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Old 04-26-2008, 06:12 PM
 
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I'm thinking of moving to Connecticut,
I want somewhere...thats safe of course, has a nice community, and of course stores, and resturants, and malls, and good schools!.
I heard the suburbs are more affordable and nice. How's New Millford? and Waterford I heard there nice?

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Old 04-26-2008, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Connecticut has some of the most beautiful places to live in the country. The schools are considered to be among the best and life here is generally quite. Most suburbs do not have large subdivisions of look-a-like tract houses but rather smaller more neighborhood like streets developed over a longer period of time. New Milford is a small town in rolling hills of Litchfield County. There is a nice small downtown with some charming small shops and restaurants. Waterford is a small shoreline community that is sort of part suburb of New London/Groton; part seashore resort and part rural town. It is located in eastern Connecticut. These towns are pretty different in feel and character as well as pretty far apart (at least by Connecitcut standards). Jay
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:58 PM
 
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Life in CTs suburbs is, as JayCT said, quiet and safe with very good schools. Some districts will perform better than others but when compared nationally, they are all excellent.

As for affordable, it depends on where you're coming from. I wouldn't call CT an affordable state, but eastern CT (east of the CT river) is much more affordable than western CT due to close proximity to NYC. If you're comparing CT to parts of CA, then yes, it's very affordable (with the exception of southern Fairfield County). But if you're from any part of the south or Midwest, you will probably find that CT is pretty pricey, or at least on par with the more expensive areas of these regions.

I saw your post regarding Stamford. If you're looking for affordable, Stamford isn't it. Southern Fairfield County (Stamford/Norwalk area) is one of the most expensive areas to live in the country.

Again if you're looking for affordable in CT, look at eastern CT. The eastern Hartford suburbs are nice with very much to offer. Keep in mind that taxes here are very high. Family of mine recently moved to Richmond, VA and said their taxes are 1/3 of what they paid in CT.
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Old 04-27-2008, 05:44 AM
 
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I see from all your posts since you have joined CD you are considering many states to live in. You mentioned you will be earning approximately 30k a year; you would definitely need to consider northeastern Ct. on that salary if you wish to buy. Of course you would need a down payment, though. Maybe you could get a condo or small house there. Northeastern Ct. is very beautiful, but it is more rural compared to the rest of the state. That appeals to me, but if you are fresh out of college you might be looking for an area with more nightlife.

Or maybe you meant when you stated your "budget" was 30k, that you could only spend 30k on a home? In that case, you won't find any condo or home, anywhere in Ct., for that amount. As kidyankee pointed out, Ct. is pricey.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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All previous posts are correct- even eastern CT can be pricey compared to many other areas of the country- although smaller condo's for a younger person can be purchased for under 100K, throughout eastern CT.

Taxes for real estate can be high, especially for larger homes and condo's. So with 30K as an income and 10% down on a 90K 'starter condo' your mortgage without condo fee ?? and taxes of about $140 a month is likely to be $500- a month. or at least $900-1000 a month, including the other expenses.

Connecticut as the others have alluded too is a nice place to live- but it can be more expensive then most places in the Midwest outside of greater Chicago, and just about the same as the Twin Cities -compared to Hartford eastern suburbs and exurbs.

On the positive side; Central CT is far cheaper then the Boston area, greater NYC, LI and northern NJ- the Washington DC area, California, Portland Or, Miami- Ft. Lauderdale and Seattle WA.

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