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Up Close with Sara Abramo

Sara Abramo is one of the newest realtors that joined Monticello Real Estate. We recently sat down with Sara to get to know her.

What is your favorite meal to cook?

I don’t know if I have a favorite recipe to cook. Instead, I like to be able to take what’s in the refrigerator and figure something out. Taking all the ingredients and creating something is a lot of fun and it allows me to show my creative side. Somehow it all works when I am done.

If you could have a superpower – what would it be?

I would love to fly. That way I could get to places faster and sell more real estate!

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

I loved Game of Thrones…that is until the ending. I was not happy with how it ended.

What is the best way to spend a Sunday morning?

I love exploring different hiking trails in the Hudson Valley…and I also love to go to brunch.

What is one of your hobbies?

I play poker. I love it because it’s a normally male-dominated table game. When I win, men often say, “Ladies Luck!” Little did they know that I just bluffed them!

Up Close with Michael Pandolfo

Mike Pandolfo recently joined Monticello Real Estate. We are happy to have him on board and we sat down to get to know him a bit better!

What is your favorite dish to cook and why?
I don’t have one favorite. I like grilling in the summer and authentic Italian dishes in the fall and winter months.  I always try new dishes that the family will enjoy.

What is your “happy place?”
My happy place is any time spent in the outdoors- solitude.  I spend many weekends up in the Adirondacks during the summer months.

What superhero would you like to be?
Superhero?  I thought that’s the definition of parent. LOL

What is your most treasured possession and why?
I’m not big of possession- they are fleeting.
Where would you live if you could be off the grid?
I would like to live in Montana on a big spread with minimal human interaction.
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New Listings

The market is hot! Monticello Real Estate has several new listings. Check them out!

228 Revere Drive, Ballston Spa, 12020

170 Chestnut Street, Albany 12210

52 Perry Road, Troy, 12182

Small Biz 518 – Saratoga Olive Oil Company

Monticello Real Estate recently sat down with Saratoga Olive Oil Company to learn more about them.

Saratoga Olive Oil Company is a family business, owned and operated by Chad, Barbara and Clint Braidwood. Before opening Saratoga Olive Oil Co., they worked as research consultants for the pharmaceutical industry. They studied and tested medications on diseases including; depression, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors and many other medical indications. Although some pharmaceutical advancement have helped society immensely, the owners also witnessed an over-dependence on pharmaceutical medications and not enough attention and education on changing one’s dietary and lifestyle habits that, in many instances, can yield the same results.

In 2011 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. was formed. The change to selling EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) was a welcomed change and one that aligned with their desire to educate the public on healthy dietary choices. There are extraordinary health benefits with consuming EVOOs and balsamic vinegars. The Mediterranean diet has been deemed as one of the healthiest diets in the world and both olive oil and balsamic vinegars are at the core of this diet. All of the olive oils that are sold at Saratoga Olive Oil Co. are laboratory tested for polyphenol, oleic acid and FFA (free fatty acid) counts to ensure that the consumer is receiving the healthiest and freshest EVOOs found anywhere in the world! They enjoy educating our consumers about the health benefits that these timeless products provide.

The flagship store, which opened in historical Saratoga Springs, NY in 2011, has since expanded to include two other brick & mortar stores in Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY as well as an ever- growing online business. Saratoga Olive Oil Company has been listed as one the top five stores in the world for olive oil selection and the retail destinations have been deemed as one of the top 10 most elegant shopping experiences in the world.

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