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Old 01-29-2011, 07:15 AM
 
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Hi all. New to the forums here, but collecting a lot of great information.

The wife and I are in our late 20s/early 30s and have our first baby on the way. We're living in a decent apartment in Brooklyn right now, but decided we'd like to raise a family in the burbs where there is a bit more green (I'm from Long Island, she's from south Jersey). The city income taxes are also getting kind of ridiculous -- we're paying a whole lot for a whole little in terms of amenities/services/schools.

Our price range is probably around 800k-1.5M. We want a place with good school districts, reasonable commute to Manhattan (I work in midtown, and I'd say "reasonable" means under a 45minute commuter train ride), and a little bit of land. Somewhere with good schools is important, but we are a little hesitant to go somewhere like a Garden City which can seem a little snobby to us. We found a great neighborhood in Port Washington that we really liked called Baxter Estates, which was a walk to the LIRR, right near a cute little town on Main Street, near the LI Sound beaches, etc. However, we then started to look in Westchester for comparison. Specifically, I think we most liked the areas around Rye, Harrison, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, etc. They were a bit more open and beautiful and seemed to offer more land and maybe a little more bang for the buck (although Scarsdale seemed pricey, and taxes seemed pretty insane). We also like an area that has somewhat of a downtown area with some restaurants/things to do.

In terms of the house itself, we like something a bit older, like the old colonials or tudors built in the 1920s, and don't mind something we need to put a little elbow grease into over the years

We're also considering renting for a year or two first to get a feel for one or the other before making a big commitment.

All of that said, anyone have thoughts/suggestions/comments as to which is better -- Westchester or Nassau county -- and which town might make sense for us?

Thanks in advance for any info!
Otis

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Old 01-29-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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We found a great neighborhood in Port Washington that we really liked called Baxter Estates ...
Baxter Estates is a village in the Town of North Hempstead, and includes one or more neighborhoods within its borders; Port Washington is a hamlet, also in the Town of North Hempstead, and, according to NYS Geographic Glossary, villages can not be in a hamlet.


OtisOtisOtis, in case you are unfamiliar with the local geography, I've sent you an explanation of the very, very confusing geography of New York as a DM (Direct Message).
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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I'd say the Rivertowns of Westchester County might be a good fit.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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^^

Check out Scarborough.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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Definitely Westcheser. MUCH less traffic, easier commute to Manhattan (car and train) and much more peaceful living with easier access for trips around the region during the weekend.
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