Ulster County Real Estate Blog


Highland Town Sign.jpgI was born and raised in Highland, New York but whenever I would meet someone new, especially someone who was not local, when asked where I was from, Highland was never my answer. It’s not that I wasn’t proud to be a “Highlander”, or that I didn’t love my hometown, but if I provided an honest answer to that question, I was always met with blank stares of  non-recognition- where in the world is Highland?? Instead, if I answered, “I’m from Poughkeepsie” or “I’m from New Paltz,” (a stone’s throw away from Highland in either direction) people would immediately be able to place those towns on a map or share a story regarding how they visited once, or wanted to attend college there, etc.

Highland always seemed to me to be the quiet, commonly forgotten about

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High Falls, located roughly 90 miles north of New York City in scenic Ulster County is a small, colorful hamlet straddling two awesome towns, Marbletown and Rosendale (as seen on the map below).  Although very tiny in stature, this hotspot comes with some fairly deep historical roots. The past few years have seen the hamlet of High Falls as a stand out in the local real estate market, with lots of new faces being drawn to this postage stamp sized hamlet. The area's eclectic character welcomes many city dwellers who are looking to break out of the concrete jungle to a more serene, calming, but still totally hip location.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 1.44.44 PM.jpgThe hamlet of High Falls is pretty small and quiet, despite it’s wildly growing popularity, making it the perfect place to get away

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Parts of the Hudson Valley, specifically locations in Ulster County, are drawing Brooklynites in record numbers- so much so, that the Hudson Valley has even been referenced as the “New Brooklyn.”  This seems to be happening more and more since the NYT article was published about NYC renters choosing to buy a second home first before buying their primary home in the city.  it makes sense if you think about;  this new generation of buyers are realizing that they may just be better off renting in Manhattan and then purchasing the more affordable digs upstate.  Why not buy in the Catskills if that’s really your ultimate lifestyle?  We’re seeing baby boomers looking to come back to more urban settings since their net worths make it possible and the

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It may be an atypically warm and precipitation-less winter here in Upstate New York, but that hasn’t slowed down the demand for log homes here in Ulster County.

With Belleayre, Windham, Hunter and many more mountains located practically in our backyards, Ulster County residents don’t need to travel far, if at all, to ski, snowshoe or cross-country ski. Even though it is a short, two hour commute from New York City, many mountain lovers cannot get enough and want to enjoy all that Ulster County offers- not just in winter, but year-round, and what better place to enjoy the mountains than in a private, rustic log home!

Take a Tour with Taft Street as we bring you to 11 amazing log homes for sale in Ulster County, NY!

Featured Offering!  897

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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

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David Bowie is said to have his ashes scattered at his secret home just outside of Woodstock, where it is reported that he spent most of his final days with his family. The star wanted no funeral or memorial, leaving his most recent album ‘Blackstar’ as his final goodbye to fans, after losing his long battle with cancer on January 10th, 2016.

Friends say that David Bowie was happiest on his woodland compound in the Catskill Mountains. Guitarist Gerry Leonard, who recorded 3 albums with Bowie, said that Woodstock was where Bowie would spend time with his family and “recharge.” It is here that the music icon’s ashes will be spread with only close family in attendance- keeping the location of his Woodstock retreat a secret still, as it always has been.

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4th of July 2015Whether you’ve just bought a house and moved to the Hudson Valley region, or you’re a weekend visitor checking out real estate in Woodstock & surrounding communities as a potential place to put down some roots, attending a July 4th holiday celebration is a grand way to get a feel for the wide scope of your potential new community. On Independence Day Weekend the skies fill with dazzling displays in multiple towns, and there are many vantage points for your eyes.

Depending on your mood, you can view the extravaganza with high energy or a more relaxed fashion. I’ve joined organized family-style picnickers determined to find a primo spot for the fireworks. This means thinking ahead, packing baskets of food and blankets and low folding chairs and arriving

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Woodstock NYDo you want to search like Realtors do for homes in Woodstock? This legendary Hudson Valley town, known for its artistic streak and natural beauty, Woodstock embodies that perfect blend of culture & nature that make homes for sale in and around Woodstock so attractive to buyers from both NYC and around the world! Woodstock real estate offers a small-town village experience, and/or a more secluded and private lifestyle provided by the surrounding mountains and forests. Home values in Woodstock tend to be in the higher price point range, due in part to its popularity and famous name; and typically Woodstock homes for sale don't last too long on the local real estate market. Amazing and available Woodstock homes are out there; you just need to know where to

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woman skiingWoodstock, NY acts as a home base for skiing and snowboarding in the Catskills! Three great ski resorts all within an hour's drive of Woodstock make the town a perfect launching pad for winter fun. The nearby slopes are just another reason why real estate in Woodstock, NY is so desirable for New Yorkers seeking a weekend retreat and also year-round residents who love to get outside and be active! So gear up with Taft Street Realty as we take on some radical skiing and snowboarding all within short drive to Woodstock, NY.

Belleayre Mountain - Great Skiing Just Down the Road from Woodstock!

Belleayre Mountain is the closest ski resort and also the easiest to get to from Woodstock, NY. Located just 30 miles or so (from Woodstock) up Route 28, the drive

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Favata's TRT BicyclesFavata's TRT Bicycles is a local bike shop that has operated out of Rosendale NY and hosted local bike tours & races for years. Just recently, Favata's TRT Bicycles moved into a bigger and better location! Remaining in its hometown of Rosendale NY, Favata's TRT Bicycles now sits prominently on Route 32, across the street from the Rosendale Rec Center and right next to Rosendale's Trailways bus stop (which offers daily service right to NYC). New shop, same great service! Offering new bicycle sales, repairs, and guided tours, Favata's TRT Bicycles also organizes and hosts local bike races like the upcoming Williams Lake Classic in Rosendale on Sunday June 9th. So the next time you're in Rosendale NY, stop in and check out the new shop at Favata's TRT

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