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Sun Mar 15, 2015
John Cerullo answered:
The spring and fall especially are quite humid here. Summer is variable, but seems to get more humid with each passing year. It does not generally get very hot, but at night when it might be in the 50's, the air will be very damp.

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.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014
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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Westbranch answered:
West Branch Homes, owned and operated by James Serio Real Estate, has managed development and construction of at least 3 homes in Delaware County. They represent several home manufacturers and utilize local sub contractors for site work, masonry, electrical, plumbing and related trades. ... more
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Sat Mar 9, 2013
richnhil answered:
I have loved East Meredith since I lived there full time in the 1970s, but if you're looking for a lively village scene ala Woodstock or Saugerties or even Margaretville, move along and look elsewhere.

Most of the time there is NO activity in East Meredith. Even the general store and gas station closed long ago. BUT there is the wonderful Hanford Mill museum in town — a working 19th Century water mill — which sponsors daytime activities during warmer months. The mill pond is a terrific swimming hole.

The town has a nice place for field games — from baseball to soccer — or large family gatherings.

An underground art scene has attracted both terrific homegrown artists like Richard Kathmann (who saved the mill from extinction) and transplants like avant garde performer Meredith Monk.

Not far from town is the West Kortright Centre. It's a converted church nestled in a valley straight out of a Grant Wood painting.The Centre hosts an eclectic list of indoor and outdoor performances by artists of both local and world renown as well as delightful community gatherings. It's a place to make new friendships and cement old ones while learning to tango, mambo or do the Virginia reel.

Also nearby is the East Meredith Rod and Gun Club which hosts a variety of impromptu gatherings.

Twenty miles away, Oneonta is the nearest city and, because it is home to two colleges, there is a lively bar scene there.

But sunset dinners with friends at their farmstead, feasting on locally-raised meats and vegetables, perhaps washed down with a Finger Lakes Reisling or Cabernet Franc, is really the best of East Meredith nightlife.
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Mon Jul 26, 2010
Dave DeVos answered:
Elizabeth, Give us a look on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. 4 seasons - long springs and falls, mild summers and winters. Easy access to Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. Art colony, nationally known Cumberland County Playhouse, new state of the art public library, low taxes, low cost of living, very good real estate prices. Crossville, the county seat, has only 10,000 friendly folks, and a community college. E-mail me Dave@DavidDeVos. com and I'll send a bunch of websites. Come looksee poke-around. ... more
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