Stephan Hengst has always believed in the power of community and he has spent much of his life focused on working to build a diverse one here in the Hudson Valley. Having owned numerous properties between Ulster and Dutchess Counties since first moving to the region in 1996, his knowledge of the resources and relationships in communities along the Hudson offers an unparalleled resource for his clients.
He and his husband Patrick have spent their lives together exploring the Hudson Valley and advocating for the rights of the region's LGBTQ community. Having founded Big Gay Hudson Valley in 2008 (@BigGayHudsonValley), they have produced events and experiences that have brought people together and highlighted the artistic and cultural institutions that make the area such a great place to call home.
Growing up in suburban Maryland, Stephan first established roots in the Hudson Valley as a student at The Culinary Institute of America, later returning for an 11-year tenure as the college’s Director of Communications. Locally he has also been affiliated with several other community-minded organizations including Arts Mid-Hudson, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, the Rosendale Theatre and Dutchess Tourism.
Stephan spent a few years living in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, DC and while he and his family enjoyed their big city lives, the Hudson Valley has always been home. He and his husband Patrick and their two cats - Peppercorn and Murdock - live in an old farmhouse on a property in Ulster Park that dates back to the 1850s. When not busy with real estate, he can be found producing events, gardening, cooking or exploring the Hudson Valley with his camera by his side.