Hi Ms 2nd home buyer...I used to live in Long Island & now Orange County for last 16 years. My husband Commutes to the City for work. After the Tapanzee & then 287 to 87 North then to Rt 17 and exit off to 17M whew! An hour and 20 minutes. THE PROBLEM... if you come up here for Holidays or anytime in the Fall with the leaves turning and all the Apple picking, you better be prepared to stay until Monday to go home! The TRAFFIC is just awful! My point, I do have 1... make sure wherever you go you wont dred going home and the traffic isn't bad, it really ruins the whole idea of a vacation place to relax & such...and the $$$ spent! PS- Have you thought of Pa.? You may be closer and wont pay such high taxes. Milford , Shahola & many areas I don't know I have never heard a complaint about. PSS-Whats funny is I just looked at a house online in Mountaindale & for the sq. feet & price im now looking a few miles away in Woodbourne. I am looking for a year round residence. PSSS- LOL ALOT of people like to go to "The River", the Delaware and there are some places up Rt. 97 for Sale. I don't know your age or what you are looking for but sooo many people love tubing, rafting etc. Different times of the summer the water is calm & others a bit rough & then theres great places to nosh afterwards. I am a chatty one aren't I! I have a small store in my home at the moment & looking to re-locate and just talk to people all the time. If you ever need work done of any kind on what you purchase my son will travel up to an hour. He has been a General Contractor for 16 years. Wherever you go, whatever you do, the Very Best of Luck to you... that rhymed on accident. lol I am 60 & disabled but still Love Life! My # (914) 443-8958 I think I had 6 PS's in there! Debi Heines Feel free to call for ...anything!