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Old 06-06-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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Hi Everyone. I work in Stamford and relocated my family there from the Bellmore-Merrick area in Long Island. We absolutely loved where we lived but I couldn't deal with the commute to Stamford any longer. I have two children under 3 and my wife stays home with the kids. We're renting now but in a year or two we'll be looking to purchase a home and are researching areas close to work. Here's our criteria:

1) House range b/t 400-500K
2) Good public schools
3) An hour or (preferably) less train ride to NYC, close to a train station
4) 45 min commute or less (with normal traffic) to Stamford
5) Friendly & safe neighborhood/community (we're not at all the "keeping up with the Joneses" type)
6) Close to shopping and conveniences

This is very achievable in Long Island but we're having a hard time finding this in Westchester, or even CT. We like CT but any of the decent towns in lower Fairfield county close to NYC by train are too expensive (i.e Darien, Westport, Greenwich) or have crappy schools (i.e Stamford, Norwalk). We're getting frustrated so any direction or advice on locations to pursue would be really appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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from someone who has been house-hunting on and off for five years, the short answer is- there probably is "some" home in many towns that meet your criteria, but to meet your first criteria (i.e., price), the type of home will likely be quite modest, or in need of substantial work. if you were just looking for NY commute, I might suggest Croton, but not sure how that ties into Stamford commute- it may be doable because you never have to get close to NYC traffic
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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I'm puzzled by some of your criteria. Why do you need the convenient NYC commute if you work in Stamford?
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Yorktown might also be a consideration, but it's not directly on the train route to New York. The commute to CT would not be too difficult from most of Yorktown, however. You could drive to Croton-Harmon and catch the train to New York, if you don't need it in town for everyday commuting.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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Yorktown might also be a consideration, but it's not directly on the train route to New York. The commute to CT would not be too difficult from most of Yorktown, however. You could drive to Croton-Harmon and catch the train to New York, if you don't need it in town for everyday commuting.
From most of southern Yorktown you'll be under 10 to 15 minutes to either the Croton-Harmon station or the Mt. Kisco station, a relatively easy daily commute either way. (The train ride from Croton is shorter--and prettier--than the ride from Mt Kisco.) My drive to the Croton station--which I do daily--is under 12 minutes, door to door.

I've done the rush hour drive to Stamford a few times and it was about 40 minutes (taking the back roads).
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Trumbull and Fairfield (the town, not the whole county) in CT itself would be 45 minutes with heavy traffic, let alone normal and are cheaper than most of Westchester and the towns immediately around Stamford, so you may want to look into them. Or perhaps Bethel or Brookfield near Danbury.

Only issue with Westchester going to Stamford is anything close will be just as pricey and places like Yorktown and Croton start to get a little far.....
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Rye Brook
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You need to figure out what is important for you in the Schools. School Reports.com could help.
There are a lot of homes available now in the 400-500K Range, all over Westchester

Kevin O'Shea
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

Solid public schools are a must for us. I have family in NYC and in the event I were ever to lose my job for whatever reason (it's happened before so call me paranoid), I want to have a relatively close (hour max) commute to the City as a backup. I don't need a mansion, just a modest 3 bedroom house (Slightly under 2K sq ft is fine) with a few upgrades. A few people have suggested Valhalla and/or Mt Pleasant in Westchester, and Wilton in CT. Danbury/Bethel are nice areas but a little far north (and rural) for us. I'm trying to avoid heading in the direction of Fairfield as i95 and the Merritt traffic going home can be brutal.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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I would recommend Pleasantville village and school district. It fits all your criteria.
Solid schools, houses available for 500 and under, on Metro North Harlem Line 50 min to NYC, 35 minute drive to Stamford, friendly and safe, 20 minutes to Westchester Mall in White Plains.
I cannot think of any other place that fits all your criteria.
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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Thank you so much. I'll definitely look into that area further.
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