COLUMBIA COUNTY NY REAL ESTATE
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Columbia County NY real estate is bordered to the North by Rensselaer County, the east by Berkshire County in Massachusetts. To the south by Dutchess County, and to the west by the Hudson River, Greene and Ulster Counties. Columbia County NY real estate is in a prime real estate market for second homes for New York Metropolitan residents. It also serves local residents working in Columbia County and neighboring counties.
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Columbia County NY History
Columbia County was formed in 1786 after the American Revolutionary War. From portions of Albany County, once a vast area until new communities were developed and jurisdictions were organized. In 1799, the southern boundary of Columbia County was moved southward to include that portion of Livingston Manor located in Dutchess County.
The first exploration of the territory was most likely that of Hendrick Hudson who in 1609 sailed across the Atlantic and up the river which now bears his name. An accident to his craft forced him to stop and come ashore to visit the area. The native inhabitants of the region were the Mohican Indians. A lively trade was established by 1612 and early settlers began to colonize various regions. The establishments of Fort Orange and New Amsterdam in 1624 allowed traders and travelers to frequently stop along the shores of Columbia. Small settlements sprang up to supply goods to these ships.
Fort Orange was eventually renamed Albany. Ultimately by an act passed on March 24, 1772 the region now known as Columbia County was divided and formed into various districts from a portion of Albany county. These districts consisted of Kinderhook in the northwest, King’s in the northeast, Claverack in the central portion , and Livingston Manor in the southern. The Germantown district was formed from part of Livingston manor on April 1, 1775 and the Hillsdale district was taken from Claverack on March 26, 1782.
The City of Hudson was incorporated April 22, 1785 to included territory within the boundaries of the Stockport Creek on the north, The Claverack Creek on the east, The north line of the manor of Livingston on the south, and the Hudson River on the west.
These districts were all formed before the organization of Columbia County which was erected by act of legislature, passed April 4, 1786. Seven original towns consisting of Kinderhook, Canaan, Claverack, Hillsdale, Clermont, Germantown and Livingston were erected by an act passed March 7, 1788. Additional towns were formed and erected at various times during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s increasing the total to 18.
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Approximately 50,000 people live in Columbia County. It is served by the New York State Thruway, Interstate 90, the Taconic Parkway and a myriad of crisscrossing roads. It is accessible by train via Metro north from Grand Central Terminal to Wassaic and from Grand Central Terminal to Poughkeepsie. Amtrak along the Hudson River to Pougkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Hudson and Albany-Rensselaer. As of the census of 2010, there were 63,096 people, 32,982 households, and 25,295 families residing in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 90.5% White. The median income for a household in the county was $59,916; the per capita income was $33,864. About 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line.
The Southern and Northern parts of the county have reasonably priced homes for commuters. Throughout the county are beautiful rural areas. The relatively inexpensive land values result in many farms and estates, making it attractive for urban dwellers from the New York Metropolitan area. Those seeking more than 1 acre for stick built and modular homes are also drawn to the county. As are those seeking recreation, hunting and the pursuit of open spaces.
The southern part of the county, including the towns of Ancram, Clermont, Germantown and Taghkanic is the most attractive for those commuting from Westchester, Dutchess and Ulster Counties and those seeking a second home. It is an easy drive from New York City, Westchester, Dutchess and Connecticut. Driving time from Manhattan via the Taconic Parkway is less than 2 hours. Commuter lines and Amtrak are only minutes away.
The central part of the county, including Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, Copake, Hillsdale and Ghent is attractive to the second home market. Also for primary residences for individuals working in Hudson, Albany and the Capital District and the Berkshires. Commuting from Manhattan is slightly more than 2 hours.
The northern part of the county, including Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Kinderhook, Stuyvesant and New Lebanon is attractive both as a primary residence for those working in Albany and the Berkshires. It also serves the second home market.
The eastern part of the county: the towns of Austerlitz, Canaan, and New Lebanon are in striking distance of the Berkshires and Tanglewood as well as Great Barrington, Lenox, Richmond and Pittsfield. The western part of the county, including the towns of Stuyvesant, Kinderhook and Chatham are short drives the Hudson Amtrak station and the Capitol District via I-90.
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