Welcome to Keene & Keene Valley, New York
Keene & Keene Valley hamlets or villages are known as the "The Home to the High Peaks."
As the experienced person knows well, these two lovely hamlets are the gateway to the Great Range boasting spectacular views of these majestic, venerable mountains. The scenery is fantastic, breathtaking and memorable but so are the villages. There are quaint restaurants, a diner, retail shops and furniture makers that mostly design in the Adirondack style with twigs and cedar and other materials indigenous to our mountain area. The Keene Valley region has an abundance of history having been chartered in 1808. The history of Keene itself consists of several hamlets, Keene, Keene Valley and St. Hubert's. The latter is home to the esteemed Ausable Club.
Ausable Club an Adirondack Mountain Reserve for members only. Truly a gem of the Adirondacks, the reserve is private, quite large encompassing over 6000 acres, it has a 9-hole golf course, numerous tennis courts, private homes, camps and multiple private lakes. The scenery is stunning and there are numerous photographers with outstanding prints of the incredible mountains, one very famous gentleman raised in Lake Placid named Nathan Farb has long since been photographing the Adirondacks for over 50 years.
Recreational opportunities abound in the area.
The hamlets offer vigorous activities many not for the faint of heart such as rock and ice climbing and hiking the Great Range. There are of course other pastimes to be enjoyed such as secluded swimming holes, great waterfalls, and trout fishing. This area attracts full time residents as well as secondary homeowners. It is a close knit, wonderful community with approximately 1000 people, their own Keene Central School District and their own library. The villages boast businesses such as organic farms, charming hardware stores, a village Mom & Pop grocery store, numerous restaurants with one offering a small liquor store and so on...
If you are looking to possibly call the Adirondacks your second home but want a mountain property closer to Interstate 87 we call the Northway, then this is it! There are some terrific opportunities for real estate in Keene and Keene Valley, just check out my Property Search which accesses the regions Multiple Listing Service. You'll love it here!
Real Estate Options...
Keene and Keene Valley offer gorgeous properties, though the inventory may be limited in certain lower priced segments such as seasonal cabins or village homes with the latter priced approximately $250,000- $300,000, there are wonderful mountainside neighborhoods and estate retreats set among century old growth with stunning views. The area is is especially renowned for it's Adirondack mountaintop properties with significant acreage and ownership is passed down through the family's' generations, rarely are they available for purchase. These typically are valued at one to several millions of US dollars. Keep in mind that many are year-round estates that we fondly refer to as camps with fabulous old style construction, Adirondack appointments throughout such as extensive birch bark, cedar and twig decor all the while offering all the conveniences of today's modern lifestyle.