Situated within the Westchester County town of North Castle, Armonk is a lovely hamlet that has recently experienced significant development and grown into a highly affluent community. New construction projects launched during the past two decades include new condominiums, townhouses and luxurious single-family residences, as well as high end community developments such as Thomas Wright Estates, Sands Mill Estates and Cider Mill. The area offers a variety of amenities for its residents including fine shops, salons and exceptional restaurants, in addition to the North Castle Public Library and Whippoorwill Country Club, one of the top golf courses in Westchester County. Armonk has drawn a number of prominent businesses to establish their headquarters here, including IBM, academic publisher M. E. Sharpe, Inc., and Swiss RE, the world’s second largest reinsurance company, occupying a large 127-acre site with views of the Kensico Reservoir.
Armonk is home to all of the schools within the Byram Hills Central School District, which also serves the communities of North Castle, Mount Pleasant, Bedford and New Castle. Schools in the district have received several honors including the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award, placement in the Intel Science Competition finals through the high school’s Authentic Science Research Program, and first place at the National Academic Championship. The high school’s athletic programs, particularly the track and soccer programs, have also seen tremendous success. The Louis Calder Center of Fordham University, focusing on ecological research and environmental studies, is located in Armonk.
The National Register of Historic Places has listed many landmarks in Armonk, including the modernist Witthoefft House, the Bedford Road Historic District, encompassing a number of Federal and Greek Revival-style buildings, and the Smith Tavern, which served as a local militia headquarters during the Revolutionary War. Today, Armonk provides a communal atmosphere where residents gather together for numerous events throughout the year. These include the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, the Relay For Life cancer fundraiser, community theatre productions, a holiday parade and an annual Fol-de-Rol, featuring rides and games, food tents, and booths for local artisans and businesses.