Neighbors who become friends who become family. Community is about belonging, and you belong here.

Being able to build a community of friends and family and developing a sense of “belonging” is at the core of so many life decisions. Our area is a unique and appealing blend of city, suburban, and rural living-with a rare collection communities that are welcoming, charming and diverse. Neighbors who become friends, who turn into family are just waiting to meet you!  If community is about belonging, WELCOME HOME!


Where to live?

Are you looking for a suburban neighborhood where kids play without care? Or is a downtown loft steps away from trendy restaurants and nightlife more your scene? Maybe you’re looking for something quieter and more surrounded by nature or farmland to raise your own crops. We have everything within just one region here in Upstate NY.

Laura Sinnott

See why Laura chose to live in Utica, NY

“I lived all around the worldand recently moved back to Utica. I realized that there were all those little things that I loved about those tiny towns in France or city life in Taipei right here in Upstate NY. Upstate kinda has a little bit of everything…and more!”

Rent or own? You decide!

Well below the national average for housing prices, the latest data shows the 12-moth average house price was $202,909 for the period May 2021-April 2022.

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Wondering how far your salary will go in Upstate New York? Curious about your monthly mortgage payment? How much weekly groceries will cost you? The average cost of utilities? Let’s find out!

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Upstate New York prides itself on offering the highest quality of public, private, and higher education; and is proudly home to some of the top-ranking educational institutions in the entire country.

In decades past, Upstate New York served as an area of great economic importance, as smaller cities along the Mohawk River were once fractions of a vast manufacturing hub for industries ranging from textiles to technology. Our local educational institutions have embraced this rich, home-based history, and now proudly specialize in offering innovative technology programs that provide hands-on learning experiences and prep students for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and technology.


Collectively, the school districts in Upstate New York are quite outstanding. Several schools in our area have been deemed “Blue Ribbon Schools” which is a prestigious accolade awarded by the Department of Education for achieving superior standards of academic excellence.


One notable educational institution in Otsego County is Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, an internationally recognized open-access neighborhood offering quality of life and independence for people living with Down syndrome and developmental disabilities. Pathfinder Village provides individualized education programs and is a living testament to Otsego County’s commitment to inclusive education.


Notre Dame is a unique community known for high academic standards, a value-centric mission, and an inclusive school community. At Notre Dame, they aim to develop each student’s unique gifts and talents and assist them in achieving their full potential. Therefore, particular emphasis is placed on teaching moral values, effective oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. In addition, faith development and sharing are encouraged in daily religion classes, school-wide liturgies and prayer services, and retreat opportunities.

  • Small class sizes offer a structured, disciplined, and rigorous academic curriculum.
  • Notre Dame’s use of the iReady program, a personalized pathway to learning (K-8), leads to a comprehensive portfolio program (9-12) to develop strong writing skills and mathematical processes.
  • Notre Dame emphasizes a technology-driven course of study; all students K-12 possess a Chromebook or iPad, which is used daily in all classes.
  • Notre Dame offers a college preparatory environment, allowing students the opportunity to earn more than 60 college credits. In addition, with access to our bridge program at Utica University and many dual enrollment classes at MVCC, many students complete their first year of college while enrolled at Notre Dame.

Students also have many opportunities to participate in interscholastic and intramural sports, music, drama, and other activities. Highlights include:

  • Notre Dame features an award-winning, nationally-ranked NJROTC sponsored by the U.S. Navy; for students in 8th through 12th grades. NJROTC is a citizenship and leadership development program, teaching self-discipline, leadership, respect, and self-determination skills to assist students in accomplishing life goals.
  • Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry allows students to participate in faith formation activities and community service projects. Our commitment to civic engagement enables them to see the plight of those less fortunate and develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.
  • Notre Dame, home of the Juggler Spirit, cultivates competitive athletic teams characterized by teamwork and good sportsmanship. Our hope is that our student-athletes will incorporate Christian values into life-long patterns of behavior.


Is Liberal Arts your calling? Are you a tech-savvy individual, and ready to focus on an Engineering or Computer Sciences career path? Or perhaps your long-term plans are still up in their air, so it makes more sense to kickstart your college career with a 2-year degree? Are you looking to live on an expansive campus, or does the intimate vibe of a community college make more sense?

Whichever higher education scenario appeals to you, Upstate New York has the collegiate opportunity you’re looking for.


FOUR seasons means there’s ALWAYS something to do!

Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter all get equal billing in Upstate NY! Summer highs average around 80 degrees while winter lows average 16 degrees. You’ll need a wardrobe that spans from swimsuits to a down-filled parka, but we promise, you’ll enjoy each and every season as we know how to make the most of the weather and there’s ALWAYS something to do! Check out our “Explore” section for lots of ideas!

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