Upstater is about living, buying, renting and vacationing in upstate New York — at least the part of upstate New York that’s within three hours of New York City! We cover both sides of the river, north of Westchester County, south of Albany, east of the Finger Lakes, and all the way to the eastern border of New York state. We bring you insight into the upstate real estate market, not to mention great houses, regional events and activities and a window in the upstate life. And did we mention the houses?

Our writers have hearts, mortgages, leases and legacies in Upstate New York. We also have a whole lot of enthusiasm for the architectural variety and relative affordability of real estate, plus the fresh air, incredible food, gorgeous countryside and deep cultural life here. We are not real estate agents and, alas, we don’t visit every property in person. Rather, we cull through the thousands of real estate listings in upstate New York to bring you our recommendations. We hope you’ll let us know if you go see any, and share feedback with our readers.



Lisa Selin Davis, co-founder of Upstater, is a real estate and environmental writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and on the weekends often based upstate, near Tivoli.





Kandy Harris originally hails from Alaska and has been living in upstate NY off and on for the past 12 years. When she’s not writing about fabulous properties for Upstater, she’s working for the government, making music, or studying to be a yoga teacher. Kandy is also the mother to a 10 year old evil genius named Madeline.


Kim McGalliard, author of The Weekenders column, grew up in the mountains of Colorado, but has been a city girl in San Francisco and New York for 20 years.  She’s very happy to be back in the country, even if it’s only for the weekends (for now anyway).  She also blogs about cooking and usability at Edible/Usable.




Megan Oldenburger, author of the Upstate Jane column, is the owner of Dichotomy Interiors, an interior styling, design, renovation and staging firm in the Catskills. A recent full time transplant from Manhattan, Megan lives and works out of her Woodstock home with her husband Richard Smykowski, and their two dogs, Gidget and Fern.



RJ Tolan often writes the Five Figure Fridays column, charting upstate properties for under $100,000. He runs the blog Procrastinet, and is a writer and theatrical producer and director, and has been co-Artistic Director of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s program for playwrights under 30, since 2003.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons, and daydreams constantly about “a little place upstate.”  For now, they’re making do with Boba, their beloved 1984 Chevy camper van.


Cher Vick runs the blog Newburgh Restoration, and contributes regularly to Upstater about Newburgh properties for sale.

Kary Boan-DunhamKary Boan-Dunham, author of The Relocators column, is the owner of Techie Muse, a technology coaching and consulting business for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Along with her husband Mark and 2 Cairn Terrier dogs, Milo and Ruby, Kary recently moved to Beacon from Brooklyn where they rent while searching the Hudson Valley for their ideal permanent residence and dream home. She and Mark can be found on their blog at KaryandMarkMoveUpstate.com.

About Luminary Publishing

Luminary Publishing was born in the summer of 1993, with the aim of nourishing and supporting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley.

The parent company of the iconic Chronogram, Luminary Publishing has over 15 years of custom publishing experience including tourism guides, travel guides, and the launch, sale, and reacquisition of Upstate House, a popular Hudson Valley real estate, design, and green living publication.

More than just a magazine, Luminary Publishing’s Chronogram has grown to include the 8-Day Week e-Newsletter, Chronogram Deals program and much more. Starting as a small 72 page black and white cultural zine, Chronogram has transformed into a coveted, full color glossy magazine.

Luminary Publishing, Inc.’s mission is to disseminate material that nourishes and support the creative life of our region and in the world, and to demonstrate a paradigm of that creativity in action.