Thinking about moving to Bedford but confused about the hamlets?
Head north from NYC and feel your blood pressure drop as you turn east off of Exit 4 from Interstate 684 and catch sight of Sunnyfield Farm. The view of horses gamboling in their paddocks against the backdrop of yellow barns will signal that you’ve arrived. The Town of Bedford, established in 1680, is just shy of 40 square miles and boasts three hamlets—Bedford Village, Bedford Hills, and Katonah.
Residents of the Town of Bedford enjoy access to superb nature preserves and more than 130 miles of riding trails, fishing on the reservoir, town parks and recreation programs, a variety of retail venues that range from shopping malls to independent purveyors of fine goods, and most importantly, the quality of life that comes from living in a special place where the people are its greatest asset.
Here’s a primer to help you keep the hamlets straight.
After Sunnyfield Farm, take a left on the Old Post Road, heading north. En route to Bedford Village, you’ll pass the Hunting Ridge Shopping Mall before approaching the historic Village Green surrounded by shops, restaurants, and several historic buildings that have been preserved by the Bedford Historical Society. The Bedford Playhouse (expected to reopen in 2018), the Bedford Free Library, Bedford Village Memorial Park, and the Bedford Village Elementary School are all accessible by sidewalk. Village apartments and historic homes offer convenience and vintage charm. Beyond the historic district, homes with larger properties and expansive estates offer more privacy with equally easy access to amenities.
From the Village, head north on Route 22 past the Bedford Oak, stately homes, and Bedford Golf & Tennis Club before approaching the Bedford Cross. At this point, you will enter Bedford Hills, where you will find everything from sprawling estates to spectacular horse properties to cozy in-town homes and condominiums within walking distance of the Metro-North railroad station, the Bedford Hills Free Library, the Community House, and the Bedford Community Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is a popular attraction during the winter when outdoor markets shut down; residents flock there for regional produce and artisanal goods. In addition to shops, services, and eateries in the hamlet, further afield you’ll find the Town government offices plus big-box stores, fitness centers, and more independent retailers on Route 117 and 117 Bypass.
Just north of Bedford Hills, you’ll find Katonah, a charming, tree-lined village of shops, restaurants, library, post office, and walk to town vintage homes, with plenty of larger properties outside the hamlet. With easy access to Interstate 684 and the Saw Mill Parkway, Katonah offers an ideal blend of country living and a convenient commute. Residents love to pop into Tazza or Little Joe’s for a cup of coffee as they stroll down Katonah Avenue. Known for its community spirit, Katonah goes all out for both Halloween and the winter holidays. Beyond the “downtown” village area, you’ll find the Katonah Memorial Park, Katonah Museum of Art, the John Jay Homestead Historic Site, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
What’s Bedford Corners, you may ask? It’s not an official neighborhood, but rather it is the southeastern portion of Bedford that is serviced by the Mt. Kisco post office. Some of the most luxurious properties in the area fall within Bedford Corners' boundary.