7.4 out of 10

Pawling

Ranked 18th best city in New York
41.5619 -73.6026
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Residential neighborhoods spaced out by natural environment."

Pinched between Interstate 84 and the Connecticut border, Pawling really epitomizes the nature of small-town America. Located at the crossroads of Routes 55 (south) and 22 (north), Pawling is located in the southeast-most corner of Dutchess County between Wingdale and Patterson. Less than 10,000 residents live in Pawling even though it covers a significant amount of land, thus leading to more privacy since the houses are more spaced out. Route 22 provides residents with a more commercial way of life with an A&P, Hannaford, Dunkin' Donuts, etc., while the Village of Pawling offers more localized small business. In a way, you're getting the best of both worlds and since everything is spread out you don't feel the shopping centers or restaurants are breathing down your neck.

Pawling's a great place to check out if you like your peace and quiet because like I said before, there's usually a significant amount of space between houses. People say that Putnam County is "where the country begins," but it's southern Dutchess that stands witness to the evolution of country living. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, as well: The Edward R. Murrow Park has swimming, a playground and picnic area; The Dutcher Golf Course is the United States' oldest golf course; Lakeside Park has a sandy beach with swimming areas, boating and tennis courts; and there is access to the Appalachian Trail, too.

The Pawling Central School District is smaller than most, with about 1,400 students total enrolled in the elementary school (K-4), middle school (5-8), and high school (9-12). Some parents choose to send their children to Carmel Central School District in Putnam County, especially those who live directly on the border in Holmes or Pecksville. If you'd like a more intimate school setting for your child then definitely send them to Pawling- Carmel boasts nearly 1,500 students in its high school alone (as it draws from multiple towns.) There's always the option of private schooling at Trinity Pawling (7, 8, and high school) and Mizzentop Day School (Pre-K through 8).

As far as rearing a family is concerned, Pawling's ideal because of its safe environment and residential atmosphere. It may not be the greatest place for people in their 20's per say with limited nightlife and the need to use a car to get most places. But if you enjoy the peace and quiet and beautiful natural setting, Pawling should definitely be on your list of places to seek out.
Pros
  • Recreational activities
  • Beautiful, natural setting
Cons
  • Limited nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • 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
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Enjoy Great Live Music and Wonderful Food in Pawling NY"

Pawling is the place I go to when I want to hear great music and enjoy a fun Wednesday or Thursday night at the Town Crier Cafe's Musical Open Mic.

The staff at the Cafe are always friendly, and the atmosphere reminds one of a rustic cabin. It actually used to be a Mexican restaurant and some of the flair, such as the festive paint colors and dried peppers in batches hanging from the wall, are still there as a reminder of what was. It really lends a festive atmosphere to the place though, and the lighting is always very cozy and inviting. Not forgetting the food, of course, which is fantastic---the burgers and wings are awesome, but everything is, from what I hear. The Open Mic is $5 at the door.

Pawling has a great school district, and excellent stores like CVS, The Book Cove (an independent bookstore) and the Angler's Den, a funky sports goods store where you can find anything you need for an awesome fly-fishing adventure (or simply fishing in general, plus any other sports equipment your desire takes you). Pawling is also by the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia and is a wonderful place to hike. Pawling itself is part of the beautiful NY's Harlem Valley region. Commuters will find that it's easy to get from here to there from Pawling's very own train station. Also, you're not far from major roads like I684 and I22, as well as others. McGrath's Tavern is a fun place to be on a weekend night, but be warned, it's usually hopping on Friday nights, so if you want to catch that game, make sure you get there early!

Once again, however, I will reiterate that I come to Pawling mainly for the Town Crier Cafe, which has had very reputable and award-winning musicians in the past, and continue to rock the house every Wednesday and Thursday night at 7:30ish/8:00ish pm. With grat food and wonderful music (of all kinds), the Town Crier Cafe of Pawling is always a delight!
Pros
  • The Town Crier Cafe and Musical Open Mics
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Recreational activities
  • Safe
  • One or two outstanding restaurants
Cons
  • Lack of access to major highways
  • A tiny bit isolated
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, open and slow"

The town of Pawling is located in Dutchess County, right on the border with Putnam County, in the southeast section of the county. The overall feel of the town sticks very closely to the slightly rural, quiet spirit of most of the Putnam/Dutchess area.

Although the area was, like most of the northwest, once sparsely populated by farms, it has developed considerably. But, thankfully, this development has been done in such a way so as to preserve and respect the natural beauty of the area. The Great Swamp, a 6000-acrea protected wetland and wildlife sanctuary, meanders through Pawling and even joins up with the Appalachian Trail. This famous hiking trail follows the Appalachian Mountains all the way from Maine to Georgia and takes most people about 6 months to cover in its entirety. Because there are several access points in the trail located in or around Pawling, it's easy to select a small section just to enjoy the scenery - whether you prefer fields, mountains, rivers, lakes or wetlands - for just a few hours.

Pawling is fairly varied but the majority of residential communities in the town are small and close-knit. Some neighborhoods, such as the Quaker Hill community, feature much larger homes set on a beautiful mountain-side property.

There's a reasonable amount of commercial development in Pawling, catering to the necessities of food shopping and home maintenance, but that's about it. If you don't enjoy outdoorsy activities, you will also be sorely lacking any form of suitable entertainment. For any sort of shopping or nightlife, you'll probably either travel to Poughkeepsie or Danbury, CT.

Families will enjoy the natural beauty of the town, combined with the good school system and safety of the neighborhoods. However, professionals may find the commute to work difficult because of the lack of major highways unless they choose to take advantage of the train state in the village of Pawling, which runs the Harlem Line of Metro-North.
Pros
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Recreational activities
  • Safe
Cons
  • Limited nightlife
  • Lack of access to major highways
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A quiet, peaceful, and reasonable place to live"

In the southeastern corner of Dutchess County, you'll find the Town of Pawling. Being on the eastern side hugging the Connecticut border, you'd correctly assume that this area is less developed and a little more isolated than the western side. With that said, there is still civilization here, as well as other points that make this town an appealing place to live.

Other than Routes 22 and 55, there is nothing resembling a highway coming through here. You'll be driving south for a little while before you hit Interstate 84, and there's no highway link from here to Poughkeepsie -- Route 55 will get the job done, but you will contend with traffic lights just like everybody else. The good news is that there are two public transportation options as well. First, the Dutchess County Loop Bus does operate a route between the City of Poughkeepsie and Pawling, and second, the Metro North's Harlem Line train to New York City stops here. Neither trip to the end of the line will be brief, but it is nevertheless available. Still, don't kid yourself: you need a car to get around here.

When you drive around this town, you'll see a peaceful, safe, and green community. Like many other areas of Dutchess County, it has grown, but with that, you'll find a fair amount of houses for sale in most towns, including Pawling. Just because this town has drawn more interest in recent years, however, doesn't mean it's sprawling out, nor does it mean it's becoming less peaceful. I've always found Pawling to be pretty reasonable in that regard.

There is a supermarket in town (a Hannaford, if I'm not mistaken) but your major retail options are very limited -- as in, they don't exist. For most places in Dutchess County, the logical and closest place to go for big-ticket shopping would be Poughkeepsie, but down here, it might be better to head south and swing to the Danbury Mall. There are a few medical clinics (including pediatric care) here, but the closest hospital is in Carmel in Putnam County. More good news, though: there is a gym in town for fitness fans.

The school system here is reportedly pretty strong and is able to service students all the way up through high school.

There are lots of local businesses in town, including restaurants, some of which I've heard are very good. There are places to eat, sure, but a drawback is that there still are not many other places to enjoy a night out in this town. You'll have to find your fun elsewhere for the most part.

Pawling is quiet, but not so quiet that it's just you and the trees like some other Dutchess County towns. You're not swamped with traffic or urban sprawl like in Poughkeepsie, either. In some respects, Pawling is like a happy medium, where you've got a number of modern conveniences available to you and get to live in a nice community while not having to worry too much right now about an area that's getting too big, too fast.
Pros
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Recreational activities
  • Safe
Cons
  • A tiny bit isolated
  • Limited nightlife
  • Lack of access to major highways
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"At the Foot of the Berkshires"

Pawling is located between the borders of New York, to the south, and Connecticut, to the east, in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. The Town of Pawling is nestled in the Harlem Valley, between two large hills. Nearby Beekman is named for Henry Beekman, a long-ago landowner; Pawling is named for his daughter, Catherine Pauling, also a large landowner, but one whose name the local papers misspelled. The rest is history.

Although its New York border is Putnam County, Pawling actually lies in Dutchess. It is quiet and serene, and its residents take preserving open space seriously. Much of its land is recognized in New York’s Open Space Plan, with Little Whaley Lake and the Great Swamp (one of New York’s largest wetlands) on the list as top priorities for protection. Hikers will love it; the 1,000-acre Pawling Nature Reserve has a waterfall and gorge, forests and fields, beautiful views, and a varied population of wildlife. Horse lovers will be delighted by the number of equestrians who live here, and who have created the non-profit Oblong Trail Association to encourage trail riding (as well as horseless hiking and cross-country skiing) and land preservation.

There are bike paths as well. The Appalachian Trail runs through Pawling, and there is actually an Appalachian Trail train stop on Metro-North’s Harlem Line (the train stops only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.) Hikers can get off the train, head for Hammersly Ridge, and not have to worry about a car. Altogether there are 300 acres of parkland to enjoy, as well as two lakes, a golf course, and a dozen public tennis courts.

Pawling has no medical facilities itself, but you can get to Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel in about 25 minutes, and to both Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie in about 35 minutes.

Pawling has a public Elementary, Middle, and High School. Trinity-Pawling boys’ prep school is here, as well as the private pre-K-8 Mizzentop Day School. There are two private pre-schools, the Sunshine School and Christ Church Nursery School.

There are six hamlets here: Baker Corner, Holmes, Hurd Corners, Quaker Hill, West Pawling, and Woodinville, as well as the Village of Pawling. Though Pawling is decidedly low-key and without much nightlife - except for the famous music venue, the Town Crier - the active Recreation Department and staffed Visitors Center make the most of this lovely place.
Pros
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Recreational activities
  • Safe
  • One or two outstanding restaurants
Cons
  • Limited nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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+

"Appealing Pawling"

Pawling is a mostly residential 45 square mile town harboring a village of the same name. There are lovely homes here including relatively large handsome Colonials, some stunning Victorians peppered here and there and a slew of more modest modern single family dwellings. Most homes have nice land parcels. Overall, Pawling has an attractive landscape and a warm, old-fashioned community-oriented feel to it.

Shopping options in town include a CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, a Radio Shack, Good Tidings Gift Shop, Stage Door Furniture, Synchronicity, The Bead Vault, Greer Gallery, Red Barn Gifts & Antiques, Hobnail Antiques, Simply Unique, The Yarn & Craft Box, Made with Love, Earth Lore, Magnolias, Bailey’s TV & Appliances, the very cool The Book Cove, a couple of redbox locations, Tonis Hair & Nail Design, Family Quick Stop, Pawling Beer & Soda and Pawling Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy.

There are a small slew of solid to great eateries in town including the casual, unpretentious and family-friendly McGrath’s Tavern, the highly lauded McKinney and Doyle Fine Food Café and Corner Bakery with its tremendous ambience, exquisite food, outstanding desserts and kids menu, Dante’s Trattoria, Hacienda Los Tres Potrillos, Pawling Tavern, Dunkin Donuts, a KFC, a Great Wall II Take Out Chinese and Hong Kong Chinese Kitchen.

For great entertainment to go along with equally great eats, be sure to visit the beloved local institution, the Town Crier Café proudly presenting outstanding live music since 1972. In fact, music aficionados from other parts of New York, and beyond, have made the trek to this little gem to hear everything from folk to jazz to blues to Celtic music, Cajun music, Zydeco, roots and world. Pete Seeger, Roseanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Lucinda Williams are but a few of the greats who have graced the stage, if that tells you anything.

Pawling has a well developed parks and rec department. Every year they hold the best Fireman’s Parade and Carnival. They have wonderful programs for youth, teens, adults and seniors alike. They have great summer day camps. Their parks are quite good, too. Edward R. Murrow Memorial Park has a playground, swimming, a picnic area, camping, hiking and horse trails. Their lovely “Music by the Lake” series is held in Lakeside Park which also has tennis courts, a lake and a beach where you can boat and swim as well as bbq grills and picnic tables. Pawling is also home to The Dutcher Golf Course, the oldest public golf course in the U.S. There is also the lovely Appalachian Trail for avid hikers.

Pawling does have two Metro North train stations and commute time to NYC is anywhere from ninety-eight to one hundred and nine minutes.

Pawling is pretty safe and the crime rate is quite low.

Pawling students are a part of the Pawling Central School District which is very good,
Pros
  • One or two outstanding restaurants
  • Town Crier Cafe, an awesome live music venue
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Recreational activities
  • Safe
Cons
  • Limited nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Clean village with a few local options"

Pawling is a relatively secluded village along Route 22 in southeastern Dutchess County. It is similar to other towns in the eastern part of the county, like Millerton, Dover Plains, and Amenia in that it is small, quiet, green, and peaceful.

There may be some traffic coming through on 22, but there's not going to be much in the way of a bother to local residents when it comes to cars. From here, it would take travelers a while to reach the closest highway, Interstate 84, which makes it a little bit too far out of the way for some. For those who choose to live here and commute to New York City, however, there is a Metro North train line running through the village, which will deposit you in the city at the end. Pawling has the benefit of being closer to the city than the aforementioned towns to its north, which means less commute time (though it still won't be a quick and easy train ride).

There is a supermarket nearby, as well as a few restaurants, inns, other shops, and gas stations. You'll also find some schools and churches in town, if that's of interest. For major shopping, fitness facilities and medical facilities, though, it'll either be west towards Poughkeepsie or south towards Danbury, both of which would eat up a reasonable amount of time.

Those looking for an active nightlife will have to have an automobile or be able to get to that train station, because there are very few establishments in town where one may shoot the breeze and enjoy a drink. Having a relatively low population also keeps down general activity in the area, and with few businesses, that also means fewer local opportunities than in other areas (though not as few as some other parts on this side of the county).

All indications to me are that this is a pleasant, close-knit community. It may be isolated, but it would be uncharitable to say there's nothing here at all. There are a few things, just not many, but tourists, commuting professionals and retirees may find this a nice place to see or settle.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Beauty and Affordability"

As you drive up Route 22, which winds through Westchester and Putnam, you’ll eventually find yourself in Dutchess County. The town of Pawling occupies the southeastern part of the county, and is occupied by weekenders and year-round residents. Pawling’s open spaces, picturesque village and Metro-North access make it appealing for visitors and residents. Like much of the lower Hudson Valley, Pawling has a role in early American history; George Washington was headquartered here for two months in 1767.

Pawling is home to sprawling estates, modest homes and everything in between. The recession and accompanying decline in real estate prices has made Pawling more accessible for a larger variety of buyers. Property choices range from small single-family houses and townhouses to million-dollar estates on large properties.

Parents moving to Pawling can be assured of the school district’s quality. The district enrolls approximately 1,400 students. In 2010, the last year with available statistics, 88% of graduating seniors earned Regent’s Diplomas, indicating the completion of a rigorous course of study. For the last several years the district has steadily increased the percentage of students earning this distinction. There are also two private schools, the all-boys Trinity Pawling, serving grades 7 through 12 and the Mizzentop Day School, which enrolls students in grades K through 8.

The town of Pawling has a great selection of restaurants, most of them found in the village. The Town Crier Café on Route 22 is a Pawling institution, though after 40 years in business, the building is on a month-to-month lease with the owner seeking a new home.

Pawling is a great place for outdoor recreation. The Edward R. Murrow Memorial Park, named for the legendary journalist and one-time resident, has a playground and picnic area. The town’s recreation department organizes pizza game nights for kids, along with summer camps and additional programs for seniors, adults and children. The Dutcher Golf Course, which is the oldest public course in the U.S., offers season passes for residents and non-residents. The Town of Pawling operates Lakeside Park, which has a lake with a beach for swimming; canoeing and kayaking are also allowed.

One drawback to Pawling is its lack of proximity to major highways. Route 22 is the major road in and out, and can be prone to heavy traffic and backups. Metro-North has a stop in Pawling. Depending on the time of day, the journey from Grand Central can take from ninety minutes to two hours with riders occasionally having to transfer at Southeast.

Pawling is a lovely community with history, natural beauty, and a wide variety of housing choices. Most people seeking vacation homes or something more permanent will probably be able to find something to in their budgets.
Pros
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
Cons
  • Lack of access to major highways
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"If only there were a few more parks..."

The village of Pawling is very representative of the town of Pawling. Both are very safe, have good educational opportunities, decent though low key restaurants, poor nightlife and outdoor recreation, and are generally great for families raising younger kids.

Pawling is a charming place. There are a handful of good little restaurants like McGrath's Tavern and McKinney and Doyle Fine Foods. McKinney and Doyle was a bit on the busy side when I went there, which made think it was the only place in town worth eating at, but some of the other options are actually really good. If you want to go out on occasion, you won't have too much trouble finding a bite to eat.

Between Mizzentop and Trinity Pawling School you have some excellent options for sending your kids to school. I've heard very good things about both places, and it's always nice to hear that the schools are good. I'm hoping to be a dad in a few years, and I always check out the schools even though I'm not a parent just yet.

There are two things missing from Pawling: nightlife and great parks. There are a few places to get a drink, but the village (or town) doesn't exactly have a hotspot, and that's too bad.

There's plenty of open space outdoors, but not a lot of well taken care of or developed parks. I miss this a lot, as I like to have places to go outside. It's really too bad.

Otherwise Pawling is a charming village that isn't too big or little, has nice people and is safe and affordable.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Pawling - The perfect place to raise a family!"

Note that there is both the town of Pawling and the Village. I'm talking about the town here, but much of what I say here relates to the village as well. First, let me say I really like Pawling. This is one of my top areas in Dutchess County, or New York in general. The population isn't terribly high (I'm not sure of the exact number, but Pawling is by no means a crowded town) but most of the people are doing pretty well. I won't call it a rich town, but it's certainly not struggling, and you can tell with the success of many local businesses.

McGrath's Tavern is a favorite spot for a drinks and a good bite to eat. You can find a ton of really good beers, and the burgers are outstanding. I know many people think a good burger isn't hard to find, but a burger this good actually is. I've driven out of my way more than once with my fiance to visit McGrath's Tavern, so if you live in the area you'll never have to struggle to find a decent meal.

There are a number of good local businesses, from auto shops to barbershops, and I like that everything has a community feeling. Pawling is very welcoming and a great place to visit.

As for living in Pawling, while I found some of the real estate and rentals to be a bit expensive, for the most part you can find a nice place for a good price. The cost of living is otherwise fine, and you should have a comfortable existence in Pawling.

If you're a parent or may be one in the near future, Pawling is an excellent choice. In addition to being very safe, the schools are great. Mizzentop is said to be very good, and you can count on your kids getting not only a good education, but also a great experience that teaches them about living as much as it teaches them about reading and writing.

One downside to Pawling is I don't much like their parks, so if you're the outdoorsy type you might be less than thrilled with what they have to offer. There's certainly a lot of open space, and most homes have a decent amount of land, but I just don't see the great parks that I'd like.

Overall Pawling is a VERY nice, very cool place and I think most people would be very happy to live there. You won't get the best parks, and the nightlife isn't stellar, but if you are already in a relationship and can find your own things to do outdoors, you'll be okay.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Beautiful, natural setting
Cons
  • Not the best parks
  • Limited nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers

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