Monday, June 22, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
Empty parking lots may be a thing of the past in Phase 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic re-opening.
"You are about to enter Phase Three!"
It sounds like bad medical news but it's not. It's the next step as the seven counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley region comply with the state's re-opening schedule. Phase two, which commenced two weeks ago on June 9 included the re-opening of outdoor dining, professional services (including hair salons & barbershops), retail, administrative support and... (trumpets here) Real Estate/Rental & Leasing.
What's open starting Tuesday, June 23 will include nail salons, tattoo parlors and other personal care businesses, and indoor dining for food service establishments. (Still in place for restaurants are distancing rules requiring a maximum indoor seating of 50 diners, and six feet between tables.) Phase 3 restrictions will hold for as long as Corona virus infection rates in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester do not ...
Thursday, June 18, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
The Vernal Equinox, the longest day of the year, happens this year on a Saturday. Doesn't it behoove us to make good use of all this extra daylight by attending an event (or events) in the Hudson Valley?
There are only two times of the year when the Earth's axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a "nearly" equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes. These events are referred to as Equinoxes and will occur on March 19th at 9:49 pm MDT (Vernal Equinox - the first day of Spring) and again on September 22nd at 7:30 am MDT (Autumnal Equinox - the first day of fall).
A Few Things to Do on the Longest Day of the Year in the Hudson Valley
Donate Items to AnimalKind’s Upcoming Virtual Auction “Raise a Paw” AnimalKind in Hudson is planning an online auction to raise money for our rescue. We are reaching out to you with the hopes you maybe able to donate: Service, Art, Vacation Rentals, Gift Certificates, Jewelry, Antique ...
Friday, June 12, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Phase Two for the Hudson Valley's re-emergence from the Covid shutdown has commenced. (Blow the herald of heavenly trumpets I can finally go have fun.) But what fun is awaiting Hudson Valley residents? First of all, realize that social distancing is still in effect. Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and stay home if you feel sick. Store staff will have more to do: work behind the Plexiglas, use the hand wash and wear gloves if handling food.
You can get retail therapy. Sort of.
For the first time since the lock-down began, you can shop INSIDE any retail store. You may still encounter "One Goes In When One Comes Out" standing in line as store occupancy is capped at 50%. Malls are out however, unless the store you're visiting has access from the parking lot. Still, retail therapy is retail therapy.
You can get a haircut. At last.
Finally we don't have to pretend we're the Chewbacca ...
Thursday, February 27, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Last November 5th, we reported the opening of Aldi's new grocery store in Nanuet. Aldi is a German-based grocery chain which is known for its tighter-than-bark-on-a-tree strategies to save money (like the 25-cent shopping cart rental scheme and not offering shopping bags). Such penny-pinching has allowed Aldi to undercut even Walmart's margin-thin grocery prices.
Today, the Rockland County Business Journal reported plans for another German-based grocery hoping to open in Rockland County. Lidl, a grocer with 10,000 stores across Europe and 77 in nine US states is planning to open a location in the Tappan Plaza center on Route 303 in the town of Orangetown.
Lidl stores are generally smaller than most of its U.S. competitors, averaging 20,000 square feet with six aisles. Like Aldi, approximately 90% of Lidl's merchandise will be house brands, including fresh and frozen seafood, fresh produce, bak ...
Thursday, December 5, 2019 / by Vanessa Saunders
A recent cover story on the Hudson Valley Magazine's the Real Estate section featured our listing for sale at 60 Balmville Road under the headline "5 Historic Homes in Newburgh That Will Steal Your Heart".
We couldn't agree more!
The article points out that Newburgh's recent renaissance of it's restaurants, retail and waterfront is stimulating an increase in property values in the area. There are still some bargains to be had, especially in older, historic homes,
The home at 60 Balmville Road is certainly one of those, a 1856 Gothic Revival masterpiece on 1.9 well-tended acres which offers a wealth of original architectural details. It has 10-foot mahogany coffered ceilings, five fireplaces, wall paneling, and the original recessed mahogany bookcases. Many wood built-in features are meticulously carved, accented by ornamental plaster swag molding, and ceiling moldings with dainty corner cartouches. Other details include a funky 1940s bathrooms and an updated ki ...