Tuckahoe, NY

Tuckahoe, NY

Tuckahoe, NY

Population: 6,532
Median home value: $497,348
Racial Makeup / Most prominent races: 75% White, 9% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 9% Asian, 11% Black
Residents would hang out with NYC folk from: Brooklyn Heights and the Upper West Side

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Tuckahoe is a village within the town of Eastchester in Westchester County

Metro-North train from Tuckahoe to Grand Central Station: 29-39 min (depending on time of day)

By car to Grand Central Station: 20 miles, or 33 minutes

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Looking to buy a house in Tuckahoe? 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 $2,600 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

Tuckahoe Middle School

10/10

6/10

Tuckahoe High School

7/10

8/10

As Tuckahoe is so small, NeighborhoodScout.org, where I normally find my stats for this blog, didn’t give as much info as it does for the larger towns.

You may have read in my last post that Eastchester left me feeling a little… disenchanted. Tuckahoe is a village within the town of Eastchester. However, Tuckahoe is no Eastchester. Though not exactly of the wealth and elegance of Larchmont, Tuckahoe is charming in its own teeny way.

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As we turned the corner to see Tuckahoe for the first time, my husband and I both commented that it has the look of an English village. The street isn’t terribly long, but it is adorned with charming retro turn-of-the-century and authentic architecture. The little village consists of a lovely town hall, the Cafe 72 coffee shop (which boasts the award for “Best coffee in Westchester”, though my husband said “it’s fine”), a Masonic temple, the Bubblemania laundromat, a Starbucks, a Thai restaurant, as well as a couple of other restaurants, a pilates studio, a cleaners, and a few other shops.

I spoke with a young woman who lives in Tuckahoe, and was raised there as well, and she had only great things to say. Among other things, she said Tuckahoe High School is wonderful (and keep in mind, she went there.) She said the teachers really cared and they have a great program for students with disabilities. She also said something that really surprised me, after what I saw of Eastchester, which is just next door, and that is that you can walk from the train station back to your house at midnight and feel totally safe. This says a lot about a town, in my opinion.

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We were there on Sunday, and they had a little farmers market going. The population looks very ethnically diverse. Some of the residents seemed blue collar while a number of others looked like Manhattan transplants who had a baby and escaped for Westchester County. Driving around, I noticed that the houses were on the less impressive side, but they’re also on the less expensive side, so it depends on your priorities.

I liked Tuckahoe. I didn’t love Tuckahoe. It’s the kind of place I’d consider moving to if we didn’t have any other options outside of Manhattan.

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Maybe it’s what I’ll call the “Laundromat Stigma”. A town with a number of laundromats implies lower income rentals. Tuckahoe only had one laundromat on the main street (though Eastchester seemed to have a few) and it was kind of cute, but still… that, mixed with the low college education of the town and the fact that it’s surrounded by Eastchester and Yonkers (again, sorry Yonkers) means it’s just too many things working against it to put it in the top 5. That being said-

May I introduce to you… Tuckahoe!

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