I’ve had good commutes for most of my life. I’ve also shaped my life in ways to reduce the time I spend going from home to work, and make such journeys are enjoyable. I write this as the Hudson Valley goes through a new wave of mass migration from New York City and its environs. People are shifting abodes as they did after 9/11. Many have lost a taste for city living. The balance between convenience and stress has changed. Migration patterns in the metropolises have switched from centripetal to centrifugal.
Work patterns have changed. Huge numbers of jobs have been rendered virtual, shifted commutes from hours and minutes to the seconds it takes to get from one’s kitchen to whatever you’re calling an office.
According to realtor Dina Palin of Houlihan Lawrence, Inc., the hottest markets she’s dealing with are within close driving distance of Metro North and Amtrak. She’s heard the same is true for the Trailways routes on the western shores of the Hudson. “People want the option to still be able to go into the city one or two days a week, if necessary,” she said. “People want to do this easily.”
Many clients who moved to the area for its views, its quality of life, and in one case to be close to a specific bar/cafe/bookshop couldn’t find work that paid well enough to support their lifestyles. But they’re still coming, and in numbers larger than ever,
“I get people who spend time here renting, or visiting friends or family, and decide they want their own place,” Palin added. “You go out now in Hudson, Woodstock, Rhinebeck or New Paltz and it’s hard to see anyone local. It’s like a sense o
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