A gem of a village along the Sound Shore in Westchester, Larchmont has been ranked among the best places in the nation to live.
Beautiful neighborhoods with stately homes, convenient clusters of shops and restaurants, great schools and proximity to New York City all contribute to Larchmont’s national reputation. It was no surprise when Money magazine ranked Larchmont 11th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States in 2005. People who live in Larchmont had known that for years.
Larchmont has diverse housing ranging from apartments (condos, co-ops and rentals) along major thoro-fares to gracious single-family homes overlooking the Sound. Hundreds of apartments are clustered near the Larchmont train station, providing a convenient commute to New York City, Greenwich or Stamford. Larchmont’s mixes of housing, schools, access to the city and overall lifestyle have long made it a favorite for people of all ages.
The village is noted for its many attractive parks. The most famous doubtless is Manor Park, a quiet retreat with paths, shelters and a beach along the Long Island Sound. But equally dear to residents are the small parks scattered throughout the villages, many of which include play areas for children. A particular favorite is Turtle Pond Park, where the namesake ponds have delighted children for generations. Larchmont’s youngsters attend the Mamaroneck Union Free School District.
Larchmont has a somewhat surprising history. At the turn of the 20th century, the village was a seaside summer resort catering to visitors from New York City. Some of the beautiful Victorian summer houses and hotels from this era remain as private residences, while a pair of century-old yacht clubs that continue to host regattas, local landmarks reflecting a proud past.