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Old 03-10-2015, 09:29 AM
 
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If a young family with 3~4 Kids (under school age) - with office located in southeastern part of Tarrytown, NY -
were to select a town to move into (plan to rent first before buy), where would it be?

Looks like people commute from Bronxville, Long Island, Yonkers, CT, NJ, NYC, etc.

I tried searching but the school info was so scattered.
Most schools seems to be run by their towns.

Criteria:
1. Schools (Public or Charter)
2. Short Commute (in time)
...
3. Others (Train, Grocery, Taxes, Housing prices, Convenience, Diversity, etc.)

Do we have residents who have small kids in schools?
Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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If a young family with 3~4 Kids (under school age) - with office located in southeastern part of Tarrytown, NY -
were to select a town to move into (plan to rent first before buy), where would it be?

Looks like people commute from Bronxville, Long Island, Yonkers, CT, NJ, NYC, etc.

I tried searching but the school info was so scattered.
Most schools seems to be run by their towns.

Criteria:
1. Schools (Public or Charter)
2. Short Commute (in time)
...
3. Others (Train, Grocery, Taxes, Housing prices, Convenience, Diversity, etc.)

Do we have residents who have small kids in schools?
Thanks in advance!
Housing price is everything. If your entry point is under $450 - 500,000 you are going to be somewhat limited in the southern part of westchester county. But if its higher, you may have a ton of options. If its down in the $300 range, you may have to travel further north. If you are comfortable sharing your price range, people could probably help more.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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If a young family with 3~4 Kids (under school age) - with office located in southeastern part of Tarrytown, NY -
were to select a town to move into (plan to rent first before buy), where would it be?

Looks like people commute from Bronxville, Long Island, Yonkers, CT, NJ, NYC, etc.

I tried searching but the school info was so scattered.
Most schools seems to be run by their towns.

Criteria:
1. Schools (Public or Charter)
2. Short Commute (in time)
...
3. Others (Train, Grocery, Taxes, Housing prices, Convenience, Diversity, etc.)

Do we have residents who have small kids in schools?
Thanks in advance!
Anybody commuting from Bronxville, Long Island, Yonkers, CT, NJ, NYC to work in Tarrytown either has some other good reason to be in those places or is simply insane. Look to communities to the north or up the I-684 corridor. Is your goal to commute to Tarrytown by train? If so that puts you along the MetroNorth Hudson line. Look at a map and start asking about specific towns.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:14 PM
 
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Thank you. If cost is not a big concern, which cities make sense? I'm looking at Bronxville at this time.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:32 AM
 
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Thank you. If cost is not a big concern, which cities make sense? I'm looking at Bronxville at this time.
Cost is not a big concern, correct? Then live in Tarrytown itself and send kids to Hackley for school. Few towns match T-town when it comes to conveniences like shops, restaurants, groceries, proximity to work etc. all in one central location. No need to drive all the way from Bronxville.
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:15 AM
 
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Cost is not a big concern, correct? Then live in Tarrytown itself and send kids to Hackley for school. Few towns match T-town when it comes to conveniences like shops, restaurants, groceries, proximity to work etc. all in one central location. No need to drive all the way from Bronxville.
I agree 100%. I would go to North Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow) and look either at the Philipse Manor, up by Marymount or around the Rockefeller estate/park. the problem with these areas are the schools suck, but if money is not an issue, send them to Hackley and in the summer use Pocantico's summer camp. These are expensive too,l but are some of the best. Tarrytown is gorgeous, great parks, views of the river. If not for the schools, we would have stayed there. If that is not an issue, stay there.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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I agree 100%. I would go to North Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow) and look either at the Philipse Manor, up by Marymount or around the Rockefeller estate/park. the problem with these areas are the schools suck, but if money is not an issue, send them to Hackley and in the summer use Pocantico's summer camp. These are expensive too,l but are some of the best. Tarrytown is gorgeous, great parks, views of the river. If not for the schools, we would have stayed there. If that is not an issue, stay there.
Understand though (and I know you do, dr.strangelove) that Hackley very competitive academically. Admission is far from assured and you can get kicked out if your academic performance or social behavior is unacceptable. That said, I'd guess that the ability to foot the bill increases the odds of admission, especially in younger grades.

edit: same goes for the Riverdale "Hill Schools."

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Old 03-11-2015, 10:11 AM
 
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This is the type of best kept secrets that I'm looking for.

Are there any good public school options as we have 3 kids?
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:15 AM
 
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Living in Tarrytown would be the best for commute.

Some suggested Hastings, Irvington and Pleasantville too.

I'm looking for public school options first.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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Living in Tarrytown would be the best for commute.

Some suggested Hastings, Irvington and Pleasantville too.

I'm looking for public school options first.
Stay away from Tarrytown schools as they are not very good value for the money, especially if you are buying a higher end home.

Irvington schools are good, among the best in the state on the elementary level and Irvington HS is often rated top 25 high schools in the state and is frequently nationally ranked int eh top 500 schools. For value, its considered very good, not the highest rated mind you, but a bigger bang for your buck in terms of taxes, housing prices and such. That said, most of this is just based on opinions of locals and most everyone tends to favor their own districts.

Hastings is likewise very well thought of for public schools, but home prices will be way higher than in Tarrytown. Pleasantville is the same, great HS, but I know nothing of the elementary there.
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