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3. Cold Spring

The tiny village of Cold Spring is like one big historic district with its Main Street sitting on the National Register of Historic Places. The classic upstate New York activity of buying antiques in a historic little town is best experienced in Cold Spring. The town was once a tough factory town but has become a popular site for weekenders.

The village is also a stone’s throw away from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. The real estate market in Cold Spring reflects its charming exterior as many of the houses do cost a little more than average prices around New York.

Real estate website Trulia suggested that the median sales price for homes in Cold Spring for the first quarter of 2014 was only around $295,000, but the average listing price for the most recent set of listed homes was above $600,000. The charming reputation of Cold Spring is maintained by just a very small population of 2,013 people, according to 2010 census.

The population has been fairly stable in the past decade and a half with census figures showing growth of less than 2% over that time. The town does have a healthy population of tourists with vacation website Trip Advisor showcasing several fun things to do in town.

For example, locals and tourists often visit Hudson Highlands State Park for a variety of hiking opportunities or tour Stonecrop Gardens for more relaxation outside in a beautiful environment. Overall, the Hudson Valley is one of the most picturesque areas of New York, so residents of Cold Spring are lucky that they have such gorgeous views of the Catskill Mountains.

The Garrison Golf & Country Club is another terrific outdoor location that features a golf course that’s as challenging as it is beautiful. The rolling hills and gorgeous woods surrounding the course almost look like a painting in the spring.

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