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Old 01-08-2013, 06:35 PM
 
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Ok, so we need your help and honest opinions here. I am being relocated to work in Wallingford, CT. We will be moving in Feb and have talked with a few people, but not any true residents that are actually knowledegable on the areas that we have asked about. We are moving from a rural small town area in Northern Virginia and will be driving up next weekend to recon the areas for ourselves. So this is what we are working with...We have a budget of about 2600 to cover rent, elec, water, gas. We found some really nice places that we love in Wolcott, but when we searched driving to stores, costco, resturants etc, it showed that Waterbury was closest at 15 mins away, however I have read that waterbury was full of "thugs" haha. Without blowing it out of proportion as some tend to on this site how true is that? How safe would living in Wolcott be, and how about the commute to work in wallingford? The other area we heard was good to look, was Branford, N Branford, Guilford area. Also the west Hartford area, and Hamden. We were told to stay clear of any city that had a "Haven" in the name. Basiclly we are both in our early 30's don't care to be surronded by a bunch of college students,or the clubbing lifestyle . We would prefer a quiet, safe, area but also one where we can be a 10-15 min drive to the movies, stuff to do, etc, ...Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may provide!
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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First, North Haven is a very nice town and should be considered. East Haven is decent too, but more working class. Whoever told you to avoid anything with "haven" in the name has no idea what they're talking about.

It really depends on what you want in a town. If you want a quiet, safe area near movies and other amenities, I would check out Wallingford itself, Cheshire, North Haven, maybe Hamden. Wolcott is okay - a little bland if you ask me. You might even like Milford, though it's kind of a drive from Wallingford on the Parkway.

You probably want to avoid towns east of New Haven like Branford, Guilford and Madison simply because if you don't have to drive through the congested 91/95 interchange, I wouldn't do it. You can take back roads to Wallingford, though, so if you don't mind 25-30 minutes of rural driving, maybe look into these towns. They are absolutely gorgeous.

You'll want to avoid Waterbury and Meriden IMO.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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First, North Haven is a very nice town and should be considered. East Haven is decent too, but more working class. Whoever told you to avoid anything with "haven" in the name has no idea what they're talking about.
......saved me the need to type it...

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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North Branford, Branford and Guilford are wonderful areas. My daughter lives in Guilford and loves it. She and her husband often go to New Haven for dinner----they have fabulous restaurants all around the area--they're both in their 30's also.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:00 PM
 
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Couple of questions- are you looking to rent an apartment or condo, or are you looking for a single family home ?

Are you looking for a an urban or a more suburban type of place ? Answers to those will help point you in the right direction.

Forget the nonsense about places with a " Haven" in them. All of North Haven is a great town to live in and anything you could want is right in town.

All of East Haven is perfectly safe, although it is more of a blue collar type town, lots of small homes on small lots and condos and a bit if a distance to Walllingford. West Haven is a bit run down at the heels and heavily developed, so probably not what you want.

New Haven itself has a few great neighborhoods but again, overall this is a built up area. The East Rock neighborhood lovely and you very close to the restaurant/pub/theater ( live theater) district. Westville and Wooster Square are also good neighborhoods if you don't mind fully developed areas of small lots and lots of apartments.

West Hartford is not all that close to Wallingford. This is also an older, heavily developed town with a mix of housing types- homes, apartments, condos. Has a wonderful ,walkable in town area . If you want very suburban or rural though, this isn't it. If you want a more walkable, city environment, this is a great choice.

Wallingford itself is also totally suitable.Cute, walkable down town . Everything you could want as far as rental choices. Probably some single family homes, apartments, condos. Has an in-town area and almost farmland type places on the outskirts of town.

North Branford, Durham, Cheshire, are other adjacent towns, with Durham and North Branford being mostly single family homes. North Branford has a few condo complexes. Cheshire a bit of everything.
Guilford is also another good choice and the north end of town is fairly convenient to Wallingford.

All depends on what you want.


Good luck
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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"Stay clear of any city with the word 'haven' in its name?" Really, OP? What's with the judgmental remarks?
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Central, CT
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Sorry some are offended but as far as the "Haven" go theyre not really rural or small town so they wouldnt meet your current comfort, i would avoid them too. You dont want to be near Waterbury, even if you felt comfortable the taxes are unacceptable. You might consider Middletown and Southington both have rural areas and good shopping. Further from shopping Durham is very nice but not as many rentals. For reference you'll find more BJs and SAMs here than Costco.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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There are a few areas you can consider. There's nothing wrong with Wallingford itself. It's a nice town with many conveniences, and is close to New Haven and Middletown for cultural and dining amenities.

You could consider the North Haven/Hamden area. I especially like the Whitneyville area. All of North Haven is safe, as is the vast majority of Hamden.

The Milford/Orange area would be another suggestion. Although it's a bit of a drive to Wallingford, it's a really nice, safe community with good beaches, dining, shopping, train to NYC, etc. If you're intrigued by coastal living, it could be an especially good option. Plus, you wouldn't really hit any traffic on that drive.

North Branford/Northford would be another option. It may feel more isolated, but is relatively close to North Haven and Wallingford for shopping. It's a very quiet area, but finding rentals may be difficult. Bethany is another nice, rural and quiet town - but again, rentals are scarce.

The "Haven" assumption is definitely incorrect. Also, New Haven does offer a lot more than college kids clubbing. Its culinary scene is second-to-none in the region, and a great place to have a romantic dinner out. Also, the cultural outlets are numerous: symphonies, museums, plays, etc.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Sorry some are offended but as far as the "Haven" go theyre not really rural or small town so they wouldnt meet your current comfort, i would avoid them too. You dont want to be near Waterbury, even if you felt comfortable the taxes are unacceptable. You might consider Middletown and Southington both have rural areas and good shopping. Further from shopping Durham is very nice but not as many rentals. For reference you'll find more BJs and SAMs here than Costco.
You say North Haven (pop 23,000) and East Haven (28,000) are not small town, so you don't recommend them, yet you recommend Middletown (48,000) and Southington (40,000)? Sorry but that makes no sense.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Wallingford, CT
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You could also just live in Wallingford. But North Haven and Hamden are also quite nice. Parts of Wallingford close to North Branford and Durham are pretty rural, and you could consider the latter two if you're interested.

Your electric bill and general living expenses will be much cheaper in Wallingford. But avoiding places like North Haven just by virtue of the word "haven" is absurd. It's probably the nicest town in the area.

edit: Also where in Wallingford will you be? Curious to see what's coming to town. :O
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