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Hurley is a small town in New York state in the northeastern portion of Ulster County. Built on the western outskirts of Kingston, Hurley is primarily a residential community, including both areas of farmland, wooded areas as part of Catskill Park, and a large section of the Ashokan Reservoir.
It’s also important to distinguish the Town of Hurley from Hurley the village or hamlet located at the southeastern end of the town’s area. The village of Hurley is situated mostly between Esopus Creek and U.S. Route 209 on one side, and the I-87 Highway on the other.
This area contains most of the businesses and services of Hurley, including the Town Hall, Post Office, and Hurley Mountain Inn restaurant. These are clustered around the meeting of Wynkoop Road and Old Route 209.
Central Hurley village is approximately 10 minutes from central Kingston, and around 7 miles from the Hudson River to the east. Rising up from the Esopus Creek valley in Hurley, forested foothills of the Catskill Mountains extend westward, into park areas like Catskill Park, Bluestone Forest, and the Sundown Wild Forest.
Homes For Sale In Hurley, NY
Stone homes in Hurly line the streets in the old portion of the town, but once you get beyond the Esopus Creek and the farmland beyond that, the landscape quickly becomes more rural. And yet Hurley real estate in general offers a kind of happy paradox: Still somewhat countrified, it also appeals to commuters who work in the more urban parts of nearby Kingston and the surrounding job-rich areas. Albany is less than an hour away on the New York State Thruway, and State Roads 209 and 28 make traveling around the county a cinch. View active Homes for sale in Hurley, NY.
Homes for sale in Hurley come in all price ranges and buyers are typically commuters, history buffs, or both. Stone home seekers will generally find property taxes on their dream house lower than they would be in New Paltz or Marbletown, for example. And the convenience-minded will appreciate the proximity of historic and urban Kingston.
Hurley real estate is one of the choice areas valued by stone house and history buffs who flock to the region to savor what great Dutch architecture still remains. And there is plenty of it to savor. Once here, they also find a surprisingly outdoor-friendly environment for a community so conveniently located near relatively urban centers. The overhaul of the local rail trail resulted in a bicycle-and-pedestrian friendly car-free playground where area residents can walk the dog or bike to their heart's content in a remarkable retreat.
Things to Do in Hurley, NY
Hurley is a town known for two things: It’s history and scenic beauty.
The surrounding wilderness areas are excellent for hiking, camping and more, and the Hurley Marbletown Trail extends southward from Hurley.
Kingston, and other urban centers like Connelly and Lincoln Park, are home to many attractions, including charming cafes, fine restaurants, and unique stores.
A Brief History Of Hurley, NY
The European settlement of Hurley began in the 17th century, with the foundation of Nieu Dorp (new town) by Dutch and Huguenot settlers. A few years later, the colony was taken over by the English, who renamed the village to an earlier version of the name it has today. The area bears many signs of its Dutch heritage to this day.
Hurley is also known as the birthplace of feminist abolitionist, Sojourner Truth in 1797.
Through the centuries, there have been good times and bad. One of the great lows was in 1905 when New York State granted the New York City Water Board the right to build a vast reservoir in the Beaverkill area. Today, the Ashokan Reservoir is a great natural asset, but in 1905 it was like a wedge driven down through the middle of the town, with Hurley on the one side and West Hurley now on the other. The Hurley government was subsequently housed in two buildings, one in the new West Hurley, the other in Old Hurley. To this day, in a typically quaint nod to the past, the tradition of holding meetings in each area in alternating months continues.
Today, most of the hamlet of Hurley falls within Hurley Historic District, a designated National Historic Landmark.
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If at any time you have questions about real estate in Hurley 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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