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Old 01-10-2013, 03:36 PM
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Hi everyone~

I have posted here before- originally in June 2013 I was going to relocate from NY to the New Haven CT area (Branford/Wallingford). Now I got a new job in NY and have to stay closer to my NY location. I want to move to either Brookfield or New Fairfield. I have looked in both cities/towns with a realtor, I am somewhat familiar with New Fairfield and it is similar to the NY town I live in now. I am a single mom with 2 kids ages 10 and 14. So, one will be in High School in September and one in Middle School (6th grade). My question is- I know neither really has a town center. But what town would be better for my kids? Sports wise New Fairfield seems better, but I could be wrong as I am just basing it on the fact that their fields are gorgeous and they have an indoor pool in the high school. But as far as people/kids/academics I really have no idea what either town is like. I know the benefits of Brookfield are the stores, more city like while New Fairfield is more rural. New Fairfield is a better commute for me as I will not have to deal with 84 at all and I know from passing all of the CT commuters that 84 could be a nightmare, especially on Fridays. So, I would be making a sacrifice by choosing Brookfield as far as my commute. Both are about the same mile distance to my work in Mt. Kisco, NY. So, any input on the towns, other than shopping (which I know about) would be greatly appreciated by me!!!!

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Old 01-10-2013, 03:47 PM
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Brookfield is not really city-like in any way. It has a stretch of strip malls on Federal Road. There isn't a ton of shopping, but there is a Costco and soon-to-be BJ's. And lots of furniture stores. Both towns are lacking in dining/entertainment, but that's their nature.

They're both good towns, but largely interchangeable. Neither town really has a distinct character. If New Fairfield is better sports-wise, it's extremely marginal. I would say you can't go wrong with either. NF will be the easier commute to NY though, and you don't have to pass through Danbury on 84 which can be a little slow sometimes. So, for commute purposes NF wins.

I'd recommend making the house the priority, and the town less so. Find a house you like and don't stress about which town.

You could also go with Bethel, which has everything you're looking for AND a charming town center. Lots of sports opportunities and not quiet as small of town. Schools are good, home prices are generally a little lower than Brookfield and New Fairfield. Commute is similar to Brookfield.

Ridgefield is a nice, quick commute to Mt. Kisco and is a great town. But you'd be spending quite a bit more than the other towns.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:53 PM
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I would go with NF, hands down. This way, you don't have to get on 84 at all (the traffic from 684 to get on 84 in the evening backs up for miles) and you can bypass much of the traffic. You really won't be sacrificing much in the way of town amenities if you choose NF over Brookfield.

Any way you can afford Ridgefield? If so, it's an even better commute to NY.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:34 PM
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I'd go with New Fairfield. A rotten commute gets old fast. You're the one who is going to have to support your family- do what is best for you work-wise. The kids will be fine in either school system. Personally I don't see much difference between the two towns. New Fairfield is close enough to others towns for your shopping needs.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:17 AM
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Thanks guys!!!!!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:10 AM
Location: Connecticut
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Both towns are great but I would say try to find a home with a more reasonable commute. As a single parent of active teens this would be particularly important. With that in mind go with the town that gives you the best commute which is likely New Fairfield. Jay
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