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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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Friday, March 1, 2019

Indian Ridge Campground For Sale

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For 50 years, family-owned and operated Indian Ridge Campground has been a Catskills-based sanctuary for lovers of the outdoors. The campground has served as a cornerstone for many childhood memories, as the same families have been returning for generations. "Indian Ridge is a big, happy family," explains John VanDenburgh, who has owned the campground since 2007.

The 42.74-acre property, situated 10 minutes north of the Village of Catskill in Greene County, has been meticulously maintained, boasts 70 sites for both camper/RV and tent camping, as well as two rustic cabins and a three-bedroom chalet. Indian Ridge is the type of trusting, tight-knit community where regulars know their neighbors and leave their campers and RVs parked on-site year-round. With low turnover and high demand, the campground currently has a waiting list of campers to get in, looking to relax and enjoy the peaceful tranquility.

When VanDenburgh first saw the campground, he decided he was going to live there. "I wanted to be a camper," he says, which is easy to do for the campground's next owner, too, thanks to the inclusion of a three-bedroom house.

"This is a fabulous business opportunity with a high return on your investment," says Cheryl Nekos of Win Morrison Realty. Indian Ridge campground also comes with facilities—restrooms and showers, laundry room, recreation/game room, and a convenience store. During their stay at Indian Ridge, campers can swim in the pool, chat on the decks and patios, play horseshoes on the shared lawn, paddle boat around the lake, and play tennis or basketball. Or, they can simply kick back and enjoy their wooded, private campsite, deep in the heart of the Catskills.

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Port of Call: Catskill Point Marina and Restaurant For Sale

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If you stand at the tip of Catskill Point facing east, the Hudson glimmers in the foreground as Olana rises on the opposite shore. Turn west, and you'll see the wispy top fringe of the Northern Catskills across the Catskill Creek. It's a breathtaking panorama, and one property in particular benefits from this rarified vantage point.

Port of Call is a recently renovated waterfront restaurant in Catskill, which recently came on the market for $1.6 million. The glass-enclosed main dining area provides an all-season vantage point of river and creek, and in the warmer months diners can relish 360-degree views from the 2,800-square-foot rooftop deck. All told, Port of Call has capacity for over 200 patrons, making it a possible wedding reception space with unmatched views.

The property is being sold with all its equipment, including a brand-new kitchen and appliances, as well as the marina, additional outbuildings, and parking for over 50 vehicles.

Catskill Village, Up-and-Coming

"Catskill is one of the last affordable towns within two hours of New York City," says Greg Berardi of Win Morrison Realty. In fact, he continues, "Catskill has been bursting with life in the last 12 months. There are no vacant storefronts in the village anymore, and prices are up about 20 percent in the last year." Why the growing interest? Berardi attributes part of the growth to the village's central location. "[Catskill is] 12 minutes from Hudson, two hours from New York by Amtrak or the Thruway, and an easy commute to Albany." Couple that with an historic, walkable Main Street and waterfront charm, and it's easy to see why a sense of urgency surrounds the notion of investing in Catskill.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Halter Associates Realty: Kinder, Gentler Real Estate

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When Lisa Halter started her own real estate agency in 2014, she did it with a clear mission—to open a "kinder, gentler real estate office." She brought over 15 years of experience in Hudson Valley real estate and a forward-looking approach to Halter Associates Realty. In just four years, the company has expanded to 27 agents. In addition to their empathetic, client-centric ethos, Halter agents leverage advanced digital marketing capabilities and hyper-local market knowledge to buy and sell faster and smarter.

Halter's experience isn't limited to the realm of real estate. Prior to selling homes, she worked for over two decades in digital marketing and graphic design, earning awards for campaigns in London and New York City. That digital marketing edge and keen eye for design aided Halter in meeting the modern demands of clients once she broke into real estate.

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Halter has no plans to rest on her laurels now that Halter Associates is thriving. Her long-term goal "is to continue to grow and serve our community, and our agents, while maintaining an open line of communication with our buyers and sellers," she explains. Halter understands that buying or selling property often accompanies a major life change, which needs to be handled with care. "It's all about transitions in our lives, whether it's a household growing with the birth of a child or the death of a loved one," Halter says. "Although we are in sales, we need to be so much more for our clients, to help them through their life changes in a thoughtful and meaningful way."

433 Tongore Road, Kingston:

A Marbletown Modern/Country Marvel

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Ulster County real estate is the bread and butter of Halter's business, and thanks to the area's abundance of natural beauty and charming towns, it's an easy sell. Marbletown is one such picturesque community. Situated less than 20 minutes from Kingston, Marbletown encompasses the hamlets of High Falls and Stone Ridge, known for their idyllic locales along the Esopus Creek, farm and flea markets, wellness centers, dreamy B&Bs, and Stone Ridge's Main Street Historic District.

This country-meets-modern home is on a quiet country road just down the street from the Marbletown Town Park, with its pavillion, playground, and soccer fields. Originally built in the 1940s, the three-bedroom, two-bath cottage sits on 2.5 acres of land that's a slice of Zen-like paradise perfect for relaxation.

The grounds include a brand-new heated, saline pool with a retractable cover, a six-person hot tub on a bluestone patio, a cedar outdoor shower, a koi pond, fire pit, and organic garden with raised beds.

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That's just outside. The 1,886-square-foot interior features a host of modernized amenities, including a custom kitchen with granite countertops, a butcher block prep island, stainless steel appliances, and a wine cooler cabinet. The open-concept floor plan smoothly combines kitchen, dining, and living areas, and is well-suited for entertaining, with cedar plank and hardwood floors throughout. The first floor includes an screened-in porch, as well as a laundry room and additional full bath.

On the second floor, the master bedroom is an oasis within the home, separated from the rest of the rooms and adjoined by a private meditation room. All three of the home's bedrooms are bathed in sunlight from skylights and large windows. Throw open the sliding glass doors, step out on the wrap-around deck in full view of the new pool, and consider yourself at home.

Listed at $659,000, this is a turnkey haven with every indoor and outdoor luxury you could want. Visit the Halter Realty Associates website for more information.

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Win Morrison Realty: A Legacy of Potential

Gravitas and Charm in Kingston

53 Allison Court
  • 53 Allison Court

"Kingston is the best kept secret in New York State," declares the Hudson Valley's doyen of real estate, Win Morrison. He would know. As owner and founder of Win Morrison Realty, he has nearly 40 years of experience in the local real estate market. Since the '80s, his agency has thrived selling and developing properties in Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. Although Morrison has extensive expertise and experience throughout the region, with established offices in Kingston, Woodstock, Saugerties, Phoenicia and Catskill, he's chosen Kingston as his home base, both working and living in the historic Uptown district. "The restaurants, the theater, and the art in Kingston, as well as the surrounding areas, are really equal to none," he explains. The town's unique history as the state's first capital and its ties to the Hudson River add gravitas to the city's already plentiful charm.

Having had a hand in the resurgence of Kingston over the past thirty years, Morrison knows its history—and its potential—like the back of his hand. He sees the entire city, from the quaint Stockade district all the way down to the working waterfront as ripe for investment. "The big positive has been the rejuvenation of Wall Street in Uptown, Broadway in Midtown, and the Rondout," he says. Morrison is especially proud of helping to spur the rejuvenation of the Stockade in Uptown, bringing investment and renewal from outside to polish a gem in Kingston's crown of neighborhoods. "Because of its historic value, we sold many of the buildings Uptown and were able to increase the value of the properties by finding buyers and investors outside of the area," he explains, adding that he also "sold just about everything that was on the waterfront" as well.

Within a city of untapped potential, Morrison sees both the waterfront and north Kingston as particularly under-developed."The area between Kingston and east Kingston is prime for more high-end development," he surmises, and the river frontage formerly known as the Brickyard and Sailor's Cove are "prime, prime, prime locations." In fact, he says, "the Kingston waterfront is virgin territory."

53 Allison Court

The backyard at 53 Allison Court
  • The backyard at 53 Allison Court

Kingston is also perfect for high-end contemporary residential development. Win Morrison Realty's listing at 53 Allison Court is a beautiful example of the area's affordable luxury. Located near the Hillside Acres section of Kingston, this private mini-estate has five bedrooms and three baths, soaring high ceilings, and wood floors. Sleek quartz and stainless steel finishes complete an open plan kitchen with modern appliances. Built in 2002 the property also features a pool, garden and cabana, exemplifying how Kingston offers unparalleled country living within a short drive of an vibrant urban arts, culture, and culinary scene.

53 North Front Street

53 North Front Street
  • 53 North Front Street

With a historic flair that typifies the Stockade district's character, this c.1900 flat-roofed building is a great example of the city's commercial potential. Ornate corniced eaves set off the roofline, with decorative windows and a street-level portico below. The three-story building is also well-positioned in the heart of Uptown's bustling shopping district to be at the forefront of the city's revival. The building's mixed-use format, with a restaurant, office, and storefront at street level and four apartments above, exemplifies the work-life balance most people strive to achieve. Morrison jokes, "In two more years, there's not going to be anybody left in Brooklyn, because they're all moving up here."

Visit the Win Morrison Realty website for more information on these or other properties.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The State of the Hudson Valley Real Estate Market

Tips for Securing A Home in this Competitive Marketplace

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As the tide of people moving to the Hudson Valley continues to swell, the effects are seen in many ways—Main Streets revitalized, restaurants opened, businesses launched. The real estate market, too, reflects the change, having transitioned from a buyer's market, where housing stock was plentiful, to a tight seller's market, where multiple offers abound and the competition may be fierce between buyers.

"There are a lot of very uncomfortable buyers and sellers. It's a new market situation. It hasn't been like this in over a decade," says Harris Safier, former CEO of Westwood Metes & Bounds (now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices–Hudson Valley Properties). "A full price offer is no longer a guarantee. The seller might have a dozen or so people lined up to see the house, so they will want to hear from everyone before making a decision."

With 41 years of real estate experience under his belt, Safier offers advice for securing a house in this competitive climate.

1. Use a knowledgeable buyer's agent who has the experience to a handle multiple offer situations. The skill of the buyer's agent can make the difference in getting the house or not.

2. At the beginning of your search, ask your agent about the state of the market, multiple offer scenarios, and tips for being successful at acquiring a house in this climate.

3. When you've found a property you love with multiple offers on it, ask your agent to find out what, if anything, besides price is important to the seller. (Sometimes it's a cash offer, the date of a closing, waiving an appraisal, or delayed occupancy.) Learning the seller's plans might help you hit their "sweet spot."

4. "Pending" is not the same as "Sold." When a property is marked as "pending," a skilled buyer's agent will find out the exact state of a transaction and explain all the possible scenarios to their client. Some buyers choose to be aggressive, making an offer when one has already been accepted or when entering a bidding war. In either case, your agent should offer tips which might help the seller view you most favorably. Other buyers may choose to back away. It should always be up to you, the client, to decide how to proceed. A good buyer's agent provides all the information so you can make your best choice.

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Workshop: Intro to Chinese Brush Painting @ Pelham Art Center

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