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Old 05-24-2017, 06:33 AM
 
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Please help!

My family recently relocated to New York. I work in Manhattan and my husband works in southeast Connecticut. We are looking for a rental home that is convenient to the New Haven line so that my commute can be as close to an hour as possible.

We are not in a position to buy yet, so we are trying to keep rent below $4,000/month, which looks like it is equivalent to a $500,000 or so home purchase in this area.

We are from out of state and used to being able to get a whole lot of home for quite a lot less money than is the norm around here. I understand we can expect a considerable lifestyle change, but we are looking for a home with at least a backyard and at least two bathrooms.

Is this doable while maintaining our budgetary goals? Friends from the area have recommended Larchmont, Rye and Mamaroneck (mostly because of the schools), but I have only found a handful of homes online in this price range in these areas.

While I always prefer areas with great elementary and middle schools, if this is too much to ask for within our price range, we will happily consider towns/areas with less than stellar school districts and continue with independent schools, as we have been doing for years. We would also prefer a little diversity, if it is possible, as our family is accustomed to areas that are much more integrated than what seems to be the norm in Westchester County.

Any advice?
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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Port Chester and the part of Rye Brook districted to PCSD would be a good option for a nicer house if you don't plan on using the school system. It is right on the state border with CT and decent train commute from Rye or PC stations. Some really nice neighborhoods and definitely diverse overall. $4k should get you something in the better school districts but the house will be smaller and there isn't a ton of inventory. In addition to these towns check out Harrison, and in CT Greenwich (Byram & Cos Cob neighborhoods) and Darien (Noroton Heights neighborhood).
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:49 PM
 
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Have you considered Stamford?
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:48 PM
 
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Please help!

My family recently relocated to New York. I work in Manhattan and my husband works in southeast Connecticut. We are looking for a rental home that is convenient to the New Haven line so that my commute can be as close to an hour as possible.

We are not in a position to buy yet, so we are trying to keep rent below $4,000/month, which looks like it is equivalent to a $500,000 or so home purchase in this area.

We are from out of state and used to being able to get a whole lot of home for quite a lot less money than is the norm around here. I understand we can expect a considerable lifestyle change, but we are looking for a home with at least a backyard and at least two bathrooms.

Is this doable while maintaining our budgetary goals? Friends from the area have recommended Larchmont, Rye and Mamaroneck (mostly because of the schools), but I have only found a handful of homes online in this price range in these areas.

While I always prefer areas with great elementary and middle schools, if this is too much to ask for within our price range, we will happily consider towns/areas with less than stellar school districts and continue with independent schools, as we have been doing for years. We would also prefer a little diversity, if it is possible, as our family is accustomed to areas that are much more integrated than what seems to be the norm in Westchester County.

Any advice?
Stamford, CT not the best schools but it okay the commute is 40 min to Grand Central by train. Stamford is close to NYC, Westchester County. Trains leave Stamford every 7 mins during rush hour and 20 mins during regular time
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Old 05-29-2017, 05:03 PM
 
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Port Chester is great. The school system is improving greatly. I am tired of the same person bashing Port Chester schools throughout these forums.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Westport, CT
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Port Chester schools are awful.
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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Why not also look at the Harlem line towns- northeastern westchester is very convenient to CT.
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