7 Quiet Commuter Communities Within an Hour of NYC

By Toll Brothers 2 minute read

Last updated on August 24th, 2022

New York City is a lot of amazing things, but slow-paced it’s definitely not. However, venturing just outside of the city allows you to live a quiet suburban life, while still being able to enjoy the city and all that it has to offer.

Westchester, NY and New Jersey offer a wide variety of lifestyle choices in picturesque towns surrounded by serene nature. Not only are these suburban neighborhoods a great place to raise kids but they also afford commuters easy access to the Big Apple for work or leisure. Homes ranging from townhomes to estates provide space not often found within the five boroughs, as well as an escape after a busy day or a long night.

Explore some of our New York and New Jersey communities below, all within an hour of NYC, and see what makes them such a great place to call home.


New York

Toll Brothers at Valeria – Cortlandt Manor, NY

  • Character in all the right places
  • A community of low-maintenance townhomes
  • Set within the Valeria master plan on the historic estate of American industrialist Jacob Langeloth
  • Amenities include tennis courts, a swimming pool overlooking Dickerson Pond, nature trail, plus, a historic clubhouse with 2,240 sq. ft. grand ballroom, full kitchen, fitness center, game room, reading rooms, private lake featuring boating and canoeing
  • 45 miles from Grand Central (see directions)


Summit Estates at Westchester – Valhalla, NY

  • A luxurious alternative to the city
  • Stunning single-family estates on half-acre home sites
  • In the Mount Pleasant Central School District featuring the top-rated Westlake High School
  • Go for a walk in one of the local Westchester County parks, enjoy a round of golf nearby, or catch a film at the Jacob Burns Film Center
  • 31 miles from Grand Central (see directions)


Brownstones at Edge-on-Hudson – Sleepy Hollow, NY

  • A sleek version of suburbia
  • 3- and 4-story townhomes featuring large rooftop terraces with fantastic views
  • In the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns School District
  • Adventure through the adjacent Kingsland Point Park or shop and dine in the vibrant village of Tarrytown and along the streets of historic Sleepy Hollow
  • 29 miles from Grand Central (see directions)


New Jersey

Orchard Ridge – Mahwah, NJ

  • Surround yourself with the picturesque Ramapo Mountains
  • A community of luxurious estate homes
  • In the Mahwah School District, with the award-winning Mahwah High School ranked #43 in New Jersey according to 2016 NJ Monthly Magazine Schools issue
  • Conveniently located only 11 miles from the Garden State Parkway
  • 29 miles from Grand Central Terminal (see directions)


Reserve at Franklin Lakes – Franklin Lakes, NJ

  • Lofty and rustic with resort-style living
  • A master planned community with two home collections
  • In the top-rated Ramapo Indian Hills School District
  • Designed to preserve the natural beauty of the surrounding areas with all of your favorite activities nearby, including shopping, dining, golf, and more
  • 28 miles from Grand Central Terminal (see directions)


Monroe Place – Monroe Township, NJ

  • An elegant start to life outside New York City
  • A luxurious enclave of carriage-style townhomes
  • In the Monroe Township School District
  • Conveniently located along the Route 33 corridor, perfect for commuters who want to enjoy a low-maintenance luxury lifestyle
  • 53 miles from Grand Central Terminal (see directions)


Estates at Bamm Hollow – Lincroft NJ

  • Escape to serene surroundings with a home where you can grow
  • Select from numerous award-winning floor plans with a variety of exterior designs
  • In the highly rated Middletown Township School District
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of upscale living with superior schools, excellent shopping, and a wide variety of cultural events close to home
  • 46 miles from Grand Central (see directions)

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    1. Carla Edwards says:

      Hi are they new build houses? And are they in the suburbs of New York?

    2. josephine says:

      Any plans to be build on Long Island? Nassau/Suffolk border ?

      • Toll Brothers says:

        While we do not have immediate plans to build in these locations, Toll Brothers is always looking for new and exciting places for our models. Please be on the lookout for our new communities in the future, and let us know if there is anything else we can help you with!

    3. DIONNE says:

      Are the Eastport and Avon models at Cortlandt Manor sold out??

    4. jaynell boakye says:

      Hi my name is Jaynell and I was wondering if you have any houses in NY available

    5. Geneva Martinez says:

      I m interested to know the process to buy an economical, beautiful and spacious home within an hour or less time from from New York my number 347-421-0027

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hi Geneva, we appreciate your interest in building with Toll Brothers. We recommend visiting our website, here, and exploring our communities near NYC. From there, you can contact our Online Sales Teams, located on every community page, to schedule a tour, answer your questions, and more. Thanks!

    6. Bernadette Bishop says:

      Interested in pricing for Catherine St.condos in Yorktown,NY? What is timeframe of construction?

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hello Bernadette, we appreciate your interest in building with Toll Brothers. Unfortunately, we can not currently provide pricing and construction estimates for the Yorktown location. We encourage you to revisit our website later in the year to see if there are any new developments regarding this community. Thanks!

    7. Radhika says:

      Hi, we looking to buy around Princeton New Jersey.. you have anything available around this area

    8. Marilyn Pieretti says:

      Trying to get information about new construction in Mahwah,nj……specifically condos

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hi Marilyn, we appreciate your interest in building with Toll Brothers. We encourage you to visit our website, here, to explore our communities in and around Mahwah, NJ. Once there, you can directly contact our Online Sales Teams, located at the top of every community page, to learn more information about an array of topics like model availability, pricing, and much more! Thanks!

    9. Loretta says:

      Do you have any lease or rentals in Regent Oaks in freehold N.J. 07728 new construction

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hi Loretta, we do not offer leasing or rentals in that community. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

    10. Barbara Comeau says:

      Which of your properties is 55 + and what are your starting prices? Thank you.

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hi Barbara, is there a specific location you’re interested in learning more about? We can narrow down your options with that provided. Thanks!

    11. Chris says:

      Hi. Any plans on building more active adult communities in Dutchess county NY?

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hi Chris, we appreciate your interest in our homes. We do not currently have plans to build more active-adult communities in Dutchess County, but we encourage you to explore nearby locations on our website. Thanks!

    12. Manisha Mehta says:

      Do you have any single family homes (non 55Plus) in Central or North Jersey

      • Toll Brothers says:

        Hi, Manisha. We appreciate your interest in our homes. We do not have any 55+ communities in central or north New Jersey offering single-family home designs. We encourage you to visit our website to explore available NJ locations and options. Thanks!

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