Welcome to Columbia County!

WE are the local specialists who bring you the most varied assortment of prime country properties in Columbia County. Since 1974 we have shared with people like you our awe-inspiring landscape, our breathtaking views and most of all – our superior quality of life.

We are ideally located approximately 2 hours North of NYC in the renowned rich, lush Hudson Valley, quietly ensconced between the beautiful Berkshire Mountains on the East, and the majestic Hudson River with its magnificent Catskill Mountain backdrop on the West. Sunrise, sunsets, both are incredible.

Our goal has always been excellence. We wish to be worthy to represent this very special part of the world. Almost all of us have been here forever. We have all traveled extensively and have chosen to stay right here. Our county is rich in history, beauty, culture, comfort, convenience and hospitality. Our four seasons readily lend themselves to family fun and recreation all year round.

Old Ghent Realty also has quite a history, albeit not as long as the county.

Old Ghent Office, 2352 Route 66, Ghent, NYFor well over 40 years Frances Schools (our founder and principal broker) and all of us have been involved in way more than our share of the most beautiful properties in our county. We have also been involved in the sale of many historic homes, which have been restored to their original beauty by the purchasers. Some homes we have sold four or five times. Recently a house sold for $1,200,000 which Frances sold over 40 years ago for $35,000 cash. You don’t see much of that anymore.

We are and have been an important and integral part of the real estate business in this very special place for a very long time. Our history is impressive and our reputation speaks for itself. We brought Art/Omi here. It is our baby. We brought Kinderhook Farm here. Check them both out. We also had a hand in preserving the Old Chatham Country Store.

Our listings and sales encompass all the towns, villages, hamlets and countryside. Chatham, Canaan, New Concord, Old Chatham, Chatham Center, Hudson, North Chatham, Spencertown, Austerlitz, Hillsdale, Claverack, Kinderhook, Stuyvesant. All of them, really.

You would have to spend hours and hours on your computers, iPhones, and iPads to learn what we could teach you in ONE day. Give us a try.