9.2 out of 10

Somers

41.32656 -73.68709
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Somers is the perfect place."

Living here 20 years. Schools are the best, new and great campus' Country life 50 miles from NYC.
The greenest town in Westchester. High cost of living.
Pros
  • Muscoot Farm
  • Farm Markets
  • Reservoirs everywhere
  • Peace and quiet.
  • Lasdon Park
  • Lots of outdoor activities.
  • Lovely location
  • amazing history
Cons
  • Must have a car
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Located in northern Westchester"

The Town of Somers is located in northern Westchester, adjoining the towns of North Salem to the east, Carmel in Putnam County to the north, Yorktown to the west and the towns of Lewisboro, Bedford and New Castle to the south. The Town occupies 33 square miles, most of which is located in the Croton Watershed, which is part of the New York City reservoir system. According to the 2010 Census, the Town's population is 20,434. The hamlets of Lincolndale, Shenorock, Granite Springs, Purdys, Baldwin Place and Amawalk are located within its borders.
This is great information for anyone interested in moving to Somers. http://www.somersny.com/Pages/SomersNY_Webdocs/clubs. I am originally from White Plains and moved to Somers with my husband and sons when they were 2 1/2 and 4 1/2. I loved that there is very little traffic and much more greenspace! Taxes are the lowest in northern Westchester as IBM, Pepsi and Heritage Hills help with our tax base.
Pros
  • Peace and quiet.
  • Lasdon Park
  • Lovely location
Cons
  • No real nighlife.
  • Must have a car
  • Not very diverse
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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

""The Birthplace of the American Circus""

Somers, New York in historic Westchester County is well known in local areas for its symbol of the elephant, which can be seen throughout town. There's a lot of history to that image, as Somers has been considered to be “the birthplace of the American circus”. This is because Mr. Bailey of Barnum and Bailey brought the first elephant out of Asia to the United States and received wide fame for the elephant when he took her on her US tour, beloved by people near and far. (It's a miracle that she was so well loved and, as a result, pared from hard labor, which historians say was the plan for the elephant's future). Her name was “Old Bet”, and she is honored today by the preservation of the Elephant Hotel building (built in 1820, right before Hachaliah Bailey brought “Old Bet” to New England in 1825. Today it's a town hall and museum, but back then it was a stage coach for visitors to the area, as well as a meeting place for government officials, as well as circus staff (which must have been a unique sight to see). Farmers driving hogs and cattle to the market in NYC would rest there on their way. Sadly, once the railroad came into being, Somers was no longer the economic center of the region, as traveling grew easier and business folk could widen their distances, and therefore, their prospects.

When I stopped by the museum on the second floor, past all the official town hall offices, I was amazed to see all the well-curated items they have here. There's even artifacts which date back to the civil war, as well as a unique exhibit: a gigantic ball of yarn! When driving through Somers on Rt. 202, you can't miss it, nor the elephant which sits on a pole out front. Right next door is Ivandell Cemetery, which is the resting place of many soldiers who fought for America's freedom in the Revolutionary and Civil War. You can be proud to be an American as a visitor or resident of Somers, which has an amazing school district (100% graduation rate), two bustling shopping centers (Baldwin Place and Somerstown), awesome restaurants, and lots of wonderful parks like Reis Park, which has great playgrounds, lots of area to play sports, hike and picnic in. It's very safe and is a beautiful area, surrounded by scenic hills and woodland, which can be found throughout the gorgeous Westchester County. Make sure you stop by the museum, and if you are the type to volunteer, it's a great place to work---with people who really know their stuff and care about what they're doing. There's also a YMCA branch in town that helps keep kids busy after school and in the Summer with a wonderful summer camp. Lake Lincolndale is a great place to spend the day with your family---go swimming, play games at the clubhouse, and have a fantastic time! Personally I love Somers. I always enjoy my visits there and I look forward to when I can return!
Pros
  • amazing history
  • Lake Lincolndale
  • Lots of outdoor activities.
  • Peace and quiet.
  • Lasdon Park
  • Lovely location
Cons
  • No real nighlife.
  • Can get a little quiet and feel a touch isolated.
  • Must have a car
  • Not very diverse
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 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Parks, history and open spaces"

Somers is located in north-central Westchester. It’s a town with significant history and a nice blend of suburban and rural qualities. There are lots of housing possibilities- older, historic homes, townhouses, and more modern single family homes in all styles and sizes.

Like most of the surrounding towns, Somers is quiet and undeveloped. Nearly the entire town sits in a New York City watershed area; this has allowed the town to legally fight off developers drawn to the town’s open spaces.

The population of Somers is about 20,000. IBM came to town in the 1970s and contributed to the need for new housing to meet the increase in population. Today the company occupies a five-building complex, designed by the architect I.M. Pei. PepsiCo, which has its headquarters to the south in Armonk, also has offices in Somers.

The Somers Hamlet Historic District provides a contrast with its modern office complexes. The area has been designated a U.S. Historic District, with the Elephant Hotel as its centerpiece. The Elephant Hotel was built in the early 1800s by Hachaliah Bailey, who toured the Northeast with his elephant, Old Bet.

The main shopping area is Somers Commons, which has a Stop and Shop grocery store as its main attraction in addition to New York Sports Club, Home Goods, and Chili’s along with several smaller retailers. One of the area’s largest Goodwill stores is in this shopping center as well. The Somers Town Shopping Center includes a dry cleaner, nail salon, bagel store along with a few additional shopping and dining choices.

Somers has great recreational offerings. Muscoot Farm is a 19th century farm with a multitude of animals, including horses, cows, chickens, pigs and goats. There are special programs, along with picnic areas and walking trails. Reis Park, located next to the Somers Library, has playing fields and courts for basketball and tennis, along with a playground and running trails. Lasdon Park is the former estate of William and Mildred Lasdon; the property was sold to Westchester County after William’s death. The park has a horticultural library in the main house, along with formal gardens and walking trails.

Heritage Hills, a townhouse complex with 2,600 units, has many amenities and affordable. There are many housing options in the town, from small single family homes to large estates. The Somers Central School districts serves the students in the town and has four schools: Primrose Elementary, with full-day kindergarten and grades 1 and 2, Somers Intermediate with grades 3-5, and a middle school and high school.

Somers has much to offer anyone who seeks a more rural place to live but has the benefits of nearby shopping, lots of recreational options and excellent schools.
Pros
  • Lots of outdoor activities.
  • Peace and quiet.
Cons
  • Must have a car
  • No real nighlife.
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 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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+

"Peace, quiet and rural charm."

The town of Somers and its surrounding area is ldyllic and has much historical significance. It does have its wealthy homes, but it also has more reasonable living opportunities like Heritage Hills, a former senior living community, which is now open to people of all ages and walks of life and has an abundance of layout styles in their two and three bedroom homes. Heritage Hills is almost like a self-contained village within Somers and has a ton of indoor and outdoor recreational activities.

In greater Somers, outdoor recreational opportunities continue to abound. For starters, it has the lovely, family-friendly Muscoot Farm Park which is open year-round and offers tours of the farm, hayrides, varied special events and programs as well as a good seven miles of walking trails that run through fields, forest and even wetlands. The 234-acre Lasdon Park is stunning with its woods, meadows and more manicured formal gardens with flowers that stem from around the globe. It also contains several memorials and a museum that honors Westchester County war veterans. In Reis Park, there is something to do for every member of the family. The park has playing fields, playgrounds, trails, basketball and tennis courts, a skate park and even a library!

For historians and parents wishing to park in some educationary excursions with their kids, there are two famous landmarks in the area of note: The Old Stone House which is a great example of Greek revival architecture and the Elephant Hotel which is considered a nationally recognized historic landmark and is actually the current home of the town government.

If shopping is on the agenda, you can heaed over to Somers Town Shopping Center which houses a few banks, a CVS, a few restuarants, a tanning salon, a nail salon, a dry cleaners and a Verizon store. There is also the Baldwin Place Shopping Center/Somers Commons in nearby Baldwin Place which has a Super Stop and Shop, a NYSC, a Chilis, a Home Goods, a Q's Garden, a dollar store, a Radio Shack, a card store and a Learning Center.

If you have food on the brain, there are several great Italian eateries, Luce Seafood and Pasta House, Il Forno Trattoria Brick Oven Pizza, Fratelli's Pizza and Pasta and Tazza Cafe Coffee and Expresso Bar as well as the Firehouse Deli, Imperial Wok, the fancier Seasons American Bistro and Lounge and King Kone.

Somers 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 rental rate is $1,798.00.

Somers is 89% White, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 1.5% Black.

The population of Somers is 20,224 and the median age is 45.
Pros
  • Peace and quiet.
  • Lots of outdoor activities.
Cons
  • Can get a little quiet and feel a touch isolated.
  • No real nighlife.

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