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Information About Cragsmoor, NY
Along the ridge that Cragsmoor occupies there are a number of forest preserves and popular natural areas which visitors enjoy as they take New York Route 52 south from Ellenville towards Pine Bush. Overall, the area around Cragsmoor is heavily wooded, with a few winding roads dotted with unassuming homes on spacious lots.
The city of New York is approximately 90 minutes south of Cragsmoor. Cragsmoor falls within Ulster County. The county seat is Kingston, and the area includes towns like Woodstock, Rochester, Ulster, and Hurley. Technically, Cragsmoor is part of the town of Wawarsing, the center of which is located approximately 20 minutes north.
Historically, the area of Cragsmoor has been popular with artists for decades, as the community began as an artists colony in the 19th century.
Cragsmoor has no commercial area to speak of, and thus consists solely of residences interspersed throughout the local woods. These peaceful homes are a sanctuary for artists and other residents who prefer solitude and time at home.
The hamlet also occupies an elevated position in the local landscape, some 1,800 feet above sea level. While none of the homes themselves enjoys a view over the dense surrounding trees, there are a number of viewpoints nearby which residents can take advantage of. View Cragsmoor NY Real Estate.
Homes around Cragsmoor are typically rustic, not necessarily in reality but at least in style, presenting a range of rural farmhouse-inspired designs. Wood siding, clapboard, and framing are common features, as are large front porches or decks, exterior shutters, dormer windows, and cozy attic spaces.
Almost every home in Cragsmoor occupies a spacious and scenic lot, surrounded by shady trees.
There are also a lot of undeveloped lots that are ideal for anyone looking to build a home of their dreams in this idyllic setting.
Things to Do In Cragsmoor, NY:
Given the setting, it should be no surprise that Cragsmoor is surrounded by beautiful natural spaces to enjoy. Some parks and preserves around Cragsmoor include:
- Bear Hill Preserve
- Sam’s Point Preserve
- Shawangunk Ridge State Forest
- Witch’s Hole State Forest
- Minnewaska State Preserve
A portion of the Long Path hiking trail - a trail running north to south through upstate New York - passes through the center of Cragsmoor.
Cragsmoor is also home to the historic Cragsmoor Stone Church, a popular site and with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The middle of Cragsmoor has also been designated as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. This is due mainly to the prestigious architects who designed some of the homes.
For most forms of commercial entertainment, services, or common conveniences, residents of Cragsmoor have to visit one of the nearby towns like Ellenville. Ellenville itself is a charming town with many historic buildings and a downtown center packed full of cozy coffee shops, brunch spots, stores, and cultural attractions.
The valley north and south of Ellenville has many more attractions and facilities, including golf courses, resorts, regional airports, emergency services, healthcare providers, and large stores.
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If at any time you have questions about real estate in Cragsmoor or the surrounding Ulster County area, please don’t hesitate to contact Dylan Taft, Principal Broker/Owner, Taft Street Realty, Inc. - 845.687.9292 office or 845.380.3394 mobile.
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