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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

It’s Selling Time in the Lower HV

residential sales

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

NY’s Napa Valley

bedford post in

Bedford Post Inn

According to Zagat, there are at least ten reasons to drive to the Hudson Valley. While we certainly can’t disagree with their strong choices, which include the CIA and the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market, they spent three entries on places in Westchester County. Which is fine, because Westchester is certainly the HV, but we think they could’ve saved at least one entry for maybe Lucky Chocolates in Saugerties followed by a walk to the Saugerties Lighthouse (or better yet, an overnight there). Or, exploring the Kingston Rondout district and grabbing some rollatini at Savona’s. Or, a stop at Otto’s Market in Germantown because heading up to spend the afternoon at Olana. But we can’t fault them their picks, especially since one of them is Tuthilltown Spirits. Mmm…baby bourbon whiskey.

Category: upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 14 April 2014 04:00 PM | No Comments

It’s Rentals Week!

hv bali house

Inquiries about summer rentals around the HV/Catskills have been hitting our inboxes for a couple of months already, which means it’s time to make a week of it. There really are just an overwhelming amount of options available, particularly if you’re willing to look outside of the usual hot spots (Saugerties, Woodstock, Rhinebeck, etc. are booking quickly), so we’ll be all around the Upstater area, spanning the gamut from luxurious and expensive to slightly less expensive (kidding; we’ll be on the look out for bargains, naturally). Do you rent upstate during the summer? Tell us your favorite spots, if you’re willing to divulge such privileged information, in the comments below.

Category: Rentals, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 14 April 2014 10:00 AM | 2 Comments