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Old 05-04-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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Looking for a community to relocate my family from Houston. Have been commuting back and forth for a while now and we are finally relocating. Have 2 kids - aged 11 & 7.

Looking for good school, but not a ton of pressure. We are coming from a school like that now and my son is Dyslexic and has had problems keeping pace with the rest of his classmates. Need a more nurturing environment, but still a good school. I do not want to send him to any "special" school and then have him reintegrated with the school he should be going to now. That has already been suggested a couple of times.

Looking for a lively town with a decent nightlife and enough restaurants (not chains) that will not force us to constantly go to the City for dinner. A place where things are going on every weekend and the neighbors are friendly and engaging. We have heard that the River towns were a better fit based on what we were looking for, as opposed to the Sound towns, but we have not been convinced yet.

Do not prefer more than a 45 min. commute. Have an office in White Plains and lower Manhattan. Have been using realtors to search, but to actually choose a community is tough. The river towns are small, quaint, and very nice, and seem to be a lower-aged demographic. We are 35, so we prefer to have as many young couples and kids our kids' ages as possible. We are planning to rent the first year before we buy to ensure we are in the right area for the kids.

Top 5 so far (in order of our preference):

1) Dobbs Ferry
2) Hastings on Hudson
3) Larchmont
4) Scarsdale
5) Ardsley/Harrison

Thoughts? Based on the criteria I mentioned, where do you think I should focus my search?

As for property taxes - oddly enough, while NY has us beat on the home prices - the property taxes we pay in Houston (at least in the neighborhoods we have lived in) are a lot higher than what we will ever pay in NY, so I am not as concerned about that.

All feedback welcome. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:25 PM
 
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Given the type of academic environment you are hoping to find, I wouldn't recommend Scarsdale.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:01 AM
 
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Given the type of academic environment you are hoping to find, I wouldn't recommend Scarsdale.
Or Hastings as schools are NOT nurturing.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:54 AM
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Looking for a community to relocate my family from Houston. Have been commuting back and forth for a while now and we are finally relocating. Have 2 kids - aged 11 & 7.

Looking for good school, but not a ton of pressure. We are coming from a school like that now and my son is Dyslexic and has had problems keeping pace with the rest of his classmates. Need a more nurturing environment, but still a good school. I do not want to send him to any "special" school and then have him reintegrated with the school he should be going to now. That has already been suggested a couple of times.

Looking for a lively town with a decent nightlife and enough restaurants (not chains) that will not force us to constantly go to the City for dinner. A place where things are going on every weekend and the neighbors are friendly and engaging. We have heard that the River towns were a better fit based on what we were looking for, as opposed to the Sound towns, but we have not been convinced yet.

Do not prefer more than a 45 min. commute. Have an office in White Plains and lower Manhattan. Have been using realtors to search, but to actually choose a community is tough. The river towns are small, quaint, and very nice, and seem to be a lower-aged demographic. We are 35, so we prefer to have as many young couples and kids our kids' ages as possible. We are planning to rent the first year before we buy to ensure we are in the right area for the kids.

Top 5 so far (in order of our preference):

1) Dobbs Ferry
2) Hastings on Hudson
3) Larchmont
4) Scarsdale
5) Ardsley/Harrison

Thoughts? Based on the criteria I mentioned, where do you think I should focus my search?

As for property taxes - oddly enough, while NY has us beat on the home prices - the property taxes we pay in Houston (at least in the neighborhoods we have lived in) are a lot higher than what we will ever pay in NY, so I am not as concerned about that.

All feedback welcome. Thanks.

Who has been advising you so far!?

Ho ho.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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Love to hear what decision you make. We are a younger couple and relocating with a 12 and 8 year old, and I am interested in a "nurturing" public school environment, if such a thing exists, because my kids have been in a small and very supportive private school.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:04 PM
 
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Leaning towards Larchmont. Who can opine, good, bad, or otherwise about Larchmont?
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:02 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Leaning towards Larchmont. Who can opine, good, bad, or otherwise about Larchmont?
Search first. What has been posted here on Larchmont would fill books.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:39 AM
 
Location: New York
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Just throwing this out there - you should be concerned about prop taxes, as you are going to now have income tax, which you didn't in Houston. Went to school in TX and while my friends complain about their prop taxes, they aren't much when you come here and pay the income tax too.

We landed in Bronxville so I can't tell you about Larchmont other than it has a great reputation. As kletter1mann said, do a search as there is a ton of info on here.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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What are taxes on a $1 million home in Houston?
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Harrison
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Leaning towards Larchmont. Who can opine, good, bad, or otherwise about Larchmont?
As I was reading your post I was thinking Larchmont/Mamaroneck all the way. Plenty of shops and restaurants, parks, tons of festivals/carnivals/funs stuff going on, the schools are great but not "pressure cooker" like Scarsdale, and the people are much more down to earth than other places around here. Lots of ex-pats helps with that I think, plus there is some diversity in Mamaroneck as it is fairly large compared to other small villages that have no diversity at all. Larchmont would definitely fall under that category, but it's part of the town of Mamaroneck and shares a middle and high school so you aren't completely sheltered.

The problem with Larchmont is that you will find old houses on teeny weeny lots selling for millions. You'll get slightly more bang for your buck in Mamaroneck, but in the nicest part of Mamaroneck (Orienta) houses get snapped up very quickly for multiple millions as well. People really like Larchmont because a lot of it has sidewalks, which is rare around here, so it's easy to walk to school, parks, friends, etc. And Larchmont Manor is just beautiful and people are willing to pay ridiculous sums to buy small houses there on postage stamp sized lots. (Disclaimer - we chose Orienta over the Manor because we could get more space and we LOVE it here).

I would also recommend Harrison. It tends to get a bad rap for some reason, but I now know many families that live there and they are very happy. The downtown area isn't the best, but the schools are great by all standards but without the pressure. You get A LOT more for your money in Harrison. Check out the neighborhood north off of Union Ave and west of North Street. Beautiful. Between Mamaroneck, Rye, and White Plains you've got enough places to eat and things to do guaranteed.

You didn't mention a budget, which will be a big factor in your decision.
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