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Old 11-11-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Thanks guys for your inputs. I will look into all the places you've mentioned. We've lived in the city before so the rent doesn't sound too bad! We're in the West Coast now but we should have a few days to physically go visit and get the feeling of each neighborhood before we actually start looking for apartments so don't worry but thank you for your concern, nuts2uiam. Thanks again everyone!
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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Is freeport a good place if You have a child? Thinking about moving but have a 2 year old.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Why not stay in Freeport? If you have no kids... schools wont be a problem. Check out the area near the Nautical Mile.

Agreed! Freeport is actually a very nice town with some great restaurants on the famed Nautical Mile, some pretty turn of the century older homes, and reasonable housing. It is a diverse, not overly suburban, town, with a lot more to offer a couple such as yourselves than some other really family oriented 'burbs!

Long Beach is very nice in the summer, but much more expensive, and a bit out of the way in winter.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Village of Patchogue, NY
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I'd like to get some feedback from the OP after their visit to LI and hear what they thought.

There is such a huge disconnect to what is considered "suburban living" in LI and the rest of the USA. The nice areas of LI are such small pockets that are many times within earshot of the crimes going on around them (sirens/gunshots). There's practically no physical buffer, but at the same time maintains the segregation.

I wouldn't be surprised if they turned around before they even got to the Nautical Mile because of what they have to drive through to get there.

And not to mention the time warp you take back 40 years when you get here on LI!
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: An Island off the coast of North America
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I'd like to get some feedback from the OP after their visit to LI and hear what they thought.

There is such a huge disconnect to what is considered "suburban living" in LI and the rest of the USA. The nice areas of LI are such small pockets that are many times within earshot of the crimes going on around them (sirens/gunshots). There's practically no physical buffer, but at the same time maintains the segregation.

I wouldn't be surprised if they turned around before they even got to the Nautical Mile because of what they have to drive through to get there.

And not to mention the time warp you take back 40 years when you get here on LI!
LI is a nice pocket of the US as a whole, and most of the bad areas are concentrated in a certain area (Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Uniondale are all right next to eachother, Brentwood and Central Islip are right next to eachother, the only areas that are relatively-dangerous but are surrounded by nice neighborhoods are Wyandanch and Riverhead). And still, these areas aren't super dangerous neighborhoods, just with crime rates above the LONG ISLAND average (though Hempstead might be bad on a national scale, it's not something to be afraid of driving through. I don't see what about Freeport would make them turn around before they got to the nautical mile, though indeed Freeport itself is one of the "ghettos" of LI, it isn't so bad on a national scale. Unless these people are from a very rich area, Freeport won't be so bad. They didn't say what kind of area they were from, so we just have to see if they update.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Agreed! Freeport is actually a very nice town with some great restaurants on the famed Nautical Mile, some pretty turn of the century older homes, and reasonable housing. It is a diverse, not overly suburban, town, with a lot more to offer a couple such as yourselves than some other really family oriented 'burbs!

Long Beach is very nice in the summer, but much more expensive, and a bit out of the way in winter.
The thing is that the schools in Freeport are considered bad for LI, though again, it's all relative to what they're used to. They're probably more or less the same as schools in NYC. Elementary school might not be as bad because there are generally more schools, so it's more likely that the child will be going to school with kids from their own neighborhood (and generally, a better neighborhood means better schools)

As I've said before, if the child does end up going to the high schools in Freeport, check to see if they have a special honors program or something where they won't have to deal with the regular population (I mean, 80% of any school's problems are caused by 20% of the kids, so if you minimize the contact with that 20%, the kids usually do alright)

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LI is a nice pocket of the US as a whole, and most of the bad areas are concentrated in a certain area (Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Uniondale are all right next to eachother, Brentwood and Central Islip are right next to eachother, the only areas that are relatively-dangerous but are surrounded by nice neighborhoods are Wyandanch and Riverhead). And still, these areas aren't super dangerous neighborhoods, just with crime rates above the LONG ISLAND average (though Hempstead might be bad on a national scale, it's not something to be afraid of driving through. I don't see what about Freeport would make them turn around before they got to the nautical mile, though indeed Freeport itself is one of the "ghettos" of LI, it isn't so bad on a national scale. Unless these people are from a very rich area, Freeport won't be so bad. They didn't say what kind of area they were from, so we just have to see if they update.
Agreed. And like you said, if anything, it's the bad areas that are the "pockets" rather than the good areas. I mean, the South Shore of Nassau from the Meadowbrook down to Patchogue (with the exception of parts of Copiague and Bay Shore) is areas that are considered good.

The only way you'll really be in "a good pocket in a bad area (which generally is only bad compared to the rest of LI)" is within those bad areas themselves, and even then you're not really surrounded by the bad areas because the good areas are generally on the outskirts of the village/hamlet that is considered bad.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:56 AM
 
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OP, don't know if you're still looking, but there are reasonably priced, pet-friendly apartments in Baldwin, the town next to Freeport.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:02 AM
 
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My husband got a job in Freeport and we will be moving in late Jan/early Feb next year and we are wondering what neighborhood would be a good place to live for a young couple with no kids.

We are thinking about somewhere within 15-20min to Freeport by car, hopefully nothing further than that. If it's close to LIRR that's awesome but not a requirement, just want to be somewhere that's not obviously out of nowhere... Also, what's the rent like? We're thinking 1-2 bedrooms.

Thanks so much in advance!!!
I agree with Long Beach!
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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If you're thinking about Freeport, just stay away from the northeast section as that's the "ghetto" everyone's talking about. Otherwise, if you're used to or comfortable with a little diversity, any other area in Freeport is fine. If you're really looking into Long Beach, keep in mind that the city's financial state is TERRIBLE right now so, expect a HUGE tax increase. A tax increase to the landlord = higher rent for you. Oh..and any Nor'easter or major storm will leave you stranded as every route off the island will flood.
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