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Old 02-21-2009, 10:17 AM
Location: New York city
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Background: I have been reading/searching this wonderful forum in the past few months. I was born and grew up overseas but have spent a good part of my life in Austin, Texas and the last 3 years in New York city. And like many posters I can see myself settling down in Fairfield county in the near future.

Having rented in two of the most expensive neighborhoods in NYC, Parkslope, Brooklyn and west Village in Manhattan I can come to term with rental prices in CT. I want to keep my job in the city for the time being. When my lease is up in July I plan to find a 1Br rental in Cos Cob/Riverside/Old Greenwich as a transitional place for me to further explore housing options and job opportunities in more affordable nearby communities such as Norwalk, Fairfield.

Is it possible to get by without owning a car in Greenwich? Do ride share programs exist for those who don't live near the train stations? What about grocery shopping - are there small neighborhood supermarkets or one must absolutely drive 3-4 miles?
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:15 PM
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I think you could swing it in Old Greenwich. Maybe not Cos Cob since Porricelli's Food Mart closed. And downtown Greenwich (Greenwich Ave area) for sure. There are probably rental units within walking distance of the big Stop & Shop on the Post Rd in Riverside, but...it's right there on the Post Road. Not villagey at all.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:59 PM
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There are commuter options to get you to and from Metro-North. Norwalk Transit operates commuter shuttles from downtown Greenwich and West Putnam Avenue areas (Norwalk Transit District). There are other commuter services available that you can check out at the MetroPool site (Welcome to Greenwich).

As for supermarkets, I have only found the chains - A&P and Whole Foods on West Putnam Ave in Greenwich; A&P Fresh (used to be the Food Emporium) in Riverside and Shop-Rite and Stop & Shop on the Riverside border in Stamford. The grocery stores that are so popular in Brooklyn and NYC are virtually non-existent in this area of CT.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:29 AM
Location: New York city
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Thanks. I definitely need to take the train out and check things out myself.
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