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A convenient commuter town, suburban Briarcliff Manor is located less than 30 miles north of New York City, along the Hudson Line of the Metro-North Railroad. This historic town includes the Chilmark and Scarborough communities. It is included in the Scarborough Historic District, and has been recognized on the National Register of Historic Places (since 1984). As a residential town with a low crime rate, living in Briarcliff Manor is ideal for parents working in New York City who want the suburban lifestyle. The Scarborough Historic District contains seven properties that have been nationally marked as architecturally and historically significant. They are from the late 18th-early 20th century, making the town a destination for fans of Mid-19th Century Revival and Late Victorian architecture. The seven properties are varied in their historical use. Beechwood is an estate that was home to Frank A. Vanderlip. It has been the location for multiple films over the years. The Clear View School, though closed in 1978, was the nation's first Montessori School. Rosemont is a mansion that was both the birthplace of John Lorimer Worden, as well as used by Frank Vanderlip as a dormitory for boarding school students. Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, still functioning today, held its first services in 1851, and many notable parishioners, including Washington Irving, the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, attended the Church. Sleepy Hollow Country Club, which surrounds Saint Mary's on three sides, was founded in 1911 and currently boasts members like Bill Murray and many of the Rockefellers. The Sparta Cemetery, dating back to 1764, is the oldest cemetery in Westchester County, and the resting place of many Revolutionary War veterans. Finally, Scarborough Presbyterian Church was founded in 1893, and is the first church in the country to have an electric organ installed. The historical significance of so much of Briarcliff Manor makes it a desirable town to visit, and a family-friendly area to live. With only 5% of the town being occupied by commercial property, it is very neighborhood focused. The downtown area is home to many cafes, shops, and restaurants. If you are a fan of the outdoors, Briarcliff Manor has many parks and trails that are great for hiking and biking. The Westchester County Bike Train spans 22.1 miles across highways, towns, and through forests. The largest park in town, Pocantico Park, is 70 acres and is next to the Pocantico River, making it a wonderful place to hike, see local wildlife, and relax by the water. If you enjoy picnics in the park, head to Scarsborough park, where you can eat while you watch the sun set over the Hudson River. Sports fields and practices can find their homes at Lynn McCrum Field, Neighborhood Park, Chilmark Park, and Law Memorial Park. If you prefer your recreating indoors, the Rec Center is located in Chilmark Park. The combination of historical properties, parks, and transportation options to New York City, makes living in Briarcliff Manor a top option for living in Westchester County.

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