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Nice place to live commutable to Manhattan

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HtheH Tue 05-Mar-13 13:51:55

My dh has been offered a job in NYC. They will pay for the move and our rent, school fees efc. So it is all quite exciting. However, I don't think we want to live in Manhattan or immediate surrounds - Brooklyn etc. i think we would prefer a smaller community within 40 mins or so commute of the city. Can anyone help? Budget not too much of an issue. Important that it is safe for children, parks, playgroups, school etc. The white picket fence American dream - if that still exists? Thanks

natation Thu 07-Mar-13 08:51:46

Timetables for Metro North

Timetable for line 7 from Queens to 5th Ave

blackcurrants Thu 07-Mar-13 08:52:40

Kungfutea yes!! Lookup the PATH train. Goes from the west side of Manhattan to Hoboken, Jersey city and etc.

natation Thu 07-Mar-13 09:11:45

PATH trains map

mummytime Thu 07-Mar-13 09:15:42

If you lived in Sleepy Hollow I would look very carefully before sending my child to a private school, the Elementary/Middle school there looks amazing, and has a huge budget (via Rothschild money). But its a hard community to get a place to live.

TheCatInTheHairnet Thu 07-Mar-13 12:43:44

I agree with you mummy time, as long as you are living in the Pocantico Hills district. The Tarrytown schools (which a lot of SH falls into) are not anywhere near as good though, solely I believe because of the high proportion of kids that have English as their second language. I do really like Tarrytown, and if I was moving here again, I would have looked much more seriously at it.

HtheH Thu 07-Mar-13 13:04:35

Thank you all so so much. You have been so helpful, and I am sure I will be pm'ing a couple of you. I have my work cut out! Think the posting will be 3 years. DS currently at a Montessori preschool, so makes sense to look at those out there. Can't thank you enough for invaluable advice. Will get booking a trip out asap.

storynanny Thu 07-Mar-13 13:23:21

My son and family live in Queens, easy to get into manhattan by the Long Island railroad, ( LIRR ) baby is in a nursery, but apparently there are lots of nice schools around but for secondary age they plan to move further into Long Island as they are "better". My son commutes to manhattan every day, it's an easy journey

Kungfutea Thu 07-Mar-13 18:32:24

The lirr only goes into Penn unfortunately but the E and F lines all run express across to midtown so towns like forest hills, kew gardens and Jamaica estates are all possibilities - but they're more like typical London zone 4/5 suburbs. I'm not sure if its what the op is loiking for.

OP, pm me if you want info on private schools in queens and Manhattan. We went through the application process last year.

skratta Thu 07-Mar-13 18:46:03

We lived in Greenwich, where I commuted to NYC. We moved further away to Oxford, from Greenwich, which had been an easier commute (but meant that DH couldn't earn much as his own business workshop was too far to be effective but moving it would cost too much) and even on this length of a commute, it's an okay journey, and living in Greenwich was great for the commute, sad we had to move. Nice schools, short 35min commute!

stopgap Mon 18-Mar-13 11:56:43

I've lived in NYC for ten years. My husband's family is from Westport, which is a lovely CT town on the beach, good shopping and schools. It's a longer commute than White Plains, but a much nicer town. But if I was going to live in southern Westchester, then I would choose Bronxville. It's a charming village with incredible public schools and only a half hour commute to the city.

Bonsoir Mon 18-Mar-13 18:38:18

Friends in Paris moved to NY for the husband's job (banking) and bought a house in Larchmont. They are very happy with the lifestyle and the quality of the public schools.

FamousFiveForever Sun 19-May-13 16:59:56

Hiya, do you mind if I revive your thread? Have you found a nice place, H?
We are due to move in a couple of weeks and looking around Long Island.

sleepdodger Thu 30-May-13 08:59:58

For my 2p head to ct, Greenwich is stunning, seas side, quick 55 min into central, Stamford nearby has the express amtrack train services eg to Boston etc
And picket fences wink

MorrisZapp Thu 30-May-13 09:09:55

Love this thread! I'm not moving anywhere, but if I was...

LarkinSky Sun 02-Jun-13 22:16:56

Where did you end up choosing OP?

Dlb1234 Mon 28-Jul-14 17:03:03

Hi. I'm curious to know which area you chose? We are moving to New York for husband's work in Midtown and reading up on areas within or outside manhattan with good school for pre k and kindergarten.

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