Purchase NY Real Estate and Homes for Sale
In the coterminous village and town of Harrison in Westchester County, you’ll find the beautiful hamlet of Purchase.A short drive away from White Plains and Greenwich, Connecticut, it is a largely residential community with a lovely rural atmosphere amplified by vistas of lush rolling hills and some of the most beautiful real estate in the country.
According to local legend, Purchase derived its name from “Harrison’s Purchase.” John Harrison, after whom the town of Harrison was named, bought the land that would become Purchase from an Indian chief named Pathungo in 1695. Disputes arose when it was revealed that the land was also sold to two other men. John Harrison had an advantage, however, as he was the only one who filed claims with New York’s provincial government.
The Purchase of today is a balanced mix of the old and the new, the majestic and the modest. Despite its constantly changing landscape, Purchase still retains its old charms.
Single-family homes built on large tracts of land dominate the housing market in Purchase. Grand old mansions still survive to this day, while new developments built on old parcels of land have sprung up to accommodate an influx of newcomers. Colonial Revival homes in Ophir Farms, Morningside, and the Springs start in the low millions, while postmodern colonial homes that go up to 5,000 sq. ft. in the gated community of Lincoln Rise sell up to $3 million.
Great Educational Opportunities
Purchase is home to several academic institutions that offer the best education possible to its growing student population. Harrison Central School District supervises Purchase Elementary and Harrison High School. As for seats of higher learning, Purchase is home to the Manhattanville College, the State University of New York at Purchase, the Westchester campus of Fordham University, and Keio Academy of New York.