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Hudson Valley homes are set in an ideally balanced location—it’s an easy commute to the city, but it’s also far enough away to enjoy nature and the outdoors. The cultural diversity of the Hudson Valley towns and cities complement the serene natural setting, with mountains, rivers, lakes, and trails. Local residents enjoy homes and properties that range from historic buildings to modern houses with innovative architecture and design. Hudson Valley real estate is sought after for its spacious, comfortable, and distinctive homes.

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Space 428: Choreographer Jonah Bokaer's Church of Dance in Hudson

Space 428: Choreographer Jonah Bokaer's Church of Dance in Hudson

Choreographer Jonah Bokaer transforms a church into Space 428 in Hudson.

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How to Grow a Victory Garden

Tips from Doug Muller at Hudson Valley Seed Company
During World War II, an estimated 20 million victory gardens produced more than 40 percent of the vegetables grown for that year’s fresh consumption. With the COVID-19 outbreak putting strains on the supply chain, and restricting people's movement, it may be time for a return to the victory garden movement. Here are some tips for how to plan and plant your victory garden from Hudson Valley Seed Company cofounder Doug Miller.

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Little Poland in the Catskills

A Zakopane-Style Chalet Near Hunter
Swapping the Carpathians for the Catskills, Benjamin Laroux’s Zakopane-style chalet brings the vernacular of the Southern Polish Highlands to upstate New York.

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Green Acres: A Primer on Purchasing Land

Lisa Halter of Halter Associates Realty shares a few tips on buying land.

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Art Forms Architecture: Grigori Fateyev's Poetic Approach to Space

Architect Grigori Fateyev is behind some of the most innovative new construction in the Berkshires, taking architecture's basic components and interrogating them to design spaces that elevate the human experience. He loves to surprise, and his methods are 100% sustainable. "All good architecture is green building, he says. "If it's not, what are you even doing?"

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The Pride of Rosendale

Trans Resident Angie Bouros Responds to Bigotry by Turning Her Home Into a Symbol of Acceptance
Over the course of two years, transgender Rosendale resident Angelina Bouros received four threatening and discriminatory letters for hanging the LGBTQ pride flag on her house. The threats culminated in the killing and dismemberment of her cat, after which Bouros decided to paint her house rainbow-colored to send a clear message that she would not be intimidated.

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Pacama Handmade: Traditional Woodworking in a Modernist Context

Sleek, Timeless Hudson Valley Furniture, Handcrafted to Your Specifications
In a workshop in the foothills of the Catskills, Cedric Martin draws on inspiration from his Amish country roots and his love of modern art to create Pacama Handmade Furniture. The designs are his babies—but the size, color and finish are up to you.

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The Five Best Historic and Rustic Lodges in Hudson Valley

Discover the coziest hotels and resorts in the region, with prime access to the area’s attractions.

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An Acre of One’s Own

Artist Jean Feinberg Finds a Muse in a Neglected West Taghkanic Property
Painter Jean Feinberg gives new life to a one acre compound of dilapidated buildings and forlorn gardens in West Taghkanic, which, in turn, revitalizes her.

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A Star Reborn: Borscht Belt-era Starlite Motel in Kerhonkson, NY Gets New Life

The Starlite Motel’s retro neon sign stands alongside Route 209 in Kerhonkson, NY just as it has since the lodge’s inception in the ’60s. In this new era of upstate tourism, the Borscht Belt-era roadside lodge is making a comeback with a fresh update and laidback, personalized touches that cater to the modern traveler who wants to explore the dining, outdoors, and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley.

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Sweet (Day) Dreams: 4 Upstate Rentals Ready for Your Spring Escape

With warm-weather vacation season just around the corner, we rounded up four vacation properties in the Hudson Valley and Catskills from New York Rental by Owner Vacation Rentals, which offers homeowners all over the state direct access to guests looking to book their next getaway.

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(Mini) Cabin Fever: Aspiring Upstaters Will Flip Over Catskill Farms' New Small Homes

When it comes to the available properties upstate, there’s a shortage of reasonably priced new or well-maintained homes. That's why Sullivan County-based design/build firm Catskill Farms is bringing back their line of compact 800 to 900 square-foot layouts. And just like the rest of Catskill Farms’ houses, they boast a trademark blend of rustic charm and minimalist, contemporary design.

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A Mid-Atlantic Glassblower Finds a Warm Hudson Valley Welcome

Niche Modern's New Head of Production Pierre Bowring Brings His Craft to Beacon
It was a long and winding road that brought Pierre Bowring to glassblowing—first as a hobby and then as a profession—and it would take few more switchbacks and detours before he finally landed in Newburgh last year with his printmaker and book artist wife, Jeanne didid, working as the new head of production for high-end lighting brand Niche Modern. In addition to preparing for his first child, in his spare time the glass blower is working on line of artisanal barware, which he sells through his online shops, a few choice retailers, and soon at local makers markets.

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(Pre)fabublous: Ingrained Building Concepts Specializes in Energy-Efficient Timber-Frame Homes

Twenty years after founding his own Hudson Valley-based contracting company, Jason Jones has grown it from smaller jobs to full-service custom home-building, projects and acclaim flowing his way. A perpetual student, he says it's the holistic approach to each project that's key to his success: Even, or especially, as the boss, you keep that toolbelt on.

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The Elements of (Modernist) Style: The Flat Roof’s Lasting Impact on Contemporary Design

A flat roof is one of the most economical choices you can make when building your home—and you have the greats of modernist architecture, like Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, to thank.

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The Talented Christin Ripley: A Master Ebru Marbler in Catskill

An Ancient Artisanal Textile Technique Finds a Home in the Hudson Valley
In a Catskills shop ans studio, a Cooper Union-trained mistress of the marvelous art of marbling is busy helping build the community as a maker's hub and re-inventing the pillow. "The artists were the original gentrifiers," she says. But Christin Ripley, proprietor of Hand Printed & Sewn Here and Christin Ripley Studios, looks more like a revitalizer thn a gentrifier from where we sit.

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Catbird Cottage: A Hudson Valley Farm-to-Table Airbnb Experience

Chef Melina Hammer and photographer Jim Lafferty have tapped into their talents to create a meal-centric, farm-to-table Airbnb experience.

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4 Luxury Home Rentals to Fuel Your Hudson Valley Vacation Dreams

Looking for your next Hudson Valley getaway? Red Cottage Inc. is a local vacation home rental agency that specializes in Upstate houses that are a destination on their own.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Building Your Own Home

Jennifer and Pascal Smith Couti from Atlantic Custom Homes, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut's independent dealer of Lindal Cedar Homes, answer 5 questions they use to help their clients determine what they need when starting on a home-building process.

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Modern Family: Building a Shared Home to Meet Everyone's Needs

When Erik Schmidt and Sequoia Neiro decided to build a shared home, they spent time considering the needs of everyone who would live there—children and adults—and let the design grow out of that.

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Let There Be (Really Cool) Light: Workstead's New Architectural Lighting Collection

The team behind Workstead design studio consists of three RISD-trained architects. So it's no wonder that their new lighting collection, Archetype, which debuted November 1, have a structure-ly feel, with architectural references and proportions that are refined and functional.

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Lindal's Custom, Pre-engineered Homes: The Best of Both Worlds

Jennifer and Pascal Smith Couti, the new owners of Atlantic Custom Homes, the Hudson Valley dealership for Lindal Cedar Homes, help their clients create their dream home with a transparent budgeting process.

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A Midcentury Modern Temple: At Home with Musicians Hilary Davis and Jordan Moser

Musician-designers Hilary Davis and Jordan Moser build a temple to Mid-Mod sensibilities out of a Mount Beacon A-Frame.

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Improving the Guest Experience: Mohonk's Architect Offers Advice

Architect Andrew J. Allison and his firm AJA Architecture, which is responsible for the multiphase expansion plan at Mohonk Mountain house, offer planning and expansion support to the Hudson Valley's current and prospective inn-keepers and hoteliers to help accommodate the surge of tourism.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Tradition at Red Hook

There’s no exact definition for what the architectural structure of a “traditional” neighborhood should be. For Tradition at Red Hook, the plan was always to create a village-style community that was walkable, first and foremost, with access to local businesses and amenities while still fitting seamlessly into the landscape and farmland that’s been preserved around the development.

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A Heartfelt Anniversary at Woodland Pond

On September 25, 2009, a shared dream of became a reality when Woodland Pond opened its doors. At the area’s first—and still its only — Continuing Care Retirement Community, more than 1,500 people have lived at Woodland Pond, enjoying an atmosphere arranged to maximize convenience and joy.

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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. “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. “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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