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The best NYC commuter towns for car-free living

by Scott Klocksin

01/13/2017

This small city has an actual skyline, which you can see from as far away as Bayside, Queens. That’s largely because of the 40-story Trump Plaza, which sticks out amid the city’s other building. The rental was developed in 2007 by Cappelli Enterprises in a partnership with the Trump Organization, which—yes, still—manages it.

Downtown New Rochelle, which spans about eight blocks by three blocks, is expected to get denser and more walkable as time goes on. In 2015, a revitalization plan was passed unanimously by the City Council. It calls for adding 2.2 million square feet of new office space, 5,500 new residential units, and 1.1 million square feet of retail space, all within a few block radius and an easy walk to the city’s MetroNorth station. Construction on one of the biggest buildings near the waterfront began at the end of 2016.

As for recreation, the city has plenty to keep residents entertained, not least of which are its many parks—ones that are good for active and passive recreation, along with beaches and nature preserves. There’s a quaint, walkable main street lined with restaurants (Alvin & Friends and Modern are highly rated), and the huge New Roc City retail center.

Trains boarded there get to you to Grand Central in about half an hour. Per Zillow, the average home price in town is $633,100, which comes in about $100,000 less than the current average home price in Brooklyn.