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Old 04-25-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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Where is the most affordable city to reside in in Westchester County, New York?
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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What people refer to colloquially as "cities" or "towns" are actually villages and hamlets, which are within actual towns; and, because villages and hamlets are referred to as "towns", then, many times, the error is compounded when actual towns are referred to as "townships".

Also, many colloquially refer to a "downtown business district" in a hamlet as a "village".

NYS Geographic Glossary may be of some help to you in understanding the geography of Westchester County.


You can get a fact sheet for any city, village or hamlet in Westchester County by going here American FactFinder and input the name of the city, village or hamlet for "city/town" (leave out the ZIP Code) and New York for "State", and then click "GO".

You'll get a lot of demographic, and some economic, statistics for the city, village or hamlet you selected, and if you click on "Reference map" (it's on the right hand side), you'll get a map.


When you do find a house that you like, you can find out in which community (city, village or CDP) that house is actually located, which is oftentimes different from the community named in that house's mailing address, by using the Census Bureau's online address search function. (CDP, or Census Designated Place, is the Census Bureau equivalent for a hamlet in Westchester County.)

And, very importantly, among other things, the Census Bureau's online address search function also indicates in which school district an address is located.
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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Westchester has only six cities: Rye, White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and Peekskill. For purchase price, Peeksill would likely be the lowest cost. And, the lowest tax bill among the cities would be White Plains, owing to the large commercial base in the city.

Good neighborhoods in New Rochelle, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon would only be considered less expensive in comparison to similar housing in other jurisdictions in Westchester County. Rye has both high purchase prices and high property taxes, so it offers no advantage to selecting the city if you are looking to minimize purchase price or tax bill.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:18 PM
 
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interesting.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:28 PM
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Westchester has only six cities: Rye, White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and Peekskill. For purchase price, Peeksill would likely be the lowest cost. And, the lowest tax bill among the cities would be White Plains, owing to the large commercial base in the city.

Good neighborhoods in New Rochelle, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon would only be considered less expensive in comparison to similar housing in other jurisdictions in Westchester County. Rye has both high purchase prices and high property taxes, so it offers no advantage to selecting the city if you are looking to minimize purchase price or tax bill.
What about places like Port Chester, Greenburgh, Ossining, Tarrytown and Elmsford?
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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What about places like Port Chester, Greenburgh, Ossining, Tarrytown and Elmsford?
They might work, but being towns have higher taxes, generally, due to the smaller school district boundaries, and lack of commercial cores. I am not clear if the OP was using the city term to define any area in Westchester, or if they specifically wanted a city for the potential of lower taxes, though even that depends upon the city.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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I would say Peekskill, then Mt. Vernon and Yonkers tied. I'll consider Mt. Vernon slightly cheaper than Yonkers because you don't pay a city income tax. Keep in mind though that all three places are cheap because the schools have a sour reputation and a large part (though not all) of the 3 cities are pretty seedy.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:44 PM
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Anywhere in Mt. Vernon you would want to live, the houses are going for ~$600,000+

There are some (more) affordable condos in the same general area though.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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Anywhere in Mt. Vernon you would want to live, the houses are going for ~$600,000+

There are some (more) affordable condos in the same general area though.
Would that be the Fleetwood section (for the most part)?
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:50 PM
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Pretty much. Fleetwood, Chester Heights, Huntswood, Aubyn Estates.
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