The town’s two beautiful villages-Pelham and Pelham Manor are know for splendid suburban homes-less than 30 minutes from Grand Central by train. The town was created when Thomas Pell acquired a large track of land-including today’s Bronx-from the Siwanoy Indians in 1654. Despite Pell’s name, he actually named the town after a favorite tutor whose first name was Pelham. The oldest town in Westchester Country, Pelham, was the site of The Battle of Pelham during the Revolutionary War. Only 18 miles from Manhattan, Pelham borders New York City along the Pelham Shore Park-a public park overlooking Long Island Sound. Private clubs include the New York Athletic Club’s yacht club built in 1886 on the Sound and The Pelham Country Club with its championship golf course. The Pelham Union Free School District has four elementary schools-two located in each of the villages; a shared middle school and high school. Although most housing consists of single family homes on beautiful tree-lined streets, some apartment buildings offer accommodations for Pelham’s residents.
Town of Pelham including the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor
Local Highways: I-95 and the Hutinchson River Parkway
Distance to NYC: 18 miles
Area: 2.2 sq miles
Commuters from Pelham can reach Grand Central in 29 minutes on the New Haven line of Metro North Railroad. The Pelham Train Station is located at 1 Wolf’s Lane at First Street. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go to www.mta.info.
Station parking: commuter capacity: 234 cars. Call 888-682-PARK for information on permit parking. 16- hour and 24-hour meter parking is available. Additional parking lots are available at: The Community Church of the Pelhams, 914-738-1513 with space for 47 cars; and, the Village of Pelham 914-738-2015 with space for 56 cars and 12-hour meters. Pelham Taxi 914-738-2015 is located at the station.
A Bee-Line bus stop at the Pelham Train Station for: Route #53. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules. Fare is $1.75 or a uni-ticket for $37.50 a month.
Pelham is serviced by the local Pelham Union Free School District. It consists of Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham Middle School and the Colonial, the Hutchinson, the Prospect Hill and the Siwanoy Elementary Schools.
You can also check the website of New York State Education Department for a full school report on Pelham schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
Fieldston LowerPreK-8 PreK-8(718) 329-7310
Fieldston High School9-12(718) 329-7300
French American SchoolPreK-10(914) 834-3002
The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128
Rye Country Day SchoolPreK-12(914) 967-1417
The Horace Mann SchoolPreK-12(718) 432-4000
Windward School1-12 + SpEd(914) 949-6968
Iona Grammar SchoolPreK-8 boys(914) 633-7744
Iona Preparatory School9-12 boys(914) 632-0714
Solomon SchechterK-12(914) 948-3111
Westchester Day SchoolPreK-8(914) 698-8900
- Don’t forget to visit Pelham Shore Park for a seaside stroll.
- Many diverse recreational programs are available to Pelham residents ranging from arts and crafts to fitness/excise for all ages. The Towns Recreation Department offers some and others are available through not-for-profit groups such as Pelham Little League, Pelham Children’s Theater, the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts.
- The town has various playing fields. Glover Fields has tennis, soccer/football and hockey. Ingalls and Franklin Fields are next to Pelham Memorial High School while Prospect Hill Elementary School also has a playing field.
- The Gazebo, in the plaza near the town offices and opposite the Metro-North train station, offers passive recreation and is the location for summer concerts under the stars.
- Pelham residents can use the park system of Westchester County, which includes five sand beaches, five 18-hole golf courses, five large swimming pools, and woodlands for hiking, fishing, picnicking and camping.
- The Pelham library has numerous programs for all ages from adult book groups to activities for teens and story-telling for children.
- Whether you like Italian, Chinese, Japanese or are looking for a quick slice, Pelham has many excellent dining choices.
- La Fontanella is a fine Northern Italian restaurant offering more formal service and great pastas and risottos. On the other hand, Rigatoni, is the place to go for a casual evening of Southern Italian family-style cooking. The wood-fired pizza will make you think you’re in Naples.
- Edo Japanese Steak is great for an evening’s entertainment, as well as food substantially better than most hibachi restaurants. The chefs whirl and swirl while tossing vegetables, shrimp and other tibits in the air to the delight of both children and adults.
- Yvonne’s Southern Cuisine has live jazz on Saturday and wonderful home cooking. At one time or other you’ll find all of those dishes your grandmother used to make if you grew up below the Mason Dixon line and if you didn’t, you’ll see what you missed.
- If you are looking for a special gift, something to wear on Saturday night or a stunning floral arrangement, you can find it in Wolf’s Lane in Pelham. The downtown area is filled with boutiques, shops and delis.
- Nearby in New Rochelle are Costco, Home Deport and Home Expo. Of course, the Westchester, one of the most wonderful shopping malls on the East Coast, is only minutes away in White Plains.
Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.