9.3 out of 10

Highland Falls

41.3603597178485 -73.9679653928314
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Rise Up from Humble Beginnings to a Brighter Future at the Falls!"

Highland Falls is mostly known as the location of the Mid-Hudson military base that is West Point Military Academy. However, it's also the home of Billy Joel who wrote “A New York State of Mind” while coming home on a Greyhound bus; not surprisingly, it's also the inspiration for his song called “Summer, Highland Falls”.

There's lots to do here besides visit the museum and base at West Point. You can find fresh fruit and other produce at the local Farmer's Market, or enjoy finding new items at the town's own Street Fair. There's Bear Mountain State Park which is a great place to ice skate outdoors during the chilly Winter months to keep warm, or hike during the warmer months and enjoy the beautiful, breathtaking Mid-Hudson Valley; there's also the Palisades Interstate Park, named for the Palisades, a glaciar-carved rockface that overlooks the Hudson River all along a certain length of its shores.

People move here because Highland Falls is very affordable ($100,000 to begin with for homes) and Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District has a 97% graduation rate, and is perfect for those wishing to get into the military. There's also Highland Falls Housing which offers homes at even lower prices, which makes this place a wonderfully affordable space to live in. There's great medical care to be found at the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Care Center in the nearby city of Newburgh. Excellent for commuters to NYC is nearby Garrison's train station, as well as Cold Spring and several others. (You'll want to have a car for most excursions however.) There's great restaurants in town (Park Restaurant is open late Fridays and Saturdays) and Schade's Restaurant, a great family-oriented Italian eatery that's been there since the early 60's. There's also a Starbucks, a Dunkin' Donuts, the Main Street Florist, the Highland Falls Market, and many others for great convenience to make you feel welcome and right at home.

So, if none of this has enticed you yet, come right on over to Highland Falls and discover for yourself why Highland Falls is such a great place to visit and live!
  • fantastic schools
  • focused largely on military futures
  • must have a car to get around most places
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