Saratoga County Showcases It’s Great Upstate Lifestyle

The Hudson Valley is also “Tech Valley” to many who traverse this upstate-downstate commerce corridor on a daily or weekly basis. North of Albany lies Saratoga County, where downstate business owners often open a second location or even settle permanently to enjoy a lifestyle seldom matched elsewhere. Every autumn the Saratoga Builders Association hosts the Showcase of Homes featuring houses to the public over a period of three weekends in October. This year thousands of potential buyers, relocators, and gawkers descended on 18 homes ranging from affordable apartments and townhouses to some of the most magnificent custom-designed single family dwellings available. Fifteen developers participated in the Showcase, supported by local firms specializing in interior design, landscaping, paving, furniture, etc. Materials for most homes came from Curtis Lumber, a family owned business which is one of upstate New York’s premier building centers. Tickets purchased for Showcase benefit local charities, a source of great pride for Saratoga Builders Association Executive Director Barry Potoker: “We presented $66,000 from the 2012 Showcase of Homes to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties,” says Potoker. “Over the past 17 years, the Saratoga Builders Association has contributed nearly $800,000 to our local charities from this event.”

The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County was proud to partner with the Association to help promote the event and publicize among its members and the local communities. Some of the most talked about homes at the Showcase were the three designed by John Witt. For the first time in 2012 two of them were rehabilitated older homes which had been completely redesigned top
to bottom. This option has become increasingly popular, turning nice houses into masterpieces for those buyers with the means to implement Witt’s exotic and unique designs. The best aspect of the Showcase, however, is that there is always something for everybody. This year featured some really great houses under $300K, on landscaped properties just minutes away from GE,
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Momentive Performance Materials, downtown Saratoga Springs, historic sites, working farms, and the NY State Canals. One homebuilder was even offering free dockage at nearby Admiral’s Marina for a year with a new home purchase. Elsewhere, Blitman Development Corp, of Mount Kisco featured a great home within walking distance of scenic Saratoga Lake, and John A. Paige, Jr. unveiled an affordable community minutes from the new Mechanicville Rail facility, major industry and the Northway. Denise
Palumbo, of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design, a current enrollee in the Southern Saratoga Chamber’s Executive Institute, has won a Decorating award six years running. Her designs were featured at Belmonte Builders’ Harvest Bend subdivision in Halfmoon, itself a winner of quite a few honors. Saratoga County is definitely becoming a land of opportunity for many who choose to settle there. For more information please contact the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County at 518-371-7748 or


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