Found in a central part of Rensselaer County, you’ll find the hamlet of West Sand Lake. Set between a number of beautiful lakes fifteen minutes from Albany, the area is known for its serene beauty and historic churches. A convenient locale makes it ideal for those who want calm, quiet, and privacy not far from big city amenities.
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With a population of less than 3,000 year-round residents on 4.8 square miles of land, West Sand Lake has an attractive population density under 600 people per square mile. There are about 900 households. Most residents identify as white, describing some 96% of the population. Those of other backgrounds, including African-American, Native American, and Asian, made up less than 1% each. The median household income is $85,000, with a median family income north of $92,000.
You can expect anywhere from five to a few dozen West Sand Lake homes to be for sale at any given time. The median asking price can vary considerably each year, but tends to stand in the $300,000 range. Browse the newest real estate listings in West Sand Lake, NY.
Public schooling in the West Sand Lake area is overseen by the Averill Park Central School District, taking its name from one of the monikers for West Sand Lake. It has three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Total enrollment is above 3,400 across grades K-12, with nearly 300 full-time faculty.
Competitive athletic programs are offered for grade 7-12 students, with nine sports represented. There is also a flourishing music program encompassing band, orchestra, and chorus. Students are featured in frequent concerts, including the highly creative Jazz Ensemble available in middle and high school.
Averill Park CSD consistently enjoys high ratings for its academics, teacher quality, and college preparation, areas in which it compares favorably to New York’s most prestigious schools. It has also been praised for the involved leadership style of its administration and the active athletics teams.
Russell Sage College and Hudson Valley Community College both stand within a short distance of the district. Syracuse University and SUNY Binghamton University are highly popular with local graduates. Find homes in West Sand Lake by school district.
West Sand Lake benefits from its proximity to Albany, just fifteen minutes to the east. As the capital of New York, it has robust hiring in both the private and public sectors. Albany Medical Center is a top employer, as is St. Peter’s Health Partners, which is well-represented throughout Rensselaer County. Golub Corporation, owner of Price Chopper Supermarkets, provides more than 8,000 jobs in the area. Rensselaer County is famous for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a key employer and major source of research in the applied sciences. Regeneron, famous for its COVID-19 therapies, is also nearby.
West Sand Lake has a variety of family-friendly attractions. Relaxing weekends can be enjoyed at Town Beach on the shores of Racquet Lake. For a change of pace, North Greenbush Dedrick Park is only five minutes away, showcasing a lovely shoreline and playgrounds for children.
The Hollywood Drive-In Theatre offers a classic experience with food and fun on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Kids also love to visit nearby June Farms, where they get to meet pigs, ponies, and more and feast on wood-fired pizza afterwards.
For a welcoming community and beautiful surroundings minutes from New York’s capital, you can’t go wrong with West Sand Lake. Get started by visiting our local office, or contact us to get started on your real estate transaction today.
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