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Old 10-30-2013, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I don't consider the location of the Hartford near Asylum & Cogswell to be unsafe from a crime standpoint (car traffic aside). And that approach into downtown is by far the least sketchy of the options. If the OP wishes to bike in to work in the summer from West Hartford, it's fairly straightforward down Asylum.
Going from the Hartford to downtown by bike at night is just asking for trouble...
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Going from the Hartford to downtown by bike at night is just asking for trouble...
I would agree...I assumed it would be summer commuting hours (daylight) and going to/from West Hartford. Per Parentologist, it's not something I would do either from a traffic standpoint, but I don't think it's unsafe either as others do it. Asylum is by far the least sketchy of the routes into downtown (vs. Albany, Farmington, Capitol, Park).
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I am sorry but unfortunately the areas within your circle are not rural in character. They are urban and mature semi-dense suburban. You will have to choose, either move further out for the rural feel you want and forget biking to work or accept a more dense location. Also I would not consider living east of the Connecticut River. There are bike ramps on several of the bridges but I think they would make your commute a lot longer

The problem with New Britain is that it is an old mill city that has seen better days. There is a lot of crime there and the schools really struggle. It is not a place that most middle class families want to live so home prices are low. I would also eliminate Bloomfield and Windsor. Both of these towns have schools that struggle.

Inside your circle, I would again recommend West Hartford. There are lots of parks and things to do. You could bike to work relatively easily and the schools are excellent. I would also consider Newington and Wetherfield to the south.

Outside the circle, I would recommend Simsbury. It is a great semi-rural town with a lot for families including excellent schools and several wonderful trails. It is in the beautiful Farmington River Valley which is located west of a line of small mountains and hills so it helps give the area a sort of shangra-la feel to to it. There is express bus service that will take you to The Hartford (check schedule though). Jay
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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New Britain is a slum town.
That might be a little harsh. After all, if it's a slum town, wouldn't that make you a s****o*d?
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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But we ARE slumlords! We're the best slumlords anyone could ask for. We buy run down multifamily properties as cheaply as possible, fix them up to above code, especially above fire code, then rent them out to families that need safe housing, at market rates, including Section 8 tenants. All our tenants have our cell phone number, and when there's a problem, my husband repairs it that day or the next. That doesn't change the fact that large areas of New Britain are slums - densely packed ancient multifamily tenement houses filled with people on welfare, in all its forms, bringing with them all the woes that come along with that - drugs, shootings, etc.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:58 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, really helpful information. I think we'll focus most on West Hartford and Simsbury, followed by Wethersfield and Newington. Much appreciated!
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Florida and the Rockies
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That is not downtown. You're quite a ways from downtown, and have to traverse some nasty areas to get to downtown from there.
The bad areas are actually to the north of The Hartford's campus on Asylum Hill. South of The Hartford is Aetna. West of The Hartford is St. Francis Hospital and west of that is the nice Hartford residential area. There are a couple of dicey blocks between St. Francis and The Hartford but nothing like the truly rundown areas to the north. South of Aetna, past the highway, it gets dicey again.

To the east of The Hartford campus is the slope (hence the name Asylum Hill) leading downtown, followed by the train station and then the downtown area proper. It is not dicey nor nasty to walk from The Hartford to downtown, just be aware of the traffic.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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I live in the Hartford area and you are not going to be able to bike from Simsbury to Hartford or get public transportation there easily. Biking from Simsbury to Hartford would take more than 2 hours. West Hartford is probably the best bet. There are areas in New Britain that aren't bad. There is a hospital and a huge park that is bikeable and walk able. Soon they will have a busway from New Britain/Hartford with busses that will come every 6 minutes or so.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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Some of the best advice that we ignored when we moved to a new area for work: rent first. That way you can get a better idea of where you'd be happy buying.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes FL and NH.
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I would look into Windsor Center. The area is starting to attract young families and there are many nice homes available in that price range. West Hartford is a nice community but it is starting to become too pricy in my opinion.
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