The city’s history goes back to 1688, when it was founded by the Huguenots, who named it for the artisan town of La Rochelle in France. Today it borders Larchmont, Scarsdale, Pelham, Eastchester and the Long Island Sound, and it has both a suburban and urban appeal. New Rochelle has several colleges, such as Iona College of New Rochelle and Monroe College, and its private schools include Thornton-Donovan, Iona Prep and Westchester Torah Academy.
There are also many early childhood programs and a full-day kindergarten. The downtown area offers entertainment, ethnic restaurants, shopping and recreation, and even a large dog-friendly park. The city’s allure has attracted new eateries, coffee shops and art galleries, and it boasts public and private tennis courts, beautiful parks and private swim clubs on the Sound, whereyou can enjoy magnificent views and boating.
The Wykagyl Country Club situated in the heart of Wykagyl is a private club. New Rochelle is undergoing a massive redevelopment with many new rental and condominium buildings currently under construction. the downtown area will soon have new retails stores and movie theaters. There is a large choice of housing, including multi-families, co-ops, new condominiums, rentals and single-family homes in all prices and styles. There are waterfront communities with relatively new homes, some of which are gated. The Metro North express station is an easy 29-minute commute to Grand Central Station and is also an Amtrak hub. It is convenient to highways, shopping and houses of worship.