Buying a house has been on my mind. It’s such an exciting but daunting activity. And, like with most things that are a big deal in my life, I obsess. We were extremely fortunate to have been able to sell our current home. We’re currently “in contract” but I have my fingers crossed that everything goes off without a hitch.
One of our biggest debates is where to buy…
Currently, we love in Northern Westchester, but we’re very close to Connecticut. I love Connecticut, and would be happy to move there. Ryan, on the other hand, does not share my love of CT.
Ridgefield is a quintessential New England town. It has an adorable Main Street, lined with flower baskets, street lamps, shops and restaurants. The schools are great, there are plenty of parks, classic colonial style homes, and it’s so much more affordable than Westchester in terms of taxes and what sort of house you get for your money. The biggest drawback is proximity. Ridgefield is a solid 1+ hour from the city, and there’s really no way to get to the city by Metro North.
Bedford, New York
Ryan’s top pick is Bedford, New York.
Bedford definitely has it’s perks. It’s significantly closer to both of our jobs. It is commutable to the city, should either of us every take a job in the city. And it’s absolutely gorgeous. It has a quaint little Main Street area, that doesn’t have much to offer, but it boasts beautiful countryside with horse farms, trees, and stone walls. The downsides of Bedford include a school district that’s not as good as other Westchester towns, and the cost of the homes. We both work a lot and do not have the time to spend on a fixer upper.
Katonah, New York
We currently live within minutes from Katonah. I loved Katonah the first time I saw it. It has a great Main Street with cute shops and restaurants (though, on the downside, none of these restaurants are very good). There’s a Metro North station right in town. It has really good schools. And, overall, the town has a ‘cool’ vibe.
We’ve looked at a lot of houses in Katonah, and most of them suck. The area is so popular that any house that’s halfway decent (i.e., kitchen and bathrooms that have been updated in the last 10 years) is generally in the mid-$600s-$700s. There are some houses that are more reasonable, but from the ones we have seen, they’re poorly maintained and need a lot of work, which we just don’t have time for.
As eager as I am to find a house, I need to remind myself that it needs to be the right house. I would love to buy something that we can stay in for the next 25 years, even if it needs a little work to make it our dream house. I’m not sure how Ryan feels about it, but I’ve been enjoying the process. I love looking at houses and imaging what our lives will be like there.