Hudson Valley—the vast region that stretches along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Albany—is popular with New Yorkers who enjoy nature and like to go hiking. But despite its size, this year there are fewer rental listings available than usual because many city residents have already fled to suburban and rural areas to ride out the coronavirus pandemic.
While there are slim pickings in more popular places like Woodstock, you can still find both long- and short-term rentals, furnished and unfurnished properties, including custom-built, new construction and renovated historic houses—for rents that would in most cases only get you a studio apartment in Manhattan.
There's lots to do outdoors, if you like hiking trails, state parks, camping grounds, and farms. There are also cultural destinations like Dia:Beacon, Storm King Art Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s house, and a big foodie scene, as well as breweries and vineyards like Brotherhood Winery, the country’s oldest winery. The region is roughly within a two-hour driving distance of NYC, and if you don’t drive, some towns are accessible by Metro North or Adirondack Trailways.
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So, if the pandemic is the push you needed to head to Hudson Valley, check out these listings in Kingston, Troy, Hudson, Beacon, and Marbletown—and read on for more about what these areas have going on.
171 Abeel St., #171, Kingston
This fully-furnished one-bedroom, one-bath townhouse was built in the 1850s, and is renting for $2,200. Locally known as the Demew Townhouse, its main floor was used as a speakeasy during Prohibition. It's across from Hideaway Marina with waterfront views of Rondout Creek. There’s solid oak flooring, 14 windows, and a windowed kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Leases are available for one month up to one year. Located in Kingston, the state’s first capital, there’s three historic districts, a thriving art scene with lots of galleries, and local eateries like Deising’s and Hoffman House. The townhouse is just under a two-hour drive from Manhattan.
28 Stowe Ave., Troy
Built in 1890, this historic four-bedroom, four-bath house is asking $3,200 a month. It sits on two-and-a-half acres and is surrounded by woods on two sides. There’s an office, dining room, two-car garage, unfinished basement, and hardwood floors. The large eat-in kitchen has stainless steel Blomberg appliances. A one-year lease is required. Located in Troy, a town known for its Victorian architecture, elaborate private homes dating back to the Industrial Revolution, and churches with Tiffany stained glass windows. Hudson Valley Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are nearby. It’s a two-and-a-half hour drive from Manhattan.
Union St., Hudson
This two-bedroom, two-bath is a converted carriage house asking $4,200 a month. Short-term leases are available from May 1st through September 31st. Designed by a Hudson Valley architect, there’s two-story glass windows surrounding a gas fireplace, a modern kitchen with stainless steel Viking appliances, and a fenced-in backyard. You can walk to Warren Street, Hudson’s main commercial area with eateries like Ca’Mea Ristorante, boutiques, and Hudson Hall, the state’s oldest operating theater. Hudson has a thriving LGBTQ community and is home to hundreds of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s just over a two-hour drive from Manhattan.
6 Center St., Beacon
Recently renovated, this three-bedroom, three-bath house is asking $7,500 a month, after a $500 price cut last week. It’s available for a June 1st move-in and comes fully furnished with utilities included. There’s a balcony, exposed brick walls, wooden beams, a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a backyard equipped with a grill. Nearby local spots include Round House, Hudson Valley Brewery, and Dia:Beacon, an art museum housed in an former Nabisco box-printing factory. Beacon has many historic neighborhoods and buildings, and tons of parks and mountain trails like Breakneck Ridge for the outdoorsy types. The house is just over an hour drive from Manhattan.
73 Mill Dam Rd., Marbletown
Built in 2002, this seven-bedroom, nine-bath house was inspired by the 1721-built Jean Hasbrouck House and is asking $12,000 a month. Short-term leases are accepted but with a four month minimum. Located on 80 acres, there’s a 20-acre manicured lawn, streams and ponds. Fully furnished, the home and most of the furniture was designed and handbuilt by local craftsmen. There’s hardwood floors, exposed wooden beams, and multiple fireplaces. The lower level has a kitchenette, serving room, gym, and dance floor. Marbletown, which briefly served as the state’s capital after Kingston was burned in the Revolutionary War, is mostly rural with many trials like the O&W Rail Trail. You can find shopping, dining, and many historical homes in the hamlets of High Falls and Stone Ridge.