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Old 12-12-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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I'm a Navy dentist and I will be stationed in Groton in Aug 2013. I'm moving from the Philadelphia area and I'm not familiar with the CT area at all. I'm looking for a place to live that is walkable, safe, preferably where other young professionals live and has some kind of night life, does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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Coming from a large city, you're going to be in culture shock in the Groton area. This is suburbia to rural for the most part. The only " city" in the area is New London, which has some 28,000 people, so hardly a metropolis.

You're physically safe anywhere in the region except for a certain section of central New London. That's not any place you'd be renting/ buying or living anyway so it likely wouldn't affect you.

There is really no town in the area that would be interesting for a young person to live that has a walkable, lively downtown with pubs, nightlife, etc. near an apartment complex or near residential homes.

New London has a small arts/ restaurant/pub scene near the State ST/ Bank St. intersection. But there is no place you'd want to live right near there. You didn't say if you wanted to rent to buy. But if you wanted to do either, you could look into a condo rental in New London south of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital , which is the really only nice to live in New London or buy a house /condo in that same section.

Groton sprawls and really has no true center. It's a place where you drive to everything. There are marinas, beaches, public golf course, but you need a car. The Mystic section ( which is the eastern part of Groton and the western part of the town of Stonington) is walkable. But it's a heavily tourist dependent area. It is walkable to a variety of restaurants, but it's hardly a hotbed of young people. Rents are available in Mystic but mostly in older homes. In Groton itself there are rentals available in many condo complexes and lots of apartments complexes too.

You would probably find yourself driving the forty five minutes or so to Providence, RI to find any serious nightlife /entertainment. Groton is close to CT's two casino complexes, so you could possibly go there too. Tons of restaurants, shows - people don't go just to gamble.

But for what you're looking for, I don't think you're going to find it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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I agree, be prepared. You are moving from one of the largest cities in the country to one of the smallest. There is going to be a big difference. The casinos do offer some good entertainment options and no, that does not mean you have to like gambling to go there. There is so much more. Good luck, Jay
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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I am from Delaware and was in philly last weekend at sugarhouse. Anyhow i 've been in hartford for the past 4 years and will be living in groton or ledyard for the next 4 months. I will report back what i find, but i don't expect this place to be lively, BUT i have been to the casinos the past couple of fri/sat nights and there is a good amount of people out and about.

I ammoving strictly to minimize the 3-4 weekly drive i've been making down to the area. I'll say i am probably sacrificing my party life, but it's something i've come to grips with. Heck i've never been to providence so maybe i'll start getting rooms out there to see what it's all about.

Good luck buddy. As i said i'm checking out homes and condos to rent the 27/28 so i can possibily give you my take
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone that got back to me. I didn't specify earlier and I should have but I am looking to rent a one bedroom apartment preferably. I was actually in CT over the 27th-29th and drove through Niantic, Mystic, Stonington, Groton, New London and Westerly,RI. Those areas are all beautiful it was actually my first time in the area and of those places I like Westely and Niantic the best. I also forgot to mention that I'm only going to be stationed there a year and I have a fiancé who lives in NYC and she or I will be commuting back and forth during that year. Thank you all for all the great info and if anyone else has some suggestions or helpful info please pass it along. Thank you
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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They are beautiful, but sleepy. You can drive to New Haven or Providence for nightlife.

Maybe living closer to New Haven makes sense as you have the train to NYC there for your fiance, and you can make use of the nightlife and activity in the city - which is in no short supply for a city its size (it's a big college town). Consider living in the Old Lyme/Old Saybrook area.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:07 PM
 
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Ah, the train. There are two ways to get out to the east shore from NYC by train. I'm going to note the stations closest to where you'll be working.

One is AmTrak from Penn Station in NYC . It stops in Old Saybrook, New London, Mystic and Westerly. No stops in Niantic.

The other is Metro North from Grand Central Station in NYC, change to Shoreline East in New Haven, CT and then out to the east shore. Stops in Old Saybrook and New London. No stops in Niantic.

I'd advise trying to live some where close to a train station. Niantic isn't all that far from either Old Saybrook or New London. However, life is easier in the cold, snow, dark or rainy nights, etc. if you don't have to haul over to a train station to pick someone up. The only place you'll get quasi reliable taxi service may be New London and that would be my least favorite trains station..

Personally, I'd try to live in Mystic for the year you're going to be here. ( either the Groton or Stonington side). It's pretty, safe, there's enough to do once you know your way around and close to the sub base.
Second choice would be Old Saybrook. Not a lot of rentals though.


Good luck
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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If you want more city life, I agree with Stylo that you'd be best off living in or near New Haven and commuting. That's a big commitment of time, though. Living near your job (in a neighborhood that at least has sidewalks, like Niantic) and driving to New Haven or Providence every so often might be a better option.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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If you want more city life, I agree with Stylo that you'd be best off living in or near New Haven and commuting. That's a big commitment of time, though. Living near your job (in a neighborhood that at least has sidewalks, like Niantic) and driving to New Haven or Providence every so often might be a better option.
Disagree. Do NOT commute 50 miles if you don't have to.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Disagree. Do NOT commute 50 miles if you don't have to.
I don't think anyone is suggesting commuting from New Haven, but maybe living 15-20 miles west of Groton to split the difference. I'm basing that mostly off the fiance/NYC/train factor.
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