Valhalla

Valhalla is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) that is located within the town of Mount Pleasant, New York, in Westchester County. Its population was 3,162 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The Valhalla ZIP Code (10595) includes portions of the towns of Mount Pleasant, Greenburgh and North Castle. The hamlet is bordered by the North White Plains area of North Castle, the northernmost portion of the town of Greenburgh, and the hamlets of Thornwood and Hawthorne, both within Mount Pleasant.

Valhalla is the location of the Mount Pleasant Town Hall as well as the Mount Pleasant Town Pool and Community Center. The main street in Valhalla is Columbus Avenue, which runs the length of the hamlet. Along this road is the Valhalla train station, the Kensico Dam, and Holy Name of Jesus Church, as well as shops and restaurants. The Valhalla School District, comprising parts of the three towns, is served by the Virginia Road Elementary School, located in the southernmost part of the hamlet in Greenburgh, and the Kensico School and Valhalla Middle and High Schools, all located along Columbus Avenue in Mount Pleasant. Some residents with Valhalla addresses are in the Mount Pleasant Central School District, served by Westlake High School in Thornwood. The Valhalla train station is located right off the Taconic State Parkway, across from the hamlet’s commercial center. The train station is the next major stop of Metro-North Railroad after North White Plains.

Valhalla’s name was inspired by Richard Wagner’s opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the celebrated status of this hamlet comes primarily from its location as the burial places of the remains of numerous well-known people. The Kensico Dam Plaza, for example, offers 98 acres of parkland with the jaw-droppingly theatrical backdrop of the 300-foot-tall stone dam, and it’s often the site of county festivities including ethnic festivals, concerts, and outdoor movies. A Metro-North station and its location near the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Bronx River Parkway make Valhalla easy to get in and out of, but the well-kept cul-de-sacs lined with split levels, raised ranches, and Cape Cods keep the suburban vibe.

Many people know Valhalla as the home of Westchester Community College and the Westchester Medical Center. But outside of those institutions, Valhalla’s winding, shaded streets and tucked-away homes provide for peace and seclusion.

Valhalla is just 40 minutes from the city on the Metro North.

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