It’s not uncommon for buyers to drive up from the city to look at houses in Scarsdale, only to be lured to the winding, picturesque roads in nearby Edgemont. That the two towns are different is confusing at first, since nearly all of the homes in Edgemont have a Scarsdale postal address. But Edgemont is technically an unincorporated area of the town of Greenburgh, and even though it’s nestled up the hill from the Scarsdale train station, it’s a completely separate town with its own excellent school district. It is comprised of about 2900 homes and is about 2 square miles.
“Edgemont boasts a great commute, outstanding schools and a strong multi-cultural environment ,” says Laura Miller, a broker in the Scarsdale office of Houlihan Lawrence. An upscale yet unpretentious community, Edgemont homes are cared for proudly with natural looking landscapes versus cookie-cutter borders and plantings. The school system consists of two elementary schools (grades K-6) and one Junior/Senior High School (grades 7-12).
The housing prices in Edgemont are lower than Scarsdale, so you can get more for your money. And it’s rare to find a house priced higher than $3 million. About 40 to 50 percent of all homes sold in Edgemont sold for under $1 million in 2016, compared to less than 20 percent in Scarsdale. The downside: the taxes are higher in Edgemont, thanks to Greenburgh’s 3 percent tax rate, which frustrates residents and buyers.
Edgemont is known for its charming housing stock, including the Cotswolds neighborhood which was developed in the 1920s, located on the Seely Elementary side of town. This neighborhood is filled with gorgeous tudors and center hall colonials and is walking distance to downtown Scarsdale, where the Metro North train station is located.
Other neighborhoods offer their own perks. The “Old Edgemont” section features a small duck pond, where young children feed the ducks in warm weather and ice skate on freezing days. On the Greenville side of the town (across Central Avenue), there’s an area called the alphabet streets, where a grid of level streets allows residents to walk to the local elementary school.
Edgemont attracts a well-educated and sophisticated crowd of city commuters, but it’s a low key friendly environment where residents look forward to getting to know the friendly neighbor next door.
“We chose it, in part, because of its international community,” says Abi Clark, who moved there from Boston with her husband and two young boys in 2015. “We’re British, and we love to meet people from different countries.” Many residents of Edgemont second that. There’s a large contingency of European ex-pats and Asian families in the District, and they feel it lends a rich cultural fabric to their social network — and the school system.
Central Avenue splits the two elementary school districts of Edgemont and provides convenient shopping options and restaurants. Unlike some Westchester towns where grocery stores are a ten minute drive, you can be at a Trader Joe’s, Shop Rite or H Mart in minutes. For commuters looking for other options, there is a bus line that starts here and runs down to NYC stopping all along 5th Avenue starting up by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Edgemont shares Scarsdale Village as its downtown and many residents can walk into town when they’re looking to buy wine for a party, grab a cup of coffee or have lunch with a friend. Some residents can walk to downtown Hartsdale, too, where they can catch the Metro North at the first stop on the express train to Grand Central, about a 32 minute commute. (All Edgemont residents can get a parking permit at the Hartsdale station without any wait.) Hartsdale is also a good place to grab a bite, with its upscale sushi restaurant, vegetarian Indian joint and delish Mexican eatery. A Starbucks at the station house is a plus for early commuters.
Says one resident: “It’s a shame we don’t have our own Main Street, but it’s nice that we’re close to everything if we need it.”