Pleasantville is a charming Village with great schools, affordable housing and a train station with art throughout. There is the downtown diner, proximity to the Saw Mill Parkway and moments to Chappaqua and Briarcliff Manor. Pleasantville is also the home to Archie, those of us who were brought up in the 1950's remember Archie (he is a comic book character).
About 8 years ago the Jacob Burns Film Center was opened. Pleasantville was the go to place for first run movies and people from all over Westchester County came to the Jacob Burns Theatre for the movies, dance and theatre you could not find elsewhere. Buyer's would buy in Pleasantville because of it's low key environement. Unlike some of its' neighbors to the south there were no downtowns with boutiques. Not like the upper East Side, but more like the Village or the upper West SIde.
Pleasantville's reputation as a cultural center was enhanced in 2001 with the opening of the nonprofit Jacob Burns Film Center in the landmark Rome Theater, a Spanish mission-style building and one of the first movie theaters in Westchester County. The Burns Center is dedicated to presenting independent, documentary, and world cinema. Guest speakers at the Burns Center have included Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Jonathan Demme, Robert Klein, Oliver Stone, Stephen King, and numerous other notable filmmakers and actors.
In 1948, in an unincorporated area of Pleasantville off Bear Ridge Road, acolytes of Frank Lloyd Wright began putting their lessons to work by building homes in their mentor's modernist, open-plan style. The neighborhood, called Usonia, comprises 50 houses spread among 100 acres of wooded hillside; the development includes two houses designed by Wright himself. Students of residential architecture and fans of Wright's designs will find the area of interest.
Now a Donkin Donuts is going to open across from Jacob Burns, more below.