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Old 01-31-2012, 03:18 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking for a place to rent outside of NYC. He works in the Bronx and will be driving to work everyday. He has to be at work by 8 AM. We need a place that he can drive to in 45 minutes or less. I know there's a lot of traffic coming into NYC in the mornings, but it still can't be more than a 45 minute drive. Public transportation is out of the question!!

Ideally, we'd like to rent out a house. It'd be great if we could find a 3 bedroom house for around $1500 a month, or maybe a little more if utilities are included. We want to avoid tolls. We have 2 children, and would like if the area had a good public school system. We would most likely be able to afford private school from junior high school onward, but for elementary school, it'd be great if they could attend public schools.

We love Westchester County, but the cost of living there is too expensive for us. My husband dislikes Yonkers and Mt. Vernon, so those are crossed off the list.

I am from Staten Island and think it's a nice place to live. However, the traffic over the bridge, etc is horrendous in the mornings. The same goes for New Jersey.

I've heard mixed reviews about Eastchester. Can someone leave input on this?

I've also heard mixed things about Orange County and surrounding areas. I heard the towns/villages are great, and that I will definitely be able to find a house in my renting price range. However, I think it might be more than a 45 minute drive. Is this correct?

Are there any areas that you suggest? Nothing in NYC, New Jersey, Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, or Connecticut. I know it sounds like we're being extremely picky, but we need a good area to raise our children. We could stretch the time to 1 hour IF the place seems ideal. Thank you all.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:59 AM
 
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$1500 for a three bedroom house seems out of the question anywhere in this area. You've said nowhere in NYC, New Jersey, Yonkers, Mt. Vernon or CT, and have already said that other areas in Westchester are out of your budget, so it seems like you've already crossed everywhere off your list. There are many areas in Westchester within that distance from the Bronx - I live in the Bronx and used to work in Hastings-on-Hudson. Most days I'd get there in 20 minutes. However, it's not cheap. You may want to consider increasing your budget for housing and/or considering renting an apartment rather than a house.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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I grew up in Rockland County. My Dad was a schools superintendent in the Bronx, and his commute was about 40 min to an hour every day. White Plains is also about that long of a commute.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:26 AM
 
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Thanks. So Rockland County isn't too far? Okay thanks, I'll look into it more. We've also looked into White Plains, but we've had issues traveling there & back.. we used to go there often.

I should've mentioned that he doesn't want to drive 60 miles one way either.. 120 miles a day is a lot of mileage on a car. I could only imagine how much it'd be in a year! yikes. We used to travel to & from CT daily when we were in college. On good mornings, we'd get there in 40 minutes to 1 hour. But in traffic, it'd take us forever. We love CT, but that was also a 60 mile drive one way.

@ yodel, we cannot increase our budget. My husband is the only one working. I have to stay at home with the kids (if I put the kids in daycare, my whole salary would go to paying that off, so it's worthless). If we could afford more, we'd just buy a house. I think it's ridiculous to pay $2000 a month for something that isn't ours. In a few years when we finish grad school, we'd be able to buy a house or pay for something more expensive, but in the meantime, $1500/month is all we have to work with. I just want my kids to live somewhere safe and with a good school district.

It seems I did cross a lot off my list.. but if you think there's areas within these places, feel free to list them (except NJ. NJ is completely off the list. Not even an option lol).

CT is also crossed off the list, because we want to be in the same state where our kids would be in school. Just in case there was ever an emergency, we want to be able to reach our kids in a timely manner. Also, we have no family in CT, so there would be no one on their safety/emergency lists.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Why not just move to the BX? Plenty of nice 3br with parking in places like Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck, Clasons Point etc...
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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I'd look into the Bronx first too - I'd also look into Woodlawn. The local school is good and goes up until 8th grade.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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I really doubt you are going to find a three bedroom house for $1500 anywhere in Westchester. Yonkers and Mt Vernon would be the only possible options for that price point, or perhaps very, very far north at the tip and outskirts of upper Westchester but you've already said no to those areas and no to anything beyond a 45 minute commute. You either 1) have to increase your budget or 2) re-evaluate where you are willing to live if price is the strict sticking point. Also, consider any "nice" area in Westchester or similar counties is going to be expensive.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Why not just move to the BX? Plenty of nice 3br with parking in places like Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck, Clasons Point etc...
A 3 br house in The Bronx for 1,500/mo ? Not in any neighborhood I'm familiar with.

Lots of nice neighborhoods in The Bronx and rents are cheaper than most of the rest of NYC but 1,500 will only get you a 2 br apartment in most of these places as far as I know.And in the better neighborhoods a 2 br can be quite a bit more than 1,500/mo

http://www.maxxrealty.com/apartments...rchButton.y=12
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:59 PM
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I really doubt you are going to find a three bedroom house for $1500 anywhere in Westchester. Yonkers and Mt Vernon would be the only possible options for that price point, or perhaps very, very far north at the tip and outskirts of upper Westchester but you've already said no to those areas and no to anything beyond a 45 minute commute. You either 1) have to increase your budget or 2) re-evaluate where you are willing to live if price is the strict sticking point. Also, consider any "nice" area in Westchester or similar counties is going to be expensive.
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A 3 br house in The Bronx for 1,500/mo ? Not in any neighborhood I'm familiar with.

Lots of nice neighborhoods in The Bronx and rents are cheaper than most of the rest of NYC but 1,500 will only get you a 2 br apartment in most of these places as far as I know.And in the better neighborhoods a 2 br can be quite a bit more than 1,500/mo

Maxx Realty

I can't think of anywhere in the NY metropolitan area that you'd find a 3 BR house to rent for that price. I am more familiar with NJ, which I realize is not the best commute to the Bronx, but I also know some of the Rockland County towns. I agree with the poster I'm quoting here. $1500 will get you a two-bedroom apartment in some middle-class neighborhoods outside the NY metro area.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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I was curious about prices so I did a search for Throggs Neck, and at first I was surprised to see some 3 bedroom houses listed for $1650 and $1800, but then I realized I'm probably looking at 3 bedroom apartments that are in a house.

Graff, Bronx NY - Trulia
Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx NY - Trulia

What's funny is that the property type says "single family home" but if you read the description, it mentions "apartment"
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