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Old 09-25-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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Hi, I'm currently researching housing options for a job in Norwalk. From what I've seen, Norwalk seems to be an expensive community to live in (am I mistaken?) Then again, I live in Pittsburgh currently and our cost of living is much lower.

In any event - could anyone provide advice on finding housing? I'm looking for the following:

1. Rental
2. Pet friendly (I have a 49lb, CGC, TDI certified dog who will be coming with me. For those that don't know what that is, it's AKC behavioral certification / therapy dog.)
3. Rent around 990~, less of course is fantastic
4. Studio or one-bedroom
5. In a relatively safe area as I walk my dog quite frequently

Also, could anyone provide insight into cost of living? Is it as comparable to New York as I'm being led to believe?

THANKS!
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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Smile Why Norwalk?

Not really sure why you have selected Norwalk; there are lots of towns but you may want to consider Fairfield or Stamford. Norwalk has a lot of shootouts and drug violence. I would go out to dinner or a movie there; but I wouldn't live there. New Canaan has the most fantastic dog park in the county.
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:50 PM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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In any event - could anyone provide advice on finding housing? I'm looking for the following:

1. Rental
2. Pet friendly (I have a 49lb, CGC, TDI certified dog who will be coming with me. For those that don't know what that is, it's AKC behavioral certification / therapy dog.)
3. Rent around 990~, less of course is fantastic
4. Studio or one-bedroom
5. In a relatively safe area as I walk my dog quite frequently

Also, could anyone provide insight into cost of living? Is it as comparable to New York as I'm being led to believe?
There are plenty of nice sections of Norwalk....and Norwalk is on the water so if you like the beach or your dog likes walks on the beach you are in luck! I personally would avoid South Norwalk but nice areas of Norwalk include Rowayton, West Rocks, East Norwalk, West Norwalk, Silvermine and Cranbury. Plenty of safe neighborhoods to walk your dog.
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Not really sure why you have selected Norwalk; there are lots of towns but you may want to consider Fairfield or Stamford. Norwalk has a lot of shootouts and drug violence. I would go out to dinner or a movie there; but I wouldn't live there. New Canaan has the most fantastic dog park in the county.
An exaggeration to say the least. Norwalk has many nice sections. On less than $1,000 a month, you are going to be limited. Fairfield County Connecticut IS one of the most expensive areas in the country. Norwalk is between two VERY expensive towns-- Westport and Darien. Westport started as an artist's enclave and became (like Darien) an expensive retreat for executives working in NYC.

You might want to look in the Black Rock area of Bridgeport. Bridgeport is a rough city, but Black Rock is widely regarded as the nicest area. It has restaurants, bars, movies and is convenient to shopping. You want to stay west of Ellsworth Avenue if you look in Black Rock.

You may also consider going north on Route 7 to the Danbury area. Danbury is away from the coast of Connecticut. It is a small city with all of the conveniences you need-- Good shopping, a number of good restaurants, etc. The route to Norwalk for work might be a bit trafficy since it's not exactly a super highway.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:45 PM
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Location: Connecticut
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Norwalk is in one of the most expensive parts of the country. It is a small city with a few not great areas but not nearly as bad as described by SailCT. There are some very nice parts of it as well. I agree that you may have to look further up the coast toward Bridgeport for a place in that price range. Good luck, Jay
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: SWCT, close to coast
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Hi, I'm currently researching housing options for a job in Norwalk. From what I've seen, Norwalk seems to be an expensive community to live in (am I mistaken?) Then again, I live in Pittsburgh currently and our cost of living is much lower.

In any event - could anyone provide advice on finding housing? I'm looking for the following:

1. Rental
2. Pet friendly (I have a 49lb, CGC, TDI certified dog who will be coming with me. For those that don't know what that is, it's AKC behavioral certification / therapy dog.)
3. Rent around 990~, less of course is fantastic
4. Studio or one-bedroom
5. In a relatively safe area as I walk my dog quite frequently

Also, could anyone provide insight into cost of living? Is it as comparable to New York as I'm being led to believe?

THANKS!
Here you go. new york all apartments classifieds "norwalk" - craigslist=

Sort through the pricing, then find out the location of the ones under $1000 and come back and post here. Or email me. I'm very familiar with Norwalk and can tell you if its a nice area for you and your dog. I have a rental in Norwalk for $900 but that wont be ready till Spring. So its very possible to find a rental for that price even in Single Family homes(basement) in a nice neighborhood.

Stay away from zips 06852, 06856, 06857, 06858, 06859
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:25 AM
 
Location: SWCT, close to coast
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And if your renting you dont have to worry about the "cost of living" compared to NY.

Gas for car is cheaper in Norwalk.
A bottle of milk give or take a few cents wont matter.

Now if you want to compare to down south, thats a different ballgame.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Thanks for all the input.

The job I'm considering is located in Norwalk - and it's not necessary that I live there - just looking for a reasonable commuting distance.

Thanks for the advice, all!
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