Just like NYC2CT, I have lived in Stamford for quite a while now, and have never had an issue with any theft or breakins. Generally Stamford is considered a safe community as per crime rates (you can view police records). It is unfortunate that you have had so many issues.
1. Mill River area: Considered part of Stamford's West Side. That complex (Adams/Mill River is new, gorgeous and two blocks from downtown. Nice underground parking with a gate. Interior courtyard.
2. West Broad Street, also part of Stamford's West Side, with easy access to downtown. See above.
3. East Main (Commons) and Lafayette (nice condos, some older multifamilies) areas: Part of Stamford's Eastside. That new complex there is lovely, affordable and you're close to downdown and I-95. Glenbrook (French church) is one of the three main north-south routes in Stamford. Some agents also call it "condo row," since it is lined with affordable and expensive condos, townhouses and rentals of every description--owned and rented by many who live and enjoy Stamford and work in White Plains, NYC and all over Fairfield County. Easy commute to NYC in 45 min., for example. FBI ranks Stamford as among the safest cities is this size in the entire United States, by the way.
Overall I'm a fan of the neighborhood, especially as an investor (so close to hospital and school). I think over time it will improve.
You would be in the neighborhood of multi million dollar homes. Your kids (if you have them) would go to great schools, there is no crime, Darien is known for it's school system.
You are with in 5 minutes of Stamford, less than 5 for the Noroton Heights trains to NY or points north. I would never buy in Stamford. You pay tons of taxes for CITY services you will never use/benefit from. You are right, the neighborhoods are spotty in Stamford
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Have you considered prestigious Southport? There are lots of very reasonably priced condos, and the schools and safety levels are hard to beat. My husband and I moved up into a Southport condo from Manhattan as newlyweds several years ago, have had a couple of children since then, and have been thrilled with our decision to settle here.
If you are looking for something that is very nice and already a nice neighborhood, i'd go over to the Classic, but if you are looking for a good investment and a place where it will appreciate in a few years then the mill river house and that location, its a good buy. I assume you are looking for a two bedroom at least?
We're very excited - thank you for your input!
Oh and about the schools - everyone we speak to that does know about CT and Stamford tells us we have to move out by the time we have school aged children. Everyone tells us the school are horrible and when we did our research online the test scores are definitely low and I know the schools are all very diverse which isn't a problem but we do want a good solid school when the day comes that we need one. Don't have any children yet but are hoping to start a family in the next year or 2.
I went to private school my entire life so I don't have much faith in the public school system as it is...so it is hard enough I'm going to send my kids to public school - so I definitely want it to be a good one when the time is here. But we have plenty of time to learn more and do more research...glad to hear you think the schools are good though - that is definitely good to hear!
Thanks again Jim!
Thanks for your info! Really appreciate it although I'm still confused....you didn't mention if any of those areas are unsafe???