Every now and then the New York Times real estate section sees fit to report on the "new" trend of city expats finding dream homes in the Hudson Valley. To Adele George of Northern Dutchess Realty, it's not only a familiar story but one she and her colleagues help write every day. "All of our top-producing agents are former New York City residents who moved up here to make a Hudson Valley life and bring that experience of the transition to the table when they're helping city people find the right second or retirement home," George says. "I lived in Murray Hill and worked in advertising and marketing. We have people from fields as diverse as publishing and social work. Rhinebeck's become an increasingly sophisticated town—I used to have to run to the city for my sushi fix—and our office reflects that change. We get what people are looking for, and clients become our friends. Most everyone was a professional and is bringing that expertise, along with their best selves—they're here to mellow out."