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Old 01-09-2018, 08:12 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I have been recruited by an organization that has a location in Syracuse, and I will be flying out there next week to have a formal interview and meet the team. I have all been offered the position as the Regional Director said we would negotiate salary etc. next week.

So, Syracuse was not on my radar as the job I originally interviewed for was in New England but through the process basically have landed this position which is a solid job managing a health clinic.

I am married in my early 40's and have two kids 5 and under. We live in Minnesota (great lakes area by Duluth) so I am not worried about snow (we routinely get 90 inches of snow here) or winter in general or cold as most places are warmer, lol.

I know next to nothing about Syracuse and Central NY. It looks nice in pictures and the Finger Lakes area seems like a playground, but most places put there best foot forward in publications/online.

Any ideas on schools for kiddos? How is the medical care or health systems in the area? Transportation options? (We have two vehicles but if we could get down to one, that would be ideal).

Pros/Cons in living in or around Syracuse or any advice?
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:32 AM
 
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I would say in terms of schools, the Eastern suburban school districts(Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius) have good reputations and are where many transplants are suggested to look into. However, there are other good options in the area as well.

Just curious, but do you know where in the area your place of employment is located? That could/would help in terms of suggestions as well.

What type of neighborhood/community are you looking for?

A lot of the responses will depend on what you are looking for/want.

It is a city with a range of neighborhoods in terms of good and bad. Suburbs generally range from working class to some of the most affluent in Upstate NY.

I notice that you mentioned hockey in your Portland ME thread and hockey is pretty big in the area. There are rinks in and just outside of the city, with quite programs at the HS level. A school like Skaneateles has Boys and Girls hockey teams that are good and its own rink(Allyn Arena). Schools like Baldwinsville(has own rink and has had current/past NHL players), Liverpool, Cicero-North Syracuse(has the Cicero Twin Rinks), Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt/Christian Bros Academy(combo team), West Genesee(very good and has own rink at Shove Park), Syracuse City(city school kids with some other area school kids/combo team/also pretty good) and Cazenovia(actually in Madison County) are some other area HS Hockey programs. Oswego(has own rink and is where Erik Cole is from), Fulton(has own rink) and Auburn(also has own rink) are a couple of small city schools in the area with programs.

There is also an American Hockey League team(Syracuse Crunch).

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Old 01-09-2018, 08:46 AM
 
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I would say in terms of schools, the Eastern suburban school districts(Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius) have good reputations and are where many transplants are suggested to look into. However, there are other good options in the area as well.

Just curious, but do you know where in the area your place of employment is located? That could/would help in terms of suggestions as well.

What type of neighborhood/community are you looking for?

A lot of the responses will depend on what you are looking for/want.
I think the clinic is near 81/690 off University Ave or nearby.

We like residential/urban living with access to parks, walkable neighborhoods, walk or bike to schools, access to transportation or buses with easy access to downtown or the University.

My wife currently works at a college and would likely look for similar work in Syracuse.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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I think the clinic is near 81/690 off University Ave or nearby.

We like residential/urban living with access to parks, walkable neighborhoods, walk or bike to schools, access to transportation or buses with easy access to downtown or the University.

My wife currently works at a college and would likely look for similar work in Syracuse.
Id say that if you dont mind the city, Id say to look into the East Side(south of East Genesee Street/around or east of Westcott Street) due to proximity to multiple colleges and universities, as well as having some of the nicest neighborhoods in the city.

Eastwood due to James Street having many bus lines, Sunnycrest Park which has a skating rink and has public and private school options.

Sedgwick due to its very nice homes, is also next to the James Street(and Grant Boulevard) bus lines and it has arguably the best public elementary school in terms of rankings/stats in the SCSD(Salem-Hyde Elementary).

Schools may be an issue, but the environments for the schools in these areas tend to be solid. You also have the Say Yes to Education scholarship program and magnet, as well as charter(i.e.-Syracuse Academy of Science Schools)options in the city. If you are open to private schools, that opens things up as well.

Wild cards or other possiblities may be South Valley(south of Seneca Turnpike, has Meachem Rink/Park), Strathmore, Court-Woodlawn and Tipperary Hill.

Outside of the city, Id say look into the Orvilton/DeWittshire area of DeWitt(J-D Schools), as it has an elementary school and businesses/a grocery store you can walk to and a bus comes down East Genesee Street nearby. It is also close to colleges/universities and hospitals as well. By the way, it is essentially next to the East Side and the colleges Im referring to are LeMoyne College, Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF and the SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

Theres the village of Liverpool, which is walkable and has a great park(Onondaga Lake Park).

Baldwinsville is a walkable and bigger village that is further out, but has some bus access.

Fayetteville, Manlius and North Syracuse are some other villages with walkability and some bus access.

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Old 01-09-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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Id say that if you dont mind the city, Id say to look into the East Side(south of East Genesee Street/around or east of Westcott Street) due to proximity to multiple colleges and universities, as well as having some of the nicest neighborhoods in the city.

Eastwood due to James Street having many bus lines, Sunnycrest Park which has a skating rink and has public and private school options.

Sedgwick due to its very nice homes, is also next to the James Street(and Grant Boulevard) bus lines and it has arguably the best public elementary school in terms of rankings/stats in the SCSD(Salem-Hyde Elementary).

Schools may be an issue, but the environments for the schools in these areas tend to be solid. You also have the Say Yes to Education scholarship program and magnet, as well as charter(i.e.-Syracuse Academy of Science Schools)options in the city. If you are open to private schools, that opens things up as well.

Wild cards or other possiblities may be South Valley(south of Seneca Turnpike, has Meachem Rink/Park), Strathmore, Court-Woodlawn and Tipperary Hill.

Outside of the city, Id say look into the Orvilton/DeWittshire area of DeWitt(J-D Schools), as it has an elementary school and businesses/a grocery store you can walk to and a bus comes down East Genesee Street nearby. It is also close to colleges/universities and hospitals as well. By the way, it is essentially next to the East Side and the colleges Im referring to are LeMoyne College, Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF and the SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

Theres the village of Liverpool, which is walkable and has a great park(Onondaga Lake Park).

Baldwinsville is a walkable and bigger village that is further out, but has some bus access.

Fayetteville, Manlius and North Syracuse are some other villages with walkability and some bus access.
Wow. Thanks so much for your input. I will definitely check these areas out. Much appreciated.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:17 AM
 
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Wow. Thanks so much for your input. I will definitely check these areas out. Much appreciated.
No problem and here is some information to help get you started: Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today
City of Syracuse

Eastwood Neighborhood Association

SEDGWICK FARM NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

https://westcottsyr.com/org/wna/
UNPA | University Neighborhood Preservation Association
seuna - Home
OCNA - Outer Comstock Neighborhood Association (OCNA) - Syracuse, New York

The Syracuse City School District | Syracuse, NY
http://sascs.org
Blessed Sacrament School | Syracuse, NY (In Eastwood)
Welcome to Bishop Grimes:Home - Welcome to Bishop Grimes Jr/Sr. High School (near Eastwood in East Syracuse area, gets a lot of Eastwood kids)

Jamesville Dewitt School District

Fayetteville-Manlius Schools

Home Liverpool Central School District

North Syracuse Central School District

Baldwinsville Central School District
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:22 AM
 
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No problem and here is some information to help get you started: Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today
City of Syracuse

Eastwood Neighborhood Association

SEDGWICK FARM NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

https://westcottsyr.com/org/wna/
UNPA | University Neighborhood Preservation Association
seuna - Home
OCNA - Outer Comstock Neighborhood Association (OCNA) - Syracuse, New York

The Syracuse City School District | Syracuse, NY
http://sascs.org
Blessed Sacrament School | Syracuse, NY (In Eastwood)
Welcome to Bishop Grimes:Home - Welcome to Bishop Grimes Jr/Sr. High School (near Eastwood in East Syracuse area, gets a lot of Eastwood kids)

Jamesville Dewitt School District

Fayetteville-Manlius Schools

Home Liverpool Central School District

North Syracuse Central School District

Baldwinsville Central School District
Excellent. This is very helpful. It is such a huge decision to decide on whether or not to relocate. This is actually making me a bit more excited about the area. Thanks for all your help! Very hospitable.


Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:13 PM
 
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Also, some street views, Eastwood: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0684...6!9m2!1b1!2i38


Westcott: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0415...7i13312!8i6656


Sedgwick: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0621...6!9m2!1b1!2i38


Scottholm sub neighborhood in the general Meadowbrook area of the East Side: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0418...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


Outer Comstock(another East Side neighborhood): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0192...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


Crouse and Marshall just north of Syracuse University: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0192...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


South Valley: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9951...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9962...6!9m2!1b1!2i37 (some shopping in Nedrow to the south or on/just north of Seneca Turnpike)


Court-Woodlawn: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9962...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


A little business district on the southern edge: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0721...7i13312!8i6656 (Court-Woodlawn Task Force: Click Walkable Court Woodlawn - Butternut Circle )


Strathmore: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0268...6!9m2!1b1!2i37 ( Greater Strathmore Neighborhood Association | Weclome to City Living, Welcome to Strathmore )


Tipperary Hill: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0434...6!9m2!1b1!2i37 ( https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...899999998&z=16 , https://www.facebook.com/TipperaryHi...odAssociation/ )


Orvilton/DeWittshire area of DeWitt, East Genesee Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0353...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


Orvilton(north of East Genesee): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0361...6!9m2!1b1!2i37
DeWittshire(south of East Genesee): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0317...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


Liverpool(village): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1021...7i13312!8i6656


some residential: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1049...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


Baldwinsville(village): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1567...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1605...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


Fayetteville(village): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0296...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0307...7i13312!8i6656


Manlius(village): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0014...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0029...6!9m2!1b1!2i37


North Syracuse(village): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1345...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1337...7i13312!8i6656


Also, schedules and maps: https://www.centro.org/service_sched...dules-syracuse


https://www.centro.org/service_sched...nondaga-county
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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If you're looking for a great close knit and walkable area, we love the village of baldwinsville. Very close knit community. I will post links to some other threads I commented on previously. My son just started in the hockey program, and its great. Feel free to PM me regarding Baldwinsville specific questions. Cheers and good luck!

Where should I move ??

Moving to Syracuse area with kids.

Potentially Relocating: Need Advice and Insight!
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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One other note. People around here don't use public transportation all that much. Yes, we have a bus that runs through Bville directly into the city, but its usually empty. The State Fair buses may be the exception.

Just wanted to point that out because you were looking for something with easy access to downtown. Bville to downtown Syracuse is a 15 minute drive. Very easy. Syracuse is lucky to have a plethora of major routes servicing a relatively small city, so traffic is never bad (but for Syracuse University bball and football games, but even they aren't that bad).


Also, your kids will love Destiny USA. Check it out. It's no mall of america, but its also a lot less hassle than Mall of America.

https://www.destinyusa.com/



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If you're looking for a great close knit and walkable area, we love the village of baldwinsville. Very close knit community. I will post links to some other threads I commented on previously. My son just started in the hockey program, and its great. Feel free to PM me regarding Baldwinsville specific questions. Cheers and good luck!

Where should I move ??

Moving to Syracuse area with kids.

Potentially Relocating: Need Advice and Insight!
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