The weather is generally wonderful -- Sandy was an exception. Spring time brings out the local flora and fauna and the local animals -- squirrls, deer, rabbits, the occasional small carnivors and/or omnivors. I would think that family pets are quite safe here.
We are seniors and feel quite at home. Safe. Close to everything, yet near enough to not be in the middle of everything.. There is a neighboring town, Bethel, within 7-10 minutes where shopping and EATING of any sort can be done, including the morning coffee break, and then retreat to quiet. Other things are within town -- post office, restaurant-- not for a quick coffee though -- seems to be more wine in the afternoon and with lunch. count on driving about 10 to 15 minutes to get you big town feelings. We grew up in N.Y.C..
We drive to Westport on Weekends and park free in th train station. It akes about an hour to get to Grand Central Station. The only thing I miss up here is the proximity to N.Y.C. We lived 23 minutes from Penn Station. Know what i mean?
Redding is quiet and wonderful! Luck with your home search.
California is quite different if you live by the ocean. In-land it's probably also different. This is really northeast in terms of environment.
We have access to every great medical facility -- it is just a drive. about 20 minutes away, in any direction. .Our local town is very friendly to retirees and to working people in terms of accessability to anything and to do things on a very local level. Don't be afraid to move here.
Redding is very rural and gorgeous but if you are commuting to NYC this is not the town for you unless you plan on commuting 3-4 hours a day. Depending on where in Redding you might be about 10+ to the nearest DK or shopping. If rural is what you are looking for there are areas /towns like Wilton, Weston, New Canaan , Fairfield that are easier for commuting as well as closer to some shopping, restaurants, coffee shops ,etc. If you are really set on Redding then we would need to find you a home closer to the Wilton/Georgetown line for the easier commute to Grand Central.
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You can always check out the New York Times "Living In" section which highlights town across the tri-state region each week. Here is an article regarding Redding, CT.
The commute into Grand Central is a little over 2 hours with a transfer at South Norwalk:
Here is a map of the New Haven line (red). Just click on each station for more information:
Here's a link to restaurants in Redding ( I believe there is a pizza place there that delivers): http://www.historyofredding.com/HRrestaurants.htm
Regarding public transportation, there is a taxi service available 24 hours and it serves all Connecticut and New York airports, train stations, and bus terminals. There is one station in Redding and it is the West Redding station off Long Ridge Road, within minutes from Route 53. Annual parking permits are $150 and the daily fee is $5.
The Metro-North Commuter Railroad is available, (800-638-7646 or http://www.mta.info). Amtrak is available at Westport or Norwalk (800-872-7245 or http://www.amtrak.com)
Nearest airports are Westchester County Airport, LaGuardia, and Kennedy Airport for commercial flights.
Finally, here is the town's website: http://www.townofreddingct.org/Public_Documents/index
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