Best Places to Live

Your passions, your needs, your requirements—Westchester has the right town for you.



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Lake Isle is Eastchester’s town-owned “country club.”

Best for Soccer Moms and Dads

Eastchester
Median Home Price - $669,500

I grew up in the Midwest, and Eastchester strikes me as a collection of neighborhoods dedicated to the raising of children, much like Iowa’s landscape is meant for raising corn. Places like Wilmot Manor, Leewood Park, Hickory Hills, Twin Lakes, and Bronxville Manor all have the small-town feel of a place where potluck dinners and trick-or-treating is the apex of evening entertainment while kids’ baseball, soccer, and basketball occupy the daylight hours. As Tri-Crest Realty broker Veronica Gargiulo says, “It’s a place where everybody knows your name.”

They probably know your kids’ names, too, if the school district’s record of having the county’s highest combined percentage of students scoring the maximum in state English and math achievement tests is any indication. There are two elementary schools in the Eastchester Union Free School District—Anne Hutchinson and the Waverly Early Childhood Center —plus the Eastchester Middle School, which is for grades six to eight.

The town of Eastchester has nine major parks and more mini-parks and open spaces than you can count. It seems like every corner you turn reveals a baseball diamond or soccer field, playground, or basketball or tennis court. Each summer, the town also operates three-day camps for kids age five through ninth grade. Eastchester families can also take advantage of Lake Isle Country Club, the town-owned golf, tennis, and swimming club that offers country-club amenities at “regular folks” prices—a comprehensive family membership is only $2,300 for the year.

 

Best for Chic Downsizers

Bronxville
Median Home Price - $1,801,000

For empty-nesters who want a Manhattan pied-à-terre but treasure the quiet ambience of Westchester, Bronxville offers the perfect solution. It’s minutes (31 to be exact) from Grand Central but also has a wealth of upscale shops and restaurants of its own.

“Bronxville is very walkable,” Leah Caro, owner of Bronxville Ley Real Estate, says. “You can easily walk to a friend’s house, the coffee shop, or the movie theater.” Not to mention Häagen-Dazs and Topps Bakery. The village is not only compact but charmingly well preserved. “The architecture here is very traditional with fine detailing,” Caro says. “Colonials, Tudors, Mediterraneans, Victorians for sure. There are not a lot of McMansions.”

Bronxville also contains many attached townhouses that eliminate all those pesky chores, like mowing the lawn and painting the shutters. Prices run from $800,000 to over $5 million. Caro points out that there are also 1,200 apartments in Bronxville ranging from $150,000 for a one-bedroom up to $2 million for a real luxury co-op home.

Best for Fine Arts Lovers

Purchase
Median Home Price - $1,400,000

Fine living and fine arts often go hand in hand, which is why so many people who love both live in—or aspire to live in—Purchase, one of Westchester’s wealthiest communities (average annual family income of $330,000) and perhaps the most conveniently located to our vibrant performing and fine arts scene. It’s a 35-minute drive to Lincoln Center, but you don’t have to go even that far to get a serious culture fix.

A home anywhere in Purchase is just minutes from the Performing Arts Center at SUNY, home to Itzhak Perlman and the Westchester Philharmonic, as well as dozens of music, dance, and dramatic presentations throughout the year. Also on the campus is the Neuberger Museum of Art, presenting 12 changing exhibitions annually as well as showing selections from its permanent collection. A sculpture fan? Just across the street is the Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo. Cinema your thing? Purchase is a 20-minute drive from both the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville and the Pelham Picture House.

The Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo is but one of many reasons art lovers love to live in Purchase.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty broker Charlene Tobin points out some other attractions in the hamlet: “The Purchase Community House provides a nursery school and one of the best day camps in Westchester. The town of Harrison recreation department has unbelievable programs that mix kids from throughout the community.”

She says single-family homes in Purchase start as low as $600,000 but go up to $20 million or more.