December 2009

There are 13 blog entries for December 2009.

You have got to be kidding!

Another Christmas Holiday behind us and this year is almost done. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but this was a particularly busy holiday season for me and my family. As expected, those family members living outside of the area, descended on Ulster County like a Mongol horde charging out of the steppes. I mean its family so you do… As if I were not already busy enough with chores and o’ yes work, I by mistake, scheduled my yearly physical for the week prior to Christmas week. Well, the EKG was off from my last physical, we rushed a stress test, like I didn’t have any stress already, and I ended up getting a heart catheterization to check out the equipment the Wednesday before Christmas. It ended up being

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So now that the holidays are over and the New Year is approaching rapidly… look at your spouse and say now what?  What can we do now?  If you are from Ulster County, or anywhere in Upstate New York, then you know that the next few months are usually the rough ones.  It’s cold….It’s freezing….It’s snowing…..You can’t go out side and play soccer, or swim in the pool, or even give your car a good wash.  The days are shorter, and the nights are longer.  So why not try out some different places to eat and shop locally.  Born and raised here in Ulster County, I have had the pleasure to enjoy some of what I think are the best places to eat, shop, and just get lost for the day or as my family calls it “muffin huntin”.   

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Ulster County - CatskillsDuring my last ride through Ulster County as I was showing homes, I really had to stop and think about how fortunate I am to call Ulster County my home.

Whether I am taking a day trip to visit the shops near the Village Green in Woodstock, skiing at some of the local resorts like Hunter, Bellayre or Windham, or just taking in some of the beautiful views from areas like New Paltz or Stone Ridge, you have to take a moment and think about the feeling of residing in an area where country living is at its best, yet just a quick 2 hours to the streets of NYC. The perfect distance without being too far away!

I wish everyone in all of the areas of Ulster County, including High Falls, Woodstock, Mount Tremper, Olive, Stone Ridge, New Paltz, Esopus, Kingston,

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So….. All of the shopping is done. Everyone will have something special, Santa does his best work under pressure…… and the Visa card is still hot!!
Now, it’s time to think about your Holiday Dinner. Making it festive is easier than you might think….

Lighting is key. If you have a dining room chandelier, you might go to the local dollar store to pick up some “strings of crystals” to loop through the chandelier.

Or, make a lovely centerpiece – easily done with a platter of Granny Smith apples piled 2 high in the center, some poinsettias from a craft shop and a red & green candle votives around the platter. Remember not to make your centerpiece too high, people need to see across the table for engaging conversation!

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Real Estate is so unique.  It’s not only the largest investment most people have in their lifetime but it’s quite often a place to hang your hat as well.  As real estate agents in Ulster County, New York, we critique other people’s homes on a regular basis.  Whether we are listing a farmhouse in the Town of Marbletown, a contemporary in Woodstock, a quaint cottage in High Falls or an old stone house in Stone Ridge, it is our job to help homeowners price their home to sell in a timely manner while not sacrificing their equity to make that happen.  We also advise our purchaser clients about home values as well.  Since these homes don’t belong to us personally, it’s easy to take all the emotion out of the equation.  For instance, we walk into a room for the

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Often times it is easy, very easy to loose sight of the benefit of living in a particular area. Yes, we all get caught up in the local hoopla of politics, unflattering news, budget difficulties, economic activity, or lack there of, and yet the old phrase, “no matter where you go, there you are,” comes to mind.

I was not born in Ulster County, but virtually my entire life has been spent kicking around her haunts and backwaters. Growing up in the Rosendale area, I always loved New Paltz, because my dad worked at the college and in the nice weather, non-school months, the Mountain Range to the west of the town were great entertainment. The “Gunk’s” provided countless hours of adventure in hiking and climbing. The Mohawk Mountain house was always a treat

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So you would think that after a long week of showing houses throughout Ulster County, from Woodstock to Saugerties to Stone Ridge & Hurley, that I would have not wanted to go and see anymore…….Wrong. After my appointments, I hopped in the car to meet my mother-in-law and her two girlfriends.  We met up at the Tonner Doll Company Store where we gathered our maps, and the list of the homes that we were about to see.

Ulster County Real EstateThe Junior League of Kingston’s Holly Berry Trail features extended previews of private homes in Ulster County that are fully decorated in holiday splendor inside and out.  The location of each home is a closely guarded secret until the day of the tour when ticket holders receive a map to the homes and a booklet with detailed descriptions of

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 I recently called on Anna Sember of The Well Dressed House, a home stager in the Ulster County area, for the staging of a home located just outside of Woodstock, in the Olive area. Anna services Ulster County, including Woodstock, Stone Ridge, High Falls, Catskill and everything in between.
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The home is about 10 minutes from the NYS Thruway, Exit 19 Kingston ramp, just onto Route 28 to the town of Olive / Shokan area, just past Woodstock.

The home sits privately back off the road in a great setting and has a wonderful floor plan. You are just minutes from skiing at Hunter, Windham and Bellayre Mountains as well as the Woodstock Village Green for an afternoon stroll in the shops.
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The only thing missing in this home was the lack of definition in most of the

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ulster_county_real_estate_wynkoop_house-stone_ridge_350When you’re in the real estate industry you see many a house from brand new construction with new energy efficient features and the latest styles and trends to very old historic properties, some of which are holding on for dear life and some are well loved and cared for and meticulously rehabilitated.  As a real estate agent and a homeowner in Ulster County, New York, I am fortunate to discover an old stone house or an historic landmark every so often that I had not known about previously.  I decided to do a little research and found that we have 163 sites on the National Register of Historic Places in Ulster County, New York.  These beautiful and interesting sites range from the Stone Arch Bridge on Mill Street in Pine Hill to Perrines Bridge, the second…
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It’s Monday, with the weekend just past, and as a Realtor, you hope that you were busy with showings and listings. But sometimes life doesn’t always work out that way, and you get the opportunity to do other things. Recently, I was afforded an opportunity to be the engine on the family shopping cart during our weekly journey into Kingston to purchase sustenance. Now, this  is a job that for all intense purposes, I am qualified at, very familiar with, and one that I have been doing for years in Saugerties, Catskill, and as mentioned, at the various establishments in the Kingston area.

Now I don’t know about you, but I look like quite the sight on these early morning excursions. The store staff is gracious, never bars me from the store, and still allows me

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