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Old 02-01-2010, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Hi everyone - My husband has a job offer in White Plains. We have a 9 and 6 year old, so public schools and kid activities are going to be key. We don't really want him to have too much of a commute, but I've heard the White Plains schools are just okay. Our housing budget is $K500-600, but could go higher if needed. We have a 85lb Golden Retriever, so will need a little yard space. We would prefer being close to parks or trails, or somewhere we can get rid of some energy. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:01 PM
 
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There are some nice neighborhoods in North White Plains using Valhalla Schools, which is a smaller system and rated higher than WP. However, White Plains is pretty central and has easy highway access so it may be best to simply search on one of the Westchester MLS sites in your price range and see what comes up and how far away it is. Not sure where you are coming from, but the bar is set very high for school districts in Westchester so even the less "prestigious" ones are solid by almost any standard. And if you are not tied to the train for a NYC commute you may find options in Ardsley, Harrison, Armonk or other areas without easy train access but your price point would be pretty tight. For a larger lot size you will probably have to look north for something in your range.

p.s. If you are new to the northeast region be sure you become familiar with the tick situation for your doggy, and for yourself and your kids for that matter.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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There are some nice neighborhoods in North White Plains using Valhalla Schools, which is a smaller system and rated higher than WP. However, White Plains is pretty central and has easy highway access so it may be best to simply search on one of the Westchester MLS sites in your price range and see what comes up and how far away it is. Not sure where you are coming from, but the bar is set very high for school districts in Westchester so even the less "prestigious" ones are solid by almost any standard. And if you are not tied to the train for a NYC commute you may find options in Ardsley, Harrison, Armonk or other areas without easy train access but your price point would be pretty tight. For a larger lot size you will probably have to look north for something in your range.

p.s. If you are new to the northeast region be sure you become familiar with the tick situation for your doggy, and for yourself and your kids for that matter.
Thanks so much for the info. We could probably bump up the budget if needed. We don't need a mcmansion or a huge yard, but a little space would be nice. We are coming from NE Cobb area of Atlanta. Schools here are pretty good here, but property prices and taxes are low, so I know we are in for some sticker shock. We have LOTS of ticks around here, and every other creepy-crawly imagineable.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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In the same general area as Valhalla, you can also find houses in the Pocantico Hills School District, and you are closer to the Rockefeller Preserve in that district as well. It borders the North White Plains area, though, you will need to bring the budget up a bit for a house with a bit of room. I agree that Harrison might offer something as well, if you want to be in the immediate area of White Plains, though Harrison runs to eight-digit price tags in some areas.

You might find something in Pound Ridge, or Lewisboro, if you could bring the budget up a bit. Further afield, Somers would be a consideration, since you can get on 684 in Katonah. Katonah would be a consideration, but the housing prices are going to be higher than neighboring areas, and you would need to increase your budget significantly to get a more modern house. It's an area where you can pay over $700k for a house with 3BRs and 1 full bathroom on an in-town lot. Bedford Hills, near Bedford Town Hall, might also be a consideration, since you can get more house for your dollar than in Katonah -- the only drawback can be that some of the Bedford Central elementary schools do not perform as well as the Katonah-Lewisboro districts. Northern Westchester is much more rural in character, but since your husband would need to commute to White Plains (assuming by car), it's not a difficult commute.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:46 AM
 
Location: The Present
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Why not just live in White Plains? things would be much more convenient

There are plenty of places around parks and trails that you can choose from.

good luck !
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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Scarsdale, Bronxville, Pleasantville. Very good schools.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Thanks for all the information, it is greatly appreciated.

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Why not just live in White Plains? things would be much more convenient. There are plenty of places around parks and trails that you can choose from.
good luck !
I would if the schools had a better reputation, although it seems living in north White Plains and attending Valhalla schools is a good compromise.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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I would also recommend village of Rye Brook for your budget.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Cranford, New Jersey
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I definitely recommend Mt Pleasant. (Hawthorne/Thornwood/Pleasantville/Valhalla)
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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What about Tuckahoe or Eastchester?
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