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Old 09-29-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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My husband and I moved to Manhattan about 8 months ago with our 5 year old daughter. Our daughter is in kindergarten and the public school we are zoned for is terrible. I have been homeschooling her, but I feel like she is miserable because she's outgoing, wants to go to school, and I am a horrible teacher. She just wants a "normal life" and she hates city life. Of course I want to give her what she wants. We cannot afford to send her to private school on top of paying Manhattan rent. So I am contemplating moving us out of the city. My husband has agreed to commute if we can find somewhere good for us to live. I am looking for a suburb that is not too expensive. We are paying $2300 a month now, and I would like to be under that. We need good public schools, and somewhere clean, safe, and as my daughter would say "normal". My husband is willing to commute up to an hour a day by train. He works in Midtown. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:28 PM
 
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Suggest you ask in the New Jersey forum; you should be able to find such a place in the Essex County, Union County, or Bergen County suburbs, especially if he works on the west side of Midtown.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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If you don't want to live in Manhattan but still want to be in the NYC area, what about Queens or Brooklyn? I heard Bayside in Queens has excellent public schooling, though it is a bit far from Manhattan.

If you live in an outer borough, your rent will likely be cheaper (probably a 2br in a nice part of Queens for $1800 or less) and you could put it towards your daughter's private schooling if you do not deem the public schools suitable for her.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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Look to Lynbrook or Great Neck on Long Island.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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In Queens, it's part of Bayside and points in Northeastern Queens that are in the sought-after school district, District 26. At the far eastern border, neighborhoods are very similar to those in Nassau County. The easiest means to commute to the city in a relatively short time is via LIRR to Penn Station.

Some suburbs are actually more expensive than the city, owing to a lower supply of rental units, so you may need to be flexible, but check the school district before you sign. I say this because there are many instances in this region where zip codes, place names, and school districts are not coterminous with municipal boundaries. An example of this in Westchester is Bronxville, where the Bronxville P.O. extends into Yonkers and Eastchester, and do not utilize the Bronxville school system.

Do you need an East or West Side commute? Penn is easier for the west, and Grand Central for the east. Westchester and Connecticut are on Metro-North trains to Grand Central, whereas LIRR and NJTransit trains go to Penn.

What style of housing do you want? In Lower Westchester and closer-in areas of NNJ, you would likely still be in the price range of a decent apartment, at $2300, though larger and with more amenities than Manhattan. If you were to go a bit further, say around Summit, NJ or Central Westchester (perhaps Valhalla), you could begin to find townhouses that would be in your preferred rent range, as well as some smaller single-family homes like Cape Cods.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:07 AM
 
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If your husband is working on the westside and doesn't mind commuting to Penn Station, look at western Nassau county. For the rent that you are currently paying, you could rent a 3 bedroom house (without utilities). A 2 bedroom apartment would be less.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:44 AM
 
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NJ is also a good option if you are commuting to the West Side. Middlesex/northern Monmouth counties seem to fit your description. Far enough away from the city that you're in a solid suburbia but close to all of the conveniences. Prices vary but you could certainly find something good with your budget.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Bergen County...hand down. You won't go wrong with Franklin Lakes, Mahwah, Ramsey. But $$$$$.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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I suggest Forest Hills in Queens.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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For 2,300/mo you will not be able to rent in a good suburban school district as landlords will need to cover RE taxes. There are places in Queens that can fit 2,300 but classroom sizes are bursting through the seams even in the better districts like SD 26. You may want to try Queens/Brooklyn private or Catholic schools.

Another option in Manhattan or Brooklyn is to look at co-op groups where parents band together and provide educational services for their kids. Here's an example of a co-op school - http://maplestreetschool.org/

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