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By Jon Mahler | Agent in San Francisco, CA

Top Reasons to Call Yonkers NY Home

Top Reasons to Call Yonkers NY Home

Yonkers Train StationThe Metro North Train Station in downtown Yonkers NY

As a local Westchester resident I am clearly biased in the discussion, but I wholeheartedly feel Yonkers is one of the absolute best communities to call home in the greater NY metro area.

If you're looking to relocate to New York, or a current resident tied of living out of a closet in lower Manhattan, consider Yonkers as one of your potential alternatives.

To maintain at least some semblance of objectivity, let me offer a couple of concrete reasons:

Accessibility: Thanks to an impressive public works system, Yonkers is one of the most readily accessible communities in greater New York.

The Hudson Line of the Metro North runs through the city center, offering four stops in the area (Ludlow, Yonkers, Glendwood, Greystone).  An MTA Bus route provides express services to Manhattan, as does a Water Taxi line, so it's easy to see why Yonkers has one of the highest public transit use rates in the country.

Local Culture: Don't think of Yonkers as solely a commuter town just because of its great public transit options.  The city is in the midst of the $3bn revitalization project that will add luxury condos, upscale retail, a minor league baseball stadium and more to the heart of downtown Yonkers - so we've got you covered on nights when staying close to home sounds more your speed.

Affordability: Despite its proximity to Manhattan and both a median income level and median home price comfortably above the state average, Yonkers remains an extremely affordable place to live.

The median home sale price has hovered in the mid-$300,000 range heading into the first quarter of 2011 (currently $361,975 as of the January).  Compare that to any Manhattan home for sale, even at relatively lower current levels.

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