Rockland County's Ramapo and Clarkstown both made Money Magazine's top 100 places to live. I blogged yesterday about Westchester's 2 entries, New Rochelle and White Plains. Rockland County is right across the Hudson from Westchester and borders Bergen County, New Jersey. I have done business in both towns and they are both good choices.
Ramapo is the westernmost town in Rockland, and includes the communities of Suffern, Airmont, Monsey, Spring Valley, Chestnut Ridge and New Hempstead, among others. We have a pending transaction in Chestnut Ridge.
Clarkstown borders the Hudson on the east side of the county and includes the communities of New City, Nyack, Congers, and Valley Cottage. I sold a house in Congers not long ago and am working on a deal in Nyack now.
I LOVE Nyack. It is a quaint village with lots of pre war homes, a neat, healthy downtown and a view of the Hudson in much of the area. Downtown Nyack is the ultimate place for window shopping in Rockland- coffee shops, boutiques, art, books and neat bistros line the streets and if you venture toward the riverfront you can get some great seafood.
Ramapo and Clarkstown, along with Rockland's other three towns, Orangetown, Stony Point and Haverstraw, all offer a terrific quality of life and are worth considering if you aren't married to Westchester or Putnam.