In a previous life, I was an IT consultant, and often had to travel to client sites in other cities. I flew out of all three major NYC airports (JFK, Laguardia, and even Newark Liberty), as well as Westchester County White Plains Airport. I am very fortunately located for travel, in the Bronxville/Yonkers area. (Bronkers, as we like to call it.) I have easy access to I-87, the Cross County Parkway and the Hutchinson River Parkway, and the Sawmill River Parkway/Henry Hudson Parkway. In good traffic (as it usually is before 6 a.m.–ugh!) I can get to Laguardia or White Plains within thirty minutes, and JFK or Newark within an hour. I learned a lot from traveling to the airport at least once a week. Let me share some points frequent travelers might consider when choosing a community in Westchester.
Let us consider the individual airports. To drive to Laguardia or JFK, you to get to Queens from I-87 or from the Hutchinson River Parkway/I-678. This is not a great challenge for most of the communities in Westchester County. I-287 lends access to both I-87 and the Hutch, I-684 connects to the Hutch, and the Sawmill River Parkway connects to I-87 via the Moshulu Parkway in the Bronx or the Cross County Parkway in Yonkers. To drive to Newark Liberty Airport, you need to cross the Hudson River, of course. Access to the George Washington Bridge is easy from the Sawmill/Henry Hudson Parkways (preferred, although there’s a toll) and I-87, and to the Tappan Zee Bridge from the Sawmill and I-87. The White Plains airport is in the southeastern part of the county, almost in Connecticut, but is easily accessed from I-684 or I-287.
The bad news: Unless you’re going to Westchester White Plains Airport, you will pay a toll.
Although access to airports is not difficult from most parts of the county, some communities offer easier and quicker access than others. Yonkers, Bronxville, Mount Vernon, and Eastchester are four towns located well for access to NYC airports. New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, and Port Chester are also good choices, but they might require travel on I-95, which I have sometimes found to be a challenge to schedules and sanity due to unknowns–traffic, construction, other delays. On the other hand, these communities offer easier access to White Plains than areas on the Hudson River do.
How often you travel will determine how important proximity to airports is to you. You might find that public transportation into NYC, school districts, or any of a dozen other considerations are higher priorities. In any case, if you are new to Westchester County, your realtor will be happy to advise you about the advantages of each community, and to find the right home for you.