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Old 12-10-2016, 01:12 AM
 
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OP, like most prospective homebuyers in Westchester, you've hit upon the main 3 considerations: Commute time, Reasonable Price and Lot size, of which you can pick 2. As others have already noted, with the Rivertowns you will get the benefit of a shorter commute time to Grand Central and potentially under 600k (although it will likely be a condo or attached home). Lot size will be much less than 1 acre. If commute time to NY is not a consideration at this time, and lot size is more important, then as others already mentioned, looking Northward may make more sense.

The further North you go, you'll see larger lot sizes, but the commute time to NYC can quickly become overwhelming, if that is a consideration down the road, especially given poor weather and road conditions which often delay transit in the wintertime. Unlike Dallas, the roads and parkways in Westchester (with a few exceptions) tend to be fairly narrow, winding and traffic can build up quickly, depending on where you are coming from. The best suggestion is to visit the area in advance and try to get a sense of location vis a vie your new workplace as well as the city.

Best of luck!
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:25 AM
 
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OP, like most prospective homebuyers in Westchester, you've hit upon the main 3 considerations: Commute time, Reasonable Price and Lot size, of which you can pick 2. As others have already noted, with the Rivertowns you will get the benefit of a shorter commute time to Grand Central and potentially under 600k (although it will likely be a condo or attached home). Lot size will be much less than 1 acre. If commute time to NY is not a consideration at this time, and lot size is more important, then as others already mentioned, looking Northward may make more sense.

The further North you go, you'll see larger lot sizes, but the commute time to NYC can quickly become overwhelming, if that is a consideration down the road, especially given poor weather and road conditions which often delay transit in the wintertime. Unlike Dallas, the roads and parkways in Westchester (with a few exceptions) tend to be fairly narrow, winding and traffic can build up quickly, depending on where you are coming from. The best suggestion is to visit the area in advance and try to get a sense of location vis a vie your new workplace as well as the city.

Best of luck!
The commute is to Purchase, not Manhattan. Read her post.
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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I would skip private and use the money for your home budget instead (the best public districts will outshine all but the top private schools in the area), unless your children have a specific need or religious affiliation is your most important attribute. Otherwise 600k barely gets you into anywhere convenient in Westchester and you might end up paying 20k+/yr for private. I would target Katonah or Ridgefield (CT) first, followed by Bedford, Pound Ridge, Somers, or the Cross River/Salem areas.
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Old 12-13-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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Agree that the public schools in the wealthy Westchester towns are prestigious and high quality so no private school is really needed unless you wanted a religious education. The kids and teachers in them are the crowd that would normally be in your private schools anywhere else.

Ridgefield in CT would be cheaper than Westchester on the basis of property taxes alone, and it seems to me the bottom of the market (the 500-600k range) has more going on than in the comparable Westchester towns.The downside is the commute for a job into the city (for those future job opportunities you wanted to open yourself to) would kind of suck... you'd have to walk/drive to the shuttle, take that to Katonah train station, and then take a 1 hr train ride down to Manhattan. It would be just shy of 1 3/4 hrs I reckon, however people do it of course. It's a great family area though and has a walkable, fun town center that is nicer than Bedford, Pound Ridge, etc. though Katonah's is also nice.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:14 PM
 
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The commute is to Purchase, not Manhattan. Read her post.
Actually, no - OP mentions commute to the city as a potential in the future:

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Hello!

I just wrapped up a PhD this month and will be working from home for the foreseeable future, but would like to be in decent proximity to the train for future job opportunities in the city.
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