Mechanicville is the smallest city in New York, but don’t count it out when it’s time to buy a home. Our REALTORS® can show you what this Saratoga County community—nestled in a prime location in southeast New York, really has to offer.
Craftsmen like butchers, carpenters, and millers joined together to found Mechanicville sometime around 1829. From 1904 to 1971, it was home to the world’s largest paper mill. Today, this quiet city sits at one of the best locations in New York. Right on the Hudson River, it benefits from the thriving job markets of both Albany and Schenectady.
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With about 5,000 year-round residents, Mechanicville’s population is divided into 2,200 households and 1,200 families. Some 98% of residents self-describe as white, with those of other backgrounds making up less than 1% each. The median age in Mechanicville is 36, a few years younger than New York as a whole. The median household income is over $34,000, while the median family income exceeds $42,000.
Mechanicville has a thriving home market. You can expect more than 100 listings at any given time, and may often find 200 around the area. There are more than 2,400 housing units to choose from. Although sources quote a median listing price around $300,000, this is misleading. There’s a wide variance in home prices, even among homes with similar layout and age. A budget around $160,000 is a good entry-level target, although some listings are well below this. Browse the newest real estate listings in Mechanicville, NY.
The Mechanicville City School District is responsible for public school pupils and has a total enrollment over 1,300. It is one of the highest-rated districts in student satisfaction and well-being in New York. A student-teacher ratio of 14:1 ensures personalized instruction. Music and drama are among the activities that have a strong place in district culture. It also has thriving youth athletic programs at the middle school and high school levels. All in all, the district has been on a sharp upward trend in academics and college placement.
Nearby colleges include Hudson Valley Community College and the private non-profit Siena College. Many rising seniors also choose to go on to regional SUNY schools like SUNY Albany or SUNY Empire State College. Find homes in Mechanicville by school district.
Mechanicville is sometimes thought of as a bedroom community for companies headquartered in Schenectady and Albany. Both cities are about 30 minutes away, making for a quick and easy morning commute.
Mechanicville is a great place to launch or grow a medical career, with names like Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Care, MVP Health, Ellis Hospital, and Northeast Health all clustered within a short drive. Telecom and infrastructure are other key industries—Verizon and General Electric remain among the top employers. In recent years, GE has bounced back from a lull and is actively hiring in the area. State Farm, Quad Graphics, and Target are other big names.
Buttermilk Falls is a breathtaking 15-foot waterfall just a few minutes from Mechanicville that has served as an iconic spot for a picnic or date for generations. It’s a lovely counterpoint to Tomhannock Creek, with its historic arched bridge and trails.
Looking for a fun night with the family? Malta Drive-In Theatre is one nearby attraction you won’t want to miss, providing the authentic “movie under the stars” experience. Family-owned shops and restaurants give Mechanicville its own unique charm, too.
As with so much of life, good things come in small packages here in Mechanicville. Coldwell Banker Prime Properties can help you find the perfect home for you. Contact us to learn more.