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Old 08-23-2008, 06:11 PM
 
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Hi Friends:

I'd like your opinion: what's quiet, affordable, with beach rights and close to Manhattan?

My wife and I are thinking ahead a few years to retirement. Here are our dream requirements:

We want to be close to the City (Manhattan). By close I mean a two hour commute on Metro. An hour and a half would be even better.

We'd love a place with beach rights or good public beaches.

We don't want a huge piece of property to take care of. A three bedroom, 1500 sq ft home, (even a one level mid century ranch) would be perfect.

No depressed towns.

I hate driving. Hate it. So a quieter town with less congestion is better than a traffic nightmare.

Here's a tough one: I'd like to stay at 400K or under, with of course, property taxes that are at 5K or under (HA.)


Thank you, experts. I'm eager to hear if you think I might be able to come close on my wish list.

Thom in PDX
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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The closest town that would fit that budget is West Haven. It will be over 1.5hrs. from NYC. I seriously doubt you will find 1500 sq.ft. w/beach rights for under 5K taxes.

So yes, it's a tall order.
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:55 PM
 
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The closest town that would fit that budget is West Haven. It will be over 1.5hrs. from NYC. I seriously doubt you will find 1500 sq.ft. w/beach rights for under 5K taxes.

So yes, it's a tall order.
Thank you.

Like most wish lists, you start with the ideal and make compromises.

So, West Haven is the closest town.

Any others?

Thanks again!
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Honestly, I think Connecticut is the wrong place to look for your requirements. Its near impossible to find everything you want for under 400K, especially by the beach. Connecticut in general is a very affluent state, with high home prices and taxes. West Haven is arguably not a nice town, and as you stated above, you don't want any depressed towns, WH is very comparable to this.

Try perhaps Northern New Jersey, or Southern New York.

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:08 AM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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Hi Friends:

I'd like your opinion: what's quiet, affordable, with beach rights and close to Manhattan?

My wife and I are thinking ahead a few years to retirement. Here are our dream requirements:

We want to be close to the City (Manhattan). By close I mean a two hour commute on Metro. An hour and a half would be even better.

We'd love a place with beach rights or good public beaches.

We don't want a huge piece of property to take care of. A three bedroom, 1500 sq ft home, (even a one level mid century ranch) would be perfect.

No depressed towns.

I hate driving. Hate it. So a quieter town with less congestion is better than a traffic nightmare.

Here's a tough one: I'd like to stay at 400K or under, with of course, property taxes that are at 5K or under (HA.)


Thank you, experts. I'm eager to hear if you think I might be able to come close on my wish list.

Thom in PDX
You might want to look at Clinton and Westbrook. I know a few people who go into Manhattan once or twice a week and take the train (shoreline east). Both towns are kind of funky little beach towns that are about 90 to 120 min from Manhattan on the train. In fact, next year, they are supposed to rebuild the Westbrook train station. Price wise you may be able to get a small cottage near Route 1 for about $400,000 or so. Also, both towns are very close to Hammonasset State Beach in Madison – a 2.5 mile long beach (the largest in Connecticut).

I would look at the on-line mls or call a Realtor in the area. The cold season (November to March) is a great time to look for a house, as there is less activity and some people will accept any offer…especially in this market.

Hope this helps, good luck.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Oxford, CT soon!
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Hi Friends:

I'd like your opinion: what's quiet, affordable, with beach rights and close to Manhattan?

My wife and I are thinking ahead a few years to retirement. Here are our dream requirements:

We want to be close to the City (Manhattan). By close I mean a two hour commute on Metro. An hour and a half would be even better.

We'd love a place with beach rights or good public beaches.

We don't want a huge piece of property to take care of. A three bedroom, 1500 sq ft home, (even a one level mid century ranch) would be perfect.

No depressed towns.

I hate driving. Hate it. So a quieter town with less congestion is better than a traffic nightmare.

Here's a tough one: I'd like to stay at 400K or under, with of course, property taxes that are at 5K or under (HA.)


Thank you, experts. I'm eager to hear if you think I might be able to come close on my wish list.

Thom in PDX
We just bought a cute and updated beach condo in Branford for under $400k. Its close to marinas, beaches, downtown, plenty of great restaurants and a five minute drive from the Shoreline East train, which you would take to New Haven and switch over to Metro North. There are plenty of retirement communities near us too. I think CT is perfect for you...NJ has a lot of traffic and really is not much cheaper than CT. Plus NJ has higher taxes.

Direct message me if you would like more info. Best of luck.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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Branford is a very neat little beach town. I have friends there. I agree with pemeek.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I would look in Fairfield. It is a little over an hour from New York City on Metro North, has several public beaches and offers modest homes in your price range. Be aware though that the homes in your price range will not be near the beach but will be a short drive away. Jay
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Have you looked at Madison, CT? It might be a bit *too expensive* now, but you might be able to find a deal here or there, since the real estate market is weak now. Madison is quaint, charming, and has a wonderful little downtown evoking 1950s or so and "beachy"...it's about an hour and 45 mins-2 hrs from the city. It's worth a look anyway. Best of luck!
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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We live on Swan Lake in Oxford and it's a neighborhood of lake cottages and a few new colonial type houses. It is convenient to major highways like Route 8, 84 and the Merit Parkway and there is a train station 4 miles away in Seymour to take you to NYC.
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