Welcome to the first edition of Town Spotlight from Cristina Gameiro. This will be the first in an installation of posts about certain towns in the Hudson Valley area. If you’re thinking of moving to the area from outside, or if you’re looking to move from one part of the Valley to the next, I’ll be your guide and keep you informed throughout the way.
Today we’re focusing on Putnam Valley, a town that holds a special place in my heart, because, well…I live there! Putnam Valley is located in, you guessed it, Putnam County, which is just above Westchester County, providing a great spot for those who want to live a more private lifestyle but not be a far drive from shopping, trains, restaurants, etc.
If you enjoy hiking and nature, Putnam might be the place for you, as Clarence Fahnestock State Park, a 14,000-acre area, is located inside of Putnam, and the infamous Hudson Highlands is about 10 minutes outside of town. Putnam Valley likes to call itself the “Town of Lakes” due to the excessive amount of lakes and lake communities that we have here. There’s Oscawana Lake, Lake Peekskill, Indian Lake, the Wiccopee Reservoir, Mud Lake, Clear Lake, and I could go on and on. We have a lot of them, each providing a unique experience and I urge the nature lovers to visit them all. On the other hand, if you’re more of a shopper, Cold Spring and Beacon are two towns that are about 15-20 minutes away respectively, and both have a plethora of vintage, antique, and modern small businesses to shop at. The Jefferson Valley Mall is a stone’s throw away from Putnam, and is currently being expanded and renovated, but still open during the process.
If you live in NYC and want to commute to the city for work, have no fear. You’re smack dab in the middle of two different train lines, the Hudson line and the Harlem line. While the Hudson line offers a more scenic view into NYC, the Harlem line stops provide a ton more options for parking, which is something the Hudson lines tend to struggle with. The ride from the Croton Falls station is a bit over an hour into Grand Central, so that’s something to keep in mind for your commute. I know that a handful of people that work in NYC opt to drive, and it’s about a 45-55 minute drive to Midtown Manhattan.
Now for some points of interest within Putnam to check out if you’re coming up here for a weekend to check out the area!
This place is a stunning Buddhist monastery on over 200 acres, not far from Fahnestock state park. The monastery is open to visitors, provides vegetarian meals at noon on weekends, and is home to the largest indoor statue of a Bhudda in the Western Hemisphere.
This lake is the largest of the lakes in Putnam Valley, and is an awesome sight to see. The lake is about 364 acres in size, 2 miles long and has a 7-mile long shoreline. While the lake is well known in the area, it is rarely heavily populated since there is no public road that completely encompasses the lake.
In this part, I want to spotlight the Summer Concert series that Putnam County puts on each year! Here’s a list of dates and bands that will be playing at the park this year!
May 31: Soul Shine – Allman Brothers/Southern Rock
June 14: The Lonely Leaves – Tom Petty Tribute Band
June 28: Pump – Aerosmith Tribute Band
July 12: Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders – Top 40
July 26: Penny Lane – Beatles Cover Band
August 9: Country Fresh – Country Music Covers
That's all for this Town Spotlight! I hope you've enjoyed it, and as always, if you're thinking of making a move to the area and have any questions, you can always reach out to me and I'd be happy to help. If you'd like to see a list of homes that are currently available in Putnam Valley, click here! That link will always be updated with the newest listings on the market.
Have a great day,
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson | J Philip Real Estate
I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Lehman College in The Bronx. I had a very entrepreneurial mind and was ready to make my mark in the real estate world. I immediately purchased three multi-family houses in Binghamton, NY. They where fully occupied, however, the manner in which they were being run was not up to par. My brother helped me renovate several units, I let several tenants go and began renting primarily to Binghamton University students. After that, I hired a manager and was on my way.
Without question my favorite part of the business is working with first time buyers. In many cases it is much easier working with clients that have previously bought or sold, however, these transactions can lack enthusiasm. Buyers that have purchased before understand the lengthy process and usually know what's coming next. The first time buyer tends to be younger and has no idea of what to expect. They depend on my guidance and advice right through closing. They embrace challenges with a nervous yet positive outlook and every showing is an adventure. On the other hand, it's rather upsetting when a relationship builds with these clients for several months and comes to a sudden halt after a successful closing. I keep in touch of course with all of my clients but a hello every now and then is quite different than the four days a week contact over a several month period.