Bedford Hills, NY

Bedford Hills, NY

Bedford Hills, NY

Population: 3,022
Median home value: $404,740
Median household income: $61,750
% of the population with white collar jobs: roughly 50%
% of the adult population who are college graduates: 31.65%
Individuals below the poverty level: 12.29%
Racial Makeup / Most prominent races: 74% White, 34% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 5% Asian, 5% Black
Residents would hang out with NYC folk from: Inwood and the Bronx

Bedford Hills, NY

Bedford Hills is a village within the town of Bedford in Westchester County
Metro-North train from Bedford Hills to Grand Central Station: 56-71 minute train ride, depending on time of day
By car to Grand Central Station: 42 miles, or 53 minutes

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Looking to buy a house in Bedford Hills? A 3 bed / 2 bath isn’t too hard to find in the $430K-$600K range (with plenty of others in the $1M-$3M range as well)

With taxes, interest, and homeowner’s insurance, and 20% down, it’ll cost between $2,300 and $3,200 per month.

(Note: property taxes here do not include the local taxes, which could bring these numbers up $1K more per month. Oh yes. That’s $1,000 more. Per. Month. For exact numbers, ask your realtor.)

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Looking for schools? Here’s what GreatSchools.org has to say:

SCHOOL

GREATSCHOOLS.ORG RATING

COMMUNITY RATING

Bedford Hills Elementary

8/10

8/10

Fox Lane Middle School

9/10

6/10

Fox Lane High School

8/10

6/10

When you Google “Bedford Hills”, before you can even finish typing, it gives you the search for “Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.” This is the largest women’s prison in New York State. Yeehaw!

But don’t worry, Bedford Hills isn’t crawling with orange-suit-wearing convicts. They’re all properly locked away. Instead, Bedford Hills is less expensive looking, less fancy looking, less elegant looking version of Bedford. Though as my husband said, it has more character than Bedford. And from him, that’s a compliment.

Little facts about Bedford Hills: it houses the Community House, built in 1919, which was originally meant as a memorial and a service for the needs of veterans returning from World War I. Potluck dinners and theatrical productions were held there. It remains, now offering meeting space for various local organizations, as well as dance and exercise classes! Bedford Hills is also the former home of Alcoholics Anonymous founder, Bill Wilson. The house now serves as a museum.

There’s not much in the downtown area of Bedford Hills, but the Metro North station, as well as a couple of restaurants, a bakery, a cleaners, a florist, and a few other shops. People in the town of Bedford (which includes the hamlets of Bedford, Bedford Hills and Katonah) do their main shopping at the A&P, the ShopRite and Target. But none of these monstrosities are right inside town, so the shops are all pretty much local.

Knowing nothing about Bedford Hills before going, I assumed it was the upper crust of the Bedford area, honestly just because it had “hills” in the name. However, it is just the opposite. You can see this by the lower housing prices. Most importantly, you can see this by the 12% of people living below the poverty level and 68% of people who are not college graduates. In 2010, when the last census was taken, it had an unemployment rate of 14.7%. This is compared to the 7.5% for the rest of New York State.

All that said, there is plenty of affluence and education in Bedford Hills as well. I was really surprised to see how many multi-million dollar houses there were. It’s no shlump of a village. Or a hamlet, for that matter. Plus, the shops are pretty cute looking. It’s just odd to me to have such low-income life surrounded by the affluence of the rest of Westchester County. Does a subway run through it? No. Is there a sewage plant up the street? I don’t know. Is it simply… the women behind bars? I don’t know if they have that much influence.

It’s worth checking out- especially if you’re looking for lower housing prices in a great school district and a naturally lovely area.

May I introduce to you… Bedford Hills!

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