Sunday Real Estate Feature: Cape Cod Cottage Near Main Street

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29 Cross Street, Beacon, NY
PRICE: $329,500 BEDS & BATHS: 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

From Daniel Aubry Realty: “This delightful Cape Cod cottage sits on an unusually deep lot. Near the West End of Beacon's bustling Main Street, and a short walk to Beacon's Metro-North Station, which has hourly service to Grand Central. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet. The guest bedroom faces the garden. The living area is an open plan with an adorning eat-in kitchen, which merges into the the cozy living room. The 2nd floor is a loft with overhead lighting, and could function as a music studio or fabulous family room. The former garage has been converted into a studio and is fully insulated and fitted out with track lighting. This home is perfect for an artist, musician, craftsperson or health practitioner." Details and more pictures in A Little Beacon Blog's Real Estate Listings Guide.

CONTACT INFO

Contact the Daniel Aubry Realty office, and one of their dedicated agents will assist you.
E-mail: daniel1aubry@gmail.com
Phone: (917) 647-6823

Real Estate Feature: An Artist Or Designer Live/Work Life In The Telephone Building

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own building? Modifying as you wish? Designing your own rooftop garden to enjoy the view of Mount Beacon? Showing your work in the gallery downstairs while living upstairs?

Perhaps painting or designing down in the refinished basement studio? Then one of Beacon’s most historic - and most pristinely maintained, after its recent renovation - buildings is for you as a Live/Work building. See details and pictures in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing Guide, or at the Telephone Building’s own website: www.telephonebuildingbeacon.com

Thank you, Telephone Building, for being a supporting sponsor of our publication by way of the Real Estate Guide! The Telephone Building is represented by building owner Deborah Bigelow.

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Cute Cottages Going Fast In A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide

This cute house was listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide for a hot second before it got an offer. We update that Guide with new listings from our sponsoring real estate agencies every Monday. Head over there now to see what listings are featured, including houses, apartments, buildings, and commercial spaces.

If you’re interested in listing your property(ies), contact us and our ad manager will be in touch.

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Sunday Real Estate Feature: Charmer at 39 Willow Street

This charmer just came on the market. Perched up on a slight hill, this would be a cozy home. From Gate House Realty: “One of a kind! Charming light-filled traditional Cape-style home, steps to Main Street's restaurants and shops and Metro-North. Welcoming front porch with views of Mount Beacon. Tranquil private yard surrounded by flowering trees, perennial garden and lovely brick patio. Entryway with handsome staircase opens to a spacious living room with mahogany floors, wood-burning fireplace and gorgeous oversized windows. Kitchen showcases plenty of cabinets and work space, granite countertops, window seat and large mudroom. Sweet master bedroom with sitting area.”

39 Willow Street, Beacon, NY 12508
PRICE: $415,000    BEDS & BATHS: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms

PRO TIP: We update this Guide every Monday. We check in with our advertisers to see what changed, if something sold or got rented, and then update their featured pictures. They decide what is live in this Guide.

This is a featured listing from A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide. If you want to list your property - whether you’re selling it yourself, or if you are an agent - please see our Media Kit in the Advertising section.

This listing is from Gate House Realty, a sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog. Thank you for supporting businesses who support us!

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Sunday Real Estate Feature: Cute Storefront Space on Main Street - Formerly A Kids Consignment Shop

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Here's a little secret - this little yellow storefront is what hooked my hubby and myself into Beacon. Back when we were only thinking of making the move up from the city, we had dreams of filling it with a boutique, and doing something spectacular with the raw warehouse space behind it (also available for rent right now). What will you do with it?
From Gate House Realty: “Beautifully maintained storefront in Central Main Street zoned business district of Beacon. High visibility with double window displays, open floor plan with incredible natural light, hardwood floors and half bath. Available immediately. Call listing agent to schedule a viewing.”
RENT: $2,000/month
Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty, (845) 831-9550
Details + Pictures >

Sunday Real Estate Guide Feature: This Beacon Bungalow

This is a small house (tiny house people - is this a Tiny House?), on a pretty piece of land that may have room for expansion. Anyone who has lived in or stayed in a beach house will recognize this laid-back cottage feel and immediately feel at home. The yard itself looks ruggedly beachy, with the tall grasses and rock landscaping, surrounded by tall trees near Mount Beacon.

At first blush you may say “too small,” but think big and go visit. It’s adorable.
From Gate House Realty: “This adorable bungalow with beautiful mountain views has 2 bedrooms, and 1 bath, surrounded by great light and outdoor space in a quiet part of Beacon. Lots of updates including new roof, kitchen, bath and patio. With room to expand, this cozy cottage also has a garage with a new roof and ample storage space. Close to East End of Main Street and all that Beacon has to offer.”
380 Washington Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508
BEDROOMS: 2 BATHS: 1
PRICE: $239,000
Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty, (845) 831-9550
Details + Pictures >

This listing is brought to you by Gate House Realty, @gatehouserealty_hvny, and we thank you for supporting businesses who support us! If you would like to list your property(s), whether you’re a private seller or an agent, please see our Media Kit in the Advertising section of the website and see the Real Estate Listing Packages. Our readers like dreaming of new digs and investments.

One Of Beacon's Historic Buildings From 1907 - Telephone Building at 291 Main Street - Is For Sale

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You know this building as the brick building across from Key Food. 291 Main Street is the building whose owner and restorer - Deborah Bigelow - is always outside sweeping trash, scraping cigar spit, raking the driveway and tree filler (yes, raking it into a meditative pattern), and who was up on the boom last year gilding the words "Telephone Building" in gold leaf by hand. If you went to her presentation for the Beacon Historical Society, you would have learned that those gold leaf sheets came in small squares that she needed to take up to the top of the building, in strong winds, and do her thing to gild it to the iconic letters.

This detail was her signature and the final piece of work on a building she rescued 27 years ago. Deborah has reached her point of retirement, and is selling the building. She has listed it in A Little Beacon Blog's Real Estate Guide, and is representing it herself. You can read more about the full renovation of the building at the Telephone Building’s website, which has lots of pictures.

Learn more about the love story  behind this bar in A Little Beacon Space.

Learn more about the love story behind this bar in A Little Beacon Space.

When buildings go up for sale, a wave of uncertainty goes through the community. A Little Beacon Blog is Deborah's tenant in the front office, with windows overlooking Main Street. We did this to physically connect with the community to offer pop-up shops, workshop space, and more in what we call A Little Beacon Space.

We always knew that at some point soon in her life, Deborah would embark on her sale of the building. Therefore, we are 100% supportive and thrilled for her. In fact, it has launched a million dreams of where A Little Beacon Space might pop up next. We wrote a Love Note To Deborah and discussed possibilities of our future plans in this article, which you can read here.

PS: Our South Avenue Elementary School kids are practicing songs from "The Greatest Showman" for their next recital, so it's a nice coincidence that this really inspiring soundtrack is fueling a possible move to... we don't know where! Or maybe staying right here! We wrote a Love Note To Deborah As She Sells Her Building, which you can read here.

The Love Story Behind The Bar In A Little Beacon Space

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Upon reflecting on my favorite aspects of A Little Beacon Space in the Telephone Building, I came upon a certain detail about the bar that sits in the front left corner of the office. Did you know that there is a love story behind the bar in A Little Beacon Space? It’s one of the signature pieces in this office, and one that I thought came with the room when I was considering renting it. Turns out it was commissioned by the former occupiers of this space (the Nixie Sparrows), it was designed and built by Brian Kolb of Falls Woodsmith, and if I wanted the bar to stay, I needed to buy it. So I did.

One day, a fellow website creator, Courtney Kolb (formerly Urciuoli) aka @hudsonvalleycompass, met with me to talk about a website she built, Wappingers Rises. As we chatted at the bar, she said: “You know, I met my husband thanks to this bar.”

What? Here’s Courtney’s Story Of “How We Met,” Thanks To The Bar:

The signature on the wood bar in A Little Beacon Space. Created by  Falls Woodsmith .

The signature on the wood bar in A Little Beacon Space. Created by Falls Woodsmith.

“I needed a dining room table made for a project I was working on - I was buying my great-grandma’s house in Beacon to live in as my personal home - and I asked Meg (Lawrence, former Nixie Sparrow) who made her bar. She referred Brian Kolb because I loved the bar.

“Brian came over to give me a quote. We talked endlessly, and I always say I never got a dining room table, instead I got the best life. My engagement ring was from the first renovation we did in Beacon. An old flooring nail that he set his grandma’s diamond in. I’m pretty sure I’m the one that pulled the nail out because I pulled all the floor nails out 😂😂 Yes, he set it himself and sealed it . 😂😂❤️❤️❤️

“Fast forward and we’re married, eating on the same Ikea dining room furniture I’ve had since college. The very one I wanted to replace when I originally contacted him 5 years ago. I’ve since left corporate America and work with Brian as a husband/wife team restoring homes for our business, Falls Woodsmith. We’ve completed nine huge projects since that first meeting, including several home renovations in Beacon and Wappingers. Our next project, 14 Water Street, Beacon, hits the market May 15!”

Sunday Real Estate Guide Feature: 1 Bedroom Apartment in 544 Main Street, Beacon, NY

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Time for the Sunday Real Estate Section:

A few rental apartments have become available in 544 Main Street - the building on the far end of Main Street above the Green Room salon and a free municipal parking lot. This apartment comes with a sun-filled deck outside with a view of Mount Beacon, and is near the Fishkill Creek and Roundhouse.

From Gate House Realty: “One-bedroom apartment in very desirable newer building on the East End of Main Street. Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, and laundry in basement. Approximately 550 sq feet. Pet friendly. Heat and hot water included. Available April 10th.”
PRICE: $1,650/month BEDROOMS: 1 BATHROOMS: 1
Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty, (845) 831-9550
Details + Pictures >

Building That Houses Homespun About To Change Hands - 232 Main Street

Photo Credit: Gate House Realty

Photo Credit: Gate House Realty

Every now and then, sometimes on a Sunday and now in our Friday newsletter, we feature a listing from A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide. This weekend’s feature is 232 Main Street, and upon looking at the photo, we immediately thought: “Hey! That’s our friend Homespun’s building!” Also in the building: the folks who live in the apartments upstairs (which look very cute and one seems to be available).

When a building goes up for sale, anything can happen. So we reached out to Homespun’s owner, Jessica Reisman, to inquire if she knew about any next steps. Essentially - is Homespun going anywhere? Will the deep-dish french toast and homemade soups still be within walking distance? “Homespun is definitely here to stay (almost 13 years old now!)” Jessica responded. “We are hoping that whoever buys the building will give us a good long lease!”

Well, that’s good news! Being that the listing is with Gate House Realty, an advertiser here at A Little Beacon Blog and the reason 232 Main Street is in our Real Estate Guide, we reached out to Charlotte for any inside scoop she could release. “There is an accepted offer, and the new buyer would like to see her stay, so hopefully Homespun will be around for a long time.” Anything can happen in real estate, so we’ll think good thoughts and wait until the end, or rather, the new beginning.

And keep it tuned to A Little Beacon Blog, refreshing often to see real estate opportunities like this if you have been looking for a great building to invest in, with popular businesses and tenants already there. There are more houses, apartments, and sometimes storefronts that get featured in our listings. This fixer-upper with the vintage kitchen is still available…

Sunday Home Searching: Easy Train Commuting Townhouse - 3 Bedroom

Doing a little Sunday driving to get to know other areas of Beacon? Gate House Realty has all sorts of fresh featured listings in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing Guide. Remember that vintage kitchen in Glenham? That home is still available. (Simply tap Directories above, then hit Real Estate Listing Guide - it’s the red one.)

This townhouse on West Main (down by the train station and Hudson River) looks to be in great shape for $310,000, with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Looking for move-in ready? This could be for you.

From Gate House Realty: “Newly renovated 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1,200-square-foot townhouse. New kitchen with granite countertops and appliances, updated bathrooms, new wood flooring, tile and carpet. Deck off of the master bedroom, Hudson River views, bluestone patio, and outdoor shed.”

Bluestone patio? Sounds nice. Call Gate House to check it out: (845) 831-9550. Gate House Realty is a sponsor in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide, and we thank them for their support! And readers, thank you for supporting businesses who support us.

Interested in listing your house, apartment, storefront, building or other? Tap the Advertising tab above and hit Media Kit. See the Real Estate section, and we look forward to showcasing your pics! We love vicariously house-shopping and storefront-dreaming through others.

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Holiday Present To Yourself: 119 Howland Avenue

Just because this InstaStory photo turned out so cute, we’re bringing it up to the blog! 

Why not give a house as a holiday present to yourself? This home at 119 Howland Avenue is in a charming area of Beacon, giving you real mountain-side living. This side of town is very hilly, so even driving around on the back-roads will debut new views for you. If you like getting lost exploring, that’s totally possible here. 

See all of the pictures and pricing in the full listing here in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing. 

This house is represented by JonCar Realty, and we thank them for their support! Call them for a showing: (845) 831-3331. 

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Where Is This House? 119 Howland Avenue Is Near Bob's Corner Store and Mount Beacon

119 Howland Avenue, currently for sale from JonCar Realty, as listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide.  Photo Credit: JonCar Realty

119 Howland Avenue, currently for sale from JonCar Realty, as listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide.
Photo Credit: JonCar Realty

When you look at home listings on websites, you see the address, but you don’t always know exactly where it is. A property might be right next to somewhere you have been to or driven by countless times - even on a daily basis!

Such is the case with 119 Howland Avenue, a house that is for sale from JonCar Realty and listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide. So where is this house? We jumped into the car to drive there to find out. But not before we dug down to find out how old it was! And here is what we discovered…

First, you drive down Route 9D toward Mount Beacon. You drive past the Elks Lodge, towards Scenic Hudson’s redesigned and expanded parking lot at the entrance to Mount Beacon.

Drive down Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue towards Mount Beacon to get to Howland Avenue.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Drive down Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue towards Mount Beacon to get to Howland Avenue.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Right as you pass the older apartment building designed in a Spanish adobe style, and just as you think about ordering a grilled cheese from Bob’s Corner Store, you turn left down… Howland Avenue!

Howland Avenue is a quick turn off of 9D, and is an artery road toward several communities at the base of Mount Beacon.

Howland Avenue intersection with Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Howland Avenue intersection with Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The house that is for sale, 119 Howland Avenue, will be on your left, across from wide open land which during the fall, presents a stunning view of peak fall foliage.

119 Howland Avenue in the fall.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

119 Howland Avenue in the fall.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

View from across the street of 119 Howland Avenue during the fall foliage.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

View from across the street of 119 Howland Avenue during the fall foliage.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Now that you know where 119 Howland Avenue is, you can check out the inside of the house via all of the pictures we have! See the new open kitchen, the renovated original details of the house, the gorgeous bathrooms (so many bathrooms), the balcony and porches, and the fireplaces. Call JonCar Realty to see it, and chime in back here if you make it yours!

The Land Surveyor With The 1867 Atlas Tattoo of (Pre)Beacon (When Named Fishkill Landing and Matteawan)

Maps in this photo are from the David Rumsey collection, and the house in the woods is from an old postcard from the Beacon Historical Society’s collection. As of this writing, we have not confirmed where that house is. The tattoo pictured is on the arm of Tom Cerchiara, made by Evan McGuigan at Graceland Tattoo.  Photo Credit: Collage from A Little Beacon Blog

Maps in this photo are from the David Rumsey collection, and the house in the woods is from an old postcard from the Beacon Historical Society’s collection. As of this writing, we have not confirmed where that house is. The tattoo pictured is on the arm of Tom Cerchiara, made by Evan McGuigan at Graceland Tattoo.
Photo Credit: Collage from A Little Beacon Blog

When A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide got the listing for 119 Howland Avenue, we were immediately intrigued by the old house with the four fireplaces. Clearly it was built in a different time with its many bedrooms and bathrooms, with room for a large family or live-in nanny. It must have been from the 1800s, but when?

Who better to ask than a land surveyor? Beacon is lucky enough to have several good ones in the area. Tom Cerchiara of TEC Land Surveying is who I thought of first, as my design agency rebranded his logo and website. That rebranding project exposed me to the profession of a land surveyor, where they deeply research the histories of a property to determine boundaries, ownership rights, and much more. So I had a feeling Tom may know the origins of this house.

When I asked him, his immediate response was: “That house is on the 1867 Atlas.”

The 1867 Atlas

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the 1867 Atlas on    David Rumsey’s website    and part of his collection.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the 1867 Atlas on David Rumsey’s website and part of his collection.

What atlas, I thought? There’s an atlas? Yes. Tom explained that years ago, detailed maps were made of regions, and each map included different properties and information on them. These have been relied upon by surveyors as they research a property and look for clues.

A man named David Rumsey, who has a deep history with technology and archives, has published several of these maps on his website, even winning awards and recognition for this contribution. You can see the 1867 one titled “Fishkill on the Hudson and Matteawan” right here (the area was actually called Fishkill Landing and Matteawan, but the atlas called it “Fishkill on the Hudson”). This is a map of what is known as Beacon now, before it was called Beacon.

Prior to being known as Beacon, the area was officially two names: “Fishkill Landing, near the Hudson River and its busy ports, which incorporated as a village in 1864; and Matteawan, an industrial hub located near the Fishkill Creek, which incorporated in 1886” as explained in this article from Diane Lapis of the Beacon Historical Society that is part of A Little Beacon Blog’s Postcards series.

The Tattoo

“The 1867 Atlas is tattooed on my arm. And that house is represented right here.” Tom pointed to a black marking on his arm.

Wait, what? Tattooed? I knew that Tom had gotten a tattoo last year by Evan McGuigan who made the tattoo at Graceland Tattoo, and I remembered that it was a map of Beacon. But at the time, that’s all it was - a map of Beacon. Now that I’d gone on my own historical property search leading me to the 1867 Atlas of Fishkill and Matteawan, this all became more curious.

The Previous Owner of 119 Howland Avenue From 1867

Back at the computer, Tom zoomed in on the map, and saw that the property was attributed to Frank B. Goodrich, a well-known writer. According to an article at Lehigh University, Frank lost his eyesight, preventing him from earning a living, and retired to a country home (now known as 119 Howland Avenue) in the Hudson Valley.

 

Excerpted from the Lehigh University article:

Frank Goodrich was born in Hartford, CT, to Mary Boott Goodrich and Samuel Griswold Goodrich, the popular author of the "Peter Parley" tales of geography and adventure. After graduating from Harvard in 1845, Goodrich moved to Paris when his father was chosen as the United States consul. Goodrich’s literary career began there when, under the pseudonym of "Dick Tinto," he wrote letters to the New York Times about Paris and its government (J. Derby 123). These letters, which his obituary describes as “remarkable for their perception of character, correct judgment of events, and sagacity in political prediction,” were collectively published as Tricolored Sketches of Paris. Goodrich’s most well known works include The Court of Napoleon, Man upon the Sea, The Tribute Book, and Women of Beauty and Heroism (The Goodrich Family in America)…

After his eyesight failed him, preventing him from earning a living, Goodrich went abroad for several years before seeking his retirement at a country house on the Hudson. He spent his later years in New York City, retaining a lively interest in politics but living a quiet life due to his eyesight.

 
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Here is a picture of the house and what it looks like now. It is currently for sale, and you can see more pictures here.

Moving To Beacon In The Winter

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It’s a really good time to move to Beacon. I mean, it’s always a good time to move to Beacon, people have done it time and again no matter what the month. But now is good because the market has opened up a bit. Earlier this year, fewer houses were on the market, and now there are quite a few. More and more people are getting involved with city regulations and how taxes work, so there is a revived look at how our taxes are calculated. Like the Assessment Rate or the city’s Sales Tax that currently goes to Dutchess County to be managed (this decision up for renewal in 2024, so look for fresh debate).

Renovations around town keep rolling, either by the new homeowners or by flippers, so pretty much anywhere you look in Beacon, a house is getting a makeover. And then there are the apartments that are going to be finished soon. There are a lot of options (and emotional adjustments, for those of us not expecting to see so many new buildings go up, but that’s a different blog post, and one that I personally have faith will work out as different voices contribute at City Council, Zoning and Planning Board meetings to have their view heard).

When we moved to Beacon from NYC, it was during the time of President Obama when he lifted the tax penalty on draining your IRA for anything but retirement. He made it tax penalty-free to use your IRA to buy a home. We kicked our apartment/house search into high gear so that we could use the tax advantage, and visited a lot of NYC apartments, then tested other train towns, and dug our heels into Beacon.

We visited all sorts of houses in Beacon, mostly with scary basements and no closets. After touring one house that had been on the market for 4 days and had the B-Dry system, which was a $10K investment that made the basement dry, we made our offer. While the sellers considered it, we stumbled hungrily into Poppy’s, which is now MOD, for a much-needed burger to process what was about to happen.

Night Moving

The night we moved - because it was nighttime after the movers packed all of our boxes that day in NYC; otherwise we would have been buried in boxes in our tiny apartment - we drove up to Beacon in the moving truck.

My most happy time was sitting in the front seat of the moving truck, driving past the wide open spaces on 9D that were actually Garrison homes with large, rolling fields for yards. Those blended into Cold Spring, which disappeared into the tunnel of Breakneck Ridge, until we got to the other side of the ridge and the stars emerged in the sky again.

It was just so black. The sky. The air. And open. When we pulled up to our house, we got out of the truck and fumbled for our new keys to the house. The air was cold and crisp. On the sidewalk across the street from our house, on the other side of a chain-link fence, I heard rustling. My dog was still alive then, so I was used to perking my ears up to hear if outside sounds were human or raccoon. Human. I’d later learn it was my neighbor, who happened to be letting out their dog at that hour, and happens to know everything that is going on at all times. (This is why dog-walking is useful!)

Front Porches

As the movers moved in, my dog was investigating our new front yard within our own new-for-us old chain-link fence, as I stood on the front porch. Again the sky was black with stars. The black enveloped me. The artist Stanley Lindwasser just described it perfectly at his art opening - the openness that is density. That’s what he loves about his new home here in Beacon after moving here from Hoboken, N.J.: the density. And that’s what I loved. I never wanted to lose that feeling of being enveloped by the dark on my front porch, seeing the stars, and feeling so lucky that this space would be what grounded us.

The Great Blizzard of 2010

A few days later, The Great Blizzard of 2010 hit, and we lost power for three days. We are not campers in the wilderness. In our adulting lives, we grew up in NYC with supers who fixed our kitchen sinks or hung things. We didn’t know how to light our gas stove in the event of a power outage. The next day, our new neighbors, the ones with the late-night dog walking, invited us over for a warm meal and a kerosene heater. They bickered about using the kerosene heater for a bit while I silently prayed they would decide to keep using it because it was just so warm. They also told us how to light the gas stove. Game changer.

So that’s when we fell in love with Beacon. In the winter. While the power was out. It brought us together with our neighbors, and introduced us to the concept of community, something which New York City has in a different way, but not the same way that a small city-town can produce.

What is your moving-in or moving-back story? Or if you moved here 20 or 50 years ago, share that story too!