Best Places to Live: The Highlands, White Plains

If you love classic suburban living, The Highlands are the right fit for you.

Blueprint: Westchester’s capital has grown exponentially in recent decades, with its Downtown offering big-city amenities just 25 miles north of New York City. But there’s been little new development in The Highlands section of White Plains over the past half-century, preserving the neighborhood’s traditional suburban feel.

Façade: Blocks away from the bustle of Downtown White Plains, this sought-after residential neighborhood features prewar Tudors and Colonials, as well as modern ranches.

Foundation: Though adjacent to the continuously evolving city center, The Highlands is dominated by single-family homes with yards, picket fences, and tree-lined streets. A few garden-style condos and medical offices can be found closer to White Plains Hospital. There are many houses of worship and one of two middle schools in the White Plains district. According to Chirag Shah, principal real estate broker/owner of Gateway Realty, the neighborhood is warm and welcoming. “You get to know your neighbors here.”

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Recent Reno: the ongoing redevelopment of central White Plains

Trending: “There is not a lot of turnover,” says Shah. “Listings sell in days, with prices up 5.5 percent over last year.” The 2017 price per square foot was $362.71 vs. $342.60 in 2016.

Selling Points: Near City Center and Central Avenue, quick train ride to Manhattan, reasonable taxes, proximity to major highways.

Trade-off: small lots

Starting Point: low $500,000s

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Topping Out: mid-$700,000s

Best For: families, those who like classic suburban living

Need to Know: Houses are close together; some streets do not have sidewalks.

Fast Fact: The Highlands is so-named because it sits somewhat higher than the rest of White Plains.

Assessment: a slice of classic, mid-century suburbia, blocks away from the county seat

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