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Old 01-15-2013, 04:23 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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I think the whole Westport vs Fairfield situation is a total win-win.

Fairfield is a great town- Lots to do. Good shopping, restaurants, lots of youth activities and 700K does get you in to a fairly nice home in Fairfield. The commuting distance for a 2x per week commute is doable. Westport is more upscale but has one of the best high schools in the country. A good balance of superb academics, competitive sports and outstanding activities. The town itself does have a liberal, artsy vibe-- but most people are just people.

Choose either Fairfield or Westport and you'e made a good decision.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I like things about Westport and all, but never got too much of an artsy vibe to it and I've worked near downtown for 5 years. I'm not sure why, despite having a good gallery, playhouse and pavilion.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I like things about Westport and all, but never got too much of an artsy vibe to it and I've worked near downtown for 5 years. I'm not sure why, despite having a good gallery, playhouse and pavilion.
Same. While a very beautiful town, there's nothing really "artsy" about Westport. That would be more Kent, Washington, Essex, Mystic, etc. Westport is a pretty corporate town in 2013.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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I like things about Westport and all, but never got too much of an artsy vibe to it and I've worked near downtown for 5 years. I'm not sure why, despite having a good gallery, playhouse and pavilion.
I agree. More Botox than bohemian. But still a great town.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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I like things about Westport and all, but never got too much of an artsy vibe to it and I've worked near downtown for 5 years. I'm not sure why, despite having a good gallery, playhouse and pavilion.
I agree, and I meant arty in the sense that there's a strong arts presence, not in a bohemian or hipster sense. Westport is too damn expensive to have a hipster mentality.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Unfortunately, Westport has priced out many artists it once prided itself on having. Now only the wealthiest ones can afford ot live there and they are dying off. Sad, Jay
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Danbury, CT
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If you're a liberal, you will feel right at home in CT. It's as blue as blue can be.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Unfortunately, Westport has priced out many artists it once prided itself on having. Now only the wealthiest ones can afford ot live there and they are dying off. Sad, Jay
Most are hobbyists with other careers, or get involved in the arts scene from outside areas.

The "galleries" in downtown Westport are all the same. Very expensive French-ish neo-classical art.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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Everyone, thank you so much for your suggestions. We're going to come out to visit, and it's super helpful.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Everyone, thank you so much for your suggestions. We're going to come out to visit, and it's super helpful.
Let us know what you think!
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