Cantine’s Island, located in the Ulster County village of Saugerties, is more than a close-knit neighborhood. It’s a cooperative community on ten acres of land in the southern part of the village, perched along the bend in the Esopus Creek between the red village bridge and the Saugerties Lighthouse 2 miles to the east. The community consists of 18 houses and a Common House situated around an oval green. No driveways or cars in this part of the neighborhood; they’re in the lot outside of the green. According to the Cantine’s Island website, it was intentionally set up this way so that residents pass by each others’ homes in order to engender neighbor interaction. The green also has a playing/climbing structure so that the kids can play in full view of the parents.
The community holds a number of holiday picnics and festivities, as well as Sunday brunches and community meetings to problem-solve. The “Share the Care” committee organizes rides to doctors’ appointments, meals, and grocery delivery when a community member falls ill.
Right now, there’s room on Cantine’s Island for more. In addition to two parcels of land, there’s a 3 bed/2.5 bath home listed for $335K. Read more about it here. Interested in co-housing and long to be a part of a community like Cantine’s Island? Visit with a resident or join Cantine’s Island residents for the Sunday community meal at 6:15pm.
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