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Old 02-16-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Yes, but its 15 minutes driving on beautiful bucolic roadway, not fighting NYC traffic. I love driving to Mount Kisco or down 22 to North WP. IF my wife tells me to run to Target or CVS I have no issues. When we lived in southern Westchester and I had to go somewhere it was torture unless late a night when there was no traffic.
I agree that the drive can be much more pleasant than other areas, but I also think that would be too rural a consideration for the OP's wife.

As to Mount Kisco, there can be traffic in the downtown area, and that has actually gotten worse in recent years, but it's nothing like White Plains once you know where and when to drive and park in the downtown. Places like Target and the A&P, on the periphery, have increased traffic from the former Bazaar Mall, but 117 is not a terrible trip. However, if you lived in Katonah, there's no reason to take that route as you can easily take Kisco Avenue to the Saw Mill and avoid all delays on 117 if headed to Target and the A&P.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Based on john70's take on things, one wonders how we get anywhere at all driving around down here...

We get it. You don't like lower Westchester. You think driving around down here is the worst thing in the world. Can we stick to the facts now though? The OP is interested in a lot of space but with the availability of family-friendly amenities nearby. His wife is a city gal, so he is going to have to do a balancing act. As a former city gal myself, I found northern Westchester to be WAAAAAAYYYYY too rural. We looked in Chappaqua, Briarcliff, Armonk, etc, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I was in the middle of nowhere. That's me. You guys love it. So maybe we can share facts with the OP and leave him to form his own opinion? I think we've pointed him in the right direction, now he's going to have to figure it out.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:27 AM
 
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I agree that the drive can be much more pleasant than other areas, but I also think that would be too rural a consideration for the OP's wife.

As to Mount Kisco, there can be traffic in the downtown area, and that has actually gotten worse in recent years, but it's nothing like White Plains once you know where and when to drive and park in the downtown. Places like Target and the A&P, on the periphery, have increased traffic from the former Bazaar Mall, but 117 is not a terrible trip. However, if you lived in Katonah, there's no reason to take that route as you can easily take Kisco Avenue to the Saw Mill and avoid all delays on 117 if headed to Target and the A&P.
Why is it so implausible that one might know where and when to drive and park in WP???
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:28 PM
 
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Based on john70's take on things, one wonders how we get anywhere at all driving around down here...

We get it. You don't like lower Westchester. You think driving around down here is the worst thing in the world. Can we stick to the facts now though? The OP is interested in a lot of space but with the availability of family-friendly amenities nearby. His wife is a city gal, so he is going to have to do a balancing act. As a former city gal myself, I found northern Westchester to be WAAAAAAYYYYY too rural. We looked in Chappaqua, Briarcliff, Armonk, etc, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I was in the middle of nowhere. That's me. You guys love it. So maybe we can share facts with the OP and leave him to form his own opinion? I think we've pointed him in the right direction, now he's going to have to figure it out.
Agreed. Pound Ridge, Bedford, South Salem, etc., are absolutely gorgeous, but to me, being a 2-minute drive to supermarkets, delis, pizza places and a train station, and being 25 minutes from Manhattan by car, are more important. But I certainly do not begrudge anyone who prefers the beauty of Pound Ridge, Bedford or South Salem. It's just not my thing.

Not sure why he has such a chip on his shoulder.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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No chip. I have lived in both areas, in fact much longer in lower Westchester. Lots of things about lower Westchester I love, including the commute to NYC.

Traffic, however, was not one of them. Thats all.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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Based on john70's take on things, one wonders how we get anywhere at all driving around down here...

We get it. You don't like lower Westchester. You think driving around down here is the worst thing in the world. Can we stick to the facts now though? The OP is interested in a lot of space but with the availability of family-friendly amenities nearby. His wife is a city gal, so he is going to have to do a balancing act. As a former city gal myself, I found northern Westchester to be WAAAAAAYYYYY too rural. We looked in Chappaqua, Briarcliff, Armonk, etc, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I was in the middle of nowhere. That's me. You guys love it. So maybe we can share facts with the OP and leave him to form his own opinion? I think we've pointed him in the right direction, now he's going to have to figure it out.
Agree in part. I liked lower Westchester - just like it up here more. And I think areas of Scarsdale/Mamaroneck are beautiful and have lots of charm. Its just a matter of population density. There are more folks down there in a smaller area. My wife is from the City and Armonk is as far north as she was willing to go. My goal was PR.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Why is it so implausible that one might know where and when to drive and park in WP???
I was referring to Mount Kisco, where to drive and park in Mount Kisco. With WP, you either park in the building or mall that you want to visit. WP actually has a decent road infrastructure, which Mount Kisco lacks, for the amount of traffic served.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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Why is it so implausible that one might know where and when to drive and park in WP???

If you can tell us where and when to drive and park in White Plains, you will have done a great service. Some of us avoid WP like the plague because there is no free parking. It's an outrage to be asked to pay to park while shopping. And the WP police are rabid. Downtown is crawling with them.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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Meter maids...they they refer to themselves as officers....lol
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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Hello everyone. And we made it here. A big thank you for all you previous opinions.

For the ones who are interested this is how it went!
In the end it really depended on inventory!
We put Scarsdale Edgemont Ardsley Larchmont Mamaroneck and Rye on our list in the end.
Our favourite houses on the shortlist got taken before we even got there. Literally got signed the day before. So we ,ooked at the ones left.
:0(
4 houses in Mamaroneck/Larchmont. One huge decent looking house. Bit old interior but nice. In a completely hispanic neighbourhood and school. No real garden. Just a bit of a hill But good school. We considered it.

The others in Larchmont/ Mamaroneck were so awful! 4th rooms where we couldn't stand up straight. Run down cracked floors and stairs old stainy carpets. Atrocious!!
Wouldn't have lived in any if them for free. No garden and tiny tiny rooms . Much smaller than our London home. But pavement and very very walkable. Area looked lovely. The good houses probably got taken? Didn't even see many advertised above our budget.

The Rye houses we saw one was nice. But split level. Too many steps for kids. And not that big either.

Irvington. Lovely big houses. Looked very quiet for miles though.

Scarsdale! Without a doubt the best looking town with the best maintained homes in and outside.
Apart from two all houses got taken the day before. But one in Edgemont was available. Very very nice! Picked this one over the big Mamaroneck one for the better garden for the kids. Lots of stairs to front door though and very slopy curvy drive way.
So now a list of other questions on Scarsdale and Edgemont will start appearing. ;0)
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