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Stone Ridge, N.Y.: Antique Homes and Welcoming Neighbors

Known for its Dutch Colonial houses built from local limestone, the six-square-mile Ulster County hamlet, in the town of Marbletown, is drawing new residents who appreciate its historic charm, central location and Main Street, where they can find necessities like bagels, sushi, hardware, a gym, several electric-vehicle charging stations, and even a grocery store and pharmacy.

“For a town the size of Stone Ridge, we’ve got a lot of amenities,” Ms. Tasheff said.

Laurel Sweeney, an associate broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty, has lived in Stone Ridge for 38 years and owns a local wine shop, Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, with her husband, Tim Sweeney. (Mr. Sweeney is also an owner of Nutshell Realty.)

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“Stone Ridge is equidistant to everything the Hudson Valley has to offer,” Ms. Sweeney, 63, said. “It doesn’t have that hustle-bustle like some of the other towns that are very popular, such as New Paltz and Woodstock. It has a more relaxed quality of life. I say to people, ‘If you want to wear black clothes and pay high prices for everything, go to Rhinebeck. If you want to wear blue jeans and a cap on your head and hang out at a farm, go to Stone Ridge.’”

But the hamlet, which has a population of 1,234 according to the 2020 census, has more to offer architecturally than old stone houses. “We’ve got these supercool contemporary homes that young professionals from the metro area are looking for,” Ms. Sweeney said. “Now more of our buyers are looking for move-in ready, efficient, open-floor-plan homes, which are not your stone homes.”

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