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Old 02-04-2010, 12:44 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA but desperately hoping to move back to New York
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I have read that some parts of white plains and hartsdale are served by ardsley schools. Does anyone know which areas or zip codes in those 2 cities would be covered so I can look up real estate prices?

The reason I ask is that I like the special education services in ardsley but would like to avoid the high taxes....I know that wp and hartsdale have lower property tax but perhaps the lower taxes get cancelled out in these areas due to being in ardsleys school district. Don't know.

Anyway, I'd love to do more research on the areas. Any replies are greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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If you go to any westchester based real estate agency, you can look up houses by school district. I know houlian lawrence lets you. It's more complicated (the boundaries) then just zip code. The whole system is a bit bonkers but you can get a sense of how much houses in Ardsley district are from the real estate agency. Parts of Dobbs Ferry also feeds into Ardsley (we're renting a house there now with our kids in the Ardsley schools).

Good Luck!

Send me an email if you want a link to one of the sites. I think I'm not suppose to post it on here directly.
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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I think, if you were to find a such section, then it would be taxed like Ardsley.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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I'm almost certain that your property taxes are based on school district, not town. I didn't know that parts of White Plains and Hartsdale were Ardsley schools, but I know most of the eastern part of Dobbs Ferry that borders Ardsley is; I imagine they pay Ardsley school taxes and not Dobbs Ferry.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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there are different pieces to your tax bill. Only a portion is school tax, the rest is for the town/village. But the school tax usually is the biggest piece
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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That area just has a White Plains mailing address. It is not in the City of White Plains, it is the Town of Greenburgh. Taxes should be just as high as if you had an Ardsley mailing address.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA but desperately hoping to move back to New York
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thanks so much for the replies.

mclairch, thanks for the advice. Mod cutit didnt even occur to me to look by school rather than town. i have checked out that feature and its great. ps...how do you like living in dobbs?

mfenimore...thanks. i guess i need to take those other taxes into account too, and i have heard that the taxes are the highest portion.

lightning mcqueen, 7 wishes and rubygreta....i figured as such on the higher tax thing, i guess it was just wishful thinking that i could find a loophole somewhere.

after searching some areas based on ardsley schools, i saw how the division works...ardsley, wp, hartsdale po, greenburgh town, ardsley schools. higher taxes but not exhorbitant, except for greenburgh. at least i am getting a better understanding now.

thanks again!!!!

Last edited by Viralmd; 02-06-2010 at 04:53 AM.. Reason: Please do NOT mention real estate sites by name. It gives them an unfair advantage.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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We're liking Dobbs Ferry well enough. People are nice etc. I am still sorta confused by the whole Westchester PO box vs. village vs. school district thingy. It was pretty straight forward in the Midwest- town=po adress= school district. I'm having some trouble getting a sense of community but we just got here and it's winter. I recall that the spring thaw often leads to getting a better sense of space etc.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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The Greenburgh town tax is at the top in Westchester and it is shooting up with all the federal, state and town budget deficit. It can keep raising property tax because of its close proximity to NYC and central location in Westchester. Even scarsdale manages has better tax rate than Greenburgh. I know some other school districts have good special ed programs too, e.g. Pleasantville. Maybe it's worth exploring.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA but desperately hoping to move back to New York
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Mclairch, glad you are happy so far. I do think it takes a bit of time to get acclimated to anywhere you go to. and yes, I am still confused by all of the different town/city stuff and I grew up in westchester. We have friends in new Rochelle with a Scarsdale po. Hopefully you'll get a better sense once the frost clears.

PEmom, those greenburgh taxes are awful, especially considering the schools aren't that great. For that matter, I'd just as soon move to mamaroneck/larchmont which is my number 1 choice.

And thanks for the pville suggestion, I was already looking into it and it's surrounding areas.
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