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Old 08-04-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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How do Monroe and Orange compare to Trumbull, Milford and Fairfield? Are they much small, less shopping, etc... or is there still an adequate amount of shopping, etc. but they are just a bit farther from the main highways?

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Old 08-04-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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How do Monroe and Orange compare to Trumbull, Milford and Fairfield? Are they much small, less shopping, etc... or is there still an adequate amount of shopping, etc. but they are just a bit farther from the main highways?

Thanks.
Monroe feels a bit more isolated since it's located between 84 and the Merritt. The shopping there is not great and you'd need to travel to Trumbull, Danbury, Stratford, Milford etc. for a variety. There's not a whole lot going on there, and it's not convenient enough to places where there is activity. The taxes are also high for what you get in return. I'm not a fan of the town at all but I'm sure I'll be contended on that by someone.

Orange is a great option depending on your commute. If you have kids, the school system is one of the best in the state. Orange is a tiny town. It shares the Milford/Orange mega shopping area on Route 1, so it's convenient. It has direct access to both 95 and 15. There is a very small historical center with not much there. It doesn't match Milford and Fairfield on activities, walkable downtowns, beaches/parks, etc - BUT you are close to Milford if you want to use them.

The only person I would not recommend Orange to is the train commuter, since it'll add quite a bit of time to your commute.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the info. Wife and I both work at home so commute is no problem. We do have a 3 year old so good schools is a huge plus. I'll definitely take a look at Orange.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Go for it, the high school is rated even higher than Fairfield's. You're so close to Milford so you can take advantage of all its qualities, except for maybe legally parking at town beaches. But some aren't checked for parking passes too often (unfortunate for us taxpayers).
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Milford, CT
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MILFORD!!! FTW

You could always send the kids to private school if you want to stretch their minds, else like everyone said its a decent school system and if you push them in home to excel in school you won't have any problems.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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Monroe has an abundance of restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping centers along both Rt. 25 and Rt. 111. The only thing lacking are big box stores and malls. Trumbull has a few shopping centers and restaurants, plus a Home Depot and a few malls which are located on the Bridgeport and Stratford border. Trumbull and Monroe are suburban in character, and both are very family-oriented towns with numerous activities and parks, and very good schools. I remember you mentioning you wanted a larger lot size; most of Monroe has one acre or more zoning, and Trumbull has a wider mix of lot sizes. Orange is rather rural by comparison, (not sure of the typical lot size) but there is a LOT of shopping along the post road in Orange, and you would be very near the commercial area of Milford. Since all those towns have good schools and commuting isn't an issue, your deciding factor will be whether you prefer rural or a more suburban town. You should have a complete look at all the towns (not just drive through the main roads as that would be an inaccurate assessment) and decide for yourself which is more appealing.

Editing to say that if you want a more rural feel, look into Oxford, which has good schools, and the zoning there is one and a half acres. You would have more limited shopping there, though.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Monroe has an abundance of restaurants
Your definition of abundance is clearly different from mine.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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I can think of a dozen right off the top of my head, and I'm sure there are more.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I can think of a dozen right off the top of my head, and I'm sure there are more.
I should apologize, you're right. There is a good quantity. I guess my beef is more that the quantity of quality and unique places to eat is very small. I've eaten at a bunch and been impressed by few. This is a trend for upper FFC for me. El Coyote is a standout for me in Monroe.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Monroe has many stores too now. It does not have a major mall or any of the big box retailers but then again how often do you need to go to them. You can easily drive to Trumbull or Danbury.

As for Orange, I would not call it rural or small. Orange has about 14,000 people so I would not consider that small. I would say it is very suburban in character. It does have a lot of shopping and you would be close to New Haven for entertainment and culture.

While both of these towns are nice, I would have to recommend looking into the shoreline towns east of New Haven. They are beautiful and offer a more relaxing lifestyle IMHO. check into Branford, Guilford or Madison. Jay
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