We’re back with our latest #SuburbanSnapshots, a collaboration between #TheWestchesterLivingTeam @ COMPASS & Corey Cook from the travel blog fifi+hop. Each Snapshot will strive to give you the inside scoop on the different communities throughout Westchester County NY. Corey is a travel writer from Larchmont NY, and her blog fifi + hop provides information on places both nearby and further afar. With an emphasis on family travel, fifi + hop covers everything from exploring towns in her home county of Westchester to international family vacations. Corey loves to discover what’s in her own backyard as much as she does overseas, and you can find local reviews on her blog including restaurants, museum visits, NYC day trip ideas and more. Corey firmly believes that to know the world, you must know where you live – and we couldn’t agree more! Welcome to Irvington NY
Irvington, NY is a cool town. Located about 40 minutes North of New York City (via Metro North) on the Hudson River, Irvington is one of Westchester’s “Rivertowns”, along with other towns such as Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and Hastings-on-Hudson.
What once used to be the epicenter of America’s industrial past (the Hudson River) is now becoming the epicenter of hipster Brooklynites looking for more space and reasonable home prices for their budding families. The New York Times even published an article called “Creating Hipsturbia”, referring to the cool factor that has descended upon this part of the burbs.
Of all the Rivertowns, Irvington has long been considered the most upscale of them all, though some people would argue that that has started to even out. The Rivertowns, as a whole, have been attracting New Yorkers looking to escape the busy city and its ever-increasing cost of living. What makes Irvington cool? Apart from its beautiful setting on the Hudson River, the town is an interesting mix of charming 19th century architecture and modern warehouse-style buildings.
These buildings tend to be down by the water, in Irvington’s waterfront, and house trendy restaurants, and a few stores and studios located next to an amazing park on the water with views of Manhattan. Sounds a lot like Brooklyn!
The overall feel of Irvington is low-key and laid-back, a quaint village where residents will while the morning away at its popular Farmers Market on Saturdays, and doddle around Main Street. Speaking of Main Street, it’s very picturesque and takes you down a hill to the Hudson River. You can see the river the entire time walking or driving down the street, automatically lending the town a relaxed feel, making it hard to believe it’s just 40 minutes outside of the big city.
Irvington is known for its good restaurants, including the Red Hat on the River, the first restaurant my family and I ever went to in Irvington. It has great reviews for excellent food and fantastic river views, and indeed it did not disappoint.
Other popular restaurants include MP Taverna, Mima Vinoteca, River City Grille, Chutney Masala Indian Bistro, Sambal Thai and the Black Cat Café. One of my favorite places in Irvington is the Red Barn Bakery, the cutest of bakeries we wound up at one time when we couldn’t get into Red Hat. It has amazing quiches, baked goods and homemade granola, among other things, and totally hit the spot.
One of the great draws of Irvington is that it is very compact, and you can walk down Main Street to the water in a short amount of time, covering many of the restaurants as well as the shops. Irvington’s fire station & library are located right on Main Street & the Irvington Town Hall Theatre is just off of Main Street. At the bottom of the street is the Metro North train station, front and center and easy to get to.
Irvington is home to some beautiful parks, one of them the private Matthessien Park, next to the train station. I didn’t realize it was private at first and waltzed right in with my girls and had a splendid afternoon! It is scenically located on the river with views of the Tappan Zee Bridge down to Manhattan.
There is a playground, swings, BBQ grills, and lots of green grass. I would imagine this is one of the village’s treasures, and a great place to go on a weekend afternoon. Another gem of a park is Scenic Hudson Park with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. Of course the day I went to take photos it was an overcast day, but this is one spot you don’t want to miss when in Irvington.
There is a walking path, benches and playing fields, all set on the Hudson River looking out onto the city from afar. It’s clear it’s well taken care of and the pride of the village.
Irvington’s outdoor spaces are extremely important to its residents. In addition to the parks, there are woodland trails and the Old Croton Aqueduct nearby. There are lots of places to go running or walking both along the river as well as in the woods. If you are a nature lover, then Irvington is the place for you. There is even the Irvington Boat and Beach Club, open to the public, to enjoy the river by boat. On my last visit to the village I wondered why I didn’t take a closer look at Irvington when we were looking at the suburbs when moving from the city!
Many families move to Irvington for its schools. With two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, the Irvington school district is highly rated. That combined with the many outdoor parks and nature experiences, and the walkable and easy-going village, make it an ideal place to raise a family. Nearby in places like Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow there are cultural institutions such as Lyndhurst Castle, Kykuit and Philipsburg Manor, which all offer kids-oriented programs at various times throughout the year. And of course there is Irvington’s own Sunnyside, the former estate and home of renowned author, Washington Irving, for which the village is named after. Irvington (and the rest of the Rivertowns) breathe history from an industrial American era long ago, yet with a modern vibe full of New Yorkers who have turned to this village on the river as their new home. Good restaurants, funky coffee shops, yoga studios, artisan shops and an overall slower-paced atmosphere make the village feel like a slice of Brooklyn in the suburbs.
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Introduction to Jennifer Y. Ross & The Westchester Living Team at COMPASS
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.