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Old 10-19-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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We are in the early stages of figuring this out, but most likely we would be spending most of our money for rent in Westchester somewhere, since money goes a little further there. If I lived separately in the city, I would have a bare bones place, just with a bed and place to study. Overall we could spend around $4000 or so per month on rent for the two places, but these aren't hard numbers yet.

Let me see if I am getting this right: from most of the posts, it sounds like living somewhere in Westchester near Metro North is the best solution. I may or may not have to have a little place to sleep during the school week in the city, but our main residence would be in Westchester.

That opens up a new can of worms for someone who has been to Westchester only one time! Pullinghairs, you said that New Rochelle may be a little far. Good to know, though I only asked because the guy he will work with who has the same limitations lives there. I have heard that White Plains is sort of /urban/. Is that true? Where might a young professional couple (with a dog :-)) live where our lifestyle doesn't have to be completely boring when we aren't at work/school? We love good restaurants and bars, parks, museums, movies, and culture. When you live in Westchester, do you both have to have cars? Sorry for so many questions! Just a little afraid of the suburbs, but probably for no good reason.

Yes, for Westchester, White Plains is very urban, and probably the closest thing to a "real" city that Westchester has. While as a young couple, I really don't recommend that you spend 4k/month on an apartment, for that (less even), you can get a very nice 1br apartment in "downtown" White Plains near the train station (Bank Street commons is 1 bldg. right near the train station) or the Trump building near city center is also very nice. There are tons of restaurants around city center, and also along Mamaroneck ave. Walking distance to movies, shopping (two malls, Galleria is mid/lower end, The Westchester is upscale). As far as culture goes, you'll be either a 35 minute train ride to Grand Central, or 45 minute drive. No, you both don't need cars if you live near the downtown -- you'll be able to walk anywhere (train, shopping, groceries, etc.).

Regarding New Rochelle, I'm sure that his colleague w/ the 30 min restriction can certainly make it to Valhalla on time most days, BUT that part of the county is very congested, and when there is a backup on 95/US1 or the Hutch, it's a nightmare. New Rochelle has nice parts, as does nearby Port Chester, but if you are looking for a more upscale city vibe, White Plains is a better choice in my opinion.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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There are really only 2 city choices that make much sense.

One is Riverdale where you go back and forth to Columbia via subway or shuttle bus and he drives to Valhalla.Riverdale is on the Hudson line of metro north and there are no direct trains from Riverdale to Valhalla(or White Plains) and you would have to take one train from Riverdale to 125th st and change to a 2nd train to wherever.It would take at least an hour and then how does he get from the train station to work ? So,Riverdale is only an option if he is driving.

The 2nd option would be to live in Harlem very near the 125th St metro north where he could walk to the station and take 1 train to the nearest stop to work but again how does he get from the train station ?With this option you would take the M60 bus to Columbia in about 10 or 15 minutes.

Almost any other city option will either put him substantially over the 30 min time limit or complicate and lengthen your commute.....or both.

Could be wrong but to me the situation seems to indicate that he almost must commute by car in which case it is your commute that matters.

I still think Riverdale may be your best option.If I had to live in Westchester I'd live in Bronxville within a few blocks of the train station.

My apologies on previous post.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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Riverdale may be your best NYC option, but you guys also seemed concerned with quality of life and acess to entertainment and nightlife. Unfortunately, Riverdale is somewhat of a snooze-fest. White Plains definitely has a more active nightlife scene for young professionals. You also have to consider that much of "real" riverdale (i.e. not Kingsbridge) is far from Broadway / the 1 train.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Downtown White Plains looks like this if your wondering....


Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890250109/ - broken link) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/ - broken link), on Flickr


_0117025 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/1energy/5968470485/ - broken link) by chtyson (http://www.flickr.com/people/1energy/ - broken link), on Flickr


White Plains/Night Skyline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/1energy/2704802269/ - broken link) by chtyson (http://www.flickr.com/people/1energy/ - broken link), on Flickr


Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890813884/ - broken link) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/ - broken link), on Flickr


Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890812820/ - broken link) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/ - broken link), on Flickr


Downtown White Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890807882/ - broken link) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/ - broken link), on Flickr


DSC05252 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5890239293/ - broken link) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/ - broken link), on Flickr
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all of this advice. It is really helping to at least narrow down what our options might look like.

It sounds like the deciding factor will be how much we want to like where we live. Riverdale sounds like the best NYC option, and White Plains sounds like our best Westchester option, so the deciding factor is a great commute or a nice area to live in. If we live in Riverdale, both of our commutes would be relatively similar, mine being on the longer side, but if that were the case I don't think I would need a backup apartment near school. It would really suck on those late nights, but we could always try to make it work and get a little studio later if we needed to.

Living in White Plains sounds like the quality of every day life would be better, but I would definitely have to have a place to stay in the city Mon-Thurs.

In White Plains is it possible to have a small yard or anything? Seems like if you are going to live all the way up there, it might be nice to have a little more space. We like the modern condos etc, but also need to think about our dog. Are there dog parks or anything in either Riverdale or White Plains? I have only had a dog in Brooklyn and was very close to dog parks, which was crucial.

I LOVE the idea of being able to live in White Plains and not have to drive everywhere. That would be huge. After being in California for a while, we are both ready to at least have the option of not driving absolutely everywhere.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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Thanks, Nexis! Those pictures are very helpful! Doesn't seem like some foreign country anymore! haha.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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Living in White Plains sounds like the quality of every day life would be better, but I would definitely have to have a place to stay in the city Mon-Thurs.
I really have to disagree with you here. It seems like your commute tolerance threshold is awfully low and somewhat unrealistic. I also think that it's hard for me to imagine living separately from my wife when we're separated by a matter of miles. You do realize that its about a 35 minute drive to Columbia from White Plains during the non rush-hours (i.e. leave by 7:15AM and after 7PM), and 45 minutes by Train+Subway. Also, I know a lot of people who drive to either Riverdale or Woodlawn and park their cars to get to the subway. New Yorkers have the longest average commute and anything under an hour for either of you is dead set average!

Re quality of life in Riverdale vs White Plains: Don't let my comments regarding Riverdale deter you from living there. I just have to warn you that if you think that living there will provide you with urban amenities, and easy access to the city (other than North manhattan/wash heights), you'll be really disappointed. Other than that, it is a safe and beautiful part of the Bronx to live in!
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Thanks, Nexis! Those pictures are very helpful! Doesn't seem like some foreign country anymore! haha.
White Plains is one of the few cities in this region where you can live in a posh mc mansion , house , apartment , large condo or loft or high rise apartment. A few of the new developments have backyards....there small apartment complexes... There are 3 bus routes that connect from White Plains to the Hospital and to the Bronx where you can connect to the subway which might be cheaper then Metro North.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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White Plains is one of the few cities in this region where you can live in a posh mc mansion , house , apartment , large condo or loft or high rise apartment. A few of the new developments have backyards....there small apartment complexes...
There aren't many true "backyards" in the downtown corridor, but rather common courtyard areas or roof decks. The Avalon (White Plains Apartments Avalon Apartments in White Plains) has a BBQ area, and a lot of the older buildings have common courtyards. There really aren't many houses or mc mansions w/ big yards within walking distance to the the downtown corridor...
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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There aren't many true "backyards" in the downtown corridor, but rather common courtyard areas or roof decks. The Avalon (White Plains Apartments – Avalon Apartments in White Plains) has a BBQ area, and a lot of the older buildings have common courtyards. There really aren't many houses or mc mansions w/ big yards within walking distance to the the downtown corridor...
There are some on the outer fringes and in North White Plains...and in East White Plains.
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