If you’re considering a move to the Hudson River towns of Westchester, Dobbs Ferry should be on your list. It has a lively Main Street with locally-owned stores and restaurants, a large nature preserve, and is a quick commute to Manhattan.
You’ll also get a lot more for your money when it comes to buying a house or apartment, says Francie Malina, a Westchester broker at Compass. Malina says you can find co-ops in the $200,000 to $300,000 range, single-family houses with backyards, and million-dollar properties. Here you’ll find a mix of styles, including Tudors, Colonials, Capes, midcentury modern, and even apartments in converted warehouses.
According to Malina, the area is “not polished” and has a vibe that reminds some of Brooklyn—and the area also attracts Brooklynites, and a few have opened stores and restaurants here.
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Along Dobbs Ferry’s Main Street, you won’t find any big-box chain stores. Instead, there are small stores and eateries (a couple are owned by celebrity chefs) like Hudson Social, The Cookery, Half Moon, Harper’s, and At Land, a store that sells home goods, clothing, and has a coffee bar.
If you want to enjoy the outdoors, head to Gould Park, Juhring Nature Preserve, or Old Croton Aqueduct—a state park with a trail that runs from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to the Croton Dam in Cortlandt. “It’s sort of like our own High Line,” Malina says.
So, if Dobbs Ferry sounds appealing to you, here are five apartments and houses currently on the market including a two bedroom condo in a former 1950 storage facility and a four bedroom house with views of the Hudson.
This two-bedroom, three-bath townhouse is asking $799,000, after a $16,000 price drop in September. The townhouse has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, picture windows with Hudson River views, high ceilings, three-zone central air conditioning, vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom, and a cobblestone patio. Amenities include a pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis court, and access to Hudson River Beach.
This three-bedroom, three-bath Victorian is asking $899,000. The restored house has parquet wood floors, original stained glass windows, a tiled fireplace, crown molding, built-in shelves, walls of windows, stainless steel appliances, central air conditioning, a patio, and an inground pool. The house is located on a wooded cul-de-sac.
This four-bedroom, five-bath Colonial is asking $969,000. The house has hardwood floors, a fireplace, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, a formal dining room, beamed ceilings, a deck, two-car garage, storage room, and a kitchenette and en suite living room.
This four-bedroom, four-bath midcentury modern house is asking $1,450,000. The Ferdinand Gottlieb-designed house features hardwood floors, a fieldstone fireplace, arched cedar ceilings, walls of windows, a renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a downstairs suite with a kitchenette, a bluestone courtyard, terrace, and an inground saltwater pool.
This two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condo is asking $1,525,000. The duplex has exposed wood beams, wide-plank white oak hardwood floors, recessed lighting, high ceilings, exposed brick, energy-efficient hydro heating and air conditioning, oversized windows, views of the Hudson River, walk-in closets, and a terrace. Amenities include a gym, roofdeck, and parking and storage are available for an extra cost.