Purchase Street in Rye, NY

8 Reasons to Move to Rye, New York

Are you thinking of moving to Westchester? Not sure which Westchester town to move to and you are considering moving to Rye, NY? We asked local Rye residents to find out why they chose to move to Rye and why they enjoy living in Rye.

Purchase Street in Rye, NY
Purchase Street in Rye, NY

Reasons to Move to Rye, NY

1. High Ranking Schools

Many locals moved to Rye for the top-rated Rye schools. According to Niche.com, Rye City School is a top-rated public school district. The teachers in Rye City School district are one of the best in New York. Rye City Schools is ranked #6 for Districts with the Best Teachers in New York.

Rye Country Day School
Rye Country Day School

Rye is also home to top-rated private school, Rye Country Day School which is ranked #8 best Private K-12 school in America.

2. Near the Beach

One of the main reasons why locals love living in Rye is the proximity to the beach. Wherever you live in Rye, you are within 15 minutes from the beach. Rye residents have access to Rye Beach. There are also several private beach clubs in Rye and lots of waterfront homes in Rye.

Check out our Guide to Private Beach Clubs in Westchester

Rye Beach
Rye Beach

3. Close-Knit Community

Rye residents love the close-knit community of Rye. With a population of a little over 15,000, Rye is the type of town where you are likely to run into someone you know.

Whenever I walk down Purchase Street, I always bump into a neighbor or a friend!

Rye Resident

4. Close to Restaurants

Rye residents love living in Rye because they are so close to a wide range of restaurants including top-rated Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants. There is a wide variety of restaurants on Rye’s Purchase street including Japanese, Thai, American, and Italian restaurants. Purchase street is also home to Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, Rafele Rye.

Aside from the restaurants in Rye, Rye residents are also within a 10-minute drive to the bustling restaurant scene of Port Chester, NY. And Rye is a 15-minute drive to the restaurants on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, CT.

Purchase Street in Rye, NY
Purchase Street in Rye, NY

5. Close to Shops

Rye residents love the convenience of being so close to shops. Rye residents are within a 10-minute drive to big-box retailers like Target, Home Depot, and Costco. They can also shop at the boutiques on Purchase street and the neighboring Rye Ridge Shopping Center in Rye Brook, NY. Plus they are within a 15-minute drive to Greenwich Avenue which is the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast with luxury stores like Hermes and Saks.

Want to Know How Much It Costs to Live in Rye? Check out our Westchester Cost of Living Calculator

6. Close to NYC

Rye residents love being so close to New York City. Rye is just a 50-minute train ride to New York City. In fact, many Rye residents commute to NYC for work. Rye, being in close proximity to I-95, is also an easy drive to NYC.

Check out our Rye Metro-North Parking Guide

7. Lots of Kids Activities

Rye families have more kids’ activity options than they can fit into their schedule. Rye Recreation has a lot of children’s programs starting from infants (playdates) to preschoolers to teens. If you don’t see anything interesting, don’t worry, there are plenty of children’s programs at Rye Nature Center, Rye Arts Center, or Rye Y (Rye YMCA).

Check out our Rye Preschool Guide

8. Lots of Social Happenings

One nice thing about living in Rye is there are so many social happenings. Even if you move to Rye without knowing anyone, you can easily make friends in Rye. Get dressed up and attend one of the Novel Night parties, a fun benefit for Rye Free Reading Room. Rye Recreation also has lots of events from Food Truck Festivals to Turkey Run.

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