Three years ago, the New York Times‘s Style section shined the spotlight on Hastings, the Rivertown where a unique kind of “Hipsturbia” was unfolding. Those cooler-than-thou families from the Slope and the Heights were moving there in droves, and as such, reinventing it into a little slice of yuppie Brooklyn — indie shops, yoga studios and coffeehouses and all. (Hey, if it’s true, I kinda want to live there, too.)
Recently, a new Westchester neighborhood was designated the cool place to live by the Times: Pelham. I’ve always been a fan of this Sound Shore village since my cousins grew up there, and the housing stock is one of the most charming in the county. Just look at this sprawling charmer listed at just over a million. In a recent story, Times writer Lisa Provost outlines the insane bidding wars taking place there, since houses are often selling for 15 to 20 percent higher than listing price. One real estate agent quoted in the story says most of his buyers are from Brooklyn, where they’re being priced out of homes in desirable neighborhoods.
Here’s the good news: The same thing is happening in several other Westchester towns. Take this quote from the story: “Across Westchester, northern New Jersey, parts of Long Island and lower Fairfield County, Conn., the competition is fiercest for move-in-ready homes toward the lower end of the price scale — under $1 million in some markets, under $2 million in others — in places within a 40-minute rail commute to the city. Walking distance to a lively downtown, a train station or both heightens the appeal.”
That includes places like Scarsdale, Irvington, Dobbs, Larchmont, White Plains, among others. So maybe it’s not just Pelham that’s getting the Brooklyn treatment. Hold on to your houses, folks, because here they come! And to our new Brooklyn readers, welcome! You’re going to love it up here. 🙂