Shari and Joshua Silk
Where They Live Now: A one-and-a-half bedroom in Carroll Gardens.
What They Want: A three-bedroom with a yard, and great schools. “We want our child to be able to move around!” Shari says about Benny, their 15-month-old. They only need to be at their Manhattan studio a few times a week, so they don’t mind a substantial drive, but they’d like some culture if they can find it.
Their Budget: $400,000 to $600,000.
What She Offered: Bernstein first suggested Weston, Connecticut, which has a relaxed, natural vibe and lowish property taxes, but the Silks specifically wanted to be within 30 minutes of Shari’s family in Westchester. Within that constraint, Bernstein thought houses to the north—specifically Katonah and Bedford—were much better bets. They’re greener, Bernstein notes, and besides, the couple shouldn’t “pay a premium for a great commute when they don’t need to,” say in Armonk or Chappaqua.
The Verdict: A winner. Katonah hit the spot. “It [was] quaint and New England–y … and there were lots of woods around. It’s nice to be secluded, in a good way,” says Joshua.