Owning a Home in Orange County, NY
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Investing in real estate in the Hudson Valley is on the rise. Housing sales for Orange County, NY is up about 30% for the first quarter of 2016 compared with the last few years. With homes sales increasing you would expect the prices of homes to be on the rise too, but that is not really the case. Our home values have remained consistent over the last few years. While a nice home, in good condition will sell fast, sellers have not had the luxury of raising prices. Pricing is a moving target and timing is everything.
The inventory of homes for sale in Orange County is dropping a bit, but as homes sell more enter the market daily as sellers are happy to make changes while interest rates remain low. Single family homes are the largest part of our inventory, along with multi-family homes as well as condos and townhouses. If you are looking to move to to Orange County, NY and into the Hudson Valley, you will quickly learn the value of purchasing a home here.
Orange County, NY is part of “The Hudson Valley”
There are many ways to explore Orange County, NY. There are so many roads to crisscross, and so many towns to visit the options are endless. My choice of transportation might be driving a baby blue “Beamer” with the top down in fall, but then I would miss some of the most magnificent views. The best way to see the county as a whole may actually be from the air. We’ll begin our bird’s-eye tour by taking off from a small airfield near the southern border of Orange County in the quaint town of Warwick.
Some of My Favorite Places in The Hudson Valley
Unique and famous Orange County, NY
Looking down from our right wing, we soon spot a large verdant patch of earth just beyond the town of Warwick. These are the famous “black dirt” onion fields, some of the most fertile farm land in New York State. The onion fields, as well as the apple orchards of Warwick, are reminders of the rural farm lands that Orange County NY once was.
We’ll climb out above the town’s old apple orchards, the housing developments and the old neighborhoods, then bank over Greenwood Lake, heading northwest towards Florida, Goshen, New Hampton, Montgomery and Middletown. While traveling around the area it is easy to see that there are many choices of homes. From condos, to townhouses, and single family homes, we have a plethora of choices. Prices vary along with style and size of properties. Take a look around and see what we have to offer. Touring of the Hudson Valley is a fabulous way to find out where you might want to call your home.
Orange County Condos for Sale
Condos provide a more laid back life style. Own your own home, but with out all of the maintenance. No DIY taking care of the moving the lawn or repairing the roof, when you own a condo a monthly fee to the community “Home Owners Association” is all you need. Amenities at these complexes range from mowing the grass, to having a fitness room, swimming pool, tennis courts and more. Take a look at the variety of Condos for sale in Orange County.
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As we follow Interstate-84 eastbound, we’re looking for the intersection of I-84 and Route 17. That’s where we’ll find Montgomery, New York, a bedroom community which has grown in recent decades to become home to many who work and commute to Westchester, Rockland, as well as New York City. Orange County commuters are blessed with several options besides driving on the NY State Thruway, including a bus and rail system that provides a one seat ride to Grand Central Station.
East from Middletown we can spot Goshen, the county seat, as well as other bedroom communities such as Washingtonville, Blooming Grove, Central Valley and Monroe. There has been a great deal of development along the Route 17 corridor, some comprised of single family houses, others made up of condominium communities and of course, shopping areas. In most of these towns you can still spot the bungalows and cottages that once made up summer homes for city dwellers in the early-to-mid 20th century. These have now been converted to year round homes.
One attraction in Monroe, N.Y. that we can see clearly from the air is its Museum Village, a step-back in time for anyone, young or old, who would like to see how life in upstate New York was in the 19th century. An enjoyable place to play for an afternoon.
World-class shopping in Orange County, NY
In the distance we catch a glimpse of one of the most famous Outlet Centers in the world, Woodbury Commons, a place tourists the world over flock to, just for the sheer delight of shopping bargains in America. Bus loads of tourists are found here from NYC daily, but the locals are more savvy and know when and where to get the best bargains. Ask me, I’ll let you in on a few of the best kept shopping secrets!
Orange County is Home to Stewart International Airport
As we cross the New York State Thruway, we can see Stewart International Airport to our north. You heard right; Orange County has its very own international airport. This former Air Force Base has one of the longest runways in the country with military flights still deployed from here to this day. The civilian passenger terminal is ever growing and can accommodate over 300,000 air travelers a year to places like Florida and Cancun. So if you’re wondering if you can get anywhere from here, the answer is u-better-believe-it! Our newest addition is rumored to be some international travel to Ireland, Scotland and England.
West Point – Our Nations Military Heritage
Orange County is also home to the oldest military college in America – West Point. West Point is nestled atop the tree-lined cliffs above the Hudson several miles south of the City of Newburgh. We can’t fly over West Point because the air space is restricted, but you can visit the military college most days with both feet on the ground, and if it’s Sunday, you just might want to pop into Hotel Thayer for their famous Sunday brunch. July 4th is my favorite time to visit as the fireworks are the best I’ve ever seen.
West Point is not just a collection of buildings along the Hudson, it is the place from which American Freedom was secured and defended. Orange County played a prominent role in America’s Revolution. From Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh to the Continental Army’s last encampment in Vails Gate, the county contains many historic sites and a treasure trove of artifacts from our War of Independence.
Historical Newburgh, NY
As we approach Newburgh we get an overview of Orange County’s largest city that lies on the western shore of the Hudson River. Not always understood, Newburgh is both a city and a town. Two separate municipalities along the Hudson, the city possesses it’s very own special charm. Once known as The Perfect American City, and with a checkered past, the city is again beaming with a revitalized future. Our new transplants are migrating from Brooklyn with a passion for beautiful architecture and a challenge. The city has the second largest historic district in the state of New York. From 19th century row houses near the center of town to coiffed residential homes on Grand and Liberty Streets in the north end, her beauty is endless. Prices for homes in this part of town are definitely showing growth again. 2016 has seen prices and volume that was nonexistant only a few years ago. The historical part of Newburgh, is a city on the verge.
As we loop back along the river flying south again, we can see folks dining outdoors at the Newburgh Waterfront. Stunning, views of the Hudson River are everywhere and we fly right over George Washington’s Headquarters. Spend a minute or two of time at this historical treasure and you can see why George loved the Hudson Valley. Our flight soon takes us over New Windsor and Cornwall-on-Hudson. These small towns are charming with shopping districts, restaurants and great schools. Not to be missed are those homes with waterfront views. Local pubs and restaurants fill on weekends with folks seeking a good meal and a break from their workday routines.
There is Old Money in Orange County, NY
We’re headed back to Warwick now, but not before we fly over Tuxedo Park, an Orange County town that has long been known for its established social class and fine homes. From the mid 1880’s to the late 1920’s, Tuxedo Park was home to prominent New Yorker’s like J.P. Morgan. These socialites lived in what were called cottages. Don’t let the term “cottage” fool you though. By today’s standards these structures were nothing short of real mansions. You can still see them spread out across the landscape like jewels on green velvet.
Landing back at Warwick Airport with our bird’s-eye tour completed, it occurs to us that exploring Orange County can make you very hungry. There are plenty of Orange County eateries to satisfy the biggest of appetites. Are you ready?
Orange County, NY Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes
From Sugar Loaf’s Barnsider Tavern to Newburgh’s Asian Yobo restaurant, you will find a plethora of significant eateries across the county. You’ll also find a potpourri of cooking styles: American, Asian, French, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian. Restaurant ambiance ranges from distinctive formal to flipflops and cut-off casual.
If you’d like to get feel for Orange County living and a breakfast to die for, you can start by staying at the Caldwell House B & B. Your hostess will be happy to educate you why she loves the Hudson Valley and make sure that you want to return, and become part of our community. Nearby you can see the sights, including the oldest, continually operating winery in America (established 1839), the Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville or Storm King Art Center.
Of course if it’s a just quick bite or snack you want, never fear. Orange County has lots of great pizza joints and small cafes where you can grab a slice or order a latte.
Our Local Historic Sites and Attractions make us famous
History is around every corner of the county, and we continue to make history every year. The U.S. Army’s West Point Academy is the site of one of the most famous rivalries in sports – the Army/Navy football game. This classic draws people from across the country (and the world) to the tiny town of Highland Falls, New York every autumn.
Down the road from Highland Falls is Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. You’ll find the staff dressed in period costumes and the atmosphere very colonial. Want more history? Take a little boat trip to Constitution Island and get a close up look at Revolutionary War fortifications. Fact is Orange County has more than enough history to go around and it isn’t just confined to the Revolutionary war. You’ll also find signs of the industrial revolution at the Chester Train Station and other historic sites all across the county.
Looking for something more diverse? We are home to the Motorcyclepedia Museum with over 500 bikes dating back as early as 1897. You don’t need to be a biker to appreciate the history and craftsmanship of this collection.
Craving art? Forget the trip to NYC! Orange County has art in abundance. The most famous is The Storm Kind Art Center, an outdoor garden of sculptural delights in New Windsor, New York. It is a full functioning museum named for its towering neighbor, The Storm Mountain.
In addition, Orange County has several performing arts theaters, comedy clubs, and even a functioning Drive-in Theater. (Yes, we said drive-in!) We are home to the The Orange County Film Office and quite user friendly to the film industry. You never know who might be walking down the street! So wherever you are in Orange County, there’s a nearby spot where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a show or catch one in production.
Higher Learning in the Hudson Valley
For those seeking an education, Orange County offers some pleasant surprises. SUNY Newburgh boasts the lowest tuition costs in the state system, yet offers more than sixty different programs with day, night and weekend sessions. You’ll also find four-year colleges in the county such as Mount Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh. The Mount offers offer both Bachelors and Masters Programs, along with adult education courses at the Desmond Estate. Of course, as we mentioned before there is also the United States Military Academy.
An invitation to visit Orange County and the Hudson Valley
Whether you view Orange County from 3,000 feet up or at ground level, the truth is Orange County is a superb place to live, work and play. Orange County, NY is home to varied architecture and home style. Housing here is affordable and quite plentiful too. Its school systems are excellent. Quality health care can be found across the county along with state-of-the-art hospitals. Shopping for antiques or looking for the latest fashions is available within a short drive. There is a plethora of gourmet food as well as fast food. You can find history and art and an assortment of things to do on the weekends. Even avid golfers will find it comfy here, with 20 amazing courses within easy driving distance. Most important is that living in Orange County, NY is a great place to call home.
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