Looking to buy in Westchester, NY. Please advise on which area to choose. We will need good shcools.

Asked by Greta, Westchester Village, Bronx, NY Thu Mar 27, 2008

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Nancy Strong, Agent, Armonk, NY
Thu Jun 18, 2009
I would be happy to work with you to find the best location to suit your needs. There are many school reports that can be found online. Since there are many great school districts here, it would be important next to know what your other needs are. Do you need to be close to the train for commuting? How big a home, how much land and your price range will all help narrow down your search. I'd love to assist you in doing that. If you would like to see more about me, you can go to my website at http://www.nancybstrong.com I work for Prudential Holmes and Kennedy and service most of Northern Westchester.
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Jamal Hadi, Agent, Scarsdale, NY
Fri Feb 13, 2009
it all depends what location you will feel comfortable with. I suggest you spean a day driving by the different cities if haven't already done so. if you are interested we can arrange a a tour as well.

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Scott Richar…, , Armonk, NY
Wed Sep 3, 2008
You should visit http://www.RichardsonRealtyTeam.com as they are excellent and very knowledgeable about Westchester real estate, offer a Westchester real estate meetup and run local Westchester blogs! Here is a helpful blog: http://www.LiveArmonk.com or http://livinginpoundridge.wordpress.com, or http://livinginwestchester.wordpress.com/

Good Luck!!
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Phil, , Lakewood, CO
Mon Apr 28, 2008
Hello Greta,

My wife and I are relocating in May to Southern California - due to my new job. We've enjoyed living in the Half Moon Bay community in Croton on Hudson (right on the water) and know the schools in this district are good.

We are selling our townhome at HMB, feel free to check it out. We are next to the Croton-Harmon train station with a 40min commute to NYC. Very convenient.


Good luck with your search!
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Milton D. Jo…, , Bronx, NY
Fri Mar 28, 2008
When buyers have children or plan on having children, the quality of the local public schools play an important role. Many people ask which are good or better school? I can not answer that question for a few reasons, most importantly is it is against the law for an agent to say one is better than another. But I can point you in the right direction. Each community has its own public school district and you can receive information by visiting the county's web site. You can request statics for the district if it is not already posted o the site. Or by calling the Westchester-Putnam School Boards' Association or Student Advocacy of Westchester can assist with school-related issues, in your case receiving a possible listing of school rating, etc.

914-833-0094 Westchester-Putnam School Boards' Association
914-347-3313 Student Advocacy of Westchester

The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools

Make sure you consider the property and school tax when choosing an area. I some areas both may be steep and may effect your choices. try and match home affordability and school quality.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Fri Mar 28, 2008
Hi, you can pretty much go to any real estate site these days and search school distrits, if you want you can go to mine and get detailed reports.. http://.www.ChristopherPagli.com. Now as for the schools you shouldn't only go by the ranking number of a school, what is more important is the criteria they use to compile the trankings. Some schools may be top rated but the "Challenge Index" may be one that you feel is too high for your child and you don't want that kind of pressure on them. That's just one example, your best bet is too make a list of what is most important to you and your child and compare that to the information you are given for the schools. What I love to tell clients to do is show up at a school unannounced to 1) See how you are treated for doing so and 2) Really get an idea of what goes on first hand. Hope this has been helpful.
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Gizmo, Home Buyer, Westchester County, NY
Thu Mar 27, 2008
You should go to the houlihanlawrence website and there is a search function that should allow you to search by the school district (don't go by town names as different school districts encompass different towns and vice versa). Choose these school districts as their reputations are excellent, have excellent statistics, (and are listed in US News & World as top schools.

Top 100 Public HS in the US ranking includes (in order are):
Edgement High (this is part of Scarsdale)
Horace Greeley - in Chappaqua School District so choose Chappaqua on the drop down box.
Scarsdale High
Blind Brook (in Rye Brook)

Within the Top 400 Public HS in the US
Byram Hills - (encompasses Armonk/parts of Bedford & Chappaqua)
Briarcliff - (encompasses parts of Briarcliff Manor, Pleasantville, etc.)

While not in the ranking, Bronxville, John Jay, Somers, Hendrick Hudson, Fox Lane, Pelham are all pretty good too.

Make sure you choose by school district because it gets confusing. For example, just because you're in Chappaqua does not mean you will go to Horace Greeley - some go to Byram Hills or Yorktown. And some parts of Mount Kisco go to Horace Greeley while others go to Fox Lane, etc.... Good luck!
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