Upstate NY Real Estate News

Dec. 6, 2018

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Stop just visiting Chatham Village in beautiful Columbia County New York and start planting some roots!



by our Principal Broker, M. Natalia de Amorim, this original c1850 Farmhouse sits at the end of a dead-end lane. On nearly 3 acres at the edge of Chatham Village abutting 62 acres of Borden's Pond Conservation Area

Feel like you are a world away while actually being within walking distance of Village Hall [opposite Preferred Country Properties office], Chatham Bookstore, Crandell Theatre (home of Film Columbia]. Enjoy the vast assortment of cafes, pubs and restaurants including ever popular Destino Fiesta Mexicana, Yianni's at The Chatham House and Blue Pate Restaurant [opposite Preferred Country Properties office].

The first time offered in over 50 years, this property is a gem in the waiting with its solid structures (did we mention the detached two-car garage) and quiet setting. Some dated decor but totally livable as is with miles of walking trails at your door! Easy access to Crellin Town Park and Taconic State Parkway only about a mile away.


Eat-In Kitchen Off Laundry Room Lovely Wood Floors Continue to Living Room



Let us show you this great new Exclusive.

It's brand new to market and showings are easily arranged. Call


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Could you meet this week? Let us know your availability and we'll gladly meet you.


M. Natalia de Amorim - Principal Broker/Owner/Realtor




Posted in Blog
May 16, 2018

Tennis, Lake & Winery Nearby - Entertaining Made Easy

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Featuring tennis, a lake, and a winery nearby, entertaining made easy at 75 Shaker Ridge Rd, Canaan, NY. Hilltop orchards is a 2 minute drive from the front door of your new home. Located in Upstate NY real estate, in Columbia County and the lovely Hudson Valley, and near the western Massachusetts border and Berkshire mountains, this lovely home has so much to offer both inside and outside of the home and property. 

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75 Shaker Ridge Rd has high vaulted ceilings and generously sized rooms with lots of glass bring in the outdoors. A first floor master bedroom en suite, with well-distanced guest bedrooms, means that you have plenty of space for comfortably entertaining, living with your family, or excellent self-care. 

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Having an attached garage plus detached garage means you have plenty of storage for cars, equipment or important keepsakes; an attached garage in winter in Upstate NY real estate is a true gift!

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With a renovated chef's kitchen sure to please the skillful food artist we all wish we could be, meals have great potential to be thoroughly enjoyed either in the dining room or the 3-season room. A fully-finished lower level including family room with wood stove and fireplace, and a wrap deck on a super private and quiet 8+ acre lot, means that potential for joyful meals with delicious local wine await you at 75 Shaker Ridge Rd, Canaan, NY.

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For those of us who enjoy being active, you will have full use of common pond and tennis courts all within 13 miles to Lenox, 10 minutes to Richmond, MA, 15 minutes to Chatham, NY or a short drive to skiing at Jiminy Peak or Bousquet. Queechy lake is around the corner from you with lots of resources for fun activities for kids and adults. Or try the Stevens Glen trail or Schor Conservation area for some great hiking or peaceful walks in any season. 

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This home provides proximity to some fabulous resources. Ever wanted to try glass-blowing? You have a local artist practically in your backyard at Hoogs and Crawford. Interested in studying Buddha, Dharma or Sangha? The Tendai Buddhist Institute is only a few minutes away. The rare book collector has a gem of a resource down the road from 75 Shaker Ridge Rd at The Librarium

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The chef who appreciate's the renovated kitchen will likely be interested to know what kind of delicious edible resources are local. Pick up local produce at Three Maples Market Garden or The Berry Farm and cook your own delights. Swing by the Canaan General Store for some basics, spices, household goods or a sandwich with homemade bread. The Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse will delight the coffee drinker and art enthusiasts. Try The Rouge Restaurant and sit at one of their tables on their outside patio, or visit the East Chatham Food Company on one of the evenings when they have low-key live music. 

75 Shaker Ridge Rd, Canaan, NY 7

Contact us today for a private preview or visit our Hudson Valley real estate website for more information. We'd be happy to help you with any of your Upstate NY real estate or Western Massachusetts real estate needs.

Posted in Blog
May 10, 2018

Built for Relaxation: 253 Hanky Mull Rd, Nassau, NY

This recently listed home at 253 Hanky Mull Rd, Nassau, NY nestled in the countryside of Upstate NY real estate, was practically built for relaxation. Featuring a hot tub on one of the home's three decks, you can relax outside in any season. 

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Winter provides it's own comfort and warmth with this home's stunning 9ft Bluestone Hearth in a large living room. Watch a game by the fireplace or look out the windows to see the changing of the seasons or the falling of the snow. 

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As a renovated Cottage, you'll have a comfortable kitchen with amenities like a with appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator and stove. You can chill out in the summer with central air conditioning (newly installed in 2012). 

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Have cars that need to be covered? You're in luck with this home's 18x26ft open-front garage, as well as an additional 10x14ft garage. Plenty of storage available with a wood garden shed on your 1.8 surveyed acres.

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This home will keep you warm, cool and/or relaxed any day of the year, but should you find that you want to go out to explore, you're only 30 minutes away from Lee Outlets, or Albany, NY in the other direction.  

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Having a place like Hand Hollow Conservation area nearby, managed by the Columbia Land Conservancy, means that you know you're in good company with plenty of open space for hiking or cross-country skiing. If you have a dog that loves to take you hiking, you will also be close to Cherry Plain State Park.

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If the arts and mental stimulation are more in line with your interests, The Theater Barn is only a few minutes away from your home. Or explore some spirituality with the Sufi community that is not far from 253 Hanky Mull Rd, Nassau, NY

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Food can be a fun activity all on its own, and if this is something you love to explore, consider trying the Blueberry Hill Cafe for brunch on a Sunday morning. We hear good things about the Kendall House and Mario's, too.

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However you decide to fill your days, whether it's staying home where you'll be warm and relaxed, or heading out to enjoy the freedom, open space and fun things to do in Upstate NY, Columbia County, the Hudson Valley, or Western Massachusetts, we'd love it if you would consider our services to help guide you home, whether it's 253 Hankey Mull Rd, Nassau, NY or any of our other featured properties

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Happy Spring and happy home-hunting from Preferred Country Properties

Posted in Blog
May 9, 2018

Elemental Waters - 262 Vandenburg, Canaan, NY

On the list of things that nourish the mind and spirit, elemental waters and the healing energy of nature are at the top of the list.This gorgeous property in Upstate NY real estate features its own spring fed pond, but is also only 5 minutes away from the pristine waters of Queechy lake

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Owning a low maintenance home at 262 Vandenburg Dr, Canaan, NY that was built less than 15 years ago adds to low stress living that a property like this would provide for it's owner. You will rest well in this property which has been used minimally over it's short life, meaning that you get a house in fantastic shape with all the benefits from being perfectly positioned in the idyllic countryside of Upstate NY real estate, in the Hudson Valley and in Columbia County, NY.

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It's hard to imagine that you would ever need to seek entertainment or fun outside of the joys of home ownership of this property, yet Queechy lake provides ample opportunity for fun and relaxation with rights to its beach and room to kayak, swim, canoe or float on an inner tube, depending on your mood, only a couple of miles away, close enough to ride a bike. 

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Lenox, MA is only 10 minutes away from this home situated on the eastern border of NY, near the Berkshire Mountains. Music and the arts at Tanglewood are only a 20 minute drive away; far enough away to give you peace and privacy in your home base, yet close enough to make seeking the mental stimulation and harmony of beautiful music an easy effort with great reward. 

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Should you find that you want to enjoy the benefits of organic food, Chatham, NY has a fabulous market that we encourage you to visit, as well as Tierra Farm. The Chatham Grill will let you have a hearty meal before walking over to the picturesque historical movie theater, the Crandell Theater, owned by the Chatham Film Club

If traveling to and from the NYC is your main focus, this property is only 15 minute from the Taconic Parkway, a lovely rolling drive through the countryside that connects Columbia to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Outdoor activities might be your bread and butter, so consider that Bousquet skiing is less than 20 minutes away. Hike at Harvey Mountain state forest, or Ooms Conservation area, and then treat yourself to a massage and delicious spa treatments at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Kripalu, or try a drink at Harvest Spirits Distillery.

262 Vandenburg Rd has the master bedroom and master bath on the first floor, while guests have 2 BRS to choose from upstairs, or one w/bath and great room on the finished, walkout lower level. Featuring a great deck to read or grill on, garage, 3+ acres of privacy, quiet and accessibility to everything. 15 minutes to our office in Chatham - we'd be glad to show you.

Rejuvenate yourself with water and nature at this gorgeous home in Upstate NY real estate or explore some of our other properties. We'd be happy to help you at our website

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Posted in Blog
May 8, 2018

Tanglewood & 117 Smith Lane, Canaan, NY

We have a not-so-secret gem of a resource right in our backyard here in the gorgeous Hudson Valley of Upstate NY and Columbia County - Tanglewood.

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Summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and host of fabulous shows in 2018 including Harry Connic, Jr, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, and pianist Lang Lang, Tanglewood is one of the favorite activities of both permanent residents and vacation home owners, both near and far. 

Tanglewood happens to be only 20 minutes away from this gorgeouus home at 117 Smith Lane, Canaan, NY. Built around 1820, this Federal Colonial has high ceilings and 5 bedrooms, including 2 master suites. Consider making this your primary home or vacation home, and retreat from the stress of city life and busy-ness by yourself, with family, or with friends.

On summer days, relax by the pool, take a hike at nearby Bates Memorial State Park, kayak at Queechy Lake, and then you and some friends and family can take an easy countryside drive to take in a show at Tanglewood. Doesn't that sound like a delicious way to spend a summer day?

If history is more your cup of tea, consider that Hancock Shaker Village is only 15 minutes away from 117 Smith Lane, and the Berkshire Museum is only 20 minutes from your door. 

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Winter can be spent reading a good book in one of the many rooms with a roaring fireplace, or watch the leaves of fall change from the comfort of your screened porch. Easily entertain your guests in any season with excellent circular flow of the first floor, large rooms and a big kitchen.

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Close to Chatham, Hudson, Pittsfield, New Lebanon, Lenox and Stockbridge, there are limitless possibilities for the joy and ease of country living at 117 Smith Lane, Canaan, NY. 

Should you find that this property and the proximity it has to wonderful things to see and do interests you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at Preferred Country Properties and ask to speak to Natalia. 

Cheers to summer weather, live music and country living and visit our blog for more information about things to do in Upstate NY and Western Massachusetts. 


Posted in Blog
May 8, 2018

Kinderhook Lakefront Property

86 W Shore Dr, Kinderhook, NY90ft of frontage directly on the Lake

The warmer weather is making us think about all things summer and water - waterskiing, swimming, kayaking, boating, canoeing, floating around and soaking up the sun, or reading a delicious book next to the water. 

We have the perfect lakefront property coming soon that will let you do all of those activities. With 90ft of water frontage directly on the lake, 3BR and 2BA, this house would be perfect as a year-round retreat to live full-time, or escape from city life. Situated on a lot and a half, there is plenty of space to spread out and relax. Owned by the same family for the last 50 years, this property has a lot of loving history that we are excited to see be passed along to the next family. 

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Imagine waking up on a Saturday morning, and heading down the street about 10 minutes to pick up fresh bagels in the welcoming town of Kinderhook for you and your family to enjoy before planning a day of fun on the lake. Or check out Samascott Orchards for delicious fresh produce, flowers, bakery, seasonal fruit picking for apples and strawberries, among others, and their fabulous corn maze. 

Take a bike ride around the area and then reward yourself with a stop at Dutch Desserts, or Stewarts for some ice cream.

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To learn more about Kinderhook and the surrounding area, check out this website. There is a lot of history in this area, and owning a home nearby will give you easy access to places such as the Luykas Van Alen house, Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, and the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. The Columbia County Historical Society is an active and thorough resource for the history buffs interested in living in the area, and the local chapter of the DAR host regular meetings and events. 

Wouldn't it be amazing to have a house right by the water, immersed in history, close to small-town activities if you choose to seek them out, and not far from things to do in Albany, NY or western Massachusetts (see our blog post here). For more information on local things to do and other properties for sale, please visit here and here, and we'd love to have you visit our website for more information on this property and many others. 


M. Natalia de Amorim - Principal Broker Owner Realtor

19 Central Square, Chatham Village NY 12037 ~ 518-392-5600


Posted in Blog
April 26, 2018

Upstate NY Real Estate: Events, Art, Food, Music, Spring ‘18

Upstate NY real estate

Here in Columbia NY, near the Berkshire Mountains and the Catskill Mountains, we are so excited about what feels like the official arrival of Spring! With the changing of the seasons to warmer weather, we have so many lovely outdoor events and activities that we would love to share with you. 

117 Smith Lane, Canaan, NY

Of course, our number one activity is Columbia County Real Estate and we can't help but invite you to look at the beautiful homes in our area. Please check out our website, and imagine yourself coming home to one of these gorgeous properties, whether it's your primary home or a vacation house.

So many criteria go into picking the home that serves you best, whether you share with friends or family, or your lovely self. Are you an outdoor person who wants to be near the waterfront for watersports like kayaking, swimming, canoeing or jetskiing? Do you love hiking or skiing (downhill or cross country) the gorgeous parks and mountains near Columbia County NY? Do you want privacy, or want to be near towns or a city big or small? We can help you.
Now that we've discussed Columbia County real estate, let's share some other fabulous interests and activities. Are you a foodie? Check out this wine and food festival, or this restaurant, or this one. Try the pizza at 66 Eatzzeria. Cheese lovers should visit Bimi's Cheese Shop on Main Street in Chatham

Breweries and wineries are growing in popularity, and we have a great one at Chatham Brewery. Hudson-Chatham winery could be added to a list of things to do while you're here.

If grabbing coffee and reading the paper in an adorable coffee shop is one of your favorite things to do, visit Ben Gables Savories, the recently updated Gluten Free Our Daily Bread, and the Bartlett House.

Music and the arts light up your brain and spirit? Go for a walk at Art Omi and be mesmerized at the structures and pieces created by their Resident Artist summer program, including the revolving glass house built in an open field, and check out their website for a fantastic list of local art galleries.

Joyce Goldstein gallery has a new exhibit on Carrie Waldman coming soon. If you take a drive from NYC, the Taconic Sculpture Park creates quite the impression and is visible from the road. PS21, Mac Hadyn and Tanglewood have something for the music, dance and live theater lovers.

Chatham has the Crandell Theater, a lovely old-fashioned focal point of the town, and listed here as one of the 10 Beautiful Old Theaters around the country.

Hudson, NY has a rapidly expanding cultural center, with fabulous food, music at the Opera House, art, as well as shopping for antiques and furniture, and it's only a quick two hour train ride from NYC. Come for the day, or better yet, come to a new-to-you home featured in our Columbia County real estate listings, and bring all of these fabulous places into your life more regularly! (Visit our website -  we're always glad to help you).

Have kids and looking for things to do while you're upstate? Try Jiminy Peak's mountain adventure park. Queechy lake has summer swim camp for kids and the Bird Sanctuary in Old Chatham is a lovely walk to a rocky outlook. Take the kids to the stunning Olana - great place for grown-ups to visit, too -  and bring a picnic!

Whether you choose to visit us in the spring, summer, winter or fall, there are things to see and do that will open your eyes and spirit to the natural beauty that we are thrilled to share with our Columbia County Real Estate. Join us in our love for this area and check out our gorgeous properties for sale. See you soon!

Posted in Blog
May 25, 2016

Hudson Home Owners Cook Up Some Fun

Looking to spice up life in the kitchen of your Hudson home? Try taking a cooking class at Valley Variety. Located at 705 Warren Street, this space is part culinary classroom, part art exhibit and part shop. With a true visionary moment Valley Variety’s founders felt the need to bring together a modern space to Hudson real estate where patrons can learn, reflect and shop all at once.

Cooking and baking workshops, demonstrations and other chef’s event are often on the calendar. Classes occur in the onsite chef’s kitchen. Learn the basics or tricks of the trade at one of these informative culinary events. Private events are also available for those with groups who want to get together and expand their minds as a whole.

Art is also a focus here, with temporary exhibits gracing the walls. Rotating shows highlight works from contemporary artists ensuring there is always something new to see. Valley Variety also stocks an assortment of consciously selected merchandise. Items are chosen for functionality, inspiration and uniqueness. High quality kitchen essentials are of course in stock. There are also personal living items such as colorful blankets and backpacks, and modern amenities like fashionable Bluetooth speakers. Shoppers are sure to find the perfect something at Valley Variety for their Hudson home.


Posted in News
May 25, 2016

Locals Indulge In Sweet Treats On Hillsdale Real Estate

Sweet treats abound at the Village Scoop nestled upon Hillsdale real estate. Here is a quaint little ice cream creamery big on charm and big on taste. Flavors are plentiful and include good old fashion vanilla strawberry, and chocolate as well as more creative choices. Favorites include cappuccino and dulce de leche. Here root beer floats flow, bananas are split and waffle cones are dipped in sprinkles. Locals especially love the Village Scoop sundaes which can be topped with hot fudge, caramel, fruit, nuts and whipped cream. Yum!

For those craving something other than ice cream, there are a variety of snacks to satisfy. Chocolate lovers living on Hillsdale real estate can sink their teeth into a rich brownie, and those seeking cake can choose from pieces of coffee cake, pound cake and lemon iced. The cookie jar is also kept full. Two varieties are black and whites, and traditional chocolate chip. Whatever treat is decided upon, The Village Scoop has a coffee drink to pair it with.

Delight the folks at home and bring a handpacked pint of ice cream back to your Hillsdale home. Nothing beats the heat better than an ice cream cone and with summer just around the corner, The Village Scoop is the perfect place to stop.


Posted in News
May 25, 2016

Stories Come To Life Near Chatham Homes At The Mac-Haydn Theatre

Come see a show close to Chatham homes at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Doors opened at the Mac-Haydn way back in 1969 creating a community theater with quality artistic productions. Indeed since its beginning, one great hit after another has graced this Chatham real estate stage. The 2016 season continues the trend with a top of the line calendar.

Summer shows include traditional musicals such as South Pacific and Chicago, mixed with some newer collaborations like Into The Woods and The Addams Family. South Pacific is a prime example of classic theater that never gets old, and a perfect opportunity for those who call it their favorite to share its wonderfulness with newbies to the theater. The timeless tale of romance and social strife that guides it along still stands true today. Another well loved musical is the vibrant and volatile Chicago. With “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango”, toes are kept tapping and hands clapping time and time again. Into The Woods will have the audience on edge as it follows Cinderella, a young couple seeking a child, a witch, and Jack selling his cow all into the depths of a dark forest. Of course calamity strikes creating a suspenseful and eerie scene. Most remember The Addams Family as icons from television. Although they are not necessarily the neighbors most want living next to Chatham homes, their lives were quite interesting and do make a marvelous and amusing story for the stage.

Kids love to follow in the footsteps of the elders they adore, and with the Children’s Theatre at the Mac-Haydn they can. Upcoming shows for the Children’s Theatre include the traditional fairy tales of the Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel and the ridiculously silly Seussical.

A complete calendar listing and ticket information is available at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Go see a show today!


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