From cozy cottages and capes to historic brownstones, lazy farmhouses to suburban streetscapes, Schenectady County offers attractive, livable communities for every taste with an almost endless variety of housing styles.
Village of Delanson
In the southeast corner of the Town of Duanesburg lies the Village of Delanson, a rural patch of rolling hills and farmland between Routes 7 and 20. Once called Toad Hollow, it served as a territorial business center before becoming a stop for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. The name itself comes from the Delaware and Hudson Railroads. Now a bedroom community, it offers pastoral existence minutes from the City of Schenectady.
The Town of Duanesburg was settled in the early 1700s and remains a centrally located rural community for the region, with nearby shopping on Routes 7 and 20. Farmsteads, hamlets and the Village of Delanson dot the landscape. Here you’ll find architectural styles including pre-Federal, Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival. The Town is home to nearly 650 buildings identified as historic by New York State and 15 natural sites of interest.
Across the Mohawk River from the City of Schenectady to the north and west lies the Town of Glenville, a quiet community of suburban and rural homes. Parks and open space dot the landscape, including Maalwyck Park, Indian Meadows, and the Indian Kill Nature Preserve. Commonly referred to as the Town Center, Stoodley Corners marks Glenville’s commercial center at the intersection of Route 50 and Glenridge Road. The Town of Glenville is home to the Schenectady County Airport, Stratton Air National Guard, Glenville Technology and Business Park, and the Glendale Nursing Home
Niskayuna, Iroquois for “land of the tall corn,” was settled in 1640. It sits in the northeast corner of the County, bounded on the west by the City, on the south by the Town of Colonie, and to the north and east by the Mohawk River. Niskayuna is largely a residential community consisting of single-family homes, interspersed with a smaller number of apartments, town homes, and condos, but also has much green space preserved within the community’s 14 square miles. Niskayuna is home to the GE Global Research Center, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Environment One, the SI Group, and the world’s first TV station, WRGB (CBS6).
Neighbor to Duanesburg, the Town of Princetown lies west of the Town of Rotterdam and borders Montgomery County to the north and Albany County to the south. Colorfully named hamlets such as Braman Corners, Rynex Corners and Kelly’s Station populate this hill town with homes in many architectural styles and extraordinarily beautiful farmlands and countryside.
A thriving community, Rotterdam is come to agricultural, industrial, and commercial businesses, with quiet residential neighborhoods served by eight parks. The Town includes hamlets of Rotterdam Junction, South Schenectady, and Pattersonville. The oldest house in the Mohawk Valley, the Jan Mabee homestead in Rotterdam Junction, is more than 300 years old and is now a living museum and part of the Schenectady County Historical Society.
At the hub of the County lies the City of Schenectady, a patchwork of historic neighborhoods and shopping districts, each with its own unique personality. From the GE Plot’s stately mansions to colonial-era Stockade homes, the city scape provides almost every type of urban architecture you can imagine. Bungalows, cottages and railroad flats are reminiscent of the working class that grew this city in the first half of the last century, while more eclectic architecture points to the innovation and creativity that followed. In recent years a dynamic, revitalized downtown has seen millions in new investments and the additional of great restaurants, hotels, quaint shops, and the soon to open Mohawk Harbor and the Rivers Casino.
In the 1650s, Alexander Lindsey Glen bought from the Iroquois Indians a plot of land along the shore of the Mohawk River. He named his estate Scotia in memory of the Scottish hills of his native country. Located within the Town of Glenville, the Village was incorporated in 1904. Today, a short hop across the river from downtown Schenectady via the Western Gateway Bridge will bring you to Mohawk Avenue, the village’s main thoroughfare, featuring a neighborhood cinema, restaurants, and shopping, all surrounded by tidy cottages, homes, and apartments. Local landmark Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In hugs the river’s edge alongside spacious Collins Park, and Freedom Park, which offers free concerts throughout the summer.