ULSTER COUNTY REAL ESTATE
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Ulster County real estate is dominated by the second home market and the memories of the Woodstock Concert. The southern part of the county around New Paltz is commutable from New York City. Its state college campus is an additional draw. Kingston and Saugerties are more populated areas to the north which are increasing in population. The towns of Woodstock, Ellenville, Shandaken, Ulster and Gardiner are more rural and attract second homeowners.
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Ulster County NY History
The area of present day Ulster County was called Esopus by the Dutch settlers: it was then part of the New Netherland Colony. In 1652 Thomas Chambers, a freeholder from Rensselaerwyck, purchased land at Esopus and began trading there. In 1654 Johan de Hulter, owner of 20% of the Killian van Rensselaer Company was granted a patent,together with the patents of Christoffel Davids, and Jacob Jansen Stoll, this supplies evidence of the first permanent settlement, that grows into the village of Wiltwijck, later: Kingston. In 1683, the Duke of York created twelve counties in his province. Ulster County was one of them. Its boundaries at that time included the present Sullivan County, and portions of the present Delaware, Orange, and Greene Counties.
In 1777, the capital of New York State (the first state capital of independent New York) was established at Kingston, though it was subsequently moved to Kerhonkson when the British burned that city. In 1797, portions of Otsego and Ulster Counties were split off to create Delaware County. In 1798, the southernmost towns in Ulster County were moved into Orange County, to compensate Orange for breaking away the southernmost portion of that county in order to form Rockland County. In 1800, portions of Albany and Ulster Counties were split off to create Greene County. In 1809, Sullivan County was split off from Ulster County.
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Ulster County has a population of 182,493, 69,335 households, and 43,536 families residing in the county, a total area of 1161 sq. miles and is located approximately 90 miles North of New York City. The median income for a household in the county is $60,393, and the Per capita inome is $31,790.
Ulster County is in the southeast part of New York State, south of Albany, immediately west of the Hudson River. Much of the county is within the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. The highest point is Slide Mountain, at approximately 4,180 feet (1,270 m) above sea level. The lowest point is sea level along the Hudson River. The New York State Thruway Interstate 87 runs north-south through the county, carrying traffic to and from New York City and its surroundings.
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