Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty

Summer Camp Grows Up

If you went to summer camp, you have nostalgia for summer camp; it’s as simple as that. Every time you start to forget how much fun you had, how free you felt, you see a canoe atop a car, or you scroll through Netflix and catch “Wet Hot American Summer” and laugh until you cry. You want to go back! Now! 

Guess what? You can. 65 Hollow Road in Woodstock NY was once a boy’s camp. The mess hall is there, the bunk house is there, the pond, the pool, the WATER SLIDE. But it’s all been converted into a private paradise. The perfect place for you and your friends spend your weekends reliving your childhood.

In a hidden meadow on the outskirts of Woodstock New York, five buildings offer a variety of living spaces, creative spaces,

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Woodstock's Real Estate Photographer Kicks off The Holiday Season in Woodstock NY

One of my favorite events in the yearly Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty calendar is the annual Halloween Parade that winds its way up and down the main thoroughfare in Woodstock. Here’s a selection of my favorite pictures from this year.

Woodstock Halloween 2017   Woodstock NY Halloween Parade  Lacey Mcintyre Coldwell Banker Village Green  Woodstock Holiday Truck    Unicorn and Mom  Creepy Woodstock Halloween Parade             Zeus    Laurie Ylvisaker, Sheena Lepez, Lacey Mcintyre Coldwell Banker    Magical Creatures in Woodstock    

I always show up expecting to see mostly patient parents leading adorable kids on their yearly chocolate-fueled treasure hunt; but every year, no matter how many times I’m called on to take photographs of the parade, what I find is much more than that. 

It seems like the whole town empties out into the street, young and old dressed in every imaginable get-up. They greet each other

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A Hudson Valley Victorian With Real Character 

Kingston NY Real Estate West Chester

Kingston NY Real Estate For Sale

Who doesn’t love a character?

Who’s your favorite person to have dinner with? Someone who’s steadfast but quiet, or your quirky friend who throws you more curveballs than Noah Syndergaard? I already know the answer. What type of actors are guaranteed to have the longest careers? That’s right. Character actors. And what is the most often requested feature of a home? You guessed it. Character!

When you think about it, “character” is a somewhat vague thing to request when you’re talking about a home. There are so many kinds of character. When you say character, you might mean you want a giant vertical atrium that ascends through the center of the home. You might

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Horseback Riding in The Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Hunter Pace Candida Ellis

All my life I was completely obsessed with horses. When I was a child, growing up in England, all I wanted was a rocking horse. I never got one.

Stop. This is not going to be the whiny story of my sad inner child, fed only with hand-me-down toys. It is, in fact, a story of realized dreams.

When a rocking horse wasn’t forthcoming, I downgraded my expectations somewhat and asked for a hobby horse. You remember those; a stick with a stuffed animal horse head on the end? I never got one of those either.

Fortunately I have a Dad who loved to ride and found a way to combine his Daddy duties with his favorite pastime. I was often the only (very tiny) child on a wild adult ride, galloping behind on my small

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Megan Offner NY Heartwoods

Wood. 

I think most of us feel an innate connection to wood. Homebuyers can't help but run their hands across a live edge wood surface that has been carefully incorporated into a home’s design. Many of us who choose to live in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions call ourselves "tree huggers". Sometimes this is because of our desire to protect our natural environment, sometimes it's also because we like to hug trees. Literally. I’ve been known to give a tree a good tight squeeze. I also grew up with a woodworker – the smell of wood shavings is the smell of my childhood. Wood and me are like THIS.

So, when I recently had the opportunity to meet a kindred spirit I was ecstatic. This was someone who loves wood too – probably even more than I

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So many people move to the Catskills and Hudson Valley so they can spend more time enjoying the outdoors. A great thought! But days can become filled with errands and work, social appointments and obligations of all sorts. It IS possible to move here and end up spending as little time outdoors as you did when you lived in the city or the ‘burbs. Horrors! But, there’s a way to be sure you live the lifestyle you sought.

Choosing a house that is interconnected with the natural world is the key to ensuring you get connected to it too. A house with easy access to the outdoors - from multiple egresses, through large glass windows uninterrupted by fussy decorations, a house that has outdoor spaces that invite gatherings and are just as comfortable as the

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Musical Pedigree & Elegance - 441 Clum Hill Road, Hunter, NY

441 Clum Hill Road

Drama. It’s everywhere. Even in our homes. When it comes to residential theatricality there are two types: good and bad. We’re all familiar with the bad sort – teenagers slamming doors, toddlers crying over spilled milk, etc, etc. But the good type of drama isn’t always immediately obvious, unless your home is at 441 Clum Hill Road in Hunter, NY. This house is a shining paragon of the right kind of domestic drama!

The drama begins with 441 Clum Hill Road’s storied pedigree. It was built in 1902 as a personal residence with impressive architecture designed to capture equally impressive views. Later it became a school for the study of Opera. Singers, teachers, musicians, conductors

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Marbletown NY Real Estate

Marbletown NY Homes

Marbletown residents are a lucky bunch. With easy access to The Catskills, The Shawangunks and the Ashokan Reservoir it’s the perfect place for people who want to explore the outdoors. Being midway between Kingston and New Paltz means “Marbletonians” can take advantage of these bustling towns, or they can also choose to enjoy the charming and slower-paced hamlets of High Falls NY and Stone Ridge, visiting the farmer’s markets, arts events and antiques shows that pepper the local calendar. Some days though, they’ll choose to simply enjoy the serenity of their own backyards. There’s something about the air in Marbletown that invites deep relaxation. There’s also something about the soil that encourages a garden to grow

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The average sales price for homes sold in our area in thus far in 2017 is $256,783 according to the Hudson Valley and Catskills Region MLS.*

That’s the average, so of course, there are plenty of people purchasing homes well below that mark. It also means there are plenty of homes available to purchase in that range.

There are some great reasons for keeping your housing costs low. Maybe you’re buying your first home and you’re nervous about utility bills and the costs of maintaining a home. Maybe you place more value on having experiences than assets. Or, maybe, you want to keep your mortgage right around the cost of a rental apartment. Whatever your good reasons we want to share some great options in the $150,000 price range.

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Hudson Valley Radio | Monday Night Polka

Every Monday I am in our Kingston Real Estate Office. After work a bunch of the staff heads to an exercise class together and then I grab some sushi for my ride home (I live further south in the Hudson Valley). All of this stuff is pretty fun, sushi....work...workout. But the thing that I've come to look forward to the most on Mondays is something I never thought I'd look forward to at all. Polka. 

One of the great things about living in an area like the Hudson Valley and Catskills, where the arts are really important to people, is that even the artiest amongst us are forced into the occassional encounter with an art form we don't know anything about. Maybe we never heard of it, maybe we heard of it

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