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Westchester County Towns and Cities
Living in Westchester County
Westchester County apartments are located in one of the first truly suburban areas to be developed on a large scale in the United States, and possibly in the entire world. Located to the north of New York City, large swaths of the county are characterized by quiet, tree-lined streets flanked by gorgeous old houses, and offering residents easy access to Manhattan by car or railroad.
Apartments for rent may fall within any of the county's six cities, nineteen towns, or twenty-three villages, and though there are certainly large differences in character and culture among the many communities, with only a few exceptions the housing stock in area is dominated by private homes, attached multi-family homes, mid-rise apartment buildings and garden apartment complexes.
Rental apartments in Westchester tend to be near the center of each city's, town's, or village's primary "downtown" commercial area, even when that consists of a few blocks of shops and local eateries and bars. The more urban, densely populated areas of Yonkers (the fourth most populous city of all of New York State), White Plains, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon are where you will find the highest concentration of rental apartments.
Many communities have very few rentals, which tend to be concentrated in the larger cities and towns, including the high-income enclaves of the towns and villages of Bronxville, Scarsdale, Armonk, and Chappaqua.
Though these latter communities are filled mostly with Tudor mansions, Dutch colonials, Georgian revivals, sometimes there are sections of each with garden apartments that allow renters to enjoy the amenities of village living without having to buy one of those majestic houses.
Some of the best public schools in the nation are located in Westchester County, and is one reason that many residents choose to live here while raising a family.
Transportation in Westchester County
Westchester residents who commute into Manhattan and choose to drive to work generally take the Saw Mill River Parkway to the Henry Hudson Parkway to New York Rout 9A (if going to the west side of Manhattan), or the New York State Thruway to the Major Deegan Expressway to the FDR Drive (if going in to the east side).
The majority of Westchester commuters rely upon the mass transportation in the form of the Metro North Railroad, which has stations in just about every city and town and village heading north, on the Harlem Line from Mount Vernon West all the way up to Croton Falls, and along the Hudson Line from Ludlow to the northern reaches of Peekskill.
There are a number of public bus lines for transportation within the county for Westchester rental apartment residents, as well as car services for hire at just about every train station, but most people use private cars to get around.
For big box retail store shopping, Westchester has several major commercial strips (such as Central Park Avenue, which runs from Yonkers up through Hartsdale and beyond) as well as shopping centers (the Cross County, for one, in Fleetwood) and malls (like the Galleria and the White Plains Mall).