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Old 04-30-2011, 02:51 PM
 
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My husband and I are considering moving to the area, but we have a few questions. A little background on us: We lived and worked in Washington DC for many years and loved it there. We are both foodies and love nightlife. We're basically looking for a culturally diverse area with great cuisine, great shopping and a vibrant, thriving nightlife. Having some close parks or outdoorsy places would also be a plus,as we are also avid runners. We currently own our place where we live now, but we wouldn't be opposed to renting for a while in CT until we got a feel for the area. Any advice on where to live would be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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You won't get that in the Danbury area. Would you consider other parts of CT?
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Danbury is a small city surrounded by small towns. You will not find a vibrant nightlife near it. The closest would probablly be Stamford or White Plains. Definitely rent for a while to become familar with the area and then select a place to buy. Jay
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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I won't consider Danbury necessarily trendy. It was an old manufactoring town that seem a lot of diversity in business come in to town. Most real part of town is considered the 'hip' area to live, but there are neighborhoods for all budgets. There are a few great large parks in the area that are great for running.
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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You're going to have to settle for a quaint little country main street and the occasional trip to New York, New Haven, or Stamford. You should also consider looking across the border at Brewster, NY.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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neer downtown bethel will get you a couple pizza places, some nice little cafes (o'neils, biksbies, ect), greenwoods which does have live entertainment on occasion and "the spot" which is a little sports bar and i belive they have kareokee, and a panchos and gringos, a couple of chinese takeouts and your basic stores along with some more boutique like stores...and a nice little coffee shop that sometimes has live acts...
its a very cute downtown, but i wouldnt call it trendy, thriving or active, your nightlife is pretty limited too...
unfortunatly weve had alot of stores on the mainstreet close down and while we used to have festivals craft faires and sidewalk sales...most are few and far between the past couple of years

we do however have good acess to larger shopping, easy acess to NY via train or I84, as well as other CT towns...a quaint feeling, good schools and acess to some very nice parks with good hicking and walking trails (that could easily be jogged too) and we have a couple of foot road races each year, though im not a runner so i dont know the details.

its definatly worth comming into town for the day and meandering along greenwood ave, but what you see is pretty much what ya get! lol
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I'd recommend Stamford, Norwalk, Milford, New Haven. Basically the southwest shore cities.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'd recommend Stamford, Norwalk, Milford, New Haven. Basically the southwest shore cities.
Milford and New Haven are over 30 miles away from Danbury and there are no major expressways connecting these areas. A commute from there would be well over an hour. Norwalk is about 25 miles which is about a 45 minute commute without traffic. Stamford is about 30 miles and at least an hour. The Op either needs to expect to live in a less fun, trendy area or expect to have a long daily commute. Jay
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:22 PM
 
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We lived and worked in Washington DC for many years and loved it there.

We are both foodies and love nightlife.

We're basically looking for a culturally diverse area with great cuisine, great shopping and a vibrant, thriving nightlife.

Having some close parks or outdoorsy places would also be a plus,as we are also avid runners.
New Haven would be the only place that would fit your criteria. There's nothing in the Danbury area, and Stamford/Norwalk/Black Rock/Milford really aren't exactly "trendy" or have "vibrant, thriving nightlife".
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Milford and New Haven are over 30 miles away from Danbury and there are no major expressways connecting these areas. A commute from there would be well over an hour. Norwalk is about 25 miles which is about a 45 minute commute without traffic. Stamford is about 30 miles and at least an hour. The Op either needs to expect to live in a less fun, trendy area or expect to have a long daily commute. Jay
They didn't say they were commuting to Danbury.

If they are, I'd recommend Norwalk. That commute can be done in 35-40 minutes as it's opposite of traffic.
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New Haven would be the only place that would fit your criteria. There's nothing in the Danbury area, and Stamford/Norwalk/Black Rock/Milford really aren't exactly "trendy" or have "vibrant, thriving nightlife".
Washington Street in Norwalk is pretty trendy along with the area around the Maritime Center. There's a decent nightlife going on there.
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