7.2 out of 10

Purdys

41.3255423239999 -73.6688379434156
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"One of North Salem's Historic Hamlets"

Purdy’s, along with the hamlets of North Salem, Salem Center, and Croton Falls, makes up the larger town of North Salem, located in upper Westchester. The hamlet’s name honors the Purdy family, who were among the area’s early settlers. Early members of the family enlisted and fought during the Revolutionary War; some of their descendents still live in the area.

Today, Purdy’s is known primarily as one of two Metro-North stations in the town of North Salem. Travel time to Grand Central is slightly over an hour. In addition to its proximity to the train, Purdy’s is also convenient to Interstate 684. Danbury, Connecticut is a short ride north, where the area’s main mall is located. Residents can take care of most of their shopping needs in Danbury, but White Plains is not too far away either, with two malls, department stores and restaurants.

North Salem is big on land and small on population, leaving lots of wide open spaces for parks, horse farms, and sprawling homes. The entire town, including Purdy’s, is rural in nature. There is minimal shopping and while the town’s restaurants are excellent, they are few in number. The Blazer Pub, which has an uninteresting exterior, has the area’s best hamburgers. Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish, which specializes in locally caught seafood, recently opened at the Joseph Purdy Homestead. The building dates back to 1775 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Purdy’s location in the town of North Salem puts it within the North Salem Central School District. As the area is sparsely populated, there is only one elementary school, Pequenakonck, and a combined middle school and high school. The district gets excellent results, with most of its graduates going on to college. The schools are a big draw for those seeking to buy homes in the district.
House-hunters looking in specifically in Purdy’s may find they need to expand their search into the entire North Salem community. Inventory at any given time is very low. However, the town has more options to fit a range of budgets.
Pros
  • great for commuters
  • scenic country roads
Cons
  • Limited inventory for homebuyers
  • no shopping center
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Active suburb with nice vibe"

Purdys is a part of North Salem and one of the northern most neighborhoods in Westchester County. It offers a life of sylvan splendor which feels like par for the course in these parts, but makes for breathtaking views and charming hikes that never fail to impress visitors. An indication of the natural wooded beauty of this area is the Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park with its five lakes and many outdoor activity options.

Purdys is technically a NYC bedroom community because there is a train station nearby but it more than an hour ride to Grand Central. It is a quiet neighborhood with one or two great eat-out options but this is probably not the location for someone looking for a hopping downtown or nightlife. The neighborhood holds a lot of promise for a family of nature lovers looking for a good school district and a laid back lifestyle.

Purdys, like the rest of North Salem, is close to sections of Connecticut and so some shopping such as the mall in Danbury can well be closer than equivalent places in New York! The point is that though Purdys seems tucked away it is well positioned to get the best of many neighboring communities.
Pros
  • Good parks
  • Peaceful and quiet
  • Pretty safe
Cons
  • Not very diverse
  • Can feel too quiet and isolated, at times
  • no shopping center
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • 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
  • Parks & Recreation 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"It Sure Is "Purdy""

Purdys is one of North Salem’s small, cozy hamlets, surrounded by lots of woodland and North Salem’s five lakes. Purdys itself is nationally recognized for its historic site, John Purdys Homestead, a well-kept colonial from 1776, which is now not just a historic site but also a restaurant.

The restaurant is John Michael’s, where you can have a romantic dining on the patio enjoying enjoying the warmth of the cozy fire pit. Take your family, friends or significant other to enjoy such fine entrees as St. Louis rib and Hoisinglazed Flap Stake. (Don’t forget to try their Lemony Soup!) The John Purdys Homestead and restaurant is located on Rt. 22, right off the 7th exit of Interstate 684. Another restaurant that’s great to visit is The Blazer Pub, where you can enjoy a full bar, excellent burgers and cheesy chili. (Their tomato bacon soup is a local favorite as well.)
Except for these two restaurants, there’s not much to do in Purdys except go to nearby Mountain Lakes Park, which is surrounded by North Salem’s five lakes (near Lake Laurel). Buying a house around here costs around $700,000 and higher. It’s not cheap, but you’re near one of Westchester’s most quietest train stations, which can be a blessing after dealing with the Manhattan midday rush. Taking a trip to Grand Central takes one hour and twelve minutes. Purdys is a small area that, much like the rest of North Salem, is sadly lacking diversity. However, that said, the school system is excellent, and there is definitely room for improvement. There’s also the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, which has writing workshops and an annual book, bake and plant sale; Mountain Lakes Park offers lots of sports including boating, ice fishing and snow-shoeing.

Purdys is one of the many hamlets, where the Pequenekonk Native American once lived, and most of it remains the same as when they did.
Pros
  • great for commuters
  • scenic country roads
  • unique historic site
  • Good parks
  • Peaceful and quiet
  • Pretty safe
Cons
  • no bus route
  • no shopping center
  • Can feel too 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 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Purdys"

Purdys is an idyllic little hamlet located in the greater town of North Salem in Westchester County, NY. Purdys is laden with rolling farmland, hills and dales, winding roads and forests and handsome colonials resting on ample parcels of land. There is not a whole lot going on in Purdy's itself, but that's the trade-off for the congestion-free tranquility one can revel in. In Purdy's, you will find Swan Deli and Grill, but if you want more diining and shopping options, you will have to go to its parent town, North Salem.

In North Salem, you will find Kingsley Deli & Pizzeria, 121 Restaurant, Vox, and the award-winning Irish joint, the Blazer Pub, known for its amazing burgers, outstanding chili and delectable tomato soup.

Shopping in North Salem includes BB Abode, a nice home decor/home furnishings boutique, Horse Tales which sells refined equestrian apparel and Second Time Around, a cool consignment shop which sells "gently used" clothes as well as saddles for the budding rider. North Salem Market is the local market to buy groceries in the area. North Salem also habors the fine Ruth Keeler Memorial Library and the post office.

For more diverse and extensive shopping options, your best bet would be a a pretty drive across the border into Connecticut to the Danbury Fair Mall with its bonanza of retail stores, or to the Somerstown Shopping Center in nearby Somers.

Purdy's hamlet is in close range to some splending parks. One of them happens to be Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, a 1,082 acre expanse that offers hiking, camping, fishing, ice skating, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, picnic areas, row boat rentals and even a cool low rope/high ropes challenge course! The park also harbors five lakes and a beautiful overlook. Joe Bohdrum Park has two tennis courts, two baseball fields, a soccer field, a basketball court, a playground and a nice picnic area.

The closest train station to Purdys is in nearby Croton Falls ,and the commute time to Grand Central Station is a soild one hour and fifteen minutes which makes it doable for the patient commuter or the weekend visitor who wants to partake in some NYC adventure.

Purdys is quite safe with not much crime.

The North Salem School District is top-notch and has been nationally recognized for its excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. The mean SAT score of North Salem High School students is 1673.

The mean household income is roughly $147,258. The median home value is $727,817.

The population of Purdys is approximately 583 and it is about 89% White, 7.5 % Hispanic, 2% Asian and 1% Black, with the median age being 41.
Pros
  • Peaceful and quiet
  • Pretty safe
  • Good parks
Cons
  • Can feel too quiet and isolated, at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers

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