WELCOME TO BEDFORD
Rolling rural countryside that’s one hour from Manhattan—yet worlds away.
Technically, the town of Bedford is made up of three hamlets that share a local government and police department: Bedford Hills, Katonah, and Bedford Village. The latter is the heart of Bedford, with its winding roads (many of them dirt), picturesque horse farms, and country estates.
The heart of this northern Westchester town known for grand country estates and horse farms is the 3-square-mile Bedford Village—a plot of land purchased by a group of Puritan men in 1680 from local Native American chiefs. Though the village has since become a respite for well-known (and well-paid) New Yorkers, it still maintains an unmistakable small-town ease. .
WHAT TO EXPECT
A pristine and pastoral haven.
This village of about 2,000 has a small stretch of shops and restaurants and older homes on relatively small lots. As you venture out, you’ll see a lot more breathing room between residences plus an abundance of open fields, tree-lined roads, and stone walls.
Easy, breezy, and all about being in nature.
Neighbors love to picnic together on the Village Green and meander down the Indian Hill walking trail. There’s also the impeccably maintained Bedford Village Memorial Park, complete with pool, and the stunning Bedford Golf and Tennis Club, which has roots back to 1891.
The equestrian culture.
You’ll find some 150 miles of riding trails criss-crossing the town. Hundreds of members of the Bedford Riding Lanes Association, a nonprofit that dates back to 1920, work with landowners to keep them in tip-top shape.
Elite estates on large lots.
Though Bedford is famous for its multi-million dollar manors and celebrity residents (who include Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren, and Glenn Close), you can still find a few more affordable colonials and ranches suitable for first-time buyers.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The delightful community traditions.
The village hosts everything from family camp-outs in the park to town-wide clean-up days. One of the hamlet’s most beloved characters is a 500-year-old oak tree, which is fiercely protected by residents and lovingly maintained by the local historical society.