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Old 03-12-2015, 09:54 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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No it really isn't that simple.

I assume by the way that you mean "buy in the most expensive town you can afford" not "buy the most expensive town you can afford".
Few people can afford to buy an entire town.
I understood what he meant.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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I understood what he meant.
So did I
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Bristol, UK
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Thanks for the really useful tips regarding locations and we're adding to the list of possible places, which gives us more options. We're definitely not going to buy until we've been settled for a couple of years, so this will be just rental. I am wary of the idea of just going for the most expensive places as in England these sometimes don't have much of a community (people keep to themselves). We really do want to live and breathe American life whilst we have the opportunity.

We might well stay longer than two years, but we would then probably look to buy somewhere, which would probably result in different recommendations, also we would have our own knowledge to build upon.

We will almost certainly use professional relocation assistance, but they're usually working for the company more than the family.

Thanks also for the welcoming comments - I will take particular care ordering my fast food and snacks!
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Westchester, NY
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Hi Amy:
My wife and I were in a very similar boat @Y2001 where we lived in Balham (SW) for a couple of years and looked for safe yet openly friendly neighborhoods close to NYC. I'm originally from Long Island, so we ended up renting in lovely Great Neck for a couple of years with a perfect 20 minute commute to NYC. After 3 kids and financial reality set in, we're now up in Cortlandt Manor with a pesky 50 minute commute to NYC, although I probably should have moved to the southern regions (Hastings or Tarrytown areas) to 1) minimize commute time 2) enjoy a closer knit community lifestyle, although when it's all said and done, you'll be bopping around different places in your SUV anyway!

My major take away is being close to the Bear Mountain region, where the views are just breath-taking and travel to Connecticut is only 30 minutes. We're now looking to move further north or northern CT, (i.e.: Dutchess county or Danbury region) since our interests have now retracted towards the "country" lifestyle vs. the hustle and bustle!
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Bristol, UK
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Thanks Yoowanna. I have not come across Great Neck so will look it up. The general consensus seems to be the stretch from Larchmont to Rye/Rye Neck or over on the other side - Hastings/Dobbs etc. Just checked Great Neck and it's on Long Island - we had not really considered that area at all.
Should we?
I am probably going to be ridiculed now, but I am slightly concerned about being over on the eastern coast as we're really not used to 'extremes' of weather. Is this a factor for us to consider, being a family with three very small children?
Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:45 AM
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Thanks Yoowanna. I have not come across Great Neck so will look it up. The general consensus seems to be the stretch from Larchmont to Rye/Rye Neck or over on the other side - Hastings/Dobbs etc. Just checked Great Neck and it's on Long Island - we had not really considered that area at all.
Should we?
I am probably going to be ridiculed now, but I am slightly concerned about being over on the eastern coast as we're really not used to 'extremes' of weather. Is this a factor for us to consider, being a family with three very small children?
Thanks.

The weather here is certainly more extreme than the temperate maritime climate of the UK. However, by having (pretty much ubiquitous) AC in the summer and just wrapping up very well in the winter ....your kids will be fine. Plus you will see the sun a whole lot more in a NY winter than a UK winter - it makes a big difference. That's one of the things I really noticed the first few winters here, the gloomy overcast grey weeks-on-end stuff - banished!
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Thanks Yoowanna. I have not come across Great Neck so will look it up. The general consensus seems to be the stretch from Larchmont to Rye/Rye Neck or over on the other side - Hastings/Dobbs etc. Just checked Great Neck and it's on Long Island - we had not really considered that area at all.
Should we?
I am probably going to be ridiculed now, but I am slightly concerned about being over on the eastern coast as we're really not used to 'extremes' of weather. Is this a factor for us to consider, being a family with three very small children?
Thanks.
Yup, you'll get ridiculed a bit, cause it's basically a silly concern. You're not going from Egypt to Alaska or vice versa.

But to answer the question: yes, you'll get used to it. Given that 10's of millions of people manage to survive with families and children it's not likely to damage you or yours.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Bristol, UK
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Thanks again.
I am not so much worried about survival or injury, more useful tips such as that we will need a 4x4, a house with AC, that kind of thing. As it might be a permanent move, we're looking now at buying, which has opened up our options considerably, as long as we can get over the 'no US credit rating' hurdle!
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Thanks again.
I am not so much worried about survival or injury, more useful tips such as that we will need a 4x4, a house with AC, that kind of thing. As it might be a permanent move, we're looking now at buying, which has opened up our options considerably, as long as we can get over the 'no US credit rating' hurdle!
I look at the "what's needed" question like this: what was "needed" 50 years ago? That was simpler and much hardier time. Winter is cold and summer is hot. By that criterion neither a 4x4 nor AC is necessary, not 50 years ago and not now. But they're a nice luxury.

My house doesn't have AC and I only miss it for maybe a week a year. In winter we dress more warmly. Others apparently have the need to be 70deg F 24/7, year round. If that's you, be prepared for massive utility bills.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Westchester, NY
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I look at the "what's needed" question like this: what was "needed" 50 years ago? That was simpler and much hardier time. Winter is cold and summer is hot. By that criterion neither a 4x4 nor AC is necessary, not 50 years ago and not now. But they're a nice luxury.

My house doesn't have AC and I only miss it for maybe a week a year. In winter we dress more warmly. Others apparently have the need to be 70deg F 24/7, year round. If that's you, be prepared for massive utility bills.
Necessary no, although probably a lot more comfortable and secure to own a 4x4 and AC when raising children. The winters and summers have been much more severe during the past few years and getting worse due to the overwhelming climate change. I was able to purchase a pellet stove and save a great deal, especially during this winter, although who knows what next winter will bring.

Amy2010Ra:
Overall, Great Neck weather is similar to the weather up in Westchester county, yet further out east suffers more due to the proximity of the water. If you want to compare gails between UK and USA, UK winds appear a lot more aggressive, although, we do get a lot more snow here.
Culturally, Great Neck is a very diversified and a very safe neighborhood, offering grade A schools. I would still be there if I could afford it!
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