After Graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997, Charlotte returned to her roots in the Hudson Valley to continue her career as a professional oil painter and to pursue one of her other great passions – real estate.
In 1998, she was licensed under Houlihan Lawrence in Cold Spring, NY. At the time, Beacon was just beginning the remarkable renaissance that has transformed it into a unique land of opportunity – especially for artists. She saw great potential in Beacon’s historic Main Street, and in 1999 she purchased a brick building housing six apartments and two commercial spaces. Over the next several years, Charlotte renovated the building, learning along the way how to demo, install sheet rock, and run a construction crew. She designed and renovated the building back to it’s original 1800’s look. In the fall of 2001, Charlotte Guernsey opened Gate House Realty.
Charlotte continues to run Gate House Realty as part of her successful career as a broker. Her extensive experience with residential and commercial sales in the area makes her the go-to broker for high-end properties in Beacon. Her vision for the future of the city, comprehensive understanding of construction processes, and fine art background provides her with a unique and irreplaceable perspective on the Beacon real estate market.
In 2009 Charlotte successfully brokered a deal on the dilapidated Roundhouse and the cluster of factory buildings along the shores of the Fishkill Creek on the east end of Main Street. Working with the new owner in the following year, five amazing Live/Work condo lofts were built in one of the historic buildings. Priced from $389,000 to $489,000, these unique condos were all successfully sold by Gate House Realty in a short amount of time in 2011.
The Roundhouse building has undergone an extraordinary transformation and is now home to a beautiful restaurant, event space and hotel. Charlotte is proud to have helped bring such an asset to Beacon.
Thanks to Charlotte and her agents’ strong presence on Main Street, their determination, and their integral role in Beacon’s extraordinary resurgence, Gate House Realty has become the longest consistently open office on main street. It continues to thrive as one of the city’s most successful real estate companies.
To see Charlotte’s oil paintings, feel free to visit www.charlotteguernsey.com or stop by the office to see a select few on display.