Advance welcome to Connecticut. Perhaps you are wondering why the realtors are giving you websites to look up the information yourself regarding the desirability of the neighborhood.
As realtors, it is illegal for us to give out information that can advertently or inadvertently lead to steering.
The websites are provided to you by Anna and Laura. The towns mentioned by Maggie and Laura should be in closer proximity to NYC.
You can start interviewing agents in this areas. They can give you information about the towns relative to the distance to and from NYC. Also, keep in mind that you can get more or less house for your dollar depending on the location. Your realtor will guide and assist you on this matter.
Best of Luck.
Thank you for asking this question. Buying a home is the biggest decision one does make in a lifetime. Based on where you want to search and in your price range, there are several towns to consider. Keep in mind that commutes from CT to NYC can also be done in various ways, whether it is buy car or by train. My suggested towns would be Milford, West Haven, Orange, Hamden, North Haven, North Branford to start. Check out what is available and in regards to school systems, each town has a web site that does describe their schools and courses of studies as well. I am in CT and you certainly are welcome to research towns and homes for sale via my web site as well.
I suggest that you check out some neighborhoods in Stamford, Norwalk, or Fairfield in Connecticut as these towns have some nice residential areas near Metro North that may fit your budget.
Here are some links to the towns' web sites where you may find some helpful information:
Prudential Connecticut Realty