Country Club

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No trace remains but the Country Club of Westchester, founded in 1883 as one of America's first country clubs, once operated here with yachting regattas, polo chukkers and golf tournaments. After a disastrous clubhouse fire on New Year's Day 1922 the club never rebounded and the grounds were divided up for building lots. The houses that emerged on those lots are a picturesque mix of Tudor cottages, Neoclassical brick, wooden saltboxes and stuccoed ranches. Country Club, bounded to the east by Eastchester Bay and the west by Interstate 95 and stretching from Layton Avenue in the south to Spencer Drive in the north, is a neighborhood of quiet residential streets with plenty of on-street parking for the single family homes. Many of Country Club's earliest buyers were Italian and the neighborhood has remained essentially the same. The most desirable Country Club property resides on the waterfront with deep-water docks. So desirable, in fact, that word seldom reaches the public when a house with water views comes to market. Often the existing house will be torn down by a new buyer and replaced with a more expensive abode, taking advantage of lower city property taxes than those next door in Westchester County. New York City's largest green space, Pelham Bay Park, is just to the north and when Country Clubbers need more than the basic necessities provided at the tiny neighborhood commercial centers on Layton Avenue or at Spencer Estates (the Italian Market Barino's is a local favorite) they point their vehicles towards the shopping centers of Westchester County. The nearest subway line is #6, which can be a mile's journey to reach. From there it is a 40-minute ride to Midtown. By Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Buses:

Bx24

Rental Prices:

$1,250 ― $1,937

Sales Prices:

$300,000 ― $465,000

Landmarks:

Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach (adjacent)

School Districts:

11

Police Precincts:

45

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