Yonkers NY Real Estate and Homes for Sale
In July 1645, a 24,000-acre land grant was purchased by the first lawyer in New York, Adriaen van der Donck. He was locally known as the Jonkheer or Jonker, which meant “young gentleman” and “Esquire.” It was from that nickname that the name “Yonkers” was derived.
Yonkers is the fourth most populous city in the state of New York and the most populous city in Westchester County, surpassing county seat White Plains. In the past, Yonkers enjoyed periods of prosperity, as well as periods of tremendous hardship and scandal. This colorful history has helped make it one of the most diverse and vibrant communities in the region.
Four Main Neighborhoods, Four Flavors
Northeast Yonkers. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame once called Northeast Yonkers home. Most of Yonkers’ upscale housing is found here. The prestigious and highly renowned liberal arts institution, Sarah Lawrence College, is located in this neighborhood as well.
Northwest Yonkers. This is where you will find many beautifully preserved Victorian-era homes. Bordered by the Hudson River to the west, Northwest Yonkers has riverfront views aplenty and has a diverse housing stock.
Southeast Yonkers. This particular corner of Yonkers has one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country. You can find Little Italy in a small portion of Midland Avenue in Dunwoodie.
Southwest Yonkers. Last but not the least, this is where you will find Getty Square, Yonkers’ downtown district. Many of Yonkers’ historic sites and tourist attractions are located here, such as the Philipse Manor Hall and the Science Barge. The city government, various businesses, and shopping and dining options are found in Getty Square.
Yonkers is served by Yonkers Public Schools. Aside from Sarah Lawrence College, other institutions of higher learning can be found in the city – there’s Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, which is found in the neighborhood of Crestwood in Northeast Yonkers. Yonkers is also home to Westchester Community College’s Yonkers Extension Center.