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Old 02-20-2008, 04:10 AM
 
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My family and I have moved 11 times in the past ten years, from East to West coast as well as internationally. It has been an undesired prerequisite of my professional life, yet my and I always try to make the best of it. We have lived in San Fransisco, Boston, New York, London and Hong Kong. Our most recent move has brought us, hopefully more permanently, back to New York. Searching for a slower, more relaxed pace after years of relocating, we decided on buying a home outside of the city in one of the suburbs. We found Westchester to be the most appealing. Our financial security enabled us to freely search through many communities before finding the home we desired. Bronxville had some beautiful homes on tiny properties. Most of Scarsdale seemed too busy and over-built for the small-town image it conveyed. Rye and Harrison are beautiful communities 'dissected' by busy highways and traffic ateries.
Accidentally, we stumbled across Wykagyl, a well established section of New Rochelle, located in the Northern section, 10804 postal code. It turned out to be the perfect combination of the main facotrs we were looking for. Its beautiful homes and exquisite settings are near to everything of interest yet far enough from the urban noisomeness to avoid the irritations thereof. Accessed by the Hutchinson River Parkway, commuting to the city is easy and super-highway free ( the Hutch connects to the Cross County parkway, the saw mill pkwy, the Henry Hudson -- each winding, tree lined and pleasant to drive -- and before you know it you are in Manhattan!). Slightly further away, yet still close, are the larger highways as well as the commuter railroad into NYC. At the center of 'town' is an upscale shopping/business district in which to handle any and all daily errands. There are also several luxury condo developments, attracting single professionals and empty-nesters. These overlook the Wykagyl Country Club, known to be one of the best classic-courses in the country. With our children attending boarding school, the educational facilities were definitely not a key factor in our decision making process. The area is however served by the impressive and nationally recognized school district of New Rochelle. Although our children have never attended public schools, they have a number of friends and neighbors in the area who attend New Rochelle and enjoy it.

Wykagyls residential areas consist of beautifully wooded hills and valleys, with winding roads and alluring landscapes. The homes are the finest examples of Tudor, Elizabethian, Mediterranian, Federal and Colonial residential architecture. The area was essentially developed at the turn of the century, thus offering little opportunity for modern 'Mc Mansion', bland contruction. Vehicular traffic through the area is limited to two main roads, with little spillover onto side roads. Aesthetically, Wykagyl is a beauty.

Our home is a beautiful mediterranian with tiffany windows, on a beatifully landscaped acre originally planned/designed by Olmstead (aka: planner of Central Park). The home was previously owned by the head of Columbia Pictures/Entertainment in assition to the the former East German consulate. The neighboring homes on our street share similar notable pasts.

The desirability of the area is reflected in the high property values, immaculate maintenance/care of the homes and the academic/professional achievement of its residents. While not ideal for everyone, Wykagyl is an interesting and attractive choice for buyers with greater financial flexibility.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:38 AM
 
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Wykagyl is unique, in both substance and quality. The homes are truly beautiful. The area (Wykagyl/ New Rochelles 10804 zip) ranks on Forbes' list of wealthiest communities (income +property values) in the United States.
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