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Pocantico Hills

The Village of Sleepy Hollow, located 26 miles north of New York City, is a River Town named for Washington Irving’s infamous story. The village has two distinct residential areas; Philipse Manor with streets neatly laid out in a grid, and Sleepy Hollow Manor, a more wooded and hilly area.

Formerly North Tarrytown, it was renamed to Sleepy Hollow in 1996 to reconnect with its illustrious past and to forge a separate identity from its closest neighbor. The village history is among the richest of any village in the United States, and is reflected in its wealth of historical sites and architecture from Philipsburg Manor and the Old Dutch Church, to the stately homes built in “the Manors”.

Sleepy Hollow has a wide-range of housing options from apartments, multi-family dwellings, antique homes, and today a new urban center is emerging on its riverbank. Revitalizing the land that was once a General Motors Plant, Edge-on-Hudson is a very new destination currently being developed where small-town charm meets urban style; three walkable and contemporary residential districts will consist of light-filled townhomes, condos and apartments, with a vast array of green parks and public gathering places. There is also a planned boutique hotel, marketplace, a waterfront promenade, office loft space, retail shops and eateries. Having two walkable train stations is luring city folk to relocate and enjoy all that the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Just to the east of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown is the Hamlet of Pocantico Hills, a rural area with winding roads and stone fences reminiscent of England, and best known as the home of the Rockefellers. Kykuit is the family estate built by John D. Rockefeller, Sr, donated to the State and open to the public, as well as the adjacent Rockefeller State Park Preserve; 1,600 acres also donated by the Rockefellers offering an extraordinary natural resource for the entire area. Situated on the Preserve is the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, as well as the world-class restaurant Blue Hill, a high-end farm-to-table restaurant serving tasting menus in a refurbished barn.

Due to being a tiny hamlet, Pocantico Hills has very limited housing options and almost no retail outlets.


Town Facts

  • Village of Sleepy Hollow in the Town of Mt. Pleasant

  • Originally North Tarrytown in the late 19th century, renamed Sleepy Hollow in 1996.

  • Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Routes 9, Rt. 448, Rt. 117

  • Distance to NYC: 26 miles

  • Area: 2.24 miles

  • Population: 10,046 (2018)

  • Hamlet of Pocantico Hills

    in the Town of Mt. Pleasant

  • Once part of Philipsburg Manor in the 17th  century, it became Pocantico Hills in 1893.

  • Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Routes 9, Rt. 448, Rt. 117

  • Distance to NYC: 27 miles

  • Area: 1 sq mile

  • Population: 4,879 (2018)


Transportation

Commuters have their choice of nearby Metro North Train Stations:

As residents of the Town of Mt. Pleasant, residents also qualify for a permit at either Hawthorne or Valhalla Metro-North Train Stations.

PARKING

Philipse Manor
  • Permit parking for 53 spaces is unassigned and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. This permit allows parking only on the east side of the station. No meters. (Parking Map)

Village of Sleepy Hollow
  • Permit parking for 73 assigned spaces. Permit allows parking only on the west side of the station. No meters. (Parking Map)

Village of Tarrytown

  • Permit parking for 909 spaces. (Parking Map)

  • 12-hour meter parking in effect Mon-Friday 6:00 am to Midnight. Saturday and Sundays are Free.

CONNECTING SERVICES

Philipse Manor
  • Bee Line Bus Route 13.

Tarrytown
  • Bee Line Bus Routes 1T and 13.

  • The new Hudson Link offers shuttle buses looping between Tarrytown Train Station to Palisades Center over the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

TAXIS
  • Knapp McCarthy Taxi 914-631-0031 (call ahead if deboarding at Philipse Manor Station)

  • Zipcar available at Tarrytown Train Station. 1-866-4ZIPCAR (866.494.7227)

AIRPORT


Education

PUBLIC SCHOOL

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

  • Pocantico Hills Central School District is also a highly rated Pre-K through grade 8 district, with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Upon completion of eighth grade, students choose to attend one of three public high schools, considered “partner schools”.

For a full school report on the Pocantico Hills CSD, please visit New York State Education Department.

PRIVATE SCHOOL

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL


Recreation

  • Barnhardt Park has two large playground equipment areas, one for small children and the other for larger kids, a water park area with sprinklers, a soccer field, volleyball and basketball courts.

  • Devries Park and Field has playground equipment, little league baseball/softball fields, and platform tennis courts.

  • Douglas Park is located in a woodland clearing near the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The park boasts natural wood playground equipment, a nature trail and two small gazebos. It is also the location for Sleepy Hollow’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

  • Horan’s Landing is a riverfront park with a grassy area and small beach. While no swimming is allowed from the beach, it does serve as a kayak and paddleboard launch.

  • Kingsland Point Park is a large riverfront park that boasts playground equipment, soccer and lacrosse fields, barbeque grills, bathrooms, kayak tours, and the 1883 Sleepy Hollow Historic Lighthouse (tours available during the Summer). It also includes the Kathryn Davis RiverWalk Center that hosts educational and arts programming reaching over 2,000 children annually.

  • Patriot’s Park is home to the popular Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from May to October. This park has playground equipment and a basketball court, and is next door to The Warner Library.  This park is managed by the Village of Tarrytown, and hosts numerous community events.

  • Sykes Park has a popular basketball court, playground equipment and a water area with sprinklers in the summer.

  • The Sleepy Hollow Senior Center and a number of programs geared to senior citizens, including Meals on Wheels (delivering food to homebound seniors), Senior Van (transportation for senior citizens for shopping), nutritional programs, special events and more. Programs include exercise and fitness classes, ceramics classes and more.


Shopping/Dining

  • For local food shopping, the closest chain is CTown Supermarket in Tarrytown, or take a 10 minute drive to Stop & Shop; there is a plethora of small local grocers, mini marts, and delis to choose from. For fresh local produce, visit the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market on Saturdays. Mint Premium Foods is a gourmet food shop and cozy cafe offering inventive Mediterranean fare.

  • No shortages of restaurants in the area. In Sleepy Hollow, there is casual neighborhood dining at Tboy’s Bistro, a family owned restaurant with outside dining patio, offering new and innovative American cuisine; The Hudson Anchor offers classic and contemporary seafood-centric and land specialties served in a warm, nautical themed space, with a full service bar, roof-top deck, and a second floor dining room with live music; Santorini Greek Restaurant is a modest-but-colorful venue for classic Greek dishes plus live music and belly dancing on Saturdays; Bridge View Tavern is a warm and casual tavern with Hudson River views serving an array of microbrews and pub grub. In Pocantico, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is an extraordinary experience located on the Rockefeller property Kykuit, a high-end farm-to-table restaurant serving tasting menus in a refurbished barn.

  • In Tarrytown, the RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen is a Hudson Harbor eatery with farm-to-fork new American fare and biodynamic wine, plus a bakery and gourmet shop; The Twisted Oak is a small, sophisticated bistro preparing contemporary and locally sourced American cuisine; Bistro12 is a stylish, contemporary Italian/New American bistro serving pasta, steaks and more in a compact space; Sweet Grass Grill has a regularly changing American menu featuring local ingredients in a casual, rustic setting; Tarry Tavern serves hearty, modern American meals in a cozy rustic cherrywood space; Lefteris Gyro is a bustling eatery offering a traditional Greek menu, plus familiar burgers and hot sandwiches;  Sunset Cove Al Ponte is a riverside eatery at the Washington Irving Boat Club with continental fare, terrace seating and sunset views.; Staples in Tarrytown include  J.P. Doyles Restaurant and Public House, a come-as-you-are pub offering beers and comfort eats in a homey space with a backyard; and Horsefeathers serves over 100 different menu items daily, with something to delight every type of palate, with Brunch offered on the weekend.

  • Shopping choices include Rivertowns Square, a 15 minute drive to Westchester County’s new open-air village of retail, restaurants, cinema and lodging in Dobbs Ferry; The Westchester Mall is a 15 minute drive to White Plains (Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, and many others).

  • A 20 minute drive south brings you to Central Avenue in Yonkers, Westchester’s most diverse shopping street with outlets from just about every major retailer in the country. There is also Stew Leonard’s, Costco and Home Depot, just off the Sprain Brook Parkway and I-87.

  • A 30 minute drive north brings you to Cortlandt Town Center in Mohegan Lake, offering 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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