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Old 07-31-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Toronto One day
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Where is a nice, safe, diverse middle class suburb for a black woman to

live. Not a working class suburb, I have been told that New Rochelle

and Mount Vernon are working class suburbs that are okay but a bit

rough and close to The Bronx. Near the subways/lightrail (whatever

it is called) where I can park my car at the station and ride it to

N.Y.C. or a nearby city.
Near many cools shop,(not historic,small town

shops) great schools for kids, nearby colleges, I know that sounds a lot. I

am from the SF/Bay Area(City of Fremont)
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:30 AM
 
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That isn't upstate NY. New Rochelle can be very nice. Mt. Vernon not so much.

There are no subways in Westchester. To get to Manhattan you'd need to either go by MetroNorth Railroad (our commuter rail) or by car (not a great idea, because then you have to park in NYC). Larchmont is also nice.

What is your budget? That will dictate where you should be looking.

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Old 08-01-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Peekskill, NY
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Depending on how long of a commute you can tolerate, I would recommend Mt. Kisco.
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Old 08-03-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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Where is a nice, safe, diverse middle class suburb for a black woman to

live. Not a working class suburb, I have been told that New Rochelle

and Mount Vernon are working class suburbs that are okay but a bit

rough and close to The Bronx. Near the subways/lightrail (whatever

it is called) where I can park my car at the station and ride it to

N.Y.C. or a nearby city.
Near many cools shop,(not historic,small town

shops) great schools for kids, nearby colleges, I know that sounds a lot. I

am from the SF/Bay Area(City of Fremont)
Try Hastings. You will be able to navigate the hills. Seriously, safe, as diverse as Westchester gets and plenty of parking near the train, Metro North.

The town is a bit cliquish though.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Toronto One day
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Oh, If that is not up state then what area is it? What do you mean that

Hastings is cliquish? like how? How far is Hastings/Mt.kisco/Larchmont from

NYC and Toronto? And how much do townhomes/duplexes go for in the

Hastings/Mt.kisco/Larchmont area? Thanks for all the info!
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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You actually do want to look at the northern part of Mount Vernon, which is known as Fleetwood. Here is a nice New York Times article that ran last Sunday. Safe, integrated, good shopping, and walk to the train station, where you can get to Manhattan in less than 30 minutes. You will not be disappointed!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/re...ref=realestate

And Hastings is about as lily-white as you can get. Don't think that is what you are looking for. Mount Kisco is too far from Manhattan.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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Upstate is Albany, Syracuse, Ithaca...not Westchester.

And Mount Kisco isn't bad...just about an hour on the train from Grand Central.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:36 PM
 
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Oh, If that is not up state then what area is it? What do you mean that

Hastings is cliquish? like how? How far is Hastings/Mt.kisco/Larchmont from

NYC and Toronto? And how much do townhomes/duplexes go for in the

Hastings/Mt.kisco/Larchmont area? Thanks for all the info!
If you have kids don't be steered away from a place like Hastings with good schools to Mt Vernon even the Fleetwood section unless you can afford private school after Elementary School (I think the Elem School in Fleetwood is not so bad, but please confirm for yourself www.greatschools.net). I heard that a lot of black families that live in Fleetwood send their kids to private schools at least for middle and high schools.

Hastings does have some diversity (including black families) and so do some other rivertowns with good schools such as Dobbs Ferry and Irvington. Other places you should consider are Mamaroneck and Tuckahoe. The cool shops in Westchester are mostly in White Plains, which is a nice place but you most likely have to opt for private schools there as well. Larchmont is nice (with some cool shops), but so is neighboring Mamaroneck which is more diverse, I will recommend Mamaroneck over Larchmont if diversity is important to you, both towns share the same school district, recreation etc. A good source for proximity to NYC is the Metro North website which provides the train services into Grand Central Station in the city. MTA Metro-North.
Mt Kisco is probably the furthest from NYC of all the towns mentioned, the rest are about 40 minutes or less by train into the city.
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