What is a good and affordable area to move to in NY, but outside the 5 boroughs? My husband and i live in staten island ny and both commute to brooklyn everyday for work. The cost of living here is getting harder to afford everyday so we were looking into moving somewhere where we could still commute back and forth to work, yet purchase a cheaper home in a neighborhood where our home is not on top of our neighbors. We now live in a 3brm 2 bathrm semi attatched home with a small backyard. We would like to move into a quieter, less congested area preferably in ny but outside the five boroughs. Our home costs roughly 350000..we are looking to spend less, with more property and about the same taxes..not really interested in long island, but looking more toward something upstate.. An hour commute driving would be optimal but we would commute longer if we found something we realt liked. Can anyone recommend areas in NY, outside of the 5 boroughs with a good commute to brooklyn, decent property, affordable price, good schools, good area/neighborhood?
A one hour trip to Brooklyn.. puts you less than 50 miles away. That is very generous.. I sometimes hear 45+ minute delays on any one river crossing during rush hour.. which seems to be around 4 hrs long, morning and evening: 8 AM and 6 PM, +/- 2 hrs. Just looking at any map, - instead of a big 50-mile radius circle, you only have a small area to look at. cut about 35% away for water.. cut about 50% away for NJ/CT and another 10% for LI and 5 boroughs. .. you are left with Yonkers, and some land below Interstate 84. I am familiar with a lot of that area.. and none would I recommend to meet all your criteria. I'd drive up to Nanuet, Peekskill, White Plains.. or that general area, and as the other poster said - talk to a real estate agent. ( +1 to Silly Goose) or call.. email.. but you get a better feel for the commute, and the people you are dealing with when you can go face-to-face. You may have more choices if you consider NJ / CT.. but you know you are looking at nearly-certain higher taxes, and daily tolls over $25 per car. Still, the commute won't be a joy unless Metro-North, Amtrak, or NJ Transit starts running direct to Brooklyn.. or somebody re-opens a ferry service.