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Old 07-22-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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The holiday/summer traffic is a deal breaker for me. I like mobility...95 throughout SE CT is a nightmare during peak travel season, and is a very frustrating ride really any time of the year because it is so narrow and over-capacity.


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OP I reread your post. You said you prefer not living on the I-95 corridor, but usually once you get past New Haven, I-95 smooth sailing, especially after you pass the CT river. You are completely out of the congested area (with the exception of holiday and summer weekend traffic). But it should be an easy commute to work.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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Thats a little too long a commute I would be willing to tolerate, but if the OP is fine with a 49 mile commute I suppose its a good place. Still a little on the edge of his budget though.

OP I hope you realize its really not going to be easy to find a home in a good town in CT with that budget.
Yeah, I realize I'm going to have to compromise somewhere. Right now Manchester is at the top of my list..have seen some nice places in the $160k range. The compromise comes if and when I have a family...definitely would not want to send my kids to Manchester's public schools. I'd also wind up averaging something like 25-28k miles per year on my car...thankfully I always buy Japanese, though..which actually last.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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This is the same poster who thinks every road in Fairfield County is bumper to bumper 24 hours a day.
I'm hardly the only one. Cambium posts pictures pretty much every other day showing dead-stopped FFC traffic at highly off-peak hours like 11AM.

Sugar-coat it all you want...but lower-FFC traffic is quite possibly the worst in the country.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:50 PM
 
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Thats a little too long a commute I would be willing to tolerate, but if the OP is fine with a 49 mile commute I suppose its a good place. Still a little on the edge of his budget though.

OP I hope you realize its really not going to be easy to find a home in a good town in CT with that budget.
nonsense - you can find plenty of decent homes in nice towns for under $200,000. Maybe not in Fairfield County, but in other areas of the state and not McMansions nor new construction. The OP wants a condo that was built 2000 or later, which is more of a limiting factor than $200,000.

IF the OP doesn't want to worry about snow removal & lawn care, he could take the money he or she would spend on condo fees (say $200/month?) and put that towards weekly lawn cutting for 7 months and snow removal in the winter. Say, $30/week for 30 weeks is $900 for lawn care. Maybe $300 more for fertilizer. 12 times get your driveway plowed at $40 a pop for $480. So, you're up to $1,700. And, you come out $700 ahead.

Glastonbury:
6 Plank Ln, Glastonbury, CT 06033 is For Sale - Zillow

Marlborough:
7 Myrna Dr, Marlborough, CT 06447 is For Sale - Zillow

Niantic:
3 Mcelaney Dr, Niantic, CT 06357 is For Sale - Zillow

(I'm assuming he could get the price a bit lower than the list of $205,000 or $210,000)
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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I'm hardly the only one. Cambium posts pictures pretty much every other day showing dead-stopped FFC traffic at highly off-peak hours like 11AM.

Sugar-coat it all you want...but lower-FFC traffic is quite possibly the worst in the country.
Nope, not even close. I was just in Los Angeles last week. Can't even begin to describe what I witnessed there. Lower Fc is a breeze compared to that. And I am someone who always recommends shorter commutes here.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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The thing about all of those homes, Jeff...and 90% of what you see on the market in CT...is that they're OLD. I could care less about the 'charm' factor of an older house...bottom line, they are money pits.

It's the 21st century...a home should be energy efficient (oil heat? you've got to be kidding me), have central-air, a deck, a dishwasher, etc.


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nonsense - you can find plenty of decent homes in nice towns for under $200,000. Maybe not in Fairfield County, but in other areas of the state and not McMansions nor new construction. The OP wants a condo that was built 2000 or later, which is more of a limiting factor than $200,000.

IF the OP doesn't want to worry about snow removal & lawn care, he could take the money he or she would spend on condo fees (say $200/month?) and put that towards weekly lawn cutting for 7 months and snow removal in the winter. Say, $30/week for 30 weeks is $900 for lawn care. Maybe $300 more for fertilizer. 12 times get your driveway plowed at $40 a pop for $480. So, you're up to $1,700. And, you come out $700 ahead.

Glastonbury:
6 Plank Ln, Glastonbury, CT 06033 is For Sale - Zillow

Marlborough:
7 Myrna Dr, Marlborough, CT 06447 is For Sale - Zillow

Niantic:
3 Mcelaney Dr, Niantic, CT 06357 is For Sale - Zillow

(I'm assuming he could get the price a bit lower than the list of $205,000 or $210,000)
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:10 PM
 
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It's the 21st century...a home should be energy efficient (oil heat? you've got to be kidding me), have central-air, a deck, a dishwasher, etc.
Oil heat often doesn't have anything to do with the 21st century, it's about what sort of infrastructure is in place in the area.

A huge percentage of Connecticut has zero natural gas infrastructure, and it's not something you can change when building a new house.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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The thing about all of those homes, Jeff...and 90% of what you see on the market in CT...is that they're OLD. I could care less about the 'charm' factor of an older house...bottom line, they are money pits.

It's the 21st century...a home should be energy efficient (oil heat? you've got to be kidding me), have central-air, a deck, a dishwasher, etc.
Not always - a well built & maintained older home can be of better quality than a newer one, and with sometimes 7 or 8 foot ceilings, instead of the more common 9 foot ones in new homes, you can have less space to heat & cool than with a new home of the same square footage.

And, propane was more expensive than oil for much of the country this past winter. Gas won't be available in many areas of the state without massive infrastructure spending.

here you go - convenient to Norwich and built in 2013:

287 Niantic River Rd, Waterford, CT 06385 - Zillow

Built in 2000:
8 Mark Twain Dr, East Hampton, CT 06424 is For Sale - Zillow
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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I bought in South Windsor, great town, but had the option of buying a bigger place in manchester. Often wish I had bought the one in manchester.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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I'm liking that house in Waterford.

Speaking of which....why is Waterford so cheap? Is it the proximity to New London? The school system is good.

Perhaps I'm missing something....but besides being responsible for extra maintenance (snow removal/grass cutting), what are the other cons of purchasing a house versus a condo? Home-owners insurance?



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Not always - a well built & maintained older home can be of better quality than a newer one, and with sometimes 7 or 8 foot ceilings, instead of the more common 9 foot ones in new homes, you can have less space to heat & cool than with a new home of the same square footage.

And, propane was more expensive than oil for much of the country this past winter. Gas won't be available in many areas of the state without massive infrastructure spending.

here you go - convenient to Norwich and built in 2013:

287 Niantic River Rd, Waterford, CT 06385 - Zillow

Built in 2000:
8 Mark Twain Dr, East Hampton, CT 06424 is For Sale - Zillow
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