People may be lured to Rye because of its location on the Long Island Sound. There’s a wide sandy beach, a marina, a crew center, and a few private beach clubs. But they stay because the city of Rye (formerly the village of Rye), which is less than 6 square land miles, offers so much in its tiny zip code.
“We have everything here,” says Kim Arenas, a broker with Houlihan Lawrence who has lived in Rye for the last 8 years.
Locals make a point to eat and shop in the quaint upscale downtown, with its small independent bookshop, a travel shop, Clutch (a chic clothing boutique), Blue Mercury, Rye Country Store, June & Ho among others. Then there are the restaurants, which people from all over Westchester drive to: the Rye Bar and Grill, Ruby’s Oyster House, Bareburger, Village Social, Aurora, and Granola Bar.
When you want to be outdoors, there are pretty trails at the Rye Nature Center. The Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary has a 185 acre bird sanctuary that makes for a lovely walk near the Long Island Sound. Or, the Rye Town Park, which is also on the water, has rolling green hills, park benches and a short path around a pond.
Locals swear by the YMCA, which is state of the art; you can work out at the gym, swim in the pools (or enroll your kids in lessons or the Rye Swim Team). There is a list of summer programs and after school programming, like drawing and sculpture, and another perk: They offer three hours of babysitting to members, even if you need to leave the premises.
Another great spot for kids and adults alike is the Rye Arts Center, which offers high-rated dance, theater, and visual arts classes to people of all ages; they also host live music performances at the village’s Le Pain Quotidian once a month. For parents of younger children, the Westchester Children’s Museum is housed in the converted bathhouses at Rye Playland.
The commute to Manhattan is about 38 minutes on an express train. Many people who live in Rye may also work in Greenwich or Stamford, since both are a quick drive up I-95. Still, city-based workers who don’t want to go in the office everyday can become a member for co-working space at Serendipity Labs, also in town.
Housing here is steep, thanks in part to the highly-rated schools. The average price for a single family home in 2017 was $2.2 million; most four bedroom houses sell in the $1.3 to $3 million range. It’s not uncommon to see a million dollar fixer upper.
Arenas says if you can find the right house, “There’s so much to love here.”