6.7 out of 10

Waccabuc

41.2922048240951 -73.5990099766154
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Retirees
  • Singles

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"The Richest Hamlet in Westchester County"

Once the prominent Mead Family's vacation home location, Waccabuc is, today, mainly known for its lake of the same name and as one of the most expensive hamlets of Westchester County, NY. Part of the upscale neighborhoods in the town of Lewisboro, NY, Waccabuc has a 2-acre land minimum for all homes, and residents have the opportunity of enjoying the Waccabuc Country Club.

Historical sites in Waccabuc include the Mead Homestead and the Mead Memorial Chapel (both on the National Register of Historic Places list). Enjoyable places are found in neighboring hamlets such as Cross River's Pound Ridge Reservation (great for hiking, camping and learning about nature at the Reservation's Trailside Museum) and shopping and dining out along Katonah's wonderful, bustling Main Street. You're also right near the Katonah Museum of Art and Caramoor Gardens, also the Center for Music and the Performing Arts---where you can enjoy outdoor concerts and stroll the beautiful grounds, enjoying the myriad of flowers and beautiful Elizabethean-style statues.

The median price for a home here can range between $620,000 to $909,000, but the amenities and prestigious Katonah-Lewisboro School District, with its award-winning John Jay High School, more than makes up for it. It's a great place for commuters and middle-to-upper-class working families who wish to live just far enough away from the city to be in the country, but still within close enough distance by train.
Pros
  • Peaceful and green
  • Untouched land areas
  • Excellent schools
  • Well-maintained homes
Cons
  • Remote
  • Can feel somewhat isolated at times
  • Must travel to get necessities
  • Not many activities
  • Too expensive for most budgets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
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 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Where it's possible to actually know everyone"

Waccabuc is a hamlet in the town of Lewisboro. With only about 450 residents, it’s small in population and in size, taking up less than two square miles in the much larger town.

The hamlet is almost entirely residential and not all of the roads are paved, which adds to the area’s rural but exclusive character. There is a post office and a country club, but residents must travel to obtain groceries and other necessities. Though the area is not close to Interstate 684, travel to Danbury, Connecticut and White Plains is otherwise uncomplicated and relatively quick. Katonah and Ridgefield, Connecticut also have excellent shopping and dining options. The nearest Metro North station is Golden's Bridge, with travel time to Grand Central averaging about an hour.

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District serves the students who live in Waccabuc. None of the district’s four elementary schools are in Waccabuc, so students are transported by bus. The schools are among the town’s biggest assets, earning recognition both locally and nationally for outstanding academic results and excellent extracurricular activities.

The larger town of Lewisboro oversees a recreation department and a library, which residents of Waccabuc can utilize. There are four town parks and the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, which is run by the county. The Waccabuc Country Club, established in 1912, occupies the grounds of a former private estate and has a golf course and tennis courts.

The very small size of Waccabuc means inventory is always low; nearly all the homes presently on the market are priced at a million dollars or more.
Pros
  • Excellent schools
  • Well-maintained homes
  • Peaceful and green
Cons
  • Must travel to get necessities
  • Too expensive for most budgets
  • Remote
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A One of a Kind Hamlet"

Waccabuc is a small hamlet in the Town of Lewisboro. It is named after the lake that is a distinctive part of this neighborhood. This little known community has the distinction of having the highest median price of any zip code in Westchester County! This is partly explained by the fact that there is a two acre minimum for any property in Waccabuc with some streets having a four acre minimum requirement. So it is best to think of these as not just homes but as farms and estates. The Waccabuc Landowners Association, which is a collective of the area homeowners, has also bought 100 acres in an effort to preserve the beauty of the landscape and to ensure great hiking trails. As all this indicates, Waccabuc is a great place for people who appreciate the natural beauty of this area and can afford to pay top dollar for it.

There is not much by way of shopping or dining out options in Waccabuc. But it is in the heart of Lewisboro and not far from Danbury, CT and from Katonah both of which are great places for dining out and shopping.

The charm of Waccabuc, for those who choose to live here, is its rural setting and isolation. They enjoy the unpaved roads and opt to go pick up mail from the local post office as a way of catching up with the community. It is interesting to note that the Landowners Association owns the post office and the land around it – they did this when there was talk of closing down a Waccabuc post office and merging it with Lewisboro for cost-cutting. The residents like the area of their unique identity and small town feel strongly and so invested the money needed to keep things that way.

Waccabuc is not for everyone; but for the right person, it can be an incredible experience!
Pros
  • Peaceful and green
  • Untouched land areas
Cons
  • Remote
  • Not many activities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Countrified living at a high price"

Waccabuc is both a beautiful hamlet as well as a lake in the greater town of Lewisboro, New York. The actual hamlet of Waccabuc was named after the lake. This is truly a bucolic area with a real "country feel" to it. Homes in this area are amongst the most expensive in the whole of Westchester County. Ones near the lake, in particular, can cost well into the millions. Most have quite a bit of acreage. Thre are some newer home developments, about thirty years old, which are slightly more affordable to eager, young homeowners who desire the quiet and idyllic lifestyle.

As you can proabably imagine, there isn't any real shopping in Waccabuc and most residents get their errands done in neighboring towns.. The Cross River Shopping Center in Cross River, NY has a wine shoppe, a hardware store, a dry cleaners and a pharmacy. There is also some decent shopping in nearby Goldens Bridge and Katonah.

Restaurants in the area include Bacio and Haiku Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar in Cross River, Le Chateau and Horse and Hound in South Salem, 121 Restaurant, Vox and The Blazer Pub in North Salem and the Bedford Post Inn in Bedford.

Waccabuc is very safe with little crime.

Waccabuc students are a part of the greater Katonah-Lewisboro School District which is very good. The median SAT score of John Jay High School students is 1742.

Waccabuc is 92% White with a population of only around 500 folks.
Pros
  • Peaceful and green
  • Untouched land areas
Cons
  • Can feel somewhat isolated at times

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