Larchmont, NY

Small town, NY, NYC, Suburb, Village, Beach, Long Island Sound, Westchester County

Larchmont, NY

Population: 5,908
Median home value: $1,310,144
Median rental price: $1,504
Median household income: $177,250
% of the adult population who are high school graduates: 98.85%
% of the adult population who are college graduates: 83.58%
% of people living below the poverty level: 4.27%
Racial Makeup / Most prominent races: 93% White, 6% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 2% Asian, 1% Black
Residents would hang out with NYC folk from: Upper East Side and the Upper West Side

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Larchmont is a village in the town of Mamaroneck on the Long Island Sound
Metro-North train from Larchmont to Grand Central Station: 40 minutes, $11
By car to Grand Central Station: 20 miles, or 32 minutes

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Looking to buy a house in Larchmont? A 3 bed / 2 bath isn’t too hard to find in the $600K-$850K range.

With taxes, interest, and homeowner’s insurance, and 20% down, it’ll cost between $3,127 and $4,402 per month.

(Note: property taxes here do not include the local taxes, which could bring these numbers up $1K more per month. Oh yes. That’s $1,000 more. Per. Month. For exact numbers, ask your realtor.)

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Looking for schools? Here’s what GreatSchools.org has to say:

SCHOOL

GREATSCHOOLS.ORG RATING

COMMUNITY RATING

Chatsworth Ave School

10/10

10/10

Hommocks Middle School

9/10

8/10

Mamaroneck High School

8/10

8/10

If I were to make a blanket generalization about the demographic of people in Westchester County, with the little knowledge I have at this point, I’d say that the Hudson Valley side (i.e. Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, etc.) is filled with “Brooklyn” types, while the eastern side of the county (i.e. Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont, etc.) is filled with “Upper West” and “Upper Eastside” types. So what’s Larchmont? I’d say somewhere between the Upper West and the Upper East Sides. Again, I am noooo expert. This is based on a couple of conversations I’ve had in my lifetime and on walking around the town for an afternoon a few days ago.

Larchmont, NY, NYC, Small town, Suburb, Village, Downtown, Larchmont Avenue

For such a large and relatively affluent town, there was a pleasantly surprising shortage of corporate storefronts. A lot of the big name banks were present, but for the most part, the village was strewn with independent shops. And boy, the town was bigger than I thought it was! Not quite as big and city-like as New Rochelle, but substantially bigger than the Hudson River towns (see above.)

Larchmont, NY, NYC, Small town, Suburb, Village, Downtown, Larchmont Avenue

I had the pleasure of speaking with Laurie, the owner of the small and adorable bakery, Bread and Cocoa. Unfortunately, I couldn’t patronize her store, as she doesn’t take credit cards (something I’m guessing isn’t too rare in the stores in Larchmont.) I asked her what she likes about Larchmont and she simply said that it’s a lovely and diverse community. She continued on to say that it’s totally quiet in the summer, as everyone goes on vacation. She also told me about the terrific European influence in the town, including the French-American school nearby. (She mentioned that the Europeans are also incredibly scarce during the summer months.)

Then another female business owner from a couple of doors down came into the shop to get a cup of coffee. The two women told me about the great effect the Women’s Business Enterprise has had on Larchmont in promoting women-owned businesses. I liked this. Does it make the coffee better? No. But it probably makes it sweeter. (I’m not totally sure what I meant by that, but it sounded good coming out of my brain.)

I got back in the car, and my family and I ventured out of the village area toward the water, in search of a playground for my 3 ½ year old. We passed by a couple of mothers pushing strollers who told us there was one all the way on the other end of town. So we continued on to the beach, in hopes that sand and the Long Island Sound would suffice for our antsy little girl.

Long Island Sound, Beach, Larchmont, Private club

We accidentally trespassed (okay, we kind of knew we were doing it) onto the private beach club, which consists of a big-enough stretch of beach, a café, a swing set, and a sprinkler for kids. A few mothers sat chatting in the café while their kids ran in and out and in and out of the sprinkler. The club costs “anywhere from $460 to six-something, depending on what you wanna get” said the 70-something “security guard” when I asked him while standing on his property without a membership.

It was really lovely in Larchmont- and the beach is incredibly close to the village, so no one in lives far from the water.

Larchmont real estate, Houses, Homes, Beach, Water, Long Island Sound

Speaking of living close to the water, I don’t want to sound surprised when I say that the most expensive-looking houses are the closest to the beach, but these houses were absolutely enormous. My mouth kept dropping open with the sight of each house like Timothy Geithner seeing a Republican raise taxes (insert rimshot).

(Timothy Geithner: Larchmont resident.)

I loved Larchmont. My husband, however, prefers a smaller town feel. We’ve got a little while before we plan on buying anything, so we’ll just have to wait and see who’s going to win that battle.

May I introduce to you… Larchmont!

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