About the Clifton Park, New York Area
I concentrate my business efforts in the Central and Southern Saratoga County vicinity, but I cover the entire Capital District, including the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Washington, Warren, Schoharie,Fulton and Montomery, as well as Saratoga.
We enjoy a strong employment base that begins with the state government offices both in Albany and scattered in surrounding cities. We are attracting all sorts of nanotechnology-related firms, and look forward to the addition of the Global Foundries chip plant currently under construction in Malta. Our institutions of higher learning are many and of high caliber.
Most of us who live here are especially attracted by the climate and the change of seasons that facilitate a wide variety of outdoor activities. World-class downhill ski resorts are within a short drive. Superb golf courses (public and private) abound. We have rivers and lakes and mountains all around us.
And let's not forget Saratoga Springs! With two horse racing facilities, including the world famous thoroughbred race track hosting the annual Travers Stakes; the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, offering a unique setting for everything from the ballet to rock concerts; and a host of smaller attractions to round out the experience, Saratoga Springs is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination and a truly unique place to live.
Clifton Park occupies the majority of Southern Saratoga County, and so sits in the middle of it all, basically halfway between downtown Albany and Saratoga Springs. Located on the major interstate artery connecting New York City and points south to Montreal and points north, and just minutes from the New York State Thruway, we can drive to Boston, New York City, or Montreal in just a few hours, making day trips possible. Clifton Park has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years to become one of the most popular bedroom communities in the area.
I very much enjoy showing off the area to anyone looking to relocate here as there is so much to offer.
The town of Wilton lies to the north/northeast of Saratoga Springs. After early years of fur trapping and trading in the sixteen hundreds, the town was first settled following the French and Indian War, largely by British and Scottish immigrants.
Like other Saratoga region communities, Wilton had early businesses based on the natural mineral springs. The town has long attracted tourists, especially summer vacationers, with its strategic location between the Saratoga tracks and the Adirondack Mountains. And U.S. Grant spent his last days in Wilton at the Grant Cottage in Wilton, passing away there in 1885.
Most of the area was farmed for many years, but farming has declined as the area has been developed. Wilton has become a well-developed residential area, proudly maintaining resident-friendly recreational facilities and boasting its policy of no town taxes.
Located at Exits 15 and 16 of I-87 (the Northway), Wilton offers abundant local shopping opportunities as well as easy access to the surrounding areas.
Wilton is served by the school districts of Saratoga Springs, Schuylerville, and South Glens Falls.
The town of Waterford was split from the Town of Halfmoon in 1816. The village of Waterford was incorporated in 1794, before the town was formed, and is the oldest incorporated village in the United States. The Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, as well as the Erie and Champlain Canals, and their associated flight of locks still in operation, can all be found within the town's borders. Fittingly, Waterford hosts the Northeast's largest annual tugboat festival, the "Tugboat Roundup", each September.
The town of Clifton Park was carved out of the town of Halfmoon in 1828, joining a number of hamlets and villages that still exist in some form here: Elnora, Jonesville, Grooms Corners, Rexford, and Vischer Ferry among them. It was not until the building of such routes and bridges as the Northway (I-87) and the Twin Bridges over the Mohawk that Clifton Park really began to become the fast-growing, highly-desirable, residential community we see today. Situated between the state capital of Albany and the vacation and horseracing destination of Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park and her neighbors provide easy commutes to work destinations in both directions.
At Rexford, the Erie Canal crossed the Mohawk River by way of an aqueduct built in 1841. Rexford was the site of a very popular amusement park in the early 1900's. The Schenectady Yacht Club is located in Rexford at the remains of Lock 21 of the former Erie Canal. And Rexford is the home of the Edison Club, a country club and golf course formed in 1904 by employees of the General Electric Company.