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Old 01-02-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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We are moving from the UWS and have 2 small children. After seriously considering Chappaqua for while, then Montclair/Glen Ridge, and generally every other Westchester town, we have decided that as a family with two working parents, we prefer a shorter commute time. Our favorite towns in So. Westchester are Larchmont and Irvington.

We prefer the smaller class size of Irvington and appreciate that it seems more laid back, and more house can be had for the money, but we like the charm and convenience of Larchmont, coupled with a slightly more vibrant town and beach access. In Irvington we are probably looking at a 1970's split with plenty of space compared to a charming, small Tudor in Larchmont.

That said, we really like both and would love to hear from those who either faced a similar decision as well as those with opinions to share. I certainly would love to hear from those who think any of the attributes of these towns are overrated, or if I am missing anything that we must consider.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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You're looking at two really good choices. Go with your heart.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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I lived in Larchmont and loved the small town feeling, went to all the public schools with no issues. I still have many friends from Larchmont/Mamaroneck...
we all go back to Sal's, Walters, remember Cooks,
it was a great place to grow up
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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I can't speak to why Larchmont as I'd be highly biased but I would point out that objectively, the train to Larchmont is much shorter and frequent.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:25 AM
 
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The one down side to Larchmont is that people seem to dress up to go to town, and you seem to get much better service if you're dressier there. In Pelham, you can look like a slob (yoga pants and a tee shirt) for shopping, and everyone is fine with that. My friends from Irvington don't seem compelled to dress up either. Wondering if it'll be a peer problem for the kids in middle and high school...
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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"The one down side to Larchmont is that people seem to dress up to go to town, and you seem to get much better service if you're dressier there."

Service where? Nobody dresses up around here...that's Scarsdale and Bronxville, not Larchmont. One of the main reasons why I moved here is because nobody looks at me funny if I live in jeans and flip-flops, weather permitting. And honestly, a good number of people downtown on any given day have just walked from dropping off their (very young) kids at school or the NYSC, so they are all dressed down. Seriously, nobody cares what you are wearing in Larchmont...
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Local. News and more: Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Lower Westchester County, NY should help you get the feel of Larchmont
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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THANK YOU LOOP!!!! This online magazine is fabulous, esp for us newcomers. Now I'll have to spend the next 24 hours reading through the whole thing. Wish there were more comments on the articles - that's where you hear all the real dirt
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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THANK YOU LOOP!!!! This online magazine is fabulous, esp for us newcomers. Now I'll have to spend the next 24 hours reading through the whole thing. Wish there were more comments on the articles - that's where you hear all the real dirt
better practice your "larchmont lockjaw"
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Wanted to clarify, when I say dirt, I mean I'm trying to get to know these places as best I can from afar - the good, the bad and the ugly. In my neck of the woods, there's Palo Alto Online and some articles get tons of comments where you can really get a feel for what's going on, especially re: schools.

12buttons, what do you mean?
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