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Old 02-03-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Unless you're wealthy, working in Stamford and wanting things like good schools, an easy commute, home ownership is such a hassle.

You ever consider Fairfield? Train commute from there would be pretty easy.
The thought of moving again has me very stressed, lol.

It's very tough because, like the OP, we're not millionaires so we can't afford to drop $1m+ on a house in Darien, but we don't want to have an awful commute either.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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The thought of moving again has me very stressed, lol.

It's very tough because, like the OP, we're not millionaires so we can't afford to drop $1m+ on a house in Darien, but we don't want to have an awful commute either.
I wonder if companies that choose Stamford fully realize how difficult they make it for even upper middle class families to settle down and have a decent commute.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I wonder if companies that choose Stamford fully realize how difficult they make it for even upper middle class families to settle down and have a decent commute.
I don't think they care. Also many of these companies have relocated from Manhattan, where it was even more expensive.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Well, at least there public transportation is prevalent. Ah well.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Well, at least there public transportation is prevalent. Ah well.
Yep, that's exactly what I was thinking. CT, even along the Metro North corridor, is very car-centric.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Not really. It would require a drive to New Haven or Milford, catching the train, and waiting at the station 17 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon due to the company shuttle schedule. It is a lot of hassle. Driving is absolutely out of the question. It will take her 1.5 hours + each way daily during rush hour.

I'm very much an advocate of sacrificing square footage to live close to work.
Shoreline East trains connect directly with the trains from New Haven into Stamford. I believe they literally stop right next to the Stamford train so you just have to walk across the platform to continue your trip. Still it could be a long trip. I remember you once looked in Fairfield. I know how much you like where you live now but it may be time to bite the bullet and move closer to Stamford. Good luck with this. Jay
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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Shoreline East trains connect directly with the trains from New Haven into Stamford. I believe they literally stop right next to the Stamford train so you just have to walk across the platform to continue your trip. Still it could be a long trip. I remember you once looked in Fairfield. I know how much you like where you live now but it may be time to bite the bullet and move closer to Stamford. Good luck with this. Jay
The shoreline east trains have very limited service (I think one express each way to Stamford). A little convenient but still a long ride.

Also want to apologize to the OP - I didn't mean to turn this into a "me" thread, but we are in similar situations with regards to a Stamford commute.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the many helpful responses! We took a drive through Redding and is beautiful as the area is, it just feels too rural and far from conveniences. We continue to lean toward Monroe, but will definitely consider Orange and Fairfield. Many of the Fairfield homes in our price range ($400-$500) are either too small or on tiny lots. We love the Fairfield University area and will keep our eye on homes in that neighborhood.

We would love to consider Newtown, but fear the commute will be too much. My husband is planning some evening drives from the Bridgeport train to Newtown to gauge the commute. He would probably leave by 6am in the morning, so hopefully the morning commute to Bridgeport would be tolerable. He's loves taking the train, especially the chance to read.

Thanks for the the links to CMT/CAPT and SAT scores. We're feeling comfortable with any of the districts mentioned: Monroe, Fairfield, Trumbull, Orange, and Netwown. Schools are a top priority, but not the only one. Thanks again!
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Newtown is definitely the longest commute out of all those towns. 25 isn't terrible in the morning, but can move slowly in parts. It's smart to do some test runs for the commute, maybe try a few areas to see how it is in different towns.

Newtown is beautiful, but I'm not sure it offers enough vs. the other towns to make the commute worth it. Of course, that is ultimately up to you!

Fairfield is a terrific town with a lot going on. It is the most expensive of the bunch, but would be the best commute by far.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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@ Stylo, jay, et al: how does a Fairfield to Stamford commute compare to a Ridgefield to Stamford commute (ridgefield, im familiar with; fairfield, i have no clue??). I'm thinking they may (possibly?) be comparable, with perhaps a slight edge to Ridgefield, at least an edge for commuting-time consistency's sake? Only reason I'm mention Ridgefield is because the OP looked at Redding-- if Redding is within the budget, Ridgefield should be too, no?
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