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7.2 out of 10


Ranked 21st best city in New York
41.93349230879 -73.9111041416632
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5

"Upscale and relaxed small town"

I bought my charming, historic house in 1999 and I have never regretted it. The town is beautiful and very well maintained. Dining is on par with the big city and dont let the country-ish look of the area fool you; this is a very sophisticated area where many highly educated and successful people have opted to live. Its cultural and open to new comers. The LGBT-Q and artsy presence is clear and welcomed. Moreover, and to my liking, there is a very clear and stark absence of McDonalds, malls or the markings of prefabricated suburbia. The Taconic State Parkeay is a gorgeous pleasure to drive on, almost always. The whole area has a certain New England feel to it even if it is New York. But, good luck getting a solid, professional job in that area and, alas, this problem is not to be solved by commuting to Albany or even White Plains. These are hard commutes in the winter. The fall is spectacular in the Rhinebeck area and winters are COLD, real cold: single digits and into the negatives with plenty of precipitation. Hence, driving 50 miles a day each way is a job in itself. Many people in that area, Rhinebeck, Clinton, Stanford, Milan just pack up during winter and live down South in places like Florida, St. Simons Island, even the Carolinas. So, only move up there if your job-finances are set. This is not a bargain place in which to live. Its a wonderful town, area, and I highly recommend it.
  • Local shopping
  • Quaint
  • Community programs
  • Recreational facilities
  • Great historic value
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5

"A little pricey, but also really nice."

Rhinebeck isn't a sleepy town by any means, but I do think it has a bit of a sleepy town appearance at times. I think it's a very welcoming, beautiful area with a lot of great things going on to make you a happy small town resident.

First, you have a fair bit to do without it being a crazy loud or exciting place to live. You have some great places to get a bite to eat, from Bread Alone Bakery to The Local (awesome), and I've always enjoyed my visits. I don't come through Rhinebeck as much as I should, because it's really quite pretty, and you get this awesome mix of fun things to do with a small town feel.

Rhinebeck is very safe, and the homes are outstanding, though I felt they were a bit pricey for me when I looked into moving here. I know there are some absolutely outstanding homes that are not only beautiful, but also have a lot of beautiful land, but these were out of my price range.

If you can afford it, Rhinebeck is a great little place to live, and has plenty of options for having fun, either with a good bite of food or a nice, laid back outdoor adventure. I'd suggest visiting, and if you have the cash, living in Rhinebeck whenever you get the chance.
  • Local shopping
  • Quaint
  • A bit expensive
  • Not the greatest nightlife
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers

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