I did the commute to NYC for 5 years. Sometimes I would take the challenge of driving closer and would not go past Stratford because of the traffic. Stratford is a nice place to live. I would steer clear of driving to other train stations to save a few minutes. You may face traffic on I-95 that can turn into hours. If you condsider driving to Fairfield or further Sourh, be aware that the wait for a parking space near the station may be over a year.
I have many clients in Stratford who would never leave.
Here is a link to Metro North Railroad. http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm
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As far as commuting I suggest using the train. Metro North has train schedules available on line. Parking near the train is insufficient is a minus.
I've commuted to New York from Darien and Stamford. The commute time from Stamford to Grand Central is currently 43 minutes and their is ample parking at the train station. Stratford is a great community and would be a good choice if you worked in New Haven or Hartford. The traffic on I 95 at rush hour is a major drawback and makes driving to NYC impossible during rush hour. I would suggest Stamford, real estate prices are lower than Greenwich and Darien and Stamford is a happening city. See my Website for links on Stamford and all Fairfield County towns along the Shore. http://www.coastalctrealty.com
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I think there are many ways to answer this question. Stratford is a very affordable town to live in. You can take a train from Stratford to Grand Central station in about 9o to 100 minutes. From Fairfield which is a little closer it is about 70 minutes and from Westport is about 45-50 minutes. There are many things to do in Stratford. What are you looking for in a home? Or a Location? Do you have Kids? Are you looking for schools? What do you want to spend on a home. I am happy to send you some free reports to give you some additional info on the Town, Demographics, schools, etc. as well as some homes in the surrounding towns for your review. Let me know if I can be of any help to you.
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