If you're interested in moving to the NYC suburbs, you're probably familiar with some of the more recognized neighborhoods that draw many buyers coming from the city. But what about some of the lesser known neighborhoods? These towns may offer the same value without the name recognition. In a market with low inventory, it can be beneficial to expand your search to towns that you may not have initially considered. Here are a list of towns in the NYC suburbs that we think are worth a closer look:
While other Rivertowns garner most of the attention, Ardsley touts some of the same value that these towns offer. This small and intimate village is nestled between the Rivertowns and Scarsdale. Because of this, homes tend to be on larger lots and more attainable. Most homes in this village are split-level and ranches that were built during the 1960’s and 1970’s but you can also find condos and multi-million dollar properties. Within the downtown you’ll find mom-and-pop shops and residents are close to major highways to connect them to additional amenities of Westchester. While the town itself lacks a train station, you are within 10 minutes to Dobbs Ferry, Scarsdale or Hartsdale stations depending on where you live in town.
Those looking for an easy commute and close-knit neighborhood may want to consider Edgemont. With only a 33 minute express train to Grand Central, you can enjoy the serenity of the suburbs without being too disconnected from the city. Within this community you’ll find historic Colonial and Tudor style homes, tree-lined streets and a nationally acclaimed school district. Taxes could be a bit higher in this district but its charming collection of homes may allow you to get more for your money than some of its neighboring villages.
Briarcliff Manor is a tucked-away village that draws buyers who are seeking a quiet and nature-filled suburb without the attention of some of its neighboring towns. The seven parks, riverfront views and two popular biking/hiking trails create no shortage of outdoor recreation in this town. The award-winning Briaricliff School District continues to draw families who are looking to settle into a friendly and energetic community.
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.
Often overlooked as it does not border the Long Island Sound, New Canaan is a lively neighborhood located directly north of Darien. Established in 1801, New Canaan shifted from agriculture to shoe making in the 19th century. As wealthy New Yorkers started to migrate to Connecticut, they initially made their way to New Canaan to build summer homes and eventually built permanent residences. Today, locals describe their town as “just off the beaten path” while still being only 39 miles from Manhattan.
New Canaan is a verdant oasis filled with historic charm. Home to 20,000 residents, the town has a relaxed vibe whether you’re strolling through the Village at New Canaan looking for a bite to eat, or taking your dog for a walk at one of many beautiful parks. In the center of town you’ll find the Village at New Canaan where you can visit beautiful art galleries, farm-to-table restaurants, and attend community events.
New Canaan has something for everyone from smaller townhouses and starter homes to large estates on multiple acres. New Canaan also offers competitive schools and an emphasis on the arts.
Located in Norwalk, but considered a village of its own, Rowayton is a hidden gem in an otherwise largely urban town. Spanning two square miles, Rowayton is a small coastal village just 40 miles from New York City. The town has a rich oystering and lobstering history and was a popular homestead for both fishermen and captains. Today, Rowayton residents enjoy this charming town’s sparkling beaches, locally-owned restaurants and proximity to Manhattan.
With only 3,000 residents, Rowayton prides itself on small-town living. Whether you’re shopping in the town center or enjoying time on the beach, chances are you’ll be greeted with a friendly ‘hello’ from a fellow neighbor.
Rowayton shines in the summertime with boaters congregating on the Five Mile River and Long Island Sound. Sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding are just a few waterfront activities residents enjoy. The Rowayton lifestyle is often described as laid-back and casual while enjoying the perks of having a tight-knit community.
Nowadays, you’ll find not only antique Victorians but also new colonials and Cape Cod-style homes. Property sizes range from 0.15 acres to 0.35 acres, so you’ll likely become good friends with your neighbors.
We've now covered some towns within the NYC suburbs that you may not have initially considered. These are good alternatives to some of the more widely knowns neighborhoods.
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