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It’s easy to imagine yourself living in the latter half of the 19th century while strolling the sidewalks of the Hamlet of Katonah. Many of the homes and stores are from the 19th century and the village retains the character of an earlier era.

The village itself has a fascinating history. Katonah is named for Chief Katonah, a prestigious Native American sachem of the Ramapough Nation, who, in 1680, sold the land of Bedford to a group of 22 English colonists from Stanford. In 1897 the town was moved to its present site when the original village was purchased by The City of New York, who then condemned and flooded the village to construct the Cross River Reservoir. Rather than just abandon their community, the residents formed a syndicate, bought land a mile to the south, and moved more than 50 houses and businesses to its new location, rolled on logs pulled by horses. The community began to boom with the arrival of train transport. Up until this point, its people were predominantly farmers. With trains, villagers could now send perishable produce to New York City.

Today, Katonah offers a unique blend of suburban sophistication and New England small town charm. Many of the homes and buildings that were moved are now part of a thriving area lining Katonah Avenue, the primary shopping area in the center of town. The old train station from the 19th century is now a restaurant, and the modern station is one block north and a one-hour commute to Manhattan.

Town Facts

  • Hamlet of Katonah is in the Town of Bedford

  • Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Taconic Parkway, I-684

  • Distance to NYC: 45 miles

  • Area: 25 sq miles

  • Population: Katonah 1,679 (2010 census)


Commuters from Katonah have a choice of 3 convenient train stations on Metro North’s Harlem Line to Grand Central Terminal (GCT):

  • Katonah (2 minute drive to station, 81 minute commute by train to GCT)

  • Bedford Hills (6 minute drive to station, 78 minute commute by train to GCT)

  • Mount Kisco (11 minute drive to station, 73 minute commute by train to GCT)


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






There are 5 top-rated public schools in the Katonah-Lewisboro Union Free School District:

For a full school report on Katonah-Lewisboro UFSD, please visit New York State Education Department.





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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