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Old 09-29-2007, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Queens
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It feels like the country, but we're within 15 minutes of a large number of towns, art museums, galleries, restaurants, parks, and other "urban" amenities. There are also thousands of acres of nature preserves with stunning hiking trails and lakes for swimming. To me, it is the perfect balance.
I'd probably shoot myself if I lived on a farm
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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I understand--I lived in Brooklyn for 35 years and almost shot myself on a daily basis. Different strokes...
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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brownstones are probably out, it was more of an aspiration than a reality.

renting is an option, just seems silly to not take advantage of a relocation policy that will cover closing costs to get into a home. we are most likely looking in the burbs, found some homes in Kinnelon online today that looked interesting. anyone know anything about that area, commute to grand central, schools, diversity, etc.
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Now in Houston!
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Renting is an option, just seems silly to not take advantage of a relocation policy that will cover closing costs to get into a home.
This is a very big, very expensive decision and the NYC metro area and real estate market is like no other in the country. I'm just recommending that you take your time. I hope you find a home and an area you and your family will love.

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Brownstones in Park Slope start at closer to 2 Million and run up to 5 Million. 3 Bedrooms start at about 800 to 900K . To get a brownstone for 1.3M, you'll have to go to Bed Stuy or another "gentrifying" area.
@ dma1250: Yeah - I understimated the Brownstone prices, but I think your estimates for 3BRs are a little high, at least in my neck of the woods. I've been looking in Marine Park, Midwood, Gerritsen Beach and Madison and have found OK (remember I said "nothing special") 3BRs with asking prices of $450-$600K. I'm told the selling prices are often considerably less. I get the feeling that the national real estate crash is beginning to show itself here a bit.
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Bedford Park, Bronx
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I can undestand why Luchador recommended Bedford Park, we love it here too and it sounds like the OP could afford a house here--they may ask 600K for 2 family, but I don't think that is the selling price. However, it would be a poor fit for anyone looking for a suburban environment or a majority white area. The local school is not good, although I hear there's a good chartger school here, and another one in the works.
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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UpstaterInBklyn, I meant 3Br's in Park Slope. I agree that you can certainly find ones in other areas of Brooklyn for far less than 800K.
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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what about kinnelon, anyone know much about that area such as commute to grand central, schools, etc.

we are coming in a week or so to look at properties before deciding on the move, just some many options it's overwhelming
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:14 PM
 
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looking for any useful information. we are currently entertaining a job offer for my husband in manhattan and have no clue about the east coast. things important to us are schools (two elementary aged kids), friendly neighborhood, and a decent commute to the city.

we are both still in our 20s so a pretty young family. early research is steering me to some of the NJ burbs, but even there i am not sure where to start. any advice, stay away froms, anything would be helpful.

couple of other questions...

do you only pay NYC tax if you live in one of the 5 boroughs?
what are the real estate taxes like in the NY / NJ area in terms of % of value?

thanks a bunch. we are exciting about the opportunity, just so much to learn before making a decision!

NYC tax is only for people who live in the city, except for city employees who pay it either way. It is a resident tax, not a true income tax...and there is no longer a commuter tax. You will only pay New York State tax regarless because its based on where you work.

The NYC Metro area consists of 21 million people. There is every type of neighborhood imaginable and probably some you have never even seen. Imagine the neighborhood you want, its here. The suburban schools in NYC are far superior to those in many areas of the country outside of the northeast. There are numerous high school with extremely high median SAT scores...most cities only have one or two high schools like this. This gives you options to find a neighborhood with great schools that you really like as opposed to being confined to the one best school district. Also the private schools can be unreal in the suburbs (ie. greenwich country day) and in the city (ie dalton).
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:40 PM
 
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If you do not live in NYC then you don't pay PIT (personal income tax). They did away with Non-resident PIT in 1999. You can get this information right on the NYC Comptroller's website.
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