While sitting at my desk in New York, selling mortgage-backed securities at Credit Suisse, I’d surf the internet dreaming of fishing the hallowed trout rivers of The Catskills. Then one day a little red cottage on the Neversink River popped up on my screen, and the rest is history. I battled Friday night traffic in summer, and lived the weekender routine for a few years before giving-in and becoming a full-timer.
Now I delight in finding like-minded folks who treasure peace and quiet, and value the powerful pleasures of country life, and look to find their dream spot here in Upstate New York.
In 2007 I founded Red Cottage Inc. and developed that business into the leading curated vacation rentals company in The Catskills and Hudson Valley. That makes Country House Realty uniquely qualified to help its buyer clients find the right property should renting be part of the plan.
There’s a full-blown Renaissance taking place up here, with new businesses, shops and events creating a stronger sense of community. And there is tremendous diversity, from the buzz of gentrified Woodstock, to the rolling agricultural hills west of the Catskill Mountains, and of course those famous fly fishing areas around Roscoe and Livingston Manor, to the skiing hubs of Hunter, Windham and Belleayre.
In recent years I’ve brought on a wonderful crew of agents who share the same dedication to customer service and straight-dealing. So our goal is to listen to your priorities and help you cut through all those listings to focus on just the ones that are worth your valuable time. We won’t just steer you toward our own listings or even the firm’s listings, but will work to find the house you’re looking for, with the knowledge to guide you about the market and the nuances of this special, spectacular area.
After spending most of my adult life viewing, buying, flipping, remodeling and selling a number of properties of my own, I realized that my passion for real estate would be best served helping others to find their dream property.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell your country property, it would be equally rewarding for me to offer my expertise and guide you in your real estate pursuits here in the Catskills.
While browsing for a second home around New Paltz several years back, a neighbor in our building in Brooklyn suggested my husband and I take a look at his place upstate in Sullivan County, in the Western Catskills. He invited us for a weekend, and we immediately fell in love.
We became devout weekenders for the first three years, tied to the city for our work lives, but excited to escape upstate any chance we got. Our weekends were spent discovering hidden treasures: a hiking trail that ends 500 feet above the Delaware River, where you can sit on a throne crafted out of bluestone slabs, and enjoy the most spectacular view. We found the private grass coves of Crystal Lake: a 35-acre swimming lake with lovely scenic trail encircling it (time it right, and the blueberry bushes are bursting!). We calmed ourselves by tubing or kayaking the peaceful waters of the Delaware, sighting the same pair of eagles that share our favorite stretch year after year.
After a decade, my list is quite long, and the area's beauty and diversity continue to surprise me.
In terms of my real estate wisdom: I worked in bustling Brooklyn with the Corcoran Group, and have a deep background in internet development. I promise a dedicated, thoughtful and thorough search, and expert guidance from contract to close. It would be my pleasure to show you around.
I feel very fortunate to have grown up in New Paltz, a scenic Hudson Valley town in the shadow of the Shawangunk ridge, home to both Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve. The small town character, the natural beauty, and the endless options for outdoor activity made for an ideal environment. I moved to New York City after college to pursue a career in financial technology, but upstate’s allure never faded. In 2006, I began the search for a quiet weekend retreat, and ultimately ended up designing and building a modern house near Millbrook, NY. I quickly realized that I had a passion for both design and real estate, and spent the next decade buying, renovating, and selling homes throughout the region - including Ulster, Dutchess and Columbia counties. As a result, I have a deep understanding of the real estate market in each of these areas.
In 2017, I decided to make real estate a full-time endeavor, and my family and I moved from Brooklyn to Gardiner, NY. I’m very excited to be working with Country House Realty, and welcome the opportunity to assist with your search or sale.
Since moving to the Catskills from Brooklyn in 2015, I’ve been running our sister company Red Cottage Inc., which has provided me invaluable experience in the joys and challenges of owning a wide range of country homes, lake houses, remote cabins and family estates in the area. During that time I've found a lot of synergy between the vacation rental market and real estate, and I can offer a wealth of knowledge on both segments of the market.
I take a targeted approach to connecting my buyers to the right properties. There's no need to show properties that aren't a good fit, but it's important to me to build trust, and work together to find the perfect home.
I learned accuracy and due diligence from my previous career working in finance and accounting for a large non-profit, though since moving to the Catskills I’ve traded my calculator and spreadsheets for a world of fire pits, stargazing, swimming holes, forests and hiking. I know what it takes to work and live in the area and I get great fulfillment from sharing my experiences with newcomers. I understand the second home market and weekender life, and I'm here to not just find your country house but to be a valuable local resource. I can recommend providers at every step of your buying process - from attorneys, banks and home inspectors to contractors, plumbers and caretakers. And let me tell you about that new restaurant opening up...