Westchester, NY - Homes for Sale and Community Information
When you say "Westchester" you are really referring to Westchester County, New York. Westchester is adjacent to New York City and Long Island to the south, Putnam County to the north, and Fairfield County Connecticut on the east. Westchester has a population of nearly 950,000. The communities of Westchester are thoroughly connected by highway and rail to New York City, and thousands of Westchester residents commute into Manhattan.
Towns and villages in Westchester County include Yonkers, New Rochelle, White Plains, Ossining, Tuckahoe, and Rye.
The Westchester home buyer will enjoy a wide selection of
homes for sale, many of them on nice-sized lots. Young
families looking at homes will find a variety of
Westchester homes that are modestly-priced. At the same time,
there are also luxury homes with
significant acreage. Many properties include nice-sized, newer homes with 2,500 to 3,000
sq-ft of living space.
The very first settlers of European origin established homesteads here in the late 1600s. By the early 1700s, several dozen English families had settled in the area. Both gristmills and sawmills were built, and the earliest settlement was centered around the local church. Development of the railroads and interstate highways brought growth, and by the 1940s many Manhattan commuters had moved out to the Westchester suburbs. There are a number of designated National Historic sites in Westchester County, including St. Paul's Church in Mt. Vernon and the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle. Fun Facts: the towns of Westchester are sprinkled throughout popular culture. TV residents included Rob Petrie of the Dick Van Dyke Show (New Rochelle) and Mad Men's Don Draper (Ossining).
Parks And Recreation
Those who invest in Westchester County Real Estate will find many pictureque parks and recreational areas to enjoy. The Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla is Westchester's oldest park, and has ponds, wooden foot bridges and trails for hiking and biking. George's Island Park in Montrose has great viiews of the Hudson as well as playgrounds, ballfields and a picnic area. Golf Courses include Hudson Hills in Ossining, Maple Moor in White Plains, and Dunwoodie in Yonkers.
Attractions and Events
Popular attractions in Westchester include the Tarrytown Lighthouse in Sleepy Hollow, which is also the home of Washington Irving. The Andrus Planetarium in Yonkers and Pepsico Sculpture Garden are worth a day trip. A real Westchester cult locale is the historic Pelham Picture House, which sometimes hosts big movie premieres and attracts visitors like Tom Cruise and Sean Penn.
One of Westchester's more popular annual events is the Caramoor Summer Music Festival in Katonah. Great jazz, classical and pop players perform under the evening stars. There's also the Westchester Broadway Theatre, where New York's Broadway productions and actors tryout before they're famous -- ever heard the term "off-Broadway?" The laid-back Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival benefits the Hudson River.
Westchester - The Quintessential NY Suburbs
If Rob Petrie and Don Draper are your cultural touchstones, why not live where they lived? You don't have to catch the 5:15 to New Rochelle, but you can call Barbara Wells and the real estate office of Houlihan Lawrence, 203-912-5644. They are experienced pros who know Westchester, and have the latest information and best deals. Find your dream home in Westchester County!
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