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Old 04-24-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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We're NYC brats, early thirties and punch-drunk tired of renting; looking to make the move to somewhere that is easily commutable to NYC via public transportation (we drive but living in NYC postponed our plans of an auto purchase). Looking for more "village" than "suburban" type experience and someone we know suggested Westchester Country, although given this is coming from a guy who hasn't left the island of Manhattan for about 22 years, I'm inclined to doubt him.

We're also open to accessible parts of NJ - we love Hoboken but that's out of our price range right now. Looking to spend about 250K on 2 bedroom condo or townhouse (we're not entirely against houses but we're not that handy and have no experience at all living in a normal house. Sad, I know...

Any thoughts or ideas to help us take those first steps would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:03 AM
 
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Can you clarify what you mean by "village?"
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:20 AM
 
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You *might* want to try City Island (officially part of the Bronx, but more like a New England fising village). There's an express bus that runs a couple of times a day to Midtown (takes abt 20 minutes), or else you can take the 45 bus to Pelhham Bay and the #6 train. It's REALLY charming out here...lots of boats, seafood restaurants, etc. Worth checking out on a pretty Saturday? Good luck!
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:02 AM
 
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City Island is NYC, although a distant part of it. HOWEVER it is unusual for any property to become available there. There's not much rental property and is mostly private homes, which get snatched up in a millisecond when they become available, for WAY more than the OP is seeking to pay.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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City Island is NYC, although a distant part of it. HOWEVER it is unusual for any property to become available there. There's not much rental property and is mostly private homes, which get snatched up in a millisecond when they become available, for WAY more than the OP is seeking to pay.
Yeah, it would be WAY more than we would want to pay; fortunately we're not bound to NYC by any kind of sentimentality. We'd rather be somewhere else and living comfortably then squeezing every last drop into an NYC mortgage.

By "Village", I guess I mean relatively trendy, nice for younger people. Doesn't need to have a screaming nightlife but something not quite as sedate as most suburbs.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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Fleetwood, in Mt. Vernon, maybe?
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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Try Pleasantville, Larchmont, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry. You should find co-ops in your price range. Those "villages" have a bit more in terms of restaurants, bars, etc. Pleasantville has an art movie house.

If you want a more urban feel, try White Plains.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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Try Pleasantville, Larchmont, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry. You should find co-ops in your price range. Those "villages" have a bit more in terms of restaurants, bars, etc. Pleasantville has an art movie house.

If you want a more urban feel, try White Plains.
Thanks, just looked into those and they seem like good possibilities...
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:37 PM
 
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I will do Larchmont or close to the train station Mamaroneck if you like Hoboken. You may also want to try Maplewood or Montclair in NJ. White Plains is a lot more urban but it will give you more access to restaurants, bars and the like as well as (since its a hub of sorts) better commute into Manhattan.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:58 AM
 
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I would check the foreclosure websites there are very nice and big houses all over WC that you be able to get for a steal with today's economy --- though, for the record, many of the villages in WC historically have not been affected too greatly by poor economies and the real estate market here always appears stable.
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