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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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

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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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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“Muddy Shoe” Tours Will Provide First Look at Newest Townhome Designs at Maple Fields in Middletown, NY

ext-daylight_600w-1481039899-5675Anticipation is rising for the upcoming debut of a new townhome phase that will introduce two new exciting floorplans to Maple Fields, the fast-selling residential community in the Orange County, N.Y.  City of Middletown.

To satisfy homebuyer excitement, Developer Baker Residential is preparing to host special “Muddy Shoe” tours of townhome buildings under construction in the latest housing phase.  The guided tours – expected to be scheduled shortly – will offer the first look into the new two-bedroom layouts being unveiled at the community.

Purchasers clamoring at the opportunity to see the homes for themselves can call the Maple Fields’s sales office at 914-461-9208 to reserve their spot on the “Muddy Shoe” tours. Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Renting Your First Home

how-to-rent-your-first-apartment-2-768x512Renting a property isn’t always as straightforward as you might think, and there are several important considerations when starting your search for somewhere to live. Some dos and don’ts are worth observing:

Don’t rush – it’s tempting to jump at the chance of renting a property you really like the look of, but take your time and go through the following dos and don’ts carefully.

Do check the location is right for you – is the property in the best location to meet your needs? How close is it to your workplace? How good are transport links? Are the amenities you desire within easy reach?

Research the neighborhood as far as you can. Use a map resource such as this one to start, then ideally visit it and take a thorough look round and check out the whereabouts of amenities.

Do set a budget – rentals obviously vary by type of property, location and by specific area. You may have to budget for higher rentals if you have to – or simply want to – live in a specific part of the country. For example, San Francisco or New York would be at the higher end of the scale.

To get a feel for rentals by area and types of property available check out online resources. For example, if you’re looking in the Houston area you can use a resource such as ForRent to search for suitable properties in this thriving Texan city.

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Maple Fields in Orange County’s Middletown Ended 2016 on a High Note

ext-daylight_600w-1481039899-5675Maple Fields in the Orange County City of Middletown finished 2016 on a high note with more than 70% of its initial offering of 196 value-packed townhomes sold.

Demand has remained strong at the suburban community in the early part of 2017 as young families energetically respond to the opportunity to achieve the “American Dream” of homeownership at very attractive pricing.   To accommodate the rise in buyer interest, developer Baker Residential is moving forward swiftly with site work on a new housing phase that will soon bring two exciting new townhome floorplans to Maple Fields.  The new collection of homes is expected to begin sales in the first quarter of 2017.

“We experienced tremendous sales velocity the past year with buyers embracing our spacious three-bedroom designs,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential.   “However, we also had a number of prospects express interest in purchasing a two-bedroom layout.  We decided to include new two-bedroom floorplans in our next townhome release to even further broaden the appeal of Maple Fields to first-time homebuyers.” Continue reading

More millennials buying homes without parents’ help

2017-01-11_10-49-39Younger homeowners are increasingly buying first homes, without the Bank of Mom and Dad.

Sometimes they go it alone out of a desire for independence; sometimes it’s a reflection of their parents’ financial realities. Whatever the reason, area real estate agents say the trend speaks well of millennial homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials were the largest generation of homebuyers in 2015 at 35 percent, and 67 percent of them were first-timers. The association’s 2016 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” report notes that the second-most popular way for first-time buyers to finance their down payment was a gift from a relative or friend, at 24 percent – a drop from 27 percent in 2015. (Savings was the preferred choice among 76 percent of respondents.)

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‘Quick Move-In’ Homes Help Buyers Fulfill New Year’s Resolution at Maple Fields in Orange County’s Middletown

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Tremendous buying opportunities still remain at Maple Fields for the many young families and professional couples who have excitedly made buying a home their primary New Year’s resolution.

The collection of upscale three-bedroom townhomes in the Orange County, N.Y. City of Middletown currently offers an inventory of “Quick Move-In” homes with occupancy dates just 30-90 days after purchase.  This means first-time buyers entering the housing market can not only realize the dream of homeownership in early 2017, but also be residing in their new suburban address well before spring.

Including in the “Quick Move-In” townhomes is a 2,329 square-foot Wallkill design available immediately.  The Wallkill home is perfect for a growing family with an open layout boasting kitchen with breakfast area, living room, dining room, master suite with lavish master bath and walk-in closets in every bedroom.  There’s also an outdoor deck or patio and two-car garage. The home is priced from $316,440.

“The ‘Quick Move-In” homes at Maple Fields are perfect for those who want the New Year to start with a new and exciting milestone,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.   “Buyers can purchase a brand new home that’s well within their budget, close quickly, and be living in their dream residence in just a few short weeks.”

In all, three townhome designs are offered at Maple Fields, priced from $275,400.   Residences range in size from 2,274 to 2,329 square-feet of living space and provide a long list of upgrades in the purchase price, including 2 ¼” prefinished hardwood flooring on the first floor, gourmet-inspired kitchens with breakfast nooks, stainless steel kitchen appliances including the refrigerator, attached two-car garages, finished basement, and washer and dryer.

“We also have a select number of premium homesites which back directly up to a wooded 13 acre-plus conservation area that has been dedicated and can never be disturbed,” says Ms. Bauer.  “These townhomes also offer expanded decks and walkout basements, priced from $281,900.”

Residents at Maple Fields also have access to on-site recreational amenities, including a community clubhouse, tot lot, 1/2 basketball court and a sparkling outdoor pool.

Maple Fields’ is ideally located within close proximity to Route 17, Route 84, the New York State Thruway and express buses and trains into Manhattan.

The Maple Fields sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information on the community, please call 914-461-9208 or visit http://www.maple-fields.com.

About Baker Residential

Baker Residential, a White Plains. N.Y.-based family owned and operated real estate concern which has created hundreds of new home communities of great distinction and uniqueness that are home to thousands of families in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. The company was formed five decades ago based on a commitment to quality, excellent personalized customer service and creativity in each home design.  This mindset has enabled the company to Homes themselves provide “A Difference You Can See.”