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Old 02-18-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Interested in information on Colchester and surrounding area (Jasper Mine / Moya Rd) - how good are the schools K-12, are there community facilities or activites for kids/families, what are taxes in comparison to Shelburne or South Burlington, what is the daily commute time to Williston or South Burlington for work - and any other issues that would impact daily living and working.

We've been looking at properties in Shelburne for some time - young family with preshool kids and a need for a mother-in-law appt. In Shelburne we like the schools and the ease of access to almost everything (good schools, the lake, easy commute to work, local facilities for kids as they grow (or easy access to them) and also close to grocery stores, and close to 89 which allows quick access to multiple communities and places. However, it seems that one can get a whole lot more house elsewhere.

If all things were equal then the obvious choice would be Colchester - so I guess one question is ... what is not equal between Shelburne and Colchester area? What is it that causes Colchester to be, or appear to be, much less expensive than Shelburne?

Thanks for any information or tips!
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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What is it that causes Colchester to be, or appear to be, much less expensive than Shelburne?

Thanks for any information or tips!
I can't speak for the schools, but you can be sure the Shelburne schools are better.

To me, Colchester doesn't really have an identity. There's a tiny section of town near the library with character - old buildings that must have been the town center back in the day. Other than that, it's somewhat indescribable. There are some pretty enough areas with nice land, not to mention the bay.
There are a few cheesy stores here and there. Farms. Commercial areas. A few strip malls.

Personally, I'd rather get a smaller home in Shelburne or Charlotte, but Colchester is OK. I've seen some nice homes and properties there.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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Colchester is more affordable in most if not all aspects than Shelburne. The schools are very good by Vermont standards. Especially in the past year. The past year has seen plummeting test scores in the the state and Colchester was one of the few towns with improved scores. Depending on what you look at for school ratings, you will get different answers. There is one national ranking (that is on the school website), that has Colchester High ranked just under Montpelier (always known as the best in the state). Keep in mind, a child can struggle in any school and a child that does not apply them self will do poorly in the best school. The opposite applies as well.
The town offers a little of everything. It's the largest town (land size) in the state. The village, which was referenced was the center of town years and years ago when it was a rural town. The central part of town now is Malletts Bay. This is where the schools, police, END, parks, bike path, town offices, post office, etc are located. The commute time varies because the town is so big, but from the area you were talking about is about 15-20 minutes. It's right on the interstate, so It's a straight shot to Williston. One reason Colchester is more affordable is because of the tax base. Near St Mike's, there is more commercial business. There are also bigger businesses like COSTCO and Hampton Inn that pay more in taxes and offset the residential costs. I find Colchester more convenient that most of the towns around including Shelburne. The bay area is very hard to beat. You could drive to downtown Burlington, any grocery store, I-89, hospital, etc in ten minutes or less and there are farms throughout town including the bay area where fresh produce is available.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Thanks for the responses - diverse as they may be. The tax explanation makes sense. I have spent time only around Shelburne and Burlington - everything seems really convienent in those areas - but Colchester may be worth checking out... at least close to the bay.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Colchester Vermont
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I also live in Malletts Bay in Colchester and we love it here. My kids are 11 and 9 years old and we think the school system is wonderful. We are very involved in the community and while there may not be a traditional downtown there is a great sense of community in our town. I work at UVM and love my short commute as well.
Good luck with your decision,
Julie
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