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Old 05-20-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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We're in the midst of a thorough housing search for our upcoming relocation to CT, and it seems like the majority of what we're looking at centers in a couple of areas. Any contributions as to how closely these areas might meet our needs are greatly appreciated.
Those needs are: Safe, close enough to Middletown for my work commute but located close enough to as many colleges/universities as possible for my wife to find a job, proximity to shopping (large bookstores, Target-type stores, that sort of thing), quality daycares and early education (secondary ed a plus, too), and potential for good resale value.

We've found houses in:
- Northern Middletown, near the Cromwell line
- West Hartford, apparently walking distance from Blue Back Square
- West Hartford near Westfarms mall
- West Hartford near St. Joseph College
- South Hartford, close to the Wethersfield line ("south end"?)
- New Britain, close to the Newington line
- All over Newington and Wethersfield (any particular places to focus/avoid?)
- All over Glastonbury
- Wallingford, walking distance from center of town

As a somewhat related question, are the best hospitals located in Hartford? In particular, which hospitals have good prenatal and NICU care?

Thanks!
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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You can get good maternity care at many hospitals in CT. You don't need to factor that into your decision about where to buy. Avoid Hartford and New Britain if you plan on sending children to public schools.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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In my opinion, the safest places near middletown that also have good schools would be Cromwell, Berlin, Glastonbury, middlefield and West Harford.
However, west hartford would be the longest commute among those.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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Dont move to new britain. South end of hartford isnt the best place either.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:20 PM
 
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Your price range and what you expect for your money would help us determine which location would be best for you. I will say that Glastonbury has excellent schools and would be a reasonable commute to Middletown. West Hartford also has excellent schools but the commute would be a bit more difficult.

Wallingford is a nice town too but depending upon where in Middletown your job is, it could be a more difficult commute. If your job is off I-91 then it should be easy but if your job is downtown or in the South End of Middletown it would be hard since it means taking back roads to get there.

Newington and Wethersfield are also very nice with good schools and are convenient to Middletown. They are a bit more middle class than West Hartford and Glastonbury. You would really need to visit each town and see which is more to your liking. Jay
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:08 AM
 
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Everyone gives Meriden grief, but EAST Meriden is actually pretty nice, near the Middletown/Middlefield line and the Police Academy on Preston. It's a bit of a drive to Stop & Shop, but only because the road has traffic lights every other block for two miles. It's right near the highway and not even 10 minutes to the Meriden Mall and the hospital. Schools are so-so though. I used to work in the area, and my sister lives in a condo out that way, and it's very lovely, quiet, with farmland and not too much overdevelopment.

Wallingford can be great; however the railway runs right through one of the main sections, so you'd want to avoid that section or "behind" it or you'd end up frustrated being stuck at crossings on your way to and from home. The hills are exquisite, up around the Choate Rosemary Hall campus. That's a really big, really gorgeous prep school. If you can get a rental up there you'd be gold. Close to everything (including those back roads mentioned in the previous post), but not so close that city lights keep you awake through your bedroom window.

Last edited by AnonChick; 05-22-2010 at 08:17 AM.. Reason: Preston, not Prescott. Woops
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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Our budget target is in the 240-270 range. Our overall goal is at least 3 bedrooms/2 baths with a comfortable amount of living space, a fenced (or fence-able) yard, and a 2-car garage, with location parameters as above. My job in Middletown is going to be off 9, at Wesleyan. I've heard that, although the schools aren't great, the New Britain area right around Stanley Park/Golf Course is nice at least in terms of safety. Not for living, necessarily, but is downtown NB safe to walk at night (especially around the library?) Also, how do the prices of private schools (day care and elementary especially) compare to the rest of the country... specifically, what would be a good recommended private school in that area, and do you know the approximate tuition rate?

As far as Middletown goes, is there a distinct advantage or disadvantage to argue for or against the Cromwell line area versus the Long Hill/Wesleyan Hills area?

Does our budget/other info affect anything in regards to the potential location list above?

Thanks!
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:36 AM
 
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The main problem with living south of downtown Middletown is that there are traffic signals on Route 9 that back traaffic up during rush hour. this has kind of helped keep development out of the south end and from towns south of Middletown over the years and why there is a lot of development in Westfield area and Cromwell line.

As for New Britain, there are a lot of nice neighborhoods. Downtown has some issues so you will need to be careful. As for private schools, most people send their kids to Catholic schools run by the Hartford Archdiocese. they are the most affordable. There are some other private schools around but most people will just buy a home in a town that offers good public schools to avoid the added expense. You should know that the schools in some of the towns mentioned are as good or even better than private schools. Jay
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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How would Cheshire or Southington fit our criteria? It looks like there are nice homes in our budget range, with a similar commute to Middletown that might be less trafficky, but how do they compare in terms of proximity to things, safety, and "desirability"?
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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Both are very nice towns. These would be good choices too.
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