Larchmont, named for its conifer trees called larches, is a small coastal New York village with a population of 6,132. A community of artists and wealthy white-collar professionals, Larchmont is a sophisticated city that supports education and local cultural institutions.
The Siwanoy, an Algonquin tribe, were the earliest known settlers of the land that became Larchmont. Once British and Dutch settlers started to arrive beginning in 1614, they began buying up the land and driving out the indigenous population. By 1720, only a handful of Siwanoys remained. Wealthy New Yorkers established estates in the area until Larchmont became known as a summer playground for New York’s elite in the late 19th century. These summer visitors chose to incorporate as a municipality in 1891.
Since Larchmont is in the northeast, it's a little more snowy and rainy than average. With average high summer temperatures of 84 degrees and low winter temperatures of 25 degrees, Larchmont’s climate is on the cool side, but is otherwise like the United States average, with about 200 sunny days per year.
The highways serving Larchmont are U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95. The Metro-North Railroad station off of Chatsworth Avenue is only 18.7 miles to the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and the Bee-Line Bus serves Westchester County with two stations in Larchmont. The most convenient airport to travel to for domestic flights is the Westchester County Airport, about 20 miles north via I-95. For international flights, the LaGuardia Airport is only 17 miles south on I-95, but prepare to encounter heavy traffic and toll booths. The average commute time in Larchmont is 24 minutes.
Cost of Living in Larchmont
According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Larchmont is significantly greater than the United States average because of the high cost of housing. Residents of Larchmont can expect to pay a bit more for groceries, healthcare, utilities, and transportation, but with over 80% of Larchmont housing valued at $500,000 to $1 million, being able to afford a hefty mortgage or rental agreement is a must. How far are your earnings likely to go in Larchmont? Use the links below to find out.
Larchmont shares a public school district with the city of Mamaroneck. Two district schools, Chatsworth Avenue Elementary and Hommocks Middle School, lie within the city limits of Larchmont, and high school aged children attend Mamaroneck High School one mile away from the city proper. There are about 20 private schools within 20 miles of Larchmont, including the French-American School of New York, an international, bilingual school accepting students from nursery age (3 years old) to grade 12. Larchmont is surrounded by some of the top colleges and universities in the country, such as New York University.
There is one hospital located in Larchmont: a smaller, local branch of the White Plains Hospital. There are 16 other hospitals within a 20 mile radius, including St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester for mental health and addiction recovery and the primary White Plans Hospital, the leading healthcare provider in Westchester County.
Larchmont Real Estate
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Larchmont has 2,215 housing units with an owner-occupied rate of 70.6 percent. The vast majority of these houses were built before 1939. Sperling’s Best Places reports that the median housing cost in Larchmont is about $1.14 million, which is 512 percent higher than the national average. Average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment, however, is $1,510 per month, which is 47% higher than the national average.
Located only a mile north on Route 1 is the Mamaroneck Motel, an inexpensive and no-frills lodging option with rooms starting at $100 per night. For extended stays, the Residence Inn by Marriott located only a 20 minute drive from New York City offers a 4-star experience starting at $189 per night with views of the Manhattan skyline, luxury bedding, a fully equipped kitchen, and high-speed internet.
There’s hardly a chain restaurant in sight in Larchmont. The village is populated by upscale Italian eateries, trendy tapas joints, and no-frills stops for comfort food. Polpettina is a hip, contemporary pizzeria serving up pies with not-particularly-traditional toppings such as arugula pesto, truffle honey, spicy chorizo, and salted pistachio. For more exotic palates, Durian is a popular Thai restaurant that was rated favorably by the New York Times in 2013. Standout dishes include the pan-fried chive dumplings appetizer, the grilled oysters, and the green curry with shrimp, eggplant, and sweet peppers. Sherwood’s is a hot spot for fall-off-the-bone ribs. Be prepared to encounter crowds on Monday nights beginning at 8 p.m., when wings cost only 20 cents apiece.
Things to Do in Larchmont
Because of Larchmont’s bayside position only 18 miles northeast of Midtown Manhattan, the entertainment possibilities are endless. Larchmont Manor Park extends 5,000 feet along the shoreline of the Long Island Sound, granting visitors beach access and gorgeous views. Nearby New York City is home to some of the greatest museums in the country, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As for nightlife, if you’ve never been to a club as big and bold as Cielo, it’s an experience worth trying at least once.