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Old 12-21-2006, 10:33 PM
 
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Default Moving to Westchester

Hi All,

Hope you are enjoying this Holiday Season. My family and I are moving to Westchester at the end of next month. We have two boys, ages 4 and 5. The oldest is in Kindergarten. We are looking for an area that has low crime, excellent schools and diverse population with a sense of community. We currently live in the Oak Park area (just outside Chicago) in Illinois. So far, we have looked at Pelham, Rye, Larchmont, Harrison and (to a lesser extent) New Rochelle. I will be working in Stamford, and will most likely be taking the Metro North to work. I have found some listings for rentals, but they have been pretty thin. Any suggestions on where to find listings? I appreciate any insight you may offer.
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:06 PM
 
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If you are working in Stamford, why are you looking to live in Westchester County? Check the difference in tax liability before taking the plunge.

If you're in Stamford, check Wilton, Weston and Westport. If you are pulling mega-bucks, check New Canaan and Darien as well. If you have millions (and the 's' on the end of 'millions' is key), check Greenwich. Fab schools in all those towns.

If your heart is set on Westchester, all the towns you mentioned are great but I'd be wary of New Rochelle. Maybe that's not fair but I grew up in Eastchester and we always knew about not ever moving to: Yonkers, New Rochelle or Mt. Vernon. Bronxville is a FAB-tastic town but you need millions (again, with the 's').

Ethnicity, the subject no one likes to talk about. Okay, Scarsdale and Chappaqua have large Jewish communities, Bronxville and Larchmont are pretty waspy and Eastchester is very Italian with some of us Irish tossed in there.
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Old 12-31-2006, 08:09 AM
 
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Have you made any choices?? I'm very interested in the towns that you mentioned. We moved to Fairfield last Jan and now are looking to get into more of a neighborhood. If anything comes up in Fairfield we'd buy here again but I really want more of a walkable community. Have you looked at Ridgefield. What did you think of Pelham, Larchmont, Mamaroneck?? Any cute walkable towns. The tax issue is very true, CT has lower property taxes and also lower state income tax, but if I could get a walkable community I'd settle on a smaller house with more tax liability. I have a 2 and 4 year old.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:14 AM
 
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Default Pelham

Actually, we used to live on Pelham. It is very walkable, and the schools are topnotch! It definitely has a neighborhood feel, and we had wonderful experiences with the people. We actually had to pinch ourselves to make sure we were in New York. We were renting at the time, so taxes were not an issue. We own property in IL, but probably wouldn't look to buy there for another 2 or 3 years. We also liked Mamaroneck, but I have a preference for Pelham. I would also check out Rye if I were you. They also have top schools, but it is more expensive than Pelham. Hope this helps
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