Why Move to Westchester County, NY?
A great place to live and work and play!
If you are looking to buy a home in Westchester County N.Y., then you may have come here to ask, “Is Westchester County a good place to invest in real estate?”
The answer is a definite yes! No other county in New York offers more for everyone, across the socio-economic spectrum, than Westchester. It has urban apartment buildings, as well as suburban homes of every size and shape, ranging in prices from $100,000 to those homes with multi million dollar price tags.
When you buy property in Westchester, you will be nestled among countless small towns, from Salem and Granite Springs to Dobbs Ferry and New Rochelle. There are plenty of excellent schools, parks and recreation areas throughout the county. You’ll find everything from horse farms to some of the most beautiful homes, close to the best golf courses in the world. Harrison, NY in Westchester County, is home to the U.S. Golf Open, a location that many of our residents are happy to call their neighbors.
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You can expect that real estate in Westchester will not come cheap. Many homes are available with pricing that reflects location, and proximity to Metro North Railway. A three bedroom home in Peekskill with 2000 square feet can begin as low as $375K, while the same square footage in Ardsley can cost over $900,000. Location and condition are what drives the price. Taxes in Westchester are an important consideration when choosing real estate as you will need to consider this number in any monthly budget. The market is seeing sales increase this year and many of our newest residents commute to NYC. Since rentals are skyrocketing in NYC our price tags in Westchester remain an attractive real estate investment.
- Total Westchester County Listings: 3438
- Highest Priced Westchestser County Home: $23,500,000
- Lowest Priced Westchester County Home: $15,000
- Average List Price of Westchester County Home: $874,500
- Average Sale Price of a Westchester Home in 2016: $490,000.
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What is so great about living in Westchester?
There is something about Westchester County, NY, that stirs the imagination and makes you sit up and say, “WOW!” From the battle of White Plains to the headless horseman’s imaginary ride through the streets of Sleepy Hollow, the county is rich in history, lore and just a little bit of magic. Even prehistoric Westchester is remarkably idyllic. Take a visit to the Hudson River museum in Yonkers and you will see how it’s original natives, the Algonquian peoples, made its pristine streams, brooks, thick woodlands, and the shores of the wide Hudson River their home.
America’s explorers were drawn to the county’s eye-popping beauty very early on. Giovanni da Verrazano first set eyes on it in 1524 and, later in 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up its stunning river which is now named after him.
Today, despite five centuries of development and its proximity to one of the largest urban centers in the world, much of Westchester’s natural resources remains breathtakingly beautiful, charming and seductive. Westchester, designated “The First American Suburb” has always been and always will be instrumental in defining the American dream.
Okay, exactly where is this amazing place?
Today’s Westchester borders The Bronx to its South and Putnam County to its North. East and West the county is flanked by two significant bodies of water, the Hudson River to the West and Long Island Sound to the East. The county also borders the State of Connecticut.
By the way, when we said Westchester has a rich history we meant it literally as well as figuratively. As early as 1775, Westchester was the richest and most populated county in the colony of New York. It has never lost its rank as one of New York’s richest counties. Today, Westchester County is home to just under one million inhabitants. Second only to Manhattan, it has the highest number of million- dollar-a-year wage earners in New York State.
Yet despite its rich and famous inhabitants over the years, from Mark Twain to Babe Ruth to President Bill Clinton, Westchester is also home to a wide variety of people who live in areas ranging from working class neighborhoods to upscale enclaves and sprawling palatial estates.
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What draws so many people to live in Westchester?
Location, Location… & Transportation!
Westchester is the closest suburban county North of New York City. But don’t worry, it has one of the most complete and efficient transportation systems in the country. Within its borders is America’s first highway, the old Boston Post Road, which runs from Manhattan through the Bronx into Westchester continuing into New England. As a vital link between New York and Boston, the road sparked the development of towns along Long Island Sound from New Rochelle to Larchmont to Port Chester.
Towns along the Hudson River shoreline grew early on due to river traffic. Along its banks you will find towns with bucolic names such as Hastings on Hudson, Tarrytown, Philips Manor, Sleepy Hollow, Croton on Hudson and Peekskill. Long before these towns became bedroom communities they were once home to manufacturing plants, shipping companies, and yes, even farms.
All aboard, there’s a train a-comin’
One of the first places in the nation to invite the Iron Horse into its backyards was Westchester County. In the 1840s, railroads connected Westchester to New York City. They included the New York and Harlem Railroad along the Hudson River and the New York and New Haven Railroad. You could say Westchester gave America its first commuters along with its first bedroom communities! Today, the Metro North Rail brings hundreds of thousands of Westchester residents to New York City’s Grand Central Station every day and then back to their suburban bedrooms every night.
Follow the yellow brick roads
The Westchester County of today was largely created due to the invention of the Horseless carriage. From the inception of the Bronx River Parkway in 1925, the county had a road linking White Plains to Yonkers and ultimately to New York City itself. In the 1970s when the Sprain Brook extension was added it helped link northern Westchester to its southern half. The Sprain also connected everyone to the New York State Thruway and the Tappan Zee Bridge which was completed in the 1950s and is now undergoing major reconstruction. This connection alone puts the rest of New York State within a day’s drive of the county. Apple picking, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, even hang gliding are all a simple drive away.
Hop a plane to anywhere, any time, any day
Westchester County is completely connected to the outside world, by car, train, bus and yes, airplane. Westchester County Airport with direct flights to many U.S. cities. Both commercial and corporate jet traffic are served by the airport making it a convenient alternative to New York’s three busiest airports. The Westchester Airport abbreviation code is known to the airline industry as HPN and most easily found on all the travel websites.
Not just a bedroom community, a cultural mecca as well
Presented with a full range of social and cultural activities activities there are many choices for those that enjoy a variety of experiences. On any given weekend you can hear top musicians play at the Tarrytown Music Hall, the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah, The Capitol Theater in Port Chester or the Westchester County Center in White Plains. You can see a film or catch a musical act at the newly renovated Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill or enjoy dinner theater in Elmsford.
Almost every town in Westchester has a long history and museum ready to display it. From colonial times to present day, towns like Mount Kisco and Sleepy Hollow are brimming with history and historical artifacts.
Westchester’s rich history also provides a number of historical sites and museums:
- Sunnyside in Tarrytown was home to one of America’s first literary lions, Washington Irving.
- Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown was once home to the renowned American architect A.J. Davis, former New York City major, William Paulding, merchant George Merritt and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. The Gothic revival mansion and its grounds are now open to the public.
- The Rockefeller estate called Kyuit, a hilltop retreat not only includes breathtaking views of the Hudson River from its grounds but also includes breathtaking works of art from the Rockefeller collection both in the house and around the grounds.
So… If you’re looking for natural wonders (or even man-made ones like the world-famous Kensico Dam); if you’re looking for an area of great diversity – it is everywhere! If you’re looking for a great place to find your dream home, raise children and settle down for a long time, consider purchasing a home in Westchester County. If you’re looking for world-class amenities such as country clubs and yacht clubs, we have that too.
A place for Foodies and Goodies
For those who want to know if Westchester is a diner’s paradise or not, rest assured it has it has plenty of local pubs, top-notch restaurants, bakeries and delis. Whether you’re in the working class neighborhoods of Yonkers or the toney and swank hills of Chappaqua, you’ll find much food and plenty of drink in Westchester County. From Crabtree Kettle House in Chappaqua to the Sports bars along Mclean Avenue, Westchester has a restaurant in every neighborhood. You’ll enjoy a wide ethnic variety from Armenian to Vietnamese.
If you’re looking for a Sunday morning bagel or a Friday-night slice of pizza, Westchester does not disappoint. After all, it’s less than twenty miles from NYC, where you can get anything your stomach desires 24/7. Should there be something that you can’t find? A short ride into NYC would be easy.
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