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Old 10-21-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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Hi there,
We have been touring towns outside of NYC and are more confused than ever as to where to go. We are trying to escape the "keeping up with the Jones" feeling of NYC and live within our means and so far each town we have checked out seems to have a bit of that vibe....at least given our financial picture (couple with two kids ages 3 and 1, looking to spend about $700,000 or rent for $3500).

So far we have checked out the following places...

Croton
- didn't love it as there was no downtown area...or at least we didn't find it

Tarrytown / Sleepy Hollow
- liked it quite a bit, just concerned about the schools
- is this concern even warranted?
- housing prices seem more reasonable

Hastings, Dobbs, Irvington
- all beautiful, not sure what the differences are between them
- any distinctions between these towns?

Pehlam
- quite nice, didn't love the downtown area as much, but commute is great

Larchmont and Rye
- beautiful, but expensive

Cold Spring
- beautiful setting, thought this might be our front runner, but then got cold feet that the winters might be too isolated/quite, going to check it out again

Any other towns we should check out? Don't want to feel like we are the poorest people on the block (I know that sounds terrible, but after living in NYC it would be nice to not have that feeling. Try to not let it get to us, but hard when surrounded by such wealth). Love older homes, smaller lot is fine, not afraid of renovations, would love a walkable downtown, great schools are a priority 1-1.25 hour commute to NYC.

Thanks for any advice! Such a process!
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:29 PM
 
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Nyack may fit. Perhaps Suffern too.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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You might want to post on the westchester board since you seem to be focusing your search there. Check out Pleasantville also, it seems to fit a lot of your criteria.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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I would certainly share your thoughts in the Westchester forum as they will be able to give you an inside scoop.

As for Cold Spring, the winters aren't really any worse than neighboring Westchester locations. If you can find a place within walking distance of the train station, you'll be golden in the cold months. Also in Putnam County: Brewster, Carmel.

How about Peekskill in northern Westchester County, or Mount Kisco in central Westchester?

Maybe southern Orange County is worth a look, too. A place like Monroe-Woodbury or Cornwall-on-Hudson; Stony Point in Rockland County.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice! Going to add Pleasantville to our list.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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Thanks, Dreamshot, for all of the suggestions! We're heading out again this weekend and will add some of those towns to the list.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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Does it have to be NY? There may be other options in Fairfield county CT or Bergen NJ.
As for Westchester county, check out Yorktown hights (has many areas) and Somers.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:39 AM
 
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Nope, doesn't have to be NY. We're going to check out CT next weekend. Any suggestions? We're open to NJ as well, but my husband doesn't love the idea of going in to Penn Station.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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We're going to check out CT next weekend. Any suggestions? We're open to NJ as well, but my husband doesn't love the idea of going in to Penn Station.
Agree with his sentiments at Penn Station; it's one of the most hated transit hubs in the state for a good reason. I'd stick with towns that you can commute in to Grand Central from.

Pehlam would be my top choice for a suburb to move to in the metro area since it's right next to the city and has a quaint 1920's leafy suburban feel to it. Even though a bit on the pricey side (especially in the Pehlam Manor section of town) is still very charming. I used to live in a town right next door. There isn't much of a downtown area like you said but residents want to keep it a sleepy bedroom community. Finding an apartment or home to rent though might be hard since there's not many rentals compared to the other places you listed.

Larchmont and Rye are indeed expensive but solid choices if you can afford it. Mamaroneck and Harrison too but they are also expensive.

Cold Springs; I found to be overcrowded and Main Street has become too touristy during the weekends due to its popularity as a weekend getaway spot with New Yorker's which might effect you as a resident. It's charming but I would instead look at nearby Garrison and Highland Falls (right near West Point) The commute would be a bit long everyday though on the Metro North since it's about 50 miles up... White Plains is a city you might want to check out to keep the commute times under an hour, it's a good mix of urban and suburban for Westchester county which some Ex-NYer's seek transitioning to the burbs.

Also in Westchester is Irvington, Tarrytown, Ossining on the Hudson River side which you might find interesting.

If you're looking in CT also, check out Stamford which is right next to Greenwich. Home prices are a bit high there but you'll probably find a rental within your range.

LI or Jersey would mean a commute into dreaded Penn Station but West Orange and Maplewood are nice bedroom suburbs. Going a bit further west to Montclair and surrounding towns is a bit more expensive for rental and home prices but still worth checking out.

Out on Long Island Garden City or Port Washington on the North Shore might be a good choice but commuting in on the LIRR would require a transfer at Jamaica for one of the Penn Station trains (the LIRR is a bit odd since lines run in 2 parts and almost every line requires you to transfer at the Jamaica station)

BTW, there's going to be some people who want to keep up with the neighbors in any town you live in; best to ignore them and not worry what they think of you since there's plenty of other nice people to associate with who are interested in you and not what you own instead.

Hope that helps!
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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would love a walkable downtown, great schools are a priority 1-1.25 hour commute to NYC.
New Jersey - Westfield, Ridgewood, Princeton and Madison. Those would be the walkable downtowns in the truest sense (ie, there being something worthwhile to walk to). All have excellent schools and in Princeton, HS students can actually take subjects in the university.
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