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Old 05-01-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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My partner and I are starting a family (having a baby in October) and want to buy a 3-bedroom house in the $600K range in a city within an hour or so commute to downtown Manhattan. We are looking at CT (namely Stamford, Wilton, Redding, Darian, Fairfield) and NY (Pelham, Tuckahoe, Larchmont, Valhalla, White Plains). We also were open to Long Island but haven't zeroed in on any towns. We want a good public school system, some shops/restaurants/movie theater nearby, a hospital, etc. Any thoughts on these neighborhoods or others we are missing?
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:23 PM
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Advice: Also post this on the New Jersey, Westchester county, Connecticut and Long Island forums.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:31 AM
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My partner and I are starting a family (having a baby in October) and want to buy a 3-bedroom house in the $600K range in a city within an hour or so commute to downtown Manhattan. We are looking at CT (namely Stamford, Wilton, Redding, Darian, Fairfield) and NY (Pelham, Tuckahoe, Larchmont, Valhalla, White Plains). We also were open to Long Island but haven't zeroed in on any towns. We want a good public school system, some shops/restaurants/movie theater nearby, a hospital, etc. Any thoughts on these neighborhoods or others we are missing?
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Advice: Also post this on the New Jersey, Westchester county, Connecticut and Long Island forums.
^^^ Good advice. Often the commute from NJ to downtown is a lot easier than LI, CT, or Westchester. Look at a map and see where NJ is in relation to the Financial District! Hint: I'm in NJ right now, and I'm looking at the World Trade Center, about a mile away across the river.

You might like Montclair. People on the NJ forum will answer questions.

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Old 05-02-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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Go Lower Westchester. If you want a real suburban feel, Pelham & Pelham Manor are GREAT bets. Commute is about 30 mins to Grand Central. Then another 10 on the Subway from GC. Shopping is abundant in the area. Check out the areas along Pelhamdale Avenue, Boston Post Road (Near the Hutch) and Wolfs Lane. Anything off the Hutch from exits 7-14. You'll be on right on budget in that area. Think about New Rochelle/Pelham Border too. Colonial Ave is great, and almost picturesque, you wouldn't believe you're less than 15 miles from the City. Up by Eastchester Road by Glenwood/Hugenot Lakes Btwn Mayflower and Lincoln are BEAUTIFUL and in your budget too.

The further you go in Connecticut, the more expensive, and time consuming the commute gets. Stamford is 45 mins on the Express, then you'd still have to take the subway.

As far as Long Island goes, you want Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset. Those are great places to start. North Shore LI is kinda like Westchester. The commute would be similar to Pelham, but instead of coming into Grand Central, you go into Penn (for now), and then you take the subway downtown.

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