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Old 11-25-2008, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Greenwich, Darien or New Cannan. You'll love it! Just get used to the trains unless you come home before 3pm or after 7pm. Then you can drive. North Stamford is also good. I was working on this house in Stamford RIGHT ON THE WATER. beautiful community! Homes were over 1 million. It suprised me it was on the peninsula near Shippan area.

So it depends, do you want to be near the water OR in the Woods? You won';t find hot spots in between.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Thanks Kidyankee764 and Hwc and everybody thanks so much, I've been looking into Greenwich area I really like it especially the "hedgie-oriented crowd" you mentioned would be cool for networking. I also have been looking into White Plains, Scardales NY and just about every place in CT including Darien, Stamford and other places you've mention above. All would be great to network and good commute to NYC. However most of the houses I've searched are either so expensive, or so old, or don't have enough landscape or too close to main roads (yada/yada). I also haven't found one that fits our budget, specs, taste and don't want to rent to pets (we'd like to rent first and then buy but if push comes to shove we'll buy if we're in love with the place).
However, I've been looking into a couple houses we found in Fairfield and they are so beautiful and new, complete with great open wide landscapes for the dogs and even trying my thumb at gardening. The other option I like is the space and privacy away from the neighbors and open roads. So my next concern is finding more housing with those specs in other locations and please share your opinions on Fairfield as a whole I really like to get some perspectives, are the people as friendly as us midwesterners?(giggles). I did a google map search for directions to the nearest target and whole foods, borders, movie theaters, restaurants, and places like that and they all seem relatively minutes away which is great! and even Greenwich is like a 30mins away so that's pretty good for exploring another town for shopping, hobnobing and networking!
So we're still on the search
Fairfield is an excellent town. Being further from New York, the prices of homes there are more reasonable. I know several people that moved there because of the more affordable homes but stayed when their fortunes improved significantly. You are right that Fairfield has a lot to offer. It has beautiful Greenfield Hill (minimum 2 acre lots) that covers about a third of town and stunning Southport Village with a number of unbelieveably quant old homes on a beautiful little harbor. There is a nice downtown area with many shops and restaurants and an old community-run movie theater that runs second run movies for very reasonable prices. The schools are considered excellent too. Good luck, Jay
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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During off peak travel times you can get to Midtown in 40 minutes - It takes about an hour an 10 minutes during the morning commute. Greenwich is only 30 miles from Manhattan.
I assumed we were talking about peak travel times as that's what many people are concerned with when dealing with distance from Manhattan. And, gee, thanks for the geography lesson, since being a New Yorker I must know absolutely nothing about CT, despite having long-standing family ties there and going to CT all the time.

To the OP, best of luck in your search. I also agree with others that Fairfield is an area to consider since it seems to meet your requirements. And, even if you don't move to Fairfield, be sure not to miss the dogwood festival in the spring.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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And, gee, thanks for the geography lesson, since being a New Yorker I must know absolutely nothing about CT, despite having long-standing family ties there and going to CT all the time.
No need to get nasty. I used to commute daily from Cos Cob to Washington Hts for about 5 months, and it took me about 45 minutes with traffic. Not too bad.
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