Would you enjoy a small getaway house, near New York City, for under $150,000? Check out some of the former bungalow colonies north of the city. Marcy Kahn, and her wife Diane Churchill, found such a place in the northern Westchester County town of Mohegan Lake, just 50 miles north of their Manhattan residence. Their community, the Mohegan Woodlands Cooperative, includes a swimming pool, rights to the private lake, tennis courts, and, soon, pickleball courts! Find out more about living in a bungalow colony on episode 110 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Marcy Kahn was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Stanford University for her undergrad and earned a law degree from New York University. She began her career as an assistant special state prosecutor in the NYS Attorney General’s Office, prosecuting corruption in the New York City Criminal Justice System. Thereafter, she went into private practice, first as an associate and then as a partner. Then she was privileged to be appointed to the NYC Criminal Court, where she was the first openly lesbian judge in the criminal court, and then she was elected to the NYS Supreme Court, twice and eventually designated to serve on our state’s intermediate appellate court.
Now that she has retired, she performs public policy advocacy work on a pro bono basis, particularly in the areas of climate change. She also continues to serve on the New York Tribal Court Committee. Her interests include tennis, reading, walks in the woods and playing with their 13 year old labradoodle.
Marcy’s wife Diane is equally intimidating! She has a doctorate in Clinical Social Work and is a psychotherapist in private practice. She taught graduate social work for 25 years in schools and at a psychoanalytic institute, but retired from those activities. She's an avid gardener and has created a wonderful ecological garden at the cottage, supporting hummingbirds, rabbits, Monarch butterflies and other wildlife, as well as plants indigenous to the region. Marcy and Diane split their time between their Mohegan lake home and their Manhattan home.