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Given the choice between trying to make ends meet in Manhattan or finding a better quality of life elsewhere, many young families are migrating to Westchester County.

The “affordability appeal” is obvious, especially when you consider that the cost of prime real estate in the Westchester Region ranges from $350 to $1,000 per square foot. This is compared to $1,300 or as high as $6,000 per square foot in Manhattan and parts of re-gentrified Brooklyn.

But what are the other factors that young families weigh when considering a move? For answers, we went to the experts at Douglas Elliman, the nation’s fourth-largest real estate company.

“Young families moving out of the city have a lot of the same likes, requirements, and high priorities,” says Gabe Pasquale, Douglas Elliman’s executive vice president for the Westchester Region. Aside from affordability, young families are finding they can get a lot of T-L-C when moving to the Westchester Region.

Town Amenities in Abundance: “What provides a tremendous amount of desirability for urban buyers are pedestrian-connected towns and villages with vibrant downtown areas,” says Pasquale. Take a tour of many Westchester communities and you’ll discover old-world charm, wholesomeness, quaintness–everything that young families want in a new neighborhood. You’ll also find arts and entertainment venues, convenient shopping, beautiful scenery and plenty of parkland. River towns such as Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Ossining (one of Westchester’s most affordable locales), and Tarrytown offer particular appeal.

Learning at a High Level: Westchester is known to have some of the best public and private schools in the country. (No wonder it’s become known in business circles as “New York’s Intellectual Capital®”!) Some of the highest-achieving public high schools, based on SAT scores, are found in communities such as Edgemont, Chappaqua, and Scarsdale.

Convenient Commutes: “We’re really a bedroom community to Manhattan,” notes Pasquale. Towns with direct rail access via Metro North—plus plenty of comfortable elegance and family-oriented activities—include Armonk, Chappaqua (home of a popular annual Children’s Book Festival), Katonah (site of a kid-friendly art museum), Larchmont, and Scarsdale.

In a nutshell, Pasquale notes that key requirements for young families are “great neighborhoods, safe streets, good schools—all the things you expect in a ‘real community’ and can find in Westchester,” Pasquale says.

What’s not so important? “Large acreage,” says Pasquale, explaining that transplants from Manhattan and Brooklyn aren’t necessarily looking for a huge property upgrade all at once. 

As young families make the move, Douglas Elliman’s large network of agents can help with a seamless transition. “For the consumer, if they have a relationship with a Douglas Elliman agent in the city, there’s a personal understanding that will carry through to an agent in the Westchester Region,” says Pasquale. “Our agents understand the cultural differences in towns on a micro-level and can do a lot of work on the buyer’s behalf. This way, we can bring the buyer a bull’s-eye very quickly!”

Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman has a network of more than 4,100 agents in over 70 offices throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island (including the Hamptons and North Fork), and Westchester and Putnam Counties, as well as South Florida and California. In addition, through a strategic partnership with Knight Frank Residential, Douglas Elliman’s powerful network extends to 43 countries across six continents.

Douglass Elliman Real Estate | www.elliman.com

Westchester Region Offices:

404 Main Street
Armonk, NY 10504
Lisa Hogan, Branch Manager

438 Old Post Road
Bedford, NY 10506
Barbara Plunkett, Branch Manager

101 King Street
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Gabe Pasquale, Executive Vice President, Westchester Region

83 Katonah Avenue
Katonah, NY 10536
Diane Cummins, Branch Manager

343 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Gabe Pasquale, Executive Vice President, Westchester Region

26 Popham Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Gabe Pasquale, Executive Vice President, Westchester Region

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