5.9 out of 10

Ardsley

Ranked 44th best city in New York
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Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A somewhat quiet and generic suburban village with a great school system"

Ardsley, not to be confused with Ardsley-on-Hudson, is a 1.3 square mile village located in the larger town of Greenburgh, NY. It has some lovely homes on quiet and winding tree-lined streets and a tiny downtown area, but it can feel a tad small and inconsequential to some, like more of a pass-through than a final living destination. However, it is centrally located and close to bustling Yonkers and the endless shopping, food and entertainment possibilities on the popular Central Avenue Strip which is less than ten minutes away.

That being said, Ardsley itself isn’t devoid of amenities. In and around the small downtown area and at the modest Ardsley Shopping Center you will find a fair amount of services including a handful of banks, a couple of pharmacies, a hardware store, a nail salon, a pet groomer, a car wash, a florist, a UPS store, a post office, a Laundromat, a music studio, a wine store and a DeCicco’s food market.

There are quite a few decent restaurants, both chain and independent, including Bubba’s Tavern, Ardsley Pizzeria and Ardsley Pizza in the Square, Mina’s Pizza Pasta Restaurant, a Carvel, a Starbucks, Golden Wok Café, Fiesta Mexicano Restaurant, Pumpernickel Restaurant, Nishi Japanese Restaurant, Calcutta Wrap and Roll, La Catena Italian Restaurant and Thai House Restaurant.

There is a small but fairly nice park, Ashford Park, which houses a playground, a playing field, basketball courts, tennis courts, some picnic areas and even a gazebo. The village also has a well developed parks and recreation program.

Ardsley is pretty safe and the crime rate is relatively low.

The school system is excellent. The median SAT score is 1786 and it is reported that 99% of its high school students do go on to attend college.

The median household income is $195,332. The median home value is $501,450 and the median rental rate is $1,861.00

Ardsley is 73% White, 17% Asian, 6.5% Hispanic and 2% Black.

The population of Ardsley is 4,452 people and the median age is 42. .
Pros
  • Good Schools
  • Safe
  • Nice park
  • Very laid-back & comfortable atmosphere
Cons
  • Boring
  • No Town Center
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Ardsley, A Great Place to Live!"

Most of the Rivertowns are treated as one large town. The villages of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings and Irvington are not large individual towns. They are all villages in the town of Greenburgh. While growing up here the area was often referred to as the Quad villages because these small villages together are treated as one larger town. It is not uncommon for someone who lives in Ardsley to drive 2 miles and to Red Hat for dinner or use the Dobbs Ferry train station to commute to work. The same way residents of Dobbs Ferry or Irvington would come to Ardsley to go to Deccio, Riveria Bakery and Starbucks. There were a few vacant store fronts in the village but there are now new establishments in those locations. Now where those empty spaces were a new yogurt shop, a market, a trendy Spin studio for a quick workout, a greek restaurant and even a new veterinarian office are all located in the center of the village. This is a sign of the economy rebounding. Like many of the villages in Westchester, you are not going to find the night life and attractions of NYC but another Ardsley advantage, you are only a 35 Minute drive and a 42 minute train ride to those attractions.

At three O’clock the main streets of the Ardsley and all the Rivertowns are all going to be congested due to schools letting out. At rush hour, the streets are again congested because Ardsley residents may be driving to/from the train station located in Dobbs Ferry while Irvington and Dobbs Ferry residents are driving to/from Ardsley to go on/off the Thruway. The temporary traffic runs both ways and unfortunately not only in Ardsley, its everywhere at these times. This traffic pales in comparison to the traffic of LIE on long Island and the New Jersey gridlock.
As a real estate broker and again having grown up in the area, I can say one of the great things about the area is the personal attention and warmth in a small village. I can choose to live anywhere but in Ardsley a village of less than 5,000 you are sure to run into someone you know in the bagel shop or Starbucks in the morning or at China Pavilion or Pumpernickels getting dinner at night. You are not just a face a in the crowd. Believe me that personal attention is helpful at 7:30 in the morning when you are on line when Nicole at Starbucks has your coffee ready and waiting for you.

There is something very special about this little village that extends past the temporary traffic and fantastic schools.
Pros
  • People who live here
  • Good Schools
  • Safe
  • Nice park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
2yrs+

"A Bedroom & School Community Only"

This is what my parents used to refer to as a bedroom community. It's a good, safe place to lay your head at night, but if you want to go out to eat, shop, experience night life, etc. you won't do much more than the basics in town. And traffic can be ridiculous for a town this size. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon you can sit at some of the traffic lights for at least 2 cycles.Parking isn't much better -- I'll drive 5 minutes or so to a Starbucks on Route 100 rather than fuss with traffic in downtown Ardsley and pay at a meter.

Most other towns in the area are a little more expensive to live in but worth it. We go to Dobbs Ferry to eat, catch the train, go for a walk on the Aqueduct, and sometimes shop. A lot of storefronts are empty in Ardsley -- some have been empty for years. ( DeCicco's Market is definitely a plus, however.) To be fair, it's not that far a drive to other towns' offerings, and even in traffic you're close to the Saw Mill and Thruway.

If you have kids, it's all about the schools -- but Hastings and Dobbs schools are good, too.
Pros
  • Safe
Cons
  • No Train Station
  • No Town Center
  • Boring
  • Lots of traffic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great location and schools"

Ardsley is a small village sandwiched between two of Westchester County’s major highways. It occupies a little over one square mile, with a population of approximately 4,300.

The village developed as a residential area mainly after World War II; most of the homes are splits and ranches built during the 1960s and 1970s. Though the town lacks the picturesque quality possessed by its neighbors Scarsdale and Hastings, Ardsley is nonetheless a sought-after place to live for its proximity to the city and excellent schools.

The town’s location makes is a great choice for commuters. Though Ardsley does not have its own Metro-North station, Dobbs Ferry and Hartsdale are both easily reached and make the trip to Grand Central in about a half hour. Interstate 87, the Saw Mill Parkway and the Sprain Brook Parkway are easy to get to for car commuters.

Ardsley’s schools are excellent. There are 2,200 students in the district. Only half of the students reside in Ardsley proper; the rest hail from parts of Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, White Plains, Hastings, Scarsdale and Hartsdale. There are three schools in the district: Concord Road Elementary, Ardsley Middle School and Ardsley High School. Parents who elect to settle in Ardsley often cite the district as one of the primary factors in their choice. The high school offers many honors and Advanced Placement classes; all three schools have strong academic programs and extracurricular programs.

The town’s recreational programs are also a major draw. There is a community center with a Youth Advocate, a social worker who is a resource for children and teens. The programs offered include basketball for adults and kids, chess, pee-wee soccer, and skateboard clinics. Ardsley has a strong art scene as well. It is one of the four towns served by the Rivertowns Arts Council. This organization works with to provide residents of Ardsley, Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington with arts education programs and events.

The median house price in Ardsley is on the rise. When the town was in its early stages of development, there was a large gap between prices in Ardsley and prices in the more exclusive surrounding towns, but today the gap has shrunk. In recent years a limited number of larger homes have been built on the few remaining plots of empty land. There are many properties over a million dollars, and at the other end of the spectrum, there are small single family homes and condos. The current median price is $450,000.
Pros
  • Good Schools
  • Growing arts community
Cons
  • No Town Center
  • No Train Station
  • Lots of traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Quiet Town with a Close-Knit Community"

Want a small town country atmosphere with a close-knit community? Then you’ll want to live in the flourishing town of Ardsley, NY. While it has a similar name as Ardsley-on-Hudson (located in the nearby town of Irvington), Ardsley is a village all its own, part of the greater town of Greenburgh, NY. Positioned along the now busy Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley has a colorful history. Given the major road’s name, you won’t be surprised to learn that there was once a saw and gris mill in Ardsley. You might be surprised to find that what is now the municipal building was once the town’s schoolhouse, destroyed in a fire back in the 1800’s---or that the original population was one of Wappingers Native American tribes, the Wickquasgeeks, before they were taken over by the Dutch and the British in the later 1600's. Ardsley was actually once called “Ashford” after the town’s main street, Ashford Road, which was once used by the Native Americans as a trail that would take them from the Hudson River all the way to the banks of the Long Island Sound.

Ardsley isn’t cheap (housing prices range from the $600,000s to the $800,000 and above), but the town is well worth the high prices. Its schools have excellent SAT scores (one of the highest in the entire county), and their after-school programs (offering such things as Chess) are stellar. Seniors are very welcome in the town of Ardsley, as there is a bus that can take you wherever you want to go, and the community center offers card games, board games and free coffee, as well as a place to simply take it easy and meet new friends. The library has a teen center and an amazing children’s program (join the teen book club or learn pottery with the youngins, for example).

Houses around here aren’t cheap, but the price is worth it. You’ll be right near comfort shops like Carvel, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, as well as DeCicco’s Farm Market, a UPS store, and Ardsley Hardware. There’s the Riveria Bake Restaurant and Mina’s Pizza and Pasta, great places to take your family out for a meal---and Life: The Place To Be is a fantastic arcade, and a great place to have your next birthday bash.

Train stations are available at nearby Dobbs Ferry, Scarsdale, Ardsley-on-Hudson (Irvington), and the Metro-North Station in Tarrytown.
Pros
  • great community connections
  • Good Schools
  • Safe
  • Growing arts community
  • Nice park
  • Very laid-back & comfortable atmosphere
Cons
  • very little night life
  • No Town Center
  • No Train Station
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A small town in the thick of things...."

Ardsley is one of the neighborhoods in the larger town of Greenburgh. It is hard to really say anything definitive about Ardsley exclusively because it really is in the middle of Greenburgh and Westchester and very inter-linked with neighboring communities. Ashford Avenue is a central artery to the county and this is an advantage and disadvantage. Ardsley is well-connected but also sees a lot of traffic, especially during those peak commute hours.
Given that it is in the center of the county, it cannot real boast great water views like some of the other towns perched on the Hudson or the Long Island Sound. However, it can boast of an excellent school district – the Ardsley Union Free School District.
Ardsley being part of Greenburgh means its community services such as a pool are not necessarily in town. The Greenburgh facilities are very good and so the community can enjoy the benefit of that. There isn’t quite a downtown in Ardsley, more in the nature of a few strip malls. But it is convenient for some immediate shopping and given that Yonkers and White Plains aren’t that far away, there’s access to anything you want within driving distance.
Ardsley does not have a train station but it is driving distance to New York City and this is one the reasons for the growing population density here. The old Cape Cods and split levels have been joined by newer colonials over time as the demand for housing has grown over time. Ashford Park and McDowell Park, with their tennis courts, basket ball courts and baseball fields, provide nice places for the children and families to participate in activities.
It is worth mentioning that Ardsley is also home to a bourgeoning arts community. This village along with Hastings, Irvington and Dobbs Ferry have created the non-profit Rivertowns Arts Council with the stated “mission of RiverArts is to produce a wide range of high quality cultural events and educational programs which diversify participation and engage our communities in the support and understanding of the arts and artists, thereby enriching our quality of life.”
Pros
  • Good Schools
  • Growing arts community
Cons
  • Lots of traffic
  • No Train Station
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice but isolated town"

Ardsley is a very small village that ironically gets a whole lot of traffic because of its central location. A lot of people pass through Ardsley to get to other places, causing heavy traffic during peak hours. Still, Ardsley has a lot of good qualities too. The housing costs in Ardsley are relatively low. The residents are very laid back, and there are plenty of fun things to do. The school district in Ardsley is fantastic. While it may not be what you’d imagine a town center in a New York suburb to be like, there is a tiny downtown area with stores. Ashford Park is pretty nice, with a playground for kids, baseball fields, basketball courts, and a picnic area. You’ll see a lot of residents relaxing there in good weather. There is also a growing arts community in Ardsley. There are some restaurants in Ardsley, but nothing trendy or upscale. I wouldn’t live here because I’d find it boring, but residents don’t really seem to mind the quiet atmosphere as you can easily drive to nearby towns for more fun. MetroNorth actually does have a stop that’s supposedly in Ardsley, but it’s pretty inconvenient to get to (for many residents).
Pros
  • Nice park
  • Growing arts community
  • Very laid-back & comfortable atmosphere
  • Good Schools
  • Safe
Cons
  • Boring
  • Lots of traffic
  • Inconvenient to get to the train
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A central village but lacks amenities"

Ardsley has a great school system. The classes are kept small so every child gets the attention they need to really learn. The teachers are very intuitive and adapt their teaching style to the needs of their students. There's even a great after school program.

The biggest downside to Ardsley is it doesn't have a train station, you have to go to one of the surrounding towns. Unless you take the bus you have to drive to one of the other train stations and try to find parking. I say "try" because chances are you won't be able to. Driving to New York City is a better option for most people.

There's also not a community pool but if you live in Ardsley proper you can use the Greenburg pool which is very nice. To add to the growing list of things Ardsley does not have, there isn't a town center with shopping and restaurants. However, what it doesn't have can easily be found close-by so it really isn't as bad as it sounds.

The parks are nice but not overly impressive. There are quite a few small parks dotted around the village and Ashford Park has tennis and basketball courts.

Ardsley does enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the area which is a big factor, for me at least, when deciding to move.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Good Schools
Cons
  • No Train Station
  • No Town Center
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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