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Old 02-25-2013, 04:47 AM
 
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Can someone tell me about Ardsley, NY? Is it safe and quiet? Is the neighborhood nice?
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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Anyone have thoughts on Ardsley?
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:18 PM
 
Location: New York, Westchester
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Good schools crap town....no small town feeling
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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I'm sure its perfectly safe, I can't comment on whether its quiet, there's not much of a town there. It lacks charm and a train station. But people moving there are moving there for other reasons.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Trying to compare Westchester in general to New Jersey. Drove through Ardsley - pretty sad. The sorriest Starbucks I've ever seen. Only supermarkets - 2 Stop and Shops and Whole Foods which is pretty far away? Commute into Manhattan is better, trying to figure out if it's worth it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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Ardsley is not indicative of all of Westchester - there are much cuter towns with a more defined center and amenities, and a train station which Ardsley lacks (although it has great schools by reputation). NJ also has great towns but is less rustic and more suburban in general. The commute depends on where in Manhattan you need to go - NJ has an easier commute to downtown, while Westchester has easier access to midtown and above.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Which towns in Westchester are cute? Central New Jersey is pretty rustic. Somerset, Morris counties. Even parts of Essex have a lot of greenery and preserves.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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I'm speaking mainly of Bergen country which usually draws the most direct comparisons to Westchester. The towns on the commuter rail lines have more flat neighborhoods with sidewalks and houses closer together, although the same can be said for other towns I been to in Morris Country (Summit, Chatham, etc.)

Obviously everyone's idea of "cute" differs but I would say Larchmont, Rye, Pleasantville, Katonah. The Rivertowns are hillier and Croton and Chappaqua have smaller town centers but all are still cuter than Ardsley.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:24 AM
 
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Ardsley is primarily a residential town, there isn’t much of a city center, really it’s the schools and parks that are the focal point of the community. It’s where most activities take place, the league sports for children, special activities, fairs, etc. and even the place where parents spend recreational time on weekends with their kids. Academically, the schools are excellent and are one of the primary reasons that make Ardsley a much sought-afterplace to live.

Ardsley has somewhat of a woodsy feel with pretty, well-maintained residential neighborhoods. There is a predominance of post-war housing stock with1960’s and 1970’s, mainly Split-Level and Raised Ranches, though you also find a mix of Colonials, Cottages, Victorians, and even Modern style architecture as well. Properties vary from modest-sized homes in smaller lots to larger homes and properties all inter-mixed together. Regardless of where you live though, it’s very easy to fit in and people are relatively down to earth.

There is no Metro North station in Ardsley itself, but the stations at Scarsdale, Hartsdale and Dobbs Ferry are all within a 10 minute drive, so it’s really not much of an issue and if you are a daily commuter you are bound to find available parking in one of those stations. If not, there are buses that take you directly there as well as easy access by car to Manhattan via the 87, the Sawmill or the Sprain Brook.

All said, it depends on what you are looking for. Someone seeking nightlife and a social scene will not find it in Ardsley, though Manhattan itself is only 30 minutes away. People also tend to use the city centers of nearby towns quite a bit for dinner, entertainment or a night out since they are within a quick drive. Families with children who place a high value on education and are looking for a safe and relatively quiet Southern Westchester town with nice neighborhoods, might find Ardsley to be the right fit.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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Ardsley's downtown isn't quaint, but it certainly has more to it than all the towns around it. It has a bunch of good places to eat as well as a fantastic grocery store (DeCiccos). Ardsley is sandwiched between the Saw Mill and 87 which can be good or bad. Definitely a woodsy, hilly feel and the schools are good.
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