We know from personal experience that even if you’re seduced by a home in another Hudson Valley town, village, or hamlet, you’ll always be drawn back to the City of Hudson.
The backdrop: Historic architecture that leaves some of the most jaded antique-house buffs openmouthed at the variety lining the streets. As for the new, Hudson’s population and economy have diversified dramatically. Buyers come for the blend of ultra-cool and country, a quick two-hour drive or train ride (hop off at the Amtrak station) from NYC. Prices of residential and commercial real estate reflect ongoing gentrification, although values still surprise those in the market for the city’s grander properties on or near Warren (Hudson’s main street). A couple of blocks away, you’ll find more affordable options.
Once you arrive, the mix is the message; Locals and transplants. Gay or straight (the annual Pride Parade is a new tradition). Full time or weekenders. Young Brooklynites with kids in tow. Empty nesters yearning for a new adventure. Keeping busy here? It’s whatever your individual obsessions dictate. The food focused will discover that Hudson doesn’t disappoint. Options span the likes of star chef Zac Palaccio’s Fish and Game and more casual dining like long time local favorite Red Dot and more recently Food Studio, to an enclave of upmarket food trucks, gourmet shops and a stellar, weekly farmers’ market. Antiques shops, which initially spurred Hudson’s renaissance, now are more likely to share the block with fashionable boutiques, Pilates and yoga studios, coffee houses and vintage shops. Galleries (from antiquities to American masters and contemporary artists) and a highly-regarded auction house are mainstays. As ever, you can do your entire house by shopping Hudson’s home décor stores.
A short walk away, indie films and “The Met in HD” are the fare at TSL. Hudson is also home to a burgeoning music scene (major names as well as catch-up and new-comers at Club Helsinki and the Hudson Opera). Farther afield are the avant-garde goings on at Basilica Hudson – a massive factory reborn as an arts-focused venue. And looking ahead, world-famous performance artist Marina Abramovic is developing a museum of performance art in Hudson. Heady stuff for a once overlooked, upstate outpost.