Is Stratford, Ct a good place to buy a home? I'll be commuting to nyc.

Asked by Steinie, lechat Sat Sep 15, 2007

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George Anton…, Agent, Madison, CT
Sat Sep 29, 2007
Hi Steinie,

I did the commute to NYC for 5 years. Sometimes I would take the challenge of driving closer and would not go past Stratford because of the traffic. Stratford is a nice place to live. I would steer clear of driving to other train stations to save a few minutes. You may face traffic on I-95 that can turn into hours. If you condsider driving to Fairfield or further Sourh, be aware that the wait for a parking space near the station may be over a year.

I have many clients in Stratford who would never leave.

Here is a link to Metro North Railroad. http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm

This link will get you town info http://www.coldwellbanker.com/real_estate/community_info

If I can help answer any other questions, please let me know.

Best Regards,

George Antonopoulos
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
800-759-6936
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Steve J., Home Owner, Stratford, CT
Mon Apr 25, 2011
Stratford is an amazing town and a great place to commute to NYC. I have lived here since birth ( I am 14) and my father commuted to NY for 11 years, and always enjoyed the commute. The town has a good community, and the schools are quite good, (I have been to Chaple, Wooster, and Nicholes) and if you are looking to put a child into the education system in town, buses will bus across town for easy transportation to any school out of walking/biking distance. There are many places to eat out at in Stratford and places to shop. There is a beautiful Green with a gazebo and places to shop/eat within walking distance. If you need any information, the workers at the town hall are usually more then welcome to help, and if all else fails, visit http://www.townofstratford.com/ for more info. Here is a link to the Board of Education site as well, http://www.stratfordk12.org/ .

Good Luck to you, and happy buying! -Steve, 14 YoA
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Cindy Fritzi…, Agent, Stratford, CT
Wed Mar 9, 2011
Stratford is a good place to live we have many amenities. Beaches, parks, restaurants, variety of shopping, gas stations, buses, trains, car dealerships, auto maintenance shops, library, sidewalks, historical homes, churches, schools - public and private, and many other shops.
As far as commuting I suggest using the train. Metro North has train schedules available on line. Parking near the train is insufficient is a minus.
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Ed Perez, , 06614
Thu Dec 9, 2010
Yes Stratford is a great place to buy and commute to NYC. The train station is in the center of town and is is the second most afordable town coming from NYC. You can even fine affordable homes within walking distance to the train but there is plenty of parking around the station if you know how to find your way around legal spots. Call me Ed Perez and I'll show you around. 203 375-8900
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CT REIA, Both Buyer And Seller, West Hartford, CT
Fri Sep 17, 2010
Stratford is conveniently located and still a reasonably priced location to live.
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Mon Aug 16, 2010
Steinie, it's been almost 3 years since you asked about this. What did you decide to do in the end? Also, if you took out a loan, now would be a great time to refinance.
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Whitneym, , Stratford, CT
Mon Aug 16, 2010
I currently commute to mid-town NY from Stratford. I live about a 7 minute walk to the train from where I live in the beautiful historic district. I purchased a 3000 sq ft home, 115 years old for $460,000 two years ago. The sense of community is wonderful here and the Shakespeare Theatre (less than 1/2 mile away) is in the process of revival! There is a great art presence here as well as a HUGE public waterfront, parks and a wonderful downtown (always being shot for some TV show to depict New England!). Well, looks like your question was posted a few years ago!! Did you end up purchasing in Stratford?
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Ed Perez, , 06614
Wed Aug 4, 2010
Stratford is a great place to buy a home.I has a lot of advantages over a lot of other towns nearby. Great for commuting because of Metro North railways. and because both the Merritt Parkway and I-95 go through the town. Grat restaurants, beautiful beaches and lot of recreational parks. Good schools and very culturally diverse.Reasonalble prices for homes in good neighborhoods. All in all a greatplace to live.
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Anita Flynn, Agent, Ridgefield, CT
Tue Jul 7, 2009
I believe Stratford is one of the most affordable places you could choose to live in 'the corridor'. The New Haven train line is a direct commute in to Grand Central Station. While this will add a few hours to your day, I know my husband used the morning commute to sleep, and the afternoon/evening commute to work or read. In Lordship (a part of Stratford on the water) you can still purchase for around $500,000....a terrific bargain for a waterfront property! Lordship is almost it's own little community....local parades, visits from Santa, etc. You will find friendly folks and many amenities that make living comfortable in Stratfords myriad and diverse areas. The train station is located nearly in the heart of town, and just north is Paradise Green. Here you will find Longbrook Park (which is currently undergoing extensive renovations), with it's duck pond and walking paths, ball fields and play equipment. There are charming homes in this area and good, clean, affordable neighborhoods. Further north you will find the Mill River Country Club area and north of that, the Oronoque Country Club area just beyond the Merritt Parkway. All of these northern most residential neighborhoods are very desirable, and tend to be a little pricier than Paradise Green. Hope this answers some of you quesitons. Good luck!
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Martin, Home Seller, Stratford, CT
Thu Dec 6, 2007
If your looking for a home in Stratford you might consider this listing:

http://iggyshouse.com/PropertyWelcome.aspx?PropertyID=181873
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Bill Vojta, , 06902
Tue Oct 23, 2007
Steinie
I've commuted to New York from Darien and Stamford. The commute time from Stamford to Grand Central is currently 43 minutes and their is ample parking at the train station. Stratford is a great community and would be a good choice if you worked in New Haven or Hartford. The traffic on I 95 at rush hour is a major drawback and makes driving to NYC impossible during rush hour. I would suggest Stamford, real estate prices are lower than Greenwich and Darien and Stamford is a happening city. See my Website for links on Stamford and all Fairfield County towns along the Shore. http://www.coastalctrealty.com
You will also find my home search easy to use and has all the MLS listings.
Let me know if you need additional info
Best Regards
Bill Vojta
p: 203.425.9868
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Laura, , 06461
Mon Sep 24, 2007
Depending on what part of NY you will be working in will help you deterimine where you will want to live. If you will be working outside Grand Central, being an ex downtown NY commuter I can tell you that Statford will be a horrible commute as you need to add an additonal 30-45 minutes to your commute just from Grand Central to downtown. I commuted from Norwalk and my commute was 90+ minutes to the Wall Street area.
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Martin, Home Seller, Stratford, CT
Mon Sep 24, 2007
Stratford is a great place to live....good schools, nice communities, good town services, low taxes, fabulous restraunts, and more. If your looking to buy call me for I have a great deal for you around $235K. Cheaper than living in NY but close enough to the city and more CT happening. Call me at 203-394-3264

Martin
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Tim Kellerman…, , New Hanover County, NC
Sat Sep 15, 2007
Steinie
I think there are many ways to answer this question. Stratford is a very affordable town to live in. You can take a train from Stratford to Grand Central station in about 9o to 100 minutes. From Fairfield which is a little closer it is about 70 minutes and from Westport is about 45-50 minutes. There are many things to do in Stratford. What are you looking for in a home? Or a Location? Do you have Kids? Are you looking for schools? What do you want to spend on a home. I am happy to send you some free reports to give you some additional info on the Town, Demographics, schools, etc. as well as some homes in the surrounding towns for your review. Let me know if I can be of any help to you.
Sharing the good Life!
Tim

Tim Kellerman
Real Estate Consultant
Ovations & Encores Realty
Westport, CT
H.Office - 203-254-9310
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