Should I Move to Westchester?

Westchester County is one of the most popular suburbs in the United States. It is known for its picturesque homes, cozy downtowns, and abundance of nature. Whatever the reason you’re drawn to Westchester, you may be thinking – is it the right move for me? Here are some things to think about:

  1. Taxes

While Westchester is known for many things, it is notorious for its taxes. The high property taxes in Westchester add value to infrastructure, local government, and public schools, reasons many people cite for moving to Westchester. 

However, if the tax rates are a concern, know there are affordable ways to live in Westchester! Westchester is home to several beautiful condominiums and co-ops, which feature much lower tax rates than single family homes. They can be a great option for many homebuyers. 

2. Commuting 

There are few places more convenient than Westchester for commuters. Not only is Westchester connected to New York City by the Metro North, making many areas a breezy 30-40 train ride to Grand Central. Westchester is also central to Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate New York, making it perfect for many commuters and travelers. 

3. Local Charm

Westchester’s towns each have their own distinct character; you have to visit them to get to know them! Westchester is home to countless small local businesses, including boutiques, cafes, and restaurants! It is hard not to feel at home as you get to know the story behind each store lining a cozy downtown street. 

Westchester is also home to its own history and culture. Learn about Washington Irving at his estate Sunnyside, immerse yourself in the history of the headless horseman, and roam the halls of Lyndhurst. These locations, and many more, are perfect for adventurers and history buffs. 

4. Nature 

The abundance of nature is another asset Westchester has to offer. No matter where you live, you have easy access to biking trails and hiking trails. Further, Westchester is flanked by the Hudson River on one side and the Long Island Sound on the other, making it an ideal destination in the warmer months. 

Whatever your reason for thinking of a move to Westchester, I would be happy to assist you in the process of searching for a home. As a local resident of Westchester who has been in real estate for over 18 years, I would welcome the opportunity to answer your questions about Westchester and serve as a local guide to all the area has to offer.

Discover all that Westchester has to offer!

Are you thinking of a move to Westchester? Are you looking to experience more hiking, biking, and outdoor activities? Schedule an appointment to discover the current Westchetser real estate market and receive a FREE book about all that Westchester has to offer.

Westchester attracts many buyers from New York City and beyond due to its award-winning schools and beautiful homes. It is also home to countless hiking trails and spots for outdoor adventures. It is a convenient gateway to upstate New York getaways such as the Catskills, Adirondacks, and more! 

Click here for a list of Westchester homes for sale. I hope to help you find your dream home. 

What’s New In Westchester Real Estate? Monday Update (10/19/20)

Westchester continues to be an aggressive sellers’ market with homes selling quickly, and many over asking price. The single family and condo markets are the most aggressive. In this competitive, fast-moving market, it is very important to have a buyer’s agent to guide you through the process of buying a home.

Home Buyers’ Tip: While you may be looking for your perfect home, it’s always important to consider resale. Certain home features may be OK for you, but a dealbreaker for the next person buying your home, which will lower its value. An experienced real estate agent can help assess the resale value of your home.

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3 Benefits of Living in Westchester During the Pandemic

“New Croton Dam – Westchester, NY” by Andrew Dallos on Flickr

In the last few months, we have all developed a new appreciation for where we live. We spend more time in our homes than ever, seeing them just not as places to crash after a long day of work, but as the place where we learn to cook new, adventurous meals, a workshop for our new hobbies, and a gathering place for the people closest to us.

We have also come to appreciate our neighborhoods and towns. I have lived in Westchester for my whole life, and the last few months have shown me even more to appreciate about where I live. As more and more people move from the city into Westchester, I wanted to share some benefits of living here during this unprecedented time.

  1. Walking trails and hiking paths

No matter where you live in Westchester, you are close to a hiking path with beautiful views of nature. Take in views of the Hudson on the RiverWalk in Tarrytown or walk across the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge. Do the Kensico Dam Staircase loop, walk through the Marshlands Conservancy, admire outdoor art at Pepsi Gardens, or feel a sense of peace and serenity while hiking through the Rockefeller Estate. There are so many walking trails for Westchester adventurers to discover and enjoy.

2. Restaurants

Many of us are cooking more than ever. However, sometimes we want a break – and takeout provides the perfect relief. Luckily, Westchester is home to countless amazing restaurants. Any kind of cuisine or food item can be found within a short driving distance, and especially in the bustling centers of New Rochelle, White Plains, or Yonkers.

3. Proximity to Upstate

One of Westchester’s greatest assets is its proximity to New York City. However, especially during these times its proximity to upstate New York is something to celebrate. If you need to get away, drive up to Hudson, New York to admire the bustling arts scene, go apple picking, plan a ski getaway at Hunter or Windham, or explore the Adirondacks. There is so much to experience in the state, and Westchester is the gateway to all New York has to offer!