A UNIQUE MIX

The first county up the Hudson as you leave New York City, Westchester County has a unique mix of places to call home — from urban hustle to laid-back country living.

Founded in 1683, the county was rural and untouched. By the 1880s, railroads brought city dwellers seeking a country retreat — some of the wealthier members of high society built sprawling, stately estates. Some of these mansions remain as private homes or museums. Middle-class families rode the wave of prosperity following World War II, moving into new homes and communities as quickly as they could be built.

quick commutes, peaceful lifestyle

Looking for urban sophistication and a quick commute to Manhattan? Check out Mount Vernon or Yonkers. You can tuck away in the quiet residential neighborhoods of Mount Kisco, but still have your choice of shopping, services and more than 40 places to grab a bite, all within town. Chappaqua, home to Bill and Hillary Clinton, has an array of properties mixed with quiet parklands that create a haven away from the chaos of the city. Boaters and other water-sports enthusiasts should check out Mamoroneck’s inland harbor. Get your taste of country life in the peaceful, rural atmosphere of North Salem, which has the lowest population density in the county. These are just a few of the special places to call home in Westchester County.

INSPIRING THE ARTS

The towns and villages of 18th Century Westchester are the setting for Washington Irving’s short stories, such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Painters of the Hudson River School, sublime renderings of natural landscapes, were based here. The tradition continues with a variety of museums, galleries, and performing arts centers throughout the county. You won't want to miss Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving, and the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow.

WORK CLOSE TO HOME

Although its proximity to Manhattan attracts scores of commuters, there’s no shortage of employment opportunities right here. From established Fortune 500 companies to biotech startups and a burgeoning healthcare infrastructure, there are many opportunities to work very close to home.

Photos courtesy of Westchester County Tourism, Rockland County Tourism, Historic Hudson Valley and Hudson Valley Tourism.