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Old 12-28-2012, 01:22 AM
 
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Hi all,

We are a young Family of five moving from a suburb of Hamburg in Germany to Stamford.

My wife has got a job offer to work in Stamford, ct and so we are relocating from Hamburg in Germany to Connecticut in March 2013.

Can someone give us some help, where to look for a new Home? We have a son aged 4 and twin girls aged 2. As all three of them are very active, we would like to have a house with some garden and a family friendly neighborhood - so we would have other families with small kids around. As we intend to stay a while, we are looking for a place with a good primary school.

My wife's office will be in Long Ridge Road in Stamford and it shouldn't be a too long commute.

Can you point us some places where to look for a house - or where better not?
Any help is highly appreciated.

Best regards,
Stefan
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:00 AM
 
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Hi all,

We are a young Family of five moving from a suburb of Hamburg in Germany to Stamford.

My wife has got a job offer to work in Stamford, ct and so we are relocating from Hamburg in Germany to Connecticut in March 2013.

Can someone give us some help, where to look for a new Home? We have a son aged 4 and twin girls aged 2. As all three of them are very active, we would like to have a house with some garden and a family friendly neighborhood - so we would have other families with small kids around. As we intend to stay a while, we are looking for a place with a good primary school.

My wife's office will be in Long Ridge Road in Stamford and it shouldn't be a too long commute.

Can you point us some places where to look for a house - or where better not?
Any help is highly appreciated.

Best regards,
Stefan
Welcome to CT. What is your budget? Are you looking to rent or buy? Are you wedded to Stamford or are you willing to look at other towns? The Stamford area is one of the most expensive in the US, so answers to these questions will help us point you in the right direction.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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Stamford is a small city and its schools do struggle like most urban schools in Connecticut. The suburbs of Stamford are wonderful with excellent schools but as noted by Mike are very expensive. In fact they are some of the most expensive towns in the entire country.

Greenwich, which is to the immediate west, is a great town of about 62,000 with excellent schools and wonderful family activities. It is considered to be one of the top suburbs in the country and is home to some of the wealthiest people in this country. It also has some more modest neighborhoods but they still can be considered expensive.

To the east of Stamford are Darien and New Canaan. Darien is a quiet more conservative shoreline town with a lot of great neighborhoods but again it is expensive. New Canaan is a charming little town just north of Darien but it too is also expensive. Both towns have excellent schools and a lot for families.

To the north of Stamford are Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York. These are very affluent and expensive semi rural towns that are also very nice and have great schools.

As you can probably tell, the area is expensive. These towns have been upscale affluent suburbs of New York City long before Stamford became a major employment center. If you have a generous budget for housing, then you should not have an issue, but if you are working with a limited budget, you will have to live further from Stamford to have good public schools at a reasonable price. If this is the case, towns to consider would include Fairfield, Ridgefield, Bethel, Trumbull and Milford. Good luck, Jay
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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Need to know budget. It is a very expensive area and some people endure long commutes to get the house they want and decent schools.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:54 AM
 
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Hi everybody,

thanks for the answers so far.

We want to rent a house and our budget is around $3000-3500 per month. We hope b this should get us into a decent area, even though we are looking for a big house with at least four bedrooms. We are thinking about an AuPair as daycare for the little ones and need therefore more space.

Is this reasonable for the areas you suggested? If necessary we could go up to $4000 as absolute max, but we have been told living is expensive as well in Stamford.

If we decide to move out of Stamford, how is the traffic and how long will the commute take (30,45,60 or more minutes one way)?

Cheers,
Stefan

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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By quickly looking at some of the real estate websites, it doesn't seem that you would be able to get a 4 bedroom rental under $ 3500 in Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan. Those are the towns closest to Stamford.

You can find rentals in your price range in Stamford, Wilton and Ridgefield. Wilton and Ridgefield have good schools, are very pleasant towns and not far from Stamford, using either the highway or back roads. .

Stamford has some good primary schools. But as has been explained to you by other people, the upper grades are not so good.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Because of your work's location not being near the train station, it does limit things a bit commute-wise. As you go further east/north, prices come down, but the traffic going from east to west is brutal on 95/15. So, unless your company has a shuttle from the train station, it does limit your choices at your budget if you want a decent commute.

Even at $3500, you won't be getting a big house in Stamford. Look at Realtor.com and you'll get an idea. You'll get an average 4BR for that price. This was the biggest home listed in that price range: 789 Riverbank Road House, Stamford, CT 06903 - Zillow

If you buy with that budget, the proposition is even worse.

Immediate surrounding towns are not doable at that budget. They are extremely expensive. It still surprises me that companies choose to establish themselves in Stamford away from public transportation when the proposition from a cost-of-living and traffic perspective is so dire.

As some have suggested, Wilton and Ridgefield could be your best options. I would also look at Redding. You're looking at a ~30 minute commute from Wilton via backroads, and maybe 35-45 in Ridgefield, depending on where you are in town. Ridgefield prices are slightly lower (but not by much) and it's a great town with good schools and a charming downtown area.

Lastly, if a long commute is worth maximizing your home size while maintaining good schools, I would throw Bethel into the mix. It's really the only town within a somewhat decent car commute to Stamford that offers good schools and will truly give you a lot of home for your budget. A backroad commute from southern Bethel is still less than 30 miles, but will take closer to 50 minutes all things considered. You will, however, get A LOT more home for your budget, and it's a great town (with one of the best German restaurants in the region!).

Here's an example of a great home in southern Bethel that's WELL below your budget: http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...rental=1&row=5

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Old 12-30-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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Because of your work's location not being near the train station, it does limit things a bit commute-wise. As you go further east/north, prices come down, but the traffic going from east to west is brutal on 95/15. So, unless your company has a shuttle from the train station, it does limit your choices at your budget if you want a decent commute.

Even at $3500, you won't be getting a big house in Stamford. Look at Realtor.com and you'll get an idea. You'll get an average 4BR for that price. This was the biggest home listed in that price range: 789 Riverbank Road House, Stamford, CT 06903 - Zillow
The elementary school that the OP's son would attend, Roxbury, appears to be subpar though.

Perhaps the OP would do better in a nicer area of Norwalk? This house for example: 166 Dry Hill Road, Norwalk, CT, Connecticut, Wolfpit, Norwalk real estate, Norwalk home for rent is zoned for an elementary(Wolfpit) that is well regarded by the state DOE.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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The elementary school that the OP's son would attend, Roxbury, appears to be subpar though.

Perhaps the OP would do better in a nicer area of Norwalk? This house for example: 166 Dry Hill Road, Norwalk, CT, Connecticut, Wolfpit, Norwalk real estate, Norwalk home for rent is zoned for an elementary(Wolfpit) that is well regarded by the state DOE.
I would stay away from Norwalk if schools are a priority. The nicer areas of Norwalk are still pricey, and you don't get the quality of the schools like you do in surrounding towns. Unless you want to do private schools. I second Stylo's recommendations. Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding are all worth looking at.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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I would stay away from Norwalk if schools are a priority. The nicer areas of Norwalk are still pricey, and you don't get the quality of the schools like you do in surrounding towns. Unless you want to do private schools. I second Stylo's recommendations. Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding are all worth looking at.
Generally speaking, i don't disagree with you about avoiding city school systems. However, Wolfpit school does appear to be impressive and it far outperforms the Stamford school that is associated with that Stamford rental home that Stylo had mentioned.
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