New York’s Hudson Valley covers 10 counties and spans along the Hudson River from Westchester County to Albany. It's known for its stunning scenery, wineries, outdoor recreation, and proximity to the Big Apple. This last fact can make Hudson Valley real estate prices soar into the millions, but there are some fine options in the $250k range, especially for retirees looking to downsize.
One of this region’s best-known attractions is Columbia County’s Lebanon Valley Speedway, which has stock car racing from April to September. And then there’s Walkway Over the Hudson located in Poughkeepsie; it's the longest elevated pedestrian bridge on the planet. Other visitor favorites include the West Point Visitors Center and Museum and the Motorcyclepedia Museum, which has more than 500 antique, rare, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles.
Hudson Valley is also a shopper’s dream, with antique stores like the Tannersville Antique & Artisan Center and shopping centers such as Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, the largest collection of designer outlets in the world. And if you’re looking into this area, you’ll also need to know about medical care, and some of the top organizations here include Samaritan Hospital, Albany Memorial Hospital, and Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Now that you’re more familiar with the Hudson Valley, take a look at these three active adult communities that have homes for sale in the $250k range. We think you’ll like what you find.
Low $100s - Mid $300s
With 1,000 resale condos and a reasonable homeowners’ association fee that provides for common area maintenance, snow removal, and trash pickup, the well-established and well-priced active adult community of Jefferson Village is ideal for retirees looking to downsize. The community is less than half a mile from the Jefferson Valley Mall, which has a Macy’s, specialty stores, and restaurants.
Located in Westchester County, Yorktown Heights also has more than enough medical offices, banks, grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants to suit active adult lifestyles. Golfers can head to the nearby Mohansic Golf Course, and other area landmarks include Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve and the Westchester County Airport.
There are five condo models sized from 843 to 1,555 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two baths, and one-car garages. You can expect to find features like dens, private back patios, and eat-in kitchens in these cozy units. The community clubhouse is a hub of activity, with an outdoor pool and spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, a library, and an arts and crafts studio. Outside, you can also find horseshoe pits, tennis courts, gardening plots, ponds, and plenty of extra parking for when your friends come to visit.
High $200s - Low $300s
Farther to the north, we find Stoneleigh Woods at Carmel, a tight-knit 55+ community that will have 68 new and resale attached homes when completed. This gated neighborhood is in Putnam County, and it's surrounded by lakes and reservoirs, just a few miles from Centennial Golf Club. It’s also near Route 6, and minutes from a Tops grocery store, a liquor store, a CVS, a pet store, coffee shops, restaurants, and fitness centers. The Putnam Hospital Center is only two miles away, and there's also a VA clinic just down the road.
Stoneleigh Woods’ four townhome models are sized from 1,343 to 1,519 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and parking spots out front. Features may include full walk-out basements, eat-in kitchens, granite countertops, fireplaces, and decks. The HOA fee provides for trash collection, snow removal, common area and exterior maintenance, and water/sewer.
The private clubhouse has a catering kitchen, an exercise room, and a comfortable great room with a fireplace. There's also an outdoor patio and a walking trail on the grounds.
High $200s - Low $700s
Also in Westchester County, Heritage Hills has the best of both worlds: condos for active adults wishing to downsize and single-family homes for those looking to spread out a bit. This large, gated community has 2,600 resale homes and stellar amenities highlighted by the privately-owned Somers Pointe Golf Club. For a separate membership fee, homeowners can enjoy the club's golf courses and casual restaurant.
Somers is about 50 miles from New York City, but you don’t have to go there to enjoy the arts, with venues like Neuberger Museum of Art and the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater right in Westchester County. This upscale town of about 22,000 residents also has family-owned farms, the 654-acre Angle Fly Preserve, and shopping centers with grocery stores, restaurants, and services.
Most of the homes here at Heritage Hills are condos, and there are 25 floor plans ranging from 955 to 1,900 square feet. They feature one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages or assigned carports. There are appealing open floor plans and perks like stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. The limited number of single-family homes range from 1,200 to 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Additional amenities are located at the lovely clubhouse, which has a performance theater, activity and meeting rooms, an exercise room, and a sauna. There are also five outdoor pools, two restaurants, and tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts on the property. There are dozens of clubs and activities for all interests, like the Shakespeare Reading Group, a computer club, ethnic and religious groups, yoga, and Mah Jongg.