Cold Spring, N.Y.: A Sylvan Village That Beckons City Commuters

The median rent is currently $2,550 a month.

As of April 8, 12 village homes were on the market. The least expensive was a two-bedroom, 940-square-foot condo at Forge Gate, listed for $239,000, with $452 monthly fees and taxes of $4,513. The most expensive was a four-bedroom, colonial-style house built in 2001 on almost two and a half acres, listed for $2.595 million, with taxes of $25,803.

7 WHITEHILL PLACE | A three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, built in 1948 on 0.14 acres, listed for $595,000. 917-715-2610CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Residents say Cold Spring is a blue spot in a mostly red county. There was more than a touch of Woodstock in a recent sight of protesters displaying antiwar banners near St. Mary’s Church and signs declaring in six languages that “Hate Has No Home Here.”

Twenty years ago, Main Street was dominated by antiques shops, but now there are also home-design boutiques, a camping store and an “apothecary and wellness house.” Local favorites include Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill, Hudson Hil’s Cafe & Market and Split Rock Books, an independent bookstore opened in June by Heidi and Michael Bender, a couple from Brooklyn. (It fills a void left by the previous village bookstore, which closed a decade ago.)

Last year, Niche, a website offering school assessments, ranked the Haldane Central School District in Cold Spring number one of five in Putnam County. In 2017-18, the district enrolled a total of 837 students in three schools — 84 percent were white, 9 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 4 percent were Asian, and 2 percent were black or African-American. Seventeen percent were classified as economically disadvantaged.

Haldane Elementary School has about 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. On 2017-18 state exams, 63 percent met standards in English versus 45 percent statewide; 67 met standards in math versus 49 percent statewide.

Haldane Middle School, which shares a building with the lower school, enrolls about 210 students in sixth through eighth grade. On 2017-18 exams, 60 percent met standards in English versus 46 statewide; 51 percent met standards in math versus 38 percent statewide.

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