Bungalow Colonies for the Single and Childless?


Readers, your fellow Upstater-reader has a question. “I’m really interested in the bungalow life, but I’m 32, single with no kids. The idea of owning a bungalow in a super family-focused (read: everyone is married with kids) community is not appealing for me. Have you heard of any communities popping up for us 30-something single people that just want to hang out with people our own age and own something?”

In other words, where does Club Med meet the bungalow colony (not really, but we couldn’t resist)? It’s an idea we’ve had for years, since we were single and childless, and it’s an idea that our readers have heard us wax on about for a while now: reinvent the bungalow colony as a 21st century destination, with prefab cabins and a salt water pool, etc. It could appeal to people of a variety of ages and marital statuses. Heck, there could be singles weekends. We’re just waiting for someone to contact us with the capital — we’ve got all the details worked out.

In the meantime, anyone know of an existing colony that will satisfy our reader’s desires?

(P.S.: the above photo is from Rockaway, where there used to be bungalow colonies  galore.)

  • Hillary

    I own a bungalow in a colony on the east side of the Hudson just off the Taconic State pkway near the town of Hopewell Junction. The colony has a mixed population with some families, some older couples with no children, and some elderly people who have owned their bungalows since they had families but who are slowly selling their places. I am single with grown children, a little older than the upstate reader. I would love to see an influx of single folks. The bungalows are super affordable second homes. We have a community pool and Sylvan Lake is about a mile away. There are several bungalow colonies in the area, some with lakefront access (although mine does not have that). I encourage anyone who is interested to take a ride to and around Sylvan Lake. You will see many bungalow colonies. If anyone is particular interested, I would be happy to answer questions.

  • cathy steger

    i am very interested. my daughter lives in rockland county and i’m all the way in buffalo. however, as a teacher, i’d love to be able to buy something inexpensive so i can be nearer my daughter in the summer. please let me knwo what is available, where!

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