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Old 12-15-2006, 08:12 AM
 
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Hello,

My fiance and I are planning to buy a house in Westchester in the next few months. We have both lived in the city for a very long time, so this will be a huge change. We're feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the choices, so I'm hoping some of you out there can offer some advice. We're hoping to find a town that has most of these characteristics:

-has a small town (rather than suburban) feel--we want to be able to walk to some shopping, restaurants, etc
-is on water (either the Hudson or the LI Sound)
-has good schools
-has historic houses (we want a pre-1930 house)
-has good food nearby--a farmer's market, good grocery stores, good restaurants
-ideally, has at least a small local art scene (galleries etc)
-isn't TOO far from NYC...we'll both be commuting (no more than 45-50 or so minutes on the train?)

This is asking a lot, I know!

We can spend up to about $650K, but would like to spend less, of course. We don't mind if the house is small, though...anything will seem big after all these years in the city!

Any and all suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated!!

Alice
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:31 AM
 
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45 to 50 min. from the city and not suburbia? if you want a small town feel on the water you will need to travel farther north than that. I would however suggest Tarrytown. although its not a small town feel its pretty artsy, its on the water(hudson) ect. But, you will need to spend over a mill to live on the water let alone have a view of it.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:35 AM
 
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45 to 50 min. from the city and not suburbia? if you want a small town feel on the water you will need to travel farther north than that. I would however suggest Tarrytown. although its not a small town feel its pretty artsy, its on the water(hudson) ect. But, you will need to spend over a mill to live on the water let alone have a view of it.
Thanks for the reply and the recommendation! We're considering Tarrytown..I've heard good things about it...but we haven't had a chance to go check it out yet.

When I said on the water, I meant the town, not the house! Not enough $$ for that, sadly!

Alice
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Old 12-15-2006, 09:08 AM
 
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Scarsdale (not on the water, but all else applies), Larchmont and Rye (has it all)

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Old 12-15-2006, 03:20 PM
 
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NOT Yonkers or Mount Vernon.
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:36 PM
 
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Scarsdale, Larchmont or Rye. Avoid Yonkers and Mt. Vernon. New Rochelle is iffy too.

Maybe Pelham...
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:17 PM
 
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Default perfect town for you

in all that you were looking for, you should check out Dobbs Ferry. Its a small town, however dense, on the hudson, beautiful parks and views, arts, not pretentious, more laid back.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:36 AM
 
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Once I read all of your qualifications I thought the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow area would be perfect for you. Seems to be the best fit for you in Westchester.
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:12 AM
 
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Coming right out of Manhattan, you might find Pelham less overwhelming than Tarrytown. It's also much closer to NY. All the 'good' towns have pretty high taxes.
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Old 12-27-2006, 06:10 PM
 
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Hello,

My fiance and I are planning to buy a house in Westchester in the next few months. We have both lived in the city for a very long time, so this will be a huge change. We're feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the choices, so I'm hoping some of you out there can offer some advice. We're hoping to find a town that has most of these characteristics:

-has a small town (rather than suburban) feel--we want to be able to walk to some shopping, restaurants, etc
-is on water (either the Hudson or the LI Sound)
-has good schools
-has historic houses (we want a pre-1930 house)
-has good food nearby--a farmer's market, good grocery stores, good restaurants
-ideally, has at least a small local art scene (galleries etc)
-isn't TOO far from NYC...we'll both be commuting (no more than 45-50 or so minutes on the train?)

This is asking a lot, I know!

We can spend up to about $650K, but would like to spend less, of course. We don't mind if the house is small, though...anything will seem big after all these years in the city!

Any and all suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated!!

Alice
You may want to consider Chappaqua or Ossining- not on the water but some lovely older houses. Dobbs Ferry, as the above poster mentioned is also very nice.

sunny.
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