Ahh, Tarrytown. Westchester's cutest town (in my opinion, at least. Maybe it's just the gay in me) that seems to have just about everything Generation X-Z could need.
-You work in New York City? Well hey! Take a 45 minute train ride to Grand Central Station.
-You're an active liver-destroyer and want some nightlife where you live but can't afford NYC's steep prices? Take a walk around South Broadway and Main Street and see what the town has to offer. My personal recommendation is The Tapp on South Broadway. They're up to date on the craft beer fad, have a delicious menu for the drunk munchies, and trivia night on Tuesdays!
-You're past the liver destroying part of your life and you want fine dining with a glass of Cabernet? Stop by Sunset Cove and sit out back for a gorgeous view of the Hudson and the Tappan Zee. (They're closed from 3-5pm so don't show up at 4pm like I did that one time...they won't let you in. Reasonably so, I guess.)
-You're an outdoor lover? Me too! Rockefeller State Park is a 5 minute drive away from downtown and has stunning trails, an art gallery, a volunteer-maintained garden, and is home to Rockwood Hall (William Rockefeller's awesome mansion.)
I could go on with the list, but that's not what this blog post is about. You came here for the real estate, I apologize for going off on a tangent. So. What can you get for 300-500K in Tarrytown? You'd be surprised. I just closed a deal at the Landmark Condominiums on South Broadway for a newly renovated 1 bed, 2 bath condo around 850 sq. ft. in the low 300,000's. That's fan-freaking-tastic compared to NYC where 300,000 will get you a 400 sq.ft. studio apartment with a newly remodeled bathroom. If you're lucky. The Landmark Condominiums are pretty awesome in and of themselves. Before they were housing units, in 1896 it was an old stone house that inspired a certain scene in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, yes, that Sleepy Hollow. (which is the town quite literally next door. Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have a very strange, intertwined relationship and are kind of the same thing right now. It's weird. I'll leave it at that before I get too sidetracked.) Once that little stone house was knocked down, a school was built in its place, The Washington Irving School, to be specific. In 1926, the school was renamed and then it was closed altogether in 1979. Enter Rosaria Pimonelli. If you can't tell, that's an Italian architect who came in and remodeled the entire school into what is now the Landmark Condominiums, a highly sought after complex in this town. I mean, just look at it.
Oh, and here's a preview of the condo I sold.
Adorable, right? AND it has Hudson River views. Now, the Landmark is a very specific type of place to live. What else is available? Well in the 300-500 range you're looking at something from 1-3 bedrooms with at least 2 bathrooms and decently updated. That means no shag carpets or wood paneling. Get out of here, 1970, no one invited you. Now this is all for condos and co-ops. For single family homes, you're looking at the 400-500 range really, where you will be able to grab a nice 3 bed, 2 bath ~1,700 sq. ft. colonial with a nice parcel of land around you. You might not be in the center of town but you wont be far.
All in all, Tarrytown is a truly amazing town. Even Forbes had it listed on the Top 10 Prettiest Towns in America. And that's Forbes, not just some realtor. I almost forgot to mention Tarrytown Music Hall!! How could I. The Music Hall hosts different shows and concerts that tends to everyone's musical taste. Some upcoming concerts include: Kansas, Lyle Lovett&John Hiatt, Joan Osborne, Steve Hackett, and Roger Hodgson.
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