Ellenville, NY: A “close-knit community” with room to grow

“We currently don’t have a ton of buyers specifically asking for Ellenville,” said Ms. Brenn-White, who helped the Frosts find their home in the village. “A lot of people come to us and say, ‘We want to be at Livingston Manor’ or ‘We want to be at Woodstock’. But then we try to talk to them and find out more about what they want. And s ‘There are people who want to be in a village and be able to walk to things and be part of an active community, so we say, ‘OK, great – you really want to visit Ellenville.’

Such was the case with Chris Platis and Julie Guerra, who moved from Ridgewood, Queens, in 2020. “We didn’t start looking for Ellenville, but it kind of grabbed us,” Mr. Platis, 31, an agent with Keller Williams Realty.

They were drawn to its proximity to the Shawangunk Ridge, on the eastern border of Ellenville, and a number of hiking trails, as well as downtown Ellenville, which Mr. Platis said is “enough small to be a tight-knit community, but big enough that it feels like the village can grow.

Now he and Ms. Guerra, 35, who works for a nonprofit animal welfare organization, own two homes: a three-unit multifamily property they purchased in 2020 and a two-level ranch home in the mid-century that they purchased in 2021 as their full-time home.

New initiatives could stimulate this growth. In 2021, a group of business owners launched the Coalition of Forward-Facing Ellenville, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote the village as a destination and bridge the gap between longtime residents and newcomers. arrivals. Coalition members include Barbara Hoff, an Ellenville native who owns the popular vintage store Top Shelf Jewelry, and Victoria and Anthony Nelson, who are part of a group that recently purchased and plans to renovate the dilapidated Terrace Motel, a remnant of the village. resort history.

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