Finding Your New Home: Towns and Homes Perfect for City Dwellers

Finding Your New Home: Towns and Homes Perfect for City Dwellers


Choosing where you want to raise your family is no easy task. There’s a lot to consider– school districts, your commute to work, the things to do nearby and so much more. That’s why, we rounded up some of the best towns and homes in and near New York.

Read on to find the perfect fit for your family!


Pelham, NY 

1414 Park Lane, Pelham NY

If you need to commute to NYC but don’t necessarily want to live in NYC, then look no further than Pelham, NY. You’ll get the suburban, warm and welcoming feel, all while being a 29 minute train ride to Grand Central Station or a quick car ride into the city. With lots of open green space and stellar schools, Pelham is great for kids. In fact, Pelham schools are one of the only districts that offer the International Baccalaureate program to middle schoolers. Your little ones will also love their oh-so-many options for sports, arts and crafts, and performing arts. 

The best part about Pelham is that it offers a diverse range of homes, so it’s easy for families to find what they’re looking for. At 1414 Park Lane, you’ll find a recently sold 4-bedroom Tudor home that truly captures the pride that Pelham home-owners share. Agent April H. Monaco helped her client secure this home among a competitive market, and April’s ready to make sure your family also gets the home you want! 

April H. Monaco, Houlihan Lawrence



Syosset/Woodbury, NY

10 London Road, Syosset NY 

Ranked #2 Best Places to Raise a Family in NY by, Syosset/Woodbury certainly has significant credibility. Rightfully so– the town has so much to offer families, including highly rated schools, parks, hiking and biking trails, and a popular downtown that boasts locally-owned shops, restaurants, retail stores, and professional services. In particular, Syosset School District was ranked #5 Best School Districts in NY by This award winning district offers before and after school care for elementary students, accomodations for kids with disabilities, and a plethora of sports and activities. 

Homes in Syosset/Woodbury range significantly, welcoming first-time home buyers and seasoned buyers alike. There are also many new construction homes so you can have a brand new, beautiful space, while still being a close drive or train ride to NYC. Agent Linda Freedman recently sold a new construction home with 5 beds and 4.5 baths at 10 London Road– these sizable homes are great for expanding and expecting families! 

Linda Freedman, Douglas Elliman



Westfield, NJ 

255 Walnut St, Westfield NJ 

New Jersey has always been a popular place for families to settle down, but still be able to commute to the city. However, not every NJ town offers everything that Westfield does. 

This north Jersey town is only 22 miles away from Manhattan, and it’s perfect for families. Westfield’s award-winning schools were recently named one of the best school districts in NJ by, so you can be sure that your kids will receive a great education. 

There’s also lots for kids to do, such as play at one of the many parks and playgrounds, or do their back-to-school shopping at Westfield’s vibrant downtown. 

There’s a 4-bed, 3.2-bath home at 255 Walnut St just steps from the downtown area. You’ll love the open front porch, custom moldings, gourmet kitchen, and primary bedroom with private bath and walk-in closet. 

Westfield families enjoy the luxury of beautiful homes and convenient travel to the city, all while having a close community of their own in NJ. 

Frank D. Isoldi, Coldwell Banker



The Solaire 

Battery Park City 

As America’s first green residential high-rise, The Solaire is the forward-thinking we need in NYC. Located at the edge of bustling NYC, you will find a family-friendly oasis – close to everything you could possibly need, from Whole Foods to The Oculus to playgrounds galore– but you also have a bit of a family-friendly escape. How so? Well, The Solaire is in Battery Park City, the building is nestled between two parks with direct waterfront views. Your kids will have plenty of space to run around, take the dog for walks, and play in open space. They can even ice skate, sail, swim, play on ball fields, and much more! Above all, living in The Solaire sets an example for our little ones– it demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and healthy living that is very much needed for our present and our future. 

The Solaire offers luxury residences with Hudson River waterfront views. Homes range from studios to 3 bedrooms, giving your family flexibility with your space. Large windows allow for plenty of natural sunlight, and you can immediately see how elegance, environment, and comfort were prioritized in the designs. If you’re not quite ready to leave NYC, but still want your own private and environmentally-conscious space for your family to settle down in, The Solaire is for you.


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