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An Interview with Catskill's Magpie Books

Catskill NY is abuzz with activity. It was recently named the “New Mecca for Artisans” by the New York Times. With it’s close proximately to hip Hudson, reasonable real estate prices, and low taxes, buyers are starting to notice this charming town. New restaurants, cafes, and stores have opened in the recent years. Magpie Books, a used bookstore that also hosts musical events, readings, and even Zen meditation, is at the forefront of Catskill’s renaissance.

I talked to Magpie’s Kristi Gibson about running a business in Catskill and her love of the area.

Are you from the Hudson Valley? If not, why did you choose to make this area your home?


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37 Notch View, Lexington NY 12452

A Catskills Log Home

A well-sited house. When you start with a beautiful piece of land, land with a bewitching pond, views of mountains and rolling hills, views of vibrantly colored sunsets, views of night skies peppered with stars… when you start with 5 acres within easy distance of 3 ski mountains, it almost doesn’t matter what the house is like, just so long as it takes advantage of the location.  

But, when the house is a fabulous log home with 7,000 square feet of living space, lots of thoughtful touches, and endless possibilities for fun, well, that’s a big bonus. 37 Notch View in Lexington undeniably has the type of property that is enough all on its own, and the house is sited to maximize the

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Properties for Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty's Ad in Ulster Publishings "Almanac" March 23, 2017.

Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty is the Local Leader in Luxury Real Estate. #1 in Luxury Sales (properties $750,000 and above) in the Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS in 2016. Coldwell Banker agents sell more luxury real estate nationally than any other firm. Why? The Coldwell Banker Previews International program. Learn more by contacting one of our agents.



Mountain and valley views on this 20+ acre estate. This casually elegant & light filled 3BR/2.5BA home boasts high-end finishes, s/s appliances, radiant heated floors, soaring ceilings, huge wood beams, indoor lap pool & spa area, central A/C,

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Amidst an election that made people uncertain of the future and caused many to be distracted from their personal goals, the real estate market soldiered on in 2016, and finished with a bright outlook. Forbes Magazine provided a very concise summary of what happened nationally, "...on balance 2016 was a pretty good year for housing. National prices finally crossing the previous 2006 peak, mortgage rates remained historically low and there were some signs that Millennials, a generation which some feared would never buy homes, are beginning to enter the market. Through it all the election loomed large. In 2017 we'll see how profound its effects."  

Regionally 2016 might be called "The Year of The Hudson Valley"

There was a rash of

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39 Raycliffe Drive
Woodstock NY Luxury Real Estate For Sale

Hudson Valley Views. There are many lovely homes in the Hudson Valley. There are even many lovely homes with lovely views of the Hudson Valley. This home is one of those. But there’s something different about this one. It seems to float.

Standing at a corner of the decks that encircle this house, is like standing at the prow of a ship looking out at the horizon. Lean against the railing and throw out your arms. You feel more than a little bit “Leo and Kate”. You feel yourself King (or Queen) of the World. But, here your view does not consist of nautical miles of sea, but of regular old terranean miles. However, laid out at your feet this way, they do not appear merely regular.

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An Interview With The Owners of Outdated Cafe in Kingston, NY

The Hudson Valley’s many towns have a culinary scene that is deliciously happening. Kingston is no exception. Outdated Café at 314 Wall Street in the hip and historic Stockade District is a local favorite. Outdated is an “antique café” that sells an eclectic mix of vintage and antiques alongside their outstanding coffee, farm fresh foods, and baked goods.

I sat down with Outdated’s owners, Tarah Gay and Gabriel Constantine, to talk about the business and what they love about the Hudson Valley.

Tell me about your background. How and when did you start your business?

We started our business in 2012 with no background in the restaurant industry. We both loved antiques and

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"Highest and Best" – Narrowsburg Party Property For Sale - Orange County NY Real Estate

In real estate we often talk about the “Highest and Best” use for a property. for example there might be a multi-family home in a commercial district that would make more money for its owner if it were converted into a restaurant or retail space. Highest and Best. One of my favorite things to do is to imagine how a home will be used. Imagining keeps me from serial homeownership! So, I think “Highest and Best” for all the homes we list. 6157 NYS Route 97 presented a bit of a challenge. Not because I couldn’t come up with a “Highest and Best” use, but because I thought of too many! But they fit a pattern. My “Highest and Best” use for this Narrowsburg NY

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Perfect springtime activities for children in the Catskills and Hudson Valley.

Last weekend my family took a trip to Washington DC to see all the monuments and go the Smithsonian Museum of Art and the Native American Museum. It was great! My husband and I totally enjoyed it and my 10-year-old daughter only became antsy when I marveled at the Dutch Masters for too long and then got sucked into an opera concert rehearsal we happened to stumble upon 3 minutes later.

(a little F.D.R. wisdom from our trip - pertinent to an article about kids outdoors!)

Her waning enthusiasm reminded me of the last time I had visited DC. I was 12 years old.

  • I remember being miserable.
  • I remember being HOT.
  • I remember being incensed at the
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Escape The Everyday

Find Enchantment in Chichester, a Hamlet in Ulster County NY

There’s a hamlet in the Catskills that people from beyond the park’s borders haven’t always heard of. No, it’s not Phoenicia, the cat’s out of the bag on that one. It’s closethough. A bend in Route 214 on the way out of Phoenicia protects the special hamlet of Chichester from the gaze of the outside world. If you come around that bend, and slow down long enough to notice, you might find yourself pulling over to get a better look at this unique little enclave. Chichester was founded by the sons of the builder of the famous Catskill Mountain House, as a place for their furniture factory employees to live and work. They built 44 buildings in a style that might be

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Couldn’t we all use a little more charm in our lives?

This Catskills Cottage in Ulster County has the answer.

With responsibilities and technology gobbling up the bulk of our days, we’re left with so little time for charm. You see it in the movie theatre – between the disaster films and the comic book heroes finding today’s “Sleepless in Seattle” takes effort. You see it in design – straight lines and plastic are everywhere. Many times you see it in the homes built in the last few decades too. Special touches that invite you to sit down and zone-out with a cup of tea are tragically scarce.

If your charm tank is running on empty, here’s a solution. 654 Watson Hollow Road in West Shokan. The charm here begins with the front porch and

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