• Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Living in Armonk

In many regards, Armonk is a suburb less traveled. To many Manhattanites, it lacks the familiarity of Scarsdale, the name recognition of neighboring Bedford and the celebrity of Chappaqua.  “The next stop is Armonk” is absent from mention in monotonous Metro North announcements—it doesn’t have a train depot, and never has.  Yet the bucolic corner of Central Westchester flourishes with its convenient location (including to nearby North White Plains station, a major hub with abundant parking), first-class schools, burgeoning cultural scene and a relaxed, unpretentious sense of luxury.

To the casual passerby, Armonk’s town site amidst seemingly undisturbed open space seems random, perhaps even unexpected.  The downtown area is surprisingly flat, dramatized by a perimeter of rolling hills and leafy ridge lines.  Its modest sprawl was spurned by its historic artery, Route 22; Smith’s Tavern, where Revolutionary militias were once mustered, was once a regular stagecoach stop between New York and Danbury.

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The construction of Interstate 684 and IBM’s Global Headquarters in the 1960s brought a bonanza of affluent, upwardly-mobile residents, lured by its natural draw and easy access to commercial centers in White Plains (8 miles), Greenwich (10 miles), Stamford (21 miles) and New York City (35 miles).  Byram Hills Central School District became recognized as one of the best in the country; H.C. Crittenden Middle School is a nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon Award Winner for exceptional programs and performance, and Byram Hills High School was recipient of a Gold Award by U.S. News & World Report.

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Shopping is largely mom-and-pop shops, with longstanding favorites like Hickory & Tweed—the 50+-year-old bike and ski shop in a red barn-like building—and La Mer Seafood Market.  For oenophiles, there’s Wine Geeks, opened by the original wine director of Blue Hill at Stone Barns.  There’s a holistic market, a Korean grocer and traditional bakeries, delicatessens and butchers.  Armonk has also, as of late, earned a reputation amongst gourmands for its flourishing food scene.  Restaurant North, opened by Danny Meyer discipline Eric Gabrynowicz, brought big city credentials and a creative take on farm-to-table cuisine, wowing locals with innovative daily menus and “next morning” muffins complementing check—escorted to each table in an old book.  Moderne Barn and The Beehive added additional New American options; Fattoria and Amore added Italian fare, and Beascakes Bakery doughnuts became a hot commodity.  With the new Armonk Square shopping development came Fortina, where pizzaolos craft creative wood-fired Neopolitan pies in a cavernous barn-like space.  Local grocer DeCicco’s built their best supermarket yet, a two-floor space complete with a craft beer bar.  Pan-Asian, Greek and Mexican cuisine is also represented.

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Each fall, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, now over 50 years strong, draws artists from across the country to showcase their work at one of Westchester’s premier festivals.  The Armonk Players and Small Town Theater Company bring a bit of Broadway to town; Friends of the North Castle Public Library further sponsors the arts with a series of programs throughout the year.

With its strong community, accessible location and innate beauty, it’s not hard to see why Armonk only grows in popularity. Click here to see our Armonk listings and begin to discover this spectacular suburb north of New York City.

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