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Most of us have experienced life in Manhattan—either as a place of work or a place to call home. It’s not an easy place to live, even though it’s one of the most exciting cities in the world. If you’re like many New Yorkers, you occasionally want to make a break for it and leave the city. Among Manhattanites, there seem to be two primary options that bring people out of the city. Those two options are Brooklyn vs. Westchester. Both towns have a slightly slower-paced way of life and remain close to the city. Yet, each has its unique array of traits that make them ideal for certain types of people.
Are you wondering about your options when leaving New York City? If so, you might want to get the scoop on these two neighborhoods.
Brooklyn is the kind of town that people choose when they want to enjoy being close to the action but want to have just a little space between them and the madness of Midtown. Here’s what you need to know about this region:
Westchester is often likened to the “grown-up side” of the boroughs. As a place further out (and north) of a city, this is a common place for people to move when they’ve had enough of the craziness that comes with Brooklyn life. But what does this mean? Well, here’s what you should be aware of:
Another major thing we need to discuss is the property values in Brooklyn and Westchester. Brooklyn is quickly becoming as difficult to afford as Manhattan, so buyers can see home prices rise fairly reliably yearly. On the other hand, Westchester is still being built up—to a point.
Because people are starting to move out of the city at a higher rate, Westchester is growing in demand. So while it’s not as heavy on price as Brooklyn, it will be a solid long-term investment.
Honestly, comparing these two areas is like comparing apples to oranges. They are entirely different lifestyles that will involve relatively other behavior. Brooklyn is more liberal than Westchester in many ways, and Westchester tends to give people a more traditional setting for raising a family or having a quiet place of your own.
If you are a massive fan of slowing things down and going for a quieter lifestyle, Westchester is an excellent option. On the other hand, if you’re still looking to be in the heart of everything, then it’s best to stay within the “official” five boroughs and choose Brooklyn.Call NestApple to go over your options and discuss how to get a real estate rebate that will reduce your closing costs when you purchase a home in Brooklyn or Westchester.