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Old 01-28-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Binney Park, IMO, is absolutely beautiful.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Greenwich or Riverside is not the back country -- its not full of mansions populated by Aryans or Stepford wives.

Just don't expect the diversity of the city. You'll find it in spurts but it to enjoy diversity. I've been back a few times since and I've noticed it has gotten more diverse as years past. If I were to mvoe back, I doubt I'd be in the city every weekend (anymore). I actually find Greenwich diverse compared to say Darien or New Canaan, but its not diverse if compared to Stamford or norwalk.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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what about kids growing up in riverside and OG? what activities attract them and how do they spend time as they grow older? sports, sailing, music, rowing, community... the city, on the other hand, seems so jammed up that the kids end up being driven with tons of outside of the school activities... but the city perhaps lacks a bit of leisure time and thus ability to focus on one particular thing. we spent time in a similar town in maryland and in the high school there seemed to have been plenty of drinking, drugs, and other such pass time activities.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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what about kids growing up in riverside and OG? what activities attract them and how do they spend time as they grow older? sports, sailing, music, rowing, community... the city, on the other hand, seems so jammed up that the kids end up being driven with tons of outside of the school activities... but the city perhaps lacks a bit of leisure time and thus ability to focus on one particular thing. we spent time in a similar town in maryland and in the high school there seemed to have been plenty of drinking, drugs, and other such pass time activities.
That's in every high school in the country, rich and poor.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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what about kids growing up in riverside and OG? what activities attract them and how do they spend time as they grow older? sports, sailing, music, rowing, community... the city, on the other hand, seems so jammed up that the kids end up being driven with tons of outside of the school activities... but the city perhaps lacks a bit of leisure time and thus ability to focus on one particular thing. we spent time in a similar town in maryland and in the high school there seemed to have been plenty of drinking, drugs, and other such pass time activities.
There is definitely more to do for teens in Greenwich than, say, a more rural CT town like Redding or Oxford.

There's a substantial downtown to hang out in, coffee shops, movie theater, quick train to NYC, easy access to Stamford. Beaches, parks. Etc.

It's not Brooklyn, but it certainly offers much more than average suburbia.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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There are a ton of activities for kids (the town is really geared towards families).

Sports are extremely popular, and kids start young. Lacrosse, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, ice hockey, field hockey, baseball - you name it. When you drive around the neighborhoods you're looking at, you'll see there's a basketball hoop in every other driveway. There are also a lot of theatre groups and dance studios, not to mention all the singing/musical groups in the schools themselves. As kids get older, the highschool really encourages a well rounded extracurricular life, so a lot of kids play an instrument, play at least one team sport, take AP classes and are part of a volunteer club.

Outside of organized activities, a lot of kids hang out at the beach, shop or go to the movies on Greenwich Ave, bike to each other's houses to play - all the normal stuff that kids do
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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like other said they are not near as diverse as Brooklyn but its 2013 who cares that identities you are. They are great places to live no matter what. Great shopping area and tons of fun shops. many parks beaches for family actives.

You are looking at the one of the most expensive real estates in whole USA, wealthier is no brainer. you need to expect 7 figures when you hunting houses there even tiny houses.

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Thank you for the responses. we're ready to reconcile, it seems like a big bump up in quality of life when you take into account schools, nature, activities etc... and we've visited the schools so we're comfortable with that. Our thinking was mostly that if we didn't join a church or a country club (we're more sailing, rowing, tennis oriented so we may join a sailing one) that we'd be out of the social life there - or since my work is project/part-time but my wife works full time, that we'd have a very different approach / parenting mix happening.

I'm not sure by what you mean in 'wealthier' neighborhoods within Riverside/OG except for the coastal properties? are there areas where there is more diversity within those either by type of work people do, background, etc. (we're looking predominantly walking to train, preferably below the train line)? When we look at the statistics it shows that almost 20% of greenwich is foreign born--any insight on whether this is more true in OG or Riverside?

I know it's a lot of questions, but any guidance here would be helpful. thanks again.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:16 AM
 
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greenwich certainly seems to offer more than weschester. homes are expensive, but the schools are geat and the real estate and income taxes are low. riverside and old greenwich seem to offer the walkability as well, the only place in weschester that seemed as walkable was bronxville, but there you don't get the all the waterfront benefits. infact, the waterfront on the hudson's east bank is not much of a waterfront, the railroad runs snug against the water there...

it's comforting to hear that there is a lot that is offered to kids at all ages, and it certainly looks like an active-healthy-lifestyle community, which is great. we love water and that's a huge plus.

for a family with young children: riverside or old greenwich?
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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They are really comparable - they're right next to each other, both on the water and it's almost hard to tell where OG ends and Riverside begins. Generally, OG is more walkable to shops, closer to the town beach and the houses are a bit older and closer together.

The thing you need to understand about Riverside and OG is that there are two sections of both neighborhoods: the section North of the Post Rd (US1), and the section South of the Post Rd.

If you're looking at OG/Riverside south of the Post Rd, you'll be closer to the water and the train (walking distance from many streets) and your kids will go to either Riverside or Old Greenwich elementary school, then to Eastern Middle School. You'll pay more for a house there -- 900k+ for a starter house on less than a quarter acre of land and up from there. You're paying for the lifestyle and convenience.

OG/Riverside north of the Post Rd is a section of Greenwich also known as North Mianus. Your kids will go to either North Mianus elementary or the International School at Dundee, then to Eastern Middle school. You will get a bit more house and land for your money, but you'll have to drive to the train, beach, etc. Not a long drive, mind you - 5 min tops. You're still on the eastern end of town (Greenwich is really big).
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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thanks. we are looking to walk as much as possible, to train and to schools and to town, so it's south of US1 for us, and most likely south of railroad. looks like we may loose some of it with riverside part, but like you said it might be a more peaceful area and that's the trade off.

walking: does most of riverside and OG has sidewalks, or does everyone walk on the street? when you walk to the beach, are you on the sidewalk all the time? would kids bike on the street or is there a designated bike trail to the beach?

train: how loud it is living by the rails? i know everyone gets used to it, but we drove by the other day and it seems that express trains that skip the station always pass by with a loud horn.
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