The picturesque town of Harrison is an exquisite vision of an emerald landscape with acres of rolling land and winding, scenic roads, interspersed with shimmering lakes, streams and brooks. Bordered by Mamaroneck, White Plains, Rye and Scarsdale, Harrison has the unusual status of being a Town/ Village and encompasses Purchase and West Harrison. With much of the residential land zoned for one to two acre, it has retained a "quiet" country character and tranquil beauty of preserved woodlands and wetlands.
A 1906 real estate brochure described Harrison as a "good place to live". As residents grew to appreciate the Town, the motto of Harrison became, "It's Great to Live in Harrison", and it's no wonder. With natural beauty, abundant recreational opportunities and an excellent educational system, it offers a cohesive community of active citizens who happily gather for the annual "It's Great to Live in Harrison" celebration. The community enjoys a symbiotic relationship with Manhattanville College and the State University of New York at Purchase, which serve as educational and cultural resources for residents. Their manicured expanses of land added to the sense of rural openness.
A commercial presence along Interstate 287, the "Platinum Mile", is home to corporations that occupy hundreds of acres of lush "green" compounds, enhancing the Town's beauty and contributing to the tax base. The predominantly residential Town of Harrison offers an eclectic mix of homes in tree-lined neighborhoods and gated communities, including older classics, new construction, magnificent estates and several co-op and condominium complexes.