WESTCHESTER COUNTY

County Offices
148 Martine Avenue
White Plains
914-995-8353
www.westchestergov.com

Chamber of Commerce
108 Corporate Drive
White Plains
914-948-2110

 

Major Highways
Interstates 95, 87 287 and 684

Long regarded as the sophisticated suburb of the Big Apple, Westchester County has sometimes been referred to as the “Golden Apple” in recognition of the area’s distinctive lifestyle and impressive real estate values.

Sprawling over 450 square miles in area, the county covers a considerable amount of territory. Stretching from the majestic Hudson River to Long Island Sound with the bright lights of New York City to the south, the county is bordered on the east by Connecticut, with picturesque Putnam County forming the northern boundary for Westchester County.

This desirable region combines the best of all worlds. Complementing the tendency toward independence and self-reliance, the area enjoys close proximity to some of the most exciting metropolitan attractions in the world. Little wonder that the county consistently garners the highest marks as a premier place in which to live, to work, to be educated, to shop, and to play.

 

Economy

Although commuting to Manhattan is easy from any point within Westchester County, during the week many residents have no need to travel any significant distance for employment. The area has matured into a major economic center in its own right, and is home to a broad spectrum of businesses — from successful entrepreneurial upstarts to highly visible multi-national corporations. The IBM corporation has long maintained its world headquarters in this attractive area. Many other highly visible employers have built regional or national headquarters in the municipalities in the county, dotting the industrial parks and office centers with signs for Kraft Foods, Texaco, Heineken, PepsiCo, and MasterCard.

Such glittering districts as the famous “Platinum Mile” located in the county seat of White Plains harmonize with the more traditional downtown centers to provide residents with a selection of employment possibilities that are expanded by retail and commercial establishments. Many elegant boutiques, formal and casual restaurants, charming sidewalk cafes, bookstores and coffee shops, delicatessens and bakeries, and convenient services combine to create a dynamic economic base in this highly self-sufficient area.

 

Transportation

Easy accessibility roads as well as rail and air travel services link Westchester County to the New York Metropolitan area. Three lines of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad connect Westchester to New York City: the Hudson Line on the west, the Harlem Line in Central Westchester, and the New Haven Line on the east. During the commuter rush hours, service is provided every ten minutes. Six major parkways and four interstate north-south and east-west highways offer quick and easy access to all corners of the county. One of the largest public transit systems in the United States, the Westchester “Bee-Line” bus system has nearly 55 inter-municipal transit routes with 15 routes that connect to eight subway lines serving New York City.

Westchester County Airport continually ranks among the busiest general aviation airports in New York State. The airport offers convenient service to Washington and Boston as well as to key destinations further a field. For more expansive travel opportunities, LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark international airports are available within an hour’s drive from most parts of the county. Three more airports—Stewart International near Newburgh, the Dutchess County Airport near Wappingers Falls, and the Danbury Municipal Airport across the state line in Connecticut—add to the area’s transportation efficiencies and support the region’s industrial development with more facilities for corporate jets.

 

Education

Westchester residents and businesses both recognize that their most valuable resource is human “talent and intelligence” and they invest accordingly. The quality educational facilities throughout the county are known for excellence at all levels, from pre-school to post-graduate and professional degree programs. Included in the mix are first-rate opportunities for technical and career or vocational training.

Westchester’s school districts reflect the diversity of the county in many ways, and all share in the commitment to academic excellence and high achievement. School districts vary in enrollment size, from small village districts to larger urban systems and are recognized nationally for dedicated staff members, innovation and ground-breaking educational reform, and special attention to every child’s unique needs.

Achievement test scores also distinguish the county’s school population. SAT scores exceed state and national averages, and an exceptionally large proportion of students take the exam. Within New York State, Westchester students excel in the Regents examinations, pupil evaluations programs and preliminary competency tests.

Expenditures per pupil are substantial throughout Westchester County. Ratios of teachers to pupils remain low while the support personnel and services tend to be extensive. The county continues to attract well-qualified professionals to staff its schools. Many teachers are educated at the master’s level and beyond. Many options for private and parochial schools add to the county’s educational alternatives. As one of the reflections of Westchester County’s global status, the region is home to several culturally oriented institutions  that include the French-American School, the German School, the French-American School, and Keio Academy—a Japanese high school.

Westchester County is home to more than 25 post-secondary schools, almost all of which grant degrees. Several schools also specialize in business programs and offer certificate courses or degree programs.

Local colleges and universities serve as a link between the business community and academia. The trend of expansion in part-time and graduate and degree programs for working adults is spurred by an increased demand for advancement and educational attainment within the workforce.

 

Lifestyle

Over the years, Westchester County has developed an image of the place where people move when they “have arrived.” Certainly, many communities have sprung up in this area that is considered affluent, upscale, and prosperous. At the same time, the county offers quaint villages, smaller towns, and undisturbed countryside. This is particularly true to the north. Whether Westchester County is a place of employment or a residential haven, this region has become the first choice for many new residents. In addition to being a hub of corporate development, the county is an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy life, raise a family, or retire in a quiet and beautiful residential community set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

Cultural activities enjoy sweeping support, a fact that engenders many excellent local theatre groups and lively art councils. Westchester’s corporate and academic resources greatly enhance the quality of life for those who live and work in this region. The President’s Leadership Forum conjoins the State University of New York with corporate sponsors in presenting
eminent speakers whose lectures are open to the public. Local corporations also help sponsor the Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts in north Westchester County.

Nature’s breathtaking beauty graces the entire region—from the deep woods to the pristine waters. The county’s recreational facilities abound. Outdoor enthusiasts can find a sport for every season in the area’s forests and parklands. The Hudson River, Long Island Sound, and numerous lakes and rivers provide extensive boating and fishing facilities.

While New York City is practically next door, it is not necessary to leave home to find the finest in gourmet cuisine or haute couture. Elegant and upscale boutiques are found along the main street in many Westchester County towns, while malls in such retail centers as White Plains and Mount Kisco provide a myriad of choices. Westchester evokes images of elegant Tudor style mansions on large landscaped parcels of land. However, as you will soon discover, homes come in every shape and size from condominiums to rustic cottages and modestly priced homes in stable older neighborhoods. From the glitter of the city to the tranquility of the country, Westchester County is the ideal place to call home.

 

Bedford, Bedford Hills, Katonah

Town Hall

914-666-6530
www.bedfordny.info
Chamber of Commerce
914-381-3356

With its outstanding school system and country ambiance, Bedford is a popular community nestled in the hills of northern Westchester County. Quaint little shops and a white steepled church surround the quaint village green. Encompassing the hamlets of Bedford Village, Bedford Hills, and Katonah, the town is located about 40 miles north of Manhattan. Bedford provides an attractive blend of suburban subdivisions, gracious estates and horse farms. Cultural life is enhanced by the presence of The Katonah Museum of Art, noted as one of the premier galleries north of New York City, and the Caramoor Center for musical performances and exhibits. Metro-North offers daily commuter train to New York City. Major highways include the Saw Mill River Parkway, Interstate 684, several state routes, and Taconic State Parkway. More than 200 miles of riding trails, wilderness areas, parks, golf courses, and private clubs ensure four-season recreation.

 

Bronxville, Tuckahoe

Bronxville Village Hall

914-337-6500
www.villageofbronxville.com
Tuckahoe Village Hall
914-961-3100
www.tuckahoe.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-337-6040
www.bronxvillechamber.com

While the welcoming communities of Bronxville and Tuckahoe are both part of Eastchester township, these villages are proud of their separate identities. Each one offers the small-town charm of cozy cafes, neighborhood shops, stores, and restaurants. Neighborhoods are well-tended, and most of the residents in these well-established communities tend to consider neighbors as friends. The selection of homes features Colonial, Victorian, and Jacobean styling and offers every style and option from fine manors and mansions to modest cottages. The region is home to an excellent public school system and two colleges, Sarah Lawrence and Concordia. Metro-North commuter rail is available to New York City. Beaches and boating areas, country clubs, lush parks, and golf courses are just a few of the recreational amenities.

 

Cortlandt

Town Hall

914-734-1000
www.townofcortlandt.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-737-3600
www.hvgatewaychamber.com

Encompassing the Villages of Buchanan and Croton, Cortlandt Town provides a fine blend of both residential and commercial development. Businesses are also scattered throughout the town, although the primary focus is along State Route 6. Major retail facilities include the Westchester Mall and Caldor Shopping Center, although smaller retail clusters are situated along Route 35/202, Route 6/202, and Route 9. Referred to as “The Pride of the Hudson,” Cortlandt represents the finest of urban amenities within a scenic, suburban setting that is as relaxed as it is beautiful. The community and surrounding region fill the calendar with a pleasing variety of sports activities, entertainment options, and special events. Recreational opportunities are abundant, including vast expanses of parkland, golf courses, nature centers, lakes and beaches,  hiking or biking trails, bridle paths, tennis courts, skating rinks, swimming pools, and supervised programs for all ages.

 

Croton-on-Hudson

Town Hall

914-271-4781
www.crotononhudson-ny.gov
Chamber of Commerce
914-737-3600
www.hvgatewaychamber.com

Croton-on-Hudson is best described as a small jewel of a village overlooking the Hudson River. A significant number of the professors, executives, artists, and writers who call this area home have been attracted to the community’s serene atmosphere and natural beauty. The magnetism of Croton-on-Hudson is further enhanced by an ideal location close to the major thoroughfares of Routes 9, 9A and the Taconic Parkway. Commuter rail service to Manhattan is less than one hour from the Croton station and the busiest on Metro North’s Hudson Line. Croton-on-Hudson features many gracious colonial style homes and condominiums with some that command breathtaking river vistas. Within the public education system are a number of schools that have garnered national recognition. The recreational sites and amenities in this area include nature centers, lush parks with lakes and ponds, country clubs, trails for hiking and biking, golf courses, and tennis courts.

 

Dobbs Ferry Village

Village Hall

914-693-2203
www.dobbsferry.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-478-9381
www.dobbsferry.com

Boasting a school system that includes a nationally-recognized, award-winning
elementary school, Dobbs Ferry Village is a small but distinctive community. Light industry complements the village center shopping district, which includes a quaint riverfront area. Housing options appeal to a wide range of income levels and tastes—from charming “above-the-store” homes to tree-shaded neighborhoods lined with single-family homes. Some developments are also available for multi-family living.  Dobbs Ferry is a community marked by strong civic pride and active volunteerism with a prevailing attitude of respect and cooperation among its residents. The many opportunities for recreation are enhanced by close proximity to both state and county parks. Nature centers, lakes and rivers, trails, golf courses, tennis courts, pools, and private sports clubs are all available.

 

Eastchester

Town Hall

914-771-3300
www.eastchester.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-779-7344
www.eastchester.org

As a suburban town in close proximity to the glittering “Big Apple” of New York City, East­chester offers a long-established community characterized by handsome, well-kept single-family homes, coop and rental apartments, condominiums, and town homes. The community benefits from the region’s balanced blend of moderate to light industry. Residents enjoy a variety of premier shopping and dining facilities as well as respected educational institutions. Boasting some of the quietest streets and some of the finest services in Westchester County, Eastchester is proud of its active service organizations, volunteer sports, city recreation programs, and neighborhood
associations. One of the recreational highlights is the town-operated Lake Isle. State, county, and community parks combine with beaches and a wide range of facilities from sports field and courts to many supervised programs for four-season recreation.

 

Greenburgh

Town Hall

914-993-1540
www.greenburghny.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-478-9381
www.greenburghny.com

Serving as an ideal area for Manhattan commuters, Greenburgh is advantageously situated on the scenic Hudson River. The charming, unincorporated villages that lie within the township boundaries include Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown. A magnificently landscaped lush park serves as the gateway to the riverfront area and provides the community with outstanding recreational amenities. The tranquil and
serene atmosphere, the variety of housing options, the excellent schools, and wooded natural beauty make each community an idyllic place to call home. Metro-North commuter rail is available to New York City. Major thoroughfares serving this area include Saw Mill Parkway and Interstates 87 and 287. Recreational amenities in and near the area range from golf courses and lush parkland to community facilities.

 

Harrison

Town Hall

914- 835-2000
www.town.harrison.ny.us
Chamber of Commerce
914-698-4400
http://harrisonchamberofcommerce.com

Primarily characterized as a residential haven or “bedroom” community for major urban employment centers such as White Plains or New York City, the community of Harrison provides a small-town setting and a relaxed lifestyle. The pleasing selection of homes in this area harmonizes beautiful well-kept older properties that are shaded by mature greenery with handsome new construction in modern developments. The commercial development in this area tends to be focused along “Platinum Mile,” home to a number of large corporations. While the retail activity scattered throughout the town is sufficient to meet most daily needs, regional malls are just a short distance from home for expanded shopping. Metro-North commuter rail is available to New York City, adding to the convenience of daily life. Recreational opportunities are diverse in and near the community, from vast parks to first-rate facilities.

 

Lewisboro

Town Hall

914-763-3511
www.lewisborogov.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-848-2110
http://www.lewisborochamber.com

Situated in the northeastern rolling hills of Westchester County and spanning 28 square miles, the town of Lewisboro is an attractive and comfortable community to call home. Located within the town limits are the hamlets of Goldens Bridge, Cross River, Waccabuc, and South Salem. Many newcomers are attracted to the spacious, multi-acre lots that are available in this panoramic area. On the outskirts of town are sprawling properties as large as twenty acres. Many of the vintage summer homes that were originally built in the 1930s have been updated and renovated to serve as  year-round residences. The area is filled with quaint shops, bakeries, fresh produce markets, and distinctive attractions. Lakes and streams draw anglers from around the region. Excellent public schools and the Northern Westchester Center of the Arts enhance the quality of life.

 

Mamaroneck, Larchmont

Town Halls

Mamaroneck

914-381-7870
www.townofmamaroneck.org
Larchmont
914-834-6230
www.villageoflarchmont.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-698-4400
www.townofmamaroneck.org

Once very popular as a vacation colony, Mamaroneck today is still a desirable and convenient suburban area. The culturally rich past is still mirrored in concerts, plays, musicals, and films at the famous Emelin Theater. Mamaroneck Town and Village are communities of diverse neighborhoods that offer housing selections from elegant, “old-world” Victorian architecture to more traditional suburban styling. From its roots as a prestigious summer resort, Larchmont Village has matured and evolved into a friendly bedroom community of wooded hillsides and welcoming neighborhoods. In spite of contemporary development and continued growth, the area’s natural beauty prevails. Many boating enthusiasts are drawn to this area for its marinas and yacht clubs. Other amenities include waterfront parks, trails, nature centers, golf clubs, an indoor Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, and skating rinks.

 

Mt. Kisco

Town/Village Hall

914-241-0500
www.mountkisco.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-666-7525
www.mountkisco.com

One of the most highly developed of the smaller communities within Westchester County, both the Town and Village of Mt. Kisco represent a pleasing cross-section of residential neighborhoods, professional complexes, manufacturing and industrial activity, as well as urban amenities such as fine restaurants and shopping districts. Mt. Kisco Outlet Center draws shoppers from many surrounding communities to its daily discounts on name-brand goods. The blend of intimate, small-town atmosphere with a full array of the conveniences associated with urban living continues to make Mt. Kisco a popular choice for those who are looking for the “best of both worlds.” The recreational amenities include local parks, nature centers, wilderness areas, sports leagues, bridle trails, tennis courts, pools, skating rinks, country clubs, and senior or youth centers.

 

Mt. Pleasant, Pleasantville

Town Hall

914-742-2300
www.mtpleasantny.com/gov
Chamber of Commerce
914-747-4363
www.mtpleasantny.com

The charming town of Mount Pleasant, along with the welcoming communities of Pleasantville and Valhalla, are popular places to live and work. The area includes the luxury of large expanses of open space, yet residents are less than one hour by train from Manhattan. The attraction of a rural atmosphere, country charm, and friendly neighbors all contribute to the desirability of these communities—a fact that is also reflected in the value of the homes. Among the large corporations in this region are several company headquarters that create a favorable tax base. School districts tend to be academically competitive, and residents enjoy the convenience of local colleges. Campuses for Pace University and the two-year Westchester Community College add to the intellectual stimulation, the cultural sophistication, and the overall appeal. The recreational amenities include vast parks, multi-purpose trails, sports field and courts, swimming pools, and other facilities both public and private.

 

Mount Vernon

City Hall

914-665-2300
http://cmvny.com

Chamber of Commerce
914-667-7500
http://cmvny.com

Through the years, Mount Vernon has become a popular spot for commuters to large urban employment centers. Its close proximity to Manhattan gives much of the area a well-developed urban atmosphere. Both shopping and transportation resources are highly developed. Older single-family homes and English Tudor style apartment buildings can be seen along the tree-lined streets in the Fleetwood section located in the northern part of the city, although new construction and multi-family complexes are options as well. Often referred to as a “City of Homes,” Mt. Vernon is also highly regarded for superb schools and the warmth generated by the small-town atmosphere. Recreational opportunities include regional parks, sports leagues and ballfields, tennis courts, playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, senior centers, and many YMCA programs and facilities.

 

New Castle, Chappaqua

Town Hall

914-238-4771
www.newcastle-ny.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-747-6419
www.newcastle-ny.org

Encompassing the hamlets of Millwood and Chappaqua, the town of New Castle is essentially a residential community of quiet neighborhoods and attractive housing. One third of the land still remains undeveloped, giving New Castle a more relaxed and open “country” feeling. Excellent schools, lush parks that are equipped with outstanding recreational amenities, the Kipp Street Arts Center, and the community center add color, spice, and flair to this panoramic area. Chappaqua provides meticulously restored colonial homes or vintage properties set on winding roads that reflect the exceptionally high quality of life. Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua is ranked as one of the finest in the nation. An impressive list of recreational amenities are located in or near this area to include vast acres of parkland, hiking or biking trails, horseback riding paths, golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, and private sports clubs as well as organized programs that are open to the public.

 

New Rochelle

City Hall

914-654-2000
www.newrochelleny.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-632-5700
www.newrochellechamber.org

The second largest city in Westchester County, New Rochelle has been dubbed the “Queen City of the Sound.” This area showcases picturesque harbors and scenic ocean views as familiar sights along the city’s nine miles of shorefront on Long Island Sound. While New Rochelle also supports limited light industry, most of the residents are commuters into New York City, which is only 25 minutes by train. Once a popular summer resort, today New Rochelle is a well-diversified and highly populated community. Well-known for its innovative, progressive public schools that include a French-style high school, the city also boasts nearly half a dozen private schools and is home to Iona College and the College of New Rochelle. Recreational highlights include acres of lush parkland, nature centers, lakes and beaches, hiking and biking trails, and bridle paths.

 

North Castle, Armonk

Town/Village Hall

914-273-3321
www.northcastleny.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-273-2353
http://www.armonkchamberofcommerce.com

Situated above the Kensico Reservoir to border Greenwich, Connecticut, the town of North Castle as well as Armonk Village enjoy planned programs and amenities for all ages that include swimming, tennis courts, jogging courses, and two country clubs. Armonk is a quaint village of stone walls, winding streets, and heavily wooded settings. Many handsome homes are set on verdant hillsides, providing owners with spectacular views of the mature foliage and surrounding countryside. Byram Hills School District ensures a rich curriculum for local students. The list of colleges and universities close to home includes Pace University, State University of New York at Purchase, Sarah Lawrence, and Mercy College. Another advantage this region offers is the availability of Metro-North commuter rail service to New York City in nearby White Plains. Other transportation benefits include the Westchester County bus system and the major thoroughfares of Interstate 684 and Route 22.

 

North Salem

Town Hall

914-669-5577
www.northsalemny.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-666-7525
www.mountkisco.com

This small, charming rural community features heavily-wooded greenery, several horse farms, orchards, and a winery in addition to residential development. Well known for the quality of its schools and for National School Achievement Awards, the community of North Salem offers a good balance of new construction and well-kept older homes that feature elegant Victorian and Colonial architecture. The local retail activity is expanded by the larger shopping centers and malls nearby in Danbury, Ridgefield, or Mount Kisco. Mountain Lakes Camp provides 1,000 acres of prime land for camping, cabin rentals, hiking or biking, ice skating, ice fishing, nature study, cross-country skiing, and picnics. Among the other recreational opportunities are lush parks, nature centers, lakes, sports play, playgrounds, hiking/biking trails, bridle paths, equestrian activities, country clubs, tennis, golfing, and supervised programs.

 

Ossining, Briarcliff Manor

Town/Village Halls
Ossining
914-762-8428
www.townofossining.com
Briarcliff Manor
914-941-4800
www.briarcliffmanor.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-941-0009
www.ossiningchamber.org

The Town of Ossining, encompassing the welcoming villages of Briarcliff Manor and Ossining, provides a tranquil residential escape from bustling city life. Located in close proximity to the picturesque Hudson River, this area is rich in both local history and small-town charm. Scarborough, a quaint district within the Briarcliff Manor, is listed on the National Historic Register. Offering an ideal location for commuters, this residential community is also home to a variety of businesses that are clustered along the North State Road corridor. This area includes a training center for General Electric. Local retail activity provides most of the needs for goods and services, with expanded shopping available a short drive from home at regional malls. The efficient transportation facilities in this area include commuter rail to New York City via Metro-North, Routes 9 and 9A, the Taconic State Parkway, and Saw Mill River Parkway.

 

Peekskill

City Hall

914-737-3400
www.cityofpeekskill.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-737-3600
www.hvgatewaychamber.com

Providing majestic views of the Hudson River and the low rolling mountains of the Hudson Valley, Peekskill is a dynamic and diverse business and cultural community. Its varied and affordable housing has made the area popular choice for New York City commuters for generations. Part of the Peekskill charm lies within its small-town intimacy. New businesses have been drawn to the area in recent years. The downtown Artist’s District has transformed the city into a regional cultural center, and the Peekskill Farmer’s Market ensures that the city is always a busy shopping center on the weekends. Excellent schools attract students of all ages. Residents have the benefit of commuter train and bus as well as a rich variety of recreational services that include acres of parkland, lakes, sports facilities, trails for hiking and biking, tennis courts, golf courses, swimming pools, facilities for ice-skating, and country clubs.

 

Pelham Village, Pelham Manor
Village Halls
Pelham
914-738-2015
www.pelhamgov.com

Pelham Manor

914-738-8820
www.pelhammanor.org

Chamber of Commerce

914-667-7500
www.pelhammanor.org

Characterized as small villages just 30 minutes outside of New York City, Pelham and Pelham Manor are close to LaGuardia International Airport as well as the Bronx Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, and a host of excellent colleges and universities. Their neighborhood schools rank among the top 15 percent in the entire nation, garnering Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence. With the area’s superb educational reputation, natural convenience, and close proximity to urban amenities, residents of Pelham can enjoy the best of all worlds. A variety of recreational amenities includes panoramic natural areas with lakes and beaches as well as sports facilities and private clubs.

 

Pound Ridge

Town Hall

914-764-5511
www.townofpoundridge.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-737-3600
www.hvgatewaychamber.com

Providing the relaxed lifestyle of a rural environment, the town of Pound Ridge is offers a warm and friendly community. This charming area harmonizes well-kept older single-family homes with contemporary construction. Well-planned zoning laws are in place to preserve open spaces and home lots from one acre to multi-acre parcels.  Particularly when its lush foliage is in full bloom, the community offers its residents a rare sense of isolated privacy from nearby neighbors.
Tranquil and serene, the Pound Ridge area is an idyllic choice for those who desire the warmth of a small-town feeling and strong civic ties. Local retail facilities include the bevy of quaint stores, antique dealers, and delicatessens that are nestled in the Scotts Corners area. Nearby lush parks and nature centers combine with fine sports facilities, tennis courts, and golf courses for quality leisure hours.

 

City of Rye

City Hall

914-967-7371
www.ryeny.gov
Chamber of Commerce
914-967-5188
http://www.ryechamberofcommerce.com

The charming city of Rye has only been incorporated since 1942, yet it stands as a popular community nestled on two miles of Long Island Sound coastline. Enjoying this premier location, Rye City offers a rare mix of natural beauty and urban amenities. The residents in this area are justly proud of an intimate community atmosphere where the generational family roots and involvement in civic groups are strong. With a harbor and sandy beaches, this affluent area has attracted many professionals and leading executives who are weekday commuters to New York City. This residential haven also features a variety of housing choices that include single-family residences in a wide range of architectural styles. Quaint shops, cozy cafés, and unique boutiques create a New England village atmosphere.

 

Rye, Rye Brook, Port Chester

Town/Village Halls
Port Chester
914-939-2200
www.portchesterny.com
Rye Brook
914-939-1121
www.ryebrook.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-939-1900
https://www.portchesterchamber.com/contact

The villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook make up the largest portion of the town of Rye. This region is popular with those who appreciate a waterfront setting and the diversity and convenience of city living. Located on the border of New York and Connecticut, these communities offer an easy commute by car or train to White Plains or Stamford. Although Rye Town is known for its small-town appeal, it also offers outstanding public education, a wide selection of shopping opportunities, fine restaurants, and several exceptional resorts along with other hospitality suites. Area recreational opportunities range from lush local parks to nature centers, sparkling lakes and wide beaches, wilderness areas, tennis courts, swimming pools, skating rinks, and golf courses. The villages offer supervised recreational programs for all ages.

 

Scarsdale

Town/Village Hall

914-722-1100
www.scarsdale.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-725-1602

Traditionally synonymous with wealth and prestige, Scarsdale remains one of Westchester’s most affluent communities and continues to be regarded by many as a prime place to live within the New York Metropolitan region. While Manhattan lies just a half hour away by train, the town has managed to maintain its ambiance of a charming English village by discouraging industrial development. At the same time, the community continually upgrades its educational facilities, fine amenities, and considerable resources. Most of the homes are set on sweeping yards with neat lawns and meticulous landscaping. Floral accents and gardens grace the many magnificent English Tudor homes that dominate the variety of popular housing styles. Diverse recreational opportunities range from parks and nature centers to community facilities.

 

Somers

Town Hall

914-277-3637
www.somersny.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-276-3904
www.somerschamber.com

 

Bringing together several small villages, Somers is a lovely rural area of wooded hills, open pastures, and rolling farmland. During the 1980s, the growth patterns in this region increased dramatically after its promotion as one of the 15 best places to live based on low taxes and pride in local education. This publicity also attracted an influx of new corporations, attracting more attention to Somer’s peaceful country life. Although single-family dwellings in a wide variety of architectural styles predominate, newer construction includes condominium development. Residents enjoy more than 1,000 acres of parkland and the attraction of Muscoot Farm. Other prime recreational amenities include nearby sparkling lakes and beaches, wilderness areas, hiking or biking trails, equestrian activities, tennis courts, golf courses, and swimming pools.

 

The Tarrytown’s, Sleepy Hollow

Village Halls

Tarrytown

914-631-1885
www.tarrytowngov.com
Sleepy Hollow
914-366-5107
www.sleepyhollowny.gov
Chamber of Commerce
914-631-1705
www.sleepyhollowchamber.com

Home of the Fordham Graduate School and Mary Mount College, the villages of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown are also the site for Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Harmonizing serenity with convenience, both of the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are just 40 minutes from midtown Manhattan via express trains. The homes and condominiums are graced by mature greenery and many command river vistas from truly beautiful neighborhoods. Recreational activities are dominated by boating and water sports. The downtown district offers a collection of antique shops and several fine restaurants. The treasure of the area is the 750-acre Rockefeller State Park Preserve with 30 miles of trails, a lake for water sports, superb views, and a blend of wetlands and woodland areas. Other amenities include facilities for golf, tennis, sports league play, swimming, and winter sports from sledding to skiing.

 

Valhalla, Mt. Pleasant

Town Hall

914-742-2300
www.mtpleasantny.com/gov
Chamber of Commerce
914-769-0001
http://pleasantville.com

 

The progressive village of Valhalla in Mount Pleasant Township combines the country feeling and cozy neighborhoods of a small-town setting with sophistication and many urban amenities. The community also offers a good commute to Manhattan and opportunities for local employment in some of the nation’s leading corporations. Public schools are enhanced by local institutions of higher education that include New York Medical College and the nearby campus of Pace University in Pleasantville. The two-year institution of Westchester Community College is also convenient. Opportunities to shop and dine in Valhalla are widely varied, enhanced by nearby regional malls. Area recreational amenities include parks, lakes, wilderness areas, miles of trails, equestrian activities, tennis courts, golf courses, and country clubs.

 

White Plains

City Hall

914-422-1200
www.cityofwhiteplains.com
Chamber of Commerce
914-848-2110

If Westchester County has a “big city,” White Plains is definitely the one. This bustling city serves as the county’s focal point for business, government, healthcare, culture and commerce. Fortune 500 firms and upscale retail establishments call this area home and contribute to an amazing 200,000 daytime population of shoppers and employees. Characterized as a city of neighborhoods—both in the heart of town and in suburban developments around the city—White Plains offers beautiful homes, an outstanding public school system, stable property values, and efficient city services. Area recreational facilities range from golf courses and country clubs to lush parks and city-wide programs. Commuters may want to take advantage of Metro-North commuter train service to New York City, although Route 287 provides an efficient link to an extensive highway network that traverses the Hudson Valley and metro area.

 

Yonkers

City Hall
914-377-6000
www.cityofyonkers.com

Chamber of Commerce

914-963-0332
www.yonkerschamber.com

Conveniently located on the New York City border with a 20-minute commuting time, Yonkers is the oldest and largest city in Westchester County. Boasting a highly developed transportation system that also includes bus transit service and access to major thoroughfares, Yonkers serves as a residential community for commuters as well as a bustling commercial center in its own right. This diverse city of tree-shaded suburbs, businesses, and neighborhoods is comprised of diverse cultures and varying economic levels. Most of the home styles are Victorians and older Colonials. Some of the larger homes have been converted into attractive multi-family dwellings. The recreational amenities include lush parks, tennis courts, skating rinks, country clubs, senior and youth centers, lakes, swimming pools, trails, and golf courses

 

Yorktown

Town Hall

914-962-5722
www.yorktownny.org
Chamber of Commerce
914-245-4599
www.yorktownchamber.org

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the northern part of the county, Yorktown has managed to retain much of its country atmosphere in spite of economic growth. Conveniently located  near Routes 35, 202, and 118 as well as the Taconic State Parkway, Yorktown provides a quiet and comfortable residential haven for many commuters to Manhattan. Nearby Jefferson Valley Mall provides expanded shopping options. Turkey Mountain, scenic Teatown Reservation, and the Hemlock Reserve all offer a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. These areas balance the urban amenities with an abundance of natural beauty and topographical diversity. The lively Yorktown Community and Cultural Center serves as a major activity hub for the arts and special events. The regional recreational opportunities include lush parks, sports facilities, golf courses, lakes, tennis courts, and country clubs.

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