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Old 05-15-2010, 04:29 PM
Location: New London County, CT
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Originally Posted by tryingtomakeitinCT View Post
Ummmm not being rude here just letting the truth be known...those places you mentioned...ONE is around $1100.

The Mansions in Vernon...2bd starts at $1245/mth and goes up from there.
The Mills??? Clocktower and Velvet start at $950 w/o heat and h/w and go up from there. Lofts at the Mills state "$1050-1390" for a 2bd. Ribbon Mills start at $1190 ( and I wouldn't exactly call any of the mills "luxury".)

The newer places in Manchester?

The pavillions...2bd starts at "$1069-$1139".
Waterford Commons...2bds start at $1230
The Vintage at the Grove...2bds start at $1535

So no excuses made for me here just the plain hard facts.
I live in Vernon. Looked at The Mansions about 6 weeks ago while I was getting ready to move here. They quoted me much lower than what you put there... I still have the sheet from the leasing agent... May I fax it to you?

I didn't lease there. I decided to go for an even less expensive one bedroom in a complex right near by. It's quiet, I have plenty of space (I'm alone), and a modern kitchen. Since I travel about 85% of the time for work, I didn't want to spend a lot on rent. I am paying less here than I did in Austin, Texas less than a year ago-- $885.00 for a modern one bedroom.

Try Craigslist.

Yes, it is a bit more here than in Austin, over all, but I wouldn't trade the quality of life in Connecticut for anything. Yesterday, I went to the casino and played Poker for a couple hours (50 minute drive) and then had dinner at my brother's with my niece and nephew. Then took the out for ice cream at a real creamery... Today I went out for a sophisticated lunch in downtown Hartford... There is so much here, not to mention the short drive to the beach, two of the world's best cities...

But you have to work hard, and likely be educated. No one here is going to hire you for a job you're not qualified for, and no one is going to keep you if you're a lightweight when it comes to work.

Connecticut has always been good to me.

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Old 05-15-2010, 11:56 PM
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Originally Posted by JViello View Post
I hope someone like Rich Lee will chime in with realtor stats.
Just back from Molly Darcy's in Danbury where I met three of my four cousins from NYS. Did I mention that it's been 24 years since I last saw them?! My late father and their mother had a falling-out back in '86...and wow. For shame. (I didn't drive. TTL!)

As for real estate values, historically, they go up much like the stock market. Of course, there has been a slight manipulation in all markets (including oil futures) since 09/11/2001 under the previous administration.

If you are in the black in 2010 for a purchase made in 2000, you are ahead of the game--even with your additional investment. The same can't be said for the folks who made purchases in 2005/2006 and now!
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:12 PM
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I love Danbury!!!! Wish i still lived out there or either New Fairfield!!! Just too expensive!!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:02 AM
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the casinos are an hour and half away from Enfield? really? hmmm.. maybe consider moving closer to Hartford, Manchester, E. Hartford, Glastonbury... though that's sort of expensive but nice, they do have nightclubs in manchester, e.h. and glastonbury... though not the type you'd find in Miami no doubt....

Nice you say CT is beautiful, it is a bucolic state, if the developers haven't come in and destroyed it yet!
I've seen that happen.. pretty farm land decimated by developers who put in houses looking exactly like one another... I guess that's progress, whatever....
yeah.. education is very valued in the state of CT. Without a college degree, you're not in the top heap of candidates.. i'd say a good percentage of CT residents HAVE their college degrees.
Try taking courses at the community colleges, Manchester has a nice community college. My friend's husband started out there and got a great job as financial planner and they eventually moved to NYC and made GOOD dough!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by AnonChick View Post
I had a car broken into once, when I parked in the Air-Rites garage, the closest space to the elevator. So now, I don't park right next to the elevator anymore. Amazing, how thieves look for the most convenient target, isn't it?

My husband had his car stolen once. Apparently the thieves took it for a joyride, and ripped out the stereo before abandoning it a few miles away behind a store that was closed for the night.

The scariest thing that ever happened to me, was I was walking home from Toad's Place, at 3:30 in the morning. I lived right off Olive Street, near the corner of State. I got down my street and noticed some guy following me, wearing fatigues. He was aiming his umbrella at me like it was a rifle. I screamed. I screamed, right outside the door of the local After-Hours mob bar. Of course, when you live on the same street as the After Hours mob bar, you can be confident that you're on the safest street in the city. So their lights went on, and their door opened. I was running past. All of a sudden, a taxi careens around the corner and skids to a stop next to me on the street. The driver rolled down his window and asked if I needed help. I told him no thanks, I live right down the street a few houses away, but there's some freak chasing me with an armed umbrella. He said don't worry, he's an off-duty cop. He pulled his taxi around and went screaming back the other way toward the freak. I kept going, but I slowed down some since the freak started running away from the taxi in the other direction. THEN..2 doors away, this red-headed guy comes out of HIS house and approaches me, and says he came out to walk me home. He said he works third shift and this was his night off, so he was up anyway. Fully dressed and everything. So he walked me home and stood out on the sidewalk to make sure I got in and locked my door behind me.

TRUE STORY. It was the weirdest, scariest day I ever experienced in New Haven. But notice something:

I was 100% safe, protected, watched, the entire time. There was no "neighborhood watch" on my street. My street was mostly Hispanics from various countries, who during the day, were often seen outside working on/under their cars, boomboxes blasting out salsa music. Several Portuguese families too. And Cecilians. And a red-headed stranger. And me.

If you're living in a "bad" area, I highly recommend that you get to know your neighbors. You'll be surprised at how much support you can get, simply because you live on the same street.

That's SO cool that a total stranger would be looking out for ya, AnonChick..
Geez. some parts of the country, they won't even TALK to ya, even if you've lived here for years and you're in danger!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:20 AM
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Originally Posted by caraibenah View Post
I'm 22, married and recently moved from FL to CT because my husband is a true new englander at heart and wanted me to experience the change of scenery.So far, I have nothing good to say about CT ,just that it's very pretty with the 4 seasons. I'm very HOMESICK and I'm not sure it's a good move for me even though it's been only 4 months.
I have ZERO social life as it's very hard to find people my age around here! Even though I'm young agewise, I'm very mature and find that girls my age still live with their parents and talk only about clubbing and boyfriends. Where are all the young couples who want to travel, double date, discussing the future? Not also to mention that I'm now working part time as an hostess for $8.00 an hour compared to my full time $13 an hour as an administrative assistant in Florida . My jobs' experiences and education don't seem to help me at landing a good job here. I feel there's NOTHING there for me but EVERYTHING for my husband.
He's been taking care of all the bills since my paycheks are to lbe laughed at and he's been recently promoted and will be making a few dollars extra. I feel guilty when I talk about how depressed I am as things are going well for him, but then again it's not that I liked my Florida job so I can't complain much. I just miss a good paying job and my social life, when I'm not working, studying , looking up for jobs or doing house duties, I'm home in front of the TV doing nothing! So please where can I find 20 something engaged or married couples.

PS: I live in Enfield
Well we have the worst business enviroment, the 3rd most taxed state behind #2 NY & #1 NJ. The Economist has ranked it the most unfriendliest state in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal ranked it 4th and NO NEW YORK WAS NOT #2 either it was in the middle and believe me as soon as you hit Greenwich you can see and feel it!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:23 AM
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Originally Posted by JayCT View Post
You really need to get out and meet people. You are homesick and the only way to get rid of that feeling is to meet other people. You should look to join some type of activity that interests you. Maybe take a class at the local community college. Check if there is a newcomers club in town. The main thing is to stop complaining and get out and find people with similar interest. Jay

Meet locals. Most hide or don't want to care. You hold the door for people and you get a look. I just say "Oh, You are sooo welcome" that puts them in shock. I am talking local or at rest stops or all over the place. I am 39 and I hang out with guys in their 50's. They seem to be the only normal ones in this state. I lived in Easton & now Madison. I am from NYC and believe my neighbors talked when they were not out trying to make money!
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:44 AM
Location: In a house
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Well then maybe it's you. I have no trouble meeting the locals whereever I go. I've lived in Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Contre Coeur (Quebec province). I've visited cities all over the country and have taken cruise ships to the Carribean. I've been to Puerto Rico and I've been in every state except Hawaii.

In every place I've been, every place I've lived, I've come in contact with friendly faces, friendly neighbors, people who were brought up appreciating community.

I have ALSO come in contact with grouchy, unpleasant curmudgeons who wouldn't give you the time of day, let alone a cup of sugar. And, I've met plenty of people who wouldn't go out of their way to be friendly, but if you asked them for help, they'd provide it if possible. That seems to be the majority, no matter where I go. People stick with what's comfortable to them. You're a stranger. They might drop a nod of recognition after a week or two. But unless you approach them first, they'll leave you alone. Perhaps they think it's rude to just bust in on someone's life, without that person expressing interest first.

Perhaps they've seen so many people come and go in that apartment building, and maybe most of the ones who aren't there anymore, are the "good riddance" types and they're just a little wary of yet another turnstile tenant.

Don't assume that people are UNfriendly just because they ignore you. Maybe they ignore you because you're so over the top friendly you don't leave room for them, and it puts them off. Maybe they ignore you because they're just plain busy doing something in their own lives at the moment. Maybe they ARE unfriendly. Maybe they're normally VERY friendly, but their husband just caught them cheating last week and you showed up at the -wrong- time.

Assuming people are unfriendly is easy to do, because it takes all the burden off of you to be someone that people would want to get to know.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:18 AM
Location: Connecticut
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Originally Posted by mumbo80 View Post
Meet locals. Most hide or don't want to care. You hold the door for people and you get a look. I just say "Oh, You are sooo welcome" that puts them in shock. I am talking local or at rest stops or all over the place. I am 39 and I hang out with guys in their 50's. They seem to be the only normal ones in this state. I lived in Easton & now Madison. I am from NYC and believe my neighbors talked when they were not out trying to make money!
I really do not find this, even down in Fairfield County. Jay
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:54 AM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by JayCT View Post
I really do not find this, even down in Fairfield County. Jay
I agree that in Fairfield County I've rarely found people to be unfriendly. Most people in Greenwich up through Fairfield are very nice and will chat with strangers for a few minutes on a street or in a store. However, I have noticed that on the few occassions when I have held a door open for someone and did not receive a "thank you," those people walked back to cars with New York license plates.
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