These postcard-worthy villages are waiting to find a place in your heart.
BIGGEST APPEAL A laid-back yet lively lifestyle with stunning vistas
VIBE Quaint, artsy + historic
COMMUTE TO GRAND CENTRAL 30-45 minutes, 45 minutes - 1 hour
A QUICK NOTE In Westchester County there are incorporated cities and incorporated towns. The cities are highly autonomous and independent from the towns, providing all services to its residents. The towns contain incorporated villages and unincorporated hamlets. Each town provides most municipal services for their residences and selected services for residents of their villages. The incorporated villages pay taxes to and receive services from their respective towns. Hamlets are former villages that dissolved their incorporation.
As the name suggests, the Rivertowns are situated on the picturesque Hudson River providing an energetic lifestyle driven by its rich industrial heritage. Within each charming downtown you’ll find critically acclaimed dining, seasonal farmer’s markets and burgeoning arts scenes. There is no shortage of outdoor recreation with numerous public parks, waterfront paths and hiking and biking trails that promote a great quality of life and a strong sense of community.
With nationally acclaimed school systems, friendly atmospheres and surprisingly cool downtown spots, the Rivertowns are sure to attract people of all ages. The villages have a fascinating history of distinguished artists, writers and scholars who have contributed to the area’s historic and cultural fabric. Today, residents are drawn to its welcoming atmosphere, quirky spirit and charming main streets. You’ll quickly establish a favorite local spot whether it be an artisanal coffee shop, a local boutique with handmade products or an intimate yoga studio. And of course, the breaktaking views of the Hudson River makes it especially easy to fall in love with this area.
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BROWSE VACATION RENTALS IN THE RIVERTOWNS
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The Rivertowns are full of thriving villages known for their lovingly preserved 19th-century architecture and natural landscapes. From historic Victorians and grand estates to walkable townhomes and mid-century masterpieces, you can find a mix of housing options for just about any budget or design sensibility. Housing here has been in high demand over the past few years as millenials and young families, especially Brooklynites, have been attracted to the area.
LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES BELOW
CITY OF YONKERS Known as “The Sixth Borough” and by far the largest of Westchester’s cities, Yonkers has been at the center of a downtown makeover. With a walkable urban feel, a quick 25 minute ride to the city and boom of new construction rentals, downtown Yonkers has positioned itself as a popular area for millenials to relocate. Outside of downtown there are a mix of lovely Victorians, single-family homes and townhomes for a buyer to find a property that is suitable and within reach. Most recently, Northwest Yonkers has seen a rise in supply of luxury apartments and condos that provide buyers and renters with the best of suburbia and urban living.
TRAIN STATIONS: Riverdale: 31 minutes to Grand Central Yonkers: 25 minute express to Grand Central Glenwood: 39 minutes to Grand Central Greystone: 42 minutes to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON
This walkable 2-square-mile village has a rich industrial heritage with an artsy and eco-conscious appeal. Although the factories are gone, many of the workers’ historic homes have been impeccably maintained. When wandering through Hastings, you’ll quickly realize there are no cookie-cutter neighborhoods here. Victorians, Tudors, capes, colonials, ranches and contemporary styles are shuffled together throughout its hilly streets. Single-family homes can be found at a range of prices as well as large modern masterpieces, condos and co-ops with river views.
TRAIN STATIONS: Hastings-on-Hudson: 37 minutes to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF DOBBS FERRY Dobby Ferry has a mix of charming housing choices that accommodates a wide range of budgets: townhomes, Victorian bungalows, mid-century masterpieces—you name it. Aside from a few sprawling mansions near the country club, the lots are small and the homes that occupy them range from classic colonials to raised ranches. Its quaint downtown, both eclectic and low key, is full of historic homes as well as some new housing opportunities that accommodate a walkable lifestyle.
TRAIN STATIONS: Dobbs Ferry: 40 minutes to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF IRVINGTON
Irvington is known for its lovingly preserved 19th-century architecture and picturesque sunsets over the Hudson. No strip malls or even supermarkets, but a charming downtown scene and plenty of nature trails. About one-third of the 2.8-square-mile village is undeveloped. The residential lots are larger than you’ll find in Westchester’s other Hudson River towns, and many of them come with stunning vistas. While there are a few smaller and more modern homes sprinkled about, Irvington is best for buyers who want a little history and a lot of land. Late 19th-century colonials and rowhouses dot the downtown streets, and the sweeping estates lie closer to the outskirts of town.
TRAIN STATIONS: Irvington: 44 minutes to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF TARRYTOWN
Named one of "America's Prettiest Towns" in Forbes Magazine (Forbes, 2015), Tarrytown is a diverse, beautiful and historic place to live. This village once drew everyone from wealthy industrialists, who built majestic estates in its hills, to factory workers, who lived in brownstones and row houses closer to the waterfront. Today, few of the historic Colonials and Tudors still stand, but buyers will find plenty of new construction inspired by those original dwellings. Charming single family homes on smaller lots, new brownstone townhomes and luxury condos all are within walking distance to the downtown, waterfront and train station. There are also larger multi-million dollar estates zoned with higher acreage for those seeking privacy in a serene setting.
TRAIN STATIONS: Tarrytown: 40 minute express to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF SLEEPY HOLLOW Sleepy Hollow is a rising Rivertown that boasts historic homes and recent developments. Most recently, Edge-on-Hudson is a new transit-oriented waterfront development offering townhomes, condos and apartments as well as some commercial offerings. This is the perfect town for history buffs who appreciate the town’s connection to Washington Irving and his notorious short story. You can still find historic houses that maintain their charm as well as large estates, newly built colonials and ranches and multi-family homes.
TRAIN STATIONS: Philipse Manor (serving Sleepy Hollow): 42 minute partial express to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF BRIARCLIFF MANOR Briarcliff Manor is a tucked-away village that draws buyers who are seeking a quiet suburb without the attention of some of its neighboring Rivertowns. Along the riverfront, Scarborough-on-Hudson is noted to be one of the most historic areas having housed iconic residents such as the Astors, the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts. Although it may have an affluent history, there are still a mix of housing opportunities for buyers including single-family homes, a small mix of townhomes and apartments and a luxury senior lifestyle community. Amongst the new developments, residents appreciate the town’s preservation of open space and historic character.
TRAIN STATIONS: Scarborough (serving Briarcliff Manor): 46 minutes to Grand Central
VILLAGE OF OSSINING Ossining is an architecture junky’s haven, with its walkable downtown having historic buildings and repurposed structures. Its diverse nature and evolving community have recently drawn young professionals who want the river views without the big price tag. A mix of modest to large homes, new construction rentals and multi-family homes make this an appealing village for first-time home buyers.
TRAIN STATIONS: Ossining: 49 minutes to Grand Central
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