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Old 04-04-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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Hello,

I got word Thursday that within 45/60 days I will be relocating to the NY/CT area for work. I am in sales and will be traveling Fairfield county, some of Westchester county, and a bit of Lond Island. I am not concerned about being directly in the middle of the three as I am used to a lot of driving.

Specifically, I am looking for:

Apartments only - I am not looking to buy in any foreseeable future
Smaller communities/cities - I am originally from Oregon and currently live 15 miles outside the Atlanta perimeter
Best bang for the buck - I currently have a newer 1200 sq ft 2br 2ba apartment w/ detached garage for $915 per month
I realize this will not be the same but I would prefer to not have a 400 sq ft studio for $1200 a month
I prefer a safer area where I do not constantly have to be worried about crime (I understand crime is everywhere but I also don't have to put myself in the middle of it for no reason)

I am considering both Westchester county and Fairfield county as income taxes seem close to the same. Possibly somewhere close to the border between NY and CT on either side.

Can anyone provide specific cities, communities, etc of potential places I should look into? I plan to have an apartment locator service help but I would like to have specific target areas prior to contacting them.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Matt
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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White Plains sounds like it might work for you. It's a city, but not overwhelming, close to Connecticut, as well, and has an abundance of rental apartments.
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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I gotta say, White Plains seems a little steep price wise. Small 1 BR are around $1500 for what I see.
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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I'd also look into Stamford, CT, though parts of the city are not as nice as others, but there are some nice neighborhoods that are comparatively less expensive.

If you go further into Connecticut, you can find less expensive housing in Danbury, but it's pretty far north, though it is close to the border, but it borders Putnam County, though it's not terribly far from Westchester's border.

In New York, outside of White Plains, you might find something in Mount Kisco or Bedford Hills, possibly Hartsdale, though $1200 for a 2BR is going to be tough in a good part of Westchester that's also convenient. That price range would work for a 1BR, though.
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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I gotta say, White Plains seems a little steep price wise. Small 1 BR are around $1500 for what I see.
Welcome to the greater NY area. Housing prices are high compared to the rest of the US (Los Angeles and San Francisco excepted).
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:52 AM
 
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You can find a decent sized 1 br in White Plains for 1200 or so. For $1500, you are often looking at the new luxury buildings that have sprung up in the last 2-3 years.

You can also look at Hartsdale for plentiful apartments. For a somewhat nicer community, close to the CT border, with decent apartment options, try Mamaroneck and Larchmont.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:15 PM
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NYC region is one of most inefficient real est mkts in US, thus high costs even in Podunk/slummy parts of region

CT has 5% income tax rate vs NY/NJ's ~10%

From a socio-economic standpoint, would target residence in Greenwich area (many cheap rentals among new, unsold condos)....most of region's wealth and IQ (outside of Midtown Manhattan) is based in Greenwich's hedge fund industry (and attracts hotties who tend to gravitate to area to service various needs of guys w/bucks who live and work in Greenwich)

Ideally, any single would prefer to reside in Manhattan, not suburbs...but if forced to reside in suburbs would opt for Greenwich
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Ok, I think I will be looking into the White Plains area but would like a few more options also.Is Harrison very expensive? Is Mt. Kisco inconvenient because of how far North it is? What is Yonkers like?I am up for any advice I can get.I would like to get at least a 1 BR for under $900. I could afford more, but I would rather not strap myself right when I move up there.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:54 PM
 
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Unfortunately $900 and under would be hard to find I think,especially for a 1 bedroom.
But you might have very good luck!
Maybe you can put an ad in the papers or pennysaver newspaper in the area? Someone may want to rent out a floor of their house and just wants a good and trustworthy tenant.
Also maybe you could post on one of those lists online in the apartment wanted section?
I've never been to Harrison,but have heard it's a nice neighborhood. Mt. Kisco has stores and sidewalks,so you can walk about and not be tied to your car for shopping and it's a nice area.

Last edited by gooutforawalk; 04-07-2009 at 12:58 PM.. Reason: not sure craigslist is allowed.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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$900 is not going to get you much, except perhaps an apartment off of a regular house, or something like that.

In terms of "expensive" areas -- That shouldn't have a huge impact on 1 bedroom apartment hunting in decent neighborhoods.

Yonkers has some up and coming areas, and some questionable areas. $900 per month would likely put you in the more questionable areas.

Mt. Kisco could be a good option. It's not really inconvenient, as the town itself has many amenities. The convenience question would really just be an issue of your commute. Look at the metro north schedule, and determine for yourself whether Mt. Kisco is too inconvenient. (Plenty of people have longer commute, but plenty of other people would find Mt. Kisco too long of a commute).

But anything you find in a decent neighborhood, for $900, is going to be very tiny.
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