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Old 11-16-2018, 10:19 AM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Old Saybrook gets my vote. I love it there. Scenic shoreline, a very nice downtown Main Street area, and lots of history. If I decide to stay in this state and every purchase a small summer cottage I will consider looking there.


If only it were affordable. . .
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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Check out the Stony Creek area in Branford. Beaches and islands with reasonable housing stock. The train runs through, but probably not a big deal for most properties. I am not aware of any sources of pollution in Stony Creek.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:10 PM
 
Location: CT
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Westbrook!
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:51 PM
 
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For me on the actual shore I like Eastlyme/Niantic a house on the Niantic river would be great. Waterford is a great town as well with a couple nice little town beaches. Old Saybrook is the classic town in CT for summer houses. Essex and Stonington Borough are both interesting and very pretty but tend to be expensive. With a large budget Noank would be high on the list . If being on the river interests you Lyme around Hamburg cove is awesome.

Clinton I don't know much about other then a friend lives just off Main ST and really likes it there. I also have sailed out of there a few times and the harbor is pretty nice.

Now for my Wacky suggestion. If I was looking for water views on a budget New London would be high on the list. If you don't have to worry about schools the southern end of New London is pretty awesome.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Old Saybrook gets my vote. I love it there. Scenic shoreline, a very nice downtown Main Street area, and lots of history. If I decide to stay in this state and every purchase a small summer cottage I will consider looking there.


If only it were affordable. . .
I guess it depends on your definition of affordable but I donít think of Old Saybrook as pricey. Certainly when you compare it to Fairfield Count prices. Jay
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I guess it depends on your definition of affordable but I don’t think of Old Saybrook as pricey. Certainly when you compare it to Fairfield Count prices. Jay
True but our beach cottage in Clinton would easily be $150k-200k more in OS. Still dirt cheap in comparison to towns west.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:39 PM
 
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Westbrook!
I was not aware of this town. What makes it special for you? I'm genuinely interested.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:48 PM
 
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For me on the actual shore I like Eastlyme/Niantic a house on the Niantic river would be great. Waterford is a great town as well with a couple nice little town beaches. Old Saybrook is the classic town in CT for summer houses. Essex and Stonington Borough are both interesting and very pretty but tend to be expensive. With a large budget Noank would be high on the list . If being on the river interests you Lyme around Hamburg cove is awesome.

Clinton I don't know much about other then a friend lives just off Main ST and really likes it there. I also have sailed out of there a few times and the harbor is pretty nice.

Now for my Wacky suggestion. If I was looking for water views on a budget New London would be high on the list. If you don't have to worry about schools the southern end of New London is pretty awesome.
Waterford is another town I wasn't aware of. The Lymes, Saybrook, Niantic, those are the "names" that come to mind when thinking shoreline (after Mystic and Stonington). Essex, too. Noank I know only because of the sign on 1-95 going north years ago.

New London is probably out because of my sis, she witnessed a very sad incident there while waiting for the ferry to Block Island a couple of years ago and it really shook her up. For me, it's the Kelo Vs. New London eminent domain case that leaves a bad taste in my mouth for owning property in that area. What ever happened after Kelo? Last I heard Pfizer pulled out and it's just empty, run down space now. I guess that big office campus/mall never materialized.

Yep, that harbor at Clinton would be a very attractive feature for us.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:50 PM
 
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True but our beach cottage in Clinton would easily be $150k-200k more in OS. Still dirt cheap in comparison to towns west.
Sounds like Clinton is something of a sleeper.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:52 PM
 
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I guess it depends on your definition of affordable but I donít think of Old Saybrook as pricey. Certainly when you compare it to Fairfield Count prices. Jay
I follow a real estate blog that deals with Fairfield County. I gather that higher end properties are dropping like rocks, while the "lower end" (below 2 million) is bidding up. True?
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