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Old 03-14-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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..what would I DO without City-Data?

So here's the final word. The spouse and I are moving to CT later this year, he for a job at Yale and I for a job that will be split b/w downtown New Haven, Ansonia and Hamden. We might buy a house if we get a great deal (3BR2BA2GR) under 300K, but will most likely end up renting a house for around 2K/month.

We're both professionals in our early thirties, no kids, but that is likely a couple of years down the line.

What we like: safe neighborhoods, grocery stores (including ethnic ones), farmer's markets, places to walk (trails/parks), a place that is diverse, friendly and safe, within a decent commute to work. A good school district is important only if we buy (for resale values, etc)

What we don't like: any place that would be unsafe to walk around in the evening, 'party' places, lack of greenery, places too far from basic shopping needs.

Any suggestions? Future colleagues have suggested looking at Hamden, Westville, Woodbridge, Orange, North Haven. Any good/bad words about these neighborhoods would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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In your price range and for what you want , you will be priced totally out of Woodbridge and most of Orange. You can find homes in your range in the Westville section of New Haven, most of North Haven and many areas of Hamden.

I would suggest you work with a realtor and look into the Spring Garden section of Hamden. It has everything you want, is near everything and is known for a very close and friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

North Haven is a lovely town but you're not going to find many sidewalks for evening strolls in the typical subdivision.


Good luck
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions, willow wind! We are working with a realtor, but I'm also hunting online for homes..its a little tricky since we're not familiar with the neighborhoods.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: New England
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..what would I DO without City-Data?

So here's the final word. The spouse and I are moving to CT later this year, he for a job at Yale and I for a job that will be split b/w downtown New Haven, Ansonia and Hamden. We might buy a house if we get a great deal (3BR2BA2GR) under 300K, but will most likely end up renting a house for around 2K/month.

We're both professionals in our early thirties, no kids, but that is likely a couple of years down the line.

What we like: safe neighborhoods, grocery stores (including ethnic ones), farmer's markets, places to walk (trails/parks), a place that is diverse, friendly and safe, within a decent commute to work. A good school district is important only if we buy (for resale values, etc)

What we don't like: any place that would be unsafe to walk around in the evening, 'party' places, lack of greenery, places too far from basic shopping needs.

Any suggestions? Future colleagues have suggested looking at Hamden, Westville, Woodbridge, Orange, North Haven. Any good/bad words about these neighborhoods would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Rule of thumb...anything IN New Haven that has "ville" in it...walk away.

300K? Best place for your money, North Haven. Expand into Wallingford as well. It's a nice town, everything you need, low crime, nice downtown etc. Branford too.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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Orange/Woodbridge/North Haven/Wallingford are all nice suggestions, but you won't really find much "diversity" in these towns. If diversity is truly important to you, Hamden would probably be the best compromise.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: New England
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Orange/Woodbridge/North Haven/Wallingford are all nice suggestions, but you won't really find much "diversity" in these towns. If diversity is truly important to you, Hamden would probably be the best compromise.
I don't disagree but have you been to Wallinford lately? Loooots of central Americans moving in. Markets all over the DT area etc.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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Thanks, JViello, Stratford Resident!

We will continue looking in Hamden, North Haven and Wallingford.

And now you've made me think of what I really mean by "diverse". We're brown-skinned and have friends of assorted colors and cultures...I guess I'm thinking of a place that's welcoming and supports this way of living.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Rule of thumb...anything IN New Haven that has "ville" in it...walk away.

300K? Best place for your money, North Haven. Expand into Wallingford as well. It's a nice town, everything you need, low crime, nice downtown etc. Branford too.
I do not agree with the first part of this. Westville is one of the nicest parts of the City of New Haven.

I agree with North Haven and Wallingford. Branford is very nice but not convenient to Ansonia and Hamden. Milford may be good too for you to consider. Jay
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Milford CT
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..what would I DO without City-Data?

So here's the final word. The spouse and I are moving to CT later this year, he for a job at Yale and I for a job that will be split b/w downtown New Haven, Ansonia and Hamden. We might buy a house if we get a great deal (3BR2BA2GR) under 300K, but will most likely end up renting a house for around 2K/month.

We're both professionals in our early thirties, no kids, but that is likely a couple of years down the line.

What we like: safe neighborhoods, grocery stores (including ethnic ones), farmer's markets, places to walk (trails/parks), a place that is diverse, friendly and safe, within a decent commute to work. A good school district is important only if we buy (for resale values, etc)

What we don't like: any place that would be unsafe to walk around in the evening, 'party' places, lack of greenery, places too far from basic shopping needs.

Any suggestions? Future colleagues have suggested looking at Hamden, Westville, Woodbridge, Orange, North Haven. Any good/bad words about these neighborhoods would be much appreciated. Thanks!
I would look at around downtown Milford if your planning to rent, it's only 15 minutes to NH and about 20 mins to Ansonia/Hamden...very walkable/safe and a great town to be around. You maybe able to also get a house for under 300k around here too.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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I have lifelong friends in Westville. It is the nicest neighborhood in New Haven, but is not totally immune to the typical urban problems that are associated with the city. Bad schools, high taxes and traffic congestion, have all been complaints. On the positive side, they have easy access to New Haven and all the city has to offer.
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