Where State Route 203 meets State Route 22, just near the western border of Massachusetts, sits the little Columbia County Town of Austerlitz, home to around 1,500 people. Although Route 22 is a 130-mile thoroughfare starting from Millerton and ending in the north at Comstock, Austerlitz is a quiet place. Green River runs through it, and there are few local businesses. It’s a hilly area in the Berkshire foothills with lots of trees and magnificent countryside ornamented with cedar-shingled cottages, beautifully restored colonial and federal-style homes, farmhouses and quaint wooden churches set against hilly vistas. The things is, though, there’s art in them thar’ hills!
It’s not all ancient apple trees, towering pines, zigzag split-rail fencing, mellow barns and dirt roads into the woods. The most famous thing about Austerlitz is probably the Millay Colony for the Arts, an international art center at the former home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay, where they host multidisciplinary artist residencies, workshops, community programs and retreats. The colony was actually founded by Edna’s sister, Norma, and she deserves a mention for creating this long-lasting legacy.
Modern art crops up through the trees in the form of the Circle Museum, a very cool sculpture park and gallery featuring two- and three-dimensional contemporary art. It’s just on the roadside for convenient access. Check out the park year-round; as for the gallery, when the doors are open, you’re invited in.
What to do in Austerlitz? Visit Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Steepletop. Stroll all seasons in the sculpture park & gallery at Circle Museum. Savor the Spencertown Academy Arts Center!
There's so much to do in Austerlitz, NY - it can be hard to decide! Contact one of our Local Experts at Village Green Realty. We'd love to give you our recommendation on the best things to do in Austerlitz.
Austerlitz NY Homes For Sale
The Town of Austerlitz’s heritage is preserved by Old Austerlitz, which maintains a group of large, impressive historic homes and buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the 1814 Austerlitz School House, the last one-room schoolhouse in the district; and the circa 1850s Robert Engel Blacksmith Shop, still in use today. Locals enjoy the Old Austerlitz lecture series and workshops, the annual Blueberry Festival and the Autumn in Austerlitz harvest festival and get involved through membership and volunteering.
Four miles west of Austerlitz is the Spencertown Academy, a hive of creative activity, with a varied schedule of concerts, lectures, classes, gallery shows and fund-raising events that are yearly highlights: Hidden Gardens, Revels and the Festival of Books.
Forays into the great outdoors around Austerlitz may include day trips to the 2,018-acre Beebe Hill Multiple Use Area or the 2,007-acre Harvey Mountain State Forest, 30 miles of multiple use hiking trails, an unmaintained hand-launch on Barrett Pond and several bodies of water open to fishing. The properties are considered very popular for horseback riding.
There are no amount of places to go and things to do as well as daily necessities to be found in the chic historic towns surrounding Austerlitz: Chatham, Canaan, Ghent and Hillsdale.
Austerlitz NY Homes
Situated in the Berkshires foothills as it is, Town of Austerlitz real estate features some spectacular mountain scenery and some very special homes for sale. Architect Deborah Burke designed a modern masterpiece that sits adjacent to state forest land and looks over sweeping panoramic views. Build a personal paradise on 165 hilltop farmland acres; there’s a pond down the unpaved road with a cul-de-sac and well already in place. Or how about a 4,323-square-foot side-hall 1825 colonial on four acres retaining all its period charm and updated with the necessities of modern life, with ornamental shade trees and perennial gardens out back? Then you might like a garrison colonial converted from a 1950s ranch surrounded by mountains and conservation areas.
At Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty we love sharing our market knowledge with our clients and neighbors. Market statistics might inform whether or not you decide to sell or hold a property or they might impact which town or village you choose of the three you're considering. To the right you'll find some basic market statistics. For in-depth comparative statistical reports visit our "Market News" page.
Property Types(active listings)
Avg. Days On Market:167
Avg. Property Age:54 YEARS
Basic Statistics(active listings)
Find Your Dream Home
Get In Touch
Want help finding the perfect home or property? Our agents can help!
Listing information last updated on December 31st, 1969 at 7:00pm EST.
THE DATA RELATING TO REAL ESTATE FOR SALE OR RENT ON THIS WEB SITE COMES FROM THE MID-HUDSON MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, LLC. IDX INFORMATION IS PROVIDED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CONSUMERS' PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE, THAT IT MAY NOT BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN TO IDENTIFY PROSPECTIVE PROPERTIES CONSUMERS MAY BE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING. INFORMATION DEEMED RELIABLE BUT NOT GUARANTEED AND SHOULD BE VERIFIED.
COPYRIGHT 2023 MID-HUDSON MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Listing information last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 11:21am EDT.