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Old 04-11-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Originally Posted by kidyankee764 View Post
Charlotte, university area. Hated every second of it.

And I get that you don't appreciate good pizza - you're from the Hartford area. It's a great cheat-day food, especially with a good ale.
What has being from the Hartford area got to do with anything? We've had some of the best Italian made pizza's (and Grinder's I might add..) around!
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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I should have used a better word. There is always things to do in CT, but "bored" as in the same stuff to do. It's a great place to raise a family. Connecticut is called "The land of steady habits" and I could see why. I just want to try and break my steady habit.
CT is quiet. Even its cities are quiet. And it's the exact opposite of how I lived the first part of my life, but for the most part I absolutely love it here. I would never want to trade my experiences from the place where grew up, because that place will always be my true home and I still love it. But this place is pretty darn good too. And much less noisy!

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Old 04-12-2014, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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What has being from the Hartford area got to do with anything? We've had some of the best Italian made pizza's (and Grinder's I might add..) around!
The Hartford area is a great area, but your pizza pales in comparison to downstate. Sorry.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Venus
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I lived in Conn. from 5th-8th grades. To tell you the truth, I HATED it. But, I was living in West Haven, which isn't the nicest place in Conn. I was glad to move away.

I still go back there frequently because I have 2 sisters who live there-1 who still lives in West Haven. There are many nice places in Conn. that I enjoy visiting. But, I wouldn't move back there-but that is me.



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Old 04-12-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Born in New Haven 1961. Lived in West Haven 1961-1962. Moved to Hamden 1962, lived in that house til college, 1979. Moved to Boston, stayed there 7 years - during which time I travelled to Canada and lived in Contre Coeur for a summer, and spent another summer living - and failing dismally - in Plantation, Florida.

Went back to the family home for a year, house-sat for my uncle and aunt for a year, met husband and lived in East Haven for 11 years, and now live in North Haven.

So basically, I'm a local girl whose lived away and returned. While I don't exactly regret living in Connecticut - I wished I'd travelled more before settling down. I also will be heartbroken when hubby retires and we move to Florida. I can't imagine life without seasons and hills and at least a few months of near-zero humidity. In my mind, Florida will always be the place people go to die. More doctors per square mile than anywhere else in the country - and that's because people suffer from bad health more there than anywhere else. There's an arthritis specialist on every block in Florida, and an asthma specialist inbetween each arthritis specialist.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Born in New Haven 1961. Lived in West Haven 1961-1962. Moved to Hamden 1962, lived in that house til college, 1979. Moved to Boston, stayed there 7 years - during which time I travelled to Canada and lived in Contre Coeur for a summer, and spent another summer living - and failing dismally - in Plantation, Florida.

Went back to the family home for a year, house-sat for my uncle and aunt for a year, met husband and lived in East Haven for 11 years, and now live in North Haven.

So basically, I'm a local girl whose lived away and returned. While I don't exactly regret living in Connecticut - I wished I'd travelled more before settling down. I also will be heartbroken when hubby retires and we move to Florida. I can't imagine life without seasons and hills and at least a few months of near-zero humidity. In my mind, Florida will always be the place people go to die. More doctors per square mile than anywhere else in the country - and that's because people suffer from bad health more there than anywhere else. There's an arthritis specialist on every block in Florida, and an asthma specialist inbetween each arthritis specialist.
Why would you move to retire in a place you hate? There are many other options.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:56 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Why would you move to retire in a place you hate? There are many other options.
Because I'm not the one retiring. My spouse, the one who pays the bills, is retiring. And he, the one who pays the bills, has chosen Florida. I can go with him, or I can - not go with him and figure out where to live, and how to afford to live there, since he's the one with the income and I'm not. Those are my options.

It's been discussed in this forum a few times before. I'd rather live in northern Arizona or New Mexico, than either Florida OR Connecticut, now that I'm of an age when my bones are starting to protest their existence. I need less humidity than Fla. or Ct. have in the summer, and less brutal winter than we have in CT. New Mexico is crazy-hot in temperature but I've been there in June when it was 105 and I felt energized by it, rather than exhausted by it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: W Simsbury
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I grew up in CT (Hartford area) and my wife in Western Mass. Due to a job opportunity, we moved to PA around 2006 (about 45 mins NW of Philly). My older brother had been living there for many years (moved there right after he graduated college) and wooed me over to the company he was working for. My wife ended up going to work for them as well. It wasn't until after we accepted the job (and started working remotely from CT) and started looking at where we'd live over there that we realized that we wouldn't really be able to live super-close to him. He commuted about 1 hr 15 mins to the job, and because of our young daughter and both of us working for the new company, we wanted a house that was closer to work, in case of school emergencies, etc. So we moved over there to a town about 1.5 hours from my brother, and had trouble developing new friendships. It didn't help that it was a small company with very few people in similar life situations and with most of them commuting long distances. Also, the house we had was nice in that it was in a quiet semi-rural area, but that made it harder to get to know people in the neighborhood. We did make a couple of friends with people close to our house who had children near our daughter's age, but before those could develop more we had some health issues with family back home (in MA) and made the decision to move back.

Side note: the pizza was all terrible over there. When we occasionally traveled back to CT, we'd order a couple of pizzas from Little City Pizza in Simsbury, ice it and put it in a cooler, and bring it back home to PA.

When we were moving back, we decided that we should try to move back to Simsbury so as to minimize the impact to our daughter (figuring she had old friends she'd reconnect with).

As they say, the grass is greener on the other side. Now that we've been back a while, other factors have changed, and I wish we had done some things differently. My daughter's friends all changed over the course of a year, so moving back to Simsbury to minimize the impact on her was unnecessary. My wife switched to a paleo diet, so we rarely eat pizza (not that that was really a significant factor in moving - but I will say that we are foodies and the restaurant options near our house in PA were pretty poor). Also, I'm a bit more sensitive to all of the CT taxes these days, and the tax burden was definitely better in PA.

If we could do everything over again, I initially would have tried harder to find a house mid-way between my brother's town and the office and looked for a community with houses close together, sidewalks, and lots of families. That wouldn't have changed the health situation of our family back in MA, but had we developed more closer friendships, we might have opted to just travel back to MA more frequently instead of deciding to move back entirely. Assuming we did still move back, I would have also done that differently by looking at other towns. Simsbury's taxes are quite high and at the time we moved back the house options were slim and we probably overpaid for a house that wasn't ideal for us.

These days I often think about where my ideal place to live would be. I'd like my next move to be the last one and I think more about the type of house I'd want to retire in, so I think about smaller homes with lower taxes, but also one-floor living. I also think about condos, but the condo fees often seem out of line, so a small ranch style home is probably the better option. Being foodies, I also think about places with more and better restaurant options. Climate-wise, I'd prefer to be more south with a longer warm season, but my wife seems to be the opposite. I'd really like to be closer to water and have a boat, but that could be accomplished in CT.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Because I'm not the one retiring. My spouse, the one who pays the bills, is retiring. And he, the one who pays the bills, has chosen Florida. I can go with him, or I can - not go with him and figure out where to live, and how to afford to live there, since he's the one with the income and I'm not. Those are my options.
So he, the one who pays the bills, does not even consider the preference of his wife when making a major life decision? He, the one who pays the bills, sounds like a great husband.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: In a house
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So he, the one who pays the bills, does not even consider the preference of his wife when making a major life decision? He, the one who pays the bills, sounds like a great husband.
Of course he does. HIS preference would be to live in a family compound in South Carolina. I put the kebosh on that. HE didn't have any choice in the matter. We have family in Florida and South Carolina, we know no one in Arizona or New Mexico. Neither of us want to spend the next half of our lives in Connecticut.

The Villages is the only acceptable choice that both of us would agree on. I hate Florida, but the Villages is very nice - as things go in Florida. He IS a great husband. And should I be needing advice on my marriage, I'll be checking in with a marriage counselor, not strangers on the internet. Thanks for your concern, though.
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