Young couple looking to buy in CT. Hoping for an hour-ish train commute to NYC and he works in Stamford so ideally less than 20 minute drive to work?

Asked by Sal, Connecticut Tue Aug 31, 2010

Also a note, we are an interracial couple, 33yrs old and planning to have a baby within the year. Safety and general tolerance is a huge priority. We are hoping to find a town that is not desolate, but still hoping for some space/privacy - a yard for our 2 dogs is ideal.

Ideally we'd love a location pretty close to a "main street" type of area - parks, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Budget is 400k(ish) and we need a 3 br/2 bath.

Hope that doesn't sound too unreasonable or impossible... just wanted to share all the deets! We live in Bayside, Queens at the moment and know nothing of CT other than his commute to Stamord for work but I am sure there are adorable towns nearby. Any and all help would be appreciated - a million thanks in advance!!


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Robin Lynch, , Westchester County, NY
Thu Oct 7, 2010
Hi Sal,

Westchester County offers many options for your budget. There are single family homes on the market at your price in Cortlandt, Yorktown, Peekskill, Somers, North Salem, Lewisboro, Bedford, New Castle, Pound Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Ossining, Greenburgh, White Plains, Rye Town, Mamaroneck, Eastchester, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Pelham.

You can also reference the Metro North website for commute times if your husband plans on taking the train to Stamford. This would be useful if you plan on looking at towns along the New Haven line. Here is the link:

The red line is the New Haven line, the blue line is the Harlem and the green line is the Hudson. Click on any station for more information.

Robin Lynch
Keller Williams Realty Group
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Candace Lipi…, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Sep 1, 2010
There are some opportunities to live within your price range, but commute to Stamford would probably be a bit longer since you have to be further North East or north West of Stamford. Has anyone set up a Listingbook account for you. It's a terrific search tool that mirrors our MLS in real time. Other sites are generally not as up to date. If you would like, email me with your contact info and I will send links to sites that will help you decide which town would best suit your needs as well as set up the Listingbook acct.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Candy Lipira
"Your Beacon to Fairfield County Lifestyles"

Candace Lipira, Realtor
Keller Williams Platinum Properties
203-856-8501 cell
203-544-9786 home

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Aug 31, 2010
If you are not familiar with areas, consider doing some of your own homework first--visit a neighborhood(s) several times and at different times of day to get a sense of belonging; look at everything that is important to you. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. If crime is a concern, do call/visit the local police department, as they are your best source of information--also chat with locals whenever possible.
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Dana Voelzke, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Bethel, CT
Tue Aug 31, 2010
Yes there are some adorable towns nearby.
Lower taxes & no school tax, great schools, and reasonable commute times. We have people from the boroughs move up this way for quality of life all the time. Sounds like Norwalk/Wilton/Ridgefield would be ideal for you (20 mins from Stamford). The thing to do is to set up a tour so you can see the towns and get a feel for them and what you can get for the price.
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