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Old 08-28-2009, 08:44 AM
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My husband is a welder who has been laid off since January and there have been no jobs in our area.

If he is willing to go out to Brewster, NY, he will likely be offered a job. The job would pay $24 per hour, but since there are no medical benefits, we would lose a lot of pay in getting our own health insurance (a must for us, our little boy has life-threatening allergies). So I am figuring that he is grossing more like $18 per hour after medical.

I am self-employed licensed professional, and I can take my business anywhere in NY. However, my cash flow is inconsistent. Maybe I'll pick up a lot of work moving out there, but it's not certain. Leaving self-employment is not an option right now. Even if I were willing to give up self-employment after a decade of hard work, employers demand 60-70 hour weeks in my field, and I just am not willing (maybe not even physically able) to do that. Caring for our son is too important to me.

So we have to live somewhere as if only my husband's income was there. This will probably be this way until our 10 year old son is a little older, because he is not very independent, and I am really the only parent able to assist him with his education and generally manage our home life.

We like to have a grocery store/shopping center within 20 minutes, but we like rural living a lot. We currently own a home, and the thought of living in a rental unit is not really desireable. In fact, I think that I would prefer a trailer on a plot of land to living in an apartment. We love Lake Taghkanic State Park, and love farms, natural living, fishing, camping, all of that.

But driving anywhere more than an hour each way would really push it for my husband. He's used to 20 minute commutes.

I am not a social climber, and have no interest in cliques. My husband looks like a redneck, with tattoos, jeans with the keys hanging off, etc.. However, I am a very highly educated professional. So I'd not be happy with a bunch of moonshiners saying "Ain't" all of the time, but neither of us would be happy with a bunch of foie gras eaters either.

My husband likes to work out at a gym. Access to an inexpensive family fitness center would be necessary.

Our little boy is a VERY talented dancer (being invited to intensives after only his 2nd year) and we want him to be able to continue that at a good dance school. A school district where the parents are very uneducated or narrow minded would not work, as their attitude flows through to their children. I have found that the less education of the people in the community, the more likely my son will be called derogatory names.

We are willing to consider any place in the Brewster area, even out of the state.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:36 AM
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Maybe Danbury, CT or places like Beacon, the Poughkeepsie area, the Newburgh area and maybe parts of Peekskill.
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:24 PM
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Location: Live in NY, work in CT
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laidofftoolong, please see my response to this on your cross-posting in the CT forum. I didn't realize you also posted here, though that response probably belongs here more. I don't want to put it in twice, sorry.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:58 PM
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I'm shocked by the very negative attitude toward the Brewster/Southeast area that I'm seeing on this board. While it's true that Brewster Village has become an ethnic neighborhood populated by Central American immigrants, the village is tiny and not representative of the area as a whole.

Most people who say they live in Brewster actually live in Southeast. (Brewster is a village within the larger Town of Southeast.) Southeast is a residential town comprised of middle- and upper-middle class families and professionals who commute to Lower Westchester and NYC. It is not at all a "dump." It is a quiet, semi-rural community, and it's not unusual for homes to be situated on sizable properties, some overlooking water or undeveloped land. There's something here for every income range, from "starter" raised ranches on half acres, to more expensive McMansions in developments, to authentic colonials on sprawling properties for those in the upper income bracket. Now that the market has somewhat corrected, you can find a cute two- or three-bedroom for $200-300k.

Southeast has its own train station and commercial district, which is not a part of Brewster Village. Most of the schools are located in Southeast, and they're pretty good. In fact, it's entirely possible to live in Southeast and never set foot in Brewster.

There's easy access to shopping and groceries, both in Southeast and in the neighboring towns of Carmel, Patterson, and Danbury, CT. Wherever you live in Southeast, you'll be able to find everything you need within 15-20 minutes in any direction.

If you like outdoor activities, you'll really like it here. There are two lakes and numerous reservoirs plus the Croton River, so there are lots of opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing. There are several parks and playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, working farms, and an orchard. The surrounding towns have more of the same.

I think your family would fit in quite well here. Most people in Southeast are educated but not at all snobbish. In other words, you won't hear "ain't," but you also won't see Louis Vuitton bags. There are a substantial number of blue-collar families with decent incomes, and, yes, some of them really enjoy their hunting and fishing and pick-up trucks. Like most towns in Putnam and Westchester, we have several gyms as well as restaurants, a movie theater, an ice rink, ball fields, and so on.

Finally, I don't know much about dance schools other than the Irish dance school here, which has a very strong program. There are more traditional schools that teach ballet, tap, modern, and so on, but I don't know how good they are. However, I'm sure you can find something, if not in Southeast, then probably in Westchester or Fairfield County, CT.

Good luck! I will also cross-post this to your CT thread.
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:03 AM
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Hello laidofftolong,
As a Village of Brewster resident for the past 12 years, i can only speak of how much my family and I (3 children) love living here. Our neighbors are absolutly the finest ones we could have. We get together weekly if not daily for casual front porch chats and paito BBq's. The children all walked to school there first years at GSS, (the bus does come, but we all live so close to GSS) We walk to the library, church, parks, pool, Bob's diner and more right from our 100 + YO home. The residents who livein the VOB, moved here b\c of it's quaintness and charming archetecture and walikng distance to the train. We here the train whistles and fire alarms from our homes, i never botherd us. We have sidewalks and street lights and have an urban feel rahter than the Town of Southeast, which provides land and more privacy with the housing. I own 13. of an acre of land which takes me 45 min to mow and edge, very convienient. I shovel 60' of sidewalk when we have a snowstorm, very easy also, Our own highway dept. keeps the VOB streets paved, plowed and salted perfectly.
The BCSD is excellent, I am an educator and absolutly am getting more than my school tax is; the cost per/pupil here is about 20,000.

You can buy a village home now for about 200k, needing some work up to 400k. or rent a home apt.

I am not a real esate agent and have no outside gain from this post.
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