Ulster County NY is an amazing place to live! A very diverse selection of homes for sale in Ulster County are available depending on your tastes, lifestyle and budget. A virtual paradise for the outdoors type; mountains, rivers, forests, and creeks provide endless options for activities during any season. With New York City less than 2 hours away, we get alot of the culture, arts, and dining that naturally migrates north from the Big Apple. It's an added perk that comes with being close to the most influential (and coolest!) city in the world. Of course each and every town in Ulster County is cool in its own way, but here's a quick look at what many consider to be the 5 coolest and certainly most popular towns in the area!
It's official: Saugerties NY is one cool town! According to Budget Travel magazine Saugerties is one of the top 10 coolest small towns in America! And just recently Hudson Valley Magazine named Saugerties NY one of the Hudson Valley's Best Places to Live for 2012.We couldn't agree more! Though it has that classic, small-town look and feel, Saugerties is jam-packed with great restaurants, local shops, and fun things to do! You can stroll down Main Street Saugerties for a bite and some shopping, or check out one of the many fun and unique festivals like the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. As far as homes for sale in Saugerties NY, buyers have their choice of styles and features, and it is ideal for those who like quaint but bustling villages and lovers of the water!
Rosendale NY is one of Ulster County's up and coming towns and has been getting alot of attention recently through New York Times articles on Rosendale NY and elsewhere. It is home to cool and quirky festivals like the International Pickle Festival and the rockin' Rosendale Street Festival. Rosendale has a strong sense of community to match its ability to throw a party. Main Street Rosendale is full of unique restaurants and eateries to grab a bite and/or a drink with some friends. The prices of Rosendale NY homes for sale are generally mid range for Ulster County, and it is a great town for say a younger home owner who wants some nightlife either in Rosendale or nearby New Paltz NY.
Woodstock NY has a history of being a very cool place! Even in the late 1800's Woodstock was a booming little town, home to tanneries and the most popular Catskill Mountain resort at the time, Woodstock's Overlook Mountain. Woodstock became legendary following the 1969 Woodstock Festival and has had a reputation for creativity and individuality ever since. These days Main Street Woodstock is bustling with shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Because of its legendary reputation, homes for sale in Woodstock NY are some of the most expensive in Ulster County. Bragging rights aside, Woodstock is full of creeks, forests and pastures; a perfect example of the natural beauty of Upstate NY.
New Paltz NY
What isn't there to do in New Paltz NY? Perhaps second only to Woodstock in popularity, New Paltz NY is a pleasant melting pot of students, locals, and New Yorkers. Each group brings their own style and energy to New Paltz but all share a love of the town. New Yorkers love it because it is less than 2 hours from NYC by either car, bus, or nearby train. Though close, it's nothing like New York, in a good way; with mountains looming in the distance and one of many local Ulster County farmers markets for groceries. Students enjoy a lively nightlife and create the demand for a variety of affordable food. Locals are keepers of the land: climbers, farmers, and lifelong residents who enjoy all of the conveniences and services that a busy town like New Paltz has. With so many groups of people wanting to live in here, New Paltz NY homes for sale fetch high prices, but it is also a great area for investment and rental properties.
Gardiner NY is stunning, rugged, and peaceful. The Shawangunk Mountain Range looms over Gardiner like a watchful giant. Being close to New Paltz NY Gardiner offers all of the conveniences of New Paltz, without as much traffic and development. Full of rolling meadows and farmland, Gardiner is forever associated with "the Gunks" the mountain range that offers world-class climbing and breathtaking views. Homes for sale in Gardiner NY tend to be on the mid to higher end of the price spectrum due to the privacy and views offered by many properties in the area. The Walkill River also runs through parts of Gardiner for fisherman and kayakers. Perfect for someone who wants to feel like they're really living in the mountains, but can still jump on the Thruway and zip down to NYC.
The Always-Cool Hudson Valley Region
These are just a handful of the cool towns here in Ulster County! In fact, we here at Taft Street are already setting our sites on the next, up and coming towns! So stay tuned to the best blog in Ulster County and, as always: be cool Hudson Valley!