Open houses on weekends, too! The latest real estate property listings from Houlihan Lawrence’s Larchmont office. New. $2,599,000

We are moving from London to NY in our 30’s and are hoping to start a family. Office is in Stamford, 50 minutes by train from Manhattan. Manhattan would be great but is expensive. I’m hoping to find a place between the two. Any suggestions?

All sorts really, depending entirely on your budget limitations.

Yeah, I would not recommend Manhattan for your situation unless you are absolutely committed to extreme urban living. I suppose there are people who live in Manhattan and work as far away as Stamford, but of course it’s usually the other way round, and unless you despise suburban settings, it just doesn’t make a ton of sense. Train times, for example, aren’t geared for that sort of reverse route (although there will be trains, the options will be fewer).

Any of these suburbs on the New Haven Line could be great for you, depending on what you’re looking for and what your budget is. In order from closest to NYC to farthest: Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye, Port Chester, Greenwich, and Cos Cob.

I love to look at houses, and I highly recommend this site Westchester, Fairfield, Putnam and Dutchess Real Estate , the website of the Westchester real-estate agent Houlihan and Lawrence, to both get a feel for each of these communities as well as to do search to see what house prices are like (great photos of each house). You’ll want to narrow to Westchester County, where all of these communities in the list above are (save the ones in Connecticut, which are also on the H & L website). [I truly have no connection to Houlihan & Lawrence and have never worked with them. I just like real estate, and have found their site the most user-friendly.]

Keep in mind that all of these suburbs have been written about very extensively. Merely google their names for more info. The New York Times has done profiles on all metro NYC communities, and there are lots of message boards like City-Data.com – Stats about all US cities – real estate, relocation info, crime, house prices, cost of living, races, home value estimator, recent sales, income, photos, schools, maps, weather, neighborhoods, and more where you can ask questions and read threads about everything and anything.

(P.S., I read your question again and you say that Manhattan is expensive. Unfortunately, so is Westchester County — and any halfway-decent part of the NYC metro area. You may want to look at condos and townhouses and not just houses.)