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Old 02-03-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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I am married with 3 little girls and we are currently renting in northern MA. My husband's family lives in CT (Norwich, Lebanon, Manchester, Brooklyn and Middletown) and we would like to move there to be closer to them. It wouldn't be for about 3-4 years (we want to buy a house there). MIL lives in Norwichtown and that's where my husband grew up, so we'd like to be close to there. I know we don't want to live downtown anywhere, but I don't want to live out in the woods either. Norwichtown looks nice, and so does Colchester (just from my online research). But I am looking for advice from people who live in the area....what towns should I look into around there?
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Colchester is a nice town. It has a small attractive commercial area and is one of the larger towns in the area. You do not indicate where you or your husband would work but I would suggest that you try to minimize commuting time and live near one of your jobs. There are a lot of towns in that area that are nice so it would be hard to answer you further. Jay
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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I would be working from home (home daycare) and my husband works in corporate/college cafeteria (Eurest, Sodexo, Aramark, etc). We are looking for someplace where he would be able to find work close by, and preferably relatively close to the highway.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Colchester will allow you access to greater Hartford and the jobs there. If you don't mind being further from your family, one of the ost centrally located areas is the Middletown/Meriden area. This location would allow access to Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, as well as Fairfield County. It is very convenient. Both Meriden and Middletown are small cities and may not be right for you but there are a number of towns nearby that are equally convenient and great places to raise a family. Jay
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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UConn and ECSU are located in the eastern part of the state, although a but north of Norwich and the towns you mentioned. Storrs and Willimantic I believe. I lived in Willington and Storrs when I attended UConn and outside of being a student, would not choose to live right in town. Lebanon is nice, though maybe more rural feel than Colchester which is also quite nice. If you have young children be on the lookout for the quality of schools since, from our own research, we have found that the further east you go (Brooklyn, Canterbury, Hampton) or northeast (Windham area) they tend to have lower scores than, say, Colchester and East Hampton/Andover areas.
If you also want to be near Norwich, have you considered the shoreline communities including Waterford, East Lyme, or Old Lyme? There are a couple of colleges in the New London area (Mitchell and Conn College) so that may be convenient for your husband. I'm biased, but absolutely adored living on the shore! Schools are outstanding in East Lyme and pretty good in Wtfd. WOrth a look since not a bad commute to Norwich area. Ledyard or Gales Ferry may be worth a look, I think those towns offer a bit more in terms of affordability as they are not immediate coastline but the schools are respectable from what I understand.
Good luck!
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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I'd recommend Colchester, Ledyard and Waterford!
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:12 AM
 
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I am married with 3 little girls and we are currently renting in northern MA. My husband's family lives in CT (Norwich, Lebanon, Manchester, Brooklyn and Middletown) and we would like to move there to be closer to them. It wouldn't be for about 3-4 years (we want to buy a house there). MIL lives in Norwichtown and that's where my husband grew up, so we'd like to be close to there. I know we don't want to live downtown anywhere, but I don't want to live out in the woods either. Norwichtown looks nice, and so does Colchester (just from my online research). But I am looking for advice from people who live in the area....what towns should I look into around there?

Lisbon,Colchester,Lebanon If you want to be close to Norwich. Towns are a little rural but clost to the interstate.
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