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Old 01-20-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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Thank you everyone that has responded. The answers have been beyond helpful. We are going to open up search to include Greenwich- it sounds like it ticks a lot of our boxes even if our dollar won’t go quite as far there. The main reason we previously had not been considering was some feedback we heard about the schools but sounds like those comments were misinformed. Thank you again!
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:22 AM
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Location: NYC/Westport,CT
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I would consider Westport as well. Your money goes a bit farther, walkable "downtown", equally good schools/sports, more liberal than surrounding suburbs, and similar commute times into midtown as NC.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:18 PM
 
Location: SOB-Charleston.SC
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Thank you everyone that has responded. The answers have been beyond helpful. We are going to open up search to include Greenwich- it sounds like it ticks a lot of our boxes even if our dollar won’t go quite as far there. The main reason we previously had not been considering was some feedback we heard about the schools but sounds like those comments were misinformed. Thank you again!

A couple things to know ... real estate taxes is Greenwich are quite a bit lower than the other towns youre considering ..in part due to the number of corporate headquarters in town... and the fact that well over 3000 ( about 35 % of available students) residing there go to the private schools hence the towns school budgets are lower due to that factor as well .. That alone can translate to lower carrying costs for a home you might purchase..... or conversely allow you to consider the private system for your childs education. The private schools are highly rated and a few are amongst the best day schools in the state... and highly rated in the country. One issue all of them have tho .. is diversity ... and all are trying to remedy that problem ... so that although almost all those schools have waiting lists at this point youre situation might well be of help for matriculation and assistance.


You wont go wrong either system.... but you should be aware of your choices.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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A couple things to know ... real estate taxes is Greenwich are quite a bit lower than the other towns youre considering ..in part due to the number of corporate headquarters in town... and the fact that well over 3000 ( about 35 % of available students) residing there go to the private schools hence the towns school budgets are lower due to that factor as well .. That alone can translate to lower carrying costs for a home you might purchase..... or conversely allow you to consider the private system for your childs education. The private schools are highly rated and a few are amongst the best day schools in the state... and highly rated in the country. One issue all of them have tho .. is diversity ... and all are trying to remedy that problem ... so that although almost all those schools have waiting lists at this point youre situation might well be of help for matriculation and assistance.


You wont go wrong either system.... but you should be aware of your choices.
Their taxes are also low due to the sheer staggering total value of residential real estate. Very few towns in the country compare.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, (sometimes) work in CT
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I would consider Westport as well. Your money goes a bit farther, walkable "downtown", equally good schools/sports, more liberal than surrounding suburbs, and similar commute times into midtown as NC.
And I want to note if you consider Westport, don't let the ABC sitcom "American Housewife" (which is set in Westport) cloud your view on it. It is fictional and it is a lot more like the quote above describes than how the show portrays it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:04 PM
 
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My great friend is a realtor in Darien, and I just screenshot your post and sent it to her. Her reply: “omg are you kidding me?!” followed by an ‘angry’ emoji.

So basically, that’s BS.
That means nothing to me. "omg are you kidding me?!" and "" aren't denials of prejudicial and bias-based practices in the Darien area. For all I know she could be mad that she was called out.

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Old 01-20-2018, 08:39 PM
 
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And I want to note if you consider Westport, don't let the ABC sitcom "American Housewife" (which is set in Westport) cloud your view on it. It is fictional and it is a lot more like the quote above describes than how the show portrays it.
So is HBO's Billions!
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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That means nothing to me. "omg are you kidding me?!" and "" aren't denials of prejudicial and bias-based practices in the Darien area. For all I know she could be mad that she was called out.

Come on now. You know what they mean. It is highly unlikely that real estate agents are doing what you claim. Besides being illegal, no agent is going to risk their license and commission to steer minorities away from a town. For this to be going on, it would have to be done by literally hundreds of agents that serve these towns. I would suspect your family member had a limited budget and wanted more than they could afford so the agent showed them homes in more affordable towns. Sorry but in Southwest Connecticut money trumps just about everything. Jay
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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That means nothing to me. "omg are you kidding me?!" and "" aren't denials of prejudicial and bias-based practices in the Darien area. For all I know she could be mad that she was called out.

Or, there’s the possibility that you have no idea what you’re talking about, solely based off of second hand gossip. Move along, now.
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Old 01-21-2018, 04:56 PM
 
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Come on now. You know what they mean. It is highly unlikely that real estate agents are doing what you claim. Besides being illegal, no agent is going to risk their license and commission to steer minorities away from a town. For this to be going on, it would have to be done by literally hundreds of agents that serve these towns. I would suspect your family member had a limited budget and wanted more than they could afford so the agent showed them homes in more affordable towns. Sorry but in Southwest Connecticut money trumps just about everything. Jay
This happened to two people I know and others I've heard of, when thoughts of prosecuting were being thrown around. My family gathered testimonies of others, which is how this all came out. I sure was surprised because who wants to believe race is still a thing in this area? Just providing some examples for the OP to think about. These examples were around 5-6 years ago, so maybe things have changed, but at this point I wouldn't risk being humiliated like that. But rest assured, this was happening somewhat recently and you shouldn't discount people's experiences because you have the privilege not to live them. It's a tad insulting. Again, this was a few years back, so maybe things have changed now.

The family could more than afford the home, husband was a director in finance and the wife was an executive VP.
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