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Do you live in the Albany/Saratoga area?
Moving there soon - need advice
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Date: 1/3/12 4:16 PM

I just accepted a new job with my company based in the Albany area. (It's a sales job so I won't be working out of an office, but driving around to my accounts in a fairly wide area of upstate NY.) I need to move up there by the end of this month or the first week of February at the latest. I've started apartment hunting online and will probably go up there to check out places the weekend after next.

I don't really know the Capital region at all. I know it's colder up there, more snow, and obviously I won't have the same range of things available to me that I do living in northern NJ and working in NYC - although it's not like it's the middle of nowhere.

I'm 26, newly single, and don't know anyone up there. My job will be very demanding for the first few months so I won't have much free time until the summer. I have a friend from Albany (who now lives in NYC) and a friend who went to Skidmore and goes up to Saratoga Springs often, and still has a lot of friends up there, one of whom I have met before. I think Saratoga would be more fun for someone my age, but housing there is really expensive - comparable to where I live right now, just outside NYC. A new colleague of mine (who I've yet to meet, we've only emailed) lives in Ballston Spa and said I might want to look at Clifton Park, or generally just outside of Saratoga - but he's a lot older than me. With limited free time, it might be nice to be closer to my 'friends of a friend' in Saratoga - making it easier to meet up, or to find someone to take care of my cat when I'm away for a few days.

If anyone here lives there or is from around there, I'd love to know more about places to live, things to do in the area, fabric stores , all that jazz. I basically have 3-4 weeks to find an apartment and move, while wrapping up my current job and starting the new one... so any help I can get is much appreciated!

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Date: 1/3/12 11:50 PM

Congratulations on your new job!

I grew up in the area and worked summers during college in Saratoga. This was long enough ago that any specific advice I have will be outdated, but my guess is that as a single person, there will be a big advantage to your being in Saratoga Springs. My growing-up memories of the general Capitol area is of many, many square miles of suburban developments, as well as three cities not on the upswing. This may have changed (esp. in Albany), though. I don't remember there being a real center to Clifton Park -- just the usual highways with stores.

If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your car for your work, Saratoga has the advantage of having a walkable and lively downtown, and a younger population that comes out at night. And in the summer during racing season the town is really hopping. If you were within walking distance of restaurants, etc., you could leave your car at home after work hours. If I were moving back to the area, that is where I'd look, and be open to renting something smallish, at least at first. (Have you looked online for info/photos? There's a reason people pay more to live there.)

If you are inclined to hike, ski, or otherwise take advantage of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is north of the more urban options, and therefore closer to the mountains. There are also some beautiful lakes in the area.

I hope others will chime in with more recent experience, and grown-up experience, who may know of additional areas, as well.

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Date: 1/4/12 12:46 PM

I asked my cousin Barrett and he said:

"There are good apartment complexes all around. Christine and I live in Latham and we really like the area. Close to highways and between Albany, Saratoga, and Clifton Park for nightlife, activities, shopping, etc. I'd tell your friend to check those complexes in the Latham area out or of course good old East Greenbush."

He's one of my Albany cousins. My uncle (his Dad) is in East Greenbush.

One nice thing about Albany is that it is a very short (uncomplicated and pleasurable) drive to Mass. where there is a really great large fabric store that I had the pleasure of shopping in after going to the Sewing Expo in Worcester. I know Albany is a day trip to NYC but honestly, you will find yourself spoiled by the uncongested traffic upstate and will find reasons not to drive in it. Of course, you can take Amtrak downstate as well.

There are quilt shops, Joanns and some other fabric stores in the Capitol Region. I live in the Central Region-- around Syracuse so am not as familiar with the Capitol Region. although I have been to visit for various reasons and to Saratoga which is a delightful town.

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Date: 1/4/12 12:55 PM

I asked:

Great! Thanks! Are any of these communities walkable?

Not the suburban ones really, but the traffic isn't bad at all for Latham. Anything North of Latham on the Northway is a nightmare to drive during any kind of rush hour. If you're looking for walkable communities, you'll want to stay within the City of Albany lines because pretty much every other suburb is either a bus ride away or you need to drive a car.

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I hope that helps. Of course in my areas rush hour is only about 1 hour-1 1/2 hr. Capitol might be 2.

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Date: 1/4/12 4:38 PM

I used to live in Bennington, VT and often shopped in Albany. I used to go to Alfred's Fabric Center which had lots of garment fabrics. When I goggled it just now it is listed under 2 different locations so I am not sure which one is correct. It is worth checking out. It used to be near a big mall in Colonie. I still have Pendleton woolens I bought there years ago and am finally sewing them up in Las Vegas where I live. It does get cold here in the winter.
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Date: 1/11/12 5:41 PM

Thanks to all who responded! Sorry it took me so long to check on this - I had to go on a business trip for the new job.

Thanks especially LuceLu for asking advice from your cousin in the area. That's very helpful info.

I know Saratoga Springs is more fun and would be a great place for someone my age, but I haven't been able to find much in Saratoga itself that is in my price range. Some of the 2 or 3 bedrooms would work if I got a roommate, but I don't have anyone right now and don't know how long I could afford a place myself until I found someone.

I will keep you posted and may have questions again soon. I'm going up there this weekend to look at apartments. Wish me luck!

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Date: 1/11/12 8:47 PM

I would also look into apartments in Ballston Spa or Ballston Lake. You might be able to find a nice flat for a very reasonable price. Those areas will be much cheaper and still close to the Saratoga Downtown. They are really only a few exits down on the Northway. They are also only about 20-30 minutes from Albany.
As far as fabric stores- there are basically just two- Joanns in Northway Mall and in Clifton Park and Alfreds in the Kohl's Mall in Albany.
Best of luck.
Mary

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Date: 1/21/12 1:31 AM

So I have found an apartment in Ballston Spa... very cute place in an old trolley station, and only about 10-15 minutes from downtown Saratoga. I'll be moving in two weeks...

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Date: 1/21/12 11:36 AM

That sounds really good! Good luck to you in your move -- hope everything goes well.

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Date: 1/26/12 12:38 PM

Congratulations on your finding an affordable apt. I think that you will enjoy this area. There are so many cultural as well as outdoor activities going on. I enjoyed visiting the area frequently when I lived in Vermont.
I would love to hear about Alfred's fabric store when you do go there.
It was a great fabric store back in the 80's but haven't been back in many years.
Kathy

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