New Rochelle NY Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Known as La Nouvelle Rochelle back in the late 17th century, the area that would become known as New Rochelle offered refuge to Huguenots (French Protestants) who were then being persecuted. Most of the refugees were artisans and craftsmen from La Rochelle, France, which is why the area was eventually named New Rochelle.
Located on the shores of Long Island Sound, which serves as its southern border, New Rochelle is bordered by Scarsdale to the northeast, and Mamaroneck and Larchmont to the east. New Rochelle is easily accessible; around half an hour’s drive north of Manhattan, it has access to major highways, airports, and the Metro-North railroad. The city is home to more than 79,000 residents.
New Rochelle is often referred to as “the Queen City of the Sound” due to its 2.7-mile Long Island Sound coastline, and the city contains a wide variety of housing options. These range from luxurious single-family homes in the affluent Wykagyl area to townhouses, condos and co-ops downtown.
Topnotch Education and Parks
New Rochelle boasts a significant number of parks, lakes and nature preserves that locals and visitors can enjoy. Within New Rochelle’s boundaries are almost two dozen parks, natural areas such as the 15-mile Colonial Greenway, and lakes like the 7.5-acre Beechmont Lake. One of the most popular green spaces in the area is Glen Island Park, which features picnic areas and pavilions, a beach, a boat launching, numerous trails, and quite a few remnants from its days as a popular summer resort during the Victorian era. The city also has its own marina, the New Rochelle Municipal Marina, notable for being “the Sound Shore area’s only Clean Green and ADA-accessible facility.”
The city is served by the City School District of New Rochelle. The district administers half a dozen elementary schools, an early childhood center, two middle schools, and one high school. New Rochelle is also home to Monroe College, the College of New Rochelle, and Iona College.