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Old 02-08-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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My husband may be getting a job in Groton in the near future (fingers crossed). I'm from Mass originally and we currently live in East Granby, and we do love it here. The commute would be far so we'd most likely think about moving down to that area. We're not really that familiar with too many towns around there.
I personally like a more rural feel where the houses aren't right on top of each other. We have two small children so quality schools are at the top of the list. Doesn't have to be the highest rated school around but smaller class sizes and involved parents would be nice. Our price range will probably be around 300,000. I guess generally we're looking for a town that has a real sense of community and would be great place to raise a family--we're hoping this will be our last move for a long, long time. My husband would ideally like to commute less that 30 min or so.
We know how beautiful it is around that area and are very excited at the prospect--we just don't want to miss any great little towns that we may be overlooking.
Any ideas appreciated--thanks!
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Sounds like the idea I would have for a home. A rural setting, but close enough for shopping, job, ect and 300k housing. I would look at Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton, Madison, Essex, "The" Lymes, Montville, Ledyard, and Stonington. My favorite area is the Old Saybrook - Guilford area. It has rural housing in the north ends of town and classic New England waterfront town centers and nice people! Good luck, hope you update so i can offer more help.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:27 AM
 
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East Lyme has one of the better performing school systems in the New London area and parts of it are fairly rural. I would also consider Salem and North Stonington. Both are nice small towns that have much of what you are looking for. Below are links to information on schools for you to review. Jay

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Old 02-09-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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Thanks! This definitely helps.
We've been to East Lyme and Mystic a few times and East Lyme appeals to us. Something we were thinking about last night were tourists. I know there would be some tourist and seasonal resident influx in the summer but how does it affect year round residents? traffic? price of groceries?
I grew up near the Cape and we avoided certain areas like the plague from Memorial day through Labor day. I know the Cape is a different animal.

The mill rates in some of these towns seems like it would be a plus for us too. Our current rate is around 28 and East Lyme is around 19 so that would definitely improve our purchasing power.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:44 PM
 
Location: TX
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Thanks! This definitely helps.
We've been to East Lyme and Mystic a few times and East Lyme appeals to us. Something we were thinking about last night were tourists. I know there would be some tourist and seasonal resident influx in the summer but how does it affect year round residents? traffic? price of groceries?
I grew up near the Cape and we avoided certain areas like the plague from Memorial day through Labor day. I know the Cape is a different animal.

The mill rates in some of these towns seems like it would be a plus for us too. Our current rate is around 28 and East Lyme is around 19 so that would definitely improve our purchasing power.

I grew up in East Lyme (Niantic). It's a great town! There are a lot of tourists in the summer, but there are rarely any major traffic issues in town. Though you will notice them by their out of state plates (NY and NJ mostly) and their inability to stop at stop signs .

The only area in the summer to avoid like the plague is near Rock Neck State Park on Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July, & Labor Day - traffic is always a nightmare there.

There are a ton of housing options in EL and the schools are great, you really can't go wrong there.
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