WARWICK COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Warwick, located in Orange County, is the second-largest town in the state of New York. The town is home to about 30,000 people and it contains three villages, namely: Village of Warwick, Village of Florida, and Village of Greenwood Lake.
Founded as a farm back in 1719, by Benjamin Aske, the hamlet of Warwick has seen many changes over the centuries. After the Revolutionary War, the small and overshadowed hamlet was given a boost with the construction of the Warwick Valley Railroad. Within several years of the construction of the headquarters in Warwick, the hamlet turned into a prosperous and bustling center of commerce, banking, and retail. Through the early 1900s, the hamlet saw ups and downs, culminating in a dramatic revival, which began in the mid-1960s. Today, the town boasts impressive homes with large square feet layouts, enviable lot sizes, commercial attractiveness, and much more.
Those that admire the Warwick real estate for its affluent new listings, as well as its variety of property types, seek to live within the Valley School District, attracted in part by the high score on statewide middle and elementary school tests. The community harbors 4 elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school: Warwick Valley High that performs exceptionally well.
Warwick is primarily occupied by affluent farmers who own acres and acres of dairy and vegetable farms. In the “black dirt” – a former swampland region – the sweet smell of onions, is in the air every fall. There are also apple orchards and wineries, a ski hill on Mount Peter, Greenwood Lake for boating, and the historic Village of Warwick that is home to restaurants, boutiques, and a laid-back atmosphere.
As people discover Warwick’s charms, the commendable qualities that make the town and its surroundings so attractive are in danger of disappearing. Alarmed at the number of farms that are being sold to private developers, town officials have made the preservation of open spaces and farming their top priority over the sale of new real estate listings, both new constructions and old.