Photo by John Filangeri
Verplanck offers some of the most stunning views of the Hudson.
Imagine looking out your kitchen window and seeing Henry Hudson’s Half Moon sailing by. If you lived in Verplanck, you could! The full-scale replica of the explorer’s ship berths at King’s Marine in Verplanck when it’s not sailing the Hudson, Long Island Sound, or other East Coast waterways, showing the world how people traveled in the 17th century. It is just one of the magnificent sights enjoyed by
homeowners along the Hudson in this hamlet in the Town of Cortlandt. Helena Macintyre, an associate broker with North Country Sotheby’s International Realty, lives just two miles from the water and has been a real estate professional in the area for more than 20 years. She points out that, unlike most other riverfront towns, Verplanck’s amazing water views aren’t marred by railroad tracks.
“Verplanck also offers excellent value for homebuyers,” Macintyre says. “You can buy a nice home for a lot less than $500,000. Taxes are lower, too. You’re not going to find a home with a view of the river anywhere else for less than that.” The economics are mainly due to Verplanck’s location not far from the Indian Point nuclear plant in nearby Buchanan. One recent listing was for a three-bedroom ranch on a cul-de-sac with sweeping views of the Hudson for just $220,000.
And here’s another little-remembered reason to remember Verplanck. It’s the site of Kings Ferry, which George Washington’s army used to cross the Hudson to get to Stony Point and then on to Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781.
Photos by John Filangeri