7.2 out of 10

Amawalk

41.288876 -73.76669
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Residential neighborhood on the reservoir"

Amawalk, a community with a reservoir by the same name, is a part of the town of Somers. The reservoir is among the smallest providing drinking water to New York City. Like most of Somers, Amawalk sits in the city’s watershed area, which protects it from development while helping it retain a quiet, relaxed vibe.

All of Amawalk is located within the Somers Central School District, which has 3,400 students hailing from Somers and its hamlets. The Somers district gets excellent results as evidenced by its results on state standardized exams. Across grades and subjects, students tend to perform well above the state median. There are four schools: Primrose Elementary, Somers Intermediate School and Somers High School.

Amawalk is entirely residential. However, the neighborhood is well-placed, with numerous retail necessities nearby. Baldwin Place, another neighborhood in the town, is home to the Somers Commons shopping center, which has a Stop and Shop grocery store, a gym and a few other stores, including Homegoods. Nearby Yorktown and Mohegan Lake also have movie theaters and big-box stores.

Residents of Amawalk can take advantage of the many recreational and cultural opportunities available in Somers. Reis Park is a popular choice, with a playground, running trails, and facilities for basketball and tennis. Muscoot Farm is a working farm, built in the 19th century, with horses, cows, chickens, pigs and goats. Visitors come from all over the region, which is a favorite with kids. Lasdon Park is a county-run facility located on the former estate of William and Mildred Lasdon. There is an extensive horticultural library, a formal garden and walking trails. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Somers Hamlet Historic District. The Elephant Hotel is the centerpiece. It was built in the early 1800s by Hachaliah Bailey, who toured the Northeast with his elephant, Old Bet. Those with interests extending beyond our borders may enjoy the Dragon and Crane American-Chinese Cultural Center. Though the emphasis is on martial arts, courses in dancing, yoga, cooking and language are also offered.

Home prices in Amawalk reflect prices throughout Somers. There are primarily single-family homes, with a large range of prices, allowing buyers with high and more moderate budgets to find what they’re seeking.
Pros
  • Good schools
  • Good resources in surrounding areas
Cons
  • Must have a car
  • No Metro North station
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"For a Life of Quiet Comfort"

Amawalk is one of the hamlets that make up the Town of Somers. The reservoir that borders this hamlet is a big part of the visual appeal of the area. The many tree-lined avenues and the potential water views make this a classic Westchester neighborhood. The residents of Amawalk can send their children to the Somers school system which have earned a great reputation for their academics and extra-urricular programs.

Amawalk is a residential neighborhood and there are no shops in the immediate neighborhood but the Yorktown Triangle Shopping Center is 5-7 minutes away and there are many good stores in that complex. A&P, T.J. Maxx, Panera, Mrs. Green's and GameStop are among the shops here. There are also Piatto Grill, Himalayas and Okinawa are also right here giving quite a range of cuisine options for those looking to dine out.

There are several great nature hike options in the vicinity including Lasdon Park and Reis Park. I'd also like to mention the Angle Fly Preserve for the nature lovers out there. This 654 nature preserve, named for the "last natural brook-trout spawning stream in Westchester," is maintained by the Somers Land Trust and offers opportunities for " hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird watching, and nature study."

Amawalk is a quiet community that offers the essentials of a good suburban lifestyle. Those commuting into NYC and looking for a train station can use the Metro North station at Goldens Bridge.
Pros
  • very peaceful
  • Good resources in surrounding areas
Cons
  • Not very diverse
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Quiet pocket of Somers"

Amawalk is a small, somewhat uneventful but pleasant enough residential and rustic rural hamlet located within the greater town of Somers, NY. It is home to the Amawalk Reservoir which supplies water to the New Croton Aqueduct which in turn, provides 10% of the Big Apple's drinking water.

Since there really isn't anything much to do in Amawalk itself, your best bet would be to utlize the greater town of Somers and its surrounds to your advantage. There is plenty of stuff going on in the extended area and that being said, it would be helpful to own a car.

If shopping is on the agenda, you can head over to Somers Town Shopping Center which has a few banks, a CVS, a few restaurants, a tanning salon, a nail salon, a dry cleaners and a Verizon store. There is the Baldwin Place Shopping Center/Somers Commons in nearby Baldwin Place which has a Super Stop & Shop, a New York Sports Club, a Chilis, a Home Goods, a Q's Garden, a dollar store, a Radio Shack, a card store and a Learning Center. For yet more retail therapy, you can drive westward and hit the Jefferson Valley (JV) Mall in Yorktown Heights.

In Somers, there are several great Italian eateries including Luce Seafood and Pasta House, Il Forno Trattoria Brick Oven Pizza, Fratelli's Pizza and Pasta and Tazza Cafee and Espresso Bar. There is also the Firehouse Deli, Imperial Wok, Seasons American Bistro and Lounge and King Cone. In Yorktown Heights, you can relish in Thyme Restaurant, Peter Pratt's Inn, Feinnegan's Grill, Mimi's Cafe, Gaudio's Restaurant, Murphy's, The Piatto Grill, Taco Bell and Friendlys.

In Somers, there is the popular Reis Park where you will discover playing fields, playgrounds, trails, basketball and tennis courts, a skate park and a library. Koegel Park has lovely walking trails, as well. Muscoot Farm in nearby Katonah, NY, is a must-visit family-friendly destination that is open year-round and offers farm tours, hayrides, cool special events and seven miles of pretty walking trails that pass through fields, forests and wetlands. Also in Katonah is the glorious 234-acre Lason Park with its aboreturm and stunning woods, meadows, formal gardens as well as several memorial and a museum that honors Westchester County war veterans.

Amawalk is part of the Somers Central School District which is pretty good. The median SAT score of Somers Senior High School students is 1669.

Amawalk is quite safe and the crime rate is very low.

The median household income is $148,401. The median home value is $434,000 and the median rentail rate is $1,798.00

The greater Somers area is approximately 89% White, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 1.5% Black.
Pros
  • Good resources in surrounding areas
  • one of the safest towns in NY state
  • very peaceful
Cons
  • no night life
  • not enough shopping
  • too quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Perfect for Nature and Country Lovers"

Amawalk is one of the five hamlets contained within the town of Somers. With a mostly white population of 959,528, Amawalk is one of the smaller areas, famous for its Amawalk Reservoir, which delivers 6.7 billion gallons of water to NYC every year. You can fish and boat on the Reservoir, but you must have a boating and fishing license, and you can rent rowboats to take out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Homes in this area can cost anywhere from $200,000 to over $800,000, but generally settle around $400,000-$500,000, depending on what type of home you want to own. It’s one of the safest areas in New York, with most traffic leading into Yorktown. It’s residential and has lots of farmland (like Hilltop Farms), which allows for lots of woods and fields to wander and explore. Schools are great and above the state average. You can choose to send your kids to either Yorktown or Somers. Except for math, Somers has higher SAT scores than Yorktown, but both are above average for NY state. Teachers here are dedicated to providing your child with all the accommodations they need for a quality education. (As someone who graduated from Yorktown High School, I can attest that these teachers really know what they’re doing, and you won’t have to look elsewhere to find better!)

For shopping and eating out, you’ll have to rely on a car and go to nearby Yorktown Heights or any Somers shopping district. You’re right near Rt. 202 which also has a lot of stores and shops along the way, like BJ’s and Staples. Yorktown Heights has lots of restaurants (Empire Hunan Chinese is a personal favorite, and there’s also a Mrs. Green’s, as well as your basic A&P). Amawalk is a pretty rural area surrounded by woods, so if you want to get anywhere fast, you’ll want to have a car. Nearby Yorktown Heights is along the Beeline Bus route, so you can always take your car or a cab and hop the bus to nearby locations (like the Croton Harmon train station, which has free parking on weekends and is a forty-five minute ride to Grand Central Station).

There’s also nearby FDR state park in Yorktown Heights, where you can take a walk, ride your bike or any numerous sports you so desire. It’s a great place to walk your dog, and every year they have a Native American festival as well as host different fund-raising walks. Nearby Katonah has lots of cute shops and several parks, including Muscoot Farm---a working farm where kids can see live farm animals. It’s a great place to learn and come to for the day, and you can have a family picnic there too (there’s also a food vendor on the property, and you can get ice-cream for desert). Kids will also enjoy a family night out at Somers 202 Restaurant on Old Tomahawk Rd., where there’s a kids menu as well as delicious entrees like “Grandma’s” Chicken Parmigiana, Filet Mignon, and truffled mac n’ cheese

Amawalk is a small place but it’s perfect for people who like quiet, don’t want a lot of traffic and want to be near major roads. It’s near three great school systems: Somers School District, Yorktown School District and Lakeland School District. It’s a great place to live and raise your family in one of the safest places in New York.
Pros
  • one of the safest towns in NY state
  • very peaceful
Cons
  • no night life
  • not enough shopping
  • too quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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