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Old 08-04-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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My husband may be taking a job in the Albany area starting the first of the year, and we are looking for some real estate advice. We currently live in Austin, TX and are expecting a baby the first of December. What are some good family friendly neighborhoods in a great school districts? Our price range is $375k to $450k. We would love a new home built within the last 5 years. Also, we would consider building and would like suggestions on builders that are trustworthy. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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You could pretty much live wherever you want in Upstate NY with that price range. You might like Delmar which is in the very good Bethlehem SD. It's a more walkable community just south of Albany. Other school districts you might like are Niskayuna, Guliderland, North Colonie, South Colonie, Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, East Greenbush, Voorheesville and Averill Park, among a few others.

Is there anything else you are looking for in a community?

These websites might help: RealtyUSA | New York Real Estate |

https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/Home.do?year=2009( (broken link) Find a school or district and search by Accountability and Overview Report)

New York Schools - New York State School Ratings - Public and Private
Search for School Profiles
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Welcome! You'll have no problem finding a home and neighborhood, like the last poster said.

What is your maximum commute?

Use greatschools.org and read parent reviews, it's a wonderful asset!
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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We moved from Austin last year. The weather will be quite a change for you. We love the four seasons and the other night it was right around 57 or so degrees ...so much more comfortable than the scorching days and nights in Austin. People very friendly and welcoming at least where we live in central Albany. So much to do around here, you will be astounded. Many cultural activities and many outdoorsy ones, only a 30 minute drive to Massachusetts' Berkshires, Vermont's Green Mountains, the Catskills. Adirondacks further away but easy drives...plus beautiful lakes and the Hudson.

Your choice of neighborhood might depend on your political persuasion. Like in Austin, some areas are very liberal, others for the most part very conservative (Clifton Park for one which is like Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Georgetown, etc.)
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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Default Might be moving too!

I'm currently living in the Austin area and considering relocation to the Latham/Colonie area. I'm a vegan and very liberal. I also need to rent a house with 4 dogs. What would be the best neighborhood for me? I'm from New Jersey and I've been homesick and in exile for more than 20 years.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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I'm currently living in the Austin area and considering relocation to the Latham/Colonie area. I'm a vegan and very liberal. I also need to rent a house with 4 dogs. What would be the best neighborhood for me? I'm from New Jersey and I've been homesick and in exile for more than 20 years.
Perhaps something like Schenectady's Upper Union neighborhood or Albany neighborhoods like Pine Hills or Helderberg. Center Square would be perfect, but I'm not sure if there would be places that you could rent with 4 dogs.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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Wow, so many Austinites moving! That's so funny, i moved to Austin about 3 months ago from Saugerties (about 45 minutes south of Albany) and am so homesick for the North East. My fiancee taught in Albany for a few years, you'll be fine finding schools. Honestly, your little one will be better of as well (I hate to say it). He can't believe the difference in education between NY and TX.. He has 11th graders right now learning New Yorks 8th grade curriculum.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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Don't move! Albany is horrible. I moved to Albany from Austin. It's so grey and depressing, a cultural wasteland (unless you reduce your standards), the people are NOT friendly, there's a huge racial disparity, and there are long months of isolation that you have to replace with unrewarding activities for your kids just to make it through until summer. There is no edible Mexican food and the architecture is bland. However, the traffic can be better than being stuck on 35. Schenectady is worse. Although it's architecturally appealing, there is a lot of crime. I found the area to be conservative and it totally lacked the warm, friendly community feel Austin had. Hot summers are replaced by cold winters. I actually had to move to Vermont, I hated it so much.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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Don't move! Albany is horrible. I moved to Albany from Austin. It's so grey and depressing, a cultural wasteland (unless you reduce your standards), the people are NOT friendly, there's a huge racial disparity, and there are long months of isolation that you have to replace with unrewarding activities for your kids just to make it through until summer. There is no edible Mexican food and the architecture is bland. However, the traffic can be better than being stuck on 35. Schenectady is worse. Although it's architecturally appealing, there is a lot of crime. I found the area to be conservative and it totally lacked the warm, friendly community feel Austin had. Hot summers are replaced by cold winters. I actually had to move to Vermont, I hated it so much.
I know people are entitled to their opinion, but to hear that Albany's architecture is bland is odd considering how old the city is and how original the architecture is.

Complaining about Mexican food in Albany would be like someone complaining about Italian food in Austin. What do you expect considering ethnic demographics?

While Schenectady has it's rough neighborhoods, it's crime rate isn't as bad as people think it is.

Maybe Saratoga Springs would have been a better fit for you.

For "liberal" areas, Albany's Center Square neighborhood would have been a place to look at. Perhaps the neighborhoods near RPI in Troy or the Upper Union Area of Schenectady too.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Don't move! Albany is horrible. I moved to Albany from Austin. It's so grey and depressing, a cultural wasteland (unless you reduce your standards), the people are NOT friendly, there's a huge racial disparity, and there are long months of isolation that you have to replace with unrewarding activities for your kids just to make it through until summer. There is no edible Mexican food and the architecture is bland. However, the traffic can be better than being stuck on 35. Schenectady is worse. Although it's architecturally appealing, there is a lot of crime. I found the area to be conservative and it totally lacked the warm, friendly community feel Austin had. Hot summers are replaced by cold winters. I actually had to move to Vermont, I hated it so much.
I moved to Austin from western MA and look forward to moving back to the Northeast in a couple years. When I was up north I would spend most of the winter inside and looked forward to moving to Texas where I would spend more time outside. Unfortunately I was wrong. It is way too hot here in the summer for at least as many months as it is cold up north. I spend the summers here doing nothing inside with the blinds closed to stay cool. At least I got some sunlight in the winter keeping the blinds open.

I've never felt unsafe in Albany. It seemed to be about the same level of crime as Austin.
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