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Once, there was a beautiful, emerald-green landscape bordering a sparkling blue river. It was so beautiful, the rich and famous – with names like Vanderbilt and Astor — flocked to the area to build palatial weekend homes. That area – still as beautiful, although much more populated – is Poughkeepsie. Nicknamed the “Queen City of the Hudson,” Poughkeepsie is the county seat of Dutchess County and is situated about halfway between Albany and Manhattan.
With a history dating back to a small settlement in 1659, Poughkeepsie grew steadily. It served as New York’s second capital during a very important time in American History – the courthouse, located on Market Street, was where New York officially became a state in the newly-formed United States of America in 1788. That Ratification Convention included John Jay, George Clinton, and Alexander Hamilton. The original courthouse, built around 1720, was destroyed in a fire in 1806; the second courthouse remained until 1901. The current courthouse was built in 1903 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
History is everywhere in Poughkeepsie, a busy college town with Vassar College, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College all located here. You’ll find seven historic districts as you search for apartments in Poughkeepsie. As you look, be sure to check out Mount Carmel Historic District – this neighborhood features historic buildings and a terrific Italian heritage, with cafes, delicatessens, pastry shops, and the annual St. Anthony’s Street Festival. Other Poughkeepsie destinations include the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the Bananas Comedy Club, and the Poughkeepsie Galleria, a mall containing more than 250 shops and restaurants.
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To appreciate the landscape the way the wealthy New Yorkers once did, visit Locust Grove Estate, a beautiful historic mansion that overlooks the Hudson River. This Italianate villa once belonged to Samuel F.B. Morse and it was built in 1851. William and Martha Young purchased the home in 1895, and it remained in the Young family until 1975. The home is remarkably well-preserved and features early 19th-century furniture, personal possessions, and artwork. The property features historic gardens, beautiful river views, and miles of carriage roads. The museum is open for tours daily May to November and weekends only in April and December.
Poughkeepsie is home to New York’s oldest Opera House – the Bardavon, which was built in 1869. The Bardavon is located in Downtown Poughkeepsie and was designed by renowned architect J.A. Wood (who also designed the New York State Armory in 1878). The Bardavon 1869 Opera House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it has hosted such legendary performers as John Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt, Buffalo Bill, Harry Houdini, Bo Diddley, and Bruce Hornsby. It has also hosted contemporary performers such as Al Pacino, B.B. King, Liza Minnelli, Steve Martin, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, and Whoopi Goldberg. If you love the theater, you’ll love attending a show at the historic Bardavon!
Another must-visit after renting an apartment in Poughkeepsie is Springside. This was Matthew Vassar’s estate and it is a National Historic Landmark. The buildings are gone, but the landscape is fantastic. The gardens, which date back to 1850, are the only surviving work of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing, considered to be the “Father of American Landscape Architecture.” He died shortly after designing the gardens in 1852. The estate covers 26.5 acres. The cottage façade of the building that once stood on the site is located in the New York State Museum, while the foundation remains at the site. A restored gatehouse is the only surviving structure on the property and is used as a private residence. The site is part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail.
The Clinton House was built in 1765. It is a Georgian stone house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is named for George Clinton, the first Governor of New York and the fourth Vice President of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. It is believed Clinton lived in the house after the American Revolution, and the house served as a meeting place in 1777, when Poughkeepsie was the capital of New York. The house is open for tours by appointment only.
The Glebe House, built in 1767, is another Poughkeepsie landmark. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the red-brick Georgian structure served as a rectory for Reverend John Beardsley. Unfortunately for Beardsley, he was a loyalist and on the wrong side of the American Revolution. He and his family were forced to flee to Canada in 1777. Today, the house is operated by the city and the Dutchess County Historical Society. The house is open for tours on Sundays, June through October.
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site is located just north of Poughkeepsie in Hyde Park. The home, Springwood, was built around 1800 in an elaborate blend of Federal and Italianate styles. The home is the birthplace and lifelong home of Roosevelt, the 32nd President. In addition to the beautiful home, which has a three-story tower and piazzas running the entire length of the home, the site includes the gravesite of Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor.
What to Consider When Moving to Poughkeepsie:
Situated along the Hudson River two hours north of New York City, Poughkeepsie is a beautiful location with a colorful, historic downtown. Poughkeepsie is a quirky, fun place for renting an apartment, and you’ll have plenty to do once you’ve moved here.
As you search apartments in Poughkeepsie, be aware that there’s the city of Poughkeepsie and also a town of Poughkeepsie. The town borders the city on the eastern side and wraps around the city to the north and south in a crescent shape. The Main Building at Vassar and the Taconic Hall of Dutchess Community College are located in the town of Poughkeepsie. A large IMB campus is also in the town.
With several nearby colleges, Poughkeepsie is a popular destination for students. Vassar was established in 1861 and is a highly-selective liberal arts college. The Culinary Institute of America, since 1946, is a premier culinary college with a reputation for excellence. Dutchess County Community College is also nearby.
With so many college students, Poughkeepsie is a hip, funky community with coffee houses and unique shops. But it is also a great destination for families, with good schools, charming neighborhoods, and a strong business community. And with commuter service to Manhattan on the Metro-North Railroad, this is an excellent apartment renting location.
Why Poughkeepsie Apartments Are Hot:
It’s fun, beautiful, slightly eccentric, and filled with fascinating history. Even its name is unusual – it originates from the Wappinger language and means “the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place.”
Poughkeepsie once lured New York’s movers-and-shakers to build elaborate weekend homes here, just so they could enjoy the natural beauty of this location. Today, Poughkeepsie features seven historic districts and fascinating historic sites. It is close to Manhattan, home to several important colleges, and set along the Hudson River among rolling, green hills. Of course you want to rent an apartment in Poughkeepsie – it’s majestic! It is the Queen City of the Hudson!
- The Bardavon 1869 Opera House is the state’s oldest continuously-operating theater and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Vassar College was founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar and is a private, highly-selective liberal arts college.
- Locust Grove, a house built by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1851, is a National Historic Landmark and features a museum, a gallery, and a nature preserve.
- The historic Poughkeepsie Bridge, built in 1889, is now the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and is the world’s longest footbridge.
- The historic Poughkeepsie Metro-North Railroad Station, built in 1918, takes passengers to New York’s Pennsylvania Station.
- Sprout Creek Farm is a real, working farm complete with a market featuring award-winning artisan cheeses made on-site.
- Vassar College
- Dutchess Community College
- Marist College Poughkeepsie
- Culinary Institute of America
- Ulster Cty Community College