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White Plains

POPULATION: 53,077 (Estimated).
AREA: 10 square miles

ZONING: Residential ranges from 5,000 square feet to 1 acre.

COMMUTING: on the Harlem Division of Metro-North it is about 34 minutes from Grand Central. (Metro-North provides 250,000 customers trips daily)

LOCATION: White Plains is in the center of the county about 24 miles from mid-Manhattan.

The central location of White Plains has played an important role in its development. It has been the seat of Westchester County government since 1778, and today is a city of diverse economic activity. As the marketplace for one million people, it has become the leading regional retail center. Located here are branches of many major New York City department stores as well as small retail shops and boutiques, art galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants. The city serves as a regional center for medical and legal services. Commercial facilities include high-rise office buildings and campus-style corporate headquarters.

White Plains offers its residents a unique blend of urban and suburban life. There are more than 40 churches and synagogues, representing almost every major religious denomination. A community with a focus on neighborhoods, White Plains has 30 neighborhood associations.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS. White Plains was known by the Indians as Quarropas, or "White Marshes." The land was sold to a group of settlers from Rye in 1683. It was granted a royal Patent by the crown in 1721. The Westchester County Court was moved to White Plains in 1759 to the site of the former armory at the corner of the South Broadway and Mitchell Place. On July 9, 1776, after the Provincial Congress of the colony of New York City, the congress met in White Plains to ratify the Declaration of Independence. The first public reading of the Declaration in New York State was from the courthouse steps on July 11. The rocky bluffs of Chatterton Hill, west of the present railroad station, were the site of the battle of White Plains, fought on October 28, 1776. Although General Washington's army was outnumbered, they managed to hold off the British.

In 1778, White Plains became the seat of Westchester County. Charter government began in 1866, when the state legislature created the incorporated village of White Plains. On January 1, 1916, White Plains was incorporated as a city under its present charter. At the time, it had fewer than 20,000 residents and an annual budget less than a million dollars.

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS. The department maintains more than 200 acres of municipal parks and other city-owned property. The department employs a full-time professional recreation administrator, a maintenance staff of 36 and part time seasonal staff of more than 150. Recreational facilities include playing fields, playgrounds and parks as well as 28 tennis and 5 platform tennis courts, 2 outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool at White Plains High School and the Ebersole Ice Rink. Other facilities include:

White Plains is the home of outstanding YMCA and YWCA facilities, private country clubs, golf courses, swimming facilities, and horse-riding clubs. Within a five mile radius, residents can find marinas, beach clubs, and year-round ice skating.

The Senior Center. A semi-independent bureau that serves nearly 3,000 registered senior citizens. Its programs include classes in ceramics, needle work, exercise, swimming, current affairs, and bridge.

The White Plains Community Fun Day Camp for children 6 through 12 provides a varied summer recreation program for six weeks during July and August. The camp is on the White Plains High School campus and offers swimming, field games, sports, and arts and crafts.

The Saxon Woods Pool and Park and the Maplemoor Golf Course, both operated by the Westchester County Park System, are located in the city. Saxon Woods has a large outdoor pool, wooded trails, picnic sites, and a play ground. Maplemoor's scenic terrain can be used for cross-country skiing and sledding in the winter months.

HOSPITALS. The White Plains Hospital Medical Center is located in the city's central business district. A modern general hospital facility with 300 beds, it cares for more than 11,000 patients a year. With highly specialized cardiac and intensive care units and an ambulatory surgery center, it has been designated the area resource hospital of Westchester.

The Westchester Division of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center is a psychiatric hospital with a full range of outpatient and inpatient services. The hospital also operates teaching at research programs on its 240 acre campus.

The Burke Rehabilitation Center is one of the most respected rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located on 58 + acres the non-profit institution serves as a multi-service regional rehabilitation facility, offering occupational and physical therapy.

White Plains is the fourth largest in Westchester County with a population of over 53,000. (Yonkers is the largest - over 196,000. New Rochelle is second - over 72,000 and Mount Vernon is third - over 68,000.)

Delphi Real Estate serves White Plains and sells homes in the areas around White Plains including Bronxville, Eastchester, Hartsdale, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Harrison, Yonkers as well as most other cities and villages in Westchester County, New York.

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Delphi Real Estate advertises in the New York Times, The Journal news and other White Plains area newspapers and magazines. For years this was the best way we could reach the residents of White Plains as well as people looking for homes in White Plains.

About eight years ago all this changed. When we set up our first web site featuring White Plains we had a few visitors per day. Today most of our prospects come through this site. The print media is simply not fast enough. White Plains homes are sold before local magazines are printed.

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