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Old 11-27-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: alameda
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Hi All,
My husband and I are thinking about moving from CA to New York. I was born and raised in Long Island and would like to avoid that area as well as in Manhattan.

I am hoping for some suggestions on places to raise a family in either upstate New York, Conn. or Penn. A place where commuting would be feasable to Manhattan and the homes are in the 450-600k range.

So far we have looked at Nyack, New City, Stamford. All seem really nice but I am interested in some feedback and personal experience.
Priorities:

1. Nice land, spacious
2. Good school systems
3. Less then an hour commute to manhattan
4. Good place for outdoor activities (scenic)

Any help is really appreciated!
Monica and Billy

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Old 11-27-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: New York, NY, USA
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Hi All,
My husband and I are thinking about moving from CA to New York. I was born and raised in Long Island and would like to avoid that area as well as in Manhattan.

I am hoping for some suggestions on places to raise a family in either upstate New York, Conn. or Penn. A place where commuting would be feasable to Manhattan and the homes are in the 450-600k range.

So far we have looked at Nyack, New City, Stamford. All seem really nice but I am interested in some feedback and personal experience.
Priorities:

1. Nice land, spacious
2. Good school systems
3. Less then an hour commute to manhattan
4. Good place for outdoor activities (scenic)

Any help is really appreciated!
Monica and Billy
Check out Monroe, NY. It is a pleasant place to live.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:51 PM
 
Location: alameda
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thank you very much. we'll check it out.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:06 AM
 
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Just keep in mind that being on the WEST side of the Hudson significantly complicates and lengthens the commute to NYC.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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I'm thinking a look at communities like Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Croton, Tuckahoe, Eastchester and pelham, among others would be good. Even parts of the cities of New Rochelle and White Plains could be options as well.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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Nyack, New City, Tappan, Orangeburg, Suffern, will all meet your general requirements from Rockland County. But, be warned, that commuting from Rockland County can be a pretty bad headache.
Though, if you are commuting to the Penn Station area -- There are some trains from Suffern that make the commute bearable. You will also find nice homes in your price range in Suffern, as well as the other priorities.
You wouldn't want to live in Spring Valley, but if you can live near Spring Valley, take a look at the bus schedules, as that would be the quickest commute.

Looking in Westchester would reduce your commute, considerably. Your budget is tight for Westchester, but for example -- You can probably find a nice home in Croton on Hudson, which would meet all your priorities as well.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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been in the same boat for awhile, raised on LI, 15+ years in San Diego, so sick of the nonsense here.

Agree with you re: avoiding Long Island, the tough part is the commute...

Westchester is very expensive (and very nice). West side of the river has the nicest communities in the 400k+ range (Pearl River) and I always liked that area. Northern portions of NJ also very nice (my uncle is in Hillsdale and it is gorgeous) but is very expensive with high taxes. East side of the river you have to either go further north up towards White Plains or deal with pocket areas and spotty schools / cities.

Not sure there is a happy medium... most people just eat the long commute to get into the best areas. From my visits most NYC metro is seeing the same deterioration that CA suburbs have been seeing for 20+ years.... working and middle class there is being gutted and modest communities are becoming full of rentals. It is happening more slowly than it happens in CA but it is happening. Although, 600k will probably get you into a pretty top-notch area in NY metro which should insulate you on some level.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: alameda
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Very interesting and helpful feed back! We have been looking into each suggestiion made. The town Croton seems really nice so far as well as Dobbs Ferry. We have mainly been looking on Realtor.com. Do you guys find any other sites more accurate?
The responses to our post have already been super useful.
Thanks all!
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: alameda
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Wow! That was fast!
Thanks so much for helping us. If you ever need info on Northern CA we can be useful
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