I imagine by now you have arrived from Australia to Pearl River and have found a quality apartment there. Pearl River is a great place to live and depending on where you are, it is, indeed within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops. The commute to NYC is perfect. The NJ Transit has a stop right in the heart of Pearl River and from there you go to either Secaucus or Hoboken, and then take the PATH to NYC. You can go downtown to the Financial district or uptown to 34th Street and 7th Avenue. Commuting is also possible by bus and by car. The bus takes you into the NYC Port Authority building on 41st Street and 8th Avenue. Depending on when you leave to go to NYC by car and where you are going in NYC it can be anywhere from 30 minutes and up to get there. The recommended site for finding out about schools in the US is http://www.greatschools.org. Realtors are not permitted to give opinions about schools but many people I know have relied on this site and been satisfied with it. Please contact me at 914-588-2365 if you are not situated yet in Pearl River, and I will be glad to help you. Of course, I hope you have found an apartment and gotten furniture by now.
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It sounds like you will be facing a lot of changes next year. The train from Pearl River to Hoboken NJ or midtown Manhattan takes approximately 1 hour from Pearl River. Will you be working in Pearl River? Please use a website like http://www.greatschool.org to look up the statistics in the various school districts in Rockland County NY. I have developed a map of Rockland County broken down by school district. If you want the map, I can send it to you. Once you select the school district you would like for your daughter, then you can select which towns are located in that district.
I would be delighted to help you find an apartment in the area. Most landlords prefer to re-rent their apartment right away, so it is a bit too early to start looking for an apartment for next March. I could start sending you rental listings in January of next year.
I live and work in Pearl River NY.
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