Why Move to Ulster County, NY?
Ulster County, NY can easily boast a wonderful a assortment of reasons to call it home. Wherever your interests and priorities lie, you can picture a peaceful existence and many reasons to buy a home in Ulster County. If you are looking to buy a a second home, first home, log cabin, colonial or a more unique contemporary home, the county is known to have some amazingly wonderful real estate to choose from.
Pricing of homes is varied depending on location and the size of the home. Our early American and Mid-century modern homes have been built by famous architects and compliment the variety of real estate that only enhances the beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley. Homes in the area tend to be on larger parcels of land with well and septic. Rural locations tend to have large parcels of land between homes. Farms and agriculture are seen between the larger towns. Within minutes of stepping out the front door you can go from townhouse to apple orchards or a vineyard. Horse properties are many and absolutely stunning. Take some time to get to know us and you won’t be disappointed. Living in Ulster County, NY is a great choice.
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Imagine a lifestyle that features readily available adventure on any given day, Whether this adventure takes the form of climbing the Catskills, taking Manhattan by storm with a short commute, or getting pleasurably lost on an endless boutique shop tour of the county we have it all!
Whether you are looking to live in Ulster County for its immaculate outdoor landscapes, its extensive and excellent schooling systems, or its rich history and connection to arts and culture, you are everyday stepping upon the footprints of heroic and resourceful past residents.
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A Little History, and lots of reasons to move to Ulster County.
Soon after Ulster County’s county seat, Kingston, became the capital of newly independent New York State in 1777, British troops invaded the area and burned it to a crisp. This destroyed Kingston’s plentiful wheat resources and its status as one of the colonies’ major granaries. Fortunately, the knowing residents of 1777 Kingston—along with state government officials stationed there at the capital—were aware of the impending invasion and escaped in time. To this day, Kingston commemorates the British attack on its own acreage with a citywide theatrical reenactment of the event every other year. In fact, the county as a whole makes a point to celebrate its most famous heroes and heroines. In 2009, the town board in Esopus built the Sojourner Truth Memorial at the corner of Salem Street and Route 9W in Port Ewen. The legendary civil rights activist spent her first 32 years in living here.
Unbeatable Outdoor Recreation
Ulster County is positioned immediately west of the Hudson River, north of Orange County, in the southeast region of New York State. Only seventy miles north of NYC, many parts of the county provide a recreational respite that has become a second home to many. When you take into account the fact that 250,000 acres of forever-wild land encompassing 35 peaks exists just an hour and a half from Manhattan, it is hard to ignore the incredible getaway appeal that Ulster County offers.
For outdoor recreation enthusiasts interested in fishing, hunting, rock climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, bicycling, or hiking (across 350 miles of trails!), Ulster County is in essence a dream destination. The area, in addition to being in close proximity to the Hudson River, is home to the Catskill Mountains and Catskill Park, Minnewaska State Park, Sundown State Park, plus the Shawangunk Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. Home to 12 golf courses within this county, promises to satisfy any golf lovers, and winter provides our skiing enthusiasts with exemplary downhill and cross-country routes.
The Catskill Forest Preserve, with much of its land lying within Ulster County boundaries, is constitutionally protected against the removal of timber. Primarily forested, this preserve also features waterfalls, cliffs, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and meadows. Innumerable species of plant life, fish, and wildlife exist for your discovery here. Of course, you can also choose to employ the preserve’s massive landscape and waterways at your canoeing or snowmobiling leisure. Other outdoor getaways in the county include Witches Hole State Forest, VerNooykill State Forest, and Sam’s Point Preserve (featuring VerKeerderkill Falls).
Ulster County’s Shawangunk Ridge region encompasses the Mohonk Preserve; in 1986, the well-known Lake Mohonk Mountain House became a National Historic Landmark. The Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge are also a nationally protected region.
For decades, hard-working Manhattan residents have sought momentary or permanent escape from the city into the more natural and expansive Hudson River Valley. Ulster County represents the magnetism of this endeavor as much as any of its surrounding counties; the amount of protected, natural property within its borders puts Ulster County in enchanting contrast to the clamor of the city that never sleeps. Yet, the two regions are merely a 90-minute drive apart from one another!
Our local homeowners send their students to one of 52 public schools (across 10 school districts), as well as 14 private schools in the area. The county takes enormous pride in its education system, and this is one of the most charming aspects of the area, even given the beautiful mystique of the surrounding landscapes, and all that the land offers recreationally.
Educational prowess in Ulster County piques the interest of many young to middle-aged professionals seeking a respite from city living. We encourage buyers when looking to purchase a home to examine any of the various school districts in the county. While everyone has a different set of standards when choosing a school for their students, the varied school systems provide our residents many choices. New Paltz NY is home to SUNY New Paltz, allowing for local higher education close to home.
An Artistic & Cultural Locale, A Farmer’s Market Hub
New Paltz is host to the yearly Ulster County Fair, advertised by the county as “The Best Six Days of Summer.” The Hudson River Maritime and Senate House museums are also popular attractions, as is the Ulster Performing Arts Center, which hosts acts all year.
For a county that is first and foremost known for its incomparable natural offerings, Ulster County provides innumerable pockets of culture and food, as well, mostly notably in the form of vintage boutique shops and a rapidly rising farmer’s market industry.
For antique buffs, the renowned antique center in the town of Saugerties is overflowing with vintage paintings, artifacts, and furniture. Saugerties is also the location of Opus 40, the famous environmental sculpture covering 6.5 acres of a bluestone quarry. Over a period of 37 years, sculptor and quarryman Harvey Fite constructed a stunning series of platforms, pedestals, and dry-stone ramps, all of which are still quite visible and interactive today.
Journeying through Ulster County, one inevitably runs into a number of small, hidden gems of boutique shopping. If you are interested in vintage pottery, books, furniture, or art of any kind, living in this region will provide you with endless, quaint delights.
The reputation for excellent boutique shops in the county is perhaps second only to the region’s relationship with farmer’s markets, as the latter have become a quintessential aspect of Ulster County allure. This tradition of course has historical roots, as early settlers were very much aware of the uniquely rich soil in the region, which became fruitful even in the face of a short growing season.
At that time, apple orchards and corn in the area of Ulster County represented lucrative cash cropping. Today, the area’s agricultural commerce continues to prosper, and popular farmer’s markets are a large part of this local industry. This popularity has also rocketed in recent years; the Ulster County markets are an irresistible destination for cooks seeking fresh root vegetables, cheese, chickens, mushrooms, breads, and fruits of all variety.
After all, the Hudson River Valley has become a symbol of sorts for the modern resurgence of natural foods and farmer’s market commerce. The apple business is thriving all across the valley, and in-season fruits, veggies, and corn add to the success. Many local farms of Community Supported Agriculture are the newest trend. Local smaller farms allow locals to come in and either pay for produce weekly or barter with the ability to help tend to the farm. The reward is that you eat what you grow. CSA’s are a newer more popular way to eat local. Ulster County in particular has furthered its natural food commerce by working with local restaurants and chefs eager to cater to both locals and a constant influx of tourists, visiting the area for the aforementioned outdoor recreational bliss.
Commuting to NYC
Ulster County is just a short, scenic drive from New York City into the gorgeous mid-Hudson Valley. New York State Thruway Interstate 87 runs north and south through Ulster County, transferring traffic to and from the Big Apple. We have easy access to Metro North either from Poughkeepsie or Beacon Stations. A perfectly wonderful one seat alternative to driving. Arrive in New York City’s Grand Central Station with ease.
Public transportation is offered in Ulster County by Trailways of New York. Routes are readily available to and from Albany and NYC, along Routes 23 and 28. Moreover, Ulster County Area Transit provides access along major state and U.S. road corridors in the area. The City of Kingston also features Kingston Citibus! Of note we are within a short distance of Stewart International Airport. Ever expanding in servicing the area, located in neighboring Orange County NY.
The Ulster County Lifestyle
Life in Ulster County—and the desire to live here—can be summed up by many of the admirable qualities it shares with all of its neighbors: the simultaneous escape from and convenience to NYC, outdoor recreational opportunities, the stunning landscapes, the vintage-style homes and buildings, the food, and much more.
Ulster County presents a much healthier and more peaceful alternative than most locales, due heavily to the natural, open essence of the land, and the community’s strengthening enthusiasm with natural food and farmer’s market culture. The region promotes both adventure and the type of pastoral tranquility often missed when living in a large metropolitan community. In other words, Ulster County will satisfy both the restless spirit, and those looking for respite! Join us for a day, and fall in love. Become a part of our world, only a short drive from New York City
Ulster County, NY – Your Next Home!
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