New Rochelle is Westchester County’s second largest city and is only 2 miles from the New York City border. The expansiveness of New Rochelle allows for variety. Catering to all income levels New Rochelle offers several housing options, ranging from the progressive movement for affordable homes to multi-million dollar estates located on private islands. It can all be found here.
While New Rochelle is home to one of the most active downtown areas in Westchester it is still almost completely residential. Currently the downtown area is home to several small family owned businesses, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and New Roc City. New Roc City was built in 1999 as part of New Rochelle’s revitalization. The complex houses a 19 screen movie theatre, Westchester’s first IMAX theatre, an indoor ice hockey arena, miniature golf, bowling, arcade, go karts, health club, restaurants, grocery store, hotel and loft apartments. Two luxury condominium complexes, including Trump Tower are also stationed in downtown New Rochelle.
The waterfront is one of the most prominent features of New Rochelle. Not only is the shoreline beautiful but it has also created an emphasis and appreciation for all things nautical. New Rochelle has many private islands that have become home to large family estates and yacht clubs. Three premier private yacht clubs exist in New Rochelle and provide sailing schools, rowing classes as well as beach access and many other country club benefits to its members. The New York Athletic Club established in the 19th century has offered exclusive membership to many athletes and can claim several Olympic gold medals among its members. For those seafaring residents there is a 300 slip marina operated by the city of New Rochelle.
To compliment the beauty of Long Island Sound, New Rochelle has maintained over 300 acres of parkland. Some of this land is used for walking trails while others such as Glen Island host upscale events and many local weddings and then there is always golf. Wykagyl Golf Club was rated one of America’s top courses by Golfweek. Each park offers its own amenities and charms and each is worth visiting for activities or just to relax.
In New Rochelle’s history as well as its present education is one of the pillar’s of the community. Home to many public and private educational institutions New Rochelle’s schools are celebrated for continued success. The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek have rated New Rochelle’s special education programs among the top 20 in the country. The high school curriculum offers 240 programs of study for high school students as well as three colleges for those who continue after high school and adults who want to augment or complete a college education.
The qualities of New Rochelle are innumerable and if you would like to know more please ask me or visit New Rochelle’s comprehensive city website.