7.5 out of 10

Croton Falls

41.3417447452668 -73.6615857105683
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"An Affordable Corner of North Salem"

Croton Falls is a lower-key, more affordable hamlet located within the larger, estate-filled town of North Salem. Residents enjoy the same beautiful scenery, open land, bucolic atmosphere, only on a smaller scale.

If you can’t live without shopping venues at your fingertips, this is not the place for you. Food, clothing, and what ever else you’d like are not far away, but you do have to drive to get there. Somers is 10 minutes away, Danbury and the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights are both about 20. There is a nice deli-type store, located conveniently across from the Croton Falls train station, but for real grocery shopping you’ll have to travel.

The flip side is that residents of nearby towns end up traveling to Croton Falls for the restaurants, which are very good, especially the Italian eatery Primavera.

Residents are proud of the excellent school system, which encompasses the entire town of North Salem as well as the Putnam County towns of Southeast and Carmel. There is an active North Salem Recreation Department, which runs a professional Theater Arts Studio for both children and adults. A Children and Young Adult Sports Program offers basketball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, softball, as well as a skiing and snowboarding program. They also offer men’s indoor and outdoor soccer, and tennis for both men and women. There are clubs for senior citizens, and a van that provides transportation to a senior nutrition program.

This is riding country, and nearby Old Salem Farm has hosted several US Olympic Team Selection Trials, as well as World Cup qualifier classes. For the non-horsey, the 16-acre Joe Bohdrum Field has tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a playground. The Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park offers swimming, fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and camping.

As long as you’re looking for a safe, quiet and beautiful area with access to shopping and activity, you can’t go wrong with Croton Falls.
Pros
  • A handful of quality eateries
  • Charming countryside
  • great for commuters
  • has a train station
  • Recreational activities
Cons
  • Can feel quiet and isolated at times
  • Must travel to get necessities
  • must have a car
  • Quiet social life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small town offering great value"

I cant quite find out why this neighborhood in North Salem is called Croton Falls - I havent found any waterfalls in the area. However, the absence of the falls does not take away from the overall greenery and wooded charm of Croton Falls. It is a small section of North Salem where there are some single family homes which can be considered affordable especially given the property values of larger estates in the rest of the Town of North Salem.

Croton Falls is very popular with commuters because the Metro North station is right here. The train ride to Manhattan in over an hour but the fact that many people do live here and work in NYC suggests that it is definitely in the realm of the possible. This bedroom community is not quite what people think of as suburban living in the rest of the country. It is more typical of Westchester County in that there are not many strip malls and shopping complexes. Shopping in Croton Falls is sparse to say the least; however, there is plenty within reasonable driving distance given that Somers Town Shopping Center is 10 mins away and Danbury is about 20 minutes away. This applies to all the restaurant options in the communities nearby. Both Westchester and Putnam County offer quite a few nice dining possibilities for the residents of Croton Falls.

North Salem residents have access to good schooling and nice community services. It is considered family friendly and safe and this applies to Croton Falls also. Families researching an affordable nature haven kind of experience in Northern Westchester, without compromising education, should definitely keep Croton Falls on their list of places to consider.
Pros
  • Charming countryside
  • great for commuters
  • has a train station
Cons
  • Can feel quiet and isolated at times
  • Must travel to get necessities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A little pocket of Westchester"

Not to be confused with its neighbor to the west, Croton on the Hudson, Croton Falls is a small hamlet in the town of North Salem near the Westchester-Putnam border. Its Metro-North station is the last one in Westchester on the Harlem line.

Croton Falls is very small, with a nondescript commercial area stretching a couple blocks. Route 22 is the major road passing through the hamlet and offering easy access to Interstate 684. Many of the towns in northern Westchester and Putnam offer only the bare minimum of stores; Croton Falls has even less. There is no large grocery store, though What’s Cookin’, located across from the train station, offers a great variety of prepared foods and deli items. Katonah, to the south, has a unique mix of shops, and Danbury and its many retailers are a short ride up I-684 and 84. Large grocery stores are a short ride away in Brewster and Carmel.

The Croton Falls Fire Department, established in 1892, is an all-volunteer organization with 65 members and 2 fire stations, one in Croton Falls and one in North Salem. They serve parts of neighboring Brewster and Carmel as well. The Ladies’ Auxiliary holds an annual street fair in Croton Falls as well as other events throughout the year.

Croton Falls is pleasant, but lacking for things to do. One bright spot in an otherwise dull landscape is the Schoolhouse Theater, a small but outstanding community theater housed in the former Croton Falls Elementary School. It produces three to four productions a year.

There is not a lot of housing inventory in Croton Falls; most of the homes are older, single-family homes. However, the hamlet is less expensive that the rest of the town of North Salem, which features large estates and horse farms. Students who live in Croton Falls attend the North Salem Central School District, which has 2 schools, an elementary school and a combined middle school and high school.

What Croton Falls lacks in overall ambiance, it makes up for in its restaurant offerings. Croton Creek, a five-year-old steakhouse located in a hundred-year-old building, has received recognition from the local press as well as the New York Times. Primavera, which occupies a sprawling old house, serves classic Italian fare and is open for lunch and dinner. Though its address is technically Carmel, the American Burger, Mac and Cheese Company is located on the outskirts of the hamlet. It offers casual fare and provides a kid-friendly choice and a new option for area diners.

Croton Falls isn’t for everyone; many people will probably find it too sleepy and isolated. However, people who like those qualities and are seeking reasonably priced homes may be happy to call Croton Falls home.
Pros
  • A handful of quality eateries
  • Charming countryside
Cons
  • Must travel to get necessities
  • No nightlife
  • Can feel quiet and isolated at times
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rural living in northern Westchester County."

There a few areas in Westchester County where someone has the opportunity to feel completely immersed in rural life, and Croton Falls is definitely one of those places. Pinned in between Interstate 684 and Croton Falls Reservoir (a source of New York City's drinking water), it's a small hamlet that sits at Westchester's northern-most point. It's accessible from Putnam County via Mahopac and through Exit 8 from 684, a gateway to central and southern Westchester and New York City.

Croton Falls' rural appeal makes it a great place for families concerned with safety and that want to get away from busier daily life. Children attend North Salem schools, which are known for their excellence in academics and smaller class sizes. It's a perfect atmosphere for students who need a more intimate setting to succeed in school. North Salem also has excellent recreation programs, with vast hills, meadows and woods best for horseback riding, hiking trails and golfing.

The quiet and secluded rural setting carries over into daily life, with limited nightlife and shopping options. What eateries Croton Falls does have (Primavera, American Burger, Macaroni and Cheese Company and Bella Ellas Pizzeria), however, produce some delicious-tasting food. Despite the lack of social options, Croton Falls' location makes it more than easy to get to places that do. It has its own Metro-North station that's just 50 miles above New York City, with access to stations in Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Purdys and Katonah. Along with these MTA stations, Croton Falls is located right along major roadways (Route 22, 202 and 6) and highways (Interstate 84 and 684). It's an easy drive into northern Westchester towns like Somers and North Salem, and towns in Putnam County like Brewster and Carmel.

Croton Falls offers a sequestered reprieve from the busier towns in Westchester County. It's rural setting provides some of the best recreational activities and if you're in touch with nature, you'll enjoy its bountiful hills, meadows and fields.
Pros
  • Recreational activities
  • Location to major roadways, highways and train stations
  • A handful of quality eateries
Cons
  • Quiet social life
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country 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
  • Shopping Options 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
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"One of the Safest, Cheapest Treasures in Westchester"

Croton Falls is a small, beautiful hamlet nestled in the larger town of North Salem, NY. It’s known for its namesake, the Croton Falls Reservoir, and for its bustling train station, great food at the town's Primavera restaurant, fantastic pizza at Bella Ella's Pizzeria, and the family-run Outhouse Orchards.

Houses here are relatively cheap with regards to the rest of Westchester County; houses can be as little as over $276,607 and even sometimes as low as the $100,000s. You’ll be in the country, so you’ll want to have a car to get around, and while there’s no shopping center in Croton Falls, but you have the Hygrade grocer’s Market, and you also have nearby Somers or Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, as well as the Danbury Mall in nearby Danbury, CT.

For art lovers, visit A.R.T.S. Gallery, which stands for “Artists Ready to Sell”, a consignment shop that opens only on the first Saturday of every month. They sell everything from paintings of local artists to pottery to jewelry and more.

The Croton Falls train station can take you to Manhattan in one hour and sixteen minutes, but there are other train stations in neighboring towns that can take you there in less.

Croton Falls is a lovely area which is very quiet and very safe. North Salem High School is rated as a “Blue Ribbon” school and the entire school system is ranked among the highest for SAT scores in Westchester County.

If you’re hungry, visit Primavera Pasta for lunch and dinner options, located right off of Rt.22. (Try their fried zucchini appetizers or duck ravioli entree!) A wonderful Italian restaurant for the whole family to enjoy. Outhouse Orchards, also located in Croton Falls, is a great farm where, in the winter, you can buy a Christmas tree, enjoy scrumptious home-made donuts and cider.

While there’s not a lot to do in Croton, you’re near a lot of busy towns like Somers, Yorktown and Katonah, where there’s lots of shopping options, live music, great art museums and historic sites to see. It’s also one of the cheapest towns in Westchester NY, so you can be rest assured that while you’re a bit far from civilization, you’ll be comfortable enough for a very long time.
Pros
  • has a train station
  • great for commuters
  • A handful of quality eateries
  • Charming countryside
Cons
  • must have a car
  • very cheap
  • Can feel quiet and isolated at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fall for the beauty of Croton Falls."

Croton Falls is a quiet and picturesque hamlet within the greater town of North Salem. The falls are composed of winding roads, large estates, Dutch Colonials, some modern homes, bountiful acreage and idyliic farmland. Folks love their horses around here and there are equestrian goods sold in shops as well as horse murals on local restaurant walls to prove it. This is as close to true country living as you can get in Westchester County.

In Croton Falls itself there is the modern and sophisticated Primavera Restaurant & Bar lodged in a beautiful white home that just about glows at night. The menu is filled with authentic Italian food delights and an ample wine list. In parent town of North Salem, you will find the Kingsley Deli & Pizzeria which has terrific pizza and some pretty good homestyle cooking, 121 Restaurant & Bar with its emphasis on regional and organic fare, the amazing Vox restaurant which has received NY Times accolades and The Blazer Pub, a forty year old Irish instutition that was voted as having the best burger in 2007 by renowned Zagat and is also a Westchester Magazine award winner for its outstanding chili.

In North Salem proper, there are a few stores including BB Abode, a home décor and home furnishings boutique housed in Union Hall, Horse Tales with its equestrian apparel, and Second Time Around, a consignment shopp with “gently used” clothing and saddles. North Salem Market is the local place to buy groceries. North Salem also has the post office and the wonderful Ruth Keeler Memorial Library. For more advanced shopping, many people cross the border and go to the Danbury Fair Mall in CT or make the trek to White Plains for upscale shopping at the fancy Westchester Mall.

There are two noteworthy parks in the area: Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, a sprawling 1,082 acre park which boasts camping, hiking, fishing, ice skating, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, picnicking, rowboat rentals and even a high/low ropes challenge course. The park has five lakes in all, as well as an overlook to behold sumptous scenery while hiking. Joe Bohrdrum Park has two tennis courts, a soccer field,two baseball fields, a basketball court, a playground and a picnic area. There is also the family-friendly Outhouse Orchards with barnyard animals and chicken coops, apple and pumpkln picking, pony rides and a country store that sells pies and jams and delicious fresh donuts.

Croton Falls has a Metro North Train Station and the commute time to NYC is about an hour and fifteen minutes.

Croton Falls is quite safe and the crime rate is relatively low.

The North Salem School District is excellent and has been nationally recognized as being such by the Department of Ed. The mean sat score of NS MSHS students is 1673.

The average household income is around $147,258 and the median home value is roughly $727,817

Croton Falls is predominantly White at 88%.

The population of greater North Salem is approximately 5,104 with the median age being 41.
Pros
  • Charming countryside
  • A handful of quality eateries
Cons
  • Can feel quiet and isolated at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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