Are you looking to move to Greenwich? Have you looked at the Byram section of Greenwich? Byram is a neighborhood in the western most part of Greenwich with a population of just over 4000. It is located at the border of New York and Connecticut, convenient to the shops and restaurants of Port Chester, NY. Byram is a very walkable neighborhood that is less than 1 square mile with Mill Street as it’s “main street.” Byram is home to modest single family homes, multi-family homes as well as home to the priciest Greenwich properties on prestigious Byram Shore Road. There are so many reasons to move to Byram, here are six reasons.
Why Should You Move to the Byram section of Greenwich, CT?
Undervalued Home Prices
Think you are priced out of Greenwich, think again. Byram can be affordable. There are the homes on Byram Shore Road which are where the most expensive homes in Greenwich are, however, if you look at the part of Byram that is away from the water and closer to Mill Street, you can find affordable single family homes. Compared to Cos Cob, Riverside or Old Greenwich, you can get great values in the single family homes in Byram. Small single family homes that are around 1000-1500 square feet are priced at $500,000-$600,000. In other parts of town you can only get a condo at that price point. These homes also come with low Greenwich real estate taxes. For example, a home in the $500,000-$600,000 price range will have $3000-$4000 in annual property taxes. This is very affordable if you compare it to neighboring Westchester property taxes. So if you are looking for a starter home that is a good value, you definitely should consider Byram. The best part is it gets you the Greenwich, Connecticut address, Greenwich schools and access to all the Town of Greenwich resources.
Similar to Old Greenwich and Riverside, Byram is a very walkable neighborhood. It is less than a square mile. The streets are lined with sidewalks which is not common in Greenwich. Byram residents can easily walk to the shops and restaurants on Mill Street, Byram Shubert Library, the New Lebanon Elementary School or the Byram Beach. Plus it’s approximately a 15 minute walk to the Port Chester train station making it convenient to catch the Metro-North train to New York City.
Near the Beach
In a lot of ways, Byram is very similar to Old Greenwich. Like Old Greenwich, Byram has its own beach. Byram residents can easily walk to Byram beach, a 30 acre beach and park facility. Byram Beach is also home to the Town of Greenwich pool. The Byram pool is an impressive facility that cost $6.8 million to build funded by the town and the Junior League of Greenwich. The pool has breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. The pool facility consists of a main pool which has a zero-entry pool and lap pool, a fenced in kiddie pool, a splash pad, bathrooms and lockers. There is also a concession stand so you can buy lunch or dinner and sit at a bench or a picnic table overlooking Long Island Sound. Aside from the pool and the beach, there is also a playground at Byram Beach, tennis courts, ball fields and marina. And if you are a boating enthusiast, you can even join the Byram Shore Boat Club which is located at Byram Beach. Imagine all of this within walking distance from your home!
State of the Art School
Greenwich is known for its top ranking schools. Byram residents are districted to the New Lebanon Elementary School located right in the middle of Byram, across the street from the Byram Shubert library. New Lebanon Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate magnet school for children Kindergarten to Grade 5. It recently received a multi-million dollar renovation making it a next generation school, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The school building is sustainably designed to achieve a gold-level LEED rating from U.S. Green Building Council. Byram residents are lucky to have such an impressive state of the art elementary school as its neighborhood school.
Convenient to Shops, Restaurants and Train
One of the best things about living in Byram is that it is so convenient. If you drive to New York City, you will appreciate living in Byram since you can easily access I-95 via the Exit 2 ramp located right across the street from Byram Beach. And being in the Western most part of Greenwich, you are at the closest point to New York City. It only takes 45 minutes to drive from Byram Shore Road to Midtown Manhattan compared to an hour to drive from Old Greenwich to Midtown Manhattan. Taking the train is also very convenient from Byram. Even if Byram does not have its own Metro North train station, you can easily catch the Metro North train to NYC from the Port Chester station or the Greenwich station. Both stations are approximately 6 minute drive from Byram.
Aside from the easy commute to NYC, Byram is also convenient because it is so close to all of the shops and restaurants in Port Chester, NY. Byram residents can walk or drive to Port Chester’s bustling restaurant scene. Byram is also within a 5 minute drive to big box retailers like Costco, Michael’s, Marshalls, Petco and Home Goods. Food shopping is also convenient with the Whole Foods Port Chester just a 10 minute drive and the Port Chester Stop and Shop a 5 minute drive from Byram. If you want to catch a movie, AMC Port Chester is only a 5 minute drive. Byram residents are lucky to have the easy commute to New York City and to be in close proximity to a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
Library and Ice Skating Rink
For a neighborhood of a little over 4000 residents and occupying less than 1 square mile, Byram is home to a lot of town facilities. Aside from the beach, tennis courts, playground, marina and the pool, Byram also has its own library. The Byram Shubert library is conveniently located across the street from the New Lebanon Elementary School. It’s a small neighborhood library with a children’s room and a main floor. After school, it is common to see children from New Lebanon School spend their afternoon at the library, using the library computers, doing their homework or attending an after school performance organized by the Friends of Byram Shubert Library. On the weekends, the Byram Shubert library often has arts and crafts for families. During vacation weeks, it is common for Byram Shubert Library to have shows and activities for the neighborhood like magic shows, puppet shows, arts and crafts, Martial Arts demonstrations and cooking classes. The library is truly a hub for the neighborhood. Aside from having its own library, Byram is also home to Dorothy Hamill indoor ice skating rink. This is the Town of Greenwich ice skating rink where Greenwich residents can sign up for group ice skating lessons, in house hockey leagues or attend public ice skating sessions. For a small neighborhood, Byram residents are lucky to be within walking distance from so many wonderful town facilities.
Living in Byram gives you the best of both worlds- you get the small neighborhood town, on the water lifestyle yet you are only 45 minutes away from New York City.
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