Eastchester, NY

Eastchester, NY, Village, Downtown, Suburb, Small town, NYC, Manhattan, New York

Eastchester, NY

Population: 19,694
Median home value: $506,946
Median rental price: $1,293
Median household income: $99,157
% of the adult population who are high school graduates: 94.20%
% of the adult population who are college graduates: 55.59%
% of people living below the poverty level: 3.84%
Racial Makeup / Most prominent races: 88% White, 7% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 8% Asian, 1% Black
Residents would hang out with NYC folk from: Staten Island and Queens

Eastchester, NY, Westchester County, Suburb, Small Town, Map

Eastchester is a town in Westchester County
Metro-North train from (Tuckahoe) to Grand Central Station: 29-39 min (depending on time of day) plus 5 minute drive to Tuckahoe station
By car to Grand Central Station: 22 miles, or 32 minutes

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Looking to buy a house in Eastchester? A 3 bed / 2 bath isn’t too hard to find in the $500K-$700K range.

With taxes, interest, and homeowner’s insurance, and 20% down, it’ll cost between $2,700 and $3,600 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

William E. Cottle School

9/10

10/10

Eastchester Middle School

9/10

8/10

Eastchester Senior High School

9/10

8/10

I’m going to sum up my perception of Eastchester with three words: Dunkin. Donuts. Carvel.

In looking at the prices of homes in order to fill out the above section about the cost range of houses in Eastchester, I was amazed to see the elegance (and prices to match) of some of the mansions in Eastchester. You know why? I thought the “downtown” was ick. (No, that’s not a technical real estate term.) Compared to where we bought our townhouse in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Eastchester is gorgeous. But compared to the rest of Westchester (Yonkers not included- sorry Yonkers) this place is poo. poo.

There are laundromats, Dunkin Donuts, take-out Chinese places of the same caliber that I remember from my 4 years going to college in Poughkeepsie (sorry, Poughkeepsie- your standards in Chinese cuisine are insulting to homeless Chinese people with no taste buds.) The one redeeming quality about Eastchester is that is has a Carvel ice cream store. But I only say that because I love Carvel, not because it says anything good about a town’s class.

But let’s not just talk about store fronts. Let’s look at the numbers. Above, you’ll see that only 55% of the adult population of Eastchester are college graduates. It’s not that I need to be able to ask all my neighbors what dorm they lived in and what they majored in, but it tells you something about the makeup of a town, and it’s not the ideal makeup I’m looking for. (Granted, I just realized that Pelham and Hastings-on-Hudson are in the low 60% range, and I love them, so my argument isn’t holding much water.)

Did I miss something about Eastchester? Do you know Eastchester well and you’re reading this thinking, “Where was she?? Eastchester is wonderful!” Yes, the schools are excellent. Yes, the residential neighborhoods were perfectly nice. But to me, most of these towns look the same, so the only aesthetic qualities I really have to judge them on is the look of their downtown/Main Street area. And this one was borderline strip mall. And a cheap strip mall, at that.

My next post is going to be about Tuckahoe, which is a village within the town of Eastchester. When I asked a woman who lives in Tuckahoe about Eastchester, she said, “I only go to Eastchester to shop at the CVS.” Though she followed up with, “But it’s a very nice CVS.”

May I introduce to you… Eastchester!

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