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Old 06-12-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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Mamaroneck has some extraordinarily rich areas, lots of middle class areas and some fairly poor areas. It also has an ugly industrial area.

Mamaroneck is split between two school districts - Mamaroneck and Rye Neck.

The Mamaroneck School District contains two elementary schools - Mamaroneck Avenue and Central. The Mamaroneck Avenue School has a very large immigrant Hispanic population. I have never heard of any problems. But you have to decide if that's the enviornment you want for your children (there are advantages and disadvantages, of course). Central School takes kids from both Mamaroneck and Larchmont. It has very little racial diversity, but good economic diversity.

Bellows is the elementary school in the Rye Neck School District. Overall, this district ranges from middle-class to very wealthy. No problems that I know of.

Mamaroneck has a bustling downtown along Mamaroneck Avenue but it is not particularly attractive. Larchmont and Rye have much more charming downtowns. And yes, real estate values are higher in Rye and Larchmont.

All three towns are very convenient to Manhattan via train, and car on the weekends.

As for daycare, I don't have a clue.
Actually, Mamaroneck School district has 4 elementary schools, one in Larchmont Village (Chatsworth), one in unincorporated Town of Mamaroneck, Larchmont Postal Address (Murray Avenue) and two in Mamaroneck Village (Central and Mamaroneck Avenue).

Real estate values are not necessarily cheaper in Mamaroneck versus Rye and Larchmont, I used to think so until I found out that four of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the country are in Mamaroneck and actually more expensive than similar neighborhoods in Larchmont and Rye. However, Mamaroneck is more socio-economically diverse than Larchmont and Rye and has a bigger proportion of cheaper homes than these other towns. I will not describe is industrial area as ugly but I would not call it cute either, and it really has only one area that can be acurately described as poor. Mamaroneck Avenue shopping district has being revitalized and is reasonably attractive now I will say, particularly the area closer to the harbor.

It is an interesting place no doubt, in terms of socio-economic diversity... you can a buy a single family home there for say $500k/$600k for instance, while the most expensive home there on is currently $18M.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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Actually, Mamaroneck School district has 4 elementary schools, one in Larchmont Village (Chatsworth), one in unincorporated Town of Mamaroneck, Larchmont Postal Address (Murray Avenue) and two in Mamaroneck Village (Central and Mamaroneck Avenue).

Real estate values are not necessarily cheaper in Mamaroneck versus Rye and Larchmont, I used to think so until I found out that four of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the country are in Mamaroneck and actually more expensive than similar neighborhoods in Larchmont and Rye. However, Mamaroneck is more socio-economically diverse than Larchmont and Rye and has a bigger proportion of cheaper homes than these other towns. I will not describe is industrial area as ugly but I would not call it cute either, and it really has only one area that can be acurately described as poor. Mamaroneck Avenue shopping district has being revitalized and is reasonably attractive now I will say, particularly the area closer to the harbor.

It is an interesting place no doubt, in terms of socio-economic diversity... you can a buy a single family home there for say $500k/$600k for instance, while the most expensive home there on is currently $18M.
I hope you didn't get the wrong idea. I was not trying to put down Mamaroneck. I like Mamaroneck. As for the elementary schools, if you live in the Village of Mamaroneck, Central School and Mamaroneck Avenue School are your only options.

Yes, the business district has made tremendous strides and keeps improving every year. What I like about it is that there are actually stores that most people need, unlike the overpriced boutiques you are more likely to find in Larchmont and Rye.

And the industrial district is ugly. But so what? You're not going to live there.
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:01 PM
 
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Hey all of you from Mamaroneck - speak up in defense of your town!!! It is sad about Mamaroneck and Harrison - 2 wealthy towns that are the "rug" for pristine neighboring towns to sweep their dirt under! Here's the deal - First lets talk Mamaroneck. There is the town of Mam'k and village of Mam'k - separate police departments. Mam'k is right up against(and runs right into) Larchmont. Larchmont and Mam'k share a HIGH SCHOOL - so believe me, those that think Larchmont is "all that" are still closely intertwined with Mamaroneck. Mamaroneck downtown has a larger hispanic population(and its share of illegal workers) the downtown area reflects that in some ways. However, Mamaroneck is also the P.O. to exclusive boat clubs, country clubs, mansions, etc. Many of the rich live in Mamaroneck, do business in Mamaroneck and "walk & shop" in Larchmont - minutes away. If you live in Harrison or Larchmont and want daycare in Mamaroneck, you will be close enough to take advantage of it by car - within minutes. All are on an easily commutable train line to NYC. Now, for Harrison - and this always annoyed me because I grew up there. Harrison is SOOOO RICH as a town - more than Larchmont or Rye as Westchester country club, Purchase, all are within this town. Many mansions have a RyeP.O., but Harrison schools. Unfortunately, the downtown area was never supported or layed out well. Once again, the rich live in Harrison, and shop in Rye. They build Mega mansions in Harrison as the taxes are better, but they live a separate life from the "working class"part of the town. So DO NOT worry about renting a house in Harrison - you are in a safe, expensive area accessable to NYC AND pristine shopping. I disagree about Rye having a small town feel today - All the mom&pop stores that used to exist 10 years ago are gone! The downtown area has at least 6 banks and a spattering of expensive restaurants - money and pricey food!
You are so right if Harrison and Mamaroneck were not up to scratch some of the richest people in the country, yes I said country not county, will not live there. Not everyone aspires to live in Scarsdale, Rye or Larchmont that some posters on this board really admire and look up to. Really rich people have more things to worry about that what the downtown looks like, the reality is that many of them will never shop in any of these downtowns. Not only Mamaroneck and Harrison, but Scarsdale, Rye and Larchmont included. A lot of these people have personal shoppers and are really concerned with things like being able to go sailing and golfing easily. These people love the Mamaroneck Waterfront and the golfing available at the golf clubs. They also love the sprawling mansions that they can build in Harrison and the country club.

The funny thing is that the people obsessed with what the downtown of a town looks like are the wannabes, these same people cannot actually afford to shop in the quaint designer shops in Rye and Larchmont on a regular basis and will really only be able to window shop and occasionally splurge on an outfit hoping to keep up with the joneses. These same people that cannot afford to send their kids to numerous vacations in Europe like the affluent residents or Rye and Larchmont who are in the majority.

How weird that they will mock the more normal downtown of a place like Mamaroneck where most residents can afford to shop or a socio-economically diverse town where middle class families can easily interact with truly upper class families as well as a few that are not quite middle class. Below is a link to a picture of Mamaroneck's downtown (Mamaroneck Avenue), frankly I don't see anything not to like about it except for the lack of several designer shops that may offend some.
[SIZE=3]http://www.thehouseoftheweek.com/MamaroneckHarborWinter_009_op_800x602.jpg[/SIZE]
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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I live in Manhattan but I really like Mamaroneck's downtown. My husband and I have been to concerts at the Emelin Theater and occasionally we bring our kids there for some of the children's theater productions. It has a number of restaurants, hardware stores, etc. and I would not at all characterize it as trashy. I agree it is not cutesy cutesy, but perhaps that is why we feel more relaxed there. I have also been there with friends who have had the same reaction.

I really like that Italian bakery next to the pizza place.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:42 PM
 
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I once took the train to Mamaroneck to go to Saxon Woods park, a couple of miles north. I wasn't impressed with the downtown area, there were alot of day laborers around. Once north of 1-95 the streets improved instantly...no day laborers and nice wooded streets.
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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Default Rye

Rye definitely has better schools and a better village.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Mamaroneck is nice because it is near the waterfront. The restaurants are nice, too. I have been to 2 good ones. We almost rented a house in Harrison but it didnt work in the end. My kids would have gone to Rye schools. I dont like the city center, though. And the one italian restaurant we went to wasnt good.

I recently moved to Rye and what I like most about it is the proximity to the shops, station and schools - we walk everywhere. It is a really charming village, with great restaurants and a wonderful gourmet shop. People are nice and the school system is the best. It also benifits from the bigger shopping areas and movies in Port Chester, only a 5 min drive away. We are quite pleased with our choice.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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All posters, I agree with most of your comments. Mamaroneck is a great place to live, I am not sure why anyone would say that the downtown is ugly, I think anyone who says that is looking for a Greenwich type neighborhood. I live in Greenwich now because I wanted more upscale stores around me and I am exhausted with posh folk not speaking to each other andd all the other things that happens in Greenwich. On the other hand Greenwich has extremely beautiful parks highlighting the Long Island Sound, great for walking, jogging, ppl watching, bringing the kids, pinics, etc, ... But I am now choosing to move back to Mamaroreck as I find the town peaceful and I am a drive away from Greenwich, Harrison, Rye, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham, White Plains and all of beautiful Westchester. No place will be perfect, and everyone's taste is different so pick what suits you best.

For me Mamaroneck!
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