The local real estate market had a decent week of new inventory and new sales—12 new listings hit the market, including great commercial space in our featured property, the "Vanilla Factory."
Considered to be Nyack's oldest commercial/industrial building, this landmark structure was built around 1839. And according to Nyack Library research, it has had many names and uses over the years. Officially named the Azariah Ross Building, this property was purchased in 1838 by Ross for $1,500 from Peter and Elenor Smith. The property consisted of 10 acres that ran from the Hudson river all the way up to the "division line of the top of the mountain."
Ross built the brick building and used it as a general store until he sold the property in 1855. It was later sold to A.J. and H.E. Storms, two brothers that used the building for their cedar tub and pail factory. After auctioning off the property and several deed transfers, the property was later used for furniture storage by the Nyack Express Company around 1887. The hoist that was used during that time is still on the roof (see photos).
Around 1903, an "engine shop" was installed, and in 1905, Abram DeClark purchased the building at an auction for $500.
That's right—only $500 bucks.
In 1910, the building was occupied by the Colgan Manufacturing Company, a firm that produced oil compounds. Their machines were driven by steam power, and the building had no electric lights. Around 1926, after electric lights were added, the Colgan Company was replaced by the Seeley & Company Fruit Juice Manufacturing Firm. It was the pleasant aromas from all the flavorings and extracts being produced that led to this building being forever referred to as the "Vanilla Factory."
From around 1971 to around 1995, the building was home to the Elizabeth Seeger School, a small progressive high school started by several break-away teachers from the Dalton School in NYC. The school embodied some of the original Dalton principles. More recently it was purchased by a local attorney and was tastefully renovated to accommodate modern professional uses.
I am proud to announce that space has opened up in this Nyack landmark building. There is approximately 1,100 square-feet of stylish office space available that offers high ceilings, wide plank wood floors, transom windows, four spacious rooms, river views, parking and a large central office area with an inviting entrance for clients. The rental space is being offered at $2,200 per month.
On the sales front, the regions saw six properties go under contract, and seven properties title transfer. Included in these sales was a ranch in Upper Nyack at 104 Wydendown that sold for $452,000, a new construction at 104 No. Franklin in Nyack that sold for $565,000, and a condo at 509 Gair Street in Piermont that sold for $1,325,000.
With that, here are your listings:
1 Church Lane, Valley Cottate (condo) $165,000
7 E. Lawrence Park, Piermont (condo) $179,000
21 Village Gate Way, Nyack (condo) $265,000
175 Charles Blvd, Valley Cottage (Split) $325,000
107 High Ave, Nyack (condo) $329,000
681 W.Nyack Rd, West Nyack (2 fam) $339,000
45 Route 59, Central Nyack (commercial) $395,000
639 Main St, Sparkill (New Condo) $395,000
7 Heather Lane, W.Nyack (Col/Cape) $429,000
493 Strawtown Rd, W.Nyack (Col) $949,000
Under Contract: List Price/ Days on the Market
778 Sierra Vista, V.Cottage (condo) $289,900/ 122 DOM
6 East Ave, W.Nyack (Ranch) $359,000/ 248 DOM
122 Demarest Mill Rd, W.Nyack (bi-lev) $459,000/ 127 DOM
40 Muroney Ave, Palisades (ranch) $550,000/ 190 DOM
20 Stevenson St, Piermont (Col) $799,000/ > 2yrs
248-50 Piermont Ave, Piermont (Col) $945,000/ 1.5 years.
Title Transfers: Sale Price/ Days on Market/ % of Orig. List Price
318 Ash St, Piermont (condo) $140,000/ 8 DOM/ 88%
142 Germonds, W.Nyack (ranch) $182,000/ > 2yrs/ 61%
3 Salisbury Pt, So.Nyack (co-op) $270,000/ 5 DOM/ 90%
63 Foxwood Rd, W.Nyack (split) $390,000/ 51 DOM/ 99%
104 Wydendown Rd, Up.Nyack (ranch) $452,000/ 240 DOM/ 86%
104 No.Franklin, Nyack (new const) $565,000/ 167 DOM/ 94%
509 Gair St, Piermont (condo) $1,325,000/ 1 DOM/ 95%
Please feel free to leave comments and questions. For more photos and information, please visit my website.
I would like to thank Brian Jennings at the Nyack Library for his excellent historical research.