The two cities in Saratoga County, Mechanicville and Saratoga Springs have distinct characteristics.
Mechanicville is more reminiscent of the lovely villages that dot the landscape of Saratoga County. It has a downtown area filled with single and multi-family homes, a surrounding suburban area with traditional housing developments, and rural farmland.
Saratoga Springs centers around Broadway and is a unique blend of commercial real estate with shops, restaurants, and spas, and residential real estate that includes new, upscale apartments, condos, and Victorian-era single and multi-family residences.
Saratoga Springs is divided by Broadway, which runs through the heart of the city.
The East Side of Saratoga Springs is very family-oriented and consists primarily of single-family homes in various styles, while the West Side is comprised mainly of cottages and multi-family homes.
The northern portion of Broadway and Union Avenue contain the jewels of Saratoga Springs: Victorian-era mansions.
Individuals searching for a traditional suburban home, may choose from a variety of options in Wilton.
Clifton Park is the largest suburban area in Saratoga County and is located between Exits 8 and 11 on the Adirondack Northway (I-87). Often residents refer to portions the towns of Halfmoon, Mechanicville, Round Lake, Ballston, and Malta as “Clifton Park”, and at least a portion of the town is served by the Shenedehowa School District. It is bisected from north to south by State Route 9 and has convenient access to the Adirondack Northway. Clifton Park has convenient shopping, restaurants, and sports facilities. Known for its excellent schools and family-focused environment, a wide variety of single-family homes, condos, town homes, and senior housing is available in a range of prices in Clifton Park.
Many of the towns such as Malta, Ballston Lake, and Stillwater are an eclectic mix of traditional suburban housing, scenic lakefront homes, rolling pastures, and heavily wooded home sites. Increases in industry in these communities has resulted in a significant boost in new housing options.
The villages of Ballston Spa, Corinth, and Stillwater are all unique and appeal to residents looking for the charm of a downtown area that is within walking distance of their home. Each have a distinctive flair, but share the quaint ambiance of a historic main street. A 2015 New York Times article cites the village of Ballston Spa as an affordable alternative to the city of Saratoga Springs. The majority of single and multi-family homes were built prior to World War II.