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Old 01-20-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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Redding is expensive, your money won't go quite as far. It's a beautiful rural town though. Not much going on though, and you'll have to drive for a lot of conveniences. Trumbull is 2nd most expensive, Monroe/Orange/Newtown are roughly the same. If anything, Orange might be slightly cheaper.

As far as commute time, Orange to Milford train 14 minutes, Milford train to Stamford: Express arriving at 8:50 35 minutes. Total not including to/from station time 49 minutes

Monroe to Bridgeport 20 minutes (without traffic), same train 24 minutes. Total 44 minutes.

Very small difference, and if you count that there's more stop/go and traffic within Bridgeport, it's very close. Also, the Milford station is just... nicer.

Travel time from Orange to Bridgeport station is exactly the same as from Monroe, and since you get off at the Route 8 exit of the Merritt - very unlikely to encounter traffic.

All these are computed from the center of the respective towns, so of course they could vary.
........Never going to get a parking permit in Milford.

Perhaps out of West Haven when it opens later this year though.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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........Never going to get a parking permit in Milford.

Perhaps out of West Haven when it opens later this year though.
Doesn't matter what station you go to, they're going to have to pay for parking.

If the OP already has a Bridgeport parking permit, it's still the same commute from Orange or Monroe to that station.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:20 AM
 
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This is a great article just out about Monroe, that gives a lot of info on what to do, what kind of feel different parts of the town have, parks, schools, commuting, home values and taxes, shopping, and the generous character of the residents overall.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/re...anted=all&_r=0


And it does mention that lot sizes are typically one to three acres.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Shelton
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Thanks for sharing the NY Times article. We're leaning toward Monroe over Trumbull. We like the smaller town feel and the more rural nature of Monroe.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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They both have that feel IMO, if anything Monroe has more strip-type shopping than Trumbull. Southern Trumbull is a little more dense.

Did you check out Orange yet? It has some great rural-feeling sections. The high school is ranked #4 in the state vs. Monroe at #42. Not that Monroe schools are not great by any stretch of the imagination, but if it was my money - I'd go Orange.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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Where are the rankings from Stylo?
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Connecticut State Elementary Schools - CT School Rankings
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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Hmmm.

Take note of which high school is listed at #53 on that list. If that rank is "legitimate", it puts the school a hell of a lot closer to Trumbull and Monroe than we realized.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Hmmm.

Take note of which high school is listed at #53 on that list. If that rank is "legitimate", it puts the school a hell of a lot closer to Trumbull and Monroe than we realized.
Shelton's high school CAPT scores increased a lot in 2012. So did nearby Foran.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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That's a pretty soft standard for ranking. A standardized test specific to CT? I'd rather see ap/sat as the primary factors. I think the rankings would shift for several schools significantly.
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