Monroe, New York, is a town in Orange County made up of the villages of Monroe and Kiryas Joel and part of the village of Harriman. In this lake country community of 8,400 residents, there is a good mix of historic and modern homes, from townhomes and condominiums to smaller homes on modest lots and larger homes on several acres. Residents place a high value on education, with a high school graduation rate of 92 percent. Many of the local schools have a quality rating of 8 or 9 out of 10.
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Monroe is a beautiful area in the Hudson River Valley, just northwest of Harriman State Park. It's a favorite seasonal getaway for many in the greater New York area, as a rural summer vacation spot or an autumn hunter's getaway. Winter skiing is also an option in the nearby town of Tuxedo. Walton Lake, Round Lake and Mombasha Lake are all within the borders of the town of Monroe, as are many farms and meadows. A major historical attraction in the area is Museum Village, an open-air living history museum that shows visitors what life was like in the area during the 1800s. Museum Village offers many educational opportunities during the year, including ongoing hands-on learning activities like candle-making and demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving and pottery throwing.
New York City is only about 50 miles away. Commuting into the city is convenient, taking a little over an hour by bus or train. The small-town, rural feel is well balanced with the amenities that come from living so close to the city. Livability.com rates Monroe as "extremely livable," with a livability score of 80 out of a possible 100. Although the best-known attractions are in New York City, you don't have to go that far to find comprehensive healthcare or a good selection of shops and dining venues. Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets are located just a few miles away in Central Valley, and Middletown's Orange Regional Medical Center is only about a 20-minute drive away. Right in Monroe you'll find a variety of cafes, wine bars, delis, ice cream parlors and restaurants offering all types of cuisines. There is also a golf club, free library, movie theater and bowling alley in town, and the downtown area has recently been revitalized. Browse our listings to find your dream home in Monroe, New York!