The Great Northern Catskill Mountains of Greene County, NY are comprised of the towns of Windham, Ashland, Jewett, Hunter (Tannersville), Lexington, Prattsville and Halcott. Second home owners in these towns account for over 50% of residential properties. Many of these vacation homes have been passed down from generation to generation. However, the past few years have seen a real up-surge in property sales to individuals outside of Greene County.
So why are more and more people buying real estate in Windham, Hunter, and other mountain towns?
Here’s a list of reasons that people who live in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Northern New Jersey and Western Long Island are investing in vacation properties in the northern Catskill Mountains.
1) It’s truly gorgeous up here.
The scenic beauty of Greene County mountain towns is truly unsurpassed. Every day there’s something new to do, and somewhere wonderful to explore. The Hudson River School painters recognized this back in the 1820s, and there’s nowhere better to connect with natural splendor.
2) It’s become a 4-season destination.
In the early 20th century, the Catskills were a place to beat the city heat during the summer. When the ski industry took off, Windham Mountain and Hunter Mountain drew throngs of winter visitors. Now with the advent of Major Festivals beginning each Spring, and one of Fodors Top Ten Fall Foliage Destinations in the US, visitors flock here year-round.
3) The vacation-rental market is strong.
Whether it’s skiers and snowboarders in the winter, campers in the summer, or hikers and mountain bikers spring through fall, the internet has made it easy for renters to list and visitors to find private accommodation for their getaways.
4) County business development & tourism initiatives really promote the area.
The Greene County Department of Economic Development and Tourism invest significantly in bringing visitors in, and building businesses to support both residents and tourists. You can locate over 1000 local businesses on the Buy In Greene website, and keep up on events and attractions on The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County.
5) Our property taxes are lower than any other of the surrounding counties.
According to the Tax Foundation, the average Greene County property tax bill is $2,559.00 or 1.38% of assessed value. Compared with Columbia County (1.60%), Ulster County (1.89%) and Albany County (1.75%), the long-term savings are very attractive.
So that’s just 5 of the many reasons why real estate in Windham, NY is a great investment,
– It’s the combination of: location, cost of living, quality of lifestyle, increasing demand and the lowest property taxes in the region.
If you’re interested in learning more about premier properties in the area, or listing your Greene County residence for sale, contact the professionals at Windstar Realty Group today.