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Old 04-11-2016, 07:51 PM
 
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Hi Everyone!
I'm moving to Hartford County this summer for work(recent grad) and I'm having a hard time deciding where to live. I've lived in Manchester and also Hartford (near Trinity College) before. Manchester was nicer but boring and I didn't have a car at the time so it was difficult to go anywhere. Hartford on the other hand is conveniently located in the center of things and there's more to do. However, Hartford is more expensive whereas the apartments in Manchester are more affordable. I'll be in the area at the end of April to look at apartments. My budget is $1000 (including all utilities) and I'm willing to find a roommate(although this has been difficult)

I'll be working in East Hartford.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:34 PM
 
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West Hartford would probably be the best if u could afford it but Hartford would be a decent backup.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:49 PM
 
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West Hartford. Safe, hopping town center. A two bedroom with roommate is well within your budget.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:53 PM
 
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They want you to commute across Hartford every day. I'm not going to do that to you, because I care about your mental health. Look in western Manchester and keep that commute in the stress-free zone of 5-10 minutes. You've got a car this time, so finding things to do won't suck. Hartford is 10 minutes.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:10 PM
 
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If working in EH, I agree w/FunkOdyssey that Manchester is the wisest option. It's best to stay as close to work as possible, and having to schlep it across the river and back every day could be a real hastle with traffic. I know you said that you found Manchester boring, but there's actually a decent restaurant and pub scene worth exploring. I was just there this past weekend in fact for lunch (Corey's Catsup & Mustard). The town also has a microbrewery that's expanding (Top Shelf Brewery) and this is a good place to spend a Saturday afternoon. And besides, you could always hang in Hartford/WH on weekends, with less highway traffic.

Good luck!
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:25 PM
 
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I know you said that you found Manchester boring, but there's actually a decent restaurant and pub scene worth exploring. I was just there this past weekend in fact for lunch (Corey's Catsup & Mustard).
Yes. There are several good places to hang out along Main St:

The Main Pub*
Corey's Catsup & Mustard
Landmark Cafe
Lucky Taco Cantina & Tap Room**
Mulberry Street
The Hungry Tiger

*my favorite
**second favorite
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:12 AM
 
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While it is a very nice town, I also do not think West Hartford is worth the daily commuting issues you would face and the added expense of living there. I would say downtown Hartford or Manchester. Since Manchester has so many nice more affordable apartments, I would put it ahead of downtown. JMHO, Jay
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:30 AM
 
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Yes. There are several good places to hang out along Main St:

The Main Pub*
Corey's Catsup & Mustard
Landmark Cafe
Lucky Taco Cantina & Tap Room**
Mulberry Street
The Hungry Tiger

*my favorite
**second favorite
Yep, I know those places well. I live across the river and I still try to visit one of those places once in a while. I keep telling people, if you're willing to look around you'll find places to go and things to do, even beyong the confines of your own town. I like where I live alot, and living within walking distance of restaurants and shops is convenient, but that doesn't mean I spend all my time in that neighborhood. If I go to a pub or a restaurant in Bloomfield or Manchester, it's for the same reason many out-of-towners dine in downtown Hartford or WH Center on weekends: I want a change from my everyday surroundings, just as others from elsewhere want a change from theirs.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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Yep, I know those places well. I live across the river and I still try to visit one of those places once in a while. I keep telling people, if you're willing to look around you'll find places to go and things to do, even beyong the confines of your own town. I like where I live alot, and living within walking distance of restaurants and shops is convenient, but that doesn't mean I spend all my time in that neighborhood. If I go to a pub or a restaurant in Bloomfield or Manchester, it's for the same reason many out-of-towners dine in downtown Hartford or WH Center on weekends: I want a change from my everyday surroundings, just as others from elsewhere want a change from theirs.
Yeah definitely. My favorite place west of the river is Vinted in Blue Back Square. Manchester is apparently not sophisticated enough to support a wine bar. I think one is opening up in Glastonbury though.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:27 AM
 
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Yeah definitely. My favorite place west of the river is Vinted in Blue Back Square. Manchester is apparently not sophisticated enough to support a wine bar. I think one is opening up in Glastonbury though.
I wouldn't doubt it. Anything new we do here they end up copying.

I like downtown Manchester just fine. Seems every time I'm down there something new opens that's made the whole scene funky and fun. In a way I feel it gets overlooked by many people since they always equate the town with the mall and shopping, and that's it. Personally, I think there's plenty around there to keep young people entertained. Might not be a wine bar there, but they have Cavey's. Friend of mine went there w/BF on their anniversary and told me she loved it.
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