This Week on Upstater: Exploring Nyack, Rockland County

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Confession Time: Here at Upstater, we often overlook the lower Hudson Valley county of Rockland, Westchester County’s west-of-Hudson counterpart. Why? To be frank, the property taxes alone send us running for the hills (or to the Catskill Mountains, as it were), and the housing inventory, while varied and attractive, tends to be too rich for our blood once you get south of Bear Mountain.

However, that means we’re missing out on lots of great properties, some of them still listed in the affordable range in spite of their downstate street address, and that brings us to Nyack. Located on the Hudson River right at the Tappan Zee Bridge, Nyack is popular with commuters, sure, but Nyack is also a vibrant community with a walkable center and a 61-acre state park with trails on the shores of the Hudson. Not a bad place to settle down, especially when you consider that Nyack is a mere 20 minutes from Manhattan.

Eating, drinking, shops, art, music, yoga…Nyack’s got them all covered. Take a walking tour of the historic village while you’re in the neighborhood. Find out more about planning a weekend, day, or quick layover visit to Nyack on As for the village schools, the Nyack Union Free School serves the town of Orangetown and includes Nyack village. Reviews of Nyack Union Free on are decent, particularly the Upper Nyack Elementary School, which is rated 9/10.

Let’s address the elephant in the room before we move on to oooh-ing and aahh-ing over the pretty houses: Property taxes are going to be high. Prepare yourselves for sticker shock, just in case you’ve been residing in a bomb shelter for the past half-century and didn’t know that downstate property taxes are caaah-razy high. For example, this 1535 square foot, 4 bed/2 bath Tudor on a .33 acre residential lot located two blocks west of Nyack village center, is listed for $539,000. Property taxes for 2014, according to, were over $15,000.



Nevertheless! Let us soldier on through the residential real estate listings and pick out our favorites in the village of Nyack. It’s a fun game to play, and we invite you to play it along with us at home all week on Stay tuned…

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