Mount Vernon is a city located in the New York - Newark metropolitan area, which is part of New York, United States.
The character of Mount Vernon is exemplified by its relaxed atmosphere. It is very easy to access public green spaces from the majority of locations in the city, since there are a few of them close by for residents to enjoy, such as Willson Woods Park and Hunts Woods Park. This part of the New York - Newark metropolitan area is also fairly good for those who prefer quiet surroundings, as there isn't a lot of street noise or city clamor - although that is not the case closer to the railway line.
About 40% of the dwellings are large apartment buildings, making it easy to find apartments in Mount Vernon, while small apartment buildings, duplexes, and single detached homes are the main alternatives in the housing stock. This part of the New York - Newark metropolitan area also has a good choice of housing size options; properties range from lofts to four or more bedrooms. Renters occupy roughly 55% of the units in the city and 45% are occupied by owners. Most homes in this city were built prior to the 1960s, during its most significant housing boom.
In this part of the New York - Newark metropolitan area, locals will typically be able to access both primary and secondary schools by walking. Besides public schools, there are private elementary and high schools. Regarding food, it is very easy to get to both a general and a specialty grocery store by walking from any home in this city. Moreover, a restaurant is usually just around the corner, and there are also approximately 10 coffee shops in Mount Vernon. It is also convenient to access a variety of clothing stores on foot.
Mount Vernon will appeal to property owners that appreciate a diversity of methods of transportation. Thanks to 3 train stations (for example, Fleetwood Station and Mt Vernon West Station) with access to the New Canaan Branch, New Haven Station and Harlem Station, and approximately 10 nearby bus lines, the public transit system in this part of the New York - Newark metropolitan area is very good. Physically active property owners will also enjoy the very pedestrian-friendly character of this city; running daily errands is very convenient, and there are also a good number of businesses nearby. Mount Vernon is not especially bike-friendly because cyclists encounter quite a few hills. Nevertheless, this city boasts a reasonably good bicycling infrastructure.