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Old 04-18-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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My DH has a new job with the opportunity to either work out of Midtown Manhattan or Washington D.C. I am thinking I would choose Westchester County if we moved to NY and Northern Virginia if he worked out of D.C. We currently have three school-aged kids in middle and high school so schools are an important consideration. Also have a 4th in college that would be coming home periodically so the house can't be too tiny. We are older parents so would love to not spend too much on housing since retirement is in the not too distant future. This will be our 5th relocation within the last 10 years so have been there done that but don't enjoy it at all. Has anyone lived in both places and can say which might offer the best quality of life under the circumstances? Salary will be the same either place, a respectable six-figure upper middle class income. I realize it will not go very far at either location but wonder where it might go furthest. I'm guessing taxes may be a big consideration. Our current home is probably worth 900K or more but might consider renting since we will not retire in either location. Thanks in advance for any insights on the two locations.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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In either place you can find neighborhoods that have good schools and neighbors that you can get along with. Just go for the job that feels like the best fit.

I like the convenience of Arlington VA though.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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Thank you for the quick reply. Let me just clarify that the job is the same but he can choose his location. That is what is throwing me - having a choice!
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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School taxes will probably be cheaper in NVA as districts are consolidated at the county level. In WC, there is a district for each town/village.

Total COL, I can't say.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:03 PM
 
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I love our small schools out here in the midwest. They are set up in the same way as WC. The big difference is that our taxes are very reasonable.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm originally from NovA, and live here in NYC now (though not in the suburbs). Unless you have a big preference for the NY area, I would pick NoVa for a suburban lifestyle (of those two choices). Taxes are much lower. Houses are cheaper. Commutes are better (for 900K, you can live in one of the close DC suburbs, which are 4-10 miles away from DC, not 20-30 as here).

I'm sure the westchester-ites on here will give you a good perspective on WC. Just seems like an easy call to me unless you either love/love/love NYC or Westchester. You'll just be much better off financially in virginia.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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Thanks, varan. That is exactly the type of info I am looking for! I really don't want to move to either location because both are more expensive than where we currently live. The problem is the job doesn't exist here anymore.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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I second that. Your money will go much further in NoVa.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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NoVA, and it won't even be close in terms of dollars, cost per square foot, etc.

$900k, or $4,500/month rented equivalent, will get you a 1980s/1990s 4 br, 3000 sq ft home in an area like Vienna or Oakton, about 12-15 miles from DC w/excellent schools. Same price in NY will put you 30 miles out, someplace like Rye, where a $900k home will be a 1200 sq ft shack or townhouse.

If you want to be within 5-10 miles from DC, you'll get maybe 2400 square feet and 1970s/early 80s house. That would be someplace like Falls Church City or North Arlington.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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I live in southern Westchester now and lived in NoVa for 6 years before that. I'd move back to NoVa tomorrow if there was the right mix of work of us there. There's no contest. The weather, the cost of living, the diversity of people, NoVa has westchester beat on every count.

We have a nice set up and have made a nice niche for ourselves in westchester and I grew up here but when we moved here, our house was about the same size and age as our NoVa house but the property taxes are triple and the lot is smaller. Yes the high schools can be large in NoVa but the elementary schools are comparable in size and the larger middle and high schools mean more course offerings.

Income taxes are lower in NoVa too.

Are you commuting to DC or NoVA suburbs? If you're in DC, I'd recommend Arlington to make the commute more manageable.
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