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Old 06-10-2007, 08:14 PM
 
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I am looking to relocate to the Albany area with my family and I am in need of some advice on areas to look for apartments to rent or maybe a house to rent.

A) I have two elementary school age children and I want to put them in a good school district. I'll be working in the Selkirk area and I do not want to have more than a 30 minute one way commute What areas should I be looking in?

B) In the near future my husband and I would like to purchase a house. Being quite realistic, I think we will be looking to pay between $180K-$200K. What areas should we be looking in that has a good school district?

C) What is the price range for homes in Latham, East Greenbush, Menards, and Guilerlands?

If anyone can help me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Albany area
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We lived in East Greenbush for 3 years...loved it there. Great schools, one of the best districts in the area. There are also a couple of nice apt complexes, Mill Creek is one. The problem with housing there....there's an older part of town with older, smaller homes that are definitely in your range, but there are also newer homes that are very pricey. The older homes don't go up for sale often because people tend to stay there. I'd say stay away from the city schools of Albany, Troy, Schenectady. Most of the suburbs are decent. Waterford is a nice little town also...quaint downtown. East Greenbush doesn't really have a downtown, but does have plenty for the kids...nice bowling alley, funplex with go carts, etc, nice school playground. You could also consider Schodack.
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:39 PM
 
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The four locations you mentioned are very good choices. East Greenbush, Latham and Menands would probably be at the high end of your 30min max cummute. You should look into Delmar, Slingerlands and Voorheesville, all very good schools and very close to Selkirk.

I don't know much about the schools in Selkirk itself but, at a minimum, they are not known as the worst in the area.

As far as housing prices in the four locals you mentioned and the three I added, you will have limited choices in the $180 - $200k range. Houses in this price range in these locations would fall under the "starter home" category. You can get a nice smaller (1100 - 1400sqft or so), older home for that price, but you wont find a "family size" colonial if that is what you are hoping for.

Good luck and welcome!
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Upstate New York
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There are smaller towns to the south near Ravena, Coeymans that may be more affordable. If you live in Greene County the Thruway is right there thus making your commute speedy.
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:53 AM
 
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Best kind of house to buy is one built from 1950 -1980, as anything built before that period would have few building codes and would require a lot of maint. (basements would be damp as well and no drywall) and houses built after that time are built cheaply, if you looked at what they are built with now. Most houses from that time can be made to look new with little work, and you know you have a solid house built by hand.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:17 PM
 
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I currently live in Waterford. Its a wonderful town with a very good school district. The village and town has a lot of history. There are numerous choices for houseing from old to new and it is very safe.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:55 AM
 
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I've been the area several years. Consider anything in the Bethlehem school district - it's one of the best, and right next to Selkirk. A good real-estate hunting website (you can search by school district) is Coldwell Banker Prime - New York Real Estate - Upstate, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester.
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