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Old 03-03-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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Hi guys and gals, I will be taking a job in Hartford and am wondering where I should consider living. I will be working on Main St. zip 06103. How is that area?

I lived in the sticks of CT for a couple of years as a kid and enjoyed it. I'm ready for a change of pace and was wondering if there are any areas that have a rural, small town feel that are affordable, commutable, and safe?

I have heard that CT, much like San Diego, can have a nice area here and a real bad area a mile down the road. Is that true? Will I be able to survive on 50k out there? buy a house eventually? I know thats alot of questions but this will be my first move as an adult and a big one at that! Any other advice/input will be appreciated. Thank You!
Patrick
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I hear there are decent areas of Hartford, but I would try and live outside it. West Hartford is nice, Newington, Rocky Hill, Cromwell.

How long a commute would you be willing to make?
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Norwalk, CT
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I'd consider Granby, East Granby, Marlborough, Tolland and Bolton. $50K could be a challenge though. I make $65K and still have to be very careful of my expenditures. Thank god I just got a 3% raise and a 12% bonus.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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I'd say half an hour (in good weather) would be the ideal commute for me but could compromise that for the right reasons. My Girlfriend will get a job asap as well so that should help with the income oh and no kids. I've survived in San Diego on much less so I'm no stranger to penny pinching Thank you guys!
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The traffic getting into/out of Hartford can be bad, but I'm sure we all know that.

The towns I mentioned are close by, not 100% sure about the other towns mentoined.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Milford CT
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Hi guys and gals, I will be taking a job in Hartford and am wondering where I should consider living. I will be working on Main St. zip 06103. How is that area?

I lived in the sticks of CT for a couple of years as a kid and enjoyed it. I'm ready for a change of pace and was wondering if there are any areas that have a rural, small town feel that are affordable, commutable, and safe?

I have heard that CT, much like San Diego, can have a nice area here and a real bad area a mile down the road. Is that true? Will I be able to survive on 50k out there? buy a house eventually? I know thats alot of questions but this will be my first move as an adult and a big one at that! Any other advice/input will be appreciated. Thank You!
Patrick
The main question is why? I'm considering making the opposite move out to sunny CA or NC. This winter was the last straw...

50k is ok but you will need more if you plan to buy a house someday...I would look in Vernon area...the really nice towns outside of Hartford would be Farmington/West Hartford but price for places will be higher.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Keep in mind that (right now, who knows in the future) the cheaper housing tends to be to the east/northeast of Hartford.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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I thought the same thing...why in Gods name would you move from SD to Hartford?

We came from LA of all places and still regret it...and I lived in San Diego for 5 years and liked it 10x better than LA. Good luck, though!
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Well pj nugget, it would be a promotion from within a company that I enjoy. Im currently a part time assistant manager and the job in CT would be the full time manager. I know, not a huge salary but it is almost double what I made last year! I just graduated from college and I feel like Im spinning my wheels still working this part time with a degree. Its a tough call for sure but the houses there seem much more affordable than here in San Diego. A small old crappy house in the ghetto (drive bys and that fun stuff) is still going to run around 250k here... and believe it or not it gets old having nearly every day look the same! What did you guys expect to pay for a starter house over there? Ive seen plenty for under 200k online. Im not opposed to getting a foreclosure or fixer upper and doing work myself.

CT Girl, isn't east hartford supposed to be a less than desireable area?
again, thanks for your help!

Again
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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sdpballer12, i just moved up from the southern U.S. but I'm in New Haven ATM. Already made a post in another thread with some questions. If you need some help with transit, consider taking the local bus/train an hour or so early to get the hang of things. I heard public transport can be better than having a car. Just leave very early LOL
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