Discover Westchester: Exploring Larchmont

Apr 2, 2024

Find your community on the shores of the Long Island Sound.

Once a luxurious waterfront getaway for Manhattan’s elite, a century later, Larchmont is a bustling suburb with a tight-knit community and top-rated schools, all just 45 minutes from midtown. 

“It’s easy to love Larchmont,” says Suburban Jungle Strategist Eleanor Johnson. “It’s a walkable, vibrant community that attracts people from all over – people who want more space and an amazing community without sacrificing city-style amenities.”

Moving to Larchmont also means getting a balance of big- and small-town living: Larchmont is a separate village in the larger Town of Mamaroneck. 

“In some ways, Larchmont is distinct from Mamaroneck. But in many ways, the town of Mamaroneck and the village of Larchmont are one, shared community” Eleanor says. 

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Also shared? The public schools. The Mamaroneck Union Free School District includes four neighborhood elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Students come from the Village of Larchmont, the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Mamaroneck.

“The strong sense of community starts in the public school system,” Eleanor says. “There are four elementary schools, but the students all come together in one middle school and graduate together from one high school.” Despite the bigger middle and high schools, students can still expect personalized attention. “The district follows a ‘school-within-a-school model,’” Eleanor says. “This ensures students succeed and connect with their classmates, even as they move through the upper grades.” 

Another way students build community? Walking home after school, Eleanor says. 

“The district has limited school bus service – but the benefit is your kids walk home with everyone. It’s such a great way to meet your neighbors.” Most parents, she says, walk their kids to school, running into neighbors and friends on the way. Starting at age 10, students can walk home solo with parents’ permission. “It’s a great way to build independence.”

Walkability and commutability 

Not only is it easy to walk to and from school, but given the community’s walkability, it’s easy to get almost anywhere on foot. Downtown Larchmont is very easy to explore without a car. Multiple cafes, a French bakery, art galleries and salons are all within a short walk of the train station.

And when you do need to head into the city? “It’s a direct shot right into Grand Central. It’s super easy,” says Eleanor. “Commuters can travel from the train station in Larchmont or Mamaroneck and be in the city in less than 45 minutes.” 

Given the amenities, activities, and access in Larchmont, Eleanor said, her clients tend to find themselves settling in and enjoying everything the area offers.

“There’s always something going on in Larchmont, like free yoga in Constitution Park, a year-round farmers market and the annual family-friendly Halloween parade. And, of course, the waterfront access. 

All of this makes Larchmont a very popular town – which, yes, can make for a competitive market. However, “Once people see the community and everything it has to offer, it’s hard not to love Larchmont.” says Eleanor.

Finding the right town to call home takes time and patience – but you don’t have to go through the process alone. Get in touch with a Suburban Jungle Strategist today to start narrowing in on the right suburb for your priorities and lifestyle.

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