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Old 11-06-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I'd struggle to definitively say Orange is a better option than Milford. It's more complicated than that.

Milford has lower taxes and more diverse housing options for your budget. You get more services for your taxes, like garbage. It has more parks, beaches, and a great town center with tons of family friendly events. It's more of a community. The schools are good, performing above average for the state, especially the elementary schools and Foran High School (the eastern part of town's high school).

BUT Orange schools perform among the best in the state. That said, I don't think you can go wrong with either school system, but everyone has their opinions about how much test scores matter. But no offense, Milford schools are probably a lot better than the average school where you are coming from. You have to consider that it's above average for a state that already has well above average schools for the country.

But again, you'll find a lot more inventory in Milford for your budget. I'd stick to the eastern part of town - both for commute purposes and to get the best schools.
Thanks for the info. One more comparison if you don't mind. How does Milford compare to Trumbull and Branford (I believe I'm spelling that right)? And do you have any information on sports in those areas?
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Milford is cheaper and denser/more lively than Trumbull. Trumbull schools perform better, just a notch below Orange. Trumbull is more expensive than both Milford and Orange. I'd have a hard time recommending it over Orange from a $ standpoint, especially with a longer commute and a struggle with your income to get a decent house. Trumbull is expensive due to location near Norwalk/Stamford, so you're paying for a location you don't need from a commute perspective.

Branford and Milford schools perform similarly. Branford is almost like a lower key Milford. I would not want to do that commute though - maybe not until the bridge is complete in 2016.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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Milford is cheaper and denser/more lively than Trumbull. Trumbull schools perform better, just a notch below Orange. Trumbull is more expensive than both Milford and Orange. I'd have a hard time recommending it over Orange from a $ standpoint, especially with a longer commute and a struggle with your income to get a decent house. Trumbull is expensive due to location near Norwalk/Stamford, so you're paying for a location you don't need from a commute perspective.

Branford and Milford schools perform similarly. Branford is almost like a lower key Milford. I would not want to do that commute though - maybe not until the bridge is complete in 2016.
Thank you so much!
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Commuting from Milford to West Haven will be a breeze. You likely will not even have to get on a highway since these towns are located practically right next to each other (Orange kind of wedges itself between them as you go in from the coast). I would definitely start in Milford. It will be convenient to your job, offers all the activities your family would need and has a wide range of housing options. Jay
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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The VA is in West Haven, as people have said before. I think Milford will be a terrific choice for you.

Branford would definitely -not- be a good choice, because you'd have to deal with "The bridge formerly known as the Q" during rush hour traffic in both directions. Any time you have to go through Long Wharf during rush hour to get from point A to point B, is going to be a nightmare for you. Especially in winter when there's snow and ice on the ground.

I would definitely stay on the south side of I-95, if I were working at the VA. New Haven schools generally underperform, as do West Haven schools. I really think Milford will give you the best bang for the buck.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I just spoke with my team lead for the VA there and she lives in Hamden. Can anyone provide a comparison to the previous locations we've discussed? She said she personally wouldn't live in Milford over Hamden. And I'm still searching for info on sports in the area. Mainly softball, baseball, and football.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I just spoke with my team lead for the VA there and she lives in Hamden. Can anyone provide a comparison to the previous locations we've discussed? She said she personally wouldn't live in Milford over Hamden. And I'm still searching for info on sports in the area. Mainly softball, baseball, and football.
I do not think anyone I know that would pick Hamden over Milford. Hamden is an inland town with no beaches. Its schools perform lower than the state averages on the Mastery and CAPT tests and it has little to no charm. It is mostly made up of strip shopping centers. At least Milford has a nice downtown and a charming town center. Milford also has a regional mall. There is more traffic on I-95 and Route 1 but still that would not change my opinion on which town to live in. That woman obviously does not know Milford or Hamden that well. Without a doubt I would pick Milford over Hamden especially if I had kids going to the schools. Jay
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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If you'll be working in West Haven, the Amity school system towns would all be good options - Bethany, Orange & Woodbridge. Bethany is kind of rural, but still not a bad commute to West Haven. I think it's considered a "horse" town because many homes have large enough lots to have horses. Woodbridge is supposedly the most educated town in CT, with more people in town holding master's degrees than any other in CT. Orange has the most in terms of retail/shopping/convenience and is the largest of the three towns. You won't find big homes for $450,000 in those towns, but you should be able to find something decent.

Trulia.com generated 22 homes in Woodbridge and 16 in Orange that are $450,000 or less and have at least 2,000 square feet. Not sure where you're coming from, but most homes in CT will also have additional storage in the basement and the attic. Some homes will also have at least a partially finished basement that you can use as a game/media room as well.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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I do not think anyone I know that would pick Hamden over Milford. Hamden is an inland town with no beaches. Its schools perform lower than the state averages on the Mastery and CAPT tests and it has little to no charm. It is mostly made up of strip shopping centers. At least Milford has a nice downtown and a charming town center. Milford also has a regional mall. There is more traffic on I-95 and Route 1 but still that would not change my opinion on which town to live in. That woman obviously does not know Milford or Hamden that well. Without a doubt I would pick Milford over Hamden especially if I had kids going to the schools. Jay
She did say that she didn't know very much about Milford, other than the mall there. Lol. But she offered that the schools in Hamden were better though. I guess that's easy enough to research and compare. I am looking for a smaller commmunity feel, which is more of what I'm used to. Honestly, though my highest priority is affordability within reason of a good school system. What I'm seeing from most posters is that Milford may be the best area to provide those two. I'm an army brat so I'm not too worried about the culture shock. Ive been all over the place, to include other countries. My children, however have not. So I wanted to provide them with activities where they could make an easier adjustment to the move. Usually thats through sports and schools. I know if they can continue in their sports as quickly as possible there, it wouldn't be as bad for them. Would appreciate any info in that regard.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:27 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I just spoke with my team lead for the VA there and she lives in Hamden. Can anyone provide a comparison to the previous locations we've discussed? She said she personally wouldn't live in Milford over Hamden. And I'm still searching for info on sports in the area. Mainly softball, baseball, and football.
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I do not think anyone I know that would pick Hamden over Milford. Hamden is an inland town with no beaches. Its schools perform lower than the state averages on the Mastery and CAPT tests and it has little to no charm. It is mostly made up of strip shopping centers. At least Milford has a nice downtown and a charming town center. Milford also has a regional mall. There is more traffic on I-95 and Route 1 but still that would not change my opinion on which town to live in. That woman obviously does not know Milford or Hamden that well. Without a doubt I would pick Milford over Hamden especially if I had kids going to the schools. Jay
I would guess that a preference for Hamden over Milford would be based upon the desire for greater diversity and a slightly slower pace.
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