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Old 04-04-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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Hi everybody, we are looking at houses in Mount Kisco section of Chappaqua school. There seems two parts of it: Millwood and Rolling Fields. Both have houses that are priced much lower than those houses with Chappaqua PO. I wonder why that is (is it just a PO on your mail? or there is some neighborhood issue?). Is there difference between Chappaqua and Mount Kisco parts of the school district? Is there difference between Millwood and Rolling Fields? Which one(s) is more desirable than the other(s)? What kinds of people are living in these areas compared to the chappaqua po areas?
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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PEMom, our family has also been looking at houses in Chap schools (for a couple years), and although we are also still an "outsider" (still in Manhattan), we have done a fair amount of research. The Chappaqua schools include nearly all (but NOT all) of the houses with Chappaqua addresses, as well as some houses with addresses in Mt Kisco, Ossining, Pleasantville, Armonk, and Millwood (which is its own separate town, not part of Mt Kisco, but there may also be a "MIllwood" section of Mt Kisco, but we never saw it). As a general rule, the Millwood homes tend to be more modest than the "average" Chappaqua home, but there are certainly houses in Millwood that are nicer than certain homes in Chappaqua. Regarding Mt Kisco addresses that attend Chap schools, there is a mix. Some are in more modest areas, but many of the most exclusive neighborhoods that attend Chappaqua schools technically have Mt Kisco addresses, so there does not seem to be a "stigma" simply to having a Mt K address (and our friends there confirmed this). Similarly, due to the hodge-podge of addresses in the schools, once up there, the residents do not make big deals about these types of details. The other big factor is train access- almost all houses in Chap schools have parking privileges at some train station, but the question is which one. Most Chap addresses and most Millwood addresses can get resident parking at Chap train, but a few Chap addresses are technically in Mt Pleasant, so may be Pleasantville train or possibly even Hawthorne, depending on house. For Mt Kisco addresses, some are Chap train station and some are Mt Kisco- usually determined by whether the house is part of "New Castle", which is the township that technically "owns" the Chap train station. None of these are a big deal, but just try to avoid the situation where you cannot park at the closest station- for many in Mt Kisco, they are closer to Mt Kisco train anyway, so actually a benefit to have parking privileges there. In addition to the train, the Chappaqua library is technically run by town of New Castle, so there may be issues of sign-out privileges, but libraries are public places so anybody can "use" any library, and I believe Westchester has a pretty developed inter-library loan system, to the extent some book is "only" at Chap. We are not familiar with Rolling Fields, so cannot help you there.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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There is a chunk of Yorktown PO that is in Chappaqua schools (the area just north of the Seven Bridges campus, which itself is maybe 2 feet from the Yorktown border). Those houses tend to be relatively expensive since the area is lovely and most properties have a fair amount of land. I don't know if those properties qualify for resident parking at the Chappaqua station, but almost all stations have non-resident permit parking. I know lots of people who live in Yorktown (schools and PO) and who are a few minutes from the Mt. Kisco station and they all have non-resident parking permits there. Some stations have more non-resident permit spots than others, of course.

On the libraries, you can take a book from any library in Westchester and return it to any other library in westchester. (DVDs need to be returned to the branch you took them from). We are always library hopping and returning books to one library that we took out somewhere else.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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Thanks Eaglescout and dma. I also doubted PObox or library is a big deal. Train...maybe. We are just nervous about the making mistake of picking the wrong area again. I know Millwood section has a mix of million dollar houses and modest houses. It seems nobody here know about Rolling Fields, which are priced very low for chappaqua.
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:01 AM
 
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PE mom - where did you pick first that you are unhappy? We are moving to the area too this summer and are now looking mostly in Chappaqua, Briarcliff Manor, Armonk and Ardsley. Where did you settle at first and why were you unhappy?
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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flowergarden, the mistake we made was not in any of your targeted areas. but in general i don't like westchester and the tax is going up and school program is cutting - (i know ardsley is cutting some teachers and considering school bus cut). armonk is very rural and there is no community feeling. no experience from BM or chappaqua. have you identify certain area and maybe a house?
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:08 AM
 
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My husband will be working in Ardsley; so we are looking for a balance between school, house and commute time. Unlike most of the area, we don't like a long commute. Spending 2 hours of your day on the road affects home life and we don't want that. We are also looking at what most would consider the lower priced homes (3/4 of million dollar home is the "cheap" home). We'd consider Edgemont and Rye Brook too, but I haven't seen anything there that we could afford. They are a little more urban than we are used too, as well. It's a little different for us than most people as we are moving into the area with teenagers who are already in high school. The high school and what classes they offer are very important to them.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:33 AM
 
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A large part of the town of Bedford and part of North Castle also have Mt. Kisco addresses (zip code 10549). Some real estate agents solved the problem by calling it Bedford Corners instead of Mt. Kisco. If you look for the Bedford Corners post office you will never find it.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Rolling Fields is a lovely neighborhood. My friend lived here until last month and what I like about it is that there are children out playing in the street and you actually get to know your neighbors. The houses are definitely more modest than a lot of neighborhoods in the Chappaqua district, but there is a really friendly feel to it.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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Please bear in mind that, because the USPS uses non-conforming ZIP Code postal zones. many places are not in the community whose name is in that place's mailing address.

NYS Geographic Glossary may be of some help to you in understanding the geography of New York.

When you do find a house that you like, you can find out in which community (city, village or CDP) that house is actually located, which is oftentimes different from the community named in that house's mailing address, by using the Census Bureau's online address search function. (CDP, or Census Designated Place, is the Census Bureau equivalent for a hamlet in New York State.)

And, very importantly, among other things, the Census Bureau's online address search function also indicates in which school district an address is located.
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