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Old 10-07-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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We are relocating to NYC, and are looking for a good neighborhood in Manhattan. We have two young children (ages 3 and 9 months), so we're also looking for proximity to good schools and parks/playgrounds. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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Depends on your price range.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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Ideally, we'd like to keep rent under about $6500/month. If we bought a house, we'd like to keep it under a million. But we could conceivably go as high as $7100/month for rent, and 1.5 million for buying. We are looking for a 2-3 bedroom, 1-2 bathroom.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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Ideally, we'd like to keep rent under about $6500/month. If we bought a house, we'd like to keep it under a million. But we could conceivably go as high as $7100/month for rent, and 1.5 million for buying. We are looking for a 2-3 bedroom, 1-2 bathroom.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:40 PM
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I wouldn't say the sky is the limit. 1M barely buys a 3 bed apartment in Manhattan. As for a "house", it'll buy you the front stoop, but thats it.

Perhaps Westchester would be better.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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Are you set on Manhattan? I would look at the Forest Hills area as well.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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I wouldn't say the sky is the limit. 1M barely buys a 3 bed apartment in Manhattan. As for a "house", it'll buy you the front stoop, but thats it.

Perhaps Westchester would be better.

^^I was going by the rental price.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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At that price range it will be possible to rent a 3 bedroom apartment in the upper East or West Sides, which a lot of families like because of access to the parks for their kids (Riverside Park on the west, Carl Schurz on the east, and Central Park in between), and both are very family-oriented with all the services and amenities you might like, both for adults and children. Both sides of Central Park also generally have good elementary schools, although with more and more families staying in the city there are sometimes waiting lists even for zoned schools. There are also good--but pricey--private schools on both sides of the park. Many of them are notoriously hard to get into. You would have less of a selection if you're looking to buy a 3 bedroom in either of these neighborhoods, but they are out there. If a 2 bedroom would do, that will be much easier to find in a nice building (elevator, doorman, laundry in the building, not facing a brick wall, and maybe workout room, storage space and parking).

I'll leave it to others to discuss the downtown neighborhoods like Tribeca, Chelsea, the West Village, Gramercy Park et al because I don't know the cost of apartments down there other than that they cost a lot for a 3 bedroom and may be out of your price range. One reason for that I think is that the Upper East and Upper West Sides just have a larger supply of housing.

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Old 10-07-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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At that price range it will be possible to rent an apartment in the upper East or West Sides, which a lot of families like because of access to the parks for their kids (Riverside Park on the west, Carl Schurz on the east, and Central Park in between), and both are very family-oriented with all the services and amenities you might like, both for adults and children. Both sides of Central Park also generally have good elementary schools, although with more and more families staying in the city there are sometimes waiting lists even for zoned schools. There are also good--but pricey--private schools on both sides of the park. Many of them are notoriously hard to get into. You would have less of a selection if you're looking to buy a 3 bedroom in either of these neighborhoods, but they are out there. If a 2 bedroom would do, you that will be much easier to find in a nice building (elevator, doorman, laundry in the building, not facing a brick wall, and maybe workout room, storage space and parking).

I'll leave it to others to discuss the downtown neighborhoods like Tribeca, Chelsea, the West Village, Gramercy Park et al because I don't know the cost of apartments down there other than that they cost a lot for a 3 bedroom and may be out of your price range. One reason for that I think is that the Upper East and Upper West Sides just have a larger supply of housing.

^^^I happen to like the UWS; and it's definitely adult/kid friendly.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:00 PM
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yea, the rental price will get you further.
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