Gone are the days when newlyweds would buy a home and stay there as they moved through life, raising kids, becoming
empty-nesters, welcoming grandchildren into the world, and growing old.
While it certainly could be romantic to make lifelong memories in one place, it’s not always practical, as needs and resources ebb and flow at various stages of life. After all, the perfect home for a young professional couple with no children looks very different from what a family with four kids in school requires. It’s not surprising, then, that, according to local real estate agents, people these days stay in a single-family home for an average of just five to seven years.
When it comes to housing, Westchester County has a diverse mix of towns, neighborhoods, and price points, each with its own “personality.” To find the best places to live for people at different life stages, we asked real estate agents, residents, local experts, and bloggers to weigh in on which places in Westchester were best for families seeking starter homes, those lucky enough to be purchasing their dream homes, empty-nesters, and retirees. Not only did we find that some locations are categorically better for different types of families; we also found that our cities and towns are adapting creatively to the evolving needs of varying age groups—and enticing them to join their communities.
Our Towns by the Numbers
Population, Median Household Income: Citydata.com; Median Home Sale Price: Houlihan Lawrence; Estimated Property Taxes: Computed based on median home sales price using 2012 full-value tax rates from the NYS Comptroller’s office; # of Houses Sold, Average # of Days on Market: Houlihan Lawrence; Property and Violent Crime Rate: Bestplaces.net; Average Commute to Grand Central and Train Stations: Metropolitan Transit Authority; Main School District and Public High Schools: Trulia.com
*Property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 100. Offenses include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The US average is 43.5.
**Violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100. Composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter; forcible rape; robbery; and aggravated assault. The US average is 41.4.
Research by Michelle Tomassi