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Old 12-20-2016, 07:44 PM
 
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What is the pros and cons of living in Woodlawn, Bronx. I know that it is a conservative Irish American enclave. One of my friends wants to buy a home there, what are the upsides and downsides?
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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I have some friends who just bought a house there a year or two ago. I went to their housewarming and they seem quite happy with their home. The downside for them is that they used to live in Long Island City so were much closer to all the events they attended in LIC, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Now they commute either via bus to subway or by Metro North.

They have a lovely house, tons of space, a garden, a driveway, etc. I'm sure they miss some amenities of living closer in, but for them it seems to have worked out. They are a white older couple, but not Irish, and not at all conservative.
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Old 12-21-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I have some friends who just bought a house there a year or two ago. I went to their housewarming and they seem quite happy with their home. The downside for them is that they used to live in Long Island City so were much closer to all the events they attended in LIC, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Now they commute either via bus to subway or by Metro North.

They have a lovely house, tons of space, a garden, a driveway, etc. I'm sure they miss some amenities of living closer in, but for them it seems to have worked out. They are a white older couple, but not Irish, and not at all conservative.
You can't compare LIC to Woodlawn so why bother? Two completely different neighborhoods, with different styles of living.


To the OP, the pros and cons of Woodlawn depend on your lifestyle. If you like a quiet neighborhood, and do most of your shopping in the area or across the border in Yonkers, it's a great neighborhood. Very safe, people are very friendly and it has a small town feel but you are still in NYC. Most of the amenities you need can be found along Katonah Avenue (the main avenue of the neighborhood). With Metro North you are in Grand Central in less than 30 minutes. It all depends on what your needs are. I'll list some pros and cons:

PROS
-Safe
-Small town suburban feel
-Good value and good school options (private and public if you have little ones - with Yonkers being just over the border you have more options)
-Sense of community and strong ethnic pride (mainly Irish and Irish-American)
-Close to Westchester and other shopping
-Family oriented - you will see plenty of young teens about

CONS
-Isolated, but that can be viewed as a pro since it helps keep the area safe
-Very hilly overall

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Old 12-21-2016, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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I'm Irish American and would love in live in a community like Woodlawn.
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Old 12-21-2016, 01:38 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I'm Irish American and would love in live in a community like Woodlawn.
Glendale has its fair share of Irish Americans as well.
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Old 12-21-2016, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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What is the pros and cons of living in Woodlawn, Bronx. I know that it is a conservative Irish American enclave. One of my friends wants to buy a home there, what are the upsides and downsides?
There are no cons unless you have to commute to Brooklyn or lower Manhattan every day or you don't like Irish bars.
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Old 12-21-2016, 05:05 PM
 
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You can't compare LIC to Woodlawn so why bother? Two completely different neighborhoods, with different styles of living.
Because I was relating an anecdote about a couple who moved from LIC to Woodlawn. It was addressed to the OP, not you.
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Old 12-21-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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Pro: it's a nice neighborhood

Con: you have to tell people you live in the Bronx
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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You can cross McLean Avenue into Yonkers and tell people you live in Westchester. Much higher property taxes though.
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Old 12-21-2016, 10:26 PM
 
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Pro: it's a nice neighborhood

Con: you have to tell people you live in the Bronx
So?
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