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Old 05-23-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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I forgot to mention something earlier in the DM I sent earlier - Wethersfield may also be a good option. Just to the south of Hartford. A nice, safe suburb. I would imagine that there's a bus route that can get you to where you need to go, but don't quote me on it. You shouldn't have a hard time finding an apartment within your budget there.

Manchester has some areas that are surprisingly nice but it's further away, so if you're relying on public transportation to get to work it might be better to live closer to Hartford. Will you have a car?

As for New Britain, if you spot something in the northeast part by Stanley Park/Golf Course, definitely check it out. Most people will have nothing but bad things to say about NB, but this is one of a handful of areas that's really nice and generally safe. Your commute would be pretty short as well.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I agree with the Wethersfield suggestion. Also consider Newington. Jay
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Thanks, Mike!!!!

I'm heading back up this week, so I'll be sure to check out some of those towns. I've heard about the Lofts at the Mills in Manchester and saw some 3-family homes in Wethersfield.

Very random question, but once I choose a place, what legal requirements must I fulfill for residency? That is, am I legally obliged to change from NY to CT residency if my employment is in CT? Must I change my license, car registration, plates and insurance to reflect this?

Sorry if that appears random, but this is my first time moving out of NY.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Middlesex
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"Unless of course you mean that it's unsafe to just walk to your car at night."
that and the possibility of break-in's. but i don't know the exact crime stats - just going by my impression of working there for 10 months. if you like it there, don't let me stop you.

in case you are interested, it's a very old area as you can see from this map from 1877..

Boston Public Library


if you zoom in to the bottom left, you can see the Colt building was already there even back then. and those blocks of houses across the street are still there as well 130+ years later.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Middlesex
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"As for the outside towns, is there public transportation into Hartford? If not, how bad is traffic into the hub?"

almost every town surrounding Hartford has bus service through CT Transit..

CT Transit

i took the Cromwell bus for a while. not only does that bus have 6 trips in both the morning and afternoon (convenience) but Cromwell is straight down I91 which i think has the least amount of traffic at rush hour than 84, 2 etc. so if you want to consider Middletown/Cromwell (2 very nice towns), there are plenty of apartments on Westlake Dr (off of 217 from 372).
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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Slipperman, thanks again!

Does either Cromwell or Middleton have a downtown area? Or are they very much suburban developments?

From what I gathered on the forum, many feel that Manchester may be the best mix of urban and suburban lifestyles because it's a big town.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Middletown has a very nice downtown. It is definitely more lively than Manchester. Middletown is the home to Wesleyan University so there are always a lot of people downtown. There are also a lot of great and interesting restaurants and shops in Middletown.

Cromwell is more suburban in character. Jay
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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Don't forget Rocky Hill, close to Hartford and i'm sure you can get an apartment in your range. I know where I live they have 1BR apts, just not sure the cost.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Does either Cromwell or Middleton have a downtown area? Or are they very much suburban developments?

From what I gathered on the forum, many feel that Manchester may be the best mix of urban and suburban lifestyles because it's a big town.
Middletown has its own downtown and it's a good one. IMO Main Street for young people looking for nightlife and places to eat and hang out.

Manchester, Middletown and W Hartford are all large suburbs with their own Main Street, each of which have their popular hangouts. The only difference is the size in towns (Middletown = approx. 50,000, Manchester = 55,000, WH artford = 65,000)
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Thanks, Mike!!!!

I'm heading back up this week, so I'll be sure to check out some of those towns. I've heard about the Lofts at the Mills in Manchester and saw some 3-family homes in Wethersfield.

Very random question, but once I choose a place, what legal requirements must I fulfill for residency? That is, am I legally obliged to change from NY to CT residency if my employment is in CT? Must I change my license, car registration, plates and insurance to reflect this?

Sorry if that appears random, but this is my first time moving out of NY.
If this is a "permanent" move, then yes, but you need to research how long you can wait before doing that. Usually it's 30 or 60 days depending on the state.
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