Hi! I have lived in Rye Brook for 30 years and have friends in Bellefair.
Self-contained: pool, tennis, deli, transport to train, meeting room, maintenance, etc.
A lot of sq ft for the money
A real community - (but very political)
The cons - as I have witnessed and been told by residents and my neighbor who is a contractor and has done work there:
You cannot sit in your backyard when planes are in the air. Ear popping noise. You can almost see the color of the pilot's eyes is the hyperbole.
A good friend had his kids and grandchildren move because of the smell of fuel fumes concerned him.
Isolated and self-indulgent - many residents flaunt their money - the are young and made too much too soon. They are known as the Yuppies of our village. The truth is I have met some nice folks and some that are not as well. There is virtually no diversity - perhaps 99.9% white.
When the previous head of the home owner's association signed a petition that allowed a ballot item to appear re reducing school busing - note - he did not agree with reducing school busing - he agreed that it should simply be on the ballot - an email was sent to residents warning that this person may be very lonely in the community - basically inferring he be shunned for signing the petition which would have reduced busing in the community.
Questionable quality of construction (as told to me by my neighbor who is a contractor) - but a lot of sq feet for the money.
Prices have risen too fast are falling fast - a lot of houses for sale there and in Rye Brook (over 100)
One, perhaps two, houses in foreclosure (as you will see on trulia.com)
My neighbor is a contractor and does a lot of work there and told me that many houses are basically unfurnished - people cannot afford to furnish after the big mortgage
Controlled environment: if you have not seen the movie, The Truman Show, see it - it is Bellefair: almost everything is controlled - color of house and trim, cannot park car in street overnight, cannot leave a toy outside on your lawn over night - many, many rules.
Very little land - which can be a plus for some people
Real estate taxes are among the highest in the village - my best guess is that they start at $25K but I can off here. Worth checking.
Also note that our taxes double every ten or eleven years - based on my 30 years of paying taxes. So...if your taxes are $25K, in 10 years they will be $50K, in 20 years they will be $100K and 30 years they will be $200K. Sounds incredible but it is factual based on my 30 years here.
On another note - the schools are good. There is basically no diversity - 99% white plus or minus. Costs about $25K to educate each child; more than 99% of the 23,000 districts in the country. We have elementary teachers who make close to 200K with benefits.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
PS - the other response is from a real estate agent but it seems balanced