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Pound Ridge

The Town of Pound Ridge was originally settled in the 1640’s with land purchased from local Mohican tribes, and officially incorporated in 1788. The town consists of the 3 hamlets of Pound Ridge, Sarles Corner and Scotts Corners, sharing a border with Connecticut.

In the nineteenth century, basket makers, cobblers, hat makers and farmers established themselves in Pound Ridge. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the town had developed into a sought-after refuge for actors, writers and artists. Today, creative types are still attracted to the area with its historic houses, antique center at Scotts Corners and for its annual art and craft fairs. The Pound Ridge Historic District contains 46 contributing buildings, with the majority of them dating between 1780 and 1852.

While Pound Ridge is large in area, it is one of Westchester’s smallest in population density of any Westchester town. It offers a comfortable lifestyle, and while rural in feeling with many large tracts of conserved and undeveloped land, the town is only an hour from New York City, and Connecticut is a short drive away.

Town Facts

  • Hamlets of Pound Ridge, Sarles Corner and Scotts Corners in the Town of Pound Ridge.

  • Incorporated in 1788.

  • Local Highways: Merritt Parkway, I-684, I-95

  • Distance to NYC: 45 miles

  • Area: 23 sq miles

  • Population: 5,153 (2018 census)


Transportation

Passenger rail service to and from NYC is available to town residents on the Harlem and New Haven lines of Metro-North Railroad, each within approximately one hour of Grand Central Station. There is an Amtrak stop in Stamford as well, connecting long-distance commuters with both Boston and Washington.

  • New Canaan, CT (New Haven Line, 41 miles to Grand Central Station)

  • Katonah (Harlem Line, 41 miles to Grand Central Station)

  • Bedford Hills (Harlem Line, 39 miles to Grand Central Station)

  • Mount Kisco  (Harlem Line, 36 miles to Grand Central Station)

PARKING

New Canaan, CT
  • Parking permits for New Canaan residents only; metered parking available. Parking Map.

  • Reservable parking with Boxcar’s commuter parking service.

Katonah Bedford Hills Mount Kisco

CONNECTING SERVICES

New Canaan, CT
  • No Connecting Service is available at this station.

Katonah

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TAXIS

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AIRPORT


Education

PUBLIC SCHOOL

The only public school in Pound Ridge is the Pound Ridge Elementary School which serves grades K through 5, and provides special education. The public schools are offered to Town residents by the Bedford Central School District and Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

For full reports on the Pound Ridge, Bedford, and Katonah-Lewisboro schools, please visit New York State Education Department.

PRIVATE SCHOOL

RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS


Recreation

  • At the Town Park there are ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, delightful playgrounds, swimming pool, as well as benches and grills for picnicking. Other activities such as exercise programs, day camp, little league, tennis, basketball, ice skating, and other sports are open to all ages. There are also weekly Movies in the Park and Concerts by the Pool during the summer.

  • In October at the Town Park is the annual Harvest Festival, a beloved tradition drawing people together to enjoy Oktoberfest-style food, beverage gardens, award-winning music, and great fun for children. It is free to enter, and the festival highlights local merchants and specialty food purveyors, craft breweries with copious pours of the finest brews, and wine tasting.

  • The Westchester Land Trust has protected many preserves with trails that are readily accessible to the public year-round and free of charge. Enjoy meadows, forests, wetlands, scenic vistas, and the natural beauty that makes Westchester a special place to live. The Westchester Wilderness Walk/Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge encompasses rocky woods, streams, wetlands, an arboretum, and at 127 acres, it is the largest of Westchester Land Trust’s preserves.

  • The Pound Ridge Nature Conservancy consists of 8 preserves with miles of hiking trails, as well as 10 preserves without trails.

  • The Henry Morgenthau Preserve is a 36-acre nature preserve that is free and open to the public from sunrise to sundown.

  • The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River is the county’s largest park with 4,315-acres. Its varied terrain and landscapes with miles of wooded trails provide a variety of activities in all seasons. There are areas for picnicking, lean-to camping, fishing and cross-country skiing.

  • The Mianus River Gorge was the first land project of The Nature Conservancy as well as the first National Natural History Landmark in the United States. The Gorge protects over 1,100 acres in Bedford, North Castle, Pound Ridge, NY and Stamford CT, including one of the last stands of old-growth forest in the northeast US. It also manages the 935-acre Mianus River Gorge Preserve, which is open seasonally with more than 5 miles of hiking trails and outdoor exhibits.

  • The Pound Ridge Golf Club has emerged as one of America’s premier public golf courses, and has earned itself a spot among these American classics on every golfer’s bucket list.

  • Visitors of Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah are invited to explore the spectacular gardens and lush grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, and the Music Room of the Rosen House. The Tour, Tea, and Garden Stroll is offered on select days during the Spring and Fall.

  • The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit theater located in nearby Ridgefield, CT with a capacity of 500. It hosts a variety of entertainment events such as the showing of films, plays or musical performances.

  • Pound Ridge residents enjoy access to nearby movies in Bedford and Stamford.

  • The Pound Ridge Library is the cultural center of the town, offering such activities as art and craft exhibits, driver safety programs, films, concerts, lectures and book-discussion programs year round. The library also sponsors a myriad of children’s activities including winter and spring vacation programs, story hours, holiday happenings, arts and crafts workshops, musical performances, and the annual Summer Reading Program.


Shopping/Dining

  • Pound Ridge is a quaint artisan town with shops and restaurants to suit all tastes and ages – from family-friendly restaurants to fine dining. Scotts Corners is a funky, fun stretch of Westchester Avenue that also includes Pound Ridge Square. You’ll find amazing shops, eateries, and businesses run by welcoming and creative shopkeepers who will take all the stress out of your holiday shopping. The Market at Pound Ridge Square is an independent gourmet supermarket and has been family owned and operated since 1953. Pound Ridge Organics Farm, Food CoOp, Market and Teaching Kitchen’s mission is to bring local affordable wholesome food and groceries year round, while supporting local farms and small businesses.

  • The 123Dough Bakery is a certified organic bakery resourcing carefully selected wheat from organic farms from all over the world, and each and every loaf of bread is made by hand; The Pound Ridge Nursery & Garden Center provides gourmet chocolates, fudge, brownies, honey, jams & jellies, maple syrup and scones & muffins; Plum Plums Cheese, now in New Canaan, serves the best cheeses in their prime, artisanal and organic condiments, charcuterie, sweet treats, and unique handmade gifts; Healing Home Foods is an artisan producer of granola, crackers, and assorted snacks using GMO-Free, gluten-free, vegan, and organic ingredients.

  • The Kitchen Table is a small farm-to-table café in Pound Ridge, serving breakfast all day and lunch, with a special tavern menu served Friday and Saturday evenings; The Inn at Pound Ridge is housed in an eighteenth century building set amidst splendid grounds, and serving its loyal clientele a creative and innovative American-style menu; DiNardo’s Ristorante Italiano serves homemade Italian classics, pizza and wine served in a welcoming space with a casual front room plus outdoor patio; North Star serves upscale American food in a relaxed, rustic-chic atmosphere with live music twice weekly and half-price wine Tuesdays; Asia Hamachi is a Japanese, Chinese and Thai restaurant offering dine-in, take-out, and delivery service.

  • Shopping around town, visit Avant Garden, a cultivated selection of great lighting, furniture and design; Booksy Galore sells new, used and vintage books and vinyl; The Cottage is an enchanted gathering place where you can find one-of-a-kind vintage to new treasures, and everything in between; Red Fox Art Gallery represents a wide range of fine art by established and emerging artists from around the world; Kendall Studio Art Gallery features oil painting, plein air, studio work, still life’s, and portraits of people and animals, as well as abstract multimedia paintings; KAHLO Collective is an eco-chic destination for the conscious lifestyle, with an ever-changing curated mix of handmade clothing, jewelry and home goods, as well as in-store wellness services on a monthly basis from reiki healing to mindful facials and sometimes meditation or yoga.

  • The Westchester Mall is 25 minutes away in White Plains (Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, and many others).

  • The nearby Danbury Fair Mall is a 30 minute drive with 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 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.

  • The Stamford Town Center and South Norwalk (SoNo) offer virtually every major retail outlet imaginable.


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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