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Old 12-10-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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I have been working on narrowing down my choices.
What's the best place to buy a house for 600k - 700k?
Port Washington, Valley Stream, or Rockville Centre?

I'm looking for the largest house for that money. Also, I have a 3 year old daughter, so would need a daycare. Later on, she will attend a public elementary school.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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It depends what you like. All are very different communities. But I think all are very good choices.

- Rockville Centre is an upper middle class/wealthy community that's extremely caucasian with a great nightlife scene. School District is great.

- Port Washington, I don't know too much about.

- Valley Stream is a more diverse middle class community with great schools as well as Athletic Program. I think it's best for somebody who likes to have quick access to NYC since it borders NYC. It also has easy access to the parkways.

As for your budget, there are a lot of homes in Rockville Centre in that range. There are also a good amount in Port Washington. There are some in the Valley Streams.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:14 PM
 
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I'd go with RVC.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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I like RVC, but IMO all of the really nice houses seem to start at $800k. The nice ones in PW probably start a lot higher.

Your price range in VS will get you a very nice house.

If I had that price range I'd check out Manhasset Hills.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:24 AM
 
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So you think Port Washington is going to cost alot more than RVC? VS is the best for my price range?
I checked Manhasset Hills, and it seems it's averaging 750+ for a good house.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:32 AM
 
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So you think Port Washington is going to cost alot more than RVC? VS is the best for my price range?
I checked Manhasset Hills, and it seems it's averaging 750+ for a good house.
Valley Stream would definitely be the best for your price range since it's more affordable than those other towns.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Merrick, Long Island
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You don't want to live in Valley Stream. I grew up there and it was great but over the past decade it's started to look more like East New York. Drive by Valley Stream Central High School around 3 pm and ask yourself if you'd be comfortable letting your daughter go there.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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You don't want to live in Valley Stream. I grew up there and it was great but over the past decade it's started to look more like East New York. Drive by Valley Stream Central High School around 3 pm and ask yourself if you'd be comfortable letting your daughter go there.
Comparing Valley Stream to East New York is like comparing Malverne to Manhattan. They're two completely different settings.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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I personally wouldn't even consider Valley Stream unless its zoned for Hewlett-Woodmere.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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It's obvious that most people who have problems with Valley Stream Central Schools spend way too much time with race on their minds. Valley Stream Central School District is very excellent and that's not just my opinion but there are facts to back that up. They have high ratings/test scores and a very high graduation rate so nobody can use the excuse that Valley Stream is a lower quality district;
Valley Stream Central High School District in Valley Stream, NY | GreatSchools
Graduation rates for LI school districts

It's amazing that some people still think sheltering their kids from reality will somehow benefit them some way and prepare them for the real world. I can totally see if you had a problem sending your kid to a school where they would be an extreme minority but Valley Stream has a healthy balance.

Original Poster: I can't tell you where to move and neither can anybody else. My advice is to drive around the area and spend some time in each community to see if it fits you. Find out where makes you happy and where you can picture yourself living. Do as much research as you can and this tool may be of use to you;

- To see the average income, educational attainment, racial makeup and poverty rate of an area, go here;
Mapping America ? Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey - NYTimes.com

- You can use those two links I posted at the top of my post for info on school districts.
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