As you already heard before Real Estate Professionals are not allowed by law to give advise or make recommendations on schools... however you can find several good public school research engines throughout the Internet... some of them are listed with links within my website at
and you can start your own research there very easily... once you have narrowed down your search you may want to visit the schools of your choice to get a better feel and more in depth information... please do not hesitate to give me a call at 914-438-7556 if you need further help in your search for a new home... I am here to help...
Legends Realty Group LLC
You have had some good answers already but I wanted to pass on a coulple of good school searching sights below. I also think that now is a great time to start looking and eventually buying in Westchester Co.
Because of the proximity to the city and great commute, there will always be a demand for property here. The residents also seem to maintain a high standard for their schools.
I live and work in Westchester and have children in the schools. I am very pleased with the schools and the community.
schoolmatters.com and schooldigger.com are the sights
I am not a real-estate agent, so I can freely give you some insight from someone
born in one of the towns you cite, and very familiar with the others.
In order of (very arguable) generally accepted common belief, here is my breakdown:
Rye (Best of your choices, and I am not from Rye. But a starter home is $1M + at least through this last year's worth of Wall Street Bonuses)
Irvington (Excellent - nice, safe, small River town...)
Mammaroneck (Very Very Good)
Edgemont (Very Good, but my personal belief is that Edgemont is surrounded by too many bad influences
Growing up in Westchester, the Edgemont teens always had easy access to drugs, etc)
Tarrytown (Good, and getting better, but still considered segmented by slow (ESL) and Fast-trackers.
Taxes generally disproportionate to value
My advice on this, beyond doing a little internet research on what houses are currently available, would be to find a local agent. Any agent can show you homes in different communities but an agent dealing with specific local communities might havs some better insight on what is well priced and even which sellers have more motiviation. We still have alot of sellers who think it is better to price high and negotiate down, then to price well and get sold.
If you ever have any questions about Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison and Purchase feel free to contact me or visit my website at http://www.andrewrogovic.prudentialrand.com. Good luck with your home search.
Associate Broker Prudential Rand Realty
My best advice, and clients love this, is to visit the schools unannounced. This way they don't have time to prepare for your visit. You will see how they treat you and exactly what goes on during a typical day.
As Gail mentions, Realtors cannot by law tell you that one school district is better than the other. I live and sell homes in Edgemont and surroundings and would be more than happy to set up meetings or tours in different schools districts so you can make an informed decsion about what is best for your children. I am a mom of three boys and although I have just started the school thing, I personally am very happy here in Edgemont so far. Prices are more reasonable in the Westchester area and there are some things in the $800K price range that are great.
Call or send an email if you woulf like me to set up any meetings or viewings.
If you go to http://www.GailGladstone.com, you can click on "school info" and that will allow you to do side-by-side comparisons with schools anywhere.