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Old 01-09-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I currently leave in Shelton, in a rental condo, and I am looking to buy my first house. My budget is around 550k. I found really good options in different cities, but am really thorn.


The reality is that, although I loved the great hill houses in Seymour, the property taxes seemed really high, and adding taxes/mortgage, you can almost break even getting a more expensive house in Shelton, where the taxes are lower.
Oxford is a nice location, but the commute is not very friendly (currently working in Trumbull). For the house I liked there, it was a little too isolated. But it is definitely a gorgeous place.

I did all the research I could, and living in this are for 3 years, I also have my opinion.
I am looking for opinion of others that live around here, which could possibly help me in this difficult decision.

Thank you!
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Oxford to Trumbull doesn't seem all that bad to me. My daughter has gymnastics in Oxford and it's 35 min from Stratford, so I would think it would be less to Trumbull. That's up to you though on what you consider good.

Do you have any children? (I ask because of school districts).
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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I have a baby, still on day care. School will be a factor in the future. According to my research all these 3 locations have good school.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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With a 550k budget and good schools a requirement, go with Oxford. It's IMO nicer than than both Seymour and Shelton, schools are better and even though it is primarily residential, there is shopping in the surrounding towns of Seymour, Monroe, and Southbury. Depending on where in Oxford you live and where in Trumbull you work, your commute will be anywhere between 20-30 minutes.

You should also consider Monroe.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Monroe fell into the high Property Taxes category.

Comparing Oxford with Seymour, I felt that the houses in Seymour (comparing same price range), were better than Oxford.

I really liked the "country side" feeling in Oxford though.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Monroe fell into the high Property Taxes category.

Comparing Oxford with Seymour, I felt that the houses in Seymour (comparing same price range), were better than Oxford.

I really liked the "country side" feeling in Oxford though.
You'll get less for your money in Oxford. That's because of higher ranking schools. In Seymour, 500-600k is top dog. Oxford has some homes and developments that are in the millions. That means better resale value.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Connecticut
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I live in Northern Oxford and it takes me about 20-25 minutes to get to Trumbull. I love it here and consider it a very family friendly town with great schools. We also looked at Monore but ultimately chose Oxford. Feel free to pm me with any questions about the town.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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I would go with Oxford as well for the school reason.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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I really liked the felling I had in Oxford. Very peaceful place and beautiful views. I will do more research about the houses available.. I only saw 3 this weekend..
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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How about Orange? Taxes are a bit high, but you do get a lot of house for the money, great schools and an easy Trumbull commute. Especially if near RT-15. Most of the town is very well kept and has a country feel, yet you are convenient to so many things. The school system is a bit bigger than Oxford, so you can benefit from increased resources

Not advising against Oxford, especially if you like rural isolation, but I would definitely choose Orange over Shelton or Seymour in your situation.

Newtown should not be ignored either, but your money won't go quite as far.
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