Heather Croner is principal broker for Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby's International Realty in Millbrook, New York, which she founded in 1980 and soon after affiliated with the Sotheby's International Realty® brand, becoming the exclusive representative for Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties. For 35 years, Heather has been active and successful in selling luxury properties in New York's Hudson Valley. She is known for finding homes with exceptional character and matching them with her clients' tastes. She has represented some of area's finest properties including mansions, estates, river properties, cottages, farms and land for investment. Her clients have included famous and influential personalities, business and political leaders, authors and artists from the very top level of their various professions or ways of life. Croner grew up in England, where she studied art and architecture. After initially relocating to New York, she settled in Millbrook in the 1970s. Since that time, she has seen the area change from a farming community to pastoral getaway. She is tenacious about preserving the character of the area and consistently strives to make sure development is balanced with conservation. Croner converted a barn on her property into a graceful space that serves as her base of operations. She also developed a notable garden on the property that has occasionally been open to the public and is responsible for restoring the original Sharpstone Farm, formerly a working dairy farm, from a parcel of 28 acres to its present 150 acres. Croner is a member of The Garden Conservancy of America in Cold Spring, New York, and The Aldo Leopold Society, which is associated with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. She also supports Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook in addition to other Hudson Valley organizations connected with conservation and general protection of open space and healthy living. In addition to architecture and gardening, her other interests include music, opera and the arts.