When you realize that Larchmont, NY, is only one square mile wide and home to just over 5,000 residents, you'll realize why residents refer to it as a village. The many colonial-era homes in the area give off an old-town feel that further contributes to the village image and mentality. The city's original European residents left lasting influences, with Dutch-style buildings and French American elementary schools. The community is made up of many members that commute for work, mostly to nearby Manhattan.
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The village of Larchmont has been named one of the best places to live in the country, and with good reason. While it used to be a popular resort location for wealthy residents, the steamboat and rail line made travel easier and attracted permanent residents to create one of the earliest suburbs in the country. Beautiful waterfront parks and yacht club races make good use of its coastal location while the town's furriest residents are also accommodated at the local dog beaches. This neat and tidy town has been referred to as "cute" by many residents and is loved for the quaint buildings and shops.
The attractiveness of the village has attracted new move-ins from several locations, with 16% of its residents hailing from abroad. The majority of those living here are married couples and families looking for somewhere away from downtown New York to raise children. Most residents are wealthy, with the average income per family topping $200,000 and the average home price being $1.4 million. While this may seem excessive, for those looking to call the Big Apple home, it's actually less expensive that other surrounding areas, yet still just as cared-for and maintained. The well-to-do shoppers also mean there are plenty of fine dining and high-end establishments for entertainment, while the many families enjoy the multiple parks and ball fields that the village has to offer. For a coastal village with a European flare just a short commute to the city, Larchmont, NY, has everything a young family or peaceful retiree could hope for.