Renderings courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office
This is what a renewed Erie Canal could look like in the years to come. Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed a $300 million proposal on Monday to revamp the 19th-century waterway that was started by Gov. DeWitt Clinton in 1817. The multi-phase plan originates in research conducted by the “Reimagine the Canals” task force assembled by Cuomo last May. The first phase will begin later this year and comprises two parts: a $100 million economic development fund to invest in communities along the canal and $65 million toward preventing ice jams and flooding in the Schenectady area. The remaining $135 million will be allocated based on recommendations made in the task force’s report.
Photo credit: Robert Lowell courtesy of Douglas Elliman
After nearly a year on the market, Bruce Willis has finally unloaded his 22-acre Westchester estate, reports the Wall Street Journal. The actor and his wife, Emma Heming Willis, first listed the property in January for $12.95 million but dropped the price to $9.4 million in August. The couple said they were selling since they planned to move back to the west coast, and they must have been quite eager, as they ultimately let it go for $7.66 million, a 41 percent discount and a big loss from the $12 million they bought it for in 2014.
All photos courtesy of the Armour–Stiner House
Not only is Westchester’s Octagon House the stuff that Instagram dreams are made of, but it is the world’s only eight-sided, fully-domed Victorian home. This holiday season, the Armour–Stiner House, as it’s officially known, will open its doors at night for a special event that invites guests to tour the restored 1872 house while it’s full of seasonal decorations. There will also be hot refreshments served and “dramatic interpretations of Washington Irving’s ‘Old Christmas.'”
Listing images by James Patrick Cooper; courtesy of Compass
You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at this unassuming Tarrytown home that it’s actually a mash-up of historical structures, though the remaining steeple provides a little clue about its past. The current kitchen and dining area was once a carriage house, the living room once served as the town’s general store and post office, and the parlor room was a one-room schoolhouse in the 1700s. The three structures were fused together in 1900 to create what is now 13 Heritage Hill Road. Spanning nearly 2,500 square feet, the three-bedroom residence is on the market for $950,000.
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Photo credit: Alon Koppel courtesy of Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby’s International Realty.
Known for the “romantic modernist” residential architecture of so many iconic angular beach houses in the Hamptons, Norman Jaffe was a prolific architect who designed more than 600 projects during his 35-year career. Jaffe, who died in 1993, used passive solar design and lots of glass and wood in his striking waterfront homes. Built in 1993, the 12,980-square-foot residence at 1981 Broadway, asking $5.9 million, diverges a bit from his usual style. Set high on a bluff over the Hudson River surrounded by 20 acres of waterfront land in Ulster County, New York, the home’s design refers to classic Greek architecture along with Jaffe’s usual attention to natural light and shadow.
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Images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence.
Even in the Westchester County village of Dobbs Ferry, NY, the 4.2 acre Cricket Hill estate seems a world removed from modern life 20 miles away in New York City. The 6,000-square-foot stone and shingle country house is both characterful and updated for modern living, but the enchanted grounds, including a terraced walled garden, free-form pool and grape arbor, appear unaltered by time.
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Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence
The deed for this 30+ acre Greek Revival farmhouse and apple orchard at 340 Route 9H in Claverack (a hamlet with views of the Catskills located about five miles from Hudson) has only changed hands three times since it was built in 1842. If you’re looking for a place to grow some roots—and apples—this retreat has plenty to offer. Also known as Miletus Farm, the sprawling property includes a 2,200 square foot home, several outbuildings, a tennis court, and a garage, in addition to the idyllic orchards, which also grow peaches and apricots. The property was on the market last fall for $999,000 and is now listed for a reduced $699,000 with the option of including a three-bedroom caretaker’s house into the sale for a total of $899,000.
All photos courtesy of Glamping Hub
As the leaves turn and the cool weather creeps back, it’s not hard to start daydreaming about a quiet weekend escape in a cozy vacation rental. And what better way to experience nature than in a tiny house? From a wood cabin in the Adirondacks to a modern retreat on a Catskills farm, we’ve rounded up nine tiny glamping spots that inspire big, lofty plans of how best to lay low and enjoy all the autumn glory upstate.
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All photos courtesy of The Chapin Estate
The Chapin Estate is a 2,500-acre gated residential preserve in the Catskills, a 90-minute drive from midtown Manhattan. And if its rustic-yet-elegant style seems striking to you, that’s likely because its founder, a real-life former rodeo star, was inspired by historic Adirondack Great Camps. Rather than “amenitizing” nature, Steve Dubrovsky designed around freshwater lakes and forests and left the site “wild.” There is a lake club for fishing and swimming, a gym, two pickleball courts, a tennis court, and a half basketball court. There is also Crestwood Mountain Farms, a working horse and cattle facility for all its residents to enjoy. Plus, the homes themselves were constructed using lumber from the site. Ahead, take a tour of the Chapin Estate and hear from Dubrovsky about his background and vision.
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All listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence
Two hours north of the city in the Dutchess County town of Wassaic, you can own an entire 125-acre farm for the price of a three-bedroom Manhattan condo. Known as Avalon Farm, the $2,950,000 property has a nearly 3,000-square-foot contemporary main house, along with a fully functional barn, an in-ground pool and adjacent log cabin pool house, tennis court, and its own stream. It’s definitely secluded, but the farm is a quick drive to downtown Amenia, which is full of restaurants, antique shops, and even a drive-in movie theater.
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