U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Connecticut
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 08-31-2014, 05:43 PM
2 posts, read 1,297 times
Reputation: 13


Hello All,
I am a West Hartford resident with a husband and two small children. We have loved WeHa for the last six years but have grown tired of high taxes and high housing prices for smaller homes and even smaller lots.

Our idea is to sell our home and purchase a small lake cottage within a 30ish minute range to Hartford (we both work in Hartford). We plan to live in the lake cottage year round for a few years in order to save money and pay off some debt, at which point, we'd love to hold onto the cottage as a summer get-a-way and buy our 'forever-home.'

Schools are not important since our son is enrolled in a magnet school and in the future this will only be a summer cottage.

We are fairly unfamiliar with lake areas and I am looking for advice on which lakes offer a nice, clean lake with a friendly atmosphere that might be a place that we could hold onto. We don't need to be on direct waterfront, a few streets away is fine too. We'd love to have a motor boat, but its not entirely necessary.

Our son's magnet school will be moving to Wethersfield, so as far as commutes go, that is also a consideration.

We've been looking at Coventry Lake, East Hampton, Bolton and Andover so far. Any advice on these? Any others that we're missing? What is the lake community like?

Thanks in advance!!
Quick reply to this message

Old 08-31-2014, 06:57 PM
4,439 posts, read 3,398,169 times
Reputation: 1921
East Haddam with Lake Hayward and Bashan Lake. Not to mention, you can get riverfront instead of lake front.

Old Lyme with Rogers Lake

Essex on the river as well.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2014, 10:54 PM
Location: Connecticut
21,432 posts, read 35,184,639 times
Reputation: 5525
You seem to have the ones I would suggest. Maybe also Amston Lake.

Still these are kind of far from Wethersfield for school. Does that really make sense to be so far from the school your child will be going to every day? Have you considered buying a small house in Wethersfield or Newington instead? Jay
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2014, 11:45 PM
4,735 posts, read 7,413,613 times
Reputation: 12376
You could also try looking at Hidden Lake. Hidden Lake is in the Higganum section of the town of Haddam and is just off CT Rt 81. Easy ride to Wethersfield from there.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2014, 11:25 AM
Location: Coastal Connecticut
12,509 posts, read 14,931,889 times
Reputation: 2589
Waramaug is amazing but expensive.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2014, 06:06 PM
2 posts, read 1,297 times
Reputation: 13
Great, Thanks for the insight everyone. Any thoughts on the benefits/drawbacks on Coventry Lake vs East Hampton vs Andover? I'm looking for recommendations on which lake people like better and which would best suit for a long term summer cottage/get-a-way.

Thanks again!!
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2014, 06:45 PM
4,735 posts, read 7,413,613 times
Reputation: 12376
Of the three, I'd go with Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton. You have the best of both worlds. You have lake living, quiet little side streets and yet you're a couple of minutes away from shopping, town tennis courts and some local restaurants and not too far from RT 2 to get into Hartford. In other words, you can have both lake and civilization.

Depending on which lake neighborhood you looked at, there are cottage type homes, plus larger more substantial lake homes.

Most of the homes around Lake Coventry are very small ranches/capes or cottages converted to year round homes. The area is also being sewered so there will be the additional expenses of paying for sewer assessments/ connecting to sewers.. There is a recent thread on this . If you look in the search box, you can find it. To live in Coventry means doing your basic, local shopping in Williamantic as there is not much of anything in Coventry itself.

I'd put Andover Lake in the came category as Coventry. Pretty, but sort of remote from amenities IMO.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2014, 12:10 AM
2,395 posts, read 2,458,130 times
Reputation: 4721
You had better check into whether your son would still be able to attend the magnet school. He may no longer be eligible if you move out of the area. Towns whose students attend magnet schools often have to pay something for this, and there are towns which are not part of this agreement. Check with your school, and I would suggest that you get it in writing from them. Even then, the deal could change before he's done with school.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2013 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $99,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Connecticut

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top