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Town of the Week: Roxbury

Roxbury Methodist Church, via Wikipedia

The phrase “tucked away” is used entirely too much in real estate listing descriptions and town websites touting the remoteness of a location. And yet, we found ourselves thinking it as we traveled the long and winding Route 30 through Delaware County to the hamlet of Roxbury.

It was worth the trip. Roxbury is located in the eastern part of the county, and Route 30, which zips straight through town, is white-picket fence territory with lots of pretty houses and blooming trees just to drive the point home.

In typical “Don’t Blink” fashion, we found ourselves beyond Roxbury before we even realized it, and we ended up having to back track to get a better look at what’s there, which is not much, but we weren’t surprised by that. Roxbury is a quality-over-quantity kind of place, and what is there is cute, bucolic, and peaceful. In fact, it was nearly dead quiet for a sunny spring Saturday morning.

Kirkside Park, Roxbury

It’s completely understandable why someone like John Burroughs might become a naturalist growing up in Roxbury. It’s beautiful country out there, and fairly pristine.

There are a number of Main Street properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places (here’s a good list of them), and Roxbury is one of around 800 communities participating in Preserve America, a federal initiative that helps communities protect their historical heritage. The town (pop. ~2,500) even has small but thriving arts community via the Roxbury Arts Group.

Kirkside Park is one of the reasons we enjoyed our jaunt to Roxbury. Centered around small stream, Kirkside consists of a short walking trail, footbridges, a playground, and a small, open Victorian playhouse for kids that was delightfully free of graffiti and the detritus of a hundred squatters using it as a hiding place, as it might in some other towns.

The real estate market is modest in Roxbury. Given its proximity to Hunter and Windham Mountains, there are plenty of luxury ski-chalet getaway houses on the market, and there are a few bargains, too. The taxes aren’t too bad, ranging from around $2000 to $7000 for the properties we perused.

Roxbury is remote, there’s no doubt about it. But all that isolation has kept it shiny and untarnished. More on the town, its history, and what to do there on the town blog.

Kirkside Park, Roxbury

Category: Delaware County, Roxbury, Town of the Week, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 23 April 2012 09:35 AM | 2 Comments

2 Responses

  1. dj says:

    Roxbury taxes look reasonable when your frame of reference is Ulster county, but among Delaware county residents the Roxbury school taxes are considered prohibitively high. This may be one reason the town’s once-lovely main street now looks like the set for a post-pandemic movie: gorgeous Victorians unpainted and rotting, and no commercial/retail presence unless you count the folding table where you can buy honey on the honor system. If the school taxes were lower, I have to think Roxbury’s main street would feel more like Andes or Tannersville, because the area is breathtakingly beautiful.

    • kandyharris says:

      Definitely didn’t get a “post-pandemic” vibe off of the main street, but I didn’t get to spend as much time there as I would’ve liked to. Looking forward to coming back and taking a closer look.

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