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Old 07-08-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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It is madness to try and discredit the high taxes in Bridgeport. As mkiv808 said, you'd rather spend your money on house rather than taxes if you're going to compare the all-in cost of owning a home in Bridgeport vs. Trumbull/Shelton/etc. It makes zero sense to own a home in Bridgeport unless you're right on the water or you're a train commuter and find Bridgeport's location on the train line convenient.

At any rate, the OP is renting. He'll enjoy living there and being close to bars and St. Mary's.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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Incredibly, it's still for sale over 18 months later:

110 Marcel St Bridgeport CT - New Home for Sale - MLS #98497098 - Realtor.com®

That same house would probably be $450k-$475 in Milford and Stratford, and a bit more in Trumbull, and even more in Fairfield. That said, the middle child of taxes of this group is Milford, and you're right - the payment is about equal all things considered. But it's always better to spend more on house vs. taxes.

(And the area that house in is not so hot, I loved the house in the listing before I saw where it was)
LOL. There was a house at the beginning of that street that just went for $70K. And, the house across the street from it should be going to foreclosure soon.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:37 PM
 
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It is madness to try and discredit the high taxes in Bridgeport.
I'm not discrediting anything. I look at the hard numbers. And the numbers show that a 1200 sq. ft. ranch on .25ac., a 1500 sq. ft. cape on .15ac., a 2300 sq. ft. colonial on .33ac., etc.,etc. are going to have very similar tax bills in Fairfield/Bridgeport/Stratford/Trumbull.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Northeast states
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Try to stay west of Ellsworth ST because the area starts to get ghetto and high crime.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Incredibly, it's still for sale over 18 months later:

110 Marcel St Bridgeport CT - New Home for Sale - MLS #98497098 - Realtor.com®

That same house would probably be $450k-$475 in Milford and Stratford, and a bit more in Trumbull, and even more in Fairfield. That said, the middle child of taxes of this group is Milford, and you're right - the payment is about equal all things considered. But it's always better to spend more on house vs. taxes.

(And the area that house in is not so hot, I loved the house in the listing before I saw where it was)
That listing is in the North End which is one of the better parts of Bridgeport. Nothing wrong with the neighborhood, in fact you could walk to a lot of shopping and be near a major bus route. Granted, the homes around it are much more modest but still not what I would call a bad area. Jay

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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We did decide to rent the place on Ocean Ave. It really is on the border of the nice section and bad. I feel it more favors the nice section though. We will only be there a few years tops probably, I was just worried about moving to Bridgeport in general. I've only live in CT for a year and I haven't heard many good things about B-port.

I really liked the water community a lot in Black Rock.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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You are correct that it is a borderline area that favors the better. Please let us know how it goes there. We do get people here asking about Black Rock often and it would be nice to know how your new home works out. Jay
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Bridgeport, CT
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Hi, Bull 1 - I live a few blocks from Ocean Avenue. It is an okay street, but in this renter housing market you can do a little bit better in that area of Black Rock. Better streets right there in that area include include Arthur, Harbor, Ferris, Prescott, Ellsworth.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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Bridgeport is not nearly as dynamic as other cities in CT, but I like that area and it feels safe during the day.
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