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Old 09-26-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Croton is beautiful, but feels too far away for us - it really is country, without a lot of good restaurants, music, etc. Chappaqua is definitely a consideration. Any opinion on the Wykagyl area of New Rochelle?
I'm confused - if Chappaqua is a consideration, then why are Pleasantville and Mt. Kisco not? I grew up in that area, so I would say all three are about equal in terms of being able to find a secluded 1 - 1.5 acre plot to call your home... But all are at least a 50-60 minute train ride to Grand Central.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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a 1.3 million house with taxes of 23k is almost impossible. You may possbily find this in Armonk, everywhere else the taxes will be higher. But Pleasantville, Croton, Briarcliff, Chappaqua are all nice areas within a 45 min commute. All are also within a 10-15 min drive of ach other so you utilize other towns for dining, ect. Also a 15 drive to White plains.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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a 1.3 million house with taxes of 23k is almost impossible. You may possbily find this in Armonk, everywhere else the taxes will be higher. But Pleasantville, Croton, Briarcliff, Chappaqua are all nice areas within a 45 min commute. All are also within a 10-15 min drive of ach other so you utilize other towns for dining, ect. Also a 15 drive to White plains.
Not accurate. You can find older 1.3 Million range homes in Chappaqua w/ taxes of about 25k. You can certainly find them in Bedford but then we are talking a long commute with no train.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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Re: Chappaqua vs. Croton, it depends on priorities. Croton more country like and older homes. Chappaqua has a mix of homes. Much better restaurants - no contest - both in town and surrounding Mt Kisco, Pleasantville, Briarcliff. I find it very challenging to find good places to eat and get good internet (and cell phone connection) in Croton. Commute from Chappaqua is 50 minutes and express. I used to do that all the time and my dad did it for 40 yrs. Croton probably has prettier train ride along the Hudson....

Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl
I live equidistant to the two corridors and we frequent both. While I've never been to a restaurant in Chappaqua that I deemed worthy of returning to, Croton does have two that are in our regular rotation. But Mt Kisco is definitely the restaurant capital of upper Westchester and it's certainly closer to Chappaqua. But Kisco is a totally doable drive from Croton for a meal, and Croton is a quick trip to all of the restaurants in Peekskill and Tarrytown. Other than restaurants, we definitely head to the hudson corridor more often for music, events, and art. Peekskill and Tarrytown both provide much richer cultural offerings than the area around Chappaqua, though we certainly love Jacob Burns.

Croton has a much better array of local parks. And both towns have close access to lots of hiking and nature preserves. RE houses, both Croton and Chappaqua have a nice array of lovely older homes, as well as plenty of hideous new builds. RE commute, there's no question Croton is superior due to its shorter trip and amazing vistas. It's a great commute.

But it probably comes down to vibe, which is personal. I much prefer the laid back arty vibe of western upper Westchester to the more uptight New Englandy vibe of the eastern regions, but that's a question of taste and temperament.
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