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Old 08-27-2014, 07:54 PM
 
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I know this is a typical situation, but I'll try to get some specific responses anyways.
Mid-30s Asian couple with toddler
1 or 2 more kids in the future
Both well educated in high paying jobs, 8am-6pm type hours.
Lived in Manhattan for a decade, don't hate it but no longer fully enjoy what the city offers anymore (restaurants, neighborhoods, bars except for the lovely parks)
We enjoy outdoor activities and food more than cultural stuff
One of us works in Manhattan (commute is a short walk to work which is a big plus), other in CT (1 hour commute door-to-door).

In Manhattan a small to medium 2 bedroom/2bath is about 1.5 million on the UWS or anywhere on the island really, in BK you get the same more or less, slightly more space but BK feels saturated and not great commute options to Midtown (30-60 minutes) and north. Primary reason to move would be schooling in the next couple of years, we would rather do public than private in Manhattan if we can, as we dislike the culture that private school in NYC breeds (entitlement, snottiness, hyper-competitiveness, obsession with status, difficulty getting in) and everything that goes with it (Hamptons beach houses, private jets, horses and yachts). I have not been particularly impressed with several top-tier NYC private school alumni I've worked with and known over the years, both in terms of their intelligence and drive to succeed. While not against private school in general, NYC feels like a different beast and public school in NYC is another headache. What I'd hate do however, is to move so that we can save on NYC taxes (lets say 20k+) and private schools (40k X 2=80k+) to land up in a suburb with 20-30k+ taxes where the same schooling culture that we escape in NYC exists due to everyone with means sending their kids to private, or we are in a bedroom community with little going on within the town itself and nothing to do on the weekends/weeknights. We like to walk around the city and central park a lot, so walkability/biking is important. Good legit coffee shops, and diverse restaurants/eateries would be nice, as would a whole foods or similar type grocery store/market with fresh produce and meat/fish. Could possibly spend up to 1M on home, would like commute less than 1 hour door-to-door, sweet spot for space would be 2500-3500 sq.ft. with a nice lawn/garden, racial diversity not essential, socio-economic diversity somewhat important (we prefer to see some Subarus or Hondas instead of only BMW/Mercedes on the streets). I'm curious about Irvington, Hastings-on-Hudson, Pocantico Hills, Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow and would really like to hear some thoughts.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:56 PM
 
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I am not the expert on Westchester County like some of the natives on this board but I have good friends there and have been to the area numerous times. From what you're describing, the river towns seem like solid options, but might be a little bit too bedroom-y for your tastes. Schools seem decent enough. The best schools seem to be in more competitive areas full of the Mercedes / BMW crowd (ie. Scarsdale, Bronxville, Chappaqua, Rye Brook, etc.) that are uber expensive. The biggest downtown in Westchester County has to be White Plains by far. Your other option might be to make a post in the Connecticut section and check out Stamford since it is a larger satellite city like White Plains. Plus one of you works in CT so this could make that person's commute a piece of cake. The Hudson river towns are obviously further from CT. White Plains is in the middle. White Plains also has the very quick express trains into Manhattan. Stamford also has expresses, but they take longer than the WP ones (48 minutes vs. 35 minutes). Hope some Westchester natives can give you more feedback here.

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I know this is a typical situation, but I'll try to get some specific responses anyways.
Mid-30s Asian couple with toddler
1 or 2 more kids in the future
Both well educated in high paying jobs, 8am-6pm type hours.
Lived in Manhattan for a decade, don't hate it but no longer fully enjoy what the city offers anymore (restaurants, neighborhoods, bars except for the lovely parks)
We enjoy outdoor activities and food more than cultural stuff
One of us works in Manhattan (commute is a short walk to work which is a big plus), other in CT (1 hour commute door-to-door).

In Manhattan a small to medium 2 bedroom/2bath is about 1.5 million on the UWS or anywhere on the island really, in BK you get the same more or less, slightly more space but BK feels saturated and not great commute options to Midtown (30-60 minutes) and north. Primary reason to move would be schooling in the next couple of years, we would rather do public than private in Manhattan if we can, as we dislike the culture that private school in NYC breeds (entitlement, snottiness, hyper-competitiveness, obsession with status, difficulty getting in) and everything that goes with it (Hamptons beach houses, private jets, horses and yachts). I have not been particularly impressed with several top-tier NYC private school alumni I've worked with and known over the years, both in terms of their intelligence and drive to succeed. While not against private school in general, NYC feels like a different beast and public school in NYC is another headache. What I'd hate do however, is to move so that we can save on NYC taxes (lets say 20k+) and private schools (40k X 2=80k+) to land up in a suburb with 20-30k+ taxes where the same schooling culture that we escape in NYC exists due to everyone with means sending their kids to private, or we are in a bedroom community with little going on within the town itself and nothing to do on the weekends/weeknights. We like to walk around the city and central park a lot, so walkability/biking is important. Good legit coffee shops, and diverse restaurants/eateries would be nice, as would a whole foods or similar type grocery store/market with fresh produce and meat/fish. Could possibly spend up to 1M on home, would like commute less than 1 hour door-to-door, sweet spot for space would be 2500-3500 sq.ft. with a nice lawn/garden, racial diversity not essential, socio-economic diversity somewhat important (we prefer to see some Subarus or Hondas instead of only BMW/Mercedes on the streets). I'm curious about Irvington, Hastings-on-Hudson, Pocantico Hills, Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow and would really like to hear some thoughts.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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just about to move to a river town. 28 years old and questioning myself whether it's going to be too quiet for my tastes.

if it is, ill be looking to move to the city in a year or two. maybe.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. The Mercedes / BMW crowd (ie. Scarsdale, Bronxville, Chappaqua, Rye Brook, etc.) don't appeal to me, nor does White Plains to be honest. Irvington, Hastings, Pocantico Hills are river towns that sound nice, also looking at Larchmont and Greenwich, CT.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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I lived in Hastings and Pleasantville. I found Hastings to be a little more cliquish but the commute and walkability were divine.

Hastings is more expensive, RE and tax wise. Subarus and Hondas are more the norm in both towns. I don't think you will find 2500-3000 sf in either town for a million though, but you could get close in Pville. Schools are great in both, maybe a little better in Hastings though it has been accused of catering to the middle of the bell curve.

Commute from Hastings to CT would be a nightmare though. From Pville not so much because there are a number of shortcuts/back roads.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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Pville would be my choice, Pocanaco can still get Pville high school as well (PH k-8)
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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Have you looked into Tarrytown at all? There is great diversity, and it has a nice walkable downtown. There are also several restaurants in Tarrytown that are very good. We actually live in Ossining, and love to go to Tarrytown for dinner or a drink. Also the train ride into GCT is the prettiest of all the Metro-North lines, and there are great express trains from Tarrytown.
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