Monroe Woodbury Real Estate

Entering the village of Monroe on route 17M, a road known by many who have traveled to the Catskills resorts, there is a sign next to a pond that announces, "Welcome to Monroe, The Lake Region."

Four big lakes and many ponds are surrounded by open spaces. In this setting, a recent Grand Union supermarket opening rated as an exciting moment.

"I feel the highlights of the town are that the Appalachian Trail passes through it and we abut Harriman State Park," Town Supervisor Mike Frerichs said.

"I'm five minutes away from the trail and I can go snowshoeing, fishing, canoeing and hiking.

"The town has an interesting mix of suburban and rural. We're right on the edge of the rural Catskills and we live close enough to a major metropolitan area with all the benefits it offers."

Home hunters might find a historical house built 200 years ago or a new split-level home developed on one of the recently created cul-de-sacs cut into lush woods. And then there are luxurious lakefront homes ranging from $400,000 to $900,000.

Deidre Carter has just moved moving to Monroe with her husband, Melvin, and their children after living in Brooklyn most of their lives. "We have three young children ages 7, 3 and 2," she said. "We wanted to provide them with a better environment. I did research on different areas and we were concerned about the schools.

"When we looked at Monroe we liked it. It seems like a quiet town -- someplace I'd like to raise my children. We bought an 83-year-old, one-family frame house. I feel you get more for your money living in Monroe as compared to Brooklyn. My husband is a New York City detective, and he's not worried about the commute."

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