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Old 12-30-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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We found a good house in Fairfield that is very close to Bridgeport (only a few blocks away) and I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with this neighborhood in terms of safety, etc.? I know that that part of Fairfield is a lot cheaper than the Western part and am wondering if this is because of genuine safety concerns or just because it doesn't sound quite as nice to say "I live right by Bridgeport". Thoughts? Also, does anybody have any thoughts re: safety and demographics (families or students, etc.) in the beach area? From what I've seen, the beach area seems much more walkeable, which I love, but the area by Bridgeport seems to have a lot more newer houses and bigger acreage. Thank you!
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Can you be more specific about the section of Fairfield, and what part of Bridgeport is adjacent to it?

Most of Bridgeport that abuts Fairfield is a good section. I lived a block away from Bridgeport for 8 years with no safety issue.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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I'm referring to the section that borders Park Ave, east of Stratfield.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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I'm referring to the section that borders Park Ave, east of Stratfield.
How far up?

If it's where I think it is, you should have no issues. That's a great area.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Almost as far up as Lincoln Park. Are there particular areas where you would anticipate problems? Does anybody have any thoughts on the beach neighborhood, per my original post?
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Lincoln Park on Jackman Avenue?

That's a very nice area.

There really isn't a section where I would anticipate problems. Fairfield is low crime in general, and it mostly abuts nice sections of Bridgeport. There are less attractive sections down off Kings Highway, but that's not where you are looking.

As for the beach area, it is safe. The Beach Area is a large area, so the demographics depend upon the section. The closer you are to Reef Road, the worse it is, in my experience. The student housing (some of which was destroyed by the hurricane) is down around that area. As you go further up Fairfield Beach Road toward Beach Road, it gets nicer.

In terms of price, the Beach Area is much more expensive for something comparable than the Stratfield Section which seems to be your other alternative. I'm going to guess that if the prices are comparable, you are looking at the not-so-nice part of the Beach Area. But I'm only guessing.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I agree with Dazzelman. Pretty much all of Fairfield along the Bridgeport border is good since those areas in Bridgeport are usually some of the city's better neighborhoods. The sections along Park Avenue are very nice. I would not worry.

As for the Beach area, it si nice enough but I honestly can't believe people are paying such a high price to live in that area. As the recent storm showed much of the area is subject to flooding so I doubt I would buy down there. JMHO, Jay
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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Area near Bridgeport is still very nice. There are a handful of neighborhoods that are a little rough around the edges in appearance, but there are really no safety issues. There are many nice neighborhoods and you shouldn't hesitate to live there.

I personally love the area near the water. As Jay mentioned, make sure you're not in a bad flood area.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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As for the Beach area, it si nice enough but I honestly can't believe people are paying such a high price to live in that area. As the recent storm showed much of the area is subject to flooding so I doubt I would buy down there. JMHO, Jay
I couldn't agree more. I think the beach area is way overpriced for what you actually get. And I hate the crowds in the summer, the proximity of the students, and the flooding threat. It takes a certain type of personality to live on the beach, and I don't have it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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I couldn't agree more. I think the beach area is way overpriced for what you actually get. And I hate the crowds in the summer, the proximity of the students, and the flooding threat. It takes a certain type of personality to live on the beach, and I don't have it.
I guess the appeal of the beach area (other than the obvious being able to walk/bike to the water) is that you're also in most cases walking distance to all the amenities of post road. Also, it seems to be the most dense part of Fairfield, so it just has a more "city" feel to it. Other than that, I also can't justify the pricing premium in that neighborhood.
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