Blooming Grove NY is a 35 square mile town which is located near the center of Orange County, New York. The town contains the villages of Washingtonville and South Blooming Grove. More than 17,700 people call this area “home.”
The town was established in 1799, originally as a split from the town of Cornwall. Blooming Grove continued to evolve in the 1830s and 1840s. Part of the town became the town of Chester and another part became the town of Hamptonburgh, resulting in the Blooming Grove that exists today.
Items of interest in the area include the Brotherhood Winery. It is located at 100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive in Washingtonville. The winery was established in 1839 and is billed as the oldest operating winery in America. Interestingly, the winery even continued to operate throughout the Prohibition, selling wine for religious ceremonies. An amusing comment on the Brotherhood Winery website indicates the clergy population in the area grew substantially during that same time period. I’m sure there was a link to the sacramental alcohol products! The winery conducts tours, tastings and events year round. More information can be found on their website.
Another must-see is Schunnemunk Mountain, which can be found at the eastern edge of town. The Schunnemunk Park includes over 2,700 acres with wonderful hiking. For those who reach the mountaintop, 360 degree views of parts of the Hudson Valley await. There are various ways to get to the top; all are somewhat strenuous but some are harder than others. Information about Schunnemunk Park can be found at this link.
Beaver Dam Lake (also called Beaverdam) is a 164 acre reservoir which was created in the 1870s. Fisherman here can find sunfish, bass, pickerel, bullhead and brown trout. The 800 property owners around the lake are responsible for the costs for maintaining the lake. Because of that, only district members can access the lake. Swimming and boating are allowed as well as fishing.
Blooming Grove is within a short distance from shopping in Monroe, Woodbury, Newburgh, New Windsor and more. But in addition, right within the town of Washingtonville, is a major grocery store, Stop & Shop. The grocer is located at 60 Brotherhood Place, and as with other Stop & Shops, has a variety of food, beverages and personal items. The link above includes current coupons and discounts.
The children in the town of Blooming Grove either attend the Washingtonville School District or the Monroe-Woodbury school district, with most attending the first one. The middle school and high school are located on West Main Street in the village of Washingtonville. There are three elementary schools, Little Britain Elementary in the town of New Windsor, Round Hill Elementary on Route 208 in Washingtonville, and Taft Elementary on Toleman Road in Washingtonville. Additional information on Washingtonville schools can be found at this link.
Blooming Grove, Washingtonville and South Blooming Grove provide many single family homes that are not in specific developments. There are, though, single family and condominium complexes throughout the area. A few are highlighted below.
- Mountain Lodge Park: Mountain Lodge Park is located off of Clove Road in the town of Blooming Grove. Here, home buyers can often find houses under or near $100K. This area used to consist of summer homes, many which were converted to year-round residences. While the main roads up the hill are paved, many side roads are private and in sometimes rough shape. There is a fire house located on the hill. This area is close to shopping in Monroe and Washingtonville.
- Highgrove: Highgrove is a Reiger Home-built community in the village of Washingtonville. The community is within walking distance to town, parks and schools. This is a community of new homes, so if you are interested in getting a brand new build, this might be a good place to look.
- Newcastle: The Newcastle development is an area of existing homes, mostly between and around Decker Drive and Newcastle Drive in Washingtonville. Many of these homes have mature landscaping and are bi-level or split level ranch style homes.
- Brookshire: In addition to developments of single-family homes, Blooming Grove also includes several condominium complexes. One is Brookshire, which is also located in the village of Washingtonville. The community includes a pool, tennis and basketball courts.
The above list provides just a few of the available communities. For more information, either contact me or search for properties below.