Newburgh Restoration

Because of my bias towards the bucolic, my virtual real estate hunting tends to focus on farm houses, renovated barns, refurbished churches, and any sort of structure that might be mentioned in a Trollope novel. Lisa is obsessed with bungalows,  so that combination means Upstater has (thus far) largely overlooked the urban Upstate New York real estate market. That’s a shame, as formerly wealthy cities like Poughkeepsie and Newburgh have real estate stock rich in possibilities, as well as relatively easy access to NYC—often at really low prices.

So I was thrilled to discover the Newburgh Restoration blog. Its focus on one Upstate city is deep and inspiring, as is its open, even political commitment to revitalizing Newburgh. It has tempting real estate posts about pretty, pretty houses (like this “wedding cake house” for $239,000), detailed neighborhood information,  as well as thoughtful discussions about how to revitalize Newburgh—for instance, by proposing that the City of Newburgh, which owns many of its dilapidated properties,  sell them for $1 to first time home buyers who were pre-qualified for an FHA 203K loan (mortgage & renovation loan in one).

Let us know which Upstate cities you’d like learn more about, and we’ll try to comply.

About aliahanna

I'm a literary agent who mostly lives in Brooklyn but sometimes escapes to East Jewett, NY.

Posted on July 1, 2011, in Architecture, hudson valley real estate, Newburgh, Orange County and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks Alia for posting this! The urban aspect of Newburgh is what really drew me to it. Newburgh is a very unique city. It has the second largest historic district besides NYC and is considered the birth place of American architecture. The same architects that had parts in designing Central Park, Prospect Park, etc… also designed homes and public places in Newburgh, and they are very affordable! Newburgh has an amazing set up, that one day when restored will be an awesome city that it once was. And the best part of all, it’s only roughly one hour away from Manhattan! I hope other city folk who can’t afford to buy in the city can check out the urban transitioning city of Newburgh, and what it has to offer.

  2. Hi–Cher of Newburgh Restoration alerted me to the mention of the house that we (a group of neighbors–some from Brooklyn) bought as a group and restored. We’re really proud of it, but here is the listing:

    The ‘wedding cake’ house is actually another one nearby that is owned by our friend who is the realtor representing this house, 17 Courtney.

    I think people from NYC would love seeing both!!

    Thanks so much for the feature


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