what is now our property, and did what everyone does to us, which is slow down, and say, ‘What is a hotel doing in the middle of that meadow? What’s going on here?’” The property, then rentable by the week or season with optional meal plans, consisted of eight acres with a farmhouse, a strip of 10 motel rooms, and an old barn. The owners were running it as a seasonal inn for hunters when they got Scieszka’s call.

Opposite: The owners made the farmhouse their home. From top: Spruceton Inn is situated at the edge of Catskill Park; Scieszka and Weinberg with their daughter Amina and Waldo the dog in the farmhouse’s living room.

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Thus began Spruceton Inn: a Catskills Bed and Bar. But what happened to breakfast? Well, there’s a commercial kitchen in the old farmhouse, but the couple planned to live there with their daughter Amina and Waldo the dog. So they turned one of the 10 guest rooms into a lobby/bar/cafe. “We decided to go a little highbrow/lowbrow,” Scieszka says. “We serve very nice Café Grumpy coffee—single origin, yummy deliciousness—and then we have Pop Tarts.” The motel required a major overhaul, with new plumbing and electric. The couple did as much DIY as they could and then called in the pros, whom they learned from “by following them around like curious children,” Scieszka says. The rustic location allowed for straightforward decor, all about a comfy bed and views of the outdoors, where visitors can hike, lounge in hammocks, and cross-country ski. “I really tried to keep it simple, knowing that what people were coming out here for was essentially the property,” says Scieszka. “We are five miles down a seven-mile, dead-end road, in a box canyon, surrounded by a state park.” The guest rooms, many of which include kitchenettes, are “minimalist and a little rough,” she says, featuring reclaimed wood and bedspreads made from canvas dropcloths. “People go pretty hard on things like rugs and bedspreads,” Scieszka says. “I knew I didn’t want delicate things, not to mention that people are going to be traipsing in mud and snow and grass and all that. I want people to be comfortable, so all of our floors—and basically, everything—can be wiped down and washed. Even the carpets, from Mad Mats, are recycled plastic designed to be outdoor rugs, so we can hose them down.” The couple built the furniture themselves—bedside tables, 34

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benches, banquettes—using discarded barn wood and tree stumps. They opted against window treatments because “all the windows look out over a meadow to the creek and West Kill Mountain,” Scieszka says. “That view of the state park is not going to change.” They painted “everything” white, she says, to make the rooms “as simple as possible for when you walked in. All you see are the back windows, almost like a painting.” Ikea clothes racks, globe lights, and folding chairs look sleek and modern. On the walls are framed vintage maps and Weinberg’s paintings. The bar, called Conan’s Corner, “serves more as a tiny living room for the other nine rooms,” Scieszka says. It features stools, barnwood benches with cushions made from old linen sheets, outdoor rugs, and reclaimed-wood tables and shelves. There’s a Technivorm Moccamaster coffeemaker, and the beer taps are made from shed antlers found nearby at West Kill Brewing, whose beer Conan’s Corner serves. Once the motel was up and running, the couple tackled the farmhouse, removing its old linoleum, faux wood paneling, and carpets. “Naturally, it was about taste and budget and style, all Venn diagrammed in whatever possible way,” Scieszka says. “The stakes were a little less high since we were the only ones experiencing it.” For the kitchen, their contractor built a table from hemlock beams found in the kitchen floor and one of the barn’s old doors; it’s surrounded with Vernor Panton chairs. Accents include vintage Fiesta Ware, wooden stools, and pendant lights (from Ikea in the kitchen and World Market in the dining room). The master bedroom is clean lined, with a handmade cabinet of reclaimed wood. The decor of Amina’s

Clockwise from above: Waldo the dog graces the minimalist master bedroom, which features a handmade reclaimed-wood cabinet; Scieszka at work in her office; Weinberg in his studio, where a few of his works-in-progress are on display; daughter Amina’s bedroom’s furnishings are simple but sophisticated; the farmhouse’s kitchen/ dining area includes a wood-burning stove.

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“Thereweresomanypartsaboutopening a hotel that fit with a lot of my interests— like hosting and design and travel and having my fingers in everything.” room is simple, too, with a tiger-striped bathmat and a watercolor painting of a fish by Weinberg, a veteran fly-fisherman, as focal points. Scieszka wallpapered the hallway with pages from a 1947 encyclopedia, using the letters S and W. The 19th-century post-and-beam barn was renovated last. “It was a cool piece of history,” Scieszka says, but it was falling apart. The couple did most of the work themselves, pouring concrete to turn the goat pens into a patio, adding bathrooms and a service bar, installing black pendant lights from Wolberg Lighting Design & Electric Supply in Kingston; they left the hand-hewn hemlock beams and pine walls unstained. In 2018, the barn hosted 19 weddings, plus art shows, retreats, and dinners. It’s easy to unplug at the inn. Only Conan’s Corner has internet, and there are no TVs. Since opening, the inn has hosted over 32 artists and writers for weeklong residencies; an exhibition of their work will be held this summer. “There were so many parts about opening a hotel that fit with a lot of my interests—like hosting and design and travel and having my fingers in everything,” says Scieszka. “Basically, I really wanted to build a business from the ground up, something that I had a little more control over than I did in a freelance career.” So far, she says, it’s mostly been fun. “That’s the thing about owning your own small business—you wear all the hats, which is exciting and wonderful and also completely terrifying and overwhelming at times,” she admits. “But I thought, ‘What do I want out of my day-to-day life? If I’m going to do blood, sweat, and tears building my own business, who is it that I want to spend all my time around?’ I want relaxed people having fun, looking for an adventure.” 36

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From above: The inn’s nine guest rooms each have a view of a creek and West Kill Mountain, so the owners let the windows frame the view, and did without window treatments; most of the guest rooms include an efficiency kitchen, which is particularly appreciated by the artists and writers who participate in the inn’s creative retreats.

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hen the current owner first saw her ranch tucked away on five wooded acres off Cooper Lake Road in Woodstock, her heart sang. “It had some distinct Midcentury Modern touches and an amazing sunny energy,” she explains. “And of course, the land was beautiful: You are close enough to neighbors to not feel isolated, but never have to see anyone if you don’t want to.” She and her family had been Bearsville-based weekenders since 2013 and already owned a farmhouse, but they fell in love with the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home and the surrounding landscape. Owned by the same family for years, it was well cared for but in need of both restoration and modernization. They couldn’t resist the challenge of updating the space and making it a haven for their young family, while staying true to the home’s Midcentury roots. They knew to make the home more comfortable they would need to open the flow of the main living space. Working with New York City-based architect Audra Manzano, they began by removing walls from the main living area, reconfiguring the space into an open-layout kitchen, front entrance, dining area and living room. With the help of local contractor Tom Mayone of Mayone Building and Contracting, they preserved the original walnut cabinetry in the kitchen as well as the original walnut built-in sideboard in the attached dining area. They complemented the original touches with all new appliances, blue tiling, and quartz countertops in the kitchen. They restored the home’s original hardwood flooring throughout the main level except at the entrance, where they added new bluestone floors. Throughout the home, the windows and doors needed updating. The couple took the necessary renovation and turned it into an opportunity to expand the sense of openness even further. They replaced the windows throughout the

entire house, adding two picture windows with views to the Catskills in the living room and one of the bedrooms. They reimagined the front entranceway with double French doors. Outside, at the home’s entrance, the family built a new cedar deck and added a cantilevered awning above the French doors. They also installed custom ironwork throughout the property. “We wanted the awning and ironwork to reflect the Midcentury Modern design,” the owner explains. They installed iron railings along all the staircases as well as a decorative ironwork panel in the living room. The owners then expanded the house with an eye toward luxury and familyfriendliness by finishing the lower-level walkout, bringing the home’s total area to 2,500 square feet. Downstairs, they created a large family room that opens to the outside through two sets of newly installed French doors. They also added an office to the downstairs space, as well as an additional bedroom and a bathroom, which is finished in marble. With their children in school in New York City, the family isn’t able to spend as much time in the house as they did when the kids were younger. “We decided we would rather sell the house and see it actually lived in,” the owner explains. Even though they thoroughly modernized the home, they were always careful to maintain the integrity of the surrounding landscape. Like its Midcentury Modern design, the five acres of woods have been well preserved. “The family of turkeys that wander around is a bonus,” the owner says For more details on 159 Cooper Lake Road, Woodstock, visit upstate HOUSE

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hen Laura and Jim O’Hare began making weekend sojourns from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley in 2008, it was to escape the hectic nature of their life in New York City. “We were looking for a community where we could slow everything down,” says Laura, a public relations consultant in the fashion industry. “We wanted to find a weekend house that we could use all year round.” With one toddler in tow and another baby on the way, they searched for a family-friendly atmosphere where they could unwind and spend time on their own or with friends. They found the perfect respite in a classic, Colonial-style farmhouse on Glasco Turnpike, off Rock City Road, about half a mile from the center of Woodstock. “We always say we can feel our shoulders drop as we get closer to the house, and the stress starts to dissipate when we are here,” says Laura. Dating from the late 1700s, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home had great bones when the O’Hares found it, but after sitting empty for two years it needed a major rehab. Undaunted, they turned their undertaking into an opportunity, transforming the house into a comfortable, contemporary, 2,300-square-foot space with an open, flowing layout and expanded bedrooms. Although they thoroughly updated the 18th-century building, they were able


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Opposite: The back of the house opens to a deck and a 1.3-acre backyard of mostly grassy lawn. Clockwise from above: The hallway’s plaster walls, wideboard floors, and staircase are among the original details that were carefully preserved during the renovation; the original fireplace’s cherry wood mantelpiece was matched with new, built-in shelves; the owners placed the parlor to the left of the central staircase to use as a media/family room; upstairs, the master suite features vaulted ceilings.

to preserve many of its original antique features, including the hook-and-latch cast-iron door handles; original 19th-century Glasco-style windowpanes, manufactured in nearby Shady; and built-in cherry cabinetry and shelving— creating a spacious farmhouse that’s a charming blend of classic architecture and contemporary design. With the help of local contractor Craig Barber, the O’Hares started by taking the interior down to its studs, ripping out the kitchen as well as multiple interior walls, a back staircase, and a utility closet. In order to more easily access the barn-turned-two-car-garage on Glasco Turnpike, they changed the home’s orientation from east to west by installing a new front entrance off the home’s kitchen and dining area. Right outside the new contemporary slate gray doorway and angled overhang, the O’Hares also added a bluestone patio and path leading to the garage. They used the space from the removed staircase to create a semi-open mudroom at the new entrance. (The original 1700s entrance, which features stained glass salvaged from a Kingston trolley and installed by previous owners, and the home’s original covered front porch, facing Rock City Road, now serves as a back door.) upstate HOUSE

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The new entranceway leads into an open and airy chef’s kitchen and dining area, which has been the setting for countless dinners with family and friends. “When the kids were little and we were first coming up, we would cook a lot and just hang out, crack open a bottle of wine, try to get our kids to sleep,” recalls Jim, who works in the insurance industry. “We had a lot of friends in the same boat, so they would come up and we’d have kids everywhere.” Understated white wooden cabinetry sits over the butcher block countertops along the room’s north-facing wall. A kitchen island, topped with a gray quartzite countertop, houses a stainless steel wine refrigerator and sink. A suite of stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances completes the space, and stainless steel pendant lamps hang from the original ceiling beams. In the corner is an original built-in wooden sideboard featuring rich cherry wood and cast iron hardware, providing a counterpoint to the space’s clean modern lines. Along the dining area’s south-facing wall are double French doors leading outside to an open deck (featuring a professional grill) and a set of stairs down to the property’s 1.3 grassy acres. “We originally had no access to the backyard, and this area gets gobs of sunlight, but there was only one window,” says Jim. The French doors also offer views from the dining area to the property’s distinctive stone walls and magnolia, dogwood, and cherry trees. The O’Hares also widened two doorways, allowing easier passage from the contemporary kitchen and dining area into the den, as well as the hallway and staircase leading to the second floor. The O’Hares also retained the built-in bookshelves and mantelpiece over the original fireplace, made from a felled cherry tree by the former owners, creating a cozy 42

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space, especially for the colder months. Off the stairwell, a front parlor, which is painted white and used as a media room, complete with its own full bathroom finished in white subway tiles, could serve as an office or could serve as a fifth bedroom. Nine of the house’s original windows, featuring Glasco wavy-paned glass, which was manufactured locally, add texture to the light in the downstairs suite of east-facing rooms. Throughout the first floor are the original wide-plank wood floors. Upstairs, the O’Hares expanded the four bedrooms and modernized the two bathrooms. Above the den and parlor, three of the original bedrooms have been updated with modern, double-paned glass windows. One upstairs bathroom has been updated with a new built-in tub and finished with white subway tiles. A second staircase was removed so that the space could be remodeled into a master bedroom suite with a vaulted ceiling. The O’Hares also added new larger windows, then “insulated the bejezus out of the space,” says Jim. The master suite includes a new walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with a white subway-tiled shower, and the laundry room was moved upstairs for greater convenience. “We love this house,” says Jim. “We’ve had so much fun swimming in the swimming holes up here, skiing, and hiking.” However, with their children growing older, school commitments require that the O’Hares spend more weekends in the city, at least for now. “While we have so many wonderful memories, our kids are at an age where we can travel a bit more and have some new experiences,” explains Laura. “However, we know that we can always come back to visit Woodstock for the peace, quiet, and tranquility that we’ve been so lucky to enjoy these past 10 years.”

Clockwise from top: The open country kitchen, which is the site of a new entrance created in the renovation, has played host to many dinner parties.



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Call/Text Jeanine Stoddard 845-594-7792 In this spot, you will have some of the most expansive views from the Shawangunk Ridge to the Catskill Mountains. You will be able to enjoy the whole mountain range & spectacular sunsets! Build your dream home on this wonderful little piece of the world. Clintondale $200,000


Call/Text Sara Gorman 914-466-8600 Beautifully sun-drenched & peaceful, this cape sweet cape has 4BD/2BA, gorgeous mountain views, & is nicely sited on a quiet road. Enjoy a space that’s move-in ready & boasts a cozy wood burning stove in the living room. Close to Phoenicia for fun & Belleayre for skiing! Shandaken $249,000


Call/Text Adelaide P. Simon 845-663-5928 5.1 buildable acres w/mtn views, near Shaupeneak Ridge Preserve, where you can enjoy hiking, bike trails, fishing, or kayaking on over 900 acres of unspoiled protected land. This property has plenty of road frontage & electric is located on the road in front of the property. Ulster Park $58,500


Call/Text Sheena Lepez 845-616-2509 Here is a chance to build a business with zero cummute time! Live and work in the same location, while also making rental income. Included in this property is a 2,000 sqft commercial space, a prestine residence, & a 1 bedroom rental; all just a stone’s throw to the Hudson River. Saugerties $434,800

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Catskill 518-625-3360 Kingston 845-331-5357 New Paltz 845-255-0615 Rhinebeck 845-876-4535 Windham 518-734-4200 Woodstock 845-679-2255 *According to the Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS and Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS. ©2016 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.


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845-338-5832 The fastest-growing boutique company in the Hudson Valley just got newer, cooler and even better than before. We still maintain the highest average sale price in Ulster County* and an o�fice presence in New York City. And we cover the widest area with 4 di�ferent MLS systems in 8 di�ferent counties.

NEW PALTZ – On the Wallkill River: 4-bed, 2.5 bath Arts & Cra�ts style on 3.5 acres, Master suite with private balcony, heated inground pool. $749,000.

WOODSTOCK – Stunning Live/Work: Multi-bedroomed and bathed barn conversion with a number of commercial uses. Amazing spaces! Right in the village! $1,190,000.

WOODSTOCK – Ripe for renovation: 4-bed, 2-bath, on almost 5 acres, detached studio, private, in desirable woodedglen Cooper Lake location. $499,000.

WOODSTOCK – Spacious Colonial: 5-bed, 2.5-bath, minutes from Village. Nearly 3,000 SF, easy maintenance in a private setting. $375,000.

WOODSTOCK – Vintage Ranch: 3-bed, 3-bath, small, secluded lot. Stunning and total renovation. Bearsville location. $399,000.

WOODSTOCK – Classic on 2 acres: 3-bed, 2.5-bath, Close to Village. Arts & Cra�ts inspired master bedroom, stone fireplace. Garage with Studio Potential. $525,000.

HIGHMOUNT – Catskill Mountain Retreat - Mountain views, expansive deck, privacy on 11+ acres, 4 bed, 3 bath, includes a separate apartment. $299,900.

WOODSTOCK – Hypnotizing Mountain Views: 2-bed, 2-bath on 4+ acres, 2-level deck, outdoor amphitheater and firepit. Complete privacy only 2 hours from NYC. $599,000.

OLIVE – Country Comfort: Beautifully maintained, 4 Bed, 2.5 bath, 2+ landscaped acres & the bonus is a 42 X 50 barn! $529,900.

HURLEY– Adirondack Cottage: 2-bed, 2-bath, 2-acres. Complete country charm with renovated 1-bed income cottage. Close to Woodstock, Kingston, Thruway. $375,000.

WOODSTOCK – Near Public Land: 3-bed, 3-bath, on 4+ acres, with 1-bed lo�t apt. in barn. Adjacent to Woodstock Land Conservancy land. $449,500.

ELLENVILLE – Original 1890’s O&W train station. Over 6300 SF with manufacturing, o�fice, retail and storage space. Potential for Live/Work. Endless Possibilities. $445,000. upstate HOUSE

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in Homes Sold 2011-2018 * THE UPSTATE ESTATE OF YOUR DREAMS...

This stunning, nearly 20 acre property has everything you could want: a renovated & expanded main house, guest studio, in-ground pool, hot tub, spring-fed pond & full-size tennis court. For the equestrian enthusiast, the three-stall barn provides a turnkey environment in which to stable your horses. All of this is situated just mins away from village amenities. Woodstock $1,695,000

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BEARSVILLE FARMHOUSE; BARN GUEST HOUSE + STREAM Striking and singular balance of rustic and elegance in this enchanting Woodstock farmhouse with many original details. 3 BRs and 2.5 baths with an exciting mix of color throughout. Douglass fur floors, cozy stone fireplace, builtins and kitchen with spacious stainless steel island with bay window facing gracious grounds. Step out the french doors and head to the heated in-ground saline pool surrounded by gardens, covered porch and deck. Stroll down the driveway past the detached garage to your second home Red Barn. The two story Red Barn has been tastefully transformed and sits by the Sawkill stream. Absorb the stream with all its magic from your spacious bedroom deck. Way too much to list, this is a must see! Call to schedule a private viewing today! $875,000


At the end of a long driveway is this spacious, open and light country contemporary. The open kitchen, living/dining area with vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors with sliders lead out to a generous deck and rear yard. The ensuite master bedroom and updated bath also has sliders that walk out to the rear deck. There are two additional BRs and full bath on the main floor. The walk out lower level is finished with a fourth/guest BR, spacious family room, den/ office, studio/craft room with a propane woodstove, utility room and the perfect workout or storage room for your ski’s or weekend activity toys! The yard is encircled by natural landscaping for lots of privacy with an above ground pool, space for your own garden, fire pit and a great storage shed. Minutes to the Ashokan Reservoir for a great walk with beautiful mountain views, skiing, hiking, walking trails are all nearby for fun. $295,000


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Take pleasure in the tranquil park like surroundings while enjoying the panoramic water views of the Sturgeon Pool of the Wallkill River. This open and airy ranch with walkout lower level offers spacious living room with stone fireplace, hardwood floors and oversized windows overlooking the beautiful water view. Sun washed modern kitchen features quartz counters, stone floors, five burner gas cooktop, farmers sink and skylight. The dining area also with water views opens to the wrap around deck. The lower level has a cozy family room with brick fireplace, office with separate outside entrance, den, rec room, laundry room with its own dumbwaiter and hobby room that has double doors opening to the water level downstairs deck, convenient access to the dock designed for kayaking right outside your door! $589,000


Golden opportunity to own one of Kingston’s finest most visible commercial properties in uptown Kingston. This beautiful cornerstone building consists of three floors in pristine condition. First floor currently consists of a fully equipped thriving cafe and upscale salon. Second floor consists of two boutique hotel suites, a massage/facial room and a large studio which would be great as a yoga/dance/Pilates studio... or use your imagination. Third floor has a spacious loft style apartment which has been graciously renovated. Open LR/kitchen/dining area, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, large master suite with Jacuzzi tub and steam shower, roof top deck complete with awning and Catskills views. $1,595,000


This well maintained contemporary home has a wall of glass looking out on the most gorgeous Catskill Mountain view and a stone fireplace for cozying up on those cold winter nights. Privately sited on 6 acres that abuts up to NYC DEP land. Just minutes to Woodstock & Phoenicia. Belleayre/Hunter Mountain for skiing is just a short drive away. Warm and cozy with stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings, 3 BRs & 2 baths on the main floor with a large open sleep loft. Gourmet kitchen with wonderful cookstove, granite countertops, nicely appointed cabinetry & walk in pantry. Dining area is right off of the kitchen and is perfect for entertaining. Large full basement with workroom and wood stove. Nothing to do but move in and enjoy! $599,900

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Stately 6 BR/6 BA Federal-style building on an oversized lot in the historic Village of Rhinebeck. Choice of turnkey business (currently B&B) or single family home. Handsome facade with wraparound porch & circular columns. Grand entrance with chandelier, inlaid wood floors, living with fireplace, library/sitting room, formal dining room, large kitchen. 2-car garage, mature landscaping & cobblestone courtyard.

❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906

Historical Dutch Colonial $725,000

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Center Hall Dutch gambrel roof Colonial from 1760s. Previous B&B & antique store. Dining & living rooms w/ fireplaces & beamed ceilings. Basement w/ large mahogany bar & wall-length cooking fireplace w/ beehive oven. Original historical touches like rare Delft Blue tiles on bedroom fireplaces. Beautiful landscaping w/ shade garden. Separate 1 BR/1 BA guest cottage renovated in 2014 generates rental income. Detached garage/workshop w/ wood-burning stove & electricity. In Red Hook, 5 min. from village.

❚ Lillian Lin 917.270.9336

Dunwoodie Homestead $1,950,000

Privately sited on a dead-end road in Catskill. Imposing 5-7 BR/4 BA Hudson Bracketed brick Italianate w/ outbuildings & meadow landscape restored by well-known artist. Bringing the elements back to their original glory, the thoughtful design is one of elegant, sophisticated country living. Catskill Mtn. views, property abuts 150 acres of Scenic Hudson protected land, the Mawignack Preserve & a mile of Catskill Creek frontage. Incredible walking paths. Nature abounds but within close proximity to the village & marina.

❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

Willard Place Greek Revival $1,195,000

Grand home with Catskill Mountains & occasional Hudson River views from its generous verandas. Sited in Hudson’s Victorian community Willard Place, this 4 BR/3 BA residence was built in 2005 and offers timeless beauty blended seamlessly with modern amenities, chef’s kitchen, Brazilian cherry floors, Egyptian marble mantles, light-filled rooms & 10’ to 12’ ceilings. Quiet private location close to everything.

❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

Staatsburg Federal


This 3 BR.1.5 BA Federal beauty has recently undergone a cosmetic renovation and was featured on Design Sponge. The house dates back to 1900s with brick exterior, high ceilings, coffered detailing & lots of windows flooding the house with light. Modern kitchen leads to private fenced-in backyard. Third floor attic has been transformed into a gorgeous bonus room. Located in the historic hamlet of Staatsburg, less than 10 min. to Rhinebeck Village (Amtrak).

❚ Rachel Hyman-Rouse 917.686.4906 ❚ Lillian Lin 917.270.9336

Hudson Style


Fully renovated & stylish 3000 sf Hudson townhome. Original wide board floors, hand-carved entrance door, two preserved wood-burning fireplaces. Eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances, dramatic 2nd floor Great Room with 20’ foot ceilings, fireplace & exposed beams. Oversized master suite with deep tub, walk-in shower, dressing room & walk-in closet. 3 BR/3.5 BA. On double lot w/ patios, landscaped backyard & side garden.

❚ David Ludwig 917.365.1894

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$5,450,000 | Taghkanic | Glenco Mills Farm 8,500 sq.ft. award-winning house of glass, steel and wood, surrounded with manicured, symmetrical lawns, flagstones and Linden trees. An architectural feast created in 2001 by renowned architect, Thomas Phifer. 115 acres set in the countryside with landscaping. Indoor and outdoor pools, bocce and tennis courts and movie screening room. MLS#368328. George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

$4,250,000 | Pine Plains | 1834 Folly Farms Thoughtfully restored to capture the essence of its history with contemporary updates. Perfect country compound on 200 protected acres. 6 bedrooms. Guest cottage, formal garden, willow lined swimming pond, indoor tennis court. Hilltop picnic meadow overlooks Catskills and Hudson Valley. A true country retreat. MLS#375765. George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

$3,995,000 | North East | Pleasant View Farm One of the most iconic farms of Dutchess County. Beautiful setting on 260 acres with 360° views. Create your own estate or continue the farming tradition. Main house and farm buildings set back from a quiet road. Large pond, mostly gently sloping land, magnificent mountain views; land protected by conservation easements. 10 minutes from Mashomack. MLS#375610. George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

$2,700,000 | Hyde Park | Spectacular Waterfront Hudson River Paradise Built into rock outcroppings off the shoreline, just north of Vanderbilt Mansion near CIA and Metro-North. Gourmet kitchen, living room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, wall of glass to deck with river views. Master suite with deck. 3 bedrooms in their own wing. Private dock for deep water access. Post-and-beam with highest quality materials. MLS#380013. Blake Michaud | m: 845.797.3627 | o: 845.905.8743

$1,925,000 | Woodstock | Poolside Oasis Serene and secluded 6.6 acre estate with majestic mountain view, established landscape, superb stonework and inground pool with cabana. Lovingly revived over recent decades with beautiful kitchen, 6 bedrooms and 5 baths. Indoor and outdoor common areas to enjoy the legendary Woodstock lifestyle. You can even bike to town! MLS#20190521. Harris L. Safier m: 914.388.3351 | Lisa A. Cooper m: 914.388.0624

From $1,550,000 | Rhinebeck | Brooklyn Heights Farm: Hudson Valley Modernism Exclusive designs with open floor plans and a modernist aesthetic in an historic farm setting. 4 estate parcels from 16-26 acres with protected pastoral views, woodlands and natural water features. Sustainable design approach and green building techniques. 10 minutes to Rhinebeck/Red Hook. Near Amtrak and routes to NYC. Sean C. Eidle | m: 845.546.6077 | o: 845. 223.0731

$1,380,000 | Beacon | Steps From Main Street & Metro-North Train 4800 sq.ft. modern year-round or weekend getaway. Enjoy Beacon with vibrant downtown, hiking and the Hudson River. Contemporary space offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, heated 2-car garage, 14 ft+ ceilings throughout. Kitchen with Bertazzoni appliances and 12x8 ft center island. Enjoy fresh air from 500 sq.ft. deck. MLS#378449. Rebecca Agosta | m: 845.797.7951 | o: 845.896.9000

$1,100,000 | Woodstock | Modern Masterpiece Set on 46 acres with incredible Catskill & Shawangunk VIEWS! Distinctive frame and masonry residence with “modernist” features: floating staircase, window arrays, gourmet kitchen, 25’ living room with stone fireplace, hardwood and ceramic floors, 3 bedrooms and main level ensuite master, 2.5 baths, bell tower, multiple decks/patios. MLS#20191332. Nina Schultz-Terner m: 845.616.1097 | Mark Kanter m: 845.332.7577


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$995,000 | Amenia | Historic Separate House Located off the sought-after Bangall-Amenia Road in the heart of Hunt Country is this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home on 25+ acres. Dating to the 18th century, it retains numerous period features. Separate pool house with swimming pool. Less than 5 minutes to Millbrook School and 10 minutes to the village of Millbrook. MLS#37016. George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

$975,000 | Stanford | Strathmeadow A delightfully elegant 4,400 sq.ft. colonial home dating to the 18th century, on just under 12 acres. Large country kitchen, formal dining and living rooms with fireplaces, library with fireplace as well as a principal suite with dressing rooms and bath plus 3 additional bedrooms. Glorious gardens and pool leading back to a spring-fed pond. MLS#374922. George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

$885,000 |Verbank | 1790 Federal Gem 1790 On 10 acres, combines period details, wideboard floors, 2 brick fireplaces with updates and stylish relaxed vibe. 9’ beamed ceilings, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, country kitchen, 25’ living room, formal dining room and den. Superb setting, stone patio, stream, pond, antique ice-house and 3-stall barn. Minutes to Millbrook! MLS#20184446. Richard M. Stoll | m: 646.469.6114 | o: 845.340.1920

$879,900 | Wappingers | 4,143 sq.ft. Personal Retreat On cul-de-sac with indulgent, yet practical upgrades. Family room with soaring ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood and 2-story fireplace. Cook’s kitchen, breakfast area overlooks pool, professional landscaping and patio. Master with fireplace and balcony. 3-car garage. Laundry and mud room. Finished basement with walkout and full bath right off pool! MLS#380238. John Kuroda | m: 917.957.9772 | o: 845.473.1650

$849,000 | Olive | View La La! Secluded 8+ acres w/Catskill views, lawns and woodlands enclose this country contemporary. 2,900+ sq.ft. with cook’s kitchen, 24’ living room, ensuite master with soaking tub, 3 additional bedrooms, 3.5 baths, radiant heated hardwood, 4-season room, vaulted ceilings, family/media room, office, garage/studio, fire pit, patio and heated inground pool! MLS#20181699. Sharon Breslau | m: 845.901.6978 | o: 845.679.0006

$800,000 | Olive | Singular Sensation Architect’s own country retreat secluded on 10+ acres with quarry pond, tennis court, views and room to roam. Rustic modern treehouse features silo entry with sweeping staircase through 3 levels of common and bedroom spaces with hardwood and ceramic floors. Roomy decks and pondside stone patio. 3-bay garage with studio above. ONE-OF-KIND! MLS#20184375. Harris L. Safier | m: 914.388.3351 | o: 845.340.1920

$768,000 | Willow | Unique Woodstock Contemporary Private and sited beautifully on 6+ acres with stunning mountain views. Open, inspiring design with 10' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows in living, dining and bedrooms, each with decks. Gourmet kitchen with island and breakfast bar. Master suite with bath, walk-in closet and sitting area. Stone steps and patios, expansive yard. Separate lot perfect for studio or guest house. Amazing! MLS#20190636. Sharon Breslau | m: 845.901.6978 | o: 845.679.0006

$700,000 | Kingston | Italianate Classic c.1845 landmark residence is elegant in scale and proportion. The broad center hall is flanked by double parlors, one with lovely brick fireplace. There’s a formal dining room, a very fine gourmet kitchen imported from England, all hardwood floors, 4 generous bedrooms, 2.5 baths, full basement and 2-car detached garage. Full acre abuts the Rail Trail. Just 3 minute walk to vibrant Stockade District! MLS#20191243. Harris L. Safier | m: 914.388.3351 | o: 845.340.1920

$329,900 | Kerhonkson | Up In The Gunks Panoramic views across valley to Catskill high peaks beyond. Set high on fabled Shawangunk Ridge on 5+ acres with lake frontage and trail access to Mohonk and Minnewaska. Classic c.1938 wood-sided mountain house features 33’ great room with vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace, country-style eat-in kitchen, wood floors, den/office and French doors to al fresco dining space. MLS#20181474. Jeoffrey D. Devor | m: 845.389.0688 | o: 845.687.0232


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A N C R A M · $ 2 ,45 0,0 0 0 Hearts and Mind Hill. This turnkey Contemporary Farmhouse with idyllic country vistas is laid-back perfection.

R H I N E B E C K · $ 2 , 39 5,0 0 0 Rare Find. This beautiful estate worthy 1830s home has over 6000 square feet and has been restored.

R H I N E B E C K · $ 1, 59 5,0 0 0 The O’Brien Residence. This iconic Victorian has been expertly reinterpreted with period details.

Ann T. Dyal & John R. Friend | Web# UH1532993

Delyse Hanson Berry | Web# UH1529709

Vicki Hickman & Harry H. Hill III | Web# UH1538822

WA S H I N G TO N · $ 1,49 5,0 0 0 Peaceful Country Setting. Nestled on 20 acres, this property offers two fully updated homes with no expense’s spared.

H U D S O N · $ 1,155,0 0 0 Phebe Beekman House. This 1810 brick Federal residence is set in the heart of the historical district of Hudson.

C L AV E R AC K · $9 9 5,0 0 0 Let Nature Inspire You. Magnificent mountain views are framed by every window in this chic barn interpretation.

Marc Maclean | Web# UH1542946

Dina Palin | Web# UH1543501

Nesly Brinkmann & Katherine L. Jennings | Web# UH1528934

R H I N E B E C K · $ 749,0 0 0 Perfect Setting. Expansive Contemporary located just minutes from charming Rhinebeck Village.

M I L L B R O O K · $ 749,0 0 0 Mini-Estate. Mint four-bedroom Colonial on nine acres has private frontage on the Wappingers creek.

H I L L S DA L E · $ 6 4 8 ,0 0 0 Endless Possibilities. A mixed use investment property in a high traffic location in the center of Hillsdale.

Peggy Santamorena | Web# UH1546619

Andrew Gates | Web# UH1537124

Joseph Briggs & Annabel Taylor | Web# UH1534069

G A L L AT I N · $ 5 39,0 0 0 Scenic Views. Light-filled log home on 16 aces overlooks a pond with protected views in all directions.

R E D H O O K · $ 439,0 0 0 10 Years Young. Well-maintained residence on 1.85 acres is 10 years young. Level lot with mature plantings.

P O U G H K E E P S I E C I T Y · $ 42 5,0 0 0 Waterfront Living. Luxurious living at beautiful Hudson Pointe in an Ashton unit on the water.

Vicki Hickman & Harry H. Hill III | Web# UH1533256

Vicki Hickman & Harry H. Hill III | Web# UH1519188

Ann T. Dyal | Web# UH1538240

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H Y D E PA R K • $ 2 ,0 0 0,0 0 0 A hidden treasure with magnificent sweeping southern and western views of the Hudson River Nicole Porter 845.797.5300 | WEB# UH1549831

E A S T F I S H K I L L • $ 1,70 0,0 0 0 The former Bing Crosby Estate, an East Fishkill hidden gem. Gracious living at its finest. Nicole Porter 845.797.5300 | WEB# UH1549201

M I L A N • $ 1,69 5,0 0 0 Brigg’s Hollow Farm, long admired as one of the most picturesque settings in Milan. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1517432

P L E A S A N T VA L L E Y • $ 1, 55 0,0 0 0 Quintessential equestrian retreat in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Close to TSP and MTA. Lisa Wohlmuth 914.456.6668 | WEB# UH1541241

L A G R A N G E • $92 5,0 0 0 Builder’s own, French doors, gleaming hardwood floors and 2 fireplaces. Nicole Porter 845.797.5300 | WEB# UH1548488

L A G R A N G E • $ 8 19,0 0 0 Quiet grandeur is the best way to describe this finely built home with an amazing backyard Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1551817

N E W PA LT Z • $ 69 9,9 0 0 Attention to detail earmarks the design of this sophisticated Tudor Manor set on 2.3 acres Michael Tellerday 845.797.6891 | WEB# UH1548925

R H I N E B E C K • $ 6 3 0,0 0 0 Sited on 2+ acres of manicured grounds, this home was designed to invite the outdoors in. Michael Tellerday 845.797.6891 | WEB# UH1542589

L A G R A N G E • $ 59 9,9 0 0 Contemporary architecture integrated with nature. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UG1534625

P O U G H K E E P S I E C I T Y • $ 5 3 0,0 0 0 Stately Victorian Home, Circa 1888 on corner lot, close to all amenities. Agatha Pon 518.605.2091 | WEB# UH1535977

P I N E P L A I N S • $ 474, 5 0 0 Righters Corners, a picturesque rural road in Pine Plains with pastoral views. Jill Rose 914.204.0124 | WEB# UH1547837

P L E A S A N T VA L L E Y • $ 4 49, 5 0 0 Captivating Colonial. Idyllic country setting. Beautifully landscaped two acre lot. Lori Rheingold 914.489.2354 | WEB# UH1550924

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of executive homes in Rhinebeck, this 2636 SF custom built Contemporary is a star! Here impeccable style & decor blend w/ marvelous design w/ CA, polished wood floors up & down, a marvelous open K, huge MBR suite w/2 walk in closets, & incredible light w/4 bay windows. A 3 car garage, too! Exclusive. $579,900.


w/4 MBR suites each w/a custom tiled shower is flooded w/light from 51 huge windows, glass doors & skylights. There’s the noteworthy chef ’s K, the vaulted LR, the huge FR, 2 wood burning FPLs, CA, & 3.5 totally private acres. Nothing to do here but move in & enjoy. Exclusive.. $975,000.


this 5 BR, 4 bath home has an estate like 2.2 acre setting w/huge trees for shade, stone walls, & level, flowing lawns. Here vintage charm blends w/modern amenities w/a granite K & redone baths, 9 ft. ceilings, double bay windows, a library, FPL, & wood floors in every rm. Exclusive. $1,195,000.


in Red Hook, this 1250 SF 2 BR home has 9 ft. ceilings, wonderful light w/huge windows & skylights, CA, an amazing custom kitchen w/granite & cherry cabinetry, a 30 ft. LR & is the perfect starter or retirement home. 1 acre is easy to manage & there’s a heated & finished outbuilding. Exclusive. $298,800.


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ON A DEAD END STREET A PERFECT INVESTMENT CONDO LIVING IS A DREAM in Rhinebeck Village, this 3 BR, 2 bath, there are two homes, both rented, @ this Red at this 1495 SF 2 BR, 2.5 bath unit at Phase Colonial is sited high on a beautiful lot. Hook Village property. Home 1 is a two 2 @ the Gardens in Rhinebeck because Walk to schools & the V center. Here bedroom two story w/a newer K & bath. Home everything here is PERFECT. There’s a there’s a 23 ft. LR w/built-ins, a beautiful 2 is a loft style space, vaulted w/skylights, w/a new white K, separate DR & FR, wood floors up gorgeous granite, LR w/FPL, wonderful MBR K & bath. Live in 1, rent the second. Park your suite, & superb pond views. Many updates, & down, & a screened & covered porches. car & walk everywhere. Exclusive. $269,900. great pride of ownership. Exclusive. $425,900. Exclusive. $435,000.

in Rhinebeck Village has 2976 SF, is beautifully decorated, & is walkable to schools & parks. The granite chef ’s K is huge & there’s an open DR & LR. The FR is vaulted, full of light, & is the perfect retreat. There’s CA, a FPL, huge patio, & a level, fenced yard to enjoy. Exclusive. $550,000.

A TOTAL RENOVATION everything is new & perfect @ this 3 BR, 2 bath Rhinebeck one story. The great room is vaulted, there a marvelous K & MBR suite, & floors are wood. The 6 acre setting is rolling meadows where there’s total & complete privacy. It’s all outstanding. Exclusive. $475,000.

THIS ONE STORY CONDO at the Woods in Rhinebeck has NO steps & can be your forever home. It’s nice, w/a vaulted LR, separate DR, large K, & 2 MBR suites. There’s CA, a wood burning FPL, & the clubhouse, pool, & tennis court are around the corner. Enjoy your private deck or follow the sidewalk to the V center. Exclusive. $379,900.

ON THE 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE AWAITING YOUR REINVENTION in Red Hook, this 3 BR, 2.5 bath townhouse this 3 BR Cape in Red Hook Village is on a has it all: CA, a marvelous white kitchen, quiet St. walkable to shopping & the village breakfast & dining rooms, a large LR, a grand center. This home has modern mechanicals, vaulted MBR suite w/a huge walk-in closet. a newer roof, & a 11 x 16 kitchen. Put your There are beautiful built-ins, oak floors, & a full skills to work & redo things just the way you basement. Superb! Exclusive. . $315,000. like them. Priced to sell. Exclusive. $138,000.

AT THE RED HOOK COUNTRY CLUB A VERY CHARMING CAPE this 3 BR, 3 bath Rhinebeck V home has this 2 BR, 2 bath one story overlooks the a classic feel w/ a first floor bedroom & private lake & beach & is steps from the bath, wood floors, a great K, formal DR, 18 hole golf course. This home has CA, an LR, & FR + there are marvelous built-ins open, vaulted DR/FR, 2 FPLs, a great K, & & this home is on a quiet dead-end street faces south for wonderful light. Great pride walkable to everything. WOW! Exclusive. $640,000. of ownership! Exclusive. $310,000.

THIS END UNIT CONDO at the Woods in Rhinebeck is perfection w/6 brand new appliances, new carpeting, a wonderful cherry K, open LR/DR, CA, two MBR suites, plus there’s a screened porch & the pool & clubhouse are just steps away. Carefree living here! Exclusive. $345,000.

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Excl. Delightful circa 1920’s with new price and attitude. 4BR/3BA. Completely redone. $473K. Web#19144772 Sterling H. Swann 518.929.7805

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2 5 LE FEVRE LANE, NEW PALTZ, NY Complete and move in ready! Bring the family to this spacious 4 bedroom,3,100 sq. ft. colonial.You’ll enjoy the large living room with wide plank hardwood floors, exposed beams and gas fireplace with stone surround. There will be no fighting over who’s cooking in this amazing country style kitchen with farm house sink, breakfast bar and Cambria quartz countertops. Sneak away for some privacy in the master suite which includes a walk in closet, tray ceilings and an amazing spa bath with an oversized tiled shower and custom vanity. Entertain or just relax in the full, finished basement’s family room. Central A/C, large covered rear back deck, and 2 car garage, all included in this brand new home! Offered at $499,900.


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Dundee Estate –Mountain Kingston N.Y. SereneFarm Woodstock CottageHouse Sophisticated Modern

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

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Superlative modern 10,000 sq ftearly 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom Elegant, beautifully renovated, 18th Century brilliantly updated country estate on 155 acres of private, stone house an incomparable acre setting. gated, CatskillinMountain seclusion,330 surrounded by forevFeaturesstate mainland house 3 BRs, 3 BAs,trails updated w/ er-wild withw/miles of hiking and unparalleled mountain and views. Spacious and luxuriwide-board floors & reservoir hand hewn beams, 5 fireplaces, ously renovated 3-level main house features a brand new cedarfloor shingle roof, copper guttersscreening & cedar room, closets.chef ’s top master suite, a 16-seat Paddocksfloor & meadows impressive hexkitchen, to ceilingsurround windows,the state of the art systems, whole highbarn speed internet, agonal house post &generator, beam horse w/cable cupola, hayloftradiant , heat, central A/C, Rumford fi replaces, high-end fixtures, cobblestone yard, w/ 12 stalls, 1 birthing stall, 3 wash Bold, roofs, beautiful, award winning, modernist, 3,000 sq. metal a separate teak spa sauna, new 20’x40’ in-ft., 2 BR, 2BA home w/ heated gunite stalls, 2gunite full office, system. observatory decks refurinfinity edgebathrooms, pooland & terraced patios,An surrounded by forever wild lands, set on 5 fenced ground pool security entirely && 75’x15’ indooroverlooking riding arena.the Also features bished 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house has an open Reservoir. Within a rectangular gated acres Catskills &guest Ashokan plan and room, fiareplace, 2nd interior floor cottage, studio, 3living bay garage, historic steelkitchen & aglass envelope, the open & freewith flrestored owing has dramatic views throughout, loft. This spectacular private estate also features a renovatbarn, miles of trails, a lake, several ponds, a stream polished concrete fl oors, slate indoor & outdoor walls,COUNTY clever custom ULSTER ed heated 3-bay garage, workshop, stocked pond, a raisedfireplaces, oak ULSTER COUNTY #20162194 w/ waterfall, adesign fencedorchard, raised-bed vegetable garden &Locatstorage carpentry, Viking, Miele & Bosch appliances, granite waterfall kitchen island, MLSMLS # 20174959 Scandinavian and bluestone patios. ed in Mt. Tremper, New York justNY minutes the towns SOTHEBY’S #9BE5SB mountain views. Just 2 hrs from City &from 20 mins new on demand propane Triangle tube heating, A/C & newID whole house generator. 2 SOTHEBY’S ID # of Phoenicia Woodstock, and 2inhours from New York to Rhinebeck & New Amtrak Poughkeepsie. hours northand of Yorktrains City in Shokan, N.Y. SOTHEBY’S ID# W7NCMT City. LMGYL5

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Telephone Building | 291 Main Street $1,240,000 Visit our website for property info: Property represented by owner. Contact Deborah Bigelow via email: Historic Building | Impeccably Restored | Beautifully Maintained Free-Standing | Prime Downtown Location | On-Site Parking

LIVE BOUNDLESS This is said to be, “the most beautiful large parcel less than 10 minutes to either Woodstock or Saugerties villages. Great privacy with excellent access to the region’s skiing and the music and arts community of Woodstock.” Magnificent panoramic view upwards to the high rolling eastern walls of Overlook Mountain seen above and cross an expansive pastoral meadow with a trout stream, beaver ponds and forest in the background. There is no other large tract like this with such peaceful unencumbered views of the high mountains and it is just outside of the Villages of Woodstock and Saugerties and HITS. Property is 66+ acres with rocky outcroppings and pastures on both sides of the perennial trout stream. Access by driveway from Band Camp Rd.

471 Band Camp Road | Saugerties, New York Offered At: $1,295,000 | MLS#: 20173160

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3 Bd | 2 Ba | 2,000 SF | 31 AC | 126218 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

BERKSHIRE | $12,900,000

EGREMONT | $2,450,000

6 Bd | 7/3 Ba | 350 AC |170130939 M Piper & G Cain 413.627.4599

5 Bd | 5/2 Ba | 13.21 AC | 226882 Karen Climo 413.429.6732


HILLSDALE, NY | $1,199,000

5 Bd | 5 Ba | 22.7 AC | 225154 M Merelle & P Melluzzo 413.717.0717

HILLSDALE, NY | $1,499,000

6 Bd | 6 Ba | 16.18 AC | 224757 M Bachman & J Capala 646.637.6304

6 Bd | 4 Ba | 51.8 AC | 125676 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

LONG LAKE, ANCRAM, NY Priced $295,000 - $445,000 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

STEPHENTOWN, NY|$1,195,000

6 Bd | 3 Ba | 172 AC | 224100 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

RICHMOND | $525,000

6 Bd | 4/2 Ba | 2.5 AC | 225182 The Shire Group 413.551.2055

CANAAN, NY | $850,000

5 Bd | 4/1 Ba | 7.9 AC | 125658 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

KINDERHOOK, NY| $1,875,000

5 Bd | 3/2 Ba | 95.94 AC | 123566 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

HILLSDALE | $815,000

4 Bd | 3 Ba | 6 AC Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925


2 Bd |1/1 Ba | 2.97 AC | 226459 The Shire Group 413.551.2055 Great Barrington Brokerage 306 Main Street | 413.528.4192 | Lenox Brokerage 34 Church Street | 413.637.4402 Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

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Le Grand Real Estate, Inc. 4 Enterprise Dr., Rhinebeck, NY • (845) 876-2630 • • e-mail:

RHINEBECK Country river estate home on 18+ secluded acres with world class HUDSON RIVER and CATSKILL MOUNTAIN VIEWS! Five bedrooms, all large and spacious, great room with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Great country kitchen and large deck that overlooks the Hudson. 3 floors of finished living space, 10,000 sq. ft. Top quality throughout. Long driveway gives an estate-like feel. This is the best view of the Hudson I have ever seen. Offered at $3,950,000. Walking distance to train station and 5 minutes to the village! Mid Hudson MLS #377716 for more pictures and drone footage.

RHINEBECK Grand Rhinebeck estate on 35 acres located on one of Rhinebeck’s most picturesque roads just minutes from the village. Home has the best of everything built by master craftsmen in 2002. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a great room and majestic views of the Catskill mountains. Perched on a view vista the property offers extreme privacy. The gourmet kitchen is wonderful with all top-quality cabinetry and appliances. The 35 acres is sub-dividable. No finer home on the market today. Offered at $2,950,000. Mid Hudson MLS#367182 for more pictures .

RHINECLIFF HAMLET 1870’s carpenters Gothic-style home, painstakingly restored by area’s master builder for his own home. Top quality, two-story with HUDSON RIVER AND CATSKILL MOUNTAIN views. First level offers eat-in kitchen, powder room and living room with fireplace. Second level offers 2 bedrooms and bath. Many of the original details were retained and all systems are new. Also has an unattached office / studio over the garage. Walking distance to train and 5 minutes to Rhinebeck Village. Offered at $895,000. Mid Hudson MLS # 374384 for more details and pictures.

RED HOOK A wonderful, large, 5 bedroom cape on 32 park-like acres. A true nature-lovers paradise. Close to both villages, Bard College and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Spectacular Cyprus wood floors throughout. Granite counters, top quality cabinetry and tile baths. Great room has a wonderful stone fireplace. Master is on first floor, and there is also a second master on second floor. Has a formal dining area and home office area. A very private setting with a exceptional in-ground pool with built-in spa! One of the nicest homes and properties in Red Hook! A must see home. Offered at $875,000. Mid Hudson MLS#381059.

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LIVE LUXURY Tudor stone and timber Sul Monte mansion placed below Belleayre Mountain Ski Area. A royal coach might approach the circular entry with extravagant guests visiting the stunningly crafted old world stone mansion, with opulent sounds of opera and concerts filling the rooms. A grand ballroom with Gothic cross-brace beams with cathedral ceiling focuses on the majestic stone fireplace and artisan carved beams for emphasis. This mansion was built in 1926 as a country home for 1920’s era Italian diva opera soprano Amelita Galli-Curci. Property is 61+ acres, pool and pastures below the Ski Area.

352 Galli-Curci Road | Highmount, New York Offered At: $3,250,000 | MLS#: 20182789

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EYEBROW COTTAGE OVERLOOKS WATERFALL Soothing falling water sounds provide background for country home high above a spectacular gorge and year-round waterfall. The delightful home contains a large living room with fireplace, kitchen/dining area, three bedrooms and three baths, including large light-filled master with ensuite bath. Rooms open directly to a long deck along the back of the house right over the stunning waterfall. The property has beautiful gardens and flat open land on one side, while the other side features deck, gorge, waterfall, stairway to the creek, and woodland… $545,000

QUIET COUNTRY RETREAT WITH CATSKILL VIEWS High among the trees, this smart contemporary home overlooks the Catskills. Main level includes a living room with fireplace, a sunny dining area and kitchen, two bedrooms (one with vaulted ceiling), and one and a half baths. A staircase from the living room leads to a huge insulated unfinished space on the second floor, ideal for master bedroom and/or studio. Included at the lower level are garage, laundry, bedroom, and another full bath. Enjoy glorious sunsets while lounging at the pool. In a peaceful setting, yet only 10 minutes from Hudson… $479,000

WONDERFUL HUDSON RIVER FAMILY COMPOUND Breathtaking views of the mighty Hudson are seen from wide front porch, towering great room (featuring a central two-sided fireplace) and kitchen area with soapstone counters, farm sink, six-burner range, and copper topped island. Original 1840 farmhouse was renovated and expanded in 2007 to over 3000 sf. The 13-acre property includes stunning architect designed bluestone-walled gunite pool, pool house and cabana, a remarkable collection of 19th century farm buildings, secluded guest/caretaker house, ancient specimen trees, hayfield, paddock, and woodland… $1,350,000

HIDDEN GEM IN THE CITY Sophisticated renovation of 19th century carriage house is set back in a gated private courtyard – right in the heart of Hudson. Handsome design features high ceilings, French doors and wideboard floors, elegant living room with fireplace, stunning cook's kitchen, three bedrooms, and two baths. Enjoy a refined modern oasis… $729,000

CLASSIC 19TH CENTURY CENTER HALL FARMHOUSE Charming home has light-filled rooms, beautiful wide board floors and handsome staircase. Stylishly renovated kitchen and dining area are warmed by a wood stove. Includes large living room, four ample bedrooms, two baths, and office with separate entrance. Relax on the porches, with lots of space for outdoor dining. Over an acre of land with a traditional red barn with studio or workshop potential… $365,000

18TH CENTURY DUTCH HOUSE ON COMMERCIAL LAND Authentic early Dutch house, on six level acres of valuable commercial property, has excellent exposure near the intersection of busy Routes 9H and 66, with unlimited commercial possibilities, just minutes from thriving Hudson. Original details include: generous wide hallway and staircase with attractive newel post and stair ends, wide floorboards, exposed Dutch beams, paneled doors and hardware, and shutters… $495,000 upstate HOUSE

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INDEX O F ADVERT IS ERS INDEX O F A DVERTI S E R S Adirondack Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

George T. Whalen Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Alfandre Architecture, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Murray Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Associated Lightning Rod Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Green In Saugerties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

My Cleaning Ladies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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

Halstead Hudson Valley LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Paula Redmond Real Estate Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Augustine Landscaping & Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Halter Associates Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 56

Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Balzer and Tuck Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Harmonyscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Barbara Carter Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Herrington’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Houlihan Lawrence, Lagrangeville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Hudson Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48, 49

Houlihan Lawrence, Millbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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

Hudson River Line Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

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Hudson Valley Home Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Central Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Hudson Valley House Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

CG Stone Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Jacobowitz & Gubits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 46

Janson Goldstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Conklin Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Jeff Wilkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Country House Realty & Red Cottage Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Kearney Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Crisp Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Lawrence O’Toole Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Custom Window Treatments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

L Browe Asphalt Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Dirty Girls Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Le Grand Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Wiedenkeller Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Edward Tuck Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Malek Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

William Pitt Sotheby’s Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Exposures Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

McGrath Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Williams Lumber & Home Center . inside front cover, 24, 25

Frank Mazzarella Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Michael’s Appliance Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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

Gary DiMauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Mid Hudson Home Inspectors LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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JUST AS YOUNG MI KIM’S CAREER AS A CERAMICIST TOOK OFF in Brooklyn, she realized she had to move out of the city. Fresh off her first solo exhibit in the early 2000s, she recalls feeling confident about her craft. But then 9/11 happened. It was the push she says she needed to take her son and move upstate—and launch her creative trajectory. Driving her son to camp at Frost Valley in the Catskills each summer had left Kim dreaming for years about living in the country. Plus, the Hudson Valley reminded her of Yangju, South ==Korea, where she spent her childhood before emigrating to New York City with her family when she was 12. So in 2002 she bought her current home on a winding country road in Bearsville—a rustic, cozy-yet-airy house with a deep red exterior and a wood stove in the kitchen—and left New York City. Making pottery her focus, she created the live-teach-work space now known as Doye Studio, which she named with the Korean word for ceramics. Today, virtually every surface of the space showcases examples of her work. Kim initially studied painting before turning to ceramics, and when her son left for college, she pondered going back to art school. But the idea of graduate school didn’t completely jive; Kim says she realized she was most interested in “making work that expands my heart and other people’s hearts,” rather than focusing on conceptual ideas. So, instead of earning an MFA, she hunkered down at home and “created a graduate program here, by myself.” For 10 years, she says, “I just worked. No TV, no anything. I didn’t even know how to use a computer until a few years back.” Through meditative repetition, Kim developed her signature style: handbuilt, hand-fired vessels of coiled stoneware or porcelain clay. While some of her pieces are otherworldly, naturalistic shapes reminiscent of seed pods, gourds, shells, or undulating underwater plants, others are geometrically shaped. Some of the pieces’ surfaces are veiny, bumpy, or lacey; others, like her white stoneware tea sets, are small, smooth forms glazed in a wide array of whites. Regardless of their look, each piece is painstakingly formed, a meditation solidified. With every piece, Kim has formed each curve and groove with her own fingers, sans tools or molds, giving it an unusual intimacy and 64

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vibrant individual personality. Sometimes Kim lets the clay’s texture show through, other times she uses color glazes in a mostly natural palette. Her 2013 porcelain series “Through Landscape,” conveys her emotions while traveling from to Sweden and the shock of encountering Scandinavia’s long, dark winters and brightly lit summer nights. Although Kim makes each piece functional, she also notes that most of the people who collect their work “tend to really like living with them, just to have a little friend.” While Kim finds that living in Bearsville makes for an inspiring creative environment, it can also be isolating. After returning from a nearly threeyear stay in Florida to care for her ailing mother, she remembers feeling particularly alone and craving connection. So she formed her own “community of pottery people,” and began teaching ceramics to small groups at Doye Studio in the summer. In the winter, she expands her offerings to provide a creative respite from the cold weather and a place for communing. “I think [my students] healed me, coming back home and finding community through them,” she says. As a member of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild of artists, she also teaches in Byrdcliffe’s summer arts program. But ultimately Kim feels as deeply connected to her land as she does to her work and her students. She took up gardening when she moved upstate, and now her property is replete with flowers and plants, as well as trees that she considers nourishing for both body and soul, including apple, pear, and olive; some of the plants and trees have sprouted up wild, others were carefully sown. Kim says she considers their offerings an immense blessing and a compelling force that keeps her here. “If I have any doubt about anything, the plants and trees are saying, ‘Okay, you’re home,’” she says. Likewise, Kim’s distinct style serves as a refreshing and comforting baseline. “I’m still not tired of these forms,” she says. “I see so much pottery now that is incredibly fun and colorful and drippy, and I enjoy it, but I come back and I feel I can breathe with these pieces.”—Lindsay Lennon YOUNGMIKIMCERAMICS.COM

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