North Salem

While only forty six miles from New York City, North Salem is known for its pastoral setting. Historically, Route 161, which winds it way through the community, provided Benedict Arnold and George Washington with escape routes during the Revolutionary War. Today one is more likely to want to stay and to admire the rural scenery with its horse farms, fields and meandering stone walls. The sylvan setting offers a low-key style of living to its inhabitants; many of whom come from the world of show business and politics.
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Town Facts

Made up of the hamlets of Purdys, North Salem and Croton Falls

Incorporated in 1731
Population: 5,242 (2002 census)Area: 23.4 sq miles

Located in the far northeast corner of Westchester County bordered by Connecticut; it is only 46 miles from New York City


Commuters from North Salem have a choice of convenient train stations on Metro North’s Harlem Line-Croton Falls (approx. 70 minutes to Grand Central Terminal), Purdys (approx. 68 minutes to Grand Central Terminal) and Goldens Bridge (approx. 65 minutes to Grand Central). While parking options differ from station to station, all offer both permit and metered spaces. For more information visit

Connecting Services: A Bee-Line bus stop at the Croton Falls Train Station for: Route 84. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to for schedules.
Airport: Westchester – (30 Min)


Public School:

The North Salem schools are serviced through the North Salem School District. Pequenakonck School is for grades K-5 and North Salem Middle/High School is open to grades 6-12. Information on the North Salem Schools can be found on the web at: . You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for a full school report on North Salem schools at

Private Schools:

Rippowam/CisquaPreK-1(914) 244-1200

The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128

The Masters SchoolPreK-12(914) 693-0128

Rye Country Day SchoolPreK-12(914) 967-1417

The Harvey School6-12(914) 232-3161

Religious Schools:

Archbishop Stepinac High School9-12 boys(914) 946-4800

Fordham Preparatory School9-12(718) 367-7500

Good Counsel AcademyK-8(914) 761-4423

Good Counsel High School9-12(914) 949-0178

Solomon SchechterK-12(914) 948-3111

St. Josephs Parochial SchoolK-12(914) 277-3783

St Augustine’s SchoolPreK-8(914) 232-1200

John F Kennedy High School9-12(914) 941.3849


  • North Salem is known as an equestrian paradise. There are large open spaces, dirt roads and numerous covered riding rings along with miles of riding trails.
  • Numerous golf clubs in the area include the Salem Golf Club ( an 18 hole Private golf course), Pequananock Golf Course ( a 9 hole Public course), Vail’s Golf Course ( a 9 hole public course).
  • Movie theaters are located in Mt. Kisco, Cortlandt Town Center, and Danbury CT.
  • Peach Lake in North Salem is the only lake in Westchester that allows motorized water sports such as waterskiing and jetskiing.
  • The reservoirs and streams of the Croton reservoir system host some of the best fishing in the Hudson Valley region.
  • Visit the North Salem Free Library with its 5,700 square feet of space and its new Children’s Room.


  • The Westchester Mall is 15 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
  • The nearby Danbury Fair Mall houses over one hundred stores including Sears and Macy’s.
  • Local grocery chains and specialty gourmet markets are located in Katonah, Goldens Bridge and Bedford Village.
  • Home Depot is 30 minutes away in both Yonkers or Cortlandt Town Center
  • Dining suggestions are Finch’s Tavern in Croton Falls, The Purdy’s Homestead in Purdys, Vox and 121 Club in North Salem, Ilfornos in Somers. Considered by many to be the best hamburger place in upper Westchester is The Blazer in Purdys.

Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.