Hudson Valley

Westchester Weekend Updates

‘Tis Autumn,  a beautiful song by Ella Fitzgerald, which reminds us that while we can feel the Autumn breeze whipping across the region, there is no reason to mourn the departed days of summer. There is plenty to look forward to in the fall season. As usual, please be sure to call ahead and check websites to be sure that you’re familiar with the applicable COVID-19 procedures and adjusted schedule,
 FRIDAY, September 25
Torne Valley Vineyards  Have a drink and enjoy the evening at the first fully functioning winery in Rockland County. Open for drinks and dinner starting at 6pm on a first come first serve basis.  

SATURDAY, September 26
Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival  Modified to a ‘Drive-in Style’ for this year, but spectators should be just as delighted as they have been in previous years. Taking place on September 25, 26, & 27, 2020 at Tymor Park in Union Vale, New York.
The Armour-Stiner Octagon House: A Guided Tour  Located in Irvington, the only known, fully-domed octagonal residence now offers a limited number of guided tours by appointment.  

SUNDAY, September 27
Mohonk Mountain House  Make a booking for an all-day hike in the beautiful New Paltz area or spend the night. Booking in advance for both options is required.
Krucker’s Catering & Picnic Grove  Make a reservation for their playful, indoor “Almost Oktoberfest” – for a $50 ticket it is an “all-you-can-consume” beer and German food.

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TILLY’S TABLE | TILLY FOSTER FARM

I went to Tilly’s Table recently with girlfriends and kids for what I thought was just brunch. We had some awesome food, but just as fun was roaming around this gorgeous farm and visiting all the animals – including the shy alpacas and not so shy miniature horses. Absolutely worth a visit – families and couples alike!

Covid-19 Phase Two Reopening

Communities and families are still having to cope with the effects of Covid-19, but we are nevertheless glad for our Mid-Hudson Valley region to be entering this Phase Two opening starting today June 9.

We look forward to welcoming you to our office in Briarcliff Manor or meeting up with you elsewhere in our beautiful county of Westchester.

We wanted to provide some information on what to expect going forward and to touch base and let you know that as we all expected, things will be done somewhat differently from now on. But we are here to hopefully help to make things a little easier and more comfortable for you.

While, we will be able to once again host you at our office and conduct property showings, New York State has rightly provided mandatory instructions as well as recommended guidelines for how we will be doing so. The National Association of Realtors (“NYSAR”) has provided a bulleted summary of these instructions and guidelines and I’ve included those below:

Mandatory

  • Showings are only allowed in unoccupied or vacant properties (e.g. current owner or lessee is not inside the property).
  • All individuals visiting the property will be required to wear a face covering at all times.
  • Replace or clean and disinfect gloves after every showing (as applicable).
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g. handrails, door knobs etc.) before or after every showing.
  • Stagger showings in order to avoid the congregation of people outside and inside properties.
  • Open houses are only allowed with one party inside the property at a time.

Recommended

  • Gloves and shoe-covers are recommended in addition to face coverings.
  • Provide face coverings and gloves to prospective tenants and/or buyers, if necessary.
  • Sellers/lessees are advised to open all necessary doors and cabinets as well as turn on all light switches to ensure minimal touching of surfaces by outside parties.
  • Advise prospective tenants/buyers to only touch essential surfaces (e.g. handrails going up/down stairs if necessary) during their time  in the property.
  • Limit showing of common building amenities in-person (e.g. gym, roof deck, pool).
  • Encourage only one party (e.g. building inspector, home appraiser, prospective tenant/buyer, photographer, stager) to be allowed inside the property at a time.
  • Prospective tenants/buyers are encouraged not to bring young children to property showings, when possible, or leave attended children outside.
  • Limit salespeople / brokers from driving in the same car with prospective tenants / buyers. If this cannot be avoided, face coverings must be worn by everyone in the vehicle and frequently touched areas of the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Conduct remote walkthroughs rather than in-person walkthroughs (e.g. recorded/live video).

It is important to note, that Sellers have the right to ‘mandate’ any of the ‘recommended’ guidelines for real estate agents and potential Buyers entering their properties.”

In addition to the above recommended guidelines, Sellers may also require prospective Buyers to sign a Covid-19 Disclosure form.

For more information or clarification on real estate matters in this Phase Two period, please do not hesitate to contact us.

GIVING THANKS

Happy Thanksgiving

As fairly recent transplant to this country, I’ve come to understand that Thanksgiving means different things to different people.

For some, it’s a time of both tremendous joy (and some degree of stress) as they host large family gatherings. For others it’s a time of great culinary indulgence and one of the few times of the year where overeating will not be frowned upon.  And for even still others, it’s a time to re-visit precisely how the first Thanksgiving should be fairly evaluated. Family members are routinely debating the decades following the Pilgrims’ arrival, when the native tribes found themselves increasingly under siege due to expansion of the newcomers’ land grabs.

As someone celebrating Thanksgiving as a newly adopted holiday celebration, the tradition has afforded me an important opportunity to reflect deeply on the year’s events – and simply to Give Thanks, far and wide.

I am grateful for all of the year’s highs – particularly the presence of treasured people I have interacted with in my daily life. Certainly, there have been both losses and gains, but overall it has been an exciting – even thrilling – year. And as my exhilarating first year of business in New York, I’m also cognizant that the challenges I confronted must also be appreciated, because they presented unique opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally.

So here’s my personal Thanks-Giving – warmly extended to all who ‘came alongside’ me this year – my husband, my close relatives, friends and industry colleagues.

But of course, I have a special Giving of Thanks for my clients, without whom I would not be looking forward to another enjoyable business year in what has certainly become my haven in the Hudson.

I sincerely wish you all the very best of what Thanksgiving represents.