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Old 09-23-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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Default Where Can I Afford to Live on Long Island?

I am relocating to New York from Seattle, Washington with my job. Currently I pay about $1,250 in rent each month and make about 68K. (I just got a raise and used to make 65K). When I move to NY they will raise my pay for cost of living and should be in the range of 75K to 80K.

I would like to move to Long Island and take the train to work. I have visited Melville NY and really liked it because it seemed a bit urban but still had a lot of shops, stores etc for errands. I want to find something similar or may even move there.

My question is on top of what I pay for living in Seattle, outside of the cost of rent, what should I be calculating into my budget? What is the percentage of salary you lose due to the extra taxes? Do you know how much more expensive food is? Is insurance for your car extremely high with a good driving record?

I just don't know what I need to account for outside of what I am used to.

Thanks!!
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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I am relocating to New York from Seattle, Washington with my job. Currently I pay about $1,250 in rent each month and make about 68K. (I just got a raise and used to make 65K). When I move to NY they will raise my pay for cost of living and should be in the range of 75K to 80K.

I would like to move to Long Island and take the train to work. I have visited Melville NY and really liked it because it seemed a bit urban but still had a lot of shops, stores etc for errands. I want to find something similar or may even move there.

My question is on top of what I pay for living in Seattle, outside of the cost of rent, what should I be calculating into my budget? What is the percentage of salary you lose due to the extra taxes? Do you know how much more expensive food is? Is insurance for your car extremely high with a good driving record?

I just don't know what I need to account for outside of what I am used to.

Thanks!!
Honestly...it takes about 100k to be broke here.

Maybe check out Long Beach.
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Massapequa Park
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Sounds like you could swing about $2k-$2,500 a month (35% of salary is a safe limit). I'm assuming you are working in Manhattan? Check out rentals in Farmingdale, Merrick, Rockville Centre, Floral Park, Long Beach, Glen Cove, Lynbrook, Mineola, Valley Stream, Carle place/Westbury, Port Washington. Out in Suffolk you have Deer Park & Lindenhurst too with some rentals.

IMHO, the Long Beach LIRR branch is probably the worst out of all branches. The other towns listed have better LIRR.

Supermarkets may be the same or even cheaper here. Restaurants and gas will most likely be higher. And insurance with a good record should be close (possibly a little higher) to what youre paying now.

Apartments.com & craigslist
MLSLI.com > click on rentals on the left side menu. Then search some towns from there, hit CNTRL + mouse to select multiple towns.

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Old 09-24-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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If you are planning on using the Long Island Rail Road from say Mineola the train monthly is $223 and if you need to use the subway the metrocard is $104 for a 30 day period. The parking is $6 per day at the train station. If you lived in Melville the train would be either $254 driving to Syosset or $299 driving to Huntington. There is no LIRR in Melville so you would have to drive there to catch the train and then there is no doubt the parking at the station. Certainly isn't cheap here.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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Welcome to paradise! I'm not sure what the tax situation is in Washington - but we do have a near 9% sales tax and a 5%-9% income tax (so you are going to hand over a good chunk of your raise to Albany for the privilege of calling New York your new home).
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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While I can't offer you where to live advice as I live like 60-70 miles east of Manhattan on eastern Long Island I am posting just to mention be sure to ask if heat is included or not in any place you might be interested in renting....old man winter is lurking just around the corner....brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Best of everything with your new job location and also in finding a place to live that you will enjoy!
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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I am relocating to New York from Seattle, Washington with my job. Currently I pay about $1,250 in rent each month and make about 68K. (I just got a raise and used to make 65K). When I move to NY they will raise my pay for cost of living and should be in the range of 75K to 80K.

I would like to move to Long Island and take the train to work. I have visited Melville NY and really liked it because it seemed a bit urban but still had a lot of shops, stores etc for errands. I want to find something similar or may even move there.

My question is on top of what I pay for living in Seattle, outside of the cost of rent, what should I be calculating into my budget? What is the percentage of salary you lose due to the extra taxes? Do you know how much more expensive food is? Is insurance for your car extremely high with a good driving record?

I just don't know what I need to account for outside of what I am used to.

Thanks!!
Move to Wyandanch or Brentwood. Much more affordable there.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Move to Wyandanch or Brentwood. Much more affordable there.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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Nobody wants to Duck Bullets all Day
lol don't believe in what you see on the news my friend. There are always criminals in every neighborhood, in every city.

1 bad apple ruins the entire basket!
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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I am relocating to New York from Seattle, Washington with my job. Currently I pay about $1,250 in rent each month and make about 68K. (I just got a raise and used to make 65K). When I move to NY they will raise my pay for cost of living and should be in the range of 75K to 80K.

I would like to move to Long Island and take the train to work. I have visited Melville NY and really liked it because it seemed a bit urban but still had a lot of shops, stores etc for errands. I want to find something similar or may even move there.

My question is on top of what I pay for living in Seattle, outside of the cost of rent, what should I be calculating into my budget? What is the percentage of salary you lose due to the extra taxes? Do you know how much more expensive food is? Is insurance for your car extremely high with a good driving record?

I just don't know what I need to account for outside of what I am used to.

Thanks!!
Melville isn't too urban. It's not walkable or anything.

If you're working in Manhattan, you might want to try Mineola. It's right by the LIRR and is $223 for a monthly pass to Penn Station. Since it's walkable, and it has some buses that emanate from the station, you can actually give up your car and save some money (That's the great thing about living in the NYC area). I mean, if you can take the LIRR to work, and walk or take the LIRR or buses to get around, there really isn't much of a need for a car.

The problem is that Nassau County is shortchanging the bus company that's going to be providing the service, so it might be sort of crappy, but at least if the area is walkable, you can run errands in your neighborhood on foot.

If you were looking at Melville because you were going to work there, you might consider Amityville, Copiague, Lindehurst, or Babylon, all of which have good LIRR service (and Amityville is along the S1 bus in case you were looking to give up your car to cut back on expenses).

Either that, or you can try Farmingdale (you'd probably want to keep your car in that instance), which has good LIRR service as well (though the Main Line tends to have more delays than the Babylon Branch)
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