The town of Plattekill, whose name is derived from a stream located in the southern part of the area, the Platte Kill, entered its third century as an incorporated municipality in 2000. Plattekill is located in the southeastern portion of Ulster County, with stunning views of the Shawangunk Ridge (a ridge of bedrock rising from the northernmost point of New Jersey to the Catskill Mountains) to the West and Hudson Valley River views to the East. Home buyers are attracted to the area by an inventory of relatively new homes, with the majority built between the 1970s and late 1980s, and another growth spurt in the early half of the 1990s. However, with 600 homes built in 1930 or earlier, classic farm houses, graceful Victorians and even Colonial-era properties make it to the real estate market. With the availability of a quality housing stock, access to climbing and other activities in Shawangunks, paddling in the nearby Hudson River and estuaries that run to it, and its ease of access to an international airport and New York City, the town’s desirability has led to its status as a bedroom community for home buyers looking for bargains.