February 2012

Found 8 blog entries for February 2012.

davenport_farms_logoFinally! With an unseasonably warm winter, many locals in the Rondout Valley have been craving the tasty offerings of Davenport's farmstand. The wait is over because tomorrow on March 1st, Davenport Farms in Stone Ridge, NY will open its farmstand for the 2012 season. For many folks in Stone Ridge and throughout Ulster County, NY the opening of Davenport's farmstand marks the beginning of Spring. More importantly perhaps, the farmstand's opening means access to fresh produce, delicious baked goods, pre-made organic meals and a top-notch nursery! Famous, among other things, for its delicious Rondout Valley Sweet Corn, Davenport Farms is rich in local history and offers quality food at affordable prices. It in turn contributes to the wide appeal and

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New Paltz Colonial 1Looking for a home for sale in New Paltz, NY? This 4 bedroom colonial has it all! 608 Rte. 32 North in New Paltz is located just minutes from Main Street New Paltz, NY; however you'd never know it relaxing on the wraparound porch. Set on 5 private acres, this beautiful home cannot be seen from the road and offers plenty of space both inside and out! It is low-maintenance, centrally located, and worry free! And offered at $307,500, it is also the best deal in New Paltz, NY right now! So c'mon in! Take a look with Taft Street inside this well-maintained, value-packed home!

Convenient Yet Private Location - Just Minutes to New Paltz and Kingston

New Paltz Colonial 2This home's location is super-convenient without sacrificing privacy. Literally minutes from the the town of New

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VPA LogoDylan Taft, Broker / Owner of Taft Street Realty recently became New York State's first Verified Professional Agent. This notable distinction illustrates not only Dylan's standing as an established Ulster County, NY local area expert, but also Taft Street Realty's ability to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to real estate for sale in the Hudson Valley. Today's buyers and sellers want to know that their agent is qualified and experienced. Becoming a Verified Agent gives Dylan Taft's clients further assurances that they're working with an agent who can and will help them accomplish their goals.

What Does it Mean to be a Verified Professional Hudson Valley Agent?

This Pie Chart Displays Factors Involved in Choosing an AgentBeing a Verified Professional Agent means your credentials, qualifications, and

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calculatorWhen buying real estate for sale in Ulster County, NY, one of the most crucial phases is securing the financing and getting pre-qualified. If a buyer is going to make a formal offer on a home, it is usually customary for the purchaser to submit a pre-approval letter, which is provided by a lender, and is an assurance to the seller that the buyer can afford the home; thus making it a stronger, more reliable offer. Sometimes buyers aren't aware that securing the financing is actually one of the first steps to take when starting a home search. I makes perfect sense however, that buyers should really know their budget before viewing properties; and it is only fair to the seller (and the buyer's agent for that matter!) that buyers view (and potentially make

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red_crossUlster County, NY has access to a number of medical centers to meet residents' needs. When I work with buyers looking for Hudson Valley real estate many times it is the peace, quiet, and privacy that appeals to them. However buyers, particularly from more urban areas, like to know that medical services are nearby both for basic care and emergencies. Hospitals and medical centers are spread out generously across Ulster County, NY and the rest of the region so that no matter where you may be, there are medical facilities nearby should you need them.

Three Hospitals Serving Ulster County, NY

ambulanceUlster County, NY has three hospitals. In the City of Kingston, NY there are two hospitals: Kingston Hospital is a 150-bed, acute-care hospital that provides

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heartLove is in the air in Ulster County, NY this Valentine's Day! There's no shortage of romantic places to dine, breathtaking views to see, or relaxing activities for a couple to do. Ulster County, NY is known to inspire passion; from master artists in the 1800's to a new generation experiencing free love in the 60's. The beautiful surroundings set the backdrop and each unique town has a great place to eat or have a drink with someone special. It's no wonder so many people enjoy Ulster County Living. Visitors tend to fall head over heels, and not want to leave. Hey with so much to see and do, what's not to love?

Pick Your Pleasure at Mohonk Mountain in New Paltz, NY

Few places are as beautiful as Mohonk Mountain in New Paltz, NY. You could arrive here the

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ashokan_reservoir

Why call the Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster County's "Gift" to NYC? Like any gift freely given, the giver expects nothing in return, and that's precisely what some residents living near and around the reservoir have gotten from New York City: nothing. Well, at times nothing, other times a little something, and sometimes, much more than they bargained for. But we'll get back to that later. First, join Taft Street Realty as we explore the unique relationship between the Ashokan Reservoir and New York City...

The Birth of a Reservoir: A Prelude of Things to Come

old_ashokan_reservoirAt the turn of the 20th century, New York City was already a thriving metropolis that was rapidly growing. Basics like water were needed on a massive scale, and city officials soon looked north to the

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ashokan_reservoir_from_overlook_mountainThe iconic Overlook Mountain and the town of Woodstock, NY, over which it stands watch are forever linked. During the 1800's, the Catskill Mountain region became a popular tourist destination, due in large part to paintings done by the "Hudson Valley School" of artists. It was the 1st coherent school of American artists, most famous among them Thomas Cole. Featuring beautiful, panoramic views of the Catskills, these paintings were celebrated and touted by politicians at the time, who were aggressively pushing for local tourism. The idea was that the untapped real estate in the Hudson Valley Region was as beautiful, if not more stunning, than any European vista. A favorite painting spot among these American Masters? The top of a mountain called Overlook in

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