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.