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Old 11-01-2013, 09:46 AM
 
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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.
I agree about biking into The Hartford from Simsbury but the are express commuter buses from the Farmington Valley that make commuting very easy. Jay
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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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.
I am sorry but Windsor schools do not perform well on the Connecticut Mastery and Connecticut Academic Performance Tests. I therefore would not recommend it to families looking for towns with good schools. Jay
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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Biking to Hartford and rural are two different things here. As a transplant myself, I would say if you want rural, Glastonbury, where I live, Granby, Simsbury are beautiful. If you want to bike, you could try Wethersfield, a great town but less room and go down Silas Deane Hwy ( not a hwy really, just a road) straight into downtown Hartford and down Asylum. Newington is okay. Rocky Hill, south of Wethersfield, has open beautiful areas. South Windsor is great but not bikeable. Most of these towns have buses to Hartford and the Express bus where you all park and commute in together...CRides is one. If you plan to stay awhile, ( I didn't and now here 30 yrs) definitely check out school systems.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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Rocky Hill, Newington & Wethersfield might be options as well. Good schools, affordable homes, easy access to amenities. Not far into Hartford- I used to bike from Cromwell up the back roads through Rocky Hill and into Wethersfield and the outskirts of Hartford. Not a short bike ride from Cromwell, and I wouldn't want to do it in the cold or rain, either. Some of those back roads are more developed now than they were back in the early to mid 90s as well, so may have more car traffic.

Simsbury is an excellent town with excellent schools, but for $250,000, you're going to get something pretty small, and/or a fixer-upper.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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West Hartford, Farmington, Newington, Berlin. Certain parts of New Britain are also safe. 250K can get you a nice home in New Britain. 250K in the other towns you might be looking at something smaller or something that needs updating.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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Thanks for all the info. What parts of New Britain would be ok? Also, does anyone have any advice on finding a good realtor, or any recommendations? Preferably someone familiar with West Hartford/Simsbury/Newington. Those are looking like our top choices right now. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:59 PM
 
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and, what are you looking for in terms of rural - large lot without many neighbors and a low population density? (Granby might fit that bill, but that's a long bike ride into downtown Hartford). Or, by rural, do you mean not much in the way of retail/commercial? A farming community?

West Hartford is a great town, but it has over 60,000 people and is not really very rural. It has a lot of great restaurants and shopping and lots of cultural amenities. However, West Hartford is an easy bike ride into Hartford - as would be Wethersfield.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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By rural I mean larger lot, not in a subdivision with identical houses, etc. Doesn't need to be a farming community or anything like that. We just don't like feeling like we're crammed in a tiny lot surrounded by clones of our house.

I know that rural and being able to bike to work don't fit together perfectly, but I'm looking for some kind of balance between the two. We're fine with having to drive somewhere to eat out or shop, as long as its within about 15-20 minutes of home. Most of the places people have mentioned seemed to fit within that criteria.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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By rural I mean larger lot, not in a subdivision with identical houses, etc. Doesn't need to be a farming community or anything like that. We just don't like feeling like we're crammed in a tiny lot surrounded by clones of our house.

I know that rural and being able to bike to work don't fit together perfectly, but I'm looking for some kind of balance between the two. We're fine with having to drive somewhere to eat out or shop, as long as its within about 15-20 minutes of home. Most of the places people have mentioned seemed to fit within that criteria.
OK, got it. Simsbury & Granby (which includes North Granby and East Granby) might be your best bets if you're trying to stay north of Hartford. Canton could be an option, but might be a bit further out. Somers & Ellington east of Hartford would be too far out to even consider biking unless you're a Tour de France veteran.

Simsbury has a a retail area (shared with neighboring Avon & Canton) that has a lot of shopping & restaurants along Route 44, as well as a movie theater, but has more of a mixture of housing compared to neighboring Avon. You'll still find subdivisions with big homes in Simsbury, but you'll also find plenty of smaller homes as well. Granby is more rural than Simsbury and has less shopping/retail - but, you can also drive 10 minutes over to Simsbury to find it. Canton has some nice areas, including a nifty area of small shops and pubs that used to be some factories along the Farmington River.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice. Are there any parts of those cities that have a higher concentration of young families? What about south? Are Newington and Wethersfield more spread out than west Hartford, or are they pretty similar?
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