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The Town of Pelham, including the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor, are known for splendid suburban homes less than a half hour by train to New York City.

The town was created when Thomas Pell acquired a large tract of land, including today’s Bronx, from the Siwanoy Indians in 1654. Despite Pell’s name, he named the town after his favorite tutor whose first name was Pelham. The oldest town in Westchester County, Pelham was the site of the Battle of Pelham during the Revolutionary War. The State Legislature incorporated the Town of Pelham in 1788, and the two villages were incorporated within the town; Pelham Manor in 1891, and  Pelham in 1896.

Only 18 miles from Manhattan, Pelham borders New York City along Pelham Bay Park, overlooking the Long Island Sound and Pelham Lagoon. Private clubs include the New York Athletic Club built in 1886 on Travers Island, and the Pelham Country Club with its championship golf course. The Pelham Union Free School District has four elementary schools (two located in each village), and 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 Facts

  • The Town of Pelham includes the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor

  • Town incorporated in 1788

  • Local Highways: I-95 and the Hutchinson River Parkway

  • Distance to NYC: 18 miles

  • Area: 2.2 sq miles

  • Population: 12,585 (2016)


Commuters from the Pelham Train Station can reach Grand Central Station in 31 minutes on the New Haven line of Metro North Railroad.


  • Parking at the train station is coordinated through the MTA and has 234 spaces; there is a waitlist. Metered Parking is in effect Mon-Friday 6:00 am to Midnight. Saturday and Sundays are Free. Meters are first come, first serve. (Parking Map)

  • The Village of Pelham operates seven (7) municipal parking lots throughout the Village, permit required. (Parking Map)


  • Bee-Line buses stop at the Pelham Train Station for Routes 7 and 53.





The Pelham Union Free School District is a top rated public school district with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. The Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Middle Years Programme to all of its students.

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





  • For local food shopping there is Fairway Market, Manor Market, DeCicco & Sons, and Stop & Shop and Target Grocery are both next door in Mt Vernon.

  • Whatever you’re craving, Pelham has many excellent dining choices. La Fontanella serves authentic classic and new Italian cuisine. The building has been recently renovated, offering the most relaxing, elegant ambiance in Westchester with a new full-service granite bar. Sergio’s is a chic Italian eatery providing a classic menu and extensive wine list in an artsy, bi-level setting.

  • Edo Japanese Steakhouse is great for an evening’s entertainment, and the food is substantially better than most hibachi restaurants. The chefs whirl and swirl while tossing vegetables, shrimp and other tidbits in the air to the delight of both children and adults. Sakura is casually elegant with a touch of modern decor offering the finest and freshest foods.

  • The Rail House 10803 has a rustic Manhattan look and diverse menu that’s sure to please every palate and satisfy every appetite. Prime 16 Gourmet Burgers and Tap House offers gastropub style food, using only all-natural beef raised by a family of farmers committed to sustainable and humane practices.

  • Caffe Regatta Oyster Bar and Grill serves Mediterranean seafood and wine in a white-tablecloth setting with nautical accents. Cantina Lobos is an open, modern restaurant and bar featuring creative Mexican cuisine utilizing locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients, plus signature margaritas & beer. GoGreek makes gyros the way they’re made in Greece – easy to hold, easy to eat, and delicious.

  • At Pelville Coffee & Pastry, everything is made from scratch daily, serving breakfast and lunch. Caffe Ammi sources the finest coffees from producers all over the world and crafts them in small batches on state-of-the-art roasting equipment. Their roastery and tasting room is open daily and available for private functions. The Village Vibe is a quick-serve, casual breakfast and lunch establishment, serving gourmet coffee, sandwiches, soups, wraps, salads, paninis, and smoothies.

  • If you are looking for a special gift, something to wear on Saturday night or a stunning floral arrangement, you can find it on Wolfs Lane in Pelham. The downtown area is filled with boutiques, shops and restaurants.

  • Post Road Plaza in Pelham Manor has Home Goods, Marshalls, 24-Hour Fitness and many others. Next door in Mount Vernon is Bed Bath & Beyond and Target, and in New Rochelle Costco, Home Depot and Ashley HomeStore.

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

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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