Westchester County NY Real Estate
Westchester County New York is the gateway to the Hudson River Valley just north of Manhattan. Located on the doorstep of one of the world's greatest cities, the southern part of the county is more urban and considered part of the greater New York Metropolitan Area, while the northern sections of the county are more rural and serene with gently rolling hills.
Westchester County's southern boundary is slightly less than 11 miles from Columbus Circle in New York, with the 27,000 acre Pelham Bay Park forming a green space between suburban Westchester and the Bronx. Bordered on the west by the Hudson River and on the southeast by the Long Island Sound and Connecticut, Westchester County offers a wide selection of housing options for home buyers ranging from urban townhouses in Yonkers and New Rochelle, to modern colonial waterfront living on the Long Island Sound and the luxurious elegant estates of Scarsdale, White Plains and Bedford.
The Long Island Shoreline is generally rocky with tidal mudflats, estuaries and beaches accessible to the public through several parks. The charming seaside village of Larchmont on the Long Island Sound has a small town atmosphere with an easy commute to New York City. Originally an oceanfront resort for the wealthy with the shoreline dotted with beautiful estates, it has many vintage 1920s houses that were among the first suburban developments in the country that spread with the rise of the automobile and commuter highways.
Bronxville is a tiny square mile village that's formally part of Eastchester but has its own unique and distinctive character with its tree lined downtown area. Together with Eastchester, Bronxville is one of the most affluent communities in America with its close proximity to mid-town Manhattan 16 miles away, Bronxville has a Metro-North Station within easy walking distance of the town's neighborhoods.
Homes in the Scarsdale neighborhoods of Greenacres and Fox Meadows have always been highly valued by commuters for their easy walking distance to the Hartsdale and Scarsdale train stations. The Tudor-style buildings around the Metro-North station give the downtown area a special charm. Scarsdale's school system is outstanding with SAT Scores running more than 100 points higher than the national average.
Much of the Hudson River waterfront is experiencing a rebirth from a primarily industrial area to mixed residential, recreational, retail and commercial uses. The county is creating the Westchester RiverWalk which will be a 51.5 mile walkway along the Hudson River waterfront providing pedestrian access all the way from New York City through Westchester County. The widest portion of the Hudson River at 3.6 miles is found just north of Croton Point Park which offers year round activities from sailing to bird-watching and cross country skiing.
In late June in Croton Point Park is the Hudson River with the Clearwater Festival which is one of the Northeast's largest music and environmental gatherings. Originally inspired by Pete Seeger's efforts to clean up the river forty years ago, this annual event features seven stages of music, storytelling, and dance. The event supports the Clearwater Sloop, which is a floating classroom and symbol of effective grassroots environmental action.
The summer months especially are full of great activities for all ages to enjoy, including outdoor music performances in the many parks and cultural centers. The SummerFest is Westchester's biggest festival of music, arts and entertainment. In June of each year the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors and artists.
Offering the best of close proximity to one the world's greatest Metropolitan areas where one can quickly escape to the suburban and more rural rustic charm and elegance of Westchester County Luxury Homes makes it have some of the most desired and coveted real estate in New York.