Real Estate: Colonial Terraces

Colonial Terraces is a neighborhood in the City of Newburgh that was built in 1917 to house workers of the Newburgh ship yards during Word War I. It was constructed during the winter from October to April at the height of the Spanish Flu epidemic. If you check the local newspapers of the time, you will notice the long lists of flu related deaths. Still, they managed to build Colonial Terraces in a 6 month time frame!

This area is different from the rest of the City in the fact that this area was created to be residential and separate from commercial parts of the City. This was something that was done to imitate the Garden Movement that was happening in England. As one resident described Colonial Terraces, “it’s got a small town vibe going. We have a nickname as the “Garden Spot” of Newburgh. There are a lot of owners who do have nice gardens and we have some green spaces in the neighborhood.”

Today, there are a few homes on the market in Colonial Terraces. Neighbors do not want to lose the community that they have worked hard to develop and are eager to find new neighbors. As one person said, “What makes our neighborhood special is that some of the owners have been here for 30, 40, 50 or more years. Some neighbors grew up in the neighborhood and live down the street from parents or, now own and live in their childhood homes.” Check out three residences that are for sale with a short critique and helpful hints on the properties from a CT resident.

28 Bush Ave. MLS#492319 listed for $179,500

This house probably needs major updates like: kitchen, bath, furnace, electrical, etc. But it also probably has lots of original details inside, as the outside still maintains them. The listing photos do not do it any justice and there are no interior shots. It does have off the street parking and a garage at the rear of the property. This is one of four of this style of home in the neighborhood. The neighbors in the attached home next door are fantastic people as are the neighbors on the other side (young families).

360 Third Street MLS#490734 is listed for $147,500

This property has off the street parking but no garage but, one could be built as there is space in the rear. There aren’t too many outside original details remaining but, it still is one of the CT houses that has a great layout inside. It does need some landscaping and it has a good sized deep lot. Definitely a house with potential. The interesting thing about this property is that when CT was planned out there were supposed to be row houses built behind this property; like garden apartment type style. When WWI ended the funding for further building was cut off and that part of the project never was built. The undeveloped property was divided up and assigned to all the homes along it which gives it ample room to put a garage in the back like a few other neighbors have done.


8 Bush Ave MLS#482442 listed for $159,900

Nicely remodeled about 10 yrs ago and maintained inside and out. This is an estate sale. This is a great house for a couple. There is no off street parking. It looks out over Clinton Square Park onto Fullerton Ave. Check out the following link to  see more examples of Newburgh Real Estate.

10 Comment

  • Just a small language correction. That should be lose, not loose!

  • Fixed it, thanks.

  • I lived here from 1972 to 1977. It was ( and maybe still is) a great neighborhood.

  • The development is based on the "Garden City Movement", one of the man theoretical and historical urban planning initiatives that has shaped the built environment we currently live in (good and bad). The movement originated with Ebenezar Howard.

  • *many instead of "man" in the previous post.

  • I just bought a house on Farrell Street in Colonial Terrace and I love it!! Thanks for posting this….

  • Newburgh was once a great city – heres hoping it comes back somehow- my grandparents live on First Street across the street from where Dugans Candy store was – many happy memories of Newburgh in the 1950s

  • Jaclyn welcome to the neighborhood.
    I am on Norton at the intersection of Bush Ave.
    (No relation to Terry and Linda on Farrell)

  • The revitilzation is welcome and long over due. But I wonder what is happening to the generations who have roots in Newburgh, that are now considered the “working poor” who can’t afford the prices of the apartments, never mind the homes. It seems that your focus is on the influx of people from outside of Newburgh- not the generations who stuck it out through Newburghs hey days and its decline. The glory days of Newburgh have long ago passed and so have the family demographics. You are now seeing single parents struggling to raise a family- here in the town there grandparents and great grandparents traveled far from their home lands to make Newburgh a better- new home for their familes. Now the generations who came after their ancestors, the very people who helped build this city are finding they are being priced out and unable to afford to live in the town were their families are buried.
    Yes these homes are so much more affordable for people who work in NYC and their earnings are 3x of what a good paying job in Newburgh pays.
    Please understand I am not talking about the wave of people who can to Newburgh years ago for Welfare. I’m talking about hard working families who want to stay here, love the beauty of this area. Can still hear the stories told by our fathers and grandfathers of a once proud city and the live they led, believing their children would be able to support themselves here as well.
    It’s a great job you’re doing, restoring these buildings, it was tried once before in the eightys. At that time the prices for apartments were affordable- in line with the earning power of the city.
    I wish you more success than they had- in the process you need to undersatnd something, you are driving out the very heart Newburgh what it is,- a home, a town and turning it into a place where the history and the people who created it will never be remebered or just a meanless name. While your driving around take a look at the names of the streets- Didey Clavio Blvd for example…………Do you know who he was? Or what his family gave to the town? Go to the rec and look at the hall of fame- do any of those names mean anything to you? Will they to anyone moving to this area from the City?
    In these economic times familes that have generations burird here are finding it harder and harder to survive. Have the “8” taken any of this into consideration? Is the renovation for these “8” a labor of love or money? Maybe both a labor of love of money? Who could blame them? We all need money to survive- even the people born and raised here.
    No one is asking for a hand out-just a helping hand

  • Hi Theresa,

    I always appreciate comments. As I mentioned on one of your previous comments, there are many different angles in which people try to bring attention to the various important plights of Newburgh. I have this blog. You are more than welcome to share any information of available programs that I am unaware of that would benefit current Newburghers. The only thing I choose not to do with this blog is to take it into a political direction. I love history. Feel free to share any historic details that you have not seen mentioned here. Tips are always appreciated. Thanks for following!