Somers

A varied and colorful past makes up Somers’ history. With the progression of the nineteenth century, the town profited from its hat and carriage factories, hotels, general stores and farms. At the beginning of the twentieth century efficient trains and highway systems developed and conveniently linked the area to all points north, south, east and west. People from the city, recognizing the beauty, convenience and accessibility of the area, began spending their summers on the shores of the area’s lakes. As the century evolved, various corporations established their headquarters here and the area developed as a year round home for people who could appreciate Somers’ rural yet convenient location.www.somersny.com


Town Facts

Established in 1788
Local Highways: I684, Taconic Parkway, Saw Mill Parkway
Located in the northern part of Westchester and bordered by North Salem and Yorktown.   Distance to NYC: 46 milesPopulation: 19,170 (2002 census)


Transportation

Commuters from Somers have several train options; all on Metro North’s Harlem Line and ending at Grand Central Station. Each of the following stations are within a five minute drive from Somers town center and offer various parking options such as permit, metered and road side parking: Croton Falls (approx. 70 minutes to Grand Central Station) at 5 Front St, Purdys (approx. 68 minutes from Grand Central Station) at 85 Titicus Rd. and Goldens Bridge (approx. 65 minutes from Grand Central Station) at 1 Old Bedford Rd. Visit www.mta.info for further information

Connecting Services:

There is a Bee-Line bus stop is at the Croton Falls train station for: Route #84 which runs between the station and Mahopac. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules.

Airport:
White Plains/Westchester County Airport is 20-25 minutes from Somers


Education

Public School:

Somers schools offer the advantage of low student to teacher ratios in its classrooms. Somers School District include:

Somers Elementary School (K-2) 248-8888
Somers Intermediate School (3-5) 277-4344
Somers Middle School (6-8) 277-3399
Somers High School (9-12) 248-8585

You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for a full school report on Somers schools at: http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist


Private Schools:

Rippowam/CisquaPreK-1(914) 244-1200

The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128

The Masters SchoolPreK-12(914) 693-0128

Rye Country Day SchoolPreK-12(914) 967-1417

The Harvey School6-12(914) 232-3161


Religious Schools:

St. Josephs Parochial SchoolK-12(914) 277-3783

Archbishop Stepinac High School9-12 boys(914) 946-4800

John F Kennedy High School9-12(914) 941.3849


Recreation

  • Enjoy a scenic hike and picnic at Koegel Park.
  • With its nearly 4,700 acres of woodlands and streams, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River inspires four seasons of outdoor activities. From camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking in the summer to cross country skiing in the winter, one can spend virtually all year round staying fit while enjoying nature.
  • Hike, bird watch, jog, stroll and cross-country ski at the Rockefeller Preserve, the 1,233 acre state park on Rt 117 in Sleepy Hollow with 22 miles of carriage paths along rivers, woods, a 24-acre lake and panoramic vistas. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the Preserve. Horseback riding and carriage driving require fee permit. Fishing permitted in Swan Lake and the Pocantico River
  • Hit some tennis balls and baseballs at Reis Park.
  • The area offers a choice of several golf courses such as Somers Pointe Golf ClubPutnam National and Hudson Hills
  • Movie theaters are located in Mt. Kisco, Cortlandt Town Center, and Danbury CT.
  • Peach Lake in North Salem is the only lake in Westchester that allows motorized water sports such as waterskiing and jetskiing.
  • The Croton reservoir system and area streams offer some of the best fishing in the Hudson Valley region.
  • The Katonah Museum of Art located on Rte 22 features rotating collections of fascinating exhibits, a tranquil sculpture garden, and an interactive learning center for children
  • The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden offers a peaceful setting for adults and educational classes for children.
  • Visit Caramoor Center for Music and Arts on Girdle Ridge Road Sept-May and attend indoor concerts. During the summer, two outdoor theaters feature the world’s finest classical and jazz musicians in a dramatically beautiful setting. House Museum features collection of Renaissance and Eastern art Afternoon tea is offered on Thursday and Friday in combination with museum tours.
  • The Elephant Hotel and its elephant statue on the village green were erected in memory of Old Bet, an elephant who lived in Somers in the nineteenth century and who helped to inspire the development of the American circus. Interestingly, many circus performers of that time came from Somers and the surrounding areas.
  • Somers Library offers a fine selection of books and interesting literary projects for all ages.


Shopping/Dining

  • Local grocery chains, as well as specialty gourmet markets are located in Somers Center, Katonah, Goldens Bridge, Croton Falls and Brewster.
  • The Westchester Mall is 15 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
  • The nearby Danbury Fair Mall houses over one hundred stores including Sears and Macy’s.
  • Home Depot is 30 minutes away in both Yonkers or Cortlandt Town Center
  • In nearby Croton Falls, relax by the fire at Finch’s Tavern-owned by actor Stanley Tucci- and enjoy a varied and savory American cuisine.
  • La Fontana, on Route 100 in Somers, offers a creative Italian menu.
  • The Muscoot Inn, at the intersection of Rts. 100 and 35 is a family restaurant serving everything from burgers and steaks to pizza.
  • Purdy’s Homestead, on Titicus Road in North Salem, will serve you a contemporary American meal in an evocatively picturesque eighteenth century homestead.


Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.