Greenwich is without a doubt a beautiful place to live, but have you considered looking for a home in Westchester County? There are numerous towns with close proximity to the train offering a country feel, but without the country isolation that you mention you wish to avoid. Armonk borders Greenwich and Stamford so you may wish to look in this town. If you are not already working an agent in the area, please feel free to give me a call. I would be more than happy to help you should you still be looking for a home in the suburbs. I am familiar with both Armonk and Greenwich (as I presently reside in Armonk and was born and raised in Greenwich). The following link will bring you to my website 'Contact Me' page.
The MTA website can be accessed here at the following link:
The red line is the New Haven line. The blue line is the Harlem line and the green line is the Hudson line. You can click on each station for more information.
You may want to consider Old Greenwich & Cos Cob. If you send me an email directly to:
ErnestSchiavone at gmail dot com I will set you up with automatic property notification so you know what is new to the market immediately.
Feel free to search Greenwich homes here:
Thanks Ernest Schiavone
Member Greenwich Board of Realtors
Please let us know if you found a home yet - like Scott, I would be interested to know.
If you haven't, the most efficient way to look at the commute time is visiting the MTA website. I lived in NYC city for 10 years, and commuted from Greenwich for 6 - the most efficient train is 36 minutes - Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich about 2-3 minutes more for each stop. I am now commuting from Westport, where the most efficient train is an hour (this does not mean that they run every hour on the hour)
Re: towns/villages: Greenwich has the best of both worlds, mixing cosmopolitan amenities in the village and the best commute. Riverside, Old Greenwich and Greenwich Schools schools overall are nationally ranked (using objective data such as test scores, higher education achievements etc) higher than Stamford. Old Greenwich is sweet, but may not give you everything that you have become accustomed to.
Since you are not afraid to renovate, you are sitting in the catbird's seat, because there is more inventory than in past years, so there are more choices. The buyers today, tend to buy the homes that are in move-in condition - unless the property is very special, ie waterfront, and then there tends to be more activity surrounding renovations.
I hope this helps.
Best - Deb Halsey
Being able to walk to the train and "town" is possible in Cos Cob, Greenwich, Byram, Riverside and Old Greenwich...and they are minutes apart. Next time you are in Grand Central, grab a "Greenwich" schedule AND a Riverside/Cos Cob/ Greenwich schedule. You'll see how close Manhattan really is to all stops.
Give me a call and I'll be glad to send you some listings for each area. The secret to buying in Greenwich is the good deals and opportunities are just under the radar of Realtor.com and other sites bec. owners may want to sell, but their house isn't listied until they find what they want. Using a broker, like myself, who contacts, and is contacted, daily by the network of active brokers sharing what they might be going to list, oand what they need to find is the best way to get in on the best deals.
My contact info is posted, but here it is again: 203 536 7116 http://www.susanderson.com
Here is a link to list book, this will allow you to search for properties at your own leisure and see what the market is doing.
Sincerely your real estate professional,
Greenwich; however, it is definitely a different experience than NYC. It is slower paced and much quieter...you may find it refreshing. I am an agent in the city, but I have a friend who specializes in the area you are interested in. Her name is Renee Hagquist. She is with Sotheby's in Greenwich. 203.570.5313. She is down-to-earth and very knowledgeable. Give her a call!
Essentially, it won't hurt. There are some small homes that need TLC, but not too much and some great condo opportunities that might just fit your order. Give me a call or email and we'll find the perfect place at a great price. Susan Detchon Anderson Coldwell Banker (203 536-7116, Homes4Good@yahoo.com)
Right now there are 10 homes for sale in New Canaan between $475,000 and $699,000. I would be happy to send you the listings. John Engel 203-247-4700
Feel free to call or email me directly (all information is in my profile, just click on my picture) if you would like any other information. I know what you're going through and it would be my pleasure to help you make a smooth transition from New York to Connecticut.