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Jacob Matthews, Realtor in Tuxedo Park, New York

My name is Jake Matthews. I am a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY and a lifelong resident of Tuxedo Park, NY.  I know the Tuxedo Park community very well from the historic homes to the geography and neighborhoods and the local real estate market.  Following is a brief background about my passion for helping homeowners sell their homes, and buyers find their dream homes.

If you want to get in touch contact me here.

Jacob Matthews is an Associate Real Estate Broker at Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty in Nyack NY.   As a life-long resident of Tuxedo Park, NY, he has a deep knowledge of New York’s Lower Hudson Valley real estate markets. He was recently ranked as a monthly top sales producer in 2020 at Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

Jake’s 20 year professional sales and marketing background, in economic research, Internet marketing and the building industry gives him unique and valuable insights into property marketing, and a deep understanding of the built environment. The combination of these professional experiences gives Jake’s clients a competitive edge when selling or buying.

Jake works diligently to unite sellers with prospective buyers; and buyers with their dream properties. He is always client-focused, honest and puts the utmost priority on confidentiality, discretion and results. 

Jake covers the following communities for both residential and commercial real estate:

Orange County

      • Tuxedo Park & Town of Tuxedo
      • Town of Warwick and Villages of Warwick, Greenwood Lake and Florida
      • Town of Cornwall and Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson
      • Goshen 
      • Monroe / Woodbury
      • Chester 
      • Washingtonville
      • New Windsor 
      • …and other local Orange County towns and Villages

Rockland County

    • Nyack, Upper Nyack, South Nyack and the West of Hudson River communities.
    • Suffern, Airmont, Montebello
    • New City
    • Nanuet
    • …and other local Rockland County towns and Villages

In his free time he enjoys the Concours d’Elegance collector car circuit and endurance sports car racing events as well as doing automotive photography and blogging about collector cars.   He explores New York City and the Hudson Valley’s many offerings of arts, entertainment and outdoor sports. When time allows, he travels internationally with his wife and young son in search of cultural, sporting and gastronomic delights. He is an active member in several local community organizations in the Tuxedo Park, NY area.

Jake received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College and studied French language and history at Université Stendhal  Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France. 

If you interested in buying or selling Tuxedo Park real estate or the Tuxedo Park area, feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 914.588.8001.  Thank you for visiting.

Local Restaurants & Markets to Support in Tuxedo and Sloatsburg

Local restaurants and markets are still serving the the Tuxedo and Sloatsburg communities in a variety of ways.  It’s important to support local businesses in this challenging time.  Your support can help the business owners weather a severe cut-back in normal revenue so that they are there for us when things improve.  Your support also helps the food service employees and their families during this trying time.  The workers and their families depend on their jobs and we can help sustain them by shopping local.

There are a variety of shopping options from pizza to sushi to fresh baked goods, and for all price points and needs including the Sloatsburg Food Pantry which is providing critical food staples and support to the community.

In no order of preference, following are several local markets and restaurants to patronize along with phone numbers, addresses and web links to their websites and social media accounts.   I may post some more in the future as well.

TUXEDO PARK, NY

Steve’s Pizza Tuxedo: Phone (845) 915 3022   Steve’s pizza has wonderful wood-fired groumet pizza made from the freshest ingredients as well as RIBS & WINGS!!! and other goodies.  Call Steve’s to order lunch or dinner today for curb-side pickup.  Address: Across from Tuxedo Schools at 156 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987    Follow Steve’s Pizza on Instagram here, and Facebook here.

 

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Dottie Audrey’s: Phone (845) 915-3088  Dottie Audrey’s offers some of the best baked goods in the New York Metro Area.  DA’s is offering prepared “family style” meals.  I contend they have better baguettes than you find in France.  Please place your take-out order by telephone today! Curb-side pickup at Dottie Audrey’s in Tuxedo.  Address: Duck Cedar Plaza at 549 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987  Follow Dottie Audrey’s on Instagram here and Facebook here.

 

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Orange Top Diner: Phone (845) 351-3316 Wide variety menu of diner items.  Think Pancakes, Omlettes, Salads and more!  The Orange Top Diner has been a staple in Tuxedo for several decades, give them a call for breakfast, lunch or dinner!  Address: 192 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987

Tuxedo Sushi: Phone 845-351-3211  Tuxedo Sushi has been serving Tuxedo for a number of years and is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Southern Orange County.   Offering Sushi, Rolls, Sashimi  as well as salads, soups and warm cooked Asian-style meals.  Address: 233 NY-17  Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 Follow Tuxedo Sushi on Instagram here.

 

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SLOATSBURG, NY

Valley Rock Mountain Market:  Phone (845) 320-6357   New to Sloatsburg, the Valley Rock Mountain Market features fresh, locally sourced produce, healthy prepared foods (hot / cold), high-quality packaged goods and pantry items.  Shop online….at this market link: https://valley-rock-market.myshopify.com/ Shop online today and then pick up your order curbside in Sloatsburg or have your order delivered in Sloatsburg or Tuxedo.  Address: 88 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974, ENTER at Sloatsburg Commuter lot off Mill Street.    Follow the Valley Rock Mountain Market on Instagram Here.

 

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Sunnyside’s Bar & Grill  Phone (845) 753-2519  Serving it’s famous thin-crust pizza for over 50 years, Sunnyside is a local pizza staple.  Call in your order today and the friendly  staff at Sunnyside’s will be pleased to cook up a pie or other home-style meal for you.  Address: 245 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974

The Village Blend: Phone (845) 712-5585  Coffee, Cappuccino, blenders, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, cookies, cafe menu items for take-out.   Call the Village Blend today for an order!  Address: 86 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974  (enter off Mill Street and park in Sloatsburg Commuter lot next to Valley Rock Inn.)

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Hayward’s Deli & Market: Phone: (845) 753-2016  Offering prepared foods, hot and cold sandwiches, grilled foods and general packaged goods.  A staple in the Sloatsburg shopping plaza for decades, Hayward’s market is open for business so please call in your order and pick up!  Address: 59 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974

Seven Lakes Station: Phone:  (845) 712-5586 Established in 2016 and fast becoming one of the hottest craft beer taprooms in the Lower Hudson Valley. Seven Lakes Station or “SLS” is offering up cooked meals from their new kitchen as well as craft beers to go, canned or growlers!  Proprietors Jaime and Martijn are there for your take-out orders, so call in today.   Address: 80 Orange Tpke
Sloatsburg, NY 10974   Follow SLS on Instagram here.

 

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Sloatsburg Food Pantry   From the website of the food pantry organization: “The Sloatsburg Food Pantry is an organization of committed volunteers with a broad base of community support. Our goal is to provide supplemental, nutritionally balanced food to those in need, while respecting the dignity of each person we serve. The Sloatsburg Food Pantry serves those living in Sloatsburg, Suffern, Hillburn, Montebello and the Town of Tuxedo. ”    Contact: Susan Meyer, Director at (914) 393-3160  or Joyce Donohue at (201) 394-0627 or via email   SloatsburgFoodPantry@gmail.com

This is by no means a complete list of all local businesses and I may be posting more on my social media soon.   Let’s support them all!

Thank you for reading, sharing and supporting the local businesses in Tuxedo and Sloatsburg during these challenging times!

5 Reasons Tuxedo Park, NY is an Amazing Place to Live

Tuxedo Park, NY was founded in the late 19th century as a private hunting, fishing and social retreat for the Gilded Age elite out of a raw, rugged tract of land in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley.  The Village and Town have endured as one of the most beautiful communities to live in the entire country.  Spectacular original architecture stands the test of time and has set its key marks in American architectural vernacular. Late 19th century and early 20th century estate homes are artfully sited in a natural landscape.  Tuxedo’s natural beauty may be considered on par with exotic global destinations, yet it is just 1 hour from New York City.  It offers a delightful mix of amenities and a small community feel.

Why is Tuxedo Park an amazing place to live?  Here are 5 great attributes of Tuxedo.

1) Privacy 

Tuxedo Park Entry Gatehouse
Tuxedo Park Entry Gatehouse – photo courtesy Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty / Andrea Swenson

Tuxedo Park was the first planned, private, gated community in the Country and to this day has restricted roads and is 24/7 gate guarded.  Most homes sit on more than 1 acre of property with many homes of estate size providing ample buffer room between home sites and thereby plenty of privacy.  Around the Town of Tuxedo more recent development pockets such as Maple Brook, Laurel Ridge, and Clinton Woods offer discreet and attractive home siting and thoughtful layouts that afford tremendous amounts of privacy.

2. The Lakes & Recreation

Tuxedo Lake – photo courtesy Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty / Andrea Swenson

Tuxedo Lake, the “skating pond” (Pond #3) and the Wee-Wah Lake in the Village of Tuxedo Park are three beautiful lakes set among the rolling Ramapo Mountains.  If you enjoy boating, fishing, skating, or swimming in natural lakes, then Tuxedo Park, with 3 shimmering lakes at the center is a little “Shangri-La”.   The lakes form a central gathering place for community members. Whether watching migrating water fowl, fishing for Rainbow Trout, sailing a day-sailer, jogging around the lakes or playing pond hockey, the lakes offer the best in lake-life recreation at the heart of the community.

Beyond the three Village lakes, 75% of the landmass of the Town of Tuxedo is forever preserved state park and the parks are dotted with amazing lakes, some well-known and some less so, but all beautiful in their own right.  In Harriman State Park lakes such as Tiorati and Skannatati are stunningly scenic and offer plenty of recreational opportunities.  In Sterling Forest State Park, Sterling Lake is absolutely pristine!

3. Nature

Tuxedo Park Nature Preserve. Photo courtesy Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty / Andrea Swenson

Bald Eagles, Black Bear and Red Foxes are regular sightings in Tuxedo.  Surrounded by the forever preserved 55,000 acre Harriman State Park to the East, and forever preserved 22,000 acre Sterling Forest to the West, Tuxedo is nestled among two of the largest State Parks in NY.  This affords residents the opportunity to take advantage of hiking, biking, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities for substantial immersion in nature and fresh air!  It also allows for relaxation, and serenity among a quiet, protected forest.

4. Location & Amenities

View of East River & BROOKLYN BRIDGE from DUMBO Brooklyn Waterfront – Photo Credit Jacob Matthews

Located in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley just about 35 miles north of NYC, Tuxedo offers easy access to the NYC metropolis and to the delightful countryside of of New York’s Hudson Valley.  Want to go to a Manhattan museum, or a Brooklyn eatery for a day? Tuxedo is approximately 1 hour from NYC by mass transit or car.  To the North, want to go to the Village of Woodstock, NY for lunch? Tuxedo is just about an hour from the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.  And, it’s just about 10 minutes from bustling and sophisticated Bergen County, NJ with an abundance of major corporation workplaces, shopping and cultural opportunities.

In a way, Tuxedo is a dream location, ideally situated in a quiet, protected, natural, green, buffer-zone pocket, between, but set apart from the region’s most important, highly developed destinations.  Tuxedo offers access to NYC with MTA Train and Shortline Bus and to major roads for local and area shopping, restaurants, entertainment and world class art institutions.  The Lower Hudson Valley including Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Ulster, Sullivan and Dutchess counties are relatively close.  The area is a cultural, gastronomic and art hotbed with much to see and explore.  From Storm King Art Center Sculpture Park, to DIA Beacon, to the rich Farmland eateries, distilleries, wineries and fruit orchards of places like Warwick, NY, many cultural delights are easily accessible from Tuxedo.

5. Community anchored with History

Tuxedo Park Post Office. An historic building in the Hamlet of Tuxedo.  Photo Courtesy Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty / Andrea Swenson

Tuxedo has Historical intrigue and enduring institutions.  Tuxedo’s hamlet boasts a local public school with iconic buildings and several 19th century Bruce Price designed historic structures (examples – Library and Post office). There are many community and cultural institutions such as the St. Mary’s in Tuxedo & St. Mary’s Pre-School, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, The Tuxedo Club, Tuxedo Park Library, Tuxedo Park School ,Tuxedo Farmers Market, and the Tuxedo Historical Society.  The business community is proud of its vibrant Tuxedo Chamber of Commerce and each of these institutions bring community members together around a variety of causes and activities.

For these reasons and countless others, Tuxedo is a wonderful community in which to live.

If you have any questions about Tuxedo, feel free to contact me, I’m happy to help you learn more about it.

 

 

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“Van Buren House” – Tuxedo Park, NY (Off Market)

Near the top of prestigious Tower Hill Road in Tuxedo Park is the Bruce Price architected  Travis C. Van Buren house.  Originally constructed in 1886 by Price, it was then reworked by owner / architect Charles W. Clinton in 1907.  Clinton embellished on Bruce Price’s original shingle style design to expand the footprint and add stucco, half timbering and terracotta design elements.

Once known as the “most original house in America”, Bruce Price’s shingle style cottage was one of the 13 original cottages built in Tuxedo Park.

Today the home boasts over 6,400 sf including including 7 bedrooms with 6 full baths and 3 half baths.   The formal living room features tracework plaster ceilings and the

The dining room at Van Buren House

formal dining room has restored wood paneling. Both rooms maintain high ceilings and wood burning fireplaces, perfect for entertaining on a grand scale, year-round.   

The lake-facing outdoor terraces of the home offer ample room for outdoor living and entertaining.   There you’ll find long-distance views of shimmering Tuxedo Lake and the rolling Ramapo Mountains beyond.  Think sunsets!

Back terraces at Van Buren House overlook Tuxedo Lake.

This property is CURRENTLY OFF MARKET.

Long-distance views of Tuxedo Lake from the upper floors of the home.

“Stonecrest” a Turnkey Stone Home in Tuxedo Park (Off Market)

“Stonecrest”, a turnkey 5,000+ sf home set on one acre offers a truly unique lifestyle in the heart of gate guarded Tuxedo Park.   This custom home was built in 1999 by the current owners for themselves and is shrouded in locally quarried granite stone that is 4″ – 6″ inches in thickness, not your typical stone veneer.  All of the stone is locally harvested and was hand cut and installed by a local master stone cutter.

On the inside, custom detail abounds including unique hardwood floors in many rooms and a wood paneled office / den with gas fireplace.   Nearly all of the bedrooms have en-suite baths and the home has a newly updated kitchen with no less than 4 fridge / freezer combos.  A backup generator and two water hook-ups including well water and municipal water add piece of mind for contingencies.   This home offers turn key benefits, a functional layout and a classic design, boasting the highest quality building materials throughout.

Offered at $1,695,000.  Contact Jacob Matthews, Tuxedo Park Realtor with further interest.   Visit the full listing at Sotheby’s International Realty here

THIS HOME IS OFF MARKET

Historic Cornwall NY Home “Knoll Shoal” (OFF MARKET)

“Knoll Shoal”, an historic Cornwall, NY mansion at 5 Trinity Place is for sale.  This home sits beautifully perched on a bluff overlooking 1.6 acres of gardens and backs up to Storm King Golf Course.

Once home to Major General Floyd L. Parksthe home was built in the mid-19th Century and expanded on in the early 20th century. The mansion boasts an abundance of period details and with over 6,000 square feet of living space, the

Aerial view of the “Knoll Shoal” mansion in Cornwall, NY

home maintains grand formal rooms including entry foyer, living room and formal dining room.  A large sun-filled, eat-in country kitchen and enclosed sun room round out the main level.  Six en-suite bedrooms are on the 2nd level and there is a bonus area of two rooms on the 3rd level of the “old-house”.    With an inground pool, terraces overlooking the bucolic grounds and a red barn adjacent to a babbling creek, this home checks all the boxes for luxurious living in New York’s lower Hudson Valley.   Listed at $719,000 the home presents authentic, historic country living at an accessible price-point.   And, at just over 1 hour from Manhattan, with train and bus access options nearby, how can one resist?

View recent coverage of the home in the Wall Street Journal Real Estate section where it won the reader polls for House of the Week, February 5-9, 2018.

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The historic “Knoll Shoal” home at 5 Trinity Place in Cornwall, NY
Coffered ceilings welcome visitors to the main entry hall.
Dining Room at Hudson Valley Mansion
The elegant, formal dining room at “Knoll Shoal”.
country kitchen
The spacious eat-in country kitchen.
patio
The relaxing bluestone patio overlooks the grounds.

The full listing can be viewed on agent Jacob Matthews’ Sotheby’s International Realty Website. Contact Jacob Matthews regarding 5 Trinity Place in Cornwall, NY and other Lower Hudson Valley Real Estate.

This home is currently not listed for sale.

Alfred Loomis / Tuxedo Park PBS Documentary

Wall Street Tycoon and science enthusiast turned luminary Alfred Loomis and his secretive project in Tuxedo Park will be the subject of an upcoming documentary on PBS American Experience called The Secret of Tuxedo Park.   The premier is to air on PBS stations on January 16, 2018.   More information PBS.org American Experience, The Secret of Tuxedo Park.

Classic Tuxedo Park Home: The “Horace Waldo Cottage” (RENTED)

THIS HOME HAS BEEN RENTED and is NOT ON THE MARKET

For the first time in over 40 years, the “Horace Waldo

Fanlight Detail above front door flanked by leaded glass.

Cottage” is on the market in Tuxedo Park, NY.  With 5 bedrooms and over 4,500 square feet of living space on 1.2 acres, this home offers generously sized formal living areas aside cozy family gather rooms.

A large chef’s kitchen, formal dining room and formal living

Spacious enclosed Sunporch is approximately 57′ x 9′ and is accessed from 3 core living areas.

room all abut a nearly 60′ long enclosed sunroom.  The floorplan is perfect.

In the early 1990’s the homeowner renovated the lower level of the home.  Radiant heat was added and terra cotta flooring greets you in the large family room,

Finished basement features radiant heat, terra cotta floors and wood burning stove.

billiards room and wine cellar.  A full bath and wood burning stove round out the beautiful amenities on this level.

Delightful original architectural details such as millwork fireplace surrounds and wood floors accent perfectly proportioned rooms.

160 Continental Road is a convenient location in Tuxedo Park.  It is walking distance to the Tuxedo Club, Wee-Wah beach Club and just a short bike ride to the hamlet of Tuxedo where train and bus access is just 1 hour to New York City.

Dining Room

Dining Room is perfectly proportioned for formal entertaining.

Car Collector’s Dream Home – Featured on “Living Large”

On Thursday April 6, 2017 CBS New York aired their “Living Large” segment featuring my Tuxedo Park, NY listing “Patterson Brook Carriage House”.   See the video here.

Following are some photos of this magnificent home which was designed with the car collector in mind.  Room for 15+ vehicles in radiant heated garages to coddle the finest of vehicle collections.

For more information on Tuxedo Park Real Estate visit my Hudson Valley listings page.

Woodlands at Tuxedo – Townhome SOLD

16 Willow Court, Woodlands at Tuxedo
16 Willow Court, Woodlands at Tuxedo

Privacy and scenic views define this end-unit town home in the beautiful Woodlands at Tuxedo community. Sited at 16 Willow Court – a premium lot – the home faces a placid pond and backs up to the Tuxedo Club Golf Course.

A beautifully styled kitchen with many custom, updated features, a spacious formal living room, family room, dining room and master suite offer luxury living. A second bedroom plus and office/den (which could easily be converted to a 3rd bedroom) make this unit perfect for seasonal or weekend living or a downsize opportunity.  The community offers inclusive living with common clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and superb grounds maintenance.

Located just 1 hour from NYC the Woodlands at Tuxedo is a good commuter location to Manhattan or elsewhere in the NYC metro area.

Tuxedo is comprised of and surround by State Parklands and is just 1 hour drive time from New York City or accessible by Metro-North Train or Bus. Just 5 minutes to Rockland County and 10 minutes to Bergen County, the Woodlands at Tuxedo is offers care-free HOA living ideally located between state parks and yet close to major amenities.

For further information on this property visit the full listing here or call me at 914.588.8001.

16 Willow Court, Woodlands at Tuxedo   This property was SOLD in 2017.

Dining Room of 16 Willow Court
Dining Room of 16 Willow Court
Kitchen at 16 Willow Court.
Kitchen of 16 Willow Court.

Contact Jacob Matthews, local Tuxedo Park Realtor and listing agent for more information.

 

Colonial Home For Sale – Woodlands Tuxedo, NY (OFF MARKET)

THIS HOME IS OFF MARKET – I am pleased to present an inviting colonial home for sale in the private Woodlands community of Tuxedo, NY.  31 Cedar drive features 4 bedrooms and 3 baths plus and additional 1 in-law suite of 1 bed and 1 bath on the lower level.  With hardwood floors on the majority of the first level, a wood burning fireplace in the family room and an open concept kitchen area with updated appliances, the home is in move-in condition.  This is a wonderful home for entertaining and has intimate spaces for family gatherings.  Contact me today for further information or for showings.

31 Cedar Drive, Tuxedo, NY.  Woodlands Tuxedo Home for Sale:

Woodlands Tuxedo is a private HOA community in Tuxedo, NY with a variety of real estate options.  The community has a pool, clubhouse and tennis courts included.  Lawn cutting, snow removal are also part of the HOA. 31 Cedar drive is a single family detached home within the community and is a rare offering of high quality Tuxedo Park Real Estate featuring private, amenity-inclusive living just 1 hour from Manhattan.