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Old 08-31-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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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!!
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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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.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:54 PM
 
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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
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:45 PM
 
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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.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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Waramaug is amazing but expensive.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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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!!
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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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.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:10 AM
 
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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.
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