Mothering Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
hello everyone- my family and I are considering a transfer to nyc for many reasons (mainly family).. We are willing to sacrifice size of house etc for porximity to the city but we don't want to live in the city -my kids like to roam free somewhat and I'll need a car and easy acess to upstate ny in case a family memeber needs help (the whole point of us moving is to be closer.) I live in the close in burbs of DC so I know from sticker shock, but we don't want to spend money needlessly t. We were looking at the western side of nyc and fell on westchester but...the little I know of it makes me wonder if our laid back life would be possible there. A friend mentioned hastings on hudson- does anyone live there? I have two kids in public school so a decent one nearby would be ideal. We'd like it if it was in an actual 'town' rather than a subdivision (they run rampant in the DC area but we've managed to avid them so far) and, needless to say, we would need to be near the commuter rail. Wow...not a lot to ask, right? Thanks in advance for any advice
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,313 Posts
I don't know much about that side of the city, but I grew up in Bayonne, NJ, and it's worth a look. It's a small city, itself, but it's definitely "towny" and there are no subdivisions.<br><br>
I recommend a short trip to the area to look at a few different areas before you settle on a town, in any case.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
thanks. what is so frustrating is that new jersey (particulary montclair or south orange) sound ideal but friends who live ther say that it's difficult to make the transfer from penn station to the east side (my dh works near grand central) in any goodly time. this is all speculation..and we plan to go neighborhood/ town hunting before we start looking for a house. if nj bowls us over we'll probably run with that- it just that since I'll be staying and working at home with our 3 kids, I'd feel guilty picking a burb that will make the commute longer for my dh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
We live in a very "suburban" part of New York City, in the Bronx, called "Riverdale." But since moving here prices have skyrocketed. I have several friends in Hastings and they love it. It's a great town, great public schools and a very artsy community as well. The commute to New York City is also quite easy. Hope that helps.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
159 Posts
I grew up in Westchester and live in NJ and soon moving to NC. But if there's one place I'd love to live in it's Westchester. DH and I lived in the river edge apts. in Hastings on Hudson and I so love it there. So convenient to the city by car or train. I took the train, which was mostly always on time, and it takes a quick 45 minutes to Grand Central which is so convenient. I guess some folks would label H-O-H as slightly artsy but affluent. There's a great center with everything you need - post office, dry cleaners, bank, gas station, etc. I think it's Warburton St. I truly loved living there and didn't appreciate it at the time since I was in my early 20s. But I'd move back there in a minute. The Hudson River is awesome and we had a great view of it from the apt. Schools in Hastings are good too although I don't have personal experience.<br><br>
Another river town to consider is Dobbs Ferry. They have more condos.<br><br>
Irvington is nice too. You'll find all of these river towns really have a certain flavor you won't find elsewhere. But they can be mucho expensive.<br><br>
Then there's always Scarsdale, Ardsley, Yonkers, Bronxville (love Bronxville, so cute and slightly more urban). You may want to check out White Plains also schools might not be as good as some of the others. Riverdale is ok, it's really the Bronx, and quite expensive.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
159 Posts
Just wanted to add that I live right next to Montclair, NJ so if you'd like to know more about that area, I'm happy to help.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
thanks carriek. How is the commute from montclair area? Is ther an express train that bypasses all stops (I got that info from a probably out of date magazine article)?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,667 Posts
Hello! Another area of the Bronx that is very nice is Woodlawn - it's near Riverdale, just across Van Cortland Park. It's traditionally Irish, and still strongly so, but becoming a bit more diverse w/some Italians, Latinos and Albanians. The public grade school is good for NYC. We've been living there for several years.<br><br>
Bronxville is beautiful, very green (meaning a lot of trees, etc), with a walkable village, great public school and easy commute to Grand Central, but it's pricey. I grew up there & DH & I are currently looking for an apt there (houses are out of our price range).<br><br>
I don't know much about the river towns. Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
143 Posts
Hoboken is a great place to raise children and is a PATH ride away from the city. It is urban living, but it is still possible to own a car w/o paying for parking. There are parks and activities in town although many are geared toward the infant/toddler/pre-school crowd.<br><br><a href="http://www.hobokenfamily.com" target="_blank">www.hobokenfamily.com</a><br><a href="http://www.hobokennj.org" target="_blank">www.hobokennj.org</a><br><br>
Many parents prefer the charter schools. There is information about schools on the Hoboken Family site under Resources.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Tracey
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,755 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>malkamargolies</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">We live in a very "suburban" part of New York City, in the Bronx, called "Riverdale." But since moving here prices have skyrocketed.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
i grew up in riverdale - it is very different now than it was 20 years ago - but still amazing. you can hop right onto the subway without having to owrry about commuter rail lines (although metro north right into grand central is also an option).<br>
the schools are good - i went to private elementary, my sister (12 years later) did public - and we both received excellent educations. neither of us went to the public middle school or high school, although they have rezoned those recently and from what i hear, i would be much more comfortable sending a child there now.<br>
that all said, it is very expensive - my parents' 2BR/1 bath apartment is worth easily three times the value of my house in pennsylvania. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
965 Posts
mamas here, in case anyone is still reading this thread-<br><br>
for those of you who are in Riverdale, as was mentioned a few times on this thread, I am looking to get together some sort of playgroup in Riverdale or southern Westchester. Let me know if you're interested!
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top