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Old 08-03-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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Not sure if OP can still aim for Dobbs or Tarrytown at the stated budget, as listings in these areas have been subject to bidding wars where the final sale price was way above the list. A good home in Croton would be a stretch plus OP's commute will be penalized with the subway transfer at Grand Central.
yes, door to door from Croton to Fidi is approx. 90 minutes. But at least its the Metro north
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:36 PM
 
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But at least its the Metro north

The bad experience starts upon switching to the subway for the ride downtown.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:40 PM
 
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For your stated budget, in Westchester, you will be in the running with a house that needs substantial remediation and/or in a fringe neighborhood. Go post in the Westchester forums and you'll get suggestions like Thornwood and Valhalla and assurances from posters that it is just OK to buy your home there (yeah, right).


I would say somewhere in NJ would be a good compromise for both you and your husband between quality of house/neighborhood/school and commute. $600K won't work out in Summit though. Look at Florham Park which has a sizable Jewish community, good schools, and some nice rental complexes like Avalon and Sun Valley. Other areas you can explore (though less Jewish) are Metuchen and Cranford.


Commute won't be fast (just like the LIRR) but you can get good house stock for your budget as well as a comfortable commute to FiDi via Hoboken or Newark Penn without using subways. Your husband will get off at NY Penn.

Does Florham Park have a train station?
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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Does Florham Park have a train station?

No, FP residents get a permit to park in the nearby stations of Madison, Chatham or Convent. There is pay parking available in Summit, which is near FP. Some rental complexes like Sun Valley have a shuttle to the train station.


Metuchen and Cranford have their own train stations.
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:43 PM
 
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You may want to look into Port Washington, a diverse community yet a large enough Jewish population to make you feel comfortable, great train line into Midtown, bustling Main Street with lots of restaurants, located near the water and a good school district. Also, East Williston/Roslyn Heights.......they are diverse but also have a large Jewish population. They are part of the Wheatley School District, very high achieving. These areas are very close to the LIRR hub of Mineola which has a big selection of trains into Midtown.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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Hi,
I’m looking for suggestions/recommendations on areas to live on Long Island.
We are a Jewish/Israeli family of four who have been living in Brooklyn (renting) for the past 5 years. We have 2 girls. One is 4 and the other is a baby (4 months). We would like to move next summer (2018).
My husband and I both work in the city (I work in the Financial District and he works near Grand Central Terminal) so the commute issue is very important to us.
We would like a great public school system although we are open to private school if it’s within our budget.
Looking to spend no more than $600,000 on a house but first we would like to rent for a year (or less if possible) to make sure we really do like the town we chose.
I’d like a town that is diverse but also has Jews in the public schools as that would make us feel more part of the community.

We actually were thinking of Millburn/Summit in NJ but because our daughter won’t be eligible to start Kindergarden next year (because of the Oct 1 cut off date) we need to find other options.
I really like the town of Summit. Commute wise too it is great. The only way this would work though is if we have her do Kindergarden again the year after in NJ (so she would do K twice).
It’s not the end of the world if we go down that route but I’d like to know if maybe we were too focused on NJ and there are actually better options on Long Island.
I know lots of Jews live in Five Towns – which public schools there are considered the best?
Hi - If you are interested in the Five Towns and public schools, be sure to look exclusively at houses zoned for Hewlett-Woodmere SD-14, and not Lawrence SD-15. Hewlett-Woodmere is an outstanding district, and there is very large non-Orthodox Jewish community, plenty of mixed and plenty of non-Jewish families as well.

I live in the Gibson Section of Valley Stream, which is served by SD-14, where houses are significantly less than $600k. You can look there, in Hewlett itself, in certain parts of Woodmere, Lynbrook and certain parts of North Woodmere as well. Just be sure to confirm homes you are looking at are in SD-14!

We like living here. From Gibson station you can be in either FiDi or Grand Central in about an hour door to door if your home is near the train, sometimes less, and you have the option to commute into either Atlantic Terminal or Penn Station. If you need more trains than what the Far Rockaway line has to offer, you can look into non-resident parking permits at either the Valley Stream or Lynbrook train stations.
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:29 PM
 
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Isn't Westchester more expensive?
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:31 PM
 
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What? She works in the FiDi...


LI is more of a middle ground. Westchester would be a great commute for the husband and horrible for her.
Depending on where in FiDi she works. If she's close to Wall Street on the 4/5 then it will be ok.
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:11 AM
 
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Getting back to the question about Long Island, the Merrick through Massapequa areas would be close to meeting all the requested criteria. The Jewish population probably declines as one moves from west to east in that area as do the housing prices. The biggest difficulty may be in finding a rental for a year or so.
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