What's New: Washington Crossing

Details of new custom homes pay tribute to Saratoga history

Washington Crossing is an inner-city neighborhood blending older homes with custom-built houses. It is nine blocks west of Broadway between Washington and Church streets, in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The architectural style was chosen to emulate the flavor of Saratoga on the east side, homes that were built at the turn of the century with Craftsman-style details, inviting front porches, deeper roof overhangs and stone accents. A total of 48 homes are planned.

Base prices: $304,900 and up.

Closest shopping: Located in the heart of Saratoga's West side, a block from West Avenue, with shops, restaurants, and services such as dry cleaners, pharmacies and car washes. Eight blocks to Franklin Square; nine blocks to downtown Saratoga's Broadway, library, art galleries and museums. Beekman Street Arts District is within five blocks. Within blocks of Saratoga Hospital and train station.

Recreation: New YMCA is blocks away; West Side Recreation Park with tennis, basketball, ballfields and a wading pool with picnic tables. Two miles to Saratoga Spa State Park, which includes Saratoga Performing Arts Center and two golf courses, winter ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Twenty minutes to Moreau State Park with hiking, boating, camping, swimming and fishing.

About the builder: Founded in 1998, DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. is the collaboration of two experienced craftsman with more than 50 years combined experience building custom homes. Located in Charlton, they have built throughout the Capital Region and have six new-home neighborhoods in which they are building. They are 100 percent Energy Star builders and embrace green construction technology. While their passion is residential home building, they also are experienced in historic rehabilitation and renovation, light commercial and remodeling. They specialize in modifying plans to avoid repetitious house designs and to meet home buyers' needs. Lee De Graff is available to meet with buyers to establish the design and lot selection process, and Mark Bloom visits each home to set up a new home service visit and establish a follow-up schedule.

Driving directions: Take Northway to Exit 14; go west on Route 9P past Saratoga Race Course. Turn right on Circular Street and left on Spring Street. Turn right on Broadway, left on Washington, then right on Central into Washington Crossing.

Schools: Saratoga Springs City School District. Elementary students attend Division Street Elementary. Area private schools include the Waldorf School, Saratoga Independent School and Saratoga Central Catholic High School

Taxes: $23.33 with an equalization rate of 78.38% is the current tax rate for school and county.

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