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Old 07-08-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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Take a look at this property in West Hartford. Big - 3500 sq ft, 5 br, it even has a pool, on 3/4 acre. Easy walk to fantastic town center.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...7_M35279-70153

The problem, though, with colonial era houses, is that they are on main streets, which at the time were quiet, but are now busy.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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Really? I think Branford has a really beautiful downtown, despite being marginally more commercial than Guilford/Madison (Milford downtown has a similar quality). It might not be as quaint as Guilford/Madison, but I think it's very attractive.
Yeah, that's the first time I've ever heard someone refer to Branford's downtown as unattractive. lol...
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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Thanks again to everyone!!

We are planning about 4 days to tour the areas we have narrowed down when we take our daughter back to UMass at the end of August! I am very excited!! It is just a preliminary trip, but it will be a start to see what "feels" right to us!!

I just needed ideas on where to start!! You all have been more than helpful with that!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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This is exactly what we are looking for!! I agree about the main street being a problem! That is why I am excited to get on the ground and look!





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Take a look at this property in West Hartford. Big - 3500 sq ft, 5 br, it even has a pool, on 3/4 acre. Easy walk to fantastic town center.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...7_M35279-70153

The problem, though, with colonial era houses, is that they are on main streets, which at the time were quiet, but are now busy.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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West Hartford is very nice, but the property taxes are very, very high.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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The problem, though, with colonial era houses, is that they are on main streets, which at the time were quiet, but are now busy.
That is not always true.

From a personal anecdotal standpoint: The town I grew up in (Danbury area) had many 1700's and 1800's homes on very lightly trafficked roads. They were farms at one time, and their land was sold for housing developments. In Milford where I am now, there are literally hundreds of antique homes on roads with light-to-moderate traffic. Here, it's a result of the farmland issue mentioned above, but also because this was a "city" even in colonial days, so it was densely populated for its day. Therefore you have them not only on some main roads, but on secondary roads as well.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:07 AM
 
Location: New England
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I will continue to repeat myself until you go visit.

The lower CT River Valley. Essex, Chester, Deep River, Lyme, Old Lyme.

Connecticut River Valley Tourism - CT River Valley & Connecticut Shoreline Region Travel Tourism Visitor Information Guide

Downtown Chester and Essex will leave you wanting more.


Two New Farmers' Markets in Chester and Deep River - YouTube


Essex, CT Our Town - YouTube
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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This doesn't have a walkable town center but it is a piece of history in a New England town!

Owning a Piece of History at Pepper Hill - Monroe, CT Patch
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: New England
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stone0990 This is another great video about Essex that gives you an idea of just how idyllic this town can be.


Essex, CT - YouTube
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