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Old 03-23-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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We are considering relocating to Albany from Long Island. I am originally from the city so I prefer an urban setting, Can anyone tell me about different sections of Albany that are safe and family oriented (brownstone like communities) Also, dont want to be near a lot of college housing (my parents live in Riverdale, NY across the street from Manhattan college students and its a nightmare) What about Center Square? Any suggestions at all would be helpful. BTW leaving long island because too expensive. We are looking to spend in the 300's. School disctrict not important will send kids to private school.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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We are considering relocating to Albany from Long Island. I am originally from the city so I prefer an urban setting, Can anyone tell me about different sections of Albany that are safe and family oriented (brownstone like communities) Also, dont want to be near a lot of college housing (my parents live in Riverdale, NY across the street from Manhattan college students and its a nightmare) What about Center Square? Any suggestions at all would be helpful. BTW leaving long island because too expensive. We are looking to spend in the 300's. School disctrict not important will send kids to private school.
Look into the neighborhoods near the SUNY-Albany campus, Whitehall and Helderburg. Neighborhoods in Troy like South Troy, parts of Lansingburgh and some areas near RPI might work. Schenectady neighborhoods like Upper Union, Union Triangle and the GE Realty Plot might fit what you want.

As for private schools, what are you looking for and what grade levels?
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Center Sq in Albany is beautiful! I looked at several places there. That would be my top pick in Albany. There are beautiful areas of Troy and Schenectady as well. In Sch'dy you might consider the Stockade in addition to the areas mentioned above by ckhthankgod.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:44 AM
 
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All the neighborhoods that ckhthankgod listed are very family-oriented, yet in the city. However, they all are mostly one and two family detached homes with yards, albeit often small yards. if you are looking for real urban, brownstone-type communities ala Brooklyn, then you may want to stick with Center Square and downtown Troy.

The Stockade in Schenectady is very historic, beautiful, and adjacent to a little park on the Mohawk River, but you need to leave the Stockade itself to go to shopping, restaurants, etc. - not far, much within walking distance, but there is a distinctly different feel once you leave the Stockade, which may or may not matter to you.

I don't think I would call Center Square family-oriented since there are more childless people there than people with kids. It is, however, very community-oriented. Homeowners tend to know each other, people are friendly, and there is a strong neighborhood association. I know someone who says she knew more people in her Center Square neighborhood after 2 years than she knew in her previous neighborhood in NYC where she lived for 20+ years.

This isn't to say that there aren't families in Center Square. The number of children in the neighborhood has been rising in the past 5-10 years as more couples are choosing to stay in their Center Square homes after having children. There's just not nearly as many as in, let's say, the Helderberg neighborhood. Depending on where you live in Center Square, your kids may automatically get into the Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology, a city magnet elementary school.

If you are looking at Albany Academies for school, the Helderberg and Whitehall neighborhoods are very close, although Center Square is only a couple of miles. The Doane Stuart School recently moved to the other side of the Hudson, so a little bit more of a trek from Center Square, but not horrible.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Hey Sabrina46,
I was just wondering if you have relocated yet, and if you chose the Albany region?
If so, what you thought of it so far, and if you did not move to Albany, I was wondering why?

It's always great to hear what actually happened in these threads.
Thanks!
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