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Old 06-23-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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There are a fair number of co - ops on Garth Road in Eastchester that may be worth considering. You would commute out of the Scarsdale train station and could walk from your co-op. Garth Road has some commercial activity including restaurants and is within walking distance of downtown Scarsdale. Importantly, there is a daycare on the way to the Scarsdale train station that is popular. Consider also Château Circle coops in downtown Scarsdale. In your price range, I think this is probably your best bet if you are interested in the Scarsdale area.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:05 PM
 
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I don't think the OP is interested in Coops.

However, you would be shocked to see how cheap they are in Westchester. The poster mentioned Garth Road. Figure a renovated 1200sf 2-bedroom/2-bath in a beautiful pre-war building will run you around $325,000. At Chateau Circle, a somewhat larger coop (1300 - 1400sf) would run you $450,000 (you pay a premium for the Scarsdale School District).

What would that cost in Park Slope?
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:30 AM
 
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You should also check out Stamford. Very walkable downtown and affordable. 45 min ride to GCT.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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Prices in Park Slope are just ridiculously high right now. To give you an example, we currently have a very good deal: we rent a 1,200 sf 3bd apartment right off 7th ave. for $3,500 per month - our landlord is looking to sell the building and that same apartment a few houses up on the same street, same layout, sold for $1.2MM!! That's double our ideal budget...

Our budget would be somewhere around $600-700k, depending on what we see we can buy. Now we're also debating the idea of renting in Westchester for a little while, to see how we like it and get a better feel of the area. But I wouldn't know where to start looking. The idea is also that renting would maybe allow us to find something closer to a train station for a little while, while we get settled and take it all in.

Anyone able to recommend towns for good rentals? Do we have to look at condos or can we find single family houses to rent?
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:40 AM
 
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Anyone able to recommend towns for good rentals? Do we have to look at condos or can we find single family houses to rent?
It's hard to find good condos in Westchester. CT (Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, etc.) has more.

Renting houses can be expensive in southern Westchester. Try looking at Hartsdale, Crestwood and White Plains, you might get a good deal but the homes in these areas have few walkable amenities. Otherwise you'll have to look further north like Katonah but that would extend your commute time.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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We are in a similar situation. We are moving from Astoria to get a bigger place and outdoor space. When we were originally looking we wanted to be able to walk to the train station too as we only have one car, and only one of us commutes to NYC in the morning. But after looking at different towns and seeing what was in our price range which was a little lower than yours, we realized we would probably not be able to get a nice place that would work for us within walking distance. Westchester is very much the suburbs and you will need a car to get around. It would be in your wife's best interest to learn to drive if you move, because not having any freedom to run to the store is a hard thing to adjust to when you are used to being able to just walk down to the bodega in the city.

Have you considered the River Towns at all? There are a lot of Brooklyn transplants in the river towns, we have a lot of friends from Brooklyn that have moved to Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Dobbs Ferry. All the river towns feel kind of connected and it isn't hard to go from town to town for the amenities you want (like restaurants and bars or yoga/gyms). We are actually moving to Ossining in a month. We haven't bought anything yet, as we decided to rent in the area and make sure the suburbs are for us, before we purchase. Ossining which is the furthest north of the towns I named has a train to GCT in that runs about 46 minutes. My fiance's commute will be about 52 minutes door to door from our new apartment.

You'll probably also want to consider the school district since you have an 18 month old, and I haven't heard the greatest things about New Rochelle schools...although people will say similar things about Ossining schools, so you may want to take that advice with a grain of salt.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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The river towns are probably the most "park-slopey" part of Westchester. We looked there but didn't find anything worthwhile in our budget and the taxes were exorbitant for the most part. Nice areas though.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:51 AM
 
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Hartsdale is one great Westchester town. It's affordable, it has an extremely low crime rate, and it has a downtown (the downtown is only about a block or two, but it could be worse). It is made up of many working middle class families, and it also has a Metro North stop. I do recommend it, especially because of its affordability. Not only that - but it's only a few minute drive to nearby Scarsdale or White Plains.
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