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John Harrison’s purchase of 1696 brought about a sizable, irregularly shaped town explained by local lore as the amount of land he could traverse in a day on horseback before hitting watery obstacles. A refuge for serenity-seekers and Fortune 500 companies alike, the town runs heavy with center hall Colonials beneath a thicket of dense trees. One can venture downtown for a classic mozzarella-studded deli sandwich before cruising to the sculpture gardens at PepsiCo headquarters, laden with sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore against a wild canvas of weeping willows. Nearby SUNY Purchase shares this penchant for performance, where the public can settle into the red-velveted Performing Arts Center theater for a matinee or stroll the contemporary Neuberger Museum of Art, hosting constant in-conversations with renowned artists. The Brentwood, Sunnyridge, and Sterling Ridge neighborhoods each have their vibe. Manhattan is but a half hour by car or train, fading Harrison into an emerald blur in the rearview.

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Living in Westchester

Don’t call it upstate. This cosmopolitan county north of New York City is a collective of towns, hamlets and mid-sized cities that put virtually every lifestyle imaginable within an hour’s commute of Manhattan. It’s due north of the Bronx, next door to Connecticut, and the gateway to the Hudson Valley. Metro-North’s Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines make for speedy service into Grand Central — an express ride from many down-county communities runs comparable to the F train from South Brooklyn, with a much sunnier view. Lower Westchester’s villages prioritize convenience, while the verdant horse country to the north is a favored destination for those looking to fade away in privacy. The Hudson and Long Island Sound form its two coasts, conspiring with an inland chain of lakes and reservoirs for unbeatable boating, fishing and other recreational endeavors. Chain stores are noticeably absent from many Main Streets, which run chockablock with character-filled indie shops.