Clifton Park, New York Real Estate and Community Info.

Clifton Park, New York Real Estate and Community Info.

Located 12 miles north of Albany, 10 miles south of Saratoga Springs, and 7 miles northeast of Schenectady in Saratoga County, Clifton Park encompasses the communities of Ballston Lake, Elnora, Flagler Corners, Grooms Corners, Rexford, Round Lake, Ushers, and Vischer Ferry. Ballston Lake is a hamlet in the northwest part of Clifton Park; Elnora is a hamlet north of Clifton Park Center; Flagler Corners is east of Clifton Park Center; Grooms Corners is southwest; Rexford is near the west town line and Mohawk River; Round Lake is in the northeast; Ushers is south of Round Lake on the Clifton Park-Halfmoon border; and Vischer Ferry is on Country Road 92 near Mohawk River in south Clifton Park. Clifton Park’s population is approximately 36,500.


Native Americans lived along the Mohawk River. The origin of Clifton Park’s name dates back to 1707, when Nanning Harmansen requested its name for a patent of land. In 1783, George Washington reportedly stopped at Fort’s Tavern before ferrying across the river. During the 1800s, the primary industries were mills, farming, ice harvesting, and apple orchards. John McIntosh (whose “Macintosh Red” apple rose to unprecedented fame) was a resident of Clifton Park. Clifton Park’s accessibility via the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 and the Adirondack Northway in the early 1960s, bolstered its popularity and growth.

Shopping and Dining

Clifton Park small-town charm offers residents locally-owned boutique shopping and eclectic dining opportunities. Favorite stores include Spoon & Whisk, a kitchen specialty shop, Karalina’s, a jewelry boutique, Artique Co-op, an antique shop, and East Line Books, an independent bookstore. Clifton Park also has brand-name stores and restaurants. Clifton Park Center is home to more than 60 stores, including JCPenney, Boscov’s, and Marshalls HomeGoods. Clifton Park’s popular restaurants include Salty’s Pub & Bistro, Bellinis Italian Eatery, Sushi Thai at The Park, Halfmoon Sandwich & Salad Shoppe, Saigon Spring Restaurant, Clifton Park Pizza Shop, The Jonesville Store, and Country Drive-In.

Parks and Recreation

Clifton Park has a number of parks, trails, and nature preserves, including Clifton Common, a 81-acre park, Veterans Memorial Park, a 141-acre park, King Crest Farms, a 41-acre protected farm, and Riverview Orchards, a 85-acre protected farm. Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve has more than 250 acres along Dwaas Kill. North Woods Nature Preserve has more than 80 acres located within Country Knolls neighborhood. The Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve is located east of Vischer Ferry and Vischer Ferry National Historic District.

The area is recognized as a “Heritage Hub” for Saratoga County. Kinns Road Park is 64-acre county forest. Zim Smith Trail is a heritage trail located in the northeast corner of Clifton Park. It starts in Halfmoon and follows English Road to the Village of Round Lake. Clifton Park Arena is a year-round ice skating and hockey venue. SportsPlex of Halfmoon has soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and flag football. Clifton Commons has ball fields, basketball courts, a playground and skating arenas. Other town parks have access to cross-country ski trails. The Grange and Grooms Tavern are the town’s famous historic destinations.


Real estate in Clifton Park includes homes for sale in historic neighborhoods and new developments. The hamlets that make up the area offer charming, lake and riverfront properties as well as wooded retreats. The median home price in Clifton Park is approximately $295,000. Desirable neighborhoods include Clifton Park Center, Ballston Lake, Country Knolls, Flagler Corners, Vischer Ferry, Halfmoon/Crescent, and Town Center. Creekside Park has homes for sale from the $220,000s to the $400,000s. Clifton Park’s hamlets are intimate and active communities.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Clifton Park is served by Shenendehowa Central Schools, which include Arongen Elementary, Chango Elementary, Karigon Elementary, Okte Elementary, Orenda Elementary, Shatekon Elementary, Skano Elementary, Tesago Elementary, Koda Middle School, Gowana Middle School, Acadia Middle School, and Shen High School. Clifton Park’s schools have received exceptional Greatschools ratings.

Ellis Hospital is the area’s local hospital. Amtrak, Greyhound, and Adirondack Trailways provide bus and train transportation. Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) offers county public transportation. Albany International Airport is 20 minutes away, while Saratoga County Airport is 30 minutes from Clifton Park and provides regional air service. Clifton Park’s major roads are Interstate 87, NYS Route 146, and US Route 9.


If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (518) 438-9302 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.