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Old 01-18-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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Hello,
We are house-hunting in the Catskill region and are interested in hearing people's opinions on Ulster County versus Greene County. We have family in Ulster County and love it there, but are finding Greene County to be beautiful and more affordable.
Things that are important to us are:
outdoor and recreational opportunities
ability to commute to Albany area for work
access to local shops, restaurants, culture (i.e. a "main street" or small town vibe)
investment potential (we will be purchasing a fixer upper and renovating!)

THANKS!
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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I have been spending considerable time researching both those counties.
Here's how I would break it down:

1) You have family in Ulster, but depending on where they are in Ulster & where you would be in Greene, the distance probably wouldn't be much of a factor; unless it's north Ulster & south Greene. I have found both Greene & Ulster counties to have some breathtaking spots. I purposely allot myself extra time when I have business down that way. I love taking the side roads!

2) I've also found bargains in both counties. Although I am primarily looking at commercial property, I see a lot of residential when it's listed as multi-zoned. I have seen more available properties in Greene that depend on a well or other private water supply; vs. Ulster where in addition to Kingston, many of the smaller communities still have public water & sewer. So if that is a factor for you, I'd pick Ulster. But lots of folks do great with a well - it's all what you're willing to contend with.

3) The outdoor activities & recreation are, IMO, abundant in both counties & thru out the Hudson Valley. I cover a lot of ground in the HV; I would never get bored if I lived there!

4) Generally I think the commute to Albany would be shorter from Greene County, but only if you are close to a major route like 9W or 23, say. If you find a spot tucked way back, those country roads can take a lot of time to navigate in nasty weather. Vs., say, about an hour from the Kingston tolls to the Albany exit 24 tolls all on I-87.

5) The local shopping/downtown main street vibe/investment potential is why I would pick Ulster over Greene. Greenville is pretty much the "main hub" of Greene county. It's adorable, cute, and over in a flash. You can get just about everything you need; you just won't have much to choose from. Whereas with Ulster county, in addition to all the cool smaller communities like Saugerties, Rosendale, Hurley, etc., you have Kingston.

I think Kingston is going to have a serious comeback story to tell. It might take some time, but I do believe it's got the potential. You have Uptown, Downtown, & Midtown business districts; you have the Stockade, the riverfront, the Marina. Lots of cool shopping along Front & Wall Streets, a couple of larger shopping areas on 9W, a great live music scene & some of the most incredible dining in the country!

Good luck in your quest!
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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I've lived in Ulster all my life. I grew up in the Woodstock/Bearsville area, and am now in Kingston down by the Rondout Creek, what we call the Strand. I can really tell you, it depends on where you are looking in Ulster County.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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I've lived in Ulster all my life. I grew up in the Woodstock/Bearsville area, and am now in Kingston down by the Rondout Creek, what we call the Strand. I can really tell you, it depends on where you are looking in Ulster County.
Do you mean as far as picking Ulster over Greene, or just in general? Because I'm really leaning toward Kingston, but would love to hear an insider's view. Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:11 AM
 
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Well where in Kingston are you looking?
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:38 AM
 
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Well where in Kingston are you looking?
I'm looking for a combo bldg. Retail on the bottom floor; an apartment or two above. The "main street" shopping area around Front & Wall streets would be ideal; except that every time I am down there during the week, it doesn't look as busy as I would like. Since I don't live there to see it on a daily basis, I can't tell if the lack of business there is due to weather, location, economy....or a mix of all three.

But that is the type of retail environment I'm looking for - and I'm currently looking in states along the eastern/Mid-Atlantic region. NYS taxes may force me out altogether - time will tell. I'm hoping that this slump is just temporary....but trying to plan as though it is not.

So your viewpoint from living around the Strand is important to me - you probably have a pretty good idea of what's surviving down there.
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