If you’re looking for a small, peaceful community along the beautiful banks of New York’s Mohawk River, we think Salem—famous for fly fishing—deserve a closer look.
In a prime location in eastern Washington County sits Salem, NY. Not to be confused with its Massachusetts counterpart, Salem is a town of 2,700 people known for its part in the Revolutionary War and its many picturesque covered bridges. The community is dotted with lakes, making it one of the leading places for the regional pastime of fly fishing. Plus, it’s right on the border of Vermont with easy access to major highways, making a weekend trip to some of the area’s top attractions a breeze.
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With just over 1,000 households and 750 families, Salem offers about 1,300 housing units to choose from. With a relatively high number of homes and low population density, it’s the perfect place to find peace and quiet in the Capital Region.
The median age here is 40 years old. About 98% of locals describe themselves as white. The median household income is north of $40,000, while median family income is just over $46,000. You can expect about 50-80 homes for sale at any given time, though the busy season may drive available stock well over 100 homes. The median listing price is around $164,000. This budget gives you a range of 3- or 4-bed properties. Start shopping for Salem, NY real estate for sale.
The Salem Central School District is a small but accomplished district with a distinguished history dating to 1780, when Washington Academy became one of the first public secondary schools in New York. Today, the district has an enrollment just over 500.
Salem CSD has been noted for exceptional instruction, college preparation, and safety. There are 12 students for each instructor. All instruction is housed in a single campus, and children in grades 6 and above study within the historic academy grounds. Over 75% of local students go on to higher education. Private Skidmore College in nearby Saratoga Springs is a popular option. Other students choose SUNY Empire State or prestigious New York schools such as Columbia University. Find homes in Salem by school district.
Salem’s energetic local economy is bolstered by easy access to top employers in the surrounding communities. It is the heartland of General Electric, which has been hiring vigorously in recent years after bouncing back from market shifts. GlobalFoundries and Bechtel Marine Propulsion are two businesses driving demand for forward-looking, educated employees. The area is also known for exceptional healthcare, anchored by Albany Medical Center, Ellis Hospital, and St. Peter’s Hospital.
Salem is frequently visited on Capital Region tours thanks to the three covered bridges in town. The historic Salem courthouse and prison has been preserved for future generations, as has the Revolutionary War Cemetery, now in the midst of a major restoration project.
The Georgi Park and Museum is a unique historical art collection owned and operated by the town of Salem. In a lovely location along the Battenkill River, it maintains spectacular exhibits focusing on Renaissance masters of Italy, Germany, and France. The Community Park is a popular site for events, weddings, and performances of the Mettawee Theater Company and Washington County Band. Outdoor enthusiasts from around the country visit the Georgi as a launching point for boating adventures or fly fishing. A thriving local arts scene includes the Salem Art Works and Fort Salem Theater.
From Salem throughout the Capital Region and all of upstate New York, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties will help you find your perfect home. For advice from the experts, contact us today.