The idyllic city of Rye, New York is located in Westchester County, just 27 miles northeast of Manhattan.
Chartered in 1942, the City of Rye is the youngest city in all of New York State. And while Rye left behind its village moniker on its way to cityhood, the suburban community still boasts a welcoming village-like atmosphere that has attracted New Yorkers for hundreds of years. Settled in the 1600s by treaty with the Mohegan Tribe, modern-day Rye is a perfect combination of native American heritage, heavy colonial influence and pastoral residential serenity. Rye is located in southeast Westchester County, nestled along the Long Island Sound near the border of Connecticut. Boasting more than 11 miles of coastline, gentle rolling hills and babbling brooks, the city's bucolic landscape is simply gorgeous. Rye's median home value is $1.06 million, or nearly six times the national median, with 73 percent of properties owner occupied and 27 percent renter occupied. Accordingly, housing stock in the affluent city is comprised largely of single-family homes, ranging from relatively modest cottages to palatial, historic estates. The median age of the roughly 16,000 Rye residents is 42 years. Ninety-seven percent are high school graduates, 74 percent hold a bachelor's degrees or higher, and the median household income is $155,273 -nearly three times the national average. New residents might be greeted by the active Rye Newcomers and Neighbors Club which hosts regular book clubs, children's playgroups, brunches, excursions and holiday-themed events. The city's small business district lines quaint Purchase Street with a selection of shops and services, and transportation to and from Midtown Manhattan - just 27 miles south - is quick. The Metro-North Railroad's New Haven line whisks passengers into Grand Central station in just 45 minutes, and roughly one-third of Rye's working residents make the trek to the city each day. History buffs will enjoy the city's rich and well-preserved heritage, which includes two National Historic Landmarks, a number of National Register of Historic Places designees and numerous other points of interest. The Boston Post Road Historic District includes a 10,000-year-old Paleo-Indian site as well as three Civil War era mansions, including the boyhood home of New York State's only founding father, John Jay. Beloved area attraction Playland, the first planned amusement park in the United States, is also a national landmark. The Rye City School District oversees three elementary schools serving grades K through 5, in addition to Rye Middle School and Rye High School. Roughly 96 percent of Rye High School graduates go on to pursue college educations, no doubt supported by their access to over 20 College Board Advanced Placement courses, extensive extracurricular opportunities and an athletics department offering 20 different sports, including a top-notch football team. Private schools in the city of Rye include Rye Country Day School, School of the Holy Child and Resurrection School. Students living in the Greenhaven section of Rye are served by the neighboring Rye Neck School District, which offers two elementary schools, a middle school and high school. Thanks to its waterfront position and vast open spaces, sports, leisure and social opportunities abound in Rye's numerous private clubs. The premier Westchester Country Club offers members two championship golf courses, plus tennis and squash. The facilities also feature guest rooms, dining and banquet facilities, and a fitness center. The beach club, with 1,000 linear feet of shoreline, is a summer destination not to be missed. Rye Golf Club is a 126-acre wonderland overlooking the Sound where members enjoy an 18-hole course, Olympic-size swimming pool, volleyball court and the breathtaking Whitby Castle which houses restaurant, bar and banquet facilities. The Apawamis Club, Coveleigh Club and the American Yacht Club round out Rye's impressive club scene. The city's eminent natural resources are protected by two sizeable preserves. At the 173 acre Marshlands Conservancy, residents can enjoy hiking, birdwatching, picknicking and cross-country skiing. To the north, the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary is a 179-acre haven centered on an 85-acre lake where trails, shoreline and a nature center supply front-row views of ducks, owls, osprey and migratory songbirds.