From Clifton Park to Colonie and Glenmont, there are many great places to live in New York’s Capital District. However, if you’re looking to buy a new home in a community that’s right next door to Albany and Troy; is part of four excellent school districts; and is close to fun attractions and activities; then check out the Town of North Greenbush.
Unfamiliar With North Greenbush? Here’s What You Need To Know
North Greenbush is located in northwestern Rensselaer County in the heart of the Capital District, and has an estimated population of 13,326 (2021 census). The community was formed back in 1855 when the Town of Greenbush split into North Greenbush and East Greenbush.
Since then, the town has become one of the best places to live for couples and families who want to be in a nice residential area just outside of the region’s busier municipalities. The 2021 census notes that there are approximately 4,959 households spread out across neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs of various sizes.
In addition, one of the main benefits of living in North Greenbush is that it borders Albany and Rensselaer to the west and Troy to the north, which means you’ll have an easy daily commute if you work in one of these major Capital District cities. You’ll also be close to East Greenbush to the south and both Sand Lake and Poestenkill to the east.
Get A Rundown Of The School Districts That Serve Local Residents
As part of the homebuying process, we always recommend that people think about the local public school districts when deciding where to live. If you have kids, you’ll want to be part of a quality school district where you know your child will receive a top-notch education. Or, if you don’t have kids, living in a great school district may help to increase the value of your home over time too.
There are four school districts that serve residents in North Greenbush, and we’ve highlighted some key details about each one.
North Greenbush Common School District
The North Greenbush Common School District serves kids in grades K-2, and it has one building – the “Little Red School House” – which is one of the last one-room schoolhouses in New York State that continues to operate. This schoolhouse has been in operation since 1861.
East Greenbush Central School District
The East Greenbush Central School District is a high-achieving public school district that serves approximately 4,000 students in seven schools. Over the years, it has ranked highly as one of the Capital District’s best school districts. In fact, it was recently voted the “Best School District” in the Times Union’s “2022 Best of the Capital Region.”
Averill Park Central School District
The Averill Park Central School District is a top local school district that serves over 2,700 students residing in North Greenbush, Poestenkill, Sand Lake, and other communities. This district places a strong emphasis on student learning and achievement, and they strive to provide students with opportunities to grow and succeed.
Wynantskill Union Free School District
The Wynantskill Union Free School District is a Pre-K to Grade 8 public school district that serves approximately 400 students. Their mission is to create a safe, compassionate, and progressive learning environment that recognizes the individual needs of each student.
Explore All the Things to Do in the North Greenbush Area
From parks and trails to performing arts venues and dining spots, the North Greenbush area is filled with fun things to do. Check out some of your options below:
Head Out and Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Looking to spend some quality time outdoors? The North Greenbush Dedrick Park in Wynantskill is an awesome place to bring the kids, as it features a beach, a playground, a picnic pavilion and grills, picnic tables, and more. You can also visit the East Greenbush Town Park, which has nature trails, a playground, and picnic tables.
For even more outdoor fun, we recommend the nearby Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, Peebles Island State Park, or even Grafton Lakes State Park, which is about 20 minutes away.
Find Activities For Every Member of the Family
Beyond the parks and trails, there are a variety of activities all around the region that are worth visiting. You can play mini-golf and ride go-karts at Funplex Funpark in East Greenbush, attend a show at The Egg or The Palace Theatre in Albany, cruise to the Hollywood Drive-In Theatre in Averill Park, and go bowling at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy – just to name a few places!
Grab a Bite to Eat at Popular Restaurants
When it comes to food, there is no shortage of good places to eat in the local area. Start your morning off right with a trip to Alexis Diner, a top-rated diner that’s conveniently located on North Greenbush Road. Some other restaurants with excellent Google reviews include Labella Pizza of Wynantskill and Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante (both in Wynantskill), as well as the Tipsy Moose Tavern and The Iron Works Grill in Troy.
Build Your Dream Home At Forest Hills Estates
Forest Hills Estates, a new home community in North Greenbush, offers distinguished custom homes by Trojanski Builders, large and secluded homesites, and easy access to all that the region has to offer.