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Old 10-23-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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We will move to NY Next month and need to buy a house to settle in lower Westchester, where is close to NYC.
I noticed there are too many older houses built 80-50 years ago. We don't have child, but enjoy the life near city in a newer constructions. Can someone tell me pros and cons about the gated communities in lower Westchester? such as Kinstington woods? New Rochelle seems has more newer and beautiful houses with right price range and very high property taxes. But locals here seemed not happy with that city... I really appreciate if some one could give me some information on that!
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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We will move to NY Next month and need to buy a house to settle in lower Westchester, where is close to NYC.
I noticed there are too many older houses built 80-50 years ago. We don't have child, but enjoy the life near city in a newer constructions. Can someone tell me pros and cons about the gated communities in lower Westchester? such as Kinstington woods? New Rochelle seems has more newer and beautiful houses with right price range and very high property taxes. But locals here seemed not happy with that city... I really appreciate if some one could give me some information on that!
Old doesn't equal bad or run down. There's some truth to "they don't build them like they used to." You couldn't pay me enough to live in a gated community.
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Really? "they don't build them like they used to." Why those older house in lower westchester is much better than the new ones? and gated community is not way to go?
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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You don't really need a gated community in Westchester unless you are in a bad part of town to start with. Then, you are paying HOA dues.

If you don't have kids, I'd personally go to White Plains. Some new construction there, and much lower taxes than N.R. The abundance of express trains there may make your train ride the same as in N.R. anyway.

In Scarsdale, you are paying for the school system. An amenity that you do not need.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the help! That's explains a lot.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Thanks for the reply. Really? "they don't build them like they used to." Why those older house in lower westchester is much better than the new ones? and gated community is not way to go?
Almost anybody's, though I guess it depends on what you mean by "better." If you walk through almost any older house (pre WW2 or older) you'll find that materials and architectural details are on an altogether different level than new houses. Obviously you'll want updated baths, kitchen etc. Example: How many new houses have clear-finished milled oak moldings and leaded windows? Or a slate roof? Of course if you don't like that stuff it doesn't matter.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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How about the area? North end of New Rochelle is not good place to live? How about the resell value? Thanks for the further help!
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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North end is fine, and is definitely cheaper than neighboring Larchmont and Scarsdale. Resale value is always a question mark. I personally believe that houses in better school districts hold their value better, but what you lose in appreciation you will gain in tax savings.
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