It’s nearly impossible to say the word “Cooperstown” without hearing a crack of the bat and the roar of a baseball-loving crowd. But there’s oh so much more to the Ostego County village than our national pastime. In fact, it’s got a little bit of everything: Art museums (like the Fenimore), fancy music (like Glimmerglass Opera), breweries (like Ommegang), and outdoor recreation (like a variety of nearby state parks, as well as Spring Park). And, of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Baseball Hall of Fame, which is fun to visit even if you’re not a huge sports fan.
Located in the town of Otsego, Cooperstown is a little farther upstate than we normally go, north of Oneonta and nearly 4 hours from Manhattan. But given its adorable walk-ability and cultural opportunities, we thought it was worth looking at as a second-home option or a place to relocate from the hustle and bustle. Bonus: Cooperstown is on the Trailways Bus route, so it’s possible to get there without a car.
Cooperstown also has a little bit of everything in terms of real estate, too. Several million dollar homes are on the market, as well as some mid-priced properties with land, lots of nice places in the $200,000 range, lake front houses, and a few five-figure properties that need some work. Taxes are relatively low, especially compared to what’s happening further downstate.