I am thinking of making a move from Boston, MA to Norwalk, CT. How does the standards of living compare/contrast?

Asked by J. Alexis, Boston, MA Wed Dec 1, 2010

I am 27 and am starting to save for my first big move on my own. I looked at the prices of condos/townhouses in Boston and it's crazy. Since I have family close by in CT/NY I am really considering buying property in Norwalk. I have researched, but I cannot get appx costs for the basic like water, elec, prop taxes, and heating. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Robin Lynch, , Westchester County, NY
Sat Jan 15, 2011
Hi J. Alexis,

You can always access the New York Times for information. There is a section entitled "Living In" which details towns in the tri-state area. Here are some articles regarding Norwalk:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/realestate/30livi.html?scp…

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/realestate/02livi.html?scp…

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/26/realestate/26LIVI.html?scp…

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/30/realestate/if-you-re-think…
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Chris O. Bus…, Agent, Norwalk, CA
Tue Jan 11, 2011
The cost of living is less than in the Boston area. Monthly costs depends on if you purchase of a house or a condo. This will greatly affect your monthly expenses. For example, you will not have water and sewer charges if you buy a condo. But, condos do have monthly association fees. So there are pluses and minuses. You should put together a list of your needs. What is your budget?

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Stephan von…, Agent, Darien, CT
Fri Dec 10, 2010
Hi J. -
Each town in lower Fairfield County has its own pros & cons. The question is where will you be working? If it's NYC, then living near the coast and Metro North train line is likely desirable. If your working in White Plains, NY, Stamford, CT, or elsewhere in the area, then you might want to consider more affordable towns like Wilton, Weston, Easton, Ridgfield, etc. If you have your heart set on Norwalk, there are many area's within the town - Rowayton (small, harbor village), East Norwalk, Historical SoNo (South Norwalk), Flax Hill area, Springwood, Spring Hill and Woods Pond areas just to name a few. Each is different and all are apart of Norwalk. Condo/townhouse pricing is completely dependent on where within Norwalk you are looking, what life style & amenities you want and of course what is your price point. A great website to use is Trulia.com - very easy and accurate in terms of the information you can pull - current listings, pricing trends, taxes, comparison properties, etc. - really great stuff. If you would like any additional information or just want to pick the brain of a local guy, please feel free to contact me on my mobile # 203-434-8472.
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Khalid Muham…, , Fairfield County, CT
Sun Dec 5, 2010
You're shouldn't pay more to live in Norwalk in comparison to Boston on any living expenses. I have lived in Boston and was born and raised in Norwalk and everything is more expensive in Boston. You will need to speak to a lender and look at some listings. Call me if you would like me to send you some listings and need a reference for a lender or go online to ingdirect.com or another website! Go on my website to search listings and additional information quantumrelp.com! Heating cost go for half the sq. footage x 3 and taxes are 19.78 for every $1,000 dollars in Norwalk. Some surrounding cities are cheaper in taxes and some are cheapers in home prices.

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Laura Feghali, Agent, Stamford, CT
Sat Dec 4, 2010
Hello J.,
Here is the city of Norwalk's web site where you may find some helpful information:
http://www.norwalkct.org
Lower Fairfield County has a great quality of life with it's Long Island Sound location and proximity to New York City. Norwalk is one of the more affordable cities to purchase a home and still have all the amenities of the area within easy reach. I hope this is helpful to you.
Best wishes!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
203-536-4802
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Elizabeth He…, Agent, Agawam, MA
Thu Dec 2, 2010
Hello, J.

Approximates for water, electricity, and heating are going to be difficult because they fluctuate depending on use and type of heating. It seems that as of now you don't know how big your home in Norwalk will be.

Property Taxes are calculated using a mill rate which is a certain amount charged per every $1000 (or part of) that your property is worth. It will vary according to what district of Norwalk you will live in and if you include your garbage collection or not. As of 11/17/2010 on the CT.gov Office of Policy and Management webpage, for Districts 1,2,3,8 and 9 the mill rate will be $20.917 w/garbage, $20.015 with no garbage. For Districts 4 and 5 the mill rate will be $20.578 w/garbage, and $20.076 with no garbage. For Districts 6 and 7 the mill rate will be 18.850 which include garbage. The Norwalk Tax Collector is Paul LaBella and his contact information is by phone (860) 418-6313 or by e-mail at paul.labella@ct.gov. here is the link; http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2987&q=385976

If you need any further assistance, I am licensed in both CT and MA and can be reached via elizabeth@elizabethherbert.com
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Joe Balestri…, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Dec 1, 2010
Hey J.
Did you know 90% of buyers start their home search online. If you look online at http://www.realtor.com or http://www.raveis.com for information regarding property values, you will quickly see the standard of living in Norwalk is less than that of Boston.
My partner (and brother) and I are both "20-somethings" who have lived in Norwalk our whole lives. We both have Bachelor degrees in different areas, and are building a real estate business that will be unmatched in CT. Our knowledge of technology is already light years ahead of our competition.
Let me know if you are interested in sitting down for a drink and talking about the many fantastic options this great city has to offer.
Joe Balestriere
203-216-0670
joebalestriere@gmail.com
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Candace Lipi…, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Dec 1, 2010
Hi J. Alexis, There are too many variables that remain undefined to accurately answer this question. First, when you say I am starting to save, how long before you have the funds to actually consider moving? Also, is this move work related? I do not know if anyone has offered registering you on Listingbook. It's a wonderful tool that mirrors our local MLS. It would at least give you an idea of pricing and taxes. If you would like, send me your contact info, I'll register you, and then you can look and make comparisons. I've lived in the Boston area and my son at one time owned his own RE company near BU. He owns a home in Watertown now and works for a software company there. Lifestyle here is very different than living in the Boston area. Cost of living in some towns outside of Boston proper would be similar to here. Please feel free to contact me for further information.

Sincerely,

Candy Lipira

"Your Beacon to Fairfield County Lifestyles"

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Betty Bondi, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Dec 1, 2010
I run a boutique real estate company in Norwalk, CT and have lived here all of my life. My family also lives here and we love our city. I can answer any of your questions and know the community and all it has to offer.
Norwalk is a city with a small town feel. You can get some information off of our website.
We just listed a fabulous condo in the heart of the city that you would love.
It should be posted to our website shortly. If you email Betty@Bondirealtygroup.com I can send you the listing.
http://www.Bondirealtygroup.com
Please feel free to call anytime and ask for Betty or Peter.
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Hannelore Ka…, Agent, new canaan, CT
Wed Dec 1, 2010
J. Alexis,
The population of Boston MA is 622,870.
The population of Norwalk CT is 82,951.
Clearly Norwalk is a much smaller city.
Norwalk is considered a suburb of NYC.
Boston is a much more cosmopolitan city.
Norwalk has much to offer including but not limited to waterfront, beachfront, SONO & Rowayton.
The commute and access to NYC is about 50-60 minutes by car or train.
Please call me if you have specific questions about Norwalk or other parts of Fairfield County CT or need professional help finding a home in Norwalk.
Best of Luck!
Hannelore Kaplan
Real Estate Professional
Web Reference:  http://hannelore.raveis.com/
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Lisa Jones, Agent, Westport, CT
Wed Dec 1, 2010
Hi J.,
I lived on Beacon Street at Clrendon, back in my Grad school days in Boston and now sell real estate in the Norwalk and surrounding area, so I think I can speak confidently to your querry.
Norwalk is a small city with many highlights, including; the Maritime Aquarium & Imax Theater, The Stepping Stone's Museum, the Cranbury Park Theater for live performances,etc..a separate yet wonderful amenity to Norwalk are its beaches, quick commute to NYC and affordable real estate.
If you are not presently under a written buyer's agent contract with another Realtor, I would be happy to provide you with very detailed info on property taxes, water, electric etc...once you give me an idea of what sort of home or condo you are considering as there would be a big difference depending on these factors. I am also happy to preview homes/condos on your behalf and report details from your professional 'on the ground!'
Happy to Help!
Realtor Lisa Jones, GREEN, CIPS
Golden Key Achiever, with over $35M in recent residential sales!
203-218-6664
LJones@HigginsGroup.com
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Dec 1, 2010
Consider working with an agent of your own as he/she can provide you with all information needed--and do visit the areas of interest more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals, look at everything important to you, drive around, etc., and make your own comparisons/conclusions--opinions are often subjective --as for approximate basic costs--keep in mind that utility costs will vary depending on usage, property size, number of occupants, etc., you can contact the utility company, and ask for area statistics or ask the seller--as for the taxes, again they will vary by location, property size, schools, etc.,
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