As some of the realtors point out, you can find a "deal" in any town right now depending your needs, desires and what you will compromise on. For instance, if public school education is HUGE on your list, it may affect which towns you include/exclude from your search. You will need to investigate the school systems as well as the current trend of suburban students attending magnet schools in Hartford. (That last fact may minimize your need to limit towns).
There are many older homes in established communities, such as windsor, CT for sale. They range in price from $150K for a 1950's 2br room in need up updating to 2700+ square ft. 4 br. homes built after 2000 that go up to $450K. There are also brand new "hi-end" townhouse & freestanding condos available at the Country Walk at Windsor. I live there and if "affordable" ($325-$360k) condo is what you seek, try there.
As far as slightly older homes, some are move in ready, some need updating. There are many listing depending on your need.
The town settled in 1633 is remarkably middle class. No real pockets of great wealth (i.e net wealth over $1,5 mil, nor any projects. But should do your research. http://www.townofwindsorct.com/
Bloomfield is similarly situated, and is closer to the more affluent town of W. Hartford. However finding a nicer 2000+ sq. ft home in Bloomfield will mean that you have to be further from Hartford. Windsor is very convenient due to the Major highway that runs through it. (You can still get a very very rural feeling home within 3 min of the highway and 20 min of Hartford).
I mentioned W. Hartford. It is a much wealthier and larger town than windsor. It has pluses and minuses. i.e. i would imagine that the public school system is ranked higher than Windsor or Bloomfield (but you should check this out on your own). It has a population of 60K versus windsor 22K. As a result, there is a downtown with many good reasturants as well as several grocery stores (including two whole foods). That said, real estate if generally far more expensive, even though similar older homes (across town) will still often need upgrading or come with same maintenance cost. Check the mil rate (property taxes) as they differ between towns.
There many factors...so it is hard to give you more information with knowing your needs. I have a friend who scored big time. He purchased a 1958 2br/2ba cape in W. Hartford for $202K with a great yard. It was a great deal because the house was in pristine condition considering its age and least expensive surrounding homes (expect 1 with lazy neighbors) is valued above $300K. The point is that finding some thing that is a good market value will require effort (and if you are not from here), an honest friend that knows the area or hopefully a decent realtor who knows all the towns in the area well, and who will be brutally honest about each and every listing that they show you. (I freely admit that my knowledge of towns on the east side of the Ct River is limited).
A "Steal of a Deal" is found everywhere. What you need to consider is how much you can afford, the criteria that you need in a home, and the comprimises that you are willing to make in owning a home. By compromises I mean are you willing to put in elbow grease to clean up, do you have the time and knowledge to make fixes, or do you need to hire someone. It would be best for you to enlist the services of a Realtor. A realtor can get you started by introducing you to a mortgage specialist, sit down and discuss your criteia, and then start showing you homes for a "best fit" for that "steal of a deal" that you are looking for. And remember, those "steals" go fast in this market.
Barbara_Prudential, South Windsor
All of us in the real estate community working in and around your work town of Windsor and your home town of Manchester most probably have a common goal in working with our buyer clients. And that is to find and negotiate for them the purchase of their most ideal home at the best price.
"Steal of a deal" is available in each and every town around. Here's a tip to put you ahead of other internet browsers in wishing for a steal of a deal: decide on a real estate agent to work with -- don't continue to just look on your own -- Another way of describing a "steal of a deal" is a very special home that comes to market that has characteristics that make it special and in demand, and is especially priced. Those houses are the ones that many times go under contract in one, two or three days because realtors with clients who are committed to them are looking out for their clients' interests and naturally know of homes with their clients' criteria that come to market before anyone of the general public can find out by waiting to find it online a day or two or more after it has come to market on the MLS. Get yourself hooked up with a realtor and you will be ahead of many others. We here on Trulia Voices are advertising ourselves ... you have the opportunity to "interview" others by going to Open Houses and asking those Realtors questions, and many advertise in print and internet media that you can interview too. Bottom Line: Get yourself a realtor you are comfortable with. The "steal of a deal" will fall in place after you do. Search on your own, and the chances are great that you will lose "steal of a deals" to buyers already working with top of the line agents.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
There are some great houses on the market right now in Granby, E. Granby and I just sold a fabulous one in Windsor.
You should meet up with a Realtor and discuss price, time frames and other criteria before you start a search. If you would like my help, give me a call at 916-2744. Best of luck....Amanda
In this market, there are a few towns with homes are still holding their market value. In each town, you will find good homes or what you would consider "a steal of a deal". It all depends on condition, location and of course the price. For a 2000 sf home, the price could vary from town to town, style, age, condition and location. If you would like to discuss the state of the market and what's currently available in the market, please contact me. I am a real estate professional in the Windsor office of Prudential.