10 Top Towns

Settled by the Dutch, Quakers, or Huguenots, nestled in the Catskills or on the river’s banks — these 10 Valley communities all have one thing in common: They’re great places to call home


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What $300,000 Will Buy:

germantown house listing

Germantown (Columbia) $324,900
A three-bedroom, circa 1858 carriage house. Pluses: This renovated home contains high ceilings, wideboard floors, and an updated kitchen with an arched ceiling. Additional features include a large deck and three-car garage.

lexington house listing

Lexington (Greene) $299,000
A six-bedroom farmhouse built in 1880. Pluses: This home is located on five acres with views into the mountains. Wood flooring, an enclosed sun porch, and a large kitchen are highlights — not to mention its close proximity to three major ski areas.

freehold house listing

Freehold (Greene) $287,500
A five-bedroom, four-bath home. Pluses: This circa 1795 house is the oldest home in the quaint hamlet where it is located. With three fireplaces, marble baths, and new mechanicals, this home is suitable for single or multiple families.

poughkeepsie house listing

Poughkeepsie (Dutchess) $325,000
A classic Dutch colonial, built circa 1900. Pluses: With three fireplaces, hardwood floors, granite counters, and period architectural details, this four-bedroom home combines contemporary needs with an historic aesthetic.

poughkeepsie house listing

Poughkeepsie (Dutchess) $310,000
A four-bedroom Colonial. Pluses: Two words: stone fireplace. If that’s not enough, this updated home has several other assets such as a new refrigerator and stove, recessed lighting in the family room, bathrooms with granite features, walk-in closets, and a porch with skylights.

newburgh house listing

Newburgh (Orange) $299,999
A brand-new bi-level. Pluses: Up-to-date features in this newly built home include stainless-steel appliances, cathedral ceilings, a jetted tub, and walk-in closets.

walden house listing

Walden (Orange) $325,000
Newly renovated mother/daughter, or home with office suite. Pluses: This four-bedroom, three-bath home just got a makeover, with hardwood floors, new stainless-steel appliances, and ceramic tile in the bathrooms.

newburgh house listing

Newburgh (Orange) $299,999
A three-bedroom bi-level. Pluses: Located in the Town of Newburgh, this home exudes charm from the outside, but is more contemporary indoors with features including stainless-steel appliances.

tomkins cove house listing

Tomkins Cove (Rockland) $329,000
A renovated 1940s home. Pluses: Nestled in the woods, this house contains two fireplaces and stainless appliances, but maintains its vintage appeal with beamed ceilings and views of the Hudson River, just across the street.

stony point house listing

Stony Point (Rockland) $364,900
A three-bedroom Colonial. Pluses: Situated on nearly two acres of land, this farmhouse has an open porch for warm spring days, and an enclosed, heated one for chillier nights. Added bonuses: it has a view of the river, and is close to shopping destinations. 

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