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Old 06-22-2016, 11:40 AM
 
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HI people,

We will be moving to the NE from Chicago area. My husband is going to be working in Tarrytown. I know someone who works there but lives in NJ. And, a colleague who used to live in the NE advised me to live in Connecticut as there might be less traffic for daily commute. Nobody has suggested living in NY though. We have a 4 year old and we should be looking at good school districts as well. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Midtown East
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Connecticut to Tarrytown is too far of a commute. How about living in Tarrytown itself? Tarrytown has good schools.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:46 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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I lived in Pound Ridge and worked in Tarrytown for years. Many years. Any of the towns up I-684 are a very reasonable commute. Taxes are generally lower than lower Westchester, as are house prices. Much higher quality of life up there, less of the dreaded Westchester snobbery and blatant consumerism.
(IMO )

Somebody will doubtless suggest Ossining etc but the N Westchester towns to the east of the Saw Mill Parkway are in a different category altogether.
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:50 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions.

@ NYC, I didn't realize Tarrytown was a good place to live too because everybody so far told us it is very expensive and not worth looking at.

@kletter1mann, can you please elaborate on what is up with places north of Ossining / east of saw mill parkway?
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: NY
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I'm house hunting and stayed away from Tarrytown because the schools have terrible ratings and and house prices are generally over 700k for a 1/4 acre (from what I've seen)

Ardsley is a nice spot with good schools and close by. If you go into Mount Pleasant, you can get larger yards and also stay in a good school district. Katonah is also supposed to be lovely, although I have no personal knowledge of the area.
Briarcliff Manor has amazing schools but the house prices/taxes are insane.

Many people recommend Jersey in your situation, but as a life long New Yorker, we were taught to hate Jersey. Not sure why, we just do. If pressed we'll mention the high car insurance rates there, but honestly we don't really know why we don't like it

Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:06 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Thanks for the suggestions.

@ NYC, I didn't realize Tarrytown was a good place to live too because everybody so far told us it is very expensive and not worth looking at.

@kletter1mann, can you please elaborate on what is up with places north of Ossining / east of saw mill parkway?
East of SMP has more of a horse country, New Englandy feel and is generally more upmarket. West of SMP somehow feels more like upstate NY. Caveat - these are broad generalizations and the SMP is by no means an absolute boundary. The SMP pretty much bisects Chappaqua, for example. Nevertheless, some will strenuously object. My answer to that is to take a drive around N Westchester from east to west (or vice versa), have a look and see what you see.
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Tarrytown, NY
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Connecticut to Tarrytown is too far of a commute. How about living in Tarrytown itself? Tarrytown has good schools.
Thank you for saying this. We have lived in Tarrytown since 1988 and have raised two children in the schools here and have been very happy with the schools. It is a Mixed school district, and they have children of all socioeconomic levels so their stats are not as high as the uniformly affluent school districts, but we have found that to be a very positive thing.
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Tarrytown, NY
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I'm house hunting and stayed away from Tarrytown because the schools have terrible ratings and and house prices are generally over 700k for a 1/4 acre (from what I've seen)

Ardsley is a nice spot with good schools and close by. If you go into Mount Pleasant, you can get larger yards and also stay in a good school district. Katonah is also supposed to be lovely, although I have no personal knowledge of the area.
Briarcliff Manor has amazing schools but the house prices/taxes are insane.

Many people recommend Jersey in your situation, but as a life long New Yorker, we were taught to hate Jersey. Not sure why, we just do. If pressed we'll mention the high car insurance rates there, but honestly we don't really know why we don't like it

Good luck!
Sorry but this is NOT true. The schools do not have "terrible ratings". They are just rated lower In terms of AVERAGES because they have people of many differnt income groups.

Also - we have a house with over 1/3 acre in Tarrytown and our house is assessed at 600K (which is a generous assessment- three bedrooms).
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:05 AM
 
Location: NY
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Also - we have a house with over 1/3 acre in Tarrytown and our house is assessed at 600K (which is a generous assessment- three bedrooms).
It doesn't matter what your house is assessed at if it's not for sale. If someone's looking to buy, they can only go by what's on the market, and right now there are only 4 houses for sale in Tarrytown that are under 600K. There are 12 in Ardsley under 600k with similar taxes and better rated schools.

I'm not saying kids can't succeed in any school in NY with proper guidance, but if you were moving and had the choice of anywhere that fit into your budget, why not get the best possible?
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:36 AM
 
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Thanks a lot for all your suggestions! We'll check out all these areas.
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