This has sure been the ‘Year of Publicity’ for Sullivan County. It seems every few weeks the Friday Escapes section of the NY Times has another article on some place or some thing in Sullivan. Today’s Escapes section turns the spotlight on Barryville, featuring Mark Veeder and his partner, Michael Schroeder in an article, Rural Primer: First Fix Up the House and then the Nearby Town. This latest paean to the New Sullivan comes on the heels of articles on Callicoon, Narrowsburg, Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Sullivan’s place among the "New Wave" of gay getaways. And of course, all the press surrounding the opening of Bethel Woods.
I believe that all of this very positive coverage has been instrumental in the relatively good performance of the second home real estate market here. Sure, sales are off from the peaks of last year (see my Current Market Conditions report). But they certainly haven’t collapsed and sales prices have been holding pretty well.