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Old 01-23-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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As others noted your budget is pretty limited for the area you want to live in. There are no highways between Danbury and New Haven so it is mostly backroad travel depending on where you live. Seymour is a nice middle class town with good schools. Also look at neighboring Beacon Falls. Below is a link to informaiton on schools in the state. Generally I look for schools that perform at or above the state averages on the Connecticut Mastery and Connecticut Academic Performance tests and that have class sizes around 20 students. I hope this helps. Jay

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Hi, we are moving from Michigan to Connecticut. I will be working in Danbury and my partner in New Haven. We have 3 young children so we would like a great school district. We have a budget of $300,000 and we're not familiar with how much that would get us. Ideally we would like to spend less. In MI we can get a new 8 room house, but am assuming CT to be less for the dollar. Can anyone name some good towns with great schools about halfway? Thanks for any help
You will either want to stay along the Route 34 corridor or venture to Naugatuck.

Route 34 yields Newtown, Monroe, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, West Haven, and New Haven. Naugatuck is on Route 8 and would be about a half hour to either Danbury or New Haven, depending, of course, where in each city.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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Thanks, we will look at Naugatuck. How is Meriden?
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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Can anyone recomend any hotels near New Haven that is also accessable to Danbury and Meriden?
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Meriden is kind of far from Danbury, I'm not sure you'd want to make that commute. And I don't think it's considered one of the better towns of Connecticut, and apparently the schools aren't all that great, either.
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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The houses under 300k in Seymour, Oxford and Prospect will probably be major fixer uppers though.
I wouldn't say that was true at all from what I saw, but everyone definition of "major fixer upper" is different.

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I wouldn't compare Derby and Ansonia to Bridgeport either. Just my opinion
Just wondering???? No arguments starting.... but when was the last time you really checked out the valley?? Major doings going on up here in the valley and yet almost all CT posters steer newcomers away from Derby and Ansonia out of old habits. Yes, I personally think Derby and Ansonia totally have their fiscal house more together vs. Bpt. JMHO
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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I wouldn't say that was true at all from what I saw, but everyone definition of "major fixer upper" is different.
My definition of a fixer upper is having to put more than 25% of the value into renovating the home to make it livable. Look at the houses in Oxford and Seymour under $300k - and they make them look good in pictures.

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Just wondering???? No arguments starting.... but when was the last time you really checked out the valley?? Major doings going on up here in the valley and yet almost all CT posters steer newcomers away from Derby and Ansonia out of old habits. Yes, I personally think Derby and Ansonia totally have their fiscal house more together vs. Bpt. JMHO
That's exactly what I was saying...that both Ansonia and Derby are doing a LOT better than Bridgeport. And BTW - I live in Shelton. I drive through Ansonia and Derby just about daily. I travel along Route 67 from downtown Seymour to Oxford almost daily too.

Regarding what's in bold above - I'm not sure why you're pinpointing me, because I recommend Valley towns more often than most people on here like. Check out my posting history...

or did I misunderstand what you were trying to say?

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Old 01-24-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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My biggest reason from steering away from Ansonia and Derby and some of the river valley schools is based on the OP wanting good schools for her children and that alone drops these towns out of the mix if you go by any of the major school index rankings.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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I think at this point the OP must realize they are not going to find a town with "a great" school district with that budget. I think they would be better off looking at The Valley towns instead of Meriden. They are going to have to much some sacrifices.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:29 PM
 
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What so many spoiled CT people do not realize is that the education in CT and this geographical area is it's so much better than any other area. I only wish some of you would realize that the valley towns (Oxford not included since it is not ''in the river Valley'' geographically) offer education that is still probably above average for the USA.

OP should look at both Ansonia and Derby.
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