We’re back with our latest #SuburbanSnapshots. Each Snapshot will strive to give you the inside scoop on the different communities throughout Westchester County NY.  We’re very fortunate to have BabyGotChat blogger Andrea Worthington guiding us through her hometown neighborhood of Crestwood, located in the eastern edge of the city of Yonkers.

WELCOME TO CRESTWOOD NY

A Commuter’s Dream

Crestwood sits on the Harlem line and has its own train stop. It’s located at the end of the first mini-leg of the Metro-North line to New York City, so the train from Crestwood to New York almost always starts from the Crestwood station during the morning rush. This means in the morning Crestwood residents have a train in the station waiting for them to board. We always get a seat!

Nothing starts out a Monday morning better than a leisurely walk to the station and boarding early in your favorite spot. But don’t get too comfortable, the train ride to Grand Central is only about 36 minutes (29 if you catch the super-express).

The Crestwood train station is so idyllic that Norman Rockwell painted it for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in the issue that ran on November 16, 1946.

The piece, entitled Commuters, shows groups of eager riders fanned out on the platform, ready to start their day into Manhattan.

Taking the car? Crestwood lies on the edge of the Bronx River Parkway and is a short 6 miles to White Plains and 16 miles to Manhattan.

 

The Heart of Lower Westchester

Crestwood is located at a sweet spot in Westchester. With Scarsdale to the north and Bronxville to the south, you’re minutes away from everything that those towns have to offer. And since it’s located in the middle of the county, Crestwood is just twenty minutes away from the fun nightlife of the river towns and the quaint Sound shore areas like Larchmont.

And for your everyday needs, Central Park Avenue with its miles of big box shopping is just minutes away, as is the Ridge Hill and Cross County outdoor malls.

 

Family Homes Abound

Crestwood is one of the few spots in lower Westchester where you can live in a completely residential neighborhood and be next to the train.

On the east side of the tracks sit the shops of Tuckahoe, and on the west side lies the community of Crestwood, which is made up almost entirely of single-family homes. The neighborhood experienced a boom in the early 1900s when the Metro-North train station was completed. Many homes were built around that time. Here you’ll find gorgeous Victorian homes sprinkled in among more recent architecture from another boom in the 60s and 70s.

 

Abundant Private and Public School options

Residents are drawn together by Annunciation Catholic Church and School on one end and Asbury United Methodist Church and preschool on the other. Both institutions offer a loving and supportive place for children to grow and learn.

It is also home Yonkers’ Paideia School 15, a public school for grades Pre-K to 8 that is one of the top pics among parents entering Yonkers public school placement lottery.

Go Back in Time at the Crestwood Library

Perhaps the most unifying benchmark of the neighborhood is the Crestwood Library, a division of the Westchester Library System and the Yonkers Public Library. The library, housed in an adorable cottage, features a children’s room and tons of programming to keep kids and adults busy.

The Wednesday preschool story time is legendary around the county. Kids come week after week to jump over the candlestick with Jack and sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.

There are also teen and adult programs, special events, museum passes, and access to the thousands of books and movies in the Westchester Library System. Request an item online and it will be delivered to the Crestwood branch and held for you.

  A Neighborhood Feel

Crestwood is the kind of place where everyone knows one another. The Facebook Crestwood Moms group has 340 members discussing everything from school lunch duty to closet cleanout giveaways. One of the biggest news items to hit the feed was when Charlie the Cat went missing. Kids and adults were on the hunt for poor Charlie! (Spoiler alert: he showed up on the back doorstep a few weeks later).

The citizens of Crestwood gather for the annual Memorial Day Parade held at American Legion Plaza. The mayor of Yonkers marches alongside local girl scout and boy scout troops and other neighborhood groups.

 

The Crestwood Real Estate Market Makes National News

In May of this year, Zillow released a market report of the 20 most popular neighborhoods in the nation, based on the number of page views per listing. As you might imagine, neighborhoods such as the Hollywood Hills, Malibu, Palo Alto, and Bel Air in California made the list. But coming in at number 17: Crestwood! It was the only town in the Northeast to rank, and one of only 5 on the entire east coast. People are looking at this neighborhood, enough to give parts of San Francisco a run for their money!

 

Village, Shopping & Dining

A small shopping enclave has sprung up next to the Crestwood train station that gives residents almost everything they need in walking distance.

Start your morning at The Bagel Loft, which boasts some of (if not the best) bagels in the county. This kid-friendly takeout spot with plenty of seating serves breakfast and lunch.

Or head over to Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe for something a little more … European. There you can find traditional baked goods like cakes and macarons as well as bread, pastries, and breakfast and lunch items.

If you’re just looking for a snack, the Chocolate Box’s custom chocolate creations will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Sorry, did you say you wanted a healthy snack? Then head over to Pure Food & Drink for fresh pressed fruit and vegetable smoothies and burritos that will let you know you’re not in Chipotle anymore.

Handmade pasta lovers welcome the return of Villarina’s Deli & Catering. A family business for more than 45 years, they create authentic Italian homemade pastas, sauces, and dinners.

If you’re looking for takeout, Crestwood Pizza always hits the spot, and the newly opened George’s Dragon serves “wholesome Chinese food.” Don’t have time for take-out? Don’t worry! Both spots deliver.

One of our favorite parts of Crestwood is the friendly neighborhood pub Stephen’s Green. This place is so authentically Irish, more of the staff have accents than don’t. They’re child-friendly (but that doesn’t mean there’s not a great after-work scene and a dart board), and there’s even outdoor patio seating in the warmer weather. This is the best local place to get authentic shepherd’s pie.

Opening any minute now is Rio Bravo, a lively Mexican restaurant with a second location in Larchmont. We’re so excited we can hardly hang on to our sombreros.

Century Drugs & Surgicals is a pharmacy and a one-stop-shop for toys, gifts, cards, sundries, and candy.

If you’re looking for shopping that’s more 212 than 914, head to Lola New York, a boutique with apparel, jewelry and accessories fit for the fashionable city lifestyle. No one will know you got it (way, way) uptown.

If you don’t mind a slightly further walk, in nearby Tuckahoe you can find a grandma pizza to die for (Polpettina), a place to sweat (Transform Fitness & Training), beers on tap (Broken Bow Brewery), and a contender for the best burger in the county (Piper’s Kilt).

 

Kids & Family

In addition to Crestwood’s great library programs, kids can shake it up at Musical Munchkins, which takes place at the Asbury Church Preschool.

There’s also a group called Park Bench that’s affiliated with Annuciation Church. During the school year, bring your infant-to-preschooler to this group’s playroom filled with toys and friends. The kids snack on goldfish and juice while playing, and the moms, nannies, and other caretakers catch up on neighborhood gossip.

Shultze Park boasts a large playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and a field to use as you’d wish. There’s also a playground at PS 15 for use after school hours. Parents of toddlers love walking to the little-kid friendly playground at Marbledale and Fisher Avenue just over the tracks and up the hill in Tuckahoe.

Right next to the Bronx River Parkway, the Bronx River Reservation and Pathway wends from Mount Vernon to White Plains. This (paved) walk through the woods is great for runners, cyclists, and stroller warriors.

Special Events

On select Sundays in May, June, and September, a 13-mile span of the Bronx River Parkway is closed off to cars for Bicycle Sundays. We took our toddler recently to break in her tricycle, and she had a blast getting to toll around on the typically forbidden pavement of the parkway.

There’s an annual neighborhood block party where the street is shut down, bounce houses are brought in, and people open their front lawns to kids and adults alike to eat, drink, and converse. It’s a chill event that’s welcoming to all.

Trick-or-Treating in Crestwood is some of the best around. In fact, you might want to bring two pillowcases, and if you’re handing out candy, stock up! Kids flood the streets on Halloween journeys that are so epic, the parents accompanying them can be seen pulling wagons of ice cold … reinforcements. Sometimes it looks like the adults are having a better time than the kids!

A Small Town Within a Big City

Yonkers may be the fourth largest city in New York with close to 200,000 residents, but the Crestwood neighborhood keeps its small-town feel. Residents appreciate the luxuries of being connected to a city (Prompt snow removal! Lower taxes!), but the pace of life is on par with some of the smaller villages. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, but still stay connected, Crestwood is that perfect small town in a big city.

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Jennifer epitomizes her motto “I grew up here. I live here. I sell homes here” and she is known for providing each of her clients with an exceptional experience guided by her expert local knowledge.  She works tirelessly to ensure each of her clients has a professional, enjoyable and successful Westchester community & home buying search or selling experience.  Jennifer was raised in Scarsdale.  After graduating from Scarsdale High School, Jennifer received a BA in Child Study & Sociology from Tufts University and an MA in Language & Literacy from New York University.  Jennifer currently lives in Larchmont with her husband, Michael, and their three sons, Braden, Devon & Zane.  She specializes in communities in Southern Westchester with a concentrated focus on the Sound Shore Communities of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye Neck, Rye, New Rochelle as well as her hometown of Scarsdale.  Prior to real estate, Jennifer was a teacher in the Mamaroneck Public Schools.  Jennifer has a deep understanding of the local school systems and the needs of young families. Professional Associations & Accreditations Jennifer is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Compass & has her Accredited Buyer Representative designation (ABR) and her Seller Representative Specialist designation (SRS).  Jennifer is a member of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors & the National Association of Realtors.