Ellenville New York Real Estate, Cragsmoor Real Estate
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Ellenville New York, "gateway to the Catskills", as some have called it. Once a bustling town, teaming with summer visitors escaping from the city to the numerous bungalow colonies, hotels and camps, had seen it's better days after the decline of the "borscht belt" era which started in the late 70's. But out of the ashes, Ellenville real estate is experiencing a revival, and not because of the casinos that will be arriving on the scene soon, but because it is the last "affordable" place in Ulster County. A two to four family dwelling can be had for as little as $125,000 and single families start at $115,000! The town is hot on the trail of the economic development train, with new businesses opening up almost weekly. It is home to a year-round regional theater: Shadowland, a new high-end restaurant, and a trendy nostalgia luncheonette with exceptional 21st century food
Cragsmoor sits high atop the Shawangunk Mountain range, overlooking the Rondout Valley. It is a the foot of what was once called "Ice Caves Mountain" which was bought by the Nature Conservancy and turned into Sam's Point Preserve. In earlier times, Cragsmoor was an artist colony. Many of the old charming arts and crafts style homes still exist and have been tastefully renovated by their new owners.
As a whole, the hamlet has a wooded, rustic ambience. Most homes are rather modest and old, but sit on large lots with many tall shade trees. There are also many large undeveloped woodlots, and thus property values in Cragsmoor are higher than in the rest of Wawarsing. Other than the post office, there is no business district to speak of.
In 1996 the 3,620 acres (14.5 km?) comprising much of the hamlet's center were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Cragsmoor Historic District, due to buildings designed by Bert Goldsmith and Frederick S. Dellenbaugh.
The Long Path hiking trail passes through the center of town on its way to Sam's Point.