A village in the Westchester County town of Harrison, New York, Purchase offers a rural, hilly atmosphere sought after by those seeking a country environment close to all of the amenities of White Plains, Greenwich and New York City. The area offers both older and newly constructed residences including superb traditional homes and postmodern Colonial-style properties, many of which reside within gated communities and newer developments. MasterCard, PepsiCo and Atlas Air have all established their headquarters in Purchase, and a number of celebrities have also been attracted to the prestigious area.
This affluent community benefits from an exceptional public school system, with after school activities and a summer day camp provided by the Purchase Community House. Purchase is also home to the State University of New York at Purchase and Manhattanville College, as well as the high school of Keio University, Keio Academy of New York. Recreational facilities include the community house with its three swimming pools, as well as the 48-acre West Harrison Memorial Park, offering bocce ball, tennis and basketball courts in addition to paddle boating and its own swimming pool. Cultural amenities include the beautiful Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens and the Neuberger Museum of Art. Westchester County Airport is also conveniently located in Purchase.
Just as the larger town of Harrison was named for John Harrison, who acquired the area upon being told that he could buy as much land as he could ride on his horse in one day, Purchase is named for John Harrison’s purchase. After it was bought from the Siwanoy Indian tribe, Purchase became a Quaker community. The area experienced significant development in the 19th century when investors and wealthy individuals in the manufacturing and publishing industries started constructing magnificent estates here to escape city life while still having close proximity to Manhattan. Historic sites in Purchase include the reconstructed Quaker Friends Meeting House, the 1880s mansion Old Oaks Country Club, and Manhattanville College’s academic building Reid Hall, which has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.