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Old 02-08-2007, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Studio City, Ca
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Default Commuting to White Plains?

Can anyone give me information on commutting from Ct to White Plains? Is 95 a commuting nightmare? I want to live in Ct (schools, taxes, etc) but want a short commute to White Plains. Any ideas? Can afford 550 range... Is Fairfield too far? (would love a 30 to 40 minute commute ideally). Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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Kiley,
I-95 is a nightmare. I recommend living up the greater Danbury area. It's about a 40 minute commute to White Plains. As a Realtor in the area, I can say with confidence that you $550,000 is plenty of money to find a nice home. In Danbury and New Fairfield, you'll be looking at a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath colonial with about 2600 square feet on an acre on land. Ridgefield is more expensive so in that price range, you'll be looking at your typical 3 bedroom 2 bath raised ranch with about 1700 square feet on an acre. Expect about 5-K a year on property taxes. As a Realtor, I can not discuss schools.

Feel free to post here or PM me with any more questions.
JH
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:19 PM
 
Location: New England
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Kiley,
I-95 is a nightmare. I recommend living up the greater Danbury area. It's about a 40 minute commute to White Plains. As a Realtor in the area, I can say with confidence that you $550,000 is plenty of money to find a nice home. In Danbury and New Fairfield, you'll be looking at a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath colonial with about 2600 square feet on an acre on land. Ridgefield is more expensive so in that price range, you'll be looking at your typical 3 bedroom 2 bath raised ranch with about 1700 square feet on an acre. Expect about 5-K a year on property taxes. As a Realtor, I can not discuss schools.

Feel free to post here or PM me with any more questions.
JH
I couldn't agree more. I actually commuted from MERIDEN to White Plains for a few months if you can believe that.

Aside from a few mild bottlenecks, going from Dbury to White Plains was pretty easy.

Good luck.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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Danbury area, agreed. Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding and Ridgefield are all nice towns around Danbury that have excellent school systems. Ridgefield and Redding are very pricey, but still cheaper than lower Fairfield towns such as Greenwich and Darien and without the horrid I-95 traffic.

Danbury isn't a bad community but is home to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that strain the city's economy (some can argue that statement, it's just my opinion).

Your commute down 684 shouldn't be too bad.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:44 PM
 
Location: An overtaxed suburb of NYC
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Fairfield is a very nice town (and great beaches), but if you drive to White Plains during commuting hours you're in for an awful experience. I-95 is crowded with trucks, buses and cars just about any time of day, rush hour is a special bit of hell.

The Merritt Parkway loosely parallels I-95, but it wasn't built for the kind of traffic it now sustains, and it clogs up quickly too.

Consider Mamaroneck, NY. There are some homes in your price range, but I'm sure property taxes are higher. Excellent schools.
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Old 02-09-2007, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Studio City, Ca
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Thank you - this is all great advice. Very helpful. I don't want a hellish commute. I will look into the towns you all mentioned.
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