Town of the Week: Chatham, N.Y.

I love Chatham. My only beef with it is distance — three hours from my zip code, per Google maps — and not much in the way of public transit. Probably easiest to take the train to Albany and head down from there.

Cons aside, Chatham is beautiful. Less gentrified and snooty than Great Barrington, but, as this NY Times article says, “more polished than the rural outposts of the Catskills.” It has a real downtown, a movie theater (of course), a couple of yummy restaurants including Blue Plate, a terrific general store across the way in Old Chatham. Cultural offerings include summer stock theater and a Shaker museum. The countryside around these parts is gorgeous, and property here in northern Columbia County is significantly cheaper than parts more southerly and westerly. If you wanted to live in town, you’d be golden — lots of gorgeous old homes for under $300,000. Check ’em out this week!

About lisa

I'm a freelance writer (and thus, not a homeowner), specializing in real estate, urban planning and sustainability. Also, I just like looking at pictures of houses.

Posted on November 14, 2011, in Columbia, Places We Like and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yay for Chatham! We don’t pay taxes to that town, but it’s our go-to for nearly everything. Blue Plate is highly recommended.

  2. The only normal town left in the area: other are either too touristy or falling apart, hell in a handbasket. Chatham is a bit touristy, which is nice, but also has real services in the downtown and a whole lot more. A livable little town.

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