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Old 03-19-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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SO my expecting wife and I are looking to possibly move to the bedford/katonah/pound ridge area, but wondering if it is hard to meet other familys etc considering how it has a more rual feel than many burbs (which we love). Anybody have advice...thx in advance
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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We moved to a rural part of Yorktown when our son was still a baby, and we had similar concerns. We quickly found formal play groups in Croton and Mt. Kisco and an informal one in our own neighborhood. That gave my wife 3 play groups a week! I've heard there is now a formal play group in Yorktown Heights too, and chances are there is one closer to Bedford/Pound Ridge. Every town library has regular infant/toddler story hours, most on a weekly basis, and that is another good way to meet people with kids. The town pool is another good spot, and of course playgrounds and coffee houses.

It also helps to move to a community with a strong neighborhood association. While our area (Huntersville) is relatively rural, the association has 2-3 pot luck get-togethers a year, which has helped us to meet everyone. There's also an email system, which everyone uses to ask advice and share contacts. That's how we found the area play group when we first arrived, as well as our babysitter.

In general I've found that being in a more rural and "isolated" setting makes neighbors more likely to reach out to one another. I thrive on the physical privacy we have, but we also have a strong sense of community and connection to our neighbors.
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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First off, congrats to you on your first. We have three and it keeps getting better.

Second, you are very lucky to raise kids in such a wonderful area. I grew up in Mt. Kisco and Pound Ridge, but have not lived there for 10 years. My thoughts:

Katonah is a good choice - right up the street from Mt. Kisco & Bedford Hills in case there is no playgroups per se. I think I went to preschool in Katonah. A quaint downtown and a train station to NY.

Bedford (assume you mean Village) - I always felt Bedford was estately. Some dirt roads where they still have horse farms. Large estates. Some upper-middle class housing available. Actually quite close to Mt Kisco or Bedford Hills.

Pound Ridge - the most "rural" feel and the most remote. Nicer downtown than Bedford and close to Stamford which I'm sure has an active play date scene.

All are very nice, but I would bet Katonah or Bedford are best unless you want to play more with the CT (stamford/greenwich) crowd in Pound Ridge.

In terms of elementary schools, I went to West Patent from Mt. Kisco and it was a very highly regarded elementary school. Parts of Bedford also go there. Pound Ridge also has a nice elementary school. Pound Ridge and Bedford share middle and high schools. Not sure where Katonah went for middle/high.
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