I have lived and worked in the Bronx for years. I grew up in the Parkchester section of the Bronx and bought my condo in Parkchester when I got married a couple of years ago. The Bronx have several neighborhoods that are great including Pelham, Parkchester, Norwood, Riverdale, Bronxdale, Morris Park, . I especially like the Morris Park and Pelham section because it is rather quiet and conveniently located to a significatnt number of shopping areas and walking distance to several parks. I would highly recommend that you check the schools for whichever area you are interested in.
One of the only concern with the above areas and most of the North Bronx is the rent is a bit more expensive is these areas. I think it is a great idea to live in an area first to get the feel of it before you purchase. One of the benefits to taking this approach is in allows you to observe things such as the parking, transportation (trains and buses), traffic, congestion, etc. Sometimes the smallest convenience can make the biggest difference in a person's life when moving to a new area.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesisate to ask. Good luck.
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