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By Ashley Rabin, Photos by Matthew Benson

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y son, who is nine, is reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Set on a family farm during the mid-1800s in far northern New York State, the story chronicles Almanzo Wilder’s ninth year. It was a busy life. Here’s a somewhat wry description of the plot from Wikipedia: “It describes in detail the endless chores involved in running the Wilder family farm. Young as he is, Almanzo rises before 5 a.m. every day to milk several cows and feed stock. In the growing season, he plants and tends crops; in winter, he hauls logs, helps fill the ice house, trains a team of young oxen, and sometimes—when his father can spare him—goes to school.” Certainly my son’s life is nothing like this. As you’re likely aware, the Hudson Valley is enjoying an agricultural renaissance. After years of decline in family-run farms and the national mania toward consolidation of production into “agribusiness”—just at the point where the old ways were being lost to memory—farming became hip. Our area has rich soil and a good seasonal climate. According to Pattern for Progress, the Hudson Valley boasts over 5,000 farms that generate more than $500 million in revenue each year. That’s great, but we all know farmers don’t have it easy. What could improve the success of Hudson Valley farms? According to a recent study by the Local Economies Project, lack of infrastructure for processing vegetables, meat, and dairy is a major obstacle to successful small- and medium-scale farming. According to the report, “Much of the aggregation, distribution, and processing infrastructure that historically served small- and medium-sized farms was lost as the national food system transitioned toward larger scale, centralized operations.” Yet without benefactors there would be no renaissance. There are quite a few organizations that have an interest in supporting the natural movement toward farm-life and agricultural renewal in our valley. Players include the Local Economies Project, Glynwood, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Farm Credit, just to name a few. There are organizations on every scale working to strengthen the resiliency and scope of local farming efforts. The activities, yield, and environmental effects of local farms add so much to the character of this area— what would we be without our views and open spaces, apple picking, CSAs and farm markets, and the dinners in the fields? In this issue we bring you two stories relating to food production and farms. As Peter Barrett alludes to in his story on page 14, this area used to function as a larder to New York City. Just twenty years ago, while seasonal produce


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After years of decline, farming has become hip. was being grown in the Hudson Valley, it was difficult to obtain here, except for at a few farm stands. Much of it was sold at the greenmarkets of Manhattan and to city restaurants. Subsequently, farmers’ markets blossomed throughout the Hudson Valley, and now our region is peppered with many small markets on every day of the week throughout the growing season, and there are a handful of winter markets as well. Most grocers attempt to sell some local produce, and as Barrett shows us, there are now many ways local food is finding its way to restaurant plates. Meanwhile, Matthew Benson’s family has made a go of farming in a style that’s distinctively 21stcentury. With his photographer’s eye and practical hands he developed a pocket of land in the center of Newburgh into a bucolic idyll and thriving community farm. You can see his photos of Stonegate Farm and enjoy his unique approach to the farming conundrum on page 20. Certainly our lives have changed drastically since the time Almanzo Wilder and his father were flaying wheat on the barn floor for entertainment during tedious snowstorms. The return to small scale farming in our valley brings an exciting opportunity to make the most of new technologies and revive some old ways. The fruit of the effort? Better food in the Hudson Valley, a working landscape, and hopefully, a thriving portion of our economy. I think it also bears mentioning that, as Almanzo’s father would tell you, there is something noble in a step toward self-reliance.


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Barlis Wedlick Architects designed Marina Abramovic’s extravagantly minimalist SoHo loft and star-shaped country home in Hudson, along with an ark-like passive-solar home in Claverack and a “21st-century Greek Revival river house” with a Santorinisize fireplace. These are among the 13 striking retreats detailed in this lushly photographed volume. More than an architect’s portfolio book, it aims to train viewers to recognize the signature components of various modern and classic styles—from rural to Neoclassical—here reinterpreted by inventive designers with gorgeous materials. Fabulousness abounds: This is not a good book to browse if you’re feeling envious, but it’s a great one to jumpstart spectacular visions.

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Subtitled “An Englishman Bicycles 500 Miles Through the Hudson Valley, Meeting Artists and Craftspeople Along the Way,” this delightful paean to the handmade life features (among many others) an axemaker, a nanobrewer, a seed librarian, a mosaic artist, and Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter. “I’ve let them tell their own stories,” writes the aptly named Hand; these conversations have been distilled into personal essays about life and work. A designer as well as a bicyclist, Hand is an intrepid meanderer, an avid listener, and a grand observer of details; his eloquent photos add to the book’s artisanal appeal as a small, well-crafted object.

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If you’ve ever dreamed about chucking city life and going back to the land, meet Jenna Woginrich. The urban Web designer turned Washington County homesteader has chronicled her lifestyle transformation in a blog and three earlier books. Now she describes her first year on a solo farm of her own, interleaving spirited journal entries with Dibben’s lovely drawings. Getting up before dawn in subzero weather and attending to the funkier aspects of animal husbandry may not be everyone’s fantasy, but Woginrich traces the season cycles and daily rhythms of farm life in such crystalline prose that you may find yourself wanting to pick up a pitchfork, knit homegrown wool, and teach yourself fiddle tunes.

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SUNY Orange County Community College, Middletown This March marks the 30th annual Orange County Home Show, sponsored by SUNY Orange Foundation, Fusco Engineering, and Orange County Trust Company. There will be 150 booths with over 100 exhibitors presenting home building and home improvement techniques to spruce up your home and lifestyle, including the newest green technologies. Friday 3-9. Saturday 10-8. Sunday 10-6. APRIL 12

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SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge This one-day gardening event is presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Master Gardener Program. The theme this year is “Edibles and Ornamentals,” with 16 classes to choose from. The event includes a presentation by keynote speaker Fredda Merzon, amateur gardener turned medal sculptor. Attendees may choose up to four separate classes. Saturday 8:30-4:30. APRIL 22

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The Light Side Whimsy Home. Designer Jasmine Redfern’s love of pattern began at school in London,

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Mount Beacon Park, Beacon Spend this year’s Earth Day cleaning up litter, restoring planting beds, and maintaining trails at one of the Hudson Valley’s most popular parks. Remember to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. There will be different cleanup projects for people of all ages; participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday 10-1. MAY 3

Hudson Valley Garden Fair

Montgomery Place, Red Hook Celebrate gardening in the Hudson Valley with local and specialty garden vendors, lectures, free garden demonstrations, raffles, tours, and more. The Hudson Valley Garden Fair moves to a new location this year, Montgomery Place in Red Hook, to gain an estate setting for the many gardening organizations and offerings the Garden Fair has to offer. Saturday 10-4. MAY 24-25

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lthough the term “farm-to-table” has changed from a hipster catchphrase for cutting-edge culinary provenance to an overused catchall signifier (the new “gourmet”), there can be no doubt that consumers want to eat local when dining out. The Hudson Valley, due to an ideal combination of world-class agricultural land, skilled chefs cooking high-quality food, and proximity to a vast urban market, is rapidly becoming as much a culinary destination as it is a breadbasket for New York City. While upstate consumers have plentiful farmers’ markets and CSAs to choose from, restaurants are also buying from farms; as local demand for local food increases, more of the harvest stays upstate each year. Increasingly, restaurants are also taking control of their supply by growing it themselves. Henry’s, the restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton, also boasts its own 40-acre farm and orchard that supplies most of the fruit, greens, eggs, and honey it needs. Red Devon restaurant in Bangall raises all its own cattle—the eatery’s name comes from the breed—and it’s growing more and more produce and herbs both on- and off-site. In addition to monthly dinners that showcase the meat and produce they grow on their farm, Glynwood, the sustainable agriculture institute in Cold Spring, has begun working with the Chefs Consortium to create a collaborative network of chefs dedicated to using local produce with a goal of developing an agriculture-based Hudson Valley cuisine. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, presided over by chef Dan Barber, defines the genre by virtue of its lavish location, an estate built in Pocantico Hills by the Rockefellers around the turn of the last century. The combination culinaryand agricultural-operation, centered around a half-acre heated greenhouse, produces most of the crops and animals for the restaurant year-round, in addition to running many educational programs for amateur and young farmers. While most farms cannot afford to heat their greenhouses, there is a noticeable shift toward four-season production; our region sits near the latitude of Barcelona, so with protection many cold-hardy crops can have their season extended deep into winter and sowing can begin while the ground is still frozen. Fish & Game, a new venture in Hudson helmed by Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab and ’Cue fame, works extensively with local farms with such cold-hardy crops, naming them all on the back of each evening’s menu, which changes every week based on what’s available. “Farming [in the Hudson Valley] has become increasingly sophisticated, with more people doing year-round growing,” says Pelaccio. “For a region with such a short season, it’s incredible what we have been able to find, even in January. If you plan in advance,” he adds, “you can pull off year-round cuisine in the Hudson Valley.” This means 14

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copious pickling and preserving; peaches they canned in August recently appeared on the menu with pork shoulder confit. Michael Bernardo is the chef-owner at Café Mio in Gardiner. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, which sources over half its ingredients from the region, he says, “I had no desire to move anywhere else. In season, the resources are unlimited.” He, like Pelaccio and many other chefs today, preserves as much of the bounty as possible by canning, fermenting, and curing. While some things (citrus, olive oil, spices, some produce) need to be imported, he makes a conscious effort to use local fruit—especially winter apples and pears—greens, and roots; local meat is available year-round. But he laments the time and effort it takes to learn about and meet farmers. “It would be great if there was some infrastructure—an institution that helped introduce farms to restaurants,” he says. There is a contender for this title. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Rondout Valley Growers Association is a group of about 65 farms in the area stretching roughly from Kingston to Ellenville. The RVGA’s current priority, says Executive Director Deborah DeWan, is to more closely connect farms with restaurants. “We’re exploring all sorts of possible ways to get farms and restaurants together,” she says, including pairing one of each in collaboration: The cook gets a bespoke supply, and the grower gets a steady demand. “We’re looking to enhance understanding of this dynamic and act as a catalyst for mutually beneficial relationships.” But ensuring a reliable supply to restaurants and institutions—schools, especially private colleges, are increasingly buying local—can be tricky, especially for establishments that are not able to revamp their menu every week. Paul Alward of Hudson Valley Harvest, a food packer and wholesaler in Kingston, says the company has seen steady growth in the three years since its founding. By buying from about 40 high-quality farms all over the region and freezing much of the product, he says they can ensure a consistent supply of fruit, vegetables, and meat to retailers and restaurants throughout the area. Of the more than 100 restaurants they serve, about a quarter are located in the Hudson Valley; most goes to New York City restaurants and stores like Whole Foods. Pelaccio, speaking about the regional culinary renaissance, dismisses the trendiness and focuses on the value of the underlying lifestyle. “All the attention is good,” he says. “It builds a virtuous cycle and perpetuates these practices. But that’s how it should be.” While much of this seems cutting edge, there’s nothing new under the sun; it’s worth remembering that in much of the rest of the world, eating locally is simply known as “eating.”

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Stepping Out of the Shadows By Paul Smart | Photos by Veronica Chewens

atskill prides itself on an intimately scaled Main Street that’s finally realizing decades of oft-mentioned potential. While the village doesn’t have the dense, Brooklyn-like allure of hip-and-happening Hudson across the river, or the growing cultural attractions of Albany, Kingston, and/or Woodstock, all a half-hour away, it does have leafy streets lined with classic 19th-century homes, noble churches, elegant commercial buildings, and grand views of distant mountains. It also has a series of urban stairways, community gardens, well-used pedestrian alleys, a gradually blossoming art and culture scene, and a rich history. Henry Hudson’s Half Moon stopped here; the Catskill Creek’s protection from the main river made it a great nexus point from which trade and travel moved westward into the Catskills and beyond, even after the Erie Canal was built. Washington Irving used the town as the setting for “Rip Van Winkle.” Later, the place was a tourist and arts haunt for 19th-century New Yorkers. This is the community where painter Thomas Cole started our nation’s first bona fide arts movement, the Hudson River School. More recently, it served as the training center for a series of boxers, including Mike Tyson. Today, while much of the shopping has moved to big -box stores and fast food joints outside of town on Route 9W, Main Street is evolving. In 2012, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement showed their art on Main Street, filling

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Left: A walking bridge that connects Water Street and West Main Street. Above: Looking east across the Catskill Creek at the Catskill Mill.

Catskill’s school district is well respected for its elementary and high school programs, but many lament the loss of the community’s classy, old Catholic school several years ago. The local hospital has been closed for nearly two decades and is now based, along with the area’s community college, on the other side of the river in Hudson. The lack of a strong jobs base that doesn’t rely on cottage industries or commuting elsewhere is also a challenge. Lunch spots far outweigh restaurants that serve dinner, although there are longstanding and well-respected Italian, Thai, LatinAmerican, and Chinese places in town, along with rumors of more to come.

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REAL ESTATE Even during the recent economic downturn, Catskill real estate kept selling; some say it’s one of the Hudson Valley’s great bargains. Grand Victorian homes can be had in the $300,000-$700,000 range, many with views of the Hudson River. Multifamily investments or starter homes from the 19th century are still available for under $150,000. Rentals tend to be under $1,000 for large, light-filled spaces with amenities. Property taxes are lower than most similarly sized communities in the Mid-Hudson and Capital districts. While some neighborhoods in the village need some TLC, they’re gentrifying rather quickly now; the town’s outlying hamlets, from tony Kiskatom and Palenville to homey old Leeds and Smith’s Landing, have never faded in popularity.

SCHOOLS: Catskill Central School District. The private facilities Woodstock Day School and Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, along with various Albany academies, are within a half-hour’s drive. POINTS OF INTEREST: Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill Mountains, Rams-Horn Livingston Sanctuary in Hudson River wetlands, Greene County Council for the Arts gallery on Main Street

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Family Friendly with a Great View By Amoreen Armetta

ith its Hudson River views and a downtown like a Norman Rockwell painting, Cornwall is a coveted place to live. The town is in the center of Orange County, about 20 minutes north of the Rockland County border and 50 miles north of New York City, but with few employment options outside of IBM and West Point. For many, including city commuters and the police and firemen priced out of Rockland County, Cornwall is a bedroom community. Part of its draw is its reputation for family friendliness. Last year, Bloomberg Business Week rated it the best place to raise kids in the entire state of New York. The schools are ranked high—Business Week gave them a nine out of ten. Despite a rural feel, it has easy access to transit, including a nearby Metro-North station, the New York State Thruway, and the Palisades Parkway. Located in the Hudson Highlands, its bucolic surroundings are another draw, and include Beaver Dam Lake and the grounds of the Museum of the Hudson Highlands. Cornwall’s mountains, evergreens, and fresh country air were well appreciated by 19th-century city dwellers in search of healthy surrounds. A historic reminder remains in Camp Olmsted, a 21-acre destination founded in 1901 near Storm King Mountain as an escape from the heat of the city for immigrant children; it still functions as a camp today. The village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, where the untainted stretch of downtown lies, is located within the town of Cornwall. The town is 28.2 square miles, and

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within it are also the hamlets of Salisbury Mills, Firthcliffe, and Orrs Mills, among others. But locals don’t make much of a distinction between the village, which incorporated in 1885, and the town: It’s all Cornwall to them. The community as a whole skews wealthy, with an average income of $98,931, according to Bloomberg, but diverse it’s not. The town is almost 95 percent white, though the next city to the north, Newburgh, is 42 percent white with a median household income of $30,332; economic and racial diversity is at least nearby. Some say that political diversity is on the rise in Cornwall, a traditionally conservative population that is growing more progressive as Downstaters continue to move in. THE SCENE Mikey Jackson, who moved with his partner and child seven years ago from Brooklyn, characterizes the town as “a kind of sister city to Beacon.” “Beacon is being called the new SoHo,” he says. “[But] Cornwall is where the families live.” Jackson operates 2 Alices, a coffee shop, bar, and live music venue that has become a hub where the town’s burgeoning artist population rubs elbows with PTA moms. Brooklyn transplants like Jackson are drawn to Cornwall-on-Hudson because locals really walk the downtown—despite its diminutive size—even through the winter. There are a handful of eateries, ranging from barbeque to pizza to Dunkin Donuts, but the town is sleepy in the evenings; nightlife is nearby in cities like Beacon and Newburgh.

TRANSPORTATION: The Salisbury Mills–Cornwall station, on the Metro-North Railroad Port Jervis Line, brings riders to Hoboken, New Jersey. Stewart International Airport in Newburgh is a 20-minute drive. Connections to the Palisades Parkway and the New York State Thruway are under 20 minutes.

NEAREST HOSPITAL: St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is in the town of Cornwall. SCHOOLS: Cornwall Central School District, New York Military Academy, and The Storm King School

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Daytime activities abound, though. Storm King Art Center, the 500-acre “sculpture landscape” hosting work by modern heavyweights such as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi, and contemporary sculptors including Maya Lin and Andy Goldworthy, is a draw, bringing in day-trippers from New York and offering family passes to locals. The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum offers hiking trails and interactive exhibits, and, for those craving a more manicured outdoor experience, there’s golfing at the Club at Storm King. THE MARKET Its proximity to urban hubs in New York and New Jersey plays a large part in Cornwall-on-Hudson’s high property values. There is also a small population—of both people and homes. The town includes some 3,867 housing units, and at the time of this writing, around 30 are listed. Only a couple of properties have seen their prices reduced, and fewer are in foreclosure. Cornwall-on-Hudson is not a destination for those seeking a deal or a great spot for flippers. The rental market is small, with modest houses and apartments renting for between $1,200 and $1,800. But if you do crave more than a day trip, look into buying part of the village’s million-dollar view. A snapshot, seen from the backyard of a Greek Revival “mini-estate,” can be had for upward of $800,000. A ranch-style in need of some updating, but within walking distance to the village, can be had for $239,000. In between, you can still get a view—and updated kitchens with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Median sales prices are in the mid$300,000s. But get ready for taxes: According to City-Data, the median real

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST: About 20 minutes away is Dia:Beacon’s stellar collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Hiking can be found nearby at Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Ridge, and Bear Mountain. Cornwall’s Hudson Highlands Nature Museum offers “handson outdoor exploration” for kids in its Outdoor Discovery Center. Storm King Adventure Tours offers, among other activities, a “sunset on the Hudson” kayak trip.

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tonegate Farm, a three-acre horticultural paradise in the Balmville section of the town of Newburgh, is a living photograph. The property is made up of outbuildings from an old estate that have been carefully preserved or reinvented with reclaimed wood, its lush acres ordained with neat rows of rare fruit trees and steel archways covered in Cecile Brunner climbing roses. The farm belongs to Matthew Benson, a writer, farmer, lecturer, expert on sustainability, carpenter, beekeeper, and, perhaps most important, a photographer, who lives there with his wife and two children. He has created a place where life and art intersect. Benson was a freelance travel writer and documentary photographer in New York in 1994 when he met his now-wife Heidi at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, where they were both working. Heidi was still living at home with her parents on this very property, in what had once been the gatehouse for an adjacent estate called Echo Lawn. The house that is now painted barn red was then gray, and the plantings, having been left to their own devices, were an unruly mix of sumac, honeysuckle, wild grape, poison ivy, and Japanese wineberry. But the spot was lush and peaceful, and, after visiting Heidi’s family, Benson realized what his city life had been missing. Though he had lived most of his childhood in European metropolises, thanks to his father’s job in the Foreign Service, Manhattan never had the same appeal. He became aware of his desire to have a meaningful relationship with his surroundings. “New York City has imposed cycles that are different from the rhythms the world outside the city lives by,” Benson says. Tired of the mythology that New York was the center of the universe and longing to be closer to nature, Benson saw great potential in the gray house with the unruly foliage. After Heidi’s mother passed away and her father moved to Middletown with his new wife, the Bensons purchased the gatehouse and continued to buy up adjoining lots and former estate buildings as they became available. They had no idea what they would build, but they knew they wanted to preserve and revive the integrity of the grounds.

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They began by refurbishing, and sometimes reinventing, the buildings on the property—among them a barn, stable, icehouse, shed, photography studio, and greenhouse—and adding some new ones. The Carpenter Gothic style of the original architecture combined with selective remodeling and a few additional structures resulted in a blend of 19th- and 20th-century design. The buildings marry preexisting architecture and lumber cut from trees that were felled by the elements. Using an industrial jack, Benson moved the icehouse and built from scratch a chicken coop and the studio. The shed is a board-and-batten-style barn he salvaged and then later restored. Benson did most of the work himself, in part to satisfy his need to imprint on his environment. “We artists are always looking for ways to articulate ourselves in the world,” he says. “Everything that passes through my hands gets changed somehow, and the experience is recorded.” The interiors bear his mark as well. The integrity of the original structures is the framework, but within that he felt free to explore. The sink in the master bathroom is a perfect example. An old credenza that belonged to Heidi’s mother was fitted with matching his-and-hers porcelain ovals, and the lid of an old piano was used for the backsplash. “We were improvising a lot in the beginning, finding materials that we liked and had integrity and reinventing them,” says Benson. “All the pieces have a backstory and are all part of the sentence structure of my life.” He frequented an auction in Pine Bush and bought well-designed pieces with strong structural elements. The kitchen is full of freestanding forms that all have corporeal characteristics: a stove shaped like a matronly woman and her younger counterpart posing as the sink, modestly dressed in a floor-grazing skirt. In addition to his work on and inside the buildings, Benson wanted to bring back the natural beauty that he envisioned would have belonged to


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such a grand estate. He cleared away undesirable plants and pursued farming and gardening the same way he engages all of his passions—with complete immersion. An avid reader, he researched relevant areas of study: botany, chemistry, insects, soil, the weather. He wanted to get his hands dirty— literally—so he began experimenting with soil, seeds, and minerals. Benson personally tilled the land, fertilized the soil, and attended to every stage of the growth process. In 2011, he began keeping bees, whose honey changes color, taste, and consistency depending on the time of year. When he wanted to add fruit trees to the mix, Benson consulted Fruit and Fruit Trees of America by Andrew Jackson Downing, a native son of Newburgh and a founder of 19th-century American romantic architecture. His text includes information on varieties that were once native to the region, but finding them turned out to be a difficult endeavor. After weeks of obsessive online research he found what he was looking for at Southmeadow Fruit Gardens, a rare-fruit nursery in Michigan: Hidden Rose, Maiden’s Blush, Devonshire Quarrendon, Kerry Pippin, Keswick Codlin, Holstein, and Golden Russet apples, among others. After an unexpected surplus of just about everything he grew or cultivated, Benson decided to form a CSA. For $395, members receive in-season produce, such as tomatoes, broccoli raab, eggplant, and kale, as well as organic flowers and fresh eggs, every Saturday from June to October. Once the farm was firmly established, Benson successfully petitioned to have the land rezoned as an agricultural district. “The future of farming is small, family-owned businesses that are integrated into the community,” he says. He is now the smallest agricultural district in Orange County, and the status is significant, as it provides exemptions for certain farming practices within a residential community.

“ The future of farming is small, family-owned businesses that are integrated into the community.”

Opposite: The attached barn, which has a wood-burning stove for heat, has been transformed into a family room. The space is also used for entertaining guests with film screenings and live music. Above (clockwise from top left): The chickens roaming under the quince trees; a harvest of concord grapes from the greenhouse; a mix of red currant and gooseberry, ready for pickup; using a hot knife, Benson cuts the caps off of the frames on the honeycomb, so that he can then extract the honey.

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As the “creative director” of the farm, Benson has reimagined the whole environment. Everything about the farm, from the rows of heirloom tomatoes and rare fruit trees to the placement of the buildings to the interior design, is about creating a balance between order and chaos. Benson has approached the design of his compound the way he would the composition of a photograph. Each section is visually stimulating. Hothouse grapes are seemingly suspended in mid air and board-and-batten siding is draped in vines by the residential quarters. Between the Bensons’ main residence and the guest cottage is a 10-foot hornbeam hedge with an arched and gated passageway in the center—a sculptural boundary. Beyond is the farm, where plants are arranged in neat rows, with fruits, vegetables, and flowers grouped according to species and habit. The chickens are free range, heading to the coop at night. Flowers, including edible varieties of calendula, borage, nasturtium, and anise hyssop, bring bursts of color and flavor into the mix. Benson might refer to himself as “the accidental farmer,” but there is nothing haphazard about this space. Eventually, the natural beauty of his surroundings began to pollinate his photography as well, and he started photographing the farm. When he showed his black-and-white photographs of flowers to an editor at Garden Design magazine, it landed him a job photographing the orchids at the New


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Above: The arches covered in Cecile Brunner roses create a beautiful entrance to the residential side of the farm. Peonies, hybrid willow, salvia, sand cherry, and magnolia stellata provide additional coverage to the potting shed, which can be seen through wisps of the climbing New Dawn and Elizabeth roses decorating the trellis.

York Botanical Garden. After that, he began to favor horticultural and food photography over travel and documentary. The notion of being organic has since transformed his whole aesthetic. “‘Organic’ is really a euphemism for ‘misshapen beauty,’ or the Eastern aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi, where imperfections, transience, and asymmetry have more value and are ‘more perfect than perfection,’” says Benson. “The more crazed and cracked the teapot, the wonkier the pear, the greater its integrity, beauty, and value.” Food is now his primary subject, in both his vocation of photography and his avocation of farming. Now that Benson is an expert on garden design and sustainability, he is invited all over the world to give lectures on the subjects. But it’s the farm that feeds him on all levels, as it is also the source material for the book he is currently writing. He has imagined a world where eating is not only guilt-free, but also a nutrition-filled feast for the senses. Growing Beautiful Food, which demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between farmer and photographer, will be published by Rodale Books in 2015.

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TOP OF FORM A COUNTRY HOME WITH A SWEDISH HEART By Linda O’Keeffe | Photos by Robin Holland


un Nowak leans over the dining room table in her 1870s Germantown farmhouse while she conducts an impromptu review of some highly pigmented eye shadow. Even though she has approved thousands of shades and textures since she first founded FACE Stockholm cosmetics in 1982, she’s still enlivened by the process. “When it comes to creating colors, I’m like a kid in a candy store,” she says. In all 28 of her stores, including the two locations in Hudson and Rhinebeck, tables coincidentally play a central role. They replace conventional counters and display a staggeringly diverse palette of nail polish, foundations, and lipsticks as if they were art supplies. The tables, along with the occasional vintage fixture and antique mannequin head, also help promote an intimate approach in a business where glitz and pressurized sales are often the norm. Many of Nowak’s sales assistants are professional makeup artists, and their philosophy is to educate and build confidence, rather than feed into customers’ insecurities. Nowak’s house and its adjacent barn are sited on 12 bucolic acres overlooking the Catskill Mountain range. She acquired the land in 2005 to be close to her daughter, Martina Afwitson, who gave up a career in musical theater to become the company’s president. “I love spending time with my daughter and the family, but at first I had no desire whatsoever to live in the country,” says Nowak. For her first couple of years here she felt disassociated from the property—until one spring day she arrived home to find fragrant beds of peonies and lilacs in full bloom. Since then, she’s adopted a gardener’s mindset.

Nowak had no solid renovation experience, so she left most of the house’s bones intact. She asked her contractor to remove as many of the ground-floor interior walls as possible and installed a compact kitchen adjacent to the dining room. Spread over two floors, the 2500-squarefoot space now has an intuitive flow and its logical layout utilizes every nook and recess. Both the house and barn share an inventory of antique display cases, industrial fixtures, tallboy haberdashery cabinets, and Asian artifacts, and the overall decor is simple, bare-floored, and abundantly white. As a leitmotif, tall mirrors crop up in practically every room on screens or leaning against walls in ornate frames, where they magnetize and reflect light. “It’s a habit I acquired growing up in Sweden,” says Nowak, “where we try and harness every bit of available daylight over the dark winter months.” The compact upstairs spaces, including an office, spare bedroom, and dressing room, feel purposeful and somewhat industrial. By contrast, the entire ground floor feels elegant, and includes living and dining room furniture Nowak shipped in from Stockholm. The handsome decor marries exuberance, formality, and restraint, and references Gustav III, the 18thcentury Swedish monarch who reappointed his palaces in a pared-back, simplified rendition of French Neoclassicism after visiting the Palace of Versailles. Classically, the style’s color scheme leans toward washed-out blues and muted grays, but here the jolts of red and green upholstery reflect the influence of Nowak’s frequent travels around India and Tibet.

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Below: In the living room a mismatched set of wing- and high-back armchairs encircle the fireplace while three Chinese ancestral portraits flank one of the windows. Right (top to bottom): A marble-topped desk in the living room displays a miniature standing Buddha as well as a talisman Nowak brought back from one of her frequent trips to Tibet; on the living room’s original, 1870s wood paneling, a gilt architectural pediment hangs above a cabinet where dandy, striped wallpaper supplies the background for a collection of Asian ceramic bowls and lacquered urns.

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In the upstairs dressing room Nowak shares with her husband, Jan, who is an orthopedic surgeon, two open rows of her characteristically all-black clothing face a centrally placed bistro console table and a mirrored folding screen. Right (top): A cushy sitting area annexes the living room and looks onto a dining table where a set of cane-backed chairs and a long wooden bench easily seat 12 guests. Nowak found the pair of French, scroll-armed love seats in a Poughkeepsie antique shop a number of years ago. “Everything I own needs to be reupholstered,” says Nowak. Right (bottom): The furnishings in Nowak’s master bedroom attest to the fact that she’s a regular at a good number of the antique shops along Warren Street in Hudson. Stacks of books pleasantly offset the room’s orderliness, while a huge mirror deepens the perception of space. 30

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Above: Nowak, who describes herself as an “obsessed, novice gardener,” likes to keep flowers and potted shrubs in the house throughout the year, even in the master bathroom. A revolving wrought-iron clothing rack doubles as a towel rail and serves as a masculine balance to the room’s boudoir-like decor of stools, mirrors, and vanities.


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A short walk from the house, the barn is always set to accommodate guests, and it also functions as a location for catalogue and fashion shoots. A wall of rectangular windows frames the distant peak of Round Top Mountain and showcases the occasional bald eagle that swoops into an uncultivated, sloping terrain of sumac, flowering dogwood, hackberry, and milkweed. Whitewashed and virtually devoid of interior walls, the 1500-square-foot loft is a veritable light repository. “Martina is the head and I am the feet,” says Nowak by way of differentiating her and her daughter’s compatible entrepreneurial skills. The allusion also touches on Nowak’s nomadic nature. “When I travel, I like to be spontaneous, which of course drives my husband crazy,” she says. “I have this ability to take root and ‘be’ wherever I find myself.” Josef Frank, the celebrated Austrian architect who influenced Swedish 20th-century design more than anyone else and used a riotous amount of color in his textiles and furnishings, would surely approve of FACE Stockholm’s similarly vibrant color palette. He described the random harmony he achieved in his designs as “accidentism,” and the word also seems to apply to Nowak’s nonstereotypical business approach. In a business model that might be unprecedented in the beauty industry, FACE Stockholm is affiliated with everything from eyewear to bicycles, and at one point collaborated on a fair-trade jewelry initiative that empowered HIV-positive women. “I guess it’s a modest stab at trying to create a lifestyle brand,” Nowak says. “My early roots were in fashion, and I can’t think of anything more gratifying than being an interior decorator. In the back of my mind I dream about opening a store that combines clothing, furniture, textiles, antiques, and jewelry. I’d travel the world and pick up whatever I fell in love with. Trouble is, where would I find the time?”


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THE DATING GAME A 1980s Bachelor Pad Goes Modern and Marital By Ann H. Hutton | Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


he woman had found the perfect man, but his house, a mountaintop bachelor pad with a spectacular view of the Ashokan Reservoir, was not so perfect for her. The husband had bought the fivebedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, 1980s contemporary post-and-beam replete with its furnishings before they met. The interiors, she felt, were dated, with a “log cabin look”: stained red oak hardwood floors and age-yellowed beams, ceilings, spindles, and stair rails. “All I could see was orange,” says the wife.

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Opposite: Softened tones and textures make for comfortable intimacy in a highdrama living room. Above (left to right): Interior designer extraordinaire Megan Oldenburger, at the breakfast table; elegance dresses the sturdy dining room table, set for guests. (No animals were harmed in the making of this chandelier!)

While her husband was “desperately in love with it, despite the orange,” the wife couldn’t imagine a way for the house to become the welcoming second home she wanted for her family and all their combined friends. “He had blinkers on as to how much work it needed,” says the wife. And though the husband had purchased seven acres of land with the house—enough to build another home—he had already renovated the kitchen and two bathrooms and added a swimming pool by the time they married. Bulldozing and rebuilding higher up the hill was not feasible. The couple decided to put it up for sale, and enlisted the services of a designer to make it market ready. The first decorator, from Manhattan, had the wrong idea about an upscale country house; she wanted to sell them a $50,000 dining table. “It was a complete divorce from reality and Woodstock values,” says the wife. “My husband thought, ‘I’m from Kingston, not Manhattan. You’re not going to rip me off.’” Instead, they found a local designer, Megan Oldenburger of Woodstock-based Dichotomy Interiors, to ready the place for real estate agents. The wife’s instructions were to create a “classy, but not too classy” look, something that still read as quirky. That meant a mix of modern fixtures and clean-lined rustic elements, all suggesting a relaxed atmosphere but a kind of rustic posh. With four stories from the walkout basement to the master suite loft to fill, Oldenburger had her work cut out for her. Her first point of order was to temper the stained red oak that dominated the space—the major de-oranging of the living and dining areas. Harshly colored floors were sanded and whitewashed and the wooden ceiling was brightened with white paint and highlighted by covering the beams in a deep chocolate brown. By the time the floors and ceilings were refinished by Oldenburger’s crew, the house seemed transformed, so much so that the couple changed their minds about putting it on the market. “She fell in love with it,” says Oldenburger. Rather than a house for someone else’s holidays, it now seemed like the perfect spot for this couple and their visiting family and friends. Oldenburger then set out to achieve her main goal: allowing the outdoor vista to reign while matching it with an equally pleasing interior. She wallpapered

A relaxed atmosphere with a rustic posh. the foyer in a design of black-and-white birch trees and lit it with a mason-jar chandelier; once visitors pass through it, they’re treated to a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass in the living room, facing south and overlooking a deck and lowerlevel swimming pool and the majestic topography beyond. The designer likes to source furnishings and accessories from local artisans, or even Etsy, and introduce elements of surprise. In this house, that meant a fauxantler sconce near the fireplace, a peace sign in the dining room, and Woodstock posters in the bedrooms. “I never like going into a house where you can say, ‘I know where that came from,’” says Oldenburger. “It’s nice to balance elements with custom-made and vintage pieces. It’s another way to find harmony between the feminine and masculine.” She added a gleaming, propeller-like ceiling fan in the living room to act as counterpoint to all the natural elements. In the living room, Oldenburger decided to reinvent the small fireplace built of irregular brown stones. Designed and installed by Tom Mayone, the newly surfaced fireplace facade is made of stacked bluestone and fills an entire vaulted wall. “The hearth piece weighs over a ton and took four men to bring it in,” says Oldenburger. Massive enough to have required a structural engineer to ensure the floor’s strength underneath it, the fireplace eases the eye and blends with other neutral elements. Oldenburger added a rich, brown leather couch-and-loveseat ensemble and a light gray velvet chaise lounge. The opposite wall of the living room became entertainment central, where three of the house’s 10 televisions, one giant and two small, are mounted in a neat rectangle. Oldenburger employed Chris Wasserbach of TSSI Electric to hang the screens and clean up the tangle of wires and speakers, so that avid sports viewers can focus on “three games at once” rather than the mess. upstate HOUSE

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Above (top to bottom): The tranquil master bedroom with a bare wood floor also faces a glass wall overlooking the vista; spare but not too serious, refined but not too delicate—the house now welcomes one and all.


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The rest of the electronic equipment in the living room was housed in a custom media cabinet built by master craftsman Emerson DuBois, who used reclaimed wood for the doors; it’s elevated off the floor to expose baseboard heat radiators. Custom furniture, in fact, is a signature of Oldenburger’s work, whether she designs and crafts it herself or contracts out. The coffee table, a thick, “live-edged” plank of bleached and whitewashed pine that hovers on clear acrylic legs, was designed and created by Oldenburger. Near the entry, a similar, rough-wood side table, also made by Oldenburger, graces one wall. In a room known as the “lady cave”—a serene spot to “get away from all the sport,” says the wife—DuBois built a marble-topped hanging cabinet. He also created dining room benches, the master bedroom dresser top, and the sliding barn door covering a closet, all made of 250-year-old found wood. Oldenburger softened the upstairs master suite, previously rather utilitarian looking, with warm gray paint and an upholstered platform bed. Floral capiz pendants light both sides of the headboard alcove. Once again, customized dressers were mounted on the wall to expose the baseboard radiators. Second-level floors were stripped of carpeting and whitewashed to create a clean-but-rustic look. Up another refinished staircase, the husband’s cozy man cave overlooks the vast outdoors. Most of the secondfloor remodeling was done by DuBois, while Luis Nova of Ulster Hardwood Flooring and painter/wallpaper hanger Greg Manuel did work throughout the home. A fully finished basement, floored in soft, sustainable cork, offers more guest and recreation accommodations, each decorated in creamy tones. The walk-out door to the patio and pool is sheltered by the deck above. The husband had already renovated the kitchen before he married, but the dining areas were Oldenburger’s to reinvent. She hung a white fauxantler chandelier over an industrial dining table and draped two Windsor chairs that had belonged to the husband’s father with plush sheepskins. They sit at each end of the rectangular piece that’s flanked on each long side with DuBois’s wooden benches. She hung wine-and-glass racks made from stained shipping pallets, and added a modern tulip table for casual dining near an exterior glass wall. Next to it a custom-built, open industrial shelf unit that displays a collection of white dishware. The ambitious renovation started last spring, with a finish date aimed at Thanksgiving. “We have holidays here, and a lot of people come up in the summertime,” says the wife. “It’s a party place.” The wife has gone from wanting to sell the house, or build a new one, to the dream of being here five days a week. After all, it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.

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Exterior of The Roxbury

For eons, the Hudson Valley has hosted visitors from around the world. In the 19th century, magnificent mountain houses ruled the landscape. In the mid 20th century, grand resorts and bungalow colonies were popular options. In recent years, B&Bs have blossomed. But in the 21st century there’s a new entry to the accommodations scene: the high-design hotel. These places aren’t necessarily fancy; in fact, several of them are reinventions of modest roadside motels. But they’re been remodeled with a keen eye for design, with reclaimed wood and hand-blown glass, outfitted with work by local artisans and artists, sometimes spare but always appealing to the refined eye. Some of these hotels and motels fall into the category of rustic chic; others have gone for something brighter and more dramatic: the Upstate version of Ian Schrager. We’ve rounded up for you a few contenders of high-design hotels in the Hudson Valley. —Lisa Selin Davis

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he motel room comes with its own back story. It’s written on an aging scroll pasted on the wall next to a 400-gallon saltwater aquarium, wherein lionfish and puffer fish circle a replica of Cleopatra’s tomb. The scroll tells the story of archaeologist/adventurer Elton Reynolds, who stole the queen’s sarcophagus from the Nazis in the 1930s and whose collection of antiquities now decorates this elegant three-bedroom cottage, staged like the set of an Indiana Jones movie, called “the Digs.” It’s one of 28 wildly designed theme rooms at the Roxbury Motel. The Digs is the most deluxe accommodation at the Roxbury, but not the most elaborate design at this boutique motel that is as committed to comfort as it is to style. Ten years ago, proprietors and former theater professionals Greg Henderson and Joe Masa bought the rundown motel in the rural Delaware County village of Roxbury, and have since created an output of fantasy inspired by the pop culture of the ’60s and ’70s that takes “over the top” to a whole other level; it pushes past “fabulous” into “extraordinary.” The foyer of the Digs faces a giant stone door. On the other side of it lies a spare bedroom, pebble tile underfoot, with a Mayan calendar relief carved into the rock wall and a Murphy bed cleverly hidden behind the face of a massive Mayan god. There’s also a bedroom with a canopy of bullwhips, and one styled like a pharaoh’s palace, with stone wallpaper like the inside of a pyramid. The Digs has two bathrooms (one appointed in fabulous gold tile and gold fixtures), a full gourmet kitchen, and a private courtyard overlooking the east branch of the Delaware River babbling just below. (There’s also a secret passage—a full-on hidden room in which you can spy on other people in the cottage—but pretend you didn’t know that.) The Amadeus’s Bride suite, based on the film Amadeus, is an opulent throwback to the rococo style of the 18th century, with gold-leaf moldings framing dozens of mirrors, a large crystal chandelier, and an oversize mural of Mozart’s wife, Constanze. The two bedrooms—one up a spiral staircase— are covered in velvet-flocked silhouette wallpaper from Osborne & Little. Henderson, who conceived of the designs for the rooms, sources the motel’s bespoke materials—gilt wallpapers, custom-designed lighting, midcentury modern furniture—from suppliers across the U.S. and Europe. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the Internet,” says Henderson. Masa, a former set designer, oversees the fabrication of Henderson’s whimsical fantasias. If you’ve always wanted to crawl inside Barbara Eden’s lair on “I Dream of Jeannie,” the purple-and-gold harem of Genie’s Bottle will delight. Access your inner Trekkie in the Final Frontier, a suite with Captain Kirk chairs and a fiberoptic ceiling that re-creates the warp-speed effect from “Star Trek.” Take a trip back to swinging London in the Austin Powers-inspired Shagadelic Suite. The Addams Family is ready to adopt you in the Noir Boudoir, a slyly sinister take on the TV show’s Victorian mansion. Still dreaming of dancing like John Travolta? Just turn on the colored lights and disco ball in Tony’s Dancefloor and live the dream. Other rooms include George’s Spacepad (“The Jetsons”), Angel Hair (“Charlie’s Angels”), the Wizard’s Emeralds (The Wizard of Oz), and Fred’s Lair (“The Flintstones”). And the most mesmerizing room? It’s got to be Maryann’s Coconut Cream Pie—the room makes you feel like you’re inside a pie. The ceiling is an upsidedown meringue. Each of the hundred or so upside-down peaks is an individual sculpture, crafted by Masa, screwed into the ceiling, shaved into shape, and then covered in successive layers of fire retardant, paint, and gloss. They’re all encircled by piecrust crown molding. Below the stalactite meringue sits a circular bed with “SOS” written in seashells on the headboard. While not everything is real at the Roxbury, the signed photograph of Dawn Wells, who played Maryann on “Gilligan’s Island,” is authentic. But that story about Elton Reynolds fighting the Nazis for his loot? They made it up. Disappointed? Don’t be. It’s all part of the intricately crafted fantasy at the Above (top): A Murphy bed is cleverly hidden behind a Mayan temple god in the Digs’ stone chamber bedroom. Opposite (top): Maryann’s Cream Pie room, an homage to “Gilligan’s Island,” feels like the inside of a meringue; (below): Amadeus’ Bride suite features handmade 18K gold leaf moldings framing over 27 mirrors reflecting a 200 lb. Austrian crystal chandelier. Photos courtesy of The Roxbury

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The Roundhouse

Above (left to right): The main building’s curved brick structure looms above the Fishkill Creek; the dining room decor at Swift restaurant utilizes the work of local designers.

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eacon has been working on its upscale-upstate identity ever since Dia:Beacon opened in 2003. But years after the town had evolved, the city’s lodging options didn’t quite match the cultural and culinary scene. Then along came Robert McAlpine, a transplant from Long Island and owner of McAlpine Construction, who saw a set of old factory buildings in disrepair along Fishkill Creek and decided to bridge that gap. The result opened in 2012: a hotel, two restaurants, a lounge, and a wedding venue (and next year, a spa) known as the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. The main Roundhouse building had been at times a lawnimower factory, a felt manufacturer, and a blacksmith’s shop but was boarded up when McAlpine saw it in 2010. The main building’s curved, 16-inch-thick brick wall hovered over the creek, and the place was both architecturally impressive and structurally sound. Its potential was clear. Well versed in high-end hotel construction, McAlpine set about creating a complex as eco-friendly as it would be chic. “He knew he wanted to do something as green as possible,” says his daughter-in-law, Meghan McAlpine, the Roundhouse’s director of corporate sales and marketing. Inspired by green building LEED standards (but not applying for LEED certification due to additional costs), they used low-VOC paints, low-flow toilets, and motionsensor lights in the elevator (don’t be alarmed when the elevator initially looks dark—the light will go on once you step inside). They reused materials wherever possible: Bathroom doors in their high-end restaurant, Swift, and paneling in the hallways were crafted from the buildings’ old floorboards. Construction teams restored original windows and reused original bricks. They’re currently refurbishing an old hydroelectric turbine that was recovered on the property, which will eventually supply some of the complex’s electricity. Robert McAlpine managed to snag the Rockwell Group—one of the most influential design groups in the world—to handle the interiors. “We definitely knew we wanted something modern with industrial elements to reflect the building’s history, but we wanted it to be comfortable and inviting as well,” says Meghan. The look is spare but chic, interrupted by whimsical flourishes: exposed concrete ceilings and glittering sheers; swoops and swirls of hand-blown glass pendants lit with sparkling Edison bulbs that hover over more sober maroon leather banquettes. The hotel rooms are stunning: An octopus-like hand-blown glass light fixture by Ken Willow Studio in Beacon hangs in the bathroom of the penthouse suite and a circular tub by the 44

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window, while floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors lead to a balcony over the creek. The 2,500-foot Swift restaurant—a pleasure for both the gourmand and the locavore—is cavernous but can be interrupted by steel and translucent panels that were made in-house and can break the dining room up into different sections. “It gives the space more detail and makes it more intimate,” says Meghan. In the summer, their patio restaurant—a concrete slab along the creek—offers al fresco dining with seating at black, Italian wicker chairs and glass tables beneath market umbrellas. Both the McAlpines and the Rockwell Group made it a priority to tap the vast creative resources of Beacon and its environs. Rockwell Group created the design and then local interior designer Elizabeth Strianese executed it, filling the spaces with the creations of local artists and artisans. Swift is furnished with tables made from reclaimed wood crafted by local artist Jessica Wickham, a friend of the McAlpines, and lit with glass pendants created by local and world-renowned manufacturer Niche Modern, who also created the chandelier in the sophisticated lounge, 2EM, which is warmed by a wide gas fireplace and furnished with MCM chairs. Atlas Industries, a modular furniture company based across the river in Newburgh, created the beds and desks in the hotel rooms with raw, but warm, slabs of wood. Local workshop and store Hudson Beach Glass created the wall sconces in the restaurant, and the soap dishes in the hotel bathrooms. Zinc bartops and metal railings came from Beacon-based Metconix, Inc. And local comes right down to the management of the Roundhouse. While it may look as sleek and beautiful as any high-end chain hotel, it’s actually a family business. Robert’s son Brendan McAlpine is general counsel; his daughter Katie Guerra is general manager, and her husband, Antonia Guerra, is the controller. Both families moved up from New York City to join the endeavor. “We’re all deeply committed to the Roundhouse’s success, and to the city of Beacon,” says Meghan. But there is one problem. “When we’re at family parties, it always ends up turning into work talk.” THE ROUN DHOUSE 2 East Main Street, Beacon (845) 765-8369


Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa By Kandy Harris


uttermilk Falls’ aesthetic is all about comfort: comfort food, comfy beds, and comforting and calming spa experiences. And yet the inn and its surrounding 75 acres sit just beyond the Route 9W commercial zone in the Ulster County hamlet of Milton: an oasis that appears among truck graveyards and auto shops. The property consists of a farm-to-table restaurant, Henry’s; four guest cottages; four guesthouses; an organic garden; an animal sanctuary (llamas, alpacas, goats, miniature donkeys, chickens, ducks, and a bee colony); and a modern spa. But the heart of the property is the circa-1764 Anning Smith house, a 10-room Colonial farmhouse enveloped by shade trees, where the art of comfort is perfected. This is thanks to its owner, Robert Pollock, a real estate developer who splits his time between his house on the inn’s property and a place in New York with his wife and two children. Although the Smith House harkens back to its Revolutionary War-era roots, Pollock chose a mix of design elements to update the look of the inn while respecting its history. “It’s Revolutionary meets modern,” says Pollock. Greek Revival-style pillars frame the front door of the Smith House while the exterior of Henry’s is Arts and Crafts inspired. The guesthouses, cottages, and spa are more contemporary, with simpler lines and large windows that let in light. Inside Smith House, each room is decorated with an eclectic mix of antique furniture rubbing elbows with flea market finds and unusual curios, like funky lamps and old trunks. The sitting room is the heart of the house, where a fire crackles in the brick fireplace and walls are filled with shelves devoted to antique books and figurines. Many of the original features of Smith House are meticulously restored, like the hand-hewn ceiling beams, original stonework, and wide-plank floors. There’s even a spot on the wall that has been stripped down to its support system of old wood and stone, giving guests an opportunity to look at just exactly how the house was put together back in the old days. The gift shop, located downstairs, has its original stone floors and beamed walls intact, nearly untouched since the mid-1700s. The house is not a period piece, and it couldn’t be, since parts of it have radically changed over the years. “The Smith family was here, they made additions, and they had fires, and made more additions,” explains Pollock. All of Smith House’s design elements are meant to complement, not re-create, the house’s historical character. The old-fashioned gas lamp-style fixtures in the inn’s breakfast room are fitted with retro Edison bulbs, but there are flip-switch fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs in most rooms. All of it adds up to the feeling of an old-fashioned getaway. Many groundfloor rooms offer garden access via French doors that open onto stone patios complete with outdoor seating areas. The inn’s general manager, C. J. Hartwell, describes it as having a “modern country feeling.” The inn’s operators have embraced two things that appeal to Hudson Valley dwellers and visitors: environmentalism and luxury. “We try to do the right thing in the world by supporting eco-friendly, sustainable culture with our purchases,” says Hartwell, referring to their use of food grown in their own organic garden and sourcing of local products. “At the same time, we try to bring the amenities and the luxuries that people want.” That means Jacuzzi tubs in the guest rooms and a well-appointed spa facility, too. Perhaps comfort is most important because Pollock intended the property, with its rolling acres and its roaring waterfall, to be his own private getaway. However, plans changed when he learned that the property opposite his was on the market. “The idea was for me to build a house on the waterfall, live happily ever after, and not worry about neighbors,” says Pollock. While in the process of purchasing his land, he heard that the plot directly opposite the falls was on the market. Pollock took out his checkbook and bought the other property, sight unseen. Turns out, the land also included a dilapidated 18th-century Colonial with the roof caved in known as the Anning Smith House. BUTTERMILK FALLS INN AND SPA Above: Stately trees line the entrance to Butermilk Falls Inn; the Riverknoll House is a beautifully contemporary, three bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house with stunning views of the Hudson River. Photos courtesy of Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa.

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Graham & Co.

Above (left to right): Evenings are kindled by the warm glow of a communal firepit; streamlined lodgings are inspired by minimalist artist Donald Judd.

By Caren Chesler | Photos by Poul Ober


ike the woman who books a wedding venue before she’s found a husband, the Graham & Co. was initially just a concept without a product. The four New York City fashion and interior designers who created the brand are now owners of the Phoenicia motel that bears the Graham & Co. name and design, and in the short time it’s been open, that brand has blossomed. “Their vision was to build a website, create a stir, gain a following, and then ultimately provide services in the design field,” says Gilbert Barattini, the father of one of the founding designers, Bianca Barattini. “But at that point, there was no real substance to their product.” Then Gilbert renovated Bianca’s house in the Catskills and discovered Phoenicia. The town seemed like the perfect getaway: on the banks of the Esopus Creek, with tubing, fishing, hiking, and skiing nearby, and six buses a day from the Port Authority. But the town was missing something. “It was clear to us there was a cool contingent upstate, but there wasn’t a fashionable place to stay,” Bianca says. A hotel would give them a product to which they could attach their brand. Bianca found the old Catskills motor lodge, and Gilbert purchased and renovated it in January 2012. He hired his daughter’s cadre of design friends, Jeff Madalena, Jason Gnewikow, and Amanda Bupp, all of whom work in fashion or interior design, to handle the rest. The team immediately went to work, designing a hotel that tried to capture the Catskills’ rustic vibe while adding to it a dash of metropolitan minimalism. There are 13 rooms, four with kitchens, all of which follow the same theme, which is inspired by minimalist conceptual artist Donald Judd: a bed, a nightstand, and a bench made of unfinished wood and black rubber flooring in the bathroom like you might find on a shop-room floor. Bare light bulbs hang from electrical cords on each side of the bed. “Everything is relaxed here— simple, easy atmosphere translates into simple easy interiors,” says Bianca. “We did tons of vintage shopping and made choices that were unpolished but modern.” The toilet paper holder is made of plumbing pipe. Some walls are lined with rough-cut, unfinished, and locally sourced wood or with painted paneling. The rugs, beige or charcoal gray, are industrial chic. There are no televisions in the rooms, only modern retro Tivoli radios. 46

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If private rooms are simple, common spaces are more elaborate; the owners wanted people to really use them. “We kept the rooms basic and elevated the common spaces to promote activity and interaction,” says Bianca. “This kind of togetherness is part of the Catskills’ DNA.” The pool, once shut behind broken concrete and a chain-link fence, is now surrounded by a wooden deck and lounge chairs and encircled by a canopy of juniper trees. The lobby is decorated with vintage memorabilia and antique cupboards. In winter, there’s a roaring fire in the woodstove, and yearround there’s a large picnic table and a counter with bar stools where residents can drink beer—everyone gets a Bud or a bottle of water upon check-in—or use Wi-Fi. In the summer, there’s a volleyball court and fire pit where guests can convene on Friday nights, making s’mores and drinking wine. On Saturday summer evenings, a sheet is hung over the volleyball net and movies are shown—usually goofy ones, like The Goonies or National Lampoon’s Vacation. Bianca says they created a hotel that they themselves would want to stay in. In fact, when they finished the pool they wondered whether they should keep it for themselves. “The week before we opened, friends and family were all over the deck,” she says. “And the thought crossed our minds: ‘Should we even open?’” Not only did they open, but they got plenty of buzz via Travel + Leisure, “The Today Show,” Country Living, and Esquire, among other media outlets. “Last year, we were booked from April through October,” says Jackie Pellicano, who works at the front desk. “We had 33 pages in a notebook of people who wanted to be on the cancellation list.” GRAHAM & CO. 80 Route 214, Phoenicia (845) 688-7871


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$1,695,000 Listed by Hayes Clement, Lic. RE Salesperson, Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, Ltd. | 917.568.5226 or Appeldoorn Farm offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a legendary Hudson Valley estate already renovated to the very highest standard. Home to generations of the Schoonmaker family since the early 1700s, Appeldoorn was modernized in the 1930s by architects Myron Teller and Harry Halverson, in the Colonial Revival style they made famous, for financier Howard Sykes, chairman of the predecessor to the American Stock Exchange. The estate, newly restored to its former glory as lived by Sykes, encompasses 22.4 protected acres of rolling meadow, bordered by similarly protected land, with spectacular views of Mohonk ridge. The 5200 sq. ft. main house includes 7 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, 3 wood-burning fireplaces, massive pine ceiling beams, wide oak floor boards pegged by spikes, and original wrought-iron door and cabinetry hardware. The large kitchen features tiled walls and stainlesssteel counters. HVAC systems have been replaced with zoned, high-efficiency heating and cooling. A rebuilt dairy barn with soaring hayloft, a two-car stone garage, and a cabana complete the estate, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and eligible for agricultural-use tax exemptions.

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Significant Properties of Character and Charm in Historic Ulster County STATELY BRICK MASTERPIECE Impressive. Sited in a manner engaging the spectacular and unparalleled sweeping views. Large Living Room/ Great Room with soaring ceilings. Ballroom sized Dining Room. Cozy stone walled fireplace Study. Every window takes advantage of the far reaching mountain, orchard and water views. Exquisite pool for summer entertaining. So much to offer. $899,000. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

HISTORIC FARMHOUSE Blended with a creative and artistic vision. Enter a lovely tree lined drive and thru stone gates to absolute privacy and sweeping mountain views. Majestically sited on park-like acreage this double-porch farmhouse has spared no detail. Expansive rooms allow for grand entertaining or intimate gatherings. Stone Fireplace. Beamed and cathedral ceilings. Hardwood floors. Large windows take in the view from every room. The second floor, aptly named “Sunset Lounge” has 15 ft ceilings. Large eat in Gourmet kitchen. Main bedroom suite has soaring ceilings and private porch. Beautifully planned outdoor areas include landscaped pool with mountain views, organic gardens and open lawn. History. Privacy. Grand design. $599,000. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

HIGH FALLS HISTORIC GEM Set on a knoll overlooking sweeping lawns, stone walls and protected farmland views. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Perfectly designed. Exquisitely detailed. Beamed ceilings. Wood floors. 2 Fireplaces. Bluestone patios. Covered porch. Wrap around deck. Seclusion. $329,900. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

UNIQUE, PRIVATE CONTEMPORARY Sited in a woodland setting. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Expertly laid out with a bed and bath on each level. Bright interior with walls of glass. Lower level has separate entrance. Office area. Large deck. Gardens. Laid bluestone patio. Outbuilding. $219,000. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner


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3670 Main Street, Stone Ridge 845.687.4451 1840 FARMHOUSE Majestically sited on the bank of the Rondout. This is that rare property most desired but never available. Magical setting. Complete privacy. Much thought has been put into making this one of the most charming and exquisite of properties. Original details abound. Wood floors. Beamed ceilings. French doors lead to expansive Bluestone Patios large enough for entertaining on a grand scale and overlooking the Rondout. Sweet outbuildings include a studio with gas hookup and electric. Glass enclosed and screened porch provides an additional seasonal space for entertaining or relaxing. This historic property with privacy on the Rondout is pure enchantment. $595,000. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

SOPHISTICATED. REFINED. In one of the most beautiful, and best kept secret, areas of Stone Ridge is this exceptionally rendered mid-century. Living spaces flow seamlessly. Living Room with massive laid stone fireplace and beamed cathedral ceiling. Gourmet kitchen. All rooms with large windows take advantage of the mountain and meadow views. 5 acres of lawn and woodland. Stone patio. All new systems. Much sought after but rarely found. Exceptional. $449,000. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

58+ PARK-LIKE ACRES Long drive through rolling meadows with stone walls past large swimmable pond to sprawling light filled retreat. Living Room with soaring cathedral ceiling, massive stone fireplace and a wall of glass overlooks this truly stunning property with staggering mountain, sky and farm views. Sweet rocking chair porch. Separate caretakers residence sited away from the main house in it’s own woodland setting. Sweeping vistas. This is a truly rare and private property. $559,000. William G. Sidoriak, Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

UNSPOILED c.1695 STONE HOUSE Extremely rare amounts of wideboard floors and original hardware in the dining room, parlors and four bedrooms all with the comfort and charm of an old stone house. The addition is designed to closely reflect the early period. MB suite with study, attractive built ins and a superior bath. Three large country comfy bathrooms. Mammoth kitchen with enormous fireplace and hearth, perfect for gatherings. So many delightful details to be seen. Barn. Workshop. Barbara L. Hallam, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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Circa 1830 Woodstock Farm House on 28 pastoral acres, privately sited with majestic views of Overlook Mountain. 2 floors, an excellent layout, large rooms & beautiful wide board floors. Well suited for agriculture & horses, w/a 2 story barn, & 2000+ feet of Sawkill Creek frontage, with a beautiful swimming hole. $1,050,000

Dream of owning a classic 1800s Farmhouse? This one is complete with a stable barn, Carriage House, wrap-around porch, 8 acres with views of the Catskill Mountains & private access to the Kaaterskill Creek. Close to NYS Thruway, Saugerties and HITS. Turn your dreams into a reality. $299,000

Log sided ski home only a few steps to Windham Mountain Slopes. Open concept floor plan has an updated kitchen with granite counters. Living room has vaulted ceiling, fireplace and sliders to a wrap-around deck with a hot tub, fire-pit and BBQ. Master suite with fireplace and panoramic views. $649,000

This adorable 2 bedroom Cape is set on a dead-end street convenient to shopping & restaurants. Features a new roof, electric & windows, remodeled bathroom, Oak flooring, & the heated attic could be a 3rd bedroom! Wood stove in basement heats whole house. A huge yard and 1 car garage complete the picture. $125,000

Beautiful sun-drenched Cape on 2.25 acres with an open floor plan & wall of windows in the living & dining room. The private deck overlooks the Shawangunks and a neighboring pond. 2nd floor has an open Den/Office area and the Master Bedroom and Bath which has a balcony with views of the Catskills. $270,000

This quintessential Catskills Farmhouse is in the lovely hamlet of Palenville. A spacious and comfortable full-time or vacation home with 5 bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, screened-in porch, charming period details, stone cellar (well suited for storing wine), garage/barn, and a shed. $148,000

For vintage home lovers who seek space for relaxing, playing & entertaining - this home allows you to do it all. Large family room, screen porch w/ bluestone floor, original details, and a private backyard. This is a superb location on Burgevin St., and is only a short walk to Historic Uptown Kingston. $349, 000

Charming 1920’s Vintage Farmhouse plus rental house on over 16 acres. Enjoy privacy on this tucked-away hilltop setting with picturesque views of farmland and Mountains in the distance! This spacious home offers large rooms, covered porch, a remodeled country kitchen and a partially finished 3rd level. $429,900

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Built to Perfection! This custom salt-box Cape is in immaculate condition. Large living room with 9ft wood beamed ceilings & an inviting fireplace. Beautiful kitchen with eat-in area, & high end appliances; slider doors open to a large private deck. Generous sized bedroom/den, easy flow & plenty of storage. $244,900

Once a week we like to take a moment to recognize one of the many local organizations our agents work with. We’re proud to share our communities and our time with them. Visit us @ to This large, private Colonial has every- Still dreaming about finding that special thing you might need in a home. Light place in the mountains - that Log-style learn more. pours in from the many windows around the home, open floor plan, many storage spaces, large basement, full stand up attic, oversized 2 car garage with a unfinished bonus room, and almost 3 acres. Most of the electricity is generated by an energy panel solar system! $325,000

Chalet on 5 private acres surrounded by hundreds of acres of State Land and your own pond to swim, fish and skate on? Here it is! Rustic log accents, open floor plan with vaulted pine ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace provides a very welcoming atmosphere. $315,000

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31 Church Hill Road, New Paltz NY The Hendrick Smit House, a museumquality c.1704 Dutch vernacular stone and clapboard home! Forensically restored by an expert of renown, this antique home majestically counterpoises the elegance of an earlier era with modern comforts. Undoubtedly one of the finest and best-preserved authentic Colonial homes in the country. Surrounded by careful plantings an elegant pool and pond. $850,000 Call Elizabeth Arielle Curtin , R.E. Salesperson 845-399-4284

Vly Atwood Road, Stone Ridge NY Private. Serene. Unique. This private setting is just minutes from the center of Stone Ridge. A long private drive showcases the large main home, 3-car garage, guest house, and horse stables. The residence features a chef ’s kitchen with spacious eat-in area, formal dining room, and a large family room with a Rumsford fireplace. A private office suite and full laundry room, high ceilings, large windows and central AC complete the home. $1,475,000 Call Eric Bean, R.E. Salesperson 845-418-2004

97 Sickler Road, Woodstock NY A remarkably heavenly Woodstock location for those seeking a one of a kind spacious home in the ultimate location! It’s a perfect Estate made for both contemplation and entertaining on an intimate or in a gala-grand scale! Unique hillside home welcomes sunlight thru its many windows while being grounded by the judicial use of interior marble, bluestone & polished woods. $1,250,000 Call Laurie Ylvisaker, Associate R.E. Broker 845-901-6129

80 Newcut Road, Woodstock NY Privacy and beauty abound in this refreshed Woodstock compound with over six acres of perennial landscaping, in ground pool, waterfalls and paths. The spacious main home has an open floor plan and vaulted greatroom with woodstove, wall of windows, and custom kitchen. The two story guest house overlooks the waterfall. Both buildings have central air and whole house generator! $850,000 Call Lisa Halter, Associate R.E. Broker 917-658-0535

115 Buck Road, Stone Ridge NY Historic Stone Ridge estate features a 1710 Dutch stone home with 2 bed guest house, 2 story, 4 stall horse barn, pond, stream, in ground pool and Mohonk views. The 5 bed, 3 bath home features 3 fireplaces, gracious living room with beamed ceilings, period perfect dining room and library, Dutch doors, and original built-ins. The 65 acres are a vision of pasture and forest in an easement. $1,850,000 Call Lisa Halter, Associate R.E. Broker 917-658-0535

320 Rte 208, New Paltz NY Fantastic views of Shawangunk Ridge to the West & East. 112 acres, 3000 feet of road frontage, & approx 1750 feet of water frontage on the Plattekill Creek. Rolling acreage, two ponds, a barn, an outbuilding, artesian well. Property lends itself to farm: horses, small/ large animals, fruit trees, berries. Perhaps a B&B for outdoor adventurers. Subdivide into multiple parcels. The possibilities are endless. $1,900,000 Call Jeanine Stoddard, Associate R.E. Broker 845-594-7792

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DESIRABLE WOODSTOCK LOCATION Stylishly renovated mid-century modern privately sited on Woodstock’s desirable Chestnut Hill Road. Ownerdesigner has done a sparkling new kitchen and new bathrooms. Spaces, which include two fireplaces, have lots of flexibility, with plenty of room for privacy. Includes a guest apartment with kitchen and bath and its own entrance; or else simply break through the wall and create a huge media room or studio space. Just a few additional cosmetic touches will make this your very own modern showplace. Call Sarah BissonnetteAdler, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, 845-389-3849. $382,000

An absolutely adorable, romantic 19th-century farmhouse, sweetly sited and cradled by gorgeous towering pines, with wonderful early furnishings and appliances. (House can be sold completely furnished.) This is as compact and cute a love nest as any weekender would want, and features beautiful wideboard floors throughout as well as a rocking-chair porch to gaze off into the distance. One of the barns is, as well as being aesthetically so pleasing, quite usable. Sufficiently private, definitely darling. Call Eamon Hamilton, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, 718-541-1144. $325,000

A magical property on 30+ acres, amazingly within the city limits of Kingston, yet completely private and, for boating enthusiasts, a couple of minutes from the marinas. Surrounding the mini-lake is your own private bird and animal sanctuary. Dine, as the current owners do, overlooking the water. Views from every room; lots of light; multiple decks; two fireplaces; a huge master suite with an office; finished, walk-out lower level; plenty of room and flexibility. Everything you could ask for in a home. Call Lawrence O’Toole, Licensed R.E. Principal Broker, 917-576-5832. $699,000




Completely renovated 1840 colonial on very desirable Historic Huguenot Street in the village of New Paltz. Backed by 180 acres of land, with a view of the Wallkill and the Shawangunks, the renovation preserves the integrity of the old home while adding complimentary modern touches, favoring new pine floors and exposed beams. Bedrooms have high ceilings and there’s a lovely enclosed back porch to enjoy the expansive view. Very low-maintenance acreage and the very best in village living. Call Sandra Lee H. Hutton, Licensed R.E. Associate Broker, 845-706-9241. $625,000

With panoramic, knock-your-socks-off views all the way down to Mohonk and the Gunks, this private, cedar-sided, light-filled beauty is in move-in condition, with new hard wood floors recently added. Upstairs boasts a huge master suite with walk-in closet and the walk-out lower level, with wet bar, is a great play or gathering space. Main level is an open plan, with a 26-ft loft space above it used as an office. Hot tub and back-up generator, too! Quality, seclusion comfort and – ah! – those views! Call Lawrence O’Toole, Licensed R.E. Principal Broker, 917-576-5832. $449,000

Country Cul-de-sac, deep inside the enclave of Cottekill, this modern 4 bedroom, 3 bath Colonial stands on top an idyllic oversize lot. Gourmet kitchen at its heart has granite countertops & opens onto an expansive back deck, raised bed gardens & pool. Huge master suite & walk-in closets. Marble fireplace & enclosed front porch are good for year round enjoyment. First time on the market in 18 years & “Move-in Ready” Wonderfully located between Stone Ridge & High Falls, it’s a perfect place to live. Practical & beautiful. Call Thomas B. Roberts Licensed R.E. Salesperson 646-404-1301. $329,000


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HIGH MEADOW FARM LEW BEACH / BEAVERKILL VALLEY Sophisticated country home on 64 spectacular acres with jaw-dropping mountain views, trout pond, rolling meadows, stream with waterfalls, and hemlock forest, adjacent to State land. Includes exclusive Stream Club membership with five miles of premier fly fishing on the renowned Beaverkill River. $2,450,000

WILDCAT MANOR CLARYVILLE Architect-designed home in the Swedish farmhouse style, featuring French windows and southern exposure from most rooms. 300+ acres with numerous woodland trails, in scenic, unspoiled town. Upstairs library reflects the prolific authorship of its former owner. $950,000

BANYAN HILL NORTH BRANCH Light-filled 4 bedroom contemporary on 20 private acres with wide open meadows and hill views. Great for entertaining, with a stylish guest apartment and separate guest wing. Master suite’s bi-fold glass doors open to balcony with dramatic views, while modern master bath includes cedar Japanese steeping tub. $1,290,000 7991 State Route 55 • Grahamsville, NY • 12740 • 845.985.5116 upstate HOUSE | SPRING 2014 • 5 3 Visit our sister company,, for fine Upstate vacation rentals

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COMFORTABLE COUNTRY HOUSE Classic circa 1795 farmhouse. Charming and unique home featuring original details with recent renovations tailored for modern living. Spacious rooms, wide board floors, exposed beams, beautifully remodeled kitchen, updated baths and mechanicals. Comfortable home that will appeal to weekenders and full time residents. 5 acres with small pond. Convenient to TSP, Rhinebeck and Millbrook Villages. Offered at $695,000.

SPACIOUS VILLAGE HOME Located on one of the loveliest streets in the Village of Millbrook is this sprawling ranch on a pretty 1.6 acre parcel, bordered by beautiful homes. One of kind Village listing with hard wood floors, large living room with fireplace and French doors to patio. All rooms are bright and spacious. Situated in a way that feels private, yet is within walking distance to Village amenities. Offered at $635,000.

COUNTRY COMFORT Private 19.6 acre offering that includes a separate building lot. Lovely ranch house located in the Town of Washington, minutes to Village of Millbrook or Dover train station. Master suite with slider to deck and gazebo with hot tub. Cozy LR w/fireplace. Several outbuildings including detached garage w/heat and electric, two barns, each w/electric and one with a woodstove, 10K watt generator for the house. Offered at $525,000.

CLASSIC 1880 FARMHOUSE Totally renovated farmhouse with frontage on the Wappingers Creek. 4 BR home with 2.5 baths, updated kitchen with granite and stainless steel, living room with beamed ceiling, three working fireplaces and a beautiful conservatory with French doors to stone terrace, overlooking large back yard and creek. A great find in the Millbrook School District. Offered at $399,000.

FULLY RESTORED MILLBROOK HOME This splendid 1870s farmhouse sits in prestigious Millbrook Hunt country, bordered by large farms and estates. It has been completely renovated, top to bottom, in a careful, tasteful manner that preserves its early charm. Exposed beams, stunning floors, first floor master with French doors to deck, lovely grounds. Fabulous country retreat! Offered at $365,000.

CHARMING CAPE COD Country Cape in nice setting, minutes to the Village of Millbrook. Many recent renovations and updates throughout. Living room with exposed beams and stone fireplace with new woodstove. Kitchen with new appliances and cozy dining area with wainscoting and French doors to an enjoyable sunroom. 3 BRS and 2 1/2 baths. Offering includes a separate building lot for added privacy or a future build. Offered at $339,000.

CLASSIC VILLAGE OF MILLBROOK COLONIAL Delightful center hall colonial with 4 BRs and 2 baths. Inviting floor plan. Spacious, light filled rooms, high ceilings, wood flooring, lovely moldings and brick fireplace. Walk up attic, great for storage. Attractive, level yard with fine plantings. 2 car detached garage. Quiet street, short stroll to Village locations. Offered at $329,000.

WELL MAINTAINED COUNTRY HOME Lovely home on 2.3 acres with a peaceful and private setting. Many updates throughout. 3 BRs and 1.5 baths, bright LR, DR and eat-in-kitchen. Lower level family room, office and laundry. Great property with mostly open meadows, perfect for gardening or animals. Small barn. Attractive front walk and new deck. Move-in ready! Offered at $279,000.

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MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY ESTATE- 160 ACRES with ponds, guest house, caretaker’s cottage & horse barn. Sumptuous 4000+ SF shingle style main house (2008) features gracious, sunwashed living spaces: Great Room with massive fireplace; gourmet kitchen with Italian tile; coffered FDR; library with fireplace; 4 BRs incl. spectacular en-suite MBR with spa bath & steam shower. Stone patios o’look infinity POOL & stone hot tub. Sweeping meadows and gardens draw the eye to panoramic mountain & valley views. IRREPLACEABLE $2,000,000.

PURE COUNTRY- Breathtaking views of the iconic Shawangunk Ridge grace the private 10 acre estate site of this brilliantly conceived custom country home (2002). Sunwashed interior features LR w/ massive stone fireplace, wide plank floors, lavish 24’ main floor MBR suite, superb gourmet country kitchen, solarium, radiant heat & CAC. Rolling park-like grounds enclose pristine pond, Gunite IG pool & cabana with bath & kitchenette, lavish gardens, 3 car garage w/ studio/office space over & a very sweet barn. STUNNING! $2,000,000

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HISTORIC STONE ESTATE- 13+ acres with sweeping lawns and pristine pond. Impeccably renovated 4200 SF historic stone colonial c. 1780 with 4 fireplaces, wideboard floors, beams, fabulous gourmet kitchen, 24’ LR, formal DR, 4 generous BRs, 3.5 baths, guest apartment over 2 bay carriage house PLUS separate 2 BR, 2 bath guest/caretaker’s house. Expansive stone patio o’looks lushly landscaped in-ground pool. SIMPLY SUPERB! $1,650,000. Call Jeff Serouya, Associate RE Broker, 845-626-5000

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KINGSTON’S FINEST- Stunning Greek Revival c. 1848 in fine uptown location painstakingly restored to its bygone elegance. Ultra gracious floor plan features fireplaces in formal DR, sitting room & MBR, gorgeous refinished oak & pine floors, eat-in kitchen w/ updated appliances & cabinetry, front & rear staircases, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, enchanting courtyard stone patio & attached garage. Listed on National Historic Register! $450,000.

COUNTRY COMFORT- Contemporary clapboard Saltbox farmhouse c. 1990 nestled on 3 prime Stone Ridge acres. Impeccably maintained & improved and featuring double height living room, warm pine flooring, spacious country kitchen, bedrooms up & down, 2 full baths, new Andersen windows, delightful architect designed 25x16 screened room for warm weather entertaining PLUS professional landscape & stonework. PICTURE PERFECT! $379,900.

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OH SO PRIVATE- Nestled on 3.7 acres with dramatic rock outcrops and perfect privacy, discover this impeccable sunwashed cedar contemporary with an airy open plan, cathedral ceilings & walls of glass. Featuring floor to ceiling stone fireplace in LR, gorgeous maple floors, central AC, kitchen with granite, Bosch & SubZero appliances, 3 generous BRs, 3 full baths, loft, 25’ family/media room & den/guest room. Deck & att. garage, too! $374,900. Call Debra Dooley, Licensed RE Salesperson, 845-475-4248

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COUNTRY CLASSIC- Everyone’s dream! Circa 1800 clapboard Eyebrow Colonial farmhouse renovated with taste and style. Original wide plank floors and hewn beams accent the modern amenities: country gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters, main level MBR suite, 3 bedrooms, 2 full tiled baths, stone floored sunroom with French doors open to stone patio, Jacuzzi tub and more! Three beautiful acres with old stone walls. PERFECT! $400,000.

PONDSIDE & PRIVATE- Have it all! 15 acres of total privacy o’looking huge POND encloses this smartly renovated clapboard farmhouse c. 1803. Generously proportioned throughout, with 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 24’ cathedral living room with French doors to patio, country kitchen, cozy den/office with fireplace, wide board floors, amazing heated STUDIO/guest house PLUS separate BARN, too. Swim, fish or kayak in your own backyard! $599,000.

THINK SUMMER! Exceptional 12+ acre New Paltz setting with breathtaking Mohonk views. Immaculate traditional with a modern open plan features LR with cozy fireplace, dining room, spacious MBR suite with spa bath, 2 add’l BRs, 3.5 baths, HW & ceramic floors and 24’ family/media space. Fenced and landscaped yard boasts heated IG POOL, outdoor shower, stone patio and fire pit. Three car garage & full basement, too! $725,000.

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$825,000 TIVOLI

PRIVATELY nestled on 7 acres in the Rombout Hunt Country this charming Farmhouse provides gracious light filled rooms. The LR w/beautiful stone FP flows nicely to the FDR & screened porch. Two of the 5 BR are on the 1st level. Gorgeous grounds w/beautiful perennial gardens, open meadows, mature trees & a heated in ground pool.


THIS WELL-MAINTAINED colonial home is set on almost 8 park-like acres complete w/beautiful stonewalls throughout. The exterior features a basketball/tennis court, an in-ground pool w/a cabana, a hot tub and a small barn. Close to the TSP.

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IDEAL OPPORTUNITY to live in a lovely 3 BR, 1.5 BA home, that opens to a spacious private backyard while owning the building of a thriving commercial business to help pay your mortgage/taxes. Home is entirely separate from business w/a nice division of space between them. Includes a great open floor plan, mature gardens & expansive private yard. A unique offering.

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THIS WELCOMING COLONIAL home on 1.5 acres sits on the banks of the Wappingers Creek. Home features well-proportioned rooms & the option of a private suite. Once a barn, the structure was converted to a home in the 1930s. Move in condition & updated for today’s lifestyle.

$290,000 HYDE PARK

A FULL WALL of windows frame splendid mountain views & flood this house w/light. First floor offers open & stylish KIT, DR & LR, plus BR & den/office. The second floor master suite has stunning mountain views & ample closets. Has 2-car garage, rear deck & partially fenced yard on almost 4-AC. Convenient to Bard, Tivoli & Red Hook.


LOCATED ON 6 acres high on the hill, in the meadow surrounded by trees this private 3 BR, 2 BA Contemporary offers a 1st floor BR, an open floor plan including a gorgeous kitchen & cozy FP. Includes a heated pool. Convenient to Upton Lake.


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THIS SPACIOUS HOME, once the Tivoli post office & adjacent house, has been joined into a stately Victorian w/ elegant rooms. Renovations include cherry wood cabinetry, a Rumford fireplace, terraced gardens & rooftop deck w/striking riverfront & mountain views. Convenient to Hudson & Rhinebeck, as well as Bard College.

$598,000 STANFORD

THIS SPACIOUS MODERN 4 BR & 2 BA home is on one level with a private back yard & seasonal stream located on the edge of the Village of Millbrook. Cathedral LR w/FP, greenhouse, large cooks kitchen w/ granite counters & gas range, DR opens to a bluestone terrace. Also has a 2-car garage, mudroom/laundry room.




This most stylish 5 BR Rhinebeck Circa 1760 Colonial has WB floors, 2 FPLs, hand hew beams, a marvelous Wood mode K, 3.5 tiled baths, 61 windows & glass doors for wonderful light, & 12 stunning acres w/a pond & 2 zip lines. $995,000.


W/18 rooms, 11 FPLs, 9 BRs, 3 full & 3 half baths, inlaid wood floors, a huge K, office suite, formal LR & DR & incredible woodwork, doors, & stairway, also has a carriage house & Cupola. A JEWEL! $450,000.


Overlooking bucolic meadows, gardens & ponds. This amazing colonial, in perfect condition, has a cherry K, LR w/FPL, a 528 SF porch, plus there’s a 36 x 36 barn for your animals or hobbies. $485,000.


this 3200 SF Contemporary has dramatic Catskill Views, vaulted ceilings, skylights, 2 FPLS, CA, a granite K, & a 25 x 31 MBR suite w/walk in closets & a wonderful glass shower. 62 ft. deck, 3 car garage, too! $439,000.

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this 4 BR, 3.5 bath warm & charming Colonial has WB floors, 2 FPLs, 2 MBR suites, a heated 20 x 40 inground pool, & 3 acres on a quiet country road. $425,000.

4 legal redone & updated apartments with a CO & all w/laundry facilities make this the ideal investment. Yearly net is $28K. Setting is beautiful w/stream frontage. $289,900.

w/a stocked pond mean on site recreation & beauty! This wonderful 4 BR, 2.5 bath colonial has it all including 9 ft. ceilings, K w/Viking range, & MBR suite. Separate 24 x 30 barn. $399,999.


BUILT IN 2006, THIS MODERN CAPE has an open floor plan, great K w/adjacent laundry, first floor MBR suite, huge guest BRs, office, den, large windows, & 5+ acres on a country rd. $349,900.

FORGET SHOVELING & WINTER WOES This 2 BR, 2 bath end unit 1 story Rhinebeck condo has CA, a FPL, oak floors, a beautiful K, & will help you live a carefree lifestyle! $319,900.


This 3600 SF Red Hook colonial has large, vaulted spaces, great light, an inground pool, pergola, deck, CA, a FPL, a library, heated sunroom, oak floors, 2 car garage & barn, & is move in ready. $469,900.

make this Pine Plains BRICK bldg. perfect for your reinvention. Tin ceilings, wood floors, original staircase, new roof. Great location in a high traffic area. $399,000.


is on a dead-end road, is surrounded by 4.6 acres of land, has 4 BRs, 4 baths, a MBR suite, guest suite, granite K, huge FR, 2 offices, an inground pool, huge deck, & is only a mile from the Village. $649,900.


this Rhinebeck V home, on a dead-end street, has oil heat, & wood & gas stoves! Superb light, DR & FR, level backyard, great location to walk to everything. $279,900.


This 4 BR, 2.5 bath Red Hook split has a luxury full floor MBR suite to pamper you. 2 FPLs, cherry floors, great K, FR & DR, deck, porch & easy to maintain land. Now $299,000.

ON ONE OF RHINEBECK’S MOST BEATIFUL ROADS this 3 BR, 1.5 bath country home is sited back on 4 aces, has a stone FPL, & LR, DR, & FR are all open to each other. Priced to sell @ $265,000.

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CIRCA 1840 HUDSON HOME Grand 4700 sq ft Greek Revival brick home has elegant spaces, high ceilings, original details, great porches and lovely garden. Located on Hudson's finest quiet residential block, walk to all the thriving city has to offer… $725,000

HISTORIC KINDERHOOK HOME 1770 brick house has original Dutch doors, beams, wide hall, stair, paneling and mantels. Updated with new kitchen, bath, and mechanicals… $395,000

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL Featured on the pages of magazines, this charming country house has a huge wrap-around porch, two fireplaces, wonderful style and light and updated mechanicals including new HVAC. On a rural acre, just minutes to Hudson… $389,000

ARTS & CRAFTS IN HUDSON Stylishly renovated four bedroom, three bath, 1920s bungalow has original detail, updated systems, garden and garage… $449,000

VILLAGE VICTORIAN Charming home with front porch, fireplace, two bedrooms and two baths on a quiet street… $189,000

MID-CENTURY MODERN HOME IN PRIVATE PARK WITH TWO-ACRE LAKE Set among 23 acres of spectacular natural features off a dead-end road, the property includes a two-acre lake, a stream, massive rocky cliffs and outcroppings, and mature woods. The rambling 2,900 square foot house has a heated indoor swimming pool, a billiard room, a huge fireplace, and glass block windows typical of 1960s quality construction. The house has views of nature from every room... $525,000

19TH CENTURY GREEK REVIVAL FARMSTEAD Beautiful, restored 1820 Greek Revival center hall farmhouse has wideboard floors, three fireplaces, three bedrooms and three baths on 50 acres with barns, open fields, woods, and stream… $465,000

CLASSIC HUDSON VALLEY ROMANTIC STYLE VILLA Stylishly restored 19th century country home has simple bracketed cornice, subdued centered gable, wide verandah, and sophisticated Italianate windows: some floor to ceiling, many rounded at the top, and others forming a bay, lighting stately dining room, wide front hall, and spacious living room. Upscale kitchen has exposed beams. Sited on almost four acres of lovely perennial landscaped gardens, a short stroll to historic Kinderhook Village... $479,000

SIMONS GENERAL Historic 1874 store had extensive structural work; ready for final restoration… $135,000

IN HUDSON WITH VIEWS Charming 1860 side hall home has handsome original stair, two level porches. Enjoy mountain views and an organic garden, near train and the river, on a quiet street… $239,000

STICK STYLE VICTORIAN Decorative detailing inside and out includes Eastlake mantels, elegant curved stair, pocket doors and light fixtures all restored in impressive Hudson townhouse… $525,000

SPECTACULAR 50 ACRE LAND PARCEL Amazing Catskill Mountain views from rolling open fertile fields and woodlands, 1600’ of road frontage, incredible potential for one or more homes, ten minutes from Hudson… $695,000

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Modern box-design 6140 sf home, beautifully sited on a rolling knoll overlooking Catamount Mountain and the Berkshire foothills. The design of the 4 BR, 4.5 bath home by renowned firm F:T Architecture, features a gracious relationship to the outdoors from every room. The upper level master suite has a dramatic terrace overlooking the property and a grand roof deck which surveys the pool and cabana below. The soaring living room includes two 32’ x 16 glass walls. Additional amenities include a state-of-the-art movie projection room, a spa with a sauna opening onto an outdoor shower, and a covered outdoor dining area with a built-in outdoor kitchen. Simply elegant!

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A home truly in harmony with its natural surroundings, nestled upon a gently sloping hill that cascades to the Hudson River below. Large center hall, thoughtful restoration by renowned architect Dennis Wedlick. Re-imagined interior features early 19th century panel doors, mantels and hardware. The centerpiece of the home is a sunken living room with fireplace, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Spacious gourmet kitchen with casual dining area and fireplace. Adjacent patio and screened-in porch for summer cocktails and dinner parties. Nearby guest house or rental is perfect for weekend visitors. Enjoy the best of the mid-Hudson Valley, farmers markets, fine dining, the Fisher Center and more.

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JEFFERSON GLEN FARM / CHATHAM, NY Excl. Immaculate 355 acre estate with a 12 barn complex and organic fields nestled in a private valley – true privacy without isolation. $3.6M. Web#9468139 Fred Waring 518.828.0181

BUCOLIC WEEKEND ESCAPE / PATTERSON, NY Excl. 1790 farm. 4BR, 4 bath, original wood flppr, authentic farm kitchen, 5 fireplaces, in-ground pool, barn with 2 living quarters, 40 acre pastures. $1.895M. Web#4029614 Mary Stapleton 518.929.7783

SERENITY / CHATHAM, NY Excl. Gaze over the pond and waterfall plus 12.27 magical acres and magnificent blend of the barn with modern sensibilities. $1.295M. Web#9284973 Mary Stapleton 518.929.7783

HISTORIC 1700’S CITY CHIC / HUDSON, NY Excl. Stunning Hudson River home with amazing views. Thriving boutique B&B that caters to ‘who’s who’ in hip happening Hudson. $1.22M. Web#8827702 Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS / HUDSON, NY Excl. Gracious Queen Anne houses the Country Squire, a thriving boutique B&B. Prime location, rare opportunity. Near transportation. $1.2M. Web#9430401 Carol Lawrence 518.929.6199 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

ROMANCING THE COUNTRY / CATSKILL, NY Excl. On the creek. Historic, meticulously restored 19th century Victorian beauty on 22 romantic acres of lush verdant landscape. $849K. Web#9081152 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

PURE, AUTHENTIC, AND HIP / LIVINGSTON, NY Excl. Spacious and bright, formal dining room, wood burning fireplace, double parlors, decking, barn, guest house and views. $575K. Web#9042018 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

FAIRYTALES DO COME TRUE / NORTH CHATHAM, NY Excl. Perfect blend of yesterday and today. 4BR, 2.5 bath, open plan dream kitchen, 2 wbfps, 10 acres, stream, gazebo, romantic gardens. $479K. Web#9321320 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

1800 COLONIAL / KINDERHOOK VILLAGE, NY Excl. 3BR, 2 bath home warmed by 2 working fireplaces and classic character. 2,363SF shaker pattern built-ins, in-ground pool, barn/studio. $449K. Web#8848339 Mary Stapleton 518.929.7783

2 HOURS TO NEW YORK CITY – BEST BUY / CATSKILL, NY Excl. Custom built 4BR, 2 bath, den/office, chef’s kit, vaulted ceilings. 16 park-like acres with private lake. Pristine condition, 20 mins to Amtrak. $399.5K. Web#8696593 Bruce Pace 917.370.0704

CLASSIC COUNTY HOME / GHENT, NY Excl. 1800s cape, flowing floor plan, charming nooks and crannies, close to Hudson. 3 bedroom, 2 bath with history. Attached garage. $249K. Web#9307336 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

PEACEFUL BEGINNING / CATSKILL, NY Excl. Charming 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Lovely yard and deck. Large kitchen, move-in condition – updated. Perfect first home or investment. $97.5K. Web#8642479 Bruce Pace 917.370.0704 Halstead Property, LLC We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. All information is from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, prior sale or withdrawal without notice. No representation is made as to the accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate and all information should be confirmed by customer. All rights to content, photographs and graphics reserved to Broker.

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Retreat to The Gardens... Your home sweet home. Make a home for yourself at The Gardens at Rhinebeck. Offering spacious and tranquil living paired with a close-knit community atmosphere, these single level and two story townhouse condominiums are the most sought after in the Rhinebeck area. New and exclusive features include high end carpet, a flat top stove and an expanded kitchen island. Enjoy access to tennis courts, a swimming pool and new community clubhouse, or venture into The Village and discover nature, culture and the arts practically in your own backyard! The first phase was sold out in 6 months – Your home away from home is waiting for you here at The Gardens.

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Located on Route 209, just south of Hurley is this large land tract known as Generation Farm, which features a 2 bedroom home and several substantial outbuildings. The back fields offer private and level beautifully diverse land with expansive fields, woods and stone outcroppings, plus Catskill Mountain views. $595,000.


A terrific property in a convenient location; close to High Falls, Stone Ridge, Mohonk, the rail trail, and the Rondout Creek. Mature trees, perennials, and a private, inground pool provide a pretty setting for this spacious 4 bedroom, 2 & 1/2 bath contemporary farmhouse in mint condition $315,000.

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This beautiful home offers 4450 sq. ft. consisting of 4 BR’s, 4 full baths & great nanny / guest apartment. Featuring a media room, a large dining room & a Cook’s Kitchen w/ center island, stainless appliances, counter bar & French doors that lead out to a screened porch, in-ground pool & cabana complete w/ outdoor kitchen. All this on a beautifully landscaped 7+ acre lot! Too much to list, call today! $499,900


Where the Catskill Mts. meet the Hudson River you’ll find this Historic Emerick Farm that dates back to 1879. Featuring 65 +/- acres with additional land available, this amazing property offers rolling meadows, outstanding mountain views, a pond, limestone ridges, the Sawyerkill Creek & mature hardwood trees $595,000 bordering the property for privacy. Way too much to list, call today!


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This pristine 1795 Center Hall Colonial, known as the “Kiersted House”, is Kingston’s oldest frame house located in the Stockade District of Uptown. Featuring original restored wide pine flooring, high beamed ceilings, 6 fireplaces, incredible woodwork throughout, a huge gourmet kitchen, beautifully updated baths & an amazing full finished lower level! Plus there’s a private back yard with fence and a patio!! $379,000


This beautiful 3 BR home is on 3+ acres with views of Mohonk Mountain House & the Shawngunks! Features include a wide open floor plan, large bright rooms with gorgeous oak hardwood floors. Wood cabinets are complimented with the oversized butternut island, granite countertops, Kohler black sink with goose neck faucet & black GE appliances. Way too much to list, call today! $379,000





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MILAN HISTORIC STAGE STOP 1850’s stage stop. 9 bedrooms on 10 acres with beautiful 5 acre pond, 4 rented bungalows. Was formerly a boys summer camp and a retreat for the Metropolitan Opera. Needs TLC but a great buy. Just off the Taconic Parkway. Additional land available Offered at $749,000.

HYDE PARK - NEW TO MARKET Immaculate 4 bedroom ranch, 2 baths, large living area with stone fireplace. Like-new wood floors under carpet. End of cul-de-sac in quiet area of Hyde Park close to everything. SEASONAL HUDSON RIVER VIEWS. A must see home offered at $279,900.

GERMANTOWN - NEW TO MARKET Large 4 bedroom, 1 bath farmhouse in quiet country location. Catskill views from front porch, wood floors & large living area. Upstairs has been updated. Needs TLC but a great value for a big home. Priced to sell at $138,500.

CLERMONT FARM Located in historic Clermont just over the border from Dutchess Co. Has 95 acres of land with Catskill views and a charming 1900’s 4 bedroom eyebrow colonial with ample road frontage. Large barn and outbuildings. Estate needs some TLC but a great value offered at $695,000.

TIVOLI - NEW TO MARKET Charming 3 bedroom ranch in village. 2 baths like-new with eat in kitchen and 2 car attached garage. Master is nice sized with new tile bath. Home has central air and new blacktop driveway. Walk to shops, dining and Clermont Park. Offered at $239,000.

RED HOOK - NEW TO MARKET Executive home on 8 acres. Exceptional 7000 sq. ft. home offers the best of everything. Terrific location, large spacious rooms, and finished basement. Separate office area. Beautifully landscaped with large pond on property. Minutes to village and close to Taconic Parkway. A must see premium home. Priced right at $975,000.

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PO Box 88, Route 9W, Barclay Hgts., Saugerties

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M A K E I T YO U R OW N Saugerties/Woodstock


Country get-a-way off Rt. 212, The long driveway offers you the privacy you want. Two acres have scattered cedar trees, large barn w/ upstairs storage. Home is completely open with cathedral-beamed ceilings throughout the living, dining and kitchen. Sliders open to deck from dining area and master bedroom. Over 2000 sq. ft. with 2 beds/baths up, 2 beds/baths down. Family room has hook-up for washer and dryer. One car garage w/easy access in house. This home is a blank canvas for someone to make their own. Asking $229,900

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Invest in the future or re-invent your life! Live and work in the heart of Kingston’s buzzing uptown district or rent out both spaces for a steady income. Large retail space tastefully renovated and in a prime location near the farmer’s market, O+ Festival, restaurants and live music venues. Upstairs is a neat and simple 2 BR 1 BA apt. with a view of the Catskills.

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Be part of Kingston’s artsy Rondout area. Stately brick home with newer windows, recently refreshed carpets, updated baths and kitchens installed by meticulous owner and cared for by house-proud tenants. Side-by-side two-story 2 bedroom apartments; upper unit occupies the third floor. Walk to the playground, the river, shops and restaurants. Few multi-families are in such mint condition. A must see.

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Great potential here for the historic house lover. Slate Mansard roofed 5-unit, handy to the shops and restaurants of Kingston’s Stockade district. Four 1BR units with 10’ ceilings plus a studio are easy to rent, but this spacious charmer on a tree-lined street could also be a stunning single family residence. Newer systems, separate heat and electric for each unit. Exterior cosmetics will make it shine!

Panoramic Hudson Valley views from every window!!! 2005 Cape with over 1700 sq. ft. Perched up on a lookout. Kitchen with stainless appl’s and beautiful wood cabinets, kitchen french doors open to deck with…You guessed it, huge valley views! 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths. (upstairs bath has jettub) and stand up glass shower. Two large bedrooms upstairs with hardwood and the view of a lifetime. Full basement with high ceilings and a walkout. Sweet Mortise & Tenon accent in l/r. You are surrounded by views in this home, the peak of the Catskills behind you, or the valley below! Price to sell!! Asking $399,000

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Be part of nature in this private 2400 sq ft. log home. Set off a quaint country road on over 20 acres with long paved driveway. Built in 1983 with an attached and a free standing garage. Exposed beams and vaulted ceilings throughout – amazing craftmanship! Three bedrooms, two full baths, large living room with a stone fireplace. Den off kitchen with woodstove and a glass sun porch attached, full basement. Livingroom, diningroom, kitchen, & bedrooms all spacious. Rocking chair front porch to enjoy all nature has to offer. This property is offered at an exceptional price of $499,000

New Zero Net Energy Homes Available in New Paltz! Only minutes to the village of New Paltz, The Preserve at Mountain Vista offers beautiful and affordable ENERGY STAR® rated Zero Net Energy Homes built by award winning Greenhill Contracting. Each home will be capable of producing more energy each year than it consumes. That means no Heat and Electric Bills!* Several models ready for occupancy!

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Artfully uniting extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives. Classic Woodstock farmhouse in inspiring natural setting. Beautifully renovated with new systems and charming historic details. Property features: 1650 sq. Ft., 3 BR, 2 BA, south-facing main house with: cathedral ceiling, wood beams, antique do ors, Rumford f ireplace, plaster walls & screened porch. Separate insulated & heated barn/studio with garage. Gated, fenced and landscaped 3.4 acres with large level lawn, mature trees and flowering perennials. He a t e d 2 0 x 4 0 i n - g r o u n d swimming pool-All 1.5 miles to the center of Woodstock. Offered at $575,000.

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Black Bear Hollow A NEW Manufactured Home Community

Less than 3 miles from the NYS Thruway Exit 19 and Uptown Kingston. A serene and secluded natural setting,with walking trails, Bass Pond and Mohonk Mountain views. New and used Homes available Starting from $29,000.

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Stately 1800’s historic, classic brick manse with one of the best views of the mighty Hudson River in all of Columbia County! Wonderful warm rooms, 5 fireplaces, large screened porch, deck and patio from which to gaze past the lighthouse up the river as far as the eye can see. 39 acres. $2,195,000

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19 Church Ave, Germantown, NY (518) 537-4888 • 1744 Dutch Colonial on 10 acres with wonderful barn/ studio complex. This four bedroom/2 bath center hall home features original beamed ceilings, wood floors, wraparound screened porch, formal dining room, spacious country kitchen. Handsome Post & Beam Barn with a later addition which has been converted into a finished studio space with loft. Country setting with Catskill Mountain views. $549,000

Spacious light filled Contemporary on 13 acres. Currently set up as a mother/ daughter, this house can easily be converted to a single family. 3000 sq ft of living area this solidly built home features south facing LR/DR/ Kit, 5 BRs/4 baths, heated sunroom, central air, updated mechanicals & so much more. Organic gardens, small orchard & pond. Barn with electric & water. Seasonal Catskill Mountain views. A must see! $479,000

Custom Country Home on 3.9 private acres with pond, stream, pool, gardens & barn with studio. House features 5 BRs/2.5 Baths, vaulted ceilings, wood floors throughout, exposed beams, FR with hot tub & an amazing media room/ theater. Two story barn with finished work/studio space above. Nicely set back from scenic road & beautifully landscaped including a boxwood meditation garden & herb garden. $650,000

Circa 1810 Eyebrow Center Hall Colonial in hamlet of Churchtown. Large eat in kitchen with woodstove, master bedroom with sitting area, guest bedroom/study, light filled living room, 1 bath and space for a second, unfinished space for a dining/ family room, screened porch, & wide board floors throughout. Fenced yard and dog kennel. Attached one car garage. A pet friendly property. $234,500



CONTEMPORARY HOME W/ floor to ceiling windows along 30 ft great room & kitchen, evoking the feeling of seamlessness between inside & out. Inviting layout & easy access to patio/pool are fabulous for living & entertaining in style. Featuring 4 br’s, 3 full baths, modern details, skylights, wine cellar, 3 car garage, 2,629 sq ft, set on almost 13 acres, views of the ridge & swimmable pond. Located in pictorial Kripplebush serenity & minutes from Stone Ridge. $749,000

STUNNING MANSION On beautiful courthouse square in Hudson. Home boasts large formal spaces with high ceiling, architect designed kitchen, and spectacular glass solarium with Georgian tile fireplace. Very creative owner has renovated to blend personal style and historical character seamlessly. Third floor is 40x36 modern studio. Best location in all of Hudson; walk to happenings of Warren St or NYC Amtrak yet corner lot quiet block of lovely historic homes. $775,000

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Old Ghent Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Outdated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Patricia A. Hinkein Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Paula Redmond Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Peaslee Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Phinney Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Primrose Hill School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Prudential Nutshell Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Reynolds Property Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rudolf Steiner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Seakill Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Singing Brook Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Stinemire Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Susan Barnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 The Kinderhook Group Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ulster Savings Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Victoria Wilkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Vineyard Commons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Wendie Reid Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Westchester Modular Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty . . . . . . . Front Cover/55 Will III House Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 William Wallace Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Williams Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover/4 Woodchips Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34


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Upstairs at a converted tavern in Delancey, New York. The curved bar would have dispensed beer and hard cider.


Window Seat Colonial farmhouses were built not by architects, but by stonemasons, carpenters, and other craftsmen—sometimes by the farmers themselves. These vernacular structures utilize such richly textured materials as wideboard planks, hand-hewn beams, and brick and fieldstone hearths. Current owners have filled their dream houses with authentic decor: hooked rugs, vintage crockery, delicious antique stoves. Deep-toned and lit like Vermeers, Tondro’s photographs have a cinematic richness. “These are not fancy houses, and none are museums,” Morgan writes of the 19 historic farmhouses he profiles. “Beauty is not ignored, nor is it accidental, but arrives through necessity.” —Nina Shengold

A Simpler Way of Life: Old Farmhouses of New York & New England WILLIAM MORGAN, PHOTOGRAPHY BY TREVOR TONDRO

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