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Old 03-25-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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Very quiet, low crime rate, good schools, high taxes, I95 is terrible in the summer other than that good. Niantic very small town has the basics and the only female prison in the state. Flanders Four Corners again has grocery store, resturants-bakery, walkin clinic, orchards. Rocky Neck state park-camping & day swimming/fishing. Only walkable area in downtown Niantic, town is replacing the boardwalk-great used bookstore (can spend all day there-Niantic Bookbarn). Waterford-Millstone Nuclear Plant keeps property taxes low (spread out) has Crystal Mall (aimed at teenage population) target, Wal-mart, Lowes, BAM. High unemployment-slow recovery, housing market starting to pick up.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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It has been some years since I was through that area, but here's some info. The town beach is for residents only, and has a small picnic area and play space. There is a state beach, Rocky Neck State Park, in town also. It is much larger, has shower stalls, a large beach and large wooded area with trails. You have to pay to get in either each time you go or buy a season pass good for all state parks, IIRC.

The schools are very good in EL. The kids in high school in neighboring Waterford had a reputation for being wild. This was back in the '70s and 80s. Don't know if this is still true. IIRC, taxes were lower in Waterford due to the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant. Maybe someone could tell us if this is still true today.

EL is a part of New London county, and therefore revolves around New London. The shoreline towns further down the line: Madison, Guilford and the like, are more suburbs of New Haven. EL has easy access to Amtrak either from Old Saybrook or, more typically, New London.

I felt New London was safer than New Haven, if you knew what areas to avoid and when.

It is an area that requires automobile ownership. There is limited bus service (SEAT: South East Area Transit)

The casinos are nearby, and easy to get to, and have entertainment come to the area. I cannot believe some of the groups that have been in that area, MY GOD, groups I would have just been crazy to see in my youth. I think Fleetwood Mac was there in Uncasville, and Paul McCartney. So, even if you don't gamble, the casinos offer entertainment.

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Old 12-20-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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My husband's work has a satellite office in East Lyme, CT and I've been on-and-off talking with him about transferring and moving up there. I'm a huge fan of the whole New England area, my husband's brother lives in Providence, we honeymooned in Maine, I spent a week in Cape Cod this past Autumn- and it's nothing short of heaven for me.


Oh- and if people want slightly better specifics as far as my questions regarding commuting times as East Lyme looks pretty big- my husband's office would be on route 161 between the New London Turnpike and Route 1 (Boston Post Rd) so we'd like to be no more than half an hour from that area.
I live n East Lyme and it's not too big. Did you make a decision about moving?

You can live in nearby Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Lyme, Waterford, New London, and a few other towns and still be within 30 minutes. (Probably Westbrook, Essex, Deep River and Salem as well... Salem shares a high school with East Lyme).

We usually go to Waterford for shopping, though sometimes my wife likes to go to the Outlet malls in Clinton/Westbrook or up to West Farms (less than an hour away). When I worked in Glastonbury, I shopped there as well.

Taxes aren't too bad in EL - we pay about $10K for a 500K home, and that includes the town pickup of garbage. Our previous home in Avon (another town in CT) was a similar size, but we'd probably be around $12K now for our home there, and we'd pay for a private company to pick up our garbage.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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Based on your comments, I don't think you want to live in East Lyme. It's mostly new developments--lots of vinyl siding. It is/was very popular with Pfizer transplants because it reminds them of the Midwest, and is not very New England-ey at all. The downtown area, for what it is, is basically chain stores and strip malls. The beaches are directly across the bay from an operating nuclear reactor. (No, that's not even a little bit of a joke.)

Flanders is the only area of East Lyme I think might be appropriate for you since it isn't all subdivisions and the houses are on larger plots, but it's right on the highway, near nothing but big box stores, and is adjacent to Waterford which I find to be a largely unattractive and unpleasant town.

While your dollar will buy you less, consider Lyme and Old Lyme. They're beautiful, bucolic, country towns with lots of antique houses. Almost every house is on >1 acre (except the beach communities in OL) and there are few/no subdivisions. Very commutable to East Lyme. There are fewer restaurants and such in Lyme/OL, but you're a short drive away from plenty of wonderful options. Further away, the Essex/Chester area is beautiful and rural (though also somewhat pricier) while still being close to restaurants and shopping. Mystic and Stonington are also a bit further (pushing your 30 minute radius) but have great schools, are very classic New England, and you can sometimes find houses on larger parcels like you're interested in. They're quite expensive, though.

Lyme/OL has a high school with something like <500 kids in it. Tiny, and greatly recommended. EL has a good high school too, and very nice facilities, but is a larger school. As Pfizer is leaving the area and the housing market has fallen pretty sharply in EL, I would be concerned about the viability of the schools long-term.

In terms of culture/acceptance, you will find in New England there are few/no problems with that outside of very rural areas. That said, the towns I've recommended are wealthier than the surrounding communities so some perceive them to be snobby.

Biking/walkability is largely nonexistent in this area. Also, you have mentioned that you want at least an acre of land and the areas that are walkable in New London County (downtown Mystic and Stonington Borough come to mind) are coastal and expensive and people largely live on small lots.

New Englanders are friendly, but not super outgoing. Be prepared for people to seem somewhat cold. You're not going to get a hug from someone you just met like you might in other parts of the country.

Farmers' markets are all over the place, as are farmstands. You may do a bit of driving, which you will have to get used to living in this area. But they're there, and they're fabulous.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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Based on your comments, I don't think you want to live in East Lyme. It's mostly new developments--lots of vinyl siding. It is/was very popular with Pfizer transplants because it reminds them of the Midwest, and is not very New England-ey at all. The downtown area, for what it is, is basically chain stores and strip malls. The beaches are directly across the bay from an operating nuclear reactor. (No, that's not even a little bit of a joke.)

Flanders is the only area of East Lyme I think might be appropriate for you since it isn't all subdivisions and the houses are on larger plots, but it's right on the highway, near nothing but big box stores, and is adjacent to Waterford which I find to be a largely unattractive and unpleasant town.
downtown East Lyme is chain stores & strip malls? I see mostly small restaurants/pubs (no chain stores) and small shops on Main Street? There's a CVS up the street on Pennsylvania Avenue, and a Subway on Main Street, but most of the restaurants are locally owned, and the cinema is not a chain, either, nor is the Book Barn book store or the Children's Museum. (Main Street Grille, Family Pizza, Black Sheep Pub, etc for restaurants)

Yes, there's a Stop & Shop, McDonald's another CVS and Rite Aid, but you'll find Big Y and Rite Aid in Old Lyme as well.

The big box stores are all along Rte 85 in Waterford - Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Target, BJ's Warehouse Club, Toys R Us, a chain theater, as well as the Crystal Mall and chain restaurants like Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden.
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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Jeff, I was referring to the Flanders Four Corners area of East Lyme, which I consider the locus of East Lyme proper (i.e., not Niantic) since that's where one gets off 95 in town, where the high school is, where Stop & Shop is, etc. It's almost exclusively strip malls and, to me, quite unpleasant. Niantic, which I assume you're referring to, has a much more pleasant downtown area. But the poster wants at least an acre of land, and that is very hard to come by in Niantic.

My larger point was that East Lyme is not, to me, very New England-ey, which is what the poster wants. There are few antique homes, lots of new construction, and the Flanders Four Corners area is an eyesore. Niantic, which has more character, looks out onto a nuclear reactor. There are other areas near East Lyme that seem, to me, to match the poster's expressed tastes much better.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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NewJeffCT - turns out my husband's company, who had us all ready to ship out, pulled the plug on the office and shut it down! How sad. I was getting so excited! I guess I can just dream about New England in my spare time.

Thanks to everyone who posted- I seriously appreciate all the effort you guys went to responding to my question!
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