Pound Ridge, N.Y.: A Rural Alternative to Nearby Commuter Towns

To see the modifications occurring in Pound Ridge, N.Y., a superb place to begin is Food Truck Fridays.

Houses on this rural city in northeastern Westchester County usually sit on a number of two to 4 acres, providing loads of privateness (one purpose celebrities dwell right here) and nature views (greater than half of the land is preserved completely), however not, historically, a lot togetherness. The foodie occasion, which started in 2018 and takes place each week from May to September within the city’s tiny however charming enterprise district, Scotts Corners, displays the need amongst newer residents, lots of whom relocated from the town, for stronger group ties and livelier commerce.


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“When you’re on three acres, you don’t really see your neighbors,” stated Kevin Hansan, the city supervisor, who has lived in Pound Ridge for 25 years. “Food Truck Fridays is a chance to get out and let the kids run around. That’s the whole idea, to create that community feel. Then, if you want, you get to go home to your two acres and never see anybody again.”

Rebecca Wing, who was concerned in launching Food Truck Fridays, got here to Pound Ridge in 2017 after falling in love with an vintage residence, “picture perfect with black shutters.” Ms. Wing and her husband, Robert, who have been renting in close by Mount Kisco, paid somewhat over the asking worth of $525,000 for the circa-1804 home, which had been transformed by the earlier proprietor, an architect.

This spring, following the beginning of their third little one, the couple determined to commerce up to a much bigger home and regarded neighboring cities in Connecticut, like New Canaan or Westport, however stayed in Pound Ridge due to the group.

Scotts Corners is a tiny downtown with one in all all the things residents want, together with a wine retailer. Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

They offered their residence for $675,000 to an all-cash purchaser and paid slightly below $1 million for a four-bedroom home in-built 1940 that wants beauty work however sits on three fantastically landscaped acres.

“We’d made friends. Our children are very happy in the schools,” stated Ms. Wing, an actual property developer who’s in town’s planning board. “I have a running group that meets to run on the trails. We didn’t want to give up any of those things just to have a house that had more recent updates.”

Sonya O’Donnell, an actual property agent with Houlihan Lawrence and a Pound Ridge resident, stated the city is particular, partly, “because you haven’t heard about it — it’s tucked away.”

With no practice station, Pound Ridge doesn’t get the discover of close by commuter cities like Bedford and Mount Kisco. It can also be geographically dispersed, with white-painted vintage farmhouses and extra fashionable properties unfold over steep, rocky hillsides and valleys carved by glaciers.

“It’s a little bit more country here, artsier here,” stated Michael Kagan, who has spent a lot of his life in the neighborhood and is the president of the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy. “It continues to be really rural.”

Ms. O’Donnell, who moved together with her husband to Pound Ridge from Brooklyn in 2010, stated: “We’ve had a lot of effort to create a real buzz. Because it was pretty quiet for a while. There’s a big push from people who want more life here, and action. I’ve seen it really transform in the time I’ve lived here.”

10 BEECH HILL LANE | A five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home, in-built 1974 on three.27 acres, listed for $three.495 million. 914-234-0380Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

What You’ll Find

With 19 nature preserves managed by the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy — seven of them with trails — the easiest way to discover the 23-square-mile city could also be to hike it. Part of the four,315-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a park with wetlands, ponds and two rivers, additionally lies inside Pound Ridge’s borders.

The space’s wetlands present ample alternatives for birders however not builders, Mr. Kagan stated, noting the restrictions for constructing inside 150 ft of wetlands and the final lack of buildable tons due to the terrain.

The city’s business heart is Scotts Corners, which abuts the New York-Connecticut border. It is extra sturdy than the downtowns in neighboring Bedford and Lewisboro, and, in Mr. Hansan’s view, accommodates “one of everything that we need”: one grocery store, one gasoline station, one ironmongery store, one dry cleaner, one bar, one Italian restaurant. And so on.

For years, Scotts Corners was crammed with antiques shops and empty storefronts. But lately, the companies have gotten hipper and fewer utilitarian, with spots like The Kitchen Table, Plum Plums Cheese and Booksy Galore. Last month, Jenn Streicher, a celeb make-up artist who not too long ago moved to Bedford from Los Angeles, opened a magnificence retailer in Scotts Corners known as Scout.

18 SPYROCK ROAD | A four-bedroom home with three full and two half loos, in-built 1987 on three.91 acres, listed for $1.639 million. 914-234-0380Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Susan Williamson, Booksy’s proprietor, moved to Pound Ridge 12 years in the past from Park Slope, Brooklyn, after she and her husband couldn’t discover a parking spot for 10 blocks at some point and determined they’d had sufficient. She took an opportunity, and 6 years in the past opened the bookstore, which turned a hub for locals and weekenders alike (a couple of third of the city’s 5,100 residents personal weekend properties).

“One reason I was able to have a bookstore here is the amount of people that work in New York — publishers, editors, finance people — and then they’re in town during the weekends,” she stated. “There’s a definite link to New York.”

That big-city sophistication is exemplified by the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, a restaurant opened by the French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and by Pound Ridge Golf Club, an 18-hole public facility designed by the “Picasso” of golf course design, Pete Dye.

What You’ll Pay

Pound Ridge has historically been a rich group, and the pandemic has solely pushed costs greater. As Ms. O’Donnell of Houlihan Lawrence put it, “$650,000 is your cheapest house — a small home, total fixer.”

She added: “Your typical colonial that was $850,000 two years ago is now around $1 million. I’m noticing that whatever anything was a year and a half ago, add 20 percent.”

As of June 1, the median sale worth for a single-family residence in Pound Ridge was $910,000, up 13.6 p.c 12 months over 12 months, in accordance to Houlihan Lawrence. Supply is down 52 p.c from a 12 months in the past.

205 BARNEGAT ROAD | A three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home, in-built 1951 on 2.04 acres, listed for $1.295 million. 978-505-9125Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Architecture types vary from fashionable modern to vintage properties and outdated farmhouses renovated with a Scandinavian really feel. “Those go the fastest,” Ms. O’Donnell stated. “If they’re updated, it’s a surefire bidding-war situation.”

Recent listings embrace a three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, Shingle-style home with a vegetable backyard and beehives on two acres, listed for $1.295 million; an architect-designed modern property on three acres overlooking a lake, with 5 bedrooms and a half basketball courtroom, listed for $three.495 million; and a 7,300-square-foot nation colonial with a chef’s kitchen that features a hearth, wood- and gas-fired Renato pizza oven and La Cornue vary, listed for $1.639 million.

There aren’t many new builds or developments within the space due to the zoning restrictions, and it’s uncommon to discover a residence on lower than two acres, a consideration for anybody who finds landscaping a frightening chore.

“You do get more house, more property, in Pound Ridge than you do in Bedford or some of the bordering towns,” stated Mark Boyland, an agent with Keller Williams in Bedford, N.Y. “We’ve seen people selling their house in Bedford and moving to Pound Ridge. People are realizing, ‘We actually get some more bang for our buck here.’”

The Vibe

Richard Gere, Mike Myers and Susan Sarandon are only a few of the celebrities who’ve lived in Pound Ridge, drawn to the privateness offered by the big properties, in addition to the peace and quiet.

“When you’re in Pound Ridge, you’re out there,” Mr. Boyland stated. “People are coming there because they don’t want a lot of commercial traffic, a lot of noise. If someone leans more toward the outdoors, Pound Ridge is also a good place to settle.”

The space’s wetlands present ample alternatives for birders, however not builders. Building is restricted inside 150 ft of wetlands.Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

To Ms. Williamson, Pound Ridge feels peaceable however not distant. “You come home and you have deer, rabbits — you’re in a natural environment,” she stated. “But in 10 minutes, I’m in Stamford and have Starbucks, if I want.”

Ms. Wing, the actual property developer, has a brand new household residence shut to the New Canaan border, in what she known as “the off-the-beaten-path part of Pound Ridge,” shut to the reservoirs.

But “we do a lot of things in the neighboring towns,” she stated, or in Scotts Corners. “People live on these large lots and are looking for opportunities to come together.”

The Schools

Pound Ridge has one public faculty, Pound Ridge Elementary School, which serves kindergarten by means of fifth grade and supplies particular training. But nearly all of Pound Ridge lies within the Bedford Central School District, and kids attend Fox Lane Middle School and Fox Lane High School, each in Bedford.

The most up-to-date commencement price at the highschool was 85 p.c, in contrast with a statewide common of 83.four p.c. Average SAT scores have been 620 in English language arts, in contrast with 528 statewide, and 620 in math, in contrast with 530 statewide.

Most residents ship their kids to public colleges, however there’s a personal possibility in Bedford, Rippowam Cisqua School, for prekindergarten by means of ninth grade.

Pound Ridge, included in 1788, has its personal city museum. Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

The Commute

Pound Ridge is just not a giant commuter city, however those that do commute to New York can drive the 10 or so miles to Bedford Hills or Katonah, each of that are on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem line. The journey to Manhattan takes about an hour and 20 minutes. Stamford, Conn., is 12 miles away and provides one-hour specific service on Metro-North and Amtrak.

Midtown Manhattan is about 50 miles away; the drive can take an hour or longer, relying on site visitors.

The History

Pound Ridge was as soon as often called Basket Town as a result of it was a number one maker of straw oyster baskets utilized by fishermen on Long Island Sound. The city was included in 1788. Well into the 21st century, it retains its practically off-the-grid independence, Mr. Hansan stated: “We’re the end of the electrical grid. We’re used to being self-sufficient as a community. We don’t even have a traffic light.”

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