Which suburb should we move to?

Asked by Donghoaithanhvn, New York, NY Sat Oct 20, 2012

Hi all,

My husband and I are currently live in the city with our 2 y/o daughter. We have out grown our current 2BD and would very much want to move and settle in a suburb in the next 6 months. We have not experienced life in the East Coast outside of the City so I am quite overwhelmed with the many options that I have. We would appreciate any advice. Below is a couple of criteria we are looking for:
1) Good school/safe neighborhood is a must
2) My husband works in Wall Street and I work in Times Square; ideally we want both our commute time to be less than 1 hr. If not possible, my commute time precede his.
3) We are both young professional in our late 20s of East Asian descent, so ideally, I am looking for a community with people with similar back ground.
4) Our budget is around 1M and I am not looking for a big house with lots of land; a functioning 3/4 BR would do.
Thank you so much for all the help!!!

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allan erps,A…, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Hello, Great communities here in Clarkstown/Orangetown area of Rockland County. Very commutable via bus, train, car etc. Certainly can keep you well below your budget for a great home in this area. There are several Asian churches(Chinese, Korean, etc) in these areas. Contact me via my email allan.erps@randrealty.com or my cell (845) 304-3040. Best of Luck, Regards Allan
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Michelle Wei…, Agent, New York, NY
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Take a look at the communities located on the Port Washington line of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad). This is an excellent commute and a direct line to Penn Station. Great Neck, Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington, as well as Kings Point and Sands Point and other villages are located on this train line. The commute can be as fast as 30 minutes on the express train (which run weekdays during AM & PM rush hours). You will find that some other LIRR lines are quite inconvenient because they require changing trains at Jamaica station. You can check on the schools here: http://www.longisland.com/schools/
And community info here:
Good luck and please feel free to contact me if you would like any other advice. Although I live in Manhattan, I grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and I still visit the area frequently.
Michelle Weissman
Corcoran Group Real Estate
212.360.2462 Direct
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sat Oct 20, 2012
You have many choices, therefore consider researching area of interest online and in person. Perhaps Nassau or Queens County. For school information see links https://reportcards.nysed.gov/
http://www.greatschools.org/ http://www.schooldigger.com/ When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand, Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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De Vonte Wil…, Agent, East Point, GA
Sat Oct 20, 2012
Good Afternoon! Congratulations on your decision to relocate. Try talking to neighbors, checking out crime statistics with the local police department, etc. A Real Estate Agent cannot comment on the "desirability" of a particular neighborhood and/or development. You should also check out and visit potential schools in the community that you are considering. Call, and ask to observe a class. The best advise I can give you concerning your commute and location, is take a drive around potential cities you have been keeping your eye on.

Consider working with an Agent who could better assist you in your search.

I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.

Wishing you the best of luck,

De Vonte Williamson
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Proudly Serving Long Island
Coldwell Banker Residential
Mobile: (631)384-3695
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John Maniec, Agent, Bayside, NY
Sat Oct 20, 2012
Northeast queens would be ideal for your family. This includes the communities of bayside, douglaston, and little neck. best schools (school district 26) in all of nyc. nearby lirr direct comfortable 28 minute ride into penn station.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Sat Oct 20, 2012
Hi, Westchester County would be perfect for you. We have many top rated schools, beautiful homes, centrally located to NJ, NYC, & CT. There is so much I can share with you regarding the county and would be happy to setup a no-strings attached consultation. I just moved into the city and would be happy to meet somewhere here if that works for you.


Christopher Pagli
Accredited Buyer Representative
914 406 9023
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Weichert Rea…, Agent, Bronx, NY
Sat Oct 20, 2012
Hi Donghoaithanhvn,

Have you considered Riverdale? It is not quite the suburbs, and not quite the city. It is a wonderful, happy medium. I think you could be very happy here and the commute is easily within your parameters. You can look up the Public and Private schools on http://www.Greatschools.net and the taxes are much less than in Westchester or Long Island. Also the prices can be well within your range.

Let me know if you would like a tour of the area. I would happily oblige.

All the best,


609 Kappock Street
Suite 1A
Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 432-5000 (Office)
(718) 432-2091 (Fax)
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