Joan Lonergan, R.E. Broker // Owner

Joan Lonergan

R.E. Broker // Owner

Biography

I was born in Brooklyn and all my grandparents were Italian immigrants, so large family gatherings, lots of food and passionate discussions were my normal. Growing up I was an energetic kid who loved wading through the streams, wandering the woods and riding my bike in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York where my family settled. After high school I attended college and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and painting. I was married at 22 and still happily married 43 years later. Our first child was born in 1977 after we had moved to Brooklyn. Getting restless at home I decided to attend The School of Visual Arts in NYC where I learned graphic design and had a successful 10 year career in that field. 

In 1986 with two kids in tow we moved back to Ulster County and choose Woodstock NY. My husband Jim was in law school commuting home from NYC on weekends for 3 years, our children were 3 and 9 and I was a single parent all week while working full time and freelancing at night, it was really hard. In spite of the challenges we felt that Woodstock offered the community lifestyle we ultimately wanted and where we wanted to raise our children.

 

 

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The Start

I found myself naturally falling into the role of promoter and tour guide when city friends came to visit, I just loved the mountains, the small town villages and secret swimming holes. In 1988 I decided to get my Real Estate License and started my journey working for a sole proprietor, it immediately became my passion. My grandfather would say I had more nerve than brains because I started my own company only two years after I was licensed. I had one goal: To do the best job I could for every person I worked for. I sought out good hardworking people and encouraged them to become licensed if I thought they shared my work ethic. My company grew unintentionally, agents started asking me to come on board. I was very selective and had standards that I still hold today.

 

My Philosophy

I can boil down my philosophy to 4 mantras which are the cornerstones of my business. I repeat these to all my agents regularly:

1) Always Tell the Truth

2) Deliver on Your Promises

3) Don’t Pretend You Know Something You Don’t; Find Out

4) It’s Not About Us: It’s About Our Clients

 

Growth

My business has grown into the #1 Real Estate Company in Ulster and Greene Counties in the Hudson Valley/Catskill Region of NY State. We have offices in New Paltz, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Woodstock, Catskill and Windham NY. With 120 agents and 15 support staff, it is my extended family. I am the matriarch, I encourage and challenge everyone who works with me to reach higher, set goals, have fun and always go the extra mile, I believe anything is possible when you are laser focused.

"Gallery At Work"

My love of art has remained a constant in my life. All our offices are also galleries where I exhibit my own photography as well as the work of other local artists. In 2001, my husband and I designed and built our home in Woodstock where I have my dream pottery studio. I feel lucky to have helped launch so many wonderful careers in the last 30 years, and now I want to pursue artistic goals as well.


Community

I have been involved all my life in my community, I’ve been a civic leader, industry leader and political activist. I have a huge close family, my husband Jim and I have 4 children 10 grandchildren a ton of great friends. In preparation for taking a step back to enjoy the benefits of my life’s work in Real Estate, I have taken on an amazing partner Candida Ellis who is transitioning into my role as an industry trailblazer. She is a natural leader who I have no doubt will continue to carry the torch. Truly I am blessed. 

 


 

More About Joan

  • Me and Jim at Windham Mountain Fundraiser

  • Murder Mystery Theatre Benefit

  • Take Me Home Country Road

  • Agents in my Woodstock Office celebrating Halloween

  • Me & my mom back in Brooklyn, her old stomping ground

  • Dusk at The Ashokan Reservoir

  • Sailing on the hudson at sunset

  • My Hubby Jim Lonergan

  • On The Town

  • Looking at the Catskills from Saugerties

  • Favorite Places: Ski windham (photo couresy of windham mountain)

  • Gill's Farm in Hurley

  • White Pines, home of Byrdcliffe founder Ralph Whitehead, Who started a utopian community in Woodstock in 1902

  • Crossing a bridge in the woods

  • Poet's Walk, Dutchess County

  • gigi's trattoria in rhinebeck. try the minestrone soup!

  • Looking out my front door. I never get tired of the view!

  • Pottery by my brother Rich Conti master potter Byrdcliffe 2013

  • Ship to Shore in Kingston, yum

  • Favorite Spots: Stockade Tavern in Kingston

  • Favorite Places: Spiegeltent, Bard College

  • Favorite Places: Village Market and Bakery in Gardiner, NY

  • The Bear Cafe in Woodstock makes a mean pomegranate martini

  • The Catskill Forest

  • Favorite Places: Speigeltent at Bard

  • Upstate Films in Woodstock

  • Favorite Local Dinning: Lazy Swan Raw Bar - Open Seasonally

  • The Inn at Stone Ridge

  • Garden Cafe on The Green in Woodstock

  • Favorite Spots: Jack and Luna's in Stone Ridge

  • Brie & Bordeaux in Windham is an office favorite

  • Favorite Places: Crafts People in Hurley

  • Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Woodstock, New York

  • Kodomo Asian Bistro in Kingston has the best sushi around

  • Me & my best friend traveling the world taking pictures in Tibet

  • A bike trip with friends in Israel

  • Brokeback, Mongolia

  • Sleeping at Naadam, Mongolia

  • Matriarch, Mongolia

  • Spectators at Naadam, Mongolia

  • Children of the Steep, Mongolia

  • JC Penny photo-op at Karakorum, Mongolia

  • Family Dinner in Japan

  • Geisha in Kyoto, Japan

  • Preening the Imperial Palace, Japan

  • Soaring Over Tokyo

  • Up For Air, Japan

  • Girlfriends at the market, Egypt

  • Great Wall, China

  • Pilgrims, Japan

  • Millions of Prayers, Lhasa, Tibet

  • Gorgeous rock formation; me in Malta

  • Got Your Back, Saint Barths

  • I studied Advertising and Design at the School For Visual Arts in NYC

Joan's Sales

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4169 Route 212, Lake Hill
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,118 SqFt

4169 Route 212, Lake Hill

$875,000

Listing information last updated on August 15th, 2022 at 11:20pm EDT.

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