6.6 out of 10

Fairview

41.0401808661699 -73.7894253519771
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Pest Free
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Peaceful Residential Community Within Reach of Great Amenities"

Fairview is a pretty residential hamlet of Greenburgh, Westchester NY, population 3,099 (as of 2010), located off the Cross Westchester Expressway and Tarrytown Road, as well as not too far from the Metropolis Country Club, Mercy College and Crossroads Shopping Plaza in nearby Dobbs Ferry, not to mention other amenities in surrounding towns like Sleepy Hollow or Ossining.

The houses here are fairly affordable, starting around $300,000, which is pretty affordable for working middle-class Westchester residents. Kids go to the highly esteemed Greenburgh Central School District. There's also the option of a wonderful day and residential therapeutic school, Greenburgh-Graham, which is for students age 5-21.

Fairview is basically a residential area without any amenities in the town itself, but surrounding towns like Tarrytown has the Striped Bass Restaurant, the Sweet Grass Grill, The Silver Tips Tea Room and a 7-11, among others. Dobbs Ferry is home to Mercy College, a renowned liberal arts college, and the Half Moon Restaurant, which sits on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River (from the outdoor patio, you can see the Tappan Zee Bridge and, if you're lucky and there's no haze, the far-off skyline of NYC). It's a great place to dine and listen to the relaxing sound of the river's gentle lapping at the water's edge, enjoying casual fine dining with your loved ones, or your romantic night out with that special someone.

Surrounding areas like Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow is filled with the history of Washington Irving and Philipsburgh Manor as well as great medical care at Phelp's Hospital; and nearby towns like Croton (off Rt. 9) have fun places like the Black Cow Coffee Shop; Ossining has a fantastic public library, and Tarrytown has old-fashioined Wagner Library. Transportation in nearby river towns offer residents of Fairview easy access to the Grand Central Station of NYC in less than an hour. Greenburgh itself is ranked as the #2 “best and worst places to live” in the USA. All you have to do is visit this beautiful, historically rich area and you'll know just what they mean!
Pros
  • Real estate is inexpensive
  • Access to Greenburgh's amenities
  • Shopping is within short range
Cons
  • Have to drive to other towns for everything
  • School system doesn't rank very high
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Close-knit neighborhood of Greenburgh"

Fairview is a tiny (less than one half square mile) relatively unremarkable albeit close-knit suburban family community which is quiet, modest, relatively safe and comprised chiefly of small to medium-sized well-maintained and affordable homes, especially considering its close proximity to the prime real estate of Scarsdale and White Plains.

Fairview itself doesn’t have any real shopping, food or entertainment destinations to speak of, but it is in such close range to Elmsford, White Plains and even Tarrytown, that a short bus ride or quick five to fifteen minute drive in one of several directions is guaranteed to satiate almost any given need.

Within a couple of minutes, one can partake in the offerings of the Crossroads Shopping Center and the rest of Tarrytown Road for that matter. Tarrytown Road, which is a popular thoroughfare that cuts through Greenburgh between White Plains and Elmsford has no shortage of stores and restaurants. There is a large Kmart which sells food, a Modells, a HomeGoods, a Radio Shack, a Petland Discounts, several wireless provider stores, a nail salon, a nearby movie theatre which shows both blockbusters and more artistic flicks, a bowling alley, a terrific market which is known for its fresh seafood and produce, a smaller Barnes and Nobles, and several chain restaurants including Applebees, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Planet Pizza and Papa Johns. Central Avenue with its miles and miles of storefront shops, restaurants and services is also in short driving distance.

Fairview is a fairly safe nehighborhood with people tending to keep a close watch on the goings-on.

Fairview neighborhood students are a part of the Greenburgh school district which is considered solid,

The population of Fairview is approximately 3,000 people.
Pros
  • Real estate is inexpensive
  • Access to Greenburgh's amenities
  • Shopping is within short range
Cons
  • Have to drive to other towns for everything
  • School system doesn't rank very high
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Average - not extraordinary"

Located in southern Westchester, within the town of Greenburgh, Fairview is a very small and quiet community with affordably priced homes and very little of anything else. The population of Verplanck is predominantly African American, with smaller percentages of Hispanic and white residents. The median income is also lower than those of most other Westchester towns. The hamlet itself is extremely small; it is less than one-half of a square mile, and it is entirely residential. As a previous reviewer stated, the major problem with living in Fairview is that there is virtually nothing to do there. However, since it is part of Greenburgh, it has access to many of the larger town's and its other hamlets' amenities. Elmsford has a country club, a skating academy, and a nice library. You can find a lot of great shopping and some nice restaurants in White Plains. Greenburgh also has a wide variety of special events and programs for kids and senior citizens. Greenburgh also has a rapidly growing arts community, with art exhibits, live performances, and poetry contests. There is the community center, but it's cheaper for people who live in the unincorporated parts of Greenburgh.
Pros
  • Real estate is inexpensive
  • Access to Greenburgh's amenities
Cons
  • Have to drive to other towns for everything
  • School system doesn't rank very high
  • Boring
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"An okay town if youre willing to drive"

Fairview is a part of Greenburgh which offers a lot of community programs and events. However, since Greenburgh is so big you have to drive into different towns to do everything. For instance, the public library is in Elmsford, the community center is in White Plains, and the nature center is in Scarsdale. Since it all spans such a large distance, it's hard to meet your neighbors utilizing these facilities. If you're ok with that then the list of offerings at the community center is very comprehensive.

There's a golf course almost in town. There's also a shopping plaza with chain restaurants, banks, and a few stores but again it's not technically in town. Greenburgh has about 20 parks and about 5 of them are in the two neighboring towns.

Unfortunately the school system isn't very good. Fairview residents attend Woodlands Senior High School in Hartsdale and although the national ranking isn't the best, parents and former students seem to like the teachers and atmosphere.

There are a lot better places in Greenburgh to call home. Its biggest pro is that the real estate is inexpensive but I think you get what you pay for in this instance. I would prefer a place with my community in the immediate area.
Pros
  • Real estate is inexpensive
Cons
  • Have to drive to other towns for everything
  • School system doesn't rank very high
Recommended for
  • Professionals

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