I am frequently asked by colleagues why I chose to live in Schenectady.
Aren’t you worried about the schools?
What about the taxes…aren’t they too high?
These are just 2 examples of common questions I receive when I tell people I live in Schenectady. Rather than address them directly, I would rather explain why Schenectady is preferred over Niskayuna, Glenville, or Clifton Park.
When I was looking for a place to live, I had 3 criteria (for location):
1) I had to live within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Basically, the more walkable, the better.
2) My commute to work had to be short. I was not going to waste time sitting in my car. I value my time too much for that.
3) I had to find a home in my price range.
The bottom line is that because of where I work, I could not live in Clifton Park and wait in line at the Rexford bridge every day, nor could I live in Niskayuna, a town without sidewalks.
Needless to say, Schenectady is certainly affordable.
And that’s it. I have strong feelings about the questions at the beginning of this post, but I’ll save that discussion for another day.