Margaretville, NY (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
In real estate matters it is all about location, location, location.
According to Eric Wedemeyer, president and principal of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, that old saying is also true with the selection of an office location. When he selected the Boiceville, New York, site for the real estate company's fourth office in the Catskill Mountains, Wedemeyer gained a prominent and visible location that was the historic center of the community.
The company's office on State Highway 28 was once used as the post office. "This was the center of activity in this community," said Wedemeyer. "This is where residents met, shared news, and discussed the issues of the day." After a major reconstruction project, the company's real estate office opened in May 2013.
While the school and community may have expanded just to the west, Wedemeyer plans to bring renewed attention to the former center. "We're working with our neighbors to revitalize our little corner, including coordinated appearance and events."
Among the neighbors is a unique attraction in the Catskills Mountains. Totem poles and westward-facing sculptures adorn an open meadow near the Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties office. Brunel Park was created by Emile Brunel soon after World War I as part of his Chalet Indien resort.
Emile Brunel left his native Belgium for the western United States in 1904 to explore Native American life and paint. After a career that included directing and producing a Hollywood film, founding the New York Institute of Photography, perfecting one-hour film processing, and working as a photojournalist for The New York Time Magazine, Brunel established his resort. Reknown as a retreat for Europe's cultural elite, the resort attracted such luminaries as Enrico Caruso, King Edward VII and Wallis Simpson, Austrian composer Karol Rathaus, Broadway Harold Prince, and American songwriter George M. Cohan.
Brunel created a sculpture garden at his Chalet Indien resort. On the southern edge of the garden is the 30-foot Moon Haw Haw, a male figure with a single feather at the rear of his head looking skywards towards the Burroughs Range to the west with both arms outstretched, palms facing upwards. It is complemented by Natache, a similarly attired seated female figure with one hand held aloft. The third sculpture, The Great White Spirit, is located in the north corner. It is a tree with spreading roots, of the same height as Moon Haw Haw. At its top are four faces representing Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They are complemented by four faces at the base, representing the vices of jealousy, greed, hate and lust. The work was Brunel's last and also serves as his monument, as his ashes are interred within it. There are also two large totem poles.
Wedemeyer looks forward to re-creating some of the activity and interest in the area. "The Catskill Mountains are on the verge of a renaissance--both economically and culturally," noted Wedemeyer. "Our neighboring sculptures remind us of our interesting past; we're looking forward to a vibrant future."
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, with offices in Margaretville, Boiceville, Delhi and Stamford, is the premier real estate agency of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Buying and selling land and homes in the New York City watershed area is unique and the 30-plus agents of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties are trained to help buyers and sellers through this process. For more information about Coldwell Banker Timberland to preview Upstate New York homes and land offerings, go to http://www.timberlandproperties.com or http://www.catskillpremier.com.