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Old 11-15-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Ansonia is an OK town, but a little rough to Norwalk.

Orange - really no bad parts. It's pretty much all suburban and nice.

Milford - there are no bad parts, but there are less desirable parts. Mainly Devon, which is on the western side of town near Stratford. It's a great town though and I much prefer it to Ansonia - but the price reflects that.

I'm not really familiar enough with Shelton to advise, but I'd say the small, denser area near Derby is probably the least desirable area of Shelton.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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Thanks for pointing that out the traffic difference.. I would have not known that.
Is Asnonia a good town? seems that there are reasonable amount of rentals on offer. Any specific areas to avoid?
Milford, Shelton, Orange - are there any areas that we should avoid.

thanks in advance!!
For an "equitable" commute, the Milford/Stratford area is your best option. Still, you're both looking at ~ 2.5hrs. of commute time per day.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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For an "equitable" commute, the Milford/Stratford area is your best option. Still, you're both looking at ~ 2.5hrs. of commute time per day.
Depending on when they leave and where in Norwalk I don't think it'll take over an hour one way from Stratford/Milford. I do Milford>Westport (on the Norwalk border) every day and it rarely takes me more than 35 minutes in one direction. Average morning commute leaving at 8:50 is about 30 minutes, average evening is 25 minutes. Then again, an exit can take forever - but when I do drive to Wilton/Norwalk in the morning to other offices it's usually 45-50 tops.

That said, it's smart to get closer to Norwalk vs. closer to Glastonbury as discussed given the potential for awful traffic.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Just to correct, Ansonia to Norwalk is exactly the same mileage as it is from Orange to Norwalk. Milford is only 4 miles closer.

I'm not sure why some people think the Ansonia/Derby area is some far off land. Without traffic from the core of the Valley (Shelton/Derby), it would take me 30 minutes to Norwalk on the Merritt.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'm not sure why some people think the Ansonia/Derby area is some far off land.
I think this goes back to the pre-Route 8 days when that area was called "The Valley" and had a very negative image. Jay
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I think this goes back to the pre-Route 8 days when that area was called "The Valley" and had a very negative image. Jay
Had? I think it still does have that negative image, fair or not.

It's true though, it's not that much further. I'd recommend Shelton and Milford over Ansonia as towns though. JMO.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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Had? I think it still does have that negative image, fair or not.

It's true though, it's not that much further. I'd recommend Shelton and Milford over Ansonia as towns though. JMO.
Really? Technically Oxford and Huntington are part of the "Valley" whether residents there like it or not. These are beautiful and desirable areas that don't have a negative image.

It's not that "it's not that much further". It's not further at all. I'd take the commute from downtown Shelton/Derby over the commute from Orange anyday, because it gets you off of 95 faster. In terms of quality of towns, Orange wins over Ansonia/Derby hands down - but you pay for it.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Really? Technically Oxford and Huntington are part of the "Valley" whether residents there like it or not. These are beautiful and desirable areas that don't have a negative image.

It's not that "it's not that much further". It's not further at all. I'd take the commute from downtown Shelton/Derby over the commute from Orange anyday, because it gets you off of 95 faster. In terms of quality of towns, Orange wins over Ansonia/Derby hands down - but you pay for it.
95 between Orange and Stratford never has traffic, so it's not really a big deal.

Oxford and Shelton are good towns that escape that stereotype, but people still use the term "The Valley" and it still has negative connotations. That was more my point. I think Derby, Ansonia, Seymour and Naugatuck still suffer from that negative perception, again - whether earned or not.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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Just to correct, Ansonia to Norwalk is exactly the same mileage as it is from Orange to Norwalk. Milford is only 4 miles closer.

I'm not sure why some people think the Ansonia/Derby area is some far off land. Without traffic from the core of the Valley (Shelton/Derby), it would take me 30 minutes to Norwalk on the Merritt.
It isn't a far-off land at all. However, the bottlenecks at the Commodore Hull Bridge, along with Rt. 8 crashes that tend to be more severe and take longer to clear due to troopers not being as concentrated on that roadway, tips things slightly more favorably toward a shoreline town.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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...Rt. 8 crashes that tend to be more severe and take longer to clear due to troopers not being as concentrated on that roadway, tips things slightly more favorably toward a shoreline town.
I'm not so sure about that...

Boat accident shuts down I-95 in Milford - Connecticut Post

In the two years I commuted on Route 8 to Norwalk, I never experienced anything close to this. In fact, now that I think about it, I can't even think of one accident on Route 8 other than a spin out during a snowstorm.
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