When I first started my company in 2005, there were almost no single family homes in Westchester County priced below $500,000. Often, they'd be undesirable little shacks with 2 bedrooms and no yard. Not so today. As I type this, there are 319 single family homes actively for sale in Westchester County under $400,000 with 3 or more bedrooms. They are all over the place too; north, south and central parts of the county all have inventory. I did a perfunctory search on the MLS ( Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service) this morning, and I saw 3 bedroom Westchester homes (not condos or co ops, but single family homes with yards) in Bedford, Cortlandt, Yorktown, White Plains, Elmsford, Ossining, Croton on Hudson, Yonkers, Mt Vernon, Port Chester, Peekskill, Mt Kisco, West Harrison, Sleepy Hollow and South Salem, just to start.
See for yourself. Log onto Listingbook for free and search the same MLS database I search and check out the inventory. Search by school district, zip code, town, and whatever other criteria you deem important. Thanks to Wikipedia Commons, I have posted the map below of Westchester County showing the municipal and school district boundaries. It gives a good approximation of lay of the land, and if you want to see a larger version click on Wikipedia Commons.
I get asked every day if now is a good time to buy. It depends on your circumstances. Given the low rates, $8,000 tax credit, pricing and available inventory, buyers are in a better position now than they have been in many years. If you are on the fence, contact me with any questions you might have and we can weigh the pros and cons for your situation. In case you're wondering, I have indeed told people if I thought they weren't in a good position to buy.
If you are thinking of moving to Westchester from elsewhere, as a native of "the 914" who spent 15 years in 5 other states, it is a wonderful place to live. Peruse my blog and check out my other posts on this county. All are welcome, even Met and Red Sox fans.