Maximum Travel Time?  If you’re going to be using your house exclusively on the weekend, you probably want to be within 2-2.5 hours of the city.  The good news, there are plenty of options in both Ulster, Sullivan, and Northern Dutchess. A fair amount of our clients focus on the Rondout Valley, the area tucked between the Catskills to the north and the Shawangunks to the south in towns such as Accord, Stone Ridge, High Falls, Rosendale, Olivebridge, Kerhonkson, etc.. If you’ve a bit more flexibility when you come and go, your options may expand a bit further north to Woodstock, Phoenicia, Shokan, Olivebridge, Boiceville, etc.  Each of these towns/areas has a distinct character and we’re always happy to share our local knowledge to help you narrow your focus.

Access to a Town?  Some areas in the Catskills are quite remote while other areas feel remote but are within striking distance of the more vibrant towns of Kingston (aka Brooklyn of the north), Woodstock or New Paltz.  If easy access is important to you, you’ll have to narrow your search accordingly. Again, we regularly meet clients, map in hand, to help narrow the areas on which to focus.

Aesthetic? An old or newly renovated farmhouse, a converted barn, stone house, a chalet, modern, or new construction? The options are quite varied.  If you have a strong preference, it may limit your options. But it will also allow you to stay focused on finding the perfect place. We'll help you set up a search to identify the right kind of listings.  We also manage a curated listings page with places that we think will appeal to the sensibilities of city dwellers.

Turn Key or Weekend Project? Also consider whether you want a turn key option or a house in which you can invest your own sweat equity. When we purchased our house, I never expected to learn to build a deck, renovate a bathroom, or repaint the entire interior of a home but it turned out that with occasional assistance from a skilled handyman all of these skills were entirely within my wheelhouse.

Land Features? Mountain views, water features (e.g. pond, river, stream, creek, lake), tucked in the woods or surrounded by rolling meadows filled with wildflowers, stone walls, pine forests.  The terrain and land features are quite varied so as you start your search, think about what features you value. We regularly help our clients prioritize these features and also manage their expections about what is available and what they can afford.  

Should you want to discuss these or any other questions further, we encourage you to drop us a note. We regularly meet clients in NYC to help them narrow their focus and manage their expectations.

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