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Old 09-29-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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What specific location on the US West Coast would you consider to be the most similar in terms of house size, lot size, acreage, greenery, tree-lined streets, overall look and feel of the upscale parts of Westchester County, NY?

Areas like Bedford and Pound Ridge, NY where Martha Stewart lives?


Particularly where you could close your eyes on the same street in both areas and not be able to tell them apart?
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Old 09-29-2015, 04:31 PM
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What specific location on the US West Coast would you consider to be the most similar in terms of house size, lot size, acreage, greenery, tree-lined streets, overall look and feel of the upscale parts of Westchester County, NY?

Areas like Bedford and Pound Ridge, NY where Martha Stewart lives?


Particularly where you could close your eyes on the same street in both areas and not be able to tell them apart?
Nope. First off, the areas with that kind of money are in such a different climate that the areas don't look anything alike. Second, on the west coast estates and houses of the wealthy tend to be tucked behind gates.
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:32 PM
 
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Nope. First off, the areas with that kind of money are in such a different climate that the areas don't look anything alike. Second, on the west coast estates and houses of the wealthy tend to be tucked behind gates.

thanks =-)

I was thinking somewhere Western Washington/Northern Idaho but you are right =-)
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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There is no equivalent, but the closest you'll get is Marin County, California.

Both are very close in proximity to a major city, but both feel far away.
Both have a lot of protected, undeveloped land with sporadic suburban development.
Both are very wealthy, white, and Jewish.
Both offer great outdoor recreation.
Both are lush with lots of trees (albeit different trees)
Both are similar politically.
Property taxes are INSANE in both counties.
Development is highly regulated.
There is some well persevered colonial architecture in both counties (albeit inspired by different imperialist cultures)

Some differences:
There's nothing in Marin County as poor and urban as Yonkers.
Both have very different climates, obviously.
Marin is not connected to San Francisco by rail, whereas Westchester is pretty well connected to NYC.
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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As someone who has lived in both Wstchester and Marin, the feel may be similar, but the topography is totally different. The original post seems to be asking more about the topography.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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As someone who has lived in both Wstchester and Marin, the feel may be similar, but the topography is totally different. The original post seems to be asking more about the topography.
Completely agreed. There's just not really anywhere in the Western US that has rolling hills, deciduous forests, and big rivers.

Parts of Spokane (https://goo.gl/maps/bkJy2fSG4ZA2) remind me very much of parts of Syracuse (https://goo.gl/maps/dseMq4HHK7s), but otherwise there's nothing in the Western US that reminds me of any part of New York.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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Completely agreed. There's just not really anywhere in the Western US that has rolling hills, deciduous forests, and big rivers.

Parts of Spokane (https://goo.gl/maps/bkJy2fSG4ZA2) remind me very much of parts of Syracuse (https://goo.gl/maps/dseMq4HHK7s), but otherwise there's nothing in the Western US that reminds me of any part of New York.
But Marin is very beautiful too. Just different. Mount Tamalpais, giant redwood trees, and cliffs overlooking the beaches. Homes built on the side of the mountain where you actually park and enter on the top floor. It is one of the most beautiful places in the US.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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There is no equivalent, but the closest you'll get is Marin County, California.

Both are similar politically.
I suppose if you said both are blue then you'd be right technically. But Marin County is far bluer than Westchester is. Westchester had almost 40% for Romney and the county is only 55% White.

Marin had 23% for Romney and the county is 72% White.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:49 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I've heard the Westchester/Marin County comparison before but aside from being overall wealthy counties not sure they really have much in common. Westchester has over three times as many people as Marin so it's kind of on a completely difference scale. I'd image that house size, lot size, and acreage is overall going to be a lot bigger in Westchester too. The price per sq foot for homes in Marin is very high so you pay a lot but don't really get a lot home or land.
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