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 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)
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)
Pelham Taxi 914.738.2015
Miller Taxi 914.738.0444
Pelhamwood Taxi 914.738.3456
Westchester County Airport is a 30 minute drive.
Laguardia is also a 30 minute drive, traffic permitting.
JFK is a 45 minute drive, traffic permitting.
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.
Westchester Day School (PreK – grade 8) 914.948.3111
Many diverse recreational programs are available to residents. The Town Recreation Department offers programs for youths and adults, tennis programs (permit required), camps and clinics, and several programs for Senior Citizens. Not-for-profit groups such as Pelham Little League, Pelham Children’s Theater, the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts are also available.
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.
Richard Daronco Park, known as the Gazebo and located opposite the train station, offers passive recreation and is the location for Summer Concerts Under the Stars.
More than three times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park, Pelham Bay Park is the City’s largest park property and has something for everyone. Visitors to the park enjoy miles of bridle paths and hiking trails, Orchard Beach, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, two golf courses, and a breathtaking 13-mile saltwater shoreline that hugs Long Island Sound. (Park Map)
Aileen B. Ryan Recreational Complex includes the Playground for All Children, a comfort station, a quarter-mile running track, and ball fields.
Orchard Beach and Promenade is a 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach containing a hexagonal-block promenade, a central pavilion, snack bars, food and souvenir carts, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball, and a kayak/canoe launch, part of the New York City Water Trail. Changing areas and showers are also available.
The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a National Historic Landmark and museum and is the last surviving major mid-19th century country estate house in the Pelham Bay area.
Hunter Island has a one-mile crescent beach, with a pavilion, bathhouse complex, and promenade, and was declared in 1985 the Hunter Island Marine Zoology and Geology Sanctuary.
Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Courses comprise New York City’s only 36-hole golf facility; Pelham Bay is beginner-friendly and an exquisitely manicured 18-hole golf course, and Split Rock is a challenging and immaculately tended 18-hole golf course.
The Pelham Country Club is a family-oriented club with first-rate recreational, social and dining facilities. There is an 18-hole course, indoor tennis, large swimming pool, wading pool, playground, fitness center, dining on the Terrace, the Grill Room and bar, a casual Pub, and gourmet dining.
The Pelham Art Center is a community hub offering free exhibits and programs, and affordable classes to all ages, abilities, backgrounds and income levels.
The Picture House is a historically preserved and restored theater offering week-long theatrical runs of popular, independent, art house and classic films, in addition to curated series, retrospectives, sneak previews and other special events.
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.
Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.