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Old 07-26-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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It looks like we might be locating out east from Sacramento California.

I have 3 kids, the oldest is entering 1st grade and the 2 younger ones are 3 &2.
I am not unfamiliar with the area, but more Lake George area, I grew up in NH.


So we'd be looking at buying a house in a nice area.. with a good school district.
Where would you all recommend and why?

We'd be looking of a monthly house payment of around 1500 (to give you of an idea)
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Where will you be working? That's the first bit of info that we'd need!

I live in the Brunswick/Brittonkill district and I cannot say enough about it. I grew up in Saratoga (which is a beautiful area) and did not desire my kids to attend school there, so I went looking at every other district in the area. I wanted a smaller district for the kids.

We are moving soon and I'm very sad to leave, getting ready to put the house on the market as we speak. High parental involvement, great teachers, great environment. My children have thrived there!!

There are some other great schools in the area, and nice towns. Where you work and how far you want your commute to be will be factors.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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Depending on where you are working, you might like Delmar just south of Albany in the Bethlehem SD, Niskayuna next to Schenectady, Clifton Park in the Shenendehowa SD, Scotia next to Schenectady, East Greenbush next to Troy and Rensselaer, Voorheesville, Ballston Lake, Averill Park, Colonie in the South Colonie SD, Westmere, Guilderland, Latham and Loudonville, among somw others.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:23 AM
 
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Thank you

it looks like my husband might be transferred over by Menands..

We're not afraid to commute but we'd like to keep him within 30 min drive...

I'm looking at nursing programs too I appreciate all of your advice, Albany had never been on the radar and it kind of got dropped in our lap
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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Thank you

it looks like my husband might be transferred over by Menands..

We're not afraid to commute but we'd like to keep him within 30 min drive...

I'm looking at nursing programs too I appreciate all of your advice, Albany had never been on the radar and it kind of got dropped in our lap
Menands has it's own elementary school and the kids go to Shaker High, generally for high school. So, the educational aspect should be fine.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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BTW what do you all know about Rotterdam. My husband joked that we should move there.
He's dutch and lived his entire life in holland until immigrating in 2003.. he spent the last 10-ish years in Rotterdam NL
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Where will you be working? That's the first bit of info that we'd need!

I live in the Brunswick/Brittonkill district and I cannot say enough about it. I grew up in Saratoga (which is a beautiful area) and did not desire my kids to attend school there, so I went looking at every other district in the area. I wanted a smaller district for the kids.

We are moving soon and I'm very sad to leave, getting ready to put the house on the market as we speak. High parental involvement, great teachers, great environment. My children have thrived there!!

There are some other great schools in the area, and nice towns. Where you work and how far you want your commute to be will be factors.
How big are the Saratoga schools? We're very close to making a decision about moving to that area from Long Island. Our school district now is huge and we'd like something much smaller.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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BTW what do you all know about Rotterdam. My husband joked that we should move there.
He's dutch and lived his entire life in holland until immigrating in 2003.. he spent the last 10-ish years in Rotterdam NL
Rotterdam isn't too bad, but I guess there are areas that are better than others.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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How big are the Saratoga schools? We're very close to making a decision about moving to that area from Long Island. Our school district now is huge and we'd like something much smaller.
It's pretty big, at least the high school is. https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb-rc...1800010000.pdf

If you want that area and a good, but smaller school district, Schuylerville might be the place to look. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is smaller than Saratoga Springs, but bigger than Schuylerville. Same with Ballston Spa. all are good to excellent school districts too. https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/County.do?year=2009&county=Saratoga (broken link)

All school districts in New York, NY: A-L
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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Thank you

it looks like my husband might be transferred over by Menands..

We're not afraid to commute but we'd like to keep him within 30 min drive...

I'm looking at nursing programs too I appreciate all of your advice, Albany had never been on the radar and it kind of got dropped in our lap
You shouldn't have a problem finding a good town within driving distance to Menands. There are many excellent districts, it just depends on what you are looking like - size, academics, mood, etc.

I understand what you mean about a town not being on the radar - my husband just got transferred to Detroit! We had no idea that this would happen and it happened like PLOP, overnight. So I'm doing the same as you are, just moving away from this area.
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