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Population (2010 census): 12,396
Median Age: 39.7
Median Income: $140,000
% of Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 63.5%
% Households with Children Under 18: 45.3%
Pelham is the oldest town in Westchester County. In 1654, Thomas Pell bought the land from the Siwanoy Indians, and named it Pelham, in honor of his tutor, Pelham Burton.
Located approximately 18 miles Northeast of midtown Manhattan, it is the first town in Westchester along the Long Island Sound. Pelham is also Westchester's smallest town. Residents are drawn to the convenient commute to New York City, and the strong sense of community in this tight-knit town.
The town of Pelham consists of two villages, Pelham and Pelham Manor. The two villages have separate services, but some services, namely the schools and recreation programs, have been combined to reduce costs.
Pelham is North of the Pelham Manor. There are some differences between the two villages. The houses in the Pelham Village are usually smaller, and are within two miles to the train station and its walkable business district. Pelham Manor generally has larger and more expensive homes, and borders the Long Island Sound waterfront.
Pelham is very walkable and pedestrian friendly. Many residents enjoy walking to its Fifth Ave shopping district, where there are a range of restaurants, wine shop, ice cream shop. You will also pass the library and the Pelham Picture House. Big box stores like BJs and Costco are located in the nearby towns, and the huge Fairway supermarket is located at Pelham Parkway in Pelham Manor.
Local parks include Glover Field with sports fields; Shore Park which has waterfront access and is only open to residents; and the Glen Island Park, 105-acre island park with a beach. The town has no community pool, but there are two private clubs: the New York Athletic Club and the Pelham Country Club, both with swimming pools. The New York Athletic Club's summer facility, Travers Island, offers pools, rowing and yachting along the Long Island Sound shore.
Along the water, you will find residents fishing at the dock. There are also exclusive boat clubs and yacht clubs all along the harbor.
There is a total 11,778 housing units in Pelham. 65.9 % of the homes detached single family homes. On the other hand, 12.9% of the properties are larger condo and apartment buildings with 20+ units. Homes in Pelham tend to be older, with 59.7% being built before 1940.
79.2% of the homes are owner occupied, and 21.8% are renter occupied.
In 2014, there were 122 single family homes sold according to the Hudson Gateway MLS. The median sales price was $810,000 and the average days on market was 101 days. 10 condos were sold for a median sales price of $485,000, and 14 coops were sold for a median sales price of $158,750.
Pelham consists of two villages, Village of Pelham and Pelham Manor. Pelham Manor is located along the Long Island Sound, and many of the homes are stately larger homes. There are also plenty of condo and coop communities along the Pelham Country Club.
There are several neighborhoods in the Village of Pelham. There are larger, stately homes in the neighbordoos of Pelhamwood and Pelham Heights. Homes in this neighborhood are highly sought after due to its walkability to the village, and the elementary, middle, and high schools. The Chester Park neighborhood is located North of the village, and consist of homes on smaller lots of less than 0.2 acre and are relatively more affordable for Pelham.
A lot of the properties in Pelham are condos and coop communities. Most of them are built prewar, with several newer ones. Most of the condos and coops in Pelham are in two areas, in Pelham Manor bordering the Pelham Country Club, and inside the Village of Pelham.
The condos and coops in Pelham Manor often have great views of gardens and the golf course, and is very close to the Long Island Sound Shore. Residents can easily walk to the Four Corners Shopping Center, and other shopping centers and the Metro North station are only a little over a mile away. Some of the developments include:
The condos and coops in the Village of Pelham are just blocks away from the Pelham Metro North Station, village shops and dining, the Pelham Art Center, movie theater, library and more. The homes are also walkable to the public schools. Some of the developments include:
The Village of Pelham is North of Pelham Manor Village, which is right above the Bronx. Pelham is squeezed in between Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, and to its North, is the town of Eastchester. White Plains in Westchester, and Greenwich Connecticut are around 20 minutes away by car.
Most working residents in Pelham choose it for its close commute to New York City. For commuting, the location of Pelham is the closest you can get to Manhattan. Taking the Metro North New Haven Line, Grand Central Station in Manhattan is under 30 minutes away. The commuter rail trains run as frequently as every 10 minutes during rush hour. For more information, please view our commute guide.
Students in both villages attend schools at the Pelham Union Free School District. The excellent school district has four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, a Catholic school with about 200 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is also in Pelham.
Please visit our Westchester School Districts page to find out more about all the school districts in the county.
The town of Pelham website: http://www.townofpelham.com/
The Village of Pelham website: http://www.pelhamgov.com/
The Village of Pelham Manor website: http://www.pelhammanor.org/
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