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Old Yesterday, 08:27 PM
 
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I am curious what shoreline towns (between Stamford and Stonington) people like and why. It could be anything: houses, neighborhoods, costs, location along the shore, dining (nothing fancy), shopping, amenities, roads, people/neighbors, etc. My siblings and I are looking at possibly doing a house/property share type thing for summers and then into our retirement years, so schools are not going to be an issue for us (although it may be for the one child who will likely up with the place after we're gone), but walkability and access to medical care might be. We all enjoy water sports in the summer such as swimming, boating, kayaking and even a little fishing, and will until we can't do it anymore. But we're not looking for waterfront property due to flood insurance issues.

Looking at some of the real estate along the shoreline, I can see it will be a little bit of a challenge, since we'll be looking for something in the way of a ranch or split level with more than one bathroom. I asked my sister why so many of the more modestly prices houses had only one bathroom, she didn't know. Is it a septic tank issue?

Anyway, just wanted your thoughts on the shoreline towns.
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Old Yesterday, 08:35 PM
 
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Rowayton, Fairfield, Milford, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Niantic, Mystic, Stonington Borough.

Milford and Branford have the best mix of amenities and affordability IMO
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Old Yesterday, 08:39 PM
 
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Without a budget, we can’t possibly offer decent recommendations for you. That split level could range from 1-2 million in one shoreline town to 150k in another.
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Old Yesterday, 08:45 PM
 
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Rowayton, Fairfield, Milford, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Niantic, Mystic, Stonington Borough.

Milford and Branford have the best mix of amenities and affordability IMO
Thanks, Stylo. For some reason I like Milford, so I'll take a look at that one. I think my sibs are leaning more toward the Mystic/Stonington sector, but there's room for discussion. I like the access to New Haven.
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Old Yesterday, 08:46 PM
 
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Love Niantic and east ward. Great restaurants, great book store, great places to hike & walk, great places to camp, great shopping options, plethora of options to kayak/open water swim/run/play golf, and loads of entertainment options with the Casinos.
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Old Yesterday, 08:55 PM
 
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Without a budget, we canít possibly offer decent recommendations for you. That split level could range from 1-2 million in one shoreline town to 150k in another.
At this point I'm just looking for what people like (or don't like) about the different shoreline towns. But, no way we're paying 1-2 mill, and probably not $150k either. There's three of us, plus two spouses. I saw a house I would really have liked in Westerly, RI for $450,000, but no way are the sibs leaving CT.
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Old Yesterday, 08:58 PM
 
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Westerly isn't too far from CT...Not 100% sure aren't taxes lower. You also have better access to the Ocean. Only down side is no protection from storms and being exposed to the open Ocean.
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Old Yesterday, 08:59 PM
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I would personally focus on towns east of New Haven - more affordable, idyllic, and (relatively) retirement friendly. All towns are worth checking out, save for east haven and new london. I think general favorites are branford, guilford, madison, old saybrook, lyme/old lyme, and stonington/mystic.
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Old Yesterday, 09:01 PM
 
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Love Niantic and east ward. Great restaurants, great book store, great places to hike & walk, great places to camp, great shopping options, plethora of options to kayak/open water swim/run/play golf, and loads of entertainment options with the Casinos.
Yes, Niantic was another place I was curious about. Appreciate the input.

What about Essex? I know it technically isn't a shoreline town, but close enough. A number of folks we used to know migrated up that way from Greenwich back in the day (they either went to Essex or Stonington Borough). Big bucks, though, right? That's probably where the million dollar plus split levels are.
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Old Yesterday, 09:05 PM
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Yes, Niantic was another place I was curious about. Appreciate the input.

What about Essex? I know it technically isn't a shoreline town, but close enough. A number of folks we used to know migrated up that way from Greenwich back in the day (they either went to Essex or Stonington Borough). Big bucks, though, right? That's probably where the million dollar plus split levels are.
Unless you are right on the ocean, you don't have to worry about dropping a mil+ on a split level past Westport. I also don't think split levels are the house of choice right by the shoreline anyway.

My guess is a reasonably sized split level (if there are any on the market) would go for ~300-400k in essex & vicinity.
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