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Old 08-04-2008, 07:39 AM
 
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We are starting to narrow down a few towns to check out. We have based our choices so far on commute to NYC, quality of schools, cost of living, village-type/community feel - all from what we've heard.

We are a HHI of 120K. We have a baby and my husband works downtown so once at Grand Central he has a subway ride. I am wondering how Eastchester and Tuckahoe compare? I am very unfamiliar with these areas. What metro-north station is Eastchester? Do either have an extra factors that we should know? What about someplace like Larchmont or Mamaroneck? We are willing to consider a condo as well as single-family home. For homes looking for max 500K and condo less than 400K. Thanks
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:29 AM
 
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We are starting to narrow down a few towns to check out. We have based our choices so far on commute to NYC, quality of schools, cost of living, village-type/community feel - all from what we've heard.

We are a HHI of 120K. We have a baby and my husband works downtown so once at Grand Central he has a subway ride. I am wondering how Eastchester and Tuckahoe compare? I am very unfamiliar with these areas. What metro-north station is Eastchester? Do either have an extra factors that we should know? What about someplace like Larchmont or Mamaroneck? We are willing to consider a condo as well as single-family home. For homes looking for max 500K and condo less than 400K. Thanks
There is no Eastchester train station. However, Eastchester residents use either the Scarsdale station or the Crestwood station, both of which are very convenient. Travel time is around 30 minutes to Grand Central. Many Eastchester homes are within walking distance of either station.

Both communities are very nice. But the school districts are confusing. You can live in the Village of Tuckahoe and be in the Eastchester School District, or you live in Eastchester and be in the Tuckahoe School District. Both districts are very good, but I believe Tuckahoe is the smallest district in the county (depending on your perspective, that could be a good thing or a bad thing).

Tuckahoe has two "downtowns," one by the Tuckahoe station and one by the Crestwood station. Ten years ago downtown Tuckahoe was a complete dump. In the last five years it has been totally revitalized, with more revitilization to come. Eastchester's "downtown" is located at the corner of Mill Road and White Plains Road. Right now it is not attractive at all, but the town has commited $5 million to revitalize it (underground power lines, new walkways and landscaping, less street pavement, new traffic patterns, etc.). Construction should start this fall. When completed it will be very nice.

In both communities you are entitled, at an annual fee, to use Lake Isle Country Club, which has five pools, eight tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. It is a wonderful amenity.

For under $500K you will have a hard time finding a decent house. Same thing with under $400K for a condo (unless it's one bedroom). If you would consider coops you would have many more options. Garth Road usually has a very nice selection.

Quite frankly, the Village of Tuckahoe should be dissolved and merged with Eastchester (or at least merge the police and highway departments). The communities are so similar, and Tuckahoe is so tiny, there is no reason to have two separate and expensive governments.

Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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"In both communities you are entitled, at an annual fee, to use Lake Isle Country Club, which has five pools, eight tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. It is a wonderful amenity."

Hi, can you give me more info on this? Google doesn't seem to have much.
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:20 PM
 
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"In both communities you are entitled, at an annual fee, to use Lake Isle Country Club, which has five pools, eight tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. It is a wonderful amenity."

Hi, can you give me more info on this? Google doesn't seem to have much.
Town of Eastchester, NY: Lake Isle (http://www.eastchester.org/departments/lakeisle - broken link)

Here is a photo of the two kiddie pools.


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Old 08-05-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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Lake Isle is a public country club for lack of a better term. Eastchester acquired out of bankruptcy in the 70s (or 80s) and anyone living in town can join. Compared to private clubs it is an absolute steal and very popular. We've been tennis and pool members for 3 years and get tons of use out of it. The tennis program for kids is very strong.

I'd say both districts have very good elementary schools but once you get to middle/high school, Eastchester is probably a bit better. I agree about merging the towns, especially at the governmental level; it would probably help reduce property taxes in both towns.
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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Tuckahoe is a lot hipper than Eastchester. In Tuckahoe you can walk around and even walk to the train station. Eastchester has no real townish feel. It has a highway like road running through the middle of it and some malls along the way. Even $5 million dollars couldn't create a legitimate town center. Tuckahoe has what you would expect from a Westchester community and so does neighboring Bronxville - they are the best parts of Eastchester.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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As far as where your house physically stands, the Eastchester or Tuckahoe question is kind of 6 or half dozen. They are all so close and you will be minutes away from either town/village center. Rubygreta is correct...Tuckahoe's village does have more of a 'village-y' feel - but unless you are right by Main St., it won't come in to play as much as you may think. On any given week I visit the Bronxville, Tuckahoe or Eastchester town/village centers depending on my needs.
Both schools are excellent. We are in the Tuckahoe school district and couldn't be happier with the teachers, curriculum and performance.
Tuckahoe has a train station and there is a wait list but it usually only takes a few months.
Larchmont is definitely worth a look as well. Their schools are also highly regarded.
My advice to you would be to go spend some time in the town centers of each to see if one area (e.g. the Larchmont/Mamaroneck or Eastchester/Tuckahoe) speaks to you.
As mentioned above, with Eastchester and Tuckahoe you can join Lake Isle. Mamaroneck/Larchmont also has a town pool at Hommocks - which also has an ice rink.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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Tuckahoe is a lot hipper than Eastchester. In Tuckahoe you can walk around and even walk to the train station. Eastchester has no real townish feel. It has a highway like road running through the middle of it and some malls along the way. Even $5 million dollars couldn't create a legitimate town center. Tuckahoe has what you would expect from a Westchester community and so does neighboring Bronxville - they are the best parts of Eastchester.
This statement makes no sense. Parts of Eastchester are in the Tuckahoe School District. Parts of Tuckahoe are in the Eastchester School District.

Parts of Eastchester that are in the Eastchester School District are within walking distance of Crestwood (one of Tucakhoe's two downtowns). Parts of the Tuckahoe School District are not within walking distance of downtown Tuckahoe or Crestwood.

The two communities are almost like one. You have the cute Tuckahoe downtowns, while Eastchester has Lord and Taylor and the other big chains. It's good having both nearby.

If your main concern is school districts, do your due diligence.

And Tuckhaoe is great. But hip?
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:22 PM
 
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I agree there are houses that are in Eastchester but its Scarsdale schools. We have to find a rental in Eastchester because of my kids needing to go to Eastchester. Its horrible there are no rrntals in Eastchester district for 3 br. If anyone knows.of a private or single family home in Eastchester school district please let me know .
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Old 06-02-2016, 02:37 PM
 
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If you like the Eastchester/Tuckahoe area, are looking for a house in that price range, and would be open to using the private or parochial school systems …. consider the Tuckahoe PO neighborhood of Crestwood (houses walkable to the Crestwood Metro North station). It is a very quaint, neighborly, walkable town but technically is Yonkers even with the Tuckahoe PO …. Thus, the housing prices are generally much lower than Eastchester or Tuckahoe proper, and the taxes are considerably less. We have lived in this neighborhood for 18 years and it is wonderful. 4 bedroom/1.5 bath homes are on average closing in the upper $500 - low $600 range (which is quite reasonable for lower Westchester and significantly lower than the other areas you are looking at). Smaller homes can sometimes be found and I've seen them listed low to mid 500s.
If you are looking at Eastchester and viewing the Crestwood train station and commercial area ….. the Crestwood neighborhood is just on the other side of the train tracks.
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