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New Paltz is a small community with only 7,500 residents located a convenient 90 minutes north of New York City. The town is best known for two reasons, the first being that it is a branch of the State University of New York (SUNY), and the second being that it houses the historic, 154-year-old Mohonk Mountain House resort, which is 15 minutes from the town itself. There is much more to New Paltz than just those two attractions. The downtown area is full of independent-owned businesses from gift shops and fashion boutiques to restaurants and bars. It is a good home base for avid hiking in the Shawangunk Mountains

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New Paltz is an area in New York that many people love. It has been popular for quite some time due to it being home to some big attractions and a State University. New Paltz is located in Ulster County and it is one of the most sought-after towns in the county. New Paltz always has an event surrounding its history and local amenities. The town has stunning views with its cliff-facing backdrop, which is why it is a vacation destination for so many. If you are interested in restaurants and shops, you will find a great selection while visiting or living in New Paltz. New Paltz is an excellent place to plant roots or invest in a potential rental.

A hip and vibrant community, New Paltz is a small college town that is filled with a love for the arts. New Paltz’s Main Street is a picturesque escape from the hustle and bustle of city living and you can enjoy window shopping the many storefronts that dot the street or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants. Grab a hot cup of coffee from the local coffee shops or explore one of the many entertainment venues - home to year-round entertainment options. A perk for locals, especially college students, is New Paltz’s proximity to New York City, allowing for a day of exploring the bustling city, or a weekend escape that can be reached within a mere two hours.

New Paltz boasts an array of different recreational venues, and whether you’re hoping to enjoy one of the many hiking trails that wind into the surrounding mountains, fishing, swimming, kayaking at one of the many nearby lakes, or a day of rock climbing, recreation for those of all ages and all skill levels is in no short supply. An abundance of natural beauty surrounds New Paltz, from farmland, to protected forests, orchards and more, the area is filled with some of the area’s most stunning landscapes and sights.

Things To Do In New Paltz

Some of the best things to do in New Paltz are as follows:

1. Take a stroll down Main Street, which is the main focus of the town.

2. Browse one of the many art museums that give this town its charm.

3. Check out Huguenot Street and step back in time to the colonial history of the U.S.

4. Visit the Mohonk Preserve spans more than 8,000 acres across the Shawangunk Mountains, offering endless opportunities for outdoor exploration across all four seasons.

5. Go to The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail which is a 22-mile-long path that follows the path of the former Wallkill Valley Railroad.

New Paltz Schools

New Paltz is known for its schools. This town is truly focused on higher education and as a result, the local elementary and secondary schools are high achieving and extremely desirable for those looking to move to the area. The New Paltz Central School District serves close to 2,500 students in its four schools. These four schools are Duzine Elementary, Lenape Elementary, New Paltz Middle School, and New Paltz High School. At all four of these schools, academics are the primary focus, but there are incredible extracurricular activities as well as athletic programs. Anyone looking to move can rest assured that New Paltz will provide its students with an excellent education that encourages them to pursue post-secondary degrees as well.

The community of New Paltz is served by the New Paltz Central School District, which is responsible for the education of the students with the district encompassing a range of educational institutions catering to all grade levels to ensure comprehensive learning experiences in future endeavors whether it is higher education or entering the workforce. Below are the following top-rated schools in New Paltz.

New Paltz Real Estate

Living in New Paltz gives its residents a populated suburban atmosphere. A majority of residents on their own homes in New Paltz. In New Paltz, you will find many single-family homes and if you are looking for land, you can find a home with acreage too.

Prime Location & Transport in New Paltz

New Paltz is conveniently located off Interstate 87, 90 miles north of New York City. Downtown New Paltz is walkable, though it is advised to drive to the hiking trails and nature preserves. New Paltz is highly accessible. You can take the Metro North to Poughkeepsie, and from there take an Ulster County public bus to New Paltz. The nearest airport is the New York Stewart International Airport (SWF). 

Explore the Town of New Paltz

If you enjoy shopping, plan on spending the majority of your exploration downtown. Water Street Market is a European-themed shopping area that functions as a community gathering space, lined with boutiques and cafes. If you are a board game enthusiast, head on over to Gunks Gaming Guild & Cafe. A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Streetis great for architecture appreciators as it houses a collection of 17th and 18th-century homes.

The Best of the Outdoors in New Paltz

There is a 15-minute drive from downtown New Paltz that will take you to the Mohonk Preserve, and next to that is the Mohonk Mountain House. Between the two there are more than 80 miles of hiking trails to explore, as Mohonk Preserve has five public trailheads across its whomping 8,000 acres.

Don't miss out on the trek to Sky Top Towerwhere from the top you can see six states on a clear day. Getting to the top of the tower does require scrambling and squeezing your way up through rocks. If you don't have a car to get to the trailheads, we recommend hiking the 6-mile River-to-Ridge Trail from New Paltz.

What Locals Say About The Area

“New Paltz is a beautiful close-knit town. The mountain views, hiking trails, world-class rock climbing, and restaurants are among the best. SUNY New Paltz is also situated right in the heart of downtown.”-Niche

”A family-friendly community, situated near many small shops that offer an eclectic option. Many areas for hiking, biking, sightseeing, wandering or just taking in nature.”-Niche

Fine Dining & Drinking in New Paltz

Start your day with breakfast at one of New Paltz's downtown's many bakeries, cafes, and coffee shops popular amongst the residents and students. We recommend Main Street Bistrowhich has been open to the public for decades, or Mudd Puddle Coffee Roasters & Cafewhere you can purchase coffee beans to brew at home.

For casual lunches and dinners, you won't have to stray from downtown New Paltz. Runa Bistro serves international fare, including French, Bengali, North African, Basque, and Vietnamese cuisine. For Italian fare head to A Tavola TrattoriaBook a nine-course Chef's Table dining experience.

Intrigued by the allure of New Paltz, NY? Whether it is the small-town charm of New Paltz or the proximity to New York City and urban accessibility, New Paltz is the top destination for outdoor enthusiasts and foodies alike.

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Hot New Paltz Properties

3 Beds 2 Baths 152556 MLS
Perfectly located within minutes of the Village of New Paltz, NYS Thruway and the enchanting Hamlet of Gardiner, this distinguished circa 1745 French Huguenot Stone Home was owned for almost 200 by one of the 12 original French Huguenot families to settle in this area. Blending the best of both worlds, the homestead was painstakingly and lovingly reconstructed from the ground up retaining the charm of yesteryear with modern living. Three large stone fireplaces grace the living area, kitchen and den. Exposed hewn beams, gleaming wide plank pine flooring along with period deep-seated windows, intricate millwork and custom built-in cabinetry throughout. Snuggle up with your bet read in the 14x11' screened porch with direct access to the beautiful stone patio and fenced yard perfect for pets. Travel the underground 17' stone and brick tunnel connecting to the family/laundry room and two car garage The 11' diameter cider house with electric overlooks the private, mini-waterfall fed pond with the majestic Shawangunk Mountains presiding over this idyllic scene. Looking for the perfect artisan studio or woodworking shop? This homestead also offers 2 Amish built, timber peg barns. The first measure 24x20' w/electric, sheetrock and flooring plus another Amish 18x12' two and a half story barn w/electric, concrete and wide board flooring plus loft space The zoning is Hamlet commercial which offers many potential options. Check out the Gardiner Zoning Regulations for permitted uses.

545 Route 208, New Paltz

25 Beds 16 Baths 146586 MLS
Introducing an exceptional investment opportunity at 336-338 Libertyville Road, New Paltz! This listing boasts a rare 16-unit multifamily property that combines historical charm, modern renovations, and an enviable location. With two separate buildings on a spacious 1.1-acre lot, this offering is sure to captivate investors. The main building, 338 Libertyville Rd, features 12 beautifully renovated units within its (+/-) 7,200 square feet. Originally a barn built circa 1870, this historic structure has been thoughtfully transformed to provide comfortable living spaces. Each unit offers AC while utilities are included in the rent. Onsite amenities include coin-operated washer and dryer are installed in 336 and washer and dryer hookups in 338, and ample parking is available for 20+ cars. The second building, 336 Libertyville Rd, comprises four units and exudes its own unique charm. Built circa 1930, these units are all-electric, and tenants are responsible for their own utilities.Situated along the serene Wallkill River, this property offers a picturesque setting. Where it is also near Minnewaska State Park, and to hiking and world renowned rock climbing in the Shawangunk Mountain Range. (The Gunks) Its prime location, just 4 miles from Downtown Main St and SUNY New Paltz, provides easy access to Route 55 and I-87. The tenant mix historically consists of about 1/4 students and working professionals, ensuring a steady rental demand. Capital improvements have been made to both buildings, and an established management company is in place. It's in a rural setting but close to town that has a stream in the yard, and a communal area to BBQ and relax in nature.Priced at $2,400,000, this 16-unit multifamily property generates a current income of $309,990.00, with an in-place cap rate of 8.75%. Don't miss out on this remarkable opportunity to own a piece of New Paltz's thriving rental market. Contact us today to schedule a showing and secure your investment in history, modernity, and financial success!

336 Libertyville Road, New Paltz

3 Beds 3 Baths 146329 MLS
Introducing a stunning raised ranch style home nestled on a sprawling 1.1-acre lot in the historic town of New Paltz, NY. This beautiful single-family residence boasts 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a finished basement with a walkout to a beautifully landscaped area and an above-ground pool.Built in 1999, this charming home features an attractive siding (aluminum/vinyl) exterior that exudes a modern and elegant look. With 1,728 square feet of living space, this home offers ample room for the whole family to enjoy.As you enter this delightful home, you'll be greeted by an open and airy living space filled with natural light. The main level features a spacious living room, perfect for family gatherings or entertaining guests. The well-designed layout seamlessly flows into the dining area, making it an ideal space for hosting dinner parties.The fully equipped kitchen is sure to impress even the most discerning chef. With plenty of cabinet space and generous island, cooking and meal preparation are a breeze.The master bedroom is a tranquil retreat, offering a comfortable space to unwind and relax after a long day. The attached en suite bathroom features a shower, bathtub, and large vanity, making it a perfect oasis for rest and rejuvenation.The finished basement adds another level of living space, with a walkout to the landscaped area and above-ground pool. This area is ideal for hosting summer barbecues or for kids to play in a safe and private setting.This charming home is conveniently located just minutes from the NY State Thruway, shopping, and the world-famous Minnewaska State Park, which offers breathtaking mountain hiking and other outdoor recreational activities. Also, New Paltz is home to the State University of New York (SUNY), a prestigious institution renowned for its academics and culture.The property has been meticulously maintained and is move-in ready. This home is perfect for those who appreciate both style and functionality. Whether you're a first-time home buyer, a growing family, or someone who loves entertaining, this property has everything you need and more to enjoy the perfect balance of tranquility, comfort, and outdoor adventure. Don't miss out on the opportunity to make this beautiful property your forever home.

3 Kayleigh Drive, New Paltz

2 Beds 2 Baths 142220 MLS
Il Casolare, a late 19th-century Alpine stone house modeled after mountain-top cottages in the Dolomites, sits atop a hill overlooking more than three acres of verdant landscape dotted with lilac bushes and other flowering shrubs that bloom from spring into early fall. An enchanting stone path leads up to the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with a terraced fire pit garden, many lush plantings, and a stately 150-year-old chestnut tree. The center of the home is a large, well-equipped, terra cotta floored kitchen that initially served as the goat barn when the house was built in 1890 by a family of Italian masons, and now features a wood-burning fireplace, teak countertop, and charming cabinetry. Two steps up lead into a comfortable, cozy living room that opens to a stone patio with a wisteria-covered pergola. On the second floor is a primary bedroom with plenty of closet space, a cleverly hidden and conveniently placed washer/dryer, and a fully renovated bath. A cozy second bedroom with views of the property's idyllic acreage makes up the third floor. Authentic details include 18 deep double stone walls, original wide plank wood floors, and a new cedar roof. All mechanicals have been updated within the last five years.The land near the main cottage has a modern treehouse currently being used as a yoga studio perched next to a rare grove of tall fruit-bearing persimmon trees. Along the path down to the bottom of the property are black raspberry bushes and ancient grapevines that have been left to grow wild.Il Casolare is in a private setting still convenient to Mohonk and Minnewaska, just 10 minutes from New Paltz, 20 minutes to Kingston, and 90 minutes from New York City.

10 Loughran Lane, Highland

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