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Population (2010 census): 17,569 over 23.4 square miles
Median Age: 41.3
Median Income: $178,375
% of Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 79.4%
% Households with Children Under 18: 48.8%
Chappaqua is a CDP (Census designated Place) in Westchester County New York, in the town of New Castle. There are technically only around 1400 residents in Chappaque, but most people refer New Castle to Chappaqua. That is perhaps due to the school district for the area, which is called the Chappaqua School District.
Located in the Northern half of Westchester, residents can enjoy the small-town atmosphere and proximity to both the countryside and Manhattan. This lovely setting does not come cheap, however. The town of New Castle has one of the highest median income of the country, and over 53.8% of the families in town have an annual income higher than $200,000 per year.
Living in town, you will find everything from turn-of-the-century homes, newer developments and condos, smaller homes closer to the village, and some large estates. Some of the homes in town are walkable, but overall homes are pretty spread out, and some are in the woods. Eleven 18th-century dwellings are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
There is a small downtown area in Chappaqua that has some local shops and restaurants. The most well known restaurants in town include the Crabtree and Kittle House which dates back to 1790, and Le Jardin du Roi, a cozy French restaurant.
The residents here are wary of development, so there are no large supermarkets or shopping centers in the town. But grocery shopping in the nearby towns like Mount Pleasant is not too far, and the Chappaqua Village market downtown provides high quality meats and food.
There are terrific parks in Chappaqua, with a total of 9 parks, playgrounds, and preserves. The Gedney Park is a huge 126-acre park with sports fields, playgrounds, picnic and grilling area, hiking trails, and a pond for fishing. In the winter, it is available for sledding and ice skating.
The Whipporwhill Park is even larger, and also has many walking trails and a nice pond. A third of the land in town is undeveloped or dedicated to open space.
Chappaqua is located 35 miles North of midtown Manhattan. There is a Chappaqua Metro North station, and the express train arrives to Grand Central in around 45 minutes.
The Saw Mill Parkway cuts through the town, which allows for easy access to other parts of New York. White Plains is approximately 18 minutes South (12 miles), and a drive to Manhattan takes around 50 minutes given good traffic condition.
Students in Chappaqua attend the Chappaque School District. Close to 4,000 students go to school in the district. The test scores are consistently among the highest in the county. In fact, the school district is often ranked nationally, and is a major draw for families moving to the town.
You can also visit our Westchester School Districts page to find out more about all the schools.
Of the 6,015 homes in Chappaqua, 84% of the homes are detached single family homes, while 7.4% are attached single family homes. 91.3% of the homes are owner occupied.
In 2014, there were 193 single family homes sold in New Castle, with a median sales price of $850,000 and 114 days on the market. There were also 31 condos sold, with an average sales price of $461,000.
The town of New Castle site: www.mynewcastle.org