You could say a lot about living in Irvington. The schools are great. There are hiking trails. Foodies will cheer the numerous restaurants. But what hooks residents may be the sunsets. “People come here for many reasons – the proximity to the city, the schools, the rural feel – but ultimately, the river becomes a part of you after living here,” says Stacey Kornfeld, an agent with Houlihan Lawrence who has lived in town for 25 years. “Every night on Main Street, just walking the dog, you can’t miss the colors.”
Views of the river are easy to come by all over town. In the elementary schools, the classrooms look out on to the Hudson River. Sports are played on fields at Scenic Hudson Park, which is riverfront, and there’s a kayak launch for village residents. Picnickers at Matthiessen Park, a green space open only to Irvington residents, are rewarded with views of the city to the south, the Palisades to the west and the Tappan Zee Bridge to the north.
While Hastings, another river town to the south, is known for its artsy residents, Irvington attracts the outdoorsy type, regardless of their income level. It’s not uncommon to see your neighbors walking along the Aqueduct trail to town or even school, fishing at beautiful Halsey Pond, or hiking and mountain biking on mapped trails in the 400-acre wooded lot that surrounds the reservoir. YogaWorks yoga studio is near the Hudson as well, providing an especially scenic Om.
The housing stock is varied, with some residents living in $3 million estates with river views, and others living in one of several townhouse communities, many of those with views as well (those often sell between $700,000 to a million). The village is home to several streets of tightly packed charming homes, many with the kind of historic character that’s hard to find in newer construction. “People love living in the village, and those houses move fast,” says Kornfeld. Think of it as an instant lifestyle, she adds. You walk to town, school, restaurants, the train. On weekends, you park the car and enjoy the village.
Especially the food. On Saturdays, Irvington has one of the best foodie Farmer’s Markets in all of Westchester, with live music and kids yoga to boot. On Main Street are favorite eateries like Chutney Masala, an addictive spot for Indian, as well as Mima Vinoteca, a cozy tin-ceilinged Italian bistro. Down by the river is Red Hat, with plenty of outdoor seating on the river and on the roof, and MP Taverna, where thoughtful Greek goes beyond the gyro. Newly-opened, Sambal Thai is a good addition, and the River City Grille at the foot of town is a favorite for brunch.
Another walkable gem: Irvington Town Hall Theater. The small theater shows locally produced plays for children and grown-ups. It also screens indie movies and socially-conscious documentaries. Plus, the library, housed in a renovated factory, is well-stocked with children’s programs that are limited to Irvington residents.
And if you miss the city? Just hang out by the river, where there are stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. “Having that view keeps you connected,” says Kornfeld. “You feel like you’re on vacation living here.”