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If you’re looking to move somewhere with nature, history, and highly-rated public schools, you might want to check out New Paltz, a college town just two hours north of NYC.
You can get a lot for your money in New Paltz: the median sales price is $457,500, according to Realtor.com. There’s a mix of new construction in tree-lined suburban developments and renovated cottages, colonials, and Arts & Crafts-style houses. Most of the houses in the area have large yards, garages, and room for a home office.
For outdoor activities, you can visit Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary or go hiking in one of several vast nature preserves in the area—or rock climbing in the Gunks. You can also visit the trails—or the spa—at Mohonk Mountain House, a historic resort that recently reopened. Main Street offers shopping and dining at eateries like Main Street Bistro, Huckleberry, and A Tavola Trattoria. For culture, there’s Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and Studley Theater, both located on the SUNY New Paltz Campus. The public schools check out with an A-rating and is the top school district in Ulster County, according to Niche.
So, if living in New Paltz sounds appealing to you, here are five houses on the market for less than $500,000, including a newly-built colonial and a 1917 Arts & Crafts-style house with original features.
This four bedroom, three bath is asking $499,900. The newly-built house has hardwood floors, central air conditioning, a fireplace, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, an attached two-car garage, and a covered front porch with views of the Shawangunk Mountains. Located in a new luxury development, Hurds Family Farm and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park are nearby.
This three bedroom, one and a half bath is asking $424,900. The house sits on almost 17 acres and features pine hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, stainless steel appliances, a sunroom, deck, and storage shed. Located in the hamlet of Esopus, Shier Winery, and Black Creek Preserve are nearby.
This three bedroom, one bath is asking $415,000. The 1917-built Arts & Crafts-style house has beamed ceilings, original hardwood floors, an original stone fireplace, stainless steel appliances, split air conditioning, a mudroom, laundry room, and a cottage in the backyard that is legally zoned for rent. Downtown New Paltz is a five-minute drive where you’ll find Main Street Bistro and Water Street Market.
This four bedroom, three bath is asking $395,000. The colonial has hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, central air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, a laundry room, mudroom, two-car garage, wraparound deck, an above-ground pool, and newly paved driveway. New Paltz High School and Apple Greens Golf Course are nearby.
This three bedroom, two and a half bath is asking $375,000. The split-level house has hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, lots of windows, an eat-in kitchen, sunroom, deck, covered patio, and two-car garage. ShopRite, Plaza Diner, and SUNY New Paltz are nearby.
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