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Old 08-25-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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My family and I are currently living in Rockland County, NY about 20 miles north of Manhattan. We have recently visited Rhinebeck and are seriously considering a move there. Is it a good place to relocate with a growing family? We have two small children --- ages 3, and 8 months. How are the schools? We are big foodies...so the restaraunt scene seems pretty vibrant with lots of choices. I currently work in Manhattan but will be making a switch to teaching within the next year or so...Many people say real-estate is expensive there, however, compared to where we are coming from it is a lot less...so that's not a major concern.

Any info would be great....any other people like us that did the same thing?? We're 34.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern NY
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It's a nice place, but beware the heavy traffic during Dutchess County Fair week.

BTW, this is Fair Week.
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Hudson Valley, New York
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it really isn't as bad as it was years ago... they have split Rte 9 into different lanes & it helps quite a bit!
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Rhinebeck is beautiful. It is a little quiet late fall through spring (and cold)...but late spring through early fall is fantastic. I cannot speak to cost of living (although Dutchess county taxes aren't much less than Rockland)

I agree with your view of the restaurant scene...there is an artsy and bohemian influence that has bled into the restaurant scene. Lots of cool little cafes.
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Rhinebeck and Red Hook are both quaint, small towns, as is Millbrook. You may want to consider Staatsburgh as well in your search for homes. I believe parts may go to Hyde Park schools, however, not Rhinebeck.

Hyde Park school district, in the past (I've been gone 5 years, so I'm not sure what it's like currently), historically had problems getting the school budgets passed. They were, however, a larger school than Rhinebeck school district.

Rhinebeck schools are good from what I remember. They were 2nd on my list of "small" schools, with Spackenkill being tops in that category.

Some sites to check out some school info at:
NYSED:IRS:Schools and Districts In Need of Improvement (http://emsc.nysed.gov/irts/accountability/sini/ - broken link)
GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community

You can get around the Dutchess County Fair area pretty easily as long as you avoid the mayhem around 9-10pm when everyone starts to leave.

You can still hop on a train and be in the city in no time, too!
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