Located only 40 minutes from Albany and a few hours from New York City, Fulton County enjoys a thriving real estate market. The county seat is Johnstown (population 8,464), which celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding in 2008. Nearby Gloversville (population 14,922) is the county’s other incorporated city, aptly named for its glove-making history.
Fulton County is also home to the quaint villages of Broadalbin (population 1,392), Northville (population 1,157) and Mayfield (population 790), and the towns of Bleecker (population 583), Broadalbin (population 5,318), Caroga (population 1,388), Ephratah (population 1,680), Johnstown (population 7,204), Mayfield (population 6,680), Northampton (population 2,845), Oppenheim (population 1,820), Perth (population 3,496) and Stratford (population 653).
Fulton County Home Prices
Fulton County enjoys a relatively low cost of living compared to other parts of New York. Fulton County’s cost of living is about 10 percent lower than the U.S. average.
The median price of a home or condo in Johnstown in 2008 was around $142,896, compared to the statewide median of $318,900. Similarly, the median price of a home or condo in Gloversville in 2008 was $119,497.
Fulton County Lakefront Properties
Fulton County’s 44 lakes have attracted vacationers since the 1930s. But nowadays, they’re becoming more popular for year-round living. There’s still a number of folks who own seasonal homes near the lakes, but more and more of them are choosing to make them their permanent residences.
The Great Sacandaga Lake is Fulton County’s biggest and best-known body of water, and 43 others have personalities of their own. Peck’s Lake has become popular with homeowners over the past five years or so.
The housing options are as numerous as the lakes themselves, from single-family homes to million-dollar mansions.
Gateway to the Adirondacks
Fulton County is often called the Gateway to the Adirondacks, thanks to its picturesque location at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Residents savor the area’s peace and quiet and its breathtaking scenery that changes along with the seasons.
Long hikes, swimming holes, cliffs and room to roam make the Adirondacks an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. There’s also plenty of wildlife watching, with bears, owls, porcupines and foxes to be found, on occasion, in your own backyard.
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