A walkable town on the banks of a lovely creek with an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. It's worth a wander.

Welcome to Rosendale

Located on the banks of the Rondout Creek, Rosendale is one of the few walking towns in the area. Its Main Street is a collection of charming restaurants and eclectic boutiques with a hippie, artsy vibe.  Some may know it as one of the first stops on the Trailways bus route as it weaves its way up from NYC to parts further north.  

Rosendale Real Estate Insights

The Rosendale real estate market isn’t as diverse as some of the neighboring towns. A fair amount of the inventory is located on smaller plots in more suburban feeling settings, however, occasionally a property on the riverfront, in a more rural setting, or down the road in the neighboring towns of Esopus or Tilson becomes available.  The median price of homes for sale in Rosendale hovers around $250K.  The town of High Falls is directly adjacent to Rosendale and both Kingston and New Paltz are a 15-minute drive.

The People and the Lifestyle

The level of community engagement is high in Rosendale and this is reflected in spots that you’ll come across while strolling through the town.  The Redwing Blackbird Theater is a community driven, puppet theater & workshop located housed in a converted bus station. The Rosendale Theatre Collective is a community-run independent movie house staffed entirely by volunteers. From June-October, the town hosts the Rosendale Farmers’ Market where you can grab local produce and goods. In July, the town hosts the Rosendale Street Festival, a two-day, family-friendly event which brings out the entire community. 

Insider Tips


  • 1850 House Inn & Tavern.  This is a great spot to come in the spring/summer to grab an excellently prepared meal on the deck overlooking the Rondout Creek.  They feature locally crafted beer and use many locally-sourced ingredients in their dishes. After the meal, there is a stairway down to a raised walking path that runs along the creek. 
  • Garden House.  This is one of those hidden gems in Rosendale.  The owners, of middle eastern descent, serve up authentic and deliciously prepared middle eastern cuisine.
  • The Alternative Baker.  It’s a good spot to grab a sweet or a sandwich as you stroll through town.  The menu of options is quite diverse and includes many gluten and sugar free items.


  • Postmark Books.  One part bookshop, the other part florist.  A charming little spot to check out while you stroll through town.


  • One of the popular spots to visit is the Rosendale Trestle, part of the 21-mile long Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. Perched 150-feet above the Rondout Creek below, a walk over the trestle offers gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding hills and town below.     
  • Just outside the town is  Widow Jane Mine, a former cement mine converted into an occasional performance space.  The mine is now maintained by Century House Historical Society, an organization whose mission is to preserve the history of cement production in the region. The mine is open to the public and well worth a visit.

Should you have any questions about Rosendale real estate, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We regularly meet clients for coffee in either NYC or the Rosendale area to share our local knowledge of the areas and the market and to assist with searching for Catskills real estate. 

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