Written by By Casey Johnson, CNN Dobbs Ferry, New York: As beautiful as New York, as a teeming and buzzing metropolis it may be, and as rich as it surely is, it is not limitless. Such is the persistent hope of many who struggle to reach the state’s so-called “boiling point” when a family of four simply cannot afford the rent or buy an appropriate home anywhere in Manhattan. And yet, the outer boroughs, like Borough Park, are veritable meccas of affordability, even for a young family.
To the south of Borough Park lies one of New York’s most affordable communities: Dobbs Ferry, a hamlet of 4,000 tucked away just outside of midtown Manhattan that’s been in operation since 1921. There, true affordability is nevertheless a difficult path to find, and a source of tension when it comes to selecting your new home.
Our team faced several obstacles while researching Dobbs Ferry (e.g. renting is hard. And our apartments don’t have hot water.). The parking issue — finding lots within walking distance, never mind finding a place to park the car — was one problem we settled on easily.