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Old 10-16-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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It seems to me that this scenario is impossible:

Have a job in Stamford that's not walkable from the train station AND
Have a 45 min or less commute (ideally 30 min or less) AND
Get a 3-4 bedroom, reasonably well-updated home for under $600k AND
Be in a decent (let's say top 3rd of the state) school district

Is that the case? Because if so, I'll just truly ignore any job opportunities I ever see in Stamford.

This depresses me.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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It's a bad situation with Stamford and accessibility, and yes - that's tough. You could find a home in Wilton or Ridgefield for that price, that might be your closest bet. Don't know if it'll fit your definition of "updated" though.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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I am confused with what the OP means by "impossible". Most jobs in Stamford pay well but they do so because they are paying for the cost of living there. In the Stamford area, you have a choice. You either live further away and commute a longer distance or you pay more for a home or buy a lesser home in a good area. Only you can decide if it is worth it.

Wilton and Ridgefield are good suggestions for a places to start. Also check Fairfield. Good luck, Jay
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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If the choice is "live further away and commute" or "spend over $600k and don't commute," then it's impossible according to the parameters I set up in the original post.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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Definitely possible in Wilton (under 30mins) and possible in Ridgefield (under 45mins).

If you get a job not near stamford metro north then you should forget Fairfield.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Under 30 min from Wilton! I didn't know it was that quick.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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Definitely possible in Wilton (under 30mins) and possible in Ridgefield (under 45mins).
Not during rush hour.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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If you're frustrated with the Stratford commute and can't take the train, I wouldn't recommend Fairfield. It saves you, what, 5 minutes? Not worth it.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Not during rush hour.
Depends on where in Wilton and where in Stamford.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Under 30 min from Wilton! I didn't know it was that quick.
From South Wilton and Silvermine this is possible. Not so much from North Wilton, Georgetown or Cannondale, although it's only an additional 5 to 10 min on average. For example, I commute from North Wilton to downtown Stamford (via 7 and 95) and a good day with little or no traffic is 25 min. Typical traffic makes it a 35 min commute, and the truly horrible days it can be an hour plus. Wilton also has the option of backroads into and out of Stamford (Rt. 106 is a favorite), which should take anywhere from 25 to 45 min, depending on where you're coming from and where you're going. In my experience, the backroads are better for the evening commute, as during the morning commute you will run into school busses and people driving their kids to school.
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