Someone recently lodged a complaint that we don’t cover real estate east of the Taconic. We object! In fact, we took a long drive down Route 22 the other day, all the way from the Berkshires until we hit the Hutch, and we can tell you there are lots of interesting outposts on the way. Let’s start with Pine Plains, because, as it happens, there’s an actual town there, with a main street that we wouldn’t exactly categorize as bustling, but you can certainly get your groceries there and some other amenities, too. Definite curb appeal, non-snobby, very sweet, and a good lamp store, too.
So, transportation: 30 minutes or less from the Wassaic Metro-North station, and about the same from the Amtrak station at Rhinecliff. I consider that a nice bonus. Pine Plains’ population is somewhere around 2,500. According to a 2003 article from the NY Times, Pine Plains is horse country, but also has a nice lake, the only stoplight for miles, and the lovely views from Stissing Mountain. The town isn’t in the mountains, but I could spy nice mountain views from certain spots. I didn’t visit it myself, but apparently Pine Plains also has one really fine locavore restaurant, Agritourismo.
There are five hamlets within the town of Pine Plains, and we’ll take a look at those as well. The real estate snapshot as of this writing is pretty interesting: there are 18 houses on the market between $100K and $200K, and 17 over $800K — must be some horse farms in the mix, which we’ll save for Friday real estate porn.