Village houses in the tri-corners area are commanding higher prices, with sales records being set for walkable centers like Millerton, Salisbury, Great Barrington and Millbrook.
The demand is fueled by weekenders and older couples who value being able to walk to the coffee shop, post office, bank, library or the movies over the privacy of more rural country properties. These buyers also are interested in becoming an active part of the community, and in having friendly neighbors who help watch over their homes and maybe water plants while they’re away. No security systems are required. There are other pluses, like municipal water and sewer systems, streetlights and sidewalks.
Village homes situated on small lots are often less expensive to buy, with lower tax assessments than rural properties. Village houses can be easier to maintain, with less snow plowing and grass mowing, but there's still room for a vegetable garden and even a swimming pool. Older village homes with charm also are valued by many buyers even if renovation may be required.