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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Mid-Century Modern Revival: To Many Millennials, Frank Lloyd Wright was Right

When architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Paul Rudolph first threw off the shackles of tradition and began building homes with flat roofs, large expanses of glass, and open floor plans, it was a revolution and a revelation for some, an outrage to others who felt that too many rules were being broken.

But, for a brief shining moment before tract housing and McMansions began to dominate the landscape, they were the thinking person’s alternative: houses that were carefully sited for intuitive passive solar, full of light and space to bring the outside in.
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“For a while people were just tearing them down, but people are seeking them out now — they’re the anti-McMansion,” says Ellen Hilburg, co-founder of the real estate resource Mid Century Modern Hudson Valley. “For some people, it’s a nostalgia factor. But Millennials are discovering them, too. It’s an aesthetic that appeals to people who are aware and environmentally conscious.”

Hilburg grew up in such a house, then studied art and architecture in San Francisco and then at the Art Institute of Chicago. That background, honed by decades of Hudson Valley real estate experience and a longstanding love of the mid-century modern aesthetic, makes her uniquely well positioned to help you find the perfect mid-century beauty for yourself.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MID-CENTURY MODERN HUDSON VALLEY
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“I track interesting mid-century modern homes, from Scarsdale up to Hudson, and help the people who love these homes to find them,” she says. “We work with contractors who are experts at retrofitting and renovating them without destroying the original vision. They’re inherently livable—light and bright, often on one floor. You can update the original large expanses of glass, redo the radiant heating in the floor, and add whatever cutting-edge amenities you love—the bones of the house, the basic design, will work with you and not against you.”

If you’re in the market for a mid-century modern — or just dig great architecture — head over to Hilburg's website, email her at eh.river@verizon.net or give her a call at 914-772-5858
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

4 Ways to Enhance Your Hudson Valley Home as Soon as You Move In

To close on the home of your dreams, you'll have to accomplish critical tasks including retaining an attorney, locking in your interest rate, completing inspections, addressing contingencies, doing your final walkthrough, and reviewing and signing the closing docs.

Lisa Halter, broker and owner of Halter Associates Realty, the largest independent agency in Woodstock, says there are myriad ways you can envision your home improvements ahead of time, and implement your plans as soon as the keys are in your hands. "While you're working your way through all the details that lead to closing day, it can be fun to dream about all the ways you can personalize your new home," says Halter. "We can also leverage our hyper-local knowledge and network to help you identify design pros and contractors."

On the market for the first time since its construction in 1988, this spacious and tranquil custom-built contemporary rests on 54 private, wooded, subdividable acres a half mile from Main Street in Rosendale. The nearly 3,000-square-foot rural retreat features an openfloor plan with hardwood and marble; expansive eat-in kitchen with an island and custom built-in refrigerator; three large bedrooms with walk-in closets and skylights; a massive basement with high ceilings and Bdry system; and an oversized attached two-car garage with storage loft. A rare find in a historic Ulster County hamlet, this home is priced to sell at less than $850,000.
  • On the market for the first time since its construction in 1988, this spacious and tranquil custom-built contemporary rests on 54 private, wooded, subdividable acres a half mile from Main Street in Rosendale. The nearly 3,000-square-foot rural retreat features an openfloor plan with hardwood and marble; expansive eat-in kitchen with an island and custom built-in refrigerator; three large bedrooms with walk-in closets and skylights; a massive basement with high ceilings and Bdry system; and an oversized attached two-car garage with storage loft. A rare find in a historic Ulster County hamlet, this home is priced to sell at less than $850,000.

While you're counting the days to closing, spend time browsing some design apps and sites for inspiration. "Some of my personal faves are Houzz and Elle Decor. I also use Wayfair a lot to source just about everything," says Halter. "And Artistic Tile is renowned for their unique and innovative tile designs." Here are just a few projects Halter recommends to spark your imagination and make your new home shine:

1. Paint and tile.

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Repaint the front door, trim, and shutters to not only match the home's exterior, but better sync with your style. Inside, create a mood with new window treatments or add custom tiling to the bathrooms and kitchen. "Using the highest-quality tools and materials will always pay off," Halter says.

2. Utilize the space.

In your new home, every empty room is a new opportunity. Check out some of the free design apps like MagicPlan to start thinking about ways to better use the space. After designing your layout, get contractor estimates to build a playroom or office, cut out skylights in the ceiling, or customize built-ins. If you're on a budget, you can turn the attic into a pillow room, hang an indoor hammock in the family room, or use reclaimed barn wood to install benches in your kitchen or dining room.

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3. Elevate the landscape.

Learn about what plants grow well in our climate, and especially which ones are deer proof! Consider consulting a landscape designer to turn your property into a place of recreation and relaxation. Build stone walls, patios, and walkways; install a gazebo, fountain, or outdoor kitchen; fence off an organic garden; construct a tree house; or add custom outdoor lighting to create a backyard atmosphere that feels like an extension of your new home.

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4. Tell your story with art.

Nothing distinguishes a home like hand-selected fine art, and art dealers do more these days than curate gallery shows—many of them represent private buyers looking to elevate their homes. The Hudson Valley has dozens of galleries featuring contemporary local art. If you're looking for more affordable options, spend your weekends hunting through antique stores, yard sales, and thrift shops for one-of-a-kind outsider art. You can even elevate your child's artwork with a high-end frame.

Take your time, observe what's missing, which parts of the home your family gravitates to, and let your imagination run wild!

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Embracing Nature and Modernist Design at Rhinebeck's Newest Residential Community, Brooklyn Heights Farm

When Christopher Dierig and Doug Maxwell first purchased the 200-acre former dairy farm that follows the length of Brooklyn Heights Road (named by weekenders from the borough), they knew the land, with its breathtaking vistas and close proximity to the village of Rhinebeck, was special. The land has inspired a limited collection of modernist homes in a community focused on conservation, embracing and protecting the land’s natural beauty.

“We love the story, and the land is incredible. So, we wanted to make sure we treated it with thoughtfulness and respect for the land’s natural features,” says Dierig, the registered architect of S3 Architecture, a New York based studio and the now-named Brooklyn Heights Farm residential community.

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Each of the four luxury, Modernist homes is one-of-a-kind and specifically designed to respond to the natural characteristics of the land, such as the mountain views, woodlands and water features while preserving sight lines and natural landscapes.

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Dierig and Maxwell, managing partner, purchased the property two and a half years ago and placed a conservation easement on it with the Dutchess Land Conservancy, which established a preservation focused plan maintaining open spaces with defined building footprints on large tracts of land. “We want to ensure the incredible natural beauty of these lands are protected for generations to come,” says Dierig.

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“The overriding theme is conservation and preservation of the natural features of the land and a focus on sustainable features,” Dierig says, which includes the use of locally obtained natural building materials, geothermal heating and cooling, and pre-fab and modular construction. There’s also an opportunity for renewable energy power including solar, wind, and home battery systems.


“Most important to us is the interrelationship between the home design and the land itself,” Dierig says.“

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The estate-sized homes are between 2,500 to 3,381 square-feet and sit on parcels that range in size from 16 to 26 acres. Three of the Brooklyn Heights Farm homes are still available and include three-bedrooms, two and a half to three bathrooms and a den and start at $1.55 million.


For more information, visit the Brooklyn Heights Farm website.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Stunner in Shokan: Views, Location, and Room for the Whole Family

For some, buying a new home is all about location, location, location. For others, it’s all about majestic views. Still others look for a quality-built home. But what if one home expertly combined all three? 

Located in Shokan, New York, just outside Woodstock, this 3,337-square- foot custom-built home comes with stunning panoramic views of the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Mountains. 

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“The home is built with quality natural organic materials, including solid wood, that give it a higher level of sophistication,” says Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Danielle Bonesteel with Halter Associates Realty in Woodstock. “It’s warm and inviting and the windows are oversized, so you can really appreciate the outdoors.”

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Built in 1999, the contemporary home sits on nine acres and has three bedrooms, high ceilings, a free-standing stone fireplace, radiant flooring, and a large gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances. 

“The downstairs is fully finished, which gives you additional flexibility,” says Bonesteel. “The home comes with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The dramatic entertaining areas and stunning cathedral-ceilinged stairway make this home even more inviting.”

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The lucky new owner of this masterpiece of a home will also be able to enjoy the nearby town of Phoenicia and the famous Phoenicia Diner, tubing and fly fishing on the Esopus Creek, Belleayre Beach, and the many hiking trails that the Catskills have to offer.

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Shokan is a rural area nestled in Ulster County’s Town of Olive: “It’s in close proximity to the Ashokan Reservoir, the newly created rail trail, skiing at several area resorts, and the many arts and entertainment options in Woodstock and Kingston,” Bonesteel says.

This beautiful home is listed for $1,299,000 and is available through Halter Associates Realty in Woodstock, New York.
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Make this Hudson Valley Playground Your Home at Grape Hollow

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Situated in total seclusion without a single neighbor in sight in Dutchess County, Grape Hollow is a Hudson Valley dream property: A renovated, rambling farmhouse with four bedrooms on 47.3 acres, complete with an in-ground pool and pool house, idyllic orchards, and a Tesla charging station in the barn. If this oddly-specific dream sounds like your oddly-specific dream, read on.

The Colonial-style farmhouse was built in Holmes in 1993 and recently renovated with exacting attention to detail. In addition to Italian limestone flooring, the 3,080-square-foot interior includes reclaimed wall panels, Carrera and penny bath tiles, and an open floor plan featuring a living room stone fireplace. Multiple gathering areas make this an ideal home for an avid home entertainer.

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Style and function combine in the home’s country kitchen with ebony cabinetry, soapstone countertops, and mini-subway tile backsplash. Take your breakfast and casual meals in the kitchen dining nook overlooking the lush yard and gardens.

Spa fixtures in the home's two and a half bathrooms and spacious, breezy bedrooms take the luxury levels over the top, making this house feel like a full-time retreat.

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Do you love to play in the dirt? Here, you can garden to your heart’s content. The 300-tree diversified orchard, syrup-yielding maple trees, and big greenhouse mean you can bring farm-to-table dining straight into your own gourmet kitchen.

Jill Rose, Real Estate Agent at Houlihan Lawrence, believes that Grape Hollow’s next owners will feel “connected to nature” on the property.

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“From the minute you enter the property and drive up the private drive, you'll see the fruit trees, gardens, greenhouses, the barn, all with a backdrop of gently-forested land,” Rose says. “The sellers did a fantastic modernization to the farmhouse, touching every surface with fine finishes.”

Located just five miles from the train station in Pawling, commuting is a breeze. The property is also convenient to Beacon, I-84, western Connecticut, the Taconic State Parkway, and a multitude of parks and acres of state land.


For more information on 62 Paine Road, Holmes, NY, visit the listing at Houlihan Lawrence.com, or contact Jill Rose, Real Estate Agent, at 845-473-9770 ext. 303, 914-204-0124, or jrose@houlihanlawrence.com.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

4 Things You Need to Do Before You Fall in Love With Your Dream Home

You've done the math and decided that you're ready to buy your dream home in the Hudson Valley. A loose image is forming of your rose-colored future life—veggie gardens and swimming holes, dinner parties and cozy weekends in front of the fireplace. You don't know where you'll find this dream house or exactly how you'll pay for it—yet—but you'll get there.

Since buying a home is one of the biggest life choices you'll make, even the early steps of the process can feel overwhelming. The team at Halter Associates Realty has helped countless people get from this crux decision point to a property they're thrilled with. They've shared their advice on exactly what legwork needs to be done before you can really start fantasizing about your future in that gorgeous Victorian fixer-upper or lakeside cottage you've been eyeing online.

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Assemble Your Team

For Lisa Halter, principal broker and owner of Halter Associates Realty, the natural first step is to find your agent. This person will be your ride-or-die in your buying journey, and beyond house hunt support, they'll ideally come with a list of trustworthy state-licensed home inspectors, mortgage brokers, and contractors that you can adopt as part of your crew.

"It's critical that your agent have local knowledge about the area that you've decided to look," Halter adds. "They should also be associated with a company that has a brick-and-mortar office in the area and full-time support staff."

Find A Local Lender

"Shop local" isn't just an altruistic community platitude. In real estate, there's a real benefit to getting a prequalification from a local lender to help you navigate the competitive market.

"We've found that the local banks and brokers have competitive rates and a great team of appraisers, underwriters, and bank attorneys who can turn around a loan in a very short period of time," Halter says. "When using a national lender, they may send an appraiser from a completely different part of the state where home values are different."

Understand the Market

When doing your research, Halter notes that it's essential to understand the competition in your market, especially in the Hudson Valley, and to not assume that "any offer is welcome."

"If you really love a home, you'll want to make a reasonable offer and expect that the sellers will probably counter," Halter says. "If there are competing bids, you'll almost certainly have to pay full price or more. This is where having an experienced agent is incredibly valuable. Your agent can advise you on the best price to offer and refine the offer terms so they are most attractive to the seller."

Research Potential Communities

Okay, this part is a lot of fun. Zeroing in on the right Hudson Valley home means finding the right Hudson Valley community to fit your needs, wants, and lifestyle. Are you the outdoorsy type who wants hiking trails just minutes from your door? Do you love the arts, music, and culinary offerings of a place like Woodstock or Kingston? Or maybe you're looking for a way to launch your kayak from your backyard?

This is not only a great step for visualizing the kind of life you want to lead and the home to match, but also a great way to be an informed buyer and give your agent plenty of background information. "Even though it is a competitive market, it's still a great time to look," Halter says. "There are plenty of hidden gems, and it's worth the effort."

For more information on finding your dream Hudson Valley home, reach out to Halter Associates Realty.

One of Halter's FAVE listings: 70 Ray Brook Drive, Woodstock

The Halter Associates team is in love with this streamside Woodstock modern, with huge floor-to-ceiling custom windows overlooking the forest and stream. The super private location really calls out to them, packing a lot - of amenities into three acres. There’s a guest house, and a detached studio that will have artists and makers drooling. The main house has four bedrooms and three and a half baths’ worth of space guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. With custom-dyed wide-board hickory floors and ceilings, sleek, highend fixtures and appliances, you get all the outdoorsy vibes of being in the wilderness without sacrificing a single creature comfort. Added bonus: a solar array and a vegetable garden! - PHOTO COURTESY OF HALTER ASSOCIATES REALTY
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  • The Halter Associates team is in love with this streamside Woodstock modern, with huge floor-to-ceiling custom windows overlooking the forest and stream. The super private location really calls out to them, packing a lotof amenities into three acres. There’s a guest house, and a detached studio that will have artists and makers drooling. The main house has four bedrooms and three and a half baths’ worth of space guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. With custom-dyed wide-board hickory floors and ceilings, sleek, highend fixtures and appliances, you get all the outdoorsy vibes of being in the wilderness without sacrificing a single creature comfort. Added bonus: a solar array and a vegetable garden!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Gardens at Rhinebeck’s Development Readies for Its Grand Finale

For years, Rhinebeck has been an alluring community for residents and tourists alike. It’s home to such attractions as the Poets Walk, Burger Hill Park, Ferncliff Forest, the Wilderstein Historic Site, the historic Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn, antique marketplaces, art galleries, an independent theater and bookstore, incredible eateries and many mom-and-pop shops.


Because of its growth in popularity with those who want to call this quaint town ‘home sweet home,’ there has been an urgent need for newly constructed housing. Answering the call is The Gardens at Rhinebeck, which is now in its third, and final, phase of development.

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“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Gardens at Rhinebeck Developer David Silver says. “Our company has put 100 percent of its efforts into this project for the past nine years. We are so proud of the product that we have created, and the owners are thrilled with their purchases, making it easier to wind down.”


There’s still time to purchase a unit of your own. This final phase of The Gardens at Rhinebeck consists of 28 condominiums (of 76 built in total), including seven three-bedroom units. “This community offers an opportunity for people to downsize or age-in-place conveniently,” Silver says. “It allows long-time residents to stay in the area and enjoy homes that have been designed and built for comfort and easy living. But most of the available units have sold out very quickly.”

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The Gardens at Rhinebeck condominiums include solid-wood kitchens with high-end appliances, and many other custom options to pick from.


“The homes are built with energy-conserving ZIP System construction sheeting and open cell spray foam insulation that keep energy costs down,” Silver says.


They also include gas-fired tankless hydronic Noritz boilers which provide instant flow of hot water on demand, CAT 6 wiring for smart devices, a residential interior sprinkler system, Hardi plank low-maintenance clapboard siding, propane heating, underground utilities and municipal water and sewer.

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COURTESY OF THE GARDENS AT RHINEBECK
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Life at The Gardens at Rhinebeck includes the use of a clubhouse, fitness center, pool and tennis courts, as well as large paver patios for each unit. “Your low maintenance fees cover landscaping, snow removal, garbage pickup, building insurance, exterior maintenance and amenities,” Silver says.


Built less than a mile walking distance from Rhinebeck Village, the units range in price from $575,000 to $660,000. For more information, visit their website.
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Friday, July 5, 2019

History with Modern Flair: Gorgeous Uptown Kingston Victorian for Sale

Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of Uptown Kingston history? This 1850 Victorian combines the grand, historic details of the past and tasteful modern amenities to make an ideal space for history buffs that still love their creature comforts.


Located right on Fair Street and close to everything the area has to offer, the Boice House is the former home of Hewitt Boice, the owner of the quarry that provided the material for the Brooklyn Bridge. The street itself also features the Boice’s original hitching post and mounting block.

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“You won’t believe you’re right in Uptown Kingston, walking distance to the farmers market and award winning restaurants,” says Alexis Li, Associate Real Estate Broker at Halter Associates Realty. “This unrivaled home is unlike anything you will find within Kington city limits.”


In 4,464 square feet, this turn-key five bedroom, three bathroom home features four living levels with large light-filled spaces, original plaster walls, and high ceilings. There’s also two kitchens, five original fireplaces, and an insulated attic playroom—complete with curved pine walls, projection screen, monkey bars, and windows that guarantee lots of natural light.

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Finishing details include Greek revival moldings, hand carved wood railings, wainscoting, and posts throughout, a huge stained glass window, and newly sanded and oiled original wide quartersawn oak floors.

Still, each historic call-out to the past still manages to work in tandem with the modern features including lighting fixtures, heated floors, and a free-standing Jotul gas stove. The updated bathrooms also include a jacuzzi tub and open showers.

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If you’re in the market for a separate living space for guests or family (or the chance to have some extra income by renting a space out) this house also has a finished 1,088-square-foot basement apartment with its own entrance. The apartment also boasts a modern kitchen, polished concrete floors, and open layout, fireplace, and modern full bath.


If you have a green thumb or just love to entertain outdoors, you will fall in love with the enormous garden, the soothing swimming pond, and outdoor courtyard area (made with original Kingston Brick).

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“The current owners renovated a new cedar-sided addition which overlooks the garden and outdoor entertaining area,” Li says. “It’s just heavenly. French doors from the chef’s kitchen lead to a new blue stone patio. The outdoor amenities are unbelievable, especially for an in-town location! The fully-fenced garden sanctuary is complete with a free-standing sauna house, swimming pond, studio, in-ground trampoline, cedar outdoor shower, and cedar built-in banquet surrounding a bonfire. We’re really excited to present this new listing!”

If you're thinking 110 Fair Street might be your dream home, check out the listing and reach out to Alexis Li.
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

West End Lofts in Beacon, NY: A Hub for Artists

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Already a flourishing center for creatives, Beacon will soon up the ante with a brand-new, affordable housing development devoted almost entirely to the arts. West End Lofts, which is next to City Hall, features 72 loft-style apartments with 12-foot-high ceilings. Of these, 50 loft units will have a preference for artists. 

At West End Lofts, an artist is defined as anyone who practices one of the fine, design, graphic, musical, literary, computer, performing or culinary arts; or an individual whose profession relies on the application of the above-mentioned skills to produce creative product, such as an architect or craftsperson.

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Every aspect of West End Lofts has been thoughtfully designed and constructed. Resident artists will have access to a large community lounge, smaller and more intimate lounges, as well as maker/creative spaces that will be outfitted with drafting tables, work benches, easels, and whiteboards to encourage collaboration. The resident artists will also have ample spaces throughout the building to display their art. West End Lofts is sustainably designed and built and will be LEED certified. "West End Lofts will have stunning living spaces, but the common areas are what will be integral to the cultivation and inspiration of our resident artists' work," explains Sean Kearney of Kearney Realty & Development Group.

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There will be no lack of inspiration, either. The lofts offer sweeping views of the Hudson River through eight-foot-high windows, and the 12-foot ceilings ensure the lofts will have abundant natural light. The one-bedroom lofts will include roughly 800 square feet of living space, and the two-bedroom lofts will include about 1,000 square feet of living space. West End Lofts will also feature a live-in superintendent and an onsite management office.

The appeal of West End Lofts doesn't end with the design. Located at the west end of Main Street, the building is close to downtown Beacon's numerous restaurants and eateries, City Hall, city and county bus stops. It is also walking distance to the Metro North Train Station and Dia:Beacon. Lovers of the outdoors will enjoy West End Lofts' close proximity to Mount Beacon Park, Breakneck Ridge, Long Dock Park, and Madam Brett Park.

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West End Lofts is slated for completion this summer and is now accepting applications. The application deadline is June 14. Learn more about West End Lofts and apply at Westendloftsny.com, or follow them on Instagram (@WestEndLofts) for the latest updates.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A Contemporary Catskill Ranch for Sale

The Catskill Ranch is set against North Dome Mountain
  • The Catskill Ranch is set against North Dome Mountain

When the current owner of The Catskill Ranch bought the rambling house, it was to enjoy the countryside and spectacular views of North Dome Mountain. Located on three lush acres in Catskill, complete with pond, fields, garden, and pool, the 3,836-square-foot home was the perfect indoor/outdoor space to spread out. (Greene County's low property taxes were also an attraction.)

Built in 1975, the five-bedroom home was completely rebuilt and renovated in 2016. With the help of local firm Paul Alexander Construction, the home's exterior siding was replaced, and a new roof and septic system were added. All of the home's exterior doors and windows were replaced with Pella windows. A new beamed cathedral ceiling with a complete wall of windows offering breathtaking views of the woods and nearby Catskill mountains anchors one end of the home. There's also a new master suite with a private entrance.

The backyard features a heated saltwater pool
  • The backyard features a heated saltwater pool

To revitalize the interior, the seller collaborated with LaBounty Restorations, with an eye toward high-end finishes and a close attention to the details. Together, they installed hardwood flooring throughout the living area and sunroom, the bedrooms, and the ensuite bathroom. A stone walk-in shower adds a touch of high-end elegance to the home's contemporary interior. In the living room, a newly installed bluestone fireplace gives a cozy feel to the spacious, open area. The home's outdoor space includes a covered porch with a cathedral ceiling and a barbecue area, overlooking the slate in-ground pool.

A spacious, fully equipped chef's kitchen is the heart of the home, with room enough for extended family gatherings. There is abundant Shenandoah wood cabinetry along the walls and ample black granite countertops for preparing large meals, as well as a central kitchen island for chatting and chopping. A new stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven complement the cabinetry and countertops, and there's extra space for a full-length table and chairs, making it a full eat-in kitchen.

The dining room overlooks the backyard and mountains
  • The dining room overlooks the backyard and mountains

Over time, the owner also reconstructed the interior to be barrier-free and added several access ramps to the exterior. All on one level, the contemporary Ranch is completely, but subtly, handicap-accessible making it ideal for multi-generational living. There is also an attached two-bedroom apartment with its own separate entrance for guests, and a partially finished lower level that could add even more usable space. The remodel has resulted in the desired effect. "The home feels warm and welcoming, with plenty of room for everyone," the owner says. "And there are gorgeous mountain views from almost every room."

The great room offers lofty ceilings and a bank of windows.
  • The great room offers lofty ceilings and a bank of windows.

Ready to downsize, the owner recently moved back to her hometown of Woodstock. The Catskill Ranch, which she's been successfully renting on AirBnB, is on the market with Halter Associates Realty for $650,000. "It's been great for others to enjoy it until the new owners come home," the seller explains.

Learn more about this property and see the listing.

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18th International Conference on  Structural Biology @ Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital

18th International Conference on Structural Biology

Mon., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. — Structural Biology 2019 is a three day event consisting of a lettered...

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