The Blue Barns Apartments in Ballston Lake are just a few miles north of Schenectady. You can head down Balltown Road to get to the downtown area where you will find Union College and the Ellis Hospital. If you take 146A to 146 east, you will reach a large shopping area that includes an indoor mall, a Price Chopper grocery store and numerous restaurants. You will also find there a public library, a YMCA and a large high school. An entrance to I-87 is near here as well which leads past the Albany Airport towards downtown Albany.