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Old 06-06-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Looking to move around Albany area SOUTH of Saratoga. We are looking for a country feel to the town .5-1 acre of land with large pine trees in our backyard, a private backyard, newer house on a cul-de-sac. We like less built up areas and wonder what towns people recommend. We want to be 25 min or less from Albany because we don't want a long commute. We want to move to an area that has zoning laws as to protect it from over development. Any ideas? Do any towns have minimum acearage for new houses to adhere to in order to avoid overcrowding? It seems that Clifton Park does not have this? Any feedback would be appreciated!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Perhaps East Greenbush, Averrill Park and the Brunswick-Brittonskill SD area.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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Thank you! These areas look alittle close to Albany. Are they safe and why do they seem to be cheaper then the Clifton Park area?
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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All three towns are very safe, and actually might be more of what you are looking for, especially Averill Park and Brunswick. Clifton Park has some areas where you could get what you are looking for, but it is mostly a fairly newly developed sprawling suburb filled with big box stores. Averill Park and Brunswick have more of a small town feel, although there are new developments there. If you are actually working in Albany, driving from Rensselaer County will, in general, be easier than from Clifton Park. There is often a lot of commuting traffic along Route 87. The one caveat is that there are fewer alternate routes between Albany and Rensselaer County in the case of an accident or construction - you have to get over the Hudson somehow, and there are only a limited number of ways to do that.

For the life of me, I can't figure out why houses are more expensive in Clifton Park. The average home is probably bigger in Clifton Park - are you looking at average prices? Clifton Park's school district is decent, but not considered one of the outstanding districts like Niskayuna or Bethlehem (I'm just talking school district reputation here. Reality might be a whole 'nother story.) Maybe the cachet of living in Saratoga County? Maybe Renssealaer County is considered more "redneck?"
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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I'm wondering if the prices for Brunswick depend on the SD, as some of that town is in the Troy City and Lansingburgh SD's. Both HS's usually graduate in the high 70's to low 80's in terms of percentage.
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