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Old 03-15-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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After many years in the city, we have decided to leave Manhattan and move to the suburbs, but we are not sure what will suit us best. We have talked to some friends and looked at the commuting time, school stats, housing/tax costs, etc., and we have come up with a short list of Pelham, Larchmont and Irvington. The hard part for us really is figuring out whether we will fit into the community and I'm hoping we can get some insight on this board.

We are a young inter-racial family (husband is caucasian, and I'm asian) with diverse political views (conservative husband, I'm liberal, which makes for interesting dinner conversations). My husband is fairly traditional, me not so much. He grew up in the suburbs of OH and craves the quiet peaceful suburbs, and I've always lived in large cities (either NYC or abroad) and enjoy the hustle-bustle. I also don't drive...yet. I would say we are generally both pretty laid back, and low key (not flashy at all). Our kids are 3 and 1. I guess the overall picture is that we are sort of a mixed bag of cultures and beliefs within our own family and wanted to find a community that was also a "mixed bag." I will be staying at home, so I'm looking for a suburb that has lots of other young families with plenty of activities for kids. We also want a suburb that is "walkable" and not too spread out. Is there a perefect suburb for us??

We will be looking in the 3 towns mentioned above, and would welcome any input on the 3, or any others.

Thanks.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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If you don't drive, and don't plan on doing so in the near future, I'd say that Larchmont is about the best on your list because the downtown area is comprehensive and you can walk virtually anywhere you need to go, including the train station. It can be difficult without a car in Westchester, but Pelham is a bit more spread out in terms of shopping and conveniences, and Irvington is small, and very hilly.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:53 AM
 
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You might also consider Scarsdale, very upscale and significant Asian population.
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