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Old 04-20-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Currently living in Danbury but plan on moving within 2 years. Thinking of looking at Newtown or Fairfield right now. Have 2 young children (not school age yet), so strong schools and community programs (recreation, special events, youth sports) would be high on our list. Working in Mid-Westchester and want to keep my commute under 1 hr. Would be looking at houses around $550K. Appreciate the feedback.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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If you'll be working in mid-Westchester then Newtown is your best bet. It's more affordable than Fairfield and 84 to 684 has much less traffic than the Merritt Parkway and 95. Fairfield is nice but you'll spend awhile in the car commuting.

Where in Westchester will you be working?
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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I work in Mount Kisco. Any other suggestions on places to look at beside Newtown, in that area of CT....the 2 others might be Brookfield or New Fairfield - both have good school systems but I am not sure how strong their community programs are? Not sure what I would get for $550K in Ridgefield. Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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I work in Mount Kisco. Any other suggestions on places to look at beside Newtown, in that area of CT....the 2 others might be Brookfield or New Fairfield - both have good school systems but I am not sure how strong their community programs are? Not sure what I would get for $550K in Ridgefield. Thanks.
For 550k in Ridgefield you can get a decent but modest house. Think raised ranch, ranch or small colonial. You'd be *much* closer to your job though and you'd hardly have to do highway commuting (except for a 4 mile stretch on 684).

New Fairfield is an option as well where you can get more for your money than Ridgefield. You can avoid 84 but you would have to pick up 684 at the very top and commute down to exit 5 or 4.

Both have excellent schools.

It depends on what matters more to you - getting more house for your money with a longer commute, or a shorter commute and a smaller home.
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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Default Brookfield

We're just buying a place in Brookfield (moving from Fairfield).

Based on what we've seen over the past couple of months $550K should get you a pretty good home in Brookfield. Even by Candlewood lake that amount should be enough for a modest home.

We're moving there for two main reasons -
- Affordability (we rent in Fairfield and just can't afford to buy there)
- We really like the environment up there, lake, hills, easy access to great countryside to the north etc.

We've investigated the schools and while there's no real choice of public school from Middle school upwards all indications are that the school system is just as good as Fairfield.

We're really excited to be moving to Brookfield.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:04 AM
 
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Currently living in Danbury but plan on moving within 2 years. Thinking of looking at Newtown or Fairfield right now. Have 2 young children (not school age yet), so strong schools and community programs (recreation, special events, youth sports) would be high on our list. Working in Mid-Westchester and want to keep my commute under 1 hr. Would be looking at houses around $550K. Appreciate the feedback.
Newtown is a great family friendly town! Schools are wonderful, tons of acitivites and amenities...you name it, they got it. Although, Fairfield has it all, too. Fairfield has the beach, too which for me would be a huge plus.

Either town are wonderful and I am sure you would find something in your price range in both.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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Prices in Ridgefield have dropped dramatically and are still dropping, you will definitely find more than raised ranches and small colonials in the mid $500s. Newtown will definitely be less expensive but with a commute at least 20 mins longer, if not more due to traffic on 84.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Newtown vs. Fairfield -- You're really talking about two very different towns, with very different attributes. Both great towns.

For working in Mount Kisco, Newtown is undoubtedly better. A drive from Fairfield to Mount Kisco would be hell, and there's no way to get there by public transit. So I'd rule Fairfield out.

Newtown is more rural and more affordable than Fairfield. Fairfield is busier and more urban than Newtown. It's all in what you're looking for. There's no saying which town is better. It's just a matter of taste.
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