Dh and I are from the south (him New Orleans, me about an hour east on MS gulf coast). We've lived a few places since.... Dh did his graduate work in Central NY and we loved our time there. We loved NY so much we wanted to head back after his post doc. Well... he was offered a position with a college on SI. I'm panicked! I'm so worried about finances! From what the real estate broker told me, I fear we'll never have a home of our own. Dh will be a college professor... I'm a RN. We have two beautiful babies (2 y/o and 5 months). Neither have been in daycare... my 2 y/o goes to a mothers morning out once or twice a week for a 3 hr morning. They will definitely have to now given I will have to work more than the occassional 4 hr shift.
So tell me about SI and surrounding area. Tell me how wonderful it is or how horrible it is. What area is best to rent on SI. My DH said it was suburban on SI (from what he saw... Grymes Hill area I think). Is it a good place to raise a child. I'm getting different opinions from friends who live in NJ and Brooklyn. (each preferring their area)... Also on schools??? One friend said private schools are a must... but I thought NYC was supposed to have great public schools? How are they on SI? Any info, really give it to me!
Re: Tell me about Staten Island... DH offered a job there.
I'm sorry I don't know S.I. well enough to tell you which parts are better, I just know its more suburban and you get more for your money when it comes to buying a home. Can you just rent a house? Right now, NYC is one of the few places where renting makes more sense than owning a home. With all that said, I would love to own my own home too, but can't afford it right now. I am a sahm, but we had been planning on me staying home, and we rent, so we don't have a big mortgage hanging over our head every month.
You can also check out NJ. It should be an easy commute - there are a few different ways to get to SI from NJ every day.
G.L, I hope I helped you just a little
There are plenty of parks on "the rock," and it is close enough to the city to see shows and museums.
One downside I have been experiencing is the lack of daycare or daycare referrals. But that is why joned this site, to see if I can get some more info...
As for public schhols, they are a lot different than when I grew up. I definately received a good education, but as previous posts stated, they are getting over crowded and the kids are becoming more and more undisciplined. If you can afford private school, I think it will be worth it. My husband and are starting to save now...
Hubby will prob be retiring in 10 years so as for schools, we're really only looking at K-6 & I'm thinking of Catholic school (even though I'm not Catholic) or private.
Sorry if I'm going to get slammed for this but it's true.
We ended up buying in the New Dorp area.
Thanks! That's good info! We're actually looking at a place in the New Dorp area. Seems like we're looking too soon though. Everything is available now and we cannot pay two rents for the next two months. I have to settle down a little for another month or so. lol. We'll see.
Did you rent there prior to buying? If so, did you go through a broker? Craigslist? the newspaper?
Thanks a million!