In contrast to New York City’s reputation for impersonal attitudes, the Hudson Valley is known for its closely knit and open community spirit. In fact, living in an area that has absorbed so many transferees over the years has fostered a real acceptance and friendliness toward newcomers. Formal newcomer clubs and Welcome Wagon services are found in almost every town and village.
Options for housing in this region are equally diverse and attractive, from coop or rental apartments and condos to luxury townhomes and single-family residences. Most communities offer a pleasing mix of architectural styles and price ranges to meet every need and lifestyle. Home designs range from Cape Cods, raised ranches, split-levels, and standard wood-frames to spacious estate properties with formal gardens and sprawling lawns. Elegant Victorians and stately Tudors are often graced by meticulous landscaping on generous lots.
In many of the scenic rural areas, summer and vacation homes have been winterized and converted to comfortable year-round residences. Housing from earlier days such as antique frame houses and colonial mansions also dot the countryside, complemented by mountains, valleys, sparkling lakes, lush meadows and woodlands.
In almost every way possible, the Hudson River Valley area harmonizes suburban convenience with rural charm. While IBM operates one of the world’s most sophisticated semiconductor production facilities, a nearby fruit farmer invites visitors to pick their own apples. Within ten miles of the Amtrak station are active dairy and horse farms, not to mention vineyards that produce excellent local wines. Living in the Hudson Valley allows you to make a rare choice between urban, suburban, or rural lifestyles within a span of a few square miles.
This beautiful, scenic land offers outstanding hiking paths, including an exceptionally fine section of the Appalachian Trail. Other popular sports and outdoor activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, boating and other water sports, fishing, hunting, camping, golfing, tennis, and swimming. History buffs will discover virtually endless sites for exploration and enjoyment in quiet corners of the valley.
Residents can also take advantage of established and well-managed recreational facilities in the mountains, at the lakes, on the seashore, and in New York City. While it is true that New York City’s internationally renowned shops, museums, restaurants, stage, and theater, ballet, opera, and symphony performances are always within easy reach, the Hudson Valley calendar is also filled with local treasures. Community theater, summer stock, free concerts in the park, colorful festivals, and community celebrations fill the annual calendar with exciting events.
With its combination of economic prowess, educational excellence, diverse housing options, scenic terrain and sheer quality of life — few locations can offer more than the Hudson River Valley.