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Old 03-29-2015, 06:55 AM
 
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Hi Guys - We're an active, outdoorsy, family living in E. CT with flexibility regarding where we live (telecommuter). Like many who love the outdoors we've been interested in parts of N. New England for a while. Here is a punch list of what we're ideally looking for and would be grateful for any feedback on possible locations to investigate.

- <45min. to Burlington International Airport
- <45min to skiing
- Rural/Semi-rural or village (not suburb/subdivision)
- Good school system

We've spent a lot of time in VT, but it has always either been on business or on ski or camping trips with little time to check out some of the smaller towns with possible relocation in mind. We have been looking into: Underhill/Jericho, Middlebury, Vergennes, Waterbury, and Montpelier... sound like we're on the right track or way off?

Thanks, in advance,

RC

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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All the towns you mention are good ones. Of the ones you mentioned, Middlebury is my favorite. Its got the college, a nice downtown with independent shops and restaurants, a great natural foods co-op, a wonderful farmers market, good schools etc. Skiing is about 20 minutes away at the Snow Bowl or if you want bigger resorts Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are about 45 minutes away. Pico and Killington to the south about an hour or so.
I also really like Vergennes and Waterbury. Waterbury puts you closer to skiing and has some great restaurants. Vergennes has great restaurants as well and as an easy drive up to the Burlington area.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA & Sharon, VT
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I like the Mad River Valley- Waitsfiled, Warren, etc. Beautiful, close to Sugarbush, a tad closer to Connecticut and Boston (for urban access), and a little cheaper than Middlebury or Waterbury.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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Looking the southern part of the state would put you within 45 minutes of Hartford International and give you all the other features you seek, although in the opinion of some Brattleboro is not another Burlington.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:51 AM
 
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Looking the southern part of the state would put you within 45 minutes of Hartford International and give you all the other features you seek, although in the opinion of some Brattleboro is not another Burlington.
There is no town in the southern part of VT that is 45 minutes from Bradley Int'l Airport in Hartford, CT, unless you travel via helicopter.

The towns others have mentioned would all be suitable, and you could visit all of them within a three day weekend. Good luck in your search, RiceCake.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Since I know them . I like Waterbury, Montpelier, Warren, Waitsfield, Middlebury
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Be SURE to check out internet options at your actual proposed street address before committing. By checking out, I mean actually SEEING it in action as well as verifying that providers will extend service. Frankly, you may find living in town better for you than living rural.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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Be SURE to check out internet options at your actual proposed street address before committing. By checking out, I mean actually SEEING it in action as well as verifying that providers will extend service. Frankly, you may find living in town better for you than living rural.
Agree with this, rural Vermont internet options vary widely.

I'm fond of the towns bordering NH, best of both worlds, and I prefer Manchester over pretty much any other airport around.

Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Vermont, The land of cover bands & Dj's
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So, you wanna move to Vermont! Well, being born here & having lived here for nearly 40 years I suppose I have the credentials to weigh in on this & answer your questions. 45 MIN TO SKIING & THE AIRPORT? Well, the only skiing 45 min or less from Burlington would be the Bolton Valley area. Nothing...repeat NOTHING is 45 min from Burlington 9 out of 12 months of the year as winter travel makes getting anywhere double the time your GPS tells you. Another thing know one seems to mention. Vermont really has all of 2...interstates, I-89 & I-91. This means that a 45 minute drive just turned into an hour long (almost always more) as you WILL get stuck behind a logging truck, or a semi. (This is not a possibility but a guarantee) Due to the fact that anywhere you want to go UNLESS it's on one of those two interstate systems, will be on "secondary road". Having said this, lets not forget the state of Vermont's run down transportation agency, massive potholes, and small town budgets. As I write this, Channel 3 News (Vermont's Premier News Station, lol) is on in the background, & our Governor states "Vermont isn't a wealthy state, we don't have wealth in Vermont as do other States". Perfect timing Governor! Waterbury is the best pick out of all of the above mentioned towns eg. Middlebury, Vergennes etc. Waterbury because it is about a 45 min drive to Burlington no matter what, is growing very fast, is rural but still has some kind of a "downtown" and is center to Sugarbush & Mad River Glenn, Bolton Ski area, 20 min drive to Montpelier, much more affordable than Burlington. Vergennes is NOT 45 min away from Burlington let alone the airport. You must take Rt. 7 from Vergennes to get to Burlington, on a summer day this trip WILL take about 90 min. Education...Oh Boy! Our education system is not all that it's cracked up to be...and it's not just a "Vermont" thing. It's a Federal "standardized" "thing"...but please..as a parent of two children, do not move to Vermont for the seemingly good education, because it's just not here. And if your a parent of a child with ANY learning disabilities or receiving IEP services, forget it. The Vermont of "Old" is gone. In a state where some towns have no internet access, and easily half the state has little to no cell service, many of it's residents live within the lowest federal income guidelines, pill addiction and heroin use at an all time high (Rolling Stone Magazine,2014 I believe), very long & very cold winters, high unemployment and low wage jobs. (Right now the big news as I write this literally in the background, again, "Vermont is one of the most difficult areas to get cell reception on the globe", Gov.Peter Shumlin)
In summery...if money is no issue, then Vermont is a great place to live! Because you can afford a vacation, to ski, to own a business, to keep your child out of the public school system. If you are not wealthy, good luck! And I mean, Good luck!
PS: I'd look at New Hampshire as you can still get the rural lifestyle, skiing etc, without the taxation, more business, and frankly better living. Many people I know that grew up here have either moved far, far away or have relocated to NH. Feel free to write back with any questions. And to those that pose "If you hate it so much why do you still live there?" I'm in the process of relocating! Be well...Ian in Vermont
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Vergennes is NOT 45 min away from Burlington let alone the airport. You must take Rt. 7 from Vergennes to get to Burlington, on a summer day this trip WILL take about 90 min.
Completely disagree. I do this drive fairly often. 23 miles apart. Vergennes to I-189 is approx. 25-30 minutes. Add another 10-15 minutes to downtown or over to the airport from there. Heading north on 7 can have some fairly bad traffic from IDX Drive to 189 during evening commute hours but that only adds 10-15 minutes. It has never taken 90 minutes.
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