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Bedford

If rich history, bucolic estates, bridle paths, picturesque county roads and easy accessibility to all of Westchester and New York City appeal to you, Bedford is the place to be.

The Town of Bedford encompasses three distinct hamlets of Bedford Village, Bedford Hills and Katonah. The original 1680 Bedford settlement was in Bedford Village in the southeastern portion of the town, with its historic buildings dating to the 18th and early 19th centuries. The town served as the county seat of Westchester County during the American Revolutionary War after the Battle of White Plains, until Bedford was burned by the British in July 1779. Built in 1787, Westchester County’s oldest government building is the Court House in Bedford Village, including a restored courtroom and the oldest jail cell in the county. The building was renovated in the 1960s and is now the Bedford Historical Society. The Society maintains 10 historic properties around the Village Green.

While its citizens include countless celebrities and high fliers from the world of business and politics, the town offers all of its residents a low-key and sumptuous style of country living. The town radiates outwards from its Village Green (included on both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places in 1972), and clusters of historic houses to include charming homes and estates of numerous styles and sizes. Winding its way through the community are over one hundred miles of well-maintained riding trails.

And while there is great diversity in its inhabitants, Bedford offers its residents a strong feeling of community.


Town Facts


Transportation

Commuters from the hamlets of Bedford reach Grand Central Terminal within an hour from several nearby stations on Metro North’s Harlem Line:

PARKING

Bedford residents are guaranteed parking permits, and metered parking spaces are on a first-come; first-served basis, free on the weekends and holidays.

CONNECTING SERVICES

TAXIS

AIRPORT


Education

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Bedford Central School Districtt is a top rated, public school district with 3,913 students in grades K-12, and with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. For a full school report on the Bedford CSD, please visit New York State Education Department.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS


Recreation


Shopping/Dining

  • Bedford Gourmet has a delicious selection of daily sandwiches, homemade soups, and a variety of salads, and Stop & Shop for your weekly shopping trip. There are also many small local specialty gourmet markets in Katonah, including DeCicco Family Markets, Village Market, Katonah Pasta and Sgaglio’s Marketplace, and another ShopRite in Bedford Hills.

  • There are many restaurants to choose from: nested in a historic building in Bedford, Bedford 234 is a culmination of Hudson Valley history and inspired heirloom dishes in a comfortable yet engaging atmosphere. The menu is constantly evolving and is based on both seasonal and creative change. They have cultivated close relationships with local farmers, cheese mongers, butchers, and fishermen.

  • Bedford Hills offers Sinapi’s Pizza Rustica, unique dishes including pizza made in a wood burning oven; Sette e Venti, southern Italian fare in a modern relaxed setting; Nino’s for Northern Italian cuisine and the bar is a comfortable spot for a leisurely cocktail; Peppino’s Ristorante for pizza & classic Northern Italian dishes; and Kicho Asian Bistro for Japanese eats & sushi bar.

  • The Whitlock is a modern bistro for farm-to-table comforts & cocktails; for American eats and urban drinks there is Farmhouse Tavern, open for lunch and dinner. Ristorante Lucia offers a formal room with Tuscan fare, while the pizzeria side serves thin-crust pies & homemade gelato. TRUCK is a casual, neighborhood restaurant, making wholesome meals in an atmosphere with a comfortable, vintage feel. Breakfast, baked goods & seasonal American fare are served at The Barn at the Bedford Post Inn, a cozy option inside a luxury inn. For Pan-Asian fare, sushi, rice or noodle dishes & cooked specialties, go to Tengda Asian Bistro.

  • La Cremaillere is a quaint country restaurant nestled in a 1750 white clapboard farmhouse offering contemporary French fare in an elegant & uniquely classic setting. The menu at La Crémaillère emphasizes fresh ingredients & changes daily, weekly & seasonal basis, and is consistently rated as one of the best French restaurants in Westchester.

  • The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, and many others).

  • The nearby Danbury Fair Mall houses over one hundred stores including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, JC Penney’s, as well as H&M, Gap, Old Navy, Coach and many others.

  • Cortlandt Town Center on Rte 6 in Mohegan Lake has over 40 stores, including Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, various clothing stores and restaurants, and a 12-screen Regal UA Theater.


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

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