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George T. Whalen Real Estate

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Millbrook Area

The Hudson Valley of New York State

Our Home…and possibly yours

For generations the beauty of the Hudson River Valley has lured people from many countries to our sweeping river shorelines, our inland fields and meadows, and our verdant woodlands. Native Americans were joined in the 1600’s by Dutch and German settlers, and later by English and French colonists, who farmed the productive soils of the region and shipped their goods down river to the port of New York.  A quiet and vibrant pastoral lifestyle has been enjoyed by many such people throughout the past three centuries and that same lifestyle still draws people to our valley to this day.

Dutchess County and Columbia County are places where you can find a place of quiet refuge, or a bolt hole from which to explore the many fascinating art, music, and sporting events that are carried on throughout the year. If you are bored it’s your own fault! The country calendar is chock full of places to explore, events to participate in, educational classes to broaden your mind, and activities for all generations to enjoy.

Our villages are picturesque and inviting, each with its own unique character.

Millbrook, in the heart of Dutchess County, is known throughout the world as a sporting community with a touch of old England flowing through its veins. Here you will find the Millbrook Hunt, one of the oldest and classiest foxhunting packs in the nation. For those who don’t ride there is beagling with the Sandanona Harehounds, a field sport all generations can participate in together as you tramp on foot  across lovely hills and vales after a pack of beagles and bassets. At Orvis Sandanona and The Tamarack Preserve one can learn how to shoot and have great days competing against friends (and hated rivals) at sporting clays. Virtually any activity involving the horse can be found here. Numerous boarding stables abound to house your steeds and accomplished trainers are available to tutor both your horse and you in the fine equestrian arts. The charming compact Village of Millbrook boasts many fine restaurants in which to sate your appetite morning, noon, and night, and many antique and craft shops to gift you with that perfect item you never knew you wanted until you shopped here.

Rhinebeck, not far from the great river, is anchored by the Beekman Arms, one of the oldest and most delightful country inns in New York. Its early tavern room is a wonderful spot for late morning breakfast. Up and down the main street and side streets are fascinating shops, restaurants small and large, and the cultural landmarks of the Upstate Theater and Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center. There is much to see and do in this ancient and vivacious village.

Pine Plains is a quiet crossroads village with great places to dine and shop. It is small and wholesome, a village which has retained its “Norman Rockwell” town character. Every one seems to know everyone, and neighbors look after neighbors. The countryside around the village still has working farms, great estates, and fine smaller country homes.

Millerton is a place where Connecticut meets New York, a community with lots of local residents mixed with weekend refugees from “The City”. The village has a fascinating array of stores to keep you happily exploring for hours. A large book store, wonderful framing shop and art gallery, sporting goods store, the Millerton Moviehouse, and neat restaurants can all be found in this lovely village.

Amenia is a crossroads town and has within its boundaries some of the most beautiful land anywhere in the county. The Smithfield Valley is relatively unchanged with the passage of time with many of its old farms and large country estates still intact. Much of this land is protected against development by the Dutchess Land Conservancy. The N.A.A.C.P was founded in Amenia, at the Troutbeck Estate.

Many other hamlets and villages dot the Hudson River Valley and beckon you with interesting sites to explore. Hyde Park has the homes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the awesome Vanderbilt Mansion, and the Staatsburgh, the manor of Ogden Mills. Pleasant Valley is just what its name implies, a welcoming community laid out along winding country roads that draws you into the peaceful bliss of country life. Stanfordville and Schultzville; Red Hook and Tivoli; Ancram and Ancramdale; Gallatinville and Elizaville; Pawling and Poughquag: all have attributes that might endear you to them and keep you safe and secure for years to come.

Our company is one of the leading real estate agencies covering the rural parts of Dutchess County and southern Columbia County. We offer a broad range of properties from expansive estates to smaller country homes, from hundreds of acres of land to small affordable lots. We welcome you to call on us for information about land and housing and will do our best to find the perfect home-place for you and your family.