While keeping the one-bedroom rental she shares with her boyfriend in Park Slope, Janet Hicks moved last month into a historic house in Kingston, a quiet city on the west bank of the Hudson River with a growing weekender population.

Mark Burrell, right, and Jason Dumas bought the old hunting cabin in the Catskills for about $150,000 and moved in a month ago.

Kristan Keck, pictured with her boyfriend, Kirby Farmer, bought a three-bedroom house on five acres in Germantown for less than $400,000, which puts her just minutes away from a kayak on the Hudson.
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Robert Kaskel started looking for a weekend house upstate last summer, even though his wife, Metta, thought they should buy in the city before buying a country home. Also pictured are the couple's sons, Saravut, 17, Matthew, 12, and Ethan, 14.

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