In 1813 Ossining became the first incorporated village in Westchester to be state chartered. Originally named Sing Sing, the village changed its name to Ossining in 1901 for obvious reasons. Recent transplants to the area, the Stoever/Pfaff family has only lived there for six months but has already found plenty things to love about it. Alissa Stoever, Assistant Principal at Chappaqua’s Westorchard Elementary School, Nick Pfaff co-owner of Pro-Activity (a NJ-based Health and Wellness company) and Blair Pfaff, age 6 enjoy their new neighborhood.
The family moved from Glen Rock, NJ, a very close-knit community. After commuting for over ten years, they were eager to find someplace with the same feel yet closer to Alissa’s job. “We chose the area to be close to Westorchard and also have easy highway access for my husband for when he did need to go into the office. 9A, the Taconic, etc. are all less than ten minutes from our house,” says Alissa.
Their new neighborhood feels like a community within Ossining. It’s quiet and spaced-out but always with an opportunity to connect and socialize. As Alissa says, “The neighborhood is set on a hill and our house is at the very top. When we came for the Open House we were driving back down and noticed a spectacular view of the Hudson River. That was the “cherry on top!” We called our agent and put an offer in before we even made it back to Route 133!” The Stoever/Pfaffs love the waterfront and parks that line it. In summer, they are able to bike along the river and explore local trails. Another favorite is the Ossining Library. “My daughter and I visit weekly and take full advantage of the cozy spaces for reading,” says Alissa.
The neighborhood embraced the family when they moved in. “Within 24 hours every surrounding neighbor had come over to introduce themselves and to bring us gifts. We were so touched by their generosity and kindness but also struck by their genuine appreciation and pride in the neighborhood.” The family is also realizing what a big deal Halloween is there. A neighbor hosted a pre-trick-or-treating party and as Alissa said, “I far underestimated the candy purchasing for our own house and will definitely need to at least triple it next year!”