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Old 04-25-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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You should not discount the areas east of the university. They are wonderful and to many locals, as good as the university area. They are less crowded and busy and you get a lot more home for your money. Fairfield Woods, Lake Hills, Rock Ridge, Brooklawn and Stratfield have many beautiful homes that are less expensive than Southport and the University areas. People that live there shop and eat and drink on Black Rock Turnpike and commute to Stamford and New York by train out of Fairfield Metro Center so there is little need to fight the traffic traveling to Fairfield Center.

The Beach area is beautiful but IMHO has become over-priced. It probably has become one of the priciest parts of town now given what you get. Paying a premium to live there is not worth it to me but I obviously am in the minority given how homes there are flying off the market as soon as listed. There was a time when that area was considered middle class and a little less desirable due to flooding issues. Walkability to the Post Road and the beach seems to have overcome that though. Jay
Thanks - yes absolutely the Beach area is absurdly and comically overpriced. But does seem to have pockets of charm and family-friendly vibe. Can you tell me a little about Black Rock? There are some available that border on Black Rock and I don't know anything about that other than the mixed reviews people post online. We are first time home owners with a newborn and have only ever lived in high rise apartments so this is why I am fixated on safety.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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I take it from your username that you live in BlackRock? Can you tell me a little bit more about this area - I feel like people have written conflicting things about this area in terms of safety.
Black Rock is a small urban village in the City of Bridgeport. It has a wide range of housing options from very modest public housing to large mansions overlooking Long Island Sound. The public housing in Black Rock is on the eastern edge of the neighborhood and has been known to have issues. That is why I generally recommend living west of Ellsworth Street. Overall the area is safe but like anywhere (even the suburbs of Fairfield), you have to be a bit careful. Things like locking your car and making sure nothing of value is visible are things you should do anywhere. Be careful walking alone at night, though I know several people who live there and frequent bars and restaurants there and have no concerns walking around there day and night. Jay
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, Connecticut
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Black Rock is a small urban village in the City of Bridgeport. It has a wide range of housing options from very modest public housing to large mansions overlooking Long Island Sound. The public housing in Black Rock is on the eastern edge of the neighborhood and has been known to have issues. That is why I generally recommend living west of Ellsworth Street. Overall the area is safe but like anywhere (even the suburbs of Fairfield), you have to be a bit careful. Things like locking your car and making sure nothing of value is visible are things you should do anywhere. Be careful walking alone at night, though I know several people who live there and frequent bars and restaurants there and have no concerns walking around there day and night. Jay
I would recommend St. Mary's by the Sea/Battery Point area of Black Rock. Absolutely beautiful, with some amazing homes on the water. While your money will definitely go farther in Black Rock with respect to housing pricing, please pay special attention to property taxes as they are fairly high. In addition, public schools are not that great either.

Black Rock definitely has a funky, younger vibe.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:47 AM
 
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Thanks - yes absolutely the Beach area is absurdly and comically overpriced. But does seem to have pockets of charm and family-friendly vibe. Can you tell me a little about Black Rock? There are some available that border on Black Rock and I don't know anything about that other than the mixed reviews people post online. We are first time home owners with a newborn and have only ever lived in high rise apartments so this is why I am fixated on safety.
The section of Fairfield bordering Black Rock is called Grasmere. It is mostly a middle class area though it seems to be getting nicer and more affluent. There are small shops and restaurants along the Post Road. Whole Foods and Home Depot are there and Fairfield Metro Center train station makes it pretty convenient for commuters.

I have good friends that have lived there for 40 years and they like it. They liked living near the shops and restaurants along the Post Road and Fairfield Avenue and have always felt safe. I however did find it to be a bit noisy but that is because they were so close to the Post Road and I-95. Another regular here has family that recently moved to that area so maybe they can offer more then me. Jay
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Black Rock is a small urban village in the City of Bridgeport. It has a wide range of housing options from very modest public housing to large mansions overlooking Long Island Sound. The public housing in Black Rock is on the eastern edge of the neighborhood and has been known to have issues. That is why I generally recommend living west of Ellsworth Street. Overall the area is safe but like anywhere (even the suburbs of Fairfield), you have to be a bit careful. Things like locking your car and making sure nothing of value is visible are things you should do anywhere. Be careful walking alone at night, though I know several people who live there and frequent bars and restaurants there and have no concerns walking around there day and night. Jay
I would not recommend Black Rock to anybody with kids because of the Bridgeport school system, unless they're planning to enroll their kids in private school anyway.
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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You should not discount the areas east of the university. They are wonderful and to many locals, as good as the university area. They are less crowded and busy and you get a lot more home for your money. Fairfield Woods, Lake Hills, Rock Ridge, Brooklawn and Stratfield have many beautiful homes that are less expensive than Southport and the University areas. People that live there shop and eat and drink on Black Rock Turnpike and commute to Stamford and New York by train out of Fairfield Metro Center so there is little need to fight the traffic traveling to Fairfield Center.

The Beach area is beautiful but IMHO has become over-priced. It probably has become one of the priciest parts of town now given what you get. Paying a premium to live there is not worth it to me but I obviously am in the minority given how homes there are flying off the market as soon as listed. There was a time when that area was considered middle class and a little less desirable due to flooding issues. Walkability to the Post Road and the beach seems to have overcome that though. Jay
I definitely second your suggestion to consider neighborhoods in the eastern half of Fairfield. They're less crowded and a better value for the money, and the Fairfield Metro station is a game changer.

When I decided to upgrade my house 15 years ago, I considered Southport, Mill Plain, the University area, the Beach area etc. I found the houses and properties small for the money, and not all the streets are all that nice. I ended up in the Brooklawn section and I love it.
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:55 PM
 
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I definitely second your suggestion to consider neighborhoods in the eastern half of Fairfield. They're less crowded and a better value for the money, and the Fairfield Metro station is a game changer.

When I decided to upgrade my house 15 years ago, I considered Southport, Mill Plain, the University area, the Beach area etc. I found the houses and properties small for the money, and not all the streets are all that nice. I ended up in the Brooklawn section and I love it.
I think I have told you before I love your neighborhood. As a kid I would ride my bike around it and admire the homes and architecture. I think I got my eye for design from that. Jay
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:36 AM
 
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I definitely second your suggestion to consider neighborhoods in the eastern half of Fairfield. They're less crowded and a better value for the money, and the Fairfield Metro station is a game changer.

When I decided to upgrade my house 15 years ago, I considered Southport, Mill Plain, the University area, the Beach area etc. I found the houses and properties small for the money, and not all the streets are all that nice. I ended up in the Brooklawn section and I love it.
Thank you for this helpful feedback. What about Tanaka Park?
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Thank you for this helpful feedback. What about Tanaka Park?
Tanaka Park is considered the University area. It is just east of North Benson Road. It consists of a few streets off Osborne Hill Road and Jennings Road. A nice quiet safe area. Jay
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