Median Household Income: $46,563
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Unit: $169,900
Before landscape painter Frederic Church established roots at his massive estate in Hudson, he cut his teeth studying with Hudson River School master of masters Thomas Cole just across the river in Catskill. Today, many artists looking to get in at the ground floor start there as well. It has all of the natural and architectural beauty of Hudson, but being that it is in an earlier stage of transformation, “the best deals are found in Catskill,” according to James Male of HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty. In fact, it has one of the lowest median home prices in the area. The architectural quality of the historic houses, paired with the proximity to the Catskill Mountains, has made it increasingly popular. The arts and culture scene is growing quickly and now includes gems like Crossroads Brewing Company and tap room, the Bridge Street Theatre — a community theatre focusing on original productions — and Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts.