Guilderland, New York Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Guilderland, New York Real Estate and Community Info.
The town of Guilderland is located just west of Albany. As of the 2010 Census, Guilderland had a population of a little more than 35,000. Dutch settlers came to the area in the late 17th century and originally named it the Village of Hamilton. It was renamed by a group of settlers from the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. Along with its deep-rooted history, Guilderland real estate is known for its exceptional schools, quiet residential neighborhoods, shopping options and dining locations.
Shopping and Dining
Guilderland is home to the largest shopping mall in the region..Crossgates Mall which includes anchor stores Macy's, JC Penny, and Dick's Sporting Goods. A uniquie "carriage trade" shoping experience can be found at Stuyvesant Plaza which is home to many quality retailers and eateries. Staying true to the area’s historical roots, a recently renovated community shopping center in Guilderland was renamed Hamilton Square after the original name that Dutch settlers gave the land. Another perk is its location, which is just over two miles from Interstate 87, allowing for easy access from any neighboring city in Albany County.
Guilderland may be a small town, but it has big eats. Dining in Guilderland is always an enjoyable experience because of the wide array of fine dining and casual eating establishments in the area. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience offered by Provence, Hana or Creo, or a casual experience offered by T.G.I. Friday's or The 99, you will find that perfect meal to satisfy your hunger. Guilderland also hosts a Restaurant Week twice a year, where local eateries offer three course meals at discounted prices, allowing residents to try a little taste of everything.
Parks and Recreation
Guilderland is also no stranger to outdoor fun and relaxation. Plenty of outdoor parks, fields and gardens occupy much of Guilderland’s open space, including Tawasentha Park, Abele Park and DiCaprio Fields. The Guilderland Parks and Recreation department manages these areas, as well as helping sponsor and host community events, like the Tawasentha Mud Mania Fun Run, which took place on June 18th of 2011. The department also maintains and manages the town-owned Western Turnpike Golf Course, the Guilderland Rock Adventure Barn, the Guilderland Performing Arts Center and much more.
Guilderland real estate is notable in that it features a wide variety of options and styles within a relatively small area. There are many distinct neighborhoods and small hamlets that make up the town and each one has its own aesthetic feel and mix of home styles. One of these, the Village of Altamont, is located in west Guilderland and has a pleasant blend of historic houses and buildings and quiet residential areas. The village of slightly more than 1,700 also has its own quaint business district with shops and restaurants. Then there are more developed suburban areas, like the hamlet of McKownville, which is home to larger Stuyvesant Plaza and a slightly larger population of residents (about 2,700). From historic to modern, you can find most any style of home you are looking for in a safe neighborhood, as Guilderland has below average crime rates compared to the rest of the country.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The Guilderland Central School District serves most of the town and is made up of one high school, one middle school and five elementary schools. The district prides itself on encouraging its students to pursue their individual interests and hone their skills and talents. Guilderland High School exemplifies this, as it has award winning student publications, music programs and theatre productions. The closest major health facility is the Albany Medical Center, which is a short drive away. The Medical Center is known for its incorporated teaching hospital and its exceptional reputation for patient treatment. For four-legged friends and other pets Guilderland hasits own animal hospital located in Altamont. Easy access to I-87 connects Guilderland to all of the surrounding suburbs of Albany, as well as Albany itself. Highway access also gives Guilderland residents plenty of convenient travel options to New York City, Boston and Montreal. Albany International Airport in Colonie is next door, so even traveling the globe is not out of the question.