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ULTRAGREEN | Three Approaches to Green Building





By Ann H. Hutton, Photos by Matt Petricone

The Marsiglios wrestle with the big question: How to make a sustainable life real? Their home embodies their values in bold ways. 23

By Jennifer Farley, Photos By Deborah DeGraffenreid


By Jay Blotcher, Photos by Steffen Thalemann

A Hudson couple enjoys the pleasures of life in their newly built home where environmental considerations are not an afterthought.


Jim Hylands innovative concept—the winter CSA— keeps locals eating local produce all year long.



Books editor, Nina Shengold, maps out a list of good reads based in a sometimes fictional Hudson Valley.



An Upstate city with an undeserved reputation and great bones, struggles to find its identity.



This small city has defied its checkered past to become the hippest Upstate destination.

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Events and artisan goods for the lonely winter.



A retired couple build an eco-house in Putnam county and find the indoor pool is the emotional center of their home. 26




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Choose Your Own Green Adventure


s we were sifting through photos for the green energy feature in this issue, a staffer commented, after viewing shot after shot of soaring vaulted ceilings, and walls of multi-storied windows, “It’s funny that it’s usually the more well-todo that can afford to build energy efficient homes.” It got me thinking. Back in the ’70s when I was a baby, my parents, true to their generation, were into Bucky Fuller’s geodesic domes, and living lightly on the earth. It didn’t take much money to live that kind of idealistic life. Yet, like so many parts of life, the green building movement has become dominated by technological complexity. When we think of green building now, we think of solar arrays, high R-value spray-foam insulation, and heat exchange units. These have ticket prices in the thousands. For many, the price tags are intimidating and out of reach. People who live outside societal norms, like the Marsiglios of Stony Creek Farm (page 18), are willing to be experimental, and often apply their inventiveness to lower tech solutions. Their ideas can be very practical, and the result is often unusual design, and high-engagement homes. While not many people choose to live that way, those who do can be inspiring, and their choices slowly shift norms. At the same time, people with deeper pockets, who are willing to pay for early adoption of new technologies, keep green-tech companies in business and give contractors, architects, and installers an opportunity to get used to prescribing appropriately. I have heard war stories from friends who built highbudget, environmentally ambitious homes. They often end up with more robust systems than the site needs, overpaying, often through the well-meaning inexperience of the professionals involved. They have the luxury of laughing that the payback on their investment is multiple lifetimes. They can take solace, or even pride, in the knowledge that they are on the cutting edge, contributing to a more efficient future. If that happens to a homeowner whose budget is tight, they might be left having to live through the winter without a roof. Friends of mine had to do just that when the HVAC professional didn’t quite know what he was doing, and they were left without enough funds to finish their restructured house before the weather turned. When I renovated my house 10 years ago, it was hard to find contractors who were willing to work


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ART DIRECTOR Jason Cring jcring@upstatehouse.com ASSIGNING EDITOR Lisa Selin Davis lisa@chronogram.com COPY EDITOR Peter Aaron BOOKS EDITOR Nina Shengold books@upstatehouse.com EDITORIAL INTERN Joseph Mastando View from the dome at Lama Foundation, where we lived in the mountains of New Mexico, taken by my father, Michael Projansky, in 1971.

Back in the ‘70s it didn’t take much money to live an idealistic life. with unusual materials or appliances. I had difficulty locating a flooring installer who would finish my oak floors with a product I wanted to use called hard oil, a penetrating oil finish (made by BioShield) comprising a mixture of nontoxic oils and resins. It’s based on traditional wood finishes that have stood the test of time, but it works differently from contemporary latex or urethane floor finishes—they protect wood by sitting on top, while penetrating oil does what it sounds like. It hardens the surface of the wood itself and keeps wood from drying out, while also protecting against water and mildew damage. My installer finally agreed to use the finish, refusing to guarantee his work, since he had no experience with the product. Later he and other skeptics admitted to me they were impressed with its look and water resistance. It also had a pleasing smell while being installed, unlike urethane finishes whose fumes smell like they’ll kill. I also found resistance to a tankless hot water heater. My plumber was unfamiliar with them in practice, and he didn’t like the sound of them. I have never regretted my choice to install it. It’s cheap to run, and I’ve never run out of hot water. It’s a great convenience to be able to run the dishwasher and washing machine simultaneously, and still be able to take a hot shower without worrying about running out of hot water. Chores in my house are compressed into a few hours at the beginning and end of the day, and the machines work hard during those hours. The stories in this issue explore both types of green adventure—one for DIYers like my parents and the Marsiglios, and another kind of endeavor, more specialist-based. If you’re like me, you admire both adventures and study the results. May your life be filled with efficiency and sustainability.

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Surface Area Jules Anderson. Sometimes a table is more than a

table. Take the case of Hudson-based woodworker Jules Anderson. First, her work is her home—literally. She uses wood salvaged from the renovation of her house, mostly vintage hemlock, to fashion her pieces. Each piece invites tactile exploration with its rough cuts and use-wear scars. Her pieces embody age and rediscovery. Anderson started out in broadcasting in her native New Zealand, and after an odyssey through the US, she eventually studied cabinetmaking at the New England School of Architectural Woodworking. Now she makes one-of-a-kind furniture in her Hudson studio. You can touch, fondle, and get cozy with her work at two restaurants in Hudson—Zak Pelaccio’s ultra-localist Fish and Game, and at Southeast Asian inspired Food Studio Hudson. Her work is also in situ within guestrooms at the Inn at Ca’ Mea bed-and-breakfast on Allen Street, which features her original headboards and bedside tables. To make her work your own, view her latest collection on her website, or visit Finch at 613 Warren Street, Hudson. A  VAILABLE AT SLOWOODSTUDIOS.COM OR FINCHHUDSON.COM


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23rd Annual Unison Holiday Craft Fair New Paltz Middle School

Leonie Lacouette, artist and mechanic, has been making minimalist wall clocks for three decades. Made from simple materials such as wood, copper, and nickel, they utilize a simple vocabulary of shapes, such as circles, rectangles, and squares, yet create intrigue with layers of subtle patina. Catch up with Lacouette at the Unison Holiday Craft Fair. 10-5. unisonarts.org.

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Country Living Fair hosts a new event at Lyndhurst Mansion. Browse the wares of 100 select vendors. Vintage goods, handmade frocks, unique tableware—purchase the perfect décor for your home, or holiday gifts. Grab your favorite issue of Country Living magazine and get the editors to sign your copy as they mingle with guests. Friday 12-6. Saturday 9-6. Sunday 10-5. Stellashows.com.

Enjoy the most anticipated event of the year— a rollicking start to the holiday season—in one of this region’s most intriguing cities. A contemporary Bacchanalia, the event involves a quirky mix of street performers and characters such as Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, stilt walkers, and African drummers partying on a Warren Street strewn with holiday lights. Presented by the Hudson Opera House, the evening celebrates diverse musical offerings and eclectic performances. The event culminates in a fireworks display, though businesses and restaurants stay open late in celebration of an artistic evening of plebian fun.


Fine Art Auction Stair Galleries, Hudson

Stair Galleries, an antiques and auction house in Hudson, set a world record for selling a Fabergé figurine at $5.2 million this October. The Stair family has been in the fine antiques business for four generations, and located in Hudson since 2001. They hold five fine auctions each year comprising items valued at $2,000 or more. December’s auction brings Asian works of art, modern and contemporary works, and furniture to sale. An online catalogue becomes available 10 days before the event— bidders and enthusiasts can browse or examine then. If the price point is out of reach, look at their website for details of monthly exposition auctions, when they offer items valued lower. Stair Galleries offers bidding online, by phone, or on-site. Stairgalleries.com.


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32nd Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference City Center, Saratoga Springs

The conference, themed “Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future,” focuses on the history and future of the organic movement, with a special emphasis on seeds and genetic diversity. The event offers opportunities for networking and educational workshops. This year’s keynote speaker is Gary Paul Nabhan, nature writer, food and farming activist, and heirloom seed-saving advocate concerned with cultural and biodiversity. Brian Bennett, organic farmer at Bittersweet Farm in Heuvelton, will be honored as Farmer of the Year for his role catalyzing community involvement in agriculture. Nofany.org.



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the stuff of history (consider Galileo’s astronomical discoveries through a telescope). Its important properties—think reflection and refraction—also make it a pleasure to look at. So look at more glass. To be specific, look at Hudson Beach Glass. The play of light on your tabletop will be a thing of beauty when you bring home these serving bowls. Admire the interplay of color and form created by handcast glass. Your dinner needs further enhancement? Consider demure twin bowls for serving a pinch of salt and pepper. Visit the gallery and glassblowing studio, housed in a renovated firehouse in Beacon.

Along with raising chickens, backyard beekeeping is the most popular micro-farming around. No wonder. It doesn’t require owning much land, it’s only intermittently time-consuming, and you can do your part to help save the bees. It’s fun to harvest your own honey, too. Winter is the time to plan for spring—get the hives ready, order bees, and learn what to do for them once they arrive. Chris Harp, renowned bee whisperer of the Hudson Valley, and Grai St. Clair Rice of HoneybeeLives offer winter classes for beekeepers new and old in Rosendale, Brooklyn, and New York City. Learn a gentle, organic way to tend bees while respecting their instincts and understanding their complex and beautiful lives. HoneybeeLives.com

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READ WHERE YOU LIVE Hudson Valley Literary Locations


by Nina Shengold

undreds of writers live in the fertile stretch of the Hudson Valley between William Kennedy’s Albany and Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow, so it’s no surprise that this magical landscape provides the setting for many memorable books. Here’s a tasting sampler of literary locations along both banks of the Hudson.




Kaaterskill Falls Allegra Goodman (Palenville)

My Side of the Mountain

Dragonwyck Anya Seton (Hudson)

Goodman’s striking debut novel follows three Orthodox Jewish families in the development-imperiled enclave of Kaaterskill Falls.

Jean Craighead George (Margaretville area) The classic tale of runaway teen Sam Gribley, who learns how to live off the grid on his ancestors’ Catskills land, with a falcon for company.

Set in the 1840s, this page-turner historical romance brings together an innocent farm girl and a Dutch aristocrat with a very dark side.

Hard-Headed Weather Cornelius Eady (Cairo) A cycle of poems explores the joys and trials of rural homeownership by an interracial couple more attuned to city life. Where’s the super? ULSTER COUNT Y


Night Work Steve Hamilton (Kingston)

A Ship Made of Paper Scott Spencer (Rhinebeck)

Edgar Award-winner Hamilton probes the underbelly of urban Kingston with this suspense novel of a probation officer haunted by his fiancée’s murder.

Spencer has set many novels in the fictional town of “Leyden,” whose colonial inn, cigar store Indian, and fading river estates are a dead ringer for Rhinebeck’s.

Terrors of Pleasure Spalding Gray (Phoenicia, Krumville) The late, great monologuist unspools the ultimate saga of house-hunting hell, neurotic New Yorker division. Read it and weep with laughter.

Double Feature Owen King (Poughkeepsie)

Laura Shaine Cunningham (Stone Ridge) This delightful memoir follows the author from the Babylonian Bronx of her childhood to a quirky Victorian inn on the grounds of a historic mansion.

It’s called “Russell College” in this comic novel of a student film gone epically wrong, but King’s verdant campus has Vassar College genes.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Taking Woodstock


Elliot Tiber (Bethel) Recently filmed by Ang Lee, this nostalgic memoir unfolds not in Woodstock, but in Bethel, where the famous concert took place… thanks to Tiber’s family motel.

Whitley Streiber (Alligerville) The Hudson Valley is known as a magnet for UFOs, and Streiber’s bestselling abduction yarn is a chiller. Don’t read it alone in an old farmhouse!

Imaginary Girls Nova Ren Suma (Shokan) A mesmerizingly creepy young-adult novel about two sisters who sneak a fateful night swim in an Ashokan Reservoir full of dark secrets.

Fathermucker Greg Olear (New Paltz) A hilarious day in the life of a stressed-out stay-athome dad navigating New Paltz’s funky playgrounds and u-pick farms during his wife’s business trip. ORANGE COUNT Y Shades of Gray Timothy R. O’Neill (West Point) Not 50, just one—the gray of a West Point cadet uniform, in this high-tech ghost story set in the dorms of the riverfront military school.

Named for a magnificent garden on the grounds of Bard College, Goodman’s magical boarding school provides local color in spades.

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Blythewood Carol Goodman (Annandale)

Pete Seeger (Beacon) The Hudson Valley would be a poorer (and more polluted) place without its banjo-playing patriarch. Seeger’s memoir is a sing-along treasure.

PUTNAM COUNT Y World’s End TC Boyle (Peekskill) Peekskill native Boyle’s larger-than-life masterpiece zigzags from the hippie scion of an old local family to his appetitive Dutch colonial ancestors.

HUDSON RIVER Sailor Twain Mark Siegel Rendered in atmospheric charcoal grays, this graphic novel spins the haunting tale of a Hudson River captain who rescues a mermaid.



Foreskin’s Lament Shalom Auslander (Monsey) A ferociously funny memoir of the author’s “veal calf” childhood in ultra-Orthodox Monsey and love-hate relationship with his new home in unkosher Woodstock.

The Plagiarist Benjamin Cheever (Pleasantville)

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t started, as many good things do, with kale. A big bunch of lacinato was sitting on Jim Hyland’s table in his home in New Paltz, the bounty of his weekly CSA share. “There was no way I was going to be able to use it all,” he says. And then, the proverbial light bulb went off. “I realized that I could freeze it.” The Hudson Valley, once known as the “breadbasket of New York,” is a hotbed of agricultural activity, with some 4,000 farms and 659,394 acres of farmland. But there are two big hurdles farmers still have to climb: surviving the winter and dealing with excess, or damaged, crops. Hyland found a way to deal with both. That fall, he filled his freezer with extra vegetables from his CSA share for use all winter long. When he found out that excess kale is often plowed under instead of frozen for later use, he realized he could rescue lots of vegetables by way of freezing. The experiment was so successful that Hyland is now the owner of Winter Sun Farms, a New Paltz-based company that purchases fresh produce from local farms in the warmer months, freezes it, and then distributes it throughout the winter. Winter Sun works with 30 different farms, flash-freezing their crops using a nitrogen-tunnel freezer that preserves the maximum amount of flavor, thanks to its speed. “They go from fresh to frozen solid in six to eight minutes,” says Hyland. Each product—blueberries, peppers, sweet corn, green beans, edamame, broccoli, and cauliflower, among others—displays the name of the farm from which it came. The vegetables may be frozen, Hyland says, “but we know who’s growing these vegetables and exactly where they came from.” They also know where the products are going. Winter Sun has developed winter farmers’ markets in Kingston, New Paltz, and Poughkeepsie, and has distribution points, where members can pick up winter shares, throughout the Hudson Valley and in many spots in New York City.


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Winter Sun now has some 3,000 members, and its reach, both to farmers and to customers, is vast and inclusive. “We have three- to four-acre farms and farm groups that have thousands of acres,” Hyland says. “We hit every market that you could possibly think of, from small stores in New York to individuals to winter shares, CSA groups, schools, and broad-line distributors.” His customers include Bard and Vassar Colleges, SUNY’s New Paltz, Albany, and Purchase campuses, and other institutions. Hyland’s operation grew so big that he opened a 30,000-square-foot facility in Kingston called Farm-to-Table Co-Packers, a “contract packaging facility that produces everything from frozen vegetables and soups to jarred pickles and sauces,” according to its website. “It’s an aggregation center,” says Hyland. “Farms bring it here, we process and freeze it and then distribute it.” He calls it a “Hudson Valley good hub” that sells jars of preserve and applesauce, tomato sauce, and pickles. “Hundreds of thousands of pounds of local produce come through our facility each year,” he says. Earlier this year, a local farm had a huge crop of spinach that had been pockmarked by hail. It was delicious and in season, but unsellable in retail markets. “We asked the local colleges if they’d take it as a chopped product, and they said yes,” says Hyland. “We bought the whole field and froze it in five-pound packs.” Another farm near Albany had a crop of butternut squash that didn’t look good enough to hit the retail market, but was perfect on the inside. “We cut it into chunks and sold it as puree,” says Hyland. “It might have gone to waste.” There are still challenges to being in the vegetable rescue business, especially in convincing customers to pay more for products that they can get for less in the frozen foods section of their local supermarket (shares in the Hudson Valley are $132 for five months). “You need schools and consumers to say, ‘I value this for more than its taste,’” he says. But the taste, he promises, is great too.

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Coming Back from the Brink By Lisa Selin Davis | Photos by Anne Cecille Meadows


ewburgh is a city of contradictions: gritty and glamorous, dilapidated and grand. It is rich in history but its present is still a bit on the wobbly side, and the future is uncertain. It’s home to George Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters as well as some of New York State’s grandest 19th-century houses, many of them designed by famous architects. The city is situated in a transportation nexus: across the Hudson River from Beacon and its Metro-North stop (a ferry from Newburgh to Beacon runs each weekday); near the crossroads of 1-87 and 1-84, and a few miles from Stewart Airport. Even with all that going for it, Newburgh has hit upon hard times. It’s a rust-belt city, having lost its shipping industry and many other trades as the US de-industrialized. Urban renewal gutted the city’s historic district and replaced a third of the grand homes with humble cookie-cutter apartments. There’s blight and decay and a really, really bad reputation. Still, it has a committed cadre of boosters who say life in Newburgh bears no resemblance to the hype. The violence, they say, is limited to a few bad blocks, and while there is property crime, plenty of other Upstate cities have burglaries and car break-ins. Meanwhile, an influx of artists, artisans, and small businesses from New York City is breathing new life into Newburgh.

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One thing is for sure: It is home to some of the most beautiful houses in New York State, and almost all of them are affordable. THE SCENE Most Newburgh residents are passionate about their homes. There are dozens of community groups, nonprofits, and websites all gunning for the city to bounce back (and occasionally arguing with one another about how best to do that). The poverty is visible, and unemployed folks hang out on the historic streets. (“Visitors sometimes mistake these neighborhoods as dangerous, when in reality people might be barbequing on the street,” said one resident.) The bounce back is visible too. Liberty Street (known as King’s Highway before the Revolutionary War) is the site of a nascent renaissance, with new cafés and bars popping up within spitting distance of Washington’s Headquarters. The real heart of both the culinary scene and the community spirit takes place at Newburgh Brewery, opened by two young men who learned the trade in the city and came back to Newburgh to help reshape its reputation and its business scene. Its taproom, serving local Hudson Valley fare, is packed most nights, and it’s the site of many fundraisers and community events.

TRANSPORTATION: Five miles to Metro-North station in Beacon; the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry runs weekdays; six miles to Stewart International Airport; the Short Line and Adirondack Trailways buses stop in town; Interstate 87 is three miles away and the Palisades Parkway is about five miles south.

NEAREST HOSPITAL: St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital SCHOOLS: Newburgh Enlarged City School District Bishop Dunn Memorial School San Miguel Academy of Newburgh Rose Hill Manor Day School, Beacon

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The bulk of Newburgh’s fine-dining establishments are along the waterfront near the ferry dock, where a movie theater and a live theater have recently opened. The website Newburgh Restoration chronicles the ever-growing business, arts and community scene. THE MARKET Andrew Jackson Downing, the founder of American Romantic architecture and the mentor of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, among others, created some of his most important works in Newburgh. Some are restored. Some are in disrepair. Some are downright abandoned. As such, Newburgh has dozens of historic homes on the market, ranging from renovated Second Empire Victorian homes with river views—those can be had for under $400,000—to fixer-uppers for less than $50,000. There are tens of homes in foreclosure, and the city’s land bank has counted at least 700 abandoned properties. Some of them are magnificent. The range and variety of architectural styles will delight old-house buffs: Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque—the list goes on. The city’s reputation and the sensationalizing of its troubles in the media are the primary reasons for the prices. But the taxes don’t help the cause: $7.84298 per $1,000 assessed value, and that’s not including county taxes. The city does offer tax breaks for various kinds of historic restoration.

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The Small City That Could By Sam Pratt | Photos by David Morris Cunningham


t’s like a Brooklyn neighborhood was airlifted to the woods,” one recent visitor said of Hudson. In the early ’90s, a faltering economy and crack epidemic nearly turned this postindustrial city into a ghost town. But a revival has taken root, driven largely by a burgeoning cultural community. Still, many are struck by this small-but-dense city’s extremes: Hudson is home to both restored period homes and worn-down housing projects. One-hundred-twenty miles north of New York City, Hudson was the first US city chartered after Independence, settled by whalers and merchants. Its two-square-mile grid is a living architectural lesson in the American vernacular; visitors sometimes get “Hudson Neck” from gazing up at its Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian gems, many of which were saved from the wrecking ball over the last 20 years. The comeback was driven in part by East Coast antiques mavens who launched operations on Warren Street’s mile-long stretch of historic façades. They’ve since been joined by galleries, music venues, bookstores, high-end boutiques, and restaurants of international renown. (Try Swoon Kitchenbar or Fish & Game, but be sure to bring a credit card, or two.) Hudson’s locale has helped its popularity: The Amtrak station sits at the end of Warren Street, and the city is less than 10 miles from the Taconic State

ZIP CODE: 12534 POPULATION: 6,684 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $38,353 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: 112 miles by car to Manhattan


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Parkway. Easy access has encouraged an influx of the pressworthy, including performance artist Marina Abramovic, who is opening an institute for performance art here. Downstate businesses like Etsy have opened outposts, though the largest employer remains Columbia Memorial Hospital. If steady work is sometimes scarce, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Basilica Hudson—a performance and film venue housed in a former glue factory—is one of many arts venues. The Saturday farmers’ market is both a social event and the place for fresh veggies, since Hudson still has not lured in a supermarket. (A Whole Foods-style emporium is purported to be in the works). Hudson has had its share of growing pains. Despite a $40 million annual budget, the Hudson City School District gets poor ratings from the state year after year, while managing to turn out some standout students. A controversy over a proposed coal-fired cement plant raged for almost seven years (it was stopped). A single developer, Eric Galloway, has ruffled feathers as he has acquired an estimated 40 buildings, some of them still empty. THE SCENE Local graphic designer Bob Mechling used to quip, “Hudson is a college town for old people.” A decade later, it retains that feel of a grown-up urban campus while attracting younger people in droves. Unlike some parts of the Hudson

TRANSPORTATION: An Amtrak station stands near the (under utilized) waterfront, while on-ramps to both the Taconic Parkway and New York Thruway are within 10 minutes’ drive. The county maintains a small airport; jumbo jet flights are 45 minutes away at Albany International.

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Valley, Hudson’s population is diverse. In warmer months, Warren Street hosts a succession of special events: the Bangladeshi and Black Arts festivals and the Hudson Pride and Flag Day Parades. The most popular community gathering, and the one when Hudson’s contentious residents get along best, occurs on the first Saturday of December. Warren Street is closed to vehicular traffic, store windows are full of tableaux vivants and carolers, and shopkeepers hand out gallons of nutmegged eggnog. The Half Moon, a cinderblock tavern run by ex-New Yorkers, features treats from a new bakery, Bonfiglio & Bread, plus edgy live music by bands and DJs several nights a week. REAL ESTATE Having weathered downturns after 9/11 and the recession of 2007, building sales are moving briskly again. Realtor James Male recently sold a brick Federal to a buyer, sight unseen. Even modest Warren Street buildings now start in the $400,000-$500,000 range, with several current listings topping $1 million. But in neighborhoods off Warren there are still deals to be found between $100,000 and $200,000, especially for buyers willing to put in sweat equity. Rents depend on location and condition. Upscale two-bedrooms can run $1,500 a month or more. Property taxes are a constant source of complaint, as Hudson has a whopping combined city, county, and school tax rate of $32 per $1,000 of assessed value, higher than those of most of the rural towns that surround it.

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ULTRAGREEN Meet three couples who’ve each taken a different path to green building, incorporating sustainable technologies into homes from chic to rustic.

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Rustic and Righteous An Experimental Family Farm By Ann H. Hutton | Photos by Matt Petricone


he approach to Dan and Kate Marsiglio’s home is unmarked except for a wire wheel rim, painted red and nailed to an otherwise blank sign. It leads deeper into a rise, separating new fruit trees and a garden on one side from pastures on the other. There, snuggled into the folds of hills outside Walton, New York, is Stony Creek Farmstead, a working farm and farm-stay operation owned by the Marsiglios, and the site of their seriously environmentally friendly house. Situated above Dan’s parents’ farmhouse on the same land, the two-story structure is a rustic work in progress that has caused a stir among sustainable-practices groupies for its combination of experimentalism and idealism. The Marsiglios seem to be in constant forward motion, managing the household and farm together, dealing with ongoing construction details, and checking in with Dan’s parents’ house, where their kids do their home-school work. They may be young—in their 30s—but they’re not naïve about the work their endeavor requires. Introduced to Buckminster Fuller’s ideas while at Syracuse University, Dan is firmly rooted in design concepts that measure structural integrity on all fronts—material, environmental, and communal. “Green design focuses on the inputs and outputs, not only on local impacts, but on a global scale; everything factors in,” he says, echoing Fuller’s forwardthinking worldview. Built in a bolted, post-and-beam style with rough-cut hemlock that was procured 85 miles away and milled by a three-man crew in a tiny sawmill even closer, the Marsiglios’ house fits Fuller’s definition of integrity: strong, whole, complete. They’ve been careful to avoid using composite materials, such as plywood or chemical-based adhesives and paints that offgas toxins. The house is a paragon of energy efficiency. Passive-solar, built into a southfacing slope, it takes advantage of shade from tree cover in the heat of summer and the warmth of the sun in cold weather. An active solar panel on a hillside to the north hooks up to the grid for trickle charging in inclement weather. “We used to use a gas generator during the winter,” he says, explaining that if the sun doesn’t shine for weeks at a time, it doesn’t matter how many solar panels you have—it’s never enough in this region of the country. Folks who want to run off the grid in the Hudson Valley either need hydro, wind, or gas, he explains. Instead, Marsiglio says, “we trickle charge to keep the 200-pound, deep-cycle batteries topped off.” An entryway doubles as a greenhouse and is recessed four feet below ground level to retain captured heat. Embedded in its concrete walls is PEX tubing, through which wood-heated water flows to radiate warmth into the space during sunless seasons. From the greenhouse, a staircase leads to the bright kitchen and living room, which are flooded with sunshine streaming in from above. The many skylights are constructed of thick-corrugated polycarbonate, an almost indestructible material used in commercial greenhouses. A central woodstove augments interior temperatures during the winter, and warm air flows freely to the second-floor sleeping quarters.

A rustic work in progress that has caused a stir among sustainable-practices groupies for its combination of experimentalism and idealism. The Marsiglios have also designed an ingenious answer to the HVAC system. An exterior wall slides away to expose the whole kitchen, floor to ceiling, to the outdoors. “The wall is built on a rail, like a sliding barn door,” Kate explains. While glass walls are all the rage in what Kate calls “fancy houses”, she maintains that “glass is inappropriate for this region. You need the ability to close up your house and have it be cozy.” It evokes the feeling of a clubhouse, one hand-built of salvaged wood and outfitted with superefficient appliances and the latest IKEA amenities. Since the Marsiglios strive to impact the environment as little as possible, they operate with higher building standards than zoning codes require. Reuse is important to them, so they’ve repurposed some building materials from other structures; the interior walls in the bathroom and mudroom, for instance, are tongue-and-groove pine from a disassembled silo. The bamboo flooring in the living room didn’t grow wild along the creek, though. “This is my one Walmart purchase,” says Dan. “It came on a truck one Christmas, and I kicked everybody out to install it.” The couple and their two children have occupied the house for six years through various stages of its evolution. The latest, the completion of a twostory section that will double the living space, is now under way. The north wall of this area, made of concrete and embedded with PEX tubing, will be bermed with earth from the hillside to help retain heat in the frigid months and provide coolness in the summer. Most homes are insulated by a “frost wall” around the basement, but their concrete wall will rise four-and-a half feet above the floor level, effectively creating a basement on half of the first floor. “Being subterranean on the north and east will help to moderate temperatures,” says Dan. “It might be possible to run cold water through the PEX to cool the space in the summer, too.” Above the concrete, he plans to use densely packed cellulose to insulate the wood-framed walls, while the original section of the house was insulated with chemically inert Icynene spray foam, which has a lower R value than polyurethane but doesn’t offgas into the house. The Marsiglios’ vision extends far beyond the walls of their home. Their mission is to implement a philosophy and create a functioning example for sustainable living. They produce most of their own food and

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“Green design focuses on the inputs and outputs, not only on local impacts, but on a global scale; everything factors in.” enough extra to sell locally through a CSA. They offer “art farm” camp to kids from five to 14 years old, to supplement their income and educate the next generation of farmers. The Marsiglios want to figure out how other people can work to build a house, grow some food, and bring members of the community in. “This need not be some anomaly,” Dan says. While he’s glad that many people have become interested in growing organic food and backyard farming, he believes change has to go further than keeping a handful of chickens. “Hobby farming is not a model that can be replicated for full financial solvency,” he says. “We’re a full farm. We keep sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, guinea fowl, turkeys, and bees,” Kate says. “Our goal is to show people what a model sustainable farm looks like.” A solar shed beyond the house’s deck shelters over 100 laying hens through the winter and gives them outdoor access. Livestock is raised according to the method of Joel Salatin—a renowned farmer made famous by Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma— which rotates animals on pastures of healthy grass. Flocks of fowl are moved in behind the cows and sheep to peck through the dung and eat protein-rich fly larvae while fertilizing the field with their droppings. Clearly, living the dream takes a lot of hard work. Stony Creek Farmstead is also a farm-stay camp, currently managed by Feather Down Farm Days, a Dutch company that arranges a B&B-like experience for visitors to stay in charming tent-cabins on farms. A gravel path leads pedestrians along a picturesque creek bed where five tent-cabins are situated. A shower house and outdoor wood-fired oven provide amenities for campers. The Marsiglios have hosted more than 300 guests from all over the world. 20

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Opposite: Livestock graze fields in rotation with poultry—part of a pasture management system recommended by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia. Above (clockwise from top left): Dan Marsiglio utilizes both active and passive solar energy systems; To produce as much of their food as possible is important to both family health and farm solvency; A passive solar hen house shelters 100 layers; The farm depends upon everyone in the family being involved. upstate HOUSE

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“Maybe we’re just optimistically ambitious.”

Clockwise from top left: A rare moment of rest and assembly for the Marsiglios; Wood heat complements solar and radiant systems throughout the structure; A loft in the bedroom makes a snug hangout.


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“We were the first American farm to do this,” says Kate, mentioning the challenges of setting up tents with flushable toilets and running water, in compliance with the New York City DEP. She says the farm-stay business and the educational programs they offer do draw them away from strictly farming, yet family and community are important to them. “We try to keep the other pieces small enough so they’re manageable, but large enough so they work in concert together,” she says. “We could be a more successful business and make more money if we didn’t take time to spend with our parents and our kids.” Scrambling to get the house enclosed before the snow flies, Dan talks about future plans—another earth-bermed section with a sod-covered roof, perhaps. Meanwhile, he dreams of using the hillside to generate hybrid hydromechanical energy. “It’s basic physical science, to turn the potential to kinetic by using the stored energy of water at elevation,” he says, adding, with a laugh, “or maybe we could do everything with an old water mill. We could mechanically run any device that just needs to turn—our coffee grinder, our mixer. Maybe we’re just optimistically ambitious. Someday, when I get the time to experiment, I’ll figure it all out.”


Laps of Luxury The Dream House with an Aquatic Heart by Jennifer Farley | Photos by Deborah Degraffenreid

A Above (top): The builders take pride in the fact that the humidity of the expansive pool wing, drenched in natural light, does not leave perpetual condensation on the walls and ceiling. The bench came from the owner’s previous home in Amagansett. The identical oversized wave ‘paintings’ came from Ikea.

pool is more than a place to swim—whether the focus is sociability or exercise, relationships are built and strengthened by water. In this newly built Putnam County house, the pool forms the emotional center of the home, anchoring the overall design. When the owners of the sunny, four-bedroom, five-bath post-and-beam home, a retired psychiatrist originally from Norway and an educator from New York, imagined their dream retirement abode, they wanted a pool at the nucleus because they benefit physically and emotionally from swimming together an hour a day. But their pool-centric vision proved a conceptual and technical challenge. By the end of the home’s construction, they came to count their architect as a friend. The 6,000-square-foot house, which is recessed into bedrock, is designed to harmonize with its setting. The house is clad at the exterior base with native stone, found and hand-cut onsite. The high-tech synthetic clapboard siding, made of rot- and fire-proof fiber cement board (a stable mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose) is painted a creamy toast color. The metal roof is a soothing fir green. All of the major living spaces face south. Each room has a clear purpose and is exactly large enough and no bigger. One walks beside, not through, the various built-in structural arrangements, such as seating areas and parts of the kitchen.

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The pool forms the emotional center of the home, anchoring the overall design. Because the octogenarian doctor swims more dexterously than he walks these days, the key spaces of the house are concentrated on the main floor, arranged in three distinct sections. There’s the capacious swimming pool wing, almost 2,000 square feet. The main living and kitchen area, and the master bedroom wing (which includes an office), meditation room, and laundry area total about 2,500 square feet. Accessed by either elevator or stairs, the downstairs holds a guest bedroom with full bath, a children’s bedroom, and a versatile third sleeping area. Upstairs, there’s a cozy “tower room” with a fireplace; the room opens onto a deck with a spectacular mountain view. An outdoor eating area across from the kitchen gets mosquito-proofed with motorized screens. In coming years the landscaping will feature native ground covering that does not require mowing or much water, to complement the rock outcroppings and mosses that initially attracted the owners to the property. For much of their 43 years together, the couple, who met through friends, divided their time between a rented apartment in Manhattan and a traditional 1800s five-bedroom shingle in Amagansett. But over the years the Hamptons traffic and noise grew wearisome. Eventually, they decided they wanted to build an eco-friendly contemporary in the Hudson Highlands.  Five years ago, they found a secluded 15-acre lot in Philipstown perched about 800 feet above sea level. They hired top professionals, but grew unhappy with the first design. “We just weren’t on the same page,” says the educator, a no-nonsense woman in her late 60s who began her long career teaching math to young children in the South Bronx.


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The doctor, an entrepreneur who once owned several businesses in New York, was frustrated, so he hired his former financial operations manager, Tom Kelly, to hire a new team and manage the project on-site. On impulse, the owners attended a meet-and-greet sponsored by New York House (a former incarnation of this magazine) in February 2011. There, they met several architects whom they auditioned to get the project back on track. They eventually chose to work with Alfandre Architecture, a New Paltz-based firm that specializes in the design of high-performance and environmentally responsible green buildings. Its sister company, EcoBuilders Inc., which built the house, is a general contractor and construction-management business. The couple was committed to building in a way that considers the environment in as many ways as possible. “We quickly realized that [the firm’s principal architect and designer] Rick Alfandre could deliver on our plan to build in the most environmentally sustainable way possible,” says the educator. A strong working relationship mattered too. “We clicked,” she adds. “Rick immediately understood our vision, and he knew how to get it built properly,” says the doctor. “Plus, he brought a lot of great ideas to project we would not have come up with on our own.” A big issue for the owners was the pool. “This isn’t a house with an indoor swimming pool,” Kelly jokes. “It’s an indoor swimming pool with a house.” Why was this so easy for Alfandre to intuitively interpret as the architect? “My Scarsdale grandparents used their outdoor pool together every day they could for 40 years,’ he says. “I simply understood the priority.” While the stresses of budget, construction, and design decisions cause many couples to experience personal turbulence during the building process, this couple, unmarried though they lived together for four decades, quietly tied the knot during construction. “Rick, who is now our dear friend, kind of insisted,” jokes the educator. “We recently celebrated our second anniversary.” To cut down on transportation and fuel usage, the green aspect of the project began with hiring a local architect and building contractor. Next, the owners bought whatever they could from local suppliers and manufacturers. The beams, the structural insulated panels used for all the exterior walls, and whatever new furniture purchased to complete the home were all made in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Connecticut. The wood floors

Opposite: This upstairs room features a fireplace, and is accessed on the interior by elevator. The built-in seating nook, recessed from the flow of traffic, is a cozy space, perfect for reading and gazing through the large insulated windows. Above (clockwise from top left): Light streams through clerestory windows; Handmade glass tile in the master bath is made in part from recycled bottles; Dramatic stone outcroppings attracted the owners to the property; Pendant lights over the island are by Justice Design, and the kitchen-island counter top is Silestone Stellar.

are all red oak sourced in the Northeast. The rustic oak bathroom vanities are cleverly fashioned from trees cut to clear the building site. The owners did much research to find the least toxic, most energyefficient fixtures and appliances, searching out the highest-available Energy Star ratings. Solar panels provide about half the home’s electrical needs. The chemical-free pool, which is heavily insulated, is mechanized for maximum efficiency. Throughout the house, the faucets boast water-saving features and meet strict lead-free requirements. In choosing lighting fixtures, the owners selected models using LED bulbs wherever possible. They bought from companies with reputations for enduring performance and quality, such as a German-made Miele washer and dryer. The fireplace uses a closed-loop ventilation system that permits only heat to enter the room, not fumes from the burning propane. Similarly, no heat escapes out of the living space through the chimney. “My favorite place to sit and read and look out the window is the living room nook,” says the doctor. There, I can also enjoy the beautiful glass-walled fireplace.”

The bedroom mattresses are made from natural organic rubber latex with certified organic cotton and wool batting—no chemicals, polyurethane foams, or wire springs. The interior and exterior paints are all VOC-free. The wood shelving and cabinets selected do not offgas, and many of the decorative fabrics are organic. “We already owned most of the furniture,” says the educator. “So it had outgassed years ago.” Interior Designer Michele Sayres of M. Sayers Design based in Millbrook, assisted the owner with many of the home’s finishing touches. She is an expert on Feng Shui, the Chinese system of creating spaces and positioning objects to maximize the healthful and auspicious flow of chi, or energy, and brought that sensibility to the project. The educator is particularly enamored with the way Alfandre used light as a design element throughout the house. Over 70 triple-glazed windows open the building envelope to the surrounding landscape. “Our Amagansett house was dark, with small windows, so we wanted this house to have a lot of light,” she explains. “Rick was really thoughtful in the way he positioned everything, so we have amazing views year-round, and it makes the most of the passivesolar effect, too.” The house project has been a pleasurable process to the owners and the architect alike. “To me, there is such a sense of belonging in nature about this place,” says Alfandre. “And the silence! It’s wonderful. This is a dream construction site and these are ideal clients. It just doesn’t get any better.” The doctor resorts to his mother tongue to describe his experience. “Godt fornoyd!” he says. “That means ‘well-satisfied’ in Norwegian.”

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IN THE COUNTRY By Jay Blotcher | Photos by Steffen Thalemann


The living room and dining area, dominated by midcentury modern furniture, antiques and customized lighting pieces offer an interesting counterpoint to the post-and-beam American farmhouse architecture. Right: Bill Ross, co-owner of Three Fields, with canines in residence.

he words “eco-friendly house” can conjure up visions of hand-hewn, humble little joints, places where design and comfort might be sacrificed in the name of green. Yet Bill Ross and John Longman have managed to create the opposite: a massive, artful, and contemporary home that is as green as it is chic. Since Ross and Longman met at an Upper West Side bar 25 years ago, they have shared many homes: a third-floor walk-up in Astoria; a brownstone and then a loft condo in Hoboken; and an A-frame in Rhinebeck. Each place had its charms and its limitations, but when it came time for the couple to build their dream house, they didn’t hold back. Their modern incarnation of a farmhouse measures 7,000 square feet, is complemented by 2,000 square feet of decks and porches, and is sited on 30 acres of a former apple orchard. The pair dubbed their compound Three Fields. The decision to hew to green technology was both environmental and financial, with a prudent eye toward resale. The massive house is warmed by geothermal heat, which uses the earth’s temperature to heat or cool a home. The system, centered in six four-hundred-fifty-foot-deep wells drilled into the front yard, avoids the pitfalls of oil heat and uses hot water more efficiently. “You cannot possibly build a 7,000-square-foot house in this day and age and have it run on propane,” says Ross. “It would cost a fortune.” Conventional heating would run at least $2,000 a month in winter, he says, and adding that geothermal after construction would cost them, or the next owners, some $40,000. Because geothermal heating was relatively untested in the area and unfamiliar to the contractor from Stewart Heating & Plumbing when Ross and Longman had the system installed, the contractor erred on the side of excess and fitted the house with three heat pumps. This afforded Three Fields more than enough heat for the house; it could eventually heat both the pool and hot tub adjacent to the front porch and cool the house through the cement-slab floors, rather than through forced air, as they currently do. (A 1,000-gallon propane tank, primarily used for cooking, is refilled once annually.) “It’s nice to have the future options to expand the use of the system and grow even greener,” says Ross. Geothermal isn’t the only heating system. The concrete floors offer radiant heat, which Ross, a stage performer, first encountered on a theater tour in Japan. The house’s massive, custom-made windows push the interior temperature to the 80s on sunny days, even in winter, allowing Ross to walk around in a T-shirt and shorts. The master bedroom roof has been set up for solar panels, should installation costs for them become more affordable. Ross and Longman had originally come to Rhinebeck in 2000 looking for a weekend home after Longman, a long-time acoustical engineer, had soundproofed private dog kennels in the area. For several years, they lived in a 2,700-square-foot 1960s A-frame on four acres in Rhinebeck, which eventually felt too small for weekend guests, even after they upgraded and expanded. upstate HOUSE

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“I’m a huge person about flow. I don’t like dead ends in a house.” Their friend and architect, Sean Miller, invited them to tour a property in Clermont where he was planning to build and sell a house on spec. A former apple orchard, the area had long ago gone to seed. The weeds, Ross recalls, were almost six feet tall. The couple was not interested until they saw it the next spring, when the A-frame was feeling extra cramped and the apple trees at Three Fields were in blossom. Ross turned to Longman and declared, “Okay, I like this.” Three Fields was designed with numerous rural accents, its silhouette cleverly suggesting a farmhouse. “We were very sensitive to the fact that we are in an area that’s [dominated by] family farms,” Ross says. “So, even though we wanted a modern house, from a distance we wanted it to look like it belonged in the neighborhood. We didn’t want some giant glass cube on a hill.” Rather, the house, which has five bedrooms, four full baths, and two half baths, was inspired by the restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns: country, but with high chic factor. It includes marble countertops, a screening room, and a 1,500-bottle-capacity wine room. 28

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Theater veteran Ross took an active role in the creation of Three Fields, approaching the challenge as if he were building a stage set; Ross has stacks of binders filled with sketches, notes, measurements, and historic references recording every idea, however briefly entertained, in the creation and furnishing of the house. The lessons learned from residential life in Astoria, Hoboken, and Rhinebeck were applied to Three Fields. After feeling boxed in by their three-floor Hoboken brownstone, the couple agreed that an open-floor plan was best. “I’m a huge person about flow,” Ross says. “I don’t like dead ends in a house.” Working with Miller and Longman, Ross created a silo-like tower feature, “a three-story breezeway” that connects the master bedroom to the rest of the house. The couple chose post-and-beam construction, bypassing the need for steel girders for the sprawling structure and hewing more closely to their farmhouse vision. Despite objections from contractors, Ross elected to paint the house frame white. “[Painting] took it from being a barn to a modern architecture. You stopped looking at all the wood and started looking at the shape.” The stone at the front door extends into the foyer in a wrap-around style, a nod to the Tokyo home where Ross lived while on tour in the 1980s. “When you come into a Japanese [foyer], you’re still considered to be outside,” he says. “It’s not until you take off your shoes and put them in a closet and step up into the house that you are [considered to be] in the house.” The decor of the house reflects the melding of their individual styles. Ross comes from Columbia, South Carolina, and Longman hails from the Surrey section of London. Select items from all their previous homes, including the Mediterranean accents obtained from vacations abroad for the Hoboken loft, survived the massive furniture culling and are scattered throughout the home, meshed with new finds from places like tony Domus Design on the Upper East Side. They graduated from the antique decor of the brownstone—a style Ross now calls “old-lady, Victorian crap”—to a predominantly mid-century modern style.

Opposite: Numerous floor-to-ceiling windows guarantee year-round 80-degree weather—even on sunny winter afternoons. Above (clockwise from top left): The freedom of al fresco showering in the master bathroom; Extensive machinery behind the home’s geothermal heating system; An expansive kitchen allows food preparation for cocktail and dinner parties. In the foreground, Ross dries “leather britches” beans, just picked from his garden.

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Above: The 2,000-square-foot patio deck, which includes a hot tub, fireplace and barbecue, was designed to resemble a horse stable. Left: Old farmhouse touches abound at Three Fields.

The four guest rooms of Three Fields offer a combination of styles: country bed and breakfast meets boutique hotel. The sleeping and sitting areas are filled with chic flea market finds, complemented by furniture and baubles from Ross family members dating back four Southern generations. On walls and in corners, colorful details offer the design equivalent of a knowing wink, like the glass bottle of buttons on the dresser from Ross’s grandmother, or the antique Flexible Flyer sled anchored to the wall. The en suite bathrooms offer a sleek counterpoint to the farmhouse feel with modern sinks, elegant tiling, and sleek shower fixtures. The setting of the master bathroom takes full advantage of the house’s removed location, where the road to the house winds a half mile through woods; the shower gives out onto the front field with a view of the mountains, allowing al fresco bathing without neighborly interference. As a nod to his show-business background (he presently directs and stars in numerous productions at the Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts), Ross programmed the 200 lighting sources throughout the house on a computerized system so they illuminate in unison, providing “a theatrical effect at night.” As the sole full-time resident of Three Fields, Ross is also its caretaker, house cleaner, and gardener. “I like the overgrown, English garden look,” he says. It’s a trade-off enacted with Longman for not having a full-time job. (During the week, Longman occupies an 800-square-foot Hoboken pied-aterre; he is currently working on the high-profile Hudson Yards project). Between housekeeping, theater work (he recently played the king in “Spamalot”), and new duties as at-home office manager for Longman’s company, Ross finds little opportunity for downtime. However, when unwinding is crucial, he heads to the basement screening room and curls up on a couch in front of the eight-by-twelve-foot screen to watch a sci-fi blockbuster. Despite its numerous elegant touches, Three Fields is not a stuffy showcase home, its owners insist. Ross sees it as “a beach house in the country” where children and dogs are welcome to run and tumble about with full-time canine residents Lylah and Obi. “It’s meant to be lived in,” he says. 30

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UNWIND BY DESIGN Three Hudson Valley Spas Worth a Second Look Upstate House’s writers took to the massage tables (tough work, we know) to bring you the inside story on a few of our favorite “spa-cations.” Here, we bring you spas whose architecture is as interesting and beautiful as their treatments are relaxing.

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so it’s no wonder that we’ve become home to some of the most nurturing and luxurious spas anywhere. Some are stand-alone day spas, offering facials, aromatherapy, and hotstone massages in renovated Victorians in town. Others are in more bucolic settings or integrated into hotels, creating a getaway within a getaway. One thing is for sure: Whether you go just for the day or spend the night, a spa can be a mini vacation—closer, easier, and a heck of a lot more relaxing than getting on a plane. The restful feelings spas inspire come not only from their treatments, but, from the setting and the design of the spaces in which those treatments occur. As the popularity and number of spas grow, so does the practice of spa design, along with the innovative approaches to architecture and interiors that communicate calm and comfort to patrons. —Lisa Selin Davis

Old Stone Farm Staatsburg, NY


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hat happens when a successful Long Island businessman, with a social conscience and a desire to “give back,” dies suddenly, leaving a 236-acre farm in Dutchess County to his horse-loving, yoga teacher wife? The result is Old Stone Farm, a “boutique retreat and wellness center,” born from Sherry Kahn’s effort to keep her husband Stu’s dream alive. Kahn has ambitious plans for the property and its impeccably restored stone houses and barns. Old Stone Farm is both an inn and conference center that Kahn hopes can grow into Stu’s vision to foster “spiritual development, deep education, entrepreneurship, and global change in an atmosphere of openheartedness and natural beauty.” The natural beauty is unmistakable. Entering the property from Route 9G’s prosaic stretch of gas stations and straggly trees, visitors are greeted with a sudden view of idyllic horse country: barns, fences, and rolling hills. The property is picture-perfect and absurdly pastoral, with flocks of Canadian geese, grazing horses, and bounding deer. Old Stone Farm is meant to be a sanctuary, and no detail is ignored. “We like to pretend there are no cars here,” offers Kahn, and indeed, there is not a car in sight. The farm suffers none of the smells and noises of most working farms; it is more like the living evocation of a work by romantic painter George Stubbs— relaxation is unavoidable. The buildings are light-filled, with a spare, Colonial New England feeling, yet are much more comfortable than our forefathers would have dared imagine. There are 10 guestrooms above the spa, each named for one of the farm’s well-loved horses. Assembled over the years, Kahn’s liberal collection of naïf paintings and Americana adds a charming aspect of discovery around each turn. Stay packages include meals meticulously crafted to each guest’s preference, which are served in three intimate dining rooms.

“We like to pretend there are no cars here.” Housed in a reassembled historic barn, the spa is organized around hisand-hers locker rooms, designed with 18th-century-style built-in cabinetry throughout, and offers a nod to early 20th-century spa culture through its vintage lockers and tile work. Everywhere, a disarming sense of quiet prevails. A full array of massage modalities is available in three traditional massage rooms, including therapeutic massage, hot-stone treatments, and aromatherapy. These are deeply carpeted sanctuaries to relaxation, endowed with plush tables covered in Frette linens. The spa also offers custom-built cedar steam-cabinets for sweating as Edgar Cayce recommended (the head remains cool), and a wet room for scrubs, wraps, and panchakarma—treatments based on ancient Indian Ayurvedic principles of health. Perched atop a hill is the yoga barn, a well-equipped studio for classes with exposed beams and a two-story grid of windows framing magnificent views. Recent workshop subjects include dream decoding, yoga, and mystical Judaism. Like a platonic ideal that seems too good to be true, yet with perfection easily recognized, Old Stone Farm is a labor of love, informed by a vision. “I try to hear what Stu is saying to me,” Kahn admits. Her project embodies a strange and beautiful marriage of horse culture, spiritual seeking, and luxury accommodations.

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Mahasukha Spa Phoenicia, NY

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“We’re giving people access to a wonderful escape from their stressful lives”


wned by Tibet House and founded at the behest of the Dalai Lama, the Menla Mountain Retreat Center has an exalted parentage and an extraordinary gravitational field. Spread across 325 wooded acres atop Panther Mountain in the Catskills, it’s the site of a four-million-yearold meteorite crater. “Because of its unique geology, we all weigh .2 percent less here,” says Nena Thurman, the retreat’s managing director. Her husband Robert is the spiritual director. The Esopus, Mahican, and other native peoples recognized the land’s sanctity and its power to spiritually nourish. “We have artisanal waters, we’re a registered Audubon bird sanctuary, and wild animals practically eat out of our hands,” says Thurman. Yoga teachers like Baron Baptiste and Rodney Yee, who come seasonally, say the mountain’s energy and atmosphere deepens their practice and increases their students’ receptivity. The center offers healing arts from Ayurvedic medicine to various types of massage. The Mahasukha Spa (Sanskrit for “great bliss”) occupies the mountain’s peak. Designed by Manhattan architect Duke Beeson in collaboration with Thurman, its interior utilizes strong primaries and muted pastels as focal points of color. Vivid reproductions of a venerated 17th-century Tibetan medical treatise hang in each of the 11 healing rooms. Many others collaborated on the spa. Tibetan master artist Rabkar Wangchuk carved the vibrant threshold. Local woodworker Geoff Baer crafted furniture from a felled maple tree. Fashion designer Donna Karan gave advice on feng shui, famed spa designer Clodagh chose materials and fixtures, and master stonemason John Kahn built paths and walls around some of the outdoor spaces. Before developing the spa’s list of treatments, Thurman consulted with a number of prominent integrative practitioners, including Drs. Frank Lipman and Alejandro Junger, who see detoxification as the foundation of good health. With Tibetan medicine at its core, the current menu blends Eastern and Western modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot-stone, aromatherapy, and Ayurvedic massages. Cranial-sacral work, reiki, and jin shin do acupressure, shiatsu, acupuncture, and moxabustion are also available, and guests can choose between a traditional steam room or an infrared or Finnish sauna. Tibetan medicine diagnostician Dr. Tashi Rabten prescribes Himalayan herbs after reading the body’s 12 different pulses.  The center’s general programming attracts large gatherings and includes such diverse offerings as Sufi dance, martial arts, kirtan, and meditation. Customized for individuals, a weekend package includes a spa treatment of choice, access to numerous rugged hiking trails, and use of the on-site meditation room, tennis court, and swimming pool; it also leaves ample time for participants to take advantage of local skiing, inner tubing, fishing, and horseback riding facilities. “I feel as if we’re stewarding the land and giving people access to a wonderful escape from their stressful lives,” says Thurman. “We’re blessed to be of service to nature, and to the well-being of the people who make their way here.”  Top to bottom: To explore the variety of Buddhist art throughout Mahasukha Spa and the Menla campus is a journey in itself. The collection includes paintings, thangkas, textiles, sculpture, and ritual objects; A balcony covered in hand painted motifs offers a view over the reception area; Meditation takes place in an octagonal room surrounded by windows.


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SPA DESIGN Q+A with Spa Designer Clodagh By Linda Okeefe


orn in the west of Ireland in Oscar Wilde’s former house, Clodagh is a self-described visual nomad and perennial traveler. She’s also one of the foremost spa designers in the world, inducted into Interior Design magazine’s hall of fame, and routinely listed in roundups of the world’s best designers. Clodagh, who goes by her first name only and says she proudly has no formal training, started her career in fashion design, then practiced feng shui. She switched to interior design in 1983. Whether she customizes furniture for hotel chains or perfects a simple, elliptical sink for Kohler, her signature style is clutter-free, mindful, and as quiet as possible. She has also authored two books. Her studio is in Manhattan, and she often weekends in Beacon, where her husband, Daniel Aubry, runs his own photography gallery.

How would you characterize your personal approach to spa design? I can talk forever about the latest citrus scrubs and honey blossom rubs, but the best spas nurture the soul as well as the body. I see a symbiosis between the current interest in spas and my residential clients asking for larger bathrooms. We’re all placing more importance on the ritual of bathing and cleansing. In purely practical terms, when I’m devising a color palette for a spa I use warm neutrals overall and I incorporate all the chakra colors—violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red—in subtle ways. I use all the metals for their healing properties, and I prefer wood and organic materials where there’s a detectable patina. I avoid using hard, echoing surfaces, and, apart from using mirrors to visually open up confined spaces and bring in light and views, I steer clear of anything shiny and bright. I also love reflections in flat troughs of water.

So the first impression of walking into a spa is extremely important? Absolutely! Ideally, a sense of calm is palpable as soon as we enter. The receiving area is quiet but not silent—stone silence can feel ominous. Sight is the most promiscuous of the senses, so a lack of detectable clutter is important, and all visible surfaces should appear clean but never clinical. It’s an aesthetic I refer to as life-enhancing minimalism. It’s beneficial to activate the sense of smell with essential oils, and lighting is best kept comfortably low and indirect—of course, natural light is optimal. Hopefully, this orchestrated atmosphere opens us to taking in a few long breaths. So this “god-is-in-the-details” philosophy brings us into presence? I think so. There’s nothing superficial about it, it’s really quite profound. Everywhere you look in a spa should be beautiful, so every surface needs to be thought through. In a massage room guests spend a lot of time on their backs and they’re often facedown in a neck cradle, so in my office we discuss ceilings and floors a lot. A spa I go to in New Zealand stations a bowl of water filled with floating flowers directly under each neck cradle. It transforms the incidental into something indelible. Are the best destination spas also sanctuaries? Yes. In our everyday lives how often can we say, “I’m happy, I’m well, and I’m safe”? When there’s peace, trust, shelter, and refuge, with one person touching another in a spirit of respect, generosity, and healing, the sixth sense often gets activated. It’s really quite sacred.

What’s the biggest difference between the experience of a day spa and a retreat spa? In a day spa, we take an hour or a concise, limited slice of our hectic lives sandwiched in between our regular appointments, so time is of the essence. When we overnight or spend a weekend in a spa, we have the luxury of forgetting about time, and if we look at our watch it’s invariably because we’d rather not miss a scheduled back rub or the next yoga session. Traveling to a destination resort or retreat is a greater commitment in every way, so there’s an opportunity to submit to a deeper mental and physical surrender.

What are some of your spa pet peeves? Well, I can’t stand terry-cloth robes. They make everyone look like a big bear. I prefer the Japanese yukatas, the soft cotton kimonos, or kaftans for women and pajamas for men. And I’m very particular about towels; I like them generously sized and in abundance. Endings are as important as beginnings. In Asia they’ve perfected the art of terminating sessions gracefully with a gentle whisper, or they ceremoniously serve an herbal drink. I generally pay for my services beforehand rather then when I leave, because I don’t want all the bliss I’ve accumulated to be neutralized with a financial transaction. That would definitely send me back into the world on the wrong foot.

How does design help promote that holistic experience? Walking into any spa requires a gear change, a shift in thinking, so the door to a spa is important. It’s not just any old entrance. It’s a threshold, a portal. We’ve elected to be pampered, so once we’re inside, anticipation heightens all the senses and each one—smell, sight, hearing, taste and touch—should be addressed during our visit. I like to be offered nibbles and I’m not adverse to a glass of wine! It’s not about self-denial. It’s about opening our bodies to receive wellness.

Apart from working alongside Nena Thurman on the creation of the Mahasukha Spa at the Menla Mountain Retreat, Clodagh has rebranded over 80 Elizabeth Arden Red Door salons and spas. She also designed the Miraval Resort and Spa in the Arizona desert; the Spa de Serville in Aukland, New Zealand; the Sasanqua Day Spa in Charleston, South Carolina; the Nemacolin Woodlands Spa in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania; and White Horses at Doon Beg Resort in her native Ireland. She’s currently finessing the spa facilities for next year’s opening of the East hotel in Miami.

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Mohonk Spa

New Paltz, NY By Lisa Selin Davis | Jim Smith Photography

“The idea was to bring the outside in.”


hen the Mohonk Mountain House’s directors decided to add an eco-friendly, 30,000-square-foot spa in 2005, they faced a dilemma. The resort, often referred to as a Victorian castle, prided itself on its timelessness, that Old World feel of rustic comfort and simplicity that hadn’t shifted much since it first opened in 1869. They needed it to fit the historic architecture and Quaker sensibility, but still speak to spa patrons accustomed to a certain amount of luxury. “The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House was designed to look 100 years old the day it opened,” says Nina Smiley, Ph.D., Mohonk’s director of marketing. The first addition to the original hotel building since 1902, the spa was designed by architect Michael Rudden, then with Saratoga Associates. Treatment rooms have the familiar warm oak doors and stained-ash wainscoting found throughout the hotel, but their ceilings are draped with soft white fabric that diffuses the light. Pine floors are covered with custom carpet depicting a lily from the Mohonk lily pond. The walls are adorned with the photographic work of founding family members Ruth and David Smiley, among others. Long porches lined with rocking chairs are one of Mohonk’s most iconic features. So the most stunning sections of the spa, the 80-foot-long, glassenclosed verandas—one for men and one for women—were designed to reflect them. Spa-goers relax in rocking chairs and sip tea, munching grapes and gazing out—there are 200 windows—to woodland scenes and the dramatic quartz stone that surrounds the property. “The idea was to bring the outside in,” says Smiley. Six hundred tons of stone were excavated from the site and recycled throughout the spa. A solarium with a stone fireplace offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

The solarium gives way to the enclosed veranda, both surrounded by windows with rocking chairs and chaises longues positioned to maximize the view of stones and forest. A hot tub and more relaxing patio furniture are just outside.

And then there’s the pool. Sixty feet by 30 feet, the heated indoor swimming pool is serenaded by an underwater sound system. The pool area is awash in natural light, thanks to windowed walls and cathedral ceilings lined with exposed beams. Visitors can watch the sun set over the Catskills from the pool. The spa is also a paragon of environmental friendliness. It is crafted largely of local timber and cedar shingles, and heated and cooled by an environmentally sound geothermal system. A green roof not only insulates the building but it also provides a habitat for butterflies and birds. As relaxing as the spa’s spaces are, the services command high praise. Its signature “Mohonk Red” massage combines aromatherapy, breathing techniques, and guided meditation, with Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and Thai massage styles. It’s named for the Mohonk Red witch hazel growing on the grounds, which is infused into warm towels. The spa also offers reflexology, stress-relief pedicures, and a microcurrent technology facial called “Nature’s Facelift.” Perhaps most unique are the Spa at Mohonk Mountain House’s wellness offerings: yoga-qigong personal training; tai chi; meditation by the pool or designed to help with weight loss. And if a visitor gets overwhelmed by the abundance of offerings, she or he can always retreat to the sauna or the outdoor hot tub.


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Buttermilk Spa at the Buttermilk Falls Inn

220 North Road, Milton 845-795-1310, www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/spa At Buttermilk Spa, guests can choose massage, facial, or skin treatments; soak in their Endless Pool; pucker in the steam room; or relax in the sauna. They offer guests a menu of healthy lunch and snack items. Yoga classes are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Haven Spa

6464 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck 845-876-7369 www.havenrhinebeck.com Housed in a beautifully renovated Victorian in the village of Rhinebeck, Haven Spa stocks a wide array of high-end health and beauty products. They offer facials, peels, and microderm therapy; massages; body treatments; waxing, hand and foot therapy. Services for tweens, teens, men, couples, too.


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River Rock Day Spa

62 Ricks Road, Woodstock 845-679-7800 www.riverrock.biz The much-lauded River Rock Spa offers all-day pamper-thons or smaller, cheaper deals for men, couples, and friends. In addition to massage and facials, River Rock offers aura photography, hand analysis, and intuitive kinesiology. They serve lunch or afternoon tea.

Bodhi Holistic Spa and Yoga

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Dick’s Castle G A R R I S O N, N Y $3,250,000 Listed by Donna Lee Blais, Lic. RE Broker, Northridge Realty donnablais@gmail.com | 914.805.3313 This is a unique opportunity to own one of only seven private residences in the architectural landmark known as “Dick’s Castle” in Garrison, NY. Perched high on a mountaintop and standing like a medieval cloister contemplating the splendor of the Hudson Valley, Dick’s Castle offers a one-of-a-kind living experience for those who desire the tranquility and elegance of a country home without the maintenance of one. Only 40 miles from NYC, this 6,800 sq. ft. home with 1,500 sq. ft. private terrace possesses some of the most coveted views of the majestic Hudson River. Situated on 27 picturesque acres, residents can enjoy the many flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens. This home features a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings, four fireplaces, an elevator, and two lower levels perfect for an artist’s studio, private fitness or media center. This gated community is only two miles to the Metro-North train station. Also available for sale is the 2,400 sq. ft. castle penthouse offered at $1,650,000. For more information on these magnificent residences please visit http://dickscastle.com.

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LUXURY LIVING- Casually sophisticated country living at its finest! Extensively upgraded Toll Brothers estate home nestled perfectly on 7+ acres in prestigious “Mountain View at Gardiner”. Gracious 4500+ SF in an airy sunwashed open plan perfect for entertaining and practical daily living - 4 BRs, 3.5 baths, family/media room w/ stone fplc., gourmet kitchen, den/office PLUS full walk-out basement. ONE OWNER. $749,000

STORYBOOK STONE- Stunning 5.7 acre horse friendly New Paltz setting encloses enchanting c. 1941 stone & cedar Cape. Super charming interior features 20’ LR with brick fireplace, formal DR, quintessential country kitchen, 4 bedrooms, lovely wood floors, French doors open to breezy screen porch, att. stone garage PLUS 31’ 2 story barn with fab STUDIO/workshop and 3 car garage space. POSTCARD PERFECT! $540,000

OH SO PRIVATE- Nestled on 3.7 acres with dramatic rock outcrops and perfect privacy, discover this 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 and den/guest room. Deck & att. garage, too! $374,900

Call Debra Dooley, Lic. RE Salesperson, 845-475-4248

WOODSTOCK ELEGANCE- Perfectly luxurious 4800+ SF combines classic detail and a contemporary open plan. Superbly crafted in 2002 for intimate living and easy entertaining, this gracious first offering features 4 BRs including a lavish 1275 SF MBR suite with deluxe spa bath, 4 full baths, cozy fireplaces in 26’ LR, MBR and exceptional gourmet kitchen with professional grade appointments and Italian marble, grand 22’ dining room, library, den or home office, cathedral beamed ceilings, skylights, radiant heated red oak flooring and French doors open to stone patio and sun drenched deck. Top quality and artisanal finishes throughout. Nestled on 2.3 park-like acres just moments to town. $1,298,000

Call Naomi Castillo-Smith, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 845-389-6528

STREAMSIDE ENCHANTMENT- Storybook 6+ acre setting o’looking protected stream & natural pond in a quiet private enclave encloses this singular ivy covered stucco country home with distinctive European ambiance. Designer interior features 31’ vaulted Great Room with handsome limestone fireplace, warm wide pine floors, custom soapstone kitchen with imported enamel stove, den/office, ample screen room inviting warm weather dining, bluestone patio & the soothing sounds of flowing water. ONE-OF-A-KIND! $650,000

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COUNTRY DELUXE- Stunning 9+ estate acres! Absolutely tranquil setting with gorgeous gardens, POND with dock, and a magnificent WATERFALL. Expansive 3600+ SF home perfectly blends old & new, featuring 4 fireplaces, 3 full baths, top-of-line gourmet kitchen, soaring beamed ceilings, 32’ living room, 32’ family/media room, lighted patios, yummy outdoor kitchen, wide board & bamboo floors and so much more! $949,000 Call Jeannine Simmons, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 845-594-4285

HIGH FALLS LOG- Stroll into the charming historic hamlet of High Falls for shopping & dining from the 2+ acre site of this rustically appealing log classic. Smartly renovated & updated interior features hardwood floors throughout, living & dining rooms, open plan kitchen with island and SS appliances, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, cozy woodstove and breezeway to 2 car attached garage. Truly “move-in” ready! $329,900 Call Judy McClintock, Lic. RE Salesperson, 845-399-2223


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REBORN BARN-Artfully converted 1800’s barn by famous Broadway designer perfectly sited on 15 estate acres with amazing Overlook Mt. views. Massive floor to ceiling brick hearth provides fireplaces for 25’ LR, country kitchen and 29’ MBR, 2 add’l BRs, stained glass & cast iron details, wood & slate floors, skylights, gorgeous beams, rolling meadows with swim POND, hot tub, gazebo & 3 car garage with space for studio. TRULY UNIQUE! $999,000 Call Lisa Cooper, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 914-388-0624

ONCE IN A LIFETIME- Completely singular & private 11+ acre sculpted mountainside estate with stunning VIEWS of Ashokan Reservoir, Catskills & Hudson River! Carefully sited “Arts & Crafts” style contemporary home offers views in all directions with add’l view site available. Rare opportunity to create a park-like estate on a meticulously developed property with views and ease of access that are rarely available. SUPERB! $1,100,000 Call Brenda Graf, Lic. RE Salesperson, 845-679-7321 x 111

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, 2.5 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, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 845-626-5000

MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY ESTATE- 160 ACRES with ponds, guest house, caretaker’s cottage, horse barn and stable. Sumptuous 4000+ SF Hamptons shingle style main house (2008) features gracious sunwashed living spaces: Great Room with massive fireplace; gourmet cook’s kitchen with artisanal stone and Italian tile; coffered FDR; family room/library with fireplace plus add’l rooms for family & friends. Four bedrooms include spectacular en-suite MBR with spa bath, steam shower & private deck. Stone patios & walkways to saline infinity POOL with waterfall & stone hot tub. Sweeping tree lined meadows and artful gardens draw the eye to panoramic mountain & valley views. TRULY IRREPLACEABLE! $2,000,000

Call Amy Levine, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 914-388-7393

LOCATION, LOCATIONPanoramic Catskill Mt. VIEWS grace the prime Hurley site of this expansive ranch style home. Super gracious floor plan features 20’ living room, 20’ family/media room with cozy brick fireplace, EI kitchen w/ breakfast room, handy home office/library, dining room, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished lower level, central AC, 3 season enclosed porch & sweet stone patio. Significant recent updates. $395,000

HOUSE & 2 COTTAGES- Storybook style 1930’s Cape with abundant “Arts &Crafts” detailing, lovely wood floors, unpainted woodwork, original light fixtures, stonework pillars on gracious veranda, living & dining rooms, eat-in kitchen and 3 bedrooms plus expandable second level, full basement, new exterior paint, new deck, detached garage AND TWO legal rental cottages for income or extended family. TAKE A LOOK! $189,900

Call Mary Ellen Flemming, Lic. Assoc. RE Bkr., 845-687-0932

“APPLEDOORN FARM”- Important 22 acre estate renovated to the highest standard. Stunning open vistas frame the expansive 5200 SF historic stone & frame home featuring massive pine beams, pegged oak floors, fireplaces in living, dining and family rooms, wrought iron hardware, 7 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, superbly recreated “vintage” ‘40s kitchen, rebuilt 2100 SF BARN, 2 car stone garage and enchanting “cabana”. TRULY SINGULAR! $1,695,000

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This is it! This perfect “Country Getaway” is located on a quiet road in Olive. Ready to move in and enjoy. Relax in the large screened-in porch or host a dinner party in the dining room with a wood burning fireplace. Sun fills this home and shines off rich hardwood floors. Come see this gem in person. $319,0000

Built on a site steeped in Catskills history, this secluded 1937 farmhouse on 15 acres offers two fireplaces, hardwood floors, & a sun filled breakfast room. The sprawling, multi-tiered grounds include the Rondout creek, a pond, gardens, a wraparound porch, a stone patio and a getaway cottage up the hillside. $400,000

Vintage farmhouse that has what we call ‘great bones’. There’s a rocking chair front porch, a huge eat-in kitchen, spacious rooms, and a workshop. Although in need of cosmetic improvements, this home has had lots of recent upgrades including a roof and furnace. House sits atop a hill on the 1.5 acre parcel. $128,800

Stunning & historic French Mansard home in Kingston. High ceilings, wideboard pine floors and matching marble fireplaces. A beautiful home on a beautiful street. Convenient to all downtown/ Rondout amenities. Oversized living room, formal dining and den along with large kitchen with island. $249,000

This old beauty started out in 1750 and has been in the same family for generations. This year the present owner has completely redone her. New everything! Top to bottom. This old farmstead boasts nearly 30 acres of varied terrain that includes woods, an old pond site, fields & woodland trails to explore. $429,000

Great Highland location offering easy convenience to all! Enjoy the quiet cul-de-sac of a wonderful neighborhood. Charming home with a large eat-in kitchen, fireplace in living room, central air, master bedroom suite, home office and formal dining room; the rear covered deck is a great space for outdoor dining! $329,900

Lovely Kingston Victorian, located one block from the Rondout Creek, boat marinas, restaurants & pathway to all waterfront activities. Home is generously-sized, with 5 bedrooms & large walk-up attic. Large lot offers lovely grass play area, flower beds, and parking. Gorgeous original detail throughout. $249,000

This is a wonderful weekend retreat, only a short drive to Hunter or Windham for outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, zip-lining, concerts and festivals. Features a bright open floor plan; beautiful 2 story brick fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and skylights. Sits on 5 private acres with open lawn and natural woods. $299,000

A wonderful Cape that is clean as a whistle and in move-in condition. This well maintained home features an updated kitchen, enclosed porch, a large open attic space, and a walk-out workshop in the basement area. Convenient to Rosendale, New Paltz, The Rail Trail, and Mohonk. $239,900

This unique post and beam contemporary in Marlboro has everything you need! An open floor plan, high ceilings, huge private master suite w/walk-in closets, and bath with a shower stall and a jetted garden tub. Brazilian cherry floors lead down the hall to the great room with gas fireplace. Convenient to Poughkeepsie, New Paltz and Highland. $335,000

This Old School house has historic charm and character located in a private community in the Catskill Mountains. Open concept floor plan with 14 ft ceilings, stunning wood-burning fireplace, gourmet country kitchen, beautifully redone baths, painted wainscoting, original hardwood floors and unique molding throughout. Close to skiing, lakes and golf. $465,000

Watch sunrise and sunsets from this extraordinary Woodstock contemporary nestled in the mountains; the views surround you with the beauty and serenity of nature. Wrap around deck, in-ground pool, and an open floor plan. Master bedroom has Cathedral ceiling, private bath with Jacuzzi, and separate deck. $449,000

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23 Montoma Lane, Woodstock NY A magical “castle” tucked onto 25 acres is ready to be discovered! This unique custom home was built around a 1700’s farm grainery & incorporates the stone arches. 3 stories, with cedar walls & wood floors. Topped with a tower room for stargazing & exceptional mountain views! The open floorplan provides a Soho lofty feel. A beautiful wrap around deck w/hot tub & a screened porch integrate Woodstock’s natural beauty. Call Laurie Ylvisaker 845-901-6129 $685,000

8 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz NY Privacy & Prestige at a Premier location in the “Gatehouse” community of 13 homes on a cul-de-sac one mile to village! Features & updates are many & include Great room with palladium windows overlooking large rear deck; 3 fireplaces, energy efficient systems, floor to ceiling windows, french doors,open floor plan; formal dining room, custom kitchen, morning breakfast room, heated 3 car garage, blacktopped circular drive, manicured lawns & solarium w/indoor pool! Call Cathy Pulichene 845-417-1872 $1,200,000

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, inground 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. Call Lisa Halter 917-658-0535 $1,850,000

6 Raycliffe Drive, Woodstock NY Privacy and beauty abound in this newly refreshed Woodstock compound with over six acres of perennial landscaping, inground pool, waterfalls and paths. The spacious main home has 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! Call Lisa Halter 917-658-0535 $849,000

1474 High Falls Road, Catskill NY A unique 30 acre compound on a country road 6 mi from Saugerties. Access to the NYS Thruway, 5 mi from HITS, 4 mi from Total Tennis and Lazy Swan Golf Club, 15 mi to Woodstock. Rustic and casual elegance blend in this 10,000 sq ft house with 9 ensuites. Fireplace, decks, and indoor swimming pool with radiant heat, grotto and hot tub. 8 stall Morton Horse Barn and 3 ponds. Call Ellen Osgood 845-430-0700 $1,900,000

863 Zena Road, Woodstock NY Circa 1830 Woodstock Farm House on 28 pastoral acres, privately sited with long driveway, majestic views of Overlook Mountain, eat-in country kitchen, dining room, 4 bedrooms, studio, 2 porches, fireplace, plaster walls and wide board floors. Charming barn, corn crib and 3 meadows well suited for horses and agriculture. Call Kim Cantine 646-290-0509 $1,050,000

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SPECTACULAR RESERVOIR VIEWS This Mid-Century Ranch home is blessed with one of the best vantage points of one of the Catskill Mtn regions most awe inspiring jetliner views of the Ashokan Reservoir. A long, tree lined drive leads to this 4BR, 2 bath hidden oasis on 4 amazing acres. Spacious & stylish home has a stone fireplace, large deck & a wall of glass to take in the view from much of the house. Must be seen! $950,000

GRAND VICTORIAN A step back in time as you pull under the portico at this turn of the century Victorian. Impressive columns & detailed stepped moldings accent the entry. 4BR, 3.5 baths & large open rooms enhanced by mahogany inlays, decorative fireplaces, unique doors & hardware. Custom kitchen has high tin ceiling & flooded w/cabinets & counter space. There are double ovens, double dishwashers & a gas range. Butlers pantry & back stairway complete the package. $407,500

STUNNING RHINEBECK ESTATE Set on 6.3 acres having 4BR’s & 4.5 baths. Lovely openfloor plan w/top of the line gourmet kitchen to die for! Magical conservatory flooded w/windows. 1st flr MBR w/his & her bath. Office, library, formal LR, dining rm, 4-car heated garage & 2,500 sqft basement w/wine cellar. Elevate to the 2nd flr w/3BR’s & 2 baths. Minutes to village, Rhinecliff Amtrack, Kingston & Taconic Parkway. $1,495,000

A PIECE OF HISTORY Built in 1740 in English Georgian style, and a survivor of the British attack on Kingstson in 1777, this was the home of Cornelius VanBuren, a cousin of our 8th President, Martin VanBuren. Featured in Architectural Digest, it retains most of the original characteristics. With so many details to mention, it offers 3 BR’s, 2.5 baths, 4 working fireplaces including a BeeHive oven, and exquisite Japanese Gardens with Koi pond, footbridge, water fountain and waterfall. More living space is provided by a family room, den and office on the lower walk-out level. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to own this historic home! $435,000.

HISTORIC VICTORIAN Poughkeepsie’s Historic “Garfield Place” set on .72 of an acre. This Victorian has 5,400 sqft that includes 7-8BR’s, 3 full baths & 2 half baths plus 2 bonus rms w/private entrance. An amazing solarium, 3 story staircase, stunning top of the line kitchen, sculptured tray ceiling, wide Colonial molding, antique chandelier & so many original details you must see to appreciate. Close to Metro-North train station, shopping, restaurants, Civic Center & nearby park. $495,000

HUDSON RIVER ESTATE This stately Greek Revival built in the early 1800’s is directly across the river from the Vanderbilt Mansion. On almost 6 acres w/ rolling lawns all the way down to the river w/ access. 5BR, Italian marble fireplaces, HW flrs, 12’ ceilings, sculptured moldings & fabulous views of the river. 2nd floor guest suite w/living space & private bath, and a separate studio only add to the package. 2-car garage. Has been used as an entertainment/party venue hosting great gatherings. $1,700,000

“WOODSTOCKIE” CHARMER Unique yet functional at a great location, perfect as a full time or seasonal home. Enter through a small solarium/ green house, into a cozy living room w/lots of windows overlooking nature. The kitchen is wide open to the dining area. Both the lovely MBR w/private bath & 2nd BR have access to the huge deck. The 2-car garage has large workshop for many uses! Don’t miss this great home. $369,000

MOUNTAINSIDE GETAWAY Regally sited, built & designed by world renowned architect. Residence is tucked away on a lavish 364 acre compound with bordering trout stream in an area known for large private estates. A one mile private drive meanders through this mature mountain landscape with views stretching to the Berkshires. The unique 5BR, 3 bath home has been milled from all local trees, which offers country detail & over the top finishing’s. Multiple cleared plateaus await the buyers’ imagination. Five minutes to NYC train station. $3,600,000

VICTORIAN MANSION COMPLEX Cradled within 21.5 acres of rolling green pastures & mature landscaping, this exquisitely renovated 5BR Victorian w/ a 5,500 sqft main house, circa 1866, offers graceful rooms of grand proportions. This turnkey, meticulously maintained property is sure to please the most discerning of buyer & includes 2 guest homes w/4 rentals, barns, fenced pasture for livestock & 4 bay garage for equipment. Great for a gentleman’s farm, retreat center or B&B. $1,200,000

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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

INCREDIBLE PANORAMA Untouched quality 1956 home on 27 acres has stunning views of the Catskills, Shawangunk ridge, and Berkshire foothills. Stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, cabinets, and fixtures are all original. Includes a 3-bay barn, worker's cottage, and pond.… $395,000

HISTORIC CHATHAM HOME Greek Revival home housed the first bank in town; now a 4900 sf home with high ceilings and great three-bay carriage barn… $349,000

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

LAKE SIDE COTTAGE Charming three-level home sits directly on the water and has stunning views. Fireplace, woodstove and barn/garage… $275,000

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

CLASSIC 1832 GREEK REVIVAL HOMESTEAD High on a hill, with commanding Catskill and Berkshire views, this comfortable elegant home has been carefully restored with high-ceilinged double parlors, formal dining room, grand stairway, three bedrooms, and three baths, two offices, den, and beautifully renovated cook’s kitchen. The 33.5 acre property includes a studio, barn, extensive gardens, fields, woods and pond... $895,000

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

WARREN STREET CHURCH Dramatic 9000 sf brick church in the heart of Hudson’s business district. Huge open spaces await a new project… $499,500

COUNTRY HIDEAWAY Secluded home has cathedral ceilings, skylights, woodstove, decks, heated pool… $295,000

FAMILY FARMHOUSE Five bedrooms, three baths two fireplaces, studio; on a country acre… $165,000

19TH CENTURY FARM 1820 Greek Revival farmhouse on 50 acres with barns, fields, woods, and stream… $475,000

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GRAND HISTORIC COLONIAL IN MILLBROOK COUNTRYSIDE Circa 1810 home, in the heart of the Millbrook countryside with lovely pastoral views, elegant rooms, 5 fireplaces and wide board floors. 20’x50’ heated Gunite swimming pool, 4 car garage with spacious 2nd floor living space. Post & beam barn. 53 acres of open rolling meadows with hedgerows, lawn, woodlands, stream & pond. Offered at $5,000,000

MILLBROOK COLONIAL Fabulous property with pastoral views, sunsets, landscaped yard, beautiful meadows, stream and woodlands. Short drive to Village of Millbrook. 4 BR home with 3.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, spacious, light-filled rooms. Great place to raise a family or entertain friends. Lovely screened porch, stone patio, in-ground pool and small barn. Offered at $679,000

HOUSE & CARRIAGE BARN WITH TWO STUDIOS Circa 1900 cottage just a short distance from the Village of Millbrook. Cozy LR, DR, Library w/FP, 3 BRs, each with bath, kitchen with light filled dining area & beamed ceiling. Converted carriage barn with 2 studio apartments, each w/FP. Spacious yard, enjoyable patio & covered porch. Formerly a successful B&B. Perfect as a private residence or income producing with rentable rooms. Offered at $495,000

RETAIL/OFFICE LOCATION WITH RESIDENCE Millbrook parcel with 2 Buildings - Adorable converted barn in a mixed use hamlet, just outside the Village. Formerly a highly successful retail clothing shop. Character filled 2 BR cottage with hardwood floors, fireplace and sun room with French doors. Ideal for continued retail or office space and perfect for working from home. Good visibility on a well traveled road. Offered at $399,000

PINE PLAINS INVESTMENT PROPERTY This lovely circa 1850 house is a three family home, located on Church Street in the center of the Town of Pine Plains, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. It’s in need of some TLC, but would make for a great investment property. It sits on a level 0.68 acre lot with a detached one car garage and tool shed. Rent out all three units or reside in one and rent out two. Offered at $149,500

SPACIOUS RANCH WITH SEPARATE APARTMENT This 3 BR, 2 bath home is conveniently located in Dover Plains, close to the Metro North Train Station. It offers a 1 BR apartment with separate access, great as an in-law suite or for rental income. Main portion of house features an updated kitchen and baths and hardwood flooring in the living room and dining room. Detached garage/ workshop with heat, a/c and office on 2nd floor. Offered at $275,000

CHARMING COUNTRY RANCH Lovely rural setting. 3.9 private acres of a fine mix of open and lightly wooded land. Beautiful stream w/small waterfall. Main level of home features a spacious country kitchen open to the LR, DR, 2 BRs, full bath, small deck and screened porch. The lower level w/ walk out offers 2 bedrooms, LR and bath. Several outbuildings and a one car attached garage with storage on 2nd floor. Convenient to TSP. Offered at $219,000

CHARMING CAPE Adorable home on the outskirts of Millbrook. 4 BRs and 2 full baths, including a 1st floor master. Large eat-in-kitchen with custom cabinetry. Cozy family room w/ beamed ceiling, woodstove and built-ins. Spacious, heated 3-bay garage. Millbrook schools. Convenient location, close to Millbrook & Dover train stations. Offered at $295,000

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Panoramic views of three states, next to 10,000 acres of state land, this architecturally fascinating 3 bed, 3 bath house has pleasing, flowing and generous spaces—and where else will you find an atrium where, in the winter, you can watch the snow fall softly into the center of your home? Soak in the views from the wraparound decking and inground pool. Home features a variety of spaces — library, office, sunroom — that can be configured to suit any variety of gracious or smart living. $940,000

Imagine the happy confluence of a Dwell House sensibility in a 1669 3 bed, 2 ½ bath Dutch stone house in a lushly-landscaped, fully-fenced private setting with an extraordinary inground pool and inground hot tub leading down to 390 feet of Rondout Creek frontage to slip your kayak into and paddle or drift for miles. The Johannes Van Wagenen House is completely refurbished, needing nothing further. Add a small, spring-fed stream, relaxing patios, and a restored barn whispering studio ... or office. Live in your own spa. $699,000

Location, location, location! No better commercial spot exists in the Saugerties/Kingston/Woodstock corridor than the 1740 Wynkoop House awaiting restoration, next to the NYS Thruway Exit 20, and Saugerties/ HITS/Woodstock/ ski areas interchange. Preliminary approvals in place for two additional buildings, lots of parking and two entrances. Restaurant/hospitality complex, offices, retail, come to mind. The proposed Winston Farms project contiguous to the property could be a potential goldmine for investors. $675,000



With panoramic, knockyour-socks-off views all the way down to Mohonk and the Gunks, this private, cedar-sided, light-filled 3-bedroom, 3-bath beauty is in move-in condition, with new hardwood 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! $475,000


Own your own waterfalls, the only one of its size — 40 feet — and kind on the market in Ulster County. It pours dramatically into a clear and beautiful pool, surrounded by rock outcroppings, streams and pristine native forest. Have complete privacy on this fantasy spot subdivided from a 100+ acre parcel, which will never be developed. Perc and approval for above-ground septic done. A dream spot if ever there was! $499,000


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Spaciousness, warmth and a true country feel are the defining words for this 18th-century Dutch stone house, with 5 bedrooms, 1 full and 2 half baths on 10 acres, now in the same family for 40 years, set on a quiet country road with a view of the mountains from the backyard. Among the highlights of the original, built-tolast Longindyke homestead is a big, friendly kitchen with original fireplace, a huge unique wraparound family room. Add many handcrafted details, a sweet guest cottage, gazebo, and a double shuffleboard court. Additional 56 acres available. $595,000

From the great room of this dacha, or “Russian second home,” with its authentic Art Deco details and massive stone fireplace, walk onto a terrace to step back into Old World charm and 1920’s “Catskill Splendor.” Featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 48 acres with breathtaking views of the mountains and the Plattekill. Creating a dynamic environment ideal for entertaining, solitude or inspiration, especially within its detached studio. Two deeded lots offer either investment or a true family compound. The perfect ski house for the winter pleasures of Bellayre. $599,000



Complete seclusion is yours within this 87-acre parcel with imposing mountain views, meadows, dramatic rock outcroppings and an islanded swimming pond for a grown-up Tom Sawyer. Secluded, yet minutes to both Woodstock and the Saugerties Thruway exit. So peaceful, yet vibrant with Nature. All the hard work has been done: graded gravel roads, clearings, underground utilities, and Board of Health septic approval. Hunt and fish; board your horses next door; and build your best sanctuary. Financing available. $995,000

A long private drive leads to this handsome custom designed Colonial and guest house with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains and Ashokan Reservoir Spillway. The well designed interior is highlighted by a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room opening to a cook’s kitchen, wide board floors and custom details throughout. The landscaped grounds feature a heated in ground pool and perennial gardens. The perfect property for the most discriminating buyer. $895,000

Welcome to Columbia County 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, only 5 minutes to Hudson and Amtrak. $2,495,000

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Majestic Hudson River View

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12 acres, huge pond, 2 zip lines, gorgeous meadows, amazing privacy. 12 magnificently decorated room w/5 BRs, 3 baths, 2 FPLs, CA, 61 windows & glass doors. Incredible mix of old & new w/every convenience! $995,000.


28 acres w/open meadows, woods w/trails, fenced organic gardens, stone terrace, 850 SF of decking. 1.5 acres dear fenced. Seasonal Catskill views. Solar electric. Stylish colonial home w/ a lovely K & 30 ft. LR. 3 car garage. $449,000.


Dead-end road, 4.64 acres, inground pool, guest suite, open floor plan, granite K w/7 ft. island. 15 rooms, 4149 SF, 4+ BRs, 4 baths, CA, 23 ft. FR w/ FPL, 2 offices. Light filled & immaculate. $649,900.

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w/meadows, woods, stone walls, & a stream. Complete privacy. Huge deck, 20 x 40 inground pool, amazing gardens. 3800 SF w/2 MBR suites, soaring ceilings, stone FPL & CA. Wonderful light w/ a southern exposure. Perfect retreat! $525,000.

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R H I N E C LI F F - O N - H U D S O N two blocks from Hudson & Amtrak. Double lot, 2 car garage, river glimpses. 1880 vintage, WB floors. $249,900.



for gorgeous views, this 3 BR, 2 bath one story is perfect! Oak floors, FPL, new K, FR, DR, MBR suite, huge deck w/gazebo. Close to Red Hook rec park. $274,900.


Quiet country road, 2 homes on one property. 4 BR, 2 bath architect designed colonial, 2 BR one story for rental or family. 2.51 acres. $295,000.

w/luxury features w/an hotel like inground pool w/cabana, hot tub, verandas, & amazing Catskill views. 50 ft. deck, 40 ft. porch, 936 SF game room, guest suite, 4 BRs, 2 full, 2 ½ baths, FPL, 3 car garage. 3.45 acres. $495,000.


4.48 acres w/dramatic Catskill views. Walls of glass, LR w/stone FPL, MBR suite, amazing stone terrace & walls. $329,000.


filled w/light. 3600 SF includes 4 BRs, 2.5 baths, DR, FR, 30 ft. library, vaulted LR w/FPL, heated sunroom w/skylights, amazing K. Inground pool, huge decks, oversized garage & 20 x 20 barn. End of quiet dead-end rd. $499,000.



Rhinebeck address, Vintage feel, wood floors, French doors, period woodwork & moldings, antique mantles. 5 BRs, 2 baths, 20 ft. DR, FR, glassed porch, quiet country road. $349,500.

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2.79 gorgeous acres w/stone walls & huge trees. WB floors, divided light windows, brick FPL, clapboard siding. Charming! $199,900.

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MODERN DRAMA / HILLSDALE, NY Excl. Modern lofty interior, magnificent gardens, exquisite pool, handsome barn, expansive views, attention to every detail. $1.25M. Web#3992161 Jennifer Capala 917.685.6925

1700’S CITY CHIC MASTERPIECE / HUDSON, NY Excl. Stunning Hudson River home. Thriving boutique bed and breakfast catering to “who’s who” in hip, happening Hudson. $1.22M. Web#8827702 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

WATER FRONT PROPERTY / CHATHAM, NY Excl. Listen for the crackling of the Kinderhook Creek. Main home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. 1800s barn modernized with all the luxuries of today, plus cottage. $895K. Web#9011081 Mary Stapleton 518.929.7783

ROMANCING THE COUNTRY / CATSKILL, NY Excl. Meticulous and tucked away on 22 acres on the Creek. Delightfully historic minutes to Hudson. $849K. Web#9081152 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

1800S JEWEL, 18 PRIVATE ACRES / CHATHAM, NY Excl. Meticulous restoration, perfect flow, dream eat-in kitchen. 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths, plus guest suite, 4 wood-burning fireplaces. $839K. Web#8505374 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

STUNNING COUNTRY GETAWAY / HILLSDALE, NY Excl. Privacy, open plan, 2 wood-burning fireplaces, views, in-ground pool. 2-car garage. $699K. Web#9091328 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

COUNTRY TREASURE / TAGHKANIC, NY Excl. Dream come true. Barn redux. Great space and details. Charming out building and pond. $595K. Web#1614629 Carolyn Lawrence 518.929.6199 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

MAGIC ON 42 HEAVENLY ACRES / TAGHKANIC, NY Excl. Excl. Must see, open 3 bedroom, 2 bath, heavenly screened porch, splendid gardens, trails and views. $495K. Web#8568859 Robin Horowitz 518.821.5509 / Nancy Felcetto 212.381.6554

CIRCA 1800 HOME / KINDERHOOK VILLAGE, NY Excl. Warmed by 2 working fireplaces with classic character of the original. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,363SF, shaker pattern built-ins, in-ground pool. Barn/studio. $449K. Web#8848339 Mary Stapleton 518.929.7783

PERFECT FUSION / CATSKILL, NY Excl. Custom built 4 bedroom, 2 bath gem. Den, chef’s kitchen, vaulted ceilings, and many extras. Lots of privacy, small lake, on 16 acres. Pristine condition. $399.5K. Web#8696593 Bruce Pace 917.370.0704

STATELY COUNTRY CHARM / HUDSON/CLAVERACK, NY Excl. Gracious and historic 4 bedroom, 3 bath. Spacious, 4 fireplaces, in-ground pool. Large cook’s kitchen. Period details abound. 2 hours to NYC. $379.5K. Web#9224480 Bruce Pace 917.370.0704

1875 COLONIAL / HUDSON, NY Excl. 4 acres with towering trees, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, hardwood floors. Close to Hudson, but far enough to give you the peace and tranquility. $369K. Web#9158622 Mary Stapleton 518.929.7783

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$5,900,000 GALLATIN

OWN YOUR OWN 391 acres of fertile land w/distant views to the west & to the east overlooking the beautiful Taconic Mountain Range. There is extensive road frontage located in the towns of Ancram & Copake on 5 roads w/high elevations & rolling hills. Presently being farmed w/2 houses & barns.


CIRCA 1850 COLONIAL beautifully renovated and restored with 4BR, 3.5 BA, WBF, 9’ ceilings & classic moldings. Also, 2BR guesthouse, potting shed, heated gunite pool with pool house, 2 car detached garage and 3 period barns on 27 acres.

$1,440,000 GALLATIN

SUNSET BOULEVARD. This 1987 Georgian Colonial home is situated above the Shekomeko Valley w/ spectacular views of the Catskill Mts. Enjoy tennis on the lighted Har-tru court & swimming in a heated 20’ x 60’ pool. Home has a large recreational room along w/8 bedrooms, sleeping porches & 2 dining areas. Beautiful sunsets.


$1,995,000 TOWN OF CLINTON

$849,000 RHINEBECK

THIS CRAFTSMAN STYLE gem is privately sited on

New England saltbox offers superb craftsmanship.

a secluded street just a short walk to everything in town.

Extremely well constructed w/classic styling & eye-

Lovingly & well maintained, the house offers a spacious

catching simplicity. Antique WBF, 3 FP, state of the

kitchen w/butler’s pantry, large LR & DR, 4BR, and HWF.

art kitchen & attention to detail throughout. Perfectly

Has expansive porches & is surrounded by lush plantings

sited on 5.71 acres.

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SPACIOUS MODERN loft like home newly renovated w/ over 3500 sq. ft. of living space. Vaulted ceilings, HWF, 2 FP, 5 BR & 3 BA. Plus a library, media room w/movie screen, central air, new kitchen, modern lighting fixtures & a 2-car garage. All on 5-AC w/a pond.

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


DESIGNED by William Poole, this 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA

Millbrook, NY 845.677.0505

Secluded 1780 Farmhouse includes 5BR & 4BA on 175 acres. First floor en-suite master bedroom w/FP. Spacious living with 5422 sq. ft., which is perfect for entertaining. Property also features 18th century horse barn w/11 stalls. Convenient to Rhinebeck & Taconic.

$1,295,000 MILLBROOK

CIRCA 1840 Eyebrow Colonial Farmhouse completely restored w/2 BR, 1 BA & 1930s 2-story addition. Wide board floors, beamed ceilings & high-end kitchen. Two- car garage, workshop, potting shed & large swimming pond all on nearly 90 acres of high land w/far reaching views.


Discover your work of art. The Wagner Estate

26 Balmville Road, Newburgh


Classic Colonial Eight Acres,Two Lots, Seasonal River Views. Possible Downing Landscape Plan. 6,000 sq ft Main House, 1830 Victorian, redone as a 1930 Colonial for DuPont Heiress. Eight Beds, Five Full Baths, 3 Carved Marble Fireplaces, Wainscoting, Fitted Cabinetry, Original Butlers Pantry, 1890 Sinks, Maids Wing, Central Air, Generator, Brook with Falls. 1000 sq ft Carraige House, Three Beds, Bath Over 8 Car Garage, Shop, and Store Rooms. Ivy Covered Limestone Pillars, Oak Alley Drive, Beautiful, Mature Beeches, Oaks, Tulip, and Yews. Impeccable Upstate Home.

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Patricia A. Hinkein Realty 19 Church Ave, Germantown, NY (518) 537-4888 www.hinkeinrealty.com Family Compound in estate location. Main house, 2 BR guest house, caretaker’s cottage, gunite pool with retro poolhouse, turn of the century barn on 9.16 acres. Main house features easy one story living with spacious vaulted ceiling FR, 3 BR/2 B, wood flrs, central air, patio. Pool house has an entertainment area with bar, baths & sauna. Detached garage. Pond. Views of picturesque horse farm & surrounded by protected land. $775,000

Custom built Victorian on 8.3 totally private acres. Charming house with over 2500 sq feet of livingarea features 9 foot ceilings, wood flrs, stained glass windows, french doors, fireplace, crown moldings, 3 BR/2.5 B, mediaroom, wraparound & screened porch, large studio/familyroom in upper level, attached garage. Seasonal Mountain views with a long tree lined drive. Secluded yet an easy walk to the village of Germantown. $ 375,000

Immaculately maintained Ranch on a quiet country road. House features wood flrs throughout, light filled LR, wonderful open Kit/DA with built-ins, 3 BRs, FR with fplc, 2 car garage, a covered patio open to the inground pool. Landscaped grounds. Plus a 2 BR mobile home for additonal livingarea or an income source. Quiet country setting yet close to school, park & town amenities. Truly move in! $259,000

Updated 1890 Four Bedroom Farmhouse with direct frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. Over 2100 sq ft of livingarea this spacious home includes a large Kit with diningarea, LR, FR, MBR with bath on the 1st floor, 3 good size bedrooms & bath on 2nd floor, wood floors, updated mechanicals, covered patio in the back with stream views. Spacious back yard. Potential mother-daughter with separate entrance. $199,000

STONE RIDGE ESTATE WELCOMES & DELIGHTS Approach this circa 1800 stone colonial, nestled on 29 private acres & step back in time. The original stone house has 3 working fireplaces. There is a sensitively designed open kitchen/ family room addition with a wood-stove. The structurally sound out-building with electric & a shingle roof has Guest-house/Studio potential. $1,100,000.

MIXED USE POTENTIAL IN HIGH FALLS GEM This 4 bedroom, 3 bath eyebrow colonial with character, original details, & spacious rooms comes with a fabulous 2,700 sq.ft. Barn/Studio with heavy duty electric making for great commercial potential. The unique combination of living and working spaces on this property is rare & special. $549,000.

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This sleek and stylish architecturally designed home has an open floor plan of 3,600 SF, featuring stone, slate and Brazilian cherry floors with radiant heat and central air. The living room has a dramatic high wood coved ceiling w/skylight, wood burning fireplace with a large English carved limestone mantle with claw feet; also a master bath with a Japanese style soaking tub. Each window captures views of the lake. A New York City type loft with 12 ft. ceilings on the lower level leads out to the lake. Four Bedrooms/3 full baths with a second master suite that holds a deco tub for two surrounded in marble; tennis courts, swimming pools, a marina, clubhouse, 24/7 security. Home currently being offered at $749,000. Receive this $40,000 price reduction during this promotional ad only. (Good until Jan. 7, 2014) Approximately 1¾ hours to NYC.

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This upscale brand new home features 3 BR, 2.5 baths, geo-thermal heating & cooling, a full basement & an expandable upstairs (1,000 sq. ft. of unfinished space not included in total sq. ft.) offers flexibility on a 1.6+/- lot. Beautiful tiled foyer, Kitchen w/ oversized granite island overlooking Great room with fireplace, dining room with tray ceiling & the BRs are all generously sized. Plus a large 2 car attached garage! $424,900

Splendiferous views, impeccable crafstmanship define the essence of this amazingly crafted home on a 1 acre parcel, yet only 1 1/2 hours from NYC. Utilizing exotic & indigenous stones & selected woods this domicile boasts 10 foot and 17 foot vaulted ceilings, large hand crafted window arrays & numerous and well appointed living areas. $499,000

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Fabulous 4 BR country retreat set on 4+ acres w/ seasonal views! Master bed and bath on the first floor with gorgeous Brazilian floors throughout. Get cozy with the wood burning fireplace on these chilly nights. Kitchen is wow with breakfast nook, gourmet w/corian, stainless & custom cabinets. $479,000

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Magnificent home sitting high above the Hudson with expansive, unobstructed river views! Features include a grand foyer, spectacular carved wall of windows in the Great Room, 1st floor master suite, a spacious kitchen & dining area w/ windows offering a full view of the river. Stunning 2,000 + sq. ft. lower level features a 40’ inground pool, spa & solarium, all with “to die for views”!! $1,250,000

Irene Pinto | Patricia Charbonneau

The clean lines and attention to sophisticated simplicity will charm you from the moment you enter this 5 bedroom 3 bath home. This home offers spacious kitchen with wonderful dining area. The floor plan flows and takes advantage of the beautiful Windham Mountain views through the floor to ceiling windows in the dramatic, yet cozy living room. $649,000

The Enclave Club Condominium is the ultimate Windham Mountain address! The Enclave takes advantage of its ideal slope side location at Windham Mountain with spectacular valley and mountain views. Call us for re-sale and rental opportunity.

Quintessential Family Home

Exceptionally maintained 8 bedroom, 6.5 bath on 5 acres in the heart of one of Windham’s finest areas! Light and bright living area with large windows open to lovely meadow and views of Catskill High Peaks and Windham Mountain. This spacious home boast 2 masters, 2 stone fireplaces, wood floors, Central air, security and much more. $1,250,000



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Beautiful Timber Frame, Slope Side Home! A gracious 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath family retreat! Enjoy the charming eat-in kitchen, the warmth of 2 floor to ceiling stone fireplaces in both the dining and living area. Watch your kids ski to the back door from one of the many decks. $1,850,000




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


www.helsmoortel.com 20134306

V I L L A G E H I G H R A N C H Village of Saugerties Convenience in the village!! Great 4bd / 2ba raised ranch in the village of Saugerties. Short stroll to village & elementary school, even shorter stroll to cantine field, high school, & hits.Hardwood upstairs and a great family room addition off kitchen. New roof, fireplace in lower level den. New trex decking off family room and a great above ground pool with additional deck! Great for entertaining. Master bedroom also connects to main deck. Beautiful landscaping. Watch the 4th of july parade from yard. Asking - $219,900


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

Country get-a-way off rt. 212 Directly between Saugerties & Woodstock! The long driveway offers you the privacy you want. 2 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 $245,000 21134306

H U D S O N R I V E R B LU F F Saugerties / Malden-on-Hudson

Luxury at its finest! Beautiful park like grounds, solid built brick ranch with all high end finishes. Slate roof. Natural light fills this home with large windows in every room, 9’ ceilings and cathedral throughout. Fireplace w/ gas insert. French doors, bluestone patio. New gourmet kitchen with all stainless appl’s. Formal dining room. Master bedroom with huge walk-in closet & master bath attached. Bedroom 2 & 3 offer oversized closets and windows. Walk up attic for storage. Central air, central vac, two car garage. Location is private, with the land to the east and south deeded never to be built on. Seasonal views of the hudson river is a plus in the fall and winter. Asking -$499,000


This unique custom contemporary ranch is situated privately on quiet cul-de-sac only minutes from the Mid Hudson Bridge. BRING YOUR BOAT! $799,900 OFFERS: 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, 2800’ on main level & 2800 on lower level with walk out basement. FEATURES: vaulted ceilings, surround sound,  central air, fireplace,hardwood floors, kitchen fit for Emeril w/granite countertops & all high end appliances,20x50 heated i/g pool, 3 Car detached garage with loft.  


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ARTS & CRAFTS FAMILY COMPOUND 1/2 mile Rondout Creek frontage with 24 acres. Main house with passive solar design, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, stone deck with water views. Two guest houses, heated saline pool, barn, add’l carriage house, garage space for 5 cars. Discover the diversity of the land on a mile of nature trails. Inviting gazebo with outdoor stone grill & prep station & fire pit. $1,600,000.

PRISTINELY RESTORED FARM HOUSE Very privately sited on 26 acres bordering Minnewaska State Park & close to Sam’s Point Preserve. Built in 1860’s with 1910 additions & many recent improvements providing all the modern conveniences. 5 bedrooms, 2 baths 2,500 sq ft, original wide plank hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, beamed ceilings. Bordered by the Palmaghatt Kill. Minnewaska trail access to Awosting Lake and Tillson Lake State Park are just a short stroll away. $1,200,000.

845-687-2200 www.nutshellrealty.com

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We’re very pleased to welcome agent Susan Barnett to our team.

Zena Farmhouse $550,000

A stately yet homey gem just minutes to Woodstock! This professional landscaper’s vintage 3 BR farmhouse comes with enough land to farm (organic spoken here!) and the greenhouses can stay if you want to start your own nursery business. Large, open rooms, high ceilings, gorgeous built-ins and original woodwork set the mood. Updated bathrooms and new mechanicals make this a carefree Catskills home that’s still just a couple of hours from the city. There is nothing like this in Woodstock for the price.

WEST SHOKAN, NY Rare offering just in time for buyers who want quality, efficiency, & luxury all wrapped up into one home. This modern gem by Lepore Design hits the market at a time when supply is extremely low & demand very high. Nestled perfectly just 15 minutes or so in between Woodstock & Stone Ridge providing the picture perfect setting buyers look for today, coupled with the convenience they expect. A top notch view from virtually every room, this sophisticated white stained cedar sided piece of woodland art is sure to please! Contact your agent immediately for a private viewing before this gets scooped up!


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DYLAN TAFT principle broker, owner

Family Heirloom $75,000

This rural village charmer in Halcottsville has a great history and an even better future. With a new roof, newer bathrooms and kitchen, much of the big work has been tackled. Repair the damage from a burst pipe, finish the repairs and claim your place in this peaceful Catskills hamlet by the eastern branch of the Delaware River. A short walk from the river but safe from flooding and well worth restoring. This historic country getaway will be in your family for generations. Realistically priced.

Susan Barnett Sales Associate

224 CHESTNUT HILL STONE RIDGE, NY 12484 845-687-9292



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CHOICE COLONIAL IN SOPHISTICATED AREA Located on a dead end tree lined street with median, feels like a hidden location. This charming 3 bedroom 2 bath home has hardwood floors, fireplace, family room with beamed ceiling, screened porch overlooking inground pool and two car garage. A fantastic Buy, So Hurry! $249,900


UPTOWN GEM! Absolutely charming, totally renovated home. Rocking chair front porch leads to a spacious foyer, new kitchen with granite counters, living room, dining room, tons of natural light, hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms and bath with walkup attic. Great house, Great price. $165,000



Zero Net Energy Homes

Now Being Built 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. Now being built by Greenhill Contracting, each home will be capable of producing more energy each year than it consumes. That means no Heat and Electric Bills!* There is still time to make some building and decorating choices!

Prices starting at $399,900 for 2350 sq.ft. 3BR/2.5Bath with full basement & 2-car garage! 2-10 Acres Lots.

New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes resonate with positive energy! High efficiency heating and cooling systems. Save Money and the Environment. Enhanced air-sealing and insulation. $23,500 TAX CREDITS now available to Buyer



845-340-4480 70 Main Street, Kingston, New York 12401

304 Wall St. Kingston NY 12401

Mary M. Orapello Associate Broker GRI, ABR

*ZNE is possible, but not guaranteed

CALL TODAY! 845-255-5634 www.GreenAcresNewPaltz.com


cell (845)590-0386

This is it! Great mother-daughter or single family colonial. In desirable Roosevelt Park -

$299,900 MLS # 20133441

Completely renovated upscale 4 family home located on the corner of Pearl & Green St. in Uptown Kingston. Walk to everything; restaurants, shopping, and farmers market! Available apartments include a 2 BR for $1,400 / month and three 1 BR apartments for $1,100 / month and brand new everything!

Fabulous end unit for rent features a 1st room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, and utility room all on the 1st level. 2nd level garage complete with garage door opener. $1,650 / month

This 3,000 sf, c1810 home in Red Hook, New York boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4 working fireplaces, a 3 bay two story garage and a thorough, high quality renovation with new heat, electric, plumbing, septic and insulation, as well as, the restoration of many original details. A large columned porch overlooking a beautiful lawn scattered with mature trees, an eat-in kitchen with double height ceilings and a master suite which includes a bath with clawfoot tub, tiled shower and double marble sink are just a few of the amenities. 1 hour 45 min. from NYC, 20 min to Rhinebeck or Hudson - close to Bard, Tivoli, local farms and some of the best restaurants and shops that the Hudson Valley has to offer. $590,000 3 4 5 WA R R E N S T R E E T | H U D S O N N Y 1 2 5 3 4 TEL 518•828•2041 | MARYMULL ANE.C OM

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Come home for Christmas in this 8 year old beautifully built home Colonial/Farmhouse with expansive views. This home boasts a spacious 2,772 sq. ft with 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths. Cook dinner in a state of the art gourmet custom kitchen. The baths are ceramic tiled. The floors are hardwood. There are two fireplaces to dream by. This home offers hospitality and privacy in a separate studio apt for guests or family. Sit on your rocking chair on the wrap-around front porch and watch the sun set on the Shawangunk Ridge. $479,000.

Contact Laurie Willow • Willow Realty 120 Main Street, Gardiner, NY • 845-255-7666 or 845-235-7511 • Laurie@WillowRealEstate.com


soaring ceiling in the Living space, a new contemporary Bath, and a wrap-around deck surrounding the pool. Feel miles away from the everyday world yet surrounded by the charm of Old Hurley Stone Houses, farm


stands, and an easy distance to the NYS Thruway. GEM OF A T OWN HOME-SIZED V IC TORIAN sits on a hill in view

of the Kingston City Hall. Victorian millwork is emphasized with it’s recent historical paint work. Jewel-toned walls, Bradbury and Bradbury trim and custom bookcases retain the vision of it’s


1878 builder.

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IN DE X OF A DV ER T ISE R S 3tarchitects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 A.O.K. Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 After the Barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Alfalla’s Well Drilling And Pumps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Alfandre Architecture, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Ashokan Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover Augustine Landscaping & Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Black Bear Hollow,llc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 BNI New Paltz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Brainard Ridge Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Cabinet Designers, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Chronogram magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Cord King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Domus Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Eagle Crest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Elizabeth Patrick – Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 ERA – First Independent Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Finch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gardens at Rhinebeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Gary Dimauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Gate House Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 George Cole Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 George T. Whalen Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Ghent Wood Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Glassbury Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Halstead Property Hudson Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Helen Coyle Bergstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Helsmoortel Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 HH Hill Realty Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Hotel Mountain Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hudson Valley Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hudson Valley Sunrooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 HV Skincare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 John J Lease Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Lawrence O’Toole Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Mahasukha Spa at Menla Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 MarkJames & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Mary Collins Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Mary M. Orapello - Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Mary Mullane Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Mercedes Ross - Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . 57 Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 New York Designer Fabric Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Northern Dutchess Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Northridge Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . front cover Old Ghent Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Orange County Golf Carts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Patricia A. Hinkein Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Patty Conti Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Paula Redmond Real Estate Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Peaslee Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Phinney Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Prudential Nutshell Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Red Cottage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Richard Miller, Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 River Rock Health Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Rosenberg Kolb Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Snorkel Hot Tubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Susan Barnett-Gary DiMauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Taft Street Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Kinderhook Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover Traditions Linens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Ulster Savings Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Upstate House magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Wendie Reid Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Will III House Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 William Wallace Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Williams Lumber & Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Williams Lumber & Home Center . . . . . inside front cover Willow Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Win Morrison Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47


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Upstate House, Winter 2013/2014  

The Winter 2013/2014 issue of Upstate House. Published by Luminary Publishing.

Upstate House, Winter 2013/2014  

The Winter 2013/2014 issue of Upstate House. Published by Luminary Publishing.