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Old 05-23-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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Hi,
New member looking at a job in Stamford. Downtown. Salary would allow me to get around a $500,000 house, possibly a bit more but don't want to spend much more. 1 infant child, so schools a long term consideration but not immediate. Don't want to commute much more than 15-20 minutes but it would be early hours, ie be there around 6:45 and leave at 3:30.

Would definitely rent for a year to make sure everything works out. But before considering the job much more I have to make sure that I can actually afford to live around that area somewhat comfortably.

Needs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bath. Prefer 4 beds. Should I just stop looking at this job now? I've looked online and it seems that $700k is the STARTING point for houses in Stamford. Thoughts?
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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there are houses in Stamford for less than $700K....in fact I see tons in the mid to upper 500s that look nice. Have you tried realtor.com? Also, if you're flexible on commute time, you'll be able to look outside Stamford and perhaps have more luck.
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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A quick look at raveis.com showed 105 houses on the market for under 550k (allowing for price negotiation).
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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You want North Stamford. Above the Merrit. You'll be happy.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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You want North Stamford. Above the Merrit. You'll be happy.
That's my favorite area of Stamford, but I just checked and there are only a few in that area that meets the OP's criteria. The OP could also look into Springdale and Newfield, there are some nice neighborhoods there. Don't be afraid to look at homes over $500k, as it's a buyers market now. Sellers are usually more than willing to negotiate. You might also want to reconsider your commute time; if you move further north to Fairfield, you can get a larger/more updated home for $500k.
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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You want North Stamford. Above the Merrit. You'll be happy.
Not necessarily. Depending upon where in N. Stamford, it could take longer for the OP to reach downtown than it would if the OP was coming from somewhere like Saugatuck or Rowayton.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:52 AM
 
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You want North Stamford. Above the Merrit. You'll be happy.
This is a huge blanket statement. North Stamford might as well be the moon, as far as I am concerned. If you like being isolated from all amenities and driving 15 minutes just to get anywhere, then you want North Stamford. If you'd rather have a short commute and be near restaurants, shops, and jobs, then being south of the Merritt would be better. It depends on personal preference, and I suspect a younger couple might appreciate living further south. But someone focused on having a 4 bedroom house in the Stamford area might not care so much about being near the action.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:22 AM
 
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This is a huge blanket statement. North Stamford might as well be the moon, as far as I am concerned. If you like being isolated from all amenities and driving 15 minutes just to get anywhere, then you want North Stamford.
I used to live in N. Stamford, as well as other areas of Stamford, and this statement struck me as quite humorous. N. Stamford is hardly "the moon". Thanks for getting my day started with a smile.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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This is a huge blanket statement. North Stamford might as well be the moon, as far as I am concerned. If you like being isolated from all amenities and driving 15 minutes just to get anywhere, then you want North Stamford. If you'd rather have a short commute and be near restaurants, shops, and jobs, then being south of the Merritt would be better. It depends on personal preference, and I suspect a younger couple might appreciate living further south. But someone focused on having a 4 bedroom house in the Stamford area might not care so much about being near the action.
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I used to live in N. Stamford, as well as other areas of Stamford, and this statement struck me as quite humorous. N. Stamford is hardly "the moon". Thanks for getting my day started with a smile.
I agree with Andthentherewere3. There is a lot of shopping along north High Ridge Road just south of the Merritt. And Bullshead is just a few minutes south of that. I do not think North Stamford is isolated at all. Only the most remote parts of North Stamford would be anywhere near 15 minutes from these areas. Plus living in a rural-like area you would expect to be a little further from the action. That is why you choose an area like that. Jay
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