About Scarsdale, NY
A walkable town just over six square miles in size, Scarsdale is a well-to-do and popular suburb for growing families looking to relocate outside of New York City. Scarsdale offers an easy commute to Manhattan, which is one of the town’s main draws, as well as quick and easy access to any surrounding Westchester County towns.
Scarsdale offers beautiful homes, renowned schools, convenience to shopping, a variety of restaurants, and first-rate amenities. Drawn to the town’s quaint yet lively atmosphere and numerous offerings, a majority of residents tend to stay for the long-term. Those who do leave often return later in life to raise their own families.
With a population of about 18,000 people, Scarsdale is the 47th largest city in New York State. Within the 5,500 households that make up Scarsdale, more than half are families with children under the age of 18 living in the home.
Ranked the third wealthiest town in the United States by Bloomberg in 2018, Scarsdale is an affluent town that prioritizes education. A majority of Scarsdale residents are often accomplished in their fields, and the area attracts many finance, medical, and law professionals. The average yearly salary of Scarsdale residents is around $250,000, which is the national or state average. And, almost 90% of the town’s adult residents hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.
Over 80% of Scarsdale residents are white. However, there is a growing Asian population, particularly emigrants from Japan, drawn to the town’s excellent housing market and prestigious schools. In fact, the village’s annual reports are now printed in both English and Japanese. The town is also home to a large and active Jewish population.
Commuting from Scarsdale to NYC
Located only 25 miles north of Manhattan, Scarsdale is one of the most commuter-friendly locations within Westchester County to New York City.
Residents commuting to work can easily and comfortably make it to Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal in under 50 minutes via the Metro-North Railroad Harlem line, with trains departing the Scarsdale and neighboring Hartsdale stations twice hourly. The Scarsdale station serves more commuters than any other in Westchester County. Travel by car will take residents about 35-50 minutes to get to Manhattan, depending on the route, traffic conditions and destination.
Scarsdale provides a terrific array of restaurants appealing to different dining preferences, eliminating the need to travel to Manhattan for quality cuisine. The village has a well-developed downtown, as well as surrounding areas, that offers places to grab coffee or a bite to eat with friends and family. From high-end restaurants, such as Fig & Olive Westchester and Eastchester Fish Gourmet, to more casual dining establishments, such as Chat American Grill and Candlelight Inn, there’s something for everyone in Scarsdale.
The majority of the restaurants in Scarsdale offer Italian specialties and pizza. There are about 280 Italian food establishments available in the town. Some of the most popular choices include 808 Bistro, Moscato Restaurant, TuttaBella Trattoria, Meritage, and Sapori of Scarsdale. The second most popular restaurant category in Scarsdale is Asian-fusion (sushi, Japanese, Chinese, etc.), with Vietnam’s Central, Jewel of Himalaya, and Yeomiji often topping restaurant review lists.
Feel like take-out tonight? A variety of food delivery services, including DoorDash, Postmates, Seamless, and GrubHub, all provide excellent service throughout Scarsdale. As of 2017, UberEats Westchester now also delivers to Scarsdale.
The housing prices in Scarsdale, with a median cost of around $1.6 million and an average monthly rent of $5,500, are among the most expensive in both New York and throughout the United States.
Known as the village with single-family homes, a vast majority of the Scarsdale real estate consists of houses with four or more bedrooms. Although there is a range of ages in homes in the village, most were built before 1939 - making the housing stock in Scarsdale some of the oldest in America.
Since residents of Scarsdale tend to be long-term, close to 90 percent of Scarsdale homes are owner-occupied. Thus, the Scarsdale real estate market is hot and houses that come on the market tend to move rather quickly.
Average Days on Market: 96 Days
Average Price Per Square Feet: $388 - $426
Percentage of Asking Price: 91%
Average Sales Price: $1.2M
Median Sales Price: $845K - $1,400M
Median Home Value: $1,642,807
Median Rent Per Month: $5,394 - $6,500
Median House Size: 2,949 Square Feet
Percentage of Single Family Homes: 94.7%
Percentage of Apartments: 4.8%
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The Scarsdale Public School District offers some of the most highly regarded schools in both New York and nationwide. Close to 4,00 students in Grades K-12 attend schools in the area, with a student-teacher ratio of 13:1.
The district has five elementary schools (Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres, Heathcote, and Quaker Ridge) for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 - each named after one of the five different neighborhoods in Scarsdale. Scarsdale Middle School (Grades 6-8) is the district middle school, while Scarsdale High School (Grades 9-12) serves as the district high school.
Also located in Westchester County, the Edgemont Union Free School District’s three public schools (Seely Place Elementary School, Greenville Elementary School, and Edgemont Junior-Senior High School) are located in Greensborough- which falls within a Scarsdale zip code. Yonkers Public School also offers Casimir Pulaski School, a magnet school located in Scarsdale.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, a Roman Catholic school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grades 8, and Alcott School, a Montessori school for youth in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, are the sole two private schools in Scarsdale.
With a high number of families residing in Scarsdale, the town offers numerous activities and extracurricular activities for children.
To start, the Scarsdale Public Library provides a wide variety of special programming just for children, including story-times, drop-in arts and crafts classes, junior book club and baby free play sessions. After-school classes and programs, such as those offered by Kids’ B.A.S.E. and Jewish Community Center (JCC) Westchester, provide children with an educational and stimulating environment outside their school classrooms.
Does your child like to move? Sign them up for a dance class at Central Park Dance, enroll them in a martial arts class at Achieve Martial Arts, consider a riding lesson at Boulder Brook Equestrian Center, or simply have them flip and jump around at The Little Gym of Scarsdale or Great Play of Scarsdale. Several youth sports programs are also offered by the Village of Scarsdale, ranging from youth girls’ softball to youth football.
Scarsdale children can explore their creative side year-round with a music class at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, an art class at Young at Art Workshop, or a cooking class at Flourish Baking Company. Additionally, multiple academic enrichment programs covering subjects from reading to math are offered in Scarsdale - including Dicker Reading Center of Westchester, Mathnasium and bilingual program Smart Linguists.
If you’re looking to spend time outside, both nearby Greenburgh Nature Center and Weinberg Nature Center provide nature programs specifically for children. In the summer, kids can blow off steam at Discovery Playground at Greenburgh Nature Center or keep cool at Scarsdale Municipal Pool Complex. On the flip side, rainy day activities with children could include knocking down pins at the nearby Homefield Bowl Bowling Center, catching a flick at City Center 15 Cinema de Lux in White Plains, poking around at Learning Express Toys of Scarsdale, or satisfying your family’s sweet tooths at Imagine Candy.
Things to Do
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Shopping and Groceries
The thriving downtown district in Scarsdale offers shopping at boutiques, specialty shops, and galleries. Top fashion stores include Rothman’s, LF Stores, Manhattan-based Pookie & Sebastian, Great Stuff and Mixology. Antique store The Dark Horse, jewelry store Wilson & Son Jewelers, and the home goods store La Dentelliere are also popular spots.
Not only is Scarsdale located only three miles away from two major shopping malls, The Westchester and Galleria at White Plains, but bustling Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center and Vernon Hills Shopping Center are also nearby.
Grocery shopping is also very convenient, with close proximity of several supermarket chains, including ShopRite, Balducci’s, Trader Joe’s, ACME Markets, The Fresh Market, and Stop & Shop. The closest Whole Foods is located in White Plains, less than three miles away. Want a more local experience? Check out DeCicco Family Markets, Green Organic Market, Green’s Natural Foods, or Rooster’s Market, which are all located within Scarsdale.
Articles About Living in Scarsdale
Westchester Snapshots: Life in the Village of Scarsdale (2018) Travel blog Fifi + Hop spotlights Scarsdale as part of “Westchester Snapshot” series about Westchester towns. This post profiles information about life in Scarsdale - including top restaurants, gyms, stores, schools, public parks, and local amenities.
What It’s Like to Live in Scarsdale (2017) Wee Westchester, a blog authored by three local mothers, highlight the offerings that Scarsdale provides for families - including schools, amenities, shopping, and housing.
Scarsdale named America’s richest town (2017) New York publication The Journal News announces that Scarsdale has been named the richest town in America, based on annual income, by website 24/7 Wall St. The article interviews residents about their reaction to the news.
Scarsdale (2017) Lifestyle Westchester, a “social media resource that introduces residents to the people, places and things to do in Westchester,” answers why people love living in Scarsdale. The article features a list of schools in Scarsdale, real estate data, and quotes from current residents.
Why Do People Want to Move to Scarsdale? (2010) Scarsdale Patch interviews a new Scarsdale residents, Robyn and Evan, about what drew them to Scarsdale.
Houses Even Bigger, Scores Way Above Average (2008) This New York Times profiles the evolving real estate market in Scarsdale.
Scarsdale, N.Y. Real Estate Buying Guide (2007) New York Times provides a real estate buying guide for potential homebuyers in Scarsdale. The article profiles Scarsdale at a glance, its proximity to New York City, the walkability of the village, demographics, housing stock, crime rates, schools and things to do. The guide also lists a few useful websites.
Selling Millennials on the Suburbs This New Yorker features the experience of three couples on a suburb tour led by Platinum Drive Realty. The couples visit Scarsdale and seem to like what the town has to offer, but are sticker-shocked by the realty prices.
A Longtime Resident’s Guide to Living in Scarsdale Luxury real estate blog Elliman Insider interviews longtime Scarsdale resident Deborah Skolnik, who serves as the editor of New York Metro Parents and is a mother of two herself. The article provides Deborah’s recommendations of places to explore and check out in the village.
Scarsdale NY: Cultured and Family-Friendly Online real estate brokerage Movoto Real Estate, which is based in San Mateo, CA, features an article on Scarsdale. The article hits on the demographics, culture, quality of life, and known qualities of Scarsdale.