Tucked in the mountains of New York’s Catskills Park is Phoenicia, one of the true gems in the Catskills. Surrounded by mountains, forests and streams, it has that quintessential Catskills charm with a healthy dose of hip character.
Phoenicia Real Estate Insights
The Phoenicia real estate market offers vast architectural styles and home designs that include bungalows, cabins, log homes, A-frames, modern homes, single-family homes, and older structures. There aren’t many farmhouses or stone houses in the area and the homes tend to be smaller and more spread out. It’s not unusual to have properties on streams or in the mountains. Phoenicia real estate doesn’t change hands very often so if you’re looking to buy in the area it may require a bit of patience. The median price of homes for sale in Phoenicia, NY hovers around $300K. The town of Woodstock sits about 25 minutes east.
The People and the Lifestyle
Main Street, a one block street lined with shops and restaurants, runs through the center of town. The residents of Phoenicia, both in and outside of town, are a mix of locals, second home owners and tourists. The community is fairly tight-knit, everyone seems to know each other and that makes for an inviting place to live. Most people that buy Phoenicia real estate have a passion for the outdoors. From the center of town, you can access great hiking, trout-fishing, and kayaking.
- Phoenicia Diner. We could bore you with a description of this classic diner updated with Instagrammable food options but instead we’ll just strongly recommend that you check it out. Sure it feels like a neighborhood spot in Brooklyn (including the weekend brunch crowds and wait times) but that’s only because they make really good food.
- Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room. While technically located in Big Indian (the town to the west of Phoenicia), it’s one of those restaurants that serves cuisine that rivals any meal you’d have in the city so we thought it worth mentioning. It’s run by Devin Mills, a Brooklyn-born chef who trained at Le Bernardin and Gramercy Tavern. The space feels like a cozy ski lodge and the underlying food philosophy is farm-to-table. It will likely be a meal you’ll remember.
- Sweet Sue's. Known for their delicious, oversized pancakes and the plethora of options to include in those pancakes, it’s a great spot to go with a group or just to wow your kids. Note that it’s only open for breakfast from Fri-Mon so factor that in if you plan to visit.
- Brio’s Pizzeria. If you’re in the mood for some really tasty thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizza, this is the spot for you.
- Hike. In the summer/fall months, you can hike right from town onto the moderate Tanbark Loop into Phoenicia park or the more challenging Phoenicia Trail East Branch into the Slide Wilderness. You can also drive 5-20 minutes to hiking options suitable for all levels of hiker.
- Ski. In the winter months, you can choose between three ski areas: Belleayre (15 mins west), Hunter (20 mins northeast), or Windham (30 minutes northeast).
- Town Tinker Tube Rentals. While Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn inspired the image of floating down a lazy river on a hot summer day, for the past 41 years, Town Tinker has been making this vision a reality. But instead of a raft, you’ll find yourself on a bouncy inner tube and instead of a lazy river, you’ll find yourself gliding down class II rapids (which translates to 1-3 foot waves and rapids with real rocks and trees to navigate).
- If fly fishing is your thing, you won’t be disappointed as the Esopus is considered a Class-A fishing spot.
Should you have any questions about houses for sale in Phoenicia, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We regularly meet clients for coffee in either NYC or the Phoenicia area to share our local knowledge of the areas and the market and to assist with searching for Catskills real estate.