Christmas for Music Nerds

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April 19 is Record Store Day. Did you know? We didn’t, but we do now, thanks to music writer Peter Aaron at Chronogram. So make your music wish list and head over to one of the HV’s independent purveyors of sweet tuneage. Not sure where to go? That’s why the Internet was invented. Someone over on this site took the time to compile a list of records shops around the Upstater area, both brick and mortar as well as online sellers. Where’s your favorite record store? While you’re thinking about it, enjoy this short video about Record Store Day. And here’s the official Record Store Day website, which will tell you which local stores are participating.

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Category: upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 16 April 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Car-Free Upstate: Beacon Cottage, $600/week

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Here’s a rental in Beacon that’s less than $100 a night and walking distance to the Metro North, Main Street, the waterfront, and the Dia. It’s tiny for sure, essentially a studio with a divider between the bed and kitchen. Still, could be an inexpensive base of operations if you want to travel around by train, bus, bike, or foot. The cottage is on the owner’s property, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantage: If you need anything, they’re right there. Disadvantage: Not much privacy. Not the “getting away from it all” kind of privacy some of us crave, anyway. But it’s neat, cute, and right in town. Oh, and the rate goes up to $105 on the weekends, and July is completely available.

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Category: Beacon, Car-Free Upstate, Dutchess County, Rentals, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 16 April 2014 01:00 PM | No Comments

Olivebridge Cottage w/Pool, $150/night

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We were recently asked if we knew of any rentals in the Ulster County area large enough for a family, $3000-$6000/month, with a pool. Tall order! But, we found this cottage in Olivebridge for $150/night or $1,500/week, and behold: It has a pool. And it sleeps 6-8 over 3 bedrooms, which might be a little cozy if you’re planning on being a party of 8, but 6 should be okay. Love the green kitchen and the screened-in porch. We think this is a pretty good deal, and so do a lot of other people, apparently. Its availability is very limited, but if you’re looking for a few days away from it all in order to luxuriate in a pool and do some BBQing, this could be the place for you. It’s also pet-friendly with a fenced-in yard.

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Category: Olivebridge, Rentals, Rural, Ulster County

By: kandyharris | 16 April 2014 10:23 AM | 2 Comments

It’s Selling Time in the Lower HV

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Living in the lower Hudson and thinking about putting your house on the market? Might not be a bad time to stop thinking and start listing. According to a recent report on Lohud.com, the first quarter is showing “robust” sales, 10% more robust than last year’s first quarter sales numbers, in fact. Could this mean that HV market is clawing its way back from a long recession? Probably, which is good news if you’re selling. Speaking of which, the article goes on to explain that houses are getting scooped up quickly, especially turn-key properties (as usual). Diane Cummins of Douglas Elliman and Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) was quoted, “We don’t have a lack of inventory, but we don’t have a surplus.” Appropriately-priced properties are going in 30 days or less, practically greased-lightning speed in the world of home sales.

Category: upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 15 April 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments