Although you’ll probably hear many people call Ulster County an Upstate New York county, it actually contains some fantastic communities that are in good proximity of easy routes to New York City. In particular, southern Ulster County offers several possibilities for residents to live in the country, but commute to the higher paying jobs in the city. Highland, New York is especially suited as a community for those that work in Manhattan since it lies on the west side of the Hudson Valley directly across from the Poughkeepsie Metro North train station. A short drive over the Mid-Hudson bridge allows Highland residents to get the the train station in minutes. Highland, NY is an up-and-coming community bolstered by the recent completion of the popular Walkway Over the Hudson, the purchase of a waterfront area for a park, and the extension of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to meet up with the Walkway.
Marlboro is also popular place for commuters since it is located just north of Newburgh and features outstanding schools. Residents of Marlboro, New York can get on I-84 or I-87 in Newburgh or cross the Newburgh-Beacon bridge to pick up the Metro-North train in Beacon. The views of the orchards in the hills of Marlboro are stunning. There is a good supply of recently-built homes and great neighborhoods in Marlboro.
Finally, New York City and Northern New Jersey are in striking distance by car from the New Paltz New York State Thruway exit. New Paltz has renown schools, ample outdoor activities and a trendy village area. All of these benefits attract both commuters and second homeowners. One will find some Ulster County residents that live further north in the County and still commute to New York City, but most Monday through Friday commuters stick to southern Ulster County to shorten their commute time.