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Old 01-02-2019, 08:19 AM
 
Location: New York
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I know you mentioned avoiding the Rivertowns, but just a note regarding Ardsley, the MNR station is on the river but not a major stop, so you might consider using Tarrytown or Dobbs Ferry instead. Living in Ardsley is, more or less, living in a Rivertown from a commuting perspective if that makes sense.

With the budget you listed, I'd suggest looking at the Western side of Westchester like Hastings on Hudson as well. Good tradeoff of school district/price and one of the shorter commutes into GCT. I think the majority of people on this board hail from the East side of the county (Larchmont/Mamaroneck/Rye/etc) along the New Haven line, and while those towns are certainly popular, I'd say it's worth taking a look along the Hudson line towns as well. You mentioned ease of parking/train crowds, and since the Hudson Line is often overlooked and hits smaller towns on the way, the MNR trains tend to be less crowded overall.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:25 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Thank you naicha. Other than the one you're bidding for, do you have any listings I could use?
I don't know about 'use'. They come and go. A quick look on Zillow or Trulia may give you a better idea.

Search Bronxville or zip code 10708

The trick is to make sure it is IN the Village of Bronxville, and not some Bronxville PO address, or else you would not be able to use the school there. You can usually tell by the sudden price drop outside the village border. Google Bronxville Village border and you'll get a map showing you the area. Everything you'd need is in the village including the Train to Grand Central.

I just looked and it's super slim pick'ens,..as expected. So if you have the time and agent you may need to simply wait till something relevant pops up If you are interested.

cheers
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:44 AM
 
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Search Bronxville or zip code 10708

The trick is to make sure it is IN the Village of Bronxville, and not some Bronxville PO address, or else you would not be able to use the school there. You can usually tell by the sudden price drop outside the village border. Google Bronxville Village border and you'll get a map showing you the area. Everything you'd need is in the village including the Train to Grand Central.

I just looked and it's super slim pick'ens,..as expected. So if you have the time and agent you may need to simply wait till something relevant pops up If you are interested.

cheers
I find the easiest way to wade through the address versus town/village/school mess is to search by the high school on Redfin:

https://www.redfin.com/school/85759/...le-High-School

Sometimes Redfin is a bit slower to capture the listings, but being able to search by districts helps a lot.
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Old 01-02-2019, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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I used Houlihan Lawrence when I moved here a few years ago. They have a filter that allows you to save searches by school district. It's awesome. In case you're wondering, setting up a sign in does not invite them to necessarily pester you. They left me alone during the search.
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Old 01-05-2019, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Just a note about Harrison, which a previous poster told you to rule out as it is "less of a community". I know many families who live there (zoned for Harrison Avenue Elementary) and I swear there must be some sort of initiation with Kool-Aid involved, because they all LOVE Harrison and rave about it and it's the greatest and there are always backyard parties and everyone is friends with everyone and they go out all the time and have block parties on their streets and the kids all walk to school together and it's the best... I am not kidding. It is convenient to Rye, Mamaroneck, and White Plains for activities and shopping, and at least you're pretty much guaranteed a seat on the train in the morning (by Larchmont it's standing room only). The bonus with Harrison is that you tend to get more bang for your buck. The schools are very good. It is a very large area with distinct neighborhoods so that is something to consider, but anything near Harrison Ave Elementary would be worth your while to look at.

Good luck!
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Old 01-05-2019, 04:16 PM
 
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So far we have drawn up the following list (no particular order, have ignored the river towns)

1. Edgemont/Greenville
2. Hartsdale
3. Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye Neck
4. White Plains (not sure if the school is very good, but lots of restaurants?)
5. Arsdley
6. Bronxville/Scarsdale (out of budget I suppose?)
7. Pelham (fastest commute?)
8. Harrison

Which one of the above best fits some/most/all of our criteria? Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you!
I will say that many people move to White Plains because of the lower taxes. This allows them more school choice as private schools are plentiful in White Plains. My son loved Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and it was worth every penny I paid.

Harrison is huge. The town of Purchase, with its mansions are part of Harrison. Then, there is Silver Lake section which is much more modest.

As a note, there are three taxes for properties in Westchester: regular old property taxes, school taxes and county taxes. Make sure you know all three before purchasing.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:18 AM
 
Location: White Plains, NY
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I suggest you focus on White Plains. You'll get more house for your money than in other areas, and the public schools are excellent. I graduated from White Plains High School, and returned to raise my children in WP public schools - as many of my classmates did. If you have any questions about the White Plains public schools, I recommend that you watch this short video, and then speak to people whose children attend the schools. I'll be happy to speak with you if you'd like. Video here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXFW_RQShQU&t=5s
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:24 PM
 
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Hey there, I am the OP, thanks for the video link. White Plains certainly is very tempting given that it is meeting all our criteria barring the school rankings. I've read countless posts here from parents of students who go to schools (elementary, middle or high) in WP and almost all are positive. However, the school rankings are cause for concern.

Elementary
Post Road 3/10
Mamaroneck Av 4/10
Ridgeway 7/10

Middle School 6/10

High School 6/10

Why are the rankings much lower than some of the other towns in the county? Do you think this will impact selling price if we decide to move out in 5-6 years? At the moment, we are leaning towards Mamaroneck but it is slightly out of budget. WP is perfect if we can convince ourselves about the schools.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:28 PM
 
Location: White Plains, NY
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Hi, OP. It's my opinion that those rankings are deeply flawed, for a number of reasons. Most fundamentally, they rely heavily on average standardized test scores. It's a flawed measurement when comparing districts of different demographics, because kids of wealthy parents with two college degrees tend to do much better on standardized tests than kids who are poor, or who don't have two parents with college degrees. WP is much more socioeconomically diverse than most of the other districts in Westchester. So, it stands to reason that our average test scores will be lower. But, that isn't at all a reflection on the quality of education in our schools. My advice is that you focus on the type of education YOUR kids will get. If your kids are high academic achievers, there are plenty of resources in the WP District for them to reach their potential. Every year, WP sends multiple students to top-ranked universities. If your kids are not high academic achievers, then I submit a diverse place like WP, where they will find their niche, is a much better environment for them than a homogeneous competitive district. In addition to sending multiple kids to top-ranked universities, WP sends students to a wide range of 4 and 2 year colleges, as well as career paths which don't involve college.

Regarding your question about selling price, I generally avoid making predictions along those lines. I own a home in WP, so I certainly hope home values increase! But, I recognize that it largely depends upon whether people are able to look beyond those rankings, and focus on all the great things happening in WP schools. If they are, then many folks will want to move here, and home values will rise. If, though, they pay too much attention to those rankings without doing their homework, then perhaps values will drop. I recognize that those rankings have the potential to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and I don't have a crystal ball. All I can tell you is that the WP schools were great for me from 1982-1995 (I attended UPENN), and they have been great so far for my kids, who are 8 and 5.

Happy to talk offline if you'd like.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:37 AM
 
Location: NY
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White Plains is great. Lots of small neighborhoods throughout the city with lots of families. Downtown has plenty of shopping and restaurants/nightlife etc. I am happy with the schools and taxes are lower than other little towns.
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