Three more neighborhoods to consider—at any stage of life:
For Hipsters: Hastings-on-Hudson
This small village, a 34-minute ride to Grand Central, has the complete hipster package: restaurants like Harvest on Hudson, which grows its own vegetables and herbs on the property; Hastings Flea, a monthly festival where local artists sell homemade jewelry, home goods, and crafts; a gluten-free bakery; yoga studios; and farmers’ markets. Add the close proximity to the City and relatively low (for Westchester) taxes and home prices, and you have all the ingredients needed to attract the cool crowd.
For Charm-Seekers (With Deep Pockets): Irvington
With an ideal spot on the Hudson River, a tree-lined downtown, and a plethora of adorable mom-and-pop shops, this village has a certain charm lacking in more modern Westchester communities. And Irvington’s got charm of the trendy sort, too: a former industrial riverfront complex that now houses hip restaurants like Red Hat on the River and MP Taverna, plus an Eileen Fisher concept store. And there are excellent schools, drawing in families with young children.
For Trendy Consumers: Rye Brook
Rye Brook has largely been known for its vast parks, but now it also has a rapidly growing consumer hub that is attracting residents: the sprawling Rye Ridge Shopping Center. Shopping standouts include Domestic Dry Goods Company, Lester’s, and Z-Life Denim Lounge; popular eateries include Chipotle, Chop’t Creative Salad Co., and Elevation Burger; and the fitness hotspots range from Soul Cycle to SLT to The Bar Method.