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Pierzasta, Both Buyer and Seller in Brooklyn, NY

Choosing our new hometown, please help!

Asked by Pierzasta, Brooklyn, NY Tue Jan 20, 2009

Is there any reliable source of checking out the statistics about any given city, town, zip code, etc. in US? Would bestplaces.net be one of them?

I'm trying to move out of NY but if equipped with google maps I might not go far... I have to commute to NYC.

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Hi Pierzasta,

You can check out the US Census Bureau at:


Best of luck,

Robin Lynch
Keller Williams Realty Group
760 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 24, 2009
I am not familiar with bestplaces.net. But below I attached a link to Neighborhood Navigator which will allow you to search details about towns in New York State. I would also strongly recommend that you visit the web site of the county you might be considering moving into because those sites offer links and mapping functions that might make it easier for you to get your bearings as far as your proximity to NYC. I agree that you should certainly also visit the Metro North site which is http://www.mta.info/mnr/ in order to check the train schedules. The farther away from the city you go, the cheaper the home prices. So your decision may largely depend on how much you wish to spend on a new home.

I love Google-Maps! Mostly because it's fun to view the satellite photos. But it doesn't really help much unless you're planning to live on the space station! :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2009
Much depends on your stomach for commuting. I commuted from Ronkonkoma, Long Island into Manhattan for 18 years and it was very difficult on my family life. I now work in Ronkonkoma as a manager of and an agent in a real estate office. I think the first step would be to see all the commuter routes available (for example, where you could get monthly rates for mass transit), because driving every day is even more of a nightmare and then go and visit those areas yourself. If you ever want to look around out here, please let me know. Good luck.

Ralph Windschuh
Century 21 Princeton Properties
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2009
Hi Pierzasta,

I have grown up on in Suffolk County, Long Island lived in Southern Westchester almost a decade and now live on the North Shore of Long Island now. I would say that Westchester and Long Island have similar commute times for my husband who is an East Side commuter to go to work. It is really your choice.

Try to figure out your price range, real estate wants/needs and ideal commute time. Then look at LIRR schedules and Metro North schedules. I have lived in both locations and could email you some properties here on the North Shore and allow you to see what your choices would be here in Nassau County, Long Island.

One thing I can say is New York is a great place to live and Long Island truly has it all!

Melanie Lichaa
Century 21, Laffey Associates
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 17, 2009
In general most commuters consider the end of the Metro-North or long Island Railroad lines the outer limits of their property search. New York city is surrounded by beautiful locations, the Hudson River Valley being one of them. As a general rule, the further from the city you venture, the more house you get for the money. Inventory is plentiful and prices has adjusted. Lot's of data online at town, county and realtor board websites. If the Hudson Valley is of interest I'd be happy to help. We work with a huge number of buyers from Brooklyn.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 15, 2009
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