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Old 01-12-2013, 08:14 AM
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hey there...

considering relocating to white plains from chicago. trying to narrow down housing options before i come out to look at housing.

Here are some basics

- Family of 3 with 4yo daughter
- looking for 3 bd, 2000 sf house
- dont want more than 30-40 min commute
- looking for good schools and park districts
- price range 550k-700k

Most of my future coworkers live in stamford. Is this the most logical option or are they other places we should be looking?

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:13 PM
Location: Connecticut
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Stamford is a small city and as such its schools have a lot of the issues you would normally find in an urban area. If you are looking for a town with good schools you should probably look elsewhere. The schools in Stamford perform under the state averages on the Connecticut Mastery and Connecticut Academic Performance Tests.

To find a home in a town with good schools in your price range you are going to have to look further north and east of Stamford. The towns around Stamford are among the most expensive in the country. This is also true of White Plains. Towns in Connecticut you may want to consider include Ridgefield, New Fairfield, Bethel and possibly Brookfield. Ridgefield would be the most expensive of these. The others are more reasonably priced but further from White Plains. These are all beautiful towns with a lot to offer. Ridgefield has a beautiful town center and some of the best schools in the state. Brookfield and New Fairfield are quieter and do not really have a traditional downtown area.

I would also suggest you consider living in New York and posting a question on the Westchester board. Good luck, Jay
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:29 PM
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I suspect the reason your co-workers live in Stamford is partly economic. NY state property taxes on comparable homes are probably double what they would be in Stamford.

Your closest logical option in CT is Greenwich, but you're priced out of the market there as you most likely would be in Darien which is the CT town east of Stamford. You could also look in Wilton CT. If you found something in south west Wilton you might be able to get to White Plains at the higher end of your allotted amount of time. Traffic can be a PITA though.

The thing with Stamford is the individual grade schools throughout the town can be fine. However. Stamford High School under performs as compared to the small towns around it.

I would check out Stamford but I'd also take a look at Wilton. You might get lucky and find something close to the highway. Wilton High school rates a 10 on the Great Schools website, whereas Stamford High is only a 3.

Good luck
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:16 PM
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I'd go Wilton or Ridgefield personally.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:41 PM
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thanks for the feedback. How are the private/parachial schools in/around stamford?
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:44 PM
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If schools are a priority, forget about Stamford and look at the towns the other posters here have mentioned. These towns have some of the top school systems in the state. IMO none of the private or parochial schools in the area are worth the premium in comparison to the schools in Wilton or Ridgefield for example, but I'm sure others may disagree.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:16 PM
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In stamford there are great areas and not so great areas (the other side of the tracks), where are the best areas, is it near the MetroNorth?
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Stylo View Post
I'd go Wilton or Ridgefield personally.
x2, though I might suggest Wilton over Ridgefield for a better commute. You can get a little more for your money in a town like Redding or Easton if you don't mind a bit more rural. Schools in Region 9 are fantastic.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:14 AM
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Is your White Plains, NY job more in the north end of White Plains (bordering Valhalla) or more south (bordering Mammaroneck/Harrison) or more west (bordering Scarsdale) or more east (bordering Port Chester)?

IMO, it makes a difference since commuting THROUGH White Plains can add to OP's stress. It can also determine which highway OP would make most logical sense: I-684, Merritt Parkway (Rt 15) or I-95/I-287.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:18 PM
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[SIZE=3]Regarding the school issue, since it gets asked a lot, I thought I’d share some of the Connecticut Mastery Test data, sorted by subgroup (I selected “White” and “Full Price” (meaning not eligible for free or reduced price lunch) because it really only makes sense to compare test results by comparing apples to apples. Now, I agree there are lots of other factors to consider in choosing schools, and the suburban schools surrounding Stamford are some of the best in the country, but it is not true that Stamford schools perform significantly below state average when you do an apples to apples comparison. [/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]You can find the test data here:[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3] [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]5th Grade -- 2012 [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] Math Reading[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] Goal % Proficient % Goal % Proficient %[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]State White 82.8 93.1 79.1 88.9[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]State Full Price 84.1 93.9 80.6 89.8[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Stamford White 89.2 96.7 80.7 91[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Stamford Full Price 86 95.6 78.2 88.9[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Darien White 92.8 97.3 87.1 93.7[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Darien Full Price 92.5 97 86.6 93.9[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Fairfield White 88.7 94.4 84.6 92.5[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Fairfield Full Price 89.4 94.9 85.2 93.2[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Greenwich White 87.3 95.2 86.3 95[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Greenwich Full Price 87.6 95.4 85.8 95.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Wilton White 93.9 97.1 91.3 96.1[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Wilton Full Price 93.8 96.7 91.3 95.8[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]4th Grade -- 2012[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] Math Reading[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] Goal % Proficient % Goal % Proficient %[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]State White 79.4 93.1 76.2 87.9[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]State Full Price 81.3 94.1 78 89.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Stamford White 82.2 94.5 80.3 88.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Stamford Full Price 80.3 93.4 77.6 86.7[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Darien White 90.5 97 83 93.2[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Darien Full Price 90.7 97.5 83.3 93.5[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Fairfield White 85.4 95.7 80 89.7[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Fairfield Full Price 86.3 96.2 81.5 90.7[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Greenwich White 85.8 96.2 84.2 91.8[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Greenwich Full Price 87.2 95.8 82.7 92.2[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Wilton White 86 96.1 86 94.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Wilton Full Price 87.4 96.5 86.8 95.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3] [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]3rd Grade -- 2012[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]State White 78.1 93.2 70.9 84.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]State Full Price 79.9 94.1 73.1 86.1[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Stamford White 80.2 92.6 75.1 84.1[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Stamford Full Price 79.3 92.4 75.8 84.3[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Darien White 85.9 97.9 79.8 92.7[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Darien Full Price 86.3 97.7 80.7 92.9[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Fairfield White 87.8 96.5 78.2 88.8[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Fairfield Full Price 88.4 97.3 78.1 89.4[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Greenwich White 87.3 96.6 83.2 91.1[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Greenwich Full Price 87.1 96.3 83.1 91.1[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Wilton White 83.4 96.6 86.1 92.6[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Wilton Full Price 84.1 96.9 86.5 93.1[/SIZE]
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