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Old 09-27-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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Hello,

My significant other and I will be moving to Connecticut soon. I am working in Hartford, and she is working in Bridgeport. We would like to live between the two cities and commute. We are fine with any combination of driving/train/bus/shuttle - whatever is the most painless.

What towns should we be looking at? Any other commuting tips are welcome.

Thanks!
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: New England
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Depending on budget, Cheshire, Woodbridge, Hamden etc around that vicinity.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Thanks for the response!

We are looking to rent an apartment, preferably for under $1000 a month, but might go a little above that. Ideally I think we would prefer an apartment in a converted older home rather than a large apartment/condo complex.

Schools are not an issue for us, our only concern is finding a nice apartment and making sure we both have a decent commute.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Hi tristater,

You might also want to consider Middletown. I-91 runs through it, and both Hartford and New Haven would be about 30 minutes from both cities. Aside from being geograpically close to both cities, there's lots to do here - Main Street alone has lots to offer.

Rocky Hill might also work - it's somewhat closer to Hartford than New Haven but 91 is accessible in this town as well.

Both towns have many rental options available, some of which would fall within your budget.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Tristater -

Sorry, I just noticed you asked for best commute to Hartford and Bridgeport (not New Haven). That being the case, Hamden and Cheshire would probably work best for you.

Sorry about that!
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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If you're both commuting during peak hours, i'd suggest that you focus on being closer to Bridgeport than to Hartford. The traffic pattern of our highways is overwhelmingly heavy west and southbound in the morning, heavy east and northbound in the evening. I wouldn't recommend living further north than Hamden in your situation. Just my .02 though.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The distance between Hartford an Bridgeport is about 60 miles. I would suggest Hamden, North Haven or Wallingford. They would be about the half way point between Bridgeport and Hartford. Hamden and Wallingford would have more of the type of apartments you are looking for. North Haven is a bit more suburban in character so there are less older homes with apartments. Jay
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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It's a pity that the commuter rail from New Haven to Hartford hasn't happened yet, since -- if you wanted to live in a city, rather than a suburb -- I could imagine living in New Haven and commuting to both cities via rail. The New Haven - Hartford transit time might take longer than other intermediate towns, but you can get a lot done on the train that you can't while driving.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: New Haven County, CT
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If you live in Hamden, you can drive or take the bus to NH, then take the train to Bpt. That's less wear & tear on ONE car, at least.
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