Go west, Upstaters, to Sullivan County, where you’ll find attractive, turn-key homes at an affordable price. This week, we’ll take you along for the ride while we delve into the western Catskills real estate market for properties that won’t break our budget.
Sullivan County stretches from the western edge of Ulster County to the Upper Delaware River, and bordered by both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It’s really the northern part of the county that brushes against the Catskills – the Willowemoc Wild Forest and the Sundown Wild Forest, to be exact. Meanwhile, the southeastern part of the county is less than 2 hours from NYC, and Route 17 cuts across the center, creating convenient access to I-84. Sullivan County, which sits right in the notches of the Borscht Belt, is known of its lake communities and the seasonal bungalows that populate them, its small and artsy towns with great food like Narrowsburg and Barryville, and, of course, the 1969 Woodstock concert at a muddy dairy farm in the town of Bethel (now the location of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts).
Overall, housing prices reasonable in Sullivan County, and taxes will likely not break you. Downsides? Places like Livingston Manor and Jeffersonville – and just about any locale along the Callicoon Creek or Delaware River – can flood during rain storms. Keep the flood plains in mind when house hunting.