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Old 10-07-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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If you could afford it, there are very nice private schools in the albany area. That would allow you to live in Albany proper. Most of the schools have a form of financial aid.

If that's not an option I would tell you to consider Delmar. The school (Bethlehem) is great, the commute to Albany would be quick (15 min) and parts of it are walkable to some neat shops at the 5 corners.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:24 PM
 
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You r kiddin Cambridge is much beter
school in this area
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:18 AM
 
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Yes, I know what you mean by fixers.. however, I also bought one in Saratoga Springs almost 5 years ago on the West Side and the home continues to increase in value. The West Side is now being built up and "gentrified" for lack of a better word.. so, while it may be annoying to have a fixer ( believe me, I know!) I really believe that it is worth it in the long run.. real estate in Saratoga Springs is a solid value and will continue to increase in worth..
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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Hi PeaG,
I wondered if you and your family did relocate to the capital region in the end and if you'd found a walkable community with good schools? We're considering making this move next year and we've been in London, UK the last decade and would like to retain aspects of our city lifestyle while enjoying the benefits of smaller town living. Good schools and a nice walkable downtown are at the top of our list too. Would be grateful for your thoughts!
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:29 PM
 
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What about a village like Altamont?
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:29 PM
 
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Default Altamont

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What about a village like Altamont?
Good schools...check

Small town living...check

Aspects of city lifestyle...if you're willing to drive 20 minutes to downtown Albany or Schenectady.

Walkable downtown...sort of - downtown Altamont (if you can call it that) doesn't amount to much. It's just a few take-out places and a couple of sit-down restaurants.

I could be wrong, but when people say walkable downtown, I assume they are imagining something that is more on par with what Saratoga Springs has to offer.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:28 AM
 
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Good schools...check

Small town living...check

Aspects of city lifestyle...if you're willing to drive 20 minutes to downtown Albany or Schenectady.

Walkable downtown...sort of - downtown Altamont (if you can call it that) doesn't amount to much. It's just a few take-out places and a couple of sit-down restaurants.

I could be wrong, but when people say walkable downtown, I assume they are imagining something that is more on par with what Saratoga Springs has to offer.
Well, sometimes the villages may offer enough in terms of things to walk to. So, I wasn't sure if Altamont had enough to qualify.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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Here is the WalkScore for certain villages and cities: Glens Falls NY - Walk Score

446 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY - Walk Score

Scotia NY - Walk Score

Delmar NY - Walk Score

Altamont NY - Walk Score

Ballston Spa NY - Walk Score

1100 Cornelius Avenue, Schenectady County NY - Walk Score (Old Niskayuna)

Colonie NY - Walk Score

Queensbury NY - Walk Score (Queensbury SD)

Clifton Park NY - Walk Score (Shenendehowa SD)

Cohoes NY - Walk Score

Rensselaer NY - Walk Score

Watervliet NY - Walk Score

Broad Street, Waterford NY - Walk Score

While this isn't perfect and some of the communities fit the full criteria better than others, it can give an idea of where to look. If there is a specific address, it will help give a better idea of what fits the best.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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ckhthankgod, thanks very much for these links. I was not aware of Walk Score and it is very helpful and can be useful in narrowing our search.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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ckhthankgod, thanks very much for these links. I was not aware of Walk Score and it is very helpful and can be useful in narrowing our search.
Like I mentioned, it isn't perfect, but it is a great tool for getting an idea of walkability in a community or neighborhood. Cities and villages are largely the way to go, but you may have an incorporated community/hamlet that has at least decent walkability as well (i.e.-Delmar).
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