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Old 02-23-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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Please help! My wife and I are looking for a vacation home in the hudson valley area with ideally 5+ acres of land, not too far away from civilization in family friendly town with kids (we have 3 kids 12, 10 and 8). I know it is asking a lot but for those on this board who know the area (and it looks like there are quite a few who seem to have great knowledge) any suggestions on where we should start?

From: Helpless in NJ
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:04 PM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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Please help! My wife and I are looking for a vacation home in the hudson valley area with ideally 5+ acres of land, not too far away from civilization in family friendly town with kids (we have 3 kids 12, 10 and 8). I know it is asking a lot but for those on this board who know the area (and it looks like there are quite a few who seem to have great knowledge) any suggestions on where we should start?

From: Helpless in NJ
try rentcatskills.com or a ahousearoundthebend.com
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:41 PM
 
Location: New York State
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You don't say what else you might be looking for. Do you want to ski? Do you just want to be in a quiet place a stone's throw from other things? What kind of town? Five acres of land is a lot, even this far from the city(NYC). Not that it's not available, but that you will pay a pretty penny, for the most part, in the Hudson Valley. I am not sure what the prices are in the Catskills. In the Hudson Valley, around me in Highland, there are many small, quiet towns that have, seemingly, no crime. Watch out for New Paltz though. I they have a view tax! Truly! If your home can see the mountains, they charge you an extra tax. Crazy, huh? What a way to get money.
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:46 AM
 
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Try the websites that Bovina Cow has mentioned above....

Some things in general about these two areas, in case you may not know, and presented in order to be of help:

The Hudson Valley is often more expensive for houses and land than is the Catskislls.

The Catskills are more rugged, hillier, colder, snowier, more rural and more isolated than is the HV.

The HV's small towns are more New Englandish than are those of the Cats. I.E., whitewashed Colonials, steepled churches, town greens, grange halls, etc.

The HV has a much better and more robust economy in general than does the Cats.

The HV has many properties that are owned by second-home owners from metro NYC area. Less so for the Cats, but this is rapidly changing as affordable country property is becoming increasingly rarer in the HV.

The Cats have Woodstock and all the associated bohemian attractions/amenities/lifestyle. The HV is more staid/straight-laced, in general. But the HV has a high level of sophistication that comes about from those folks who crave Tanglewood in nearby western Massachusetts.

The Cats have a lot of potential--they are WAY under-rated and are not on the radar scope of the yuppies and trendies (yet!) My advice, the Catskills may be the place to buy a country home at a reasonable price in an area that is up and coming!
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:39 AM
 
Location: NY
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Also keep your eye on the casino plans for Monticello. It seems that Spitzer is all for it and the plans recently got over a major hurdle. If you are looking anywhere in the western Catskills you will likely have to use Rt 17- when the casino gets built you can look forward to a lot more traffic on that highway.
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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Also keep your eye on the casino plans for Monticello. It seems that Spitzer is all for it and the plans recently got over a major hurdle. If you are looking anywhere in the western Catskills you will likely have to use Rt 17- when the casino gets built you can look forward to a lot more traffic on that highway.
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Wind Turbines!
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:47 AM
 
Location: NY
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...oh, and if you are looking at a specific property do a little investigating on what New York City's plans may be for your watershed. In some cases interest could be good, what with conservation trust deals/easments etc., etc., but equally the watershed overall is declining (as I understand it- hard to grasp with all the rain upstate gets!) so you might have a dry well to look forward to someday..

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Montgomery NY
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Hi, we live in Montgomery NY..easy on and off highways 84 and 87..also good valley central schools...great family town of antiques and places to eat.
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Old 03-02-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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And Orange County Choppers!

Though I am not sure if they add or detract from Montgomery
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Old 03-10-2007, 10:15 AM
 
Location: ANDES NY
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plenty of south of the border labor in the area also
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