We’re back with our latest #SuburbanSnapshots with Croton-on-Hudson NY local guest blogger Jen Garry of www.cuddlesandchaos.com.  Join us as she shares her local insights!

Welcome to Croton-on-Hudson

Croton-on-Hudson is a family-friendly village with tree-lined streets nestled between the Hudson and Croton Rivers and just a 45-minute train ride out of midtown Manhattan. Home to many nature trails and stellar small businesses that draw crowds from neighboring towns, this commuter hub is a great place to raise a family.

 How to get here

With a major MetroNorth station that has ample parking and access to Amtrak trains, Croton is a dream location for commuters. It’s also conveniently located near Route 9, 9A, and NY 129, making it easy to access the Taconic State Parkway and make your way around Westchester County and beyond.

Tour the neighborhood

Located in the town of Cortlandt, the village of Croton-on-Hudson has a very suburban feel. It features walkable downtown areas, easily accessible strip malls, and stunning trails. On a typical weekend morning, you could grab a cup of coffee at The Black Cow, run across the street to Yoga Sol, walk around the corner to get some homemade ice cream at The Blue Pig and then take a stroll by the Hudson River. Later on, you can grab a craft beer at The Green Growler.

Supermarkets, restaurants, and doctor’s offices are all easily accessible. There are also many parks that kids love to play in (some with stunning river views) and plenty of recreational activities (from sailing to equestrian trails to a golf course) to keep the whole family busy all year round.

 Meet the neighbors 

According to Niche, Croton has a population of 8,209 with 70% of the population owning their own homes. The median household income is $117,656 and schools have an A rating.

The village’s public school is the Croton-Harmon Union Free School District, which is home to Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School, Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, and Croton-Harmon High School. According to Niche, the student to teacher ratio is 13 to 1.

There are a variety of community organizations you can join and many fun community events throughout the year like Summerfest, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, and The Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger. 


According to Niche, the median home value in Croton is $519,400. The homes are an eclectic mix of new and old, large and small. It’s not at all strange to see Cape Cods and colonials mixed with Tudors, ranches, and brand-new homes. There are also condos and rentals available. 

5 Musts 

Croton Gorge Park

Located at the base of the Croton Dam, Croton Gorge Park offers stunning views of the dam and its spillway. With ample space for picnicking, a playground, a trail that takes you to the top of the dam, and the ability to fish and cross-country ski here, this park is a popular destination.

 Van Cortlandt Manor

 Looking for a bit of History?

Van Cortlandt Manor is listed as a National Historic Landmark. A visit to the stone manor house allows you to experience life as a patriot family just after the American Revolution. In the fall, the site is home to The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze. Frequently sold out, the Blaze features a breathtaking display made entirely of thousands of jack o’ lanterns with sound effects and synchronized lighting. 

The Blue Pig

Looking for fresh, homemade ice cream? The Blue Pig is where it’s at! Flavors change daily at this popular spot because the ice cream is made using fresh, local ingredients — from the Hudson Valley milk and cream to the herbs grown in their own garden.

Croton Point Park

A sprawling 500+ acre park right on the Hudson River, Croton Point Park offers incredible views and a nearly endless list of things to do. From beach access and camping sites to covered picnic pavilions, a playground, and places for fishing, cross-country skiing and kayaking, this park is a dream for outdoorsy types. 

Hot Dippity Donuts

 After checking out this spot, you will never get your donuts from a chain again! The donuts are freshly made and you can either order off the menu or customize your donuts by choosing icings, glazes and toppings. Once you’re ready to order, you can watch as the delicious donuts are hand-dipped right in front of you. 

5 Things You Didn’t Know 

  1. In the early 20th century, Croton was a popular place for summer homes of American communists, socialists, artists, and radicals, which is how the Mt. Airy area got the nickname “Red Hill.”
  2. Croton is home to one of a handful of functioning “dummy lights” in the US. Dating back to the 1920s, it’s a traffic light that sits on a pedestal at the intersection of Old Post Road South and Grand Street.
  3. It is said that the Kitchawanc tribe greeted Henry Hudson on the shores of Croton Point, and later allowed the Tellers, one of the first European families to arrive in America, to farm there.
  4. The Van Cortlandt family entertained people like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin at Van Cortlandt Manor.
  5. An influx of Irish, Italian, and German immigrants came to the area in the late1800s, when dams and an aqueduct were built along the Croton River to supply New York City with water.

 Important links to make yourself at home

Village of Croton-on-Hudson website

Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce

NY Times piece on living in Croton

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Jennifer epitomizes her motto “I grew up here. I live here. I sell homes here” and she is known for providing each of her clients with an exceptional experience guided by her expert local knowledge.  She works tirelessly to ensure each of her clients has a professional, enjoyable and successful Westchester community & home buying search or selling experience.  Jennifer was raised in Scarsdale.  After graduating from Scarsdale High School, Jennifer received a BA in Child Study & Sociology from Tufts University and an MA in Language & Literacy from New York University.  Jennifer currently lives in Larchmont with her husband, Michael, and their three sons, Braden, Devon & Zane.  She specializes in communities in Southern Westchester with a concentrated focus on the Sound Shore Communities of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye Neck, Rye, New Rochelle as well as her hometown of Scarsdale.   Prior to real estate, Jennifer was a teacher in the Mamaroneck Public Schools.  Jennifer has a deep understanding of the local school systems and the needs of young families. Professional Associations & Accreditation Jennifer is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Compass & has her Accredited Buyer Representative designation (ABR) and her Seller Representative Specialist designation (SRS).  Jennifer is a member of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors & the National Association of Realtors.