Schenectady, NY, also known as Electric City, is the home of General Electric, though the corporation giant moved its manufacturing elsewhere years ago. The city is also just a little under 20 miles outside of Albany, NY. Residents often enjoy entertainment in Albany and return home to older, quieter residential areas and lower rents in Schenectady. There are a number of parks and colleges here, making it a popular place for young people and families.
The housing market here fairs well in comparison to the rest of the state. Median rent rate is $772, while median house price is $110,300. Only 7 new homes were built in 2012, and another 7 in 2011. Due to a large college population, the area has one of the highest rental rates in the state at 55 percent of the population, or roughly 14,578 people. Renters typically stay in the same location for at least 4 years.
Schenectady has a great spread of affordable restaurants, pubs and entertainment establishments catering to an older crowd. The presence of Union College and proximity to Albany's many educational institutions means that it has plenty of happening nightspots as well. Manhattan Exchange Restaurant, Pinhead Susan's and BL's Tavern are local favorites for relaxing at the end of a long day in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. For live music, dancing and plenty of young people to run into, you'll want to head to Union Inn, TenTen Lounge, Clinton's Ditch or Rupis Tavern.
The Schenectady area is hometo both the Mohawk River and Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. They provide a wealth of opportunities for biking, hiking, boating, fishing and other outdoor fare. For the less adventurous, Union College is home to Jackson's Garden, which has 8 acres of garden spaces, ranging from wildflowers to sculptured topiaries. Historic tours of the Stockade neighborhood are popular throughout the year, while golf and wintertime sports alternate in popularity depending on the season.
Downtownhas many cool shops, restaurants and entertainment venues but the area is slightly rundown, and may not be a safe place to be on your own at night. It's not ideal for finding a rental house or apartment, and while shopkeepers have tried to improve the area especially in the last few years, efforts have not materialized into anything substantial.
Union Street: The area near Union Streetis peppered with interesting entertainment and dining options. It also boasts quality rental homes, and large family homes converted into multiple rental units. Residents have access to reliable public transportation, but the area is also pedestrian-friendly.
Mont Pleasantand Bellevue: Both of these neighborhoodsare quite similar in their makeup. Although these areas have been on the decline in the recent few years, they still offer many good options for renters looking for a home or apartment. These predominantly residential neighborhoods have older, often historic homes homes and usually cater to families.
Valeand Hamilton Hill: Like Mont Pleasant and Bellevue, Vale and Hamilton could be twin neighborhoods. Rentals here may be less expensive, but you could wind up dealing with higher crime rates and poor infrastructure. However, they also have some unique and historic features, such as Vale Cemetery.
Woodland: The Woodlandarea tends toward nice neighbors and nice prices. You might be able to find deal on rent to ownhomes in this neighborhood that will be gentle on your budget, though large families may have trouble finding a home that suits their needs.
Stockade: Stockadeand various Northsideareas, like near Ellis Hospital, are both beautiful and are filled with friendly people who take pride in their yards and homes. Stockdale ahas many historic lso highlights that the neighbors show off via garden and home tours.
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