As February winds down, love is still in the air. And it's not too late to share what I love about my hometown as part of the monthly challenge within our Active Rain community.
The town of Glenville was incorporated in 1821, is directly across the Mohawk River from Schenectady &, most frequently, is accessed via the Western Gateway bridge. My family moved to Glenville in 1982 when Dad's employer, General Electric, closed a plant in Maine & transferred him to the main plant in Schenectady, NY. An easy commute of 2.5 has made Glenville an obvious choice for many GE employees throughout the decades!
Glenville is 50 square miles, has approximately 30,000 residents and includes the Village of Scotia which is home to nearly 8000 residents (per the 2010 census). The town at large includes a number of different school districts: Scotia-Glenville, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, Galway & Amsterdam. "My" area of the town is home to the Scotia-Glenville Tartans.
Scotia-Glenville High School has approximately 860 students in grades 9 - 12. There is a Middle School for grades 6, 7, 8 and four elementary schools; 2 within the town (Glendaal & Glen Worden) and 2 within the village (Lincoln & Sacandaga). The district is part of the athletic Foothills Council.
Crossing over the Western Gateway bridge into Scotia will put you on the "main drag" which is Route 5 or Mohawk Av. Along this stretch you'll find the beloved Scotia Cinema, some local eateries (Turf Tavern, Scotia Diner, Jade Bistro, Storied Coffee & Mohawk Tap Room), a florist, a paint store, a pharmacy, a post office, neighborhood grocery store, the fire department (with paid firefighters versus the volunteer status of the firefighters in the town departments), & MORE!
Outside of the village, the town is generally referred to by two areas: East Glenville & West Glenville. There are a variety of neighborhoods, parks, shopping, eateries, and rural space. Glenville is a great location for easy access to points east or west via the NYS Thruway (I90). A short hop will bring you to the Northway (I87) which runs north - south & is a popular route for trips to Lake George & the Adirondacks or south to NYC. Glenville is a great location for short trips to popular spots like Saratoga Springs & the Great Sacandaga Reservoir both just a 1/2 hour+ away. The Mohawk River borders Glenville allowing boating, kayaking, and fishing a routine activity. A paved trail runs along the river for running, walking or biking to points east & west with a lovely view along the way. And don't forget the opportunity to see the US Waterski Show Team perform on Tuesday nights during the summer!
Within the borders of Glenville are some great parks including Collins Park, Maalwyck Park (annual site of Glenville's Oktoberfest), & Indian Meadows. Each of these parks has their own "vibe" & are hosts to variety of sporting events, playgrounds & picnic areas.
Shopping is easy in our town with "mom & pop" stores, "big box" department stores, grocers, eateries, independent & franchise gyms, banks & SO MUCH more along the Route 50 corridor. Within 12 minutes of my home, I can easily be at the "heart" of where all of my errands can be completed!
Housing options are vast within our community with the opportunity for a great range of options including a condominium, bungalow, classic colonial or "McMansion". There are a number of sub-markets within our community depending upon location. In 2022, 289 single family homes changed ownership within the Scotia-Glenville community. These ranged from $59,900 - $650,000 with an average home offering 1588 square ft at an average sale price of $245,613. Here's an example of what $365,000 buys in our town:
My parents came to Glenville in 1982. My husband and I chose it in 2000 to raise our family. Why do I love SG?
* Within 3 hours I can be in the city, at the ocean, or in the mountains.
* It's big enough to offer us everything we need but small enough to be quaint. It's common to see a neighbor/friend when you're "out & about"!
* There's easy access to major routes making it a convenient place to commute or head off on an adventure from.
* We're home to the Stratton Air Base which (for me!) stimulates patriotism & the opportunity to watch some great aircraft "do their thing".
* There are plenty of offerings for enjoyment outdoors.
* Great family dining & easy access to shopping
AND... the people! A town can't be great without it's residents and Scotia-Glenville has some of the best people around. I'm blessed to be part of this community & proud of the residents that make it a happy place to live.
Want to learn more about Glenville or the surrounding area?
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