I’ve been visiting the City of Hudson for over ten years now. It is my great Real Estate opportunity Missed! My husband and I first went to Hudson about 10 years ago after reading some article about it being the secret spot of interior designers from the city. At that point they were keeping it a pretty good secret! There were antique shops (some with extremely high end European antiques, some junk shops with stuff pilled to the ceiling threatening to fall on unlucky customers’ heads), about 2 blocks worth, and then block upon block of once beautiful, then seriously sad and decrepit buildings. There was one restaurant close by the shops, a sad little diner in need of a decent cook and a good scrubbing (the diner has since become “Grazin” http://hungryinhudsonny.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/grazin-diner-is-open-line-up/ YUM!). That was the scene, it was a great place to get some antiques, but not a great place to do much of anything else. BUT there was something in the air.
Those blocks after blocks of decrepit buildings had the nicest architectural details of any I’d seen in the Hudson Valley – especially if you’re a fan of victorian townhouses – which I am. There were some NY transplant couples talking real estate in the sad little diner, and there were signs that a few buildings were about to be renovated. Prices were low, low, low. Some of the townhouses on Warren Street were available for less than $80,000! They needed full and careful renovations to preserve their architectural details but come on! Less than $80,000? Long story short, my husband wasn’t biting. Too many empty storefronts, too much urban decay, too much work!
So, I have to add a Hudson townhouse to my coulda, shoulda, woulda list – the list entry? “City of Hudson NY – Real Estate Opportunity MISSED!”. Fast forward 10 years and Warren Street is hopping! Nearly every building has been renovated (the ones that haven’t been yet seem to be under renovation), there are about 5 times as many antique stores and galleries (the junky ones have basically disappeared and have been replaced w/an incredible variety of specialty stores from Eastern antiques, to Early American, to Mid-Century Modern) there are a dozen or so great restaurants to choose from, there’s a thriving arts scene. In short Hudson has become a HOTSPOT. My best friend Bob joined me in my yearly pilgrimage a couple of weeks ago. We had a fantastic lunch at American Glory BBQ Restaurant.
We shopped nearly every store and we wandered Warren Street, me bemoaning my “City of Hudson NY – Real Estate Opportunity Missed!” Bob bemoaning how annoying I am. But how can I not bemoan when all this could have been mine for a song?!
I know you’re thinking, “This place is so cool, there must be no available Real Estate in the City of Hudson now! It’s all been bought by people who don’t have a “City of Hudson NY – Real Estate Opportunity Missed!” Not so. There are some wonderful townhouses available, some right on Warren Street. Are they under $80,000? NO WAY! Are they affordable and totally worth the money to live in this thriving, still growing, welcoming community of artists, business people, weekenders and regular Joes. You bet. Here’s what’s on the City of Hudson Real Estate market right now. I missed my City of Hudson NY Real Estate opportunity, you don’t want to miss yours.