Photo by Cold Spring Summer Sunset Music Series
Median Household Income: $83,125
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Unit: $367,900
Over the years, many a New York City weekender has pondered the thought of moving to Cold Spring. It is one of the most enduring day trip destinations in the Valley, in large part thanks to the hiking it offers at Breakneck Ridge, right off the Metro-North stop, and a vibrant downtown (not to mention some phenomenal wings at Whistling Willies). At the very end of Main Street is one the most scenic and relaxing places in the Valley: Cold Spring’s waterfront, which is centered around a small plaza with benches and a gazebo, a boat dock on one side, and an expansive green space on the other. In warm months long lines spill out the doors of Moo Moo’s Creamery, where patrons can get their cone and stroll by the river. In the summer, waterfront movie nights draw large crowds of parents and children, sprawled out on lawn blankets as they watch classics like E.T. or Back to the Future, with the sun going down over the river, glistening across the face of Storm King Mountain on the other side.
For families considering a move to town, the schools are strong, with Haldane Central School District coming in at 126 out of 764 in the state on www.schooldigger.com. Cold Spring — being one of the more scenic, safe and established towns in the Valley — has a very thin real-estate market with a hefty price tag, with some properties costing well over $1 million. That being said, the well-restored Colonial and Victorian homes in the town’s center couldn’t be more appealing, giving the town a 19th century village feel.