9.1 out of 10

Cortlandt

41.2807775274277 -73.8997624597655
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Six communities, one town, one excellent possibility"

Located in the north-western corner of Westchester County, the Town of Cortlandt has two incorporated villages, Croton and Buchanan, two hamlets, Cortlandt Manor and Montrose, and the unincorporated areas of Verplanck and Crugers. It is bordered by the Hudson River to the west and the town of Yorktown to the east. The population of the combined areas is about 41,000.

The town is highly desirable for many reasons. It offers suburban charm, but it has more open space than its southern Westchester neighbors. It’s easily accessible for commuters, who have a couple of station options for Metro North. There are many retail, dining and recreation options. Several school districts serve the town, and all are generally well-regarded. There are many housing options, making home-buying a possibility for people with a wide range of budgets.

Buchanan, one of the town’s waterfront areas, is the home of the Indian Point power plant, which plays a regular role in discussions about safety, terrorism, and natural disasters. The Town of Cortlandt website has information on evacuation procedures. The village offers many affordable housing options, and the presence of the power plant has resulted in lower taxes when compared to Cortlandt and Westchester.

Like Buchanan, Cortlandt Manor also has good affordable choices, but there are higher priced options too. It is home to the Hudson Highways Gateway Park, which is one of the town’s largest, with 352 acres, most of it undeveloped.

Croton, another riverfront village, has a large selection of luxury real estate as well as more moderately priced options. The village is known primarily for its beautiful scenery, and hosts two events popular with residents and visitors: the Clearwater music festival, which features well-known folk musicians, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, where 4,000 carved pumpkins illuminate the historic Van Cortlandt Manor.

Tiny Crugers, which is so small it sometimes has no houses for sale at all, does have a 75 acre park, the Oscawana Island Nature Preserve, which is mostly undeveloped. Its location on the riverfront limits future development.

Montrose is located in the southwestern part of the town, with two riverfront parks, Georges Island and Montrose Point State Forest. There is a good amount of reasonably priced real estate in this area.

Verplanck, which played a pivotal role during the American Revolution, also has a riverfront location. It is very small, with limited housing inventory, but when homes come on the market they too tend to be accessible to buyers with moderate budgets.

Each area within Cortlandt has its own unique personality, with a great deal to offer homebuyers. The location, schools, proximity to the city and leisure time opportunities make the Town of Cortlandt a terrific place to live.
Pros
  • Served by several good school districts
  • Excellent retail options
  • affordable
  • rich in history
Cons
  • Heavy traffic in spots
  • Some areas don't have easy train access
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Enjoy the Banks of the Hudson River in Beautiful Cortlandt"

The town of Cortlandt in Westchester contains the towns of Cortlandt Manor, Montrose, Buchanan, Verplank, Croton-on-Hudson. As a former resident of neighboring Yorktown, I visit Croton mainly out of all those towns because it was closest to the town I grew up in.

Croton has great schools, great shopping centers, and is right on the Hudson River. It’s a little pricey with some large homes in Croton, but it varies throughout the town and is highly affordable for hard-working middle-class families. A favorite spot for me is either at the Croton Waterfront park, where the Clearwater Folk Festival is held every year (it’s great for families) and there’s also a nature center on the property. It’s a great place to relax, picnic, daydream or just enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding Hudson River. Another favorite in Croton is the Black Cow Coffee Shop, which offers coffees of all different kinds and they alternate between them every day, so you never know which you’ll be getting, and they have funky names too! Croton also has a lovely little library.

Cortlandt Manor is home to one of my favorite shopping centers, the Cortlandt Town Center, which has a Barnes & Noble (and free wi fi) an A&P, a Walmart, a Pet Smart, an Applebees and more. There’s also lots of stores along Rt. 6 like Dunkin’ Donuts. The movie theater at Cortlandt Town Center always has the latest flicks showing, and new to the bunch is Five Guys Burgers.

I love Cortlandt because it’s a neighbor and has many great opportunities to explore. Come on down
Pros
  • Peace & quiet
  • Very safe
  • affordable
  • Bucollic landscape
  • rich in history
Cons
  • Can get a little too quiet at times
  • Fairly spread out
  • Lots of traffic
  • Mixed night life (depending on where you are)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Country Life With Amenities"

Like Philipstown, its neighbor to the north, Cortlandt includes two incorporated villages, Croton-on-Hudson and Buchanan, and the hamlets of Montrose, Crugers, and Verplanck. It also includes Cortlandt Manor, a small section of Cortlandt which shared a zip code with nearby Peekskill until 1991, which was when the Post Office caused an uproar by re-naming local roads and giving certain areas new zip codes. Luckily, all has settled down, although Cortlandt Manor still doesn’t show up on many directories.

Cortlandt is in northern Westchester County, just south of Putnam. It has a nice mixture of suburban and almost-rural areas, as well as a good shopping center that draws residents from the store-challenged north. 13% of the land area is public parkland, with another 550 acres owned by environmental groups, so there is room to roam for outdoor enthusiasts. There are train stops in both Croton and Cortlandt, allowing an easy commute into New York City.

There are several well-reviewed pre-, elementary, middle and high schools in the Lakeland Central and Hendrick Hudson School Districts, giving new residents a choice as to where to send their children. There are playgrounds, four different summer camps, a skate park open only to skateboarders, and youth sports leagues for basketball, baseball, football, in-line hockey, lacrosse, roller hockey, soccer, and softball (there are also men and women’s leagues for softball and tennis.)

The Hudson Valley Hospital Center, in Cortlandt Manor, is well-known and combines state of the art equipment (people travel from Albany to use the new MRI machine) with more holistic treatments (a birthing center with bathtubs, a new Organic Garden for Healing). Across the street is a medical enclave with almost any type of doctor you might need, and the FDR Veteran’s Administration Hospital is in the hamlet of Montrose.

The Cortlandt Town Center offers a wide variety of large chain stores, a multiplex movie theatre, and several restaurants. A quarter mile up Route 6 is The Rugged Boot, a throwback to the days when salespeople actually measured your feet and helped you select the best shoes. Part of the store is in an old train car, making it a fun and productive outing for those with kids.

Cortlandt is a great choice for those who want a lovely setting close to both shopping and the train.
Pros
  • Peace & quiet
  • Very safe
  • affordable
  • Bucollic landscape
  • rich in history
Cons
  • Can get a little too quiet at times
  • Fairly spread out
  • Lots of traffic
  • Mixed night life (depending on where you are)
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Family friendly historic town!"

Cortlandt is under an hour from New York City and has a train station. Combine this with the good schools and it is not surprise that this town continues to draw many professionals and their families to settle down here. The town is seen as more affordable that some of the neighboring cities and it actually offers a range of options from classic Victorians to condominiums. There’s something for everyone in Cortlandt!
Cortlandt has a recorded history that goes back as far as 1677 and there’s reason to believe that Henry Hudson visited the area as far back as 1609. You can experience this sense of history in Cortlandt through a visit to the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Little Red Schoolhouse or the Van Cortlandtville Cemetery. All these are in the National Registry of Historical Sites.
In the modern day, Cortlandt offers many interesting entertainment opportunities also. There are plenty of activities for children from the C Note Music School and The Cortlandt Performing Arts Institute to the many sports leagues. The proximity to Bear Mountain means there are also great hiking trails and plenty of opportunity to connect with nature, whether you’re an adult or a kid.
Cortlandt Town Center with its movie theater, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Pier 1 Imports among several other stores, is a great shopping destination for those in town and is popular with many in neighboring towns as well. There are many restaurants in the area including the casual Applebee’s, the new Five Guys Burger, the tried-and tested Juliana’s and the Mexican restaurant Hacienda Souza. Pizza places do tend to be the most common!
Cortlandt is a growing suburb that offers much for those who love the idea of a safe and secure family-oriented environment.
Pros
  • Nice mix of housing
  • Peace & quiet
  • Very safe
  • affordable
  • rich in history
Cons
  • Fairly spread out
  • Can get a little too quiet at times
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
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Grab a Taste of the American Dream"

Cortlandt is the town that combines the villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. It is a beautiful combination of countryside and suburbia, and lots of the villages and hamlets run alongside the gorgeous Hudson River. Trains from any village and hamlet take you to NYC in a jiffy. There are numerous types of ecosystems: from wetlands to woodlands, paving way for lots of nature preserves and parks for families to enjoy the great outdoors. I have lived in the town of Cortlandt for many years, and a personal favorite place to go and shop is the Cortlandt Town Center, which has a movie theater, a Barnes and Noble, an Applebee’s and a Walmart; recently, a new restaurant called Five Guys, a fancy burger joint out of NYC, came in, and people are flocking for their delicious unique burgers.
There’s always lots of different things to do in Cortlandt. Lots of famous people lived here, everyone from the Rockefellers to Washington Irving, to many different actors (like Pee Wee Herman, who lived in Peekskill---also a part of the town). It’s rich in history, as it was part of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as the Northeastern part of the Underground Railroad. Lincoln came through Peekskill, a city in Cortlandt, on his way through Westchester. It’s also home to Yorktown and Verplank (among others). Housing can be pricey but also affordable, anywhere from average to low-income, but you can also find houses thath will make you feel like you’re living in a mansion like the Vanderbilt (of course, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). Lots of villages and hamlets strive to make living affordable for all types of income. As someone who’s been here for most of her life, I love almost everything about the town of Cortlandt. If you want a variety of country, suburbia and city feels, then try Cortlandt for your new home---you won’t be disappointed!
Pros
  • affordable
  • rich in history
  • family friendly
  • Bucollic landscape
  • Peace & quiet
  • Very safe
Cons
  • Lots of traffic
  • Mixed night life (depending on where you are)
  • Can get a little too quiet at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Pretty as a picture and more affordable, too."

The 34.5 square mile town of Cortlandt is located in the northwestern corner of Westchester County. Cortlandt includes the villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson and the hamlets of Montrose, Crugers and Verplanck. The town is bordered on the west by the majestic Hudson River. Cortlandt offers a restful respite and one truly feels like one is in the middle of a more old-fashioned and untouched landscape with attractive older homes, sweeping tree lines and even Connecticut-style stone walls.

There is a bowling alley called Cortlandt Lanes, a local campground at the Country Music Park & Museum, and a really funky and laid-back joint on Main Street called Blue Frog Cafe & Music Club which has wine, beer, amazing baked goods and really good live music and open mic sessions. There is also an outdoor Main Street Music Series which is fun and festive and helps promote very promising musical artists.

For budding musicians, the C Note Music School offers both private and group instruction on a wide variety of instruments and also provides vocal training by top-notch teachers.

Cortlandt Town Center is the shopping destination in the area featuring such popular stores as Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Barnes and Noble, Pet Smart, Marshalls, Modells and Game Stop. The center also contains a 12-screen movie theatre. Restaurants at the center include Applebees, Panera Bread, McDonalds, Nathan’s Famous, Subway and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

For those seeking a few hours away from the quietude, the Cortlandt train station and the Croton-Harmon train station both offer express trains into New York City.

The town is approximately 76% White, 13% Hispanics 5.5% Black and 3.5% Asian, making it a little more diverse than other areas of Westchester County.

The school system is considered to be first-rate with a reported average combined SAT score of 1503,

The median income for a household is roughly $91,000. The median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment is $1,250 making it considerably lower than the southern Westchester suburbs and the median home value is $443,688. Cortlandt is popular with those wanting more affordable spacious homes in a peaceful area while still being able to commute to the city for work.

Cortlandt has a population of approximately 31,292 people and the median age is 39 years old.
Pros
  • Peace & quiet
  • Bucollic landscape
  • Very safe
Cons
  • Can get a little too quiet at times

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