Berkshire County is one of the most desirable vacation home destinations on the East Coast, attracting residents from New York City and Boston and points in between. The proximity of Berkshire County to the adjoining New York towns of New Lebanon, Canaan, Austerlitz and Hillsdale adds to their draw.
Berkshire County has had a long history of attracting second home owners from New York and Boston going back to the gilded age with the development of huge “cottages.” Many of these cottages have been transformed into inns or condominium complexes. The Boston Symphony’s summer concerts at Tanglewood have help with a rebirth of the “Berkshires” and the towns of Stockbridge, Lenox and Great Barrington have become centers of summer activity. A large number of retired persons own home or condominiums and stay in the Berkshires for the summer or longer. As a result a large stock of luxury homes and condominiums is available in these areas. Some of the towns in the Berkshires remain sparsely populated, but Pittsfield is seeing a resurgence and the Town of Richmond is sought after by vacationing and permanent residents.
New homes are attractive to many buyers. They look new and bright and hold the possibility of avoiding problems associated with older properties. Ordinarily the contract of sale will provide a guarantee of habitability for some period of time during which the builder is obligated to repair problems resulting from poor construction. But the wise purchaser will have a detailed inspection of a new home, too, because builders can make mistakes which could be costly down the road.
New homes can range in price from thousands to millions and present some unique problems. In a strong market, many homes are built “on spec,” by builders who hope to sell them when completed. Such building has only recently begun to pick up after little new construction over the past several years. With interest rates at historic lows, there are many bargains to be had. If builders still own spec houses they will generally sell at a considerably reduced price. But older homes have also come down in price and may offer considerable savings over new construction.
Displayed below are our most recent new home listings in Berkshire County. If you select the price search you will see listings displayed with the higher priced properties first. To search the listings of our MLS (multiple list system) Partners click on the appropriate links in the left margin of this page. Try first the Berkshire County MLS. For listings to the West try the Columbia-Greene-Northern Dutchess MLS or the Capital Region MLS. Searching these MLS systems directly is far superior to using general search sites such as Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com, or sites maintained by brokers such as Weichert, Coldwell Banker or Century 21.
By going to the multiple list systems directly you get the most detailed and up-to-date information available in that specific area. Then call us with listing numbers. We can provide you with additional information about specific listings and arrange to show you any listing in these different MLS systems. We are members of all of them – a true Regional Broker.
If you have already contracted with an exclusive listing or buying agent that agent will be responsible for advising you and assisting in the negotiation of the sale. While Sellers are almost always represented by an exclusive agent, the trend toward Buyers retaining an exclusive agent is relatively new in the Berkshires. For more information call 800-398-8802.
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