Two New Townhome Designs Generate Excitement at Maple Fields in Middletown, N.Y.

ext-daylight_600w-1481039899-5675MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A palpable buzz is growing at Maple Fields in Middletown, N.Y. where developer Baker Residential has introduced two new townhome designs to meet the needs of today’s first-time homebuyer.

The layouts, which have been unveiled in the community’s newest housing phase, include a two-bedroom Genesee design priced from $233,400 and a three-bedroom Croton home starting at just $248,400.   The residences provide the upscale interior appointments and finishes that have made Maple Fields one of Orange County’s fastest selling new home communities.  Homeowners receive nine-feet first floor ceilings, oak hand rails, designer kitchens with 42” maple cabinets and GE stainless steel appliances, lavish baths with Kohler sinks, fixtures and faucets and tiled floors and showers, second floor laundry room and one-car garage.

“These homes represent an opportunity to receive the luxury, comfort and appeal of Maple Fields at an incredibly attractive price point,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Baker’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “They’ve already generated a strong response and excitement from young couples and families eager to purchase their first home and enjoy ideal suburban living that’s well within their budget.” Continue reading

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Pop-Up: Post Road Brew House

2017-03-22_10-47-48At the Post Road Brew House, beer and fun are always on tap. Meet up with friends at this casual spot to enjoy unique CIA brews, local craft beers, Hudson Valley wines and spirits, and gastro pub fare that redefines deliciousness. From the Brew House burger to a hearty cassoulet and delectable salads, there is something to please everyone’s taste. It’s the perfect spot for a business lunch, break from sightseeing, or an evening of revelry. This pop-up experience will only be open from February 16–June 15 (dinner), and March 24–May 4 (lunch). Stop in soon, and often!

RENOWNED DESIGNER ERNEST DE LA TORRE AND ARCHITECT WALTER CAIN TO REIMAGINE EDWARD HOPPER’S BEDROOM IN HIS NYACK HOME

2017-03-22_10-07-26Through May, 2017

The Edward Hopper House is pleased to announce the restaging of Edward Hopper’s bedroom. The bedroom, in which Hopper spent the first 28 years of his life, will be transformed into a showcase designed in period style by Ernest de la Torre, listed as one of Elle Décor’s top 25 designers and featured designer in Architectural Digest, as well as Piermont resident and architect, Walter Cain.

The staging of Hopper’s bedroom is a fitting acknowledgement of the profound impact the space had on his artistic development. Growing up with a view of the Hudson River from his bedroom window, young Edward Hopper was inevitably drawn to its banks. He would spend hours at the village docks and shipyards, sketching and watching the building and rigging of boats. The activity on the river is captured in many of Hopper’s early drawings and paintings, and boats and seascapes remained common subjects in his art throughout his life.

Also central to his artistic development was the so-called “Hudson River light” of Nyack. The strong rays of morning sunlight streaming through the east facing windows of his bedroom would create shifting patterns of light and shadow on the floor and walls. Hopper incorporated these tangible blocks of sunlight into early paintings and many of his later masterpieces. Visitors to this showcase will be able to appreciate all the unique features of the bedroom that so inspired Edward Hopper and led him on his creative path.

Due to the historic nature of the house and other limitations, the second floor room is only accessible by the stairs.

 

Cost

free for children, $2 for students, $5 for seniors, $7 for adults

Location

Edward Hopper House Art Center
82 North Broadway
Nyack, NY

Additional Information

Phone

845-358-0774

Contact email

info@hopperhouse.org

Debut of New Fully-Furnished Model Marks Launch of Leasing for New Condo-Style Apartments at Southgate Middletown

SouthgateMiddletown model 2017MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Leasing is underway on the newest collection of upscale apartments at Southgate Middletown, where developer Sterling Properties is offering condo-style one- and two-bedroom residences with high ceilings, soaring living spaces and some of the largest floor plans in the Orange County marketplace.

Initial occupancy for the homes – which are situated in a three-story elevator building – is expected April 1st.  The apartment offering debuts with a new furnished model residence which dramatically showcases the exceptional and open interiors found throughout Southgate Middletown.  The two-bedroom home boasts a spacious master bedroom with walk-in closets and full master bathroom, eat-in kitchen, expansive living/dining room, second master bathroom, outdoor balcony and in-unit washer/dryer.

“These apartments are unlike any found in the Hudson Valley with an urban-inspired open concept that creates lots of natural light and a spacious feel,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Sterling’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “They’ve had tremendous appeal to today’s renter as evidenced by the fast leasing velocity experienced in our previous apartment phases.  We fully expect this latest offering of homes to be snapped up in similar fashion.” Continue reading

Catskill Jazz Factory Performances

2017-03-17_12-32-48Catskill Jazz Factory returns to the Fisher Center with four performances in the Winter/Spring 2017 season. A series of three unique concerts by emerging jazz artists celebrating the ties between the American and French jazz scenes, and a gala performance on May 13 celebrates the eclectic history of jazz.

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  • Fri. April 14, 7:30 pm Catskill Jazz Factory French Connection:  Whisper of a Shadow: An Homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk Featuring Evan Christopher (USA) and Yohan Giaume (France)
  • Sat. May 13, 8 pm Catskill Jazz Factory: Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz Featuring Chris Washburne, Evan Christopher, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, André Mehmari, and Special Guests

The Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

2017-03-16_10-05-48There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.

How this particular deficit might manifest in your life is an overall feeling like you don’t have a good routine down; like you’re always catching up instead of keeping up. Instead of being a consistently calm environment, your home functions in cycles, first into a chaotic mess and then—after the resulting tornado of cleaning—spotless but short-lived harmony.

In order to bring your life into balance, it can help to see a top-down, bird’s-eye view.

If that sounds all too familiar, you need to find homeostasis. And a routine that works for you. Read through some of these resources to see if you can figure out how to bring this part of your life back into balance.

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Ulster Festival of Dance

2017-03-09_12-03-57Ulster 34th Annual Festival of Dance at UPAC in Kingston

March 25 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm

An exciting celebration of dance, with performances featuring various styles of dance and top notch dance companies, showcasing choreographers and dancers. Produced by the Ulster Ballet Company. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $22 seniors and UPAC/Bardavon members, $18 children 12 and under and groups of 10 or more. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston. Box Office: 339-6088; upac.org; Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com

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maple-sugaring-tour2Orange County: Maple Sugar Tours at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

March 26 @ 11:00 am3:00 pm

Discover maple sugaring techniques on a Sugar Bush Tour, a one mile moderate hike through field and forest to the Sugar Shack (terrain and weather conditions dependent) at 11am, 1pm, & 2pm; or take the Maple Lane Tour at 12pm & 3pm, perfect for young children and a short walk from the farmhouse to the new Sugar Shack. Sugaring Off Celebration is Opening Day, March 4th, 11am-3pm with special crafts, games, treats and story telling around the camp fire. Admission. Call 845-534-5506 x204 for more information.  http://hhnaturemuseum.org/

More Homes Sold, Fewer Available

2017-03-02_11-47-28via The New York Times – According to data from the National Association of Realtors, the number of existing homes sold in 2016 was the highest in a decade: 5.45 million single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops were sold, up 3.8 percent from 5.25 million in 2015. The previous high, in 2006, was 6.48 million.

All but the least expensive homes (those priced up to $100,000) showed an increase in sales, with the greatest gains for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.

Not surprisingly, by the end of 2016 the number of existing homes for sale had dropped 6.3 percent compared with a year earlier, to 1.65 million — the lowest number since the National Association of Realtors began tracking that figure in 1999. Coupled with rising interest rates, that could make buying a home more challenging in 2017.

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