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Town of the Week: Newburgh

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Downtown Newburgh, via Wikipedia

We’ve devoted a lot of blog space to the Orange County city of Newburgh, exploring its stunning architecture, its budding business community and the people trying to rescue it from its entrenched struggles. And we’re not the only ones. Newburgh has been seeing a lot of love lately, and that love is coming directly from its residents who know the city’s hardships, issues, and obstacles, and yet, they love the city with a contagious ferocity and long to see its architecture restored to its former glory (many properties have already received a face-lift, thanks to some plucky community activists) . They believe that a change is coming, a renaissance of creativity and art and music. Without the grittiness inherent in Newburgh, the city wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. There’s no artificial luster of a tourist-trap town. There are, however, enclaves of creative types working diligently to shine a light on what Newburgh is all about: Tough-as-nails with a funky urban vibe, posed for a sea-change, with architectural eye-candy around every corner just awaiting discovery.

If you’re looking to dig deep into Newburgh’s real estate situation, bookmark Newburgh Restoration, if you haven’t already. Not only will you get the full low-down of the ins and outs of the Newburgh market, you can also feast your eyes on some truly stunning Before & After restoration photos.

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An “after” shot of 246 Liberty Street, via Newburgh Restoration

Currently, there are hundreds of properties for sale in Newburgh, and if you’re looking to bargain hunt, this is the place  to go. There are many properties listed in the five-figure range, and while a good portion of them are fixer-uppers, lots of them are fixer-uppers that are true diamonds in the rough.

Newburgh is located about 1 hour, 12 minutes from NYC.

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Category: Newburgh, Orange County, Top Stories, Town of the Week

By: kandyharris | 25 November 2013 09:30 AM | 15 Comments

15 Responses

  1. The City of Newburgh is an absolutely beautiful place to call home. Come visit and see why. If you are in love with great architecture you won’t want to miss the annual Candlelight House Sunday December 8th, 2013. Once you have toured the area you won’t want to leave.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This city should be ashamed of itself! It is a shell of itself from even 50 years ago. Before you could ever renovate those historic buildings you would need to overhaul the zombies there who have ruined it. This article must be a joke! How dare you ignore real issues and attempt to throw lipstick on such a pig. …yes, I’m bitter over that city! Sorry to say.

  3. Rich says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    I hope, if you ever get sick, your friends, family and loved ones say the same about you… If you devoted as much energy into making things better as you did into criticizing, you might make, even a small, improvement.. Go forward, and learn from the past… but forward..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Your sentiments are not uncommon, Anonymous. I suspect that you are a former resident of the City of Newburgh, or maybe even grew up there. I have talked to many people who have wonderful memories of what “America’s City” was like back in the day, but because they feel they were forced to flee, they are bitter and discouraged about Newburgh’s potential. Some of them are loathe to even enter the city, unless they absolutely have to. If that is your situation then I sympathize, but thankfully, I also know many life-long Newburghers whose memories of a beautiful, vibrant Newburgh are what inspire them to help rebuild it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “Love seeketh not itself to please,
    Nor for itself hath any care,
    But for another gives its ease,
    And builds a heaven in hell’s despair.”

    So sung a little Clod of Clay,
    Trodden with the cattle’s feet,
    But a Pebble of the brook
    Warbled out these metres meet:

    “Love seeketh only Self to please,
    To bind another to its delight,
    Joys in another’s loss of ease,
    And builds a hell in heaven’s despite.”
    -Wm. Blake, poet,1757-1827

    I guess some of us are clods…

  6. EHinBH says:

    Such a terrible place — dont buy into what others (that have money to make off of you back) say… Stay far away. Cant tell you the number of people I know who have been mugged, robbed, scammed… Or have had their homes broken into or their kids harrassed in school. N

  7. Chris Hanson says:

    My wife and I have lived in Newburgh for the past 13 years and we love this City! We have lived in two different neighborhoods within the historic district and have enjoyed both very much. The City is certainly not without its share of issues, but our quality of life has been very good living in Newburgh. I’ve actually had worse experiences in Manhattan than in Newburgh. We love our home, the architecture, the history, the natural beauty, the river & mountain views, the diversity of humanity here, and our wonderful neighbors & friends who continue to make this place even better. Newburgh continues to draw energetic & creative people with a pioneering spirit to its ranks each month. We look forward to raising our daughter here, and to the transformation and qualities she gets to witness in her life.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful place, under valued and a just a jot to NYC. We bought up here 4 years ago and I’ve been commuting to job in nyc on metro north. A lot of artist and writers i know are moving up from Brooklyn as they are getting priced out of those area.

  9. Jimi Mac says:

    Well…let me tell you the truth. After buying a home, I have been up in the City of Newburgh for 6 1/2 years. Let me say that it’s not easy. Yes the architecture with many of the homes are wonderful but whoever has been running the city since the 60′s has let it go down so bad with the gangs and crime that I can’t refer anyone to buy here just yet. I hope some way, some how that it will get better sometime real soon. But i don’t see a solid plan in place…

  10. hb says:

    My experience, having been here since 2005 and fulltime since 2009, is similar to Chris’ and Anon, and while there is a distance to go in terms of getting good process in place on an administrative level, I think the overall direction has been more positive than negative.

    There are more activists moving in who have been joining those diehards who never left. They have been opening businesses and rehabbing properties and organizing for good.

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