6.4 out of 10


42.1397791071043 -73.8842547589603
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Apr 16, 2015

"A town in name only"

This is hardly a town .It does have a sizable school but the burden of paying for it falls hard upon the property owners. The property taxes are stunning.. It is close to the Hudson River and the countryside is charming. The winters are long though and the town has nothing to soften its edge.
  • must have a car to get aroun d
  • no nightlife (must travel to nearby Valatie, NY)
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Gotta Love That Old-Country Feeling of Germantown, NY!"

Germantown is a great place to visit in Columbia County if you're into old-fashioned farmer's markets: and the place I'm referring to is Otto's Market which is on Main Street right in town. Open Monday through Saturday from 7am til 7pm and Sundays from 7am til 3pm, Otto's Market offers Breakfast and Lunch o a daily basis, and is the one-stop place for all your grocery shopping needs. It's been a part of the community since the year of 1927, and is one of the few-remaining old-fashioned grocery stores with fine prices and a wonderful selection of basic goods. There's a fantastic deli that offers a small coffee at $1.50, and you can get cookies or brownies costing between only $0.99 and $1.59; muffins (there's usually 2 varieties each day) are $1.75 and you can get a small cake here for under $2.00; it's a fantastic place to gt a Capaccino or Latte for only $2.50 and you can get an Espresso for $2.00; a large coffee is the same exact price! This is the place to go if you want to take your parents or best friend or sweetheart out for coffee and a wonderful old-fashioned country breakfast and/or lunch (and you'll never be without your coffee while you shop!). All the stuff at the deli and bakery are made on the fresh each and every day, right on the premises: it's definitely not one to be missed: and you can bet your grandparents will adore you even more for it!

Germantown also offers Angelika Westerhoff antiques and is not that far from the nearby town of Saugerties with its Saugrties Antiques Gallery and Saugerties Antiques Center, From Eaurope To You, Sac Antiques, and Fed-On Lights Antiques (and ltos more). There's also Townhouse Antiques or Swamp Angel Antiques in beautiful Catskill NY. There's more where that came from across Columbia County and you can be sure to make a day of it, if you will.

Kids attend the fairly rated Germantown Central School District, with a community rating of 4 out of 5 stars and a graduation rate of 92.1% and very low dropout rate. The town doesn't have many stores but Otto's more than makes up for it. There's plenty of amenities within close driving range in neighboring towns like Saugerties, Catskill and Hudson, NY. All lie in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley, right near the Hudson River and the wonderful natural beauty of the recreational treasures, the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains.
  • small country town
  • old-fashioned Otto's Market
  • wonderful school system
  • must have a car to get aroun d
  • no nightlife (must travel to nearby Valatie, NY)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers

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