The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake community
lies in a suburban and rural area of southern Saratoga
County and northern Schenectady County, New York. It
encompasses approximately 40 square miles and includes
most of the town of Ballston, as well as parts of the
towns of Charlton, Clifton Park, and Glenville.
The community includes roughly
7,500 households, mostly in single-family residential developments, plus a
number of working farms, apple orchards, woods and
Commercial development is limited primarily to the
main north-south thoroughfare, NY State Route 50.
There is no true downtown nor economically depressed
section of the district.
The immediate community
features many fine restaurants and stores, varied
houses of worship, excellent community libraries, a
fully equipped YMCA, modern community playgrounds, and
several parks with playing fields, ice rinks, hiking
and ski trails.
In many respects the community
enjoys the best of both worlds, being an easy commute
to the cultural centers and employers in the
neighboring cities of Schenectady, Saratoga, Albany
and Troy, yet lacking the traffic congestion of many
Major shopping centers are only 5-10
miles away in Rotterdam and Clifton Park. Cultural
attractions within a 40-minute drive include the New
York State Museum and Times Union Arena in Albany, Proctors
Theatre in Schenectady, and the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center (summer home of the New York City Ballet
and Philadelphia Orchestra) in Saratoga.
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