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Old 04-02-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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Hi. My husband and I are looking to relocate off Long Island in about a year. We were originally looking at Northeast PA, but I have not liked some of what I have read about the area.

We are researching areas in and around NY, as we have family on Long Island and in Northeastern, PA. The drive from Conneticut to both areas are reasonable to take day and weekend trips and I know from previous visits to your state, it is beautiful. But I do not know much else about CT.

We do know we may be starting a family, so we would want a family friendly area.

We also would like a pet friendly area, we have two large, well behaved dogs and would like an area where you can fence the properties and that has access to a good veterinarian. I also do volunteer therapy work with one of my dogs, so facilities in and around the area that are open to that sort of thing would be ideal.

I was not sure if the 250 range is even feasible in CT or what areas to start looking in.

We do not need to commute, my husband would be opening his own business, and I do office work, but we would prefer to have easier access to both LI and PA.

Thank you for any info you could provide.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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Actually the median home price in the greater Hartford area is 250K- so it is reasonable to expect that you will be able to find a home at the price you suggested. You will most likely get 3 bedrooms instead of 2!- And something slightly above a starter home.

Housing prices are the cheapest in central/eastern Connecticut- where you will get the most bang for your buck, although the commute to LI and eastern PA will be about an hour longer, on average the further from Hartford to the east.

housing prices in southwestern CT near NYC (Fairfield county) will be far higher.

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Old 04-02-2008, 11:48 AM
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Besides the few cities and semi-urban areas, Eastern CT is less densely populated and rural, as well as less costly.
I wouldn't recommend southwestern CT to anyone except for job purposes (due to much higher costs).
While the whole state is relatively open to being family and pet friendly, because of your husband's future business concerns, the proximity to family friendly areas and pet facilities alone probably isn't going to lead you to the best place to relocate to and may only be secondary considerations.
What size community, public services, cultural outlets, type of terrain, landscape, and highway access do you prefer?
The answer to questions like these may help you to start to receive suggestions as to potential locations.
What type of business will your husband be opening and how far away from a metro area(s) would the both of you like to be?
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies.

As for working, my husband would be opening a karate school, so we would need to be in an area where people would be interested in fitness activities, especially for their children.

As for living, we lean towards quiet over the hustle and bustle, but would prefer to be within 30 minutes or so to a busier area where a school would do well.

Landscape and terrain does not matter much, and we are pretty much open to most places and most culures, although, again, to live, we would like the quieter areas where we could at least have 1/4 of an acre or more.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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As for working, my husband would be opening a karate school, so we would need to be in an area where people would be interested in fitness activities, escpecially for their children.

As for living, we lean towards quiet over the hustle and bustle, but would prefer to be within 30 minutes or so to a busier area where a school would do well.

Landscape and terrain does not matter much, although, again, to live, we would like the quieter areas where we could at least have 1/4 of an acre or more.
All of these requirements could easily be found in the Hartford area, especially east of the CT river, in the towns of South Windsor, Manchester,Bolton, Vernon, Ellington, Coventry, Tolland and Stafford Springs.
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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All of these requirements could easily be found in the Hartford area, especially east of the CT river, in the towns of South Windsor, Manchester,Bolton, Vernon, Ellington, Coventry, Tolland and Stafford Springs.
Thanks, I will definitely look into those areas.

Any other areas either South or West (or both) of Hartford or is that getting too expensive?
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:19 PM
 
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Thanks, I will definitely look into those areas.

Any other areas either South or West (or both) of Hartford or is that getting too expensive?
You can check out Plainville, Middletown, Wallingford, Thomaston and Plymouth - all in your price range. They are about 45 minutes closer to NYC than NE CT. The more southwest you go, the less likely you'll be able to find anything for $250k.
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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Prices statewide are either falling or stagnant currently. Prices historically have always been higher west of the CT river- and slightly higher south of Hartford, compared to eastern CT.

Greater New Haven also will be higher then the Hartford area east and west of the river.
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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Prices statewide are either falling or stagnant currently. Prices historically have always been higher west of the CT river- and slightly higher south of Hartford, compared to eastern CT.
I recently read an article that said prices in Fairfield and western NH County have not fallen, and are even still rising in some towns.
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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I don't know which part of Long Island you need to travel to but there are two ferry services between CT and LI that may help you. One is in New London and the other in Bridgeport.


http://www.longislandferry.com

Welcome to The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company Website (http://www.bpjferry.com/Default.aspx - broken link)
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