Where to Live …
When looking for the best place to live, whether you need more space, downsizing, retiring or looking for a fresh start, it’s a good idea to look at your options and what you think is an ideal location …. just for you.
Towns and Villages in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess – Search for town profiles, community information, businesses, and restaurants
Hamlets of Yorktown
The conveniences of modern living are balanced with rich historical heritage and scenic beauty in this town that lives by the motto “progress with preservation.” Woodlands and farmland make up much of the town’s idyllic 40 square miles, while each hamlet from Mohegan Lake to Yorktown Heights boasts its own business district with major retailers, specialty boutiques, and many restaurants. Parks such as Teatown Lake Reservation and Crompond provide excellent opportunities to fish, boat, and socialize. Turkey Mountain, a 125-acre preserve, offers views of the New York City skyline and Bear Mountain. There is also a museum, a 600-seat amphitheater, two 18-hole public golf courses, and, in late summer, “Westchester’s only true county fair.” Reasonably priced, single-family homes have long brought working families to the town, while recent construction includes ritzier housing. Shrub Oak, a walking community, features a high-achieving school system, Shrub Oak Memorial Park, and the treasured J.C. Hart Library.
Mahopac / Carmel / Kent
The town retains a country feel, with miles of open meadows and woodlands. Lasdon Park Arboretum is a popular spot year-round, offering 234 acres of beautiful scenery, gardens, and trails. Muscoot Farm, which dates back to the 1880s, is a functioning restoration with animals, hiking trails, milking demonstrations, hayrides, and a chance to stroll through the original, 100-year-old barns. Reis Park has ball fields, tennis courts, and a playground. The historic 654-acre Angle Fly Preserve, found right in the middle of town, provides a range of recreational activities
Katonah / Bedford
Hamlets of Katonah, Bedford Village, and Bedford Hills
Bedford is one of the most affluent communities in the nation. Well-kept Colonial residences remain in Bedford Village, which also features such historical structures as the old schoolhouse and 1787 Court House. The hub of the 39-square-mile town is Bedford Hills, with its Metro-North train station surrounded by businesses and restaurants. Grand estates and horse farms are found in the outlying areas. The hamlet of Katonah, known for its collection of Queen Anne and Victorian houses, has a lovely downtown, with boutiques, galleries, and cafés. Bedford also offers a new age experience, including wellness consultants, astrologers, numerologists, and reflexologists. Popular cultural spots are the Katonah Museum of Art and the Caramoor performing arts center..
Brewster / Southeast
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, Peekskill’s large exhibit space showcasing all kinds of modern works, is emblematic of how this small riverside city is enjoying a rebirth. Once-boarded-up industrial buildings now provide living and workspace for artists. Galleries, boutiques, and cafés add a decidedly artsy, urban air downtown. Along the waterfront, high-priced condominiums have been snapped up amid ambitious revitalization projects. Riverfront Green Park has a children’s playground and lovely views of the Hudson Highlands, while the 60-acre Depew Park has basketball and tennis courts, horseshoes, and bocce ball, as well as a pond and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding
Salem / Lewisboro
Hamlets of Goldens Bridge, Cross River, Waccabuc, South Salem, Lewisboro, and Vista
With its parks, woodlands, preserves, reservoir, seven lakes, and low population density, Lewisboro is the epitome of country living. The area is largely residential, with many styles of single-family houses as well as newer homes at more affordable rates than in other parts of the county. Locals nowadays meet at county fairs, arts and crafts shows, and the town park, where there’s a playground, a picnic pavilion, basketball and tennis courts, a ball field, and a pool.
Covering more than 18 square miles, by far the largest of Westchester’s cities, this “City of Vision” is enjoying the fruits of a multi-million-dollar makeover of its downtown and four-and-a-half-mile waterfront. Though among Westchester’s most densely populated cities, Yonkers has one of the lowest crime rates of any city its size in the nation Housing is a mix of high-rises, luxury towers, townhouses, lovely Victorian homes, and more modest, city-style houses. There are also condominiums and apartments by the Hudson River, which serves as a beautiful backdrop for attractions year-round, including Recreational Pier, the Hudson River Museum, the Trevor Park amphitheater, Andrus Planetarium, and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. More than 100 parks and playgrounds offer people a break from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Footnote: Town Descriptions taken from Ultimate Guide to Westchester, Annual 2014