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Mount Vernon sits right on the northern border of the Bronx, and is the eighth most populous city in all of New York state. That proximity to New York City informs much of the character and appeal of this part of Westchester County, and, depending upon which part of town you find a home, living in Mount Vernon can either feel very much like the city to its south, or more like the leafy suburbs to its north (Bronxville) and west (Pelham). Either way, whether from the Mount Vernon West or the Fleetwood Metro North stop, the commute to Grand Central Terminal takes only about 30 minutes. As is true within any mid-sized city, life here varies considerably among its fairly distinct communities. Downtown Mount Vernon, which houses all of the municipal buildings and has remained basically unchanged since the 1960s, is the least residential neighborhood here and, given the lack of new development, not all that appealing from a shopping standpoint either. Mount Vernon Heights, on the other hand, is where the city's main commercial thoroughfare resides, Sandford Boulevard, where you'll find big box stores and national chains like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, a huge Stop and Shop, and Best Buy. Living in Fleetwood a village within Mount Vernon, is a different story altogether, as this part of the city boasts new residential apartments, beautiful old houses on quiet, tree-lined streets, and its own little "downtown" area on Gramatan Avenue, with restaurants, cafes, a grocery store, and independent shops and services. Fleetwood is part of Mount Vernon's North Side, along with the neighborhoods of Chester Heights, Huntswood, Aubyn Estates, and Oakwood Heights. Finally there's the South Side, where Mount Vernon ends and the Bronx begins.

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  • Alfred M. Franko Ms
  • Cecil H. Parker School
  • Columbus School
  • Davis Ms
  • Edward Williams School
  • Graham School
  • Hamilton School
  • Holmes School
  • Lincoln School
  • Longfellow School
  • Mt Vernon Hs
  • Nellie A. Thornton School
  • Nelson Mandela Comm Hs
  • Pennington-Grimes School
  • Traphagen School

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