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Old 08-28-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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Hi there,

My husband and I are looking to move out of NYC in the next couple of weeks. Neither one of us are very familiar with towns outside of the city so we are looking for all the advice we can get. Right now we are considering the Lower Hudson Valley, somewhere up to 1 1/2 hours outside of Manhattan. My husband will have to commute to midtown, but he has a flexible schedule and can work on the train.

We are looking for a town that has a charming downtown/main street area (coffee shops, a couple of decent restaurants, yoga studio, library, ice cream shop, etc.). Ideally we would love to find a place where my husband can walk to the train station. A good school district is a priority, as is a good preschool and activities for kids (we have a three year old and a one year old). We will most likely rent for a year or at least until we are sure it's a good fit.

After speaking with friends and doing a little research we have come up with the list below...

- Cold Spring
- Beacon
- Peekskill
- Croton-on-Hudson
- Tarrytown
- Irvington
- Dobbs Ferry
- Hastings-on-Hudson
(someone also suggested we look into Rye)

Would love thoughts/opinions on the above and we are open to ANY suggestions.

Thanks so much for your help!!!!
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Auckland, NZ
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You've come up with a good list.

A lot will depend on your budget; i.e. it costs a lot more to live in Westchester County than it does in Dutchess County. You may also consider adding Brewster, perhaps Suffern, to that list. In general, schooling in Westchester County is of a very high quality and may beat out the schooling in a place like Beacon.

I'd suggest exploring several of those places before deciding, however.

Let me know if you have any area-specific questions.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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Thanks! I'll add those two to the list. Ideally we'd like to spend no more than $3,500-$4,000 per month on rent for a 2/3 bedroom. I've noticed that some places only have a few listings for rent on Trulia, etc. Looks like our renting options may be limited in some towns...
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Old 09-20-2014, 01:29 PM
 
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Beacon is the nicest on the list very fun and beautiful. Look on craigslist for apartments you can find something beautiful under $1500

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Old 09-29-2014, 10:21 AM
 
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[url=http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1520-State-Route-52-Walden-NY-12586/80194041_zpid/]1520 State Route 52, Walden, NY 12586 is For Sale - Zillow[/url]

Walden is a great option if you're looking to live in the Hudson Valley that's still accessible to the Beacon train station that takes you straight into the city. Very convenient, beautiful area, and cute little towns nearby!

I would stay away from beacon as it's still a little run down looking and not as relaxing as say Pine Bush or Walden. However, the great thing about Walden/Pine Bush is that if you DO feel like heading into NYC or nearby towns it's readily accessible.

There are a couple gorgeous listings available in Walden that I just looked up. Wish I could move!
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Summerville SC Historic District
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Just my opinion of course, but it doesn't sound like Walden is what you're looking for. It's a 25 minute drive from the Beacon train station, for starters. I don't think it much conforms to anything else on your checklist, either.

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Old 10-02-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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Hope you got money...every place you listed is expensive
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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What about going west to the 'sixth borough' of NJ? Quick direct commute 30-40 mins into Penn station - You just totally described Maplewood or South Orange with that downtown description!
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