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Located in Orange County, New York, the town of Chester is home to about 12,000 residents. Chester was once a dairy hub and is known as the birthplace of spreadable cream cheese – not surprisingly, there are some great bagel shops here. Like many historic New York towns, Chester is made up of several small villages and hamlets, including a village that is also called Chester. Another notable area within the town of Chester is the 17th century hamlet known as Sugar Loaf, which was once an important resupply stop on the King’s Highway. Chester uses zip code 10918.
Chester is located next to Goosepond Mountain State Park, more than 1,700 protected acres of forests, fields, and marshes. The Rock Sports Park is a 10-acre complex with facilities for a wide variety of athletic endeavors, and they host training camps and programs for all ages. Golfers can get in a round at the Hickory Hill and Stony Ford Golf Courses. The village of Chester offers an access point to the Heritage Trail, a 15-mile rails-to-trails path ideal for biking, walking, and horseback riding. The jumping-off point is at the Chester Depot Museum, a restored train station celebrating the area’s history.
Though there are still a few family dairy farms operating in Chester today, the town has diversified its economy. Many residents commute to jobs in Orange County in the healthcare, higher education, and technology industries. The median household income for Chester is about $68,000, higher than the national average. Unemployment is below average at about five percent. Future job growth in Chester for the next 10 years is projected to slightly outpace that of the rest of the nation. The median value for a home in the town of Chester is about $228,000.
Chester has great schools, with students scoring higher than state and national averages on standardized tests. Students attend Chester Elementary and the Chester Academy Middle and High Schools, part of the Chester Union Free School District. The area is served by the Orange County Community College.
Shops within the town of Chester are mostly boutiques, specialty shops, and antique stores. The Sugar Loaf Artisan Village is a popular destination for locals and tourists, highlighting the studios and shops of glassblowers, soap makers, wood turners, and more. Elsewhere in Orange County, the Galleria at Crystal Run features all manner of shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a 16-screen movie theater. The Newburgh Mall and the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets also have plenty to offer the die-hard shopper.
Temperatures in Chester dip to an average of 18 degrees in January, then peak in July with an average of 84 degrees. The town typically sees 44 inches of rain and 49 inches of snowfall annually.
The Chester real estate market includes spacious yet affordable condos, historic cottages, and luxury properties on wooded lots. Call Diane Beckmann at 845-709-4758 to learn more about homes on the market in and around the charming villages of Chester, New York.