Located to the north of New York City in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley, Westchester County blends a rich history with suburban luxury living. One of the original twelve counties of the Province of New York when it was established in 1683, Westchester grew to become the richest and most populous county in the colony. Although it had its share of devastation during the Revolutionary War, Westchester’s recovery was rapid, and today the county has 6 cities, 19 towns, and 23 villages. Throughout the years the onset of urban growth has transformed Westchester’s development pattern – once predominantly rural, it is now also known for being a progressive suburban county.
Westchester County Real Estate for Sale
Formerly a pastoral retreat for the industrialists who helped build our nation, Westchester offers some of the most exclusive real estate in the country. Housing options include single-family residences, townhouses, and condominiums, along with elegant villas, graceful Victorians, historic Colonials, and sprawling estate properties in such affluent communities like Bronxville, Larchmont, New Castle, and Scarsdale. Numerous waterfront properties are also available, many providing spectacular views of the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound, as well as the renowned Manhattan skyline. Multimillion-dollar custom homes and country estates are not uncommon in Westchester, and should you prefer to build your own dream home from scratch, land and lots ideal for new construction are also available.
With topnotch schools, an overall family-friendly atmosphere, and convenient access to nearby New York City, Westchester is the ideal place for those looking to enjoy the best of city and country living.
Schools in Westchester are among the best in the nation. The county has over 40 public school districts, more than 100 private schools, and over a dozen colleges and universities. Among the institutions of higher learning here are Sarah Lawrence College, Concordia College, Manhattanville College, New York Medical College, the State University of New York at Purchase, and campuses of Pace University and Fordham University.
See and Do
Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, Westchester offers a multitude of opportunities for recreation and entertainment. There’s plenty to see or do, from visiting the Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow and exploring picturesque farming villages, to going on a scenic helicopter tour from Westchester County Airport and attending the annual Riverfest summertime celebration.
Outdoor enthusiasts will certainly appreciate Westchester’s more than 18,000 acres of parks, trails and open spaces. An array of over 50 parks and recreational areas are yours to explore, each with their own unique offerings – find miles of hiking trails, great swimming areas, spectacular views, protected wildlife sanctuaries, and more.
Culture and the Arts
Even with Manhattan just a short train ride away, Westchester already has plenty to offer in cities like New Rochelle, Yonkers, and particularly White Plains, which is considered as the county’s commercial and cultural hub. Featuring its own urban vibe with culture and nightlife in abundance, Westchester has enough arts and entertainment that can last throughout the year. Westchester is a well-known haven for artists, with numerous galleries and museums showcasing their artistic brilliance. There are also various performing arts centers where you can watch top productions staged or musical acts billed throughout the year.
Shop and Dine
If you love to shop, Westchester has got you covered. The Westchester in White Plains is an upscale shopping mall with anchor stores Neiman-Marcus and Nordstrom, plus 150 stores featuring well-known international brands and franchises such as Banana Republic, Burberry, Coach, Crate & Barrel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and more. In Yonkers, you can find everything you need at the newly renovated Cross County Shopping Center, with more than 100 shops and restaurants, including anchor stores Macy’s, Old Navy and Sears. Also in Yonkers is Westchester’s Ridge Hill, a mixed-use lifestyle center with more than 70 stores and a cinema complex. Gourmands will have plenty of options to choose from in Westchester, ranging from waterfront dining on the Long Island Sound shore at the Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Rye, to New American cuisine overlooking the Hudson River at Xaviars X20 on the Hudson in Yonkers. Other diverse offerings include tapas at 42, which crowns the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, a bit of French casual elegance at Le Jardin du Roi in Cappaqua, or Japanese fare at Sushi Mike’s in Dobbs Ferry. Whatever your choice of cuisine, Westchester has it all.
Homes for Sale in Westchester County, NY
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