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Old 04-01-2010, 08:02 AM
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We have two children (3 and 4) looking into these areas because it is central to our jobs. We want to rent for a year to get a feel for the neighborhood. We would buy, but our current budget is only 500K and we would like a backyard. Any thoughs/suggestions/recommendations? We also really would like a neighborhood feel.

What are the differences in these neighborhood?

Thanks !
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:42 PM
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All 3 villages are in the Town of Mount Pleasant, with access to all of those amenities (library, pool/rec facility, etc.). Thornwood and Hawthorne use Mount Pleasant schools (2 elementary, 1 middle, 1 high school, I believe), and the train station is in Hawthorne. This area has mostly strip mall shopping as opposed to a true village center.

Pleasantville also has its own pool, train station and school system (1 elementary, 1 middle, 1 high school and all are rated a bit higher than the Mount Pleasant district based on test scores, if that matters to you). The village center is very quaint, convenient and walkable and surrounding this are very nice residential streets with charming older colonial homes that are very sought after, particularly since the school district does not offer bus service. Both home prices and taxes tend to be higher than in Thornwood or Hawthorne.

$500k will be a somewhat limited price point in any of these villages but you'll probably find more for your money in Thornwood or Hawthorne than in Pleasantville.
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