All the best.
Your budget may be tight and you may have to think outside the 'historic area." Let us all know how you ultimately made out. Good luck.
Westchester County is about 1/2 hour north of New York City. It is a great commute with 3 train lines coming to the city and many highways and parkways.
The shopping is great there is a terrific nightlife in White Plains these days and you can drive to NYC at night in about 1/2 hour. (Parking after 7:00 PM in NYC is surprisingly easy in most areas)
If you want to stay in the confines of NYC limits Most of the boroughs are not very car friendly except for the outer areas where there is a little more land.
I grew up in NYC and have been living in Westchester for over 25 years. I love it here.
I would be happy to show you some of the listings and areas in your price range.
All the best!
Homes of Westchester,
One more thing I wanted to point out that I forgot to mention.
Since you have included such a large area, please know that by working with a large franchise (in my case, that would be Prudential) . I would be able to refer you out to other agents in the 3 states you mentioned. It's akmost like staying within the same family! We have a very large relocation department that would facilitate the referrals. You dont have to seek out different agents on your own, and everyone can coordinate their efforts, as no one agent is an expert in anything other than the specific area they cover on a regular basis. This might make it less stressful for you.
Just a suggestion..........
Well, step back and wait for the stampede of agents telling you about their areas! You have asked about a huge area, involving 3 states. You will have so many options, your head will be spinning!
I will cut to the chase,. My area (all of Essex, parts of Morris and Union Counties) is a 30-60 min commute depending on what town you are in, and whether you take the train or bus. Many people here commute on a daily basis, as we are approximately 17 miles from Manhattan. If you visit my website, you will see a list of the different towns I cover. My company website also offers a lot of information on towns, including school information (as does my personal site), recreation and points of interest.
We have a lot to offer from warm and inviting tudors and colonials, to more contemporary styled homes. Depending on the town, you should be able to get a single family home with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 baths. We also have a number fo townhome communities to choose from with clubhouses, pool and tennis.
What I suggest you do is find an agent (or 2) in each state that can give you an overview of their area. There are many questions I would ask you...such as your home style preference, what kind of neighborhood might attract you, and what personal interests and needs you have. Each town in my area has a distinct flavor.
Good luck in your move, and I hope I may be of help.
Prudential NJ Properties
Feel free to email me, and I will be delighted to send you listings, and information on the various towns I cover.
Senior Loan Officer