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Tuxedo Park, NY: A Time Warp Beyond the Stone Gates

Tuxedo Park, NY: A Time Warp Beyond the Stone Gates

  Tuxedo Park, NY: A Time Warp Beyond the Stone Gates Founded in the 1880s by the tobacco baron Pierre Lorillard IV as a hunting and fishing playground for his fellow tycoons, Tuxedo Park now sits within the town of Tuxedo in Orange County. Best known for lending its name to men’s formal wear, it is one of the oldest gated communities in the United States, with access restricted to its 300 or so families, about half of whom are part-time residents.   To read entire article as written by James C. Pearson For New York…

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Buying a Second Home First

Buying a Second Home First

  Some New York City renters are skipping the typical first rung on the urban homeownership ladder: Instead of investing in an apartment, they are buying a country house. Disappointed by what their budget will buy in the city, they are still living the American dream of having a place of their own, if only on the weekends, in the Catskills, at the Jersey Shore or in Connecticut. For less than $350,000 — an amount that barely buys a studio in brownstone Brooklyn these days — they are finding that they can afford homes with three bedrooms or more on several acres of land, sometimes on lakefront property, or with a pool. For those with as much as $2 million to spend, the options range from turn-of-the century mansions to sprawling estates. No one tracks the number of second-home buyers who continue to rent in the city. But real estate…

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Tuxedo Park

Tuxedo Park

Reminds Paula Tocci of Lake Garda in northern Italy. For Sharon McHugh, gazing out at the Ramapo Mountains surrounding Tuxedo Lake evokes memories of the Lake District in her native England. Like so many other Tuxedo Park residents, both women were smitten the instant they drove through the stately stone gate and along the winding lake drive of this historic village in Orange County, N.Y., about 40 miles from…

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The Makeover of a Mansion

The Makeover of a Mansion

  ENLARGE PHOTO: JOSHUA MCHUGH   Downplayed Abbey: The Makeover of a Mansion By ARLENE HIRST July 20, 2016 10:35 a.m. ET “It seemed like something out of a fairy tale,” said New York designer Carl D’Aquino, summing up his clients’ reaction to the Jacobean-revival home they found in the gated enclave of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. The Manhattan couple sought a weekend escape that would capably accommodate their five children, extended family and guests. They discovered it 40 miles north of Gotham, in an 11,000-square-foot manse built in 1910, amid postcard-ready vistas of Tuxedo Lake and the nearby Ramapo mountains. The home is one of 300 mansions of varying architectural styles—from Greek Revival to Italianate—whose original owners unironically referred to them as cottages. Though the homeowners loved the house for its size and the light, it posed a challenge: how to make its palatial rooms, with their interior columns and archways,…

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Game For Anything

Game For Anything

When Jeffrey Bilhuber was given the task of updating a Queen Anne manse in Tuxedo Park, New York, he faced more than one challenge. The first was the fact that the house had been in the client’s family for three generations—she summered there as a child, and when she married, it had been a wedding gift from her mother. “We needed to bring the house forward without turning our backs on a history that had provided so much pleasure,” Bilhuber says. “You have to acknowledge the contributions, but you have an obligation to set yourself free from your childhood and make your own…

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NYC Hudson River: HomeBuyer’s Guide

NYC Hudson River: HomeBuyer’s Guide

Jordana Grunfeld and her husband used to summer in the Hamptons, spending hours in weekend traffic to reach their Sag Harbor rental from their home in New York City. This Memorial Day weekend, they will drive 45 minutes in a different direction, to the leafy hamlet of Upper Grandview in the lower Hudson Valley, where they bought a five-bedroom contemporary house with a pool and 180-degree river views last year for $3.1…

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