How do you pick your new town?
July 3, 2012 3:11 PM Subscribe
Leaving the city: how do you pick your new town?
posted by cgs to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are planning on moving away from the city (Brooklyn) when we move onto baby number two (in about 8 months). I am mobile with my job and we aren't moving towards either of our families. We want (from a longer laundry list) a place with:
- outdoor space for the kids to runaround and ride bikes
- good schools
- cool people (read: educated, not conservative)
- some culture: restaurants, fun things happening
We have been driving around trying to get a feel for different towns but it seems so random, leading to a feeling like we are throwing a dart at the map.
So, in general: If you have been in a similar situation, how did you go about deciding?
In particular: do you have any recommendations from between Philadelphia to the Hudson Valley? (I will still have to go into Manhattan from time to time, so we are limiting our range to this zone). So far we have Westchester, PA and Beacon, NY.
Thanks for your help, and I apologize for this being one of those hairy, nebulous, personal questions without a quick answer.