413 637 1086

Berkshire Distinctive Town and Country Properties

Office: 413-637-1086

Email: [email protected]

Web: https://cohenwhiteassoc.com

About Us

For more than 30 years, Cohen + White Associates, LLC, an independently owned and operated boutique real estate agency located in historic Lenox, in the inspiring Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, has taken a simple approach to real estate for sale: we believe that every home, every buyer, and every seller is different. We celebrate this uniqueness, and use it to help us locate the ideal homes for sale or the right buyer for your home—by asking questions, staying in frequent contact, and listening closely to your needs, preferences, and concerns.

At Cohen + White Associates, we love where we live and we work where we love.

Photos by Uli Rose

MEET THE TEAM:

  • Mary Jane White

    Owner

    When Mary Jane left her career in advertising and marketing, the assembly-line practices of “big box” real estate agencies held no appeal for her. Instead she chose to create a boutique agency, with Ellen Cohen, focused on personal, confidential, and professional service to each individual client—both buyers and sellers. Thirty-plus years later, that same business model continues to be the cornerstone of her success.

    Mary Jane believes quality real estate service begins with the customized approach of one agent who listens to her clients and tailors her service to their wants and needs, and who is always available to answer questions and concerns. She thrives on exceeding a client’s expectations—a key to her accomplishments as one of the area’s top producers.

    With deep roots in the Berkshires, Mary Jane is glad to share her knowledge of the area. She has sat on many boards and has chaired a variety of committees over the years to support local organizations and the arts. Mary Jane presently serves as the Chairperson of the Tanglewood Business Partners, was the 2015 & 2016 President of the Berkshire County Board of Realtors MLS and Berkshire County Realtor of the Year 2016.

    You can most often find me: In my kayak on Stockbridge Bowl
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: On top of Baldwin Hill in North Egremont.
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Spending time on, in, or near the water.

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  • Brandon White

    Associate

    At a young age, Brandon developed his interest in and love of real estate. This was apparent to his mother, Mary Jane White, when he made his first sale, as a young child, trading a baseball card in exchange for a tree fort. Brandon’s passions include design, which led him to Endicott College, where he earned his BFA, with a concentration in graphic design and marketing.

    A decade ago, he returned to the arts and culture of the Berkshires, and to be part of a second-generation team in the family real estate business. Brandon, who sold his first million-dollar property while still in his twenties, enjoys the challenge of thinking outside of the box, and this has made him one of the top producers for Cohen + White. Brandon’s flair for sales, marketing, and design are invaluable to his sellers and buyers. He is never far from his phone, conducting business twenty-four hours, seven days a week, in order to ensure customer satisfaction. His sense of community extends beyond his family life to his real estate family. He participates in charities and events, donating his time and making contributions to important causes within the community.
    When Brandon is away from real estate, he can be found improving his golf swing at one of the numerous golf clubs in which he is a member, including Country Club of Pittsfield. Brandon is excited and committed in continuing the values, integrity, and traditions he has been taught and passed down within the past thirty years.
    You can most often find me: Working for my clients
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: In the mountains of Alford
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: A round of golf, followed by a picnic with friends and family at Tanglewood in Lenox

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  • Cortney Dupont

    Associate

    Cortney, aka “The Communicator,” is known for exhausting the maximum minutes on her cell phone. She utilizes her communication skills to get to know her clients, for a customized, value-added working relationship.

    Cortney was drawn back to the Berkshires from Arizona, where she studied sports management in college. Her knowledge of and connection to the area, as well as her experience as a second-generation Berkshire real estate agent have made her a continuous top producer at Cohen + White. A resident of Sheffield, Cortney and is actively involved in the community. She can be found volunteering for projects for local charities and on task forces at the Berkshire County Board of Realtors. She sits on the board of a local youth basketball organization and coaches varsity high school sports, where she is a respected mentor with charismatic leadership skills. Cortney works tirelessly and with great enthusiasm for her sellers and buyers.

    You can most often find me: In the gym
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Is on the water, with a favorite book and no cell phone

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  • Nancy Kalodner

    Senior Affiliate Broker

    Nancy Kalodner has made her home in Monterey, Massachusetts for almost 50 years now — enough to be considered a local, she jokes, if not quite enough to be a native! Born in rural Shawnee Mission, Kansas, with a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a M.A. from New York University, Nancy first fell in love with the Berkshires the way so many have, as a weekender; and as a single parent of a first-grader, Nancy discovered in Real Estate a way to turn her passion for her adopted home into a profession! In 1978, Nancy created Benchmark Real Estate — and for almost four decades now, Nancy and her team have represented thousands of happy buyers and satisfied sellers, earning her a well-deserved reputation for integrity and as one of the Berkshires’ outstanding entrepreneurs.

    Anyone who knows Nancy knows of her dedication to, and extraordinary work on behalf of, the centers of arts and culture in the Berkshires. The daughter of a semi-professional ballet dancer, Jacob’s Pillow was her first love — and she feels privileged to have served that historic institution on the Board of Trustees for over 25 years. Nancy was a founding Board member of both the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and of IS 183 Art School of the Berkshires, where she also served as Board President. Over the decades, Nancy has been a supporter, adviser, cheerleader and advocate for organizations including Community Access to the Arts, The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Great Barrington Fairgrounds, The Mount, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Berkshire Creative Economy Council, Barrington Stage, and many more.

    Nancy became active in Realtor Association work almost from the start of her career, and by 1982 she was named the chair of the county’s Professional Standards Committee. She has taught the Realtor Code of Ethics at the local Board of Realtors’ Orientation for the past 35 years, personally training some 3,500 fledgling brokers and salespeople. Nancy has served as Berkshire County Board President; State Chairman for Professional Standards; and National Realtor Association Chair of the Professional Standards Forum. A widely sought-after speaker on professional ethics for over 14 years, Nancy taught in 26 states for both National and State Associations. Twice honored by her Berkshire County Board as their Realtor of the Year, she was then selected as Massachusetts State Realtor of the Year and State Educator of the Year.

    Nancy just purely loves this industry … and finds that serving young families, first-time second-home owners or retirees is one of life’s most engaging and gratifying endeavors. And she looks forward to meeting and assisting … YOU!

    You can most often find me: watching dance at Jacob’s Pillow!
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: the Tyringham Cobble
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: What’s a “day off”?

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  • Henry Hagenah

    Senior Broker Associate

    Henry has a wealth of relevant experience having been a real estate attorney, licensed contractor and private investigator. He was also the owner of Southern Berkshire Buyer Brokers, concentrating on the selection, evaluation and purchase of vacation and waterfront homes. For several years he was associated with Stone House Properties and Benchmark Real Estate, specializing in commercial, residential and land transactions.

    He has established a twenty year record in the field as a skillful negotiator, trusted advocate and respected colleague. His attention to detail, research, integrity and passionate advocacy is reassuring and helpful to both buyers and sellers alike. Henry uses his knowledge of construction and design, professional marketing and real estate law to assist clients in presenting their property in the best light while navigating the many issues incidental to a real estate transaction.

    A native of Stockbridge, Henry has great appreciation and familiarity with the different Berkshire towns, lake communities, cultural and recreational venues. He is a long time ski patrolman, mountain runner, high peaks hiker and tri-athlete. He lives with his family and a couple ill mannered terrier's in a post and beam home that he built in the Yokum Pond community of Becket.

    Favorite hidden gem: Moe's bar, no just kidding…Yokum Pond, Becket;
    Where you can find me: In cyberspace or on my phone (working);
    Ideal day in the Berkshires: On the mountain or on the lake.

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  • Steve Erenburg

    Associate

    A resident of the Berkshires for 16 years, Steve has always been deeply involved in his local community. He has lived in New York City, Boca Raton, and Northern New Jersey, where he is a past board member of the Hackensack University Medical Center and has been a member for 30 years of the Alpine Country Club in Demarest. Steve holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, and completed 60 additional credits in the graduate program at New York University. For more than 35 years, Steve was the owner and president of a New Jersey–based electronic distribution company, and he credits this work with helping to develop the strong business and negotiation skills that are an asset to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate. He has been married for 43 years, and now serves on the Berkshire Museum Wine Gala Committee and the Golf Committee at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

    You can most often find me: Working for my clients
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: The Berkshire Fishing Club in Great Barrington
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Is on the golf course

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  • Thom Garvey

    Associate

    After receiving his M.F.A. from the U-North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Thom discovered the Berkshires in the late 1980’s while doing theatre here. On his days off he explored the towns throughout Berkshire County, visiting the many historic homes, and hiking the various trails in the Berkshire mountain range. That time in the Berkshires left quite a profound impression on Thom; he was taken by the endless natural beauty and easy-going feel of the Berkshires.

    In the summer of 2012 and after twenty-five years in New York as an actor, director and college instructor, Thom and his wife visited the Berkshires for a little getaway. By the end of that weekend they had placed an offer on a home and within a few months they were full-time residents of Berkshire County.

    Shortly after relocating to the Berkshires Thom began the next chapter of his life as a real estate agent. Working with Nancy Kalodner at Benchmark Real Estate over the past few years has been a fantastic experience and great training for Thom. His clients consistently report that Thom brings a friendly, outgoing and relaxed demeanor to every transaction. Thom has developed a reputation for great attention to detail, strong communication skills and a tireless desire to create a smooth buying and selling experience for his clients.

    Thom has enjoyed working on transactions with everyone at Benchmark in the past and he is now very excited to be joining the Cohen and White Team.

    You Can Most Often Find Me: Working for my clients, hiking and kayaking, playing music with my band, The Monday Project at Berkshire Venues and throughout Western Mass.
    My Favorite Berkshire Hidden Gem: Spectacle Pond
    My Ideal Day Off In the Berkshires: kayaking and a picnic on Spectacle pond, Inside Out at Jacobs Pillow Dance with my wife.

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  • Nikki Barsalou

    Licensed Office Manager & Associate

    Nikki joined the real estate industry four years ago, from her position as Officer in Charge of the Branford Post Office. Quickly proving herself valuable as an Office Manager, Nikki also obtained her real estate license and joined the realtor association in an effort to find new ways to support the office team. Although most comfortable behind the scenes and in front of a computer, she can often be found zipping around in her Jeep throughout the Berkshires assisting team members on any given day. Real Estate gives the balance of the technology she craves and the excitement of doing multiple different tasks keeps things fresh and interesting.

    When not out enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires, Nikkii spends her free time in her many gardens and designing a natural elements jewelry line (Gemini Gypsy Creations) from her home that she shares with her husband of twenty years and their two teenage sons.

    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem: Becket Quarry and Land Trust
    You can most often find me: In my jeep - I am always on the move - all the time
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Outside, in the gardens or off foraging in the woods.

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  • Lori Signer

    Associate

    Lori Signer was drawn to the Berkshires while enjoying a summer vacation here in 2009. After exploring the area by day and attending concerts in the evening she fell in love with the area and knew she would return one day to make the Berkshires her home. Originally from the Midwest she raised three daughters in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan while earning a Masters degree in Art History at UW Wisconsin-­‐Milwaukee. However, her interest in fine art started much earlier as a young student at The Nelson-­‐Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, her hometown.

    In 2012 she bought a home in Lenox and began to divide her time between the Berkshires and Manhattan where she values her part-­‐time position with The Frick Collection. She feels lucky to have the best of both worlds, an affiliation with New York City and the grounded and nourishing atmosphere of the Berkshires.

    Building a career in real estate allows her to expand on her passion for architecture and interiors while using well-­‐honed research and communications skills to best serve her clients. She easily connects with people throughout the community whether on the golf course at Cranwell or spending time with the family horse at Undermountain Farm. Lori has become an active member of the Tanglewood Business Partners and enjoying her time with the active association promoting the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Concerts at Tanglewood, performances at Jacobs Pillow, and hikes on Monument Mountain are family favorites during the summer months.

    She looks forward to further embracing the Berkshire community as she settles into her life here permanently.

    You can most often find me: On the golf course or playing with my horse.
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: I can’t disclose the location (probably not supposed to be there) but I love going there to throw the frisbee. No joke.
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Driving around in the countryside looking at property with my dog Robert.

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  • Eward Acker

    Associate

    Edward Acker has been a fixture of the Berkshire cultural community since moving here twenty-five years ago. He’s best known as a gifted photographer of families and events, but has also been involved in real estate since the 1980s, when he worked for Ted Williams’ property sales organization in Citrus Hills, FL, becoming their top salesman after two years there.

    Edward’s tireless work ethic and deep commitment to our area show in everything he does. Originally from Long Island, he has placed himself at the center of Berkshire life, contributing his skills to a long list of local charity events and organizations. He is a member of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and 1Berkshire, and is a Tanglewood Business Partner.
    Edward’s affable, easy-going manner instantly puts people at ease, and his love for people from all walks of life has put him at the forefront of his field and made him many loyal friends throughout the county. You can usually find him tooling around in his bright red Mini Cooper, and when he’s not working, odds are good you can find him playing golf at one of the area’s courses. He loves the sport, and has photographed many of the pros over the years, most notably Arnold Palmer, of whom he has amassed a treasure trove of shots.

    You can most often find me: Working! But… wrong word. There’s no such thing as work for me. I love what I do, and I adore my clients - my family!
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: Not quite hidden, but the Stockbridge Bowl, where I swim like a fish from spring until late in the fall.
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Strolling around Lenox with my wife Kris, then packing a picnic and heading to Tanglewood for a concert on a beautiful summer evening.

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  • Robert Doerr

    Associate

    Bob is pleased to have joined Cohen and White Associates following a long career in the investment banking industry. Bob’s experience with institutional investors has enabled him to hone his talents as a counselor and negotiator. When Bob was living in Manhattan he experienced his first August as a ‘city cliff dweller’ and immediately decided he needed to find a green getaway. He used his weekends to explore his options. After spending many weekends searching for weekend sanctuary he discovered Berkshire and Columbia counties and never looked back. He started as a weekender in the 1980’s and became a full time resident in 1999. Bob still casually refers to himself as a “Jersey Boy” but his heart and his family reside in Berkshire County. Having lived for many years in New Jersey and Manhattan he is familiar with the needs of the weekender while being familiar with local considerations. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Endowment Committee at the Congregational Church in Stockbridge, Bob has been a contributing member of the local community. Having owned several houses in the area (including one major ‘project’) he has become familiar with the pleasures and pitfalls of home ownership and is ready to share his experiences with you.

    Bob received his B.A. degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. where he majored in English Literature with a minor in British Poetry - the perfect background for a Wall St. career! He is well-traveled and will be happy to share his experience in Timbuktu. Bob is a third degree Master Mason an artist and a musician. His golf game is evidence that nobody is perfect.

    You can most often find me: Having a picnic on the grass (or in the car) with his two beautiful daughters.
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: Bartholomew’s Cobble, Trustees of Reservations and Ooms Pond over in Columbia County, N.Y.
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: At home with a large book and some music playing in the background.

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  • Ellen Cohen

    Broker Associate

    Ellen cofounded Cohen + White Associates with Mary Jane White in 1980 when she moved to the Berkshires from Westport, Connecticut. Today her real estate work is split between the Berkshires and Arizona, where she successfully markets the Berkshires to the snowbirds that flock to the cool hills of Massachusetts in the summer. With her many years of experience as one of the top producers in the region and her invaluable skills in buying and selling real estate, she is deeply respected by both her peers and her clients. Ellen is an avid golfer and a member of the Boulders Golf Club in Arizona and the Country Club of Pittsfield.

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  • Jennifer R. Wilkinson

    Associate

    Born and raised in the Berkshires, Jennifer earned a business degree from Keene State College in New Hampshire, and soon returned to Western Massachusetts. She now lives in Sheffield, where she raises her family and manages the business end of her husband’s building and remodeling company. With two decades’ worth of home-building planning in South County under her belt, Jennifer smoothly transitioned to work as a real estate agent. She is actively involved in the Berkshire youth community, including the sports teams and activities of her three children. Jennifer has a passion for riding horses, which she enjoys with her daughter, as well as skiing, running, and working out.

    You can most often find me: In the car, transporting my children from place to place
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: Gilligan’s Pond in Sheffield
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: Includes riding my horse

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  • Becket

    Mascot

    Becket, aka King of Thor, is a true Berkshire baby. He was born in the spring of 2013, and is Cohen + White’s mascot, guard dog, official office greeter, and overall mood stabilizer and stress reducer for every agent in the company. He loves everyone, young and old, and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of real estate; the socializing that goes with showings and especially viewings of properties—plus hikes in the woods with a stream or pond—are just a bonus. Even if you’re not in the market to sell or buy a home or property in the Berkshires, feel free to stop by and say hi to Becket. He’ll instantly turn even a bad day into a happy one. To know him is to love him!

    You can most often find me: Sleeping and watching TV while glazing outside.
    My favorite Berkshire hidden gem is: My neighbors backyard.
    My ideal day off in the Berkshires: A nice long sniffing walk around the streets of Lenox followed up by a belly rub before a nap.

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