If you're looking for place to stretch your home-buying dollars, you might want to consider hopping on the Metro-North and taking it to the last stop, the Hudson River city of Poughkeepsie, to start your search.
This scenic spot offers good value for your money compared to New York City and other nearby towns, and the views are pretty top notch too, especially if you like fall foliage and you're not afraid of heights. In that case, head over to the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, for a stunning view of the river.
Addicted to your phone? You might want to pay homage to an earlier form of communication at Locust Grove Estate, the former home of Morse code inventor Samuel Morse, which is now a public estate that spans 200 acres.
The median sales price in Poughkeepsie is $273,000, according to Realtor.com and there are currently 491 listings for under $500,000. You can find new construction and Colonials and Victorians in tree-lined neighborhoods and more secluded areas.
The area is also home to Vassar College, established in 1861. The vast campus has 100 buildings in an array of architectural styles, including the Main Building, designed by James Renwick Jr., and the Maria Mitchell Observatory, which are both National Historic Landmarks.
For shopping and dining, you can find many big-box chains at Poughkeepsie Galleria like Target and local stores and eateries like Essie’s, La Cabanita, and Lola’s Cafe. The Metro-North station is less than two hours from Grand Central.
So, if Poughkeepsie sounds like a fit for you, here are five houses for sale under $500,000 including a Colonial with a sunroom and a Mid-century modern with an in-ground pool.
This three bedroom, one and a half bath is asking $485,000 after a $10,000 price drop last month. The house has hardwood floors and carpet, built-in shelves, exposed wood beams, a fireplace, home office, eat-in kitchen, landscaped yard, skylight in the master bedroom, a detached two-car garage, and a storage shed. Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail and Eastdale Village Town Center are nearby.
This five bedroom, four and a half bath house is asking $475,000. The Colonial has high ceilings, cherry wood floors, built-in shelves, bay windows, skylights, a fireplace, sunroom, laundry room, mother-in-law suite, full basement, and a three-car garage. Overlook Golf and Recreation Center and J. Dominick’s Trattoria are nearby.
This four bedroom, three and a half bath is asking $439,900 after a $9,100 price drop last month. The Mid-century modern has an open floor plan, oversized windows, hardwood floors, skylights, two fireplaces, stainless steel appliances, a wet bar, home office, and an in-ground pool. McCann Memorial Golf Course and Spratt Park are nearby.
This three bedroom, two bath is asking $419,000. The house has a cedar and stone facade, coffered ceilings, exposed wood beams, exposed stone walls, stainless steel appliances, built-in shelves, a fireplace, wraparound deck, attached garage, and over one-and-a-half acres of land. Plains View Farm and James Baird State Park are nearby.
This two bedroom, three bath is asking $399,900. The house has vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces, hardwood floors, walls of windows, a cedar walk-in closet, sunroom, patio, multi-tiered deck, and two-car garage. Poughkeepsie Galleria shopping center and Hudson Valley Regional Airport are nearby.