Ooo, I hate to post this. I'm currently living with DH in a co-op on the Yonkers side of Bronxville. Kids are years off, so I'm nervous about giving this little secret up now. ANYHOW...Tuckahoe, home of outrageous co-ops, has good (if not huge) single-family houses for around -- sometimes even under -- 300K. Their school system is incredible and it's in the heart of Westchester. That means a low crime rate, a real "neighborhood" feel, and easy access to Metro North (the commuter rail). Tuckahoe to midtown is maybe 45 minutes. It makes me sick that I can't get a house there now! Also recommended is Tarrytown. It's further up, but it's still Westchester--the schools aren't as good as Tuckahoe, but property taxes are probably a lot lower. It's also a little less "white bread" than lower Westchester, something to think about if you're concerned about your kids not being exposed to enough diversity in school.Check out www.houlihanlawrence.com for listings; they change often.As for non-housing related LBYM, I've found it EASIER to LBMM in New York. The key is resisting the temptation to take advantage of all the high-priced stuff. If you can do that, you'll find that this city is ripe with bargains. You'll get better clothes at deeper discounts here, for example. Your local Italian or Thai restaurant will offer great food for $12 a head. The markets in Chinatown have produce for cheaper than I've seen at any suburban supermarket, and the city flea markets will stun you with the odd combination of fabulous bargains and obvious rip-offs.Good luck with your potential move!
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