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Old 08-04-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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How do the schools rate in both?

How does the culture/atmosphere differ?

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Old 08-05-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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Irvington schools are smaller, a bit more "exclusive" with less diversity. Mamaroneck schools are well rated, but they are more racially and socio-economically diverse. The school system is very large, which can be off-putting to some people. The high school is large -- 1500 students in Mamaroneck HS, compared to 600 in Irvington.

The culture and atmosphere have reputations of being fairly different. Irvington is one of the river towns, which have a reputation of being a bit less pretentious than much of the rest of the county, more politically liberal, and also a bit more down to earth. Mamaroneck itself, as I said, it fairly diverse. It has a large working-class Hispanic population, but also areas of extreme affluence. The schools combine with Larchmont, which is extremely affluent, with a bit of a yacht club feel.

I'm mainly going on reputation, I have limited first hand observation.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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I would go with Mamaroneck by far.

I went to Irvington public schools for a little over a year and a half. Academically it was really great, lots of incentives and opportunities. I originally came from one of the most diverse school districts in Westchester, so in terms of my social experience it was a disaster having to put up with some of those kids. I wouldn't even put Irvington and "down to earth" within in the same sentence. Its a nice scenic town but I swear if you look at the sky long enough you'll see bizarro superman flying around reminding you that your in some type of alternate reality. I'm just saying this from my personal experience in dealing with Irvington.

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I've always liked Mamaroneck. I've had family out there as I grew up so I had many chances in dealing with the town. Mamaroneck ave as you stroll through the town is family oriented and filled with a diverse assortment of stores. There's a good balance between the working class and affluent and I agree on the yacht club feel.

The only part where Irvington has the up on Mamaroneck is with the waterfront park compared to harbor island.

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Old 08-05-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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Irvington is different than other areas on the Hudson as it still has a contingent of older money that is not as artsy and liberal as in surrounding areas. In that regard, it has more in common with other older, established affluent villages in Lower Westchester, despite its location.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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Irvington hands down. Mamaroneck is just a tad bit busier. Check out the schools too. Schoolmatters.com
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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Is it expensive to live in Mamaroneck?
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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Is it expensive to live in Mamaroneck?
It depends upon the part of Mamaroneck, since the Town of Mamaroneck also includes the Village of Larchmont. With a Mamaroneck address, a decent house will start above $500k in today's market at the low end, though there are some in the downtown (which some people don't like as much) that are under that range, but they are likely in need of repair. As for the upper end of the market, multimillion dollar price tags are not foreign in Mamaroneck, especially on Long Island Sound, and directly on the Sound, prices can go over the $10M range.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Is it expensive to live in Mamaroneck?
It is expensive to live ANYWHERE within at least 30 miles of here, unless you want to crowd into a very small space or want to live in an unsafe area (and even then it is still more expensive than some "rich" neighborhoods of many other metros, even "adjacent" ones like Hartford or Philly).
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