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igottabeme
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Upstate NY

DH and i are considering upstate as a possibility down the line. what towns are nice with good school districts...oh and affordable please! like in the $400's if thats at all possible. Chat Icon

Posted 3/7/08 1:21 PM
 
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by igottabeme

DH and i are considering upstate as a possibility down the line. what towns are nice with good school districts...oh and affordable please! like in the $400's if thats at all possible. Chat Icon



What do you consider Upstate? Like Rochester/Buffalo (where you could live in a fabulous house for 400K) or like Westchester County?

Posted 3/7/08 1:32 PM
 

dgirl
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Re: Upstate NY

We live in New Paltz and love it! Schools are great, the town has a ton of culture and art and fun things to do.

I don't have a frame of reference for the taxes because I've never owned a house before but we pay like 13-14.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Posted 3/7/08 1:55 PM
 

igottabeme
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Katie111806

Posted by igottabeme

DH and i are considering upstate as a possibility down the line. what towns are nice with good school districts...oh and affordable please! like in the $400's if thats at all possible. Chat Icon



What do you consider Upstate? Like Rochester/Buffalo (where you could live in a fabulous house for 400K) or like Westchester County?



well not too far north i suppose. we would still like to be close enough to LI that we could visit our families. westchester would be ideal but i doubt you could anything there for $400k right?

Posted 3/7/08 2:21 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

How far Upstate are you thinking?

I live in Saratoga County - Clifton Park, Burnt Hills, Saratoga Springs all have excellent school districts. I went to Shenendehowa (the town of Clifton Park is in the Shenendehowa district) the school has very good academics, good sports and arts programs (although it's a larger town/school I graduated in a class of 700, my sister's class had over 1,000)

If you are interested in a school with large theater programs you would be better off down near Westchester County, art in education in this area tends to focus more on music. I have a friend in Westchester who owns a theatrical lighting business and he has been hired by local high schools, that is pretty much unheard of here.

Other good districts up here - Niskayuna, North Greenbush, Guilderland, Bethlehem

you can check out a local realty sire for house infoThis local realtor has a pretty good website, if you want to get an idea on prices

Posted 3/7/08 2:23 PM
 

dgirl
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by igottabeme

Posted by Katie111806

Posted by igottabeme

DH and i are considering upstate as a possibility down the line. what towns are nice with good school districts...oh and affordable please! like in the $400's if thats at all possible. Chat Icon



What do you consider Upstate? Like Rochester/Buffalo (where you could live in a fabulous house for 400K) or like Westchester County?



well not too far north i suppose. we would still like to be close enough to LI that we could visit our families. westchester would be ideal but i doubt you could anything there for $400k right?



I don't think so...I used to live in Westchester and it was really expensive. You might want to check out the hudson valley which is Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties. It's not far at all from where we live to go visit my family in Queens.

Posted 3/7/08 2:30 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by dgirl

We live in New Paltz and love it! Schools are great, the town has a ton of culture and art and fun things to do.

I don't have a frame of reference for the taxes because I've never owned a house before but we pay like 13-14.

Let me know if you have any questions!



I am so jealous you live in New Paltz!!!

Posted 3/7/08 2:34 PM
 

igottabeme
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Re: Upstate NY

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Posted by igottabeme

Posted by Katie111806

Posted by igottabeme

DH and i are considering upstate as a possibility down the line. what towns are nice with good school districts...oh and affordable please! like in the $400's if thats at all possible. Chat Icon



What do you consider Upstate? Like Rochester/Buffalo (where you could live in a fabulous house for 400K) or like Westchester County?



well not too far north i suppose. we would still like to be close enough to LI that we could visit our families. westchester would be ideal but i doubt you could anything there for $400k right?



I don't think so...I used to live in Westchester and it was really expensive. You might want to check out the hudson valley which is Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties. It's not far at all from where we live to go visit my family in Queens.



yea i was looking into orange cause DH has a friend that lives up there and i liked it when we went to visit. what are the taxes like up there? as high as LI???

Posted 3/7/08 2:48 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Sassyz75

Posted by dgirl

We live in New Paltz and love it! Schools are great, the town has a ton of culture and art and fun things to do.

I don't have a frame of reference for the taxes because I've never owned a house before but we pay like 13-14.

Let me know if you have any questions!



I am so jealous you live in New Paltz!!!



Aw thanks! Not about the jealous part but about liking our town! Chat Icon

Posted 3/7/08 2:50 PM
 

dgirl
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by igottabeme

Posted by dgirl

Posted by igottabeme

Posted by Katie111806

Posted by igottabeme

DH and i are considering upstate as a possibility down the line. what towns are nice with good school districts...oh and affordable please! like in the $400's if thats at all possible. Chat Icon



What do you consider Upstate? Like Rochester/Buffalo (where you could live in a fabulous house for 400K) or like Westchester County?



well not too far north i suppose. we would still like to be close enough to LI that we could visit our families. westchester would be ideal but i doubt you could anything there for $400k right?



I don't think so...I used to live in Westchester and it was really expensive. You might want to check out the hudson valley which is Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties. It's not far at all from where we live to go visit my family in Queens.



yea i was looking into orange cause DH has a friend that lives up there and i liked it when we went to visit. what are the taxes like up there? as high as LI???



I think it depends on the area. We are paying 13-14k in taxes per year and we have private garbage, septic, and water that we pay additionally for. Our house was in the high 4's. We have about an acre and a half of land and a nice sized house. I've got pics of it being built in my album.

I don't know what any of the other neighborhoods or areas are like yet. We knew we wanted this town and didn't look anywhere else...

Posted 3/7/08 2:53 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

There are plenty of towns in Rockland County where you can find good schools and homes within the $400s (we paid under that and are in a great district)! Most of the districts are excellent and you aren't far from Long Island (my family is still out there and it's not a bad trip at all). There was a recent study in the local paper and Pearl River and Clarkstown districts came in tops at best districts per tax dollar paid.

The taxes are close to (if not equal) to Long Island.

We didn't want to go any farther north because I work in the city and we wanted to be near some family (DHs parents are there) and friends.

ETA: Feel free to FM me if you have any specific questions!




Message edited 3/7/2008 3:04:12 PM.

Posted 3/7/08 3:02 PM
 

HomeIsWithU
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Re: Upstate NY

Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat IconI find it hilarious when people think Rockland and Westchester are "upstate"

But anyway, if I were you, I'd look in Orange County. Rockland and Westchester are still very expensive. I'm from Clarkstown and although their school district is fantastic, if you plan on spending around $400,000, plan on buying a major fixer-upper.

In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.

Posted 3/7/08 4:41 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Sassyz75

Posted by dgirl

We live in New Paltz and love it! Schools are great, the town has a ton of culture and art and fun things to do.

I don't have a frame of reference for the taxes because I've never owned a house before but we pay like 13-14.

Let me know if you have any questions!



I am so jealous you live in New Paltz!!!



I've been jealous of this for a LONG time!!! Chat Icon

Posted 3/7/08 5:12 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

hey bebe...

I've been searching these counties

Westchester
Rockland
Putnam
Dutchess
Orange.

along the Hudson river basically...not too far east or west, and trying to keep it under 1.5 hours.

we will be maintaining our apt in BK as well and living there during the week for the most part, and my kid will be going to school in the city, so I am not so concerned about school districts right now.

but there are MANY lovely and affordable homes for under 400k. and with doable taxes and decent lots.

Ossining has very nice homes and is a 50 min commute on the Metro North.

I have a NY times listing search saved if you want it too. Chat Icon

Posted 3/7/08 5:23 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by HomeIsWithU
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In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



I live in Orange and that is not quite true...it depends on WHERE in Orange you look. I am in monroe. If you are in the Monroe-Woodbury School district and want and acre of land, McMansion (5 or 6 BR/3 baths) you will pay close to $650-$750K now. I am a title closer so I know the market up here.

ETA: you can get a really nice home here for $300-$400 Chat Icon

Message edited 3/7/2008 5:33:12 PM.

Posted 3/7/08 5:30 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by dandr10199

Posted by HomeIsWithU
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In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



I live in Orange and that is not quite true...it depends on WHERE in Orange you look. I am in monroe. If you are in the Monroe-Woodbury School district and want and acre of land, McMansion (5 or 6 BR/3 baths) you will pay close to $650-$750K now. I am a title closer so I know the market up here.

ETA: you can get a really nice home here for $300-$400 Chat Icon



newburgh and New Windsor are on my list??? how is it over there? (we are goign this weekend)

I am actually looking for an old house. No new construction McMansion for me!

Posted 3/7/08 5:35 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Ophelia

Posted by dandr10199

Posted by HomeIsWithU
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In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



I live in Orange and that is not quite true...it depends on WHERE in Orange you look. I am in monroe. If you are in the Monroe-Woodbury School district and want and acre of land, McMansion (5 or 6 BR/3 baths) you will pay close to $650-$750K now. I am a title closer so I know the market up here.

ETA: you can get a really nice home here for $300-$400 Chat Icon



newburgh and New Windsor are on my list??? how is it over there? (we are goign this weekend)

I am actually looking for an old house. No new construction McMansion for me!



Newburgh isn't really nice at all. I really like New Paltz, and from what you've said I think you might like Rhinebeck/Red Hook.

Posted 3/7/08 5:56 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by dandr10199

Posted by HomeIsWithU
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In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



I live in Orange and that is not quite true...it depends on WHERE in Orange you look. I am in monroe. If you are in the Monroe-Woodbury School district and want and acre of land, McMansion (5 or 6 BR/3 baths) you will pay close to $650-$750K now. I am a title closer so I know the market up here.

ETA: you can get a really nice home here for $300-$400 Chat Icon



I agree in orange county you can get a nice home for 3/400 but we are looking at new construction in the 600k area and the taxes are between 10-16k some really nice towns are monroe, cornwall, goshen, bloominggrove, new windsor, warwick, all with in a hour of the city....good luck!

Posted 3/7/08 6:01 PM
 

igottabeme
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Ophelia

hey bebe...

I've been searching these counties

Westchester
Rockland
Putnam
Dutchess
Orange.

along the Hudson river basically...not too far east or west, and trying to keep it under 1.5 hours.

we will be maintaining our apt in BK as well and living there during the week for the most part, and my kid will be going to school in the city, so I am not so concerned about school districts right now.

but there are MANY lovely and affordable homes for under 400k. and with doable taxes and decent lots.

Ossining has very nice homes and is a 50 min commute on the Metro North.

I have a NY times listing search saved if you want it too. Chat Icon



thanks mama!
Chat Icon

Posted 3/7/08 6:43 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by HomeIsWithU

Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat IconI find it hilarious when people think Rockland and Westchester are "upstate"

But anyway, if I were you, I'd look in Orange County. Rockland and Westchester are still very expensive. I'm from Clarkstown and although their school district is fantastic, if you plan on spending around $400,000, plan on buying a major fixer-upper.

In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



You can actually find a house in move in condition in the low to mid $400ks now. We paid under $400k for a house that needed some work but - I wouldn't classify it as a major fixer-upper (it's a cape on a quarter acre).

ETA: Some areas of Orange County are seeing large tax increases because of the growth in the area over the past few years.

Message edited 3/7/2008 7:35:37 PM.

Posted 3/7/08 7:33 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Katie111806

What do you consider Upstate? Like Rochester/Buffalo (where you could live in a fabulous house for 400K) or like Westchester County?



I think you could live in a fabulous house there for way less than 400k!! (drool)

Posted 3/7/08 7:51 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

We live in Southern Dutchess County and love it up here. It still far from family on LI about 90 minutes (Commack).

Great website/realtor is Prudential Serls in Dutchess. Lots of new construction from $450-$999. Now is an excellent time to buy. Our taxes are about 1/2 of LI.

Posted 3/7/08 8:56 PM
 

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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by nov04libride

Posted by Ophelia

Posted by dandr10199

Posted by HomeIsWithU
.

In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



I live in Orange and that is not quite true...it depends on WHERE in Orange you look. I am in monroe. If you are in the Monroe-Woodbury School district and want and acre of land, McMansion (5 or 6 BR/3 baths) you will pay close to $650-$750K now. I am a title closer so I know the market up here.

ETA: you can get a really nice home here for $300-$400 Chat Icon



newburgh and New Windsor are on my list??? how is it over there? (we are goign this weekend)

I am actually looking for an old house. No new construction McMansion for me!



Newburgh isn't really nice at all. I really like New Paltz, and from what you've said I think you might like Rhinebeck/Red Hook.



Now thats not necessarily true! We just moved into Town of Newburgh/ bordering Marlboro and its a very nice safe family friendly town. I wouldnt live in the city for sure but not all of Newburgh isnt nice.

We bought our 3br/1bth split level for 280K and we have 4K taxes plus water, and garbage expenses.

Posted 3/7/08 9:14 PM
 

nov04libride
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Arieschick29

Posted by nov04libride

Posted by Ophelia

Posted by dandr10199

Posted by HomeIsWithU
.

In Orange you can spend $350K and get a brand new HUGE house with an acre of land.



I live in Orange and that is not quite true...it depends on WHERE in Orange you look. I am in monroe. If you are in the Monroe-Woodbury School district and want and acre of land, McMansion (5 or 6 BR/3 baths) you will pay close to $650-$750K now. I am a title closer so I know the market up here.

ETA: you can get a really nice home here for $300-$400 Chat Icon



newburgh and New Windsor are on my list??? how is it over there? (we are goign this weekend)

I am actually looking for an old house. No new construction McMansion for me!



Newburgh isn't really nice at all. I really like New Paltz, and from what you've said I think you might like Rhinebeck/Red Hook.



Now thats not necessarily true! We just moved into Town of Newburgh/ bordering Marlboro and its a very nice safe family friendly town. I wouldnt live in the city for sure but not all of Newburgh isnt nice.

We bought our 3br/1bth split level for 280K and we have 4K taxes plus water, and garbage expenses.



I meant the city. Chat Icon I had a scary night when I got lost there while driving to a party!

Posted 3/7/08 10:03 PM
 

nov04libride
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Re: Upstate NY

Posted by Florence

We live in Southern Dutchess County and love it up here. It still far from family on LI about 90 minutes (Commack).

Great website/realtor is Prudential Serls in Dutchess. Lots of new construction from $450-$999. Now is an excellent time to buy. Our taxes are about 1/2 of LI.



What route do you drive that it takes you 90 minutes? It takes me 2 1/2 to go from Pok. to Islip.

Posted 3/7/08 10:04 PM
 
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