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Old 12-11-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Western Mass
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Default Moving from Hartford area CT to MASS

I'm looking for a decent place on the CT/MASS border to rent a 3 bedroom apartment.

Can anyone give me some towns to stay away from?
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:37 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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What elements are you trying to avoid? Most of the border towns are decent, but boring imo.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Western Mass
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Are there parts of Springfield that are decent. Diversity is also an important factor. Crime, obviously as well.

School system and what the town invests in their children are an important factor. Westfield seems to have a lot going on and it's in close proximity to shopping.

I'm coming from Hartford, CT.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI.
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Avoid Southbridge. Too much drug trafficking. Corrupt police force. Contentious ethnic relations.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: nc
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Southwick is nice and parts of Agawam are nice. Longmeadow is nice but might not be very affordable. Keep in mind, that if you work in CT and live in MA you will need to file state taxes in both states.
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:21 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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What do you do for work? If I was going to be in that area of MA, I'd try to live in Amherst.
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: W.Mass
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More toward the western part of the line there are: Wilbraham,MA (has great private school), Hampden, MA (quaint, expensive - website:Hamden, Connecticut - Town of Hamden Official Homepage), Somers, CT. They have ice-skating parties! What could be more New-Englandy?

Further east, Brimfield, MA is nice (rural and lots of traffic during flea market). Here's the link to City-data's page on Brimfield: http://www.city-data.com/city/Brimfi...achusetts.html

Tolland & Stafford Springs, CT, near there, are also nice, as I recall. Tollund's website:

tolland.org

My advice: Avoid Sturbridge: high-priced, lots of traffic, huge "snob factor", hard to get accepted (I grew up there!). I second the above take on Southbridge!
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Western Mass
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I looked at a place in East Springfield the other day. It was a 2 family house. Older Irish lady lived on the 1st floor and I would be living on the second floor. The landlord and his wife had lived in this apartment for 20 years until they bought a house further out. A lot of updates have been made to the apartment and I would actually be paying less money for a 3 bedroom then i would for my 2 bedroom apartment here in Hartford. They added updated cabinets and turned the pantry into a laundry room. I like the fact that I could do my laundry in the comfort of my own home without have to lug everything around. There's also a lot of shopping close by. The rent is only $790. If I were to find something like that here, i'd be paying $1200.

I'm mainly concerned with how the schools are. I'm a very involved parent and both my children to very well in school.

I'm more of a homebody so attractions for myself aren't that important; it would be more-so for my kids. I'm also going through a divorce.

Also, diversity is important to me. I'm puerto rican and my kids are half african american. I'd like to live in a mixed area.

I'm looking at a place in Chicopee tomorrow night.

I love Amhurst. I have some close friends that went to UMASS and live in that area. It would just be too far of a commute for me.

I did look at a place in Southwick, but in my opinion it was much too rural for me. I get really nervous driving up and down hills in the winter.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Western Mass
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What do you do for work? If I was going to be in that area of MA, I'd try to live in Amherst.

I'm a marketing coordinator for a commercial real estate development firm. I work right off I-91 - Exit 38.
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