You love Brooklyn. Hell, you love NYC. But after awhile, you get tired of the grind. Tired of cramming into a subway and standing so close to people that you can smell their natural musk. Tired of paying thousands of dollars a month to live in a one bedroom apartment with literally no space for any of your shit. Tired of your "view" being a brick wall.
Consider the Hudson Valley: 1-2 hours outside of the city, absolutely gorgeous views, fantastic food, and, perhaps most important, the general ability to RELAX.
We spoke to real estate agent Tim Hurley of Coldwell Banker about what he thinks are the best aspects of the Hudson Valley.
Why do you live in the Hudson Valley? I moved to the Hudson Valley 20 years ago from the city, thinking I would be back in about two weeks. So much for that! I live in The Town of Ulster on the Hudson River, which is really part of Kingston. I live on a dirt road that feels like the middle of nowhere, but in 10 minutes can be in “Uptown” Kingston, which is walkable to so much.
Why the hell should someone who lives in Brooklyn move to the Hudson Valley? Kingston is often called “Brooklyn on the Hudson” and I get so many clients from Brooklyn looking at property here and blown away by the value and prices of things. It offers a bit of everything. Some NYC buyers want to find that great classic Hudson Valley rustic remote getaway in Woodstock or Stone Ridge, and other buyers are happy with a big Victorian home in the middle of Kingston with plenty of a social “scene.”
Yeah, what else? It's totally gay friendly. New Paltz became world famous in 2004 when its mayor—Jason West—started to marry gay people, it all opened the area to a whole new group of gay second home buyers. They've built a fantastic community.
Say I'm coming to the Hudson Valley on a daytrip, looking to check it out. Where should I go? You could REALLY appreciate the beauty of the Hudson Valley by taking a leisurely stroll over it via the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Looking for more? Check out these gems:
Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz—yes, that IS only an hour outside of the city)
Riccardi's Hideaway (Kingston)
Rondout Waterfront & Maritime Museum (Kingston)
O+ Festival (Kingston)
New World Home Cooking (Saugerties)
The Bear Cafe (Woodstock)
The 1850 House Inn and Tavern (Rosendale)
The Rosendale Pickle Festival (Rosendale)
The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park)
Ready to check it out for yourself? Give Tim Hurley a call and he'll show you the Hudson Valley home of your dreams! Visit his site or call 845-331-5357.