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Old 03-28-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl
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Hello, My Husband has a job opportunity in New Rochelle, NY. We have lived in NC and currently Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
I understand that the New York lifestyle is totally different. Please, educate us about what we need to prepare for.
We have never had to depend on public transportation. We have our own cars, but I hear it is sometimes better to take the trains? I know the weather is totally opposite from here! What is the cost on heating in the winter?
We are curious if we can find the same rent as we have now, around there? Currently we pay $1024 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment, with a full garage. From what I have read, I think "Sticker Shock" will hit me hard!
We are mid-40's, and just celebrated our 23rd anniversary. Our youngest son is in college now and we have 2 Boxers. My Husband makes about $100,000 a year. Can we live comfortably on that income?

We are also seeking info on cities that are 30 to 40 minutes from NR. Should we focus on living in NY or NJ?

I Do Appreciate any input you can give us!! Please feel free to bring up any other subjects that I need to know
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Old 03-28-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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Congrats on the job... There are one bedroom co-ops in New Rochelle for $50,000-$125,000 with HOA fees of $400-$800 so buying might be a good option.

I can't imagine finding a 2 br w/ garage for less than $1750 to rent in any decent neighborhood within 30 minutes.
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Old 03-28-2015, 05:19 PM
 
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You don't have to depend on public transportation unless you're in the city. New Rochelle, although technically a "city," is a city in the suburbs. Most people in Westchester drive everywhere (except to the city).

You will probably not find rent that low anywhere in the commuting distance to New Rochelle. 1BR apartments in desirable areas are $1500+. You won't find a 2BR for less than $1800 within 30 mins. If your husband is willing to do a longer commute, you could look at Putnam County or maybe parts of CT, but it will still not be as low as what you're paying now. A friend of mine rents a 2BR in Danbury, CT for $1600. Definitely prepare to have your living costs go up no matter what.

$100,000 salary is does not mean the same thing in Westchester as it does in other parts of the country, but you will be able to survive.

What kind of town/city are you looking for? Money aside, there are many different options 30-40 mins from NR.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl
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Thanks! I am not as familiar with co-ops. Could you tell me a little more about them? Is it similar to condos down here? I hadn't thought about finding something in the 50-125 K area in New Rochelle. I was under the impression that we would not be able to find anything in our range. That is encouraging. That would definitely be a terrific suggestion and something for us to look into.
Is there a lot of street parking in the city and near the co-ops? or parking garages?

Thank you for your thoughts!!
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:44 AM
 
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New Ro has parts that are hood, if you dont mind living in a seedy area you can find a deal. it depends, are you guys Caucasian? and if so are you racist? if you answered yes to question 2, than Westchester is probably not the place for you. if you answer no, than look in the areas of New Ro that are more urban immediately north of Downtown. Wykagyl and nothern New Ro are more pricy. You can also live in Yonkers on the cheap in an area thats not even that bad, like Southeast YO or near Lockwood Ave.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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it depends, are you guys Caucasian? and if so are you racist?

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Old 03-31-2015, 12:01 PM
 
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As already said your rental budget is a limiting factor. If you can up it to 1600+ and would consider a 1 bedroom then you have more options. An interesting option you may want to consider is Fordham in the Bronx. It is an affordable, walkable, relatively safe area and you wouldn't need a car. Metro North goes from Fordham to New Rochelle (15 minutes), and there are buses and subways to take you anywhere.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: White Plains, NY
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Look into Goldfarb Properties. They have Harbor House and Drake House in New Ro, both near the water and quiet. Harbor House: New Rochelle Apartments

I don't see any reason for you to not just live in New Ro. Lots to do, has quiet parts, and minimal driving for your husband to work.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl
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Thank you!! Great suggestion. The site look promising!
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl
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Thanks you for your thoughts. We do happen to be white, however, we are not racist. We do desire a safe area, as i imagine all would. But, we would not want a seedy neighborhood. For sure!
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