Category Archives: New York

Focus on New York

New York, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps,… there are so many names for New York, yet not one is adequate enough to sum up this bustling, vibrant city.  New York is one of the most populated cities in America.  It is noisy, it is exciting, and it is fun.  Just like the state song states, “there isn’t another like it, no matter where you go”.  If you wish to feel the excitement, the fun and the hustle and bustle of urban living, during retirement, New York is the place to be.  New York State is vastly different from NYC and you’ll want to know all about New York and why it should be your focus State to retire in. 

Explore the Wild Beauty of the Adirondacks

Maybe your summer plans include a tent under the stars, embarking on a heart-stopping whitewater excursion, or surrounding yourself with six million acres of unspoiled nature, but if you had to choose one place to fulfill everything on your itinerary, witnessing the sheer magnitude of the Adirondacks will leave you speechless. While your kayak glides through the glassy waters of Lake George as eagles soar gracefully above you, and the cool spray of a cascading waterfall refreshes your senses, you’ll wonder how it’s possible to be so close yet feel so far from the city. Videos and travel brochures can only skim the surface of what the experience is truly like because the wild Adirondack spirit likes to tell its own story.

Adirondack State Park is not only the largest in the U.S, surpassing both Yosemite, and The Grand Canyon, its infinite size could easily make it a state all its own. Part of untamed protected wilderness, and the other a community of year-round outdoor enthusiasts, this is where New York’s high rise reputation takes a restorative hiatus. With 3,000 lakes, 12 diverse regions, and Mayberry-esque towns that know you by name, civilization, and the forces of nature converge in a perfect symphony. Whether you’re in the mood for something touristy like exploring Lake Placid’s Olympic history, and visiting coastal wineries, or escaping into the shaded forest of Kane Mountain, the opportunities for leisure, or adventure are virtually endless.

Ithaca NY: Where Natural Beauty Meets High IQ

Have you ever visited those places that left you feeling alive, and inspired? Welcome to ivy leagues where great minds think alike, and natural beauty abounds. Ithaca is the city with a high GPA named one of the top entrepreneurial cities by and ranked one of the best college towns in the country. Home to Cornell University, and Ithaca College, this intellectual, and the business-minded city boasts rich culture and incredible outdoor scenery. Retirees, in particular, find Ithaca’s tax-friendly climate, ample amenities, and highly efficient public transit system to be the icing on this idyllic city.

If you don’t own a pair of hiking boots, it’s time to shop because nothing will prepare you for the utopia that leaves outdoor enthusiasts enamored. Home to four state parks, and iconic breathtaking gorges, Ithaca is the prima donna of upstate New York. More than 150 waterfalls cascade against a backdrop of densely forested preserves for some of the most magical hiking, and biking experiences in the country. From lake cruises, and boating, to picturesque fishing tours, Cayuga Lake provides a 38 mile stretch of peaceful waterfront recreation. The longest of the finger lakes, Cayuga features an 87-mile scenic byway where visitors can sample award-winning wines along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, stop for a lakeside picnic, or paddle their way through its tranquil waters.

Townhome Living Goes Upstate

Nestled in the heart of the Hudson River Valley, surrounded by over four hundred years of history, and a downtown reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, Toll Brother’s new community, Regency at Wappinger the Meadows, is a piece of New York luxury. Home to the existing single-family Villas Collection, this beautiful master planned community now offers a luxurious series of ninety three low-maintenance townhomes. From empty nesters, to 55+ retirees, townhomes are a popular housing trend for those looking to combine the ease of condo living, and the appeal of a single family home without sacrificing space or style.

Ranging in size from 1,492 to 2,005 square feet, these generously sized townhomes are available in eight designs, and are priced starting at $364,995. Buyers will find airy, open living areas and exquisite details from crown molding, and wainscoting, to gleaming hardwood flooring. Convenience and beauty come together with first floor master suites, expansive gourmet kitchens, and models that feature a gorgeous finished basement for entertaining. It’s the thoughtful attention to detail that makes these homes distinctly Toll Brothers with unique design elements including two-story foyers, second-floor lofts, and inviting breakfast rooms.

exhibition, Art gallery

Cities For Art Lovers

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, or love getting lost in a gallery, there’s no need to go across the pond to experience spectacular museums, grand architecture, and awe-inspiring exhibits. There is no denying the mental, and visual benefits of being surrounded by art, and having the tangible experience of seeing it face to face. From the grandeur of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the iconic Smithsonian in D.C, some of the best destinations to channel your inner impressionist don’t require a passport.

Rated one of the nation’s most cultural cities by Travel & Leisure, Philadelphia is a creative immersion, home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Avenue of the Arts is the epicenter of the city boasting five art venues including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Millennium Art Gallery. Listen to live music performances, or watch a dance show, savor the culinary arts, as well as enjoy Philly’s abundance of shops. This city is steeped in rich history and renown landmarks where a glimpse into the past is truly a work of art.

aerial view of long island in new york, usa. it is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the new york city borough of queens.

Now Selling The Vineyards at Blue Point

Welcome home to the best of Long Island! The Vineyards at Blue Point is a brand new 55+ community that is nothing short of extraordinary featuring elegant townhomes, and condominiums, and the luxury of maintenance free living. Situated on Long Island’s South Shore, this pristine community is ideally located near Sunrise Highway, and Long Island Railroad giving active adults easy access to New York City, and the island’s sparkling coastline. For over two decades, The Vineyard’s premier builder Ornstein Layton Company has been designing homes built for maximum efficiency, comfort, and timeless beauty

The Vineyards at Blue Point epitomizes a lifestyle of luxury and serenity. Set amongst nature trails, and abundant green spaces, this gorgeous community features a secure gated entrance and carefree resort-style ambiance. Residences boast immaculate landscaping, ease of maintenance, and irresistible curb appeal. Townhomes are available in two floor plans brilliantly designed with lofts, patios for entertaining, garages, and basement options for a game room, or man cave. Ranging in size from 2,020 to 2,279 square feet, both the Provence, and Corsica models offer 2 bed/2.5 bath layouts with designer fixtures, gourmet kitchens, and luxurious main floor master suites. Condo designs come in four models and feature 2 bed/2 bath floor plans generously sized from 1,553 to 1,928 square feet. Large dining rooms, ample storage space, and vaulted ceilings make these homes feel open, and airy with plenty of room to host gatherings.

Kensington Station at Woodbury Junction offers you a Home in an Ideal Setting

Looking for a home that provides you a feeling of belonging even before you move in? Then, you should take a closer look at the homes at Kensington Station at Woodbury Junction, Central Valley, New York. This is a community of friendly neighbors, wonderful surroundings, and a good way to spend your retirement years. So, what are you waiting for? If you want the warmth and security of a home in an ideally situated community, you should take a closer look at Kensington Station community.

Recovering from the Disaster of Hurricane Sandy

The following includes information regarding damage control immediately following Hurricane Sandy. Erik Braunitzer is a writer for Douglas Elliman, brokers for NYC, Long Island and Hamptons Real Estate.

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has crippled the lives of millions of people throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Long Island areas.  Many of those who were fortunate enough to escape with their lives lost their homes, clothes, and possessions.  Millions were left without power for days, as the harsh, wintry season begins to kick in and another storm headed towards the area.  Businesses have been lost, and workers have absolutely no way of getting to work and supporting their families.  As the entire area bands together in an effort to rebuild from one of the worst storms to hit them in hundreds of years, there are a few things to keep in mind while you attempt to return your life to normality after the storm has ended.