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

beacon cottage

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

Beacon Village Victorian (Six Months Later), $530,000

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Deep is our love for Beacon, but their real estate market just isn’t impressive and hasn’t been for quite some time. We do, however, like this painted lady less than a half-mile from the train station. In fact, we like it so much, we’re featuring it again. When first we looked at it about six months ago, the price was $549,000. It’s dropped a bit since then, but we’re wondering if the price plus the fact that it seems to need  some exterior sprucing is keeping the offers from rolling in. Because it’s quite beautiful. If we were looking to live in Beacon (a great place) and had a healthy home buying budget, we’d be giving this one a look or three. Sadly, the photos are few and not that good.

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Category: $500000 to $749999, Beacon, Dutchess County, Village

By: kandyharris | 6 March 2014 09:30 AM | 2 Comments

New Hotel Slated for Main Street, Beacon

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Could this be the new hotel at 151 Main Street, Beacon?

The Dutchess County city of Beacon’s Planning Board caught its first glimpse of what could be the city’s newest hotel. The location would be at 151 Main Street, occupying a spot that is currently a vacant lot. The hotel’s architect, Roger Greenwald, presented the preliminary site plan to Beacon’s PB on December 10th, which includes three floors, 10 rooms, a solarium, and a retail shop. Since the hotel is very much still in the planning stages, we won’t know much more about the proposed hotel until project moves along a bit. At first blush, we think this seems like a great boon for the city. It’s not far from the train station and could help boost business at nearby shops and services. Certainly better than an empty lot, no? You can read more about the plan on the Wigwam blog. What your take on the proposed hotel on Main Street?

151 main street beacon ny

151 Main Street, Beacon, as it looks now.

Category: Beacon, Dutchess County, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 23 December 2013 02:00 PM | 2 Comments

Which Is More Dangerous, Newburgh or Beacon?


Continuing on yesterday’s theme (the Brooklyn-Beacon-Newburgh trajectory): we were curious to see this crime map from Trulia. Is it the most reputable of sources? No, but the New York State Attorney General’s office puts out reports far less frequently, and it seems Trulia gets regular inputs of local crime info. (However, as many have noted, this map could simply be the result of the Newburgh PD not reporting their crimes!)

Still, it’s rather a startling discrepancy between them, don’t you think? Seven calls in Newburgh and, across the river, hundreds? Even if it were true, there’s the issue of quality versus quantity. Newburgh’s seven crimes included two shooting/stabbings; a vehicle pursuit, a perp search/chase, dispute and assault.

And in Beacon, there were almost no violent crimes: noise complaints, criminal mischief, intoxicated subjects, disorderly groups, larceny, harassment, drug activity, burglary, identity theft, fight, forged instrument, dispute, domestic, shots fired, trespass, robbery, missing person, fraud, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempted burglary.

We’re not beating up on Beacon — we love it, too. But it’s fascinating to see how Beacon is presented as, well, a beacon, instead of a complicated town still trying to claw its way out of rust belt woes. Is it great marketing, proximity to the MetroNorth, or just that Dia was willing to set up shop there when it was still in serious distress?

Newburgh’s crimes were far, far fewer (and, Newburghers say, targeted against a select few), at least according to this map, but they were much worse crimes — no stabbings or assaults in Beacon, but plenty of everything else. So can we tell from this map which is safer? According to the comments, this map is baloney!

[Addenda, in reaction to many emails and comments, in orange.]

Category: Beacon, Newburgh, Top Stories, upstate new york

By: lisa | 6 November 2013 01:00 PM | 14 Comments