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Old 03-27-2019, 08:29 AM
 
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Hi! As we narrow down our search from far away Id love someone to describe the vibe of Edgemont. It appears from afar to have a good selection of homes, possible have neighborhoods with sidewalks, be a good central location, easy drive to beach area, easy to get to NYC and from what I can see, good schools. What are the demographics like as far as religions and racial diversity? Wed love a mix of all and also feel welcome as Christian/Protestant. On paper it looks like a really great place and hoping it might be a good fit!
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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Hi! As we narrow down our search from far away Id love someone to describe the vibe of Edgemont. It appears from afar to have a good selection of homes, possible have neighborhoods with sidewalks, be a good central location, easy drive to beach area, easy to get to NYC and from what I can see, good schools. What are the demographics like as far as religions and racial diversity? Wed love a mix of all and also feel welcome as Christian/Protestant. On paper it looks like a really great place and hoping it might be a good fit!
Edgemont as a school district is on the small side. About 110 kids per grade (extrapolating off of recent enrollment numbers used for sports classifications). I like smaller schools, some don't. Its a matter of preference as there are pluses and minuses for each. It is a school known for its academics. It won't have much economic diversity, and may have a bit of a private school vide (not too much, just more than a larger, generic public high school). Will probably be more jewish and asian than you are used to, but its 2019 and this is the NY suburbs. No one really cares about such things anymore.
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Old 03-27-2019, 12:57 PM
 
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Edgemont has very good schools, nice houses, quiet suburban feel, and quite high property taxes that could get a good bit higher (the district voted to incorporate a new village last year but was blocked by the town). It's pretty uniformly affluent, but has a significant Asian population. Religion is mostly low key in Westchester and just about everyone is happy to all get along.

It's almost more of a neighborhood feel than a town IMO. There's a big hill down to Scarsdale, lousy sidewalks on Ardsley Rd, and a lot of strip mall type places along Central Park/100. Seems pretty car centric to me other than your local block or two. We thought it seemed really nice, but wanted something with more of an accessible town center and easier transit to the city.

I wouldn't call it an easy drive to the beach (about average for lower Westchester), but none of the Westchester beaches are much to get excited about anyway.
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Old 03-27-2019, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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...but none of the Westchester beaches are much to get excited about anyway.
Indeed. There is a reason that almost all of the shore clubs (Mamaroneck, Shore Acres, Coveleigh, American Yacht) also have pools.
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Old 03-27-2019, 04:04 PM
 
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I guess I should qualify this... living in Kansas you can imagine our drive to anything that resembles a beach. Lol! And there is zero walkabikoty here..: we drive 15+++ minutes to go ANYWHERE... driving 25-30 minutes to play on sand near water will be nothing short of a miracle. ����
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:01 PM
 
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Edgemont isn't a town, it's a school district. There are some nice little parts, but there is no town centre and no train station. I truly don't get the appeal. You can find schools just as good in prettier towns with better amenities, at the same house price point.

If you want some diversity and to be near the water I'd suggest Mamaroneck or Larchmont, depending on your budget. The schools are very good. Parks are amazing.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:39 PM
 
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Edgemont is literally uphill and adjacent to Scarsdale. It's almost like they share a town center. Schools are top of the heap with a significant asian/indian population. Your kids will have to be able to "keep pace," as kids in the top Westchester districts are reaching to go to Top 20 private colleges and this pretty much drives the culture. I live in an adjacent town. From speaking with parents from Edgemont and Scarsdale (you can also verify this on their respective Distrcit websites), it is not lost on me that both Edgemont and Scarsdale are really striving to provide a 21st Century education to its students that is very on par with private schools. By this, I mean, they have a top down pedagogy on education that filters through the curriculum (for example, incorporating "internationalism" and "globalism" into the curriculum). Also, it strikes me as a bit more sophisticated than merely doing a really good job an implementing a "state mandated" curriculum, which many Westchester school districts do well.
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Old 03-28-2019, 11:11 AM
 
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Not much of its own town- more of an extension of Scarsdale with its own schools, more Asian, and then primarily Jewish. Maybe consider Larchmont or Rye for more of a town vibe, great schools, and beaches.
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Hartsdale, NY
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Edgemont doesn't really have a "vibe" per se. It's a neighborhood with expensive homes, high pressure schools and soon to be even more expensive property taxes (if they ever get the greenlight on incorporating). It's very asian/jewish if that's the type of "diversity" your looking for.

I would recommended looking into Larchmont. A really great town.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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I guess I should qualify this... living in Kansas you can imagine our drive to anything that resembles a beach. Lol! And there is zero walkabikoty here..: we drive 15+++ minutes to go ANYWHERE... driving 25-30 minutes to play on sand near water will be nothing short of a miracle. ����
I moved to Westchester from the Midwest (Minnesota) as well, so it bears mentioning that a 15-20 min drive in Westchester/NYC metro area is WAY more painful than what you might be used to. In Minnesota, the roads were wide, flat, well-kept, well lit and freeways were abundant. I honestly didn't mind driving there because it was easy and relatively low stress, and a 20 mile drive was no big deal.

Here in Westchester, driving a mere 5 miles is a hassle because you're dealing with narrow, winding, poorly maintained roads with poor visibility, and then traffic to boot. A year after moving here, our car snapped a front suspension spring from hitting so many potholes, we've had more flat tires in three years than I've had in a lifetime of car ownership. The reason I mention all this is not to try and be negative, but just because the whole concept of 'running errands' here is different and it bears mentioning especially if you're choosing a home based on the idea of driveability. It's a big hassle to have a 1-2hr commute on Metro North every day and then have to still endure another hour of traffic to do errands.
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