Welcoming Woodstock Farm Sanctuary to High Falls, NY and Market Highlights

Posted by on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at 4:11pm.

HighFallsWelcomeSign.jpgAt Taft Street Realty, we’ve seen a growing interest and demand for homes in the Rondout Valley, specifically within the hamlet of High Falls, in recent years. These small and quaint towns have lots of charm and an abundance of natural scenic beauty that draws people in. It’s easy to feel as if you’ve turned back time a tick with historical stone houses dotting the rolling fields between farmsteads and barns, seated underneath the majestic Shawangunk mountain range. It’s easy, country living.

Despite their small size, these hamlets, villages and towns contain some major character and you’ll find many residents of these areas living, and advocating, a lifestyle of self-sustainability and environmental and ethical consciousness. High Falls, NY is one of those hamlets that seems to really live by their resident’s mottos. The success of the wildly popular High Falls Food Co-Op, the local produce one-stop-shop alternative to retail grocers, proves that locals are dedicated to seeing their community thrive by supporting it’s own local farmers whose produce is sourced in more ethical ways. With such an environmentally and economically conscious group of citizens, it’s only fitting that High Falls is now also home to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary,  a farm animal refuge dedicated to rescuing abused livestock and educating the public on animal safety and the dangers of modern agribusiness practices. After outgrowing their previous site, located in their namesake town, the founders of the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary moved to expand their space for animals and visitors alike, making the move to their beautiful, new High Falls location on Rescue Road in 2015.  

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary was founded in the early 2000’s, with only a flock of rescued chickens, and has since grown into a massive non-profit farm animal rescue sanctuary and education center. The sanctuary houses and rehabilitates all types of animals and works towards finding permanent homes for these creatures, most of which were previously abused in slaughterhouses, stockyards and auctions across the country.  Funded mainly from public donations, the farm has grown and expanded to include multiple barns, a duck pond, animal treatment center, visitor center and there’s more in the works. Visitors on weekends can take guided tours where, yes, you actually get to cuddle and pet some of the four-legged friends staying at the sanctuary!Cow.png

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary wants to show people that these animals, that commonly end up on our dinner plates, are really are no different than our household pets, and many visitors are surprised that each of the rescued animals has a unique personality and character (in fact, a large portion of their website is dedicated to meeting the animals at the farm and learning more about them). The farm wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of donors and without the help of volunteers, whether it’s help with day to day operations or at one of their regularly scheduled events and educational programs. (You can check out a list of the farm’s events on the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary website- the next event, called “Vegan Vitality” is scheduled to take place on May 29th, 2016).

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is just another example of what makes this area uniquely amazing and why so many buyers are looking to be a part of a community that is responsible for, and conscious of, its actions.  {Want to know a bit more about what makes High Falls great? Check out more about this awesome hamlet in our past feature, A Guide to the Eclectic, High Falls, NY! } The Sanctuary thrives on volunteers to help achieve their goals to provide care and loving homes for their rescue animals. If you’re passionate about caring for animals, promoting education and vegan lifestyles, than what better place to relocate to than one where you can be close to and participate with such great causes, and in such a beautiful setting? If you’re an animal lover and have always relished the idea of living on your own farmstead, but maybe can’t commit to the full-time workload of one, volunteering at one just minutes from your own home could let you have your cake and eat it too!

Find Your Own Personal Farmstead- Properties for Sale in High Falls

Less than a 10 Minute Drive From Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Featured Listing: 1465 Route 213 East, High Falls, NY | $279,900

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Just a short 5 minute drive down the road from the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary sits this sweet, sun drenched 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch where you can find your own personal sanctuary. Find rejuvenation in the great outdoors, and and at a newly reduced price! Two additional private cottages on the property are commercially zoned, just waiting to help you find more of your passions and share it with the community and would make great studios, offices, artisan storefronts, yoga studios- you name it. Mature plantings and landscaping give extra privacy to this property and seasonal views of the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountain ranges connect you to all the wonders of the great outdoors that can be enjoyed from your rocking chair front porch and back deck.  

767 Berme Road, High Falls NY 12440 |  $1,099,000

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Presented by Coldwell Banker Village Green, this 3 bdr, 3 bath is brand new to market and currently active.

1066 Berme Road, High Falls NY 12440 | $424,900

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Presented by Coldwell Banker Village Green, this waterfront 3 bdr, 2 bth home has been on the market since last year and is still currently active.

955 County Route 6, High Falls, NY 12440 | $284,500

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Presented by Flemming Realty, this 2 bdr, 1 bath farm house has only been on the market for 11 days and is currently pending, although still showing.

8 Hobsons Choice Road, High Falls, NY 12440 | $259,000

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Presented by Westwood, Metes & Bounds Realty, this 3 bdr, 1 bath Split Level is new to market and currently active.

152 Stone Dock Road, High Falls, NY 12440 | $169,000

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Presented by Westwood, Metes & Bounds, this 2 bdr, 1 bath home has been on the market for about a month and is currently active.


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Whatever your reason, be it getting closer to a cause you’re passionate about, or finding your own personal farmstead to call home, High Falls is a great place to include in your real estate search. You can see what’s on the market right now in High Falls here.

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