Set on two miles of Long Island Sound coastline, this charming and affluent city is almost entirely residential and an approximate population of 15,000. Housing is made up of single-family homes, condos and town home rentals. Three parks offer tennis courts, playgrounds and playing fields. There’s a marina with mooring space for 350 boats, a public 18-hold golf course, a municipal pool, a nature center, bird sanctuary and a 120-acre marshland conservancy on the waterfront.Town website: www.townofryeny.com Public schools: www.ryeschools.org/
Rye offers convenient access both to NYC through Metro North and parts further afield via the Westchester Airport, which services many commercial airlines as well as private and company jets. The Rye Free Reading Room is a library offering films, storytelling, art exhibits and concerts. The Rye Arts Center showcases a variety of productions throughout the year. Other cultural organizations include the Rye Garden Club and Rye Community Concerts. A popular summer destination is Rye Playland, a historic amusement park and designated National Historic Landmark. Rye is home to many historic places, including Timothy Knapp house (dating from 1667), Widow Haviland’s Tavern (1730) and the Rye Meeting House (1850s) and various others.