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Old 01-24-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: West Valley City, Salt Lake City, Utah
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I'm looking to move to New England too. From what I've discovered you should look at Rhode Island. That's where we'd move if we didn't need good public schools. It's less expensive than both CT and MA but the schools generally suck. Good searching!
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Orange Virginia
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Based on my research and curiosity about living in Connecticut I have found more then a few homes for less then 200k, a 2500 square foot colonial will be expensive no matter where you live, we have a ton of old farm houses with the big colonial porches here in Virginia and unless you're packing a budget for 650k to 2.1 million, you ain't gonna get one of those houses here either.

On our annual take home of 110k and the fact that my kids have graduated and school districts are no longer a concern that opened up options for us. Also considering the fact I have no problem living in the sticks and driving an hour to work, I won't go over that hour mind you, then I found even more options for us in Connecticut, commuting doesn't bother me for some reason, the other day I was doing the NoVa commute, had my morning beverage, a little Martina Mcbride playing on the I-tunes, I was in my zone ready to start the day, and damn can that woman sing.

So is Connecticut affordable? I would say yes if you're in a 2 income family and you don't try to live beyond your means. I'm not Greenwhich kinda guy, would visit the place sure but it's not my type of people, it's beyond my budget, but that doesn't mean I cannot live in or enjoy the state of Connecticut.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'm looking to move to New England too. From what I've discovered you should look at Rhode Island. That's where we'd move if we didn't need good public schools. It's less expensive than both CT and MA but the schools generally suck. Good searching!
I am not sure why you think the schools in RI are not good. I would have to disagree. There are a number of towns with good schools. Barrington and East Greenwich come to mind. You will pay more for homes there but that is true anywhere in this country. That said I was never impressed with RI. It seems to be a bit backwards and the maintenance of their roads is horrible. It also tends to be a bit provincial in attitude. It is not for me. JMHO. Jay
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:47 PM
 
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You could give me a 100 acre ranch in Texas or a McMansion in the Carolinas and I would say "thanks but no thanks" - and yes I travel to each region for work. For me, quality of living trumps cost of living, and I think the citizens of CT often take for granted to huge number of amenities that they have easy access to on a daily basis or for a weekend excursion.

It might not be easy to find a fixer home under $180,000 but it is definitely possible, especially if you are ok with a pre-foreclosure home. Not everyone needs or wants to live in a gated community. I can't speak to the regions of CT that I do not know as well ,but as for Southeastern CT - I know that you could find something at that price in New London or Norwich, as well as a town such as Preston or Griswold.

I am not sure the forum rules on linking other sites, but I see a house in Poquetanuck Cove area of Preston being sold by owner - 125 Poquetanuck Road, Preston, CT 06365 - at $160,000 / 2,160 sqft. I also see a home in New London being sold by owner - 3 Rockbourne Ln, New London, CT 06320 - which is off Pequot Ave near Ocean Beach (nicer area of New London) for $198,000, which is slightly above your price range but give you a view of both the ocean and the lighthouse right from the home. You can google them and see what I mean, but those are just two examples. I think they are perfectly nice houses.

My point is that price range is doable. Posters tend to forget that individuals of all incomes DO live in CT and are able to sustain themselves. I do not know your line of work or education level, but the other added benefit is that salaries are higher in CT so that would alleviate some of the higher cost of living issues. For example, the casinos in eastern CT offer good pay and benefits for only requiring a high school level education. With an associates or bachelors degree, there is plenty of opportunity. And for children, even the average CT public school system is better than many schools you would find in NC or TX.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:02 PM
 
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I'm looking to move to New England too. From what I've discovered you should look at Rhode Island. That's where we'd move if we didn't need good public schools. It's less expensive than both CT and MA but the schools generally suck. Good searching!
Hi Beckalees, I stalked your zip code which says you are coming from Utah? Anyways, I don't know your price range or occupation but there are certainly good schools and very nice areas of Rhode Island. Of the top of my head East Greenwich and Narragansett have very good public school systems - Narragansett is likely a bit cheaper than East Greenwich. I do not know about the Warwick school system, but the eastern part of that city near the water is very nice. There are also plenty of secular and non-secular private schools in RI. I would not discount the entire state due to education.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Hi Beckalees, I stalked your zip code which says you are coming from Utah? Anyways, I don't know your price range or occupation but there are certainly good schools and very nice areas of Rhode Island. Of the top of my head East Greenwich and Narragansett have very good public school systems - Narragansett is likely a bit cheaper than East Greenwich. I do not know about the Warwick school system, but the eastern part of that city near the water is very nice. There are also plenty of secular and non-secular private schools in RI. I would not discount the entire state due to education.
Right on. Any state that has Brown University and RISD cannot be discounted for its education. Aside from that, I spend a lot of time in RI and definitely think it's an attractive area to live in.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:54 PM
 
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Right on. Any state that has Brown University and RISD cannot be discounted for its education. Aside from that, I spend a lot of time in RI and definitely think it's an attractive area to live in.
Not sure what Brown & RISD have to do with K-12 education in R.I. In fact, there was a flap recently about Brown not paying its fair share into the city (& public school) coffers:
Brown University Taxes: Providence Takes On School In Town-Gown Money Clash
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Not sure what Brown & RISD have to do with K-12 education in R.I. In fact, there was a flap recently about Brown not paying its fair share into the city (& public school) coffers:
Brown University Taxes: Providence Takes On School In Town-Gown Money Clash
The point had already been made by previous posters that there are decent K-12 districts in RI...I was merely pointing out that there are good colleges also (stellar, actually) considering the size of the state.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:15 PM
 
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I am not sure the forum rules on linking other sites, but I see a house in Poquetanuck Cove area of Preston being sold by owner - 125 Poquetanuck Road, Preston, CT 06365 - at $160,000 / 2,160 sqft. .
I'm native to the area. That is right on Route 2A, casino traffic central. This includes large buses and drunks. It's also near the bar colloquially known as the "Brookdive". More drunks. Preston is a great town but that's one part I would personally avoid if I was raising a family. Also, that house is super old. Built in the 1700s! You will also want flood insurance if you bought that house.

Ledyard has lots of houses, and the town is better than Preston in some ways. For a native like me Norwich has great areas but I can see why many would like to avoid it. Griswold is also a very nice town, outside of the Jewett City section. You can absolutely find a decent, newer house for under $200,000 in this area of the state.

But your overall point is right. Southeastern CT is a great place to live, and affordable when compared to much of the rest of the state.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Az.
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Right now, I would say rich or poor, unless you got some serious legitimate reason (a business opportunity you can't pass up, family loyalty, some really bizarre infatuation with Connecticut), you do not want to be here. It's insane when you can move to Texas, Virginia, Carolina, Utah...where economy is quite frankly fantastic.

Not trying to scare you or anything but those who promote this state will be joining you soon. Everybody's leaving so don't take it personally.

Heading for the sunbelt, Texas, Georgia-South Carolina, Utah, it's the big exodus, as long as when we leave, we don't make the mistake of spreading elsewhere the same politics that messed us up here in the Northeast. Do you think one day people will come back here? I would say not likely. Gotta look forward, not backwards.
I worked for a CT. company but in another state. I had to go there a few times a year and found it is expensive, repressive, and just plain awful. I never want to go there again, ever. Flame away!
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