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Nestled in the foothills of the Catskills in Orange County, Monroe is an idyllic, semi-rural town that 42,000 people call home. Surrounded by the natural beauty of lakes and parks, it’s easy to forget that Monroe is just 55 miles from New York City. Living in Monroe offers the perfect balance of small-town charm and urban amenities. The town of Monroe is made up of the villages of Monroe, Kiryas Joel, and Harriman as well as several hamlets. Monroe uses zip code 10950.
With Mombasha, Round, and Walton Lakes in and around the town, there is no shortage of waterfront recreation in Monroe. The lakes are popular destinations for canoeing and bass fishing. The Appalachian Trail passes through a section of Monroe in Harriman State Park, with points of interest at Fitzgerald Falls and Mombasha High Point. In the neighboring town of Tuxedo, the ski resort offers some of the best downhill skiing in the Hudson Valley. It’s also a short drive to the Palisades and Goose Pond Mountain State Park.
Monroe’s median household income of $115,000 is more than twice the national average. Unemployment is low, and the town is one of the few in southeastern New York that has seen positive job growth over the last year. Projected job growth for the next decade is expected to outpace that of the nation. The median value of a single-family home in Monroe is about $250,000.
Students living in Monroe are zoned to the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. Nearby schools include Pine Tree Elementary, Monroe Woodbury Middle, and Monroe Woodbury High. There are several private schools in Monroe as well. The town has an overall high school graduation rate of 92 percent, and 43 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
One of Monroe’s most popular attractions is the Museum Village at Old Smith’s Clove. Visitors are transported to 19th century rural life via interactive exhibits, displays, and knowledgeable reenactors in period dress. Though not for the faint of heart, the Pure Terror Scream Park is another hot spot, offering a petrifying trip through a haunted house and forest during the month of October. For a less heart-pounding outing, there’s the Golf Club at Mansion Ridge and a plethora of nearby shopping destinations. The Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are just four miles away, and both the Galleria Mall at Crystal Run and the Shops at Nanuet are located within a 30-minute drive.
Temperatures in Monroe drop to an average low of around 20 degrees in January and reach average highs in the mid to upper 80s in July. The town gets about 44 inches of rain and 49 inches of snowfall annually.
Monroe real estate is primarily single-family homes, including split-level ranch and contemporary styles. Though historic homes, from cozy cottages to stately colonials, are plentiful in Monroe, a handful of new construction properties are currently on the market as well. Condos are available at a range of price points. Call Diane Beckmann at 845-709-4758 to learn more about homes for sale in Monroe, New York.