The Gift of Land

“We are so lucky to live here in Dutchess County – with its incredible tapestry of open meadows, wooded hillsides, streams meandering through hidden valleys, orchards, and cornfields. It is a tapestry rich in natural resources and stunning scenic vistas. The work the DLC does helps to provide us all with clean water, local […]

By |2023-12-01T18:43:36-05:00December 1st, 2023|Real Estate|

Affordable Housing? Buy Multi-Unit Properties

Buying a multi-unit property can be like sharing an entrée at a restaurant, buying a two-for-one special at the grocery store, or eating leftovers. You can pay about the same price, and often less, for a multi-dwelling property as you might for a single-family residence with the benefit of added income to help pay the […]

By |2023-11-01T09:37:08-04:00October 28th, 2023|Real Estate|

Mystery Buildings 2023

Our readers responded so enthusiastically to the first Mystery Buildings article in 2019 and to More Mystery Houses in 2022 that Main Street plans to return every October to check up on the status of previous mysteries and identify new ones, including commercial buildings. We appreciate the help of real-estate agents, town officials, local residents […]

By |2023-09-28T20:36:04-04:00September 28th, 2023|Real Estate|


Founded in 1824, the Town of Copake, the Mohican word for snake pond, is busy planning its bicentennial celebrations for next year. Located on the eastern edge of Columbia County, Copake is an all-season sporting playground, which still retains its agricultural feel. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail winds through Taconic State Park. There’s skiing and […]

By |2023-07-03T17:39:18-04:00July 3rd, 2023|Real Estate|

Ten Years of Real Estate in Sharon & Northwest Litchfield County

Exactly ten years ago Main Street Magazine looked at the real estate market in the “consistently quiet” town of Sharon, CT. Not very much has changed except for real estate prices, super-charged by COVID. The construction fence around Hotchkiss Library on the Sharon Green has been removed and the multi-year renovation is almost complete, with […]

By |2023-06-03T14:33:43-04:00June 3rd, 2023|Real Estate|

Tear Downs, Demolition Real Estate

Recently it seems like houses, modest and grand, have been disappearing. Here one day and gone the next, including one of Main Street’s mystery houses. For our environmental issue, this article explores why demolition is occurring, how long it takes, and how much it costs. 

It’s not worth saving

Why do owners make the decision to […]

By |2023-04-05T18:47:30-04:00April 5th, 2023|Real Estate|

Real Estate 10 Years Later

Ten years ago, when Main Street planned its first issue, we realized that readers wanted news about real estate activity, which was still suffering from the Great Recession of 2008. Initially our editorial focus was very specific, and monthly articles tracked the characteristics, performance, and trends in specific towns and villages in New York, Connecticut, […]

By |2023-03-02T14:05:12-05:00March 2nd, 2023|Real Estate|

The Allure of Log Houses

December is a time of gatherings and celebrations and often conjures up visions of log cabins in the snow with roaring fires in a massive, stone fireplace, and flannel pajamas. Log homes’ distinctive construction material can create a rustic Lincoln cabin or a grand Adirondack camp. For this holiday issue we researched the history of […]

By |2022-12-01T09:58:05-05:00December 1st, 2022|Real Estate|
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