We want to introduce Roscoe, one of New York’s best-kept secrets. This hamlet is the ideal location to retire, raise a family, or simply get a fresh perspective on life. Located in Sullivan County, Roscoe has 600 year-round residents. Don’t let that fool you—its small size hides big opportunities for a relaxing lifestyle in unspoiled upstate beauty. Crisp air, gorgeous vistas, and pristine parks attract visitors annually.
This community is known as Trout City, USA. Anglers come from all over the U.S. in spring and summer to chase record catches. Roscoe’s position at the intersection of Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek gives it some of the best trout fishing anywhere.
Sitting just adjacent to State Route 17, it is only a two hour drive to the Big Apple. Yet Roscoe is truly a place all its own, with a history dating back to 1789 and a number of historic local sights.
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Roscoe has 260 households and about 160 families. The total number of housing units is just over 300. 95% of locals identify as white, about 1% as African-American, 1% as Asian, and 2% from two or more races. Some 2% are Hispanic or Latino. The median household income is just over $35,000, while the median family income exceeds $45,000. The median age of people in Roscoe is 42, a few years older than New York’s median of 38.
With its small size, Roscoe’s real estate market is highly seasonal. It’s unusual to see more than 60 properties for sale. Listing prices can vary widely. With this in mind, it’s crucial to work with a real estate agent who deeply understands the Roscoe market. Start shopping for Roscoe homes for sale.
The Roscoe Central School District enrolls 250 public school students. Although a very small district, it is known for quality instruction that incorporates frequent field trips and other events, especially for younger students. There are also many clubs for pupils. Roscoe has one of the most favorable student-teacher ratios in the state—9:1.
Sullivan County Community College is just a 5-minute drive from Roscoe. For students going on to a 4-year degree, SUNY Sullivan is a great entry point to the State University of New York. Find homes in Roscoe by school district.
Most Roscoe residents have a short commute to jobs in adjoining Rockland or communities further up State Route 17. A traditionally manufacturing-heavy economy has branched out into services and high tech over the last few decades.
Eastman Chemical Company is the largest employer in Sullivan County, adding nearly 7,000 jobs. Other players include aerospace firm BAE Systems, packaging manufacturer Robinette, and Domtar Paper, world’s second-largest producer of uncoated free-sheet paper by output.
Roscoe features historic buildings including a Prohibition Era distillery, the O&W Railway Museum, and Roscoe Diner. Built in the 1960s, the diner is a centerpiece of the community used by locals, passing anglers, and students. At its peak in 2000 it served nearly 1,000 meals daily.
Don’t miss Dundas Castle, a circa 1915 historic home modeled after its namesake in Scotland. It is one of Roscoe’s National Register of Historic Places entries alongside Roscoe Presbyterian Church.
Naturally, many Roscoe locals love to visit nearby rivers and participate in world-class trout fishing. Other outdoor attractions include Cherry Ridge Wild Forest, just on the other side of Beaver Kill to the north, and Willowemoc Wild Forest to the east.
Roscoe shows good things come in small packages. Our experienced real estate agents will help you find them. To learn more or to get started, contact us. You can also visit our Roscoe office—we would love to meet you.