6.5 out of 10

Cross River

Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Lewisboro
41.2705745726478 -73.5999676092953
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Retirees
  • Singles

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 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"You Don't have to Cross a River to Enjoy It: From The Rest of Westchester, it's Only a Hop Skip and Jump Away!"

Cross River is one of the prettiest places in Westchester, bar-non, especially because it is home to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, which is a 4,7-- acre park that allows for great camping experiences (within reach of well-kept public bathrooms) and a Trailside Museum right on the premises (a fantastic field trip for children and adults alike). As part of the greater town of Lewisboro, Cross River is also home to Lewisboro Town Park with its town pool, tennis courts and numerous sports fields, as well as an ice skating rink only accessible (needless to say) in Winter. There's also Mountain Lakes Camp which has lovely ponds and hiking trails, not to mention “Lookout Point”, the top of a cliff that can give you great views of the three different lakes in the area: Lake Rippowam, Lake Waccabuc and Lake Oscaleta. There's an abundance of other parks as well, and you'll have more than your fair share of parks and recreational activities to choose from! You're also right near the Katonah Museum and the beautiful Elizabethan-type surroundings of the Caramoor Gardens at Katonah's Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (with concerts and events sure not to be missed).

Traveling down Rt. 100 past its sister hamlet of Katonah, you will pass the wonderful Yellow Monkey Antiques (where inside you'll find Yellow Monkey, an awesome antiques place, and o2Living, a raw food bar and cafe, among other cute shops to explore within the vicinity)! Cross River has its own shopping center and you can find numerous gas stations in the area to fill up your car on the way from here to there (you will definitely need a car to get around) and you're only a few minutes away from Interestate684, which can take you to White Plains and beyond by other roads. The Plaza offers patrons Cameron's Deli, a Treat Frozen Yogurt shop, and Bramson's Music, including more. Nearby Katonah has fantastic shopping options and restaurants galore as well (a couple favorite stops of mine are Mrs. Green's Natural Market and the awareness shop, Awakenings, which sells lots of cool metaphysical items like crystals, incense, Buddhas galore, books and music, among more.) Willy Nick's is a fantastic place to eat in Katonah as well. In Cross River, you have the wonderfully unique family-oriented Mediterranean restaurant, Bacio Trattoria, as well as La Famigilia Pizza and Pasta, or Haiku Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar.

Cross River is home to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and John Jay High School, with its outstanding and award-winning Performing Arts and sports programs. The median sales price for Cross River is $460,000; the crime rate here, on an average of 1 to 10 is a low 1, making Cross River one of the most safest places in NY state. It is right near the Cross River Reservoir as well as Croton Reservoir, which makes for many scenic and lovely spots to have a picnic or just simply enjoy the natural scenery that abounds (making the cost of living---which is actually less than the national average---more than well worth the price). Commuters will be happy to have the Katonah Train Station less than 10 or 20 (depending on where you live in Cross River) minutes away, and nearby Goldens Bridge (accessed quickly by I684) has its own train station too. Cross River is also home to an award-winning psychiatric hospital, Four Winds, which continues to enrich the lives of patients each and every year with outstanding results. For general care, there's always nearby Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. One of the main drawbacks is that there's no nightlife here, but you can find bars in neighboring towns, and White Plains is always a fun trip to take by car or train if you have the means. In the meantime, enjoy the peace and quiet and natural beauty that Cross River lends to those who can appreciate it.

Cross River is a beautiful hamlet that is well worth the trip.
Pros
  • cost of living lower than national average
  • great schools
  • great camping spots
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Great parks
  • country living with a touch of suburbia
Cons
  • must own a car
  • no night life
  • can get pretty quiet
  • Must travel to find things to do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"About Cross River..."

The best description (my opinion only) of Cross River is that it is a "suburb" of Katonah, and a car is a must ! Cross River is about 5 miles from the hamlet of Katonah, home to John Jay Middle School & High School, 5 minutes to the Lewisboro Park & Pool Complex, home of the Ward Pound Reservation which is great for walking & hiking. About 10 mins north is North Salem, great for riding lessons, trails, boarding your horse(s). Michelle Estates is an established neighborhood with many professionals & kids, very close to John Jay. There are condos & homes, both large & small. There is a shopping center with Deciccos Grocery Store, Haiku for excellent Asian food; an excellent new Yogurt Spot, Post Office, Nail Salon, Drug Store etc etc There is also a very popular Italian restaurant in Cross River. Most commuters use the Goldens Bridge train station, but early commuters could also drive to Katonah & use the non-resident parking lot. Ridgefield, Ct. is about a 20 minute +/- drive with good shopping & restaurants. Rte 684 & the Saw Mill Pkwy are a drive of about 10 minutes heading toward Katonah, unless you catch the morning commuter traffic. Cross River is country living and a touch of suburbia.
Pros
  • country living with a touch of suburbia
  • great schools
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Great parks
Cons
  • must own a car
  • no night life
  • Must travel to find things to do
  • no real shopping
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rural beauty and open space"

Cross River is a hamlet in the town of Lewisboro. It is also the name of a small river which empties into the Cross River Reservoir, one of the sources supplying drinking water to New York City. Almost half of Cross River is parkland. The 4,500 acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a county park with about a quarter of its acreage in Cross River.

Like the rest of the town of Lewisboro, Cross River is rural and spread out, with minimal commercial development. One of the few shopping centers in the town is here, Orchard Square at Cross River. Anchored by the recently opened DeCicco’s Market, which recently replaced D’Agostinos, the center recently underwent a face lift and name change. There is a also a pharmacy and a bank; plans for a Dunkin’ Donuts were recently approved. The Yellow Monkey, a favorite of locals and visitors, is owned by a former fabric designer and sells antiques, reproductions, linens, accessories and garden décor.

John Jay Middle School and John Jay High School are located in Cross River. Both schools are part of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, which enrolls all of the children in Lewisboro’s hamlets and the town of Katonah. The school district is a major draw for people looking for homes in Cross River and the other hamlets in Lewisboro. Scores on standardized exams are consistently among the highest in the state, and the schools feature rigorous curriculum and a wide range of extracurricular activities. There are four elementary schools in addition to the middle school and high school, with a total enrollment of approximately 4,000 students.

Cross River is located at the end of the Saw Mill Parkway, and off I-684. The nearest Metro-North station is in Katonah, with travel time running about an hour to Grand Central. Golden's Bridge is another nearby station option.

Real estate offerings in Cross River include condominiums, as well as small single family homes. Though they are small in number, there are some well-priced homes accessible to non-millionaires. Cross River is more financially accessible when compared to other parts of the town of Lewisboro, while still providing access to an outstanding education and lots of outdoor recreation.
Pros
  • great schools
  • Peace and Quiet
Cons
  • Must travel to find things to do
  • Limited dining options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • 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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Laid back and family friendly..."

Cross River is one of the hamlets in the Town of Lewisboro. It is the part of Westchester County that borders Connecticut. It is close to Interstate 684 and that makes it convenient to drive to many places such as White Plains and Danbury.

Cross River homes are on par with Westchester County real estate prices and while there’s a range, this county lifestyle does not come cheap. Placed as it in close proximity to the Cross River Reservoir and the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, natural beauty is something you take for granted in Cross River.

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District caters to the needs of the students here and it is highly rated, especially the John Jay High School serving the community. Students can also experience the benefits of growing up in a place where nature hikes and walks can be part of every day schedule. There are also many opportunities for trying out organized sports through leagues catering to different age groups.

While there is no centralized shopping area or downtown, there are some interesting shops and restaurants in Cross River. Cameron’s – a 24/7 deli – and Treat Frozen Yoghurt are some of the nice places in the vicinity. There’s also an antique store in Cross River. Other than this there are great shops in the neighboring communities and within 15 mins drive.

Cross River is not big on diversity, but is fairly typical of much of Northern Westchester. There are few African-Americans, Hispanics or Asians in these neighborhoods which tend to be predominantly White.
Pros
  • great camping spots
  • great schools
Cons
  • must own a car
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • 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 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Priceless nature with more modest price tags"

Cross River is a small hamlet within the greater town of Lewisboro, NY. It is brimming with rural ambience and is mostly a middle to upper middle class sanctuary filled with lovely modest to larger scale homes of varying architectures as well as some townhomes. It is relatively more affordable though by no means cheap. Although there is no actualy downtown center or shopping, there are options in nearby towns or in neighboring Danbury, CT across the border.

Cross River has a handful of local eateries including Cameron's Deli, La Famiglia, Treat Frozen Yogurt, Haiku Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar with is fantastic fusion fare including the luscious Pad Thai dish and Bacio Trattoria known for its family-friendly atmosphere and self-proclaimed status as "Gourmet of Northern Westchester's Mediterannean Cuisine." In nearby South Salem, you will find the well-appointed Le Chateau with its fine french plates as well as the Horse and Hound Inn, Nino's Restaurant and Panda Garden. Grocery lists can be checked off at the A & P supermarket in nearby Goldens Bridge.

Cross River Shopping Center houses a few of the above eateries as well as the Cross River Pharmacy, a wine shoppe, a dry cleaners and a hardware store. For more extensive needs, it would be wise to head either east or west to the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yortkown Heights or the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury CT.

Cross River is fortune to be in short distance to the wonderful Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a 4,700-acre park with trails, a Trailside Museum and campgrounds. The Lewsiboro Town Park in parent town of Lewsiboro has a lovely community pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, playing fields and when permitted, even ice-skating. Onatru Farm has great tennis facilites, playing fields and walking trails. Mountain Lakes Camp has pretty ponds for reflection and some decent walking trails. There is also Bronwell Preserve which has 118 acres of forests and a two miles stretch of trail with a beautiful overlook of Lake Katonah.

Cross River is part of the fine Lewisboro-Katonah School District. The median SAT score for John Jay High School is 1702.

Cross River is pretty safe with a low crime rate.

The median household income is $157,412. The median home value is $ 438,000.

The population of Cross River is approximately 1,300 and it is predominantly white at 90%. The median age is 43.
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Peace and Quiet
  • great camping spots
  • great schools
Cons
  • must own a car
  • no night life
  • can get pretty quiet
  • no real shopping

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