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Old 02-14-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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My husband and I and our two elementary age kids are relocating over the summer from NYC. We're coming up in March for a weekend w/out the kids to see if we can decide on a neighborhood. I've been following these threads and there are so many good school districts that I've made little headway.

Any suggestions for getting a good feel for a neighborhood? Especially on a weekend, which isn't necessarily how a neighborhood will feel during the week? We're looking at all the usual suspects: Niskayuna, Colonie, Latham, Guilderland, Delmar, Bethlehem.

I'm not planning on working right away and my husband's commute isn't during rush hour, so that's not a consideration.

I think we'd like to ideally rent a house, to make sure we like a neighborhood before buying - is there any area where that might be easier? Or a good resource for house rental listings other than Craigslist, which seems sketchy and geared for college kids?

It feels to me like there are so many nice choices - I'm overwhelmed!
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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You could search here: https://www.howardhanna.com/Homes/New-York
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:24 AM
 
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Niskayuna is a nice suburb with very high property taxes and home values. The kids that come out of that school system are the ones who get BMWs for their 16th birthday. I like the area near Ellis Hospital on the border of Nisky and Schenectady.

I lived off of Central Ave in Colonie for a year and it was nice. Not too much sketchiness. Overall a pretty quiet suburb. Easy access into Albany and Schenectady depending on which end you live in. The neighborhoods around the middle/high schools are nice and family friendly.

Latham is desirable for families. Can't say anything negative about it.

Guilderland, Delmar, and Bethlehem also very good school systems. Also easy access into Albany if that's where your husband works.

They're all kind of the same feel really. In terms of convenience to restaurants, shops, and all of that, Colonie is probably your best bet simply because of Central Ave.
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:49 AM
 
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I had already found Hanna Homes, though they don't seem to have much about rentals on their site. I've sent them an email and will follow up in person.

My guess is that we want to be more urban than rural. Hoping that will hope us narrow down this list.
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:57 AM
 
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I had already found Hanna Homes, though they don't seem to have much about rentals on their site. I've sent them an email and will follow up in person.

My guess is that we want to be more urban than rural. Hoping that will hope us narrow down this list.
That pretty much eliminates Guilderland and Bethlehem.

Parts of Colonie are considered pretty urban but nothing crazy. Delmar has a cute little four corners type of downtown area and it's very close to downtown Albany if you're looking for actual urban.

Niskayuna isn't that urban but if you live towards the Schenectady part, that puts you toward more urban areas.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:23 PM
 
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Maybe Scotia and Ballston Spa could be options, with Scotia being the better of the 2 due to proximity to Schenectady. Ballston Spa isn’t that far from Saratoga Springs though.

Maybe parts of Watervliet and maybe Rensselaer for more urban and decent/solid schools. Not sure if Menands would have anything, but it wouldn’t hurt to look.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:38 PM
 
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Maybe Scotia and Ballston Spa could be options, with Scotia being the better of the 2 due to proximity to Schenectady. Ballston Spa isn’t that far from Saratoga Springs though.

Maybe parts of Watervliet and maybe Rensselaer for more urban and decent/solid schools. Not sure if Menands would have anything, but it wouldn’t hurt to look.
Scotia is a good option. Love that community. Fairly walkable given how small it is.
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:06 PM
 
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Clifton Park is nice and close to everything. I’m putting our 3 bedroom/ 2 bath with inground pool up for sale.
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