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Old 05-24-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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I am relocating to CT in a little over a month and am looking to purchase a condo/townhouse. I came across a nice, new construction complex in the Black Rock Area of Bridgeport. I have avoided Bridgeport in my search because I have heard from numerous sources that it is not a good area. I actually visited some lofts on Lafayette Boulevard and was not impressed with the area. That said, I have heard that Black Rock is, in fact, a nice part of Bridgeport. I also notice on the map that it is on the Bridgeport/Fairfield border and I have heard good things about Fairfield. I live in upstate NY so I can't visit the area for a few weeks. Can anyone familiar with Black Rock (specifically Fairfield Avenue) please give me their opinion of the area? Thanks!
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:26 PM
 
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I came across a nice, new construction complex in the Black Rock Area of Bridgeport. I have avoided Bridgeport in my search because I have heard from numerous sources that it is not a good area. I actually visited some lofts on Lafayette Boulevard and was not impressed with the area. That said, I have heard that Black Rock is, in fact, a nice part of Bridgeport. I also notice on the map that it is on the Bridgeport/Fairfield border and I have heard good things about Fairfield. I live in upstate NY so I can't visit the area for a few weeks. Can anyone familiar with Black Rock (specifically Fairfield Avenue) please give me their opinion of the area? Thanks!
Black Rock is THE prime area of Bridgeport. Fairfield Avenue is the Black Rock Arts & Entertainment District, lined with some of the best restaurants in Fairfield County, galleries, clubs, an arts center, and the like--the website is
http://www.blackrockrocks.com/ From The Avenue (as it is usually called) you can walk down Gilman Street past a salt marsh noted for bird life to St. Mary's by-the-Sea, a long shoreline promenade reminiscent of the Cliff Walk in Newport. You can also walk around the beautiful old mansions on Grovers Hill, or to the original seventeenth-century seaport village, preserved as a historic district.

Black Rock is full of active and dynamic people who are in love with their community. You will find nothing like the urban decay of some of inner-city Bridgeport in this part of town.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:36 PM
 
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Black Rock is THE prime area of Bridgeport. Fairfield Avenue is the Black Rock Arts & Entertainment District, lined with some of the best restaurants in Fairfield County, galleries, clubs, an arts center, and the like--the website is
http://www.blackrockrocks.com/ From The Avenue (as it is usually called) you can walk down Gilman Street past a salt marsh noted for bird life to St. Mary's by-the-Sea, a long shoreline promenade reminiscent of the Cliff Walk in Newport. You can also walk around the beautiful old mansions on Grovers Hill, or to the original seventeenth-century seaport village, preserved as a historic district.

Black Rock is full of active and dynamic people who are in love with their community. You will find nothing like the urban decay of some of inner-city Bridgeport in this part of town.
Thank you!!!
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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There is a good song by O.A.R. called blackrock. Anyways, the area is very nice. If you don't have kids I wouldn't worry about being in bridgeport. Evan if you do have kids you could always send them to a private school, isn't Notre Dame H.S. in that area?
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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Personally, I would not move to Bridgeport even if it is the prime spot of Black Rock. You have to remember when you go to sell the property are you going to get a profit. Many people dont want to move into Bridgeport because of the crime. Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2007, 06:59 AM
 
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The Black Rock section of Bridgeport is considered a prime area to live in the city. Beautiful homes, great shops and restaurants, St. Mary's sea walk. All very nice and you will pay a premium to live there, but a LOT less than the suburbs. If schools are not an issue for you it would be fine. If schools are of interest to you, there are several parochial schools in the area and Notre Dame High School in Fairfield. Another interesting perk may be that a new train station is being built just over the Fairfield town line which when open should be a valuable asset to the area.

I would however be careful where in Black Rock you buy though. There is a public housing project on the east side of the Black Rock area that can be a problem. Good luck, Jay
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:41 AM
 
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The Black Rock section of Bridgeport is considered a prime area to live in the city. Beautiful homes, great shops and restaurants, St. Mary's sea walk. All very nice and you will pay a premium to live there, but a LOT less than the suburbs. If schools are not an issue for you it would be fine. If schools are of interest to you, there are several parochial schools in the area and Notre Dame High School in Fairfield. Another interesting perk may be that a new train station is being built just over the Fairfield town line which when open should be a valuable asset to the area.

I would however be careful where in Black Rock you buy though. There is a public housing project on the east side of the Black Rock area that can be a problem. Good luck, Jay
JayCT, where is the new Metro North station going in, exactly? I haven't been able to locate it or determine how far along the station is by doing a search online. Thanks.
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:57 AM
 
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There is a good song by O.A.R. called blackrock.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=N7RRlCDdvdY
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:51 AM
 
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JayCT, where is the new Metro North station going in, exactly? I haven't been able to locate it or determine how far along the station is by doing a search online. Thanks.
The station is being built on Frank Street which is off Kings Highway East. There will be a new access road constructed over the railroad tracks from Kings Highway East to Black Rock Turnpike, just north of the Bridgeport town line and Ash Creek. Sout of Ash Creek is Black Rock. I believe construction will start later this year and is expected to be completed in Spring 2009. Jay
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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Thank you--appreciate it. That area should take off in rentals/purchases, or is it already? Good area to buy, I'd guess.
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