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While we are located close to the greatest metropolitan city in the world, our village has the charm and quaintness of a historic rivertown. We have a rich diversity of residents who volunteer and work together, giving their time to make Dobbs Ferry an amazing place to live—and visit. We welcome visitors to come and enjoy our village, and you might end up considering it as a place to call home.
The village’s namesake was Mr. John Dobbs, who established a ferry service over the Hudson that operated from 1698-1759. The service ran from a spot that is today called Willow Point on the Dobbs Ferry side of the river, across to Sneden's Landing on the western side. In August of 1781—the 7th year of the American Revolution War—Continental Army troops led by General George Washington were encamped in Dobbs Ferry and neighboring localities. Washington’s decision to divert these troops on a long march to Virginia led to the engagement at Yorktown of the large British forces of General Cornwallis; a long siege that ended in defeat for the British, and was the final decisive military event in the Revolutionary War.
Many of Westchester’s finest and hippest dining establishments call Dobbs Ferry home. With the completion of a $7 million new waterfront park, adds to making Dobbs Ferry a most compelling place to live and visit. The village is in the top 10 Best Small Towns in America (Livability, June 2016) and is a certified Bronze Climate Smart Community. There’s been a renaissance of new investment into the community, with the refurbishing of older historical buildings and properties into downtown apartments and new retail space. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times real estate sections have recently featured the village of Dobbs Ferry as one of the most attractive places to live.
Any new construction in Downtown Dobbs Ferry must fit in to the village’s Vision Plan. Dobbs Ferry is a Village that is not defined simply by a single quality or feature, but instead by many attributes. The Hudson River waterfront, other smaller watercourses, generous open spaces, tree-lined streets, a traditional downtown, a hillside setting and the balance of the natural and built environment all play a part in defining Dobbs Ferry’s identity. It is a historic, riverfront Village, founded more than 300 years ago, and built on the steep slopes and rolling terrain that typifies the east bank of the Hudson River. It is an exceptionally diverse community—economically and ethnically, and also diverse in the character of its many distinct residential neighborhoods. Dobbs Ferry is home to an unusually large number of institutions that own substantial tracts of land, which create generous green spaces, many of which are available for active and passive recreational use by Village residents. Dobbs Ferry also enjoys a strong sense of community—among its residents, businesses and institutions—that makes it a particularly wonderful place in which to live and work.