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Old 10-31-2007, 01:25 PM
 
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Hi All,

I've accepted a job in Westchester, and would like to live somewhere near there, but I hear that Westchester is very pricey...I can't really afford pricey right now ...can anyone tell me what the neighboring places are like ...is it more like suburbia or more city like...I'd prefer living in a more country like setting....any information would be helpful...Information like price ranges for renting homes, or what the schools are like...anything like that... We are currently in Minnesota...about 35 minutes outside of Minneapolis. Our current neighborhood is developed pretty well...but still definately suburban...
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Dutchess Co. NY
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Hi All,

I've accepted a job in Westchester, and would like to live somewhere near there, but I hear that Westchester is very pricey...I can't really afford pricey right now ...can anyone tell me what the neighboring places are like ...is it more like suburbia or more city like...I'd prefer living in a more country like setting....any information would be helpful...Information like price ranges for renting homes, or what the schools are like...anything like that... We are currently in Minnesota...about 35 minutes outside of Minneapolis. Our current neighborhood is developed pretty well...but still definately suburban...
Don't know Rockland, Putnam is a small county. If you dont mind an extra 10-15 min commute, you will get more bang for your buck in southern Dutchess co. Fishkill, Wappingers Falls etc.
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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What's your budget? I've lived in Mahopac in Putnam County, and I have friends who live in Carmel. It is definitely more suburban than Westchester, but (going to be honest here and risk flames) I found there were a lot more "White Trash" type people in Putnam. There are also a lot of strip malls.

It is definitely not bad as a whole, and you can get a larger place for less money, but it is still going to seem a lot more expensive as compared to Minnesota, I'm sure.

The only place I wouldn't move in Putnam is Brewster.
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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You might want to post in the New York forum; I think more folks are familiar with Putnam & Rockland there.

I like both counties, myself, and can easily see a commute between Westchester & Putnam and/or Rockland.

Some of the towns are as expensive as Westchester, but are lovely and quaint.

You might want to also check the rail-lines to see which are most convenient to your new employment, the commute time, cost of a monthly ticket, etc.
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Rockland County New York
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I live and work mostly in Rockland and Bergen County, NJ.
Much more affordable than most places in Westchester and closer than Putnam is the NYC in general. Property taxes also tend to be lower in rockland than in Westchester and Putnam seems to be raising taxes faster than other areas. Rentals are lower priced in rockland and Bergen Counties and prices on homes in Bergen tend to be higher than Rockland but usually show significantly lower property taxes, when comparing apples to apples.
Commuting from Rockland and Bergen Counties is convenient by car, bus or commuter train. Takes on average about 1 hour into Manhattan. Schools are among top rated in US in some towns in Rockland and Clarkstown has just been recently noted as being one of the top two safest places to live in US.
Please let me know if you need any further assistance or info.
Best Regards
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Dutchess Co. NY
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but (going to be honest here and risk flames) I found there were a lot more "White Trash" type people in Putnam. There are also a lot of strip malls.
I was thinking that, but wasn't going to say it.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:56 AM
 
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It is definitely more suburban than Westchester, but (going to be honest here and risk flames) I found there were a lot more "White Trash" type people in Putnam. There are also a lot of strip malls.

The only place I wouldn't move in Putnam is Brewster.
What about Cold Spring? Such a nice little place!
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Rockland is nice, but the commute into Westchester can be pretty bad because of the rush hour bridge traffic over the Tappan Zee.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Close friend lives in Rockland.

Pros:
1) Beautiful, one-family homes larger than 1F's in NYC, and many are more affordable.
2) Quiet, suburban towns like Spring Valley and Nyack
3) Great school systems

Cons:
1) Commute will be at least 1.5 hrs, towns; housing near Red and Tan path more expensive.
2) Property taxes can run 7-8K/yr
3) Quiet but it is the boondocks! Best location is Nyack, since it has shops, and along Hudson!
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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thanks everyone for the responses. Scatman when you say:

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Cons:
1) Commute will be at least 1.5 hrs, towns; housing near Red and Tan path more expensive.
2) Property taxes can run 7-8K/yr
3) Quiet but it is the boondocks! Best location is Nyack, since it has shops, and along Hudson!
Do you mean 1.5 hours into New York? or 1.5 hours into Tarrytown?
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