Yonkers, New York real estate for sale
Yonkers, New York Real Estate
Yonkers, a city with a rich history and nearly 196,000 residents, is New York’s 4th largest city and the most populous in Westchester County. Yonkers occupies over 18 square miles and sits along the Hudson River where its residents enjoy over 4 miles of waterfront. Yonkers is bordered by Town of Greenburgh on the north, by five cities (Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Mount Vernon, New York City) on the east, by New York City on the south. The Hudson River lies to the west of Yonkers.
Yonkers is an urban center with marvelous parks and nature centers, excellent arts organizations and offerings, good schools and colleges, and an array of choices for dining and shopping, including Westchester County’s largest mall. Yonkers real estate is diverse, with a number of zip code areas in which buyers will find different architecture, price points, and amenities. There is something for everyone in Yonkers.
Shopping and Dining
- Cross County Shopping Center is an open-air shopping mall anchored by Macy's, Old Navy and Sears. Opened in 1954 as Westchester’s first mall, Cross County Shopping Center is Westchester County's largest and oldest shopping complex. Shoppers can choose from more than 100 excellent retail stores and services at this 1 million-plus square foot facility. Cross Country has recently undergone a redevelopment and upgrade, so the old is new again.
- The Westchester is a high-end mall just outside of Yonkers' city limits, in White Plains.
- Central Park Avenue runs for over eight miles from the City of Yonkers through Greenburgh and on to White Plains. This is a major retail avenue and among the vast options are T.J. Maxx, Best Buy, various automobile dealers, and a large array of independently operated stores.
- Ridge Hill is Yonkers’ newest shopping complex. It is a modern, mixed-use development that consists of a high end strip mall with condominiums.
While one could easily head into New York City for its famous restaurants, there’s really no reason to leave Yonkers. The quality, variety and number of eateries in this city on the Hudson are remarkable in their own right. Various ratings websites like Trip Advisor or Urbanspoon can lead to any number of great dining choices. Some of the best on Yonkers real estate include:
- Xaviars – in addition to the excellent Asian, French, Italian and Spanish inspired cuisine, the views of the Hudson River are excellent. A meal here is not inexpensive, but will be remembered.
- For Italian fare: Bella Luna, Valentino’s, Dom & Vinnie’s, Carlos, Reggia Morelli,, Gianna’s, and Decosta’s all serve tasty Italian dishes (and more) with their own signature touches.
- Dolphin Restaurant – a gem for seafood.
- Route 100 Wine Bar and Grill - features an abundance of wines, seasonal and exotic drinks, with lunch and dinner items ranging from Latin, Italian, Asian and American cuisines.
The choices go far beyond these few favorites but the bottom line is that a truly great meal can be found without heading into New York City.
Parks and Recreation
The City of Yonkers offers you nearly every recreational activity imaginable, making it easy to relax and stay fit. The city has over 100 parks and playgrounds and a host of other facilities, including three community centers, two nature centers, a rifle range, 51 ball fields, 36 tennis courts, 50 outdoor basketball courts, two indoor pools, and a skating center. Yonkers real estate has more than 373 acres of playgrounds and parks, including the popular Tibbets Brooks and Sprain Ridge Parks and Lenoir Preserve. Golfers enjoy playing two courses in Yonkers, Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake – and did you know that the first game of golf ever played in the United States was played in Yonkers in the year 1888?
Yonkers offers a rich variety of cultural events and activities. The local parks are the setting for free opera, ballet, theater, dance, and music sponsored by the city. The Great Hudson River Revival is a popular event that draws more than 30,000 people each fall. The Hudson River Museum and its Andrus Planetarium are used frequently by Yonkers residents of all ages. Historic Philipse Manor Hall is the site of numerous cultural programs, and other local museums include the Rutledge Police Museum and Sherwood House. Yonkers is a quick drive or train ride away from virtually countless cultural opportunities, both in the Tri-State area and, of course, in downtown Manhattan just over 20 minutes away.
The median home cost in Yonkers is $374,300 but prices vary based on location, condition and features; Yonkers’ 10 different zip code areas have neighborhoods of many different flavors, but buyers can find what they’re looking for in almost any niche. Fewer than 50% of Yonkers homes are owner occupied, so Yonkers real estate may be attractive to investors.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Yonkers Public School System administers 39 public schools. The public schools, including the PEARLS Hawthorne School (a New York State Blue Ribbon School), have earned recognition for their innovative teaching programs. The district also manages award-winning magnet schools like the Martin Luther King Jr. High Tech and Computer School, which encourage the growth within the city’s diverse youth population. Parents can also choose among 23 parochial schools, and Yonkers home to Mercy College, Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester Community College and St. Joseph's Seminary.
Two hospitals serve Yonkers, with a combined total of 877 beds, St. John's Riverside which offers sweeping views of the river, and St. Joseph's Medical Center which administers a very long-established school of nursing. Each has earned a reputation for providing technologically advanced treatment. Yonkers' hospitals are associated with the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, a facility with a national reputation for its specialized trauma and burn treatment.
For automobile travel, Saw Mill River Parkway and Thomas E. Dewey Parkway (I-87) run near to Yonkers. Rail commuters use the Metro-North Commuter Railroad/Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It takes only about 25 minutes via Express service to reach New York City's Grand Central Terminal. Other Metro-North commuter stations provide local service to other communities. About 20 different bus routes are available throughout Yonkers real estate, and for air travel to nearly anywhere, Yonkers is a short drive from Westchester County Airport (20 miles) and La Guardia (16 miles), with and JFK International (27 miles) Newark Liberty (30 miles) offering an incredible array of travel options.