If you like the arts, gorgeous scenery, great dining and proximity to all kinds of outdoor activities, you'll like the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Come visit and figure out which town feels like home. As you can see, there are any number of great professionals who know the area and are willing to show you around.
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Woodstock is one of the most interesting small towns ever! Yes, I am definitely biased, I live here!
Today, Thanksgiving, there is a community dinner. On Christmas Eve Santa comes to town - each year in a new mode of transportation kept secret all year long by the planners - and on Christmas Day there is another community celebration. To get the real flavor of our community, I suggest you take a look at The Woodstock Times, published weekly. Regarding schools and crime statistics, the local school board (Onteora) and police department can assist you - again, I must echo what my fellow Realtors have indicated, that we are forbidden by law to discuss such things as it could indicate bias and not be based on fact.
I would also urge you to search articles on other small towns in the area, like Phoenicia and Saugerties. This area has an incredible amount to offer culturally and recreationally, and just in pure, natural beauty of the land.
I would also like to say to you that real estate is LOCAL and larger cities and towns will have neighborhoods of varying desirability -as does Kingston - and that desirability is a moving target. The best examples of this are the neighborhood transformations in many parts of New York City, the gentrifications that have taken place or are currently taking place in Tribeca, The Meat Packing District, Brooklyn Heights, SOHO, NOHO, and the others. It is people who make up the neighborhoods and create the rich and varied cloth of our communities across the United States. It is up to you and your personality and goals as to where you are comfortable, from "urban pioneer" to "hermit".
If I can be of assistance in finding the right home or second home for you, please let me know! You can phone me at 845-750-4920 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a delightful Thanksgiving!
Licensed Associate Broker
Kingston, New York
Legally we cannot answer that question because it might be considered steering you in one direction or another. I always tell my clients that when they are considering a specific location to go there during the morning, afternoon and evening.
If they find it acceptable than consider calling the local police for the crime statistics although some of that is public information.
Another consideration, amongst many, is the local school district for resale value.
The resale values can be obtained by your buyer's agent so choose your realtor wisely.
If you have any specific questions pertaining to websites or how to obtain public references you can call my office which is open till 8 PM everyday and yes including holidays. Let's just say I take selling houses very seriously.