It's a nice area. I'd call it semi-rural now, as the farms are mostly gone and subdivided.
If the outdoor humidity is a problem for you, you might not like it so much. But again, because it doesn't get nearly as hot as down NYC area, a small air conditioner in your home (I use a 5000 btu downstairs for about 750 sq.ft. ) will do you. In the spring and fall, the humidity can be a blessing because you can either warm your home with a dehumidifier or use a heat pump and get extra efficiency from it. When the temps here are in the 35-45 range, I can often heat my whole house with a small dehumidifier, cheaply. If you google "heat house with dehumidifier" you will find articles that show how you can get cheap electric heat when the humidity is over about 45% and it's not winter-cold out.
Be ready for some cold winters. Last winter, we were below zero about 30-35 nights. Almost as many this winter, but I think we got down to the -10 range a few more times this year.
I escaped the SW CT "gold coast" in 2009 and I love it here. Could do with a little less summer heat and a little less winter cold, but it's hard to find that without doing the snowbird thing.
If you buy a home here, try to buy some land with it. Small acreage is not a good thing around here, for a lot of reasons. Of course, if you want to live in town, that's another matter.
Be aware, too, the the politics of the area isn't conducive to people who like peace and quiet. There are huge pushes for ever more development in the area, and if you don't want development around you, you are going to be a bit of a social pariah, lol.
I noticed that you asked this question 3 years ago and that most of the positive answers (6) were from agents. Only one person confirmed your concerns. I am wondering if you ever moved to Margaretville? If so or if not, what do you think about upstate NYS now? Signed, Curious Cat
Delaware County is absolutely great. I moved here from NYC 25 years ago, and I and my family love it here. Yes, there are some smaller towns that are somewhat depressed, but the nature, life style peace and tranquility of the rural lifestyle is great. It is a great place to raise children. Summers are not really humid. There will be few days each summer that you might need an A/C, but mostly nice temperatures, cool evenings and nightly dew. Low population density allows for fairly large average size of rural properties @ great deals to be have. Fields, streams, woods or open farmlands are plentiful. If you find a property around this area, Iâ€™ll be glad to inspect it for you. Good luck, hopefully youâ€™ll find some nice place to enjoy.
Unfortunately, it is still humid here. Because of the forests, we get many mosquitos and black flies.
Hope this helps!
I lived in Manhattan for 20 years before I bought a home in the Margaretville area and eventually moved up here permanently. It is beautiful, still pristine in many ways, but more than 65-70% of the area properties are owned by out-of-county residents, which translates to--mostly metropolitan area residents.
We live here without traffic congestion, enjoying fresh air, clean water and a life I refer to as "user friendly"--no standing in lines to utilize services, few traffic lights, and a low crime rate. The weather is wonderful most of the year--the winters are cold, but that is the worst of it. Some people go away for a month+- in the winter, and that usually does the trick for cutting it down to size. We are convenient to many areas--New York City, Albany, Ithaca, New England, and the Adirondacks--I enjoy travel, and frequently take advantage of the proximity to many of these areas.
I could go on, but, instead, if you would like to further discuss any of it--both the pros and the cons--I would be happy to continue with a dialogue. I will send a link to my personal website, so feel free to contact me--I am the Managing Broker of the Margaretville office of Frank Lumia Real Estate Plus!
PS: I have lived here for nearly 20 years and do not own an air conditioner. Enough said.
Having spent my entire adult life in upstate New York I feel qualified to tell you there is no real escape from summertime humidity. It isn't there every day but it is a factor and when those "Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" roll in, it's best to have at least one room equipped with AC.....preferable the bedroom.
It is a quiet, slow paced, laid back beautiful location that is conveniently close the NYS and a whole different world.
The Margaretville area is beautiful, safe and prosperous in rural NY terms.
I was the chief reporter for the Catskill Mountain News for several years
and will be glad to talk to you about the area and real estate.
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