Take a look at the communities located on the Port Washington line of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad). This is an excellent commute and a direct line to Penn Station. Great Neck, Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington, as well as Kings Point and Sands Point and other villages are located on this train line. The commute can be as fast as 30 minutes on the express train (which run weekdays during AM & PM rush hours). You will find that some other LIRR lines are quite inconvenient because they require changing trains at Jamaica station. You can check on the schools here: http://www.longisland.com/schools/
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Good luck and please feel free to contact me if you would like any other advice. Although I live in Manhattan, I grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and I still visit the area frequently.
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http://www.greatschools.org/ http://www.schooldigger.com/ When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand, Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
Consider working with an Agent who could better assist you in your search.
I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.
Wishing you the best of luck,
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Have you considered Riverdale? It is not quite the suburbs, and not quite the city. It is a wonderful, happy medium. I think you could be very happy here and the commute is easily within your parameters. You can look up the Public and Private schools on http://www.Greatschools.net and the taxes are much less than in Westchester or Long Island. Also the prices can be well within your range.
Let me know if you would like a tour of the area. I would happily oblige.
All the best,
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