Taft Street Realty is excited to announce the opening of their new office in the heart of Ulster County, in New Paltz!
Our newest office is located on 231 Main Street in the LEED Platinum Office Building created by Alfandre Architecture. It’s definitely a head turning type of building and we’re very happy to be a part of the mix of successful businesses that make up 231 Main Street.
Locals know about the draws of this sleepy, college town that comes alive every autumn, but if you’re new to the area, or looking to move, here’s a local’s (brief and non-exhaustive!) overview on this quiet little town that knows how to raise its voice and make a statement.
New Paltz isn’t a town that’s under the radar; every fall thousands of tourists flock to Ulster County and come piling off Thruway exit 18 in droves to experience ‘Fall As it Should Be’.
It’s no wonder that New Paltz comes alive that time of year; there’s breathtaking views of the Shawangunk Mountains and the world-famous Mohonk Mountain House, beautiful hiking trails at Minnewaska State Park, scenic byways passing through farmlands and wineries, an abundance of farms where you can pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and of course, there are students coming back to college at SUNY New Paltz. That’s not to say the rest of the year isn’t just as popping either. The town offers many things to do all year round from cross country skiing to excellent summer activities like kayaking, hiking, and of course, world class rock climbing. It doesn’t matter what time of year you’re here, the beauty remains- simply changing season to season.
You may also know of New Paltz for being at the forefront on marriage equality rights and legalization when Mayor Jason West married 25 same sex couple’s years before same sex marriage was legalized. The town and village have so much to offer it’s residents and the school district is one of the most popular in Ulster County.
So, that’s what you may have already known about New Paltz, but that’s not nearly all there is to this unique and charming town.
New Paltz has never left behind it’s free-thinking, 60’s hippie vibe. Downtown’s history is preserved with an assortment of small specialty shops and restaurants, which are raved over! Hudson Valley Magazine has named lots of New Paltz eateries as their Best of the Hudson Valley picks and with an abundance of cuisine choices- Mexican, Turkish, Thai, Greek, Italian- there is something for everyone! Visit P&G’s pub, a New Paltz Cornerstone or the American-grub pub Bacchus, where actress Julia Roberts is known to frequent whenever she’s in town.
Just 90 miles north of New York City, New Paltz is close enough that you can be immersed in all the city has to offer, yet far enough away to feel removed from it all, which is why you’re likely to, at some point, bump into some A-listers getting some R&R upstate in Ulster County.
New Paltz has some very famous neighbors- Actor Robert DeNiro owns a home in Gardiner, just down the road, and a number of other celebrities live within Ulster or nearby counties. Even if they don’t live here, New Paltz is on the radar of many celebrities; just this past spring Director/Actress Lena Dunham filmed an episode of her hit HBO drama Girls on the Main Quad of SUNY New Paltz.
And if you too came to New Paltz to escape city vibes and “new Hollywood”, then take a step back in time by visiting Historic Huguenot Street; take a tour of historic homes and visit archaeological dig sites of New Paltz’s Dutch founders. Still not ready to come back to reality? Take a walk down the street, next to the Wallkill River at the New Paltz Gardens for Nutrition, and see the amazing community gardens and protected lands of the quaint New Paltz Riverside.
There’s no way to succinctly sum up all that New Paltz has to offer, so the best way to see it all is to visit New Paltz yourself. Stay for the day, the weekend, or forever!
So now that we are officially settled in here on Main Street, we’re excited to continue serving anyone looking to take advantage of what this cool town has to offer. Feel free to stop in or drop us an email if you have any questions or want to start house hunting!
What makes your ‘Must See’ list for New Paltz? Leave a comment below!