Rensselaer County is located in the eastern part of New York with its eastern side running along the New York-Vermont and New York-Massachusetts borders. Rich in American history, in the 1900’s, Rensselaer County was one of the most important railroad centers in the continent and Fort Crailo, birthplace of the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. Known as the “Collar City”, Rensselaer County’s largest city, Troy, was steadfast in the garment industry, famous for its shirts, cuffs and detachable shirt collars and the first steel plant originated in Wynantskill.
Not only is Rensselaer County forward thinking in it’s innovations with employers like Regeneron Pharmaceuticals but also is in it’s educational opportunities. With Russell Sage College – the first College for Women, RPI – the oldest continuously operating poly-tech institute in the United States, Emma Willard – an all girl prep and boarding school established in 1814, and Lasalle Institute – a Catholic Prep school founded in 1850.
Stretching for 30 miles along the Hudson River, Rensselaer County offers thousands of acres of parks, miles of hiking and walking trails and scores of lakes and ponds to its residents and visitors. Its towns and villages offer quaint shops, country stores and art galleries, perfect for finding that one of a kind gift or antique.
Rensselaer County has diverse housing options that will appeal to almost any buyer or renter. Enjoy the historic feel of an updated historic brownstone, with its amazing architecture combined with modern amenities or venture out toward the countryside and enjoy a country style farmhouse. If historic living is not for you, there are a number of new housing developments offering new construction or newer construction homes. The Amtrak Rail Station located in the city of Rensselaer makes traveling to NY City nearly effortless.