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Old 10-30-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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I'm seeing homes on Zillow that are actually affordable in Ridgefield these days. The schools also look pretty incredible. Are there any downsides? We have family in Putnam County, NY, so it's appealing to say the least. Should be commutable to Stamford, right?
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Ridgefield is a beautiful town. It's a big town, and I'm guessing that the less expensive houses are closer to Danbuy on the northern end of town. That is a longer distance to Stamford, but I think it's pretty commutable.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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It's a so-so commute to Stamford. You can take backroads, which is the best bet. 7 to Merritt or 95 can be a nightmare.

Ridgefield has never been more expensive than Wilton, Weston, Westport, New Canaan, etc. And it's always been more than Danbury, Brookfield, Bethel, etc. That's naturally due to its location.

Any drop you're seeing is along with the standard 20-30% drop statewide in the past 4 years.

It's a very good town if you're ok with commuting via backroads. Another option in a similar price range would be Fairfield, but that would have to be a short train commute.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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My in-laws (the ones in Putnam) always talked about it in the same breath as Wilton/New Canaan/Pound Ridge and so forth, which is why I was surprised. I'm also shocked to see Fairfield coming down into affordability as well. My Texas family would still freak at the prices, but compared to a couple years ago...
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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My in-laws (the ones in Putnam) always talked about it in the same breath as Wilton/New Canaan/Pound Ridge and so forth, which is why I was surprised. I'm also shocked to see Fairfield coming down into affordability as well. My Texas family would still freak at the prices, but compared to a couple years ago...
Yes, prices came down to earth a bit. Ridgefield has never been near New Canaan prices, and Wilton usually edges it out. It's probably on par with Pound Ridge, but the taxes there are much more.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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My in-laws (the ones in Putnam) always talked about it in the same breath as Wilton/New Canaan/Pound Ridge and so forth, which is why I was surprised. I'm also shocked to see Fairfield coming down into affordability as well. My Texas family would still freak at the prices, but compared to a couple years ago...
New Canaan > Wilton > Ridgefield are priced in 3 distinct strata since prehistoric age.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Are there any downsides?

That deadly curve on route 116 or whatever the road is??
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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Ridgefield is about as perfect as any town can get IMO.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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Maybe we'll aim for that then instead of Oxford, Monroe, or Woodbridge. We'd get more for the money out there, but I don't care about a big house.

I guess the downside is that Ridgefield lost power this weekend, while I'm still sitting cozy in Stratford.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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Maybe we'll aim for that then instead of Oxford, Monroe, or Woodbridge. We'd get more for the money out there, but I don't care about a big house.

I guess the downside is that Ridgefield lost power this weekend, while I'm still sitting cozy in Stratford.
All of those towns are beautiful and you'll get more for your money there, but if you can buy into Ridgefield I would really recommend it.
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